Monday, May 18, 2015

PSA: Use scissors instead.

Guys, this is my current situation.

Thursday evening I went to open a bone my mom had just dropped off for Hudson and instead of using the scissors I originally picked up, I went for the knife and really stabbed the heck out of my thumb.

If you get squeamish, don't move on with the rest of this post (no pictures, just description). 

As soon as I stabbed myself, it immediately started gushing blood and I immediately starting freaking out which led me to almost pass out. JC was in Maryland for work, but thankfully my mom had just left our area about 20 minutes prior, so I called her immediately and told her to turn around. She could barely understand me because I was so short of breath from almost passing out. Thankfully, once I was able to continuously keep pressure on my hand, I stopped feeling like I was going to hit the floor any second.

I called JC and he told me I would probably need stitches which of course meant I burst into tears because that terrifies me. He calmed me down and told me to hang up, so I could continue putting as much pressure as possible on my hand.

About 20 minutes later my mom showed up and accessed the situation. The bleeding had slowed down tremendously and although the wound was pretty deep, she made the executive decision that I didn't need stitches since they would really just help stop the bleeding (pretty much done) and keep me from having a scar (don't care). 

We decided to FaceTime my friend Michelle, who is a nurse, to get her opinion. She agreed with our plan and we headed straight to Walgreens for supplies.

30 minutes later I was all bandaged up. 

It hurt pretty bad and it was pretty difficult to do anything, especially with a crazy puppy (who could have cared less - he had a ham bone to chew on!), but I managed through the rest of the night in and out of sleep.

The next morning I was heading to Pittsburgh for a friend's baby shower and of course hadn't packed (that was supposed to happen the night before...). In addition, my hair was a hot mess, so I desperately needed a shower and to blow dry/straighten my hair. Needless to say, it took twice as long as normal and by the time Katie pulled in my driveway, I was in quite a bit of pain for all the aggravation from the morning.

I got a little nervous by early afternoon that we had made a wrong decision in not going to the ER. My thumb looked slightly swollen, I could see some blood seeping through and my hand was really hurting. When we got back from lunch, I immediately started rewrapping my hand and pulling my thumb in so I had less of an option to use it. It's safe to say that made life 10x more difficult than it already was, but I haven't had to take any Tylenol since I did that.

I did another rewrap session last night and things look pretty good - no sign of infection and it appears to be closing up. So I think we're on our way to healing, although I'm not sure how long that's going to take. I imagine twice as long since I'm having to deal with a puppy one handed and that definitely doesn't help speed up the healing process. We shall see....

Oh and I forgot to mention - Hudson caused me to jam my ring finger on the same hand Wednesday night and it's still super sore. So basically, I suffered greatly to type this blog post for you guys. You're welcome ;) 

Silence on the blog this week will be due to my inability to properly type a sentence without hitting backspace 17x. 

How was yall's (or "yins" as I learned in Pittsburgh) weekend?! 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Life update.

It's been a little while since I've updated you on my life - especially since I told you all the madness happening in our house because of our newest (and cutest addition), Hudson.

I'm happy to report things have brightened up a lot over here in Northern Virginia.

I think the turning point was the last weekend/week of April. 

JC got a new job and had a week off in between the two, so we decided to plan a little getaway. Not only would he not be able to take vacation for who knows how long, but we desperately needed some time away. Thankfully, I have the most amazing parents on the planet and they agreed to watch Hudson from Saturday-Wednesday.

By the Friday before we left, I was at my wit's end with Hudson. He had gotten to the point where it only took 5 minutes being out of his crate (despite if he had been in there 5 minutes or 5 hours) and he was attacking us, biting, barking, growling, etc. It was impossible to get control of him. It was clear he thought he was boss and he had no intentions of allowing that to change. I can safely say I was as close to hating someone/something as I have ever been and I hated myself for it just as much.

JC and I talked and we decided we had 2 options: get him some real training or take him back to the breeder. As much as I disliked him at the time, I couldn't bear to take him back to breeder. Not only did I want to love him more than anything, like I had always imagined, but I didn't want to give up on him. I knew that he could be a good dog, he just needed someone to put him in his place and nothing we were doing was making that happen. 

I'm telling you - we tried everything. From cans of coins to spanking him so hard our hands hurt (he just thought we were playing with him) to spraying him with a bottle of water. Nothing.Worked. 

So JC and I agreed to getting him some serious training - no matter the cost. It would be worth it in the end. I started emailing everyone I found on Google and not long after, I got one email back and the guy called me almost instantly. 

Within seconds of our conversation starting, I knew he was the one. He has a black lab of his own, so he knows all about lab antics. He basically described Hud to a T without me saying much of anything. He also mentioned that their company is normally booked out 3-4 months in advance, but he just had someone push back their session due to a vacation, so he had availability in early June. 

I'm not going to lie, I was hoping for late April, but if we wanted to get our money's worth, I knew that we needed to find someone that was good enough to have a waiting list, not just go with the first available. So after discussion with JC, I called him back and Hudson was booked for 6/9. I think a weight fell off my shoulders instantly, although we still had another day/night with Hudson before we had some reprieve.

I spent a good portion of our drive down to my parents house in tears, most of the time there spent in tears also and also, the next couple of hours following. My mom asked me if I was crying because I was leaving him and I said "no, I'm crying because I'm so happy to leave him. I hate myself for not wanting him, but I would pay someone to take him from me at this point.". I hate to say it, but I was 95% serious. 

The next 5 days were a much needed break from everything - work, home, etc. JC & I went to Outer Banks with no plans. Well, that's a lie - JC had all sorts of food plans, per usual. 

The first evening we literally ran out of road looking for food.

Who knew Corolla was so dead in the Spring that 75% of the restaurants had the wonkiest hours ever?

The next day started out with Duck Donuts from the only location open on a Monday, but they were worth the drive. 

Then, we visited Jockey's Ridge State Park to see the sand dunes. This is when JC tried to take advantage of my gullible-ness and tell me that the sand was imported from the Sahara Desert. For once in my life, I didn't believe him for a second. That guy....

The weather was so nice that Monday, we headed straight for the beach when we got back to the hotel. The sun was shining, we had the music on and we were getting our first tan lines of the season....

That was until I left to go get some beer. It was 62 and perfect when I left. A mere 20 minutes later, upon my return, it was 57, cloudy and extremely windy. Needless to say, JC was standing at our hotel room door when I opened it to make my way back to the arctic that was the beach.

The rest of Monday and most of Tuesday was spent relaxing. We literally didn't change out of our pj's or leave the hotel room for anything other than food after that. Oh wait, we did spend a little while on the beach Tuesday afternoon, but I was covered from head to toe, so nothing to write home about on the blog about. 

Wednesday, we made our way back North with some excitement to see Hudson, but also some trepidation. It had been such a good few days, I wasn't sure I was ready to bring the monster back home. I had instructed my dad to wear him out that morning, so he was nice and exhausted for us on the drive home. He follows instructions well and Hudson was asleep within 15 minutes of getting in the truck.

We spent the rest of that day praising Hudson for being so good. JC & I were both convinced my parents sent us home with a different dog. There was no way to sweet puppy was the Hudson we dropped off a mere 5 days ago. I started chalking it up to exhaustion (sorry, Hud!). 

JC spent the next 2 days at home with him and had nothing, but good things to report. I actually asked him if he was drinking and poo'ing normally because there had to be something wrong with him at that point.

I'm happy to report that things have remained that way ever since. I think we all needed to recharge, even Hudson. 

We recently found a dog park nearby that is our saving grace during the week. I refuse to take him for walks until he's fully trained because he pulls and I've been told that's the worst thing a dog can do and the first thing that will make him think he's boss. So I'm not going to go back down that road until we can do it correctly. But I think Hud enjoys the dog park even more. He can run his little heart out, get all dirty and then comes home exhausted beyond belief for the remainder of the evening.

He also visited the lake for the first time ever this past weekend and he absolutely loved it! I never had any real hesitations with him and water, but I never expected him to just go for it like he did. We had barely parked and he was jumping right on in. Check out my instagram for a video of the cuteness. 

When he wasn't in the lake or being exhausted from no naps, he was thoroughly enjoying terrorizing Pebbles.

Of course, he's still not perfect. We have to throw the muzzle on him (or even just mention muzzle) from time to time when he's starting to act up. It's not my favorite thing to do, but it's the only thing we've found that calms him down and gets him back in check. JC likes to lovingly refer to him as Bane from Batman on these occasions. 

But he's really done a 180 since that faithful day in April where I was contemplating opening the door and waving goodbye. He's still going to "boarding school" as I refer to it these days and I know he'll be an even better dog when he returns 2 weeks later. I'm even happier to report that I am totally going to miss that little monster while he's gone. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself for 2 straight weeks of free evenings/weekends. 

In other news unrelated to Hudson, we've officially hired someone to fill my old position, so as of 6/1 I will no longer be running this train solo. I'm keeping my fingers crossed I hired a good one. She's young, but seems eager to learn and find a company where she can grow. Let's hope that's really the case :)

What have you guys been up to lately?!?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Questions for me, questions for you.

While I wasn't blogging that often in the past few months, that didn't mean I stopped reading my favorite blogs. My list has definitely narrowed a lot, mostly because so many of the bloggers I used to enjoy don't really blog anymore or only ever blog about sponsored stuff. I get it - it's fun to make money, but that's likely not why your readers come to your blog! Anyways, that's not what this post is about.

A few weeks ago I went to catch up with Juliette and saw she had a fun little questions post. I wasn't tagged, but she so graciously opened up the floor to everyone anyways :)

This sounds like a good way to get my foot back in the blogging game. Right?

What's the weirdest food you like to eat? What made you start liking it?

I'd say this is hands down mushrooms. I have always been known as a very picky eater. I've definitely broadened my eating habits over the years, but even back when I only ordered chicken tenders anywhere I went (even at Mexican restaurants), I have ALWAYS loved mushrooms. I'll eat those babies straight out of the jar.

I have zero clue why I love them or when I started loving them (Mom?), but just know that I do and I will always order pizza with mushrooms when JC doesn't plan on eating said pizza with me.

What's one movie everybody loves that you've never seen? Why haven't you seen it? Do you ever plan to see it? 

Oh lordy. The list here is pretty endless. I can't count how many times JC turns on a movie and I ask him what this is and he looks at me like I have 6 heads.

He's a movie buff. I couldn't be more opposite. I've probably seen 30x the amount of movies in the 5 1/2 years I've known him than I ever saw in the 24 years leading up to meeting him.

For the sake of the blog post, I just Googled "top 10 movies of all time".....and I haven't seen a single one from the first link. Thankfully, I didn't stop there and I have seen 2 movies from this list.

And I can safely say, I probably won't watch any of those movies I haven't seen unless JC randomly puts them on the TV one day.

What's one beauty product you just can't live without? 

Moisturizer. I am far from a beauty fiend. I wear makeup maybe two times a month. But if I don't put moisturizer on after I wash my face, I am almost in pain from the dryness. Not to mention, when I moisturize regularly, I have pimples very infrequently. Win-win.

Tell us something people are usually surprised to find out about you.

In addition to the whole mushroom loving thing, I guess I'd say that I was born in Germany and haven't lived in Virginia my whole life? That's so boring, but it's true. My dad was in the Army from the time I was born until I was 7.

I was born in Frankfurt, then we moved to Kansas for a few years and then to Baumholder, Germany where I attended Kindergarten and First Grade. We moved to Virginia in 1992 and I can't imagine calling any other place home (remind me of this in February when Winter won't quit).

Or maybe it's that I hate being called Sam. I mean, if your name is Karen, you don't want to be called Kar do you?

What's one thing that can always make you happy? 

I can't just give you one thing. Here's  a lot of things, dependent on the day: JC, a Peanut Butter Chocolate milkshake, my parents, Hudson when he greets me at the top of the steps, finding $20 on the ground (that happened once at Kings Dominion like 20 years ago)....

What's the worst piece of advice you've been given? 

Never go to bed angry. I absolutely hate this advice. I don't agree with it one bit. Sometimes you need to take a breather, sleep on it and come back to the issue later. Otherwise, you're bound to say something you don't mean or at least say something in a way that it's not meant to be taken.

Now this doesn't mean I think you should ever glaze over arguments or pretend like they didn't happen. You should always come back to them, just maybe don't force yourself to do that just so you can go to sleep.

Tell us about a tv show that you think is extremely overrated. 

Orange is the New Black. I just don't get the hype. I tried. I didn't get past episode 2. Also, House of Cards Season 3. #snoozefest

What are your favorite blog posts to write? What about to read?

To write & read: anything from the heart or that I'm (or you are) passionate about. Those are few and far between, so when they show up on the page, it's a welcomed happening.

Some of my favorites that I've written?
In the end, it's worth it.
Everyone's not going to like me.
Time to get personal for real.

Now it's my turn.

Tagging Steph, Erin, Nikki & Morgan.....and anyone else who wants to join in!

Your questions (should you choose to accept this challenge):

1. What's one thing we will always find in your purse (besides the basics)?

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

3. Which show on TV should we all go binge watch immediately? Who's your favorite character on said show?

4. Chicago Deep Dish or the New York Slice? (getting real deep here)

5. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and what would you do?

6. What's your favorite blog post you've ever written?

Have fun!


Friday, May 8, 2015

2015 Summer Bucket List.

Guys, I think it's safe to finally say that Summer is officially here. It's been in the 80s all week. I even saw a 9 in front of the temp a couple days. My heat loving heart is so very happy. That also means I was extra annoyed when the weather man complained that we skipped May and ended up right smack dab at the end of June. Hi, you were complaining about it still being Winter last month. STOP COMPLAINING.

Anyways, with my favorite season approaching, I thought I'd "borrow" an idea from Kalyn because who doesn't love making Summer plans?

1. Lake Anna. I didn't get to enjoy the lake as much as I'd like last Summer because of all the obligations I had with our wedding and some other friend's weddings. I fully intend on making it down there at least a couple times a month to work on that tan and get Hudson used to #lakelife.

2. Ocean City. We usually make a point to head to Ocean City at least once each Summer, but again with the wedding obligations last year, we missed out. We already have a weekend in the books planned, just need to get the hotel rooms locked up! Seacrets here we come!

3. Coordinate my first (and possibly only) wedding. You guys remember that crazy idea I had to start my own wedding planning business? Well, I booked 1 wedding that I think I told you all about and that's been it. I had the opportunity to book another, but it was in DC in the middle of Cherry Blossom Weekend which sounded like a nightmare and also was my Grandma's 85th birthday weekend. So I opted out. I've spoken to a couple brides and I think I've determined I'm not quite cut out for this industry. Brides are crazy and have some seriously insane expectations. It might also be partly because I'm terrified of screwing up, so maybe I'll change my mind after I have the first one under my belt, but who knows. I can safely say I'm dreading that weekend and hope it turns out much better than I anticipate (I hope the bride isn't reading, ha!).

4. Smith Mountain Lake. This never fails to be one of my all-time favorite weekends every Summer. We get to spend time with my favorite family members, have multiple days on the lake, eat the best nachos on the planet and have lots of laughs in between.

5. Attend all the concerts. Ok, maybe not all of them, but all of the good ones. We already have tickets purchased for Luke Bryan in late June. I'm still waiting to hear who the surprise concert is on the MegaTicket for late July - hoping for Kenny Chesney or Miranda.

6. Get tan lines. Yes, you read that right. I spent all last Summer making sure I didn't get a single tan line to prepare for the wedding. If you know me, you know I love a good tan line. I'm so happy to be putting the straps back on my bathing suits this Summer!

7. Have lots of winery days. Virginia is one of the best areas in the country for wineries (we're known as the Napa Valley of the East Coast, if you didn't know). I love finding new places to visit, especially dog friendly ones these days. I cannot wait to visit our favorites and hopefully try out some new ones this year.

It's water, don't worry!

8. Do something new. I'm not going to get specific here because then I'm setting myself up for failure. Also, I can't think of anything in particular at this very moment, so we'll go with a broad statement and see where it leads me. Any ideas?!

What's on your Summer bucket list?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Free money.

Did that title get your attention?

Lately, JC & I have really been focusing on saving money. This includes finding any last way I can get money into my pocket too. Basically, the more money, the better is always the key, right?

With Hudson, there's always the potential for some unexpected costs. I mean the dog eats everything in sight....

We also want to sell our house the very minute we're able to (9/28/16, not that I'm counting or anything), so I'd like to start thickening those stacks in the bank for that reason alone.

And also, I just really like not having to stress about money. Although I'm not sure that'll ever be the case unless we win the megamillions because that's just who I am.

I figure, everyone likes money (right?), so why not share some tricks I've been doing for awhile, started recently, and the like.

Surveys. Any survey I can find, I'm doing. I particularly like surveys in general (who knows why), but I like them even better when they pay me. Whether it's $.10 or $7.50, I'm taking that survey and you're paying me!

I've been taking surveys with PaidViewpoint for a couple years now. Sure they only give you $.10/survey most of the time, but it takes 2 minutes max usually, you can do it on your phone and eventually that money adds up. I recently transferred $50 into my PayPal and I already have another $13 in there since then. Free money! This one is probably my favorite simply because it's cash in your pocket. 

Swagbucks is something I learned about from the lovely, money savvy Erin. It's not just about surveys, there are a ton of different ways to earn money - watching videos, answering poll questions and even just searching the internet like you do every single day. I mainly take advantage of the surveys because that seems to be the easiest and most lucrative way to gain the 'bucks, but I also have the search browser defaulted, so whenever I search for something it goes through Swagbucks and I randomly earn 6, 8, 10 'bucks with a search I was going to do anyways! Unlike PaidViewpoint, you don't get cash, but you can redeem your 'bucks for all sorts of gift cards to places you probably spend your cash anyways, so it's still a big win! I like this one because there are lots of opportunities to earn 'bucks every single day, all day long. 

The third one I venture to on the regular is e-rewards. I'm not even sure how I stumbled on this one, but it was recent and I'm quite surprised at how quickly the money adds up. I think I've been a member for maybe a month at most and I already have almost $20 in my account. I've gotten so much at $7.50 for one survey. Now said survey takes much longer than a PaidViewpoint survey, sometimes 25-30 minutes, but if you're bored in the car or sitting on the couch, why not get paid to do so? I also got a free 1000 HHonors points added to my account for doing nothing, but entering in my account information. Can't beat that!

Ebates. This is one of those sites I heard so much about, saw commercials and always thought "I should do that", but never pulled the trigger. Now I'm mad I waited so long. You all shop online, right? Well why not get money back for doing so? I have the Ebates "app" installed on my web browser, so whenever I go to a website where they offer cash back, I am alerted to activate the offer, so I don't forget. I've already gotten almost $30 back. Makes shopping THAT much more fun. No harm in that right? ;)

Target Red Card. This is another one I held out on for forever and honestly the only reason was I never wanted to hold anyone up in line while I signed up. 5% back on purchases didn't seem like it was really worth it. But a couple weeks ago when I was knee deep in trying to find ways to save money, I found myself in Target checking out with no one else in line. So I signed up and saved like $3 bucks on my first purchase. I know it's only $3, but that's $3 more I have now :)

Budget. I know this one seems obvious and as much as it is, it's also equally as hard for us. I don't know how many times I've created a budget and never looked at it again. JC & I can be really bad about not really managing our funds - just keeping a nazi eye on the checking account & making sure it looks fine. That's obviously not the smartest plan, especially when you're trying to save money. JC recently started a new job (Monday), so I figured it was the perfect time to get our finances in order. I created a solid budget recently, including free money for going out to eat, shopping and other fun stuff. The only thing I really have left is to allocate every single dollar that comes in. I think that's the only way to truly be successful, so you have no leeway in how to spend any of those dollars. 

Going grocery shopping. You're probably scratching your head with this one, but it's a big one. I'm not proud to admit how often JC & I eat out. This was especially bad when he had his old job because he'd be sleeping during dinner time, so I'd always go out for a big lunch, so I wasn't hungry for dinner and he'd eat out because he was too exhausted to cook anything. We legitimately haven't done a serious grocery shopping trip since before our wedding. However, it's gotten to the point that we've eaten out so much, it's not even remotely exciting anymore. We didn't eat out at all last weekend (minus milkshakes) and it was perfect (and so much cheaper). JC's in training for the next 2 weeks, but once he's back on a regular schedule and home in the evenings, we'll be buying out the grocery store and stocking up our fridge. And what perfect timing? There's nothing better than grilling out in the summer!

I think that pretty much covers the big things that we are trying to do these days. Anything I didn't mention that you're an avid follower of? Any additional tips on how to save (or make) more money are very welcomed!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reasons I love my lab.

Gosh, I really suck at this whole blogging thing, don't I? I get so annoyed when I see a blogger say she's finally back and then that post remains the only post she writes for weeks. Hypocrite party of 1, hi!

I will say, I've written a few and then never have the energy to go back and insert pictures....#firstworldproblems. Also, most of my ideas center around Hudson and I'm not sure how long I'll keep you guys here if I can't find anything else to talk about other than my dog. 

But alas, today's post is about that crazy yellow lab we call our son....

It's another therapy day for me. I need this post, so I can come back to it when Hudson is driving me mad (75% of the time still) and remind myself that he's not all bad.

The pure joy that shows on his face when I walk in the door after a long day at work. You would think he hadn't seen me in weeks. No one has ever been that excited to see me when I get home (except our last family dog). I just want to squeeze him for hours when he's that happy (but he won't let me).

He keeps the weight off. I know this one probably doesn't make much sense, but let me explain. When I lost all the weight for the wedding, I told myself I wouldn't gain it all back. Well, before we got Hudson I was this close to hitting that number on the scale that I refused I'd go over aka I'd have to start watching what I was eating again. 

Well, when Hudson showed up, I stopped eating. Ok, not really, but seriously - I ate very little those first couple of weeks, especially on days I worked from home. He won't let you eat in peace and if he was sleeping, I didn't want to move for fear of waking him up. So I'd just starve.

Nowadays, I generally eat a reasonably healthy breakfast most days, an unhealthy lunch and then I might have a snack for dinner, but rarely a full dinner. This has made it next to impossible to inch my way back up to that dreaded number on the scale. Although don't talk to me next week when we come back from the beach and 4 full days Hudsonless time which means lots of time to eat (especially considering my husband loves food tours).

He keeps me active. To go along with the above, I take no less than 1-2 walks every day. I try to make each one an hour. Pre-Hudson/post-wedding, the most activity I got was walking to and from my car. Also, binge tv sessions are no longer. Even if I'm not walking around, I'm not laying horizontal when Hudson's awake most days. And sitting still for longer than 5 minutes when he's awake is rare. I get maybe 1 hour of quiet Hudsonless time each weekday before I'm ready to crash from the exhausting work day and evening. 

My parents now have a grandchild they've been longing for. I doubt this will keep them at bay for long, especially since said grandchild bites them, but it's a start, right?

I've learned that I do have what it takes to be a mom. Sometimes my mom does things for me and I think "would I do that if I were a mom?". I now think I'm pretty certain I would do just about anything to make my child happy, just seeing the lengths I go to for Hudson on a regular basis - like walks in the rain and doing anything I can to wear him out. 

He makes me laugh. Sure, it's usually when he's doing something he shouldn't be doing and I should be telling him no instead, but we all know he doesn't listen to no. Also, I couldn't get funny pictures like these if I just made him stop immediately (and I wonder why he's bad.....).

Anything you have to remind yourself of when you're dog is being bad?

Thanks for entertaining another Hudson filled post! I promise to come back with something other than him soon.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Guess who's back? Back again.

Oh hi! Remember me? Probably not. It's been so long since I started typing a sentence on this page, I can't imagine anyone still comes here. But let's test the waters, why don't we?

1. Life. Life has been pretty darn exhausting and challenging this past month and a half or so. Between a new puppy, work, my Grandma being in the hospital and JC and my opposite schedules, life hasn't been the most fun it's ever been, that's for sure.

But it's not all storm clouds and I didn't come here to ramble on about how terrible my life is because it certainly isn't. My Grandma is on the mend, work has been stressful, but I'm being rewarded, Hudson can be amazing at times and JC's schedule will be changing soon. So it's all going to be ok, right? RIGHT.

2. Hudson. Shew. I know people tell you how hard puppies are, but I think it's one of those things that you never truly understand until you're in the thick of it. And anyone who's had an easy puppy or gotten a dog when they are a little older will never understand this next statement, but they are 100% like having a child - a toddler if you will. 

We've officially had Hudson for 7 weeks tomorrow. He now weighs 30lbs, is mostly potty trained (except for those times he decides he doesn't want to tell us he needs to go out & just pees standing in front of us on the rug...then continues to pee as I carry him down the stairs - FUN), knows how to sit, stay (but absolutely hates that one) and go down, he'll be fully vaccinated in just a little over a week and he's one of the smartest pups I've ever encountered.

We're still trying to master the art of riding in the car without barking to the high heavens and walking instead of pulling. He wants to run 100 miles an hour down the street and this gal right here doesn't love that idea. We got him a new harness made to combat pulling and he's a million times better (and I'm thankful a million times over he's only 30lbs right now). He chooses to come when he pleases - rarely when he's outside eating all the mulch. And he's already had 2 emergency trips to the vet - one the first night we brought him home when he fell down the stairs (was fine by the time we got there) and then last week when he was having some stomach issues, not drinking water and being extremely calm more often than not (you wish for it & then it happens...). All is well now, thankfully and hopefully we're done with the worrisome parts for awhile. 

Despite all the craziness he exudes, he is extremely sweet and loving. He gets SO excited when one of us gets home and he haaaates when we immediately go upstairs to change because we're obviously never coming back. He loves to play ball (and I love when the ball gets stuck at the top of the stairs & he has to go get it - this wears him out quick!), he pretends he's always hungry (you should see how crazy he acts when we so much as say "dinner"), he has these bouts of extreme craziness where he runs around in circles like an absolute maniac for a solid 5 minutes and so far he's lost 4 teeth (and his parents are waiting for the moment the vet said would come when we look down and he has no teeth in his mouth ;)).

It's definitely been a trying 7 weeks, but I know it'll be worth every last frustration sooner or later (Hudson, if you're reading - we prefer sooner). 

3. Work. Life at work has definitely been pretty intense. My boss started working on some new projects back in December which slowly turned into a new department and she was promoted about a month or so ago. This meant her job was now open and I was promoted last week officially. Great news, of course and I'm so thankful. But I'll be even more thankful when we have someone to fill my old position. When a team of two becomes a team of one for a solid 4 months, it's tiring and stressful. Not to mention, this happened right smack dab in the middle of some crazy projects that have taken every last ounce of energy I have (which isn't much due to item #2 above). 

4. JC. As I mentioned, JC's crazy schedule will soon be changing. He just recently accepted a new job that will give him normal working hours and a steady schedule as opposed to his current job where he has a different start time everyday (between 12am-4am), works 60+ hours/week and is pretty miserable every day he comes home. The even brighter side of it all is that he will have 1 week off in between the two jobs and we're are going to take a much needed getaway for an extra long weekend. We have no idea where we'll go - likely somewhere within driving distance (severely limits the options), but we know that we will finally get to spend some quality time together and have multiple nights in a row of uninterrupted sleep because Hudson will be vacationing at his grandparent's house :)

If anyone has some ideas for a good place to go, driving distance (4 hours or less) from Northern Virginia, I'm all ears!

5. This blog. I went and made this blog private a couple weeks ago because I was quite certain I'd never come back to this space again. Then all the craziness of life came to a head this week and I thought hey, maybe I should get some free therapy and blog about it. Not to mention, I miss talking to all of you! So here I am. I'm not sure how long I'll stay, but I'd like for it to be awhile. Let's just hope the creative part of my brain allows me to do so!

Happy Friday, Friends! I hope you guys are in for as gorgeous of a weekend as Virginia is!