Chats with K + other conversations

If this is your very first time ever coming to my blog then you should know that K is my husband.

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I had an eye doctor appointment recently and I decided not to wear mascara that morning so he’d have a clear canvas to exam. Halfway through the exam he told me I needed to open my eyes wider because my eyelashes were so long😀 I don’t think he necessarily meant it as a compliment, but I took it as such!

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K was in the shower and I was bringing him a pair of shorts from the laundry room.
Me: Hey, my mom brought us donuts but they messed yours up- it’s chocolate frosting instead of maple.
K *sticks head out of curtain & has a shampoo mohawk*: That’s unacceptable.
Me: …I can’t take you seriously.

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K: I need you to keep the house stocked with some things at all times.
Me: Um… What?
K: Oreos.
Me: I thought you were going to start eating better.
K: Yeah, plus Oreos.

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Via text – K was home for lunch & I was at work.
Me: Pull the chicken out of the freezer so it’ll thaw for dinner.
K: Why chicken? I thought we were having hello giggles for dinner.
Me: We are. And it’s HelloFresh. And the chicken is part of it.

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K texted and asked me when I’d be home from my hair appointment:

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The show K was watching ended and the production co. ads started playing for the movie on next
K: Alright, time for bed.
Me: Nah, sit down here and watch whatever movie this is so I can read a bit.
*I take the remote and hit “INFO”*
K: No, I don’t want to- *reads ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ * – DAMMIT.
Me: See you in a few hours!

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Sometimes we go to local open houses on Sunday afternoons- just because we like to.
K: Why are you bringing your purse in?
Me: Because I have pig-tails in my hair today and I thought a purse would make me look more like an adult.
K: ….you have a Batman pin on your purse.

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Banned Books Week

I did not write a long post honoring banned books week, but Steph did and it’s awesome. You should go read it!

I find history to be fascinating. It was my favorite subject in school and it’s one of my favorite channels on TV (minus all the “reality” and alien shows they play). History is both enlightening and damning, oppressive and liberating. I feel like history goes hand-in-hand with books and banned books week. In honor of September 25th kicking off Banned Books Week, I wanted to share my favorite banned, challenged, controversial, or censored books. These books have raised eyebrows both within our borders and abroad.

My Favorite Banned Books

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This isn’t just my favorite banned book- it’s my favorite book ever. If you haven’t read AiW then you need to block off 3 hours this weekend and tackle it. I don’t know- it might take you less than three hours! It’s zany and odd and insightful and kooky and fun. I love it so much!

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
I don’t think I need to say much here. Banned for it’s witchcraft and devilry, loved for it’s magic and morality.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
To be totally honest, I don’t actually like this book. I hate almost all the characters and the plot twists my stomach. But that’s what makes it so good- humans are flawed and lessons are learned (by the reader… the characters, not so much).

James & The Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
I haven’t read this book, but I’ve seen the movie (-gasp-). I want to read the book, though!

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
I haven’t read this book in +10 years, but I remember liking it. And feeling sad.
*Another short one if you’re looking for a banned book to read next week!

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
I love this book. I’ve never met anyone who didn’t love this book… (I haven’t read the se/pre/quel and I don’t want to.)

Forever by Judy Blume
I don’t know how this book came into my possession, but after I read it I hide it behind all the other books on my bedroom bookshelf because my mom used to read my books and I was so embarrassed that she might find it. I mean, it talks about *sex*, you guys!

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
The most badass thing about this book is the author😉

The Lottery by Shirley Jackson (short story)
I read this in high school or college and remember loving it. It’s so…. twisted. This one takes 20 minutes to read- check it out this week!

I wanted to have a solid 10, but I won’t lie and pretend like I enjoyed The Giver, Of Mice and Men, or The Grapes of Wrath. I hated those books- glad I read them, but I hated them.

Have you read any of these? What are some of your favorite banned books?

*I am impressed by my use of the word “devilry.” I need to work that into my daily vocabulary.

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The Origin of Dogs

Today I want to talk about dogs. If you’ve been around these parts for any length of time you might know that A) I love dogs and B) our two babes- Lylee and Enzo- are mixed breeds & rescue dogs. (Ly came to us from friends, but they originally got her from a shelter.)

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Please note, I do not hate or judge purebred puppy parents as long as you buy/bought from a reputable breeder. It takes time and patience to find a breeder that loves their dogs, treats them well, and has all the proper medical information/paperwork. If you decide on Tuesday that you want a boxer and you buy it on Wednesday from a “breeder” then we’ve got a problem. Puppy mills are a real thing and they’re deadly, corrupt, and dirty. Google “puppy mills” if you don’t believe me. If you truly love dogs and want to add a family member, please take the time to research your breeder. I’m not trying to be controversial- I just want to promote ownership responsibility.

Alright, back to shelter dogs.

I want to specifically talk about mutts, so before I do that let me just share this PSA:
You can find purebreds in shelters and pounds. Beagles and pitbulls are very popular pound purebreds. Also, there are COUNTLESS purebred rescues around the country that specialize in re-homing specific breeds. These dogs find themselves homeless because of owner death or divorce, moving restrictions, or lifestyle changes. We have many friends who have purebred dogs that came from rescues or shelters.

Ok, moving on.

This week my county’s dog pound posted a Facebook album with +8 dogs in it that had to be adopted, otherwise some would be euthanized. I shared the post and talked with K about it, but I really don’t know if or how many dogs were adopted before the cut off time. I do know that three dogs lost their lives: Gus, Buddy, and Louie. All three were described as friendly and happy and long-time pound residents. I know there’s war and poverty and hunger in the world, but this kind of thing crushes my heart into a thousand pieces. I cried when I read that three dogs didn’t get to find forever homes.

I want to address the two biggest arguments against rescue dogs/mutts:

  1. I want a specific breed. As I mentioned, there are purebreds in shelters. And I get the struggle- I see videos of corgis or retrievers and my heart actually spills over and I want to nuzzle my face into a puppy. But I challenge you to look into Lylee’s eyes and not fall in love with her. Have a conversation with her and tell me that she’s not exactly like the videos of purebred “talking” huskies. In my opinion, the best part of mixed breeds is the mixed bag. Enzo has herding instincts like a collie but he’s so fast like a whippet. And we’re not even 100% sure that’s what he is! Unless you’re using your dog for their breed-specific-purpose (hunting dogs, herding dogs), rescuing a mutt is 100% in your wheelhouse and you have the opportunity to save a life or two. (And mutts can be trained for herding or hunting or service, too!)
  2. They’re unpredictable. People lean toward golden retrievers as a family pet and others buy German Shepherds or Rotts because they are protective breeds… but you can never be 100% sure that’s what you’re getting. And I can guarantee that you can find a family dog or protective dog in a shelter- it might just be a great dane/lab mix or a pitbull/husky combination. Two of the gentlest dogs I’ve had the privilege of knowing were mutts- one (Enzo) is a whippet/I don’t really know and the other (Bruno) was a collie/shepherd mix. Amazingly gentle, kind, people-pleasing dogs. Have I been bitten by mutts? Yes. Have I been bitten by purebreds? Yes. They all have teeth; they all have personalities. Mixed breeds tend to be of mild temperament, actually. That’s in comparison to purebreds that have somewhat strong (albeit predictable) personalities.

*Also, many shelters and pounds take the time to get to know the dogs there. They can tell you if that dog gets along with kids, cats, other dogs, etc. Typically it’s not a guess- they’ve figure out if the dog is trained or house broken, hyper or calm. A breeder can tell you about a puppy’s parents, but when you adopt an adult dog from a shelter you’re typically getting exactly what you’re told.

Let me reiterate that I do not look down my nose at people that buy their dogs from a reputable breeder! My best friend has a purebred dachshund and I love her and I love Ernie. My other best friend adopted a 6 month old lab mix from the shelter. Our friends and family have taken both paths and that’s ok. Personally, K and I will always get rescue dogs- it’s something that’s important to both of us.

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So here’s what I’m saying: If you are thinking about adding a dog to your family, please check out your local pound or shelter first. Thousands of good, loving, intelligent dogs are killed every year because they had the bad luck to end up with crappy humans that dumped them at a shelter or left them to fend for themselves and they ended up in the pound.

And if you’re still hellbent on a purebred, please check out specialty rescues first. And then research, research, research top-notch breeders. Do not contribute to the nasty puppy mill market. (And report puppy mills when you come across them!)

AND if you are a pet parent or you have family members that own pets, please don’t abandon those animals if something terrible happens to the humans… Please. As gruesome as it is, we have homes for Lylee and Enzo if anything were to happen to us. And I can guarantee you that if something happened to my parents their two dogs, four cats, and one rabbit would not end up in a shelter or a pound. Same with my in-laws’ kitty. Please remember that as a pet parent, you’re responsible for that life- they 100% rely on you.

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And now I’m stepping down from my pulpit to snuggle on my babies and convince the husband that we need a third🙂

Tell me about your fur-kid(s)! Mutt or purebred, rescued or bred- I want to know about the dog that has your heart!

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Revisiting Some of my Favorites

Happy Monday, my wonderful friends!
Are you bored with nothing to do? Fortunately today’s #BlogtemberChallenge is sharing a few older blog posts that I’m especially proud of!

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Sometimes I find it boring to go back and read old, random posts. I tried to keep things interesting & relevant🙂

❤︎ In honor of Fall (3 days to go!) here’s the recap from last year’s Halloween Party– complete with costumes!

❤︎ One of my favorite things I’ve ever written: A Letter to my Future Children

❤︎ My thoughts while sitting at the OB/GYN isn’t very old, but it still makes me giggle

❤︎ I am stupidly proud of my bachelor/bachelorette posts (fyi: it has nothing to do with the real thing)

❤︎ Here’s the very first “about me” post I did on the blog!

It was tough to narrow my list of ‘favorites’ down to five… Hopefully at least one of these posts is new to you & you find it entertaining!

Like I said, this post is a part of the #blogtemberChallenge with Love Bailey Jean.

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Fall Goals: Me-Time Activities

In regards to Wednesday’s post, K was not physically fighting Lylee… They were arguing and she was being punished with the squirt bottle on occasion. We don’t physically fight the dogs. (They’d win.)

Let’s just get this out of the way: I failed pretty hard as far as “summer goals” went… If you need a refresher, this season I had planned to:

  • Paint front door & replace house numbers
  • Build small deck in backyard
  • Scrub greasy build-up off kitchen cabinets
  • Order Year 3 Photos & start scrapbook
  • Wash couch cushion slips & dust fans/blinds/neglected places

Yeah, not much accomplished. I’m going to approach Fall a little differently. I believed that life is too short to do a whole bunch of things you don’t want to do. A few weeks ago I put in my notice at Justice and then I decided to dedicate Saturdays to volunteering and then I signed up for a yoga challenge. Less obligatory activities and more me-time activities.

Fall Goals

  • Paint the front door (I’m bloody determined to make this happen.)
  • Keep with the #30DayYogaChallenge that I signed up for (I’m 5 for 5 days right now!!)
  • After the challenge is over continue to practice yoga weekly
  • Continue volunteering weekly
  • Order 3 year photos for scrapbook
  • Get invites out for Halloween Party
  • Walk/bike to work at least twice a week
  • Create a fire pit area in the backyard
  • Get all the pieces of my Halloween costume together BEFORE the week of the party
  • One crockpot meal a week (**buy crockpot liners!)
  • Hardcore wash the dog beds & blankets
  • Wait until the end of Nov. to break out Christmas stuff (... yeah right)
  • Get X-mas shopping done!

Easy enough. I made 5 goals for summer and accomplished half of one so I bet I’ll do great with 13 goals. (Ha.)

Linking-up with Steph & Sara today. What are your F A L L + G O A L S ?

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Life According to Steph

Fall Fall Fall

I’m currently listening to my husband fight/argue with our oldest dog … She keeps barking during his favorite TV show. I feel like this is a window into our future with a teenage daughter… Ha.

Hi ya🙂 I totally bailed on Monday but I had a busy weekend and a lot going on and I just didn’t want to throw together a half-assed post. But I’m here today & that’s what matters.

So let’s talk about fall. (You might be sick of fall talk… If that’s the case maybe don’t come back here until Monday… #sorrynotsorry)

I’m waiting to post my fall goals until Steph and Sara‘s link-up on Friday, but I wanted a fun bucket list for the season so that’s what we’re doing today! I also added some fall inspiration at the end, too- just in case you haven’t gotten your sweater wearing, scarf draping, latte sipping fix😉

Audrey’s Fall Bucket List:

  • Go to a local apple orchard & bring home a bushel small bag of apples
  • Get all the fall decor out & around the house
  • Visit a few fall craft shows (preferably with Mom)
  • Pick out some bright orange pumpkins
  • Carve said pumpkins (preferably with Fred & Christina)
  • Drink lots of apple cider
  • Get a PSL DONE 😉
  • Host our annual Halloween Party (theme coming soon!)
  • Take the dogs to a local park or nature trail for hikes
  • Visit a haunted house
  • Bake a few new fall cookies
  • Fall vacation with the husband
  • Add a few classy, seasonal pieces to my wardrobe
  • Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • Create & enjoy a fire pit area in our yard

Some of these are already in the works (the Halloween party, our fall vacation) but most of these are fun things I try to plan every year (and usually fail). A few of these might double as goals on Friday’s post, too. Meh. That’s just how it works.

And now for some Fall Inspiration! (Follow me on Pinterest for more!)

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Halloween!

What’s on your bucket list this season? We’re SO CLOSE to the first day of fall! ❤︎

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You Are Smart! (ep. 2)

Last month I shared a post to remind you that you are great. This month I’m changing the message.

You are smart.

I struggle at least once a week with this. Why do people read faster than me? Why can’t I figure out the tip percentage? Why am I having such a tough time remembering that article I read? Struggling is all part of being human and your intelligence isn’t reflected in those moments. You’re here, reading these words, and that means your brain is working. You remember your manners and you think about how to reach out and spread kindness to friends and family members- that takes some smarts! We all misspell words and accidentally say, “You, too” when the gate agent tells us to enjoy our flight. Laugh it off, crack open a book, show yourself some grace, and bring some kindness and inspiration to the world with your thinking skills!

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Now it’s time to brag:
Tell me something that’s made you feel especially smart or wise in the last few days or weeks!!

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