1 year!

A year ago, this was us:

Jam-packed into the car, getting ready for our 20 hour drive from Ohio to Texas, with 3 drugged cats and 3 dogs.  Wow, what an adventure.


I can’t believe it’s been a year already.  Time flies by when {d&k} are having fun!


Oh, and just a little reminder about the Jesuit Christmas Bazaar tomorrow, 9-5, at Jesuit High School.  Stop by and visit me at The Polka Dotted Pug booth!


Enjoy your weekend,


What You Missed

Hello friends!

I have a treat for you….I actually took a lot of pictures over the weekend.  Aren’t you proud?!  And happy?!  Of course you are.

Well, let’s not delay.  Here you go….

We went to the Fort Worth Music Fest on Friday night. We had a great time, even though it was raining! And, we got to see quite a few bands and really liked 2 of them. Check out Sons of Fathers and The Wheeler Brothers. You’re welcome.

There were food trucks everywhere! I love food trucks! And, these had fantastic food choices. But, I’m not good at eating while standing up and holding an umbrella (and Princess k with his paw in a cast can’t hold anything) so we decided not to get any food. They also had an ice cream food truck AND a 7-Eleven Slurpie truck! Heaven. Again, I couldn’t balance everything, so no Slurpie for me. Next time.

This was take 435. K kept making goofy faces. Way to go, k. I think he does this to me on purpose.

{d&k} were out running errands and stumbled upon these gems. K’s head was too big for his headband, haha. People were staring. It was awesome. If you can’t stop in the middle of the store, throw on awesome Halloween ears, and pose for a photo, we can.not be friends.

We also found Halloween costumes for the cats. Now, we do not dress them up. Normally. The dogs, yes. Cats, no. Until now. And, may I add, that k was okay with it!

I though Charlie should have the black and white bow tie because he’s already wearing a tuxedo. Then, k chimed in with, “Yea, and the blue tie will look great with Sebastian’s gray fur suit.” Wow. K is now a cat stylist. Bring your kitties over and k will send them home with a fabulous new outfit.

We also had to go to Target. Had.to. Damn you, Target and your cute items.

AND…guess what time it is?! CANDY CORN time!

Damn you, Target and your delicious candy corn, in many different shapes, sizes, and flavors. I just had to get them all.


It definitely felt like we did a lot more over the weekend, but the pictures don’t show that.  Hah.  I guess I didn’t take pictures of me doing laundry, walking the pups, cooking, and all those other “fun” things.  You’re welcome for that!


Thanks for stopping by!
Enjoy your day,

One Week

One week.

That’s how long it will be until I see my k again.  7 days. 

They cannot come soon enough. 

This has been the longest month ever.  Even longer than the month of October when k moved to Texas before me. 

I also miss my little, squishy faced dogs.  And the big, dumb dog too. 

I can’t wait to be back in my own bed, cuddled up with k and a pug or 2.  Hurry up, 7 days! 

But, I will say that this week will be the busiest week since I’ve been here, so hopefully these next 7 days will fly by.  I shouldn’t even have that much time to think about it.  So, I guess I have that going for me. 

Ok, let’s go, 7 days.  Quickly!


Enjoy your day,

Dogs for Sale

Forget selling them…I’m giving them away!  Who wants a few squeaky, noisy little mongrels?  Ok fine, I’ll keep them.  But, I’m not happy about it.  They are driving me crazy!  K’s been out-of-town and whenever he leaves, they are wholly terrors!  They are perfect little angels when he’s here, though.  Monsters.

That’s the problem with working from home…if they are driving me crazy, I can’t do much to get away from them.  Usually I just send them all outside, but since we’ve had a monsoon the last few days, that hasn’t been an option.  But, my neighbors have had their pups outside and the minute one of them barks (which is very often, especially since all of my neighbors have dogs) then my monsters start barking and then it’s all over.  Chaos breaks out.  They start running through the house to figure out what the neighbor dogs are barking at.  Then there’s poor little Oskar, who starts barking 20 minutes after the fact, just when the other 2 have calmed down, and then they get going again.  It’s a never-ending vicious cycle.

And, I just discovered that my neighbors across the street and I have the same. exact. doorbell.  So, maybe this wouldn’t be a problem if they haven’t had the AT&T person there every.day.this.week.  So when their doorbell rings, so does mine.  And remember how I have the attention span of a gnat?  Well, as soon as the doorbell rings, the dogs go crazy and take off running to the door, with me trailing behind them trying not to slip on the wood floors.  Only to get to the door, see the AT&T truck across the street and remember that we have the same doorbell.  Everyday this week, folks.  What is wrong with me?  (I always think I’m getting a package.  I haven’t ordered anything!  Why do I think someone is sending me something?!)   Then, it takes a good 20 minutes to calm the pups down and try to convince them someone is in fact NOT here.  As soon as they calm down, Oskar finally “gets it” and starts barking again.  That pup is so slow!  (Remember that never-ending vicious cycle?)  Now, all of the dogs are barking again and I’ve completely given up on trying to quiet them down, so I join in.  I start running up and down the hallways, pugs sliding into doors because their little feet can’t get traction on the wood floors.  Cats jumping up on the couch so they don’t get trampled, because, let’s face it…who would stop for a cat?  Not us!  They should know better and get out-of-the-way.

This has been my day, everyday this week.  This could be the cause of my massive headache.  And, I want to unplug the doorbell and see if I can change the ring, but I have to wait until the pups are outside because as soon as you plug it back in, it dings.  And, we’ve already had our fun for today.  Trust me on that one.

And, what do you know…as I type this post about how much the mongrels are driving me crazy, Pug 1 and Pug 2 are cuddled up next to me, under the covers (apparently they are chilly), behaving like perfect little angels.  Maybe I should threaten them with a blog post selling them more often!

I hope you are having a less chaotic week than me!
Enjoy your day,


Well, the drive across the country was a success!  We all arrived in one piece, including Elvis, who I thought for sure would get punt-kicked out the window as we drove across the state line.

The trip was pretty uneventful, which for us is a feat in and of itself.  We decided to drive straight through, instead of stopping in Memphis and staying over night.  We thought the pups and cats would get worked up being transported to a hotel and then back to the car.  The cats were sedated by a lovely little pink pill from the vet (HUGE shout out to West Toledo Vet for making our cross-country drive a peaceful one).  The pups slept pretty much the entire way and were so well-behaved, I wasn’t actually sure they were our dogs.  Weird.  But, no worries, today they are back to their devilish, selective listening selves.

The trip itself was supposed to take 18 hours, but we knew it would be longer with the pups.  We stopped 5 times (a few were the pups needing a break and a few were me.  Hehe, small bladder) and it ended up taking us 20 hours.  So, overall not bad.  It was a long time in the car, but k and I took turns driving every 4ish hours and that made the time go by pretty quickly.

Since we got in at 5am this morning, we slept the rest of the morning and then spent the day running errands and trying to get things ready around here for the movers to bring our stuff on Friday.  Yes, that’s right, Friday.  4 days from now.  I miss my stuff.  Sniff.  But, we did get a lot accomplished today, including finding ourselves a new mattress which will be delivered tomorrow! Woohoo.  So, even though we won’t have our bed frame until Friday, at least we won’t have to sleep on the air mattress all week (it is not fun when k gets off the air mattress and catapults me to the floor.  He finds it hilarious though.  Not funny k, not funny).   We did however strike out trying to find a baby gate in this ginormous city.  You’d think of the 2 Walmarts, a Target, a Petco, a PetSmart, and a handful of places we called, that one of those would have a baby gate to lock the pups in the kitchen for less than $100.  Nope.  None.  I can’t believe I am going to say this but, I was so sick of shopping today!  It was frustrating.  It was all my fault that I forgot to pack up the baby gates and left them in Toledo.  But, I didn’t think it would be that hard to find them here.  Thank goodness for Amazon!!  On a better note, our landlord told us we are allowed to paint (happy dance) so my week will now be filled with paint, paint, and more paint.  I love painting!!  So, this will make these 4 more days without our “stuff” easier to get through.

So, that pretty much sums up our last couple of days.  I just want to leave you with a little conversation from the road trip:

{d} – k, can you check on Sebastian?  He’s spent the last hour meowing and I think something is wrong.

{k} – Umm, yeah…he’s fine.

{d} – Why is he meowing so much then?

{k} – Well, he’s sort of upside down.  And I don’t think he can find his tail.

{d} – WHAT?!

{k} – Kitty crack.  He’s high.

{d} – Should I be worried.

{k} – Nope, he’s fine.


Enjoy your day!