Monday, July 21, 2014 Review & Mr. Pip

My boys are always excited to do a review because that means they get a treat!  I love it too, because it means I can save money by not having to buy them any treats.  Plus I know that I can depend on the quality of what I'm giving them.
This time we chose the Natural Balance Dental Chews Pumpkin and Chicken Meal Formula with Papaya Dog Treats.  I chose these because poor Chico has bad teeth, and these help support healthy teeth and gums.  Here are the key benefits of these chews, taken directly from the website:
Key Benefits
  • Helps reduce plaque & tartar - unique grooves encourage healthy chewing action and the removal of plaque & tartar
  • Easy to digest - formulated to support easy chewing and digestion
  • Helps freshen breath - the mechanical chewing action helps remove plaque & tartar that may cause bad breath
  • With antioxidant nutrient - Vitamin C, a key antioxidant nutrient, is added to help support immune function
  • Made in the USA!
These treats include pumpkin, potato starch, chicken meal, parsley, and alfalfa, among other things.  A small to medium size breed, 13 oz. bag (22 treats) is currently on sale for only $14.32.  That's a 28% savings off the regular price of $19.99.  A medium to large size breed, 13 oz. bag (12 treats) is on sale for $13.14, which is a 34% savings off the regular price of $19.99.  I'm not sure how long these will be on sale, so you'll want to jump on these now to get these prices.

This isn't the greatest picture, but here's Chico enjoying his dental chew under the kitchen table.  The camera on my iPod leaves a lot to be desired, but it's all I have.  He was really excited about his treat, as you can tell by his blurred tail.
We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided free samples of dog treats in return for our honest opinions.
Have you gotten your copy of Mr. Pip's book yet?  I just received mine and I love it!!!   It's available on Kindle, iTunes (which includes an exclusive video!), and on Amazon.  A portion of each sale goes towards different charities supporting pet rescue.  

I enjoyed reading all of Pip's life lessons, and it was even more fun seeing all of the adorable pictures.  There were a few I hadn't seen, and others brought back memories from his blogging days.  

I don't want to spoil anything for you, but you're missing out on one very cute book if you don't order this!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Half Full Friday

Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eyegirl originally started in June 2009.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us.  So by participating, I'm deciding to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.  I'm choosing to concentrate on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives.  The Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that.  They're a list of the things in my life that have brought me happiness over the past week.  I'm determined to find something good in each day.  Are you?

For the next week, I'd like to challenge each of you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.  And then come back here and tell me about it!

~I'm happy because...

1.  My mom came over this past Sunday and I made her a delicious dinner!

2.  I got some cleaning done around the house!     

3.  My mom and I went to an art museum and had a picnic afterwards!

4.  I gained a new follower!  Welcome!

5.  I've been accepted to join another campus organization this coming semester, which will be good to add to my resume!  

Sorry I haven't been around much lately, it's been a busy week.  The first part of the week was spent trying to clean up a bit.  Once I start cleaning, I see how everything else looks in comparison and then I have to start cleaning that too.  Seems to be a neverending job.  

I've also been busy trying to get everything worked out for next semester.  So far, I've got five classes, one weekend workshop, two student organization meetings, work, and a potential internship on my plate.  If I get the internship, I'll drop one class and still get the same amount of credits.  The internship lasts through the first part of the November, then I'll have to write a paper on what the experience entailed and what I learned.  Once that's done, it's done, and my schedule will ease up a bit.  It'll all work out - it always does.  I have a feeling each day is going to last f - o - r - e - v - e - r.  This is my senior year, so I have to make sure that I take time to enjoy the experience too.  

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday

I was supposed to post this on Monday, but completely furgot!  Did you see what Sarge got from his Christmas in July swap?  

Monday, July 14, 2014

Just the facts, ma'am!

So I've been seeing several blogs who've received the "Shine On" award from Whitley.  I don't know Whitley, and was not presented with the award, but I loved reading all the fun facts everyone had to give about themselves as part of the rules.  It's been awhile since I've shared any random facts about the boys, so that's what today's post is all about...

1.  I bought Shiver from a pet store.  (I know, I know...  I really do know better and would not buy from one again!)

2.  He was 4 1/2  months old when I bought him.

3.  I was going to name him Avery, but he shivered all the way home from the mall, so that's how he got his name.

4.  He can get very anxious if I move furniture around, do anything to upset his schedule, etc.

5.  Shiver is a big chihuahua.  He's about twice the size of Chico.

6.  Shiver HATES to go for walks!

1.  Chico was born at a puppy mill and spent most of his first year of life in a small crate, only being let out to go potty and to make babies.

2.  He was just over 2 years old when I bought him off Craigslist from a family who kept him locked in the garage or out in the back yard.

3.  Chico has luxating patellas in both back legs.  Basically, his kneecaps slip out of place when he walks.  It doesn't seem to bother him very often, so we haven't treated it, but I'm always watching to make sure he's OK.

4.  He snores loudly when he sleeps.

5.  Chico is a little chihuahua.

6.  Chico is a very chillax chi, not much seems to bother him.  


I couldn't let the boys have all the fun, so I joined in too!

1.  I love to sleep and can never seem to get enough.

2.  I'm a senior in college and only have one more year left.  I'm also a non-traditional student, meaning that I did not enter college immediately after high school.

3.  I enjoy reading for pleasure, but often feel like I don't really have enough time during the school year.

4.  I'm allergic to bee stings and swell up HUGE!

5.  My favorite colors are pink, purple, and blue.

6.  Even though I have an excess of shoes, I still think it's never enough and that I need more.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Half Full Friday!

Half Full Friday is a series of weekly posts that Eyegirl originally started in June 2009.  We believe that a lot of our happiness is determined by our attitude about the things that happen to us.  So by participating, I'm deciding to see the glass as half full instead of half empty.  I'm choosing to concentrate on the positives instead of dwelling on the negatives.  The Half Full Friday posts are a way to do just that.  They're a list of the things in my life that have brought me happiness over the past week.  I'm determined to find something good in each day.  Are you?

For the next week, I'd like to challenge each of you to keep a list of at least one thing that brought you happiness each day.  And then come back here and tell me about it!

~I'm happy because...

I have a job interview next week!  Please keep your fingers crossed, because I really do not want to have to go back to my old job next semester, especially with all the new changes!

I'm getting a copy of Pip's book!  Sooooooooo excited!!!

I made an excellent dinner earlier in the week and will be making dinner for my mom on Sunday!  This is pretty big, because my usual idea of cooking is making microwave or boxed dinners.  

I got my crazy rosebush cut down more this year than I think I ever have!  Still needs a lot of work though!

Chico's vet visit went well this week!

I finally figured out what I need to do to register for an internship for credit, and figured out it's not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be!

Both of my Christmas in July participants have already sent and received their goodies!  I shared Mona and Weenie's already, I'll share Sarge's on Monday. 
My poor Chico has been sneezing and reverse sneezing a lot, so I took him to the vet for a checkup.  Shiver went along for moral support, and both boys were so well behaved!  Chico thinks he needs to bark at every other animal within eyesight and once he starts up, Shiver tends to join in.  Neither of them did that this time though, and I was so proud of them both!  Neither of them made the slightest peep the whole time we were there!

The vet didn't have much to say about Chico.  He just said that there must be something in the air that was irritating poor Chico's little nose.  I told him that I remembered bringing the boys in for their annual shots a few years ago.  The vet sprayed some kind of liquid stuff in Chico's nose and he reversed sneezed the rest of the time we were there.  The vet at that time commented on how that was a sign of allergies and suggested that Chico needed some allergy meds.  I did not get any medication at that time simply because I knew he was doing that because of the medication he'd just been given in his nose.  (I can't remember what the liquid was or why they put it in his nose.)  The vet this time insisted yet again that there wasn't really anything to do for the reverse sneezing.

The vet told me to give Chico 15mg of liquid Benadryl and to buy a vaporizer and use it.  So that's what I did.  It's funny how Chico was so quiet the whole time we were at the vet's office, yet the second we stepped outside, he was reverse sneezing again.  The Benadryl seems to have helped.  We haven't tried the vaporizer yet.  I'm just thankful that he's OK.  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Check out the loot that Mona and Weenie scored from their Christmas in July swap!  

Monday, July 7, 2014

Merry Monday

I was just thinking yesterday that about half my summer is gone already and I've nothing to show for it.  I haven't really accomplished anything.  I've gone out and done some fun stuff like watching the fireworks display last Friday, going on the annual garden tour, having dinner with friends, etc.  But I've done none of the deep cleaning that I've been wanting to do, or found a different job for next semester, or really much of anything...  I still have half the summer left though, so there's still time!

Tomorrow will be a busy day, so I'll feel accomplished if I can manage to get everything done.  First, I'm going to call the vet to set up an appointment for Chico.  He's been having allergies this summer, sneezing and reverse sneezing a lot this past weekend.  I don't want him to suffer unnecessarily, so hopefully the vet will prescribe something to make him feel better.  I also need to pay bills, go grocery shopping, wash bed sheets, and finish applying for a job that I want.  I know you must all be so jelly of my exciting day!

I like today's date:  July 7, 2014 = 07 07 14 = 07 + 07 = 14
Took this from here.

1.  If you were a professor, what subject would you teach?

I remember answering this question before and my answer would be the same.    

87 years ago, I attended beauty school to learn to do hair and makeup.  I found that I didn't care for doing hair nearly as much as I enjoyed doing makeup.  Unfortunately, my school didn't spend very much time at all on how to apply it properly.  Once I started working at a salon, we would occasionally attend hair shows to keep up on all the latest styles.  We learned at one of those that there would be an upcoming class that taught how to do makeup professionally.  It was a three day class and I *LOVED* every second of it!  I learned so much and still use those same skills we were taught when I do my own makeup today.

After that class, I look much more closely at other women's makeup.  I try not to judge, because many of them probably never had anyone to teach them how to apply it properly.  Sometimes I wish that I could walk up and ask them if I could show them how to do it right, but that would probably be construed as me being rude.  

So that's what I would teach!  I'd would hold a class on how to apply makeup correctly.

2.  Describe a dream that you had recently.  Provide as many details as possible.

I don't remember most of my dreams, but the ones I do tend to be very weird!  The most recent one is that I ran into a college friend somewhere and she didn't really seem to remember me.  I don't really remember where we were, other than we were out in public.  I saw her approaching my way and enthusiastically said hello.  She gave me an odd look like she was trying to place me, but couldn't quite remember when or where we'd met.  She said hello back, but kept on walking.  I tried to have a conversation with her, but she didn't stop and she didn't say anything else.  

In real life, this particular college friend has graduated and moved back home in a different state.  We don't keep in touch, but we are facebook friends, so I keep up with her life that way.

3.  What is the dumbest thing you have ever done?

Recently I applied for an internship, and got an email from them asking if I would be able to come in for an interview.  This interview was in a different town from the one I live in, and I was only vaguely familiar with how to get there.  I looked up the address, then Googled directions.  I got to the general area fairly easily, and parked.  Then I walked up and down, up and down, up and down the street repeatedly looking for the correct address.  I asked people walking by if they could help me, and also went into several businesses on the same street asking if they knew where to find this place.  Everyone kept telling me I was in the right area, I just had to keep looking and eventually I'd find it.  Funnily, I even went into the building where my interview was to be conducted, asking if they knew where I was supposed to go, only I didn't realize that I really was in the right place.  The building is full of various businesses, and I remember looking at the signs in the lobby, but didn't see this particular company listed.  I couldn't call and ask for directions because I don't have a cell phone.  After almost an hour of searching, I gave up and went home.  I looked up the address again and discovered to my horror that I'd written the address down wrong and that it didn't actually exist!!!  I don't know how Google didn't catch this, but it did not!  No wonder I couldn't find it!  I was on the right street, but I had the building number wrong!

I immediately emailed the lady who set up the interview, apologized for the no show, and explained what happened.  I asked if there was any way possible that the interview could be rescheduled.  Initially, no one contacted me back and that was part of why I was so depressed several weeks ago.  I knew the mistake was mine, and not theirs.  They were under no obligation to reschedule it.  Fortunately, they did actually contact me about three weeks later and asked me to come back in.  That's the internship I mentioned recently, and I won't actually know if I got it or not until mid-August.  

Moral of the story:  check, double check, triple check addresses before Googling and writing down directions!!!!!

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one. 
Well, it's obviously a close up of a strawberry.  This is my mom's favorite fruit.  I enjoy them too, but don't like that the seeds always seem to end up caught in my teeth.  

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July!
Yesterday was the three year anniversary of my father's death.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Mellow Monday

So this past Saturday was fun.  I went on the annual Garden Tour, which is always a fun way to spend the day.  My neighbor's yard was featured this year, and she did her usual criticism of my yard when she saw me.  She's going to be gone for the entire month of July, and I can't say that I'll miss her.  I took a few pictures from the tour, including the one above.  The roses are in honor of a woman's Boxer who passed away earlier this year.  The white blob at the bottom is an angel.  The picture is very clear on my iPod, so it's disappointing it didn't come out better here.

I had an interview for an internship this past week too.  The interview went pretty well.  I won't find out until the middle of August if I got it or not.  It doesn't offer an hourly wage, but there is a small stipend available at the end of it, depending on performance.  Keeping my fingers crossed that I got it!
Took this from here.

1.  What lessons has your life work taught you?

That you can't judge someone by the way they look.  Someone dressed to the nines can be dirt poor, while someone who looks homeless can have a fortune in the bank.  Just because someone is good looking, that doesn't mean they are nice.  Someone can be an incredibly nice person, and still be a horrible coworker.

I was also really shocked to learn that people can be soooooo different, depending where you work with them.  I used to work in a call center, then moved to the commercial loan department within the same company.  When some of my call center coworkers moved to the commercial loan department after I did, I was so surprised at how different they were from one department to the next.  I don't know what made them that way, and it was disappointing in most cases.

2.  Do people tell you that you act older, younger, or your age?  

People don't really comment on the way I act, at least not to my face.  I tend to think I act younger.  I'm a non-traditional student and am surrounded by 18-21 year olds most of the time, so I try not to act all fuddy-duddy around them.

3.  What do you do when someone tells you a joke that you don't think is funny?

Sometimes I'll fake laugh.  I remember once at my last job that the asst. manager's boyfriend was trying to get me to laugh at one of his stupid jokes.  I wouldn't laugh, so he kept telling them.  Finally, I told him I didn't think the jokes were funny.  The asst. manager took him into her office and he left me alone.  I think that's the last time I saw him.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.
Once upon a time, I used to follow a blog which is now no longer in existence.  One of my favorite posts was one where she was showing off her new tattoo and she talked about the meaning behind it.  When she graduated from college, her boss had given her a key necklace.  The boss talked about how she is the one that holds the key to her life, she's the one that makes the decisions, she's the one who opens all the doors, she's the one that makes things happen.  She is the one who holds the key to make all her dreams come true.  All she has to do is to turn the key and make it happen.

 So she got a key tattooed on her as a reminder that she is the key to her own success. I *LOVED* this idea and decided that once I graduated college, I would get a tattoo of a key also.  One the last day of my very first semester, my psychology professor commented to the class that she bet no one had ever noticed her key tattoo.  She had it done in white on her forearm so that she could see it every single day, but that no one else would see it.  So I think mine will also be done in white for that very same reason.  I've already got the key picked out that I plan to use, now I just need the money for it.  (I'm accepting donations if anyone is interested...  Just kidding!)

Monday, June 23, 2014

Soooooo yesterday I tried to visit everyone, but Blogger was acting weird.  Normally when I click on my reading list, it shows a long list of recent posts.  Yesterday though, it would only show one at a time.  There was a link just below it that said "Show more," but nothing happened when I'd click it.  If I refreshed the page, it would show another new one, but only that one new post with the same "Show more" link that didn't work.  I signed out and back in again, even waiting awhile before trying again when it didn't immediately fix the problem.  After several tries with the same result, I gave up!  Did anyone else have this problem?

I was just thinking last night how it's so weird that I went from being insanely busy and neverendingly exhausted with school and work, to having absolutely nothing to do.  It's nice to have the free time and not have to feel guilty for not doing anything productive, but I almost don't know what to do with myself!  This past week was nice.  I took a long walk with the chi's and my mom and her beagle.  I also had dinner with friends one night, which was a lot of fun.  This coming weekend, I'll likely be going on the annual garden tour, which is always a fun way to spend the day.
Took this from here.

1.  Describe a time when you felt vengeful.  

I used to do hair about 87 years ago.  One day, a client came in who asked for her hair to be streaked blonde.  It took a long time, and I ended up working past closing time getting her hair just right.  She seemed pleased with it when she left, and even gave me a tip.

The next morning she called back and spoke to my manager, demanding a refund.  She said she hated it and that I'd done a horrible job on her hair.  My boss told her no, saying that if she was unhappy, she should have said something at the time of service, and that she was welcome to come back in and we'd try to fix it.  She refused to come back in.  She then went to another salon to get it fixed the way she wanted it and wanted us to not only refund her money from when she came to my salon, but to also pay the services for the other salon.  My boss again told her no.  She called relentlessly, and one day my boss was out, so I had to talk to her.  She was quite nasty and told me that she was in the process of hiring an attorney.  She also said that the other hairdresser was willing to testify that I'd ruined her scalp by leaving the bleach on too long.  If I'd ruined her scalp, the other hairdresser should not have been adding more color on top of it to fix it!

Anyway, long story short, we never did refund her money, and she never sued me.  I wasn't a good person back then, and felt very vengeful towards her.

2.  Which holiday has the most meaning for you:  Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, or Valentine's Day and why?  

I would definitely say Fourth of July.  I didn't have a happy childhood, but July 4th does have some fun memories associated with it.  I holds meaning for me as an adult because my dad died on July 3rd, three years ago this year.

3.  What would you like to be famous for?

I wouldn't want to be famous.  I used to think I would, but I know better now.

4.  Show and Tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one. 
The name of this place is called Gold Hill, and it's located in the UK.  I used to live in the UK as a baby (my dad was military), but I don't really remember it, or whether I've been here before.  I would love to go back someday, and maybe explore this village.

Friday, June 20, 2014 and Sojos Reviews

As you may remember, my boys did a review for Sojos back in April.  We received several samples of freeze-dried dog foods and treats.  The boys are still enjoying everything (they're little, so they don't eat a lot), so when I was asked if we might be interested in giving a new treat a try, we were all for it!

We received a 4 oz. bag of Sojos Simply Lamb freeze dried treats to try.  They're made of 100% raw freeze-dried meat, with no preservatives and nothing artificial.  There are absolutely no other ingredients!  As soon as I pulled the bag out of the box, the boys were both underfoot, begging me to give them some.  They both gobbled it down like there was no tomorrow, and came bag looking for more.  I set the bag down on the kitchen table for the time being and any time I walked by it, they got excited, thinking they were going to get more goodies!   That's how much they loved it!  

There are several other kinds of food and treats in the Sojos line, even catnip!  Click on the link to see what else they have to offer.

Here's a little information about it:
Sojos Simply Lamb Freeze-Dried Dog Treats
These mouth-watering morsels are the perfect training treat for dogs of all sizes. Dogs love meat. And that’s just what they get with Sojos Simply Meat Treats. It’s the real, raw meat your dog craves. And for you, it’s all the more delicious knowing that every morsel is gently freeze-dried, under our own roof, to lock in the natural enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
Key Benefits
·         100% raw, freeze-dried meat
·         Made with natural, human-quality ingredients
·         No artificial preservatives
·         No artificial flavors or colors
·         Made in the USA!
Each bag is only $9.95.  That's very reasonable, especially, considering shipping and handling is absolutely free !  

Here's Shiver enjoying some.  (No, he didn't get to eat all that!  I didn't realize he was in the room, and when he saw the treats, he jumped up and interrupted my photo shoot!)

We also had the opportunity to try a 32 oz. bottle of Simple Solution Extreme Stain and Odor Remover, which is only $6.64, plus shipping and handling.  They also offer gallon size bottles for $18.19, plus shipping and handling.  

Here's some information taken directly from the website:  

Simple Solution Extreme Stain & Odor Remover

Simple Solution professional strength Extreme formula is 3x more powerful than most enzymatic formulas. The only Pro-Bacteria and Enzyme formula that works faster on the toughest pet stains. Developed to remove vomit, urine and feces from carpets, upholstery or any other water-safe surfaces. Completely eliminates odors to discourage pets from repeat marking.

I was really looking forward to using this product!  Two weeks before, Shiver had thrown up twice in one day, and then once the following day.  Of course this all happened on my bedroom and hallway carpet, rather than in the kitchen where I could easily wipe the mess up!  

The directions were easy enough:  Spray the stain and surrounding area well and let sit for five minutes.  Then take a cloth or paper towel and blot it as well as you can.  Once that's done, just let it dry.  Honestly, I didn't see a difference before and after.  However, I am contributing that to it not being a fresh stain.  The boys haven't made any fresh stains that I've noticed, but I plan to bring this out the next time they do and give it a proper try.  

Simple Solution also has a number of different products in their line, which has been around since 1978.    

Thanks to for allowing us to try even more goodies!  

We were not compensated financially for this post from Sojos or, but were provided free samples of dog treats and Simple Solution in return for our honest opinions.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mundane Monday

Thankfully, this past week was considerably better than the week before.  Even so, I still spent far too much of it feeling sorry for myself.  Part of it was due to not having any luck with jobs.  After I got fired, I couldn't find a job to save my life.  I applied for job after job after job with very little response, and had some horrific interviews.  Each letter/email/phone call I received saying I didn't get the job felt like a major rejection.  Why wasn't I good enough?  What was wrong with me that I couldn't even get shitty jobs that I didn't really want, but desperately needed?  School opened up a whole new world for me, and I was finally happy.  I felt like I'd found myself and that I was right where I needed to be.

School is out for the summer, and I wasn't lucky enough this time to be picked to work at my current job.  I figure I'm already looking for summer work, so I'll just look for something to replace my current job.  I have absolutely no respect for my boss, or my coworkers, so it seemed like a win-win situation to find something to carry me through the summer and through the next year of school. 

Only now I feel like I'm right back where I was before I started school.  I feel like I'm getting rejection letters left and right, and all those feelings keep rushing back when I least expect it.  I especially worry that I won't find a good job after graduation, and be stuck with a mounting student loan bill that I can't afford to pay.  Did I really make the right choice in going back to school?  My heart tells me yes, but only time will tell.  

Someone also gave me a lecture that I wasn't interested in hearing.  When I told said person that I didn't want his advice, he still kept going on and on.  I shouldn't have to justify my life choices to anyone, and yet, I do...  

Another thing I was bummed out about was that only two bloggers have signed up for my annual Christmas in July dog swap.  That's the worst turnout I've ever had.  But then I realized that at least two bloggers joined in, which is better than none at all.  And hopefully those two will be very happy with their swaps.  That's all that really matters - that everyone who takes part is happy and had fun doing it.  

Some other stuff happened too, but I don't want to bore everyone with my problems.  It's in the past, and that's exactly where it should stay!  

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wordy Wednesday

I had a really bad week last week, and just haven't been up to blogging or visiting anyone.  I try to keep things positive here, so I won't go into detail of what happened.  It wasn't any one big thing, just lots of little things that kept going wrong.  Lets just say a lot of tears were shed, but I'm moving on now and putting it all behind me.  I love cute animals, but decided to do something a little different this week -- inspirational quotes.
Don't furget to sign up for Christmas in July!  I'm accepting emails to join in until next Friday, June 20th.  Only 2 bloggers have contacted me so far, so I'm hoping more will participate.

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