The End

Sometimes, things need to come to an end.

I sort of feel like I’ve outgrown this blog because who I was when I started it isn’t who I am now.

Sure, I’m still sarcastic and I can be a complainer, but so much has changed since 2009.

Since that time when my family picked up, moved across the country with a 3-month-old baby and our lives were forever changed.

I’m finding a new home on the web. I hope to launch it in T minus 10 days and I hope you’ll stick with me. This one will stay live, I apparently get lots of visits from people looking for letters to their best friend and Misoprostol use… that experience is still so fresh in my mind, I want to leave this up for them to have a place to read about my experience. Even if it’s just a virtual fist bump. Been there. Done that. I feel your pain.

I hope, in my new home that I can continue to be candid.

I hope that I can continue to express myself and maybe even have my words resonate with some of you.

I hope, though, that things will be different as well.

Less cursing. Hopefully more reflective, thoughtful writing.

Hopefully more vocal about the things that I struggle with daily, not in a complaining manner, but in a “I’m there too, I feel you. Fist bump. ”

I hope to have more conversations with you guys.

I hope to share more of my secret dreams and aspirations.

I’ve been really encouraged this year to step out and try new things. I hope you guys will see that and feel encouraged as well.

I have lots of hopes… and I want you to come with me.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, I’ll be announcing the new blog name in both of those places.

If not… stay tuned.

I’m not done yet.

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Start Printing Those Photos Today! {Giveaway Inside}

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How many pictures are on your phone?

Today, my count was 2,169.

A large portion of those photos are from my Instagram account.

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I don’t know about you, but out of all of the photos that I have on my phone, very few actually come to life off of my phone.

Enter Printstagram. They will bring your Instagram photos to life.

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The Touch, The Feel

Nope, this isn’t about cotton.

I know you were singing the cotton jingle in your head.

This is about books.

I made a silent promise to myself that I’d read more this year and so I’ve been trying my best to do that.

I’ve read three books so far and am smack in the middle of my fourth (thanks, Miranda for telling me about the Divergent series).

Usually, I buy physical, actual books. I kind of die a little inside whenever I step into a bookstore. Die from all of the overwhelmed-ness (yep, that’s a word) that I experience. And I die knowing that I am going to spend WAY too much money on ALL OF THE BOOKS.

I love the way books smell.
I love the feeling of a good book with lots of pages to turn.

This year, though, I put a book on my iPad.

My first e-book.

I have to admit that it was nice to have my book with my on my iPad, something that I carry around daily anyway because of the nature of my work.

I travel from building to building and sometimes I have a bit of downtime in between projects, it’s nice to just whip open my iPad and start reading. I try not to be a bag lady and go into schools with too many bags. I don’t have a set place and I go to lots of different buildings, so I don’t want to go in there and start misplacing things.

I have to say. I don’t miss it.

I don’t miss having a physical book to touch and feel in my hands.

I mean, I kinda miss the smell… I know, that may be strange.

But I just added Insurgent and Allegiant to my ebooks on my iPad.

So, is this the start of something new? Will I never buy a real book again?

I know I will. Cause nothing can replace having a real book, but having ebooks will definitely help me reach my goal of reading more this year knowing that I won’t have one more thing to carry around.

How about you?

Have you jumped on the eBook train or are you still a physical book kind of person?

Also? What are you reading right now? I’m all about recommendations. The more books I can read this year, the better.

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Five Reasons Why You Suck at Being a Dog Owner: A Rant

I don’t like dogs.

I mean, seriously, I don’t.

More specifically, I probably don’t like your dog.

Oh, and have you seen my gorgeous dog?

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He’s 8 years old this June.

He can sit, shake, semi-roll-over, play dead and fart like nobody’s business.

Oh… and he doesn’t bark.

I mean, almost never.

Your asshole dog, though, does.

And it’s annoying.

That’s kind of one of the reasons you suck at owning dogs.

1. You let your dog stay outside and bark incessantly- disturbing all of those who have the poor fortune of living around you.

1a. You make dumb ass excuses to your neighbors for your dogs incessant barking. You know, excuses like “Oh, she’s not  mean, she’s just vocal.”

Uh

2. Putting your dog on a stake outside on a retractable leash is not walking your dog.

Your dog is not a cat that can go roam the neighborhood on its own. Which, don’t get me started on random cats in the neighborhood. Your dog needs to be walked. Your dog would probably like to go to the dog park every once in a while. Being a dog owner meant that you promised to keep your furry friend active.

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2a. Putting your dog on a retractable leash means that your dog gets into my yard and gets to bark even closer to my back door…

Thanks.

3. You set out for a walk with your dog and don’t bring poop bags.

What? You just imagined that you’d let your dog out after being home alone all day and there’d be no poop? Or were you hoping that you’d go out and your dog would poop and you could do it without anyone seeing you?

I’m the girl that happens to step in dog poop all of the time. Just for good measure.

You make me sick.

PICK UP YOUR DOG’S SHIT

4. Letting your dog ride in the bed of your pickup truck isn’t how you give your dog some fresh air.

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Your dog could end up with rocks, dirt or other debris in its eyes from all of that wind blowing. You never know, you may hit a bump, step on your brakes or do something that could send your dog flying right out of your truck bed. Then, your dog could be injured or road kill. I digress…

5. You think it’s cool to leave your dog in the car.

Really?

In all seriousness.

Sometimes, I think people don’t realize what an undertaking getting a dog is.

I also think that just like parenting, sometimes we forget that what our dogs do can have an effect on others. And that sometimes we can control what our dogs do.

Hey. Be a responsible dog owner.

Starting with getting your dog trained.

(Cause FYI dogs shouldn’t just bark to be barking)

I mean, I’m not Cesar Milan- so what do I know?

End Rant.

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The Priority List {Review}

The Priority List

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I think we all, at some point in our lives, stop and think about the things that are most important to us.

As I continue to truck through my yearlist, the next book that I’ve read was The Priority List by David Menasche.

For David Menasche, The Priority List was something that his AP English students did for him each year. When faced with brain cancer, though, Menasche creates his own Priority List.

Click here to read my review. 

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Keep Swinging Your Arms

Something that I’ve read over and over is that moving your arms while you’re running helps to propel you forward.

I don’t know if this is true or not, though all of the literature I’ve combed through tells me yes.

On rough days, when it’s freezing cold outside or I’ve circled the track over-and-over and I’m feeling like I could just stop- I push my arms back and forth.

Even if it’s just mental, I hope that by doing this, I will be propelled forward.

In my quest to know more and be a “real runner,” I have been reading books on running and buying magazines. In those pages, not only do I find motivation for running, I learn about upcoming 1/2 and full marathons, which tickles me with excitement just reading it. I tore out the page with the 1/2 marathon I’ll be running and pinned it on my board in my office. This is what keeps me heading to the track at lunchtime… ’cause I can do it. I find info. about gear in those pages and I’ve found insight into running stairs post-run and other cross-training that I can do.

For someone as frugal as I, it’s a costly purchase, but worth it. It helps me to keep swinging my arms, even when I don’t want to.

Women’s Running is giving me a free 1-year subscription for one of you! I got nothing else in return (no subscription for me, so lucky you!).

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