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Ice Ice Baby

After one too many free beers on our flight to Indonesia last year, Johnny G picked up the in-flight duty-free catalog and purchased a white, rubberized Ice brand watch (allegedly for me, though I don’t ever wear a watch). And in the opposite of buyer’s remorse, it turned out that he loved it even more in the light of day!

White Watch has not, however, been such a hit with John’s relatives (you can see him taunting Chuck and Tracy with it in the first photo in this post). So I’m sure there was a collective cheer from the Southeastern US a few weeks ago when White Watch suddenly stopped working and was ultimately pronounced un-fixable. (The tiny metal frame around the tiny date window came off, and got caught around the hour and minute hands).

Luckily, Ice Watch has fabulous customer service, and even though JG couldn’t produce any of his original purchase paperwork, they replaced the watch — for free! So his warranty starts over from this week, ensuring that John will have two more years of an easy means of fretting his family, no further away than the end of his arm. Viva White Watch!

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Tennis, Anyone?

This is how John and Roxy kept themselves busy (and more of less out of trouble) while I was away.

It may look busted, but the flap on the tennis ball is of utmost importance, since tiny Pug's mouth is too small to fit around the whole ball.

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Modernizing

Boldly into the 21st century: I finally have a real phone!

A phone named after a food? Roxy approves.

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Meet Lulu

The sharp-eyed among you may have noticed something different about the last few posts (those that took place since our return from the U.S.). The photos… they look so… so, focused. So color correct! Such depth! So… much… better!

I take no credit: it’s all because of Lulu. Yes, after being a Canon devotee over 3 cameras since 2006, we’ve finally branched out to include a Panasonic Lumix in the family. Still lots to learn, but LOVING it so far!

Hopefully the last photo I will have to take with our most recent Canon point-and-shoot, which was a total lemon (for which I blame no one but myself and my uncharacteristic lack of research)

Among other bells and whistles, one of the major selling points for me was the 16x optical zoom (our most recent point-and-shoot Canon was 4x). That means that it’s a little bigger and heavier than a standard point-and-shoot, but with a zoom lens that has almost identical range to our bulky Canon Rebel XSi and BOTH of its interchangeable lenses, it’s a fair tradeoff in my book.

Both taken at maximum zoom, then resized to 500px wide.

Will keep you posted as we get to know each other, but I think Lulu is going to fit right in!

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Ocho!

Roxy has fallen hard for the octopus.

Completely un-posed - this is how I found her. My favorite part is the paw on top of Ocho's neck.

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Going Postal

I’m sure you don’t all rush here each morning to find out what was in our mailbox the previous day, but it’s been an exciting mail week! Yesterday’s surprise was a giant box labeled with one of our favorite return addresses: The Shields.

This time, it was 2 books for me (Best Food Writing 2010, and As Always, Julia – The Letters of Julia Child & Avis DeVoto), a bag of treats and a stuffed octopus for Roxy, and a stuffed Yukon Cornelius for Johnny.

Meredith is the friend who first introduced me to Julia, so it’s lovely and fitting to receive the latest book from her. As for Yukon, it was pretty much their first meeting in late 2001 when Mere decided that John bore a resemblance to the hero of the Rudolph holiday classic, and it’s a nickname that has stuck for almost 10 years.

Thanks for stuffing our mailbox with joy, Shieldses! We’re happy to share our mailing address with any of you who want to try to compete with Mere and Gael. 🙂

Why isn’t Yukon Cornelius in the photo above? Because Grabby Pug thinks that anything filled with stuffing and covered in plush automatically belongs to her. John propped Yukon up on a shelf this morning, and there has been much pug drama today as Roxy lets her displeasure be known:

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(Those of you viewing in Google reader: click out to the full post to see the embedded video)

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With Love from Bono

Lizzy got me this sweet axe signed by some dudes we saw in concert last week. I wish! Actually, this belongs to one of the primaries of my parent company, who collects memorabilia – Billy Eager, you’d love this guy.

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