Sunday, December 8, 2013

A Trip to Aloha Zoo

Just thirty minutes from our home is a small zoo that features rescued animals and is reminiscent of the Matt Damon movie "We Bought a Zoo". We loved the experience at this family run zoo and the dedication of all the employees and volunteers we encountered. 

Aloha Safari Zoo and Rescue was such a treat. Immediately we encountered an enormous python. All I could think about was how at any moment that little boy was going to be swallowed whole. Hubby was fearless and went up to it right away while I gave it a quick poke.

We were really impressed by the variety of animals they had at this small zoo. I was even able to pet a skunk, which just felt like a cat with very coarse fur. All the animals were very active, unlike at a larger zoo where you would have to work hard to find each animal.

Our favorite part of our day was the safari ride. We were given multiple loaves of bread to toss to the animals along our route and they came right to the fence. We were warned that the llamas liked to spit so I tried my best to give them all the bread I could.

My favorite part of the zoo was of course the gorgeous giraffe that you could pet and take pictures with without having to pay extra money. The giraffe hated me, however, and refused to let me pet it. We could have been great friends, Stretch!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

On Repeat: Royals

I miss Austin radio.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

My Dog Needs Braces

Hubby and I noticed that one of Bella's canines looked like it was rotting. We attributed it to improper dental care on our part so we bought Bella tons of treats that were supposed to rid of plaque and even bought some spray for her mouth. Finally, we gave in and had her looked at by the vet.

It turns out that not only does Bella have bad legs, allergies, corneal dystrophy, and a long list of other quirks, but her teeth are also misaligned. Her incisor was hitting on her canine and slowly wearing down the enamel. I actually find this to be somewhat comical since I work in the orthodontic industry. The vet felt that the best way to save that canine was to extract the incisor causing the damage.

Nearly $450 later, I was able to bring Bella home. For the next fourteen days I had to feed her soft foods only, which meant soaking her kibble in warm water for a good twenty minutes before feeding it to her. She was not a fan of this at all. I have also perfected dispensing medication to her. Bella is too smart to fall for the good ol' peanut butter trick so now I stuff her pills in moist dog food and feed her out of my hand. She can't resist!

Bella was extremely woozy from the anesthesia they gave her for her surgery. She insisted on following me upstairs when I changed out of my work clothes when we got home. After going downstairs on my own for a few minutes, I heard some crying. She was trapped at the top of the stairs and I had to carry her 70-lb furry butt downstairs. 

Oh, Bella. I love you so.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Why Did the Turkey Cross the Road?

Did you know that:
It's true. I know this from first hand experience. Seriously. I was driving about 60mph through post to work with my coworker and a wild turkey decided to commit suicide by flying into my windshield. 

Still don't believe me? This is a picture of my car on the side of the road last Wednesday morning:

And this is all the glass that was shattered all over me. I pulled tiny bits of glass out of my hand. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Except the turkey. At least I think it was hurt. We couldn't find it anywhere on the side of the road.

I was so shocked after it happened that I didn't even pull over immediately. My coworker had to tell me to do so. I couldn't tell how bad the damage was until later. The windshield was caving in. I'm so fortunate that the glass didn't get into my eyes. 

I didn't even know what had hit us until my coworker told me. She said she had seen it eating its breakfast then take flight right into my car. I spent the entire day explaining what had happened to my boss, the insurance company, the towing company, the body shop, and anyone who would listen.

"Yes. A turkey. A turkey flew into my windshield."

To make matters worse, neither my husband nor my coworker's husband were home so we had to rely on strangers to help us on the side of the road. 

I still can't believe it really. It's okay to laugh. It's really quite hilarious, except that it cost us $300 to replace my windshield.

But it could have been so much worse. Google it and see. This happens far more often than you would think.

Something must be done about these crazy suicidal turkeys.

P.S. If you ever need to replace or repair a windshield (due to a wild turkey or otherwise), I highly recommend Safelite. Their technician was able to get it replaced without me even being present and their customer service was fantastic. They also gave me a 20% discount simply because I asked for it as I had read about it online.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Furry Friday

Mom, let's make it a habit to sleep in more, okay?

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Swimming in the Atlantic

One advantage of living on the East Coast is being able to go to beaches again. We drove about two hours to beautiful Oak Island with Bella in tow along with towels, chairs, two coolers full of drinks and food, and a tent we had purchased the night before for eight bucks.

Hubby was so excited to finally see a beach again and I had never truly experienced the Atlantic Ocean. I had heard that the sand was softer, the air was cleaner, and the water was warmer. All of these things were true, but it wasn't exactly a smooth trip.

The day started off rocky when we realized that the beach wasn't as secluded as we had thought. We couldn't drive right up to the beach and had to cross some sand dunes before we reached the water. The two of us had over prepared for the trip and saw that we had to take several trips to grab all of our things. To make it worse, the handle to one of our coolers snapped.

On our first trip to the ocean, Hubby walked ahead of us. Bella started whining so I thought she just wanted to be near him, but eventually she collapsed on the sand and wouldn't budge. The sand was too hot for her poor paws! Hubby, seeing this, immediately ran to her barefoot and carried her to the water. In doing so, he burned his feet and blistered.

Next, we tried to put up our tent to shield us from the sun. The blustering wind made it nearly impossible to set it up, but we eventually were able to get it up. Hubby went back to the car to grab a few more items while I sat in the tent and waited for his return. An especially strong wind blew the tent over and since I was alone I had to hold it in place until Hubby could come back and help me.

Finally, we ended up tearing the entire thing down. Once we settled in, Hubby was ready to drink out of the special glass soda bottles we purchased especially for the trip. Of course, we realized that we did not have a bottle opener with us. For a moment I thought Hubby was going to pack everything up and leave right then and there, he looked so frustrated.

I convinced him to cool down in the ocean and Bella amazingly seemed alright in the water. I joined them and suddenly she was a brand new dog. She loved it! The beach was never something she enjoyed until now. She even began fetching in the water. I was such a proud parent!

Bella's sudden love for the water had saved the trip. To avoid Bella hurting her paws, Hubby had to carry her the half mile back to the car, not an easy task considering she weighs about 70 lbs and was wet and stinky at the time. We'll be better prepared the next time. I think we'll even buy Bella a doggy lifejacket.

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Calm Life

via KellyDavidDesign
Hubby and I rarely leave this house if it's past 7pm, unless it's for a late night ice cream run. We would much rather eat dinner at a nice restaurant or food truck than a bar. Mainly, we just like to be together, wherever that may be. Life is good.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A Belated Birthday Post

Hey guys! Guess what?

I actually turned 25 over a month ago, but am finally using this long holiday weekend to post about it. I'm going to try being a better blogger. Really, I am!

My birthday was not terribly exciting and it really just made me homesick. Hubby had to work most of the day so I had a lot of time to think about how far away I am from my family back in California and how much I miss my friends in Texas. 

I was more than willing to be spoiled by the Hubby and squeeze extra hugs out of Bella.

We took a long time trying to get our obligatory family portrait with birthday hats. We were able to capture a couple decent shots of the three of us. I can't imagine how hard it will be when we add a baby to the mix in the future.

Hubby gifted me my very first Kate Spade item. Meet Pippa:

I've been looking at Kate Spade purses for the past three years, but never took the plunge. Hubby chose the bag himself without any help and it's perfect. It's such an extravagant gift, but it makes me feel so good carrying it around. Heck, they even treat me better in stores when we go to nice malls. Total "Pretty Woman" effect. 

Rules of carrying the bag: 
1) Pippa shall never be placed on the floor.
2) Lip gloss, lotions, and gum will be placed in a separate bag and not directly in Pippa's pockets.
3) Pippa will not be used to sneak snacks into the movie theatre.

Hubby made pork, shrimp, and chicken gumbo for dinner and we ended the evening with a store bought fruit tart. Fruit tarts are about ten times tastier than cakes and all that fruit just cancels out all the butter used in the tart shell, right?

I'm excited to see what Year 25 brings for me. 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Photo Dump

A collection of pictures from my phone, both old and new.

Bella is always near me when I'm eating in hopes that I'll share some food.

Free Julep box by using code FREEBOX. Really love the consistency of these polishes!
So happy to get my Love with Food freebie with code FBGIFT in the mail. 

Attempted to do some gardening. They're all dead now.
Some kids were playing in the dirty rain water behind our backyard.
Hubby is great at grilling. We had grilled food every day for two weeks.
Peony season was far too short this year.

We celebrated our 9-year anniversary in June. Hubby made a homemade card for the occasion.

We took a trip to Charleston for the Fourth of July. It was smoldering hot and humid.

It turns out that Bella is pretty terrified of the little toads we find in our backyard.

I broke out the stand mixer to make some delicious brownie cookies.

Having a gym in our garage has been really convenient.
Bella helps Hubby do some studying.
Bella has trouble deciding who to stay with when one person is upstairs and another is downstairs. She chooses to stay in between at the top of the stairs as a compromise.
She's a fan of accessorizing.

Our bed is basically her bed.

Friday night on the couch as a family.
This cookie cake was on clearance at the local grocery store.
Our new king bed has been so luxurious.
I love sending mail now that we have this adorable return address stamp.

Monday, July 29, 2013

On Repeat: Gone Country

After living in the South for three years, we finally gave in and started to listen to country music. Here are two of my favorites. I truly don't know who I am anymore.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

New Digs

Take a peek into our new home in North Carolina.

Of course, we spend most of our time on the couch like this:

Monday, June 3, 2013

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Photo Dump

A collection of pictures from my phone, both old and new.

1. Bella defending our home from Scar.
2. Such a lady.
3. Spoiled brat. The couch is hers.
4. Lazy weekend mornings.

1. How I plan on sleeping on our upgraded king mattress.
2. K.O.
3. Riley was terrified of us. Broke my dog loving heart.
4. Bribed her with a walk around the neighborhood.

1. Hubby surprised me with fresh flowers on my first day of work.
2. First mani/pedi since the wedding and second one ever. Treat yo' self!
3. Missing my coworkers in their ruby red slippers.
4. First homemade meal in our new house: mock Chipotle bowls.

1. C3PO Hubby at Downtown Disney
2. Last visit to Austin

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Silver Lining

After three weeks on the job, I'm finally feeling like I know what the heck I'm doing.
Here's to working hard and taking it one week at a time.

Source: via Min on Pinterest

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers and Daughters

My sister had the brilliant idea of putting together a photo shoot for our small little family full of women as an early Mother's Day gift.  She hired a friend from college to take these beautiful pictures of us. Thanks, Daniel Kao, for photos we will cherish for a lifetime.