When Mavis and Lola are Away

Jimmy and Allie will play! Or just sleep in πŸ™‚

My parents’ gave Jimmy and I a weekend off of our pups last weekend and it was so lovely! Sometimes we just need a break, you know? I find I’m a better fur mom after I’ve had some time away from our girls every now and then.

Plus, I know they had fun at their fur grandparents’ house!

Yellow lab and cocker spaniel cuddling together on couch

Mavis cuddling on the couch with my Reggie (my parents’ lab) and my Dad.

When my dad dropped the girls off on Monday morning he sheepishly said “Yeah… we spoiled them…” and left it at that, haha. Jimmy and I are fine with them being spoiled there, since they know the Zottola house rules when they come back home!

Jimmy and I were able to have a relaxed weekend. I had a pet sitting job for a family on vacation, Jimmy worked on our bed, and we watched the Olympics. I was even able to deep clean our kitchen. Let’s just say the dirty mop water from our kitchen was dark… really dark.

Here’s the progress on our bed. I think we just need to add the wood in now?!

Industrial steel bed frame

We’re really getting close to finishing! And by “we’re,” I totally mean Jimmy. I just cheer him on and keep his belly full of apple pie and rice pudding. When it comes to picking out, painting, or staining wood, I’ll be of more help!

Here’s us watching the Olympics on the couch with Malcolm snuggled in between us! I was totally ordering house supplies (toilet paper and peanut butter… the necessities of life) from Jet on my phone when Jimmy took this picture, haha.

Couple cuddling on the couch with cat in black and white

Remember how I mentioned that we bought a new quilt in my last post? I put it on our bed and we’re loving it! I think this will be a lot easier to clean than theΒ white duvet cover we previously had.

The picture quality isn’t great since I snapped it with my phone, but I’ll do a more detailed post when I get out my DSLR and take some better pictures πŸ™‚

Gray and blue master bedroom with bench and turquoise and grey throw pillows and hummingbird watercolor prints

See that bench? Malcolm has completely shredded it since we got it. I spent about 20 minutes cutting little pieces of loose threads off the sides of the bench earlier this week.

We made a new rule: no more pets in the bedroom. We’ll see how it goes. We’ve been able to stay strong for two nights and the pets haven’t protested too much, thankfully!

What did you do over the weekend?

Do you have any house rules with pets?


Celebrating Valentine’s Day

Jimmy and I celebrated Valentine’s Day a little bit early this year! First, over the weekend we exchanged gifts and cooked a special dinner.

Guys, I’m so spoiled. Jimmy is making a new bed for our bedroom! Here’s the inspiration (from Pinterest).

Here’s what Jimmy has done so far!

Steel bed frame

This husband of mine continues to amaze me every day. Not only is he talented and hard working, but he’s incredibly sweet. My phone’s battery has been on its last leg lately, so we went to the Apple store together on Saturday to get a replacement. The battery replacement went well, but my camera didn’t work after we got my phone back.

I had to pet sit on Sunday afternoon, so Jimmy took my phone to the Apple store to have it fixed (Apple ended up giving me a new phone because they couldn’t fix it!) and he filled my truck’s gas tank. Love him.

We made steak and scallops for our special dinner on Saturday and bought Fairlife chocolate milk to go with our meal. We’re totally adults, I promise πŸ˜‰

Jimmy also spoiled me by saying he wanted to take me to my favorite local Chinese restaurant on Monday night. I ended up feeling really awful and flu-ish on Monday, so we had our food delivered and it was so delicious!

Sushi and General Tso's Chicken with fortune cookies, rice, soy sauce, and chopsticks from Osaka Pittsburgh

Jimmy had the General Tso’s chicken and I ordered a variety of sushi and sashimi. Want to know what happens when you eat dinner and your cat has no boundaries?

Black cat trying to eat sushiBlack cat with sushi

Yeah, Malcolm sits on our table while we eat dinner every single night. It’s probably (okay, definitely…) totally unsanitary but we can’t stop him. Malcolm gets what he wants or we get scratched/bit. We are owned by our cat, LOL.

I made Valentine’s Day dog biscuits in the shape of hearts and bones for all my clients and had pictures printed of their pups as little gifts to give out this week. I used my tried and true honey cinnamon dog biscuit recipe and the clients who have received their gifts said their dogs love the treats. Yay!

Speaking of dogs, want to hear a gross/funny story? Mavis pooped on mine and Jimmy’s bed one evening last week (ugh) and I picked up the poop with a paper towel and wasn’t even thinking when I flushed it down the toilet. I totally forgot paper towels can’t be flushed down the toilet and ours immediately clogged.

Of course, we didn’t have a plunger and it was like 10:00 PM so we went to bed with a toilet clogged with dog poop and paper towels and Jimmy had to get up at 5:00 the next morning to run out and buy a plunger. It wasn’t funny at the time, but now we laugh every time we think about it πŸ˜‰

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

Past Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Visiting Phipps Conservatory in 2011 (we waited to celebrate until April when it was warm, haha)
Visiting The National Aviary in 2012
Bowling + Jimmy baked for me in 2013
Jimmy baked for me again in 2014 (see what I mean about being spoiled?!)
No idea what we did in 2015 (I only blogged once that month–waaa!)
Judged a speech competition in 2016
Cooked a special dinner together in 2017