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Definitely Jack

 

We have three dogs: Persie the aging Labrador, Jack the badly behaved Terrier, and Hazel the teenage Weimaraner. The dogs are my responsibility. I am not saying that Mark doesn’t do a million other things that are possibly more important than taking care of the dogs (because he totally does), but he does …Definitely Jack

    This girl was named Elise …

     

    Hazel the Weimaraner is barking her frustration bark, and so I go to see what the problem is. I find her in the bathroom on the main floor of the house, her head low, barking into the space below the vanity. Thinking she has lost a ball or some other toy, I bend …This girl was named Elise …

    THAT’S HOW THIS WORKS!

     

    Here’s my morning …

    7:00 am: Get dressed. Take the dogs out. Drink coffee. Check email. Walk the badly behaved dog around the block so he can pee on everything.

    7:30 am: Wake Maj … defend myself against accusations that I have not fulfilled promises to do a variety of things I do …THAT’S HOW THIS WORKS!

    Bite down …

    Desperate times call for desperate measures …

     

    I bought a Frisbee and insisted Maj walk to one of the fields at the neighboring high school and play with me. She was, I assured her, not going home until there had been some fun … damn it.

    She was dubious. “Mother, you know very …Bite down …

    Cheese stands alone

     

    Kallan got back from cheer camp this past Monday. Maj left for her cross-country camp the day before that, which means the grand total of nights this summer on which Mark and I have had zero children home equals one. Life is cruel.

    So, because Mark heads off to work every weekday, Kallan …Cheese stands alone