Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Joseph

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Meet Joseph! I know what you are thinking, that we are broke, and that I am always talking about how broke we are, and how much budgeting that we have to do, so of course getting a dog is a great idea, correct? WELL. Here is the deal: Kyle and I have talked about getting another dog for over a year now. I grew up in a house where we had a two dog minimum most of the time. We didn't want a really tiny dog, on account of our territorial kitties, but another big dog like Louie wold probably be too much to handle as I tend to walk Louie alone pretty often. We looked at a few pet adoption fairs, but the $300+ adoption fee wasn't something we had on hand, and we really wanted to see how well Louie got on with another dog living with us. 

Enter Joseph! My friend Ashley posted a pic of this little guy on Facebook, linking to the page of the guy (Thom) who had found him. Thom had already gotten Joseph's shots, got him fixed, and a microchip in him. He just needed a forever home, so I of course showed the pic to Kyle, who told me to go ahead and message Thom and let him know that we were interested. At the time, someone else was keeping him for a week as a trial run, but we were to be contacted if it didn't work out. A week later Joseph came over to hangout with Louie, and we also agreed to keep him for a week to see how things went. 

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Louie LOVES other dogs. Sometimes he can be a bit shy, and he is pretty protective over his food/water bowl, but other than that he loves to play. When Joseph arrived, they pretty much did laps around the yard non-stop for a good 10-15 minutes. We took them for an awkward walk (they have since improved very much!), and then brought them inside for their first night together. 

At first, Louie was a little confused ('Hey! That is MY Momma!') but has since grown to really getting along with Joseph. Of course Louie and the kitties need a little extra attention for this transitional period, but nothing a baby gate (for the cats), and a few extra hugs can't fix. Right now almost every night ends with Louie sleeping on my feet, and Joseph sleeping on my stomach, and it is THE BEST. 

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As far as what type of dog Joseph is, we are not sure! He is definitely pit mixed with something, boxer maybe? He was estimated at 10 months old, so he might grow a tiny bit more. We did not name him, but Kyle was really fond of the name, so we just kept it. He also goes by "Joey, Joe Joe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mo Joe Joe Joe, puppy, little dude, and brindle butt". 

Louie has always been fond of women, but leery of men, and children. Joseph seems to love everyone and everything, so I am hoping his positive attitude rubs off on Louie. They are both rescue dogs from Detroit, and extremely lovable. 

It is very interesting trying to walk the two of them, but it gets a little easier each time. We still have A LOT of training ahead of us, as Joseph likes to get into things when we are not home. He tried to eat our couch! It is a good thing that all of our furniture is hand-me-downs, or cheap crap from IKEA, but still. We put his crate in the living-room (where the couch is), but left him out of it, and he was much better after that-I got that tip from my bestie Jamie. I can't get too mad at him though, Louie did his share of damage as a puppy, including eating several pairs of shoes, and an entire can of soup once-can included. 

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Because pits are such a huge problem in our area (people like to just dump them lose in Detroit), there tends to be an overabundance of them. The place where Thom took him is All About Animals, and we took Louie there to get fixed when we first got him. They are amazing with pets, and have really good prices on all of their procedures. A coworker of mine also catches neighborhood cats, brings them in to be treated, and then releases them, and they have always been really good with cats as well.   If you live in Michigan, I really do recommend checking them out. 

A HUGE thank-you to Thom for taking care of everything, and even driving Joseph over for us! He even gave us half of a giant bag of dog food, and loaned us his crate, what an awesome person! We are very grateful for this little dude, crazy as he is, we are absolutely smitten already. 

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Little Bits: Party Party

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It was supposed to be a somewhat quiet weekend. WAS. I feel like now that summer is winding down, we are trying to pack everything in before the fall semester starts for Kyle. It is a good thing that we are also looking at a packed September, and a full October as well. 

Anyway, Friday my brother Mark and his girlfriend wanted to meet up for a few beers that night. I came home, cleaned, made dinner, walked the pups, and by the time we got a hold of Mark, he was already drinking and watching the cars at the Woodward Dream Cruise a few miles away. Kyle and I didn't want to fight the traffic, so we biked up to Ferndale for a few beers with Kyle's brother Brian, and our friend Dan. After some drunk karaoke, Kyle and I decided to bike home because we both had busy days on Saturday. 

I woke up a little late the next morning, and rushed to Detroit to take our dogs to the Detroit Dog Party. Yes, you read that correctly, DOGS. We now have a new fuzzy family member! His name is Joseph, and I am going to do a proper blog post on him this week. I met up with our friend Mike, and his friend Anna and let the dogs run around to wear off some energy. I then headed back to Oak Park to drop them off before heading to Meijer and Costco for all of our groceries. I also stopped by Kyle's work to say "hello", and also to get free food, because food. I then came home and had to sort out the pantry area in the basement so that I could put all of our food away. 

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I had time for a quick nap before we had to get ready for the intern's 21st birthday party. Our friends Dan, and Mariah came along, and although it was pretty far from our house, we ended up having a pretty good time. We didn't get home until 3:30 am! Then on Sunday we decided to head out to the Renfest with our friends Aaron and Jenny B because we LOVE going, and we also don't get to hangout with them as much as we would like. We ended up spending a little too much money over the weekend, but we also got one credit card paid off, so I guess it cancels out, right? ;) 

I managed to remember to take the camera with me this weekend, so as soon as I get some spare time, I will get the photos up here instead of the usual crappy instagram pics. 

But first, coffee. 

1) Group photo at Renfest.
2) PBR, obvs.
3) "Impatiently waiting for everyone to head over so that we can leave" selfie. 
4) Louie and Joseph at the Detroit Dog Party.  
5) Mo Joe Joe Joe!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Shortie

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Two outfit posts in a week, huzzah! I actually bought this romper two years ago and never wore it because it needed mending. It went into the fix-it pile, and I just found it a week ago. I have been seriously slacking on outfit posts, and blogging in general this year, but I really hope that I get a chance to style this up again, it is cute! Obviously I need to find a real button to sew on the front, but I think my K-9 one is doing okay for now. 

Lately with all of the flooding, and the budgeting, adulthood has been lame as pants. However, there is one thing that I have come to love at this point: not caring what people think about me. It started when I was about 23, right around the start of this blog, actually. Back in high school, you would have never seen me in shorts unless I was running around the track, or a soccer field. I have a photo of my friend Stacie and I standing in her living room in the middle of summer, she in a skirt and a tank top, me in jeans. My face is all red in the picture because I was sweating my ass off. I was so damn self-conscious of my legs, and yes, I still wish that they were thinner, but those thick legs carry my ass around all day, so they can't be that bad! Shorts, mini-skirts, vintage rompers? Bring 'em! 

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I am so glad that it is Friday! We had breakfast with our friend Sara this morning at Toast in Ferndale, because our usual spot was closed due to the Woodward Dream Cruise. It was pretty good! We have been going out to breakfast every other week now, instead of every week to save money. We actually missed out on free cinnamon rolls! The manager (?) wanted us to stay until 9am because they were having someone come in, and I guess wanted the place to look busy (even though it was already busy) and offered us free rolls to stay, but alas, I already missed out on so many hours this week because of the weather/flooding. Boo! My friend Carrie showed me how to make those exact rolls though, so I should get around to doing that in the next couple of weeks. 

This weekend is looking like another busy one already. We have to get the basement back in shape, a birthday party to go to Saturday night, and of course all of the regular chores and groceries to get. It is going to suck trying to run all of my errands around the cruise, but I do most of my shopping in the city now, so I might be able to avoid the majority of it. 

My break is almost over, so back to work I go. I hope to have more posts coming up soon, one that I am really excited about in particular. Exciting things are exciting!

Details
Vintage romper-Lost & Found Vintage 
K-9 button, purse-Gifts
Hat-Target
Belt-c/o Modcloth
Shoes-Amazon 
Glasses-Warby Parker

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Eats: Strawberry Lemonade

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I mentioned that I made loads of food on Sunday, but I also made homemade strawberry lemonade! Because it is hot, and it is summer, and why the hell not. We also had an overabundance of lemons, because of another recipe that I will be sharing shortly.

Get
1 cup sugar + 1 cup water, for the simple syrup
4-6 lemons, juiced
3/4 + cups white sugar to taste
8 ripe strawberries, sliced
8 cups of water

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Let cool. You can actually make simple syrup ahead of time, and store it in a jar. It should keep up to two weeks in the fridge. In a large pitcher, add the lemon juice, strawberry slices, sugar, and water. I added ice too, because it was super hot the day that I made this. Stir everything together, and let it sit in the fridge 15-20 minutes.

This is probably the easiest thing that I have ever posted, and not really worthy of a blog post, but lets be honest, strawberry lemonade is amazing! As is that pitcher from Target for a $1.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Don't Panic

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An outfit photo taken after a small downpour a few weekends ago, but nothing compared to what happened last night. What started with a steady rain in the middle of the afternoon, quickly lead to flooding of freeways, traffic jams, and street closings. Our basement flooded, a good foot in some areas, and the street outside of my house was a lake. People were using canoes to get around, cars are stalled out, and basically abandoned all over the city and the surrounding areas. I was lucky enough to have left work early enough (I work near Midtown/Eastern Market area of Detroit, and we live in a suburb just outside of the city, for you new readers out there) to have avoided the freeway, and most of the heavy flooding on the side streets. However, a manhole blew outside of our house because of all of the water pressure from the rain. This was eventually a good thing, because when the rain slowed down, the open sewer drained a good chunk of the water. 

Today things are a little better, it still took me well over an hour to get to work, when it usually takes 15-20 minutes. The freeway I normally take is a lake right now, and it is supposed to rain again tonight. I am not sure what is all damaged in the basement, but I *think* we managed to get most of the important stuff out of the way. I am mostly hoping that the rain isn't too bad today so that I can clean everything, because I am not going to lie, it smells fucking gross. 

Happy Tuesday, everyone. 

Details
Dress & purse-Thrifted
Cardigan-Urban Outfitters
Boots-Target
Earrings & Tom Baker pin-Gifts
Umbrella-IKEA
Glasses-Warby Parker

Monday, August 11, 2014

Little Bits: B&W

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I don't know why most of my instagrams from this weekend are black and white, probably to hide my gross hair. Seriously, I have THE WORST hair. It curls all weird when I try to blow dry it straight, and comes undone when I try to curl it. Someone make a sacrifice to the hair-gods already.

Anyway, this weekend started out pretty relaxing, but then became busier because it is almost the end of summer, and we have to squeeze in ALL of the things. Friday I came home and cleaned the house a bit, heated up leftovers, and then went for a long walk with Kyle. We came home and wanted to watch Shameless, but Comcast decided to take the fourth season off, you know, the season we were in the middle of, the LAST bloody season before the new one starts. Assholes. Anyway, we decided to watch Puss in Boots, because it was free and we are five years old. It was really cute! I recommend it to all of the cat ladies and cat men out there.

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Saturday we headed down to Eastern Market like we normally do, and our friend Becky met up with us. It was awesome to see her for a bit, and to grab food from the food trucks for lunch. Two words: Shawarma Kayrouz. Okay, only the people from the Detroit area might get that, but still. Anyway, after that we headed to Meijer to get the rest of our groceries and return pop/beer bottles, like boring adults do.

After putting away the groceries, and getting some chores done, we washed up and headed out to my aunt Terri's to help set up for her wedding celebration. It was fun to see my cousins again, and we completely dorked out for a few hours, it was awesome. We came home later in the evening and had a little fire in the backyard, and Liam stayed the night.

Sunday we got up early (well, early for us on a Sunday) and took Liam to get bagels at our favorite bagel place in Ferndale, New York Bagel. Yes, it is called New York Bagel, in Michigan (whatever, the bagels are the shit). We dropped Liam off, got some caffeine, and headed to Costco, and the pet store. I am very proud to say that Kyle and I managed to stick to our shopping lists and budget all week/weekend. It is so tempting to just get take-out when you are tired of cooking, but thankfully I am great at making four times the amount of food meant for two people, so we always have leftovers.

We then came home, and I am not sure what happened, but Kyle and I suddenly became very productive and Kyle cleaned out the garage and worked on the yard, while I attacked the kitchen and laundry. I made LOADS of food, so there will be lots of foodie posts in the next few weeks. Food, its whats for food. 

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1) Kyle, Becky, et Moi. 
2) Share a Coke with the correct spelling of 'Sara'.
3) First summer squash of the year. 
4) Group photo with my cousins and Aunt.