Monday, May 9, 2016

Happy Monday!


I hope everyone had a Happy Mother's Day yesterday!  The rain dried up and the sun came out here so I can't complain.  I went shopping in the afternoon and came home I carried some grocery bags in the house and set them on the floor for a moment while I went back out to the car to get the rest.  I'd bought Shiver and Chico each a stuffie and Shiver had grabbed it out of the bag before I had a chance to get the tags off.  The boys like to sniff the bags, but they've never stolen anything out of them like that before.  The tags have since been removed so all is good!

My mom was on vacay the last two weeks so I took care of her beagle during that time.  In the past, Chico has done anything and everything to show his love for that beagle.  It doesn't seem to matter to him that Scamp is also a boy.  I'm happy to report that Chico controlled his urges this time around and barely even paid attention to Scamp!  My guess is since Scamp has rebuffed him repeatedly, he finally realized that the romance was doomed and it was time to move on.

I officially have four more weeks of work left unless we finish up early.  In the mean time I've been applying for jobs here and there and doing volunteer work.  I graduated exactly one year ago this past Saturday and was reflecting on my life since then.  This is so not how I pictured it!  :'(  This is my reality though and I have to deal with it.

Remember when I saw that deer at work?  Well, I saw SEVEN of them all at once last week!  I tried getting a video of it, only I got a video of the sidewalk instead.  I did get pictures though!

The chi's are good.  I've been trying to do a little spring cleaning here and there when I'm not working or volunteering.  They probably feel like I'm ignoring them, so I need to spend a little more quality time with them.  I bought them new stuffies out of guilt.  Shiver is beyond happy with his.  Chico got a few minutes of play time in, dropped it, and hasn't paid a lick of attention to it since then!  Anyway, I'm hoping to get a walk in soon if it isn't too hot out and maybe we can get a photo shoot done then!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food, Part III

Yes, I'm still among the land of the living.  The last two weeks have been crazy busy with networking, volunteering, researching, petsitting, working, etc., and something had to give.  So blogging and sleep was it.  It almost felt like I was back in college, as busy as everything was.  I had a relaxing weekend though and was able to catch up on some zzzz's so it's all good!  

I'm sure you're dying to know how my boys did on Chewy's Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula 30 day challenge.   Come on, you know you are!  
We received a 30 pound bag to try.  As expected, this has lasted us well over the 30 day challenge!  Both boys are still enjoying the food, although Chico has decided that he prefers a mix of the old and new.  Shiver is more than happy with the new food.  
Please notice there are two bowls of food here!  
For whatever reason, the boys decided they both wanted to eat out of the same bowl the evening I took these pictures.  I don't know what's up with that.  

Honestly, I don't know if I see a difference in their weights.  I haven't weighed them, but they don't look any slimmer.  They're still full of energy and Shiver is back to his puppy self.  He's definitely been more rambunctious this past month.  His poo doesn't smell nearly as bad either.

We would definitely recommend Dr. Tim's to others.  We still have at least half a bag left, so it'll be awhile before we need to think about ordering more.  However, we will seriously consider it when it's gone.  We'll go with a smaller bag though.  Thank you, Chewy, for including us in this challenge.

  We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of dog food in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Magical Monday!


Or not - I just like alliteration.  I'm not a fan of Monday's, but maybe today will feel magical at some point!

Thanks for the suggestions last week regarding cover letters.  I've gone online looking for templates and also tried using my friend's cover letters as a model but I never seem to be quite happy with any I've created, no matter how hard I work on them.  Today I'll be meeting with someone from Human Resources to have them critique my resume.  I'm looking forward to hearing their recommendations and plan to ask about cover letters while I'm there.  My job will be ending very soon, so this seemed like good time to go in and talk with them.

I've also ordered business cards to hand out at networking events.  While it hasn't happened often, I've had a few people ask if I had one and now I can say yes!  They were easy to create online and I'm pleased with how they turned out.

In chi news, the boys had their nails clipped at the groomer this past Saturday.  One of the ladies who works there showed off her brand new chi.  It was soooooo cute!  From there, we went to the vet's office for annual shots.  Chico put on a pound since last year, Shiver lost an ounce.  The vet didn't say anything about Chico's cancer.  He did comment that Shiver has a heart murmur which I already knew.  Overall, they seem to be doing well.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food, Part II


Remember last week when I mentioned we were doing the 30 day Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food challenge?  It's been a couple of weeks now so we thought we'd do a quick follow up.
I meant to post the picture above last week, taken the evening of April 1st.  I forgot to have them try the new food during the day so they each got a small handful of the new and old foods that evening.  The boys aren't eating a mix anymore, it's all the new food now.  They seem to really be enjoying it just as much as they did the first time they tried it.  The biggest thing I've noticed is that both boys seem to be so full of energy now!  Shiver is almost back to his puppy-self and is just as rambunctious as ever!  I'm not sure I like that part so much, lol.

Something else I've noticed is that Shiver's poo doesn't smell nearly as bad anymore!  He used to have really smelly poo and I gagged whenever I had to pick it up.  Chico's was never that bad.  Anyway, I still don't particularly enjoy having to clean up after Shiver, but it's a slightly (very slightly!) more pleasant experience now that I don't need a gas mask to get near it.

I'm not sure if Shiver has lost any weight or not, but Chico feels like he's lost a little.  It could be chalked up to his cancer, I suppose, but I've noticed both boys seem to feel full a little quicker and don't necessarily eat as much of this as they did the old food.  I do think they still like it; as I said above, they still seem to be enjoying it!

Blogger Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe asked if this food is any more expensive than what I was feeding them before.  I'd say it's slightly more expensive.  However, it's really not that much more and not enough to dissuade me from purchasing Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food for them in the future.

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of dog food in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Merry Monday

Wow, the weekend sure went quick!  But then I guess it does that when you aren't actually doing anything.  I slept a lot on Saturday and barely got any of my weekend chores completed on Sunday.  Oh well, it'll all still be there next weekend.  I need to create a spring cleaning list and get to work on it.

My job at the tax commission will be ending very soon, sadly.  I've enjoyed it way more than I thought I ever would.  But now I'm back to a frustrating job search all over again.  I really thought that having a college degree would help me find a better paying job and it has not.  :(

I have a friend who has been kind enough to create some wonderful cover letters for me.  However, she's so crazy busy *all the time* taking on the world and I feel bad asking her to help me.  I don't have the gift she seems to have and am never 100% happy with whatever I manage to come up with.

So I'm reaching out to ask if anyone else is any good at putting together cover letters?  And if so, would you be willing to volunteer your time and effort on my behalf every now and again?

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food


I was asked if my boys might be interested in doing a 30 day challenge for Chewy for the month of April.  After talking it over with the chi's, we decided it might be fun!  We chose Dr. Tim's Metabolite Weight Management Formula Dry Dog Food.

I wasn't sure what size bag they'd send and worried it might not truly be a 30 day supply.  Shiver has always been a big eater, Chico has become one since he started taking the steroids.  We received a 30 pound bag and I know my boys don't eat a pound a food a day between them.  This should last us quite awhile.
Chico:  "Hurry up and feed me, Mom.  I'm starving!"

I forgot to have the boys try it on April 1st until late in the evening after they'd already eaten.  I gave them a small handful each and mixed it with the old food.  Shiver immediately began separating the new stuff out and tossing it on the floor.  This did not seem to be a good sign.  Once he got it all sorted, he ate the new food and left the old in his bowl.  I guess that means he likes it!  I've been continuing to mix the old and new food until they get used to it, but they always eat the new stuff first.

First impressions - each piece is larger than their regular food.  Even so, they aren't overly large and don't seem to be too hard to chew.  That is always a concern for me because Chico has always had bad teeth.  The smell isn't awful either.  I'm not too concerned with their weights, but it'll be good to see what other effects this will have on the boys.  

We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided a free bag of dog food in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, March 28, 2016

March Chewy Review

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter!  The chi boys and I did, even if it was a little chillier than I might have like.  Mother Nature's memo announcing the start of spring seems to have been lost in the mail, I've noticed.  We've had snow, sleet, rain, hail, thunder, etc. since spring began.  Anyways...

Have you heard of Solid Gold Tiny Tots?  I seem to remember seeing this on the Chewy website previously but never really gave it much until it came up on the March offerings for review.  We received a 10 ounce bag to try, which typically runs $10.80 a bag and ships out within a day or two.
My boys are absolutely gaga over this!  You'd think I was giving them crack or something, they get soooooo excited when they see me pulling this out of the pantry.  I think they've liked this the best out of all of the items we've reviewed for Chewy so far.  The chi's give this product 8 paws up - four paws each.

According to Chewy's website, they're "made with lamb, brown rice, oats, tapioca, and cinnamon for a treat your dog will come running for."  The website also says they're great to use for training.  Our bag came with a coupon on the back for $5 off any 4 to 28.5 pound Solid Gold Dry Dog Food.    I didn't notice this until I was looking over the bag when writing this post but Solid Gold notes it's America's first holistic pet food.  If you're concerned about what you're feeding your dogs, worry no more with this product.

My boys seem to have mastered the art of avoiding the camera so this is the best shot I could get of Shiver enjoying a treat.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Spring!


I love spring!  I don't love the allergies it brings, but I do love the warm weather that slowly emerges from it.  If I was still in college, this coming week would be spring break.

Sadly, I did not get that dream job I so desperately wanted.  I got the basic rejection letter instead - we appreciate your interest, there were a lot of people who applied for the position, we hired someone with more experience.  I had another interview this past Thursday that seemed to go well.  I won't hear back for three more weeks so I'm going to apply for other jobs in the mean time.

Took the boys for a walk on Saturday at the trail we like to go to.  The weather was beautiful.  The trail was windier than I might have liked and that made it a touch chilly.  I carried Chico for part of it so that he wouldn't get tired.  Last time we went, he kept one of his back legs up the next day.  He seemed much better this time.
 

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