Sunday, March 2, 2014

What I did this weekend


I'm sorry that a weekend wrap up post is all I can manage for y'all lately! Life has been hectic with the addition of our first ever foster dog. She is learning all about crate training and going potty outside and NOT growling at the cats. It's been..crazy and exhausting. But I know it will be worth it in the end to see her find her forever home.

Precious loves sitting in laps.
On top of that, my sister came for a visit this weekend. And she brought her dog along, as usual. So that made two cats, three humans, and four dogs (one who is still learning that people and cats and dogs and the outside are all ok) in our little love cottage for the weekend. We made it work, but I'm really, really sleepy.

My sisters dog, Lula, in the shirt I bought her.
  We, the three humans..I mean, tried out the new burger place in town. It was good, but nothing like the Sunset Grill (which is closed..and I'm still not over it). Last night, my mom came over and my sister made us all pizza. She was going to try a "clean" recipe, but that didn't quite work out so she ended up making normal pizza. We didn't tell my mom that it wasn't "clean" until she was already eating it. She is a bit of a picky eater..lol. We watched Dallas Buyers Club while we had dinner. It was good, not the type of movie I normally go for, but I can see what people are talking about it.

Seester makin' tha pizza.
Yeah..this was my weekend.
Today Jeremy has been working on the hallway. The weather was beautiful all weekend and a yucky cold front moved in over night. So, I've been practicing my couch potato routine all day..watching a marathon of Flashpoint (thank you, Netflix) and taking Miss Precious out for her bathroom breaks. And Jeremy has been playing Mr. Handy man. I can't wait until it's all finished.

It's always the prep work that gets ya.
New runners for the hallway.
Oh..and my seester brought me a present. A new mug to add to my ever growing collection (actually, one seems to break right before another comes into my life). It's too pretty to put away so it's currently displayed on the kitchen counter.

Kinda looks like my new rugs.

Maybe this week I will be able to find the time to tell y'all about how my sister and I got a lost dog back to it's owner. It was pretty unbelievable how it all went down. I hope y'all had a great weekend!!! Until next time....



Sunday, February 23, 2014

What I did this weekend


You know those weekends when you get to lay around in your PJ's and do nothing? This was not one of those kind of weekends. I've been busy, busy, busy.

Saturday morning marked the first official meeting for the West Texas Angels for Animals Project. I didn't manage to snap a picture of us because I was too busy eating and/or talking. In a two hour period I don't think there was a moment of silence. We were hashing thoughts and ideas so fast I was lucky to get notes down on paper before we were on to something else. Feel free to like our Facebook page (linked above) if you like. We are open to networking dogs out of San Angelo to surrounding areas so if you are a Texas reader and you love animals, we'd love to have your support.

After the meeting, the husband and I went to see a new piece of public art. We have an organization in town called 'Art in Uncommon Places' and they have installed several pieces of art all around town from sculptures to murals. This new piece is at the base of the Lone Wolf Bridge and its called 'Forever Love', a large metal heart to put padlocks on..ala the Love Bridge in Paris.



On the back of our lock it says 'Beyond Forever'
Today we went to the carnival with my in-laws and our niece. The rodeo has been in town for the last two weeks and that means carnival time. When we were growing up, the fairgrounds were THE place to be during rodeo time. It was always crowded and the rides all seemed so large and loud and lit up. You could run around with your friends and ride your favorite rides over and over again, eat food that was terrible for you, and laugh at the silly side shows tents they had set up. I remember one year it was the snake lady. You would give up a ticket to go into this tent and there was a (fake) coiled up snake body with a (real) woman's head inside this (mirrored) box. Of course, the woman was able to talk but she couldn't move the fake snake body. Anyway, we haven't been to the carnival since we were dating. And there were no freak show tents.

I picked up the baby goat even though the sign said not to. Breaking the law!
Dolly riding the merry-go-round
Nanny had some crazy hair on the slide
She got a sno cone AND cotton candy
Dolly and I riding the caterpillar roller coaster (twice)
I tried a deep fried snickers for the first time ever. Y'all didn't want to see pictures of that. It was probably the worst thing EVER for me, but it was pretty dang delicious. Between the sunshine and the fried food I was worn out and I came home to nap for an hour.

Even though I enjoy my 'lay around and do nothing' weekends, this was a pretty awesome weekend!


Thursday, February 13, 2014

To all menfolk of the world


It's that time of year again...the dreaded V-day. Men all over HATE thinking about or planning for Valentine's day. I know romantic gestures do not come natural to a lot of y'all. And I also know that its easy to be taken in by certain advertisements running right now. Jewelry stores? Check. Floral shops? Check. Everyone is looking to get a piece of the clue-less male action.

But for the love of all that is sexy and sweet do NOT buy your lady a life-sized teddy bear. Do not do it. I don't care how much the commercial tells you it's a good idea.

 
Do you see how that poor woman is gripping the counter behind her? You are freaking her out right now, Creepy McCreepier.


They don't show her face because she is crying. And not happy tears.

 

What on earth is a grown ass woman suppose to do with a life sized bear anyways?


 




Sunday, February 2, 2014

Once Upon A Time - #2014BloggerChallenge

This week's topic is suppose to be book...as in singular..but that's not really how I roll. Anyone that knows me or that has followed this blog long enough knows that I am a romance reading junkie. I couldn't pick one single book to be my favorite if my life depending on it. So, instead I'm going to talk about a few of my favorite romance authors and their books.

[ONE] Kresley Cole

Her 'Immortals After Dark' series is 15 books in. I know, sounds like a lot! But when you create a fantasy world full of funny, sexy, strong, stubborn, ancient, magical beings..it's only fair to try and give each of them their own story. I'll admit I'm behind in this series. I get so emotionally involved that I get a little sad when I think about a series ending, so I stop reading..just so it never has to really be over. Not really rational, but that's how my brain works.

[TWO] Tara Janzen

Hot guys. Hot cars. Enough said. The first book I ever picked up by Tara Janzen was 'Crazy Sweet', which..at the time..was the latest in her 'Steele Street' series. I always manage to do that, pick up the LAST/latest book of any given series. After reading it, I immediately devoured the books before and every book after. The gang from Steele Street have a very, very dear place in my heart. These are the only books I actually kept when I went digital with my first Kindle. They hold a place of honor on my bookcase.

[THREE] Jill Shalvis

Funny. Quirky. Heart twisting. Listen to me, people, you must..MUST..pick up a Jill Shalvis book. I don't even care which one or from which series. They are all good. Lighter reads then my normal fair, but they are so funny and sweet that I can't stop myself. A good place to start is her 'Lucky Harbor' series. Lucky Harbor is full of quirky characters that will make you laugh and WISH that they really did have a Facebook page. But, for real, I'm not kidding, any of her books..ANY OF THEM..are good. Oh, and speaking of Facebook pages..you really need to like Jill's page.

[FOUR] Lara Adrian

Did someone say sexy vampires? 'The Midnight Breed' series follows the stories of "Breed" warriors, super sexy alpha vampires. Lara has put one of the most interesting spins on the whole vampire story line, savage alien beings that crash landed on earth centuries ago. It's really a very clever way of re-telling vampire folk lore. Anyway, don't expect any sparkling skin or teenage angst. These guys would kick Edward Cullen's ass all the way back to Washington.

[FIVE] Pamela Clare

I started with Pamela's 'I-Team' series. Romantic suspense, based around a team of investigative reporters in Denver, Colorado. Her stories get your blood pumping, action packed and smoking hot. But don't stop with the 'I-Team' books because she writes historical romance as well. The 'MacKinnon's Rangers' series is about three brothers...sexy, loyal, smart, strong. Hold on, I have to fan myself just thinking about them. I dare you to read the books and try and pick a favorite MacKinnon brother. Double dog dare you. Pamela's fans are also very vocal and active on both the 'I-Team' group and 'Camp Followers' group on facebook. She hosts book discussions and polls..and there may or may not be eye candy shared.

So, there you go. Five of my favorite romance authors. Please check them out and pick up a book or two or a fifty. Just read. Honestly, just pick up a book...any book..and read. Authors pour a little bit of their souls into every book. There is no better way to pass an afternoon than by reading their books.





Friday, January 24, 2014

Five on Friday - Little Known Facts Edition

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG


 


[ONE]

I like to sleep on my side with the blanket pulled up over my ears. NOT my face. I sort of wrap my head up like an old Russian lady. It helps muffle any noise in the room. We let all our animals sleep in the room with us and the dogs sometimes are licking or scratching, or the cats are grooming themselves. In a quiet room...its just too much sometimes. And I know some of y'all are reading this and thinking EAR PLUGS..hello?! But I don't want to be totally deaf! I want to be able to hear without having to hear. Makes sense in my little world.

Source

[TWO]

I hate hanging up laundry. I can fold all day long. Folding is ok. But there is something about having to wrestle hangers out of the closet and then wrestle to get everything back in the close. It might have something to do with the fact that our closet is the size of a postage stamp. It also might have something to do with the fact that its stuffed full of stuff. And/or it could be that I'm a shorty and getting clothes hung back up on my husband side (which is higher than my side) is plan hard.


This is really my closet. And only half of it is mine.
[THREE]

I don't like beer. I've never been able to drink it. And I HAVE tried. Trust me, I'd love to be able to just drink beer. It's cheaper..it's every where...it's cheaper! LOL. But I just can't do it. Jeremy is a bit of an enthusiast and I try and make an effort to at least sample the beers he brings home. But it's just not in the cards for me.

Source

[FOUR]

I have a ssslllliiggghhhtttt aversion to cockroaches. Ok, ok..I HATE them! They disgust and terrify me! I'm including this as a little known fact..not because people don't already know that I don't like roaches but because I don't think they understand the depth of my aversion until they are with me and a cockroach at the same time. Just ask my sister. And I'm not including a nasty picture of that nasty bug. You'll just have to use your imagination.

[FIVE]

I have no known allergies. No food allergies, no medicine allergies. I might be slightly allergic to dust or cedar or rag weed or what have you..because really who isn't?! But I don't have any 'This will KILL you' allergies.





Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Peek Behind the Curtain


I've been thinking a lot about a particular moment in my life. It happened several months ago but for some reason has been on my mind lately. I want to put it here, so I can preserve it. So I can come back to it to remind myself it's ok to break. Or maybe so someone else can read it and know that if they feel the same way, it's ok to be in that moment.

I don't want to go into detail about exactly what happened that set me off. It's not important now. Just know that it was a slight bump in my day and it should not have affected me the way it did. That just tells you what kind of place I was in emotionally. A bump in my day cracked me wide open.

As I walked home from work, I couldn't hold back the tears any longer. I walked and I cried and I prayed..out loud. If anyone had seen me they probably thought I was a crazy lady. I cried because I knew that I shouldn't be feeling the way I was feeling. I knew, in my brain, that the bump shouldn't be making me feel this way, but my heart was having none of it. I was done in. I was laid bare.

And so I prayed (out loud, remember) as I walked home. I fully and utterly admitted that I was not strong enough. I could no longer handle what life was dealing out to me alone. I begged God for strength, for solace, for peace. I asked him to help me carry the burden.

I'm not going to tell you that I felt instantly better..because I didn't. Later that evening I had a long conversation with my sister about everything that was going on with me. Maybe that's where God lead me..I don't know. But she helped me see things from a different perspective, offered advice on
how to cope with things proactively to protect my fragile ego. She helped me back up and get a hold of myself.

Anyway, I don't know how to end this entry. Maybe I just want it to be known that I don't always have it all together..even if I seem to. Or maybe YOU don't have it all together and you are trying to pretend..and it's getting to that breaking point. It's ok to go on a break..cry it out..talk to God..or yell at Him..I sure he's cool with that. Reach out to a friend..to a sibling..mother..father..anyone...to talk it out. Most of all I want to say that it's all going to be ok..I'm telling me..and I'm telling you too.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Tyra Banks would be so proud



Even though my first attempt at booking a photographer did not go over well {catch up here}, I couldn't stop thinking about how much I wanted family photos. Our dogs really are our family and they aren't getting any younger. I just felt it weigh on my mind that it was important to get it done as soon as I could. So I hesitantly reached out to another photographer. She responded back to my initial email very quickly, which was good, but the same as the photographer before. I was still on the fence so I sat on it for a few weeks to think about it. When I finally decided to bite the bullet and book the appointment she and I arranged for me to drop off the {non-refundable} session fee at her home. Now, that was much different than before where I left the money at some random downtown business that had nothing to do with photography. I had the chance to meet her face to face and love on her animals (which went a long way in soothing my nerves).

I asked her to please just hold my hand because I didn't have a very good experience before. She seemed eager to not repeat the mistakes of the first photographer. Over the next month and a half, I would text her several times and..guess what...she always got right back to me. Imagine that! It's the little things, people. The time and place of the appointment were a little loosy-goosy. And, to be honest, it made me a little nutso. We didn't know exactly where we were going to meet her until a few hours before the actual appointment. However, I was able to cope with that because she was still communicating with me...it really made all the difference in the world.

The appointment went great! Even with the wind blowing my hair all over the place and the clouds rolling in to hide the sun for the first 30 minutes of the appointment. The dogs were..dogs. lol. They actually did very well, especially being off their leashes. There were stickers in the grassy area we were using and poor Lola was acting like a diva princess and looking at me with sad eyes, holding up one paw. I could almost read her mind, 'Why aren't you picking me up?! There are pokey things down here!' Duke doesn't really like the camera anyway, add in another dog being walked, and well..he made us work for his picture. I was jumping around making high pitched noises like a crazy person, trying to get him to look at us and perk up his ears. As if on queue, as soon as we finished with the dog pictures the clouds went away and that wonderful golden sunlight came out. Just in time for the pictures of just me and Jeremy.

Overall, I'm sure she snapped hundreds of photos. We ended up running around to about three or four different locations. Which makes the whole 'not knowing where the appointment is going to be at' thing a little more understandable. She didn't have set locations really. When we were driving around she would slow down and check out an alley way before deciding if she wanted to stop there or not. There really was no way to pre-determine the spots we ended up using.  She let me see one or two pf the photos on her camera and they were both amazing. This was the sneak peek photo she shared on her facebook page later that evening.

LaRae Russell Photography
 
The hour and half appointment went by smoothly. It was comfortable and a lot of fun. We were talking and laughing the whole time. She was a dream to work with and I have every confidence that she captured the true spirit of our little family. I am beside myself with excitement to see the rest of our pictures.