Friday, February 24, 2012

I'll Never Take you for Granted Again....

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to do your job without a computer?  I can't say I've spent too much time thinking about it myself.  I've heard horror stories from people and I think "oh boy, that sucks", but that's about as far as it goes.

Well, my friends....I can honestly say FIRST HAND that yes, it does suck!  We had a nasty virus run through our whole network so EVERY computer had to be taken in for repair (and rescue).  I was without a computer for 3 whole work days!  In one word, it was AWFUL!

99.9% of my job revolves around my computer.  And without it, I'm pretty much dead in the water.

Thank God for the iPhone!  I was able to get my emails, google phone numbers I needed and occupy my time by playing games and visiting pinterest.

I will never take technology for granted ever again!  I always thought it would be horrible to attempt my job without my phone, but being without a computer takes it to a whole new level of misery.

As of yesterday afternoon I am back up running, but now I have 3 days of work to catch up on!  Ugh....It's always something!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

My Love/Hate Relationship with Pinterest

If you were to ask me how I feel about Pinterest, I would go on and on and on about how I absolutely luuuuurrrvvee it.  But, last night I got to looking at my pins and it got me thinking!  Most of the items I have pinned are for "looks only".

I will NEVER have the patience to do this

I will NEVER be thin enough to wear this:

I will NEVER convince my husband to allow pink appliances in our home

I will NEVER have hair long enough to look like this

I will NEVER have a kitchen this spacious

I will NEVER have a midsection that looks like this

I will NEVER have the patience to do this

I will NEVER have a house this cool

I could do this all day, but I think you get the idea. I guess Pinterest is a place where I can dream!

source for all photos

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I hate Valentine's Day

I was going to write a whole post about why I hate Valentine's Day, but then I read this article on CNN and it sums up all my feelings!

Why I hate Valentine's Day

And, on a personal note....My hubby and I got into a huge fight yesterday!  Ughhh!  Our Valentine's Day was awful.  Do you wanna know what the fight was about?  Tator-tot casserole.  Yes, my friends....tator-tot casserole!  Evidently my husband doesn't like cream of mushroom soup used in recipes AND I DIDN'T KNOW THAT! 

Thank God that stupid "day of love" is over!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Getting the itch

I'm not sure if it's all the nice weather we've been having or what, but I'm getting the home improvement itch!  We didn't do anything all winter to the house and now I'm ready to get started.  I've got a bedroom and laundry room calling for attention.

First on the list is the Master Bedroom.  Our bedroom has been the one room in the house that I just can't figure out.  I have painted, repainted , changed window treatments and changed the bedding about a gazillion times in the past 3 years and still...still, it is the one room I cannot stand to be in.

I have really been concentrating on this one room and I think I finally figured out one of the major issues I have....IT IS SO DARK! 

It is a fairly small room that is filled with a lot of BIG pieces of furniture.  My first thought was to downsize the furniture, but that is impossible considering that my husband can't get into any of the closets in the house (the doorways are too narrow for his wheelchair), so his only way to store his clothes is in the 2 dressers and huge armoire.

Our room is about 12'x12' and here is all the furniture we have in there:

Large Armoire (from Meijer)

Smaller dresser for t-shirts, socks and jewelry (from Ikea)

Larger Dresser (from Ikea)
Bed Frame (from Art Van)
Do you notice anything similar about all of these pictures?  Everything is SO DARK!!

After coming to this realization, I had the idea to paint the armoire white to see if it would make any difference.  It is the largest item in the room (besides our bed, which is leather and can't be painted) so I figured it would make the biggest impact.  And boy oh boy....does it ever make a difference!  We purchased new bedding, changed the curtains and painted the armoire!  It is like a whole new room!  We have chosen our paint color for the walls and hope that when it is all said and done, this will be a room that I will finally enjoy spending time in.

Before and after pictures to follow once the room is complete.

Do you have a room in your house that just doesn't fit your style?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Changing People's Views

"Is she a Pit Bull?"

This is a question I hear frequently.  More often than not, people ask the question with fear in their eyes.

As a result, I try to be a pit bull ambassador whenever I step out the door with my dog.  We do our best to affect each person that we meet.  Most people who dislike pit bull's typically have never actually met one.  For this reason, I want to show people what amazing, lovable companions they can be.

Most people leave convinced after she plants some big wet kisses on them, but there will always be a few skeptics. 

I had three different people approach me in puppy class Monday night to tell me (in a nutshell) how surprised they were that she was such a loving dog.  Two of the ladies actually said they wanted to bring their husbands to class so they could see what a beautiful, full of life, affectionate dog she was.

I was a proud Pit Bull Mama!

Dogs are individuals, I can't stress that enough.  And all dogs can bite...people need to remember that.

The comment I hear the most, usually has something to do with pit bulls having "locking jaws".  This is untrue.  Pit Bulls do not have locking jaws.  Nor do they require a key to unhinge them!  They are not different from who they were nearly a century ago when they were America's premier war hero and family dog.

The problem lies in that people are not being educated on how to properly raise and handle these breeds.  These are not dogs that just anyone can own.  They require a lot of attention and discipline.

I absolutely believe that we have a "Bully Movement" going on here in America.  These dogs are finally being promoted in a positive manner and I plan to play a part in this.

I can only hope that pit bulls will someday rise above their reputation.

Now take a look at these pictures and tell me why this breed deserves to be banned and removed from the care and love of their families.

Lainey & Webbie ~ Best Friends

Webbie & I

Lainey ~ 2 months old

Lainey ~ 3 months old

Webbie ~ The Bumblebee

Webbie & Lainey at the Howl-o-ween Pet Parade

Webbie won 1st Place in the KISSING contest

Lainey ~ 4 months old

Lainey ~ 5 months old

Lainey ~ 6 months old