little pup


The rain finally let up, so Crusher and I headed out for a long walk today. We hit our usual spots – Prospect Park, the doggy beach – and we checked out a new pet store on the way home. Crusher picked out a chew treat and carried it proudly all the way home. I am so glad the weather is still perfect for long walks!

The photos above were taken with my iPhone, which either has a perpetually dirty lens or has something wrong with it. All of my iPhone photos turn out really hazy. Hmmm…

I am gearing up for NaBloPoMo again this year! (This post is a little practice.) For the whole month of November I plan to make a blog post every day. I did it in 2006, 2007, 2008, and I don’t plan on breaking the tradition now!


Brooklyn stroll


That is Travis, Crusher, and me hanging out on the Brooklyn Promenade after enjoying some delicious Chipotle burritos. We made the decision to walk to Chipotle today for “linner,” but the nearest Chipotle happens to be about two miles from our apartment. It was quite the trek. While we were all the way out in Brooklyn Heights, we decided to check out the ocean and walked along the promenade for a short distance. It was a beautiful day, so it was a nice adventure. Although, Crusher may disagree. He is pooped!

Speaking of Crusher, he has become quite the little pack rat. We have his crate located under the kitchen table and neither Travis nor I get into it very often. Well, Crusher has been hiding all sorts of little tidbits in there! He takes plastic bottle caps, receipts, old nubs of his rawhides, and of course all of his toys, puts them in the crate, and buries them under his blankets. The other day I pulled about $6 cash out of my jacket pocket and set in on the coffee table. The next day I assumed Travis had taken it to work… but later, as i was putting some toys away in Crusher’s crate, I saw the money sticking out from under his blankets!! I guess he is saving for a rainy day. Too cute!

teaching Crusher to swim

Last night we got the idea that we should try to teach Crusher how to swim in the bathtub. We thought it would help him feel more comfortable at the doggy beach at Prospect Park. He pretty much hates water, but he took to swimming like a little tadpole. …a little tadpole that hates water and wants to get out of this freakin’ bathtub as quickly as possible. So cute!

puppy & chickpeas


Crusher had to go get all of his one-year puppy shots at the vet today. Poor little puppy! He is feeling a little tired now, but he was a champ at the vet’s office. We found the new pet clinic just three blocks from our apartment, which is very convenient. (The photo above is the most recent in my highly-compelling daily photobooth portrait series.)

I made a really tasty salad the other day that I wanted to share. I found the recipe in the July 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Living. Unfortunately, the recipe is not posted online yet. It is called a Mediterranean Legume Salad and it has chickpeas (Martha wanted me to cook dried beans, but I just used canned), carrots, cucumber, green pepper, scallions, cherry tomatoes, fresh parsley and basil, garlic, and olive oil & vinegar dressing. I added some plain couscous just to make it more of a meal. It is very healthy and even Travis thought it was delicious. I definitely recommend it! If I were going to any summer parties, it is the dish I would bring.


The Coffee Cure: Day 3 (and other updates)

So, it is day three of my no-coffee lifestyle. It is going ok. I am already on my second cup of tea because I woke up with a very slight headache. Although, I actually don’t have any cravings for coffee today, so I am still feeling quite confident. The only problem with my grand plan is that we are taking a trip home to Kansas City for the holidays and I do not plan to restrict my coffee consumption during the trip. I’ll just have to get back on the wagon in January after we return home… no worries.

That is a photo of poor, little Crusher today laying on his doggy bed. He had some baby teeth pulled yesterday and he is still recovering. They sent home some pain medicine, but it really makes him feel weird. He runs around all confused and whines a lot when I give it to him… so, I don’t think I am going to give him his next dose. The vet said it was optional and that I would be able to tell if he was in a lot of pain. We’ll see how it goes…

Sometime today I am going to take a trip to Michael’s or JoAnn’s to get supplies for making homemade doggy toys. It is for a Swap-bot swap. Should be fun! I also have lots of work to do today – emails, emails, emails! I better get moving!

a johnson thanksgiving

I hope everyone had a wonderful day. It was just the three of us at the Johnson household, but I went ahead and cooked a full meal and turkey just for fun. It all turned out pretty good. I used this Domino magazine recipe. The stuffing required roasted chestnuts and this was my first time making those. They were a pain to peel after roasting, but Travis turned out to be quite good at it which really helped. The recipe also called for butternut squash (I think in place of yams). They were not my favorite part of the meal. I don’t think I would prepare them again. They just weren’t very tasty — even with maple syrup. The turkey was great. Crusher had his fair share and now he is napping in my lap. It was a nice meal… with plenty of left-overs for tomorrow!

I am very thankful for so many things, including (in no particular order): Travis, my amazing and fun family, little Crusher, our home, our jobs, Obama being elected president, the internet, Swap-bot users, coffee, Jr. Mints, funny TV, the sun, the moon, the stars… you know, everything! And thanks to you for reading this crazy, little website. Happy thanksgiving!

recovery day

That is a photo of crusher riding around in my puffy vest today. He was really sick all day, but didn’t throw up again like yesterday. He likes snuggling with me when he is sick. It is sweet, but I was really worried about him. In the afternoon he started eating and was little more like himself. I think he will be near 100% tomorrow. I work from home tomorrow, so I can keep an eye on him and try to get him to drink lots of water to rehydrate.

Other than caring for a sick pup, I played some WOW and worked on Swap-bot today. Travis did a lot of work on the ‘bot. He created a new chat room! It still has some issues and it is not totally released to the public yet, but it will be a lot of fun once it gets going! We’ve got all sorts of fun things planned for that little website… stay tuned!