A World Full of Accidents

Hello world. Get ready for a doozy of a blog post. We’ve got a ton to catch up on, so let’s get started.

Bathroom updates: Last time we chatted, Alex and I had just finished painting the baseboard and trim pieces for the window and door. Next up – nailing them in!



Later, we filled the nail holes with wood filler and re-painted the former holes to match. Oh yeah, we also got that pesky toilet installed.


With a little help from our friends, we additionally got that monstrosity we like to call a vanity moved into it’s resting position.


We sealed the granite, installed the faucets, and anchored it into the wall.



Enough with the bathroom!! Since we’ve been spending so much time lately working on our house, cleaning it has slightly fell by the wayside. Trying to dust and vacuum while you’re still making a constant mess, apparently doesn’t work out so well. So – we spent a good portion of our weekend completely cleaning our house from top to bottom.


Our bedroom table went from this…


(Is there a wedding picture somewhere back there??)

To this…


That’s some pretty impressive cleaning, if I say so myself.

We seemed to be making great progress! No longer were we spending 97% of our waking weekend hours trapped working in our bathroom. We even had a BBQ this weekend with some friends! These two mutts..


They were behaving so well! Our life was really starting to come back together. That’s how it always seems when something unexpected happens doesn’t it??

An awesome book that I just finished (thanks for the recommendation, Mom!) – Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving had a main character who said throughout the book, “It’s a world full of accidents.”

It certainly is, isn’t it?

Accident 1 – Last week I was getting ready for work and had a fainting spell. It really freaked out the two of us – but the more troubling thing was that it had happened just a few weeks prior as well. We headed to the doctors and for now, everything seems to be fine. We’re waiting for some blood work to come back. Nothing puts your priorities back in line as much as your health does.

Accident 2 – We’ve been trying to leave Bailey out of his crate more and more. Typically, we only let him wander the house if we’re only going to be gone for a couple of hours. Saturday morning we woke up and found this little gem.


Uhhhhh. Just as we were finishing one project, something else gets dumped into our lap. Bailey is back to staying in his crate full time. We called to get an estimate and were told it would be at least $700 to fix. What the HECK!

Accident 3 – This morning Hunter’s tail hair got shut in a door. Before we had time to open the door and release his hair, he ripped away so swiftly that he ripped the skin of his tail.

There was lots of blood. All over the place.

I stayed home with him and took him to the vet. Our little Hunter man had to get surgery today. They removed a small portion of his tail to clamp the artery and stop the bleeding. This was also required to get skin to grow around the wound. Five stiches later, our boy is home and recovery. He’s definitely in some pain, but we’re doing our best to make him comfortable.

It wasn’t anybody’s fault, but neither of us can shake the guilty pit that has settled deep in our stomachs. We know he’s going to be okay in the long run, but it’s tough to see him in pain. It’s tough knowing that we couldn’t protect him. It’s also hard not to play the, “If only I had done this…” game. Hunter bud is crate bound for the next few days.

Soon he’ll be back to frolicking around the house!


I’m off to lay on the ground with my little family to keep Hunter calm.

Not-So-Quality Shots

This even I was gently scolded by the mister for not putting up enough recent doggie pictures lately. I keep telling him how big Bailey is getting, but without photos – my words are certainly not as convincing. I made a promise that this evening I would go picture crazy with the pups.

For some reason, they were extremely unphotogenic  tonight. They never once stopped playing! Normally, I feel like I take pretty decent pictures for really have little to no camera knowledge. Sure, I probably know more than the average folk, but things like “aperture” don’t really mean anything to me.

Tonight I had some photo failures. Let’s check them out…

Case 1: Alert and attentive Bailey and no Hunter.


Case 2: Neither dog is paying any attention.


Case 3: Holy Teeth.


Case 4: Apparently Bailey is giving Hunter a neck massage.


Case 5: Cute dog faces all around.


Case 6: “I don’t want to pose anymore Ma!”


I got a couple of decent pictures. And again – I don’t mean good… I mean decent.



It’s been a rowdy night here!  The boys are just starting to relax – good thing too! Just in time for bed Winking smile

(We’re all feeling a little better today! Yay!)

Good Morning, Good Morning, Good Moooorning!

It’s time to rise and shine!

As a child I had never heard that Good Morning song. My parents or siblings never irritatingly sang it to me to convince me to get out of bed. My dad would often reach his hand under the bottom of my blanket and start tickling my feet. My mom, on the other hand, would just yell from the bottom of the stairs or flip the lights on. Oh, the difference between two parents…

However, as an adult – Alex likes to sing it. Alex really just likes to sing, but he also gets a kick out of watching me get annoyed early in the morning. In fact, when we first lived together his alarm clock played Eric Hutchinson’s “Outside Villanova.” It was absolutely dreadful. While I like Eric Hutchinson, I really don’t want  someone screaming at me in the morning saying, “GET UP! It’s time to go to work!”

No, thank you.

Oh – you don’t know the song? Check it out. Remember – the alarm was just the chorus.


For an alarm clock, it’s absolutely awful (isn’t it??). Getting him to change his alarm clock was one of my first obstacles. He still likes to play it from time to time (just to annoy me) but that’s wayyy better than hearing it every day.

This morning I was not rudely awakened by a crappy alarm song and I got out of bed in a fantastic mood. I got to talk to the man for twenty or so minutes and we giggled about the silly dogs and our plans for when he gets home. It was glorious.

Then I headed outside! The boys were ready for another photo shoot to show their Dad how big they’ve gotten in the last month.



(“ ‘Cuz we’re the two best friends that anyone could ever have!”)




(How could you not love this face??)


Now I finally have two sleeping pups and a quiet house.


It’s the perfect time to down some coffee and get the day started. Today will include:

  • A long run with HunterBud (he’s the best running partner… well, besides a husband but we can’t get picky now, can we?)
  • A complete sweep of the house. Two long haired dogs = lots of tumble weeds (aka balls of hair) floating along the hardwood.
  • Brushing both dogs with the Furmintator and possibly a bath for both.
  • Getting some paint samples form my home away from home (Home Depot).
  • Laundry
  • Maybe a trip to Home Goods.
  • Internet shopping for rugs and a hand vacuum.

Time to get started!! Have a great weekend!