What’s your “puppy” to de-stressing?

When I’ve had a stressful day at work where perhaps I called up video of Syria instead of Iraq (seriously a big problem), or I’ve cut off a reporter too short — or missed a good opportunity to pitch a story; on those days I like to come home, light some apple-scented candles and turn on some Sinatra.

I’ll sit in the quiet and try to melt away the parts of the day that I wished were more perfect.

Maybe I’ll splash some wine in a glass or grab whatever the latest cider or beer is in the door of the fridge.

And then I veg.


On pretty days, I crack the door and take it to the porch.

Before you know it I’ve dialed my Mom on the phone, we’ve talked 45 minutes, and all of the stresses of the day are somewhere else.

While this really is a form of perfection to me–I have a dream of adding a fuzzy something to that equation.

Back when my family had a dachshund there was absolutely nothing like cuddling up in the recliner, dog curled at your side, breathing steadily, looking at you with those doe eyes—and there was no way to stay tense. She would lick your hand in comfort, push her nose up under your elbow, and wiggle down deep into the crevices to get as close to you as possible.

You can take away the Sinatra, fresh air, candles and wine — a dachshund does all of that relaxing for you and more all by itself.

While, a dachshund lover like myself may think that they’re THE BEST, I know that pretty much any dog can have this effect.

It just has to be yours.

Sadly my schedule and personal budget right now aren’t conducive to a furry friend BUT that doesn’t stop me from daydreaming.

In those quiet moments reflecting on what life would be like with a dog–one of my favorite thoughts is what to name it.

I find dogs with absurdly human names incredibly adorable and hilarious.

Thus, my list of possible dog names includes:

  • Kevin
  • Keith
  • Franklin

I need to work on girl options. Related, I’m having trouble getting anyone on board with Keith.

So, you can tell I have work to do before I add a dog to my life.

But in the important things of being excited about eventually segueing into the adulthood of pet ownership; I’m totally ready.

One day. Hopefully one day soon.

in the meantime, what’s a girl to do?

Follow Harlow & Sage on Instagram. Yeah, do that right this second.

Instagram / Harlow and Sage

Instagram / Harlow and Sage

It will get you by while you don’t have a dog. Or it’ll get you by sweeter even if you do.



Turn it up, Monday morning: Lionel Richie

Week 36: Lionel Richie

Today is being a really not fun Monday. I’m having a lot of personal things going on that cause lots of roller-coaster feelings. The same personal things are impacting work, family, friends. . . everything.  Everything is nuts today and it’s all inter-related. Suffice to say, it’s noon and I already had to close my office door for a little cry sesh this morning. And I NEVER cry. Overwhelmed. Does that tell you how I am? So what helps when you feel like you can’t carry everything in your head and heart? Well, thank goodness there is music.

When I was little my mom used to rock me with a bottle and play music, including Lionel Richie/The Commodores, every time she put me down for a nap. (Child of the 80s what can I say?)

Few things can bring my heart rate down like Lionel Richie and some other solid oldies. Even now, 20-plus years later; Lionel Richie is calming.

So today, I give you “Easy.” And finally for once, it can’t help but make me smile which is what I’ve dearly needed this morning.