Traditionally, the pets get stocking gifts too. The treats went over well, but Ellie is an elderly lady these days (fifteen!), and where she used to fall on these toys at the holidays, generally shredding them within a few days in her eagerness to get at the squeakers, she is either too tired or too wise to fall for it now. That would require exertion.
So if any locals have more enthusiastic doggies and would like a brand-new teddy bear with squeakers for pet disassembly, we would be very happy to leave it on the porch for pick-up. Let me know!
Ellie says, “Is that for me?”
Sorry, baby. Gnocchi arrabbiata (potato dumplings in a spicy marinara sauce with pancetta), pollo alla fiorentina (chicken breast sautéed in lemon butter sauce, layered with spinach and mozzarella cheese), and sautéed broccoli (all delicious) are for human people, not doggy people.
All from La Notte Ristorante Italiano, which has recently moved into the Carleton Hotel (where Barclay’s used to be), which means that they’re now less than a block from my house. Oh, happy day. I love gnocchi, but I am super-lazy about all the effort that goes into making it, so I’m particularly delighted to order it from a local restaurant.
This is what we’re doing from 8:30 – 9:30 these days (the hour before Anand’s bedtime), so if we don’t pick up the phone, we’re eating popcorn and watching The Librarians. Sometimes Kevin gets to be on the couch and snuggle with us, but sometimes Ellie demands scritches.