Monday, June 19, 2017

Happy Monday!

This past weekend was fun.  Saturday I met up with a couple of friends and we walked around the farmer's market.  There were a lot of other events within a block or two going on at the same time so there were more people out than usual, but it never felt too crowded or overwhelmingly uncomfortable with everyone milling about.  I bought the boys new collars and a new leash, none of which have been used yet.  I also got them a little treat from a dog bakery vendor there.  They've had that same treat before and both chi's loved them, but Shiver didn't seem all that interested this time.  One friend played in the fountain, so that's the recording I used for my 1 Second Everyday app.  It was fun to shop and visit with friends I haven't seen in awhile.

Sunday was mostly filled with housework, so not quite as enjoyable.  There's an art project going on in town for the next few weeks called Community Canvas where a back alleyway has been spruced up and painted.  It started last year and the plan is to add to it a little each year.  I needed to go to the store so I stopped by to check out the progress, even though it was out of the way.  If anyone's interested, I'd be happy to post pictures in a couple of weeks when it's all done.

The upcoming work week looks to be a busy one.  They're slowly starting to phase my job out so I anticipate it won't be too much longer before they say they don't need us anymore.  I've heard a few things here and there about extensions, I don't know what to believe though.  I'm hopeful they'll keep us on a little longer, but know not to expect it.  My friend was let go before her contract was up, so mine could end any day too.  Guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens...  

Friday, June 16, 2017

Half Full Friday

I used to do this every week and stopped for some reason.  I'm not entirely sure why, but I'm guessing life got too busy and it was just easier to.  After Eyegirl contacted me out of the blue a few weeks ago, I've been thinking about starting this up again.  I'm not sure that I'll do this every week, but please feel free to join in when I do!
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'm meeting up with friends tomorrow at the Farmer's Market!  It's been awhile since I've seen them so I'm really looking forward to it.
  • I still have six weeks left at my job!
  • The vicious headache on Tuesday was completely gone by Wednesday!
  • Today is payday!
  • My allergies have been better this week!
  • After a wet and chilly start to the week, this weekend is supposed to be drier and warmer!

Friday, June 9, 2017


Happy Friday!  Summer is almost here (June 20th) and this is a busy time of year.   This past weekend I went to the annual Arts & Roses show.  I try to go every year.  It's held outside and consists mostly of paintings and things.  There's a much larger one at the end of summer that I also usually go to, but I almost like this one better because it's not as crowded and usually not as hot.

This weekend is the World Village Festival.  It's basically a big festival where multinational groups come together and share their culture through traditions, storytelling, dance, music, art, food, etc.  I've never been before and am quite looking forward to it.  It starts tomorrow and is a block away from where I work, so I plan to spend my lunch hour exploring a little bit and maybe even going back after work.  Unfortunately, the weather can't seem to decide what it wants to do -- hot one day and cold and rainy the next.  It's supposed to rain this weekend, and I'm hoping it doesn't ruin the festival in any way.

Next weekend I'm meeting up with some friends from an old job and going to the Farmer's Market.  I love, love, love that particular market and it'll be fun to walk through it with a group of friends.  Afterwards we're going to have coffee together and do a proper catch up.  I can't wait!

Work is going well.  I really enjoy my job for the most part.  My contract has been extended through the end of July now, so I'll have been there just shy of a full year by then.  Shockingly, my friend that worked there with me was let go at the end of May.  Her contract had been extended until June 30th but they said that they didn't need her anymore.  I thought that because we work on a contract that we were guaranteed to continue working there until whatever the extension date was but the temp agency I'm using said that we can be let go at any time if the company decides they don't need us anymore.

Shiver seems to be doing about the same and holding on.  His breathing is a little more labored these days, but he still seems to be getting enjoyment out of life.  He plays with his toys, he loves cuddles, he's eating better than he was, etc.  Chico is slowly going downhill and it's hard to watch.  I think I'm going to have some hard decisions to make regarding him sooner rather than later and it's devastating to think about.  It's more important that he have quality rather than quantity though and I don't want him to suffer needlessly.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Wordy Wednesday

I had such good intentions this past weekend!  Knowing my mom and I would be spending Sunday at an art show, then come home and have dinner, this seemed like an excellent time to finally catch up with visiting blogs and creating a post for Monday.  Instead, we got home, had dinner, and sat in the dark for the next several hours as the power went out right as we were finishing up.  A storm hit and knocked the power out for several hundred homes.  So, the new plan is that I'm going to try to post on Friday instead and visit blogs over the weekend.  It's supposed to be chilly and rainy this weekend, so what better way to spend it than blog hopping?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Madness

There really hasn't been anything blogworthy of note lately, so I decided to do one of these.  Besides, it's been awhile since I've done one and they can be kind of fun sometimes!  The questions all came from here.

1.  What one rule did you always disagree with growing up?

I always had a very early bedtime, even in summer.  I HATED it during the summer because none of my neighborhood friends had to go to bed early and I'd watch them playing outside from my bedroom window.  I'd beg and beg and beg to stay up later, but my mom never gave in.  Even when I was in high school my bedtime was 9:30.  I somehow managed to drag it out until 10:00 though without getting into too much trouble.  

2.  What has been the most unconventional love in your life?

I have absolutely no answer to this question.  I've had boyfriends, but never been successful in love.  I absolutely adore my chi boys though, so maybe the answer is them?!

3.  What color is the house or building directly across the street from your front window?  

Now this is an easy one to answer!  If I look directly out my front window, I see a long street.  I live kind of on the corner and there are no houses directly in front of me.  There's a lawyer's office catty-corner to the left that's made of brick.  There's a house catty-corner to the right that's light brown/beige.

4.  Show and tell.  What comes to mind when you first see this picture?  Or tell a story if it reminds you of one.  
Apparently we went camping and fishing a lot when I was little.  And apparently, I very much enjoyed these activities!  I don't care much for either of them now, so that's a little surprising.  I don't like the bugs, not being able to shower daily, lack of electricity, etc. when camping.  Yes, I'm spoiled.  And I don't like sitting in the hot sun for hours on end (which gives me wicked headaches now!), waiting on a bite, and smelling like fish at the end of the day.  Plus, I don't enjoy fish or any other kind of seafood.    

Monday, May 8, 2017

April Chewy Review

Big apologies to Chewy for not posting this in April.
Shiver and Chico settled on the Chicken Soup for the Soul Dog Treats.  I had a big influence on the decision since I love the Chicken Soup books, but they made the ultimate decision.  Our box came with a pamphlet this time, detailing lots of their other pet goodies.  The only drawback is that it didn't list any prices.

These treats are all-natural and made with real chicken.  They contain no soy, wheat, so, or artificial flavors.  Best of all, they're made in the U.S., so you can be sure the ingredients are safe.  Chicken Soup for the Soul supports adoption programs and shelters across the country, and features rescues and their owners on their bags.  How cool is that?  They also believe that mealtimes are bonding times, and I completely agree.
Aren't these cute?  They're soft, chewy, and full of flavor.  The boys LOVE them!  Each heart shaped piece is only 8 calories so I can feel good knowing they're getting a healthy treat.  A 6 ounce bag is only $4.99, which is very reasonable.

Don't like chicken?  No problem, Chicken Soup for the Soul offers several other varieties!  They also offer 15 and 30 pound bags of dog food.

Shiver and Chico give this eight paws up.  

I received these goodies free of charge from in an exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Random Randomness

Happy Belated Easter!  Yeah, I'm only two days late.  But you kinda know to expect that from me by now, right?  Most of mine was spent sleeping on and off.  I had a really full day this past Saturday and just wore myself out.  That evening I went to dinner with my mom.

I'm so so so sorry I haven't been around to visit much lately.  Between my allergies, sinuses, and eyes hurting so much after staring at computer all day, I've barely logged onto my laptop the last couple of days.  My allergies are wicked this year and I think I may also be coming down with a sinus infection.  Good times!  I'm going to do my very bestest to make the blog rounds this week.

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned that my contract was extended through the end of June.  The whole department was supposed to close by the end of the year.  An announcement last week came down that SOME of the department will remain after all.  There's no word yet how long this will last - whether this will be temporary or permanent.  I've been told this will have no effect on my contract what-so-ever.  I'm not anticipating another extension after it ends, although I honestly didn't expect to stay this long, so who knows?!  Anyway, someone that I kind of knew prior to coming to work there (I had no idea she worked there before I started!) asked with the new announcement if I'd been offered a permanent position.  I told her no, but I haven't applied for one so I wasn't too surprised.  She then asked if I might be interested in being hired on as a permanent employee, to which I replied, "Possibly, depending on the offer."  She works in a different sub-department, which will be also be staying.  She asked if it would be alright to pass my information along to her boss, because she thought that I'd be a great fit for her sub-department.  I was really flattered she'd be willing to do that for me, and told her I'd really appreciate that.  This just happened late yesterday afternoon so I haven't heard any more about it.  Absolutely nothing may come of this, but something could!  So we'll see!

Lynn's son, Lee, has a new Redbubble shop!  Please be sure to check it out, he's an excellent artist and some of his work is featured on the page.  You can order pre-made artwork such as cards, stickers, and notebooks, or I believe you can also request he draw or paint something specific such a picture of your pet. The shop is still brand new, so I'm sure he'll be posting new artwork over time.

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