Introducing Cody

Exciting news – we have a special addition to our family!

Meet Cody.

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My mom got Cody at the beginning of August. He’s now a 10 week old black lab/golden retriever mix. He’s absolutely adorable but everyone that meets him thinks that he is going to be HUGE. I agree as well, his paws are giant for his age.

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I just now noticed that he’s smiling for the camera! He already looks like a big boy here.

Cody is so very sweet. He’s been coming to stay with me the past few weekends and Belle and Jake adore him.¬†Can’t you tell?ūüėČ It did take Belle a little while to get over her jealously issues, but she’s pretty fine with him now.

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Yes, they are wearing shirts. I had manage to acquire a couple thanks to some monthly subscription boxes and since I was home alone, I decided to torture the pair of them by making them wear the shirts for a moment.

It’s fun having a puppy around again, though potty training is the worst. But look how good he fits in with his siblings! He’s already proven to be very smart – he fetches, sits, and is learning to lay down. He loves the water as well and my boyfriend is hoping to borrow him from my mom and train him to hunt, just like his big brother Jake.

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The 3 Musketeers

July Catch-Up

Here I am, a week or so into August already, finally getting around to writing an entry for July. July was a crazy month between work, side jobs, and just general life. So I’ll do a photo post.

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I was finally able to make it down to the Outer Banks to stay for a night in my grandparent’s timeshare. Its been years since I have been able to get down there.

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This was the first big harvest out of the garden at my boyfriend’s house – corn, cabbage, squash, lots of various tomatoes, eggplants, carrots, peppers, and more!

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The majority of our tomatoes, we stew down and can to use over winter – look at how gorgeous this mixture is!

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I was able to spend some time with my mom in July, so what did we do? Grill out of course.

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Near the end of July, I was a vendor at Scares That Care Weekend in Williamsburg. I had a great time and met some fabulous people.

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My swag. I added Seth Gilliam’s (Father Gabriel) signature to my poster from The Walking Dead.

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The newest addition to our family – Cody (mom’s dog). He’s a golden retriever/lab mix and is absolutely adorable. Belle (my dog) is still a little hesitant about him but I know that she will grow to love him.

Plastic Free July

A lot of the time, I simply skim over the mass of information that is posted on Facebook. Most of it is the same old blur of wedding photos, baby photos, travel photos. But I came across a post that jumped out at me today.

The challenge to go plastic free in July. Plastic Free July was developed in 2011 to simply raise awareness about the amount of unnecessary plastic that we have in our lives.

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Why should we try to go plastic free? From the Plastic Free July website:

Apart from the small amount of plastic which has been incinerated EVERY piece of plastic which was ever produced still exists on earth somewhere. In the first 10 years of this century MORE plastic was produced than the entire last century!

  1. Australians send 1 million tonnes of plastic waste to landfill each year. Do your part to make a change.
  2. Why use something for a few seconds that is going to spend the rest of your life trying to break down in landfill? We really need to change our habits.

While the challenge seems to be a bit more geared towards Australians, anyone can – and should – attempt it. You can either pledge to refuse all single-use plastic (which includes¬†plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging…anything that’s intended only to be used once and discarded) or you can pledge to refuse the top 4 – plastic bags, plastic bottles, coffee cups/lids, and straws.

I pledged the top 4 (water bottles are an issue for me, even though I have my own glass water bottle) – but will try to avoid all types. You can even pledge to just do a week, two weeks, or the whole month! Schools and organizations are welcomed to register as well.

There is no cost to register and they will even send out helpful e-mails to help you on your path. So why not try it and see if you can make a difference in the plastic usage in your own life – every little bit helps!

I’ll post on my progress weekly, so please share yours as well. Maybe this “challenge” will¬†turn into a “habit” for me.

Henny and Roo May Box

Where in the world did April go and (May for that matter)? I was such a bad blogger. I had posts typed up, I just never got around to posting my pictures on them. I’ll try harder, especially as our garden is growing and flourishing!

I did receive a Henny and Roo box for April, I just never posted it. I may end up backdating the post just to have for my records.

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This time around, Robb was excited about the box’s arrival, so I let him tear in to it (once it was open, his attention waned and he moved on to other things).

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This is what I received:

  • Bon Temps Poulet Egg Soap – The owner of Sweet Olive Soap Works, whose name is also Emily, uses eggs from her own chickens to make this soap which softens skin and tightens pores. It smells amazing!
  • Calendula First Aid Cream – I love seeing other people’s herbal creations and I can always use more calendula products (calendula is great for wounds).
  • First Aid Kit Bag – Every month, we usually receive a first aid item. Now I have somewhere that I can put all my items (for the chickens AND the dogs).
  • Lumino Dusting Bath Powder – This was the first item the chickens received. They love their dust baths.
  • Luv Nest Nibbles – They go crazy over this stuff!
  • Tasty Grubs – I plan on feeding this to the chickens on Wednesday (I’m off of work). I know that they will go crazy and attack me.
  • Looseleaf Organic Tea from Amitea Organics- Smells amazing!
  • Tea ball with chicken charm – Very cute! This will be put to good use.
  • April/May Backyard Poultry Magazine – Always a good read, though I realized shortly after that I already had that issue. Oh well!

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[Book Review] You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

I may have met Felicia Day once. It would have been in the buffet line at Pittypat’s Porch in Downtown Atlanta while in town for DragonCon a few years back. Even though I wasn’t quite that familiar with her at the time, red heads (like my mom and to some degree – myself) stick out to me. Plus, my table mates might have mentioned something about it when I returned back to my table. The details are fuzzy now and I can’t even remember if I said something to her to not (if so… it would have been about the food). Either way, I wrote it down in my travel notebook as my first encounter with a convention guest at DragonCon. Who knows. It could have been someone else entirely.

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Besides her stint on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and on ‘Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog’, I haven’t watched anything else that Felicia¬†has done. I like her though and don’t know why it took me so long to pick up a copy of her memoir¬†– “You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)”. Okay, since her book was actually published this past August and she’s still on-tour for it doesn’t actually qualify as a long time – but anyway!

 

“You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)” details Felicia’s life from being an awkward home schooled student in the deep south to being a somewhat awkward adult on the path to Internet stardom. Felicia writes how I think and write. A little bit out there but easy to relate to. I loved this book and even more so, I loved reading how she evolved during the years and¬†how she struggled to¬†conquer her inner demons. I’m not a gamer but I had lots of friends who played EverQuest and World of Warcraft (and I may have dabbled a bit in EQ and Second Life… and Active World ages ago). Even so, I didn’t feel like I was left out or missing any part of her story. The overall message of Felicia’s novel seems to be embrace yourself and enjoy your eccentricities but don’t let the negative parts rule your life. More importantly, don’t be afraid to fail and don’t be afraid to seek help if you need it.

I highly recommend this book to pretty much anyone. I think we could all pull a lesson or two away from it.

Now maybe I can convince my boyfriend to let me bogart the Wii-mote for a while to watch ‘The Guild’ (Edit:¬†In the time it took me to finish reading her book, I binge watched all 6 seasons of ‘The Guild’ and quite enjoyed it).

Currently Reading: “Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise” by Wil Wheaton –>It just felt like a natural segue.