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Not your nachos

I seem much better at unintentional training than intentional training.  Dixie and I are definitely lagging behind the others in our basic obedience class, and I’m certain that’s my doing – not Dixie’s.

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Dixie enjoys her purchased dog food and treats.  However, I like the option of some more “natural” foods and would love some lower-calorie options than the spreadable cheese and peanut butter I’ve used in her Kong.  Here’s a list of fruits/vegetables given to Dixie to try:

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I’ve little experience with dogs.  I’ve never had a dog of my own.  I have friends with dogs, and have had family with dogs, and even briefly had a roommate with two dogs.  But I consider myself pretty ignorant when it comes to dogs.

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When good things go bad

My infatuation with pomegranates continues. Today I was ready to prepare another. Apparently, this is what happens when pomegranate goes “bad”. It looks like a rabbit with a serious digestive problem left gooey bunny turds inside my pomegranate.

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Some bunny does not feel well

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Lost in Translation

Unfortunately, my ability to understand my cleaning lady has no relation to the importance of the information she is trying to convey. For example, I struggled to understand that I could reschedule my cleaning or that I forgot to leave her a check once. However, I understood perfectly that her mother is coming from Poland to visit and it will be the first time she’s seen her in ten years.

She gave me a lovely box of chocolates and a card.

Holiday card from my cleaning lady

Holiday card from my cleaning lady – inside

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Holiday card from my cleaning lady – outside

I am going to guess this says something wishing me a happy holiday and new year… or something along those lines. I have no idea.

Last year I got a similar card. I took it to work. I asked a Polish coworker about it. The conversation went something like:

Me: Can you read this? Do you understand what it says?
Coworker (examines card carefully): Yes

Me: Um… can you read it TO ME?
Coworker: Blah-blah-blah in Polish

Me: Um… okay. Can you translate it for me? I mean, can you tell me what it says in English?
Coworker (thinks): Blah-blah birthday of baby Jesus… happiness in year ahead….

Me: Great! Thank you! I basically just wanted to know if it said “I hate you, I hate cleaning for you, you are an evil witch and I hope you rot.”
Coworker: Um… no… it does not say that.

Coworker does not appreciate my twisted sense of humor. That’s okay, many people don’t. I understand this.

The verdicts are in

The verdicts are in. I have tasted all the interesting things I purchased Friday night in the produce section. (I haven’t yet tasted the frozen breaded okra – but I have tried all the produce, so I’m going to call it.)

Okay, this has nothing to do with the produce I bought. I bought this jar of chili paste a while back. I didn’t know what I’d do with it. In fact, the cashier at Trader Joe’s said she would have no idea what to do with it. I was kind of hoping it’d be some sort of substitute for the curry paste I’d been buying – that had shellfish in it.

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Pom poms

Last time I went to Trader Joe’s, I decided to try a few new things from the produce aisle, including a pomegranate. I’ve had pomegranate before – pomegranate-flavored Greek yogurt, pomegranante and blueberry breakfast cereal, even pomegranate in a salad. However, I’ve never actually purchased and prepared a pomegranate. A friend had posted this YouTube video on Facebook recently, which made it seem possible for even someone as clumsy as me to prepare one.

So, I gave it a go:

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