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What a day! And it’s only 11:24am.

I knew this day was going to be interesting when I woke up around 4am and just couldn’t go back to sleep. Since it’s only about an hour and a half before my normal wake up time “should” be, I figured I might as well stay awake.

One of the first things I do when I wake up and several other times throughout the day is to check the LillyBits FB Group and webpage.  (Heather is the breeder and LillyBits is the name of her company where I’m getting Sofi from.  Heather is amazing, and I really can’t think of a more nurturing person.  I would highly recommend LillyBits!!).  It’s like I’m obsessed or something.  I want to make sure I don’t miss a thing when it comes to those puppies, especially since “selection” is starting soon.

Lillybits’ selection is actually a really fair process.  Each client is given a spot/pick in a certain numerical order, depending on when they contacted Heather inquiring about a puppy.  I was given pick #4 out of 6 from the litter.  Which means that there will be 3 puppies to choose from when it’s my turn.  But since I want a girl, that could mean I only have 1 choice left because there were 4 girls born in the litter I get to choose from.

Anyway, this morning I looked on the FB Group as well as on the website  and saw that two of the puppies had already been selected.  OMG!!!  (My original favorite, Winnie, was already headed home to be with two little girls who can’t wait for her arrival).  Then I saw that on YouTube, Heather had submitted a selection video, giving clear views of all of the puppies:

Watch that video and tell me that it doesn’t just brighten your day!  It actually made my heart melt.  They’re all so cute!!  Winnie and Whimsy are both selected already, so that leaves Honey and Boo.  And both of those puppies are just so cute, so there’s really no bad choice.

I was so excited that I sent an email to many of my friends and family and then posted something on FB, too.  I was thrilled that today was the day…until Heather contacted me and told me that there’s a bit of a snafu with the people in the #3 spot.  They’re locals (LillyBits is located outside of Seattle) and wanted to come to see the puppies before they made their selection.  The only problem is that they’re away on vacation and won’t be home until Sunday.  Sunday!!  Heather is going to try to make the process go a bit more quickly than that, but who knows.

Which means I should just calm down and know that I’m going to get a great puppy, no matter what.  But I have this sense of excitement coupled with nervousness and anxiousness because there’s still that unknown factor.  I just want to KNOW which little love bug is going to be mine, you know?

Feel free to send calming vibes my way today, because I can use them.

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Outfit of the Day

I’m not sure if this is going to happen everyday because I only have so many cute clothes, but for now it’s been fun to show off my outfits.  Plus I figure these photos will be good “before/during” photos once I reach my goal weight.  I snapped this photo before I finished my hair and put my makeup on, so just focus on the dress, LOL.  This morning I decided to wear my Easter dress to school:

I love the colors  – wearing this dress just puts me in a good mood.  I got the dress, shoes, and the shrug on Avenue, if you’ll recall, and it was really inexpensive.

Other than all this puppy madness, the day is going really well.  I’m already down on the scale and the weather outside is great.  Wearing a cute dress puts me in a great mood, as do the thoughts of puppies, which are swimming in my head.

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Water

Lastly, I have a question for you about water.  How much do you drink?  I know there are several different theories.  Some say stick to 64oz.  Others say that might be too much (although I don’t think so).  Still others say to drink half your body weight in water, which for me would mean 144oz, or a little over 4 -32oz jugs.  What’s your opinion?  I guess it can’t hurt to try to increase the water consumption, right?  I may try it this week to see if it aids in weight loss.  I’d love to hear what you guys think about this.

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What a great weekend! There really is nothing like a family celebration to make a weekend special, is there? Ever since I took on the task of teaching that extra (6th class), life has become really hectic, and it seems like the only thing I do on the weekends is run a bunch of errands I couldn’t get to during the week. Which makes weekends like the one we just had all the more special because I was able to relax and spend some quality time with family.

Friday
Friday evening my sister and nieces had me over for a nice dinner of shrimp scampi. While I drooled over their pasta with butter and cheese, I ate my steamed zucchini and roasted cauliflower that my sister had for me. I ended up eating one piece of the pasta (literally one piece), just to satisfy the craving. And it was just as delicious as I knew it would be, but that one piece was enough. After 20 minutes my body registered that it was full and the craving for the pasta died down. I think that I gave in to the craving because I knew that I was going to eat carbs on Sunday at our Easter brunch. Not that I think eating one piece of pasta is a problem, but let’s just say I’m glad that I don’t have it in my house because it would be difficult to resist on a daily basis.

The girls were beyond excited that they were going to die Easter eggs after dinner. I forgot how much fun that whole process is. I’m so glad that my sister and my nieces are living next door now, because I realized on Friday night how much of their lives I missed out on when they lived 45 minutes away. Even though I’d see them at all the major holidays and on weekends when they’d come and visit, it’s not the same thing as being close enough to walk across the driveway. It’s so much fun to be a part of their daily lives. And the egg decorating was fun, too. They even made me a hot pink swirly egg.

Saturday
Most of the day on Saturday was spent doing housework and errands.  You know, the fun stuff – mopping the floors, cleaning the bathrooms, doing laundry, changing the sheets, dusting.  I actually don’t mind housework at all because I love the sense of accomplishment I get afterward.  Not to mention how much I love a clean house.  Plus, I just put some good music on and the tasks  go a lot more quickly.

The rest of Saturday was spent braving the grocery stores (I needed to go to two), and I kept kicking myself for not stopping at either of them on Friday night instead.  You would’ve thought they were giving food away for how busy it was in the stores.  Still, I had to get the  berries that I needed to make my fruit salad, so there was nothing to do  but deal with the crowds.

Late Saturday afternoon the breeder where I’m getting my new puppy posted new photos after their first bath and a video of their first time eating puppy food.  Too much cuteness!  I still have my favorite (Winnie), but I really think all six of those puppies are adorable, and I’d be happy with any one of them.  The selection process begins somewhere around the 5-week mark, which is coming up later this week (Saturday).  I have pick 4, which means there will be 3 puppies to choose from.  I know I’ll be on pins and needles until I know which one is mine.  If you need something to brighten your day, take a look at those photos, because I don’t think you can see them and not smile. (And now you know where the title of this post comes from.  Although my nieces are pretty cute, too).

On a side note, I can’t say enough about how thrilled I am with Heather and the LilyBits community that she’s created.  Heather is the type of breeder that we should all hope to have.  She’s so nurturing and sweet, but she also maintains such order and organization.  And she keeps things so clean! She’s definitely a woman after my own heart in that respect.  And she’s set up a wonderful community of LilyBits “parents” on Facebook who post photos and videos of their little loves all the time.  I can’t wait to become a full-fledged member!  If you’re in the market for a Shichon puppy, I highly recommend contacting Heather. 

I spent a quiet night at home on Saturday finishing up A Dog’s Purpose  (with puppies on the brain I just had to finish it) and looking for a new book to read.  I quite a few on my “to read” list, but I wasn’t in the mood to start The Girl Who Played with Fire because I’ve realized that I need to be in the right mind space for those novels because they are so dark.  Two of my favorite “fun read” authors, Jen Lancaster and Jennifer Weiner both have books coming out in early May and early June, respectively. But nothing else was jumping out at me.  Please leave recommendations of books that you’ve recently enjoyed.  I like a wide variety of genres, so any and all suggestions would be great.

Sunday
Sunday morning I made a beautiful berry salad. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t missed having things like this these past 10 weeks.  I’m looking forward to being able to eat fruit (and other carbs in limited quantities) again.  I mean, just look at how good this looks…

Our family brunch was delicious,  and I’m glad I allowed myself the day to enjoy the food.  I was up on the scale this morning, but I should be able to take that weight off before Wednesday.  Beyond the food, it was nice to have all of the most important people in my life together and for the atmosphere to be light and happy.  Now that my sister’s ex isn’t around, there isn’t that dread that something is going to go wrong.  Toxic people really take so much joy out of life, don’t they?  I’m so thankful that we never have to spend another family holiday with him.

After brunch my mom and I headed to Target to buy my dad and her some workout clothes.  They just joined a small gym and both of them feel like they don’t have the right clothes to workout in.  I really wanted them to join 24 Hour Fitness since my sister and I both belong there, but the gym they joined was less expensive and more suited for their needs.  So I’m disappointed that we won’t be able to work out together, but I’m so happy that they’re going to start working out on a regular basis. Our trip was cut short due to the fact that Target was closed, which was surprising.  I’m glad that the employees got the day off, though.  So my mom and I are headed there this afternoon instead.

Sunday afternoon and evening was spent getting ready for the week ahead and relaxing with mindless reality shows that have become such a staple of my Sunday evenings.

Monday
I know this post was a weekend wrapup, but I have some time on my hands this morning because the students are taking state-mandated standardized tests and I’m all caught up on my grading.  That’s why this post is so long.

This morning I woke up and checked Facebook on my iPhone as I do every morning.  The difference was I had a message from a friend of a friend whom I don’t speak to very often.  She had seen the Easter photos I posted on FB and wanted to let me know how great I looked.  What a nice way to start the day, right?  The fact that this person whom  I really only keep in touch with via FB noticed a change in my appearance really makes me feel great. I have to say that when I saw the photo I thought I looked pretty nice in it, which is a reaction I haven’t had in quite some time when seeing a photo of myself.  It makes me look forward to the future where all of the photos I take will show improvement.

Finally, the Daily Challenge for today is awesome and I’d like to encourage you to participate in it, even if you’re not doing the actual challenges.  It will definitely brighten someone’s day, and it’s easy to do, so why not?:

Draw a smiley face on a little piece of paper, sticky note, or wherever you like. Add a short message like “Have a great day!” or “Keep smiling!” Hide it somewhere your favorite person will find it tomorrow while at work, school, or home – in a drawer, desk, lunch bag, briefcase, coat pocket, purse, or book bag.

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and that your Monday is going well, too.

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Yesterday I was in the mood to shop.  I’d just woken up from 8 1/2 glorious hours of sleep, after working two 11-hour days in a row, with a cold, mind you.  I was so glad to be off for the day (and to know that I have all of next week off for Spring Break) that I was in the mood to celebrate.

And what better way to celebrate spring than to do a little shopping?  My thought exactly!

I’d just received a  great offer from Avenue in my inbox that morning, so I figured I’d check out what they had to offer.  It turns out, they had quite a bit.  And all for really, really great prices even before the discounts were applied.  Here’s what I got (all prices are the cost before the discount was applied):

Now, I know this Ribbed Cascade Cardigan ($24.99)doesn’t scream spring, but we’ve been having weird weather around here lately, and we may get a few more rainy/cold days before we’re done.  Plus, I like that it will cover my hips.  I ordered it one size smaller than I normally wear just so that it would last a bit longer.

I loved the print on this Floral Tie-Front Dress ($39.99) and I’ve heard that coral is “the” color for spring, so I figured it would work nicely into my wardrobe.  I bought this dress one size smaller than usual, too, because it seems like it will be forgiving.  Look at how cute those shoes she has on are.  They go so well with the dress, but they’d look great with jeans or cropped pants, as well, don’t you think?

My thoughts exactly!  I loved these Shaunte Snake Emboss Wedge Sandals ($34.90), and loved them even more when I realized that they came in wide widths.  As far as I can tell, the “snake” pattern looks more like a croco embossing, which should be really cute.  The only downside I can think of is that they’d leave a hideous tan line on your feet.

Who can buy just one pair of shoes?  Not me.  So when I saw these adorable Kayley Thong Sandals ($14.90), I knew they were going in my cart.  They’re just flat flip-flops, but I like that they’re a bit fancier with the double-band and the patent leather.  I could see these paired with a cute pair of capri pants.  And they’re probably not the best walking shoes, but they’d be great for meeting a friend for coffee or a movie or something.

I got this dark brown Crochet Shrug ($29.99) because I’m not a fan of my upper arms, and unless it’s really hot outside, I like to keep them covered.  Plus, the shrugs sometimes help an outfit look more put together.  I have several brown-patterned dresses and skirts, and I’ve been really needing a brown shrug, so I was glad to finally find one.

I already have two other black shrugs, but I really liked this Crochet Edge Sweater ($19.99), so I got it too.  I have SO much that it will go with, so I know that it was money well spent.

This Retro Floral Sundress ($24.90) was the pièce de résistance for me.  I love anything retro anyway, but I think  this will look really good on me.  I have the most perfect shoes to wear with it, too.

I loved the ruffle on this Ruffle & Bow Tunic ($14.90), and I thought that it was incredibly versatile.  I could see myself wearing it with a straight skirt and a belt as easily as with a pair of cropped jeans.  I’ve found that most tops at Avenue are short and boxy, which isn’t a flattering look on me (or most people, right?), so I always make sure to get tunics from them because I know they’ll be long enough.

Not a bad morning of shopping yesterday, huh? And after my discounts, I got everything – two dresses, two shrugs, two pairs of shoes and top – for less than $175.

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I have one more item that I purchased, but it goes along with some great news that I wanted to share with all of you.

I found the most amazing breeder to get my new puppy from!  They’re called Lilly Bits, and they are absolutely the type of place that you’d hope to find your new puppy from.  I happened upon their almost by accident.  I’d been searching online to see what type of puppy I might want to get this time.  I loved the bichon part of Lulu and I loved her coloring.  Everyone used to say she was like a little “teddy bear,” but I also didn’t want to try to replicate her (not that I could) and get another of her exact mix (yorkie bichon), so I found out that the true “teddy bear” breed is called Shichon (shih tzu and bichon).  And then somehow I came across the Lilly Bits site.

They’re amazing people who live near Seattle and Heather is one of the nicest people I’ve ever talked to.  She doesn’t treat it like a business, but rather like this is her calling.  She and her family are the absolute sweetest people ever.  They spoil every one of their dogs, whether or not they’re going to become their pets.  Just look around at that website, if you have some time.  You’ll see the plethora of tips and information she puts on it.  When I complimented her on how clean and straightforward it was, she said that she just wanted to include the type of information that she would want to find on a site if she were looking to buy a puppy.  That’s exactly their approach – they treat the puppies and their clients exactly as they would want to be treated.  And it shows in everything they do.

I’ve put a deposit down and I get pick 4 (out of 6) of Lilly’s puppies.  New photos were just posted moments ago, and I am going nuts over here oooohing and ahhhhhing over them.  I have a favorite, although I  think they’re all precious. Please keep a good thought (or a prayer, if you’re so inclined) that I’m able to get “Winnie” because she’s a doll.

The puppies are only two weeks old, and as fate or karma or coincidence would have it, they were born on March 26th, exactly one week after Lulu’s accident.  To the day.  I take that as a huge sign that this is the place that I am supposed to get my next puppy from.

I’ve even figured out a name, after great deliberation.  I loved the name Lola, but my mom and my older niece hated it.  Then I thought of Lucy, but that’s so close to Lulu and my friend has a puppy named Lucy, so that might get confusing (although she lives in DC and I live in California).  Other names that I liked were Gigi and Stella (Streetcar Named Desire!).  But then it came to me –

Sofi!!!

Inspired by Sophia Loren and all of those other great film mavens of the past.  It’s sassy and a bit spunky.  Plus, it rolls easily off the tongue.  And I just think it’s adorable.

In honor of choosing the name, my other purchase yesterday was from an Etsy store called Coley’s Collars.  Heather (from Lilly Bits) highly recommended the store, and once I saw their collars, I could see why.  I got this one for Sofi:

It will go with the red leash and harness that I already have, and it’s so summery and sweet.  And since I’m going to get Sofi (whoever she ends up being) the day after school gets out, on June 11th, she’s definitely going to be a summer puppy.

Even though I’m not exactly sure which puppy is coming home to me on June 11th, the thought that one of these adorable puppies is going to be mine has really lifted my spirits.

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Let’s start with the bad news…

Housing

Today (it’s almost 1am, so technically this is yesterday) I went to look at the duplex that was available and I was so disappointed in what I saw.  Yes, the layout was exactly the same as the one I had lived in years ago, but it was absolutely disgusting inside.  Apparently the previous tenants had been evicted, and it showed.  The carpet and floors were filthy, and the property manager said they “might need to be replaced.”  Uh, if you want to rent it to me, they NEED to be replaced.  Oh, and while you’re at it, why not update those ugly cabinets that look as if they haven’t been painted in years?  The entire place just looked so run down and awful, and the yard was completely overgrown with weeds.  So not worth the monthly rental fee.

The property manager was so unprofessional, and not only did she show up 10 minutes late for our appointment, but she just seemed like a total airhead.  When I looked the company up on Yelp, they had some really poor reviews from current tenants.  Not a good sign.  Which means that all 10 of the duplexes that are on that street are off the table, because the same man owns all of them, and the same property managers run them.  If she couldn’t even show up on time to show me the place, I can only imagine how unresponsive they are when things need to be repaired.

So it’s back to the drawing board.  I’m not giving up, but I may not move out as soon as I thought (or had hoped).  My quick searches on Craigslist hasn’t shown anything I’m interested in so far.  I definitely want to get a duplex or a little house.  Once you “graduate” from apartment living, you definitely don’t want to go back.  I have decided to sign a month-to-month lease at my current location so that I have the freedom to leave whenever I want to.  This buys me the time to find some place that I feel comfortable with.  Because as crazy as the neighbors on both sides of me are (and for as poor as the neighborhood is), my place itself is nice and I only want to move up.  I definitely don’t want to settle.

And now the good…

Lulu

I’m happy to report that Lulu is completely potty trained already!  It’s only been a month, so I think that shows exactly how smart she is.  She’s still a great puppy who adds so much to my life, but she has started moving into that “adolescent” stage of puppyhood.  She’s started barking quite a bit, and while I know that’s normal, I don’t like it when she barks at ME.  Most of the time she barks becasue she wants to play, which is fine, but the last two days she’s started barking whenever I’m not paying her enough attention – when I’m eating a meal (new weight loss tool?? ;), when I’m cleaning up, or when I’m watching t.v or on the computer.  I’m trying different techniques to curb her barking at me, including giving her timeouts in her crate.  I’m going to inquire at the puppy training to see if they have any other suggestions.

Speaking of the training, she’s doing really well with “sit” and “lay down.”  I’m looking forward to going this evening (Wednesday evening) and seeing what new tricks we learn.  The main thing I’m looking forward to learning with her is recall/name recognition and loose leash walking.

Which leads me to the fact that I think I need to start taking Lulu on longer walks to tire her out a bit more.  Right now we go around the block 5-6 times a day and usually 1 good (1/2 mile) walk, but I think now that she’s gotten older and seems to be able to control her bladder better, I can cut down the walks to 2-3 longer ones a day.  My neighborhood isn’t the best to walk in, so I think I’m going to start driving her to the better streets that are a 5-minute car ride away.  I know that seems silly, but I’d much rather do that than walk on the streets around here where who knows what she’ll find.  There’s a ton of garbage on the sidewalks near my house (I saw a Hennessey bottle strewn on the sidewalk just this morning), so I’m forced to be ridiculously vigilant in making sure she’s not getting into things.  Since the nicely maintained streets aren’t very far away, it makes sense to just drive her to them.  Of course I’ll still take her outside for the quick potty breaks a few times a day, but I think doing these new routes will be good for both of us.  (It might also help with barking).

New Stuff

I just bought Just Dance for the Wii, and I can’t wait to try it this morning (look for a review once I have).  I’ve heard great things about it from you guys and from the reviews on Amazon, so I think it will be a fun thing to add to my exercise routine.  I pre-ordered the Just Dance 2, as well, and I have a feeling I’ll like that one, too.  It has all new songs to groove to, so it will help keep things interesting.

Despite the reported reception/antenna problems with the iPhone 4, I’m going to order one today.  I have a iPhone 3G, which is 2 models behind, and I’m ready to upgrade.  I can’t wait for the double viewer camera, because it will make taking self-portraits so much easier.  I can’t tell you the number of times my sister (or friends) and I have wanted to snap a picture of ourselves, only to take a photo of our chins, or our foreheads, etc.  The other really cool feature is the video chatting Facetime that you can do with other iPhone 4 users.  There are lots of other cool things about the new iPhone.  Plus, I told my sister that I’d give her my old phone, and since she’s been going through some difficult and stressful personal (relationship) issues, I want to do whatever I can to make her life better.  She never gets anything for herself because money is tight and whatever extra she has goes to my nieces, so I’m more than happy to give her the old iPhone so that she can have a nicer phone.

Goals For the Week

I wanted to set a few exercise/activity goals for myself this week (Wed-Fri), and I’ll check in on Saturday to see how well I did:

  1. Do the Just Dance each morning
  2. Take Lulu on 2 long walks a day
  3. Wear my Body Bugg each day and log my calories burned online
  4. Go swimming 1 day
  5. Go to the gym 1 day
  6. Take a bike ride 1 day
  7. Make an appointment to meet with a new personal trainer

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