Alton Brown and me

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I like to eat. Alton Brown likes to cook. You would think this was a match made in heaven but so far, he has yet to drop by the DogWalk and make me a pie.

Hmmmm… pie.

But, he has replied to two of my tweets, so there is that. He uses Post-It Notes and mostly draws cartoons as part of the reply. It is really kind of cool and I recommend you hop onto his twitter timeline when he tweets.

Here are the two replies. Enjoy. They make Good Tweets! (Get it? Good Eats, Good Tweets… yeah.. ok)

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Zoey is not impressed

Zoey is not impressed

Zoey is not impressed with your startup, the quality of this morning’s walk, the NBC Olympics coverage, Mitt Romney’s tax return explanation, Ann Romney’s whining about left wing attacks, Paul Ryan’s budget and the amount of frosting on the cupcake she had for dessert just a few minutes ago.

Take all that for whatever it is worth.

Zoey is not impressed

#zoeyisnotimpressed

Celebrating National Donut Day

Friday, June 1st, 2012 was National Donut Day. We didn’t grub for free donuts at the Dunkin’ Donuts or KrispyKreme. Instead, we headed out to the quality shop at Ulbrich’s Bakery on Main in Englewood and paid full price. (no website!!)

And unlike many people who shoved their fried baked goods into their cake holes and plopped their wide butts into an office chair for eight hours, we went for a good run in the park following our indiscretion. We have to stay trim; there are ducks about to chase and we can’t afford to be slow! (Sorry, we have no pictures of the park run. Apparently when you break apart creme-filled donuts for three hungry dogs, there is a slight danger of getting all this gooey goodness smeared on the camera lens. Nice soft-glow effect, though.)

Did you celebrate National Donut Day? Tell us about it in the comments below.

This is us on our way to the donut place. Zoey is navigating.
This is the sign from God that translates "Turn Here. But only on donut day."
Donut evidence. I like the juxtaposition of the human foot and the dog foot. Besides, I have not used juxtaposition in a long while.
Zoey eating a donut
Charlie eating a donut. He is a shy eater. He'll get right up in your face to bark, though.
Sallie begging for more. She knows there is more. She's the smart one.

Find your little heart place

Yesterday, a friend of mine who lives in New York City sent me a box of cookies from Levain Bakery. If you have never had a cookie from them, go right now and get one.. or two.

I’ll wait.

Aside of being the most delicious cookies in the whole wide world, what struck me the most is the label they put on every box and post card. Along the bottom, they draw the New York City skyline in pen. Toward the very end, they color in their bakery and float a heart above it.

Subtle, but the message is clear. Even in a crowded, dense city like New York where everyone is seemingly insignificant to everyone else, you find meaning, purpose and love in a little bakery in the middle of the chaos.

Slow down and find your little heart place.

Happy holidays.

Puppies of Mad Men

Midge drawing puppies for Gramdmother's Day in Mad Men

Midge drawing puppies for Gramdmother's Day in Mad Men

I was transferring some rather large iTunes libraries and one of those little buggers is bound to start playing in the background. Season one, Episode One Smoke Gets in your Eyes was the one that started playing.

By the time I figured out it was playing, it made it all the way to the scene where Don knocks on Midge’s door and she shows him the greeting card she is drawing for Grandmother’s Day. It was a puppy! I missed that scene.

Anyway, it got me thinking that if Mad Men started off with a puppy, there has got to be a ton of other puppy references throughout. So I am going to find them and add them here.

If anyone wants to join in on the project, just holler below in the comments and let me know which episodes you will be watching. Post the time dogs or puppies are referenced and we should have a list in short order.

Hey, it’s research!

Season 1, Episode 1, 3:42