Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ten on Tuesday

1. Despite popular belief, interviewing does not get easier with age.  In some respects it may, but certainly not on my nerves.  First teaching interview since I've been back in Minnesota and I'm just as much of a hot mess as I was when I graduated college.  Less emphasis on 'hot' & more on 'mess'.  But at least I've got experience in my back pocket, so that should make it a tad bit easier, right?!

2. Big puppy news!  We've been accident-free in the house for a month now and last night we took a major step & a leap of faith.... Amelia made it out of the laundry room & slept upstairs with us.  Like any baby she neglected to sleep through the night.  But I give props to the little gal for waking up the girls instead of us when she was ready to play!

3. It finally feels like this house is our home.  Why did I not think it would take so long?

4. I still miss our house in Ohio.  And our neighborhood.  And our friends.  And my job.  Is this feeling ever going to go away?!

5. I did not expect my oldest child to erupt in tears at the prospect of spending her last two weeks of summer vacation without me in the house.  Love that she still needs me, but man does she pull on my heart strings!

6. I am anxiously awaiting the night when we finally make use of our fire ring.  Finally it is getting cool enough to actually sit outside by a fire.

7. I have stopped myself three times now from putting my Fall decorations out by the front door.  Is it September yet?!

8. I still have to get the girls' shelves up on their walls.  I've come across just about every reason possible to delay this.  Who knew it was such a commitment?!

9. I might be having just as much fun doing the behind-the-scenes design work for Geoff's new company as he is being the front man.  If only I could put my inappropriate slogans to work.  I guess I'll just have to keep on giggling to myself.  Some things never change.

10. I could not be more grateful that the girls have met some really great friends in our neighborhood.  There were moments I questioned this, but the kids they've been spending their time with as of recent are on the approval list.  Yay for that hurdle!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Little Snacker

If you've noticed my notable absence from blogging over the last year plus, it isn't out of pure laziness {okay, maybe a little!} but more a combination of a host of things, including a roller coaster ride of exciting ups & defeating downs.  I don't want to be that person who parades their reach of personal happiness to the world as if I've championed my life.  I also don't want to be the person who swims in the moat of defeat in her pinnacle of paradise.  So I've laid low, lived my life, and honored my promise to unfold the stories that bring smiles & laughter on a plate of straight-up reality.

Enter our new puppy, Amelia.  Amelia is a rescue pup and clocks in at seven and a half months old.  But don't be fooled, this little gal has already refined a collection of habits & tastes.  And that is where our story begins.

After a series of recent bathroom break-ins, it became clear that our new dog's favorite time of the month is that time of the month.  If snacking on used feminine hygiene products was a crime, this pup would be on doggie death row.  We wrapped up our investigation several days ago and implemented a fool proof plan to keep our canine criminal's fetish at bay.  Little did we know she was holding onto evidence....  In her bowels!

If there is a director in Hollywood who could perfectly recreate the scene that played out in my living room this morning of a grown man shivering and shaking like a dog in need of relief, an Academy Award would be sure to follow.  I'll spare you the details of my husband's hand grab between the 14th & 15th holes yesterday afternoon.  But of course this could not happen in someone's yard, it has to happen right along the cart path just down the road.  And in his words, "It's a good thing I grabbed a big bag!"

The bottom line: this dog is keeping us on our toes!

So to my friend Teri, who couldn't wait to hear about our adventures in Minnesota.... I told you I doubted they would be good, because after all Minnesotans weren't nearly as interesting as people in Ohio; I know because I am one of them.  I amend that statement.... because after all, I guess I am one of them!


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Fairborn, Ohio, United States
I'm a teacher by trade, writer at heart & mom in every sense of my being. I never considered writing as a profession, but after I got married and began moving around the country, I began sharing my adventures, misadventures & updates through a sort of e-mail newsletter. I found a true passion in unconventional story-telling that has followed me into motherhood.