Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wiener dogs on Wednesday!

I think it's time to bring this back! I had it on and although unfortunately my Lyla bug is still in Chicago, Oscar is here to stay and ready to be in the spotlight for some Wednesday blog posts!!

Some of you may be wondering how the little man is doing without his sister, and how he has adjusted to the move and everything, and to that I am happy to report that he is doing great!
1. We are very fortunate to be living with my mom and dad right now, who have 3 Italian greyhounds. While I wouldn't say that Oscar is exactly "friends" with them, I think he likes having them around.

2. He is now on a once a day feeding schedule, since they are...and he really seems to be doing well with that! He has lost some weight and seems to actually EAT his food when it is dinner time, instead of just picking at it.

3. He and I have both been exercising more and walking at night too, since my parents neighborhood was basically built for dog walking...its 1 mile exactly all the way around and has sidewalks and friendly people.

4.  Oh, and the best part...since Lyla was not very trustworthy in the house alone, both dogs were in the crate at night, every night. Lyla had a tendency to pee on our bed, on the couch...pretty much anywhere she pleased, but Oscar never has accidents. So what does that mean? He gets to sleep in my bed with me...every night, this dog is in heaven!

Poor thing looks miserable, doesn't he?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Got that J-O-B!

It's true...I got a job, and one that I feel I am just PERFECT for, so I can't wait to start and see where this new adventure brings me!

I was pretty OK with the fact that I probably was not going to find something for a cardiologist, since that is such a specialized field, and I was also aware that since I am in the health care field, that I was probably going to have to start working weekends, so when I was offered a full time position, in a cardiologists office, with benefits, and no can imagine me picking my jaw up off of the floor!

There are several other advantages too, like it being literally across the street from the nephews school, about 20 minutes from the house that I would like to rent, and it being attached to a hospital, which means that my dad ,the funeral director, may get to pop in from time to time when he is  there for um, business, =) ha ha.

All that being said, I REALLY miss my old job, and I realized that I will start my new job on March 26th, which is the EXACT date 3 years ago that I started with Chicago Cardiology, I miss you guys!!! Here are a few pictures that I managed to get in on my very busy last day!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I know, I've been missing in action way too long again, I'll work on it...well, I'll try. There is a LOT going on.

Someone showed me this video and I just can't get is incredible. It brought tears to my eyes!
Check it out:
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Emily and Michelle's GET MOTIVATED challenge!

I have this awesome friend, Michelle, who lives in Wisconsin. We met through a dachshund group while I was living in Chicago and found out that we had a lot more in common than our love for dogs of the long and low variety.

Michelle is an extremely talented quilter, but she also does tons of other really cute crafts that don't involve sewing. We always talk about our craft successes and fails, and what crafts we would love to do, if we just had the motivation!

Well, about a week ago, Michelle gave me a challenge! She suggested that we start giving each other these challenges every 2 weeks or so to motivate each other to do all of the wonderful projects that we see on pinterest, since we are both addicted.

So how does that work? Her being in Wisconsin, and me being in Virginia now? of us picks a project and then we both do it, not copying the pintrest project, but doing our own version, and then we send each other pictures. There is no winner or loser in this challenge, its just fun and motivational!! I say that, though I have yet to start my first project, which Michelle picked for me WELL over a week ago!

Michelle chose the first project, and I was SO excited! She challenged me to a melty crayon art duel...if you have been on pinterest for any amount of time, I know you have seen these amazing pieces of art, I can only hope that mine turns out that well.

All of the pictures below are from pinterest, stay tuned for pictures of my melty crayon project, as well as Michelle's!!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Still here...

I had this great plan that once I moved, I would be posting all the time. I wouldn't have a job, so I would have ALL this time to be crafting away and working on this blog like a madman...

Well...truth be told, I'm having a harder time with all of this than I thought. I don't like not being in control of things, and right now, there is a lot that I can't control.

1. I don't have a job, and as many as I apply to, and as many of those as I feel I am perfect for...I am just not in control of that decision.

2. I'm not in control of my emotions/health right now. I'm 2 weeks out from leaving my husband and the life that I had created and had been living for the last 4 years. I need to tell myself that its OK to cry, its OK to mourn the loss of friends, an awesome job, its OK to not be OK!!! I'm also dealing with migraines because of the stress I'm putting on myself.

3. I can't control what other people do. That's just that, the good, the bad, the ugly.

On a positive note, I have the best, most crazy awesome family there is. My parents seriously rock my world. I take back every stupid mean thing I ever said as a teenager! ha ha...

My Mom has this super strength that she gets from somewhere deep inside that allowed her to help me load that trailer and drag it here, unload it and stay strong for me so that I didn't break down physically and emotionally. She rearranged my sister's old room so that it would be as comfy as possible for me and the Osc man! My Dad makes me laugh everyday, even through tears sometimes, and he works his ass off everyday just to support my mom and Erin and this house. Erin has been doing her part too! She takes care of Osc when I go out and taught him how to go up and down the back steps on his own! They are the best!

When I talk family, I include my friend Matt, his girlfriend Gioia, and his boys, Aron and Jason...because Matt has truly been family to me over the last 5 years. I watched Aron and Jason the last 2 days after school so that Matt could go to a wake/funeral and let me tell you, Jason did something that made me laugh so hard, my gut hurt!

I used the last paper towel and offered him the empty tube, because he is 5, and well...why not? When I turned around to finish making dinner, he began wailing the words to Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance," through his new "microphone!" So funny!

Through everything that has been going on, who would have known that a paper towel tube, and one sweet 5 year old could be the thing that makes me smile, and tells me that everything IS going to be OK!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A little about Osc...

Osc is short for Oscar, short for Oscar Mayer.

Osc is a silver double dapple dachshund.

Osc loves plastic bottles, stuffed toys, and one particular toy I've named "squeaky face," it is a fox that he has destroyed everything except the face.

Osc has literally saved my life before. As I mentioned before, I suffer from chronic migraines and I have passed out before, and he has licked my face until I woke up, and barked for someone to come and help.

Osc was brought home to live with us wen he was 11 weeks old.

Osc can ring jingle bells to alert me that he needs to go outside.

Osc is adjusting to living with my parent's 3 Italian Greyhounds pretty well so far, he likes the company, but likes when we retreat back to my room at night and he can be alone!