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happy-keep-your-eye-on-the-ball-friday to you m’loves!

almost three years ago this great pyrenees/anatolian shepeard-mix adopted us.

we sought out this breed for its instincts to guard the family and property.

those genetics have run true; jones’ bark sets off car alarms, miles away, and he may or may not have caused a poor u.p.s man to have wet himself. 

but he is ONLY bark.

his nickname, even with a seven month old in the house, is “THE baby.”

we’ve never had a more sweet-tempered pup, who has no clue how large and ferocious he appears to others.

his first night home he was so terrified of the staircase, he’d never seen one before, he cowered in the kitchen until morning; and at three years old he had definitely never slept inside, on a bed.


flash forward to today, and he now is the most cuddly snuggler in the house.

this article on a rescue dog’s first bed and bone reminded me of those precious days with our baby jones.

here are a few other things i’m loving this week:


when it comes to germs i’m most stringent about phones, tablets, my laptop, my car, etc; i wipe those suckers down relentlessly.

imagine my delight to discover these well kept wipes, portable, anti-bacterial wipes made especially for delicate materials such as lenses, computer screens and phones. they come in six different palettes, two of which benefit charities: drive + karagoto {no brainer there.} these are perfect stocking stuffers and or holiday gifts.

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where do i begin?

how about every time i eat these trader joe chips karen carpenter starts singing:

“why do birds suddenly appear?”

people!!!???? it’s fucking “thanksgiving dinner” in a potato chip!

case closed.

mic drop.

and the heavens opened.



they’re vegetarian.



actually, i don’t want to know.

it could be a recipe of arsenic and rat vomit for all i care.

all fine with me…..tastes like a delicious, thanksgiving dinner.

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a giant thank you and major love to brandie bernoskie. she is my web designer and go-to-person for all things tech. she gave a beautiful make-over this weekend. generous with her time, energy, and talent there is no one better, and SO reasonable, in the business. please don’t hesitate to use brandie for any of your web desires.

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i recently devoured lauren goff’s fates and furies, an engrossing look into two sides of a marriage. the characters so fleshed out i swear i would know the wife’s scent if she walked into this room right now {i imagine her smelling like a glorious, east-coast forest.}

so thoroughly satisfied i was, until i started reading reviews of people trying to compare it to “gone girl,” whereupon i grew fangs, claws and had my version of an online knife-fight. paralleling fates and furies to gone girl is like matching up gone with the wind to django unchained–yes they’re both set in the south with landowners and slaves…but THAT is it; don’t let the gone girl comparison dissuade you.

i just started the much-hyped city on fire by garth risk hallberg. so far i’m only five pages into the 944 page leviathan, which ambles through different lives and social strata of 1970’s new york; so far though, this .0005% of the novel is already gripping.

and i leave you with some ms. elliot. her newest single, wtf {where they from} does NOT disappoint.

weekend happy to you m’loves!

take the boundaries down, keep those hearts foolishly open, go hug a cactus! even if it’s from afar, cacti still need love.

see you on the other side of sunday.

until then let’s keep in touch! facebook/instagram 

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