Monday, August 24, 2009

Great link of the week -

"It's a pet crazy universe out there... So why not explore it with internet's largest pet/travel resource? Click on our Lodging Listings for over 25,000 hotels, B&Bs, ski resorts, campgrounds, and beaches that are pet-friendly. Check out our Travel Tips section to learn how to take your pet anywhere."

Thanks to Surelock for modeling for this blog post! :)

This website is awesome if you're relocating across the country or simply choose to bring your family pet along on a family vacation! I especially like this website because it breaks everything down my category, province, area, city, hotel chain! *squee* If this thing were color-coded, I would marry it.

It is also a great resource for information, travel tips and pet travel articles. A lot of the content is submitted by users so it's updated quite frequently. Nothing worst than driving out of your way to get to a pet friendly hotel only to get there and find out it's been closed for two years!

I give this website 3/4! The design could use a bit of an update and some of the navigation links are a bit confusing but overall, it's a great tool to travel with your pets!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Great link of the week - Lindsey Dawn Photography

Lindsey's photography is fresh and modern with a casual and candid feel. She's got great talent at capturing moments and making interesting photographs with normal everyday things like food or objects.

Lindsey work in the Calgary area and you can contact her on the Facebook Page linked here! Until then... here's a couple samples!

Oh! By the way, when you see some fantastic photography on these pages or any other page I can get my hand on... It's usually Lindsey's!

Friday, August 14, 2009

World, meet Nova!

We brought Nova home from the Regina Humane Society on Thursday and we are thrilled to give her a loving home! :)

She an approximately 7 month old German Shep and Collie mix. At first I thought she must have some Lab in her but I think those two breeds are the most dominating ones. She was brought in as a stray about a week and a half before we adopted her. She is very nervous and very very energetic. She has to be all over the place all the time! She is very fearful though. We observed that she is scared when we stomp or try to grab her collar. She does not like it when we walk behind her and is always nipping at our hands when we touch her bum. We think she didn't have a very good home before she was brought in to the RHS. She does not like her crate at all, it was probably a punishment for her in the past. It's going to take a while for her to learn to trust us and for us to learn her language.

It's hard for us because we don't know anything about her past. We didn't even know if she was house trained or not... so far we think she is! We just have to learn to identify her "Gotta pee!" signals a bit better but we're working on it.

It's a huge deal, adapting to the new lifestyle. It's like trying to get to know a new friend but you don't speak the same language... well... actually that's exactly what it is!

Js is just smitten with her and she's going to be a spoiled little Daddy's girl, I can tell! (Can you?!)

She seems to be adapting to her new home and loves the backyard and being outside. She just wants constant petting and attention, that's all she asks!

We were really impressed with the level of service and support we got from the RHS and definitely recommend them to anyone who wants to give a loving pet their Forever Home!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Great link of the week -

Created by Stephanie Manley, features recipes to "copy" irresistible restaurant favorites! From Outback Steakhouse's Caesar Salad dressing to Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Ice cream... it never ends! (Well... the chocolate ice cream never lasts really long around here! ..but you get what I'm saying!)

The site is really well built and very user friendly. There is a "search" box and all recipes are also tagged and categorized. It even features and handy dandy RRS feed to which I subscribed immediately!

One of the "cons" about this website is that a lot of the CopyKat recipes are from restaurants found most commonly in the US. I looked everywhere to find our faves from The Keg but they didn't have anything! :(

On the "pro" side though, it gives you a chance to try some recipes from restaurants you've never been to! Sometimes we'll see a commercial or hear about a restaurant we'd like to try and when we rush to find the nearest one, it's a bazillion miles away! So disappointing! Now, I will FINALLY be able to try Bubba Gump's Spicy Shrimps in the comfort of my own home.

I give the website a good 4/5! It's got everything it needs to be easy to navigate and it's a great original idea!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

We got a PUPPY!

We've been looking for a pup for a while now and we finally decided to take the leap and adopt a stray from the Regina Humane Society (RHS).

She's a 7 month old mutt. She's a good mix of black Lab, Border Collie and German Shep. She's about the size of a lab, she's got a lab's coat too, maybe a bit longer like the German and she's got some coloring like a Collie on her chest and paws. She's got the face of a German with the cute ears and all and she's got the butt of a German too. She's got the energy of all 3 it seems so we're in for quite a ride! She is just adorable and a bit shy. We barked maybe twice while we were there and she was SO cuddly. She just sat on J's lap and snuggled her face in his neck and stayed there. She is just adorable! (Prepare for long posts about how great our dog is, cooing and tons of photos!)

We bought some supplies on Saturday and we are just way to excited to bring her home on Thursday. RHS agreed to keep her until Thursday and bring her to the Vet for us so she can get the routine check, spayed/neutered (I always forget which is which!) and all her shots because she's still young and we have no history on her so we didn't want to take any chances!

We are going to get her on Thursday after work and then starts the long process of introducing her to Jack and training her! The RHS told us she was good for #2ing outside... but she did have some #1 accidents in her kennel! I'm sure the stress and the UBER-BARKING-MONSTER that is in the kennel right next to her doesn't help!

I'll post pictures as soon as I have them! :) Now, off I go... puppy-proofing the house! *squee*

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

If it's brown, flush it down...

I've been struggling lately with feeling a part of something... anything! I feel like an outsider wherever I go. I guess it's the normal repercussion of this move except it comes a bit late. I've always felt part of the gang and I felt like we had a good little thing going on here at home. We'd been waiting for this move for so long, we dove right in when we were finally able to live together again.

I guess we have to re-learn to live together. I feel like we keep hitting the same wall and we keep having the same issues. I work my damn best to help resolve them but it's hard to communicate them. I try to find new ways of getting my point across because I feel it didn't work last time and that's why same issues keep popping up!

I'm running out of ideas and I don't know how else to approach this.

We both have really different pasts and we have the same ideas for the future. Now, our paths are merging and it's like they don't speak the same language. We both want the same things but go about them in totally different ways.

I also feel very on my own in my professional life. I can't blog about it too much but it sucks overall.

I've missed out on a couple friends outings lately too. My allergies are snotting up a storm and I just feel like overall poo. It gives me headaches and messes with my sinuses. I don't feel like hanging out with a bunch of people and I'm not sure if it's really because of my sinuses or if there's a bit of lack of confidence into play.

Gah! I hate this. I hate being in this "place", like the spinning water in the toilet. Yep, that's exactly how I feel... flushing away!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Thanks for the reality check, Nick Ross!

I had to blame it on someone or something!

Last Thursday, I saw on Facebook an update from Nick saying he'd enjoyed the pre-screening of Julie & Julia, the movie. Later that evening, I was watching TV with the Babe and they showed the trailer for the movie and announced "In theaters August 7"... that's when my mind took it and ran a mile a minute!

"Huh! That's kind of awesome! He got to see the movie like a whole week in advance.
Oh! Right, August 7th is Stephane's birthday so his birthday's in about a week, nice!
Next year, he said he would try to come to Ontario for his birthday and hopefully stay for the wedding which is a week later. ... ...
In two weeks, it'll be a year until our wedding.
In half a month...
In a year...
We're getting married in a year and two weeks..."

We need to keep brown paper bags handy in each room of the house and blame it all on Nick.

100th Post!

I'm really proud of myself for keeping up with this blog madness!

Thanks for sticking around! :)


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