Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 Christmas Recap

We spent Christmas at my parents house in Northern Kentucky. I went up early on Saturday to help my Dad babysit Athena, my niece. My mom was in New York with her siblings and father until Monday, so I was helping to babysit Athena when her mom (my sister) was working.

I was terrified to babysit for long periods of time (as I'm not the best with kids), but Athena is adorable (yes, I'm biased) and she really is a good baby. She didn't cry or fuss at all. You put her in her crib for a nap and she just lays down and goes to sleep. And the same goes for bed time! I mean, what baby does that??

She'll be 2 on January 2. She's at a really fun age where she is repeating all the words we say and just soaking up everything like a sponge. It was great to spend some time with her!

Teaching her how to put on blush. Her Mom wasn't happy about that!

I showed her how to decorate the tree and she loved it! Kept saying, "more"! Also, if you get to the end of the video, you'll hear the dog bark and her scream, "NO BARK!" She really lays down the law, this one.

And here is me simultaneously trying to capture how cute she is repeating stuff while also attempting to prepare her for the "big dogs" arrival the next day.

Tim came up Christmas Eve after work with the dogs. While I love my pups, I think next year I'm going to board them for a couple days and not bring them. They are great dogs, but with a baby who is terrified of them, my childhood dog who does NOT approve, and no fenced in yard, it really makes for a stressful situation. Next year I don't want to have to worry about the logistics of keeping them separate every second of the day and want to just relax.

Luckily we can bring them with us to West Virginia because they get along great with the dogs there and both houses we visit have fences.

But anyways, it was a good Christmas and my favorite gifts were the digital picture frame from Tim for my office (we said we weren't exchanging gifts, just going on a date.. but he got me one anyways!) and a bunch of cold-weather running gear from my parents. Love it!

My company Christmas Party at a local winery.  

A way-too-excited-about-Christmas house near us.

Worn out from the festivities.

I just realized all of the pictures of us in front of the tree were taken on my mom's camera. So, who knows how long it'll be until I see those again! I'll have to add some when I get my hands on them!

Hope you all had a great holiday!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Bear Scare

So we had a bit of a fright yesterday morning. My baby boy (aka 70 pound Rottweiler), Bear, swallowed a sock. That's right. A whole sock. Just gone is one felt swoop. Asshole.

We strictly do not let our dogs play with socks because Piper loves to carry them around and then chew on them when she finds one laying around.

This particular sock was one of my favorite ASICS running socks, of course. Piper had already gotten ahold of it and stretched it out so I was letting her enjoy 10 more minutes of sock bliss while I finished my makeup for the day and before I threw it away for good.

Upon exiting the bathroom, I find Piper has abandoned the sock for the much shinier red Kong bone that Bear is normally attached to, and find the sock sticking out of Bear's mouth. Shit. Now we have a dilemma.

With Piper I can yell "DROP IT!" and she obeys. Well, Bear is a boy and a Rotty so he's a stubborn ass, and as soon as I reach for the sock he swallows it whole. (Cue freak out.)

I call the emergency vet and the woman on the phone says I need to bring him in for X-rays so they can see if they can use a scope to get it out or if they would have to (and I quote) "cut him open".

Great thing to say to a panicked dog owner, mam, really. I ask if those were the only two options and she assures me they are.

So I rush Bear to the vet, simultaneously trying to follow my phone's GPS instructions whilst bawling my eyes out. In hindsight, probably not the safest thing in the world.

At some point I remember thinking to myself. "I'm suppose to babysit a child all weekend and I can't even keep a dog safe!" Oh, the drama.

Once we get to the vet, they promptly explain how I would be paying an arm, a leg, and my first born child to cover the costs of the visit. OK OK I get it just help my dog!

They take Bear back for an X-ray and luckily the sock seems to still be in his stomach and his intestines look OK. The vet told me they were going to use a medication to force him to throw up and hope that the sock would come out that way. (That's interesting, doom and gloom sister on the phone earlier didn't mention that option.)

So I wait in an exam room for the news. I'm sure the nurses and vets were in the back like, "this chick needs to pull herself together." Yes. I was a hot. mess.

After what seemed like an eternity, the nurse (are they called nurses at the vet? IDK - just the chicks who help the vet) pops her head in and says with a big smile:

"Would you like your sock back???" -Nurse
"OMG It came out! THANK  GOD! And no, I don't want it back." - Me (She was kidding moron)
"Yes, the sock is out and so is what looks like foam bedding." - Nurse
"Oh yes, him and his sister chewed up some of his new bed last night." - Me

(Nurse gives me puzzled look and goes to call animal services b/c this bisch is crazy.)

SO Bear is OK and the vet and nurses were raving about what a good dog he was. They let a tiny puppy lay next to him during "recovery" and they apparently loved each other.

We have some medicines to give him for a few days just to help with the discomfort, but he should be as good as new soon!

And our house will be on high alert for any socks, small household items, young children, etc. that Bear could possibly misinterpret as edible.

This shame-ridden photo was taken on the way home from the vet. 
Now maybe we'll remember to leave socks alone!?!?

All kidding aside, I don't know what I would do if I lost my lovable Bear. He is the sweetest big baby ever and I'm extremely attached to him. I'm incredibly relieved that the situation wasn't as bad as it could have been and that he will be fine.

Now off to go scoop poop at the vet for the next 3 years to pay off our bill.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Recent Photos

Just wanted to pop in today and share some fun photos I've taken in the past couple months. Every now and then I snag a good one! ;) None of these have been edited!

If you look closely, there is a man at the top about to repel off the building. For a moment he hung there suspended and spread his arms out like he was flying.

I've definitely got a case of the Mondays today... here's to hoping I find some motivation to be productive!

Friday, December 13, 2013

2013 Annual Meeting ~ Fort Lauderdale, FL

I can't believe my first event with my new company is OVER! Time really does fly when you love what you do. Remember just 3 short months ago when I was starting this new journey??  It feels like yesterday! CRAZY! 

I decided to start doing photo recaps of my meetings because I want to keep a record of these events that I spend SO much time working on. And it's always great to look back and be inspired for future meetings!

And of course, this is my first ever event with my new company (the first of many!) so this one will always be special. :)

I will say that I believe a Meeting Planner is only as good as her staff. And man, do I have an awesome team. Coming from a job where the staff was like my second family and I had great leadership, I've hit the jackpot and found another job with the same benefits!

The Marketing/Membership team (the Division I am a part of) is fantastic. Not only did they welcome me with open arms, but they helped me every step of the way as I planned this Meeting while trying to navigate a new job. 

Our event was a success! We got SO much great feedback and many said it was the best one yet! This experience has been so encouraging and made me really excited for what's to come!

OK enough rambling.. here are some pics from the event!

View from my room 

The hotel's outdoor restaurant had back-lit menus! They were awesome and I was obsessed.

Orientation Mixer spread.

Chandelier at Rocco's Tacos - Staff Dinner location

Awards Dinner Set Up

After Party on the Oceanview Terrace

 "Going Green" snack break

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie Shots

Beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach

Happy Friday everyone!

Disclaimer: All thoughts and opinions are my own. This blog is in no way affiliated with any institutions.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Half Bathroom Renovation

We finally got the downstairs half bathroom renovation finished! We've remodeled a good number of bathrooms by now but this one was my favorite because we wanted to make it a bit special. We didn't want it to look like every other half bath out there. Check out before and after pics...

>>> BEFORE <<<

This is where we started.... the lame generic off-white counter tops, old school faucet, and the flat cover-all mirror. So we started with updating the countertop and adding hardware. Also, the walls were stark white. So we painted it this faint blue/grey color. And all the accessories are neutrals (you know I hate color!)....

It amazes me how long people live with outdated countertops. Even if you don't want to pay to replace the entire vanity, switching out the countertop and hardware is actually pretty EASY! And inexpensive! The difference it makes is HUGE for such a quick job.

We also updated the toilet! More efficient and prettier hardware. Also a I & II option.. fancy!

For this job we were inspired by our friends, Cy and Abby, and their newly remodeled house. Their half bath has mosaic tile halfway up behind the mirror and we loved the special touch. So we did our own version! I love how it turned out...

>>> AFTER <<<

These hanging shelves were exactly what we were looking for. Something sleek and simple for the back wall behind the toilet. Only problem was, they were BRIGHT RED! And those were the only ones we liked. So, we took them home and painted them white! I love how they turned out!

We kept the existing light fixture because it was silver and simple, which is what I wanted. The bulb covers were super old school.. like the sea shell kind. So we got modern covers and it was a quick fix!


Hopefully our guests enjoy their new bathroom experience! :)

Have a great day!!