A dog and his girl, some crafts, cooking, and a whole lot of nonsense...

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Quick update on life...

It's been a while.

I'm still figuring out our "new," life in our little cabin in the woods, the new job, being a "single" dog momma of two, etc.

Osc and Lucy are doing fabulously and even though we have struggled a little with having to find new room mates to try and bring down my overhead cost...new jobs...ex boyfriends...drama in general....the three of us are OK!!

I could not do what I've done and would not be who I am without these two little ten-pounders. They always know when momma doesn't feel good and when to be crazy, silly little pups who jump and do back flips just to get a few laughs from me.
I was in a pretty bad car accident on 10/9 and missed some time from work and they were fortunate enough to have their grandma here with them to play and snuggle. I'm doing a lot better now, and my car is back from the dead (unfortunately...I was really hoping that they would total it!)

I'm working my butt off, painting a lot (even done a few craft/art shows and opened up a small etsy shop to sell my paintings! Www.facebook.com/paintingwithpain or paintingwithpain.blogspot.com) and spending a lot of nights cuddled up with the pups.
I've been seeing someone for a little while and Oscar and Lucy love him, and so does Jackson...so really the guy has a lot going for him already ;)

That's all I really have to say about the last couple months. I hope that in 2016 I can manage to post a little more frequently and with more photos (which would mean I'd have to get my laptop up and running!) and that I can continue to work, doing what I love, and paint and spend as much time as possible with family, friends and loved ones...because you never know when you might not have the chance anymore. If nothing else, my accident taught me that!!

So since its 3 days until Christmas I'm going to go ahead and say Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016 to all of you and Blog About my Dog will see you in January!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

So much change...

So if you had read a few of my previous posts, you'd know by now that I'm living in a new home, have a new job, and am single for the first time in quite a while.
Love this cute little cabin in the woods that I'm living in. Working on decorating and having fun with that part of it.
My sister has always been my chief decorator in charge of all previous homes I've had. Well. Now she is 1600 miles away in Colorado, so I'm on my own and making the best it it :)
Oscar and Lucy are adjusting very well. Took them some time to get used to hard wood flooring, but they have it down pat now and rarely fall, lol.

My new job is a bit of a challenge. We have no one to answer phones, make appointments, collect copays, etc...so a lot of the secretarial part is new to me and a pain in my ass. I hope we can get someone in there soon to help with that so that I can go back to simply doing the nursing side of things.
It's quite a commute, but I only do it 3x/week, so I can't complain too much :)

Other than that, I'm just trying to adjust. There have been so many changes in such a short time. That adjusting is going to take a chile, and I'm working on it.  I'm extremely, beyond broke...so that part sucks too. But I'm a survivor. I don't ever just give up. I always make due with what I have. (Unless you'd like to send a gas gift card or target or Walmart for groceries, lol.)

Every little thing is going to be OK.
Happy almost weekend everyone :)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Entertaining a toddler in the worst scenarios

Our little Jax had a few seizures over the last few months. It has all been very scary for us, and his parents, and everyone who loves him.
After doing some initial testing, the Neurologist decided to admit Jax to the University of Virginia for 24 hour/day epilepsy monitoring.
A 2 and a half year old is hard enough to keep happy and entertained. But put him in a strange environment, strap wires and crap to his head, make him wear a backpack which contains some of the monitoring equipment, and tell him that he CAN'T get out of bed for 3-5 days! UGHHHHH.
So I took a day off during that week to go down to UVA and hang out with my favorite dude. As well as give his Momma a little break ;)

So what does an Auntie, such as myself, bring to her favorite boy to help keep him happy, and entertained in his cute little hospital bed?
Well...I'm going to tell you!
It wasn't easy. I had to think things that he would like and not become bored with TOO quickly. Stuff that didn't need tons of space. Stuff that didn't rile him up TOO much, etc.
1. Blue bucket/tote. From Michael's with  a coupon. Can't beat that with a stick.I was going to paint his name on the front really cute but ran out of time!
2. Matchbox cars
3. Various action figures or "mans," as he calls them. I really like the Imagenext ones and also Fisher Price "little people."
4. Shape and color flash cards
5. Books, books, and more books.
6. Frozen, Cars, and Toy story sticker/activity packs from the $1 bin at Target
7. Squeeze applesauce in different flavors. His appetite wasn't that great, so at least these got some good vitamins and nutrients into him!
8. Crayons and coloring books.
9. Pirate puzzle
10. Animal Crackers in little, pre filled containers.
11. Little sorting game with tiny, plastic farm animals that you can sort by animal, color, size, etc.
12. DVDs (Walmart has some cheap ones in those bins, you just have to dig for them!)
13. Stickers
14. Tic Tacs (I don't know why, but the kid loves those things!)
15. Beanie baby Elephant...because Elephants are his fav.
Probably more, but I forgot...
He is doing OK now. They never noted any seziure activity on his EEG and he is on preventative medications.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hershey Park Birthday Trip

Since Christopher's birthday is the end of April and mine is the beginning of May, we decided to take a little weekend getaway this year instead of gifts.
I decided on Hershey at the recommendation of a friend of mine. I've been to Hershey Park a number of times as a kid, but never stayed there in any of the Hershey properties or done any of the town tours or anything.
We stayed at the Hershey Hotel and the accommodations were beautiful. The wall paper in the bathroom, the sheets, and even the carpeting has Hershey kisses all over it. The beds were very comfy and there were a lot of amenities and activities to take part in.
Sadly we were only there two nights, and Friday night we got in very late, so we didn't get to do too much in the way of activities, but they certainly did look like fun. Some of the things that looked interesting were the Falconry classes, Segway tours, craft classes for kiddos, a Wii building, where there are apparently 20-some Wii's available to play with, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool, hiking tours, and of course, the Hershey Spa with complete with Chocolate massages. Like I said, we did none of those. No time.
We did however go to the park and ride everything that we could (Chris was a little too tall/large for a few of the ones that had over the shoulder harnesses, and my migraines keep me off of rides that are too bumpy or jerk your head around too much.) and ate a LOT of candy!

We also visited Chocolate World, which is right next door to the park. You can take a trolley ride through the entire town of Hershey and learn all about the history of Milton Hershey and all that he did (there was no AC on said trolley, and it was quite bumpy...not for the migraine people of the world!.)
There is also the Hershey Innovation center, where you can make your own chocolate bar and watch it be made, a taste kitchen, and a few other things. Also a LOT of shopping available at Chocolate World and you can find any and all candies made by Hershey and it's affiliates there, by the case if your heart desires!!
All in all, a good trip. I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you live in or around the Northern Virginia area, because it's just a few hour drive and tons of fun!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Let's just start over...

I find it hard to believe that I have yet again, let another 4 months go by without blogging.
But at the same time, my life has literally exploded, put itself back together, exploded again, and now we are in the rebuilding process AGAIN.
So I guess it really isn't all that surprising.
Just as a quick run down, and I plan on blogging separately about all these shenanigans...
1. Chris and I took a birthday trip to Hershey, there probably won't be too much on that because well...it was kinda fun, but we might have fought most of the time there. So. Yuck.
2. I turned 31. There will be no blog on that. 31 hit me like a ton of bricks. 30 I was OK with...now I'm officially "IN my 30's." Yuck.
3. I had a little accident with a staple gun that put me in the hospital twice and ultimately ended in surgery.
5. We went on a "family," beach trip to Carolina Beach in North Carolina with the Komars and kids and our friend Wesley (formerly married to our friend Tina. Now just Wesley)
6. I lost my job at Blue Ridge. I'm not going to post on that either. It sucked. I miss my co workers. I do not miss some of the BS that went down there.
7. Chris and I broke up. Say what? Yes. That happened.
8. I loved on my dogs. And loved and loved and loved. They are some fabulous little furry beasts and I don't know what I would do without them.
9. I got a new job, within 6 days of leaving Blue Ridge I got an offer, and so far, so good.
10. I'm moving. Obvi. I'm not going to stay here with a man I am no longer with. We have been living seperately within the house and it's just not working.At.All.
11. I've been painting. A lot. I'm thinking about starting an etsy shop or doing craft shows.

OK. So that, in a nut shell is what's been going on since April. More to come if anyone cares. If not, move along. Life is much to short to dwell on the negative, and that's really what I've learned in the last few months, if nothing else!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Painting party

This is a little late...but Aron and I went to a painting class/party. This is the 3rd one we have done. Usually his mom comes, and our other friends and family...but this time was just the boy and I. We had a ton of fun, and as usual...his art skills put me to shame!
Happy Friday!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Dogs on drugs. Our journey with doggy anxiety. Part 2.

So months of doggy insanity. Lucy was practically ripping her toenails out trying to get out of the crate, and barking furiously for hours.
Chris was sleeping peacefully.
I was loosing my damn mind.
Little lady was in bed with us by morning, most of the time...just because I couldn't take it anymore. Then I would feel sorry for Oscar, and bring him in there too.
And then someone peed on Chris while he was asleep.
On his pillow.
Game over. Dogs back in the crate!!
Back to the vet. Dr. York, God love her, decided to try Prozac. Like people Prozac. Same exact drug. I even get it from the Wal-Mart Pharmacy, right along with our medicine.
Three days in, little lady was SLEEEEEEEPING!!!
Miracle. Right?
It lasted about 3 months. And then we bought a new house, moved these dogs to a new environment, and shook everything up.
She started again, and we upped her dose. Awesome.
Then Oscar. OMG. Oscar. There are no words for the level of insanity that I experienced with Oscar Mayer when I started working 9-5 again.
I had been off and with him every day, all day, for 10 months.
He is a MOMMA'S BOY by definition and lost his shit on the regular. Crying. Pacing. Clawing at the doors and windows.
So I snatched him up, marched  him right into Dr. York, and had him put on the miracle pills too.
He's still insane, no doubt. But he is better. And she sleeps. And life seems to be OK for now.
Happy Weekend, Ya'll!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Rant for the week.

Things that are annoying me right now.
New items, made to look like old items. I'm all about antiques and vintage things. But for gods sake. If it was make in Mexico last week. Don't try and make it look old. It just looks like crap.

My right ovary. I wish it would calm the eff down. Seems like righty is always the one to get cysts, and she's a real b about it.

"Winter storm watches." Seriously. The weather says less than an inch and people in Virginia want to flip the eff out. I wonder why? The news makes it sound like the Apocalypse is coming.

Rude people. I can't even. If you come to a public place of business, where the hell do you get off acting like the queen of England and making demands and yelling and screaming at people? Some days I just have to walk away, y'all.

People and their babies. That sounds terrible. I just need one in my life. An acquaintance recently posted a photo of his newborn and said "our little miracle." Hey, I get it. Babies, miracle of life, etc. but you got pregnant on your wedding night and bam! Baby. Try not being able to make/carry one for several years...THAT creates a miracle.
I'm terrible. Going to hell, y'all.

Ill wrap up this rant with a cute pic of my dog. Because...cute dog. Duh.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Sleepy Sven

This wittle boy. I can't even.
He is SO snuggly and sweet all the time. For a "stray," that supposedly lived on the streets of Chicago for some time...he sure knows how to snuggle, love, and sleep on furniture!!
Love our babes!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Dogs on drugs. Our journey with doggy anxiety.

 Part One.
I don't think it's any secret that I'm 100%, head over heels in love with my pups.
I'd do anything for them. They're more like children in our family than pets.
It's also not a big news flash that dachshunds as a whole are somewhat needy, have some anxiety issues, etc.
Let's start with this guy. I've had him since he was 11 weeks old. He weighed in at just under 2 pounds and was so stinkin' cute I couldn't stand it.
 He was literally attached to me for the first year of his life, aside from when I was working and he was at home in his crate. I took him with me shopping, not in huge stores like Walmart or anything...but once we had to go buy a new fridge and he came.
 He often went with me to get my hair cut...it was a very dog friendly place and the girls there just loved him. Just off the top of my head, I can think of at least 20 places in the Chicago suburbs that this dude has been into.
He was at my bridal shower, in my wedding, and everywhere in between.
We went through a lot. He did have another sister, Lyla, from age 8 months on. They loved each other and played well together. I did not want to leave her in Chicago, but in the end, it was the best decision for everyone, including Lyla.

Fast forward a few years, and I went through my divorce and health problems, left Chicago for good, moved back in with my parents (and their 5 dogs!) and he was with me every step of the way. I often wonder if I would have made it without him.
Anyway. He loves his momma, but he's never had an issue going into his crate when necessary. He kinda likes it in there and will go in for a snooze on his own during the day, especially if momma isn't available (if I'm cooking or working on a craft project where I'm standing and he can't snooze in my lap.) He really doesn't mind when I'm working either. He is his momma's boy...he loves sleeping.

Then came this little lady. Lucy. We adopted her in February 2014.

Our little Lucy did not have as great of a life before coming to live with us. She was part of a backyard breeding operation. She had never been inside a home when the rescue got hold of her. She had puppies ripped away from her at a young age. She had no idea how to act sometimes.
Luckily, she had a great series of foster homes, which helped her through some of her issues.
When she came here to live with us...she immediately attached herself to her daddy.
Even though I was the one home with her most of the day, she couldn't get enough of Chris.
Things were OK but then suddenly she started freaking out when she was put in her crate at night.
She was OK during the day, but night time was just insane.
We tried everything.
We put her in the crate with Oscar.
We put their crates next to each other.
We put on white noise machines.
We put on the radio.
We put her crate next to our bed.
We covered her in blankets.
We put Christopher's tee shirts in the crate with her.

She was wailing and barking for hours and hours and hours on end. Nothing calmed her except being let out and having her sleep with us, or staying up with her and sitting in the recliner. Ugh. I don't think I slept for weeks.
I took her to the vet a few times. They tried medications. Xanax and benadryl.
Dr York also talked to us about behavior modification.
This went on once a week for over a month.
Nothing worked.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Thoughts for February

February 15th. I'm not even sure how we got this far into the year without me noticing, but here we are.
A few things are going on.
One, work is a little nuts. We started doing some different things this past week that are time consuming. I know that eventually they will all be second nature. But whatever. For now, it's just annoying.
Two. It's cold. Really cold. I'm talking 6 degrees. But no snow. Annoying. I'd much rather have some snow if it is going to be this cold.
Three. Three dogs. Yup. Crazy.
Four. Baby Mouse 2015? Not yet. That is a whole other post that I'm not ready to write. I'll leave it at this...It's not as easy as it looks or sounds. Awesome if it's been easy for you to make babies. But keep in mind that it's not all rainbows and sunshine for the rest of us.
Five. I'm taking my Christmas trees down today. Yup. No shame.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

2014 review...

I have done this in the past...and since its February 1st...I guess it's about time.
When I first set out to write about 2014, I was kinda at a loss. I honestly don't remember the first part of the year very well.
As most of you already know, my migraines were at a peak of terrible, awful, hell from about October of 2013 to May/June of 2014. I was hospitalized 4 times at 2 different hospitals. One being a week long at the University of Virginia. I was in the emergency room countless times, and rode on an ambulance as a patient for the first time in my life. Ugh ugh ugh.
The plus side of that is that I seem to have them under control right now. I still have headaches/neck pain/nausea, etc a lot. And I honestly can't tell if they are 'better' or if I am jut coping better now. I work full time, I'm driving a car again, I'm getting things done in my life that had been on hold for quite a while (ahem, divorce is final y'all.)
So that is one of my highlights of 2014. Owned these headaches, like a boss.

January 2014. I don't remember anything that great happening. It snowed a lot. We lived in Manassas still, and our neighbors were obnoxious. Headaches were pretty bad and I saw my neurologist in the headache specialty clinic at UVA. We played with Jax a lot. My middle sister, Erin, turned 28. Wow. Where did the time go?

February 2014. More snow. And lot of it. Poor Chris was still commuting into Arlington most days. We spent valentines day with our best friends at the Melting Pot in Fredericksburg. Dinosaur expo with Aron and Jason. We adopted our Lucy girl, and went on a mini road trip to go get her. She was stubborn at first and I wasn't so sure about her, but now I couldn't imagine our lives without her. She just fits right in.

March 2014. More snow. Seriously. I don't ever remember getting as much snow in late February/early March in Virginia. I wasn't working, so it didn't bother me too much. Poor Christopher. We found out that Lucy LOVES snow, Oscar still hates it. We spent Easter with the boys, doing an Easter egg hunt at their house, and then going out to the farm to spend the holiday with the Briner fam. I was admitted to Fauquier hospital for 5 days for migraines along with some heart issues. We started talking about moving. The Komar boys got a trampoline!

April 2014. Tons of time with boys since it started to be nice outside. Jason turned 8 with a celebration at Stop N Play. Christopher turned 28 and we celebrated at the Melting Pot with Komar and Gioia. We took Jax to see the circus at the Patriot center. German and Mary's baby shower to welcome their sweet Bodo. I started doing freezer meals, what a fantastic idea! Hannah and Joshua got ENGAGED!

May 2014. I turned the big 3-0. We planned a party and it was a disaster. I got diagnosed with a tick-borne illness from a Lone star tick I got somehow in April. I was hospitalized for a few days due to migraines and complications of the tick. Oh...but...We bought a house! We looked at only 4 houses and knew right away that this was the one we wanted to live in for a long time. It's perfect for our little fam right now, and has some room to grow. Also Jax turned 2 with a Sesame Street party at his house! Our good friends the Kuhl's welcomed baby Bodo into the world the day after Jackson's birthday.
June 2014: Moved into said house. Was a lot harder than it seemed. Thank goodness for awesome friends and family. Oscar Mayer turned 5! He has been my sidekick since he was 11 weeks old. We went on Vacation...to DISNEY WORLD! We rented an RV with our 4 best friends and their kiddos and had an amazing week! Hannah and Joshua were awesome enough to stay at our house with Oscar and Lucy.

July 2014: It was hot. Really freakin' hot. Southern Summer at it's best. We spent the 4th at Tina and Wes' house with all of our close friends and the 3 boys. We had a lot of thunder storms, which seemed to be worse out here at the new house. Possibly because we are surrounded by woods, which is pretty scary with all that wind. We went to Gloucester for a week to visit Chris' parents and friends. I ate Lobster mac n cheese until I thought I'd explode. Oscar and Lucy got to come along this time! Jax became increasingly obsessed with "Frozen." Hannah and Josh turned 25. We celebrated Gioia's 30th at the Japanese Steak house.

August 2014: On the second of August was the two year anniversary of my Grandma's death. We miss her every day and hope that she is in no pain, and looking down on us. I started a new job on August 4th, and again on August 25th. The first one was not really what I am trained to do and I was offered my current position and couldn't be happier. We said goodbye to my sister's dog, Sophie, at the ripe old age of 16. She was the best. Aron turned 11. We celebrated by taking a Limo to the Melting Pot with the whole family and 2 of his friends from school. He and I have been best buds since he was 2!

September: I was settling into my new job. It took a lot out of me since I had not been working in nearly a year. I hosted my baby sister, Hannah's bridal shower here at our house. Jax started school. We were finally making some progress on getting the house unpacked. We hung some curtains, with the help of my momma. We found a dead mouse in the attic, which made us relocate into the guest room for a few days because of the smell. Ahh, home ownership!
October: Wowza what a month. I broke my left foot doing something dumb. We worked at Haunted Hollow again every Friday and Saturday night. We visited Cows N Corn with the kids. We took Jax to see "Frozen on Ice," at the Patriot center. We had "Spirit week" and BROA (Crazy sock day, team spirit day, crazy hair day, and then Halloween.) I won a pumpkin carving contest. Lucy began sleeping upstairs with us, and then eventually Oscar too, since Lucy's anxiety was so bad. Wedding planning was in full swing and Hannah and Joshua had their rehearsal dinner on Halloween.
November 2014: Hannah and Joshua got MARRIED on the first!It was cold, but beautiful and I didn't cry...much. Her photos are to die for and we are so so happy for them. Christopher and I clean up pretty good for the wedding. I pulled into the driveway after work one evening and caught some asshole breaking into our crawl space. I called the cops, they came, with dogs, and everything. It was scary. But, it prompted us to install new door locks, flood lights, etc. Thanksgiving was a disaster that I don't feel like talking about. Gioia held a painting party that was super fun. We started talking about a new dog. We learned just a few weeks before that I was pregnant and I lost the baby on November 7th. It's been hard, but we are OK. Things always happen for a reason and one of these days, we will be kick ass parents to a kick ass baby ;)

 December 2014: I did some research and found photos of Lucy's parents from the puppy mill. We got just a touch of snow. I went to the firehouse Christmas party with the boys. We decorated the house and put up THREE Christmas trees. We adopted this sweet little nugget and named him Sven. I got to visit with my BFF in Chicago and see the physicians and co workers from Chicago Cardiology that I miss so much. Did I mention that we have THREE dogs now!? Hard work, but worth it! Chris and I celebrated 2 years together. We had Christmas Eve at my parents house with traditional Chinese food and then took jax to see the Bull Run Festival of Lights. Gioia had major surgery, and we kept Jax for them. Christopher's parents came down from Massachusetts, and I didn't see them at all because on 12/31 I got the worst flu of my entire life, and Chris got it the next day. We were down and out for a week. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

All in all, this year wasn't too bad. But there is always room for improvement.
Happy 2015!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Look into my eyes...

...you are getting VERRRRRY sleepy!

Sven is just the mot cuddly, affectionate, little dude. This is what he does every evening when I get home from work...right in my face. Usually accompanied by some doxie kisses.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Good morning from the three little pigs!

Happy Saturday to everyone! It is currently doing an ice/freezing rain/snowy mess outside my window. Oscar and Sven are very good about running outside, peeing, and coming right back in. Lucy however refuses. So the boys are in the big bed with mom and dad, and Lucy is barking her head off, downstairs in the crate.
No potty, no big bed!
Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Burrtio Casserole

I made this tonight. Using a recipe that a co-worker suggested.
It. was. amazing!
And super easy!
And Christopher ate it (wow!)

And pretty much, this is all stuff I keep around the house!

I didn't take a picture. I was too busy stuffing my face.
But here is the recipe!

Creamy Burrito Casserole

1 lb ground beef
1/2 onion, chopped
1 package taco seasoning
6 large flour tortillas
1 can refried beans
2 -3 cups shredded taco cheese or cheddar cheese
1 can cream of mushroom soup
4 ounces sour cream

Brown beef and onion; drain.
Add taco seasoning and stir in refried beans.
Mix soup and sour cream in a separate bowl.
Spread 1/2 sour cream mixture in the bottom of a casserole dish.
Tear up 3 tortillas and spread over sour cream mixture.
Put 1/2 the meat bean mixture over that.
Add a layer of cheese.
Repeat the layers.
Sprinkle cheese over the top and bake, uncovered, at 350°F for 20-30 minutes.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


We had big New Years plans this year...
My in-laws were in from Massachusetts. We were supposed to have Aron and Jason. I had a HUGE family dinner planned for 17 people. Turkey, Green Bean Casserole, Handmade stuffing, Mashed potatoes, Black eyed peas.
Then the flu got in the way.
I was working NYE morning and had just told my co-worker that I didn't feel good. My stomach just felt weird.
Then I projectile vomited under my desk. Holy Shit, guys. I'm 30 years old. That should not have happened!!
I was so embarrassed. I left work (obviously) and it continued for 4 days, every 30 minutes. And then Chris got it.
I ended up in the hospital, it was terrible.
So, needless to say, the mouse house was on Quarantine to start 2015. Yuk.

At least I had these three to keep me company :)