March 18, 2011

Friday Randomness

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First, I'd just like to preface, just because I'm blogging today doesn't mean I'm apathetic towards Japan. There are a lot of bloggers who are taking the blog day of silence, and I think that's great. But I'm not, and it doesn't mean anything, that's all.
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Here's some puppy stuff:

Last week I showed you the before and now pics of Jeb. Here are the ones for Achilles:

First night home:
Last week, 1 month later:
Sorry about the pic. I was having flash issues, but he wouldn't sit still for a retake.

It's not quite the dramatic difference that Jeb is, which to me supports the idea that Jeb is older than the shelter estimated. I know, unbelieveable. :/

This is a pretty common pose for Achilles:

Ugh. We don't eat at the table. Never have. It's just more comfortable eating on the couch, plus you don't have to stare at someone else masticate for 20 minutes and try not to be grossed out by it. (Maybe that's just me. I hate watching other people eat. Especially those people who, even though they're older than 4, still can't chew with their mouths closed. Ugh.) Anyway, if there's food around, he wants it. He's a little piggy puppy.

The other night, we ordered pizza and brought our plates into the livingroom. We normally use TV trays for dinner and are training the puppies that, from the time the trays come out, they are not allowed near the couch. Jeb's pretty much there. Achilles....really wanted pizza. Really wanted pizza. He begged, he whined, he barked, and we still said no. SoldierMan got in his face and made sure he knew it was "no"....and Achilles walked over and peed on the entry rug. He had never done that before. He really wanted pizza. Not that I blame him, but oy. Thankfully, it hasn't happened again.

Last night, SoldierMan had staff duty, which basically meant that he had to be on-call all night. So he slept on the couch in his ACUs. It was a long night for us all. Around 1:00 I finally convinced the puppies to come to bed. They didn't really want to leave him, but they were tired. So we get in our respective beds and settle down.

A while later, the neighbor dogs start barking, I guess in a way that sounded agitated or defensive. Anyway, it apparently put Jeb on the alert, because he popped up and went and stood at attention at the bedroom door. And he whined until I let him out.

He then proceeded to "clear" every room in the house, poke Soldierman (asleep on the couch) to make sure he was okay, then he yawned and walked back to bed and plopped down. Even though that was at 3:30 in the morning, it was still kind of comforting to know he's already taking his guard dog responsibilities seriously.
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The other night I made my first ever pot roast.

I have to say, considering I had no idea what to do, really, and I combined about 4 different pot roast recipes from the internet, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I'm also pretty proud of the fact that I did it all from scratch. No Liptons soup mix here. (Only because I forgot to buy any....I looked up the ingredients online and jimmied my own concoction.)

(That gooey stuff on top is gravy.) Anyway, all things considered, not a bad first attempt. I know what to do next time now to make it even better, which I'll probably do in another few weeks so I can do a recipe post for people like me, who might be on their first try, too. But if I can do it, you can.
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I know some people have long weekends this weekend. We get a three day, but I've seen some who have a four-day. What are you doing this weekend? Everyone fully recovered from last night? With the staff duty, and never having really been into the "holiday" anyway, we didn't do anything special. However, I did read a good article/mini-bio of St. Patrick. It's not too long if you'd like to check it out. Here's the link. I really enjoyed it.

19 comments:

  1. That's so funny he had an 'accident' because he couldn't have pizza. They are getting so big now!

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  2. I wish I could get my dogs to be guard dogs instead of yippity little things. They *think* they can guard, but you are more likely to step on them by accident.

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  3. Your pot roast looks yummy. I've been thinking I need to try to make one before it gets TOO hot here (I think of pot roast as "fall/winter" food)

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  4. Haha, Mr. Wookie was on watch last night as well. So no shenanigans for us. It was a tame night, pork loin for dinner, and Jeopardy. As much fun as it is going out, waking up refreshed is equally as awesome. :)

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  5. I have a roast in the crockpot for our dinner tonight! And what is the long weekend for??

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  6. Long weekend for St. Patrick's?? My brain is gone, I have no idea if there is anything else going on. Jeb's feet are HUGE!!!! He's gonna be a big boy :-) (P.S. I know a dog named Jed. If I ever refer to Jeb as Jed please don't be offended...it's not personal, I promise.)

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  7. Oh my gosh, I just want to cuddle with those adorable pups! Some people get baby fever, I get puppy fever.

    And yummy pot roast! I remember when my husband and I had recently gotten married,a nd I had no earthly idea how to cook. The first time I made a meal like pot roast I was ecstatic. So good for you!

    And what's this about a blogging day of silence for Japan? I haven't made the blogging rounds this week...haven't heard about it.

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. It's amazing how fast they grow isn't it! I love when dogs are protective like that :)

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  9. Oh, that reminds me! I tried out your PCS cheese steak recipe and it was great - DM really enjoyed at (as did I!). I'll be making it again soon - thanks!

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  10. Oh they are so cute!! Gives me puppy fever...but I don't think my hubby would appreciate a third one.

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  11. Hahah!! We used to have a bassett hound. We got her when she was 4 and already completely spoiled by her former owner (who named her Princess Di but called her Floppsy)! When we would leave the house she would pee EVERYWHERE and whine and carry on like we were torturing her. Your pizza story reminded me of the ENORMOUS puddles we would find! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  12. We mostly eat at our dining room table. However, we'll have pizza night on the couch. Now that it's nice out, we eat on the patio a lot. :)

    As for this weekend, the husband works (Nurses don't get weekends.) but we will be heading to a BBQ tonight for a couple hours. Have a great weekend!

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  13. Love the puppy stories. They really seem great. I look forward to how they react down the road to pregnancy. There were times not even Joshua was allowed near me. Great job on the roast btw. If you add a can of coke (real coke, not the generic or diet) to the pot, it makes the meat super tender and no, it doesn't leave a coke flavor. I use it instead of water and usually throw in a can of cream of mushroom and various spices.

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  14. Um, now I need pizza and pot roast. Thank you very much.

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  15. I never eat at the table either! Its so much more comfy on the couch in front of the television!

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  16. Hey friend. Loved reading about the dogs. I had a thought though...maybe Achilles wanted outside more than he wanted pizza, maybe not... =)

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  17. Oh my goodness getting so big. We rarely eat at the table either and Bear begs way more when we don't.
    I would bet that the potty accident was actually him asserting his dominance since Soldierman disciplined him. He'll learn ;)

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  18. For the first try on a pot roast, that looks like it turned out really well!!

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  19. Thanks for writing me back! It's AMAZING that dogs have the forsite (forsight) to spite pee. I thought only cats had it in them. Good luck with your pups!

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