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A long-running personal blog shared by two authors with completely different approaches to life. And a lot of large, beautiful photographs of dogs and nature and places we've traveled to. Rich in commentary and irreverant in style. 


We started blogging a long time ago. Our work hours never aligned with recommended psychotherapists and we needed to get our thoughts out. We are great friends, total opposites and long-time housemates. This was a way to communicate. With each other. With strangers. With consumer marketers. With sub-par meteorologists. With distant friends who wanted to see pictures of stuff we were up to.

This is the place. Our bucket of thoughts to share. You are welcome. 
(We realize that most of you are here for the dog pictures.)

Christmas Gift Ideas


IM exchange with my father about an hour ago.So I have this holiday gift swap thing with my office tomorrow morning. And I am new here to the company... so I want to bring the right gift. It is important to me to make the right impression.

They are doing one of those "Yankee Gift Swap" exchanges. But the rules really change from one group to another.

I asked the comptroller what I should bring and she said "some nice hand lotions, maybe" then I asked one of the tech guys and he regaled me with a story of the best gift from last year. "It was a coffee mug in the shape of a toilet and it had chili in it." The lady in legal said that she had gotten a very nice (slightly used) popcorn popper one year. Some people like to stress the point that "it's totally anonymous"... but seriously - we only have 16 people. How anonymous can it be??? I walk in with a gift in front of everyone and put it on a table... people have EYES. So that isn't even an element in my strategy.

I am agonizing over what to bring. These are the options I have come up with so far:

I'm torn. Either way I'm bringing the bottle of booze with me. I am also considering bringing an extra (little) gift that I slip on to the table while no one else is looking. Maybe something terrible like a package of maxi pads or something from the old people aisle at the pharmacy.

Please send me ideas if you have them.