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Maddie has it rough

by Meghann on January 31, 2010

Boy, did it look like Maddie have it rough today or what?

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A day of laziness full of lots of hugs, kisses and belly rubs?

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Yeah, this little one sure has my pity.

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You have no idea how happy I was to take the above photo this afternoon. Maddie is pretty shy around males and it has taken her some time to finally feel relaxed around Derek. She has slowly and surely gone from barking every time he entered a room to cautiously crawling into her arms on the couch. Its a big relief to see two of my favorites really starting to bond with each other. ๐Ÿ™‚

Maddie was able to enjoy plenty of one-on-one time with both Derek and I today. We spent the entire morning watching a full disc of Weeds on DVD (Love this show!) before finding the motivation to run a few Sunday errands.

By the time we were ready to leave for our errands it was close to noon and I was feeling hungry for a snack, but wasn’t ready for lunch. I grabbed a Raspberry Chobani and topped it with pom and homemade granola before heading out the door.

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3+ hours later my stomach was more than ready for a big, late lunch. I walked in the store with Nachos on my mind.

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Last night I was drooling over the nachos at the concession stands. They were piled high with toppings and looked amazing. My lunch was my slightly healthier version of those nachos.

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  • Blue Corn Chips
  • 365 Brand Spicy Vegetarian Chili
  • Mexican Blend Cheese
  • Tomato
  • Olives
  • Mushrooms
  • Red Onions
  • Jalapenos
  • Spinach
  • Plain Yogurt

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My version of nachos was a lot of fun to eat. Each chip was beaning with fresh, delicious flavors. I still have a few chips left, so don’t be surprised if this meal makes another appearance this week. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Where the rest of the afternoon went – I have no idea. There was a Man vs Food marathon and some laundry thrown in there, but that’s about it.

Before I knew it, it was close to 7:00 and I was ready for dinner.

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Thanks to these quick cooking raviolis dinner was ready in less than 5 minutes.

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The ravioli were cooked via the packages instructions and then simply coated in some jarred marinara sauce.

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On the side I made a simple spinach salad of spinach, cucumber, carrot, mushrooms, and carrot that I topped with some raspberry dressing.

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I soaked up and excess marinara sauce with a lovely piece of flatbread.

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For dessert I warmed a chickpea blondie from last night and topped it with some eggnog ice cream.

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My eyes are starting to droop and my head it feeling heavy. I guess that means its time for bed!

Before I go I wanted to share with you a post I read on PastaQueen about Commenting Etiquette that can be found by clicking here.

I thought she made some interesting points regarding what is considered respectful when leaving comments on other people’s blogs. A few of my favorites included the idea of reading the entire post before commenting and the part where she states that her blog is not a democracy and she reserves the right to pick and choose what stays and what goes.

What are your thoughts? Do you believe a certain commenting etiquette is necessary?

1 Julie January 31, 2010 at 10:48 pm

I agree about reading the whole post. I hate to see a wonderful discussion going on in the comments to be interrupted by someone chiming in “love your oats/sammie/yumm-o food!!”. That bugs me.

2 Lindsey @ Sound Eats January 31, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I do think a certain amount of etiquette is necessary when commenting. My biggest pet peeves are the comments like “hey love your blog come check mine out!” or when someone skims and leaves a comment criticizing me over something that I don’t deserve (i.e. “ummm your chocolate has butter in it, pretty sure that’s not vegan, but whatever, your choice, just trying to let you know!” umm – no, it’s cocoa butter which is vegan, thank you!). Not that I’ve gotten those comments or any others like them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have a great week, Meghann!

3 Evan Thomas January 31, 2010 at 11:00 pm

How does the expression go? it’s a dog’s life? haha. I’ve definitely envied my dog, Montana’s, life.
I agree reading a post and not picking up on a picture and commenting on it is important. It’s the difference between an actual connection with a reader and a friendly face, in my book.

4 Ashley January 31, 2010 at 11:01 pm

I’ve never seen raspberry Chobani before! I feel deprived.

I don’t think I’ve ever posted a comment on a blog post without reading the entire blog entry and all of the comments posted to that point. It’s never occurred to me to do it any other way.

5 theprocessofhealing January 31, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Maddie is too cute! And that’s so awesome that her and Derek are bonding.

And I agree that there should be a certain etiquette. I try to read all the comments but sometimes that is impossible (on more well-known blogs such as yours and http://www.katheats.com and http://www.carrotsncake.com). I really believe you should keep comments positive.. I mean, there is something called constructive criticism but some things just aren’t necessary. I don’t mind people commenting on food or just picking out one thing in the post to comment on, as long as the comment has some value.

6 emily January 31, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I think some commenting ettiquette is a definite necessity, I hate watching people who have clearly come to a blog for the very first time leave negative comments about the blogger’s lifestyle. I do like the “I love you blog, here’s the link to mine” comments though, I wish that more of my readers would do that, it’s a nice way to find new blogs with similar interests.

7 inmytummy January 31, 2010 at 11:13 pm

I agree with most of them although I am definitely guilty of not reading the other comments and probably repeating some of them.

8 Martha January 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I completely agree with all of the rules with the exception of the choosing of what stays and what goes. I feel that having a blog is a real act of journalism and in doing so, you have to act within some of the ethics of truth and journalism. When you write a blog, you’re putting your opinion out there, and it’s biased to censor the comments. (By censoring I mean taking out comments you just don’t like. Removing contents containing malicious or racial remarks is a different story). For information that kinda relates to this controversy of whether or not to censor comments, I would recommend the ALA Code of Ethics (just google it). Anyway, this is just my opinion so feel free to disregard. Also I just took some Nyquil so it may not even make sense haha.

9 Mara @ What's For Dinner? January 31, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I read that commenting etiquette post earlier today and found myself nodding at so many of the rules. I definitely hate the comments that are “ooh look how yummy that looks” and the majority of the post is something not food related.

I love that photo of Maddie and Derek, you should frame that one ๐Ÿ™‚

10 Brynn January 31, 2010 at 11:24 pm

I always read the entire post but I rarely read other comments before I comment. I’m surprised to hear it annoys people if someone posts a comment, even a positive one, if it’s unrelated to the discussion. I’m definitely guilty of posting something that has nothing to do with what other people are saying.

11 Meghan January 31, 2010 at 11:25 pm

I think those rules should be posted and framed somewhere. ๐Ÿ™‚ Leaving only valuable comments is the one that really sticks with me…I read your blog every day but rarely comment, only when I have something constructive to say!

12 eatinggreenstayinglean January 31, 2010 at 11:34 pm

I’d agree that there is some etiquette involved when commenting, but also that it is unfair to expect every person who comments on your blog to read every. single. comment. previous to their own…sometimes that can mean up to 50 or more, and that just gets ridiculous and time consuming.

Good question though, nice to see you had a relaxing day with the doggie!

13 sarah (the SHU box) January 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm

ahhhh LOVE weeds! just spent yesterday night getting completely caught up — watched the last 5 episodes in a row! can’t wait for the new season ๐Ÿ™‚

14 Megan January 31, 2010 at 11:39 pm

I also don’t think it is okay as a blogger to delete comments you don’t agree with. If they are inappropriate or offensive, then that is probably different? Idk, I don’t blog!

15 Megan January 31, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I also don’t think it is okay as a blogger to delete comments you don’t agree with. If they are inappropriate or offensive, then that is probably different? Idk, I don’t blog!

And, your nachos look amazing.

16 Jenna January 31, 2010 at 11:43 pm

Your healthy nachos do look yummy!
I am going to check out her post now.
Jenna

17 sarah (the SHU box) January 31, 2010 at 11:43 pm

also: maybe it’s just b/c i don’t get all that many comments, but i’m happy with whatever people want to say as long as it isn’t spam!

18 biz319 January 31, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Aw, such a cute picture of Maddie and Derek!

I agree about leaving a comment. There are some blogs that I just go to every day – yours being one of them. But there are only about 10 I can get to every single day because of work and family obligations.

But I DO read everyone on my blog roll, but it might take me a week, but I’ll eventually get to it. I’ve read blogs where someone has talked about losing a grandparent, but then posts a picture of a lemon cake that was their grandparents favorite dessert, and someone comments “OMG, I love lemon cake!” and leaves it at that.

I read EVERY word of the blogs I read, and I am hopeful people do the same to mine – its common courtesy!

Shit, tomorrow is Monday again already – these weekends go by WAY TOO FAST!

19 Erin January 31, 2010 at 11:53 pm

That photo of Maddy and Derek is absolutely precious and frame-worthy. Too cute! ๐Ÿ˜€

20 Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 1, 2010 at 12:05 am

oooh your lunch looks wonderful!!!!!

21 Jamie February 1, 2010 at 12:29 am

woah, i need to be on the lookout for whole wheat ravioli! sounds like a great day; i’m also a huge weeds fan! “Nancy” is such a great actress!

22 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 1, 2010 at 12:35 am

i completely agree…your blog is your voice, so if you don’t feel as if something being said follows what you think or what you want to represent, then you have every right to not have it on your blog.

23 Amber from Girl with the Red Hair February 1, 2010 at 12:47 am

I don’t know if I agree with the part about “read the other comments before commenting”. Even skimming the first 5-10 comments. Who cares if you get the same advice more than once? It happens, at least someone is taking the time to click over to the blog and comment, right?! That’s how I see it anyways. The rest of her rules are good though!

24 Kate February 1, 2010 at 3:33 am

I agree with most of those rules except the “read all the other comments before posting” because (as others have already said) there can be a lot of comments and it’s hard to get through all of them. I also thought that most bloggers enjoy the positive support from their readers, whether that positive comment is a duplicate of someone else’s thoughts or not. Interesting post!

And the pics of Maddie and Derek are adorable! So glad she is warming up to him so well!

25 foodfitnessandfreya February 1, 2010 at 3:57 am

Don’t you just love stuffed pasta!?? I have it at least twice a week :p
I think there should be commenting ‘rules’, ie I completly agree about reading a post all the way through – how could you comment if you hadn’t..? That seems odd to me – plus reading the post is WHY I come to a blog, so why skip it!?
Have a good evening ๐Ÿ™‚

26 D February 1, 2010 at 4:55 am

I don’t know if I agree with rules! If you have a blog, you’re putting it out there in public for everyone to see. I totally think that if you have a blog, you are free to write/say/do whatever. But at the same time, the commenters should be allowed that same choice. Commenters can’t demand that bloggers do a certain thing, and so nor should bloggers demand that commenters do the same.

27 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 1, 2010 at 6:14 am

What a sweet photo of Maddie and Derek. ๐Ÿ™‚

I agree with everyone else that its silly to read every comment before commenting yourself. Some blogs get 100’s of comments. NO WAY I’m going to read them all. Plus, if you get 30 comments about the same thing, then you know that your readers had a strong opinion about it.

28 MelissaNibbles February 1, 2010 at 7:13 am

I think “rules” about commenting are silly. If you’re going to put your life out there and allow commenting on your blog, you can’t expect every person to agree with what you say or do. As long as they aren’t offensive, I think deleting comments is making your blog false and that you’re trying to make it look like people adore you. I also agree with the comment from Martha above about blogging being a part of journalism and you take the good with the bad. If you can’t take the heat, disable your comment function you know? I have a big problem with bloggers who go on Twitter and bitch about their readers. I would love to have as many readers and be given the opportunity to travel and make money off my blog. Your readers are the people that give you page views and make those things possible for you. Trashing them and making fun of them shows how ungrateful the blogger is. I’m not saying you do that, but there are a lot of well known bloggers who do that and I don’t read them anymore because I think they’re fakes.

29 Lauren February 1, 2010 at 8:03 am

Cutest picture ever!!!! You need to print this one. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have had nachos on my mind too. I just saw a recipe for Cheesey Corn Crab Nachos that I am going to attempt to make tonight. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

<3 you girl!

30 dianacheung February 1, 2010 at 8:46 am

I understand the “etiquette”” thing if you are a blogger with HUNDREDS of comments. Since I have like 2 a day I’m not picking..but I HATE spammers!

31 K February 1, 2010 at 9:03 am

And you wonder why you lost weight while training?? You don’t eat nearly enough calories. ๐Ÿ™ Be careful!

32 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

I agree with most of the rules, especially the one about reading the entire blog entry before commenting. HOWEVER, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a commenter “interrupting” a good discussion to insert something like “your lunch looks delicious!” Many food blogs are set up so that they cover a LOT of ground in one post – food, photos of family/friends, and thought-provoking ideas. So of course different commenters are going to comment on different parts of the post.

33 megan February 1, 2010 at 9:34 am

I think that as a commenter, I should be able to leave any type of comment I want. And also, as a blogger, you are free to delete my comment if you want. It seems like a lot of people have different ideas what proper blogging “etiquette” is, but I guess everyone is free to make that designation on their own blog. I don’t think I’d necessarily make rules like the ones you linked to…like MelissaNibbles said, these people are my readers and I appreciate them, even if their comments are sometimes dumb. but i respect that person’s wishes, and if i ever commented on her blog, I would follow the “commenting etiquette”

also, do you find that now that you have a “popular’ blog, you comment less on other blogs? I remember you saying in your marketing your blog series that you commented a ton. do you still do that? just curious.

34 Meghann February 1, 2010 at 9:55 am

I’m not sure I would say I have a ‘popular’ blog because they are so many more out there that get much more hits than mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

I do try to comment on blogs that I find I have something positive to comment on as opposed to saying the typical “that looks yummy!” I’ll admit I don’t comment as much as I used to, but I attribute that to the fact my life has been very busy lately. I would love to comment much more that I do at the moment.

35 caitlin February 1, 2010 at 9:42 am

i have to say that the pasta queen’s “rules” are a little bit much. i agree with some of them, but she comes off as pretty high and mighty for some of those comments.

36 Meghann February 1, 2010 at 9:49 am

I actually do not like Pasta Queen because she comes off high and mighty all the time. She is stuck on my google reader because I am too lazy to delete it and usually I ignore reading her posts, but I thought the title for this one was interesting and so were her comments. Its interesting to see other people’s opinions on the matter.

37 caitlin February 1, 2010 at 10:21 am

her “rules” make it sound like her readers are blessed to be reading and commenting on her blog… its the other way around.

38 fitandfortysomething February 1, 2010 at 9:47 am

I agree about reading the whole post…..Glad Maddie and the hunny are bonding!

39 eaternotarunner February 1, 2010 at 10:31 am

I agree with reading the whole post, but I’m not sure its bad to repeat what other commenters have already said. I basically half-agreed with it, but there should definitely NEVER be negative comments. If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

40 Rachel February 1, 2010 at 11:54 am

My dog, Teddy, had the same problem as Maddie when my husband, Zac, first came into our lives. It took him awhile to warm up, but now it’s Zac that Teddy is most excited to see, and begs to hold & cuddle him. Jealous!

41 Danielle February 1, 2010 at 11:58 am

Along the lines of blog etiquette and what Melissa Nibbles said, I have to admit I’m a little shocked when bloggers bash their readers on Twitter (not you in particular Meghann…I don’t think I’ve ever seen you do that!)
I guess my biggest problem is that Twitter is just as much of a public platform as their blog is, so why do they think it’s ok to bash readers on their Twitter, when they would never do it on their blog?

42 Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) February 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I agree with Caitlin, if you look at her responses poor Diana is saying she may start lurking again. It is putting her readers, and commenters in general down. I wouldn’t want to post a comment because I would be walking on egg shells. I understand some things, I guess, but I am happy to have anyone commenting something nice on my blog. I hope if it ever gets “big” I never stop being thankful for for the good comments. I especially didn’t get the rule about not leaving your name at the bottom of the comment. I may have done it once or twice, and I don’t normally do it but still. I don’t think it’s a big deal and doesn’t really effect the comment. Just my opinion!

43 pastaqueen February 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I just wanted to pop in and make a few clarifications. First, a few people have commented saying they don’t think people should have to read all the comments on a post before commenting. I agree! That’s why I only ask people to read 5-10 comments.

Also, a few people said they didn’t think bloggers should delete comments. I haven’t deleted any comments for a long time. I used to do it during the first few years of my blog, but these days I basically let people say what they have to say. I just reserve the right to delete something if I have to, like if it’s hate speech or a racial comment or spam comment. I also reserve the right to edit a comment if someone has entered their user name as something offensive or profane.

And finally, like I say in my post, I’m not going to decapitate anyone for violating the etiquette. I just wanted to put it out there so people know how I expect for them to act on my blog. My blog is like my house and the rules of my house are probably different from the rules of your house. That’s cool, but I think it’s respectful to honor people’s rules when your in their homes, even if you don’t agree with them.

44 Jul February 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm

Wow – that pasta looks delicious! Is it from Publix?

45 Meghann February 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm

Yep! Got it from Publix.

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