Friday, June 21, 2013

High Five for Friday!

So exciting things have been happening this week.

So remember here when I talked about waiting for the job to be excited about?
I finally got one!

Not going into any specifics because we all know I like to be vague.
It's in my degree field and I'm super stoked.
Do people still say stoked? Well I just did. 

Something similar to this might have happened when I got the offer.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Possible Sun Poisoning...

So the boyfriend and I are doing a huge overhaul of the backyard.
Two years ago we paid a great landscaping guy to come do the backyard...
We had beautiful grass and plants and it was awesome.
Until weeds took over everything because of some seed they laid down.
Then they came back and redid the grass. 
That's when they laid grass on top of our surrounding wood chips.
Not a great idea.
Grass started growing everywhere and wouldn't you know it the weeds came back.
Fast forward a year.
We decided to be kind generous people and save a dog from the rescue.
A dog who is pretty much Satan herself. 
Who had been neglected her whole life and freaks out if you even leave the room.
Well even putting her outside caused her to panic. 
Fast forward to last week. 
Two of our cypresses were destroyed by spider mites. 
About 5 plants were eaten by the aforementioned Satan dog.
The drip system became a tug of war toy.
The grass was killed on purpose by the boyfriend because "it was the only way to kill the weeds."

So today was spent getting rid of the surrounding woods chips because
1. They were grass ridden
2. They're birch and Ripley is HIGHLY ALLERGIC
3. They absorb everything and I mean everything 

It already looks so much better just without the wood chips. 
We then fixed the drip system so we can finally water our remaining plants.

This weekend will be spent taking the wood chips to the dump. 
They are piled on one side of our yard right now.
Laying down new felt. Possibly getting some rock. Possibly planting replacements.

I'm already super sunburned and was quite convinced after hour 6 that I was going to die. 
We'll see how it goes this weekend. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday Topics: Seven Things About My Job

Seven things about my job...

Well I'm not currently in my "dream job"...

It pays the bills and I'm thankful to have a job when so many don't.
It's an office job and I surround myself with hello kitty things...
I work in a department of the university I graduated from.
This time of year is EXTREMELY BUSY and I'm ready for vacation.
I just got a brand new iMac to work on and it's amazing.
My job is pretty boring and sometimes soul sucking.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Eight Goals for This Month

We all know how I feel about goals?
Setting myself up for disaster! 

If I plan it out it's almost a guarantee it's not going to happen. 

But here are some things I would like to accomplish this month.

1. Put some miles on my new bike
Woo I'm at like 2 miles! lol

2. Plan a vacation for next summer
I'm thinking Myrtle Beach...
or maybe California...

3. Be more positive...
I have a problem with is and I definitely need to work on it.

4. Blog more
I don't feel the same pressure I used too... 
I feel like I'm leaning towards lifestyle blogging rather than crafty blogging.
I've also noticed I enjoy reading more lifestyle blogs than crafty blogs lately...

5. Enjoy my time off
I have a week off at the end of the month and I plan to be super lazy...
While catching up on everything I need to do around the house. 

6. Take my vitamins...
I've gotten really bad.
 I have a Vitamin D deficiency that causes swelling in my knees so I really need to get on this..

7. Fix Roxy's Harness
She ate pieces of it... that makes 3 collars/harness she's eaten.

8. Get on a workout schedule
Guess this goes with putting some more miles on my bike!

Monday, June 3, 2013

DIY Dog Treats

We all know I love my dogs like they're my children.
This is partly because one of my dogs is extremely high maintenance.

Ripley the studly german shepherd you see below is highly allergic to...pretty much to life.

I'm not kidding...
He's allergic to cats, carrots, grass, sagebrush, birch, pecans, soy, wheat, corn, cow's milk, yeast, pork, beef,  mosquitos, 
house dust, about ten more different weeds,  potatoes, HUMAN skin cells (so our love), and numerous other things. 

It's kind of exhausting. 

But not as exhausting for him. The above picture doesn't really look like him anymore.
His fur has gotten dry and itchy, his nose is always running, and his bottom lip is extremely swollen.
So what are we to do?
Spend hundreds of dollars on allergy testing? Check!
Spend hundreds of dollars on immunotherapy? Check!
Spend even more money on grain free/gluten free dog food free of most things he's allergic to? Check!

I'm getting off topic. 

Needless to say Ripley cannot have a lot of things out on the doggie market today. 
I'm waiting on some new treats to come in but in the mean time decided to make my own. 

He's allergic to potatoes but not sweet potatoes... I don't get it but oh well...

I spent about $1 on one sweet potato and got a nice sized bag of doggie treats. 

All I did was slice them up into strips and bake them in the oven for about 5 hours. 
The oven temp was 225.

I checked on them every couple hours to make sure they were getting crispy but not burnt.

The dogs LOVED them.