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my tuesday: voting, dogs, and fun stuff.

i exercised my patriotic privilege today and voted. i feel that this election was the first time that i actually made an informed vote. i struggled so much this past year, trying to see from all sides. the decision i made was not an easy one, but i’m glad i did it.

and thank you to the kind stranger in front of me in line who bought my grande soy caramel macchiato at Starbucks today. i’m sure you will never read this blog, but it was so sweet of you! i guess chivalry is not dead after all. by the way, Starbucks is giving out free tall coffees today if you voted!!!!

sweetsimplebirdmy Lisa Leonard necklace arrived yesterday! i love it! she custom made a modified design just for me. it’s like this one, only a smaller pendant, since i’m rather petite. thanks, Lisa! you rock! go check out Lisa’s site and blog if you have a chance. she’s a pretty amazing woman: a wife, mom, artist, photographer, and a true lady of Faith.


 dogsitting is going better. Lab has relaxed quite a bit and even played ball with me last night. he also sleeps faithfully on the floor next to the bed. he is so sweet! it’s only confirmed my desire to have a lab of my own someday. Beagle on the other hand….yikes. his cuteness is the only thing that’s keeping him alive right now 🙂 he pulled the lid and straw off of my half full passion tea cup, thus knocking the cup and its red contents to the floor (beige carpet). i was furious with him at first, but he was so funny trying to get me to chase him with the straw in his mouth (and the lid still attached) that i ended up laughing. thank goodness for carpet cleaner.

pink-klean-kanteeni picked up a new Klean Kanteen this past weekend. i bought my other KK bottles online at www.reusablebags.com, but i happened to be browsing the camping equipment (hey, a girl can dream, right?) at a local sporting goods store, when i spotted the new Klean Kanteen model that i’ve been eyeing online for some time now. it was a few dollars more expensive in the store, but when you factor in shipping it ended up being about the same price. i got this lovely pink one. i love Klean Kanteen bottles because they are super durable and they are made of Stainless Steel, not plastic. i do have a Sigg Lifestyle Bottle that i like fairly well, but it is made of aluminum, and even though it is coated with an interior lining to prevent leaching, i’m still wary.

so that’s my life as of late.

oh, and i forgot to mention that i finished The Art of Racing in the Rain a few weeks ago. i absolutely loved it. in fact, i cried when i finished it. although there is stuff in it that i don’t really believe in (i.e. reincarnation), i thought it to be a very beautiful story, well-written and sweet. i literally had a hard time putting it down. i probably could have read it in one day if i didn’t work two jobs.

what’s going on with you today, my dear readers?



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another pleasant valley monday

election day tomorrow, and i am still struggling. arghhhh!

in happier news, it is a simply gorgeous day. Indian summer.

dogsitting has in no way ceased to be interesting. Beagle plays keep-away with my shoes (my KEENS!) and pees EVERYWHERE. Lab barks savagely at every noise. the two of them together are enough to make me want to swear off dogs forever. but the wagging tails, brown eyes, and wet noses always bring me back to earth. also a little secret: if you want to lose weight, get a dog. between the long walks trying to get your dog to poo, and chasing the dog around the house trying to retrieve your kidnapped___________________ (fill in the blank), you will be sweating off the pounds in no time.

job #2 after job #1 tonight. believe it or not, working two jobs has actually helped me make better use of my time- and helps me appreciate what little down-time i have all the more.

so that’s about the extent of my excitement.

happy day.

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going to the dogs

dog-sitting this week for a phobic chocolate lab and a super hyper beagle. things have been interesting for sure. i only got about 3 hours of sleep last night.


in other news, i have gotten a lot done today, despite all the doggy drama. the bathroom is now cleaned and the entire apartment vaccumed (necessary after Beagle killed a piece of cardboard).


it’s going to be a fun week.

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sun. afternoon thoughts

today i skipped church and went to starbucks instead. bad me. i still love Jesus. i just get sick of pretending everything’s hunky dory in my life with other people who are also pretending. it’s so shallow. i need raw, honest community where people aren’t afraid to show their true selves- the good, bad, and the ugly. i’ve tried to find this kind of community, but i’ve failed, and it’s pretty discouraging. i wish there was a church more like an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (i’ve never actually been to one, but I’ve seen enough movies and television to guess…)


i found the coziest brown pull-over sweater at Target this afternoon. it is soft and a looser style- like something an old man would wear. it makes me think of Fall hikes, cozy evenings with coffee and a good book, and campfires. exciting day for me! (pathetic that a sweater makes me this ecstatic)


speaking of good books- i am LOVING my latest read: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. it is very interesting- written through the perspective of a dog. i can’t put it down for long. and that reminds me. i want a dog in the worst way. i am partial to boxer mixes and labs, but when the time comes i will probably go to the humane society and fall in love with the first dog i see. but for now i am waiting for a more ideal living situation for a dog (small apartments and big dogs do not work together). and until then i live vicariously through all my friends with dogs. (in fact i dog-sit a lot, if people want to pay me money to play with their dogs, i’m not going to complain).


i caved and purchased a pair of Merrell hiking shoes today. i probably shouldn’t have, but i have been itching to get out for a hike/trail run and my old sneaks just weren’t cutting it. my new ones are lightweight, waterproof, Gore-Tex lined, and have excellent traction for those slick rocks on the trail. (not to mention they happen to be super cute, too. score!)




well…hunger draws nigh. so good day.

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