July 7, 2013 by E.
You know that saying “Excuses are like assholes, everybody has one”? Well, I have a lot of excuses. (But still only one rear orifice.)
I’ve been gone for almost three months now. Not just from posting, but from the blogging community in general. And I owe you all an apology and some explanations, even though I’m sure you have better things to do with your time than to read them.
At first, my blogging absence was a forced exile. The internet at our apartment disappeared, and this isn’t exactly a safe for work blog. You see, A. and I don’t pay for internet at home. We live on the second floor of our apartment building, right above the club room, which is considered a building “common area” and therefore, graced with public wi-fi, paid for by the apartment management. Conveniently, for about 7 months, the signal was strong enough that we could also pick it up in our apartment. Not having cable and not paying for internet has saved us at least $100 per month, and since A. is notoriously budget-conscious, everything worked out wonderfully.
Until one day, the router died and was replaced by a pathetically weak substitute. No more free internet for us. After about a month of pestering management to get better internet, a better router was delivered to the building. Free internet has returned!
We still can’t get internet at the pool right outside the club room, but the connection is great up here in our apartment!
So that would be excuse number one.
Excuse number 2 is by far more exciting.
We adopted a dog!
Meet Trevi l’Orso d’Orvieto. That’s his full, formal name, for when he’s in trouble. Most of the time, he’s just Trevi.
His name is a culmination of all the things we loved most on our trip to Italy this past January. We named him Trevi for the fountain in Rome. L’Orso translates to bear in English, which is a homage to our favorite restaurant, L’Antica Trattoria del Orso, which is located in one of A.’s favorite cities in Italy, Orvieto. So there you have it, Trevi the Bear of Orvieto.
Trevi is a what we like to call a “pound special”, which is our polite way of saying he’s a mutt. The best guess is a mix of Cane Corso (he has the trademark black face), lab (webbed feet), and hound (he howls when he’s lonely and points when he sees a squirrel). Although I’ve always thought I wanted a lab, I couldn’t imagine not adopting a rescue dog. After a short period of adjustment, he’s settled right in and we couldn’t ask for a better dog, or one more suited to us.
Other excuses include, but are not limited to:
- hot weather
- weekend travel
- wedding planning (ugh!)
- spending long hours by the pool
- apartment hunting (our lease is up August 31)
- the Inspector Gamache murder mysteries by Louise Penny – I’ve read 6 of these books in under a month. (A. can corroborate, since he’s done nothing but fuss about the Amazon Kindle charges to his credit card.) These books are riveting, funny, suspenseful, just all-out amazing. Highly recommended summer reading.
Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Now that we have free internet again and wedding planning is mostly done (with the exception of purchasing The Dress – hopefully that happens next weekend), I should be back to a normal posting schedule. Tonight, I’m attempting homemade sweet potato gnocchi. Wish me luck!