Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Christmas In July

Welcome to Christmas in July, fka Doggone Dog Swap!  This isn't a swap for yourself -- it's a swap for your pets!  No, we aren't swapping our pets, although sometimes I wouldn't mind trading mine in, lol!  This isn't limited to just dogs – cats and exotics can participate too!  Basically, you'll each buy toys and/or treats for your swap partner and they'll do the same in return.  You never know what you might get!

The deadline to enter is Friday, June 10, which gives you three weeks.  Once your swap partner has been chosen, you'll get an email with your swap partner's information.

I've listed the ground rules below.  If you have any other questions, feel free to ask.  

1.  You'll enter each pet you have individually.  Since I have both Shiver and Chico, I'm going to fill out the questions below twice (one for each dog).  I'll try my best to swap doggies with doggies, cats with cats, and exotics with exotics.  Depending on the participants, you may be partnered with someone who has pets of a different species than you do, so please keep that in mind.  That's where the questionnaire comes in handy!  You'll also have your partner's email and blog address, so that you can contact them with any additional questions.  

2.  The minimum spending limit before postage is $20, the maximum is $30.  If you're swapping for more than one pet, I'll let you use your best judgment on how much additional to spend. 

3.  *You'll need to email me and your partner a tracking number for the package you sent out* and to let me know when you've received your goodies from your partner.  This part is crucial!!!!  A tracking number is provided automatically on your receipt if you're using the post office, FedEx or UPS.   Anyone living outside of the US is exempt from this rule.  If I discover that you received a package but never sent one out, you'll be outted and blacklisted from participating in the future!!!  Fortunately, this hasn't been an issue in the past, and I'd like to keep it that way.  I'll do my best to match pets from the same country, but please note if you are outside the US, you will most likely be partnered with another international pet.  If you live in the US and cannot mail internationally, please let me know.  Mailing to another country can sometimes be costly, depending on where you’re sending a package to, so I would hate for anyone not to participate because of that.

4. You must post about the swap once you receive your package.  We wanna see what you got!  If you don't have a blog, you can still participate.  Just email me the pictures of your loot, and I'll post them on my blog for you. 

5. You have until Friday, July 24th to get those packages mailed out. That's five weeks to go shopping and get those goodies sent. 

6. This is the most important rule - HAVE FUN!!!!!

If this sounds like something you might be interested in, no matter what your pet is, email the form below to sprinkles at everythingisbetterwithsprinkles1(at)hotmail(dot)com.

1.  The name of your pet and what kind you have 
2.  Male or female
3.  Breed of pet and size (small, medium, large, xlarge)
4.  Is there anything your pet cannot have?
5.  Is there anything in particular that your pet really likes?  Examples of this might be a certain kind of toy or treat.
6.  Your address.  Your information will only be shared with your swap partner.
7.  Your blog address, if you have one

Monday, May 18, 2015

It's Official!

I'm a college graduate!!!  It was a LOT of work, but I did it!  

College was an amazing experience.  I went to plays, watched musical performances, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, rode around with a cop for most of a shift, job shadowed someone, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, attended various events that I would not have had the opportunity to otherwise, read a bunch of incredibly dull textbooks, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, met some amazing people, got into the art museum for free every year, wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay, went to the aquarium for a class assignment, got up super early every day, spent most weekends and breaks doing massive amounts of homework, and oh, did I mention that I wrote essay after essay after essay after essay after essay?!  

I remember at the end of my very first semester that a friend who was graduating said to me that she always felt like someone would approach her and say that she wasn't really smart enough to attend college and that she clearly had no idea what she was doing!  I thought I was at least somewhat smart before attending school, but quickly learned that I really didn't know much of anything - about anything!  While I definitely learned stuff from all the textbooks and research, I learned much more about myself.  

This past semester was particularly difficult.  I took on 17 credits, had two very time consuming class projects, worked, and had a bunch of personal stuff going on.  But I made it through, and am very proud of myself.  I made the Dean's List again, with 4 A's and a B.  

The ceremony was really nice.  It was three hours long, but didn't really feel like it.  I sat next to a friend, and we chatted about what we thought our lives might bring now.  He's headed to law school in London.  I have no idea what direction my life is heading.  

I felt bad that my dad couldn't be there with me, but there was a point in the ceremony that a wide smile came over my face suddenly, and I could feel him in my heart.  He couldn't be there physically, but he was there in spirit.    

As much as I'm glad it's all over, I know I'll miss it.  I tried to take it all in at the end, but it was so hard because I had sooooooooooo much homework.  One class had an extensive reading list each week.  Somehow, I had at least 2 essays every. single. week. and sometimes more.  Those class projects were extremely tedious and time consuming.  It was hard to keep on top of everything, but I had to because I knew it would all be over if I ever fell behind. 

The first week of June I'll be atttending a weeklong leadership course offered by my school.  Luckily, I was offered a scholarship so I don't have to pay.  One of my friend's will be attending too, so I'm looking forward to catching up with her.  
And then...  Who knows what the future will bring?  I'm scared to death, but also excited to find out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Missing In Action - But Not For Long!


I've been out of the loop for a bit, but that should end very soon.  I graduate this Saturday!  Very exciting, but also very scary.

This last semester has been a nightmare with one essay after another after another after another and well, you get the picture...  I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.  I have one more final exam today, and a final paper due Friday.  It's been a LOT of hard work and I can't believe the end is so close.

Sadly, I have no job yet.  So I'll be home a lot and will be around to visit everyone this coming Sunday or Monday.  I have a Chewy review to post and it's time to sign up for Christmas in July!

I hope you all haven't forgotten about me.  I've missed everyone and am very much looking forward to getting back into the loop.  So tell me what I've missed since I've been gone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Wordless Wednesday

***If all goes well, I will be walking across that stage to pick up my diploma exactly one month from today!

Monday, April 6, 2015

R.I.P. Phantom

 It's funny how we can love people and pets we've never met in person.  I fell hard for the beautiful blue-eyed Phantom.  Sadly, he passed over the Rainbow Bridge last week.  I knew he hadn't been truly well for awhile now, but it was still a shock. 

If you haven't already, please stop by his blog and give your condolences. 
R.I.P., Phantom!

Pictures used with permission of owner.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Chewy Monday

The boys love Chewy.com, and couldn't wait to try their treats this month.  There are always lots of good choices, and we choose the Merrick Kitchen Bite Grammy's Pot Pie.
Each piece is made to look like a slice of pie.

Oddly, I gave them the treats in the kitchen, and they both ran into the bedroom with them.  Usually Shiver runs off to hide his and Chico will stay there to eat his.  This time Chico hid under the bed and Shiver jumped on top of the bed.  Here's Shiver enjoying his.
"Leave me alone, I'm trying to eat my treat!"
"Yum, this is really good.  Can I have some more?"
The ingredients are all natural:  Deboned Chicken, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes, Peas, Organic Cane Molasses, Chicken Fat, Carrots, Apples, Flaxseed, Turmeric, Gelatin, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme

These are very reasonably priced at only $4.82 for a 9 oz. a bag.  They're grain and gluten-free and best of all - they're made right here in the good old U.S. of A.

Both chi's give them four paws each.  Thank you, Chewy!

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

Friday, March 27, 2015

FFHT - Fractured Fryday Hairy Tales

We haven't been able to pawticipate in this in a long time, so we just knew we had to join in this month!

We thought a lot about what we knew we would always remember, and decided that it was the time we met our mama for the very first time.
I, Shiver, came from a pet store in the mall.  Yes, Mama knows it's wrong to buy from pet stores and she regrets that she ever supported them in any way, shape, or form.  

Mama didn't even plan on buying a chi that day.  She knew that she'd really been wanting one, but didn't have any plans to get one any time soon.  She already had an ancient fox terrier at home, and a rather sickly cat, so she certainly didn't need another pet!  But then she saw me, and she couldn't resist my manly charms.  She picked me up and held me for a bit, then put me down and walked around the rest of the store.  But something kept drawing her back to me.  Finally, she took me to a small room where we were able to bond for a moment.  Only, I sat at the door and cried the whole time.  I was so scared!  

Mama was gonna call me Avery, but I shivered all the way home.  And that's how I got my name!  I still shiver when I'm nervous or scared.  

I walked into the house like I owned it.  I was just a puppy, but I terrorized the ancient fox terrier and probably aged her much more than I should have.  As I walked around the house for the first time, checking everything out, I knew that I would remember this forever, because it meant that I had finally found my furever home.  

Fast forward a few years, and the ancient fox terrier and sickly cat had both passed on.  My mom worked all day, although she would come home at lunch time to let me out.  I HATED being left alone, even for just a minute or so.  Whenever Mama would leave and come back, I cried and cried and cried like a big baby.  Mama knew that I couldn't go on like this, so she looked for another chi to keep me company.  That's where Chico comes in.
Mama found him on Craigslist.  I can't believe she agreed to do this, but she drove out to the family's home by herself to pick him up.  It had been explained to her prior to this meeting that Chico originally came from a puppy mill.  He lived in a cage for the first year of his life, only being let out to go potty and to make babies.  The state finally stepped in and he was brought to another state and sold to a family who didn't seem to treat him much better.  In the beginning, things were probably OK.  But then the woman had a baby, so Chico spent almost all of his time outside or in the garage.  They recognized this was not a good life for a dog, so they decided to sell him for the same price they got him for.  

Mama spent probably a good hour at the house.  The wife was not there, so she was left alone with the husband.  He must have wondered why she spent so much time there, but he didn't seem to be in any rush to get rid of her.  Chico immediately curled up on her lap and made himself at home.  They had a nice cuddle session before Mama finally came to her senses and realized she'd probably overstayed her welcome.  

As they drove home, Chico knew that he would remember this forever, because he knew he was going on to a happier home and a much better life.  

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Break, Baby!!!

Spring has sprung, and brought allergies along with it.  I can barely breathe.  

Spring break could not have come soon enough this semester!  Things been non-stop go go go and I'm absolutely exhausted.  Thankfully, my internship supervisor said that it was important to have a full spring break off, and not to come in.  That was quite the surprise!  I still have a TON of homework (the essays are never ending!!!), but at least I can sleep in and spend my days with the chi's.  

It won't be all work and no play.  I've promised myself that I need to do at least one fun thing this week!

I'll be around later today to catch up with everyone.  
Took this from here

1.  What are the first ten words that come to your mind right now?

Why am I so tired?  I wish I could breathe.

2.  Where is your dad's family from - either recently or genealogically?

 My father's family is from Ohio.  Genealogically, I believe either his grandmother or great grandmother was a full-blooded Apache Indian.  I think his early ancestors were also French.

3.  Describe a memory or encounter in which you considered your faith, religion, spirituality - or lack of - for the first time.

My parents were two different religions, and the family never went to church together.  My parents didn't exactly go out of their way to encourage me to attend church on my own, but they certainly never discouraged it either.

I spent the night with a friend when I was about 13 or 14.  Her family was very religious, and I was expected to attend services with them the following morning.  Because it was a church I had never attended before, I had no idea what to expect. Shortly after, my friend began pushing her religion on me.  I attended a daylong program with her and was bored out of my mind.  As I began to learn more about her religion, I realized it was not something that I believed in.  I believe in God, but I did not believe in her particular religion for a variety of reasons.  She had grown up with it, so it was completely normal to her.  I recognized that, but I knew that it was not something that I would ever be a part of.

I moved away about a year after meeting her.  One of the last times I saw her, she asked if I'd like to have the local church contact me me once I got settled in.  I told her no, and I could tell she was disappointed.  I spoke with her years later, and she told me she had left the religion.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind first when you see this picture?

When I was little, my mom always took my brothers and I shopping for school clothes at the end of summer.  Usually we picked out my clothes first, then would look for clothes for them.  I don't know why, but that's what this image reminds me of.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Mad Monday

***This was supposed to have posted yesterday, but didn't for some reason.  
I'm going mad trying to keep up with everything lately.  So so so busy!  There just is not enough time in the day to get it all done.

This past weekend I attended a workshop for school.  It lasted two days, plus I had an event on Saturday night that involved my internship.  And then last night I spent a few hours with my mom since I hadn't seen her in a week.  I blinked and the weekend was comletely gone!  Just another 5 hellishly long days, and I'll be off for spring break!  Well, off from school.  I'll still have to work at my internship.
Took this from here.

1.  What time do you leave for school in the morning?  What time does school finish?

I work on campus in the mornings (except for Friday's), and have classes in the afternoon.  I leave the house around 6:30 AM Monday through Thursday.  I have one class and no work on Friday's, and leave the house around 8:30 AM on those days.

My schedule varies widely as when school finishes.  My schedule is different each day, and sometimes I have meetings that I have to stay later for.

2.  What sports do you enjoy watching in person?  How about on TV?

I don't particularly care for sports.  In high school, I went to a lot of the games to hang out with friends.  I never paid attention to the game though, and would always have to ask someone the score before I went home because I knew my parents would ask.  If I didn't know the score, they'd question me about what I did all evening, so it was just easier to ask someone else.

My father never used to watch sports on TV when I was a kid.  Then one day out of the blue he began watching football.  Sometimes I'd watch it with him whenever I'd come over for dinner on Sunday nights.  He'd try to explain the game to me, but I never really got it.  I miss that, now that he's gone.  I don't miss watching football, but I miss the time we spent together.

3.  Do you have a garden outside your house?

I don't.  I'm not much of an outside person, and don't pay much attention to my yard - much to the chagrin of one of my neighbors who likes to point out how bad my yard looks whenever she has the chance.  And she wonders why I try to avoid her...

The workshop I went to was about food, and dealt a lot with gardens.  That got me to thinking maybe I should start a small one.  Not sure if it'll happen, but at least I'm thinking about 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.  
Blue jeans - my favorite type of pants!  Once upon a time I bought four or five pairs at once that all looked exactly alike.  They were the only pairs that I had for several years, and now they're pretty well worn out.   I finally decided at the end of last semester that I NEEDED to buy a couple of new pairs, so I did.  Now I have three pairs, which works out pretty well.  I go to school five days a week.  I have to dress up on two of those days for my internship, which means no jeans.  Those other three days I wear jeans.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Meandering Monday...

Today is the first of 12 days in a row that I have to get up early and do school stuff.  Ugh! I'm so excited for a time when I come home and it's actually MY time to do whatever I want, and not have to be writing endless essays, or studying for exams, or trying to catch up on reading a bazillion pages of an incredibly dull and dry textbook.  I swear this semester is slowly killing me...
Took this from here.

1.  What is the most unerotic part of the human body?

Without a doubt, feet!  They're ugly, they're often hairy, and they smell.  Why is it those with the worst looking feet insist on wearing open toed shoes in the summer?

2.  What single worst best describes you?


3.  If you had to choose between them, would you rather vacation in the mountains or near a lake?

I'm deathly afraid of large bodies of water for no apparent reason, so the mountains it is!

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 computer just did a recent update and oddly, it changed things around a LOT!  I don't like it because I'm used to how it used to be.  I want to make it go back the way it was, but can't figure out how to do that.  So I could really use that "help" button.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Not sure where I got the top two (maybe Facebook?), but the bottom two came from here.  

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