The Halcyon Life


SHAPE & Upcoming sale
May 16, 2010, 5:29 pm
Filed under: Personal

This weekend I had the opportunity to go to the Shape Bikini Body Tour in South Beach. The weather was absolutely perfect but the trainer of one of the classes I took (Geoff Bagshaw), has basically left me immobile today because the lower half of my body is quite sore! But, I got an incredible workout and highly recommend you to go to the tour when they stop in Santa Monica if you are able to. 

Besides working out, I’ve been so busy with school that I haven’t had time to open up my Anthropologie items that were finally shipped from the last big sale two weeks ago. I forewarned my husband that their is supposed to be a gigantic sale on Tuesday. Fortunately for him, I don’t  many of my wishlist items will go on sale. For example, the Chantico Tank has been out since February, but I just noticed this past week they’ve come out with a beautiful new green color! So, I don’t think that will be hitting a sale quite yet. Other than that, I’ve had my eye on a couple of cardigans and a few knit tees. I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll make it to the sale! 

What are you hoping goes on sale?

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Tabby’s Story
May 8, 2010, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Personal

Tabby is a cat who I somewhat coaxed to follow me home one day many years ago when I was walking my dog. Since then, he’s never really left. He was tall, lanky, and very malnourished. I also assumed that he had been dumped by his previous owner because he was too friendly for a feral cat. When we first took him to the vet, my mother kept reminding me that we weren’t keeping him. Because my family already had cats named “stray 1,” “stray 2,” and so forth in our file, we decided to call him Tabby because of his breed. It because obvious very quickly that he was now part of the family. Tabby lived outside but slept in my family’s garage (we had too many pets inside and we weren’t sure of how our cats at the time would react to another cat). When I moved away from home for college, I begged my mother to let me take him. It took about a year and a half to convince her. I remember in the car with him for 6 hours on the highway. I even brought him (in his carrier) into the gas station bathroom with me because I was too afraid to leave him in the car. We ended up bonding very quickly. He’s moved around with me to about 4 different apartments, crazy roommates (and their pets – rabbits, cats, etc), and managed to stay sane during all of it. I like to think he helped me pick my husband too, considering he loved to run and around play with him whenever he would come to my apartment when we started dating. Fast forward several years later, he doesn’t play and run around with my husband or I quite like he used to. He does however run around with Daisy and has become quite fond of Tulip. While we think he might have been a bit taken back when we first brought home Daisy (as an 8-week old puppy) and Tulip (at just a couple of weeks old), he’s accepted them into his family and treats them like his little sisters. 

I think he’s quite photogenic!



*Update*
April 7, 2010, 10:44 pm
Filed under: Personal

I think it has now been weeks since I’ve had a real post and I do apologize for that! Things have been quite hectic so I thought another update post was in order until I could manage to get things back to the norm. I haven’t even had time to check my personal email account in quite some time. If you are expecting a response from me, I’m sorry about the delay!

To start, my husband is doing much better. Without going into too much detail… He ended up spending three days in the hospital. It probably would have been more but the last test they ordered for him to do could be done outpatient, so he ended up being discharged. He had a procedure done yesterday and although we don’t have the official results yet, the doctors don’t seem to be leaning towards any of the horrible diagnoses that they were originally speculating.

Next, this is my last week of the school for the semester! I fell behind when my husband became ill, but thankfully my professors and supervisors were understanding and granted me a couple of mini extensions for some minor projects. Ultimately, the semester went by very fast!

Besides wrapping up my school work tomorrow, I’m taking Tulip (the new family kitten addition) to the vet tomorrow with her sisters. They’re old enough to be de-wormed and we’ll see if they need any vaccinations. I also am debating on purchasing concert tickets for a concert in May. Now, some people might be embarrassed to admit  this or probably think it’s a waste of money, BUT, the Backstreet Boys are touring and coming to my hometown! Besides a slightly ridiculous price, I have a slight dilemma. I will be at a conference the weekend they are coming! Now, I can lose some money by leaving the conference a little early — my last night in the hotel, which is only about $30 because I was sharing the room), and can drive four hours back home to see the concert.

Ticket presale starts soon and I’m not sure what to do. What would you do?

Leave the conference a little early and go to the concert OR stay at the conference and just listen to them on my ipod.

Last but not least, I’ve picked up a few things since my last ‘real’ post. Including an adorable bag from LeSportSac (that even my husband likes), some great finds from Anthropologie, and more. Stay tuned!



Update
March 29, 2010, 9:33 pm
Filed under: Personal

I realize I’ve gone missing for several days. My husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital last weekend. He’s home now but we still don’t know what’s wrong. Once things start to settle, I’ll be back.



Daisy’s Story
March 22, 2010, 8:52 am
Filed under: Personal

My husband and I had wanted a dog for a long time. We would always talk about it and when things got really serious, it was always “is this the right time?, can we handle it? do we have enough time to give to another pet? how will we work out taking care of it?” and the list goes on. Our biggest concern was we share one car and have opposite school (and work) schedules. How were we going to do it?

Well, last June I decided to wander online to check out our local animal services agency and look at their dog photos online. I was looking at younger dogs (less than 3 years old) and no more than about 20 lbs because we live in an apartment. I must have emailed my husband 8 different doggy bios. My husband ended up saying he really liked a couple of them and we could go see them in person. We ended up going to the place and it was heartbreaking. I couldn’t really go in the back where all the dogs were. My husband looked around at all the dogs and came back to me. He couldn’t find a puppy that I had emailed him about. We managed to track her down. She was still in quarantine in another room. We got access to go back and see her, but unlike the other dogs, we couldn’t touch her or hold her. She was crouched in the back of a metal crate with three other puppies (her brothers) and a larger black dog (that we assume might have been the mom). I only stayed and saw her a moment. My husband went out and talked and we decided we would place a “hold” on her. This was placed because she was still in quarantine and wasn’t quite available for adoption. So, we grabbed a little numbered ticket and began to wander amongst 30 other people in the lobby waiting to be called to the front desk… I started to freak out when I saw a lady holding the puppy’s ID number in her hand, as if she were going to place her on hold for adoption. I freaked out and my husband did a little too when he saw it. In the midst of all the anxiousness, we decided if the other lady was called to the desk before us, then the puppy wasn’t meant to be ours. Of course, I was praying for this not to be the case, especially because the lady had a couple of extremely obnoxious children who were treating the lobby like a playground (and she was too busy chatting on her cell phone and talking to a friend to care). Well, we got lucky! The lady didn’t even have a number ticket because they had run out. We were eventually called up to the desk and placed the hold on the puppy. We were told to come back the following day before 2 pm, or the next person who placed a hold would have “second dibs.” 

We ended up arriving around opening time the following day. I admit, I don’t think I was ever so nervous or excited! She was handed to my husband and I over the front desk counter. All I remember is holding the puppy and looking in her eyes and telling her “you stinky” and her little tail started wagging. After a nice long bath to get rid of all her fleas, we brought her to meet my family. My grandmother came up with the name Daisy and we thought it was fitting. She’s been an angel and a little monster ever since and we couldn’t love her more. While my husband and I didn’t originally plan on getting a puppy, we’ve definitely learned how hard it can be to take care of one! 


Stay tuned for Tabby’s story next!



Tulip’s Story
March 21, 2010, 8:59 am
Filed under: Personal

I’m not sure how people can take in an animal only to not care for it or abandon it…

My brother was running some errands and stopped in a parking lot around noon on Friday. He came to the horrible discovery that someone left 8 kittens in a small carrier that was left with the door open. My brother found 7 of them alive and well. One of them unfortunately did not make it because of the door to the carrier being opened and it venturing out. I cried when my brother was telling me what happened because who could have dumped these poor kittens like this and then leave the door open knowing they would wander out and probably suffer an accident! But, my brother wasn’t going to let the others suffer the same fate. He brought them to his home and took care of each one of them throughout the night and the following morning. He and a neighbor managed to locate a county facility who told them they would accept them because they had no kittens, and wouldn’t put them to sleep if they were in good health and had a good temperament. Well, all the kittens were in good health and obviously had great temperaments, they are only about four weeks old! My brother, the neighbor, and my husband, all went to drop them off at the county facility that was willing to accept them. If I was able to, I would have kept them all. Each one was so different in personality and unique in their looks! I told my husband that he could make the decision as to whether or not we would expand our little family. Needless to say, my husband came home with Tulip! She was the runt of the litter and almost half the size of her siblings. She is extremely sweet and with some scratching, will start purring within a minute. She was having some difficulty feeding from a bottle yesterday, but last night was doing better and eating wet food. My husband and I decided to leave her with my brother for now, who kept two of her siblings. It’s been awhile since any of my family has had kittens, but because they are so young and already are without their mother, we felt it would be best for her if she could bond and learn socialization skills with her siblings before we take her home. We plan to bring her home in 1-2 weeks to introduce her to the rest of her new family!

Stay tuned for Daisy’s story!



New addition to the family!
March 20, 2010, 9:34 pm
Filed under: Personal

I realize I haven’t posted just about anything on my family but I wanted to share our new addition…

Meet Tulip!

More on her and the rest of the family later 🙂