Ollie Gets a Sweater

Since this is unequivocally the most important thing to happen in DC since the Pope’s visit it only makes sense that this post should follow right on the heels of that one. Marlon and I had ample time to run some errands this weekend (which is not always the case), and during a TJ Maxx stop today we decided the real travesty would be to not get the dog sweater in a fox pattern that they had on offer for just $13. Though everyone knows only weirdos make their dogs wear clothes, and only the weirdest weirdos actually buy clothes for their dogs from a store, it was really just too perfect to pass up.

Or… actually, now that I think about it…

i once knit ollie a scarf...

i once knit ollie a scarf…

and paraded him around in my pea coat on instagram, accompanied by the appropriate kanye west lyric...

and paraded him around in my pea coat on instagram, accompanied by the appropriate kanye west lyric…

oh and there was that one time emily and i put both our dogs in t-shirts for no apparent reason.

oh and there was that one time emily and i put both our dogs in t-shirts for no apparent reason.

and that other time emily insisted on matching the boys in tie-dye

actually emily had a general penchant for dressing henry as a stegosaurus and, from time to time, staging photoshoots involving inflatable dinos, so she might win the weirdo awards?

actually emily had a general penchant for dressing henry as a stegosaurus and, from time to time, staging photoshoots involving inflatable dinos, so she might win the weirdo awards?

Oh no, actually it’s just a good idea to have a little something extra to keep your dog warm when the weather starts getting cooler! That fur only goes so far. (But also I bought it mostly because it had foxes on it.)

Anyway, after fox-resemblance, MenswearDog-resemblance probably comes next for Ollie, especially when donned in some form of menswear. And Marlon suggested a photoshoot (and kindly held the ‘curtain’ during its progress), and of course I bit, so here. Eat your heart out, MenswearDog.

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menswear ollie

Also remember how I used to blog about ‘recipes’ and stuff all the time and haven’t done it in years (to the dismay of no one, I’m sure)? Well now seems like no time to revert to bad habits, but I’ll at least mention that tonight Marlon and I put our heads together to ‘invent’ an ‘enchilada pizza’ or ‘chalupa pizza’ (or ‘chalupizza’ or ‘pizzalupa’– we’re working on a name to trademark) made from a crust of this copycat Taco Bell chalupa dough (fried first, chalupa style, of course) and a base of Emeril Lagasse’s easy enchilada sauce, topped with beans and cheese and a variety of veggies and it was delicious.

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Home for Christmas

There’ve been a few years where the Christmas classic “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” (links to Josh Groban’s, since serendipitously enough it started playing right as I started this post) struck a certain chord for me, particularly the “if only in my dreams” bit. This year, however, was not one! It’s been great being home for the holidays this year and getting to celebrate with my family. Work finished early on Friday so Ollie and I piled in our little Nissan Frontier– with my two brothers and all our belongings– and headed home. It was a tight fit and I don’t know if you’ve ever traveled any great distance with a fidgety, 40-pound mutt on your lap, but we eventually arrived no worse for the wear.

cookies for work friday morning. because i love puns AND cookies.

cookies for work friday morning. because i love puns AND cookies.

ollie heard they were teaching dogs to drive...

ollie heard they were teaching dogs to drive…

(In case you missed the story about dogs learning to drive…)

haha... attempt one

haha… attempt one

tight fit 2

Sunday was extra special for the pups because we went hiking with our good friends the Leehans at Bull Run mountain. We’re able to let them off the leashes and let them run free through the woods, which is pretty much a dog’s dream. However, whereas Moose never ventures too far from the sights of her People, Ollie’s more prone to playing the Lone Wolf and setting off on his own adventure, leaving us all somewhere between slightly-concerned and fearful-we’ll-never-see-him-again. This time was no different, with an even more prolonged absence than before. Eventually, after asking everyone we passed on the trail if they’d seen a little black dog with a goofy curly tail, we were informed that some people had found him and put him on someone’s extra leash. We were very grateful to them, and expressed as much, and then Moose attacked the Helpful Lady’s chihuahua. Excellent.

ready to go!

ready to go!

bull run mountain

mom, mark, and andrea atop the mountain.

mom, mark, and andrea atop the mountain.

bull run mountain

dad: "is this one titled, 'in search of'?"

dad: “is this one titled, ‘in search of’?”

tired pups returning

tired pups on the return trip

Christmas Eve was chilled out at home with one nice surprise: the first snow of the season (and Ollie’s first snow ever!). My little Thai dog thought the white stuff was pretty cool.

ollie snow instagram

frozen fountain

snowy baby

snowy baby

moose, on the other hand, prefers to snuggle with teddy bears

moose, on the other hand, prefers to snuggle with teddy bears

Ryan had to return to Charlottesville to play trumpet at two Christmas Eve church services, but was home this morning to open presents and to spend our first Christmas with just the five of us in… many years. The boys are now making us laugh with their RC helicopters and I’ve got to sign off now to go play Mom’s new Jeopardy video game. Merry, merry Christmas everyone! May your every New Year’s dream come true.

midget dad fighting over ollie's ball

midget dad fighting over ollie’s ball

note mom's new moose figurine...

note mom’s new moose figurine…

merry christmas from the calonders!

merry christmas from the calonders!

uncle nate in the traditional christmas 'get-up' fighting with his nephew

uncle nate in the traditional christmas ‘get-up’ fighting with his nephew

ornaments

stack of giftsmoose fox ollie tree

dad opening his 'shield' 'from moose and ollie.' aka the lid of the brew pot for his home brewing kit! look for 'big daddy jazzy jazz jazz' hefeweizen at a minimart near you.

dad opening his ‘shield’ ‘from moose and ollie.’ aka the lid of the brew pot for his home brewing kit! look for ‘big daddy jazzy jazz jazz’ hefeweizen at a minimart near you.

spoiled pup with one of his many new toys.

spoiled pup with one of his many new toys.

all i want for christmas!

all i want for christmas!

someone's had his eye on an electric uke...

someone’s had his eye on an electric uke…

moose couch family christmas

haha... first attempt at our family photo...

haha… first attempt at our family photo…

merry christmas!

merry christmas!

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Oh and what’s Christmas without some tunes? I’d wanted to do a whole post about Christmas songs but… didn’t get around to it. So here’s the truncated version…

Mine and (everyone else’s) favorite version of an old not-quite-classic (but getting there!):

And yes, I know you’ve all already seen that posted on every third person’s facebook wall (excuse me, “timeline”) BUT… has anyone’s reaction to it been this good?

And speaking of favorites and versions… I know “O Holy Night” tops many people’s lists. But there’s one rendition that hits me just right that I went and took the liberty of posting on YouTube myself because I feel it needs more exposure. 30 Rock‘s Jenna Maroney and her beau, Paul L’Astnamé (on another note… best TV surname ever?) performing this classic in a very special way.

And because I’m sure you’re already wondering how I’ve made it this long without posting a Bright Eyes song, their rendition that made me actually like this song:

And because my dad has recently added this David Bowie/Bing Crosby collab to his Christmas playlist I figured I’d throw that in here, as well as Will Farrell and John C. Reilly’s excellent parody. Me: “Oooh, thanks for reminding me! I’ll put this in my blog. But… the parody’s so good too… I don’t know which one to choose…” Nate: “Use them both?” Always thinking, that kid.

One year ago: Rainy Day Ramblings
Three years ago: The Gender-Blind Christmas Play (haha… my 30 Rock references never get old, apparently…)