The following is an excerpt from an e-mail conversation I had with Dan today, centered around a childhood toy.

Dan: WTF was this thing named? Ollie?

no, I think Ollie was an amorphous horse-like thing we sat on.

Dan: Best Sentence of 2009: “I think Ollie was an amorphous horse-like thing we sat on”



Me: To find a photo I googled “80’s ride toy yellow” and it came up immediately. Ollie impacted a lot of lives. You can get one@ http://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bab/1288384838.html

Dan: I will get this for you if you will keep it in your backyard and ride it when you are hammered.

Me: Dude I absolutely would. No doubt. I’d also bring it to work and leave it tied up to a post outside my cube, no explanation.

Dan: It would be awesome bringing it on the plane as carry-on

Dan to Craigslist seller:


Do you still have this toy? If so, I would like to purchase it. I lack a vehicle to pick it up though, so would you consider delivering it to my residence in La Jolla?

Also, you mention the nose is completely broken off. Do you have the nose? Or is it lost forever?




Jim has this game he plays with the dogs that he used to always play with Auron too. It’s a version of hide-n-seek that goes like this:

He’ll start playing with the dogs until they are completely hyped up. He throws one of their toys across the house, and while they run for it, he hides.

His usual spots are in the shower, in a closet, etc.
The dogs then return to continue playing, but Jim is missing. Bruno usually panics.

It’s so funny but kind of sad because they can so clearly smell him, and know he was just there, but they don’t really put it together to really look around for him.

They’ll often come into the room he’s in but only look straight ahead when he’s right behind them. Then, as soon as they run out, he makes a noise and they’re back again.
On average it only takes about two minutes for Jim to be discovered, at which point the dogs insist on licking him obsessively for several minutes (they worry he is dirty from hiding).

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

I love baking and this bread is one of my absolute favorites. I got the recipe from Elissa’s mom years ago when we lived together. Her mom used to send up loaves for us after Thanksgiving but I’d lose self control and eat it all by myself. Eventually I felt guilty so I asked for the recipe in order to restore what I’d consumed.

I know it’s the middle of July, and this is more of a winter recipe, but why conform. I have two loaves in the oven right now for Bailey’s birthday tomorrow.

Random note: canned pumpkin is great for a puppy with a tummy ache. They love it and it soothes their aches away!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Grease two standard loaf pans OR 3 disposable loaf pans (I use Pam for Baking)
3. Mix dry ingredients together in a bowl:
– 3 and 1/3 cups flour
– 3 cups sugar
– 2 tsp baking soda
– 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp nutmeg
– 1 tsp cinnamon
4. Mix wet ingredients together in another bowl:
– 1 cup corn oil
– 4 eggs
– 2/3 cup of water
– 2 cups canned pumpkin (one can)
5. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients 1 cup at a time, after all mixed stir in a cup of chocolate chips
6. Divide batter equally into pans and bake about 1 hour, or until a toothpick comes out dry. Takes just over an hour in my oven.
7. Let cool for at least 1 min,. before removing from pans.


My favorite singer of the moment: Eric Hutchinson.

I know next to nothing about him, but love every song on his albums. Even the names. I think this guy must be cool as can be, and hope and pray he’s not the next rise-to-the-top-then-wind-up-in-rehab. I think my Eric’s too good for that nonsense. Find him on itunes, or leave a comment and I’ll email you some songs.

low maintenance volunteer work

You may have noticed my hair is getting quite long. I admit, it’s slightly mop-like right now, but it’s all for a good cause. I’ve always had aspirations to grow out my hair and donate it to Locks of Love. However, they require at least 10 inches, and that’s a lot of mop for me. Fortunately, Anna recently told me that Pantene has their own hair donation program and they only ask for 8 inches. Bingo.

Here’s a shot Jim took tonight: right now it’s 8 inches from the hair tie down, but I think I’ll wait a few more months so that I’m not left with a mere poof of hair after the chop.

Extra perk? I’m not spending $150 every 8 weeks for a cut and color. Stay tuned.