So I was just sitting here making a list of people and gifts I'm giving this year. I only have to buy 2 more material items, and baking stuff (I'm giving baked goods as a part of everyones gifts).  I realized this is the first time ever that I've had a boyfriends parents on my list. Ahh! It makes me excited! 

In other news, boyfriend told me last night that he planned to talk to my parents very soon :)  One of my wishes, as traditional as it may be, was for him to include my parents in thte engagement process.  Not necessarily ask for permission (we aren't that traditional), but to include them in his plan.  He agreed. So something shiny could be in my future :)

Ugh, back to work :(



Definitely my favorite part of the holidays (mainly Thanksgiving and Christmas) is all of the family time.  I got in plenty of it over the weekend, and couldn't have asked for a better long weekend.

Short recap:
Thursday. Stop 1: Clayton's Mom's house.  I met his grandfather, uncle and a cousin.  Of course I've been to his mom's house plenty of times, but I really felt welcomed, with all of the extended family there.  I loved that :)
Stop 2: Back to my house for dinner.  That was a lot of Thanksgiving in one day.  I didn't overindulge too much.  Just a little.  But never really gorged myself.

Mom and I had planned on doing black friday shopping, starting at Wal-Mart at 10 pm Thursday night.  Our neighbors daughter wanted to go, and then boyfriend decided he wanted to go.  So the 4 of us got to walmart a few minutes after 9 awaiting the sale to begin.  My job was to snatch 3 waffle makers for various people.  I got them all, although it was hard.  I got one on my own, had some teenager hand me a second, and just happened to come across a third (in a different place than they were supposed to be).  So a lot of luck. 

We also ended up at Target, Belk, Sears and Bath and Body Works.  We got home at 5:30 am on Friday....Talk about exhausted!  Especially since I didn't take a nap Thursday.  And then I only slept for about 3 hours...

We (me, my sister and boyfriend) all went to my grandparents on Friday afternoon.  They are my favorite people ever.  We had a lot of fun.  Then I took boyfriend home, went home and crashed.  The weekend was pretty simple and unproductive.

I weighed in this morning as usual, and dun dun dun....+2.2 

Not what I was hoping, but I can't say it wasn't completely unexpected, especially after pizza last night.

I've decided I'm not buying anymore clothes for myself until I'm down a size or two.  I can't keep spending money on clothes at this size when I want to/am trying to lose weight. 

I also need to start working out again.  So my goal for this week is 3 days for at least 30 minutes.  And hopefully that gain today was mainly from sodium retention. 


Gah, Pinterest!

Has seriously taken over my life. I can't walk away from it!  See more pins? Why yes, I think I will.  

If you want to follow me, my username is hokiegirl2010

I need to get some work done!

But I seriously have my wedding and dream house all planned.  As well as remodeling for boyfriends house--It's small, but good for 2 people.  And it would be a horrible time to try and sell.  But it is old, and needs updating, mainly the kitchen.  It doesn't have a practical layout and isn't as functional as it could be.  And it is horribly dated.  I can't work like that :)

Now I need to get some work done.  Tomorrow will be full of decorating the office, and we get to leave at 3!


So glad it is a short work week!

I'm not sure I would make it 5 days this week. 2.5 will be bad enough.  As promised, here are a couple puppy pictures!

They are growing fast!  And are so much fun now. 

Date night was wonderful :)  We ended up in Mt. Airy, NC.  We went to a seafood place for dinner, which was really good, but that could be because I was starving....And we went to the movies to see Jack and Jill.  It was good, and for the record, Adam Sandler does not make a pretty woman!

Also got a scary call from Mom Saturday night. My younger sister was assaulted outside of her apartment building by some drunk guy. Luckily, she was with a friend.  It scares me to think what could have happened, but at least it wasn't anything, but groping and trying to kiss her (not that it makes it any better).  But I know she's still freaked out by it.  She was smart and called the cops, and he was arrested yesterday, so that is good.

Now I'm just ready for Wednesday at 3 to get here, so I'm off work for 4 days.  And a busy 4 days it will be.  Wednesday night I'm going to see Breaking Dawn with my sister (yes, I'm still a teenager at heart).  Thursday I'm having Thankgiving lunch with Clayton's mom side of the family.  Then we are going back to my house to have dinner with my family.  I'll be at Wal-Mart on Thursday night to start some black friday shopping.  Sleeping from whatever time me and mom get home until lunch-time. Then going to pick up boyfriend, and us and my sister and her boyfriend are going to spend some time with my grandparents, then who knows what.  Then, I'm catching up on sleep over the weekend! 

I also finally stepped on the scale this morning, for the first time in 2 weeks, and I'm happy to say that I'm the exact weight I was two weeks ago on the 7th.

My goal for this week is to not gain a shit-ton of weight when I weigh in next Monday.


Be prepared

For lots of puppy pictures either Sunday or Monday.  The babies are finally seeing/hearing and have turned into dogs!  There will be lots of playtime this weekend!

2 more hours until my weekend begins.  Must take my car in for it's state inspection, and I'm going to go ahead and get an oil change/tire rotation while I'm there, so I don't have to make another trip in a month or two.  State inspection is free and so is the tire rotation! 

Then possibly stopping by Kroger to pick up a few things, then relaxation, and some good quality time with boyfriend.  I've been waiting for it all week!


I'm so mopey

Is mopey even a word?  Either way, that is how I've been all week.  I hate when I can't pinpoint why.  Actually it's that glorious time of month, so that is why, and usually I don't need a reason.

But I'm super excited for a date night with boyfriend on Saturday.  Definitely what has gotten me through this week...now if it would just hurry and get here!  This has seriously been the slowest week every.



For the first time in about a year, I'm excited about dogs again.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Blakester to death, but my luck hasn't been grand.

First was Brooke--whose front ended up doing weird things when she moved.
Second was Parker--who had an attitude problem and went back to the breeder.
Now there is Blakester--who I'm hoping gets over his attitude problem.

But, I'm not giving up on the Blakester yet.  I still am holding onto a little hope!

That is a lot of heartbreak on top of losing Marlin as such a young dog and having Bear get the infection in his eye. 

I never thought I'd say it, but I'm really excited about our current Whippet litter.  Like really excited.  So excited, that if there are a couple of really nice puppies, I'm thinking of keeping one for myself. 

Either way, mom has decided to hire me for the next couple of years to show the puppy she keeps out of this litter.  This includes the Whippet National in 2013...in Oregon.

Now a sensible person would hop a plane and fly...not us.  Right now we are thinking we will drive. I mean, we'll need crates and dog stuff, cooler, etc.  And it will be nice to not have to rent a vehicle, especially if we take multiple dogs.  And it would be such a pretty drive.  So I mapquested....2700 miles and about 42 hours.  So we could drive it in three days, show, then drive back.  I've never been further west than Illinois, so I'm excited :) 


Big Decisions

I've never been great at making big decisions. Ever.  That is no lie or secret. 

So, Blake doesn't seem to be doing wonderfully with his training with his co-breeder.  He apparently has decided he loves obedience, but still doesn't like having strangers come up and touch him (like he has to tolerate at shows).  The point is that I've, in the next couple months, need to make a decision on Blake.  Don't get me wrong, I love him dearly, and he is great with "his people", but not so much strangers.  But looking into the future, I know that me and boyfriend will get married, possibly by this time next year, which means I would have a step-son.  He is 3 now. I worry about Blake with a toddler unless something drastically changes in his attitude.  I'm going to have to make a decision, and it scares me to make the wrong one. No, I'm not making it today, but I will have to within the next few months.



I just had to turn down an interview offer.  It was part-time, and possibly temporary. 

Even though I know that I couldn't afford it, it still sucks balls to turn down an interview.

I felt the same way back in March when I had to turn down an offer....

Hopefully one day the universe will answer my prayer about a new job.  Until then, I'll just try to stay as sane as possible...but I can feel it, and my happiness, quickly disappearing.


Happy Veteran's Day to all the past and present people that have and will serve our country!

So, today is 11/11/11, something about that makes me happy.

And for the record, I will have one bad-ass wish today at 11:11 am.  :)

I have been such a bad weight loser lately.  I have lost my mojo, and need to find it.  I mean, I haven't been horrible, as in I haven't gained much.  But considering I have so much to lose, I should be losing.  I did end up canceling my WW membership, for now. I'm tired of counting points and all of that. So I've decided for a couple of weeks, I'm just going to go off of how I feel. I mean, I know what I should and shouldn't eat (thanks to WW the last year), but I really need to learn how to not mindlessly eat or eat my emotions <---totally guilty on that one.  So, for the next 2 weeks, I'm going to really pay attention to hunger signals and how I'm feeling.  I'll still WI on Monday's like usual, but no more counting points or calories (not that I did that anyway).  We'll see how this goes.


Weddings and such

So with all this wedding talk lately, I've slowly become obsessed...

A few posts ago, I posted about possibly doing an elopment ceremony.  You can read about it here.  Well I've changed my mind (big surprise there).

I've decided I have to have my family and close friends there. It will be smallish and intimate, but they will be there. I had told my parents about the elopement thing, and were fine (that is what they did), but last night when I told them I changed my mind, I could see their eyes light up :)

I'm thinking of trying to find a really cute B&B that would also cater for the reception, so there would only be one location. 

Granted, I still don't have a ring, but I know it's coming, so it is ok to think about the future. Right?

Money is tight lately, thanks to Christmas. I may cancel my WW membership until after the holidays. I could definitely use the refund that I would be getting, even if it is only $30. haha. Decisions, decisions. If I do, I'll still WI like normal, etc. And hopefully at least maintain through the holidays.  We will see...


A Special Birthday

Today is this guys 3rd birthday!

This is Bear.  He was my first bred-by Great Dane. 

If he thought he could fit on my lap today, he'd surely try! 

He is big and goofy, and to this day still loves to jump.

He was a good showdog, too!

Bear is one of those dogs that really helped me.  He was the dog that helped me get through some very rough times, including Marlin (the Dalmatian) passing away.  If it weren't for Bear, I'm honestly not sure I'd still be showing dogs today.  That is the truth.

He received a huge 5 point major from the bred-by class at just 8 months old (my first major on a dane).  And from there he picked up another 6 points, including 1 more major by the time he was a year old.  Sadly, right after his first birthday, he scratched his eye and got an infection, ending his very short show career, before he could finish his championship.

He now enjoys spending his time with his favorite people at home :)


Over Analyzing Shit.

That is something I do, and need to learn how to stop it.

Yesterday, me and boyfriend had our first arguement of sorts.  Last Friday I showed him the idea for a possible wedding that I told you about here.  To me, he didn't seem as excited as I would have expected.  I sort of let it go.  Yesterday I asked him what he visioned for that day, and he said anything from a church wedding to a gathering at a courthouse.  I took that as he wanted guests there.  Which would match up with his lack of excitement.  So, I said something about how he reacted last Friday.  He said that he liked that idea, too.  I felt like he was just trying to tell me what he thought I wanted to hear.

To make a long story short, we had a small arguement, about something stupid too.  We didn't talk all day.  We were talking yesterday evening, and everything seemed fine.

But I texted him when I was going to bed the usual "I'm heading to bed, sweet dreams, goodnight. I love you". His is usually the same or longer, but all I got was "goodnight, love you".

He always leaves me a voicemail to wake up to, and it didn't seem the same either this morning. 

^^See, I always over analyze crap. And I need to stop....

In other news, we lost a puppy yesterday.  She was the smallest, and was losing weight.  There was nothing wrong with her that could be seen, but it had to be something internal.  She was always cold, no matter what we did to warm her up, and she nursed, and we tube fed her for a day, but she still didn't make it.  Nature can be cruel sometimes.  But at least we have 8 healthy puppies and a healthy momma!

Sad News

Just got word that my old babysitter's husband passed away this morning.  They babysat me and my sister for close to 10 years when we were kids, so they were definitely family.  He had a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer's, so at least he isn't suffering anymore.

Thoughts and prayers are definitely with their family today!


New Family!

Yesterday we welcomed 9 new babies to the family!

Macy, the Whippet, became a mom yesterday to 9 little ones, 5 girls and 4 boys.