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Prepare yourself readers, because this is going to be a tough read. I’m devastated to share that our baby Daisy passed away this past Saturday. As I mentioned on Friday, Daisy went into the vet clinic on Wednesday because of a virus her litter caught. They kept her at the clinic and by Saturday morning she had gone downhill. By noon that day she had passed. We were told she was too young (5-6 weeks) for her body to be able to fight the virus.
Now, I’ve lost pets before, but nothing like this. This was our baby. It wasn’t a pet my parents picked and my siblings and I loved and enjoyed. It wasn’t a pet that we knew was old and their time was coming. This was our baby girl that Carl and I chose after falling in love with her. We were the ones that woke up every 2 hours at night to take her potty. I was the one that came home every 2 hours in the day to give her my time. I don’t think I can ever have kids because enduring this was just too difficult.
I’ve learned a lot of things while trying to make it through this situation. Hopefully some of the things I’ve learned can help you should you ever find yourself if this difficult place.
Don’t be afraid to grieve in the way you feel best. I cried, a lot. Carl, however, did not. I know he wanted to, and I would have been okay if he did, but he didn’t want to cry in front of me. And that’s okay. Whether you cry alone, one someone’s shoulder, or even not at all, it’s completely fine.
Don’t be afraid to tell people what you need. Many people are going to ask you if they can do anything for you, or if there is anything you need. If you need their company, tell them, if you just want to be left alone, it’s okay to tell them that too. I needed to cry over Daisy, but I didn’t want anyone to see me other than Carl. As much as my roommates wanted to be there for me, I told them I just needed to be left alone, and they were fine with that.
Do something that makes you happy and don’t lose your routine. Carl and I could have easily stayed in bed all day and been worried and sad throughout this whole ordeal. Instead we spent time with each other and did things we loved. Our friends invited us out to get out mind off things, but we felt better being together and watching movies. It’s important to take the time to grieve, but it’s also important to not lose yourself.
This is a very short list, but I’m honestly still figuring all this out. We’re handling this very well, but know we’re always going to be sad when we think about Daisy. We will take all the time we need to deal with this and then begin looking for a new puppy. Daisy was perfect, and we would do anything to get her back, but we got her because we wanted and were ready for a puppy. So once we’re emotionally ready, we’ll begin this process again.
Here are some links to articles dealing with pet loss.
As I said in this week’s Stylin’ Sunday, I had a fantastic weekend that I am THRILLED to share with you all. This weekend……..
…WE GOT A PUPPY!
Everyone, meet baby Daisy.
She’s an adorable labrador/boxer mix and loves sleeping, eating, whining, biting and going potty. She’s fantastic. I mentioned in last week’s Weekend Wrap-up that Carl and I fell in love with a puppy we named Beefcake. We agreed if he was still there the following Saturday, we would adopt her. She was not there the following Saturday, in fact, she wasn’t even there the following Tuesday (I may or may not have gone to check).
After realizing our disappointment in losing Beefcake, we decided to seriously consider if getting a puppy was a good idea. I have a very flexible schedule allowing me to be home every threeish hours and I have house trained a dog before. I also live in a house with hard floors and a fenced in backyard. Carl already owns a dog, Pinky, that has been living with friends of his since he’s been in Columbia for school. He wanted Pinky to have a buddy when he moves back to Greenville in two months. Carl did all the training for Pinky, who is a very very well behaved dog, so we knew training another wouldn’t be difficult.
With all those things considered, we decided to go back to our local shelter and see what puppies were there. There was no going back at that point.
After looking at lots of puppies (there were sooooo many) we came across Daisy’s litter in the back of the shelter. They were brand new to the shelter and were being doted on by EVERYONE. I mean, who can resist a litter of five-week-old puppies? I picked out Daisy from the litter because she was one of the healthiest sized one and was playful (and a girl). We took her outside to a small playpen to get to know her. We fell in love. She went from passed out asleep to hardcore playing to passed back out all in about 15 minutes. We knew we had to have her.
We went through all the necessary paperwork and Daisy was ours! I bought her a nice playpen that set up easily in my room and made a cute little bed for her from a box. I know, a box bed isn’t fancy, but she’s going to end up at least 50 pounds, so I figured we could wait until she was bigger to invest in a dog bed. Plus, some dogs don’t really sleep on dog beds, so I wanted to see if she would. You can see how it turned out below.
We also bought her the giraffe chew toy that is laying next to her in the picture. It came down to the giraffe or monkey version…Carl and I’s favorite animals. We decided to let Daisy pick. Being the giraffe lover, I’m very satisfied with her decision. As you can see from the pictures, she’s pretty satisfied too.
I hope you enjoyed meeting Daisy! How did you and your pet find each other?
Like I said in my post yesterday, I had good reason for being a little late in the day for Stylin’ Sunday. The reason I was late is because I had a jam packed weekend of puppy loving, birthday celebrating, and family visiting. Get excited, because I took pictures!
On Saturday, Carl and I intended to go to the flea market to pick up some Amish Peanut Butter (so incredibly delicious), but unfortunately traffic felt otherwise. Traffic was moving so slow we decided to visit our local animal shelter. It was right where we were stuck in traffic and they always have cute puppies and kittens. Today was no exception. Of course we found a puppy to fall in love with, we named her Beefcake.
Before you say how terrible we are for calling her Beefcake, you have to understand, she was a beefcake. Cutie was THICK. Chunky monkey all the way. She was also a hardcore sleeper. After she finally woke up she went potty on the potty pad and then played with her toy. She was adorable. I wish I could say we left with her but we didn’t. We know getting a dog may not the best idea, BUT we still really want her. We decided to leave it up to the universe (Marshall and Lily style) and agreed we would get her if she was still there this Saturday.
This past Sunday was also my older brother’s birthday, so I decided to go home and surprise him. It was a great last minute plan. My mother decided to not tell my dad, so he nearly had a stroke when I drove up. They were all so excited. We ended up having a lovely dinner at Outback and then the next celebrated the next day at lunch out at the house. We went out and looked at the pond to see how much the water had risen from all the rain. The water is finally getting pretty high! *Random side note* I grew up on a farm, so that’s why we have a pond and such.
Going home was also great because I was able to see the progress my brother and dad made on the side porch. My dad built our house after college and has been adding on ever since. The most recent project he has taken on is building a side porch extending off the two sunrooms. He’s so excited. It’s one of those projects that starts reasonable but then grows into some massive project. Nobody has any idea how long it’s going to take to finish, but William and my dad are working hard.
This weekend I also went to my late grandmother’s house to claim any furniture I would want to put in my apartment/house when I move. I must say, I made some fantastic finds. So good in fact, I’m saving them for another post. Check back later this week and see what great things I found!
So, I’m still not better. Whatever Carl had decided it liked me better, so it’s sticking with me for quite some time. Being sick has taught me Carl takes a lot better care of me than I do myself. I recently reread 55 Gentle Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You’re Busy posted by The Freedom Experiment. After looking over the list, I realized I hardly do anything good for myself. Below you can read some of my favorites that I need to make become a habit.
Make room for rest
This one’s important. Make sure that whenever you plan to rest – really rest. That means that you will have to make a conscious effort to push all work-related thoughts and worries away. It’s also important that you rest your mind as well as your body. 5 minutes of stillness is better than 30 minutes in front of the TV!
Go to a yoga class
…Or do some yoga at home. Even ten minutes of savasana is better than nothing, and will recharge your batteries (and your mind).
Allow your emotions to come to the surface
If you’re tired and sad, cry it all out. If you’re stressed, don’t try to put on a mask and hide it. Get it all out, all the frustration, the overwhelm, the anger and the fear. You’ll feel much better after.
Get more sunlight
Especially if your busy period is happening in winter, make sure you get your daily dose of sunlight if you’re spending a lot of time in gloomy libraries and workplaces.
Take 5 minutes in the morning to just stretch and breathe
If you start your day in a stressful way, you’ll probably feel stressed for the rest of the day as well. Make sure your morning starts with 5 minutes of silence and ease. Stand up and stretch your body to make you as tall as you can be. Then bend over and touch the ground. Stretch again. Try to just feel your body and pay attention to your breath. Starting the day in a way like this will make you more relaxed as well!
Resist the urge to be productive all the time
You can’t be equally productive every single waking moment, so you might as well schedule some off time right away. Be nice to yourself and don’t expect to accomplish as much in the late evening as you do in the morning.
Positive self-speech can seriously impact your mood. Instead of adding to the monkey-brain thoughts of not good enough, too stressed and panic – tell yourself you look good, that you’re doing great and that you can manage everything that comes your way.
Get enough sleep
An oldie, but a goodie. This old advice is not only essential when it comes to self-care, it is also absolutely essential when it comes to being able to do your best. Particularly important when it comes to exam periods and work stress, sleep will help you achieve. It’s easy to think that a few extra hours of work will do you more good, but it won’t. Sleep will.
Accept yourself as you are
Let yourself off the hook and accept that you are only human. You are doing your absolute best, and you are doing exactly what you need to do. Trust your instincts and keep doing whatever you’re doing. You don’t need to change anything about yourself – trust that you are perfect just the way you are.
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Happy Tuesday everyone! I don’t know why, but it feels like it is going to be a very long week. In honor (or just because) of that feeling, I’m created a list of 10 things to do for yourself today.
1. Clear everything away and make your bed. It may seem silly or it may already be made, but having a nice clean bed makes everything about the bedroom seem so much calmer.
2. Do something you’ve been putting off for no reason. It probably wont take near as long as you think and will take so much stress off your shoulders. Just get it over with!
3. Take time minutes to do nothing. You can meditate or just lay on your bed with your eyes closed, but take 10 minutes to just be alone in silence. Taking a moment to just be present and not allow your mind to race gives it a much needed break. Just be sure you don’t fall asleep!
4. Post an Operation Beautiful note somewhere. It would only take a second and will give a smile to someone who might really need one.
5. Forgive yourself of something. Everyone holds on to something they did wrong for longer than they should. The little things weigh you down more than than you think. So you forgot to call your best friend on her birthday? I’m sure she forgave you, that’s what best friends do, don’t hold it against yourself.
6. Go for a walk outside. Research has proven that 30 minutes a day of walking can have numerous health benefits. Walking can help improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of blood coronary disease, and improve mental health. So get out there and smell the fresh air!
7. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return. It’s easy to be nice to someone when you can benefit. Pay for the fast food of the person in the car behind you. Anonymously pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant. Random acts of kindness have the power to affect so many people.
8. Read something. Even if you only read 20 minutes a day, it will total to 3,600 minutes a school year. Reading helps to improve mental function as well as your vocabulary. There’s no reason you can’t take at least 15 minutes a day to read something.
9. Clean off a space that has gotten cluttered. Whether it’s your kitchen counter or the coffee table, take a few minutes and clean it off. The room will instantly look cleaner.
10. Make a to do list for tomorrow. Save yourself some stress and have your to do list ready to go for tomorrow. Starting the day off with a plan of action makes it go along much smoother and more productive.
What a wonderful weekend it has been so far! Friday, Carl gave me my final Valentine’s Day gift, a book he wrote! I know! The book is titled, The Reasons I Love You, and lists 60 reasons he loves me plus nine coupons I can use. It is fantastic.
He made it on the website lovebooksonline.com, after coming across the site through StumbleUpon. Each page of the book lists a reason he loves me accompanied by an illustration. He let me check out the website, it gives you so many ideas that even the least creative boyfriend could make a book. You are able to customize the writing and picture for each reason to fit your loved one. I’m pretty sure the burping photo is supposed to symbolize singing, but it definitely works for burping.
Fort Making Kit
- Lots of sheets, the larger the better.
- Two old t-shirts.
- Ribbon or string
First, cut one t-shirt into long strips and place in a zip lock bag, these will be what you use to tie your sheets together whilst fort building. Then, fold all your sheets very flat and square, like you would normally fold sheets only making them more compact. Use the one sheet to wrap all the other sheets and ties together like a package. Take your ribbon or string to secure your sheets together. Ta-dah! Your fort kit is assembled!
Carl loved building the fort! Above you can see how the fort turned out, it looks like a circus tent (excuse the picture quality). It was super duper dark inside making it perfect for movie watching. We ordered our favorite pizza (ham and pineapple) and watched The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The foreign version is on Netflix and divided into shorter hour and a half episodes. We’re one away from finishing the trilogy. They’re so good!
There’s still one day left of the weekend, but it’s already been perfect. What fun things have you done this weekend?
Happy heart day to all my single ladies and happily taken ladies out there! Honestly, I would like to skip posting about this holiday entirely, but I feel as though it is a right of passage for Something Winnderful’s first year of existence.
(If you’re the anti-valentine, feel free to the skip the following photo and V-day wrap up and scroll on down to the good stuff.)
Carl has to work today so he wont be getting home until really late, so we’re saving most of our Valentine’s Day celebrating tomorrow. I thought it would be nice to make my room pretty for him to come home to, so I finally took advantage of the free paint sample things at Lowe’s and use them for a craft. I just used some scissors to cut out hearts and then used washi tape to attached them to thin ribbon. It was super simple and made my room look holiday appropriate. Tomorrow we’re going to be going out to dinner and then on Saturday we’re going to do a flea market date. So excited!
Yay, you made it through the Valentine’s nonsense! As your reward, here are a few links to meet whatever needs you have. Whether you’re spending your night alone or trying to survive until the weekend, I’ve got you covered.
To make you laugh:
- The 35 Dumbest Things Ever Said on the Internet
- The best of Jennifer Lawrence
- The Daily Grump (grumpy cat)
- Basset Hounds Running
To watch alone or with friends (click the link if you’re over 21 and want some additional fun):
To make you say, “dawe.”
Hopefully that will get you through this week!
I have begun working with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Columbia as an intern and I could not be any more excited. I’m still job searching and I wanted to use my free time to not only grow my job skills and make connections, but to really gain experience in a field that interests me. I’ve always been very cause oriented and I hope to find a career working with a company or organization that works for the positive benefit of others.
If you haven’t heard of RMHC or aren’t sure of what they do, they are a wonderful organization whose mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The main way RMHC supports children is by providing a home away from home to the families of children dealing with illnesses.
The Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald House Family Room give families a place to go while their child is in the hospital. Many times families must travel far away from home for their child to receive treatment, this can lead to many nights away from home which then adds hotel bills to already high medical treatments. Ronald McDonald House gives families a free place to stay, and in most areas, the houses are located within walking distance to the children’s hospital.
During my first week I was able to attend their Art with a Heart fundraiser to benefit the RMHC of Columbia. The event featured fine arts and crafts and included tastings from local restaurants, Spork and The Melting Pot. Local musician, Don Russo, provided musical entertainment and Sam’s Fine Wine & Spirits provided beverages. It was a lovely event full of people there to support a wonderful cause.
Fantastic sampling from The Melting Pot
They gave out pearls in honor of their 30th anniversary. Carl decided to wear mine.
The Smith family served as the events special guests. The Smith’s have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House since their daughter Macie Danielle was born October 23rd weighing only 14oz. Her and her twin brother were given a 30% chance of survival, her brother unfortunately passed but Macie Danielle continues to fight on. Thanks to the RMHC of Columbia, her family has been able to stay close by in the 4 months Macie Danielle has been in the hospital.
If you want to help RMHC support families like the Smith’s, check out your local Ronald McDonald House Charities for ways you can help.