Day Brightener #1 – A Dog in the Office
I met Brittany Spears today. Not the famous, blonde, singing one. The canine one. Brittany Spears is a Yorkshire Terrier and she belongs to our Chief Financial Officer. His wife and kids are out-of-town and there was no one to watch the dog, so he brought her to work. (Apparently Brittany Spears cannot be left to her own devices for any length of time. She’s a high maintenance girl but unbelievably tiny and cute!)
I asked the CFO if no one stopped him on his way into the office to say, “Excuse me sir, but you can’t bring a dog in the office!”
“I thought of that,” he said with the funniest grin. “So I put her in this bag and carried it over my shoulder, and then I just pushed her head down inside the bag when I had to sneak her past anyone.”
So Brittany Spears wandered around the office all day and all day long, people would stop and say, “Did you see Brittany Spears? Isn’t she just adorable?”
Funny how seeing a man talking to his little dog puts a softer shine on his personality.
Day Brightener #2 – The Minnesota State Fair!
The Minnesota State Fair announced the list of new foods that will appear at the big event this year. One of the best things about the fair is that it is in large part, a celebration of food! I don’t plan to try the Sweet Corn Ice Cream (cream based ice cream blended with sweet kernels and served in a waffle cone with a choice of wild blueberry or caramel bacon topping.)
Let’s think about this a moment. Corn in your ice cream. Caramel bacon topping. For your corn ice cream. So many things wrong with this, not the least of which is that there are vegetables in your ice cream. And bacon has no business being in caramel. Does that not make you want to just throw up? I know. Me too.
I am really just excited to realize how close we are to state fair time. I love the state fair for all there is to see, and buy, and look at. Oh, the people watching! The people watching is amazing!
But I really go there for the food. I discovered my new favorite fair food last year – deep-fried pickles – the kind with cream cheese inside and a side of ranch dipping sauce. If I eat nothing else at the fair, I will eat these. And some deep-fried cheese curds.
I might try the Breakfast Lollipop, which is new this year too. I’ll give you a moment to say eeeew, just like I did.
Done now? Okay. Now listen to this. The Breakfast Lollipop is a sausage patty, dipped in corn muffin batter, deep-fried and served on a stick (because we pride ourselves on our array of foods on sticks) with a side of maple syrup.
You want a Breakfast Lollipop now, don’t you? I knew you did. I do too!
And how about some of these other new things to eat?
- Deep fried cookie dough (Yes, please!)
- Chocolate covered jalapeno peppers on a stick (I’ll pass, thank you!)
- White Razzie Puppies on a Stick (Belgian waffles with white chocolate baked inside then dipped in dark chocolate and drizzled with raspberry sauce)
- Fresh fruit wraps (Excuse me? This sounds… what’s the word? HEALTHY. Healthy food has no place at the fair.)
And there are about a million other things to eat (on a stick and otherwise) at the Minnesota State Fair. Leave your diets at home and wear something with an elastic waist band!