Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Grayson is a Chihuahua Miniature Pinscher mix who is around 3 years old. This little guy is sitting in the shelter hoping to find a family to share all his love with.  He loves to play and snuggle.  Please lets find him a loving home! 

Grayson - Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Animal Control - Downey
11258 South Garfield Avenue
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 940-6898

Lexi Anne is a 7 year old Golden Retreiver/Border Collie mix who was attacked by other dogs and received some wounds to her legs. While at our veterinary partner it was determined that she also has a small mass that will be removed. Lexi Anne is up to date on shots and will be spayed once she is feeling a little better. She loves all people and does ok with other dogs, cats are unknown. Please lets find her a great home!

Lexi Anne - New York, NY

Lexi Anne
Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

Peewee and Tootsie Roll are Pugs who are 13 years old.  Right now the boys are living in Philadelphia, but their bags are packed and they are ready for a new 'lease' on life. You see, these two boys were surrendered to a shelter in PA due to their previous owner moving out of state and not being able to take the boys along. Peewee is the more submissive brother. He is more of a class clown than a scholar, but he is housetrained and crate trained and his foster mom will tell you that he has no bad habits. He's a sturdy boy, almost twice the size of his brother. Like most pugs, Peewee loves everyone he meets and hasn't met a treat he didn't like either. He enjoys adults and children, but is not recommended to live with children under 3 years old, or with cats. At night, Peewee needs to sleep where he can see his person, as his sense of security. He has some difficulty with stairs due to luxating patella, however the vet indicates this does not cause him any discomfort. He takes eye drops daily for a manageable condition common to pugs known as pigmentary keratitis.  Tootsie, like his brother, takes eye drops in one eye.Both boys are true gentlemen and do well in their foster home with run of the house and a mid day potty break/walk while their foster mom is at work. They would also be candidates to take along to work as long as you have a quiet space for them to hang out and don't mind the company of two ruggedly good looking boys. They enjoy each other's company so much that we are looking for a forever home where the boys can be adopted together. Please lets find them a good home!

PeeWee and Tootsie Roll - Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia, PA 19099

Beau and his mate Sadie are Border Collies who along with their two adult children Jinx and Scout were turned into Harris County Shelter by their owners who had no more use for their little lifes. These guys have not known the loving hand of a human. they are fearful, but are learning to trust and will let you pet them, and take a treat from your hand. They are starved for affection. Just need a loving foster or adopter who has patience and love and they will reward you 10 times over. Please lets find them a loving home!

Beau and Sadie - Houston, TX

BeauSadie 6
Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004

No paw left behind our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Rock the Vote

Today is the Pennsylvania primary.  Voting is a freedom and privilege we should never take for granted.  Think about all the men and women that have fought so hard for us to have such freedoms.

No matter who you choose to vote for, no matter if you think it will make a difference or not it's worth the effort.  Nothing is ever accomplished without at least trying.

Don't let anyone sway you, it's your vote for who you feel best represents what you stand for, what you believe or the change you would like to see happen.  Often no candidate is going to match up perfectly so just try to find the one you gravitate and register more with.

I'm not afraid to say who I voted for, as a registered Republican here in Pennsylvania the only requirement is you have to stay within your party to vote in a Primary.  Given I had to choose within the Republican party I voted for Trump.

While I might not agree with everything the man stands for I agree that this country needs real change.  Personally the bs career politicians aren't doing it for me anymore.  I'm tired of all the political correctness these politicians spew instead of voicing how they really feel and their true opinions.

I'm tired of little getting accomplished, the overall inefficiency of ways things are run, the constant bickering between parties and the ignorance of the struggles of the average American.  Would like to see someone other than a career politician who isn't controlled by lobbyists, special interest, donors or other such groups try their hand at being president.

Honestly if given the choice I would have wrote in my name, as would welcome the opportunity to run for president.  Anyway, love or hate my choice but at least I voted. And I'm not afraid to say who I voted for.

True change starts with each of us.  As Ghandi once said "be the change that you wish to see in the world." Don't listen to the cranky, negative naysayers who say change isn't possible.  Or who love to bully, criticize, demean,name call or pick fights with anyone who doesn't agree with them. The beauty of life is we are all free to believe what we want, and to vote for who we want.

Rock the vote people!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Monday Musings

Is it summer yet, or at least warm enough to wear shorts and a cute tee?  I find that of all the seasons Summer seems to feel the shortest and  go too quickly.  By March I'm completely over the cooler temperatures and crave 80 degree, sunny days!

Last Monday we were at the beach with near perfect weather, hence I didn't bother writing, right now would prefer to be back listening to the sounds of the ocean as well.  My brain feels too scattered to write lately.  Too many all over the place thoughts to put into writing and have make sense.  

We were actually at the beach for a friend's wedding on Sunday.  She could not have asked for a more perfect beach wedding, the day was sunny with temperatures actually hovering around 70!  That's warm for the Jersey shore in April.  Usually the ocean wind keeps it feeling chilly but there was only a light breeze at best.  

Overall it was a beautiful wedding, with a delicious dessert table of shore favorites salt water taffy, caramel popcorn and fudge.  Due to me being allergic to eggs the dessert table is usually off limits but not this time.  Not sure how many times I visited the dessert table but lets just say probably more than anyone else. ;)

We had an interesting mix of people at a our table, and the man ended up being the only guy.  Our other friend Joseph decided to be a no show not something that the bride was too excited about given each plate costs a nice penny.  Pretty much every woman at our table drank too much, one passed out during dinner on her plate, the other was a hot mess filling us in on all the drama of her whole life, and the other was a mother/daughter pair who seemed to be able to manage their alcohol better than the other two.  Meanwhile, I didn't drink and the man only had maybe two beers. It was an interesting night for sure.  I was just grateful to be at the beach and hanging with friends. 

The man actually sat on the beach with me, something he hasn't always done in the past.  It was really nice and I'm glad he made that extra effort on both Sunday and Monday.  He likes the beach but isn't obsessed with it like me.  I can sit for hours on the beach just listening and watching the ocean, no music needed just the sound of nature.

Overall there is so much on our plates right now, I can feel my stress levels rising.  Interesting as when I start feeling overwhelmed or too stressed literally cannot even listen to music.  You think music would be calming but it only seems to irritate me when in a stressed state.  Combine a stressed state with pms and you can only imagine my mood. Feel like people should be walking on eggshells around me.

Our lease is up in July, while we are officially house hunting the market here is not good.  Usually by this time of year the market is full of houses for sale but this year the realtor informed us the market is very slow, and the ones in our budget that are becoming available are being snatched up right away. Of course the year we are ready to buy the market is slow, go figure. Out of the few we have seen only two we really liked, and found out the day we toured each that offers had already been made.  It's maddening but yet not completely unexpected.  It's exactly why I suggested to the man we start looking back in January, but you know men they just aren't great at the whole listening thing. lol  

Meanwhile we are still in the midst of trying to plan a wedding. Oh yeah just a wedding. Seriously a wedding in August and we have to buy a house by then too?  Just one alone is stressful but trying to do both is insanity!  

Oh and lets not forget my family, as my sister is due to give birth to her second child at the age of 42 this week.  As I mentioned before it's a high risk pregnancy, they will be performing a c section and injecting her with lots of blood thinners as well.  Saying lots of prayers. 

I got to hang out with my niece on Friday as she had off from school.  We had a girls days of sorts with some lunch and shopping.  She accompanied me to the bridal store where I exchanged the first wedding dress picked out for another one.  Yup I'm that kind of bride. haha  Seriously had no clue what type of dress I wanted, tried on so many with little success.  The sheath style originally ordered came in but when I tried it on, well lets just say it didn't feel like a true wedding dress.  Plus too many alternations would have been needed as there was just too much extra material, so luckily they let me exchange it. Hopefully I like the new one when it arrives.

Anyway, I need to get off computer as it's making me dizzy.  Tomorrow is Pennsylvania's primary voting day, of course I'll have something to say about that. ;)

Been awhile since I've posted some photos so thought I'd share some of our beach adventure. The day of the wedding and the next morning at 6:30 am as I took in the sunrise on the beach. There is no better way to start a day, this surfer girl needs to live at the beach again!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Let's Go Crazy

True statement by an artist whose creativity, eclectic work, flamboyant personality and legendary music will always live on!

Dearly beloved
We are gathered here today
To get through this thing called life

Electric word life
It means forever and that's a mighty long time
But I'm here to tell you
There's something else
The after world

A world of never ending happiness
You can always see the sun, day or night

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything'll Be Alright
Instead of asking him how much of your time is left
Ask him how much of your mind, baby

'Cause in this life
Things are much harder than in the after world
In this life
You're on your own

And if the elevator tries to bring you down
Go crazy, punch a higher floor

If you don't like the world you're living in
Take a look around you
At least you got friends

You see I called my old lady
For a friendly word
She picked up the phone
Dropped it on the floor
(Ah, ah) is all I heard

Are we gonna let the elevator
Bring us down
Oh, no let's go!

Let's go crazy
Let's get nuts
Let's look for the purple banana
'Til they put us in the truck, let's go!

We're all excited
But we don't know why
Maybe it's 'cause
We're all gonna die

And when we do (When we do)
What's it all for (What's it all for)
You better live now
Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door

Tell me, are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let's go!

Let's go crazy
Let's get nuts
Look for the purple banana
'Til they put us in the truck, let's go!

C'mon baby
Let's get nuts

Let's go crazy
Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down
Oh, no let's go!
Go crazy

I said let's go crazy (Go crazy)
Let's go, let's go
Let's go

Dr. Everything'll be alright
Will make everything go wrong
Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill
Hang tough children

He's coming
He's coming

Take me away!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Thor is a Terrier mix who is around 2 years old.  He needs a warm bath, nice trim and good food and he will be so handsome.  The county shelter is no place for any dog.  Please lets find him a loving home!

Thor - Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

Scotty is a Maltese/Poodle mix who is 8 years old and 16 lbs.  He was neglected to the point where his small frame could not support the matted mess that was his fur. His skin had been ripped and torn as the fur tied in knots and pulled itself out with the weight. His eyes were matted shut, almost impossible to open. This is how he was found. Scotty is a friendly little guy.  He is ok with other dogs, cats are an unknown at this time, and is up to date on shots and neutered. He loves kids, enjoys cuddling with the kids in his foster home. He does have bilateral cataracts, therefore going down the stairs is a little daunting for him, going up is ok. He is an easy going little guy.  We would love for him to be cuddled for the rest of his life.  Please lets find him a great home!

Scotty - New York, NY

Rescue Dogs Rock, Inc
PO Box 101 Gracie Station
New York, NY 10028

Penne is a Beagle mix who is around 2 years old. She is a little cutie that is good with other dogs, cats, and kids. She is currently having some problems with her skin and will be seeing a  dermatologist to have them address and treated. Penne is super sweet and loves attention. Penne is a fun loving girl. She loves to play, run the yard and play with the other dogs. She is even house trained. Penne is feeling much better these days and would love to find her forever. Please lets find her a good home!

Penne - Gilbertsville, PA

Penne - Special Needs
Mostly Muttz Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 406
Gilbertsville, PA 19525

Granny June is a Beagle mix who is at least 10 years old.  This little old lady was found as a stray fending for herself in WV. She does have mammary tumors that will be evaluated when she gets here and she'll get whatever else she needs, including a home. We know that are folks out there willing to give dogs like Granny June a place to rest their tired ole bones.  Please lets find her a loving home!

Granny June - Gilbertsville, PA

Granny June - Senior
Mostly Muttz Rescue, Inc.
PO Box 406
Gilbertsville, PA 19525

Faith Helle is a Terrier mix who is 4 years old. She started out my life living off of the streets. She learned how to take care of herself, but missed out on having kind people around when she was young. She can be pretty timid but is slowly coming out of her shell and trusting people more and more each day. She gets along great with other dogs and would be very happy in a home with another pup.  When she sees people her tail wags and she gets very excited.  She is still shy around new people, but if you can be patient with her she  will make a great, low key companion for you. Please lets find her a great home! 

Faith Helle - Houston, TX

Faith Helle
All Dogs Official Rescue Enterprise
Houston, TX 77007

No paw left behind our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Woof Wednesday

Welcome to Woof Wednesday. Please meet some great dogs from CA, NY, PA and TX all in need of good, loving homes!

Terry is a  Pomeranian/Terrier mix who is 10 months old. He needs a real family not a lonely shelter.  Please lets find him a loving home! 

Terry - Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Animal Control - Carson
216 West Victoria Street
Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 523-9566

David Beckham is a Terrier mix who is 1 year old. He was found running the streets of rural Georgia with his Badass Bud, Gordon. David's got a happy, fun, and sweet personality. He's a team player but can't help standing out as a celebrity. He is good on a leash, crate trained, and seems to have a housetraining foundation. He enjoys treats and will work hard for his people. Becks is ready to give it his all in Brooklyn.  He's neutered, UTD on vaccinations, and microchipped. Gordon is a Chihuahua mix who is around 3-4 years old.  He is good on a leash, crate trained, and seems to under stand not pottying where he eats. Like his namesake, he lives for delicious cuisine. Gordon will work for treats. He's a happy little guy and would love to be adopted with his best friend Becks. Please lets them a great home!

David Beckham - New York, NY

David Beckham
Badass Animal Rescue
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Beanie and Rex are Labrador Retrievers who are pair of 11 year old bonded brothers. These two gentle giants are looking for their new family after the sudden passing of their owner. The boys are currently staying in a foster home with a resident female lab and they all get along very well. They share toys, beds, treats and space without issue. Beanie and Rex are easy going and friendly with men, women and children. They would probably be better placed in a home without cats, as they’ve shown an interest in chasing a cat. The brothers enjoy a daily walk and Beanie is more active than Rex, but these two senior boys love to hang out together and watch the world through the windows while their foster family is at work and school during the day. Don’t let Beanie and Rex’s age fool you, they are healthy and if you take out a ball to throw, they will gladly chase it. They are very cute during a play session! They love to be with their people and look forward to the attention and affection that they are given. These boys are missing the comfort and love of a permanent home and a furever family. Please lets find them a good home!

Beanie and Rex - Warrington, PA

Beanie and Rex
Brookline Labrador Retriever Rescue
P.O. Box 638
Warrington, PA 18976
(215) 343-6087

Dixie is a Dachshund/Basset Hound who is around 7 years old. She is a sophisticated girl with lots of love to give.  She had been hit by a car when she was rescued. She is all better now.   Her foster Mommy says she is am very sweet. She still likes to play and loves to snuggle. She barks at the Mommy's cats but she have never been aggressive towards them. She gets along great with my other foster mates big and small. She would be perfect for someone that wants a companion to sit with them and keep them company. Please lets find her a loving home!

Dixie 5
Adopt A Rescued Friend, Inc
P. O. Box 62736
Houston, TX 77205
(832) 539-4004

No paw left behind our mission!

{Please keep in mind a dog is lifetime commitment. They need attention, love and time just like we do. In addition, adding a pet to the family does cost money in the way of food, health care, training,etc. So before adopting make sure you are willing to make that kind of commitment and have the resources to do so.}

If you want to be a part of Woof Wednesdays email Ann Michele, Lauren or leave a comment. Or simply start posting about dogs in need of a home on your blog or facebook page

Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday Musings

April snow showers bring May Flowers?  That's been our weather lately, and I've become impatience waiting for mother nature to warm the air and allow Spring to blossom.

So let's talk...when I started this blog my intention was to share my life, adventures, experiences, thoughts and whatever else.  To me it was a journal where I could share the truth, whatever that may be or look like.  But the truth is harder to share than you think at times.  It's hard writing about the nitty gritty that may happen in life.  Some of which people interpret differently, or the feedback that I may not want or care to hear.  Then again that comes with the territory of sharing all and not holding back ones experiences or thoughts.

There are some days where I would love nothing better to write a fairy tale love story or blog focusing on some wonderful, amazing Cinderella love story like a few blogs that quite honestly seem almost fake.  But truth is the man and I live in real life, with real issues and differences, our love hasn't always been all fairy tales and romance.  Sharing our imperfect love story with it's very real moments isn't always easy either. But that's what a real journal is all about.

This weekend was one of those it felt incredibly challenging. With our wedding only four and half months away it came as quite the surprise to learn there may be a hiccup in the man's recovery. A hiccup that has the potential to derail everything. His ability to tell the truth, to live in the truth is about the only thing that can save the derailment.

Life can be crazy. It seems moments of happiness can at times be fleeting. It's like the rainbow that disappears before getting to savor it's magnificent beauty.  Learning how to remain happy despite the difficult moments of life is the challenge part of the journey. More importantly learning how to remain calm to prevent the flight or fight reaction from going in over drive is even more key, as such kind of stress can have a detrimental impact on the body.

The week wasn't much easier, as after a brutal vertigo attack on Monday I was left with chronic dizziness all week that made it incredibly hard to sleep, drive, walk, even watching tv was difficult. I even had to skip doing my favorite Woof Wednesday post.  Those are the most difficult moments.  Finding the strength in the midst of the chronic dizziness that can set in after a vertigo attack is incredibly hard. No one seems to understand how horrible it feels and incapacitating it can be. It can make it's suffers feel rather alone at times.

The stress of it all lead me to seek out mass on Sunday evening.  After calling around I found a Catholic church with an evening ceremony, and perfect timing I might add as made it in 10 minutes. It brought such profound peace to be surrounded by the holiness of a church.  The mass was actually much more crowded than I thought it would be. Guess I under estimated peoples faith these days. Even stayed afterwards to pray at the alter.

Sometimes I wonder if the difficult, stressful and turbulent times in life are meant to draw us closer to God.  Could think of no better place to turn than to put everything in the hands of God.  Who else knows the truth better than him.  Who else to seek guidance and solace in. Think I stared at that alter for a good hour hoping for some miracle of healing, or maybe sign from above.

It doesn't get much more honest this Monday. Yet some how have to trust that faith, hope and love will guide the way.

Of course there's this little guy who fills my world with love and kisses. Protects the house and us by barking like a mad man. He's got a charm and personality all his own.  He got groomed today, not his favorite thing to do nor is he cooperative at all during the process but all cleaned up he's quite a cutie! 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Soul Sunday

Life is a series of peaks and valleys. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down. But it’s the difficult times where we need a little more support and guidance.

But it’s how you respond in your moments of defeat that really defines the type of person you are.

When you can improve your ability to navigate the difficult times, you not only live a happier life, but you also grow as person. Here’s how to make that happen in your life.

1. Stay Positive

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be, it’s the way it is. The way you cope is what makes the difference.” – Virginia Satir

May sound cliche, but the thing about cliches is that they’re typically true. Staying positive is only a small part in getting through the difficult times, but it’s an important part.

When you stay positive, you’re putting yourself in the best position possible to not only make it through those bad times, but become a better person in the process.

You can do one of two things when life takes a turn for the worst. You can remain positive and remind yourself that there really is a light at the end of the tunnel and that you’ll make it through, or you can curl up in the fetal position and relegate yourself to being nothing more than a victim of circumstance.

I’m not saying that you can never have a bad day, or get a little discouraged, or shed a tear. But I am saying you have to eventually pick up the pieces and start moving forward.

2. Get Creative

There are times when you can’t do much to change your situation. You just have to deal with it. But there are other times when you can actively work to make the situation better.

The solution won’t be in plain sight, because if it was you probably wouldn’t have gotten in that situation in the first place. But if you can take a step back and see the bigger picture, you may discover somethings that can help you.

A great example of getting creative during a difficult time is the story behind Wrigley’s gum. The founder, William Wrigley Jr. was a soap and baking powder salesman in the 1890’s and he always offered free gum to all of his clients. With his career as a salesman taking a turn for the worst, he noticed one thing that forever changed his life; people loved the gum he gave away more than the products he was actually selling. It was that one creative insight that got him through that difficult time and made him a monumental success.

3. Learn From the Difficult Times

“Facing difficulties is inevitable, learning from them is optional” – John Maxwell

When I find myself in middle of an ugly situation, I like to pick everything apart and see what went wrong and what I could’ve done differently. I always end up learning something that helps me and I eventually get a really clear picture of what I need to do to make sure I’m not in the same situation again. Or if I do find myself in a similar situation, I know what to do to minimize the difficulty of the situation.

It’s easier getting through a difficult time when you know the chances of it happening again are slim 
to none.

4. Change It Up

After you identify the key takeaways from your difficult time, you just need to make a change. If it’s a change you can implement immediately, do it. You don’t want be in the middle of a difficult situation longer than necessary. If it’s something that you can’t implement right now, take note of it so you can use it when the the situation calls for it.

But it’s pointless to learn from the difficult times if what you learned doesn’t directly affect your actions.

Try to embrace the difficulties and struggles that life hands you, know there’s a silver lining in each one of them. You’re a lot more resilient than you give yourself credit for.

5. Know What You’re Grateful For

Gratitude means showing appreciation for all the good in your life, instead of focusing on the negative. Get clear about what it is that you’re grateful for.

Write out everything in your life you can think of that you’re grateful for having or experiencing. An even more powerful exercise is to think of the one person you’re most grateful for, and write a note explaining why you’re so grateful for having that person. Then give him or her a call and read that note to them.

The difficult time you’re going through will start to seem less significant when it’s compared to everything that’s going right in your life.

6. Focus on What You Can Control, Not What You Can’t

Some situations are beyond your control and no matter what you do, you can’t change a thing. You’re setting yourself up for frustration when you focus your time and energy on things you can’t control. You’re also making the situation seem even more bleak than it actually is because you’re focusing on the negatives.

You should instead focus on the things that are within your control because that’s the only way you can make a change that’s actually going to help you. Make a list of everything you can control about the situation and divert all of your focus towards those things. Anything that’s not on the list, doesn’t get any attention.

7. Realize You’ve Come a Long Way

Sometimes we get so focused on the road ahead, that we never look back to see what we’ve already traveled. Give yourself credit for everything you’ve already done.

You’ll give yourself a confidence boost when you realize that you’ve already made so much progress and the light at the end of the tunnel will get brighter.

8. Build Up Your Community

Having the right people around you is one of the most important things you can do for yourself when the times get tough. You want to surround yourself with people who are loving, caring, honest, and available.

You need them to be loving because a little love always makes the bad days seem a little brighter. You need them to be caring because it helps to have someone who cares about your well being as much as you do.

But you also need them to be honest. You need someone who can look you in the eye tell you truth. Their honesty may be that one piece of information you need to get through the tough time.

And you need them to be available. When you pick up the phone looking for some compassion or honesty, it helps to have someone who’s actually going to answer.

Community is also important because it helps to have someone who understands what it is that you’re going through and can relate to your situation. If you can find a community who has been through what you’re going through, you can find out how they made it and then apply that to your own life.

9. Be Kind to Yourself

You need to care for yourself to survive tough times. Take a walk through the park, lift some weights, read an amazing book. It doesn’t matter what you do, just do something that gets your mind and body engaged at a higher level than wallowing in self pity.

10. Forgive

If someone else is at fault for the bad situation you find yourself in, the natural response is to harbor anger or resentment towards that person.

But what if instead, you forgave that person. You accepted what happened, but you no longer held it against them. You would feel better, because now instead of focusing on the negative feelings you have toward that person, you can focus on moving forward.

You can’t really get through a difficult time when your every thought is about how upset you are with the person who got you into that mess. It just makes things more difficult.

Or maybe the difficult time you’re going through is a direct result of something that you did.  And you continually beat yourself up about it. 

The problem with that is, it only makes things worse. You get caught in this revolving door of self hatred and feeling worse, and there’s a swirl of anger and frustration and self doubt. It’s ultimately a recipe for disaster.

Set a goal for yourself. "Negative mindsets can really destroy a person. So I'll try to stay positive in all kinds of situation."

Life is full of ups and downs. You never really know what's coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of be taken in by its monstrosity.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Villanova Champs

After a long night of sitting on the edge of our seats, plenty of adrenaline rushes and screaming at the tv it was all worth it because.....Villanova won!

Yes it's official Villanova are the 2016 NCAA Champions! 

What a game, it was one for the history books.  In fact it could even be the best college championship game in history, at least in the top five of best ever games.  The city of Philadelphia was ecstatic, given our professional sports teams haven't won in a while this felt incredibly exciting.  The city has even scheduled a parade for Friday!

With under five seconds left North Carolina tied the game with a huge three.  Oh but it only got more amazing from there because with less than three seconds left Villanova's Arcidiacono came down the court with the ball, unselfishly passed it to Jenkins who nailed a three right at the buzzer to win the game!  If you haven't seen the game winner check out this clip....Villanova win.

We were speechless, yet full of elation while we jumped up and down at the tv screaming.  It was a surreal moment.  And after the spectacular win no one was going to get much sleep.

It was a moment we wish we had been there to celebrate in person, given we go to almost every other game, it was hard knowing we missed this one.  With all that we have coming up this summer though we couldn't afford to take the trip to Houston this year.  The man went to Villanova for undergraduate and holds his MBA from there as well.  He is a very proud Villanova alumni. :)

So happy for coach Jay Wright who is a fellow Council Rock graduate, and point guard Ryan Arcidiacono is who from Bucks County, PA where I grew up.  It's so great to see these guys making their dreams a reality.

It wasn't by any means an easy road, the team faced five tough match ups before the final championship game.  They showed determination, grit, worked hard and never gave up!

The cover of the Sports Illustrated magazine captured the moment perfectly....

Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday Musings

The weather is driving me crazy.  Mother nature keeps teasing us with a warm 80 degree day only to send arctic air again.  Sunday the wind was gusting at 60 mph causing us to lose power.  The highs were in the 30's yesterday, today is going up to 60 only to have freezing temperatures of 28 move in tonight.  Talk about extreme weather.

Woke up with bad vertigo this morning.  There is no other way to describe it then horrible.  The room felt like it was violently spinning. Usually laying down makes it worse so it's important to try to sit up and not move. Went to stand up and basically dropped to ground.  Crawled out into hallway, slid down steps all in a attempt to get my medicine.  Sometimes I try to wait it out but this one was bad so knew I needed to get medicine in my system right away.

That's where I get really annoyed with the man.  He was sleeping so his awareness of what I'm going through, or even the sense to try to help me wasn't good.  After all this time he still doesn't get how incapacitating vertigo can be, not sure anyone does unless they have experienced it first hand. But in those moments a helping hand can really make the world of difference. Even just knowing someone cares enough to go out of their way to do the little things means a lot.

Think when men don't feel well they want to be taken care of but many don't know how to take care of their women when they don't feel well.  It's the same when our Cooper gets sick, it's me who gets up to help and clean everything up while he sleeps.  Yet it's important to establish a fair give and take in relationships.

Anyway, any sort of movement can make dizziness excruciatingly worse.  I tried to steady myself by sitting on couch, took the medicine but it usually takes awhile to kick in. And sometimes it doesn't help much. Luckily at some point I was able to doze off, upon awaking I felt better, even though my head felt heavy and hurt.

Should I even be on the computer right now, ah no. I've had some mini attacks over the past week which I chalked up to computer use, hormones and lack of sleep.  My sleeping has been terrible lately....feel really sleep early in the night but then I'm wide awake at 3 am.  Poor sleep can really aggravate the vertigo, as can all the computer work I've been doing lately.  Hopefully I can get my brain back on track.

The week seemed to fly by. I was able to accomplish a lot on my list of to dos. The man had a sore throat all week so he was pretty much out of commission not wanting to do much.  Thought I was bad but the man pretty much always has something wrong with him.

Saturday me, my sister, niece and mother went dress shopping. Surprisingly after trying on a bunch of dresses actually found two I liked.  And eventually decided on one. Many of the dresses were too tight in the rib area or too heavy to try to walk in.  Really wanting something simple to match my style. It's funny when you decide the dress is the one, the store makes you ring a bell.  And basically all eyes turn to you standing there in the dress.  It's so interesting to see what everyone else tries on and what they go with.

It felt nice to find a dress because honestly I spend a lot of time searching and most bridal shops were telling me it was too late to order one.  Even the one I picked is cutting it close as it's not expected in until August 15, which is ten days before the wedding.  Did I mention the dress needs major alterations? ha  I feel a little nervous and hoping it all works out.

Meanwhile, my sister, niece and mother were all able to find dresses as well.  Given my sister is due in 3 weeks finding a dress was important.  Her dress is amazing, she looked stunning in it!  My mother on the other hand is having doubts about her dress so we may have to go back to the store to look for more choices for her.  But that's okay because a woman should love what she is wearing. :)

We spent about 4 hours there total, and we're all about ready to pass out from hunger.  There happens to be a Cracker Barrel 5 minutes from the bridal shop so we quickly went there.  Surprisingly within a half hour we were seated and eating.  It's the fastest I've seen any of us eat, we were so hungry there was no talking just eating.

Came home and took a long hot shower to try to revitalize myself for the big final four games that night. Villanova was set to play Oklahoma. We had another couple coming over to watch the game with us, and I had less than a hour to get ready.  I wasn't exactly psyched for company after my long day, and worried I would get stuck having to talk to the guys girlfriend instead of being able to watch the game. ha  When it comes to big games I like to focus on the game nothing else.

We were all nervous thinking it was going to be a close game.  Have to keep in mind last time we played Oklahoma they beat us by 25.  But our guys were prepared and motivated. Villanova went on to win by 44.  It was an exciting game.  Still one more game to go though!

Sunday we basically spent the day relaxing on the couch, took a little nap.  I felt exhausted from the day before.  The man had not been feeling well all week so he basically spent all weekend on the couch.  I also spent Sunday working on more wedding stuff.  Though should have known to get off the computer when I started not feeling well but  of course I pushed it.  Just like I'm doing right now.

Back to basketball, the championship game is tonight. The match up is going to be tough as Villanova will be playing North Carolina in the championship game.  I'm feeling both excited and nervous as we all know this isn't going to be an easy match up.  As well as Villanova is playing right now, North Carolina is playing equally as well.

All I can say is....May the best team win. Game on, lets go Villanova!

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