Monday, December 15, 2014

Blogville Gift Exchange

I knew I couldn't afford to do the Blogville Christmas card exchange AND gift exchange, so we decided to exchange gifts this year.  We were partnered up with Shane and Hoke, whom we had never "met" before.  If you've never met them either, you should totally stop over there and hello.  After you've finished visiting here, of course!  Click here to see what Shiver and Chico got them. 

I always get just as excited whether a package is for me or the boys.  Somehow, they always seem to know when a package is for them.  I brought it home from the post office and let it sit on the kitchen table for several days before opening the presents.  Finally, curiosity got the better of me and I just couldn't wait any longer.
Look at all them toys and treats!!! 
I knew these would be their favorites, and I was right!  See that white thing hanging off to the sides?  Those are extra squeakers!  How cool is that?  I couldn't get them unwrapped fast enough for Shiver and Chico.
 Shiver
 Chico
 
Here they are playing with a few of their toys. 
 
Thanks so much for all of our goodies, Shane and Hoke!  You sure know how to shop for a dog, and we loved each and every toy and treat. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Drowsy Monday

Just two weeks away from freedom!  In some ways, it's two weeks too long.  In other ways, it's not nearly long enough.  I have a 25 page paper due for my advanced stats class on Friday, and have no clue what I'm doing.  I sent my prof a rough draft for feedback, and he suggested lots of revisions.  I worked from dusk to dawn yesterday, it felt like, and I still have a lot of work to do on it.  However, the prof's suggestions weren't nearly as bad as I was expecting.

I had an internship interview last Friday, and it did not go well.  At all.  I was not as prepared as I should have been, and it was a very intense interview.  I felt like I said all the wrong things, and my mind went blank at one point, so my confidence was really shaken by that.  But ya know, it was a learning experience, and I'll do better next time.  It was a good reminder of the kinds of questions I can expect when I graduate next semester and am looking for a real job.
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Took this from here.

1.  Who is the one person with whom you are acquainted that you feel is building up the worst karma?  Why?
Without question, I would say my old boss.  She told me on my very first day of work there that she didn't care about other people or their problems.  She showed this to be true many, many, many times over.  She could be extremely unpleasant to deal with at times.  I feel like she already got her karma though, because she got fired about a year after I did.  I've wondered if she has changed any since then.  If I remember correctly, I think the person who fired her said that she was mean.  That's not why she was fired, of course, but they did bring it up during the discussion.

2.  What would you like to discover?  Would you sell it, or let it be available for free?

I would like to discover a way for my chi's to live a long, healthy life for as long as I'm alive.  I would share the magical secret for free.  What would you like to discover?

3.  Think back on the choices you've made in your life.  Which one would you never want to have to make again?

A bazillion years ago, I dated a guy.  We got engaged way too quickly, and I said yes.  Things immediately turned sour, and I discovered him for who he truly was.  We broke up and got back together every other week, it seemed like.  He got into legal trouble, and the cops came to question me.  It was not a fun experience.  I tried to protect him and lied, but the cops saw through that and questioned me even more.  My ex spent some time in jail before being kicked out of the military.  I should never have been put in that position, and I regret lying to the cops - especially after it was all done and over, one of the cops told me that the ex tried to blame it all on me.  Unfortunately for him, there were surveillance videos to prove he wasn't telling the truth.  

I never want to have to make the choice of whether or not to try and protect someone in legal trouble.  I think if the situation were to ever arise again, I'd like to think I would tell the truth from the beginning.

Monday, December 1, 2014

How is it possible that it's Monday all over again, and that my week long vacay is over already?????


This was me all weekend!  I kept telling myself that I needed to get up and do something productive from Friday morning on.  And it just never happened...

Well, I did email out a crappy paper for my workshop that was due this morning.  I only needed to get a passing grade for it, since it's only a pass/fail credit.  I didn't put in an excessive amount of work on it, so hopefully I'll pass.  I worked on it for two days - meaning, I opened up the Word document, then found any and every reason not to work on it.  I'd spend two minutes on it, then four hours doing anything else.  And then the cycle would repeat itself several times into the next evening.

I had such high hopes for getting shizz done over the week off from work/school/internship, but alas, laziness phoned in and said that I needed a break from the world.  And so that's exactly what I did.

Just three more weeks and I shall free again for Christmas break!
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Took this from here.  

1.  In what month did you file your tax return this year?  

I'm not 100% sure of this, but I think probably March.  That's usually about the time I file them.  I like to do them then so that I can use my tax refund to pay for the chi's annual shots.  

2.  If a restaurant were to name something after you, what would it be?  Describe it.  (Bonus points if you give a recipe!)

Ice cream, extra butterscotch syrup, and sprinkles!  (That's a recipe, right?)  Or anything with sprinkles on it, really.  It would be called *Sprinkles Delight*.

You KNOW it had to have sprinkles!!!  

3.  Why is it important to have good manners?

I have worked in customer service in one way or another for a number of years, so I can easily and honestly answer this one!  If you're rude to me for no reason, I will lose respect for you.  I will not go out of my way to help you.  In fact, I will be willing to do a lot less for you.  If you're nice, I will probably go above and beyond to help you out in any way that I can.  

Plus, doesn't it feel good to leave a good impression?  You never know when you might run into that person again, even if you think you might never seem them again.  If you're rude, you an bet they'll remember it.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
My very first thought was that it looked like ruins from a Greek temple.  When I clicked on it to save it, it was named Parthenon.  So yep, that's exactly what it is!  Read all about it here, and see a better picture of it there too.  

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!



Thanks, Blogville!

 
 
I'm so busy that we often miss out on Blogville activities.  I just don't have the time, or I'm not aware of them until after they're done and over with.  However, I knew that I had to participate in this one!  Thanks to Murphy and Stanley for hosting this special event. 
Where do I even begin? 

When I first started this blog, I never imagined all the joy it would bring me.  I've made friends with people all across the world that I never would have known existed otherwise. 

I've only had a couple of bad experiences, but nothing near what I know others have dealt with.  And those few negative occurrences are outweighed greatly in all the positives that I've had.

I first got into blogging after I got fired from a really shitty job.  I blogged before then, but it wasn't really a priority.  If I had the time and inclination, I would blog.  If not, then I wouldn't.  Simple as that.  After being fired, I suddenly had excess time on my hands, and I used blogging as an outlet to avoid facing how bleak my life had become. 

I looked for work almost daily, applying everywhere I could.  I applied for jobs I didn't want, jobs that I knew I probably wasn't qualified for, jobs that I desperately wanted, jobs that I knew didn't pay enough to cover the monthly expenses.  Several people in my "real" life gave me extremely bad advice about how to land a job, or made snide remarks about how there must be something wrong with me that no one would hire me after over a year of looking.  No one made those kinds of remarks on my blog.  They may have been thinking it, but they never said it.  And for that, I thank Blogville! 

After having several people offer suggestions to improve my resume, and doing mock interviews with the Department of Labor, and still not getting anywhere, I decided to go back to school.  This seemed so overwhelming to me in the beginning.  And yet, I got nothing but support from Blogville. 

Booker and Asa's mom asked for my address just before Christmas time.  I thought it was because she wanted to send me a Christmas card.  I was shocked to receive a package, and even more shocked to find school supplies!  I remember being asked to post pictures of my outfit and textbooks on the first day of my first and second semester.  It felt good to know that people cared about me. 

Shortly after my first semester, my father passed away.  To this day, I still have friends in my real life who have never once acknowledged his death.  That really hurts, especially since I know that they are aware of it!  Shortly after his passing, I had a few bloggers reach out to me privately to express their sorrow and to share their stories.  That meant so much to me.  I really felt the love from Blogville. 

The thing I most thankful for though?  The friends that I've made.  I'm shy in real life, and don't open up easily.  Yet, I have 130 friends who care enough to follow my blog.  I've laughed with you, I've cried with you, I've experienced your ups and downs, and you experienced mine.  We've felt each other's pain and sorrow, happiness and joy.  Some of you have really inspired me to be a better person, to be a better version of me.   

I'm very thankful that everyone has stuck with me all through school.  I have one more semester to go before graduation.  I'm scared to death about what the future may bring, but also excited.  The best part though?  I know you'll be right there with me every step of the way, pulling for me to succeed, and to be the best me that I can be. 

These are just some of the reasons why I'm so thankful for Blogville!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Chewy.com Review


My boys can't get enough of Chewy, so we always look forward to getting new products to review. 

If you'll remember, last month we tried the TropiClean Fresh Breath water additive.  Shiver and Chico both seemed to like it, and it really helped their breath a lot.  I use it when I change their water every day and we still have enough left for probably another month! 
When I saw the TropiClean Fresh Breath + Plus Advanced Cleaning System Dental Dog Treats, I thought it might be fun try this too!  We got a 20-count bag, which is currently on sale for only $16.27 - a 22% savings off the original price. 

Here's a little bit of info from the website:  Tropiclean's Advanced Cleaning System features a unique design that uses the mechanical chewing action to simulate brushing and help reduce plaque and tartar. Selecting specific wholesome ingredients like whole flaxseed to work as an abrasive, baking soda and parsley as a breath freshener and Jinsei Green Tea Extract to promote dental wellness. Tropiclean's dental treats are proudly Made in the USA.

I love that the list of ingredients is all natural:  Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch, Glycerin, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Chicken Flavor, Cane Molasses, Chicken, Gelatin, Ground Flaxseed, Water, Poultry Fat (Preserved with mix tocopherols) Sodium Bicarbonate, Lecithin,  Parsley Flakes, Green Tea Extract, Sorbic Aced (preservative), Blueberry Powder, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Rosemary Extract.

As you can see, Mini-Shiver and Mini-Chico are both really enjoying their treats!  (Much thanks to Lynne for the mini's.  We love them!!!)  Both chi's ran off with their treats and I couldn't get a non-blurry photo of them, so the mini's are a simulation of the real thing.
 
So do they really help my dogs' breath?  I didn't think about it when I ordered the bag, but my dog's already have fairly decent breath since they've been using the TropiClean water additive.  Honestly, I couldn't smell a huge difference.  It did smell better, but I think I would be able to tell more of a difference if they weren't already using the additive.  Regardless, the boys do really like the bones, and chomp them right down whenever they get one. 

You can call customer service to order these, or better yet, go online and order 24/7.  And to top that, you can even set up automatic delivery so that you never run out!  We ordered the bag for small dogs, and the bones are still a pretty good size.  They're not too big, yet not too small - they're just right!

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!  We got our first snowfall last week, and it was a doozy!  It was so bad that the school actually cancelled classes one day - which NEVER happens!  Of course, my boss said we still had to come in that day, but luckily I wasn't scheduled that day, so I was able to stay at home in the comfort of my own bed, curled up with the chi's!

I'm off all week next week - no work, no classes, no dealing with other people's drama, no internship, but lots and lots of homework.  I hope to be able to visit everyone almost every day too.
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Took this from here.

1.  What has been the most insincere expression of faith that you have ever witnessed?     

Probably people that like to preach their faith, but then go against it in various ways.  I used to know someone who loved to share her faith, although she never tried to push it on me.  However, she was not always the nicest person.  

2.  If you could paint each room in your house a different color, what colors would you paint them?  

My bedroom is purple, my "girly" room is sponge painted a mix of pink and blue.  The third bedroom I'd like to do kind of a soft green, not quite a sage green.  One of these days I'd like to paint the living room blue.  I'm not sure what I'd paint the bathrooms, kitchen, or hallway.  

3.  What's the biggest myth about sex?

That it's easy for girls to find a guy interested in having sex with them.

4.  Who is the most charming person you've ever met?

I don't have an answer for this one.  I don't know...

5.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
There's a ghost town my family used to go visit every summer.  We stopped going, and I'm not really sure why.  Now that my dad has passed away, we will probably never go again.  The roads are windy and twisty and a bit scary to drive, so unless I can find someone else to drive us there, I likely won't go back.  It's really too bad too, because it's such a fun place in the summertime.  I have a lot of fun memories of that town.

That's what this reminds me of.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Brrrrrrrrrrrr

I knew it had to happen sometime or another.  But deep down, I was really hoping it would stay warm just a little bit longer...  OK, a lot longer actually!  But it can't last forever, so alas, Father Winter is on it's way.  I'm just hoping against hope that my neighbors actually keep their Doxies inside this winter.

I just had the B - U - S - I - E - S -T week ever this past week!  There was something to do almost every night after work and classes.  I was absolutely exhausted by the weekend, where there was still a lot more to do.  This week shouldn't be quite as busy, but I have an exam coming up that I need to focus on.  I bombed the last exam so badly that I am now failing the class, which just cannot happen!  I also have a 25 page paper to work on.  So far I'm on page 12. 
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Took this from here.  

1.  What do you think about ghosts?  Are they real?  Hallucinations?  

I don't think they're hallucinations.  I've actually seen a couple in my house.  I never got a bad vibe from them.  They were just there, and then disappeared as quickly as they appeared.  I haven't seen one in a long time.  

2.  What's your favorite part about visiting a new place - the food?  The architecture?  The people watching?

I would definitely say the people watching!  I love to people watch.  

I enjoy eating too, probably too much.  It's always fun to try out a new restaurant or deli though, especially if it's something that the place is known for.  

I usually don't think a lot about the architecture unless it's a place specifically known for that.  The office where I intern is actually an old house from the early 1900s.  It's been modernized, but the owners have also tried to leave a lot of the old architecture and features behind, which is cool.  There's an old church near the office that I often park near.  It's gorgeous from the outside, and I hope to actually be able to step inside one day.  Usually I'm in too big of a hurry to think about it, but maybe I can find the time to slow down and check it out. 

3.  What magazine(s) and/or newspaper(s) do you subscribe to?  

I subscribe to People magazine and that's it!  I don't even know why I subscribe to that, because I rarely have an opportunity to sit down and read an issue from cover to cover.  I've got a stack of them in my kitchen that I one day hope to be able to read.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one. 
It just looks like a brick wall to me!  I do like it though.  Each brick is different in size, color, and thickness, which makes it that much more interesting.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Election Day!

The big day is finally here.  Don't furget to vote fur Murphy and Stanley!  You can cast your ballot  here.

 

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