Wednesday, January 25, 2012

So What We Have Been Up To Lately

It's time to get back in the swing of things and start up blogging again. I think I have finally gained some of my energy back from the holiday madness and life in general. So my apologies, my dear readers, for lack of posts lately! Fear not; this blog is up and running starting ... NOW.

Let's start with an update about our little Turkey or Bat Girl, depending on my mood is on the day of, who happens to be Layla.

Layla has been remarkable these days. She no longer attempts to nip, and seem to have finally gotten comfortable with being at home with us. Her food aggression/guard resourcing is nearly non-existent now mainly because we have been managing it. Her dog food is stored in a dog bin in our pantry. Food bin is good for any dog, really, because it stores nutrients and keeps pests out of their food. She knows to wait at the very edge of the kitchen hallway when it is time for her breakfast and dinner. She waits until she is called on command to eat. Layla does great when we have guests over and when we have food laying around (supervised, of course because she will counter surf and try to steal food). Layla gets along with kids just fine--when she feels that she has enough then she walks away to curl up on her little spot. 

Layla absolutely loves something new that we have introduced to her recently! It is a dog park! She loves it there. She enjoys the freedom of being unleashed and being allowed to run, run, run as much as possible. It's a joy to watch her there. When other dogs try to interact with her; she has a tendency to ignore them and walk away rather than growling at them...which is an improvement. We hope to continue socializing her and see an improvement in how she reacts to other dogs in an environment like this. When it comes to our family  and friends' dogs; she gets along with them pretty well, and it is how we know she is capable of being better with stranger dogs. 

Occasionally, we catch her on the sofa which is a forbidden area for Layla, and we are able to remove her  safely with our hands since she no longer growls and nip at us. It is a growth of trust on her part which is pretty cool. 

It has been about almost 6 months since we have gotten Layla, and we continue to see her grow under our care and love. It is an amazing thing to witness a transformation from a scared dog to becoming more confident and happier dog. 


As for our cats; they are doing great, and they are getting a bit too chunky. So they are on a CAT DIET. I can tell that they don't like their new diet because they no longer scarfs everything in their bowl. Ha ha ha. The cats get along with Layla especially Missy--they chase and tease each other. It's funny to watch them play. Mr. Jinxy is more of a reserved cat and isn't as interested in playing with neither of them. Layla and Missy have accepted this about Jinxy. So they're good. 

Stu and I are doing great. Our newlywed life is nothing really drastically different than our lives before we got married. People say that the first year is always the hardest....hmm....where is the hard part? There has been moments where he does drive me batty, and know me, I never drive him crazy. I'm always good...yeah right! Ha ha. Stu just started grad school and I couldn't be prouder of him. So anyway, we just hit our 6 months anniversary since our wedding! It means in other 6 months; we will be married for one whole year...holy crap! Time flies! 

My birthday is coming up in a week from today! I'll be 27. No, I'm not one of those people who are gun-shy about their age....I think aging is not a bad thing, do you? I just don't post the year of my birth on Facebook due to hackers and blah security. It's just a common sense, you think? Anyway, some of people, you know who you are, has been teasing me about approaching my 30s. Geez whiz, thank you for that kind reminder. But really, I'm cool about being a whole year older. I don't know what we will be doing for my birthday--Stu probably wants to take me out for a dinner, and I find myself not really caring what we will do for my birthday...maybe it is part of aging....birthdays are just ... other day in our lives. *winks* 

I'm really excited because my family chipped in together and got me a SWEET camera! I got Canon Digital Camera (the amateur one, mind you; I can't handle a pro-journalistic type of camera yet). I've been taking a lot of pictures and practicing with my new camera. It's a lot of fun. 

So be ready for a lot of pictures in the future! 

Stay posted for next week! And yes, I'll be blogging next week....I promise! 



Wednesday, January 4, 2012

50 Lessons I learned in 2011

It has been too long since I have last blogged here! Holiday madness had taken over! Then somehow, 2011 left. How did that happen, really?

Anyway, hello 2012!

What I have learned in 2011........

1. I would still read a book than a kindle or a nook or a tablet. There is nothing like smelling freshly printed books, and you can't bring a nook/kindle/tablet in a bath too. It would suck if it ends up being dropped in the tub. A book will just dry itself out. 

2. When people act badly, ask yourself what they are afraid of. Fear drives most bad behavior. Trust me on that. 

3. It must be said. Running never gets easier. So might as well rip the band-aid off and do it. 

4. Say I love you at least 5-10 times a day. And mean it. 

5. Life is not about what happens to us. It is about how we perceive what happens to us.

6. Enjoy every small moments. They will be gone before you know it. 

7. Give a hug at least once a day. Sometimes, it is what people need but are afraid to say that they need one.  so HUG HUG HUG HUG. 

8. Count your blessing even when you are down. It makes you realize how good you have in your life no matter how little you may have in your life. 

9. Your true friends will stick with you through thick and thin. 

10. Don't waste your time seeking for approval from others. You only need it from yourself. 

11. Give a person or an animal a chance. 

12. Let go of anger. It does more harm than good. 

13. Let a kid win at the game once in while. It's nice to see a smile on the kid's face.

14. Mistakes happen. Learn from it. Move on. 

15. Take a time to help someone else out. It will do the world of a difference. 

16. It is okay to cry. 

17. Write it out! You'll look back and relearn lessons you've learned. 

18. Accept compliment, but do not modestly reject it. You deserve it. 

19. When going gets hard; keep going, and don't be afraid to reach out. There are people ready to hold you up because you've done it before for them.

20.What bothers us the most about others is what we dislike the most about ourselves. 

21. Make good not excuses. 

22. Do not assume. It will just make an ass out of you. 

23. Wear a bold red lipstick at least once!

24. Cut out drama in your life. It will help you to see the good more clearly in your life.

25. Never stop learning. 

26. Do at least one really good impression....say of Clint Eastwood. Well, do you feel lucky, punk?

27. Refuse to settle down.

28. Say thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks to Universe for all the wonderful things in your life!

29. Remember, everything will be okay in the end. If it is not okay then it is not the end.

30. Sit down with your grandparents and talk with them. They won't be around forever. 

31. Abandon self-doubt. 

32. Take as many pictures as you can. Cherish them. 

33. Never argue with an idiot. People watching may not know the difference.

34. Some days, you are the bug. Some days, you are the window shield.

35. Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.

36. Grow a vegetable and cook it. There's nothing like knowing that you've created meals from your own garden. 

37. Don't compare yourself to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

38. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

39. Envy is a waste of time. 

40. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil your present. 

41. Call your friends more often.

42. Forgive.

43. Smile. Laugh more. Life is too short to waste it on worrying, being angry, or sad. 

44. Do the right thing.

45. Get rid of anything that is not useful, beautiful or joyful.

46. Spend some time with people over age of 60 and under age of 6. You'll learn something.

47. You don't have to win at everything. 

48. You are good enough.

49. Yes. You can! 

50. The best is yet to come.