Monday, December 19, 2011

Catch-up & other ramblings

The month of December has flown by.

Let's recap, shall we?

  • The past few weeks have been really busy but really fun.  We attended a friend's Christmas party with Tess and Joel.   We did a wine exchange (white elephant type thing) which was fun. TG and I left with two kinds we hadn't tried before.  Tess snapped this picture at the party. (And yep, same dress...different colors. Great minds think alike!)

  • The next week I spent three days laying around with one bad cold. (And watching a lot of Real Housewives of name it)

  • Last weekend, we celebrated Christmas with TG's dad and step mom.   We had reservations for iNG but they called that day to let me know they had a power outage and had to close for the night. Boo. We ended up eating at a new restaurant, Vera.  Vera really exceeded my expectations.  It's tapas and each plate that came out was better than the last.  I think I will do a review of Vera in a separate post. 

  • The family I nanny for gifted me the cutest little Chicago book and this adorable Tory Burch make-up case. Lurve!
  • I leave on Thursday for NC.  I'm so excited to see my family and friends.
  • I still have a significant amount of Christmas shopping left to do.  I've never been this last-minute before.  It makes me really slightly anxious. As much as I love shopping in Chicago, I do not love the Christmastime shopping crowds. Not one bit. 
  • I bought a bag of Christmas peanut butter M&Ms on Sunday.  Well, it's Tuesday and the 3/4 of the bag is gone. You do the math. The holiday season has a way of tossing some extra pounds my way.  
  • So there you have it. A little recap. Hope you all are enjoying the season and have more shopping done than me. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Doggie Dilemma.

It may not be officially winter yet, but it certainly feels like it in Chicago. (I know, I know, it only gets worse.)

Recently, I read on our vet's website that the salt they use to de-ice (defrost?) the roads and sidewalks can be harmful for dog paws. I'm guessing we will be seeing a lot of salt in the next few months.  Am I being ridiculous?

Against TG's wishes, I have started the hunt for dog shoes and coats.  If they need winter gear, you can bet it is going to be cute. I don't really think Barkley needs a coat but I saw Chip shivering the other morning and felt bad for his short-haired self.

Here's what I'm thinking:
....They look silly, but it's really more about function.

At least Barkley & Chip aren't going to be subject to the humiliation that these would surely bring...
Seriously, I can't look at those without laughing. 

They also have disposable ones.  Have you ever tried dog shoes (either kind)?

This coat is from Land's End. I like this option because it's not too frou frou looking but will keep the pups warm and dry when things turn ugly here.

Then of course, there's always this too.  Just kidding.

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