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We Got A Dog!

I know, I’ve been horrible about posting lately.  My excuses?  I was sick, then Ava was sick, then I got sick again, and then Ava again.  I’ve also had a bad case of  the ‘I’m Sooo Over Winter’ blues.  And we just adopted a dog.

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This is Sufjan.  (Pronounced Soof e yahn, but Ava says it has to be said like this – Soof john.)  That was the name the shelter gave him and it just stuck.  We haven’t even had him a week yet and we are already totally in love with him.  We had been talking about getting a dog, but still hadn’t decided that it was the right time.  Sometimes we would randomly stop by a shelter and have a looksie, but it wasn’t until we met this little guy that we had some serious thinking to do.

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As Ava was walking past his room at PAWS, he jumped up at the door and began pawing at the window.  Ava knelt down next to it and started pawing back.  It was adorable and went on for a few minutes.  We had a private meeting with him and he just seemed so sweet .. and so sad.  Three days later we brought him home.  So far, he is totally awesome.  House trained, crate trained, great on the leash, doesn’t mind our cats, and kind of lazy.  I think he’s starting to like us too.  But I do wonder what kind of life he had… someone obviously took the time to train him and care for him (he is btwn 5 and 7 years old).  He was picked up as a stray, which seems odd because he’s such a sweet little guy.  I do feel like he’s missing someone and I hope we can make him feel safe and happy with us.

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We had to take Sufjan for his check-up on Saturday and while we were waiting to be seen, this chubbers walked in.  Is that a fat wiener dog or what?!  We were trying not to crack up.  Poor guy!  LOL

Have a great day! XO

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Blog for Digs – My Childhood Bedroom

Today’s post is part of Blog for Digs, a charity blogging event for Dwell with Dignity ["a non-profit group of interior designers and volunteers dedicated to creating soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty"].  To learn more about how you can help make a difference, click HERE.

My childhood bedroom was …. a complete mess.  My brother and I had a playroom downstairs for all of our toys, but that didn’t seem to help keep my room from becoming a disaster zone.  As much as I am a neat freak now, back then I was NOT.  Underneath all the books, papers, and [mostly] clothes was a little wooden desk that sat facing a window with a view of the cornfield.  I used to sit and read Sweet Valley High or Trixie Belden books, write in my diary, and write horrible horrible poetry.  The walls were covered in some old purple textured wallpaper and I seem to remember that I made some weird “sculpture” on the wall next to my bed with a bunch of belts.  I had a huge white bookshelf in my room filled with books, cassette tapes, magazines, etc.  There was a Michael Jackson poster hanging on the back of my door [the one where he's wearing all white and I think he had a yellow sweater tied around his neck] and I’m sure there must have been some Corey Haim and Mark Paul Gosselear [who is still hot btw] posters up somewhere too.  I also had a secret door in the back of my closet that opened into a room in our old farmhouse that we never used.  It had never been remodeled and was very creepy.  The one thing I always wished I had was a canopy bed.

Like this “Coraline Canopy Bed” from PB Teen.  I might have even draped some sheer fabric over some of the posts … oh who am I kidding? – Pre-teen me would have used it as one more place to toss my clothes.  Still, I always wanted one.  A canopy bed just seemed so fairytale-esque.  But I survived without it and eventually I picked up all my clothes and papers and tucked them neatly into files and drawers [this only happened within the last few years].  No more belts or teen idol posters on the walls – just some antlers, actual artwork with frames, and a large white pendant lamp adorn the bedroom now.  If I could go back, I think I’d keep that bedroom clean … maybe then I would have gotten a canopy bed.

Be sure to check out the next Blog For Digs post on Get It Girl Style tomorrow.  And visit Dwell with Dignity today!

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