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busy little saturday.

May 23, 2011

here i am! one more monday down.. the last working monday in may, actually. i cannot believe how fast this year is flying by.

as i mentioned, my weekend was jam packed. you already heard about my date night on friday.. so i will dive right into saturday.

the excitement started bright and early when marshall & i loaded up the pups and headed out to strut your mutt.  strut your mutt is an annual fundraising event.  all proceeds go to no more homeless pets of utah.  we weren’t able to go last year, but we did go in 2009.

marshall always walks penny and i always walk randy. this has 100% to do with the fact that penny has a huge crush on marshall and cries her little puppy eyes out if she is more than 3 feet from him at any given time.


don’t believe me? watch this video of her crying when marshall had to run ahead to get a trash bag (because randy dropped a deuce before even entering the park. he’s a joy.)

yeah. total baby.


there were SO many dogs. actually, the term “SO many” doesn’t even describe how many there were. naturally, i was in heaven. there was actually an abnormal amount of basset hounds.. i was surprised.


we registered upon arrival and then headed to the expo. yes, an expo. for dogs.


we snagged a few pupcakes for p & r.

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before we knew it, it was time to strut!


the course was about a mile.. pretty strenuous if you are a basset hound.


it was so fun to walk with SO many other dogs.


i sort of think dog watching is even better than people watching.


water break!

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obligatory family photo post-strut.

it was a fun morning and was for a good cause.. we will definitely be back next year. and the one after that. and the one after that.

a few hours later, marshall & i headed out to salt lake sans pups. we had a very special purchase to make, but needed fuel first.


toasters is a new-to-us sandwich shop right downtown on 300 south and 50 east.  it was such a nice day, so we ate outside.


i had an iced americano with soy milk.


i chose the turkey avocado on whole wheat ciabatta. go figure, i always get the turkey avocado.


what made this sandwich special was the balsamic sauce.. it was SO incredible. it took the sandwich to a whole other level.


marshall had the prosciutto sandwich, which also had the balsamic sauce. again, the sauce is what made it SO good.


we made friends with a cute dog that kept begging for chips.


he had some pretty impressive tricks!


after our meal, we went and made aforementioned very important purchase. said purchase won’t be here for 5 to 7 business days, so i will blog about it later.

we then met up with some friends for some festival action. we had not one but TWO festivals on the agenda.

first up was the urban arts festival.


this was the first year they have held this festival so it was pretty tiny. it was fun to check out the local artwork, but there wasn’t much going on so we didn’t stay long.

next up was the living traditions festival.


this festival is a celebration of authentic and traditional folk and ethnic arts.. but really, it’s a whole lot of different ethnicities of food in one spot. the only reason we went was for dinner, as the rest of the festival was kinda meh.


it’s all about the food anyway, right? i waited in the vietnamese line because they were churning out some amazing looking chicken kebabs.


by the time i got to the front of the mile-long line, they informed me they were out of kebabs! ugh. i settled for a chicken bowl over vermicelli noodles.


this was actually really delicious! i wasn’t so sad about missing out on the kebab afterall.


marshall channeled his heritage and got some mexican.


we all sat on the curb and ate our selections. it’s fun that we could all get such different cuisines all in one place. plus, the food was tasty and authentic!


after filling our bellies, we went back to kristen’s porch and enjoyed the warm evening outdoors. i wish summer would get here already.. but it was cold and rainy again sunday. oh well, i will take what i can get when it comes to sunshine!

thanks for reading such a long post.. when there are 3 events in one day, it’s bound to take awhile to talk about!


what was the highlight of your weekend?

xo. janetha g.

75 Comments leave one →
  1. May 23, 2011 3:24 pm

    Tease!! :) I want to know what the big purchase is!

    the Mutt Strut looks SO fun – your pups are so cute. and an expo!! of course!

    this weekend we took Basil to his first off leash dog park, and he was much more SHY than I thought he would be. usually out on walks we meet LOTS of pups and he is friendly and wants to get to know them all… I think we’ll have to keep visiting and see if he loosens up :)

  2. May 23, 2011 3:24 pm

    Wow! Looks like the perfect weekend! Love the combo of puppies, culture, good eats and of course gettin your STRUT on. These are the things that make life worth living ;)

  3. May 23, 2011 3:36 pm

    What an amazing weekend!!! :) Your Puppies were definitely the cutest ones there!! :)

  4. May 23, 2011 3:40 pm

    i made a new protein muffin that has the most awesome pumpkin pie flavor! …. ah damn, i need a life!
    oh well, i’m glad you had a great weekend!!! :)

  5. Nicole C permalink
    May 23, 2011 3:44 pm

    I need to visit SLC, there seems to always be something cool going on. Plus your pups are super cute, it’d be nice to meet them :)

    My highlight was a mud run! Then lunch after with my bestest friend and getting my hair done! Woo!

  6. May 23, 2011 3:47 pm

    awww ! what a fun day!! I always love your puppie pichas! :)

  7. May 23, 2011 3:48 pm

    What a fun Saturday you had! We cleaned TONS, organized SO MUCH, and ate ice cream. Pretty much sums it up. ha!

  8. May 23, 2011 3:54 pm

    Man, I am always so jealous of all the things there is to do outside in SLC! There always seems to be something going on and I am totally jealous that you are able to go out sans coat!

  9. May 23, 2011 3:57 pm

    I love your weekends! I wish we had more fun stuff like that around here!

    Ok the strut your mutt, I know a couple two legged mutts I could of brought there, lol, talking humans!

    LOVE your hair, its getting so long! I love it that length! Its so beautiful!

    Glad you guys had great weekend!

    love u!

  10. May 23, 2011 4:09 pm

    I always get turkey avocado sandwiches. YUM! My favorite is the one from Whole Foods. I love Whole Foods so much.

    The pups are looking good. I want a puppy so bad. Andy won’t let me until we move out of our apartment. Breaks my heart.

  11. Meg permalink
    May 23, 2011 4:10 pm

    Isn’t Toasters amazing!! Havent been able to find anything like it, yummy!

  12. May 23, 2011 4:17 pm

    Your pups were the cutest in the crowd.

    There’s only one thing worse than being told that they ran out of what you wanted…that the person JUST BEFORE YOU got the last one. I seriously have almost gone postal. But usually in true Deb form, I say something like “Wow, really, thank you so much for telling me that- you just made me feel even worse than I would have otherwise!!!” Then they spit in my food. sigh.

  13. May 23, 2011 4:22 pm

    oh wow, i wish they had a strut your mutt here in corpus…that looks so fun!

    the highlight of my weekend was spending time with my cute husband and sweet pup.

  14. May 23, 2011 4:34 pm

    Looks like you had some good eatin! I especially love the pup cakes :)

    PS Doing an great giveaway on the blog, you should check it out!

  15. May 23, 2011 4:36 pm

    Looks like a wonderful weekend! The highlight of my weekend was the warm weather and seeing Bridesmaids with my sister. I don’t think I have laughed that hard in a looooooong time!!

  16. May 23, 2011 4:44 pm

    OMG I love the name: strut your mutt!! looks so fun and what a gorgeous day it looked like as well! frestivals are one of my favorite parts of the summer months!

    and the turkey avo panini?!?! HELLOO deliciousness…panini maker..i need one
    highlight of my weekend was dinner friday night with a girlfriend! AMAZING mushroom and caramalized onion pizza!!

  17. May 23, 2011 4:46 pm

    A dog walk is such a cute idea!! “Strut your mutt”, I love it! :) Glad you had such a great weekend sweetie. :)

  18. May 23, 2011 4:56 pm

    What a fun thing to do, a puppy walk…I wish we had more of those around my area. Highlight of my weekend…girls trip to KC so a long weekend it was!

  19. May 23, 2011 4:56 pm

    That pup walk is so cute! Such a good idea, too.

  20. May 23, 2011 5:00 pm

    I love pup fests! We used to take my dog to one called “Bark in the Park” when she was younger. Highlight of my weekend was hard to choose, but I have to go with an epic meditations session on Sunday!

  21. thedelicateplace permalink
    May 23, 2011 5:11 pm

    i love your pups! i cannot believe it’s nearly june, i better buy my beach tix already and stop procrastinating! excited to hear the deets on your ‘purchase’ the highlight of my weekend was finding this neighborhood bar called round corner cantina. it’s amazing and the food is perfect summer fare. loved just sitting at the bar having a couple drinks. i need to treat myself to that more often, i think the last sip i had was like 2 months ago?!

  22. May 23, 2011 5:20 pm

    This weekend was wonderfully lame! After back-to-back marathons, I relished in utter nothingness. The highlight of my weekend was my hair cut on Saturday. I got a straight ‘do for the day, which was totally exciting for us curly-haired folk.

    That doggy expo looked like something I would’ve been at hands down – with or without dogs. What a fun day! God, I need to purchase a home so I can get a dog!!! I’m nuts about dogs, but now that I don’t live at home with my pupster anymore, I’m dogless and sad.

  23. May 23, 2011 5:38 pm

    I want a dog!! Hub and I actually looked at some puppies yesterday, and that just might have been the weekend highlight (it was a low-key weekend!).

  24. May 23, 2011 5:41 pm

    Awe, Strut your Mutt looks so fun! I wish we had something like that in my area….

  25. May 23, 2011 5:59 pm

    summer festivals are the BEST! so glad you got to show off your dogs, try a new sandwich place, go to the festivals, hang with friends – what summer is all about.
    we had rain and sun all mixed up this weekend. i worked (long weekend here) but also saw two fun movies, so it was a good mix. and the best weather/time of year is yet to come!
    have a great eve, j!

  26. May 23, 2011 6:14 pm

    You had a busy weekend! Strut your Mutt looks hilarious!

    Highlight of my weekend — dancing for hours on Saturday night at a wedding reception.

  27. May 23, 2011 6:17 pm

    I think I know what the purchase is! But maybe it’s because I’m in the Janetha mob…

    I think it’s hilarious penny lives Marshall so much. Watch out there. Turn around, and they might go run off together!

    What a great weekend! Mine was so blah compared to our weekend together last week! Sigh…..

  28. May 23, 2011 6:22 pm

    Ugh, you’re killing me! I want to know what the secret purchase was now!!

    Looks like you had a great Saturday! Fun, festivals, and good food! Sounds like my kind of day!

    Most of my weekend was spent cleaning, but the highlight was my 5 mile run on Saturday morning. The weather was perfect and it felt great to just run for the fun of it!

  29. May 23, 2011 6:26 pm

    I just played the video and our pup Silas started whining along with her! Makes me wonder what she was “saying”!!

  30. May 23, 2011 6:30 pm

    awww, strutt your mutt sounds awesome! i wish there was something like that in madison.

    the highlight of my weekend was our friends’ couples shower and then going out after with all of my friends! it was SO nice to see everyone.

  31. May 23, 2011 6:31 pm

    what a great post, love all the pics and time it must have taken to upload them all! thank you !

    the pooches are adorable but i want a cupcake…they look great!

    highlight of my weekend? i posted about it…the beaches in aruba! :)

  32. May 23, 2011 6:39 pm

    Awwww. Hhah. I just love dogs. (:

    My weekend was sort of blah, but whatever. I’m cool with it.

  33. May 23, 2011 6:44 pm

    OMG. So jealous that this event exists in your city. Margot and I would have loved to attend a doggie expo!

  34. May 23, 2011 6:54 pm

    mini cupcakes and food festivals? totally my kind of weekend. and yes to always ordering some form of turkey/ chicken and avo sandwich. glad you are no longer sick and back to fun stuff! :)

    highlight of my weekend: bachelorette partying with one of my closest friends. she is the bomb and i don’t want anyone else getting married at our age except for her :P

  35. May 23, 2011 6:59 pm

    wow what a weekend, loved the video! too cute

    we had some special visitors this past weekend (aka the parents) and we has a great time, we took some time away from the computer too, it was great

  36. May 23, 2011 7:25 pm

    Great family picture of you the hubby and your pups. Such a handsome group you are!

    The highlight of my weekend was seeing a tornado. It was awesome.

  37. May 23, 2011 7:28 pm

    too stinkin cute!! I love this. Wish our pup could have joined in on the fun.

  38. May 23, 2011 7:40 pm

    The highlight of my weekend was running 7 miles :D

    I’m so jealous of all your festivals!

  39. May 23, 2011 8:03 pm

    Haha…I just played the video and my border collie/blue heeler, Lenny thought it was his sister(Abigail, a cavalier) whining, so he came up and started giving her kisses to comfort her. When he realized it wasn’t her, he stared at the screen in confusion! It was too cute!

    I am also a fellow Utahn and I LOVE YOUR BLOG! Your posts are really fun and informative!

    The highlight of my weekend was camping at Yuba Lake and taking some time to relax.

    Have a great week :)

  40. May 23, 2011 8:06 pm

    It’s my first time commenting (I’m newish reader to meals and moves), but I just want to say I love your blog.
    It looks like you had a great weekend, and a strut your dog looks like so much fun!

  41. May 23, 2011 8:12 pm

    strut your pup is the best event ever! penny is adorable/hilarious…when i played the video stella was looking at me wondering wtf was going on haha :)

  42. May 23, 2011 8:53 pm

    I know what you’re getting! I know what you’re getting! *said in an annoying sing-songy voice* VERY excited for you, by the way! xo

  43. May 23, 2011 9:13 pm

    I went and saw the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie with my hottt hubby and had an awesome time with friends…fabulous weekend for me!

  44. May 23, 2011 9:27 pm

    That mutt strutt looks like a blast. Joe would have been drooling all over the place surrounded by all those other pups.

  45. Pam permalink
    May 23, 2011 10:15 pm

    I took a cycling tour on Saturday that focused on specific points on the underground railroad that took slaves from Missouri to freedom in Illinois. It was a beautiful day and I learned a lot.

  46. May 23, 2011 10:23 pm

    We have a similar 1 mile dog walk/fundraiser in the late summer and I hope that this year I can take Hunter to it. I love the post walk family picture!

  47. May 23, 2011 11:42 pm

    What a great event! Thanks for sharing your weekend day so I could vicariously have some time off, I was sick all weekend and now it’s back to work – so unfair! And it’s raining! So thanks again for this little trip – am reading over breakfast, hehe…

  48. May 24, 2011 12:38 am

    Tyler, Kaia & I went to toasters Saturday after the cystic fibrosis walk, we must’ve just missed you guys! And I also ordered the turkey avocado. And Tyler & I both raved about the balsamic sauce. Ha. That place is delish!

  49. May 24, 2011 1:03 am

    This looks like so much fun and the pup-cakes are downright adorable! And turkey avocado = the best :)

  50. May 24, 2011 2:07 am

    Cute video!

  51. May 24, 2011 5:17 am

    What a fun weekend! I love the strutt your mutt event! That looks like so much fun! :) Penny and randy are the cutest! :) That turkey and avocado sandwich looks delicious! I totally would have ordered the same thing! I love avocado :)

  52. May 24, 2011 5:28 am

    My Mom has been to the mutt strut down in SC! What a fun event! I would go gaga over all the pupperes :) I agree- dog watching is even better than people watching :) SO cute that Penny has a crush on Marshall!! Your sandwich looks fantastic. You guys just have so many cool events out there. Highlight of our weekend? Watching Josh’s sister graduate!

  53. May 24, 2011 5:32 am

    What a fun event! I wish they had something like that around where I lived. My pup gets so excited when other dogs are around. Love the doggie cupcakes too!

    And dog watching is just as good, if not better that people watching…definitely!

  54. May 24, 2011 6:14 am

    i’ve never had rice noodles…but you’ve got me curious! penny & randy are such cute pups. glad you got to spoil them a bit this weekend!


  55. Errign permalink
    May 24, 2011 6:39 am

    My weekend was lazy…just the way I like it! It was nice to relax after the end of the semester. I wish we had festivals and stuff here, but NH is lame :)

    I played the Penny video and my mom’s dog lost.his.mind. and started copying her haha.

  56. May 24, 2011 7:14 am

    Haha, love the title “Strut your Mutt”. So cute! Sounds like a fun weekend :-)

    My weekend was super low key, which was so nice. I’ll be traveling the next two weekends so it’s nice to take it easy.

    PS… I usually go for turkey and avocado too. I love that combo!

  57. May 24, 2011 7:21 am

    all these pup pictures are killing me! so cute :)

  58. May 24, 2011 8:14 am

    Looks like you had a wonderful day! I’m happy the weather held up for you. Saturday was beautiful in NY too. We’ve had a bunch of CRUMMY weather lately. I think the highlight of my weekend was actually soaking in some of the sunshine as I explored my new town.

  59. May 24, 2011 8:22 am

    I planted my flower pots this weekend. Highlight. I know. I’m like 80 years old. I heard the living traditions festival has AMAZING food. xoxo

  60. May 24, 2011 9:20 am

    I LOVE balsamic on sandwiches–just made paninis the other day (tomato, mozz, basil, & prosciutto) with the addition of balsamic and it was awesome!

    ps. is your words with friends name janetha? i tried to start a game with you and you denied me! :) (ngorski0821)

  61. May 24, 2011 11:04 am

    How cute is strut your mutt! I love dog watching too.

  62. actorsdiet permalink
    May 24, 2011 11:18 am

    i love dog events. julius and i are long overdue for one

  63. Sabrina Costello permalink
    May 24, 2011 11:33 am

    Hey I was at the Urban Arts Festival with SLUG! I didn’t see you guys :\

  64. May 24, 2011 11:40 am

    I love it when fundraisers like that are all about people being outside and moving! Win-win for everyone involved!

  65. May 24, 2011 11:41 am

    I haven’t tried Toaster’s yet – I’m always a little afraid of sandwich places because I’m such a baby about whole wheat bread options! Looks like I missed out on a lot of fun while having a working Saturday and a Payson-filled Sunday! I think it’s time for a Park City weekend this next weekend though!

  66. McIntosh permalink
    May 24, 2011 12:17 pm

    Love the Strut your Mutt! I dogwalk/petsit as basically “my job” though it just morphed into that until suddenly I was making enough money to not work elsewhere. Exercise, animals and fabulous “getaways’ in amazing houses!

    Had to laugh about Penny whining…I walk a dog that sometimes refuses to leave her owners side or goes out, pees and runs back to the house.

    No bassets though 9: Lots of goldens, terriers, collies and of course mutts…

    One last thing (sorry!). Just saw a Seinfeld repeat about an old lady buying the last marble rye bread in front of jerry and then he mugs her for it. Reminded me of your chicken kebab saga :)
    Highlight of the weekend: Two warm, sunny days in a row…finally

  67. May 24, 2011 2:56 pm

    I’m impressed, tackling all of those fun events and squeezing them into one day! I love all the puppy pictures, too. :-)

  68. Tessa permalink
    May 24, 2011 3:16 pm

    Ah! That dog looks JUST like my sisters dog who is a mutt! I wish I could post a pic. Do you have any idea what kind of dog that was?

  69. May 24, 2011 3:18 pm

    Aw that looks so fun!!! My friend just got a lab/shepherd mix and it’s SO adorable. It’s making me want a furry friend ;)

  70. May 24, 2011 3:18 pm

    Bwahaha, I love it in the video when you say “he’ll be right back” and for a second I thought Penny was going to listen buuutttttt she just keeps on whining. :) At least she’s cute though!

  71. May 24, 2011 6:20 pm

    Awwwww, Penny!!! She is what my family would call a “traitor” dog. A dog that clearly is infatuated with someone other than their “master” :P Also, I love the idea of the strut your mutt event!! Maybe I should organize one in Moncton. I much rather watch dogs than people any day. Just today I was at a rugby game and spent the whole time cooing over an adorable black miniature poodle that was there instead of watching the game. I wanted to steal it.


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