1. Reggie will eat anything, including napkins, but he gets especially excited about barbecue leftovers. Look at the concentration. Look at the dedication to his goal. What you can’t see is him stamping his paws in a sort of strange flamenco dance.
2. I dusted off an old recipe for chocolate white chocolate chunk cookies. They were as good as I remember.
And the batter ain’t bad either. After I was through, washing the bowl was a formality.
3. Close call this week! I was crossing Fourth Avenue after the walk light came on. As I was about two lanes into the intersection, I heard a horn. Now, in Brooklyn, we learn to tune out honks like OJ Simpson ignores police cars, but I had a moment of panic and checked the stop light, which was definitely red. A car shot out in the lane next to me and blew right through the red light, not even slowing down. A teenage boy on a bike was even closer to the car than I was. He slammed on his brakes and flew over the handlebars, landing on his chest in the strangest position. Luckily he bounced up quickly, but he was definitely dazed (and confused). He reminded me a bit of my nephew all lanky and awkward. Made me wonder how different the afternoon could have been if either one of us had been just a little quicker into the intersection. But if that were the case, wouldn’t you know it – one of the cars stopped at the light was an ambulance.
4. Would you think differently of me if I told you that I really want to see the movie Bridesmaids? It’s the brainchild of SNLers Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig and producer Judd Apatow, being billed as The Hangover for women. Sign me up.
As an aside, you may think that you have worn the ugliest bridesmaid’s dress in the history of bridesmaids, but I am here to tell you that I win grand prize in that category. Unfortunately (or fortunately as the case may be), all evidence has been destroyed. But I’ll just say this: The dress was so ugly that after the wedding, when I couldn’t even stand to have it in the back of my closet making my other clothes feel bad, I took it to a second-hand store. The store refused to accept it, saying they wouldn’t be able to sell it. That, my friend, is one ugly dress. I think I’ll need to write a complete post about this one.
5. I’ve had two conversations in the past week about the Thundershirt, so maybe more of you want the info, and you know I’m all about bringing it to the people. The Thundershirt was designed for dogs to help release their anxiety in a variety of situations. (I guess you could try it on your cat, but be prepared for a struggle.) Many dogs are afraid of thunder, fireworks, travel in a car/crate, vet visits, etc. This shirt wraps around a dog’s torso tightly so they feel safer. When I visited Best Friends last year, a number of dogs were wearing the shirts and the staff told me it was very useful. For some, the anxiety disappeared completely, and for others, it lessened the stress greatly. The concept isn’t new, of course. It’s the same reason we swaddle newborns and use gates around cattle when giving them shots. And Temple Grandin discovered similar calming effects when she built a human “squeeze machine” to lessen her own anxiety. (Now sometimes called the “hug machine” for people who want a happier euphemism.) It looks like a regular dog coat, but it’s made from a breathable spandex-type material. For the record, I’ve also seen people use an old t-shirt, but you have to tie it snugly around the body and most t-shirts tend to stretch out over time. Reggie will be wearing this the next time we go to the vet #canyousaynightmare. If you get one, let me know how it works out for your pooch.