My Funny Dog

I have eaten so much delicious food this week! But I hate coming out of Daylight Savings–it is always much too dark for photos by dinnertime.

Instead, here are silly photos of my funny dog Cory.


Something was hilarious to him.


Imagine waking up to this every morning. Scary thought, I know.


Oh, did I forget to tell you about his flying ability?


Cory is heartbroken because I’m making fun of him.


Just kidding!

Corgi Cory


We have a new addition to our family here! Obviously, our cat Leonardo is not overjoyed. But it’s been a week now, and they’re starting to feel more comfortable with each other.


Meet Cory. Joseph got him as a puppy when he lived in Florida in 2002. After two years, though, he had to move overseas and sent Cory to be kept by family. They got attached (Cory does that to people), so we didn’t feel right taking him back. But they decided to move into a condo without a yard, so he’s with us now! And he is SO much fun. I’ve never been a dog person but fell in love with Cory within a couple days.


Checking each other out. We’re on day seven now, and Leonardo is finally starting to feel better around him (this photo is from day two).  Now they’re fine being on the same level, and Leonardo even sometimes feels comfortable taking his eyes off the dog.  He slept today.  I think it might have been the first time in a week.


He’s seven years old but is so energetic and playful! The way he runs with his little bitty legs is so cute.


After this picture, he stood behind the pumpkins for 10 minutes just because he knew he looked cute.


Family picture (minus the cat, who I don’t imagine would be good in this situation… eventually!).  I’m not sure where Cory’s other ear disappeared to.

Last Week in Italy

Joseph and I safely made it to Texas! Our cat, Leonardo, even made it too, though I found out once people notice you’re taking a cat on a trans-Atlantic flight, they get very rude. But thankfully, he was great on the flight and is now happily settled into a hotel room.

Here are a few last photos from Italy.


Italy is very, very dog-friendly! There were about five constantly hanging around the lobby of our hotel. Their owners took them home for lunch and naptime and then brought them back until reception closed at 4 PM.


Great red mailbox! I feel like every fifth street in Italy is “via Dante.”


I spotted these two houses on a walk around town. Such interesting designs! I especially love the second one; you can’t see it here but on the other side is a beautiful spiral staircase.


This is probably going to sound weird, but for our last dinner we went out to one of our favorites: a Chinese restaurant. Seriously.  One of the best meals I’ve ever had was at a small Chinese restaurant in Vatican City; my family had been visiting, and it was a great break from pizza and pasta and was so much better than any Chinese food you can get in the US.  If you ever get sick of Italian food while visiting the country, you know where to go.

And now Leonardo thoroughly enjoying a hotel bed:

I will update soon with photos from our first week here in Dallas! Everyone is so incredibly nice, and I’m overwhelmed with the amount of stuff everywhere. Everything is just so spacious.

Today is my 22nd birthday, and I’m making Joseph take me out to sushi for lunch! Right now he’s out getting donuts, which I haven’t had in three years!

Olive Cheese Bread


This bread is fantastic. I might not be the best spokesperson as I’ll eat anything if it’s put on bread, but will it help if I tell you my cat likes it too (keep reading for evidence)?


It is very rich, but somehow I loved it despite not at all liking green olives.  I think I was drawn in because it just has such an interesting flavor!  Creamy and salty, this would be great as an appetizer, a side, or alone as a meal.  I ate it for lunch today with a ceasar salad.


Visit The Pioneer Woman’s website for step-by-step photos and a guide to freezing.

Olive Cheese Bread, from The Pioneer Woman

1 loaf French Bread
6 oz Pimiento-stuffed Green Olives
6 oz Black Olives
2 stalks Green Onions (scallions)
½ cup Butter, Room Temperature
½ cup Mayonnaise
¾ pounds Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated

Roughly chop both black olives and pimiento-stuffed green olives. Slice green onions into thin pieces.

Combine butter, mayonnaise, cheese, olives and green onions in a mixing bowl. Stir together until thoroughly combined. Spread mixture onto French bread that has been sliced lengthwise. Bake at 325ºF for 25 to 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and browning.

Mixture can also be refrigerated (up to two days) and used as a dip. Great with crackers.


I let him have a few licks. After a Google search I learned many cats like green olives! He has a sensitive stomach, so I couldn’t let him go wild.


Leonardo’s stamp of approval

Hair and Cats


Winter is a blessing for my hair. I grew up with constant humidity in Houston and love what Europe does to my hair, especially further up north. But I’ve found something new to help–Herbel Essence “None of Your Frizziness” conditioner. It really does illuminate frizz! I only flat iron my hair once every couple months, but this time was much easier thanks to my new product. It actually looks like straight hair rather than dry, curly hair that’s been forced straight.


Some curls snuck in while I was sleeping!


This is my favorite (and, uh… only) lipstick that I always forget to wear. I’m a mascara-and-chapstick girl.


Besides the occasional straightening and a ponytail, this is all I know to do with my hair. A few twists and a lot of bobby pins–an easy fix for curly hair that looks much more difficult.


Cats find comfort in the strangest places. Leonardo loves sitting in front of the bathroom mirror when it’s steamed up after a shower. Though his all-time favorite place to sit in the bathroom is the bidet!

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