Big Lug, the – Jarlaxle. Puppy Extraordinaire. When adopted from the shelter, he was about 7 months old, weighed in at 76 pounds and still growing, and is the classic Big Black Dog. An apparent Lab-Newfie mix Lab mixed with something BIG (like maybe a mastiff? Or a pony?), he currently weighs in at just over 100 pounds. Oh, and a serious drool machine. Isn’t he a cutie, though?
Catnip Incident, the – Oh, this was just the saddest thing. Several years ago, I thought I’d start an herb garden. The idea was, ultimately, to grow some fresh herbs for summer cooking, maybe make up some basil pesto, and perhaps a bit of catnip to make Stupor Kitty’s day. Surly Boy got up bright and early one morning and dug up a patch of horrible sandy soil for me, and we went ahead and put out some plants. Some basil, a bit of mint, some oregano, and a couple of catnip plants.
I came home from work the next day, and I swear, every single cat in the neighborhood had been there, invited its friends to the party, and completely demolished the garden with their enthusiastic rolling in the catnip. I came home to these sad, tired, limp bits of stems where the catnip – and the rest of the herbs – used to be. A few bits of oregano recovered, and that was it.
GBD – Alton Brown‘s acronym for “Golden Brown & Delicious” as defined on his Food Network show Good Eats. We’ve found that the best way to reach a state of GBD is to fry something. Or use butter. Or both.
Harley Family, the – Our next door neighbors. The family consists of Harley Guy, Harley Wife, and Scooter, their toddler, Thunder, the friendliest Rottweiler in the world, and a couple of Harley kitties (one of which is, in fact, named “Harley”). Extended Harley family, who live around the corner, include Harley Mom and Harley Dad. Harley Brother lives. . . somewhere else and occasionally makes an appearance. The entire family is what we used to refer as “good peoples” – always around, always friendly, welcoming and more than happy to lend a hand wherever they can. Oh, in case it wasn’t completely obvious, Harley Guy rides. That Harley roar is pretty unmistakable, isn’t it? Harley Dad also houses a bike in his garage, though he’s kinda old for that stuff, I’d think. But then, what do I know anyway?
Pretty Girl – The latest addition to the Dark Side family – Princess Gretchen is a very pretty girl. Gretchen the Great Dane was presumed to be about 2 years old and was just 85 pounds when she was found dumped on a farm outside Syracuse. A local rescue organization took over her care, and when we started looking for a “baby sister” for The The Lug, we saw and adopted her in August 2011, she was well on her way to health. We suspect she’s a little younger than they thought – she’s just like a toddler. A fuzzy, 115-pound toddler.
STFU – Shut The Eff Up. Again, pretty much self-explanatory once you know what the acronym stands for, isn’t it? It’s what The Big Lug needs to do at times. And most politicians. Especially Chuck Shumer.
She doesn’t just look cranky – she IS cranky.
The Boy – The son formerly known as Surly Boy. He’s significantly less surly than he used to be (most of the time), and a guy needs a chance to outgrow his childhood. The Boy left home at 19, and he’s currently living with the family of one of his friends learning how to be a welder
living and working as a welder in New Hampshire back home. He’s really not living up to his potential, but what’s a mom to do? He needs a haircut – of course!
Tomato Episode, the – Labor Day 2005 – Peeps and the ToyLady learned the hard way that it’s a really, really bad idea to try to process three bushels of tomatoes in one weekend, make tomato purée for the first time, rear a teenager, and get to work on time the next day. A colossally bad idea.