Make sure to enter the photoshoot giveaway!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

There are still a few days left to enter guys, make sure to enter! {For South African citizens, willing to travel to Gauteng, only}

Gobbolino, the witch's cat

Thursday, December 13, 2012

On Monday, a colleague of mine arrived at the office with a box that was spilling over with a brown and black striped blanket. Curiosity was sparked at this sight, but even more so, when the box started making noises.

I was at an event for most of the day, but when I got back in the afternoon, the office was abuzz about the cute ginger ball of fur that was estimated to be about one week old. His or her mother abandoned him/her and her siblings and, while I'm not sure what happened to the other kittens, my colleague would do everything in her might to keep this little thing alive.

The kitten, yet to be named, has made my heart melt! Me, an absolute dog lover! The reason it has not yet been named, is because the colleague is still fearful of his life. He has a little infection at the moment, but she took him to the vet, got him the meds and right food he needs and he gets fed by the hour. That is commitment.

This little critter made me think about one of my favourite childhood stories, that of Gobbolino, the witch's cat. Gobbolino's good heart saw him avoid his destiny as being a magical cat, and unlike his sister Sootica, he did not like doing magic, or turning mice into toads. He goes on a number of journeys, and eventually ends up being stripped of his magic and returning to the farmhouse where he first set of to, to become a normal kitchen cat.

The one thing that both Gobbolino and this little one have shown is the utmost courage. Where Gobbolino had the courage to set out on faraway adventures in search of his one true home, this one has the courage and will to live and fight!

We often take life so for granted and often don't stop to say thanks for what we have! I am grateful that there are people out there that are willing to go out on a limb {in this case, she actually went out on a gutter} to do anything for animals and which inspires me to help where I can.

Do something good this cheery season and perhaps visit a shelter. Even if you can't give any monetary or food donations, just give those poor pets some love! I know I am definitely going to.

Photos were taken by our resident photographer Duane Daws.

Emet Photograhphy {giveaway}

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Listen up everyone, you can stand a chance to win a photoshoot, courtesy of Emet Photograhpy! How amazingly exciting is that?!

Look at how excited these two are.

You could win this:

First prize:
Photo-shoot to the value of R600-00 - 2 x Photographer’s
                                                                         hour Photo-shoot
                                                                         DVD containing a minimum of 70 hi-quality photos
                                                                         Photo-shoot must take place within the
                                                                         Pretoria-area or winner must pay
                                                                         costs at R3 per kilometre from Rayton
Digital Photo Frame to the value of R600-00

Second prize:
Photo-shoot to the value of R600-00 - 2 x Photographer’s
                                                                         hour Photo-shoot
                                                                         DVD containing a minimum of 70 hi-quality photos
                                                                         Photo-shoot must take place within the Pretoria-area or
                                                                         winner must pay Travelling
                                                                         costs at R3 per kilometre from Rayton

Choose between a couple shoot, a family shoot, a maternity shoot or a newborn shoot. The winner must redeem their prize before the end of February (with exception to newborn and maternity) and must reside in the Gauteng area or be willing to travel to Gauteng for the shoot.

Emet photography {Interview}

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

 One of the questions this week at the Miss South Africa pageant was 'What is the most underrated thing about South Africa?', and while I agree with one of the contestants that our food is underrated {she didn't win}, I would have to say it is our talent! There are so many amazing artists and creatives in our country, but I believe that they aren't given half the chance that overseas artists and creatives are given. 

I often like to make it my mission to share some of these talents with the outside world, and today I am featuring Monique and Corlia from Emet Photography. How lucky am I to know one of these ladies?! 

Check out their beautiful photography and their quirky and funny interview below.


Tell me a little bit about yourselves.
C: I’m Corlia, happily married for nearly 25 years, my 2 children, Ruard and Carmen are the light of my life. I’ve been a photographer for the past 6 years, for the first 4 years I did it part time, since  Monique  and I got together at  the beginning of 2011 we invested much  more time into the business. I’m very thankful that she is in my life, she brings a young exciting energy to the business, and keeps met on my toes. I love people, music and art and I get to do 2 of them on a weekly basis through my photography, what a privilege.

M: I am Monique, a fun loving, 28 year old with a love for people.  I have an amazing husband who believes in me more than I believe in myself and who supports me to no end.  I am crazy about music, enjoy sports, own the two cutest Jack Russels on this Planet and am deeply in love with my Saviour Jesus Christ.

Why and when did you two start this business? 
M: In the beginning of 2011 I photographed a Wedding with Vanessa (a relative).  This particular wedding was my first rain drenched one, extremely romantic though...and here I realised I never want to shoot a wedding alone again.  Vanessa and Corlia were acquaintances and she mentioned our glorious but rainy wedding to Corlia.  Corlia, at that time, had already been a photographer for a few years, and so after a Maxi’s coffee, where we shared our visions and interests, we were inseparable.  We both have something to bring to the table; Corlia has a lot of experience in photography, how to approach clients and how to run a business where I am still young, ambitious, keener on taking chances and doing new creative things.  We stretch one another but also complement one another in a unique way.

What has been your proudest moment since you started?
M:I don’t have a certain specific one.  The moments that make me proud are when clients comment:  “The photographs exceeded our best expectations” or “I have never felt so relaxed while being photographed” and “I can’t stop staring at these pictures”.  But the best:  Happy clients who come back for more...

C: The day that I could actually understand when somebody was talking about   F-stop, shutter speed and ISO.

What is your main source of inspiration and how do you continue to get new ideas project after project?
M: The main thing in photography (Accept for the influence of light - LOL) is to stay fresh and new and yes this is a challenging task.  I am not going to lie and say that we come up with all our ideas on our own, some of them we do and others we find on pinterest or from other photographer’s work which inspire us, however we always try to put our own unique spin onto these ideas – ‘Emetize’ it a bit.  My main inspiration is people; their love, their lives and relationships, their joys and sorrows, their determination, their individuality...the list is endless.
C: My main source of inspiration will be the people that I take photos of. Each person is unique, and I do my best to capture that. Every comment on our work like a ‘WOW’ or a ‘like’ on facebook, that is awesome to me. To get new ideas, you have to get creative. To stay creative you have to use the full potential of the location where you shoot and incorporate the individualism of your client.

What is your photography style?
C: Our style of photography is elegant, romantic and simplistic. We are professional but give a personal service to our clients to meet their needs.

M: Emet Photography is passionate about people & photography.  Our images reflect a sense of elegance, style, simplicity, fun and enthusiasm that captures the eye and heart.  Our approach is professional, but still very personal in order to meet individual needs of our clients.  We absolutely love what we do!!
Any tips for beginners?
C: Yes, if you want to be a good photographer….learn everything you can about light….know how your equipment works, camera, flash etc.

M: I felt like I had to know it all and had to own the best equipment before I could start but thanks to my sister-in-law, Mercia I started without having the above.  If I were to wait before I knew it all I still wouldn’t have started ever.  The best way to learn and grow is to swim in the deep waters...  Start by photographing your friends and family.  We all know someone who is either pregnant, or has a baby, people with birthday parties, Kitchen Tea’s and Baby showers.  Start by working for free until you feel comfortable with your work...when those same friends start coming back for more, you know you can start charging for your work...  If you are interested in photographing weddings, find a photographer whose work you admire and ask them if you can come and carry their bags etc just to learn...  Always be open to learn new things, you can read up on the internet, sign up for SLR Lounge newsletters etc.  Nikon South-Africa also has free workshops which are awesome...and to all the Nikon fans, I just want to make myself clear:  I’m not saying Nikon is awesome, just their workshops ;), CANON RULES!!   You don’t have to formally study to become a photographer, yes it does help but it is not a must.  All you need is a little bit of courage, lots of passion for people, as well as photography and a camera...  Rome was not built in a day, hey!

Have you had any bloopers? 

M: In 2005 I went on an outreach to Malawi, I was fascinated by the emotions in the children’s eyes, the stories these eyes told trough the dust all hard on their faces.  Faces stung with tears and others with laughter.  People who have so little and yet are filled with so much joy and peace.  This awakened the Photo Journalist inside of me.  I loved the country and wanted to capture something of this story and also take a part of it home with me.  It was then that I knew I needed and definitely, desperately wanted a camera.    A year later (one day before my next outreach to Malawi) I bought my first SLR Camera, a Canon 350D.  Very excited I packed my brand new camera in for my second trip to Malawi.  On arrival I opened the camera bag only to realise I forgot the power cable for the charger!!!!  I wanted to laugh, cry and scream all at once!  Luckily I went back a third time, and it was glorious.  One day (when my work is famous) I would like to sell photographs of certain areas and people in Malawi for lots of money, and use this to build more schools for these children and to uplift their communities.
C: We once had a pre-school’s photoshoot with props; for the boys we had a picnic basket with a fishing rod, hat, bread and apples.  one little boy ate the apples…..luckily we bought a whole bag of apples.


What would be your dream photoshoot?

C: Oh, one has so many dreams…….to do the shoot for a cover page of a magazine.

M: I don’t have a specific dream shoot I want to do.  I would love though to explore film photography with my very own darkroom.  And the pictures I’d like to develop would all be pictures that speak to the heart...  The story of the bum sleeping under his plastic bag in Church Square; life, love, struggle and joy written over an old woman’s face;  the ongoing wars in Africa...things that matter.  Also random stuff that I love to photography that don’t matter to anyone at all.

Something you might still be learning? 
C: This is the part that I love about photography;  you never stop learning,  software is a big challenge , editing, people, marketing and composition, and the list goes on.

M: Oh I learn new things every day, new things about photography, editing, business, designing, composition and people...  The most valuable lesson these last few months has to be, not to strife to photograph beautiful, glamorous people, but to rather be thankful for the privilege to be part of documenting genuine, down to earth people’s lives.

And just for the heck of it, what would you do if you won the lottery?
C: I do not play the lottery, so I guess I will never win. My focus in live has never been money, rather my family and friends.

M: I don’t play the lotto, but if I were to win so  much money I would firstly buy new camera equipment (Canon 5D Mark III and a 16-35 mm Wide angle lens to add to my kit), Apple computer, I would buy  editing programs, I’d give my husband money to start his own many small businesses.  I would bless Zóé Academy (a ministry team currently situated in Pretoria) with the opportunity to start a business to support them financially with a consistent monthly income.  And maybe I would buy myself a horse...       

A Babyshower!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Our online team's editor is expecting her first child, a baby boy in January, and seeing as we are closing for the holidays next week Friday - which is followed by our year end function - a colleague and I decided to organise a baby shower for her. I quickly designed an invite to send to the other people in the office and I thought it was quite cute!

Another colleague pitched in and said that she would like to bake a cake, carrying on with the airplane, blue and grey theme, and I was more than excited when I saw the end result! The lunchbreak baby shower was held at Mugg & Bean Bedford Centre and I have to commend them for their excellent service. I approached them the day before and asked them if they would set up our table with some nice balloons, to give it that extra special feel.

The quality of the photos aren't the best, because it was taken with an assortment of phones and I forgot to bring my camera. All in all, it was great and she did not expect a thing, even though I sit right next to her and had a lot of people whispering and coming to my desk more often.

Also, couldn't resist a snap with the balloons. I love balloons.

Owning a Boxer

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Well hello all ye' SFL readers!!!!

Maddie from Thriftary here.

I am SO excited to be hanging out with all you friends today. Mostly because I get to talk about one of the cutest and wrinkliest and hyper parts of my day. My little boxer dog, Macey.

My husband and I got Macey about two months after we got hitched, almost 3 years ago. Wow. I can't believe she is almost 3. We picked her up from a farm in Atlanta, GA. She was the tiniest little thing, with a lot of bowel issues. We are very sure that she was not born into a good situation. She was only about 6 weeks old when we got her!

She was immediately a snuggler and super playful, even though she was in pretty bad shape for the first 6 months or so. We were in and out of vets offices, trying different methods to figure out why that poor little girl just couldn't hold it in. It turns out, she has colitis, and had to be put on a very strict food diet at a young age. There were so many times that my husband and I questioned wether we could afford to keep Macey in those early days... And every time we were just brought to tears by her sweetest disposition.

Oh my goodness. All of these old photos are killing me! Anywho... After we got Mace Face's colitis under control... It was all downhill from there. She was super smart, REALLY hyper and the most loyal companion in the world.

So many people told us (those who didn't own boxers) "don't get a boxer!! They are so cute but so hyper and will chew your house to bits." 

Well folks. You are sadly mistaken. I think that most dogs would unfortunately fall under that category if you don't give them the attention they need!

Macey is:
 - The easiest dog to train. She wants nothing more than to do exactly what Ben and I ask
 - If Macey get's chastised, she tends to lean her head really low and crawl away
 - Early on, we taught Macey to "Die" which is a trick where she lays down and rolls over. This is ANOTHER way that she shows us she is really really sorry.
 - The only thing that she has ever chewed is socks and trash. Annoying... Yes. But not irreplaceable.
 - She LOVES to hike and camp and jog. She is definitely in her element when she's got her backpack on and she's on a mission.
 - She has never met a dog she didn't like. Now, some dogs may not like her because she is SO loving (she tends to lick other dog's faces instead of sniffing them, in salutations) but not the other way around.
 - Macey is very protective of Ben and I. Until she realizes that you are not a threat, and then she tends to jump and kiss.
 - Macey would sleep on top of me every night if I let her. However, my husband won't let that happen (though we do steal a couple hours of cuddle time when he works late).
 - Though Mace is about 50 lbs now, she still acts like a lap dog.
 - Macey has the boxer lean, where she loves to sit on your toes and lean on your leg and stare off into the distance. Just to let you know that she is there and she's got it all under control.

All this Macey talk is getting me teary eyed.

Typical of the boxer breed, Mace is a completely playful and adorable addition to our family. We wouldn't be the same without her.


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Prezzies and parties

Wednesday, December 5, 2012


I'm not going to write a lot of words today, because I had quite a busy day and am now too lazy to type anything. I thought I was going to dread turning 25, after all, it is a quarter of a century, really old! But if you were to ask me my age today, I would probably still say 24. What made it great was that I was blessed with great gifts that had a lot of thought put into them and shared the day with amazing friends! yay! Even though Flip got me an engagement ring just little more than a week ago, he still spoiled me with Bodyshop goodies. What more could a girl ask for?




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This pretty much sums it all up. Random, quirky and a bit weird, just like me!

It's my birthday!

Monday, December 3, 2012

I caught this snapshot at a tri-birthday party this weekend,  more on that tomorrow, but today... 
Let's horse around!

Friday Fancies: dress yourself

Friday, November 30, 2012

I am loving this week's Friday Fancies theme, as it calls for us girls to choose an outfit we would wear everyday, something we would dress ourselves in. Tomorrow is a friend of mine, her boyfriend and my birthday party, combined. She had her birthday on Tuesday, mine is on Monday and his is on Tuesday again. So, if not, why not?

This is the outfit I am longing to wear for the party. Ironically, I just bought the shoes yesterday, and I am wearing them right now :)

Seeing as we are summering it up here in South Africa, I thought I would go for this lovely Anglaise tiered summer dress from Mr Price, paired with these awesome pointy Ikat printed stud pumps, also from Mr Price, a pretty bun and my favourite new accessory, my engagement ring. You can read about how Flip proposed here.

I simply cannot believe that we are at the end of November already! Where did this year go? Thus far, November was surely my favourite month of this year, but I have a feeling that December will be even better with the birthday and Christmas coming along! Which month was your favourite and why?

The book of love: the next chapter

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"I love it when you give me things
and you
you ought to give me wedding rings"
-The book of love by Peter Gabriel

On Saturday, November 24, Flip went down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. Of course I said yes! I feel a bit guilty, because we had a disagreement in the morning and had a little tiff, Flip went for a drive, to pick up eggs and bread for breakfast {little did I know that he was going to pick up the ring and phone my mom to trick me into going somewhere}.

As I just mentioned, my mom phoned me and came up with a story that there was some horticultural expo at the Botanical Gardens in Pretoria and that we had to join them because a tree that she bought Flip died from trauma after Mila ate it and there was going to be a lunch included, what have you. I phone Flip, he says its fine we can go. {I should have known something was up here, because Flip doesn't just easily agree to do something, especially when it includes gardening. I did have a little hunch.}

 So eventually when we get there, it is raining, I don't see my parents' car anywhere and neither do I see signs of this expo, so I'm getting a little bit suspicious. After walking in circles {and on a mountain trail, where we saw dassies} to where he thinks it might be, we end up ironically close to a waterfall, inside a rain forest. We had to stop a few times while walking to catch my breath, because I was still reeling from the cold I had earlier. But the walk was so nice. Flip kept on bringing up highlights of our relationship. "Do you remember that time we walked in a real rain forest in Mpumalanga? Or that time when..." Going down memory lane was a solid reminder of why I was so in love with Flip and the long journey that we have already taken together. 

Anyway, when we finally reached the waterfall we found that it was not working. I'm ready to walk on and Flip asks if I'm in a hurry, noticing how lovely the spot where we were standing looks. He joked that my parents are at the bottom of the waterfall and that I had to call to them, so I did. "Your parents aren't here," he said and then he went down on one knee and asked "Megan, will you marry me?" I put my handbag down and starting crying. I said yes and Flip said "Well would you mind taking the ring now so I can get up?"  He put the ring on my finger and we kissed. And I cried all the time.

The sad thing is that we didn't get any photos, because there was no one around to take photos and we also didn't take our cellphones. But I am now the future Mrs van Wyngaardt and our love story will keep on growing.

Ad infinitum

The book of love: the middle part

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

   The book of love is full of facts and figures and lessons on dancing. Did you know that Flip can't dance? I'm also not willing to teach him, my toes have suffered too much for that. But perhaps we will join a dance class.

Did you know that the guy I reffered to in the last post was not Flip? No, oh no, this guy {if you missed it, read over here} was a creep and just served for a couple of good laughs between friends and I. I digress and picking up where I left off, I was looking for the a new flatmate, and a few people came to have a lookm, but nothing came of it.

Then one day, another guy answers the ad. We organise a looksee for the cottage and he decides to move in the very next day. Let us call him Dr No for all blogging purposes. So Dr No and I get along great, become friends, I develop a crush {oh yes I did} and get introduced to his friends, among them Flip. I like twists, huh?

But before Flip and I even met, Dr No showed me some pictures on his computer and I stopped at this one picture and blurted out loud: "who is that hot guy and when are you introducing him to me?" Introductions soon followed and Flip fell in love with me.

But then we didn't see each other for about three months. He says I did something to upset him at a braai. I don't recall any of it. But he just couldn't resist and had to see me again.

The unofficial, joke story, of how Flip fell in love was when he was teasing me about my crush and I stabbed him with a fork in the leg. Not long after that, I received a message on facebook from Flip. "Hi, I'm going to be honest. I think you are awesome. And hot. that is all for now." I didn't reply, but was enamored by the message. I gave him my number through Dr No and we messaged each other.

A few days, or perhaps weeks, later I was asked on our first date. Flip took me for sushi, and I have never eaten sushi before. I also had no plans to eat it. But now i'm addicted. We also shared our first kiss that night.

About two weeks into the whole dating scenario, a friend of mine came over to colour my hair and Flip was banned from seeing me, because when is it ever pretty when colouring is involved. My flatmate sneaked in during the colouring session, and I thought something was up. We were sitting in the living room and when I went to my room, after washing the colour out, what did I find?

On my bed there lay 44 roses, 22 white and 22 deep red long stem roses. I might have started crying, because this was the first time any guy did something like this for me. And of course, I was smitten, head-over-heels in love with Flip. Still am to this day. Wouldn't you be?

And you know what the best thing is? The flowers never stopped coming. Flip loves to surprise me at work with a massive bunch of flowers and he loves to surprise me with little things that have meaning to us.

One last thing for today. You know when you have the talk, about whether you are becoming an exclusive couple or not? Flip asked me like this: "Miss Wait, shareholders in Van Wyngaardt and company have decided that you would be a significant asset to the company and we can see great growth with you as a partner. Would you like to enter this transaction?"

More coming tomorrow!

The book of love: the prequel

Monday, November 26, 2012

Every time The book of love by Peter Gabriel starts playing my iTunes, I curse. Like someone with tourettes. It's usually along the lines of "shit, dammit, I love this song!" Yes, I'm paradoxical like that. This isn't the only that stirs me up, for example, One Day by Elbow, Tomorrow by James and a whole array of other songs has me churning out cursewords of joy.

Anyway, Peter Gabriel croons that the book of love is long and boring and that no one can lift the damn thing. I hope that our book of love is too big and heavy to lift, but long and boring? Heck no.

Take for example the story of how we met. I believe in things like fate, but I also like to believe that our love story is also all part of God's plan. Thinking back to a little more than two and a half years ago, I am sure that this was wall part of my bigger picture.

So where do I start? Perhaps here. I was fresh out of varsity, first year worker, living in a two bedroom garden cottage with my aunt. The daunting reality of being in a new city, without any friends there and my boyfriend miles and miles away was getting to me. I had anxiety attacks like some people have food, constantly. My then boyfriend became an ex. And I no longer believed in love.

Moving along, I was soon also looking for a new flatmate as my aunt had decided to move and a friend of mine wanted to move in. As Murphy would have it, on the day she had to move in, she could no longer. I was stuck and would not be able to pay the rent on my own.

So I put out an ad on Gumtree and Junkmail {its pretty much like Craig's list} for a flatmate and got a few answers. One included a guy whose answer read: "I would treat you like a princess every day of your life and do anything you would like me to do. I would look after you and cook for you..." Something along the lines of that. He also attached a photo.

Want to know more about this guy? Read on tomorrow.

No-bake chocolate eclair dessert

Friday, November 23, 2012

My aunt sent me this recipe in an email yesterday and I couldn't resist sharing it. Mmm, my birthday is around the corner, perhaps I should serve this as the pudding? Or perhaps for Christmas lunch?

You will need:
1 x packet of Tennis Biscuits
1 x box of instant vanilla pudding
1 x box of Orley Whip (my aunt said that she would prefer using real cream)
(this recipe didn't come with any measurements, so this are all guesses)

Firstly, pack a layer of tennis biscuits in a pan. Mix the cream and instant vanilla pudding, and layer this on top of the cookies. Continue with this method until the cookies or filling is finished.

Now, boil the cocoa, milk, butter and vanilla together to make a nice chocolatey icing. Pour this over the layers of biscuits and cream.

Pop it in the fridge and resist the seduction until the next day.


Picture from Claremont Road

Owning a Golden Retriever

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

 After writing about what it is like to own a staffie, I thought it would be great to expand this and focus on other breeds as well. SFL rounded up a few other bloggers to tell us about what it is like to own their dog. This will be a weekly feature, each week showing a different breed.

Hello SFL readers! I'm Danielle, the blogger behind Taking Notes...Coast to CoastMegan asked me to share with you a little of what life is like living with a Golden Retriever. You see, I own the WORLD'S CUTEST PUP! So he's pretty easy to gush about :) Without further ado, meet Huckleberry!

Huckleberry is my one year old fur baby, full of snuggles and wet nosed kisses. My husband and I got him when he was only 8 weeks old, so basically he's like our child. 

There is a reason Golden Retrievers are the 4th most popular dog in North America. First off, these dogs are lovers to their core. If you don't want a little shadow follow you around from room to room, a Golden may not be the breed for you. When I walk into the kitchen, the soft thud of his padded feet is right behind me. When I go outside to do yard work, he's never more than a few steps away. And when I swing the bathroom door open after a long shower, there's his sweet little face staring up at me. Golden's don't simply like people, they need to be near you to live a happy life.

Not only are Golden's lovers, but also they are also extremely gentle, making them great around young children and other small animals.

Thirdly, Golden's have a lot of energy. They are called Retrievers because, well, they love to retrieve! Huck loves to run, play tug-of-war, and demolish all the sticks in our yard. He's a busy body who can go from sun up to sun down. Yet, on the flip side of that, Golden's also have a very eager-to-please demeanor, making them an easy breed to train! You can read some of Huck's favorite tricks here!

Overall, Goden Retrievers are loving, gentle, social, active dogs that make great family pets! Having Huckleberry has truly changed my life! He constantly keeps me and my husband laughing and he somehow knows how to make the stress from a terrible day melt away with simply the happy grin on his face and feverish wagging of his tail. And, well there is just something about this pup that makes me want to be a better person --that's how I know Huckleberry was the perfect match for me.

To read some of my favorite post about Huckleberry and his own series entitled Love, Huck click here!

Emotional deathtrap ride

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As much as I would love to say that this is a new thrill ride at the local theme park that I tried over the weekend and took a thousand photos of, to write about, you know, it isn’t. It’s just every day life lately.

To start, I would like to thank the people who choose to come to work in their best “I’m about to die, I’m so ill” suit. Thanks honey for giving me this debilitating cold. I had a great weekend, trying to breathe through my nose while I sleep, trying to walk from the living room to the bathroom without feeling like I just ran a 500 km marathon, trying to eat, as my appetite has totally forgotten that I exist.

Oh yes, and one last thing. Thanks for making me ill, because you are to damn stubborn to go to the doctor and sit around work until you get booked off, so you can go and recover so nicely. This is also now keeping me from the gym, which makes me even grumpier than I normally am. Thanks.

Part of this thrill deathtrap ride is the inexplicable tears. What the hell? I took pride in the fact that I was such a badass made-of-armadillo-scales-and-elephant-skin at school. I think I cried twice. Now, if you just look at me funny, I cry. Puppy on tv? Tears. Baptisms? Tears. Weddings? Tears. A funny joke? Tears. This is getting too much.

Right now, I can make Statler and Waldorf look like the two nicest people on earth.

I hope it’s just year-end stress that’s getting to me. Can the holidays not come any sooner?

Do you have year-end anxiety? How do you deal?

My fingers are itching

Thursday, November 15, 2012

People are really getting creative out there, now that there are more and more ways to share your ideas, and the DIY's that are floating out there are just making my fingers itch. Everyone loves making their homes , or themselves, look more beautiful, and what better way than to do it by yourself?

    DIY bedpost legs

1. Tired of the same old hairstyle? These easy how to's sure got me interested in trying something new.
2. Cute shoes!
3. These awesome dipped bedpost legs will add a Scandinavian kick to your bedroom. {It's in French}
4. Pretty up something arbitrary, like this file cabinet.
5. This cute DIY takes me back to hot summer evenings, when I would drag my mattress and pillow out and sleep under the stars with my dogs.

Owning an Oreo {you read right}

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

 After writing about what it is like to own a staffie, I thought it would be great to expand this and focus on other breeds as well. SFL rounded up a few other bloggers to tell us about what it is like to own their dog. This will be a weekly feature, each week showing a different breed.

Hiya! I’m Rach, from This Italian Family, and I am so excited to be here today! Meg asked if I would share some of my pup’s quirks with you guys so here we go! Oreo is a mutt. I’m not really sure what all he is mixed with. Possibly a mixture of an American Pit Bull Terrier, Boxer, and Dalmatian. Whatever he is, my husband and I adore him. He is definitely our baby. Yeah, we are so those people. ;) 

Quirks about our pup:
- He is the laziest dog I’ve ever seen. My husband, Christopher, and I are always joking about just how lazy he is. The good thing about this is that he isn’t demanding of us. And he is a huge snuggler. :D
- Despite being lazy, when we do go outside and play he LOVES it. He adores the sunshine and running and playing with our friend’s doggies!

- He is super smart! Not only does he know how to come, sit, wait, stay, release, shake, back, down, roll over, grovel, bow, up, off, dance, and go to the window/kennel/bed on command… he can even play hide and seek and open unlatched doors! He can also get out of pretty much any kennel he wants to. He is like Houdini!

- While Oreo is well trained, he is also stubborn. Particularly when he is off his leash in wide open spaces (like the dog park). He suddenly forgets every word he’s ever known including his name and he definitely acts like he doesn’t have a clue who we are. It’s kind of hilarious. He takes off in leaps and bounds and you begin to wonder if he will ever come back. While it is funny, it’s also a bit scary sometimes to see him take off and not respond when we call so we are working on dog whistle training him. 

- Anytime someone comes to our house he is convinced that they are there specifically to see him. He is especially great with kiddos and lets them pull on his ears and tail and sit on his head and snuggle with him. He’s just a sweet guy all around. :)

We adopted Oreo 2 years ago and have loved having him as part of our family. If you are thinking about getting a pet, definitely check out your local shelter! You might just find your new best friend. :)


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