Tuesday was Trevor's 18th birthday! For his Birthday, Woman made him a giant fudge dipped oreo cookie!
Looks pretty yummy, eh? From the sounds of things, it was yummy. I did not get any though, because Woman said that much chocolate would kill me if I even looked at it, so I was sure to avert my eyes from the glory of the cake.
Here is Trevor blowing out his candle. He's lightning fast, so the photo is all blurred.
And this is what happened next. Trevor unhinged his jaw and ate the entire cake in one bite!
Woman used her classic "Best Ever Chocolate Cake" recipe from the Southern Living cookbook for the cake. For the filling, she beat 8oz of cream cheese with 1/2 cup of sugar, then stirred in 12 coarsely chopped oreos and 2 cups of homemade whipped cream. The "fudge dip" is 4 bars of baking chocolate melted on the stove with 1/4 cup butter and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar stirred into the mixture. To get it the right consistency, you then have to plunge the pot into ice and stir for about 5 minutes; otherwise, it's too runny. After you pour the fudge onto the cake, be sure to refrigerate it for an hour or so to help the fudge set up.
Oh yeah, and the cake has like ALL the calories in the world in it, so eat it with restraint.
I prefer to munch on herbs, because they're healthy.
I'm not sure what that means. Maybe Big Girl Sarah was out of deodorant and decided to use us Pugs to mask her musk. I did just have a bath last month after all!
Who is that extra Pug you ask? Don't get too excited. It is neither my new sibling nor my soul mate Pugsley. It's Sammy!!
He's a good looking boy, and I like the way his butt smells.
Sammy is Meghan's Pug. You may remember Meghan as Big Girl Sarah's co-worker at the Chestnut Foundation. Remember? I got to work with her. Fun times.
Big Girl Sarah is pugsitting Sammy while his people are in Italy. I was a little apprehensive to play with Sam, because I am supposed to be Sarah's only Pug-love. Apparently, there are two of us. I guess I can share. Just don't get near Woman, Sam...
The weekend with Pugsley and Junebug went well. Woman was impressed by how nice I was to the Pug visitors. I usually do not like to share my toys, I get aggressive when any Pug gets near my Woman (sorry Winston and Sela), and bite at other dogs if they try to get out the door ahead of me. Keep in mind that I'm a Pug, so "aggressive" means I whine a little bit in the other dog's direction, but still - Woman says it's rude.
I particularly like Pugsley. I'm pretty sure we're soul mates. I haven't had a real dog friend since Chewbear died. Woman is so excited that Pugsley and I are friends, as she was afraid I am an anti-social dog.
Pugsley and I did a lot of kissing to reaffirm our soulmate-itude for each other.
That's right. We licked each other. It's all good. Dogs lick to show affection. It's not like I LOVE LOVE Pugsley. I just regular love him.
Junebug wasn't convinced of this. She's disappointed to learn that she's actually the beard in their relationship.
Pugsley likes birdbath water. He says it tastes all birdy.
We worked hard all weekend, so we had to rest hard too! LOL!
I'm glad Pugsley lives nearby, because I want to go visit him again really soon! Like, right now! Let's go Woman!!
Look! It's a photo of me! Not the People on vacation or Woman's garden, but me! Mr. Norman!
The night before last we walked over to Lyn and Kris's house to return their chainsaw. (We had a bad storm that brought down a big tree limb that needed to be cut up.) We hung out there for a while, and I played with Paige and Claire - good times. Until ... I got my first prostate exam ... and it wasn't by Lyn (who is also my Vet), but by her 17 month old daughter, Claire! She stuck her finger right in my bumhole! LOL! Everyone laughed. Well, everyone except me. So here is some advice - don't stand with your bumhole facing a baby while she's have a diaper change!
And would someone please tell blogger that bumhole is not misspelled.
Apparently Woman signed us up to pugsit Pugsley and Junebug this weekend. In case you're wondering, she didn't consult with Ian OR me before making this offer. Geesh. At least I'll finally get some new photos to share with you that are NOT from the Peoples' vacation and other fun-havings.
Woman's seester is participating in the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life" event this weekend. I know it's short notice, but if you feel like making a donation, give her a click. For every blogger who donates, I will post a photo of me doing anything you request. That's some good incentive, right?
Woman wanted to bring home this statue from Epcot to put in our garden.
Despite her arguments that it would help scare off the squirrels, Ian wouldn't let her have it. He said it wouldn't fit in the car. Too bad they don't have an SUV any more, or that bad boy would be sitting in the garden right now! That would be off the hook.
Today is mine and Woman's 8 year Pugiversary! Yesterday was the Peoples' 9 year anniversary. Ian always holds that extra year over my head, claiming that Woman was "his" first. Whatever. I did not get Woman a gift, but I plan to give her a nice foot massage tonight. I'll let you know how it works out.
I like this Lady and the Tramp topiary at Epcot, because Lady's ear hair reminds me of Chewbear. I would make an entire topiary out of that grass in honor of Chewbear, but I don't have very good gardening skills.
"Regular Brian" came to visit us last week from Tulsa. He is planning to move to North Carolina at the end of summer and might move to Asheville! He likes me. We're pals.
One night when the People returned to their room at Animal Kingdom Lodge, they found this monkey waiting for them. Woman was afraid it was some sort of voodoo warning to get out while they could, but Ian assured her it was a kind gesture on behalf of the cleaning crew. It still freaked Woman out though.
Ian should work "the fez" into his every day apparel. He wears it well.
When the People saw this tower of Toblerone at Epcot, they thought of Page.
I cannot tell you how happy I am that Woman did not come home with one of these outfits for me. I know I'm from China, but this is pushing it a bit too far.
Ian should not try to work this hat into his every day attire.
You might remember that the People went to Disneyworld a couple weeks ago. I haven't blogged about it, because I wasn't invited, and there are no photos of me with Donald Duck or Mickey Mouse, so I didn't figure you would be interested. However, I have hit a bit of a slump in my blogging material, so I thought I would make a post about the things Woman told me about Disney. If you're only here for the Pug photos, you can stop reading now. LOL!
The People stayed at Animal Kingdom Lodge and said the hotel is fantastic. The intended impression is that the hotel was built on an animal reserve and you can view animals from various platforms and even most of the hotel rooms. The People did not pay extra to get an animal viewing room, but ended up in one after complaining about their assigned room.
Here are some photos of the lobby.
The first day was spent in Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom - Woman's two favorite parks. The weather was beautiful for Animal Kingdom. The People had a fun time on the safari, riding the rollercoasters and watching the various shows.
Ian got a prescription for a motion sickness patch so he was able to ride all the rides this year without barfing! See it there behind his ear... You can also see that he was wearing a birthday badge. Everyone in the park told him "happy birthday" the entire time they were there. Very nice people.
Woman said this rhino reminded her of me.
Ian played some drums.
Here are the People in front of the roller coaster, "expedition everest."
Here are the People in front of the tree of life.
This guy reminded Woman of Page's husband Rob, so I thought I would share.
Ian worked up a hunger on those roller coasters.
Woman practiced her sassy poses.
The People left Animal Kingdom and headed for Magic Kingdom. You have to take a bus to the tram depot from Animal Kingdom, and from there you can take the tram to Magic Kingdom or Epcot. The People waited for the third tram so they could sit in the front car with the conductor. Pretty cool, eh? Woman hit her head on the glass. Doh!
Here is a photo of Ian in the front.
And a view from the front car.
Woman said it was kind of freaky.
The People made their way to Magic Kingdom where they rode some of their favorite rides; Haunted Mansion, Buzz Lightyear, Winnie the Pooh, Peter Pan, Pirates of the Caribbean, Thunder Mountain etc. Sadly, it started raining at about 6pm, and the fireworks show got canceled. Woman was really ticked, because that was the night that the park was open for an extra two hours for resort guests, but they didn't get to enjoy the extended hours due to the rain. They even had to buy ponchos.
You can see the clouds started to turn threatening as the People entered the park.
Woman likes to model silly hats.
Woman was impressed with the ingenuity of Disney's "hat making" options. You choose the cap base and "ears" separately - the ears just snap onto the hats. You can also add optional "flare" to the cap.
There aren't many photos of Magic Kingdom since it rained.
The next day was supposed to be spent at Epcot and Animal Kingdom, but since it rained most of the day, there wasn't much that could be done at Animal Kingdom, so the People stayed at Epcot.
There were a lot of freaky looking faceless topiaries around the park in celebration of the festival of flowers.
And a lot of flower blobs. OK, maybe it's supposed to be a flower tower, but it looks blobbish to me. I'd still pee on it though.
Here is a photo of Woman in her Mickey Mouse shirt.
And here are the People having a good old time without me.
Despite the rain, the People had lots of fun at Epcot. They rode Soarin' twice and enjoyed many other rides. They also took a tour of all the countries around Epcot and had an adult beverage at each one. Let's look at some of the highlights.
Margaritas in Mexico
Brewskey and potato quiche in Norway
Plum Wine in China
Wine in Denmark
Wine in Italy
Sam Adams in the USA
Saki and Sushi in Japan
Canada was dry this year. Odd.
Hard Cider in England
Wine in France
Sangria in Morocco
The final day of the trip was spent at Hollywood Studios, because it was raining the entire day, and Hollywood offered the most indoor type activities. Woman wasn't a great fan of this park and will probably not go back. She said it was kind of boring.
She said there were people up in your face the entire time.
The redeeming quality is the Aerosmith roller coaster, but still not worth the wait.
So, that's that. The People got pretty soggy, and Woman was incredibly cranky by day three. They still managed to have fun though.
Location: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
I live in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, and I am an ornery little pugger. Although I am only awake about 3 hours each day, I work a whole lot of mischief into each and every minute.