Girls like flowers

After 14 springs in Washington state, I guess I don’t have to go to the tulip fields every April. Fortunately, Mia and I saw some color in the beds along Mount Vernon’s newish Skagit River Walk.

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6 ways to beat the winter blues

Last week I started experiencing some pretty textbook symptoms of the winter blues. After cheering myself up by buying not one but two new winter coats, I shared

Mental Health Tip #1: Retail Therapy.

The next day, I decided that watching Making a Murderer is doing nothing to help anyone’s Seasonal Affective Disorder, so that became

Mental Health Tip #2: Stop watching Making a Murderer.

Turns out, I was just getting started.

Mental Health Tip #3: Float.

Full disclosure: We tried this the first time Saturday. I didn’t care for it. The water felt cold and I got bored, but Rob liked it.

Mental Health Tip #4: Color.

Put a bird on it

My advice to a FB friend (Hi, Cinthia!) interested in getting started: Adult coloring books are awesome because it completely does not matter how it turns out. I had an art teacher when I was little who said “There’s no such thing as a mistake,” which is bullshit in real life and real art. But grownup coloring books? No one’s going to judge. Or even see it unless you Instagram it. You can go outside the lines, use the wrong color… it does not matter. And if you get a book you like, it’ll look cool no matter what you do.

Mental Health Tip #5: Sing Along.

I like showtunes, but that doesn’t mean you have to. I’ve been listening to Hamilton, Broadway’s hottest show. Find your jam.


Mental Health Tip #6: Walk in the Rain, or the Snow, and if possible, on a Beach with Dogs.

How do you stay sane during the dark months, friends?

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Things that go blink in the night

What do dedicated dog owners do when the sun goes down?

Walk their dogs anyway!

To a degree, it can be easier for us to walk Leo when it’s dark and cold, because there are fewer joggers and cyclists.

We took our first afterdark walk of the season on Saturday, and realized that one of our blinky reflector collar clip-on things is broken and the other is lost.

Good thing Rob’s sister sent me a PetSmart gift card for my birthday!

The salesgirl sheepishly told me that the only light-up thingies they had were on the Halloween display. Thinking I was going to have to choose between a candycorn headband and a pumpkin bandanna with one blinky light, I was delighted to discover a selection of Dog-e-Glow collars and leashes. Some of them had Halloween patterns, yes, but you can see from the company’s website that their collars and leashes aren’t novelty items. They’re exactly what I was looking for!

The collars were on sale for $15.99 from $19.99, and although the choices was limited, they happened to have patterns that suit our doggies (and us) perfectly.

*I wasn’t compensated for this post, but if PetSmart or Dog-e-Glow want to send me matching leashes, I wouldn’t send them back!

And now, I present to you a video of the Dog-e-Glow collars in action. Perhaps not my most visually slick production, since darkness is required to appreciate the glory of the collars’ two settings: steady glow and blinky. It has a ’70s horror film feel to it, right?


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