Weekend Recap

Hi everyone!

I’ve finally recuperated from my hectic, yet short, weekend in Ohio/Michigan.  And, I have lots to share with you!

{d&k} had a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner (one day early).  We went to one of our favorite restaurants, Spaghetti Warehouse.  I think everyone had the same idea as us because it was busy!  But, we didn’t mind.  The food was yummy and the company was even better.

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Look how handsome my date is 🙂

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Love this place!

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Yum! Too bad I filled up on bread and had to take the majority of this home as leftovers. But, the nice this is I got to enjoy for 2 days instead of one.

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Valentine’s Day pug love. What could be cuter?!

On Valentine’s Day, K dropped me off at the airport to fly back to Michigan. He basically kicked me out for the weekend. At least, that’s what I told him. He was sad to see me go, but he is the one that got the bestest and me tickets for MB20. So, like I said, he kicked me out for the weekend.

Friday was a busy, busy day. I did manage to sneak in a quick lunch with B, which was unexpected and fantastic! And, I stopped by my cousin’s house to check out all of her old baby items. She said she needed to clean out her basement and I could take what I wanted. Wahoo! So, I loaded up my sister’s car with a car seat and base, high chair, some toys, and 2 huge bins of clothes. I left the car seat, high chair, and toys with my parents. Those will be one less thing we have to travel with. I then had to figure out how to get all the clothes home. I knew I would be bringing some clothes back, so I packed a large suitcase that had plenty of extra room. What I didn’t know is how many clothes I would be getting. So, I decided to buy another checked bag and borrow my parents large suitcase. By the time I left, both suitcases were jam-packed, both weighing in at just under 40 pounds. Whoa, that was close. But now, Mini Mullan’s closet is stocked!!

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The loot! Thanks, cousin!!

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Mini Mullan’s closet. This isn’t including the full dresser! Seriously, I have the best cousin evah!

Friday night, bestest picked me up for our date and we went to our favorite Mexican restaurant for dinner (what else would we have eaten?!) then went on to the concert. MB20 was amazing! We’ve been to so many of these shows together, our first being back in 1996. Rob Thomas made a few comments about coming to Toledo since 1996 and then he said that they’ve been touring for 17 years. I did the math and holy cow, we are old! We’ve been going to MB20 shows together for 17 years. Holy cow. Now, tell me who the true fans are!!

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Woohooo, let the fun begin! We had awesome seats…thanks K!

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Sorry that it’s fuzzy…it was dark and from my phone camera. But, look how happy we are!

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Bestest took much better photos with her camera. I will steal them for you guys. But, you get the point!

On Saturday, I had lunch with my parents (yep, you guessed it, Mexican!) and then spent the rest of the day hanging out with family. Then, we had a great dinner with the whole family and my grandparents. I tried to stay up past 9pm, but I was exhausted. Baby shopping and a concert really wear a pregnant girl out, haha. Then, sadly, I was up at 6am to head back to the airport. It was a super short but fantastic weekend. Thanks for kicking me out, K!

And, in 2 weeks, we’ll be back in Ohio/Michigan for our baby shower! We will be there for a few more days, so we will be able to spend more time with everyone. We can’t wait!

So, that was my busy weekend. How was yours?

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

Last pug bombing

Hello friends,

The humans said they want their blog back, so today is our last post…for now.  Little do the humans know that I have the Mac power cord in my bed.  Ha ha ha.

We (the pugs) wanted to leave you with something good on our last pug bombing day.  Something to make you laugh.  Something to get you through this Friday.  So, this is what we’ve settled on.

Go ahead.  Laugh at this big, dumb animal.  DW (oops, we mean grandpa), this is for you:

Source: youtube.com via Dani on Pinterest

 

 

No way would we ever fall for something like that. Wait. What’s that? I smell peanut butter. Gotta go!

Still still pug bombed

Ha ha!  We’re still here.  We (the pugs) kind of like this whole blogging thing.  Maybe we need our own blog.  The humans don’t leave the computer very often, so we’d have to be sneaky about it.  But, we’re pugs so we are pretty good at being sneaky.

We found this and couldn’t stop laughing snorting.  The humans don’t use bad words on the blog, but us pugs like ’em.  So, don’t tell the humans this has bad words in it.

Source: theoatmeal.com via Dani on Pinterest

 

 

If you click on the picture, it will take you to the website to view a larger version of it. Try not to laugh too hard. Although, if food comes out of your nose…dibs!

The pugs

Office Re-Do, DIY Part 2 – Fruit Crate Bookcase

And, we’re onto Part 2 of my Office Re-Do with another DIY for you.

Remember those free fruit crates?

Well, I took those fruit crates and turned them into this:

I made custom bookcases for less than $45. Can you believe it?!

Here’s the how-to:

1. Acquire crates. Call your local market, grocery store, or farmer’s market to see if they have any fruit crates that they don’t need. Ours either give them away or throw them out. They just happened to have 6 large crates (I mean large, 3′ x 2′) the day we called and said we could have them. Drive over, load up the truck, drive home, and admire your free crates!

2. Sand, sand, sand. These things were in bad shape. Giant splinters sticking out from everywhere.  And, I got to put my new, birthday sander to the test.  He did a great job!  I’ll keep him around.

3. Prime. We decided we were going to paint these crates instead of stain them. I wanted to add some color to my office. So, in order for the paint to stick to these crates, we primed them. It took a few hours to get in all the nooks and crannies of these crates, but well worth it in the end since it only took one coat of paint!

4. Paint. But, make sure when you open your paint can, you don’t spill on the driveway. Thankfully, it was on the driveway. Aaaannnnnddddd, it’s such a lovely color, I think it spruces up the cement, don’t you?!  I always recommend choosing an obnoxious color, like bright coral. There is nothing better than waking up to a flourescent bookcase!


5. Attach crates together. The crates are pretty heavy, so we were a little concerned with them toppling over, once we added the third crate. So, we braced them together with 2 1 x 4s along the back. We had these lying around the house, so it didn’t cost us any extra for the project. You can also screw each crate into each other. I wanted to be able to move the crates, so only screwing the brace along the back worked for us.


6. Place in room. These were made for my office, to hold books and yarn. Be careful when bringing these huge bookcases into the house because there will be pugs below you. Even if you don’t have pugs, still be aware of the pugs!

7. Begin filling with your treasures. No, not those treasures. These treasures:

So, there you have it. A super cheap, super easy DIY Fruit Crate Bookcase. I hope you enjoy making yours as much {d&k} did. And, if you have any questions throughout your DIY, let me know!

Thanks for stopping by! Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

K always has to be the center of attention…

 

K is always the center of attention.  He’s good at it too.  And, he’s pretty funny.  (Just a little.  We can’t make him think he’s really funny because then it will go to his head.)

 

 

{d&k} had a date night on Wednesday.  We went out to eat (Olive Garden, thanks to a birthday gift card from my parents) and to see a Second City show in downtown Big D.

 

The show was hilarious!  There was not as much audience participation and improve as I thought there would be, but it was still very funny.  There was a skit in the middle of the show where the comedians went around interviewing audience members as if they just left a voting booth for the election.  They slowly made their way around the theater, asking people questions and then making fun of them for their answers.

 

Well, guess who they stopped at next?  Yep, k.

 

They asked him some “election” questions.  Laughed a bit.  Then the comedian asked k was his sign was.  K’s reply, “Yield.”  Nerd.  Everyone laughed.  K’s face turned red.

 

Then, the comedian said they were going to play a word association game.  He said he would say a word and k would have to say the first thing he thinks of.  The comedian said, “Unicorns.”  K said, “Yes.”  What?!  Nerd.  Everyone laughed.  K’s face turned a brighter shade of red.

 

The comedian finally finished up with him and then the other comedians jumped in on making fun of k a little more.  He was such a good sport!  It was very funny!  And, I am so thankful that k was on the end of the aisle and not me!!

 

They also had a ton of skits making fun of chain restaurants, like Applebee’s, Chili’s, and you guessed it, Olive Garden.  I thought that was especially funny since we had eaten there right before!

 

So, {d&k} had a great date night!  And, it was super cheap.  We used a gift card on dinner.  The tickets were Pay What You Can tickets, which are tickets that you basically get to name your price.  Some shows allow an entire night of PWYC tickets, or some just use them to fill seats.  So, I paid $4.00 for 2 tickets (some people get them for a penny!  I didn’t want to seem too cheap, incase we buy again in the future.  They might remember me!!).  The most expensive part of the night was parking for $10.  I love cheap date nights!!

 

 

Have you had any good date nights lately?  Oh, you need a sitter?  Well, I have two very capable pugs that absolutely love children! They also offer the Pay What You Can option.  Usually in the form of dog treats.  They will be waiting by the phone for your call.  But, just a word of advice….hide any of your kid’s stuffed animals.  Elvis does bad, bad things to stuffed animals.

 

 

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little too comfortable

 

Uma, the greyhound, has been getting a little too comfortable on the couch.

 

Every morning, the pups wake up around 6am to go outside and eat breakfast.  After that, they want to go back to bed.  So, the pugs come back to the bedroom with me and Uma stays in the family room.  I usually wait for her to lay down in her bed before I go back to my bedroom.

 

Once I get up for the day, I take the pugs out to the family room with me, and I always find the same thing…

 

Uma hopping off the couch.

 

Now, this may not seem like  big deal, but the pups are not allowed on the couches.  I hate cleaning off dog fur, so they’ve been banned.  But, Uma thinks that if we are not around, she can hop on the couch whenever she wants.  Sneaky giant greyhound.

 

K told me he caught her on the couch one morning last week and she tried to tip-toe off the couch.  She wouldn’t even make eye contact with him, her head down in shame.  If I can’t see dad, dad can’t see me.  

 

I can picture her now…laying in the corner of the sectional couch, on all the comfy pillows.  Belly up.  All four paws stretched out in the air.  Head back.  Eyes closed.  Snoring.  And her tongue sticking, just barely, out of her mouth.  ON MY COUCH.

 

I’ve tried to get her to come back into the bedroom with the pugs and me in the morning, but instead, she walks over to her bed and plops down, letting out this ridiculously loud sigh and closing her eyes.  Once she’s down, there is no way of moving her.

 

We are at the point now, that when we spot her on the couch, all we do is gasp really loud and she hops off and scrambles over to her bed and quickly plops down in it.

 

I don’t know why she doesn’t want to lay in her own bed.  It’s way nicer than my bed.  And definitely nicer than the couch.  She is spoiled, I know.  I think she doesn’t want us to have nice things.  She’s claiming them all.  Is that what it means when I catch her using a pug as a pillow?  Mine.  This one’s mine too.  Ooh, and that one.  Mine.

 

We have a toddler in greyhound form.

 

Do your pups think they owe everything in your house?  Sneaky little animals.

 

 

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I should have napped

 

Happy Monday, everyone!  I’m saying this after multiple cups of coffee and hitting snooze ’til the last possible minute.  Ugh.  It was hard to get up today.  We had a fantastic weekend with friends.  Laughed way too hard.  Spent time at the dog park with the pups.  Ate really good food (go me for finding yummy recipes, hehe!).  And stayed up way too late Friday and Saturday.  I should have napped.

 

 

I think that needs to be my new slogan…I should have napped.  It has a nice ring to it, dontcha think?!

 

Anyways, I’m struggling today.  Anybody else?  But, it’s probably a little too late for me to nap.  Then I wouldn’t be able to fall asleep tonight and I’d be a mess tomorrow.  It’s a vicious cycle.   Ugh.  Oh well.  I’ll just go drink more coffee.  If you see me running laps around my house, don’t worry.  I probably just drank an entire pot of coffee and have some caffeine to burn off.   No big deal.

 

So {d&k} leave for Ohio on Wednesday night!  We’ll be in town until Sunday, visiting with family & friends.  We are pumped!  I am, however, dreading flying.  I don’t mind flying.  I just feel that I’ve been on a plane waaaaaaaaayyyy too much the last few months.  And, I’ve spent too much time at airports lately.  No more!  Well, until Christmas, anyways.

 

 

I should have napped.

 

 

I’m so sleepy right now.  But, that’s motivation to get my tail to bed early tonight.  Any bets that I won’t get to bed before 11?!  Me, me!  I bet I won’t get to bed before 11.

 

The pugs are napping.  Oskar is napping hard.  I can hear him snoring from a room away.

 

Uma is napping.

 

The dog-cats are napping.

 

EVERYONE IS NAPPING.  But not me.  Sniff.

Ok, that’s enough whining for a Monday.  Thanks for listening.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that you are very well-rested today!

Enjoy your day,
{d&k}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45 mph Couch Potato

Yes, that’s the nickname for retired greyhounds.  That is exactly like Uma.  A very, very fast-when-she-wants-to-be, lazy, sneak-up-on-the-couch-when-your-not-looking, couch potato.  That’s my girl!

So, retired greyhounds love to lay around.  Usually on something soft, like the couch (too bad Uma is not allowed on ours, which doesn’t seem to stop her).  They also love to run.  But, only on their terms.  Which they should have terms.  I mean, they spend the first 3-7 years of their life racing and being treated poorly.  I think at this stage in their lives, they should want to run.

So, where am I going with this story?

Well, it turns out, Uma loves to run.  She’ll sprint in the backyard, from corner to corner, hockey-stopping in each corner to turn and run back, taking out pugs and sticks that get in her way.  Occasionally, she’ll run into me if I’m not quick enough to get out of her path.  Who needs knees?!

Then, there are the days where we forget to close the back gate and Uma takes a little stroll through the neighborhood.  Now, the pugs get out too, but they don’t get very far.  Short legs and all.  And, we can usually distract them by shouting “treat” or “wanna go to grandma’s.”  But when Uma is out, she’s in her own little world and just wants to run.  The past few times this has happened, we’ve only found her because she walked into a neighbor’s backyard and couldn’t find her way out (greyhounds are not very smart).

So, on Saturday, {d&k} and KT went to the pool.  We left through the backyard and back gate and left it open because we would be back in an hour or so.  Well, we decided to enter through the front door this time.  And, we immediately went to let the pups out into the backyard.  Oops.  Well, about a minute too late, KT sees that the back gate is open and all dogs are gone.  Great.

And, the search begins.  K takes off after Uma on foot.  I grab the car and KT stays in the front yard in case she comes back (which is highly unlikely).  I lose k and just start driving through the neighborhood, calling Uma’s name.  I swing by the house twice to see if KT has seen Uma or k.  Nothing.  And, of course, none of us grabbed our phones.  I decide to head over to the park to see if she wandered over there and as soon as I cross the street, I see k walking a very tired Uma back towards our house.

Poor k.  He chased her all over the neighborhood and was about 10 feet behind her the whole time but couldn’t catch up to her.  She led him though the back alleys (where we all keep the garbage cans) and through people’s yards.  And, since he was wearing flip-flops and couldn’t run in them, he kicked them off and ran barefoot (we’ll come back to this brilliant part of the story).  So k and Uma were in pretty rough shape when they got back.  Uma was probably gone for at least a half hour.  A greyhound can get pretty far in that amount of time.

The rest of the morning, k and Uma laid around, panting.  Yes, both of them.  K’s feet also hurt from running barefoot, through alleys.  That’s one way to start off a Saturday morning!

Back to k’s flip-flops…

So, after k and Uma get back, k tells us that he kicked his flip-flops off on a corner.  A corner?  Yes, that’s correct.  K didn’t remember what corner.  He thought he knew one of the roads, but wasn’t sure the crossroad.  KT volunteered to go look for the flip-flops.  After being gone quite a while, k went out looking for KT.  (Do you see a pattern for the day?!)  They both return with no flip-flops.  K then takes my car out to look for them.  He, again, returns empty-handed.  We decide that the flip-flops are gone for good.  Maybe someone stole them.  Maybe someone didn’t have shoes and this was their lucky day.  Maybe two kids are now using them as swords (have you see the size of k’s shoes?!).  Who knows.  But, I like to think those super-cute, very comfy, North Face flip-flops are in a better place.

K, why didn’t you just carry the flip-flops with you?  They weigh all of 6 oz.  You could have easily held on to them while running.  Right?!  But, instead, he kicked them off and pouted all day yesterday because he didn’t have any flips flops to wear.

So, yesterday we were on a mission to find him new flip-flops.  After a lot of searching and k becoming more and more discouraged, we found him 2 new pairs!  Congratulations, k!  He was only going to buy 1 pair.  I made him get both pairs.  With his luck, we’ll be providing very nice pairs of flip-flops for every household in the neighborhood.  Keep them on your feet, k!

So, that was our weekend.  How exciting!  And, I’m sure, entertaining for you.  How was your weekend?

Thanks for stopping by!  Enjoy your day,
{d&k}