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It’s nothing

Lightning above the Trinity River in Dallas

It is July and I am in still in Dallas. I dial my insurance company’s nurse hotline on the way home from work and regret my decision within a few minutes —

“Sir, you need to pull over right now and call 911,” the nurse says.

“What?” I ask. (I can’t believe what I’m hearing.)

“You need to pull over your car and call an ambulance,” she repeats. “Based on the information you have given me,  my professional medical opinion is that you are having a stroke.”


The numbness has been going on for about a month now.

It starts in my neck – immediately under my right jaw. It then spreads to the right side of my face – lower lip, then upper lip. Then to my cheek – and sometimes to the back of my head. Continue reading “It’s nothing” »

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Upgrading the dogs’ diet

Gunter the Chiweenie exploring the park.

I’ve never been a fussy buyer of dog food. While many other dog owners brag about buying this-or-that designer brand, I seem incapable of remembering what brand of food that I purchased last (and typically get whatever’s on sale.)

Side note — I met someone once who told me that they only fed their dog lunch meat. I thought this was insane.

My lack of discipline in dog food buying often has disastrous consequences (e.g. gas and diarrhea) but I’m too disorganized to stick to a single brand – until now. Hill’s Science Diet® approached me to do an ad campaign for the blog, which was perfectly timed because we had an upcoming dog food trip planned anyway.

Hill’s Science Diet seemed to also be aware of my recent discovery of Amazon deliveries – they offer a 15% discount when you subscribe via Amazon. This is highly convenient because I rarely make time to actually drive to the store anymore. Continue reading “Upgrading the dogs’ diet” »

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My First Trip to New Orleans

Bourbon Street in New Orleans' French Quarter.

I recently experienced New Orleans for the first time.

Michael’s sister hosted us for the weekend to celebrate her birthday and wedding date announcement.

It was my first time in the city, and the trip was filled with beautiful architecture, amazing food, humidity, and an adult beverage or two (allegedly.)

A creepy and cluttered tourist shop in New Orleans.

A creepy and cluttered tourist shop in New Orleans.

Buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans at night.

Buildings in the French Quarter of New Orleans at night.


A bar that's open 24/7 in the Garden District of New Orleans.

A bar that’s open 24/7 in the Garden District of New Orleans.

A well-lit historic house in New Orleans.

A well-lit historic house in New Orleans.

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