Things I love about Billy Ocean, as we celebrate his birthday, today:
getting ‘shotgun’ when it really makes a diffrence
seeing situations from a different perspective
teaching Charlie an awesome new trick!
sewing my finger into the sewing machine….
because it resulted in the purchase of these adorable bandaids!!!
leaving slightly comical/ passive aggressive notes
having people in my life who will put on my clothes, and those who will take a train out of their way just to make me smile.
getting exercise by being ridiculous
when a row of photos I’ve taken come up in a row on Facebook.
- Being stopped at the metal detector at the passport office, for a bottle of hot sauce in my purse. “Boss, is this considered a drink?” “Only if she’s Jamaican.”
- re-watching The Smoking Room
- getting cut off in a lunch line by a guy who insisted on buying my meal.
- rearranging my office space
- finally finding a way to stream I Love Lucy episodes
- catching one of those old trains with the orange seats
- pizza with bacon and eggs on it, from Robertas
- spelling things out phonetically with a phone operator. “V as in Vagina” “….ok, that was V as in Victory, correct?”
- teasing my hair up
- jumping jacks
- baking almost every day
- prematurely digging out my summer clothes for my trip to Thailand, next month
I used to do a “Things I Love Thursday”, except I guess I called it ohJoy…and it wasn’t usually on a thursday.
It was just a list of things I loved about life, when things were really bringing me down. Unfortunetly, it would take me so much time to think up enough things to love about life, that it was a rarely done.
This year, I’m going to try to make a goal of just being able to write down and take photos of more positive things, more often.
Heres a list of things I’ve loved about 2011, thus far.
fish cakes in my ramen
letting my hair grow
waking up next to a cuddly dog
real friends who dress like imaginary friends
having my hair done on an otherwise average day.
fresh challah bread from the bakery to make french toast (with nutella)
bubbles in my coffee
finding interior in inspiration in unlikely places. (my future bathroom will soon look like the locker room from Shutter Island)
food wrapped like presents.
weekly family dinner nights
Seeing this guy who is obviously from the abortion ad on the train, stand around with his girlfriend, uncomfortably.
having the first meal of the new year, with some of my favorite people.
This song because it’s beautiful.
“He always sounded like he was drinking champagne on a train and wise to the ways of the world.”
-Tom Waits talking about Teddy Edwards. (Also beautiful.)
other honorable mentions:
- strangers saying “happy new year” in passing, all over New York
- snowball fights
- when friends from different parts of my life, end up becoming friends
- extra olives in martinis
- japanese eraser toys
- Putting Annie Hall on repeat while I’m sick in bed. I’ll pass out and wake up to something that makes me smile, no matter what part of the movie is playing.
- being reminded that I’m missed
- Pushing Daisies or any program that involves narrative story telling, for that matter. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, lemony snicket’s a series of unfortunate events, ect…
This year was filled with things have permanently impacted my life. I never want to forget them. Heres a list of a few highlights:
- My new Kitchenaid mixer
- CANs Ege Bamyasi album
- Learning about gardening
- My weekend at Skate camp
- Meeting my dad
- Charlie, the pup
- Discovering the shortest route to JFK by train
- The clone tool, in Photoshop
- Cowboy steak (steak marinated with coffee grounds, brown sugar, salt, and pepper)
- The TWO times that chocolate almost killed my dog.
- Northeast Kingdom brunches
- Learning how to harvest marijuana
- Valentines Day.
- Learning to make my own jewlery
- My kangaroo suit, that I got for my birthday (thanks mom!)
- 5 hour long lunches on Tuesdays, with Bee.
- Poaching eggs in tomato sauce
- Learning that if you layer lipstick with powder, then another coat of lipstick, it’ll last much longer
- Living room hang outs with James, on Chatroulette
- Hitting rocks that made unusual sounds
- Learning how to edit videos
- Ginger dipped in dark chocolate
- Fracturing a rib, during a Mothers of Mercy/ Blacklisted show
- Owning a chinchilla for a few months
- Learning how to shuck oysters
- Always getting a motivational push from Bettina May
- Learning how to operate shot guts, handguns, and assault riffles
- Working in a bakery
- Creating the ShitJamesSaid twitter account
- My trip to Ellicott City, MD
- Not wearing pants at all for over a month
- learning how to make royal icing
- Knitting/ craft night failures with Sam
- Finding the easiest way to clean a handheld blender
- Eliminating boys who flirt by call me “tough guy” or “kid”, from my life.
- Getting to see The Specials play, thanks to Smo.
- How I Met Your Mother
- Going from the bar to the Today Show with Courtney
- My dorky love for Veronica Mars
- My introduction to Black Cat Espresso
I was pretty sure I learned everything there was to know about chocolate and dogs after my chiuhauha had once licked a Milky Way bar and my ex decided to google “how long chocolate death dog?”. The dog was fine and the google term became a running joke often repeated in a super hero voice.
Turns out the legitimate answer to how long it takes before chocolate can start to really kill a dog, is around 6 hours. Thats how long it takes for the caffeine in chocolate to fully absorb into your pups bloodstream and raise its heart rate to the point of inducing a seizure or making it pump at such an accelerated pace, that it just gives out. The darker the chocolate, the more the caffeine percentage, the more likely the outcome.
What the hell, Charlie? You can protect me from the undead but can’t handle a little bit of candy?!
Why do I know about it this time around? My room mate left an ounce of 70% dark chocolate out for Charlie while I was out, yesterday. When I came home she was really hyper and alert. Just tweakin out! My room mate kept saying they should pump her stomach or feed her hydrogen peroxide. I thought she was nuts but apparently both are theories that work. Only when caught almost immediately after the dog ingests, though.
The emergency vet told me that her heart rate was over twice of what it should be. Indicating that the caffeine had already set in, making it too late to pump her little stomach. The only thing they could do at that point, is pump her full of water and charcoal in order to filter the toxins through her kidneys. Basically the same regimen that our household gives ourselves after a night of hard drinking. Something I went to after I saw the vet bill.
So heres what I’ve learned of what to do when you’ve poisoned your dog:
- Do not waste your time calling poison control. They don’t deal with animals.
- Don’t waste your time calling the ASPCA hotline. The try to charge you $65 dollars for advice, which in these cases, is always “take your pet to the vet”
- If you’re dog ate milk chocolate, I wouldn’t panic too much because of the low cacao percentage.
- If you’re dog ate dark chocolate, I’d suggest a quiet panic, as to not excite the canine any more.
- If you’re dog eats it within an hour or so, try force feeding it peroxide to induce puking. (1 tsp for smaller dogs, 2 tsp for larger dogs)
- According to this article, my toy poodle would have been able to digest charcoal pills. In retrospect, I should have given her a charcoal pill while continuously force feeding her water for 24 hours. I may have still be able to pay my rent next month, if I had known.
Luckily, she’s alright and I get to pick her up from the hospital soon enough to be able to watch Saturday Night Live together.