Friday, August 22, 2014

Oz's Bad Poetry Contest

We're pawticipating in Oz The Terrier's 2nd Annual Bad Poetry Day Contest today.  
There was once a big chihuahua named Shiver
Whenever he got excited or nervous, he would quiver
When it comes to his toys, he is NOT a giver

There was once an itty bitty chihuahua named Chico
Who was suave and rico
His personality is super neato

They both lived together with sprinkles
Who thought she had lots of wrinkles
And who liked to go out at night to watch the stars twinkle

Ugh, what an awful poem!  But it's supposed to be, so I don't have to feel bad that I didn't come up with something a little better.  
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So...  I got offered two internships!!!  So exciting!  I wish I could have taken them both, but my school schedule really wouldn't permit it.  I think they would both be excellent experience, but I chose the one that I think will most likely help give me the background I'll need once I finally graduate from college.  Very exciting, yet oh so scary!

The first day of school is next Monday, August 25th.  Where did the summer go?  I'm so ready to go back to school in some ways, and not at all in others.  I'll miss the chi's soooooo much, and I know they'll miss me just as much!  Luckily, I'll only have one really long day every other week this semester.  Most days I'll get home by 6 PM or before.  That has not always been the case in past semesters.  

It's going to be one crazy busy semester with classes, work, an internship, and homework.  I don't know how often I'll be able to post or come visit everyone, but I'll be around as often as I can.  I've got a few posts pre-scheduled, so I'll be around a little bit at least.

I can't believe that school hasn't even officially started yet, and I have homework in 3 of my classes already.  And of course it's all due before Monday!  It's been a crazy week and today will be a crazy busy day.  At least I'll still have the weekend to enjoy my last bit of freedom!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Chewy.com and Stuff and Things

Chewy.com had a really good selection of items for review this month.  Shiver and Chico had a hard time deciding on which one to try, and finally settled on the Good Buddy Pumpkin & Apple Flavor Dog Cookies.  We're always surprised at just how quickly their goodies arrive once we put the order in.
We received a 16 oz. bag, which is currently on sale for only $3.79, a $1.00 (21%) savings.  Even at full price, that's very reasonable.  Here's a little information about them taken directly from the website:

Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Pumpkin & Apple Flavor Cookies Dog Treats, 16-oz bag

Good dogs deserve good treats! Good Buddy Dog Cookies include natural ingredients that are not only healthy, but delicious too. The cookies are oven-baked to a golden, crunchy texture and have an aroma dogs love.
Key Benefits
  • All-natural ingredients
  • Made with real pumpkin and apple
  • Oven-baked
  • Made in the USA!

I love that the ingredients are all natural too!
Whole Wheat Flour, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Organic Apples, Rolled Oats, Canola Oil naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), Whey Powder, Cinnamon, Rosemary Extract

When I first opened the bag, the yummy aroma wafted up into my nose and I was tempted to try one of these cookies myself ~ that's how good they smell!  I didn't actually eat one, but I always take a deep sniff whenever I open the bag.  The quarter is to show the scale of the cookies.
Shiver always hides his treats, then tries to go steal Chico's.  This time he was unsuccessful in swiping Chico's, so he went to his hiding place to grab his cookie.  Once he finished it, he went back looking for more - not just once, but several times!  Just goes to show how much he enjoyed it!  Here's Chico eating his underneath the kitchen table.  I tried to get Shiver with his cookie, but he ran off too quickly.  I can never seem to get pix of them both, it's always one or the other...
I really want to order this bed for the boys from Chewy.com.  It's a Coolaroo Steel-Framed Elevated Dog Bed.  They offer several different colors and sizes. 
We were not compensated financially for this post, but were provided free samples of dog treats in return for our honest opinions.
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I was offered an internship last week!  Yay!  I have an interview for a different internship this morning, which I set up prior to being offered the other one.  I also had a job interview last Monday, which went really well.  The lady was really nice.  It seems like it would be a lot less stressful than my current job, but I'd have to dress up.  They offer more hours, but less pay.  I haven't been offered that job yet, but I'd have to really think about it if I was.  I was also called last week to set up another job interview for next week.  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Random Ramblings

School starts in exactly two weeks.  In some ways, I'm ready for it.  And in others, I'm soooo not!
I have a job interview tomorrow!  I'm feeling pretty good about it, since they lady who set the appointment with me said that she was "struck by your excellent prior experience."
A friend messaged me on facebook and asked me to meet up with her after the interview so that she can give me some free skincare samples.  Can't get much better than free!
As hot as it's been and as much as I've been covered in sweat this summer, I'm shocked that my suddenly over-excessively oily face hasn't broken out more!  I've always had combination skin, but this summer my hair and face have been extremely oily.
I'm slowly but surely getting my heavy spring cleaning housework done before school starts.

Friday, August 8, 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...  

My mom and I took our boys for a lovely walk on Monday, and they were all so well behaved!

I went to the aquarium on Tuesday!

I FINALLY went grocery shopping!  I don't know why I always seem to wait until I'm down to nothing before I go.

The weather was cooler earlier this week, and brought some much needed rain with it!

I have a job interview next week!
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Shiver
Chico
I have to brag on my boys a little bit. This past Saturday, two different friends were holding yard sales, and I told them both I'd stop by and check them out.  One friend had never met Shiver or Chico before, and this seemed like an opportune time to introduce everyone.  They did bark a little bit at each yard sale, but they didn't pull or act obnoxious like they often do.  

As stated above, they were also well behaved and didn't pull or act obnoxious on our walk this past Monday.  I was sooooo proud of them.  It helped that we didn't see any other doggies on our walk, which was surprising because we usually see lots of other doggies on that trail.  

Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Musings

School starts exactly three weeks from today.  Summer has just flown by, and I don't know where it's gone.  I'm hoping to get in a few more fun things before then.  And some not so fun things, like scrubbing the house down.
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Took this from here.    

1.  What would you say to your 16-year-old self and why?

I'd tell myself that it gets better.  I was extremely unhappy as a 16 year old for many different reasons.  I stayed unhappy in early adulthood, but things eventually got better.  I made better choices for myself and realized life isn't always so bad.  I still struggle with depression sometimes though.

2.  What scent (candle, soap, perfume) do you think should be banned because it's just so annoying?

I'm probably the only person in the world who doesn't like vanilla, but that's what I would choose.  If it's very strong scented, it makes me nauseous after awhile.

3.  Who do you hope remembers you fondly?  

I would like to hope that everyone remembers me fondly!  I know won't not true because no matter who you are, there will always be someone who doesn't like you.

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 reminds me of my yard.  I have a crazy rosebush on the side of my house.  No matter how much I cut on it, it just seems to grow out of control.  Hopefully one day I can afford to hire someone to cut it and tame it a bit.  I recently trimmed it and threw the branches down in my yard.  Because I'm lazy, I haven't picked them up yet, so my yard is full of branches and leaves.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Melty Monday

The forecast is calling for triple digits today, which is where the title of this post comes from.  It's so hot, I feel like I'm melting.  Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Nothing has really happened to blog about, so I'm doing a meme today.  Hopefully I'll have something to talk about later in the week.  If I haven't melted by then...
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Took this from here.

1.  What would happen if you could fly whenever you wanted?  When would you use this ability?

I would fly EVERYWHERE!!!  Think of the savings in gas alone!  I'd use this ability quite a bit at school.  This year, my classes are clear across campus.  No matter where I park, it's gonna be a long walk.  I'm not looking forward to it because I have a bad hip.  Some days it doesn't bother me at all.  Other days, I'm in pain and sometimes have difficulty walking. 

2.  Share a story about your worst date ever.

When I was in high school, I went to the movies with a guy.  I distinctly remember him spending more time at the candy counter than actually watching the movie with me.  Looking back, I think it's more because he was nervous than hungry.  Even though it was dark and we didn't have a lot of interaction, it was his first date.  

3.  If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you have want to have seen?  

There's so many options from history to choose from!  I would have liked to see Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his "I Have A Dream" speech in Washington D.C. in 1963.  

Which historical event would you have liked to have witnessed?  

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
This is an x-ray of a knee.  One of my friends is an x-ray tech.  Another friend of mine went to school to become an x-ray tech, but decided against making it a career.  She and I were coworkers and often ate lunch together.  This particular friend told me about Clarence Dally during one of our lunches.

To make a long story short, Dally worked with Thomas Edison.  X-rays were being discovered and used during this time.  Dally x-rayed his left hand repeatedly in an effort to experiment, and unwittingly exposed himself to radiation poisoning.  When he began to show symptoms, he started using his right hand instead.  Eventually, he died from the radiation.  Click on the link for a longer and more detailed version of the story.  

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fractured Fryday Hairy Tails

Once upon a time, there were two sweet chihuahuas.  The larger one is Shiver, the smaller one is called Chico.  They live happily together with their mama, who is named sprinkles.  This is their story from Shiver's point of view...

I love summertime!  The mama stays home with us most days, and we all cuddle up together while taking long naps in front of the TV.  We also play with our toys, and hang out in the backyard frequently.  What could be better?  More treats, that would be better!  We get one in the morning after we go outside and do our business, then maybe one or two more throughout the week if we're lucky.  The mama says that we're little boys, so we don't need a lot of treats.  Hmph, I think she's wrong!  Otherwise though, we're a pretty happy bunch!

The mama is always thinking about ways to keep us entertained so that we aren't getting into stuff.  I'm usually good about not getting into anything, but I do still enjoy checking out the trash from time to time.  It's fun to pull something out of it and then watch the mama chase me around trying to get it back from me.  Sometimes she even says HBO words if I don't drop it quick enough.  It's also fun to steal toys from Chico.  He growls up a storm, pretending he's all big and bad!  Doesn't stop me from taking the toys though.  He should just realize that I was here first, so I should get all the toys.  And all of the treats.  And all the loves the mama gives out throughout the day.  

One day the mama received a notice that the post office had a package for us.  It was too big to put in our p.o. box, so the mama had to go in person to pick it up.  We couldn't begin to imagine what could possibly be in it!  The mama brought it home and set it down in the middle of the kitchen so that we could sniff it.  And sniff we did!
See ^, that's Chico sniffing.  I sniffed first, then let him take a few smells before I pushed him out of the way so I could check it out again.  The mama let us smell it for about 87 minutes.  Finally we couldn't take it anymore, and begged her to let us open it.  She sliced the tape with a box cutter, then told me to pull the box open carefully with my teefs.  Chico wanted to help, but I told him no.  Since the mama said that I could open it, I knew that it must be for me, and I didn't want Chico to get his scent all over it.  

When I opened the box, I was startled to find...
WTF?  It was almost as big as me!  Was it real?  Did the mama bring home another chihuahua???  Me and Chico barked and growled at it, but it didn't react.  It just stood there!  This went on for another 87 seconds or so.  Even though I'm a big chi, I get very anxious in new situations.  Chico has no fear, so he walked up to this new chi and lifted his leg.  That's right, he did a little wee on the new chi!  I laughed inside, but the mama was not happy about it!  She scolded Chico and made him go out in the backyard to think about what he'd done.  I went too, because I didn't want to be alone with this new thing.  

We had a fun time playing in the yard and stayed out there for a long time.  Finally the mama called for us to come in.  I was nervous that the new chi would still be hanging around, but the mama managed to coax me in.  And there it was, sitting in the kitchen right where we'd left it!  Only now it had a big wet spot on its leg where the mama had tried to clean it off.  Chico and I barked at him a few more times, but he still refused to move!  What was up with this new chihuahua?  

Finally the mama squeezed him and he squeaked!  Not just a little squeak, but a great big one!  I knew right then that it wasn't a real chi so I walked up to him, grabbed his ear and shook him with all my might!  I dropped him, and Chico grabbed a leg.  Chico is an itty bitty chi, and the toy was bigger than he is!  It was hilarious watching him try to shake it.  Normally I would NEVER consider sharing my toys with Chico, but this time it was OK.  We both worked on destuffing the new chi in a matter of minutes and pulled that squeaker out!  The mama wasn't happy about cleaning up the huge mess, but she said it was all worth it since it made us happy!  
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Thank you to Murphy and Stanley for putting this together.  We hope that they'll host this event again in the future.  Our story might be dumb, but we had fun writing it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Chewy.com Review & Mr. Pip

My boys are always excited to do a Chewy.com 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.
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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!  
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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.  
 

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