Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Thunderdog

As I mentioned earlier, we bought Miss Oatsy a Thundershirt in preparation for Thanksgiving Day, which for us involves two houses, two dinners, and lots of people for Oats to shower with her craziness.

After hearing lots of great things about the Thundershirt, we asked our vet what she thought and she also gave a rave review, so we figured it was worth a shot. It's supposed to calm animals by basically swaddling them in the tightness of the shirt. Oats has been wearing hers for about 2 weeks now...whenever we bring her places or have people over, because those are the times she's the most hyper.

My opinion?

AMAZING.

We have the craziest puppy since Marley, so we weren't really holding our breath, but this thing IS all it's cracked up to be. Everyone that knows Oats and has been around her pre-Thundershirt (which on Thanksgiving was basically all of our immediate and extended families) continually commented on how much calmer she was. It was awesome and we are thrilled. Even if it never works again, it was worth the $40 for that one day of moderate calmness. And surprisingly, she seems to like it. This from the dog that has tried to eat off her own collar tags.

The shirt reminds me of a cape when she sits like this. Hence the name THUNDERDOG. Add it to her list of 45 nicknames. And her big puff of fur around her neck reminds me of the Elizabethian Era neck ruffle....
Here she is on Thanksgiving, playing just like normal. Not even phased that she's being swaddled.
So here's my official big shout out to Thundershirt....thank you for helping calm our nutcase. I luuuurve this thing.

Monday, November 26, 2012

M.I.A.

Looks like I've been MIA from blogging for over a week. What a slacker. Here's an update on what we've been up to...

1. Working on some house projects
2. Making 4,512 trips to Lowes and Home Depot
3. Craigslisting (Pottery Barn patio furniture!!!)
4. Taking Thunderdog to the beach (yes, she is now the proud wearer of a thundershirt)
5. Making pies (and eating LOTS of pie)
6. Raking an insane amount of leaves
7. Enjoying time with our family and friends for Thanksgiving....more on that later :)

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Christmas Came Early!

Yesterday was the first in a series of several things I bought this week that I'm sure I'm going to get in trouble for since it's almost Christmas. Don't care....too excited.

The first was literally a gold box of happiness.
Amazingballs doesn't even begin to describe how great this thing is. It's already on my camera and I'm not sure it's coming off. I got home at 9pm yesterday so I didn't have tons of time to play or tons of subjects, but I'm sure I could have worse subjects than a cute yellow lab puppy. Here's a few of the first shots with this bad boy. Jenni's Nikon...meet the 50mm. It's 50 shades of FABULOUS.
 
Today I arrived home and there was another package on the doorstep....HOORAAAAY! And it contained yet another gold box, just a bit smaller. Who needs blue Tiffany's boxes when you can have gold Nikon ones?! This little tiny gem contained my camera remote. Works like a champ. Took two pictures of my leg to try it out.
It also contained my deal of the century and something I've been waiting for since forever...
BEST. WEEK. EVER.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New England Much?

This past weekend we went to Maine with David's parents for a shopping trip. Yes...dream weekend for the men. We stopped first in Kittery and went to the Trading Post and the Crate & Barrel Outlet....ahh heaven. Well, maybe more heavenly on non-holiday weekends when it's a tad less packed, but whatever. Seriously... first world problems. Then we continued north to Freeport to hit up Beans, which is the name I affectionately use for L.L.Bean and just recently learned is not a universal nickname. Looking at the few photos I took made me think could we be any more New England...

These were the L.L.Bean catalog covers when David and I were born. They have a whole wall of them. I think these are surprisingly fitting. David's is a canoeing/camping/fishing scene. My is people on a dock and sailboats. Beans gets us.
At one point I caught myself drinking New England Tea from my Western New England College travel mug while walking through the L.L.Bean store. I mean really.
David's mecca:
I took pictures while he shopped for ice fishing gear. Better hope we get some ice this year. Better hope we get these PJ's for Christmas too.
And finally, you know you're in New England when....
We actually didn't take any pictures of us. David and I both had colds so we weren't exactly at 100%. So....here's a photo from the last time we were there. It looks the same. We look the same. Plus a pound or ten.
Yup....we love New England.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Warning: Extreme Cuteness

I'm sorry, but there's just nothing cuter than a sleeping puppy...
 
This is how she spends the majority of her day when she's not running away to frolic in the snow at the neighbor's house. It's hard to stay mad at something this adorable.

Yes We Can

My favorite part of the election: immediately after it's over. Yes, I know everyone is happy when it's over. No more political TV ads, phone calls, junk mail, debates, facebook statuses....no more unknown. However, what I'm talking about is right after the election, when we put the dividedness of the campaign behind us and come together to make a decision. Once that decision is made, it feels, at least for a short moment, like we can stand together as one nation. So that's my favorite part....right after the votes are counted and the winner is announced....the election night presidential speech. I don't care who you vote for or who wins, these speeches are inspiring.

Inspiring because we are reminded that while we have many different opinions, beliefs, backgrounds, dreams, and political views, we are still one united nation. One nation practicing and putting into action our democracy and our freedom, then coming together to support each other, our leaders, and our country.

In his first speech in 2008, President Obama quoted President Lincoln,
As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends…though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection."

No matter who you voted for in this election, I hope you can appreciate that without coming together we can never move forward. Like most Americans, I have been scared for the future and concerned about the effectiveness of our system. There are many flaws, but there is also room to change and grow and move in a new direction, as we have for centuries. Obama said in 2008, "while we breathe, we hope," and while I continue to hope and pray for change, I also hope and pray that this country can stand together and support each other and our leaders, and continue to press them to make the right decisions.

Whether you like him or not, I hope we as a country and come together to show support for the President, because he still deserves our respect. When we feel the need to speak negatively about our country, government and war, we should pause and remember all the men and women who are currently fighting and who have fought, day and night, in the freezing cold and scorching heat, in the snow and the mud and the rain, for months and years and holidays and birthdays, to protect this country and our freedom. We should think of them when we lose faith in our country and our government, because their sacrifices are not for nothing. We should think of the brave African-Americans and women who fought for the right to equality that we often take for granted, and the gay men and women fighting for that same right now. The sacrifices of the people that have fought to move our nation forward should not be for nothing.

Here is an except I loved from President Obama's 2012 election night speech:
I believe we can keep the promise of our founding, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look like or where you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or rich or poor, abled, disabled, gay or straight. You can make it here in America if you’re willing to try. I believe we can seize this future together because we are not as divided as our politics suggests. We’re not as cynical as the pundits believe. We are greater than the sum of our individual ambitions and we remain more than a collection of red states and blue states. We are, and forever will be, the United States of America.

Have faith in your leaders. Have hope in the future.

Out of many, we are one...while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism, and doubt, and those who tell us that we can't, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of a people: Yes We Can. ~President Obama Election speech 2008

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Sandy Day

First  and most importantly, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the devastation that was Hurricane Sandy. We were so, so fortunate, as were our friends and family, to live far enough inland that we were not affected. David and I didn't even lose power, so we feel very blessed.

I went into work Monday morning but headed home at noon and our office closed Tuesday. David has been working on a house on the shoreline, one that's being redone because it was destroyed in Hurricane Irene last year. Fortunately we found out it survived Sandy and he was able to go back to work today. I can't express enough how fortunate we feel. I know many people were not so lucky.

Anyway, since we both had a rare day off together yesterday, and the weather (surprisingly) was very nice for most of the day, we got a lot done around the house.

We finished our fence (saga of the fence to follow):
Here's a lovely afternoon sunshiney photo of our yard with the new fence (no we didn't rake yet):
And in honor of that %#$@& Sandy, I "sand"ed all day. I started with the unimportant projects, because it was my first time really using the sander. David helped a lot. He's much better with power tools than me (shocking). I worked on my canoe paddles that I picked up at a tag sale, and the small decorative paddles that David's had forever but were in sad shape.
Here they are post-sanding, minus the red painted spot on the right one because I left that for David. I'm such a sweet wife. I plan to do something fun with all of these. More to come.
Then I started work on the nightstands. We got these for free, with a matching dresser, from a friend of my dad's. I originally thought they were wood, but sadly learned they were particle board once I brought them outside and really looked at them.
The original plan was to sand and stain them, but that plan was foiled since they're not wood. Option 2 was to paint them white. So far, they've just been partially sanded.
We started to sand the rest at the same time the rain started, so that's as far as we got. But I learned to use a sander and we finished our fence. Overall a productive day. Here's Miss Oats and Mr. Sam Adams joining in the fun.
Happy Halloween!
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