It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. Matthew Pants went to his home state of Mississippi (or, as he calls it, "Miss'ippi") to remodel his house there and sell it. He left Mr. Ollie Pants in my enthusiastic care. Mr. Pants and I have had our ups and downs this week.

Ups: Every moment in which we have gazed into one another's eyes in gentle longing affection.

Downs: 3:00 AM barking at nothing in particular on Wednesday night followed by two hours of dropping toys on my head.

Young Wade tried to take him from me one night so I could "sleep in peace." I acted like he was a social worker trying to take my baby from me. You guys. I love this animal too much.

And now, your Pictures and Distractions:

With Mr. Pants!

Date night with my Emma.

Twenty minutes after we dropped Matt off at the airport (at 4:30 in the morning) Mr. Pants rolled around in the mud.

Mr. Pants!

Mr. Pants and I spent an entire day on the couch like this. Eating cheese. 

Lagoon trips with Ms. Hannah Rose are BACK!!!!

*****Stranger Picture of the Week

Thanks, Wittle.

Crap to distract you from whatever you're supposed to be doing:

Clever ways to cover your body in cats. Thanks, Jennifer.

Texts from your cat. Thanks, Natalie.

Sea turtle with a camera. Thanks, Christy.

Restaurant customers who were not supposed to eat that. Thanks, Brian.

Screen addiction is taking a toll on children. Thanks, Simon.

Amazing home libraries. Thanks, Jacob.

Awkward first date live-tweeted. Thanks, Samantha.

The Onion is my very best friend. Thanks, Jackie.

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