salutations, dear readers. mr. charles here. it is my intention to catch you up on the happenings around my abode. today, i would like to focus my attention on video above. i know that you are thinking, “aawwhh, isn’t that just the cutest!” well, i would like to offer a counterpoint. you see, i happen to think that this crawling business is quite an annoyance. my parents brought this tiny human into our home and thus far, it has been bearable. i get the occasional face-lick in. sometimes i snatch up some tasty bits during feeding time. i am getting my fair share of lap time after that elinor is asleep. sometimes she makes a cute giggling sound at me. and i give her a bark in return. she even plays with me on the floor. we stretch out and roll around together. it is somewhat enjoyable. i endure her little human quirks because my parents seem to like it when i am pleasant toward her.
but, what i cannot abide…is tail pulling. do you see what she is doing to me in that video? what an atrocious display. that wicked gleam in her eye. and my own mother encouraging such behavior? and in such an obnoxious tone? reprehensible, i say. i insist that they gain control of this unruly lady, post-haste! i am sure that this will be no easy task. she seems to be quite determined.
i do hope that my outlook improves in the coming months. but i fear that it could become more trying. i have been hearing this “toddler” term being tossed about. and from what i understand, it could be an interesting time. as if that tiny human isn’t cheeky enough already. tsk. tsk. i suppose i will have to meet her spunk with an equal show of attitude. you have been warned.
i must say, i am starting to warm to this “elinor”. she smells good. and she has a pretty cute little face. i like to hang out with her in her toy paradise that mom bought for her amusement. boy, she is spoiled. where is MY toy paradise mom? regardless, she is a good playmate. sometimes i get to lick her fingers and the occasional ear or two. and once i tried to lick up some stuff that she spit out of her mouth, which i can only assume was for me, but mom would have none of that. apparently that is “gross charlie” and mom shooed me away. mostly, she just sits there and makes her tiny human sounds. i don’t quite understand her language but mom seems to. mom has started talking to her in goos and ghees and gahs and pfffs. the two of them sound pretty silly, if you ask me. i like to respond to all this nonsense with a sassy little grumble, just to stay involved in the conversation as to not be left out of any inside jokes.
all in all, life is good with the tiny human. if staring and drooling and swatting and batting and ear-tugging means love…then she must like me an awful lot.
well…things have really changed around here. we now have a tiny human living with us. you know that elinor that everyone was talking about? well, turns out she is a tiny human. she has some fur on her head which i like to sniff and occasionally groom with my tongue, only when my mom and dad aren’t looking. she makes funny sounds all the time – squeaks and hiccups and sighs. she also makes a really loud “waaahh” noise every so often. i don’t like that sound and i don’t think my parents like it either.
since bringing her home, coco and i have been trying to adjust. coco has accepted things rather quickly. she just wags her tail and visits from time to time before lying down on her furry blanket. i, on the other hand, have taken up my post as protector of the tiny human. from the first moment i met her, i knew that i needed to take care of her. this is my charge. i stand guard while mom feeds her and i stay on high alert whenever others come to our home and try to hold her. i do my best to make sure people don’t make her “waaahh”. and i sit nearby while she is eats and burps and sleeps – just to make sure that she isn’t disturbed.
i must say that i am quite enjoying my new life as elinor guardian. i think that we will get along rather swimmingly.
this was a very nice weekend. we have been so busy-busy that a couple days of down time sure felt good. hubby and i did a lot of relaxing, movie-watching, and snacking. we did have a laundry and ironing party on sunday evening so we weren’t complete bumps on a log. here’s to a fresh week!
just me and my man + a double date night with my parents at mellow mushroom + so cool inside + we were seated in the psychedelic room + a perfect salad + an amazing pizza to share + our weekend couch companions. some of the cutest little faces around + my beverage of choice: sparkling water with crushed ice and lots of lime + popcorn! + movie time. an oldie but goodie. you can’t go wrong with frank sinatra, bing crosby, grace kelly, and louis armstrong + consuming LOTS of cheese this weekend…cheese plate with fig and olive rainforest crisps with a side of marinated mozzarella + this fabulously sassy little face…coco is such a glamour-puss.
this was a big one. dinners with family, a birthday celebration, car races, and memorial day.
here is the pictoral plethora to prove it…
the weekend is here + a game of scrabble + we used all of the letters! such word nerds + quick stop at jimmy johns + my very handsome date + a tasty sandwich for him and a turkey, lettuce roll-up for me + can’t forget the chips and oatmeal cookie + our weekend entertainment…sherlock holmes season two and burn notice + the buddies enjoying some lap time + summertime sunshine + a refreshing pink drink for ben + homemade tostadas and enchiladas at the whitehouse home…sooo amazingly delicious + dessert: warm berries over graeter’s ice cream + off to the races! + some sunday brunch while we watch indy + hanging out with old family friends during our annual tradition + mr. charles being a good boy on his many car rides this weekend
today i would like to contemplate the idea of sharing. i don’t like to share. especially when papa gives me one of his socks to enjoy. how i love socks! i love to ball them up in my mouth and prance around the room as i proudly display my prize. i even have a little prance-dance that i like to do. it involves a waggily tail and squiggly behind. i puff up my chest and stroll about with a wide stance. once i have thoroughly strutted, i like to bring my soggy sock to papa and delicately place it at his feet. i don’t give it up willingly, of course. he has to risk my fierce nibbles in order to snatch the sock away. but, once he has it in his possession…the game begins. he will teasingly whip it back and forth, trying to throw me off my game. but, i’m no fool. i keep my gaze fixed on that sock. never wavering. until, the release! then, it is run and pounce time. it is also about this time when coco says “heeeyyy! how come i don’t get to play?” in the whiniest of voices [mama and papa just hear her little raspy bark, but i know what is really being said]. she stands back and barks while shooting a desperate glance or so to papa. meanwhile, papa and i keep at our play. i usually maintain this activity for about 4 minutes. after which, i will retire with my sock for a little nibble time on the floor. at this point, coco tries to get in on the fun. it usually starts with her facing me and trying to stare me down. when that doesn’t work, she will try to lick my eyeball which i can only imagine is just her feeble attempt to distract me. weird. then, she strategically bites the end of he sock and tries to paw at my face to get me to release. foolish girl. then, she will go at it from another angle to try to pull it from my mouth. nope. finally, she nibbles and nibbles to see if she can get close enough to my mouth for me to let the sock go. no cigar. this repeats for about 3 or so minutes until she relents or until i start up the fetching again.
mama thinks that i should “be sweet to my sister” and give her some of the sock. i disagree. when it comes to socks. you have to fight. you have to rip that sucker away from me. barking to mama won’t work. licking my eyeball will not work. i will not be manipulated or trifled with. i will admit that if i cannot be overtaken by fighting, all you really need to do is outlast me. this seems to work for coco. at some point, i become tired of the sock and decide that it is nap on the lap time. this is when coco can swoop in and take the sock. and, she does. of course, unlike me, coco likes to share. so she usually brings it over to me and tries to get some playtime started. she must like me or something. hmmm…
farewell to another wonderful weekend. and just like that, a new week is here. hubby and i made the most of every moment. we did some friday night grocery shopping and baking. then on saturday, i headed off to help at a bridal shower while ben had some boy’s time and took in a guy movie. then, we joined up again in the afternoon for some quick cleaning up…then it was off to dinner with ben’s sister and her hubby at windsor [yes, again...it just never gets old]. after all that, we took it easy on sunday and spent the afternoon watching a western and catching up on laundry. capped off with a sushi date night. it was a pretty great few days. over much too soon. but, another weekend is always right around the corner. until then, here are some of our favorite snaps.
here’s to a fabulous, fresh week!
windsor! + a quick little outdoor wait for a table…perfect atmosphere + the cool succulent planters + the boys + the gals + retro decor + hubby making a little gopher face for the camera + some serious menu surveying and discussion before making the final picks + appetizers…fondue and corn dog poppers + rachel’s selection: crab cake blt with mac and cheese + nathan’s selection: the windsor burger with fries [and plenty of ketchup] + my selection: the pastrami reuben with fries and cole slaw [yup, i got two sides] + hubby’s selection: the porkwich with mac and cheese + concluding the evening with some churn ice cream and cookies from next door + lazy times with the buddies + shogun sushi night…i’ve been so wanting some of this + starting with some tempura + enjoying a big plate of rolls. yum
happy monday! hubby and i feel mighty refreshed a ready to jump into a new week. we spent the weekend enjoying some tasty grub, watching movies, hanging with family, puttering around the house [as my mom would say], and celebrating palm sunday as we prepare for holy week. so many great moments together.
a friday date night at cb&cb + the crazy good menu chock full of cheesy deliciousness + a tall glass of icy water was in order to combat the increasing az heat + my prime dip…oh my + hubby’s o-lineman burger which consists of two patties smooshed together with cheese, sandwiched between two grilled cheese sandwiches [yes, it is extreme, but it was a gastronomical experience that could not be turned down] + a peak inside the yumminess + a scrumptious breakfast smoothie that feels like such a splurge! greek yogurt, coconut milk, protein powder, a few little squares of super dark chocolate, and plenty of cherries and blueberries. so frosty and amazing! + the buddies watching my week with marilyn. they too were quite enamored with miss monroe + our movie watching snack…sparkling ginger ale with prickly pear juice & freshly popped corn with a splash of butter and a sprinkling of white cheddar powder + our sunday morning drive to church for a palm sunday celebration. we had a guest speaker who is a wheaton college prof and an oxford c.s. lewis scholar. [dream job] can you imagine steeping your mind in the deep waters of c.s. lewis for a living? so cool.
this was a good one. the perfect mix of time with friends and time with just our little family. ben and i were feeling fairly tired by the end of last week so a low-key weekend at home was just what the doctor ordered. little things like watching a movie together and enjoying some home-cooked meals always seem extra-special when you have had a busy week. so here is a very simple collection of our favorite snaps from our lazy little weekend. don’t worry – i have more lively pics to share tomorrow from my office bowling party on friday.
so happy together + the buddies’ waggily tails and puppy dog faces, hoping that one of us will drop a tasty morsel for them to devour. no such luck + driving around in the arizona sun + rocking some pink lipstick + a stop at penzey’s spices for some flavorful goods + the penzey’s bumper sticker. too cute + list in hand…ready to shop it up at whole foods AND sprouts. double whammy + going green at whole foods…so excited for st. paddy’s day! going to make some super-delicious steak and guinness stew with mounds of seaside foam cheddar + miss coco chillin’ with her buddy + a bit of morning reading from the library of c.s. lewis + ticket for the chorale concert that ben accompanied + one of my absolute favorite meals…hubby’s huevos rancheros. oh. my. goodness. + our version of shrimp ‘n grits…spicy shrimp with mashed navy beans, carmelized onions, and cheddar + coco’s sleepy little face…we were very lazy and it felt so good.
oh man. does that picture make you want an ice cream sundae [or float or milkshake] or what? ahhh…old fashioned ice cream parlors. but alas, i still have 35 days left of sugar-free-ness [but who's counting?]
on a more positive note, it is so warm and amazing here! the sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy. in fact, i am even trying to plan some pool time in the coming weeks. i might as well embrace the warmth by sitting poolside while listening to music and reading a book. yet another part of the year when i am reminded of how blessed i am to live in arizona. we get to wear shorts while others are wearing snowshoes. i take my desert existence for granted. we have it pretty good.
this weekend, i have big plans to cook some good food, do some laundry, go for a run with ben, and give the dogs a bath. ahhh…the simple wonders of the weekend. it isn’t all about fêtes and feasts. sometimes the swanky and dapper life [nice blog name dropping, rachel] is just about enjoying the little things. the mundane tasks. the weekly chores. the domestic doings that make up a big part of life.
join me in savoring all the little bits of your weekend and finding adventure in the ordinary.