Otis and the Emergency Vet

John and I have been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to sit down and write anything. Last week Otis had a bit of an accident. He was attacked by our cat. Winston sliced the space just above Otis’s back leg, basically his thigh, and split it wide open. John and I had to rush Otis to the emergency vet at 11:00pm. Emergency vets are never fun, or cheap, but when we drove up John and I thought, “Oh, we are the only ones here. This will take 30 minutes.” Two hours later we finally got to go home. Otis received 6 staples and some antibiotics and pain killers. We are not entirely sure what happened, especially because Winston has never used his claws on Otis before. But we think it has to do with the litter box and Otis playing where he didn’t need to be playing.

Flash forward a week to Saturday morning. I was still asleep, but John woke me up to say Otis had pulled out about half of his staples. Otis then slinked downstairs to his crate, clearly in pain, and just stayed there. John and I took him back to the emergency vet where we were told the staples could be removed, they’d be in 9 days, but Otis needed a cone so he wouldn’t lick his wound and cause an infection. So now our sweet boy is in a cone of shame. He looks pretty cute though, right? And oddly enough, Otis doesn’t seem to mind the cone that much. I’m happy he only has to wear it for 4 days. I don’t think I could deal with it longer than that.

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Other current happenings:

I just ordered this book by David Michaelis and CANNOT wait for it to arrive. Charles M. Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the least understood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full-length biography of the brilliant, unseen man behind Peanuts: at once a creation story, a portrait of a native genius, and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imagination. Schulz and Peanuts is the definitive epic biography of an American icon and the unforgettable characters he created. Summary from Amazon, click HERE to see more.

Great short article on the book here.

Over the last two years I have started to experience breakouts along the lower part of my face (mostly the chin area). I thought it was stress but soon found it it’s hormonal. Fun. I have really sensitive skin so I’m always hesitant to try any sort of acne medicines or creams for fear of a reaction. Plus, I’ve never really had to deal with zits before, I know, I know poor me, so I wasn’t sure which products worked and which were money down the drain. Sunday I decided to go to the Clinique counter and pick up some foundation/cover up and while there I found out Clinique carries a line of make that is also is an acne fighter! I bought the foundation and with any luck, fingers cross, it will help reduce some of the redness and zits. You can check out Clinique’s whole line HERE. By the way, the foundation is very light and feels even powdery. I really like that it doesn’t feel heavy and I don’t feel like my face is caked in makeup or foundation.

I want to work at this place: World’s First Airport Terminal for Animals, OMG!!!

John sent me these two little gems. They are sure to give you a good chuckle: Sorority Pledge Email Cannot Stress How Important Spanx Are and How to Meet Your Significant Other’s Parents Without Terrifying Them

Happy Tuesday! Only 3 more work days!

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Friday Things

TV: John and I just finished watching True Detective, an 8 episode miniseries that I highly recommend. I’m really glad the show was only 8 episodes long, any longer and the whole storyline would have been destroyed.

I’m always behind on trends, but if anyone lists to Podcasts and is looking for a really amazing one, check out Serial (synopsis here). The first series just ended a few weeks ago and because of the narrator’s research. There is a court appeal pending and Adnan is due back in court Jan. 13, 2015.  I’ve never listened to a Podcast before, so now the bar is set pretty high. Season 2 of Serial is set to begin soon.

Last Saturday I watched the documentary Sexy Baby and really enjoyed it.  An ex adult film star, a 12 year old girl and a 22 year old who yearns for “normal” private parts are chronicled in this thought provoking doc about how porn, social media and pop culture affect women and girls.-Summary from IMBD

Books: I’m still working my way through Snow by Orhan Pamuk, it really is an amazing book, and I just don’t have any time to read lately, which makes me very sad. My parents gave me the new Anne Perry book, Blood on the Water, for Christmas and I can’t wait to read it.

I’ve been designing a Young Adult Literature course and during my research came across this list of 100 of the Best- Ever Teen novels from NPR. How many have you read?

Random: John gave me my birthday presents early, these amazing Tory Burch booties (that I’m already wearing) and this Dear Creatures dress I’ve been eyeing at Anthropologie forever. My size kept going in and out of stock. I’m not sure how he managed to get it, but I love it, but not as much as I love John. #besthubbyever

And most importantly, big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the BEST dad in the world.

Ultimate Birthday Wish List

My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and my list is a little out of control. Obviously I’m not expecting to get everything on my list, but I wouldn’t complain if I did….but then again who would? Typically I ask for things for the house or a Pottery Barn gift card, but since the next household purchase John and I will be making is a couch I decided to go on and request clothes. Anyone that knows me really well would be expecting me to ask for books, but since I got about 10 for Christmas I’m pretty set for a few months. bday wish list

1. Millie Swing Dress  2. J. Crew black check shirt  3. Sherpa Bathrobe  4. Buffalo Check button down  5.Joie Booties  6. Salt Scrub 7. Split Stripe pull over 8. cat & dog necklace  9. Clutch 10. Passenger Pouch

What do you ask for as a Birthday gift?

Ebates, Get Paid to Shop Online

I’ve been using ebates for a few years now and I love getting a check in the mail every few months for purchases I’ve made. Basically you are getting paid to shop. I promise ebates is not a scam even though it may seem like one. In a nutshell, ebates is an affiliate to many online stores and is being paid to advertise. When you shop through ebates you earn some of the commission ebates makes. J Crew is 2.5% J Crew factory is 2%, ebay is 5%, target is 2.5% etc… there are thousands of websites/stores to shop and earn with. A bonus to not just getting cash back is ebates will let you know about coupon codes or sales when you search a particular store. AND when you sign up you get to choose a $10 gift card ( I know some of the stores to choose from for the gift card are Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Kohls, Gap). The only downside to using ebates is to get credit for the purchase you have to go to ebates.com search the store, click on the link, then shop. It really isn’t that big of a deal once you develop the habit of going to ebates first. Click the link to sign up http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=zLHm5riDL6kfbX6JQn%2F6AQ%3D%3D&eeid=26471

Here is a screen shot I took of my earnings. I’ll even take a picture of the next check I get in the mail.

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