Merry Holiday of your Choice

25 12 2008

Hope you’re all safe, warm and happy this evening. After an adventurous drive through CA, AZ, NM and CO hotboxing dog farts and seeking refuge at the Motel 6 in the thriving metropolis of Grants, NM, after nearly sliding off the I-40, I’m enjoying a nice night in with family, cookies and a bottle of wine.

We’ll be back to our regular programming next week.

Cheers!

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Weekly Henry is not pleased

12 12 2008

Mr. Henry does NOT like baths. But he DOES like it when you help homeless pets, and a great way to do that this holiday season is to consider purchasing the “Key to my Heart” Collar Charm for the furry little diva in your life.  When you buy the charm, Metro-Dog.com donates 100 percent of the profits to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

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 Best Friends runs the No More Homeless Pets campaign, a grass roots effort to find forever homes for pets others have deemed “unadoptable”.  Every charm purchased helps feed a hungry dog or rehabilitate a dog for his forever home. Also, from now through the end of 2008, Metro Dog will donate 10 percent of total profits to Best Friends, so get shopping!





Christmastini, anyone?

10 12 2008

For some, like Santa and Bill O’Reilly, the spirit of Christmas comes naturally, but the rest of us need a little help getting in the holiday spirit. For this purpose, we bring you the Kamakaze Christmastini: Part sweet, part sour, and all the courage you’ll need to face another holiday get together with the three-ring circus that is your family.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Martini glasses, chilled
  • Grenadine
  • Pre-mixed Kamakaze shots, like DeKuyper Burst
  • Red or green decorative sugar
  • Marischino cherries (optional)

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Pour a small amount of the sugar into a shallow dish. Dampen the rim of the martini glass and dip into the sugar, then fill 2/3 full with Kamakaze mix. SLOWLY pour about half an ounce of grenadine into the glass, so that it does not mix with the Kamakaze and sits in the bottom of the glass. Garnish with a cherry and serve!





A happy and healthy holiday season for your furry loved ones

9 12 2008

The holiday season is a magical time of year, both for us and for our four-legged best friends. Mr. Henry is especially fond of tearing wrapping paper (off of his presents or anyone else’s), as well as the Christmas stocking his grammy prepares for him.

But there are a few important precautions you can take to keep your festivities from taking a tragic turn. Many thanks to Michael’s Pet Sitting of NYC for this wonderful list of holiday pet safety tips:

If you decorate with plants, be careful. Cats, dogs and birds can nibble household plants, and many, including mistletoe and some poinsettias, can make your pet very ill. Be sure your holiday greenery is out of your pet’s reach.

The same is true if you have a Christmas tree. Put only unbreakable, nontoxic decorations at the bottom of the tree so there is no danger of your little ones batting a glass ball and breaking it, or of your pup chewing up your grandmother’s antique bubble lights.

Why not put some kitty baubles or doggie toys on the lower branches instead? Or, if you have both pets and kids, put the tree and gifts into a playpen. It may not stop Kitty, but at least the tree won’t easily fall down if she climbs it.

If you have a live tree, wrap the base so your pets won’t drink from the tree’s water, and keep the birds away from the tree. Many modern live trees are covered in chemicals that can be toxic to your little friends.

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Christmas Networking 2.0

3 12 2008

December 25 feels like it’s eons away, but stop for a second and you can practically feel Santa breathing down your neck. (No, not in that way. What’s the matter with you? Perv.) Anyhow, between shopping and decorating and the many tribulations of holiday travel, it’s easy to put off one of the most important things you’ll do this holiday season: Christmas cards.

Christmas cards (or holiday cards, whatever, I’m not Bill O’Reilly) have evolved considerably from the annual family bulletin your parents probably still send on festive red paper.  For today’s young professional the holiday season represents a unique opportunity to reconnect with friends and former classmates scattered around the world and to solidify and expand your professional network.

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Yes, writing and mailing cards to scores of college buddies, former co-workers, second cousins and childhood friends is both time consuming and labor intensive, but it’s worth it. Any other month of the year, an unsolicited handwritten note would come off as slightly creepy or reek of ulterior motives, but in December we all get a free pass. And no, ecards don’t count.

Fortunately, several sites offer handy online apps that streamline the process by  putting all of the network-building you’ve been doing all year to work. LinkedIn offers its own contacts export that packages first and last names and email addresses into a handy Excel spreadsheet, and BigSight.org has a Facebook app that pulls together your friend list alongside other criteria of your choice, including hometown, education, work, and affiliations.

You’re still going to have to write the cards yourself (that’s kind of the point), but this tools will get you off to a good start, and you’ll be reaping the rewards of rekindled relationships all year.

Happy writing, and a merry Christmas2.0 to everyone.