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Clive’s done it again

By | Clive, Dogs | 6 Comments


So I still owe you a race recap. I had hoped to finish and publish it last night, but we had a little emergency with Clive. Neil was making dinner (Fajita bowls – amazing, will share) and lost grip on an avocado pit and it fell on the floor, where of course Clive proceeded to swallow it. As my brother put it lovingly, “he is a few more incidents away from having his own category (“Things Clive has eaten that he shouldn’t have”) on Family Feud.”

We try to convince ourselves that this is his quirk, the scar his past has left on him. He was abandoned to starve in a house, and now feels that every meal, every bite even, is his last. He’s bitten steel crates apart and crunched porcelain bowls to pieces. He’s eaten whole cantaloupes, bags of coconut and corn cobs. Oh and chewing gum, for which I’ll never forgive myself. When you watch him, you can’t help but see that his eyes glaze over, like he’s not even there. We know it’s not our faults, really, but it’s hard not to feel like we’ve failed him, failed to protect him from himself and his ghosts.

He didn’t regurgitate it with meds at the vet, so now we wait and watch his poop. His vet is convinced he’ll pass it, so keep your fingers crossed for us.

Flight of the Weekend

By | Clive, Dogs, Freelance, Matilda, Weekend | 7 Comments


Is it just me or did this weekend just fly by? I’m so not ready for work tomorrow. I feel like weeks in January and February take forever, but the weekends feel like mere hours long. It’s so unfair! At least we’ve all but tied up January, and albeit short, this weekend was pretty productive. Here’s what we managed to cross off:

  1. We did our taxes: Full of exciting surprise and consequent groans, we are excited that our business exploded in 2011, but not excited about giving it to “the man.” More about that soon!
  2. We went live with out latest project: Our latest freelance baby is live and I can’t wait to wait for the official launch of Hoosier Homemade’s redesign. She creates beautiful food and DIY projects, so definitely give her great content and new look a …look!
  3. We met with our next client — and had dinner! Since most of our clients live out-of-state, we’re excited to work with some friends of ours who live right here in Columbia. We met for dinner on Friday at one of our favorite restaurants and discussed all the details. Excited to start this week!
  4. We played computer games: Hey, fun is important too!
  5. We bought a collar. And added to our family.


Okay, I won’t leave you hanging on #5. Two weeks ago, we came across an ad for a Boston Terrier. An adorable, pudgy little girl who needed a new home. We’ve been considering a second dog for nearly a year, so after we sopped up our melted hearts, we brought her home for a two-week “trial” visit. By the fourth day, we were a four-pet family.


Matilda or “Tilda” has quickly become Clive’s best friend. They go everywhere together, delight in tearing up and down the hallway, and currently as I type this, are spooning under a blanket under my arm. Even the cats like her. It’s as if she knew exactly what we were missing.

So we donated money to the rescue, and picked out a bright pink collar with a paisley pattern. I’m not normally for pink, but it suits her, she’s definitely a bright little light in our otherwise cold, grey January.

Think we’re crazy yet? How did your weekend fly by?

The Sleep Business

By | Cats, Clive | 8 Comments

Bedtime is serious business for the four-legged boys in our house. Every night after they’ve had their dinner, Felix and Clive immediately start trying to “motivate” us to go to bed. Clive whines incessantly, and Felix opens and slams kitchen cabinets. Eventually, Neil “reluctantly” makes his way downstairs and ends up laying in bed with them so they’ll be quiet. Libby and I usually stay up to watch several more episodes of whatever is on Netflix before making our way downstairs to find whatever sliver of bed is left. Last night we came down to this, and decided to opt for the couch instead.

A Little Thursday Clive DERP

By | Clive | 8 Comments

Lately, as the weather cools down, Clive has rekindled his love of running FAST, which means photographed expressions of his FULL DERP!


We let him out the front door to pee, and he just does laps upon laps around the house.


His eyes almost glaze over and I’m so scared he’s going to smack into a tree…


…but I just don’t have the heart to tell him no because…


…he just has this look on his face…


…a cross between the pure bliss of stealing cat toys…


…and the gratification of taking a good poop.


But more than anything…


I think he finally realizes…


…that he is the most loved, most cherished…


…and most fussed over pup on this planet. A little tribute to Clive, who has been separation-anxiety incident FREE since JUNE!

Clive’s New Collar

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I know I promised our Kimchi Fish Taco recipe today, but I couldn’t help but share this first. We got our already spoiled Clive-dog a new collar. We make a huge deal out of everything we buy him, so when it came time to replace his collar, I spent weeks toiling over websites for the perfect pattern and randomly came across this collar on Etsy by Funky Mutt.


Space invaders! Perfect for the dog of two dorky gamers. I tried really hard to get a few shots of him in it, but he was really hyper yesterday. Therefore you get this…



When you have a rescued pet, purchases like these are naturally a big deal. Celebrating the reminder that they have come so far and are in such a better place than they used to be is the best gift. Clive has made huge strides this year, and there are moments when it really feels like he’s been here all along. We’ve even considered adopting another, but we’ll see…

White Bean and Garlic Dip and the Yucky Side of Moving…

By | Appetizers, Cats, Recipes, Relocation, Vegetarian | 6 Comments

Poor pup

Clive looks as if he’s pleading for you to take him away from us. I can’t say that I blame him. The boxes have completely taken over the house and it’s stressing poor Clive out. The cats on the other hand love it, and every box has dents in the middle where the cats have jumped and laid on them.

Felix is ready for Project Food Blog!

They also enjoy climbing into everything. Apparently Felix is ready for Project Food Blog 2011? I hope our moving help appreciate fur with their cold beverages.


The only area that isn’t completely covered in boxes is the “office,” and it’s only because we’re working right until we have to carry the couch out. I feel like we’ve been trapped in this tiny pocket of the house, and it’s starting to get a little claustrophobic. Everything that isn’t getting packed is also collecting on the table and that’s not helping matters any.


Here is the front room. The boxes were originally a lot higher, but it was freaking Clive out so we’ve moved most of them to the bedrooms for now. I really thought we were minimalists until I started packing. Now I’m not so sure. I feel like I should have done more purging, but I don’t know what else I would have gotten rid of?

White Bean and Garlic Dip

White Bean and Garlic Dip

Another easy weeknight meal we put together yesterday, Soup and bread with White Bean and Garlic Dip. We’ve been living mostly on our soup stock and had picked up a baguette on markdown from the grocery store. I came across this recipe a few days ago and knew that the ingredients were just hanging out in the pantry, waiting to be packed into boxes.

White Bean and Garlic Dip

It’s as easy as mashing the beans adding the other ingredients and stirring. As I’ve packed up nearly everything in the kitchen, I did it with a ladle. It’s super creamy and the perfect complement to toasty bread or crunchy veggies.

Tonight and tomorrow we’ll finish packing and tying up loose ends with work and then it’s off to move to our new (to us) home! I can’t wait to show you more pictures and I hope to post them before we lose internet for a day or two. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Naptime Karma

By | Clive, Funny, Neil | 2 Comments

Taking a packing break, how precious are these two?

Neil was making fun of my frequency to nap on Saturdays earlier. Let me rephrase. Neil teased me unrelentingly about my frequency to nap on Saturdays earlier. Oh how the mighty have fallen…

Weekend Recap: Floating on the Current River

By | Backpacking, Camping, Clive, Floating, Food, Friends, Jessica, Neil, Travel | 14 Comments


On a whim, we decided to hit the Current River with a group of Neil’s friends this weekend. They are camping and floating weekend warriors, often starting as early as January and sometimes taking trips in late November as weather permits. With my crazy schedule this semester, this is the first time I’ve been able to go, so I was determined to make it, come hell or high water. Little did we know, one of those situations would be greeting us very soon.

With all the rain we’ve had in the past month, the river was quite swollen. One one hand, it made the normal shallow points in the river easy to navigate in a canoe, a perk that allows consistent momentum and little worry about scraping the bottom of the river. On the other, it required close attention because the river was moving FAST. The first 11 miles of our 22 mile float were swiftly over in a matter of several hours. A quick look at our Garmin GPS indicated that without paddling, we were floating at a rate of 5-6 miles per hour. Definitely more of an amusement park water ride than a lazy river float.


I was not the only new member along for the trip, Clive also made his debut on the river this weekend. We’ve been wanting to get him on a trip to get a sense of how he’d do in more remote camping situations, and an overnight float seemed the perfect short test run. The only sticky point was the whole floating part. If you remember from a few of our trips (here and here) last year, Clive is not a fan of the water. So how would he fare in a canoe?


Lucky for us, Clive took right to canoeing. After a few minutes of nervous shaking after drop-in, he was quickly diverted by the tour of what had to have been his nose’s paradise. He just kept smelling and smelling, watching the world go by and having someone paddle him around. He is a spoiled pup after all.


While Clive took to floating like a champ, we were unprepared for the weather. After being spoiled with warmer temperatures all week, they suddenly plunged into the 50’s on Saturday. On the river, it felt more like lower 40’s. Despite Neil’s calm and happy demeanor in this photo, we were freezing. Look at his purple legs and you’ll understand why he switched to pants on the next stop. The photo bombers behind him had the right idea.


We saw some amazing sights. Beautiful cave openings flooded with bright aqua water in the rocks and freshwater springs. This was the biggest one and there were about six canoes and kayaks in there.


I also saw my first Brood 19 Cicada of the season. I work in a plant sciences and entomology department, so I’ve been hearing a lot of about their impending arrival. They are here a little earlier than expected, and are a lot bigger than I remember. Don’t worry, it was dead, I just couldn’t help but get a macro shot of the wings, aren’t they beautiful?


I snapped a shot of my finger, which was completely numb after about an hour. I’ve had frostbite before (its basically a rite of passage in Minnesota), and this is the closest I’ve felt to having it again. I wanted to remember my finger in case I lost it.


About a quarter of the way into our float we had our first and only dump of the trip. A dump is when someone overturns, usually as a result of hitting something in the water, or something in the way of the path. In this case, it was tree that had recently fallen over the water. One of Neil’s friends, Justin, brought his cousin, Kaycia, and she followed Neil’s brother Ben into a more narrow pathway and got snagged by the tree, which overturned her kayak. Poor girl was soaked to the bone and her kayak quickly filled with water and started to sink as it kept moving down river. Justin quickly retrieved it while Ben got her to the nearest sandbar. Justin towed it ashore, emptied the water, then decided to swim it upstream to her.



Grazy bastard! That water was freezing! Don’t judge, but I couldn’t have done it. Maybe I’m just not that good of a person…


With two of our group members soaked, and the cloudy day quickly growing darker, we decided to make camp at the next sand bar and get a fire going.



With the brief appearance of sun, the smorgasbord was on! If Clive had any doubts about camping, they were quickly gone when he realized there was people food to be had.


Matt quickly became his new best friend. He had hot dogs and snacks!


“What do you have that I can have?”


Stringing up a pineapple. Apparently this is a Futurama reference? Anyone? I was just ready to eat it. Fresh pineapple has to be my favorite fruit.


Neil sliced it up like a pro, I was so proud. It was a sticky mess though. Pineapple is not really an optimal camping food choice. Its deliciousness redeemed it though.


How about some pineapple and kielbasa kabobs with complimentary penis jokes on the side? One can not expect to camp with men without such topical entertainment.



We ate so much food! I was SO stuffed and didn’t partake of nearly 1/3 of what everyone brought to share. I love the simplicity and informal nature of camping food. No one is pretentious, everyone shares, and everything cooked over a fire has a beautiful flavor.


Oh look it’s me! Neil snagged the camera to get a few shots and got one of me before I noticed. Is it weird that this is my blog and there are rarely any pictures of me?


Water brought to us by Ben. This is a really sweet device that Neil and I would like to someday add to our inventory. It’s called the Katadyn Base Camp Water Filter. It’s great when you’re in large or small groups. There’s no pumping or repetitive trips to the river to filter enough for a CamelBak or Nalgene bottle. Simply fill the bag and hang it, and it filters as you use it.

We sat by the fire late into the night and finally passed out around midnight. I always fall asleep early on trips and wake up around 5 or 6 am. Maybe I should sleep outdoors more often?

The next morning…


No, raccoons did not get into camp, this is all us. I can’t decide whether to call this “Beer-nado” or “The Morning After.” I think it is accurate to say we had a great night.


Bacon and eggs for breakfast, with a twist…


…in a bun with a hot dog? I stuck with eggs and salsa.


Soon it was time to hit the river again and head home. Clive was suited up and ready to go. He even hopped in the canoe on his own. I’m so proud of my little water dog! We’re definitely going to get him a better float coat for the next trip. This one is great for little lake trips, but he’s in need of something more serious and better fitting for movement. We’re eyeing The Big Eddy by Ruffwear, but are open to suggestions if you have any!

So even though it was cold and we didn’t swim and really didn’t see a lick of sunlight, we had a great time. The river was quiet, we rarely saw another soul and it was great to really feel like we were leaving civilization and spending time with friends and each other. This was my first Current River trip, and of the rivers I’ve canoed in Missouri thus far, this has been my favorite. We’re definitely going to have to save a little money and expand our inventory to include kayaks and a canoe. The further we dive into camping and backpacking the more we see our gear needs changing. It doesn’t help that companies are constantly putting out great tools that make packing and enjoying the trip easier!

Stay tuned, I have a few new camping recipes to share! I’ll give you a hint: browned butter and bourbon…

If you’re interested in canoeing the Current River, you can find more information and trip planning routes and tips here.