When dogs eat ibuprofen…

It’s just not good.

I feel like I can tell this story now that I know it has a happy ending but it’s been a trying few days.

Saturday night while we were out the dogs got into a bottle of ibuprofen that we left on the coffee table. It’s one of those things that you do a million times – walk the pill bottle back to the bathroom – but the one time you forget it has tremendous consequences.

Our dogs get into things they’re not supposed to on pretty much a daily basis, so I don’t think we really knew to be worried in the beginning. Reggie got sick right away, which we thought was a good thing since she was getting it out of her system. We left for a few hours and when we came back our living room was just covered in dog vomit.

At that point we couldn’t tell if it was from one or both dogs, but Reggie continued to be sick and Sadie seemed fine. At 4:30 a.m. we ended up calling the vet about Reggie and she said to bring her in right away. They told us that the dog could go into kidney failure, so they had to keep her for a few days and give her IV fluids, to the tune of $850.

We went home exhausted and worried. But the next day the vet reported that Reggie (who she irritatingly kept referring to as “him”) was looking good and responding well. We felt like everything was going to be OK after all.

And that’s when Sadie started acting weird.

She just seemed too low-energy for a normally out-of-her-mind dog. And at night she started peeing in her sleep. Something just wasn’t right. So we called our regular vet the next morning and he said to bring her in. It turns out her kidneys had lost 75 percent of their function. I really like that vet, but the way he talked about it, it just scared the shit out of me. I felt guilty, and scared for them, and sad for them being sick, and worried with our current financial situation (i had literally nothing extra for an emergency). I just totally broke down after that phone call.

But after they gave her fluids Sadie started to perk up. Reggie got medicine for her tummy and both dogs got special food to eat. They both came home, and we think they are going to fully recover. I finally slept a full night last night (three glasses of wine might have helped).

All I can say is, $5 worth of over-the-counter medication can seriously harm your dog, even if it seems OK. So keep it hidden! ‘Cause those tops may be childproof, but they sure as hell aren’t dog proof.

Office upgrade

So now that my home office is my real office I decided I need to perk it up a little. I had a 2008 Snow and Graham calendar with beautiful designs on cardstock paper that I had saved because I couldn’t stand to see it go in the trash. And I just got this idea to make it into a banner a la this one.

I’m not sure where I got the idea for the saying, it was a Web site or a blog post somewhere, but it seemed fitting with my current state of mind.

So I hand drew the letters (making sure they were all about 6 inches tall), cut them out and pinned them to a line of string with mini clothespins. I just love how the whole wall turned out.

A good use of pesto

I mixed a good spoonful of pesto (from my basil plant that overfloweth) with some halved baby golden potatoes and baked them at 400 for about 30 minutes. YUM.

Die of cuteness

I had to start thinking about what I would make for fall/winter craft fairs now so I could start applying, and I really wanted to try tiny sweater ornaments.

I am so going to become a tiny sweater factory. These are too cute.

Loving: peanut butter shake

I’ve been having this for breakfast a lot lately. It’s 1 cup of milk, 1 banana and 2 tablespoons of peanut butter. Not a dessert shake, but creamy and frothy and delish.

It gives you a lot of energy in the morning, and even though it’s somewhat rich it’s only about 350 calories for a big, full glass, depending on what type of milk you use.

How the garden grows

Finally the garden has started to become our own little produce section. I love going out there to see how the zucchini are growing (surprisingly slowly) or to pick a few things for dinner.

So far we have carrots that are purple outside, orange inside, and beets.

Gorgeous swiss chard.

Unfortunately I don’t know what the hell to do with it. I’m not a fan of sauteed greens, and it just doesn’t seem right to toss them in a soup when it’s 92 degrees outside. So far my ideas were lasagna or green smoothies.

We have bell peppers that should eventually turn red.

And some poblano peppers that are still pretty tiny.

There are many, many tomatoes out there but they just won’t quite turn red yet. Come on babies!

The basil is going crazy. I can’t seem to make enough pesto to keep up with it, and since the tomatoes aren’t red, I can’t yet put it in the many pots of sauce I’m sure I’ll be making.

But this, this is my favorite. Our friends gave us a tiny watermelon plant in the spring and it is now about a 6-foot long sprawling vine with tiny little melons on it. They are so cute. I hope they survive.

And then there’s the enemy. Our black walnut tree is starting to drop these suckers all over.

And while it’s cool to have a nut tree, I don’t really have the patience to shell and cure them (the juice inside is like henna, it will absolutely stain everything). So they just drop like crazy all over the driveway and then we drive over them and they crack and I get really irritated. If I have to get out there in my bike helmet and shovel them into a wheelbarrow again I might lose my mind.

How does your garden grow lately?

Green fajitas

The green is in reference to the fact that all the veggies I had on hand were green, and I was so excited to use them fresh from the garden that I tossed them all in a pan and made fajitas. I even used lime juice (instead of my standard lemon) to keep with my green theme.

Green fajitas

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced
1 onion, sliced
1 zucchini (or half of a whopper, in my case) sliced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced thinly
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons taco seasoning (mine is a combination of cumin, chili powder and salt)
Juice of one lime
salt and pepper
Flour tortillas
Extra toppings – cheese, salsa, sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes – whatever you like!

Heat the oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Toss in the onions and peppers and let them get started.

Add the zucchini, garlic and hot peppers and saute those for another 5-10 minutes until the onions are translucent and the veggies are softened. Season with salt and pepper, and then toss in your spice mixture.

Squeeze in the lime juice and let that cook down for just a minute.

That’s it. Easy peasy. Spoon the filling into warm tortillas and add your favorite toppings. I usually use wheat tortillas, but this time I was craving regular ones so I opted for this healthier sounding kind.

The freshness of veggies straight from the garden or farmers market makes all the difference. All they need is a quick sizzle in the pan and they taste amazing.

Bookmark winners!

Congratulations to commenters dmgirl07, who’s all about Jane Austen, Margaret, who’s wrapping up “Cold Tangerines” and CourtneeCee, who’s a fellow Dave Eggers fan.

Ladies, please email your mailing addresses to notcarol@gmail.com and I will get your packets sent off.

*Also, if you have noticed some photos not showing up in the last couple of days it’s because we’re changing servers. Bear with me!

Meet a reader: Jordyn of Jadewink

Jordyn and her mom, Lana, run their Etsy shop, Jadewink, together in Seattle. Lana does the embroidery while Jordyn makes the jewelry and pottery.

This character seems to help out, too.

Jordyn wrote a while back to say that she, too, had quit her job in the pursuit of independence and craftiness, and I have to give her an Internet high five for that.

Check out the details on this embroidery.

She also agreed to give away a few samples of Jadewink’s work to Failed Feminist readers, and that’s what I’m going to do!

I have here three lovely embroidered bookmarks just waiting to mark a page in your next book.

Each winner will also receive a copy of the newest issue of Readymade magazine, which has the most amazing spread on a fashionista’s apartment and recipes for homemade pickles this month.

Please leave a comment telling us about the last book you read and I will randomly select three winners.

Go, go, go, and don’t forget to stop into Jadewink’s shop for more goodies!

Swag from the swap

I just had to share some of the goodies I picked up at the Swap-o-Rama-Rama. Volunteers got goodie bags filled with crafty gifts from local artists. Even the bags themselves were handmade from old t-shirts.

I have been wanting one of Urban Posture‘s screenprinted kitchen towels for a while now, so that was a bonus. I have one of their t-shirts and I wear it all the time.

And how cute is this feather headband by Whiskerpaws?

Overall I think the swap went really well for a first-time event and I’m glad I was part of it. There were just enough people there to keep it busy without overloading the piles of clothes and the workshops that were going on.

Now we’re talking about organizing a craft swap, where people can bring old fabric, yarn, paints, etc. that they don’t need anymore. Love it!