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.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Friendly Fill-Ins

I really have nothing to talk about so I decided to participate in 15andmeowing and McGruffy's Reader's Friendly Fill-Ins.  Yes, I'm late.  Better late than never though, right?  Four-Legged Furballs participates in these regularly and I always enjoy reading their answers, so I decided to play along too.
1.  The first thing I think about in the morning is _____.

It varies between, "Man, I have to pee!" to "I'm not ready to get up and go to work yet!" to "I need to get up and give the boys their meds."  Immediately after one of these declarations, I always think that I need to start going to be a lot earlier at night. 

2.  The last thing I think about before sleep is _____.

Working all the time now, I usually fall asleep after my prayers and during the time when I'm thinking about all the things I'm grateful for from the day.   

3.  I am looking forward to ______.

There are several upcoming things I'm looking forward to this year.  One that I'm particularly excited about is the Farmer's Market.  It's held every Saturday for about 8 months of the year.  In addition to the usual fruits and veggies you'd expect to find there, they also have a lot of other vendors.  There are usually musicians spread out every so often along the sidewalks playing for tips.  There's also jewelry, art, baked goods, lotions, hats, scarves, wooden kitchen utensils, wine, etc. vendors.  It's four blocks long and two blocks over is another, smaller Farmer's Market.  It's really easy to make a day trip out of it.  The smaller one opened this past weekend, the larger one opens April 15th.

4.  I am so pleased _____.

I'm really pleased that my boss has kept me as long as she has.  My job was supposed to end December 31st last year and it's been expended three times since then.  I don't anticipate another extension after this last one, but I'm extremely grateful that I can pay my bills and make sure the boys get the meds they need for another three months at least.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Absolutely Random

  • My work contract has been extended until the end of June.  I don't anticipate that it'll be extended after that.  Considering this job was only supposed to last until December 31st, 2016, I've been extremely lucky to have stayed this long.
  • Shiver and Chico are both doing as well as can be expected.  Shiver has been breathing heavier lately, fortunately it doesn't usually last long.  He woke me up late last night/early this morning breathing heavier than normal.  I picked him up, cuddled him and spoke softly to him telling him I'm so sorry he has to go through this, everything will be OK, and I love him very much.  It was a scary moment, but that's all it was - just a moment.  He recovered quickly and we all went back to bed.
  • I got my tax refund and have already spent way too much!  But it's been so long since I've been able to buy myself something nice without worrying about paying the bills and making sure there's enough left over to buy the boys' meds.  This past weekend I bought myself a pretty dress that I'm looking forward to wearing regularly this summer.
  • I'm still really enjoying my 1 Second Everyday app.  Anyone else looking at my daily diary might find it boring but I'm enjoying finding a moment worthy of recording each day.  I wake up each morning thinking about what I can add to the timeline that day.  Has anyone else downloaded this app?

Monday, March 20, 2017

March Chewy Review

We haven't reviewed anything from Chewy in awhile and decided it was time to do something about that.  This month the boys tried the Halo Mix'n Mores Dog Food Topper.  I chose this specifically because Shiver's not much of an eater anymore these days and I wanted something that would encourage him to consume a few more calories.
We received a six ounce bag of the chicken formula to try.  It's a freeze-dried topper that you add to their regular food, whether you feed them wet or dry.  The amount given depends on weight, although I didn't follow that.  I grabbed a handful and split it between two bowls.  
The boys absolutely LOVE it!!!  You'd think that I don't ever feed them the way they gobble it down.  Shiver tends to be a little finicky when it comes to food.  He'll eat something for a few days like it's going out of style and then he's not interested.  It's been almost a week and he's still very excited for dinner time now.  Chico is just as delighted.
Yes, they each had their own bowls.  This was a very rare moment when they were willing to share.

Tasting good isn't the only reason to feed this to your dogs though.

Key Benefits

  • Delight and satisfy your dog's inherent and ancestral love of meat by adding flavorful freeze-dried topper to dry or wet food
  • Made with limited ingredients, with whole chicken as the first ingredient
  • Topping provides highly digestible essential nutrients for optimal health and vitality
  • Whole chicken is pasteurized, crumbled, flash frozen and freeze-dried to lock in the nutritional value of the chicken without any dehydration
  • Formulated without artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives for an easy-to-digest topper with wholesome natural flavor
Shiver and Chico give this eight paws up.  I'll add in my own two hands because anything that gets Shiver eating again makes me very happy.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017

1 Second Everyday

Have you heard of this app, 1 Second Everyday?

I hadn't until a college friend posted hers on facebook a few days ago.  I had NO clue how fun and active her life is.  It couldn't be more different than mine.

If you're not familiar with the app, you take a one second video each day and at the end of the year, you'll have a chronological video diary of your life.  A work friend and I joked how our videos would just be of us hanging out with our pets.

I've been feeling for quite awhile like I'm just sitting around waiting for my life to start.  I see most people my age settled into jobs, married with kids, going on yearly vacations, making enough money to pay their bills and still have some left over at the end of the month, etc.  I don't have any of those things.  I have four more weeks left on a temporary job, I'm not even dating a guy let alone married with children, I can't remember the last vacation I went on, and most months my diet consists of cheap food such as ramen noodles because that's what I can afford.

Seeing my college friend's video made me realize though that no one is going to magically come along and give me a better life.  It's all up to me.  While I'll always have plenty of days where nothing much happens, I know that I need to make an effort if I want any semblance of a life.  What better time than the present to do so?

I downloaded the app yesterday and have taken a video of a pretty sunset and a chocolate Shamrock shake from McDonalds so far.  To keep the video from being too terribly mundane, I've written a list of ideas that I can include throughout the year.  I'm actually really looking forward to coming up with something new each day to add to my diary.

I encourage you to download the app and join in the fun!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Health Update

Last Thursday was a stressful day.  It was the first time ever, I think, that Chico had to spend the day by himself.  As I drove to work I kept thinking that I should have taken the day off to stay with him. I'm glad I went to work after all though, it helped keep my mind occupied.

I dropped Shiver off at the vet's office for a day of tests.  They were supposed to check for Cushings but after doing a blood panel, they decided not to test for that after all.  The vet could feel his enlarged liver and his liver levels were off the chart.  Everything else seemed to look pretty good.  He still has the raging heart murmur; he's doing as well as can be expected with the medication though.  The vet thinks the liver problems are related to the heart problems.  She suggested I could get an ultrasound to see if there might be another cause.  

He came home with two new medications so he's on a total of four now.  These meds are very expensive and I'm not sure how much longer I can afford them.  I'm just really grateful he's already doing better with the new meds and am determined to find a way to make sure he can continue with them for as long as possible.    

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