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.

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 in an exchange for my honest review.

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