puppy love

this is my puppy dog, helo, named after karl c. agathon from battlestar galactica (aka “helo” ….pronounced heeee-low). he is a total sweetheart and could possibly be a cylon sympathizer also. anyhoo, helo is a puggle (beagle + pug) who loves to cuddle, eat cookies and runs crooked. the minute i saw helo on craigslist in 2009, i knew he was ours. he is my little brindle buddy.

this is gaius (pronounced ‘gai-us’ …simple huh??) he is also a puggle. a deceptive little puggle! his namesake is gaius baltar from battlestar galactica as well. michael happened to see him in las vegas while working out there for a year. it was kind of a hassle to get gaius back to texas, but totally worth it! he is completely nuts and we have to use a choke collar on him (it’s humane, i promise) but he is sweet when he wants to be. if you see an annoying dog barking around greenlake, that is gaius. he is my little pooches.

some more photos…

this is dinner time. he is giving his beg-fo-food face.


a very annie christmas

happy holidaze ya’ll! may your days be big and bright and your nights be dark and mysterious! merry christmas, happy hanukkah and all that jazz…

happy captain crunch!

merry frakkin’ christmas!

orange lantern cookies made by geekboy, @fatskamike

the elves: josh and helo

bungee cord glass markers by @musicjunkeeee

aunt pina’s sour cream cookies, an italian tradition

gloria’s sausage balls, a mexi-tradition



mrs jena j.

may the force be with your holiday glow and watch a plenty.

my version of seafood salad minus the conch (i threw in two, and only two pieces of tentacle in honor of rissa).

charles say relax!

cozy sweater, never fear!

this guy likes last minute wrapping.

a very merry, merry christmas to you!

christmas on mars

it finally feels like christmas time for me. FINALLY. it took awhile living in a different state and not seeing my parents, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts and ….you get the point. but everyone gets older and traditions tend to change over the years. we are not spending the holidays with michael’s family or mine, but are staying in town this year due to using up our vacation days with the move.

we live in a cool, little house in greenlake but i stress LITTLE. i didn’t think we had room for a tree, but decided it is necessary. it is the life blood of christmas afterall! as soon as the noble fir was brought inside, the piney smell wafted through the house and it was starting to seem like christmas. the family gifts are wrapped and ready to ship and am chillin with a low budget film made by the flaming lips titled ‘christmas on mars.’ if you know this band (who doesn’t?!?!?) then you know to expect the unexpected. the plot is kinda non-existent and hard to follow, but the special effects are oddly amazing and the soundtrack by the flaming lips is the best part. you might notice some familiar faces like adam goldberg, fred armisen (snl), isaac brock (modest mouse) and steve burns (blue’s clues). this film is for fans of the flaming lips, avant-garde style films, and cheesy sci-fi. i love to listen to wayne coyne speak. if you do too, watch the extras and rent the music documentary ‘the fearless freaks.’

and of course, wayne can’t go without showing his wife in her underwear. if you follow him on twitter, than you know what i mean. @waynecoyne

the flaming lips also made my list of best live shows of 2010.