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Didn’t we just have one?

Hee Hee! My husband was such a little cutie!

I seem to have this problem at every single holiday.  What do we get for a gift?

I rack my brains trying to figure out the perfect gift.  I don’t want to just give a gift card or money (sometimes I have no choice).  I want the gift to be meaningful.  Plus I’m also pretty crafty so I enjoy making things but there’s only so many photo frames that people can have!

I have a friend’s birthday who is in June and I have had the PERFECT idea for about a month now.  This is another instance where Pinterest has been amazing.  I noticed that she ‘pinned’ a quote and wrote that she really liked it and wanted to have it in her new home.  Score! I’m going to surprise her with a super cool way to display this quote!

So I talked to her boyfriend and asked what her favorite colors were and if she’d put up any quotes in their new house recently.  He responded with ‘oh yeah, she just painted this quote about home being who you share it with’.   I couldn’t help but laugh! That was exactly what I was going to do for her! (I’d even bought the canvas on Sunday!)

Now I’m back to square one, which is fine, I’ll figure something out but it made me realize that we do this every year.  What should I get my mom for her birthday? What should I get her for mother’s day? Oh now it’s hubby’s mom’s birthday, my dad’s birthday, etc and it all goes around in a circle.  Don’t get me wrong, I love birthdays and holidays!

My favorite part of holidays that involve gifts (besides being with family) is seeing the person’s face when they open up the gift that I put a lot of effort into.

I know I’ll come up with something special; I just have to search a little longer for something 🙂


Just to Clarify

I just want to clear up a few things about yesterday’s post (What do you want to be when you grow up?)

The real reason I wrote the last post was because we ask that question all the time to high school seniors.  It’s more of a conversation starter than anything and most of them have no idea what they want to do with their lives (which is perfectly fine!) It just got me thinking about my life and all the things that I wanted to be throughout it.

I am not angry or mad at anyone.  I do not hold any grudges.  I was just stating things that happened within my life to give others an understanding.  That’s all I mean to do through this blog.  While I do have fun writing about whatever suits me, I also hope to inspire people or help them learn from my mistakes.  (Sometimes, too, people read a littledeepinto things which are not meant to be very deep (*wink wink* *nudge nudge* ‘say no more’)).

What I really should have done was not let others tell me that I could or could not do something with my life.  I should have said ‘screw it, if I want to do this, then I’m going to’, but I was a kid (under 10 years old kid).  So I don’t blame myself or anyone else.  I probably would have grown out of that phase on my own anyway.

For the most part, I feel that I don’t let others dictate what I should do.

In 5th grade, I was not picked to be in the advanced reading group even though I felt that I should be.  They were reading ‘Tuck Everlasting’ which I wanted to read too but was bascially told it was too hard for me so why even try.

Remember this book?!

So I basically told them ‘I’m going to read it anyway and I’ll show you’.  So I did.  My mom actually bought it for me from the Scholastic book thingy (thingy is the technical term by the way) that was handed out in class and then the books you had bought were given to you in class at a later date.  So that same 5th grade teacher (or reading teacher I dont remember now) who had told me I couldn’t read that book, was handing me that book.  I loved it!  It was one of my favorite books when I was young, and as far as I remember, I didn’t have any issues reading it.

So the moral of my story is, don’t let others dictate your life.  Live it for you.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Almost every time we were asked this as we were growing up, we had a different answer.

I can’t even count the times that I changed my mind throughout the years.

One of the first things I remember wanting to be was an artist, but was promptly told that artists don’t make any money so I turned my attention elsewhere (no body mentioned art fairs, and Etsy wasn’t around at that time).

Marine Biologist was a long time dream of mine, but then I got squeamish so that killed that dream.

My love of photography made me want to turn that into a career and I even had an aptitude test tell me that that’s what I should be.  During my first real photography class in high school I kept getting B’s and C’s back on my pictures (mostly C’s) so once again, I was back to the drawing board (figuratively because that doesn’t make money).

Psychologist was my next career choice.  I’d even made it my major in college but it was so difficult for me.  I’d had such a hard time retaining the material that I switched my major to advertising.  I found that I was good at it and it came easy for me so I figured that’s what I should be doing.

But in the three years since I’ve graduated, I feel like I don’t want to do advertising anymore.  I just don’t feel right about trying to sell a product that I don’t believe in, but that’s the job right?  You have no choice on the companies that want you to make an advertising campaign for them.  But how can I put all my effort into selling something that I know is harmful to people or unhealthy, etc?  I can’t do it.

So now, with a degree in advertising, I’m working at a photography studio that specializes in senior and family portraits.  I absolutelyLOVEmy job.  It’s a mix of office work, retouching, and studio assisting.

I just thought this was so funny and had to be included!

What is the point of this post?

Well, I look back at the dreams that I’ve had of what I wanted to be and I realize that because of others, I’ve changed my mind over and over.  I’ve let others dictate what I should do in life.

Being told that artists don’t make any money emphasized how important money was to that person and therefore should be to me.

Getting B’s and C’s (mostly C’s) back on my photography assignments was my teacher’s way of saying that he didn’t think I had the talent for it.

However, what one person finds beautiful, someone else my not…go to any art/craft fair and tell me if you love every single thing you see there, not gonna happen which shows that art, and life, are subjective.

Whatever my future children want to be in life, I want to support.  I don’t want to squash their dreams like mine were (even though I didn’t realize they were being squashed at the time).  If they decide one day they want to be a famous guitar player, and the next day it’s something else, well at least they’ll have a hobby.

So instead of having to figure out a specific thing that I want to do with my life, my new goal is to be happy doing whatever it is that I’m doing. I want to love what I do, no matter what it is.

There’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners

I am a lover of animals (I couldn’t even kill a mouse that was pooping in my kitchen!).  I especially love dogs and cats.  I’m drawn to them.  If I’m at a person’s house that has dogs or cats, I usually spend quite a bit of time petting the animals!

I am also a firm believer that while animals have different personalities, how they act is more of a representation of their owners than of the animal itself.

We have neighbors across the street (4 boys and their mom) who have always been very nice.  We’ve never had issues with them.  When we moved in 3 1/2 years ago, they had one dog; a little (what looks like) Miniature Pinscher but may be some sort of Fox Terrier, named Spike.  He was always a barker and would run over to us when we were outside in our yard but would never get close enough to want to be pet, would even jump away from us, yet still pursue us…

Around 6 months ago (maybe last summer even) they aquired 2 more little dogs.  They both look like Yorkies-one is light brown (we’ll call it LB for short) and the other is light brown with black on its back (BB for black on back for short).  Well LB is really aggressive and will always get the other ones going and is always the leader when they run at us (which is every time that we’re outside).

We’ve had some issues with the new Yorkies…just with them running at us, and actually coming into our yard to ‘chase us’ into our house which is much farther than Spike would ever go.  It always seemed like their bark was worse and that they would never actually get that close to us.

That is until this afternoon.

I went out to get the mail.  I happened to see one of the boys with Spike on a leash a little down the street but I kept going to our mailbox.  I heard the dogs start barking but didn’t really think anything of it.  I just turned and kept walking to our yard.  Instead of going inside, I walked next to the porch to pick up something that had fallen and the two Yorkies came running at me.  Again, I didn’t think much; just that LB was the leader and barking the most.  I turned to go back around the porch to go inside and felt a little pain in my left calf.  I thought that one scratched me as it jumped up or something and kept walking.  I walked inside and closed the door and noticed that LB was standing on our porch (really close to the door) and still barking.

This is not your house or your yard! Get the F*** out of here!

I put the stuff down that I was holding to get a look at my leg and I realized that that LB actually BIT ME! It was nothing serious and just a little blood blister but there was no bleeding or oozing of anything.  I cleaned it off really good and should be fine.

But now it’s become an issue.  I have no problems with dogs but these owners act like their dogs aren’t an issue.  There seems to be a lot of fear in them and they obviously haven’t been trained properly.  The thing is that they know how their dogs act when someone comes outside.  If there’s no one outside they’re perfectly content sniffing around. But as soon as someone steps food outside they bark and run after the person-to the extent of actually biting.

These dogs are so aggressive they NEED to be on leashes.  If you don’t want to put your dog on a leash, that’s totally fine but then you need to fence in your yard.  I think the reason they ignor the dogs aggressiveness is because they’re small dogs.  If it was a labrador that was doing the same thing as these little dogs, I know the owners would keep it on a leash.  To be honest people need to treat little dogs just the same as bigger dogs.  They need to be trained and if they can’t be trained then they need to be leashed or fenced if they’re going to be coming in contact with people.

I wasn’t able to talk to the kid because by the time I cleaned the ‘wound’ (if you can even call it that) he was back inside.  The next time they’re outside I will go over and talk to them, granted their dogs are not out with them.  Hopefully they’ll comply-I know they have at least one leash! (The dogs also probably need exercise.  They are insideallthe time unless they’re sniffing around.  They don’t even go on walks.)

It’s not the dogs. It’s the owners.  If you’re a dog owner, you need to be responsible about it.  I know it’s not easy to train or take care of dogs, but if it’s not something you can do then you shouldn’t have one. Period.  The dogs deserve better than to be locked inside a house all day and only be let out to go to the bathroom.

Take your dogs for walks.  Train them to listen to you-sit, stay, down.  There are many classes that you can take to learn how to train them. They deserve it.

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