Might want to work on your technique there, Sweetie.

Zoe loves to carry empty pudding cups around.You’d think after two and a half years on this earth that Zoe would be able to figure out a way to carry her toys.  She LOVES empty cups (this is a pudding cup). But she carries them in such a way that her eyes are covered.  She runs into things when she carries them around.  Kills me. So fun to watch!

Bayou Birthday

I love birthdays.  There’s no other day that only celebrates YOU.  I love other peoples’ birthdays and of course I love mine!  I stretch out the celebrations as long as I can!  My birthday  celebrations began Friday night when Christina and I got together for dinner and a movie.   I had reserved Hot Tub Time Machine online and it was waiting for us in the Redbox so we went and picked that up first.  Then we decided to try a relatively new deli for dinner.  Here’s where things got weird.

We walked into a big restaurant space that has been divided up into two different restaurants.  There’s the sit down restaurant called Frankie & Louie’s.  It’s a Cajun style place.  We walked through Frankie & Louie’s to get to the deli- Main St. Deli.  Once we got to the deli though, we thought maybe we should eat at the sit down restaurant.  It seemed pretty hopping!  There was no one in the deli but lots of people in the restaurant.  The restaurant is very interesting.  This space has changed hands many times.  It’s been a couple of Italian restaurants and even a steakhouse.  I hope this one sticks.

We walked back to the front of the restaurant and asked the hostess to seat us.  The decor has a very distinct bayou feel.  We were seated next to a couple of turtles and a hedgehog!  Real life animals!  It’s like eating in a zoo! We waited for a few minutes and a woman came over to welcome us to the restaurant, which has only been open a few months.  She chatted with us a moment then walked away.  We waited some more, then waited some more.  Finally, after over 15 minutes with no waitress appearing to take our drink orders we got fed up and went to the deli. The lack of server attention worried us as did the huge party of about 20 ladies who were seated in the restaurant.  We knew if we couldn’t even put in a drink order that fighting for the chef’s attention with 20 ladies was not going to be fun.

We were placing our orders in the deli when the deli man told us to hold on a second.  He was needing a moment to put Christina’s order into the computer so the shared kitchen could start working on it.  Aarrgh!  We were not happy to hear that even though we gave up our seats at Frankie & Louie’s that we’d STILL be in the same kitchen queue!  We explained our frustration to the deli man.  He said hold on and disappeared for a moment, returning with the dining room supervisor.  We then explained our situation to the dining room supervisor who offered up an apology, but only after doubting that we had been properly seated.  He thought we just went in and sat ourselves like a couple of nutjobs gone restaurant rogue!  Then he left.  With no offer of “hey, why don’t y’all have a seat in the restaurant and let us try again?”, no freebie, no coupon, no nothing.

We went back to waiting for our orders.  I had ordered sandwiches, a rueben for CSP for later and a turkey sandwich for me.  I also ordered two knishes, one for CSP and one for me.  Deli man heated up my knish while we waited for Christina’s pizza.  They had promised the pizza would be ready in about 12 minutes which was reasonable.  We certainly didn’t mind waiting 12 minutes or so for a fresh pizza.  But that 12 minutes turned into 30!!!  For a 9 inch pizza!  Insane. By the time her pizza was ready my knish was cold.  A knish is a pastry wrapped around a potato mixture.  It’s not something you can heat and reheat and reheat.  I wasn’t looking forward to eating it.  Deli man did comp us each a canned soda and a plate of 2 cannoli.  By the time we walked out of there we had been there for over AN HOUR and hadn’t even eaten a bite of food!  Insane!

We brought our food home and ate dinner.  Christina’s pizza was really good.  It wasn’t a 30 minute wait good, but it was nice and full of fresh ingredients.  My turkey sandwich was nice but I won’t be ordering their knish again.  I have yet to find one that can live up to Carnegie Deli.  When CSP got home from work he ate his knish and rueben.  He LOVED the rueben!  Said it wasn’t as good as Carnegie, but a very close second.  The cannoli were tiny and had cold, mushy shells.  Very ho hum.  Won’t be paying for those.

We had a big time watching Hot Tub Time Machine.  So funny!  Loved all the 80s references.  Plus I’ve had a long term crush on John Cusack.  If anything ever happens to CSP I’ll wait a respectable amount of time before I marry Mr. Cusack.  The pugs loved all over Christina.  In fact, Molly & Zoe got so lovey dovey on Christina’s lap she had to separate them.  They kiss each other sometimes, with tongue.  At first it’s cute but there was just too much girl on girl pug action that night!

A very puggy Christmas

Zoe is crate trained and has to be in her crate anytime we leave the house.  She still has a LOT of mischievous puppy in her.  We try really hard not to leave her in her crate for more than a few hours at a time.  So we try to take her with us to visit family if we’ll be gone for a while. This is usually not a problem as most of our family members are dog people.  However, CSP’s parents are cat people and they’ve never had a dog in their house.  This year they said they’d put the cats upstairs and we could bring Zoe as a trial run.  We brought her travel crate just in case, but she was beautifully behaved!  She loved on everyone, went potty in the pouring rain like a champ, and had a great time! She even wore her Santa hat for a few pictures. My loves Then it was time to open her stocking. This looks like it's for me, Dad! Next it was time to cuddle with Grandpapa. A little bit of Grandpapa & Zoe love All the festivities can make a girl tired. It was time to chill out with Daddy. Zoe & her dad chillin like villians We had a fabulous crown roast for dinner.  And a great time with CSP’s side of the family.

Christmas Eve my family came to our house to celebrate.  We all brought fun party food and enjoyed hanging out with each other.  I was too busy being a hostess to take pictures.  I’m really regretting that now.  More photos here.

Stars in the making

Last February I recorded a little video of CSP playing with our pug puppy Zoe. It’s really cute so I uploaded to America’s Funniest Home Videos in July. Well I received an email from AFV at the beginning of October that they want it on the show. So we filled out a stack of release forms and sent them in. I just heard that our video will be on America’s Funniest Home Videos in January! Most likely the 17th but I’m to check back with them in early January to confirm.
I’d show you the video but AFV has you take the video off the web until after the show.
CSP, in his pajamas, playing with Zoe, on national Television! So excited!!!