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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Life Lesson #6

When wearing a blue tooth, any conversation that involves yelling and walking down the street makes you look like a crazy person.

No matter how trendy, put-together, or with-it you would normally appear.

Life lessons are quick bits of information that I feel should be public service announcements. Have one to share? Leave it in the comments.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life Lesson # 5

The fastest way to get me off of your website is to force me to watch an advertisement BEFORE I can read any of the information I was trying learn. not. gonna. happen.

Life lessons are quick bits of real life that I feel should be public service announcements. Have one to share? Leave it in the comments.

See other life lessons here, here, here and here.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday

I am writing this on Sunday afternoon. I've had a wonderful weekend. I took Friday off to spend the day with Pop Rocks and it was one of the best decisions I've made in awhile. It felt very grown-up. We had a great day of doing nothing, but everything all at once. 

Will went to the vet for a teeth cleaning on Friday and is doing well, though he had been kind of touchy. I think he is coming out of it. Mary got her teeth cleaned a few weeks ago, she got really sick,  I got really scared, went back to the vet, she is fine and back to her normal self. 

Saturday was a great day with friends. I had a blast at a girls day and spending some extra time with a friend who is just wonderful. It was something I really needed. 

Today, Sunday, we are excited to start going to church in the afternoon. As of the time I am writing this, there are less than three hours before we get to start this new adventure and I am so looking forward to it. I haven't been this excited for church in a long time. (#iamteampm)

Monday promises to bring lots of new and exciting things. I am sure that I will once again be busy but I'm not worried about it.

Love you!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski is a fun and lighthearted read. What would you do if you got special powers? How could you use them for good, bad or just to look out for you? 

I really enjoyed this book it was a fast and fun read that kept me guessing. I loved how the plot went along without giving anything away. It definitely made me reminiscent for high school. The characters were relatable and real. They weren't caricatures of the stereotypical high schooler. I think that is the main reason that I liked the book. 

I would recommend it for fans of Young Adult fiction or the Shopaholic series. 

The only I didn't like about the book was the volume of language. It didn't bother me at first, but really seemed to pick up by the end. Otherwise the plot themes matched those of most CW shows. 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson

I just finished The Tyrant's Daughter by J.C. Carleson and it blew me away. It's the fascinating story of Laila, a high school girl whose father was the dictator of a Middle Eastern country. When her father was overthrown, she escaped the country with her mother and little brother. Laila has to adjust to American culture which is infinitely different from her previous life. For instance, she has never had a friend, especially not someone her own age. As she begins to adjust, people in her life realize who her father was and begin to ask questions. These questions lead her to the truth of who her father really was and his impact on her country and the world. 

Laila has to determine what to do with this new information. It is a lot to take in over the course of several months. This information leads her into a tangled web of family, politics, friends and country. Ultimately, Laila must decide what she thinks is right on her own and not based on what someone else is telling her it is. 

This story was a fascinating look at America through a different set of lenses. It was a strong reminder of the things I take for granted every day and how much there is to appreciate about living in a peaceful country. I admit that I am not as well versed as I should be on Middle Eastern politics, but because of Carleson and Laila I definitely want to start paying more attention. 

I can't say enough good things about this book. Ms. Carleson did a great job of entertaining reality with fiction and making it believable. I wish that I could keep reading and am definitely hoping for a sequel. You need to read this book. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Hot and Cold

Or COLD and hot. 

Its been cold here this year, you guys. Really, really, really, cold. But, we've only had two days that involved snow and one was a Saturday. There is a storm coming through the Southeast tomorrow but it will likely miss us again. Cold without snow is somehow even more frigid. 

I am refusing to complain about the cold this year. I much prefer to be cold than to be hot. When I get hot, I get really grumpy. Just ask Pop Rocks, though he probably wouldn't tell you (#toogoodforme). So when I think to complain, I think about those summer days that I am wishing for colder weather and I sigh. I brace myself for the cold wind and determine to enjoy it. After all, it will be hot, probably too hot, again very soon. 

And once again, I'll be wishing for the polar temps. The little guys seem to prefer those warmer temps. 


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

January Resolution

I don't, as a general practice, make yearly resolutions. I'll make plans, I'll even go so far as to make goals, but I don't do resolutions. Why? Because I always fail. Always. I don't like to fail, at all, so I just don't participate in the New Year's Resolution activity. 

I did decide that I was going to do something in January. I decided to only listen to Christian music (when I was in control of the music). I figured since it was only for January I could probably succeed. I did! I didn't change the station in the car (intentionally) to a different radio station. I didn't choose a different playlist at work.

(Image courtesy of James BarkerFreeDigitalPhotos.net)

Y'all, this was one of the best things I've done for my life in a while. I needed to recharge my spiritual life and that was the ticket. Here in Nashville we have Way Fm and K-Love so I had options. I don't handle cheesy, annoying Christian radio well and since that is all we had growing up, I learned to write the whole industry off. But those stations are doing Christian radio well. At least if you are young. 

How do you handle resolutions?

Monday, February 3, 2014

Min Pin Monday: A Will of Tale

It was early in November and Pop Rocks and I were talking, about what I don't remember. The topic of getting another dog came up, again, and I pulled up Petfinder. I pulled up a list of Min Pins in our area and there were about seven or eight. I looked at them, they were cute, but none really stood out to me. Then I saw him. His name was Little Willie and he was so cute. More importantly I looked at his pictures and I felt this weird tugging that he was supposed to be mine. 

I showed PR and we talked it over. We decided to contact his foster mom and see what we would have to do, etc. I sent her an email the next afternoon and she wrote back rather quickly. I called PR and we decided to go ahead and complete the application. Y'all, I was so excited. 

I submitted the application and then had a phone conversation with his foster mom. We then completed a home visit and ironed out the details. Just about two weeks later I went to pick him up. My boy came home!

I know that this might all seem dramatic to you, but it was so wonderful to me. 

Anyway, Will came home and Mary was thrown for a total loop. She didn't like that he wanted to sit on my lap. She didn't like that we took him outside a lot. (He was still working on potty training - he didn't know how to signal that he wanted to go outside.) Mary seemed to fall into a funk and we didn't like it. We decided to give it the full two week trial and see how she was doing at that point. Sure enough, two weeks in I found them "cuddling together" for the first time. We really weren't sure how things were going to turn out, but Will has found his forever home.Aren't

Will has some major separation anxiety issues. He doesn't like to be in his crate. He does fine with it if we are leaving the house or it is time for bed, but once he wakes up he wants out. He whines louder and louder until he wakes you. Which is fine, most of the time. I now go to bed earlier and get up earlier. He also doesn't like it if one of us takes Mary outside and he stays inside. Its pitiful really. We don't know much about his former owner, but we know that he was adopted by a high schooler. When that kid graduated and went away to college, Will was taken to the pound. He was rescued by the IMPS organization (which I can't say enough good things about) and then he came to us. We are really sure how old he is, or when his birthday is, but we love him just the same. Anyway, in my research it appears that when a dog is abandoned by its owner, it tends to have separation anxiety. 

So back to Will and Mary. Yesterday this happened: 



Aren't they the cutest ever?



Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Songs

I thought I would share a video for the song that had the biggest impact in my life last year, today. I don't think I've shared it ye, but its one that I think anyone and everyone should hear. This is "Worn" by Tenth Avenue North:




Saturday, February 1, 2014

Saturday Sweet Things

Hi guys! I thought I would pop in this Saturday and share some fun things I've been checking out online recently. 

There are lots of BuzzFeed quizzes popping up in my newsfeed lately. While I take many, I don't often post this results. The "Which 'Once Upon a Time' Character Are You?" was my favorite. I was Belle. 

This Super Bowl weekend, you can give something back to the world by helping save a Hungarian football team called the Renegades. This team was started by a guy I went to High School with and has made a huge impact on its community. They have a large need, but if only 20 of you give $5, we can fund $100 of their goal. 

My friend, Brenda, posted two amazing posts recently. The first one, is A Letter to the Separated. You may not feel the need to read it, but if it at all pertains to you, please do go and read it. Her second post that was significant to me was here Magnetic Norths posts which put into words what I was going to post here, but didn't feel like the post I wrote was really conveying my message, so I took it down. Maybe I'll get back around to it soon and tweak it.

Finally Karen's post On Encouraging Each Other made me tear up a little and be more determined to encourage strangers who are doing the right thing. We're all in this world together, right?