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Posted on Jan 24, 2012 in Pup Posts | 33 comments

Belated Birthday

So you are now all acquainted with what Chinese New Year is like in the Powell household, but I neglected to tell you about the other celebration that was held!


It was somebody’s birthday on Saturday, and being the crazy dog lady that I am, you know I couldn’t NOT make something of it! Fair warning: there are about to be a lot of pictures of some really cute dogs coming up.


It was a true puppy party! Daxter had the support of big bro Harry…


… as well as cousin Oreo to help him ring in the big 0-2!



Equipped with a giant rawhide from his aunt and cousin (which he immediately trotted away with) and a Busy Buddy from Harry and me, I think that he made out pretty well!


I picked up some pupcakes for the birthday gang from Dogma Bakery, and I think the rest of the photos will speak for themselves. Call me crazy if you like, but this ish makes me happy, okay? And I like to think that it made the birthday boy happy too. 😉





So put my mind at ease: am I the only crazy person who does this kind of birthday celebration for her pets? And do you judge me for it? I mean, even if you do, it’s not like it’ll stop me in the future. I’m just curious, hahaha.

Oh, he’s definitely judging me. But I don’t care. 🙂

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Posted on Jan 18, 2012 in Dear Diary, Pup Posts | 26 comments

Shave and a Haircut

Two bits!

So my hair appointment isn’t until this afternoon (the results of which I’m sure you will be waiting for with baited breath!), but there were a couple others that did get their hair, uh, did yesterday! As with any good makeover story, allow me to share with you the befores:

Eyes? Who needs eyes?

The hobo look is so hot right now.

Harry and Daxter received LONG overdue haircuts last night, and they’ve never looked better! Because getting two dogs professionally groomed is so expensive, I try to maintain their haircuts on our own and only go for a full-out groom a few times a year. Despite a few not-so-successful self-grooming attempts at first, we’ve actually gotten pretty good at it! That said, it is still nice to see them so sharp, dapper, and above all, CLEAN — as only a pro can do it. Voila!

I hate you for doing this to me.

But damn it if I don’t look good.

Sorry if this is a little more for those of you (crazies) who may not be as canine-inclined as me, but c’mon. They’re pretty cute, right?

Actually, I just traded in Daxter for a brand new dog.

Harry, on the other hand, is pretty much the same. Only cleaner.

You know, between the torturous grooming sessions, the number of sweaters I make them wear, and the amount of time they spend in front of a camera, they really do put up with a lot. Aside from their cuteness, their tolerance is hands-down the number one reason why they are so awesome.

Whoops, you blinked!

Now, the pupsters getting their haircuts on, of course, made me think about my own looming groomery. I have an appointment with hair dresser to the stars, Sarah, who saved me from a horrid self-haircut a year and a half ago (though apparently I haven’t learned my lesson, since I keep cutting my own bangs anyway, haha) and has never steered me wrong. I’m trying to maintain the self-control necessary to grow my hair back out, but since my hair is starting to teeter dangerously on mullet territory, I definitely need a trim.

Enter the most incredibly awesome waste of $1.99 ever: the Hairstyle app!

Through the magic of the iPhone (and my knack for buying unnecessary things), I have now discovered many new looks for myself, and a new way to feed my self-obsession! You get the gist, of course: you take a picture of yourself, line up the hair, and get to play with multiple styles and colors for a full head MAKEOVER! Wheeee! To my surprise, some of the looks were actually fairly realistic and doable…

Some were slightly more far-fetched (and make me really anxious to grow my hair out for reals!)

And some are just wrong on various levels.

And yes, that last one is what I would look like with Snooki hair…

… and Ginnifer Goodwin hair… and Ariel hair. Kekeke.

ANYWAY. The point is that I’m not really sure how my hair is going to end up post-haircut today, but it’s fun to experiment. Also, the app is obviously way, way too much fun. But hey, since I ask for your guys’ advice on pretty much everything else, I’d love to hear your opinions on how I should have my hair cut during this in-between, still-growing phase! Do I cut it into a new style? Just have her even it out so it can grow (this seems like a boring option). Thoughts?

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Posted on Dec 16, 2011 in Pup Posts | 21 comments

Some Boots Ain’t Made for Walkin’

So, Christmas came a little bit early this year for someone.

Pugz Line 'em up

For who, you ask?


Why, for ME, of course! BWAHAHAHA.

Li'l Booties

Aren’t they amazing?

I hate you.

Yes, I bought Pugz for Daxter. They were meant to be his Christmas present, but I just couldn’t keep them under wraps. (Badoom-ching!)

Rage. Closeup

I’m pretty sure he’ll hate me forever. Worth it.

Harry in Boots

Don’t worry, Harry got in on the action for a little while, too. I’m an equal-opportunity schnauzer exploiter. (They really are good dogs to put up with me, aren’t they?)

Really? Why me?

And in case the above photo-showcase wasn’t enough to horrify delight you, please enjoy the following video of Daxter trying to walk in them. (Click through to view the video if you’re reading this in email!)

Happy Friday!

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Posted on Nov 25, 2011 in Food | 6 comments

Thanksgiving: A Saga in 6 Parts

I. The Prepping

PeeledPreppedTurkey DoSteep.

Cook Me!

Stuffing Ingredients

II. The Drinking

Cooking Fuel

III. The Cooking




IV. The Begging

Helpers (?)

… er, and the not begging.



V. The Feast


Stuffing with Butternut Squash and ApplesRoasted Garlic Whipped PotatoesIMG_0298Maple Brussels Sprouts with BaconJalapeno Cranberry SauceGood Eats!

Baked Apple Bomb

VI. The Carnage

CarnageCarnage 2

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful, your food was delicious, and your stomachs have deflated by now (mine hasn’t!)


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