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Breaking resolutions, and lids


Learning the word "out" was No. 1 on Denali's list of resolutions for 2011. But as many resolutions go, the goal was quickly forgotten. In Denali's case, it happened when a piece of french toast hit the floor.

Denali's now trotting around in the kitchen as if he owns the place, sniffing out margarine on the counter and licking the trash can.

Oh, and breaking lids to slow cookers.

The other night, a mediocre-tasting chicken cordon blue was waiting for me after work in my favorite appliance. Hungry, I quickly removed the lid setting it on the counter – stirred the sauce and began to plate dinner. I moved 3 feet to add broccoli to my dinner when I saw Denali nosing around. Before I could scream "Leave it," the lid fell to the ground and shattered into a million pieces.

I was devastated. I use my slow cooker all the time, and I wasn't excited about spending money to replace yet another thing Denali has destroyed. There was the couch he chewed when he was a puppy, the duvet, countless pairs of under things, several pairs of flip-flops ... oh, the list goes on.

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(By the way, I can order a replacement lid for $7.99 from the manufacturer. Crisis averted ... sort of.)