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Tiny Kitchen Adventures: Vegetarian Phở


Before we moved, Shaun warned me the new kitchen was “tiny.” When I saw it for the first time, I realized I had a lesson or two to teach him about center-city apartments: the kitchen is not “tiny” by city standards. I was actually impressed! But in my excitement, I forgot about the elephant in […]

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Oh Yeah, I Still Have This Thing.


I got an e-mail the other day notifying me that my domain name was about to expire. To be honest, my first thought was, “Oh yeah, I still have that,” which isn’t surprising considering my last post was somewhere around the end of April. Nevertheless, I  renewed, and ryesandshine.com is officially active until 6.26.2013. I […]

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A Non-Exhaustive List of Grady’s Nicknames


Who’s got huge feet and is almost ten months old? This dude. Also known as: Grady Bear Shady Grady Monster Monster Bear Gravy Gravy Boat Monster Pants Boo Grades Sweet Bear Sweet Thing “Mommy that’s a big dog!” Pup Jerkface Buddy Honey Bear Grady T. Bear Smelly Boo Bear But really, I’m just plying you […]

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Sunday Comfort Food


Guess who’s back? The e-vet called this morning around 8:30 to let us know Grady kept food down all night and we could take him home. He’s on strict bedrest for the next two weeks and has so many pills we actually made a Google document with a schedule, but at least he’s in our […]

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Puppy Updates, Part II


Shaun and I were feeling pretty optimistic yesterday afternoon. We spent the day walking around the city to kill time until we had to pick Grady up. I think we covered six miles, at least. We stopped in a new bike shop, explored Main Street, and generally enjoyed the weather. Grady’s doctor called around 4 […]

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Puppy Updates


Thanks for all of the sweet comments and messages about Mr. Bear. I spent the night sleeping on the floor with our 90-pound puppy, and he was anxious as ever. He got very upset the moment I would start to doze off and stop petting him. It was heartbreaking. I think both Shaun and I had […]

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Spring Break Snow?


We woke up to a pretty insane snowstorm today. In March. During Spring Break. Oblivious to the weirdness of a Spring Break snowstorm, Grady is making the best of it. Mostly by eating it, sort of by playing in it. Basically, having a blast.

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The Scare


If you’re wondering what kind of sticks a 70+ pound puppy plays with, I’ll give you a hint: branch-sized ones. That was Grady for most of the week [I’m half convinced he climbs trees and tears them off himself], but things took a turn on Thursday. Aside from the fact that we’re miserably busy these […]

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All Fixed Up


But not quite trained…the little monster is seven months old. And really, really dirty.

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The Best of All Worlds


There’s not much to report from Charlottesville, other than a few days of blah weather, tons of ice, prepping for classes, and a new recipe. Unless you’re Grady, then you‘re currently having the time of your life. Grady’s enjoying a new chew he got from Alison and Kyler for Christmas. Not only has he not […]

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