Thursday, May 31, 2012


This is Tuffy aka Buffer, Tuffapatomas, or TuffPants.

We adopted him in 2008 after we had been dating about a year and lived in Chico
He looked like this

That picture actually makes my heart break a little, he was so poorly taken care of.  We found him at pug breeder who was selling him because she claimed she wasn't going to breed any more and he was one of her stud dogs (she kept breeding, she sucked).
He had never had a leash on, never played with a toy (he pooped all over the first toy we bought him) and was so used to living outside in the dirt, that he refused to walk on grass for a long time after we got him.

Now,  over 4 years later, he spends all day sleeping on couches

Or on beds

Or begging for food

Or doing what we call chinfers (resting his chin adorably on anything)

He is the sweetest little dog that ever was a dog.
He insists on always touching someone.
Lap sitting is his favorite hobby.
He loves food almost as much as laps.
He likes to wake up at 2:00am and pace around the bed until someone lifts up their covers for him to snuggle under.
His favorite snuggle positions are spooning or knee's butts (the crook of your knee).
He doesn't bark, he boofs.
He will heavy sigh at you if you move too much while doing lap sitting.
He tried to murder his brother for about a month after we adopted him and even ripped out a chunk of hair, but now they're best friends.
His feet smell like tortilla chips.
He once got kicked off a bus in San Francisco.
He is my first real fur baby.
I am his momma and I will love him always and always.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I'm having a really hard time getting myself to write this paper.
That is technically due tomorrow.
I'm having that thing where you sit in front of the computer and immediately get exhausted and your brain goes fuzzy and you can't write a coherent word, but then when you get finally decide to say eff it and go to bed, your heart starts racing from stress and panic about the paper and you can't sleep.
Does that happen to anyone else?
I'm a stress face.
BUT sunny side of all of this is I have 3 days left of this class, then 2 more classes (equaling 2 months), and then my last 2 months are writing my thesis/business project and then I'm done!
And you'll never have to hear me complain about grad school again!
Until then, here is a picture to distract you (me) for a minute.


I just realized I never posted about our recent trip to the East Coast.
We went mainly to visit my dad and step-monster (love you Monica), but also to celebrate our 1 year anniversary early.
And also, because we're both pretty obsessed with the area.
We want to hopefully move there one day, unless we move somewhere else.  UGH who knows.
We had some lazy days just hanging out at their gorgeous house, did our favorite touristy things in the city, spent a night alone in the city and had one of the tastiest/fanciest dinners of our lives, visited Annapolis for the first time (swoon), and above all else...rellllaxed.  Oh how needed it was.
Here are some pictures from what turned out to be an amazing trip.
Most cats of the world terrify me, but this one I love.  I think it's because he's so fat.  And acts like a dog.  And he has the sweetest little button nose.

At FDR's memorial

My dad's dog Oscar.  Love his sad little face.

Outside the air and space museum

One of my favorite places to be in the world. I  love love it in here.  It overwhelms me in the best way possible.

The infamous, "The bee was eye effing me" picture.

My dad & Monica's backyard is gorgeous and filled with nature.  Hubs loved it out there.

Where we sat and drank our coffee every morning, so peaceful.

Having an Italian step-monster is awesome (and fattening).

Margaritas with salt foam at Oyamel.

My men watching golf, this tugged at my heartstrings for sure.

Taking a wine break in Annapolis.

A random couple stood and watching us take these, it was awkward.  Then they asked Mike to take some of them.

Fried everything please!

Our cameraman for the trip.

Hub's favorite.

High Tea in Annapolis, MD.


Their backyard...dreamy.