The Petting Zoo: Are Pets Worth It?

Awww no, did she just ask that question? For those of you who are pet owners, I know that question is synonymous with asking parents, “Are kids worth having?” Of course precious little, spittle-inducing babes are worth it. Of course that mutt you got at the pound is worth it. But as someone who currently does not own a pet, I’m questioning the logic.

Here’s why.

We’ve been house sitting a zoo for the past week. It’s literally a zoo. There are 3 aquariums, 1 rat, 1 cat, and we get 2 dogs on Friday night.

Love the fishies! They’re low maintenance and mesmerizing. I can sit for minutes just staring at them, with the stress of the work day dissolving away.

Even the rat, I can handle. Dean not so much. But like the fish, the rat’s chill and easy to feed.

This cat is something else. We call it Kujo the Kat because it’s the meanest cat I’ve ever encountered. On our first night, the cat drew blood on my fingers and thigh because apparently I didn’t scratch him correctly, even though he’s the one who purred right into my lap. And even though he waits for us to wake up in the morning, the first thing you have to do is feed him. If he hears that you’re up, you’d better be scooping out the Fancy Feast because Kujo will roar incessantly until he’s fed.

Like I mentioned, we don’t get the dogs until the final night (they’ve been staying with someone else), but I assume we’re going to have to wake up early on Saturday morning to feed them. I’ve done the dog walking thing before and it’s not like you can just sleep in! So here’s my question for people who own dogs. You must be morning people, right? Day in and day out, when you have to wake up to take the dog out, don’t you feel like you’re compromising your beauty sleep?

I told Dean, “I don’t think we can get a dog. I really like my sleep.”

We both sleep at least 8 hours on weeknights and at least 10 hours on the weekends. Obviously, at some point we can’t live like teenagers and eventually we’re going to have to wake up early whether that’s for a puppy or a child, but wondering how people do it. I mean seriously, isn’t a lack of sleep bad for your health?!

The Weekend in List Form


Slept in. This is a luxury I cannot fathom giving up. I have been sleeping in on weekends since I was born. I remember talking to a friend about how I sleep in until around 11am almost every weekend and he said, “What’re you like 16 years old?”

Hung out with friends and their twins. Dean’s really good with kids. I think they think he’s one of them, but just super tall.

Got car tires changed. My mechanic, the Toy Shop on Geary, is the best. If you own a Japanese car, get your car fixed at the Toy Shop. Very good at what they do, and honest with reasonable prices. I love the guys there. The only thing they don’t do are tires so we had to get those changed elsewhere.

Watched the new Skyfall movie. Entertaining. Can’t say it’s the best Bond flick ever, but pretty good. I think it’s been hyped up so much, I was disappointed.

Dinner at Mr. Pollo. I will review in another post.


Slept in

Got my toe nails painted. Cut my own nails, filed them, then went to the nail salon across the street and had them do a french paint.

Drinks at the Phoenix. The Mission is now fully packed on the weekends. We went to 3 places in a row and there wasn’t any place to sit.

Dinner at Mission Chinese. Still, hands-down, one of my favorite restaurants in the city. Last weekend, I went to Chinatown and ate at Great Eastern which is the restaurant Obama got take-out from. I swear to God I gained 3 pounds when I weighed myself the next day. What a waste of calories, the food wasn’t even good. But Mission Chinese is good Chinese food, not that crappy stuff they serve in the bowels of Chinatown. After gorging on Mission Chinese, I weighed myself the next day bracing myself for another 3 pound gain and I swear to God I lost 2 pounds. Who loses weight after eating Chinese food? Mission Chinese–best diet ever.

Drinks at Beauty Bar. The place has turned into a major decrepit dive. Wow, won’t be going back there again.

Wine at a friend’s house. Can’t go wrong drinking wine with a friend who has hundreds of bottles at his home.

Fashion Friday: Sleep

Heather Graham’s beauty secret is that she tries to get 11-12 hours of sleep a night. I guess actresses can afford that kind of luxury!

I don’t function well on too much sleep. An abundance of rest actually makes me more tired. I am most productive with seven hours of solid shut-eye. But I have struggled with sleep my whole life which is why I take Ambien here and there!

Here are some behaviors to practice for good sleep.

•             Exercise regularly

•             Set a regular bedtime and waking time, even on the weekends

•             Eliminate caffeine at least 6 hours before bed

•             Avoid alcohol 4 to 6 hours before sleep

•             Beware of large, late meals

•             Create a relaxing bedtime routine

•             Practice relaxation techniques

•             Create a comfortable environment that is conducive to sleep by eliminating uncomfortable bedding, wearing loose clothing, keeping the bedroom temperature slightly cool, and eliminating any bothersome noise or light.