Saturday, May 27, 2006

Meetup was fun!

Totally rocked. I met some cool pugs and nice people.
Can't wait to show y'all the pics!

In the meantime, check out the side effects of this drug.

- Tyler

Friday, May 26, 2006

Whole lotta pug

Tyler: Great news, y'all!

My folks are takin' me to a meetup. I've been to some very small meetups, but there will be around 10 pugs at this one! It's in the morning before it gets hot outside, and we'll be in a fenced in yard. You know what that means? NO LEASH!

This is gonna rock. Right, Mom?

Puggyspice: Of course! You and Zoey are going to have such a great time.

Tyler: What are you talkin' about? Zoey's not coming.

Puggyspice: Yes she is, your grandma is bringing her! Then your dad is going to take you both home to play together while grandma and I go shopping.

Tyler: No.
*pitiful stare*

Nooooo. Thought you guys loved me.
Why you gotta bring her?

Puggyspice: Tyler! Be nice. She's your cousin. And besides, you always act like she gets on your nerves, but when she walks away you just go back for more.

Tyler: What's that got to do with anyth...

Puggyspice: SHUSH!

Tyler: Okay, fine.
Geez! Someone better get you off that pill 'cuz it's not making you any sweeter.

Puggyspice: Grrrrr. Yet another instance of your cuteness saving you! Anyway, check out these pics. Do you remember these pugs from the meetup last year?

Tyler: Yeah! That's Daisy giving me a kiss.

Tyler: This is a really cute pup named Zoey. And it's not my cousin either. My silly cousin wasn't even born yet!

Tyler: Here I am playing with Max.

Tyler: Max's tongue hangs out so far because he is a survivor of heat stroke.

Tyler: Scruffy's folks made him dress like a bunny. Mom said I don't have to wear a costume 'cause I look so good "au natural."

Puggyspice: And no pug meetup is complete without...

Tyler: THE END!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Hormone hell revisited

Question for all women who will share your experiences:

Do you or have you used the Pill and if so, which one(s)? What were your experiences?

I have just started Ortho Tri-cyclen which is supposed to help acne. Well I didn't have much of a problem with that anyway, but NOW just under a week into the pill, my face is breaking out like it did in high school! And mood swings, headaches, etc. are worse. The nurse said "no way" could I be having side effects this early. HELLO! I know my body and when something is off. But it could just be an adjustment. I just don't want to have horrible skin for the wedding day, which is under three months from now. Engagement pictures are next weekend. Call me vain but the one thing we are splurging on for the wedding is PICTURES and the idea of having them ruined by big bumps that I didn't have to deal with BEFORE going on the pill... it's sickening.

I have read that Alesse may help acne. Then again, I read that it makes it worse. Ortho is supposed to make it better NOT ruin one's skin! And this is the name brand too (not the generic that got recalled because people were getting pregnant while taking it) so it shouldn't mess with me like this.

Obsessive thinking, anyone?

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Twenty-nine percent

Monday, May 15, 2006

Tag time

Courtesy of DKM, I have been tagged.

Accent – North Carolinian with a hint of somethin' else
Booze of choice – Lemon with a splash of water
Chore I hate – Litterbox, cleaning bathtub, dusting
Dog or Cat – Pug, bun and beardie
Essential electronics – digital camera, mp3 player
Favorite perfume(s)/cologne(s) – RALPH & Polo Sport for Women
Gold or Silver? – White Gold
Hometown – Conover, NC
Insomnia?– Occassionally
Job Title– Legal Assistant
Kids?– Four leggeds
Living Arrangement – House
Most admired trait – Creativity
Number of Sexual Partners– Ever? Or at this very moment?
Overnight Hospital Stays – Three, but only in the waiting room
Phobia – Spiders, heights
Quote – “How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." -Trina Paulus
Religion – Earth based spirituality
Siblings – None
Time I wake up – When snooze button hits me back!
Unusual talent/skill – grooming Simone without losing limbs
Vegetable I refuse to eat– chickpeas, lima beans
Worst habit - Chronic lateness, procrastination
X-rays – lungs, right ankle, spine
Yummy foods I make – Hmmm... hmmm... Should I cook more often?
Zodiac sign – Leo

Tag, you're it: any pug who reads this!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Outside looking in

Friday, May 12, 2006

How mean!

The former assistant of Old Boss called my place of employment today. He has since gone into private practice. Occasionally our paths cross and he comments how glad he is to be out from under Old Boss's thumb, and how it's nice to not be treated like an animal anymore.

Let's call this person Old Associate. He called to speak with an attorney here and, after recognizing his voice,I said hello to him. He said, “oh, I remember you. Yes, I go over to Old Boss's office once in awhile and occasionally you are the topic of conversation. While I would not say we remember you fondly, we do remember that (slows down his voice and puts forth extra emphasis) you did a good job." Did I add that his tone was condescending as hell? He quickly added that after all the horrible legal assistants who had been in my position, I had been an improvement.

Oh yes, yes I remember clearly and vividly all the colorful, cruel things said about the legal assistant before me, and before her, etc. and some of them only lasted two days. There's a reason for that, people!

Let's brush that aside since, after all, I don't deal with that crap anymore. But the interaction was weird because 1) Old Associate has been a lot nicer since he left there; and 2) We have run into one another several times since we both quit - but he really made it sound like we hadn't! Maybe he is hanging around at Old Boss’s office a bit too much. Seriously, what was the POINT in saying that unless it was to be spiteful? It's not like I asked if they ever talk about me. It's not like it's necessary to share this information. And what have I done to Old Associate? Why is he being such a dip wad?

Chalking this up to another reminder of why I left there, and to be thankful for the stacks upon stacks of dictation covering my desk today. I am really lucky to have gotten out of that hell and into a place such as this one.

That's right! You tell 'em, Mama. *snort*
- Tyler

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Aching calves

Same number of calories, same distance, but it did take a minute longer tonight. Not too bad! However, the hunger pangs have already resumed. Last night after that long workout, I ate a fried chicken sandwich, fries, soup, and two scoops of ice cream. I still went to bed feeling hungry, and have eaten every two hours today.

It's probably not very effective to work out to the point of starvation and then devour everything in sight. However, that does keep the metabolism going. Any solutions to curb the hunger though? I know my body is just trying to refuel after all that energy is expended, but can I trick it into thinking it is NOT starving? 'Cause I really want to fit in that wedding dress gracefully. As in, not causing it to burst at the seems or anything else that would happen if I put it on right now.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Sending out an S.O.S.

Could someone please bring a towel? Mom overdid it again.

Calories: 510
Miles: 1.6
Minutes: 37.8

That quart of water she drank an hour ago... it all poured out through her skin. This is not cool, y'all. Help me out, please.

- Tyler

Pug O' My Heart

May 6, 2006
By Valli Herman / Los Angeles Times

Bit-Bit and Tinkerbelle, your days are numbered: The Chihuaha's status as the haute dog, the 2-pound furry accessory of celebrities, is coming to an inglorious end.

That snorting noise behind you is the sound of the pug usurping your role as the "it" dog for stylish people. Sure, Chihuahuas like Paris Hilton's Tinkerbelle and Britney Spears' Bit-Bit have had the paparazzo pages all to themselves for a while, but now pugs, such as Tori Spelling's Mimi la Rue, are the new boldface dog.

Packs of the little flat-faced canines are showing up in advertisements for Barneys New York, in the windows of Neiman Marcus in Beverly Hills, in the arms of celebrities such as Jessica Alba and Balthazar Getty and fashion designers Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger, and not incidentally, in this year's best of breed winner's circle at the Westminster Dog Show. Mimi la Rue even has her own loyal fans on Spelling's new VH1 show, "So NoTORIous."


The pug's place at the stiletto heels of fashion's discerning tastemakers has reaffirmed the ancient breed's everlasting appeal. It's as if fashion is saying, "Pugs, this is your moment -- and try not to drool."

Simon Doonan, Barneys creative director, says pugs are "very jolie-laide." That's a French term for a woman who is oddly attractive though not conventionally beautiful. And that, says Doonan, "is very much what is happening in fashion right now." In canine-themed display windows that pay homage to customers who shop with their dogs, Neiman's currently features pugs -- fiberglass ones -- in the prominent position at Wilshire Boulevard and Roxbury Drive. Two pugs are leashed via matching gem-and-gold-link necklaces to a mannequin wearing Dolce & Gabbana shades, a Marni trench coat, an Yves Saint Laurent sweater set and Tuleh cropped pants -- all the best names. (Let's not even start with the owners-who-look-like-their-dogs comparisons.)

And though pugs aren't whippet thin or greyhound graceful, they have an appealing look that has landed them high-profile ad campaigns for HSBC Bank and Lee Jeans, as well as Barneys. The boutique soap maker Gianna Rose Atelier offers a petite pug-shaped soap that, thankfully, is scented with floral-wood notes, not pug aromas.

Pugs seem to pose naturally for the paparazzi, who have captured many pug-owning celebrities with their pets, including Jenna Elfman, Paula Abdul, Mickey Rourke, Billy Joel and Chris Kirkpatrick of 'N Sync.

When she's filming, Alba takes her pugs, Sid and Nancy, with her. She also posed with them for the cover of Animal Fair magazine. Italian couturier Valentino is such a fan that he's had more than a dozen pugs in his lifetime, as many as seven at one point. He even named his Oliver collection after his first tawny-and-black pug.

Spelling's pug is a near-constant presence and punch line on "So NoTORIous," a fictionalized show inspired by Spelling's life. On and off the set, Spelling dresses her pug in the latest fashions. At home, Mimi la Rue has her own armoire, filled with satin dresses, bathing suits and, for casual days, T-shirts.

"When she dresses up, she looks like a little man in drag," says Spelling of her 4½-year-old dog. "When she's in this frilly pink dress, she looks like Bette Davis in 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?' "

Perhaps it's their combination of deadpan seriousness and comic malleability that makes the pug the right dog for our times. The pug population is growing in major cities like Los Angeles and New York, where they are the eighth (L.A.) and 10th (N.Y.C.) most popular dogs, according to the American Kennel Club's 2005 statistics.

Small- to medium-sized dogs have gained in popularity since the turn of the millennium, according to the AKC. "People are traveling more with their pets," says Janet McCulley, a co-owner of Muttropolis, an upscale pet boutique in Newport Beach's Fashion Island. "Tiny dogs are portable, but the pug is more robust."

While Chihuahuas rank 11th nationally, they don't make the top 10 in L.A. or New York, centers of the "fashion dog" trend that had fashion victims toting undersized, over-accessorized breeds like Yorkshire terriers, Chihuahuas and Pomeranians. Since 1994, pug adoptions have zoomed more than 50%, according to the AKC.

Pugs aren't, however, as portable as a 2-pound teacup Chihuahua or miniature Yorkshire terrier. They can tip the scales at 18 to 20 pounds -- or more.

"You might have to tote them on a trolley behind you," says fashion stylist Kimberly Holly, owner of Claude, the plump pug featured in a recent Barneys catalog. Pugs are notorious foodies, and Claude, says Doonan, "is a bit of a gourmand. She goes to one too many photo shoots where the catered food is irresistible to her."

Their tendency to gain weight also makes them more endearing, but it doesn't close the doors of fashion for them, says Los Angeles designer Lara Alameddine, creator of the couture dog clothing line Little Lily and of the custom TV wardrobe for Mimi la Rue. Creating pug clothes is, says Alameddine, "sort of like designing for a full-figured woman." She made Mimi la Rue a swimsuit coverup because "she's hairy, a little voluptuous and a little self-conscious." Like us all, then.

Pug owners invariably describe them as the clowns of the dog world because of their animated expressions and distinct personalities. According to "The Encyclopedia of the Dog," by veterinarian Bruce Fogel, they're "extremely tough and opinionated … independent and resolute." Perfect, in other words, as a symbol for today's fashions.

Fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo has featured pugs in drawings for his clients, including illustrations for the Daily Candy style website. "Fashion, being so subversive, has insisted on taking the pug as the new mascot," Toledo writes in an e-mail. "It's like taking your grumpy ol' grandma out to party with you." Toledo likes to include them in his drawings because pugs "have just the right slightly cynical, sweet, straight-shooter look to them. They tell it like they see it."

Anything or anyone posed next to a pug suddenly looks more beautiful. And in the end, that may be why in the narcissistic world of fashion, they've become so popular.

Saturday, May 06, 2006


Maybe it would have been smarter to go for 350 calories on the elliptical tonight. Rather than the 400 I decided to burn. Not that there is anything wrong with getting rid of calories. But, my body feels like a furnace now. That was a record (for me) to do that in less than 29 minutes.

Some people would say that is a pretty sorry workout, but for me, that was major. I used to be wiped out at 200 calories so maybe this is a sign of better endurance.

Tyler is just happy that his mom is finished so he doesn't have to hear anymore of the cheesy pop music his mom requires to get moving.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Eau de Pepe

Tyler needs a bath.

Tyler: No.

Ummmm... yes you do.

Tyler: Nope. Can't do it. Got plans! In fact, I'll be too busy for a long time. A very long time. You'll have to find something else to pour water on.

*shakes head*
You see, my boy decided to roll in something skunky this week.

Tyler: That's right! It smelled sooooo good.

Nasty boy! Anyway, he rolled in it and he has smelled like skunk for three days. It's time to wash this from his fur and his skin.

Tyler: No. My cologne. I'll wear it if I want to.

So, the question is whether he gets a bath in doggie shampoo, tomato juice, or lemon juice. Doggie shampoo seems the easiest, but I don't know if that will be as effective. Tomato is supposed to be good, but Tyler would probably EAT it.

Tyler: Yeah!

Alrighty, that eliminates the tomato juice idea. Now what if we bathe him in lemon juice? If you bathe a pug in lemon juice and he goes outside in the sun, would the result be a highlighted pug?

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Big bird

Thanks for the reminder, Diva Kitty.

Saw one of these here birds on Sunday:

Yep, that's right. A WILD TURKEY! It crossed the road and hauled itself up a hill and into the woods. First time ever seeing one! And, to make it even more bizarre, we were en route to The Hillbilly Hide-A-Way Restaurant. Another first! And, listening to Toni Price the whole way there and back (not a first because Toni Price is a staple cd in my car), it kind of made me proud to be a southerner.

Until we passed a barn where someone had sprayed the whole side with a giant W '04.