Monday Miscellany: Welcome, Gigi 🐕 And A New Favorite Kitchen Gadget

Susan B. and Gigi, her newly adopted dog. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

Introducing Gigi…

She’s here and she’s wonderful! I think we may have really hit the jackpot. We’d been looking for just the right rescue dog. So when I saw her adorable little face pop up in the L.A. Love & Leashes instagram feed on Friday, I immediately requested an appointment to meet her. I lucked out and was able to get one that afternoon.

Shirt (similar-ish) (similar style) | Necklace | Bracelet

It was love at first sight, and I filled out the adoption papers on the spot, though we weren’t able to bring her home that day. She was scheduled for spay surgery the next morning at the shelter, so we were given the OK to pick her up Saturday afternoon.

Gigi was a bit groggy at first from the anesthesia, and not liking her cone. But we quickly discovered that she seems to have had some training. She walks beautifully on the leash, and will sit on command. And she seems to be housebroken and crate-trained too!

She’s also quite affectionate. And seems to be particularly smitten with le Monsieur. I don’t know her history prior to being found as a stray and turned in to the shelter, but she seems to have been cared for. She has the cutest little underbite…

Gigi has the cutest underbite! Details at une femme d'un certain age.

She’s a mixed breed: some terrier, and I’m not sure what else. (“Terrier” reminds me of a funny story about my friend Greetje…once when we were in Paris together, she stepped over to ask a French woman about the breed of dog she was walking, and came back to where I was sitting with a puzzled expression. “She said something about a derrière, I think.” It took a moment before we realized she’d said “terrier” and oh, did we howl with laughter!)

We’re trying to keep things simple and establish routines at home until she gets settled in. We’re following (as best we can) the recommendations from the shelter for getting a new pet acclimated. But I think she’s doing brilliantly! 😉 🐾

About those little mermaids…

For those of you asking about the mermaid shirt, it’s from a prior collection Chinti & Parker. It’s no longer available, but I’m keeping an eye out for something similar.

As Seen On TV! 😆

Magic Bullet blender basic set. Details at une femme d'un certain age.

I tend to dismiss out of hand any products that are frequently featured on infomercials. It’s a bit of a conditioned reflex. During the early years of my career in TV, I had to schedule these and review content for certain requirements. So I quickly tired of the formula and fake enthusiasm. (“Wow, that’s amazing!!!”)

But so many people (people I really know who are NOT on TV) have recommended the Magic Bullet, that I finally decided to try it out. What prompted the purchase was that le Monsieur decided he wanted to make homemade pesto. He was looking at blenders and food processors, but we don’t have a lot of room on our counters (and none in our cupboards) for more big, bulky appliances that only see occasional use.

So I talked him into trying out this gadget. I figured it wasn’t a huge investment and wouldn’t take up much space. Not only is it great for making small batches of fresh pesto, but I’ve been using it daily for my protein smoothies. It’s also perfect for fine chopping (onions, especially). Everything except the motor goes in the dishwasher, too.

Now that the summer heat has finally arrived, I’ve also been using my Instant Pot several times per week. It cooks food fast and doesn’t heat up the kitchen. I use it to make rice, lentils, steamed chicken breasts for salads and tacos, oatmeal, hard-boiled eggs. (Mine’s an older model, but most similar to this one.)

What kitchen gadgets or cooking tools do you most rely on?

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  1. August 19, 2020 / 7:07 pm

    Welcome, Gigi! You are about to be spoiled. Enjoy it! Congratulations on your new fur baby. Adorable!

  2. Juti
    August 22, 2020 / 9:15 am

    Oh, Gigi! What a sweet little face.

    I love my “instant pot” (mine is a Revereware digital pressure cooker, but it’s mostly the same). Once you learn its ways you can make some lovely things in it. I’ve also come to appreciate my stand mixer; it was a gift despite my protesting that I didn’t have room for it. I don’t use it all the time, but when I do I’m mighty glad I have it. But possibly my most loved thing is the rice cooker my sister gave me when I was in graduate school. You pour water in one part, put the rice (with water) in the other, plug it in, and set the timer. It’s also fantastic for hard-cooking eggs perfectly. I’ve been using it for about twenty-five years, and even though it’s in great shape I dread trying to replace it if it ever goes.

  3. Cindy
    August 25, 2020 / 5:36 pm

    She is adorable! So happy for all of you. Just precious.

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