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Things I'm Loving Lately

People who know me know that I get a little obsessed about things that I think are awesome. When I was in college, I was all about the Jane Austen (Still am. Check the blog, and the cat), followed by Grey's Anatomy, Bones, Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, etc etc. As a prelude to Christmas, I thought I'd share some things that I've been enjoying lately.

Christmas Cookies. Last weekend, I helped my sister bake about a million sugar cookies for her employees as a Christmas present. It was long, hard work and I'm so glad that we're finally able to enjoy the fruits of our labor now (ourmom, aunt and cousin helped decorate them on Thursday, which made that part go faster). They're pretty tasty, just so time intensive.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Okay, so I've been a Joss Whedon fan since high school, but this week, my love of all things Buffy came back with a vengeance. I got to talking about it with my work friend, Leah, who is also a fan, and I've been looking through…

Christmas Time Is Here

And I am keeping as busy as I possibly can (she says, sitting in her jammies at 11:17 AM on a Monday morning, watching Food Network). Actually I'm on a break. Last week was SUPER busy, with my church's Ladies Christmas Dinner on Thursday, the Women of Faith Telecast at church on Friday night, a Celebration of life concert on Saturday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday afternoon. We have three more performances this coming weekend, and then we'll be done until Spring. A week from Sunday, my sis and I are also the Emcees of our church's Song & Story Variety Potluck Dinner show. This Friday night, I have a Christmas party (my second of the season, actually. I almost never do Christmas parties).

The kitties are ready for Christmas.



The concerts this weekend went really well. I'm singing "Who Would Imagine a King" as a duet with my dad. I hope to get a video of it this weekend (My videographer opted to treat a friend to a much-needed girl's day, but pr…

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm not a huge fan of going around the dinner table and sharing what I'm thankful for (and neither is my family, since we don't actually do that in our traditions). Not that I don't have a lot that I'm thankful for, but I don't necessarily feel the need to voice it out loud (I live in constant fear of snarkastic judgement). But this year in particular, I wanted to share some things that I'm thankful for, especially since I feel like some things are starting to catch up to me. Without further ado, here we go.


I'm thankful for my parents, how hard they work, and everything they've taught my sister and I about being decent, Godly women. I'm thankful for my big sister, and glad she's home with a job she enjoys. I like living with my best friend (something I never really experienced in college, until senior year, when my best friend lived in the same building).I'm thankful for my best friend, Lauren, with whom I can share anything. Wish we liv…

Saturdays in the Park with Ollie

Today's post comes to you as kind of a commercial for dog owners everywhere. Awhile back, I was contacted by another blogger, Shaye, of www.simplyshaye.wordpress.com, about the website www.dogvacay.com. DogVacay.com is an activity website for animals vacations. For example, say you're in the Omaha area with your dog, and want to know what they can do for fun, too. It's a pretty cool setup I had absolutely no idea such a thing existed.

Since we started training and socializing Oliver back in September, we've been looking into different activies that are around town. Our first was at the suggestion of Oliver's girlfriend's owner. Before puppy training, at Bone Jour Doggie Daycare and Lodging, there is a playgroup that meets called Yapptime.

Before all that, check out this video of Oliver and his girlfriend, Nina, wrestling all over the place. He'll let her do anything to him. It's a little weird.



Anyway, Bone Jour/Yappytime has been around for nine years,…

The Adventures of Oliver the Marshwiggle: So, this happened...

In today's installment of the Marshwiggle Chronicles, we talk week three.
After two weeks of getting stuck in traffic and arriving barely on time, sis and I left an hour before we had to be there, took a new route and arrived with 25 minutes to spare. Lots of time to show off Oliver's behaviors to the teachers. 
BEFORE that, however, we decided to walk him around to get some energy worked off, and to do his business. While cleaning up said business (my job. Lucky, huh?), I hear a wolf whistle. Very 1940's Red Hot Riding Hood. I turned my head and saw a guy driving by, who winked at me. While I had a baggie full of dog poo. 
I will never understand men. 
The only thing that went through my mind was not to be flattered. Instead, the wise words of Adele, the singer, echoed in my mind: "If a man whistles at you, don't respond. You're a woman,  not a dog."
Very wise words indeed. Even if I was at the Humane Society. 
After that, we found the training room (th…

The Adventures of Oliver the Marshwiggle: Training Day 1

The Adventures of Oliver the Marshwiggle!


So, as you might remember, about three or four weeks ago, we got a Marshwiggle. Well, today he started Obedience Training at the Nebraska Humane Society, and my sister and I were pumped. Probably a bit more than Ollie at first. Last time he was in a car for any length of time was when my sister brought him home, so I don't know if he was prepared for a longish car ride. He was a bundle of nerves for the entire trip, and was "Play" biting me. Not amused.

The Nebraska Humane Society has a big Omaha campus, complete with Bone Jour Doggy Day Camp, a Training Center (where classes were held), on top of the Kennel where they adopt out pets. It was apparently Free Kitten Day. We didn't go in, though. We would've left with a couple, and then been in REAL trouble! Jane, Henry and Tris would NOT have been amused.

Anyway, back to training. When we got there, we had no idea which building it was in, and ended up at the Doggy Day Care…

Workout Update, Ollie Update, Lotsa Updates in Here

Happy Friday, everyone! So glad the week is out! People are all kinds of crazy this week. Glad to stick around Council Bluffs this week. How was your week?

This has been kind of a crazy, emotional roller coaster of the week. It started out well enough, I was getting my three workouts in (Butt Challenge, Plank Challenge, BodyRock), but on Tuesday, it got a little crazy up in here.

Firstly, remember Ollie the Marshwiggle? Or puppy, as you might remember him.


Well, he was giving us a LOT of trouble last weekend, and at the start of the week. And by us, I mean mostly my sister. Then on Tuesday when I got home from work, I decided to give my sister a break and play with him, myself. Funny thing. His lips had started getting red, and we couldn't figure out why. Things were going okay in the backyard. He was on his tie-out, I was throwing him a ball. He explored. Typical dog stuff. Then he kept running at me and jumping. And biting at my red pants, which were a similar color to his red s…

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

I am a HUGE baseball fan. Mostly minor league, because I grew up with a popular stadium across the river that is no more (Rosenblatt, may she rest in peace). It used to be a fifteen minute drive to see a baseball game, but now it's about half an hour. We didn't get out to many games this season. In fact, I only got to this one game. But it was stunningly beautiful outside, we got wider seats in the shade, and the game was really exciting!






This is our new field, Werner Park. It's considerably smaller than Rosenblatt, which closed in 2010, but I think the layout is fantastic. It's not too big (I find Major League stadiums too big), so I can keep track of what's going on in the game while going to the bathroom, or getting a funnel cake. It's nice and breezy, and where we sat, there was no sun, so it was all nice and cool.

Our team is the Omaha Storm Chasers, and the game was VERY exciting today. So many runs, lots of pop up balls, foul balls, line drives, plus at …

September Fitness Challenge(s)

I haven't talked about fitness here in awhile because, frankly, I'm a bit sad and ashamed that I haven't been more consistent with my workouts. My gym membership has now lapsed, and I've been looking for something quick but cardio heavy to really get myself working up a sweat.

Walking the dogs in humidity will do that to you. Sopping wet sweaty. Fun times.

But, being that it's September, and the countdown to my 28th birthday has begun (28....oh my gosh...), I've decided to give myself the gift of finally completing something. Not one fitness challenge, but two month long fitness challenges. Time wise, I don't think they'll take much time, but I hope they do the trick to get me back into working out.

The first challenge is a plank challenge. I started one a few months back, but didn't finish. It starts at 20 seconds, and by September 30 (after the scary big 2-8!), I should be holding it for a whole five minutes. I wonder if they planned it for someon…

Hot Diggity DOG!

I've talked about my brood of animals before, right? If not, here's a refresher course.

Well, we've had a reasonably quiet house of pets so far. Occasionally Henry gets into it with Jane or Frisket, or Tris gets into it with Henry or Frisket. We have pretty low key pets. Frisket's the oldest at eleven years young, and Henry is the youngest, at five.

Until Now.

This last weekend, my sister got a call from our aunt in Kansas City. One of her coworkers had recently moved and couldn't keep his dog. It's a crying shame, and part of the reason I'm against Home Owners Associations (HOA). They're blaming a size and breed instead of factors that are beyond the dog's control (abusive, negelctful owners, perhaps?). This dog is half of what my sister has always wanted in a dog: English Bull Dog. The other half is a Beagle, and he's now my sister's little man.


We have a kennel out on the side of the house from when we had two other dogs a few years back …
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Husband by K.C. Wilder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was just coming off a chick lit high of reading Blogger Girl by fellow author, Meredith Schorr when I was looking for another book to devour, and this one came into view.
I wasn't sure what to think at first, because typically books about women in their late 30's/early 40's don't really connect with me (I'm 27), but I found protagonist Eve Woolcot to be very likeable, and personable. And I could relate to going on vacation with your girlfriends, too. Best trips ever! But what happened to Eve this time around is that her partner in crime, Tamara, of the foul mouths (typically I can't stand swearing, but as a character trait, it seemed to be a great contrast to Eve's more conservative nature) was unable to attend. Instead of turning around to go home to her most likely cheating husband, she decided a few days with a few books sounded great. It was here that she met Finn, who changed he…

Ivan Mihaljevic and Side Effects

What I look for in music that I enjoy is creative themes and instrument uses. I can actually pick out bits of pieces in music that I love and memorize because I think they're so creative. I used to listen to Movie Soundtracks for the purpose of finding music that wasn't too popular because it had amazing moments.

Now Ivan Mihaljevic and Side Effects, is a group I've never heard of, like the last group I covered, Barclay & Ichinose, and if all music that comes out of Europe is like this, then Europe is where it's at music-wise.




The song I listened to the most is off their newest album, CounterClockwise, and called Driving Force. Take a listen:

I like the build up of the plucked guitar, into the driving electric guitar and drums. The lead singer, Ivan, has a great baritone and his words are clearly sung (something I appreciate), which is great when the message of the song in particular is as follows:

Our dreams are a driving force Of our passion, only source They should …