Adopting a puppy is a massively huge life change. It’s kind of like deciding to become a parent (in my case a single parent) to a hyperactive, needy, headstrong (but lovable) fur-baby who has the advantage of having four fast legs and cupie doll eyes. This fur-baby has sharp pointy teeth and uses its claws as weapons. Things will get chewed up, your schedule will dramatically adjust, and both your place and your car will be distinctly cleaner and messier at the same time. You will be picking up things you never thought to before, and keeping all your shoes in the closet. There will be chewed up bits of dog toys, plastic water bottles, sticks and pine cones littering the floor. There will be wet nose spots on your windows and fur all over. You may have to invest in a new vacuum… and that expensive dog bed will get destroyed and will be replaced with a $5 blanket from Walmart. This puppy will need to go outside frequently to relieve itself, and will want to stay out longer when it is freezing outside. This puppy will use you as a chew toy, bark in your face, and have numerous strange quirks you never stop discovering. But this puppy will also follow you around adoringly, romp and play, and will curl up next to you on the couch with their head on your lap and your heart will melt. They will learn a new trick, greet someone politely or actually leave something alone that you command and your heart will burst with pride. Owning a puppy is one of the most frustrating, but rewarding things you can do.
Growing up I always had a dog or two, and so it felt like a space was missing when our last dogs passed away three and four years ago. This May after a lot of thought and after having waited several years for the right time, I decided to start looking. Of course my Charlie was at the very first shelter I went to. I had enlisted my brother to help and we both fell for him. How could you not want this adorable face?
My trainer said most new puppy owners go through a ‘honeymoon’ phase before the troubles begin. Charlie and I had no honeymoon phase. He’s as stubborn as I am, which is really saying something. It was touch and go for a month or so, but we found common ground and now I can’t imagine not having him.
He was a bit of a trouble maker at first:
Charlie has a particular taste for fabric leashes. This led to him walking himself until I could find a metal leash
Charlie is strong… and likes to try to get into things and go places he should not
One of the 2,352,436.23 messes created
A very special mess- consisting of an entire box of facial tissue, among other things
Good old fashioned dog shaming after Charlie chewed up my Netflix rental
Actually, Charlie is still a troublemaker:
He can be a very aggressive beggar!
Rolling in fall leaves- fine until he discovered trash can usually be found in the piles also!
More living room messes.
Rolling in mud. Oh dear.
No matter how many crazy things Charlie does, or how frustrated I get, he’s totally worth it. He makes me laugh, he is my personal space heater as well as my shadow, and he’s a snuggle bug with a heart of gold:
Fetch with squeaky balls is fun!
Charlie and Coda! What a goofball!
Walks are his favorite- especially at the off leash dog park!
Charlie and his first chew toy 🙂
Rolly polly mode
Car rides are his favorite
Just cute. That’s all.
Charlies there just to help out or catch anything!
One smart pup.
We passed Beginner’s training!
One of many sleeping poses
A very polite request to come back in.
Fun with the hose!
We graduated from Intermediate training!
Dog park fun.
His begging game is strong.
Kansas City puppy
My little dragon!
Vampire bat at the pumpkin patch!
Snuggle bug ❤
If such a big change isn’t for you, get an older and calmer dog. When Charlie gets a friend to play with that is what will happen. Remember, adopt- don’t shop!!
To see more goals I accomplished this year click here.
This year’s Oscars had so many fashionable and gorgeous gowns I couldn’t possibly pick just ten of them and rank them like I usually do. So here they all are- a jumble of crisp architecture, flowing fabric and splashes of color:
This year’s Oscars was hilarious, check out my favorite moments:
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This past week I went to Josh Groban’s In the Round concert at the Sprint Center. I’ve seen him live before, but this time was even better. Not only is he one of the most amazing singers, but he’s also incredibly funny. I’ve loved his music for years and years, and I can’t miss out on seeing him in concert when he comes back to Kansas City! His opening act was Judith Hill, Michael Jackson’s chosen duet partner for his ‘This is It’ tour- and after Jackson’s death she preformed at his memorial service, attracting global attention there after she sang ‘Heal the World’. She was also on the fourth season of ‘The Voice’ on NBC.
I’ve put together most of the clips I filmed during the concert- it’s a little over 30 minutes, but even if you don’t want to sit through the entire thing, it makes for awesome background noise. Hope you enjoy!
This past weekend I went to the Mumford & Sons concert in Bonner Springs, KS with Anna and Megan! I recently shared on my blog another concert I went to with The Spinners and The Emotions. A concert that I would have not gone to on my own in a genre of music I don’t listen to regularly- thus fulfilling a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. This time is different, Mumford & Sons was a band that I’d not really heard of until I was asked to go to it, but the music is right up my alley, and after the concert I can definitely say I’m a fan. This concert had nothing to do with fulfilling that goal on my list, but I’m sharing the experience anyway because it was so incredible!! These gentlemen from London are so talented and entertaining. They are on hiatus as of the end of the concert we attended, but I can’t wait until they come back!!
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Merry Christmas! I hope your day was filled with family, love and lots of tasty goodies! Between the food hangover and breaking in all the new toys, lets remember the real meaning of Christmas.
Enjoy some of the lights from the season!
And a video of an animated light show from a house that can always be counted on to have a great show:
Sunday night was the 2012 American Music Awards- and I tuned in to see all the new gowns and also to support my YouTube fav- Shay Carl from his family’s channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SHAYTARDS/videos?view=0. He was there hosting the red carpet with other celebrities including Sean Kingston and Lance Bass!
Once I got past my geek-out seeing Shay’s success on the carpet I could focus on the fashion. Overall it was a disappointing fashion awards show- but with that said my #1 and 2 I absolutely LOVE:
Christina Aguilera: Love the ombre effect of the fabric and the flattering shape. Not a fan of the bangs.
Phillip Phillips: Bond. Phillip Bond. Yup. Nuff’ said.
Kelly Clarkson: Love the dramatic spikes and embellishments on her dress- girl power! It fit her performance to a tee.
Ryan Seacrest: Looking dapper as always. I kind of like that he didn’t wear a tie.
Pink and Carey Hart: A nice mixture of tough with a gooey center. And by the way, her performance was just amazing!
Lady Antebellum- Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, and Dave Haywood: They take the cake for best dressed group!
Shay Carl and Collette Butler: The heads of my favorite YouTube entertainers! Shay looked spiffy. No other word for it. Collette looked lovely as usual.
Kelly Rowland: Is it just me or there a lot of Kelly’s up in this countdown? Miss Rowland’s dress was a 10- fit, style, pattern. Her hair and shoes were frosting on the top. 🙂
Carrie Underwood: Love. This. Dress. The fit, color, pattern again are a 10.
Taylor Swift: Talk about a perfect dress! The sparkle, the fit, the cut and the overall look are amazeballs. The picture can’t begin to do it justice. Seeing it move and shimmer on tv brought this dress to life. Taylor nailed it! 🙂
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In the world of Harry Potter the game of Quidditch is the coolest sport around. We muggles, (non-magical folk) have adapted the sport so we can play- In the United States alone there are over 800 teams associated with the International Quidditch Association. My dad and I went to the Kansas Quidditch Tournament this past Saturday, Oct. 20th- and had a blast. It was very entertaining- wish we could have stayed for the whole thing!
In J.K. Rowling’s novels, Quidditch is played by two teams of seven, one one team is a keeper, three chasers, two beaters and a seeker. Four balls are in play- the quaffle, which is the ball used by the chasers to score 10 points per direct shot through one of the three hoops high up in the air, then the two bludgers which are hit by the beaters with clubs toward the all seven members of the oposition to try to unseat them/block them from making shots, etc. Finally there is the snitch, which is a small ball with enchanted wings that carry it around the pitch of it’s own accord. The seeker must find and retreive this ball, which earns his or her team 150 points and ends the game.
In our adapted, non-fiction version of the sport a person plays the golden snitch and similar rules to flag football come into play as the seekers must try to retrieve the sock. In this game we watched the snitch run across the field, complete a cartwheel, and keep running into the parking lot and he didn’t come back for about ten minutes. When he came back I captured this hilarious video of the rest of the match:
Shot of the game:
This crazy shot was captured right before the player in the air got injured. I think he just had the wind knocked out of him, and thankfully he was okay! Just goes to show how rough a sport it can be!:
This sign made me giggle:
More of the action:
Can’t wait for the next match/tournament in this area! 🙂
Check out the official fun here: http://www.internationalquidditch.org/
and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quidditch
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