Month: August 2014

Puppy Love and Pee Pads

Hello everyone, Alannah here! So if you haven’t seen my bazillion posts on social media then this might be news to you. Anyway, I got a puppy! This is not my first pet however, when I was seven I brought home my dog, Marshmallow. She was a Bichon Frise and my sister in dog form growing up. Sadly, at the age of nine she was diagnosed with kidney and gasto-intestinal disease. She miraculously lived another three years before we had to put her down. Two years since, and I have brought home a brand new puppy! Her name is Hermia. The name comes from the Shakespeare play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” specifically from a line said about Hermia “though she be but little she is fierce!” The name is fitting for this little dog. She is a Chihuahua/Poodle mix and both her parents are toy sized. She is only six weeks old and I am so in love with her.

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Since arriving back on the West Coast for school I have devoted the majority of my time to either getting ready to pick her up or being with her and trying to train her. House training has been a trial! Hermia REFUSES to pee on her pad. I have tried everything. So far, I spend most of my time running around my apartment with cleaning tools and cleaning up her messes. Yesterday was the worst. Hermia yet again pooed on the floor (once a dog mom, terminology about body functions is just normal). Afterward, she backed into it. Trying to stop her from walking all over the apartment with poop in her paws I tried to pick her up but in the process ended up stepping in her poo myself. It was hilarious, but rather annoying at the time.

I am not going to lie, having a new puppy is a big responsibility. I forgot how much work they can be. But the unconditional love they provide is so rewarding. I am an actor, my profession involves endless rejection and having a puppy makes it a little bit easier to handle. Also August was a hard month for me and I learned a big lesson in the process. I have too much love to give and I need to share that with someone who will love me unconditionally in return (queue the Katy Perry!).

With all that said, I am hoping to include some Hermia stories and dog DIY’s in future blog posts to come. One that has been helpful and very easy is taking canned pumpkin and putting it into ice cube tray and freezing it. Hermia LOVES it and it is totally helping with her diarrhea (yes…I just said that word on the internet…I am obviously a pet parent). There is also a lot that I am learning in this process and hope to share here. Raising a dog in the twenty-first century is a totally different experience then it was even ten years ago. There is so much to offer and so much research with respect to various kinds of dog diets (raw, kibble, homemade, baby food, wet, etc) to different kinds of medical approaches (on the West Coast there are alternative pet clinics. Imagine getting acupuncture for your dog!).

Anyway, Hermia is the new love in my life. She is so precious and cuddly and loving. I personally CANNOT WAIT for Auntie Arlie to meet her little niece.




No Mirror Makeup Challenge

This week’s video is an exciting double feature (that’s just a nice way of saying twice as long as normal) of the popular YouTube No Mirror Makeup Challenge. We did this to make Alannah feel better about her inability to cook. Check out that technique. Kleenex under the eye to prevent sparkles from getting everywhere? Genius.

This will be our last video of the season. From this point on, we’ll be doing blog posts, usually alternating who writes them every week. Expect a lot of Alannah’s new puppy, and Arlie’s pumpkin-flavoured recipes this fall!

Potato Therapy

The morning after Alannah’s 20th birthday, we shuffled downstairs to find her grandmother, and begged her to make us this delicious dish: Fried Mashed Potatoes. This recipe can be extremely simple, or can easily be made fancy, but is the ultimate comfort food either way.

This is an unusual recipe for us because Arlie is actually not the expert on it. In fact, she as an irrational fear of potatoes. However, this irresistibility of this dish (and its therapeutic properties), helped her to conquer the fear.


  • 1 potato per person you’re feeding (yukon gold are best for mashing)
  • butter or margarine, salt, and pepper to taste
  • olive oil
  • optional: onions, sausage, veggies, or anything else you wish to mix in


  1. Peel and cut up potatoes into ~1.5-2 inch cubed pieces.
  2. Bring a pot of lightly salted water to a boil and add the potato chunks.
  3. Boil potatoes for about 20 minutes, until easily pierced by a fork, almost splitting in half.
  4. Drain water very well. Place potatoes back in the pot and let sit, covered, for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Mash potatoes. Add butter (1-2 teaspoons per potato). Add salt and pepper and mix thoroughly.
  6. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet on medium-high heat.
  7. OPTIONAL: fry up some onions, sausage bits, veggies, or anything else you want to add.
  8. FOR PATTIES: form mashed potatoes into a sphere, place in the hot pan and flatten. After a couple minutes, flip and cook on that side.
  9. FOR SCRAMBLE (our preference): form mashed potatoes into a sphere, place in the hot pan and flatten. After a minute or so, messily flip some of the potatoes on the the rest of them, mix them together a bit, and flatten again. Repeat until thoroughly fried.h

Pro tip: If you plan on going out one night, make mashed potatoes for dinner, and put the leftovers in the fridge so you can just fry them up the next morning! No peeling or 20-minute wait while hungover!

Cultural Miscellanies

Culture Clash

So….no video again this week. We were both much too busy enjoying life. Alannah spent the latter part of the week sipping cocktails in NYC, while Arlie ran around barefoot at a folk music festival in rural Ontario. The cultural contrast between these activities is pretty extreme, but that doesn’t mean you can’t like both. Here are our biggest takeaways from the long weekend.

Arlie’s festival is involves thousands of hippies and their kids and grandkids taking in the music and workshops. Headliners that especially stood out included Jaron Freeman-Fox and the Opposite of Everything, Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers, Ian Sherwood and Coco Love Alcorn, and The 24th Street Wailers. Tweener acts that should definitely be going somewhere included Patrick Bunston, and Dana Idlet with Ben Whiteley. Check ’em out.

Alannah enjoyed If/Then, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Cabaret on Broadway.

In increasing order of realism and hilarity, we’ve been watching Sex and the City, Girls, and Broad City. All are about women living in New York City, but they all have very different depictions of friendship and love.

We’ll have a video next week I SWEAR.