Springish 2011

We had a fairly busy spring of 2011. Lots of big changes in the erikarl household!


We sold our house and packed everything ourselves to move a whopping 1.5 miles away!


Neko helping us pack trying to look stylish!

We enjoyed a few last walks and soak up the spring weather in the old neighborhood. Neko’s favorite buddy came over to play in the midst of the packing and I got some cute pics of him. He looks like he should be the poster child for JEEP, don’t you think?


Here is Neko’s other little buddy. Well, we found this little buddha dog on one of our walks back and forth between houses. Who would have known that our giant 140 lb dog w would be terribly afraid of this 6″ statue! SO funny! She would consistently stop as  we walked by this statue to stalk and bark at it.. It’s pretty scary.


And here is the gang at the new house moving stuff in!

and there is POM after the move was all done! ( sorry pam! you made the blog):) We really appreciated all the help we got from Pom and Pad (Pom = Pam/mom) (Pad = PAT/dad).  I vow if we move again– we will hire professional movers!

If we thought moving was a big change about 4 days after moving in we added a new addition to our little family!      MEET SIMONE 🙂

( aka simmy, simonis, simonster, or sim) She’s pretty cute!Up tomorrow: Summerish- and probably more neko and simone pics!



I’ve neglected the blog since april sadly. I didn’t do a very good job with my picture a day either.  Here’s to more posts in 2012. First I’ll Start with my Winterish yearly review! CHEERS to a wonderful 2011!


Karl and I started off the new year right at our favorite coffee place, Coffee Emporium. Neko enjoyed her favorite spot too!


As in true winter spirit we went with several friends curling. Yes, CURLING.  Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of the actual ice-capades.  But, I do have some evidence of Karl and I dressed up as the next U.S. curling champions! We were a force to be reckoned with on ice!

We also did some traveling…

Jacksonville for the Run For Donna !  We met my family there. My sister-in-law ran her first marathon coming off a nasty GI virus. Go Chrissy! Karl and I ran the half and then ran the end with her totaling around 20 miles.  Not too bad for very little training. But a better decision than trying to run the entire thing with my longest run in months being 8 miles:)

We also got to visit the beach. Sadly a little too chilly to be swimming, but we did have a lovely time bird watching!

Then a few weeks later we met our dear friends Jeff and Jill for a weekend in NYC!

and sipped on our favorite west coast coffee, Stumptown, east coast style!


Just some fun home adventures.  We made some cinnamon icing/oatmeal whoopie pies, homemade peppermint/almond marshmallows ( okay so maybe those were made by Karl for Xmas 2010- but i ate them all in 2011 so that counts, right?)

And.. last but not least because she is cute. Some pictures of Neko.  I can’t resist!

Next up Spring review! and likely some more picture of neko.



lady do-go part III


January 24, 2011

So my husband tried to scare me today with and article that explains the dangers of letting your pet sleep with you in bed. Who wouldn’t let a 140 lb ball of fur snuggle up with them at night. Who cares about all the bacteria (MRSA), possible fleas, and other crazy parasites that you could possibly be exposing yourself to. I get exposed to way more gross stuff at work on a daily basis. I’m ready and willing to risk a life threatening illness for a few hours of snuggle time with my furry buddy! aren’t you?



January 14, 2011

We went to our favorite coffee shop over Karl’s lunch break today, Coffee Emporium.  We park Neko out front while we sip on our cups of joe upstairs.  It’s fun to watch people walk by her. Some will completely avoid the sidewalk and others actually go in for the big drool! 


Today we found this fun little kaleidoscope looking thing and had some fun!




Lady Do-Ga

January 10, 2011

My favorite subject so far has been my pup. Mostly because she is hilarious, fun, and just a gigantic beast.  Each Monday I’m going to post a picture of her.  As you can tell from the picture she is quite scary.  That is why the postman felt it was necessary to leave a dangerous dog warning in my mailbox saying that they were scared of her because she was BIG, HUGE, TALL! 


doesn’t she look frightening!

All things white, cuddly, and soft.

January 6, 2011

We had the first real snow of winter earlier in December.  Today, however, was the first official snow of 2011.  It wasn’t much more than a dusting, but I definitely saw some flakes out there!  Most of the time, snow is associated with school closings, long commutes on icy roads, cold frigid temps, shoveling sidewalks, long dreary day with little sunlight. Those are some of the unpleasantries that come with winter. Fortunately for me, snow has symbolic of really great things for me like meeting new people (my husby), marriages ( I feel an anniversary coming on), and best of all  furriest of all puppies!  I wanted to take a picture of the snow today but it was sadly too dark when I got home.  I’m settling for the next best picture- the first day I met Neko. This was  also the first day she met snow!

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Bad Dog

January 3, 2011

So I was going to post this awesome picture Karl took in honor of the first Monday of the year when Coffee might be one of the most essential parts of starting off the day right!


But then I came home to my little sweet Neko who decided to try a hand in making cornbread but realized that there were other ingredients besides cornmeal needed…

bad dog