Week in review: March 26th (with an ode to my dog)

This is my dog Murphy Johnson Stern.

He was born in April 2006 and came to live with us June of that year. 
He weighs 91 pounds. 
He's an incredibly loving and sweet first-generation Labradoodle.

He is also the world's most neurotic dog.

He is afraid of: the vacuum cleaner, the mailman, other dogs, strangers, the groomer, cats, men, the photo of the dog on the dog food bag, squirrels, brooms, and loud noises.

He barks at anyone and anything that dares go past our house.

Murphy enjoys stealing my shoes, licking himself, eating grass (which he promptly barfs up,) belly rubs, riding in the car with his head out the window, taking me on walks, napping, and stinky pork-flavored dog treats. Do you have a dog that bears some similarities to mine? Sometimes I think I need a support group to deal with such a crazy lunatic.

This weekend Murphy was very very sad because he was left alone. A lot. On Saturday the family and I went out to the brand new Legoland in Grapevine, TX. It was Lego-tastic. My kids were in a permanent stare of hyperactivity, quivering and jumping and exhibiting what resembled epileptic fits of joy. As a parent, accompanying them to Legoland was one of my finer moments. I am now Mom Of The Year.

On Saturday the husband and I got away for a night, staying in a hotel and going out for sushi at Naan Sushi in the Shops at Legacy, an outdoor mall with some fantastic restaurants and bars. I *heart* sushi. Seriously. Take me out for sushi and I will be your bestie for life. It's that serious. Anyway, one of our very first dates was for sushi, and it's nice that we can revisit such good memories after twelve years of marriage.

And today I was invited by Tina of T Minus, T Plus to attend the Beauty Live Event as a guest of The Body Shop. I'm thrilled have a seat in the VIP section and get a backstage pass to the new spring cosmetics and beauty lines. Be prepared for a long post regarding the event this week!

While I'm reliving memories of spicy tuna rolls and eel sashimi (yum...trust me) here's what went down on Dress With Courage this week:

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  1. Spicy Tuna rolls are my favorite! I have to get them every time I get sushi. Sounds like you had a fun weekend. Can't wait to hear about the event. VIP, ooh la la! And Murphey is adorable...

  2. Murphy is adorable, as for his neurosis, have you considered going to dog school, maybe some routine and discipline is what he needs. I'm just guessing here.
    I too love sushi, yum, yum and yum. Most of my friends squint when I rave about raw tuna and lime green wasabi but my boyfriend and I adore it.

  3. I love labradoodles! He's adorable.

    xo Jess


  4. I'm still trying to do my research on what steak & sushi house I want to go to for my birthday. It has to have steak because my husband doesn't even want to look at sushi, lol.

    And I love your week in review posts! Handy for people like me who keep telling themselves that they'll find the time to start reading blogs daily but weekly is as good as it gets!

  5. I love spicy tuna rolls (and just about any other type of sushi) too! I don't always comment but I stop by to read your blog every day. Never fails to make me smile :)

  6. Stephanie, thank you for your feedback regarding my week in review posts. I was considering taking a day off and not doing them anymore because I didn't think anyone was reading them, but there's no way I'm doing that now. Thanks so much!

    And thanks to everyone for the Labradoodle love. He's crazy, but we love him :)


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