Macaroni and cheese with Rollover crumbles and freeze dried chicken strip topping.


If you’ve ever wondered who this Clover all the coffee was for

… was going to post this four months ago.  Publishing today. #dzhivili

I promise I’ll give Bob your belongings slowly. Might as well teach him self control while I’m at it.


PART II: so i washed it

There’s not much to report here. It smelled a lot like coconut, which is weird. It’s everything-free except fragrance (listed in ingredients). ???


I think the most exciting part here is that I washed my hair, and even if nobody reads this, many people got to see me with clean hair, and that must have been nice. (And the gun. I feel like I owe anyone who read this slightly more than a photo of clean hair.)


EXPERIMENT TIME: Washing my hair with dog shampoo!

I’d like to say this idea came from an incident a while ago when we were out of conditioner and I convinced my mom to use the dog conditioner I had left over from my grooming days instead of rushing out to buy more. “No really! It’s great! I specifically ordered the special hypoallergenic fragrance-free one, remember!”

(I don’t like to put any sort of scents – even natural oils – on dogs. Smell is their primary sense. Vision is ours, so I imagine it would be like going home from the hair salon and not being able to recognize yourself in the mirror – actually, more like seeing some bizarre, distorted thing that didn’t even look like a human face, because none of that stuff comes in “nicer doggy smell”. ANYWAY. Save that one for another post.)

SO: I’d like to say this idea came from that, but THAT idea – giving my mom dog conditioner – came from my own strange mind. In my defense, the results were actually quite nice!

Since human shampoo is made to remove product from hair, and I almost never use it (er, pre-publishing edit: I meant hair styling products, not shampoo, although truth is… same kinda goes for human shampoo).
I thought:  maybe I don’t need something that harsh. And I happened to have this laying around.


My hair. Can’t remember when I last washed it.


Out of the bun and briefly finger-combed:



Petting Dogs: why consent is important

Paws Abilities

“Come give Sara a hug goodbye,” my friend tells her 3-year-old son. His eyes get big, and he stands behind his mother, hugging her legs. It’s an uncomfortable moment. My friend is embarrassed that her son clearly doesn’t want to hug me. She wants to teach him manners, and worries how his reaction reflects on her parenting. It’s been so long since we last saw each other that her son barely remembers me, and he’s very uncomfortable with the idea of such an intimate goodbye. I’m also not a fan of the idea, since I don’t want to touch anyone, no matter the age, without his or her express consent, even for something as minor as a brief embrace.

“Do you want to wave goodbye instead?” I ask my friend’s son. He nods and smiles shyly, waving bye-bye. The tension in the room relaxes, and I hug my friend goodbye…

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The Dog Walker’s Guide To Choosing A Dog Walker

notes from a dog walker

The Whole Dog Journal just published a handy article on stuff you should know about hiring a dog walker. Since anyone can call themselves a dog walker (just like anyone can call themselves a dog trainer), you gotta know how to pick a qualified person if you’re going to hire one. WDJ recommends asking smart questions, such as:

  • If your company has multiple employees, who will actually be the person walking my dog?
  • How many dogs do you walk at once? How do you choose which dogs walk with each other?
  • What kind of training do you have to walk multiple dogs at a time?
  • What happens when you can’t make it? What kind of experience do you have with dogs?
  • Where will you go on your walks? Will you be taking my dog to the dog park?

These are all good. Please ask these questions. Since I’m a pro…

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Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, But That’s Not The Point. Stop Being Ableist.

The Belle Jar

Here are some typical arguments put forward by parents who choose not to vaccinate their otherwise healthy child (by “healthy” I mean there are no medical reasons for the child to be exempted from vaccination).

For this example, I will pull quotes directly from a recent New York Times Article, Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles:

‘“It’s the worst shot,” [Missy Foster, mother to an 18 month old daughter] said, with tears in her eyes. “Do you want to wake up one morning and the light is gone from her eyes with autism or something?”’


‘Kelly McMenimen, a Lagunitas parent, said she “meditated on it a lot” before deciding not to vaccinate her son Tobias, 8, against even “deadly or deforming diseases.” She said she did not want “so many toxins” entering the slender body of a bright-eyed boy who loves math and geography.’

You’ll notice a common theme in…

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