Two Weeks of Healing

 

This past week I took Diggy to his two week post surgery check up… and he is doing amazing! His surgeon is super happy with where he is in his healing. He was very active during the visit, barking non-stop and walking around….so much that they had to take him to a different room to finish his check up because he was clearly showing off infront of me. He tried to run (he isn’t there yet) and tried to stand up and lean against a wall (he isn’t there yet), he slipped each time so he still has to be monitored closely and continue on his “crate rest.” We aren’t too worried about him slipping/sliding every now and then because after all… hes spine surgery was only a little over two weeks ago, however we do want to limit his ability to have moments that cause slipping (i.e. running/jumping). At one point, he’s surgeon sat down on the floor while explaining his progress and continued care and Diggy climbed on her lap and laid there… clearly his way of saying “thank you.” I can’t even begin to explain how thankful I am for Diggy’s surgeon. From the first consultation, to the MRi, to facetiming us through it all because we were out of state, to her obvious love of pets… she and her team are literally the best! ❤
*I’ll write an update post on Diggy after this next check up in March

New Year, New Lesson

Can we all agree that January has been dragging? It’s crazy how much can change from the beginning of the month to the end of the month. When the year started, Mike and I wrote down our goals for the year. The biggest goal we had listed was traveling. On January 1st 2018, we had six trips already planned and booked for the first six months of the year. We never imagined that during our first weekend getaway trip of the year, to Orlando, we would be hit hard emotionally and financially. On January 19th,  as I headed out the door to get breakfast and then rush to the airport, I kissed my dog and told him how much I loved him.  Mike and I were having one of those mornings where everything seemed perfect. We grabbed our favorite breakfast bagels from Einstein Bagel, we got to the airport in the nick-of-time, had zero wait time at the TSA line, had a smooth airplane ride – watching Netflix of course, we got our rental car with no problem and then spent a nice afternoon in Orlando. I guess you can call that the calm before the storm. While at dinner with friends, we got a phone call from my mom telling us that Diggy was not moving and was convinced that he was unable to stand or use his legs. I brushed it off as her being dramatic and Diggy being stubborn and maybe a little depressed– knowing Mike & I were away.  I’ll go into more details in another post but after two different vet hospital visits, it was determined that Diggy had become paralyzed and needed emergency spine surgery in order to save his life and have any hope of being able to walk again. All of this happened within a 48-hour span. I cried uncontrollably all weekend wondering how and why this had all happened while I was out of state. My dog made it out of surgery with zero complications and has been progressing tremendously these past several days.

 I can’t begin to explain how much God answered my prayers and the different ways I continue to see Him speak to me regarding this situation.

Through Diggy’s hardships, I was forced to view a few relationships, which were not always positive, in a different light.

Also, although I have always been good with managing money, I have been forced to really analyze where I spend my money and be more focused on my financial goals.

 I think the biggest lesson I’ve learned from Diggy’s hardship is not to save materialistic things. To enjoy what you have, while you have it, and while you can. I was faced with this lesson right away. When Diggy got out of surgery we were told he needed to be on strict “crate rest.” No problem, Diggy was crate trained as a puppy and although we gave away his crate years ago because we felt he no longer needed it – we knew he would be ok with it. He loves crates, he views them as he’s room…he’s personal space.” I remembered that I had gotten him a beautiful crate made out of real wood about a year ago that doubles as an end table –  call me bougie. I had been saving it for when Mike & I bought our own house, literally never even opened it from its box! Well we pulled it out and realized that although it would have been an amazing crate, it just wasn’t ideal for what Diggy needed at the moment. And so I felt the need to sell it. Diggy’s medical bill had gotten pretty hefty and I figured I’d sell it and put that money to good use.  I know its just a crate but it’s the idea behind the crate that made me sad to sell it. I also have a crystal glass water bowl, still in its box, that reads “King” on it… you best believe I am now going to get it out of storage and make sure my pup gets to use it. Mike & I hoard dog toys because my Diggy destroys them so fast! So we had only allowed him to have three out at a time, and when one was destroyed we would then take out another one… well forget that! Diggy gets to play with all the toys his heart desires now. I can’t wait for Diggy to get completely healed and cleared to go long walks… He deserves to see more of the world. This notion of having Diggy live his best life and enjoy everything he can has carried on greatly to other aspects of Mike & I’s lives as well.   Don’t get me wrong, Diggy was already living a spoiled life like the true King he is, and Mike and I were living a darn good life! We just want to amplify it even more, and make sure we aren’t wasting anything.

 So, January – you sucked but I learned so much. I can’t wait to see what February has in store for us ❤

An Afternoon well spent at Disney Springs

My husband put together this video of our walk through Disney Springs from our most recent trip! What is your favorite part of Disney Springs?!

Citizen Girl

cgaFrom the authors of The Nanny Diaries. This was a hard book to finish. After reading the first chapter I thought I would like the book, maybe even find it relatable to my life. I was so wrong! The book starts off with Girl (yup, that’s her name), working for a feminist non-profit, under one of those bosses that should have retired already. She gets fired and attends a networking event (with her pre-teen brother…what?) and then somehow in life gets hired at MyCompany (yup, that’s the name of the company). The majority of the book is her boss, Guy (yup, that’s his name), giving her tasks with zero direction or explanation and Girl having to ask 100000x about how to get it done. Ultimately, “MyCompany” fails at what it is trying to accomplish and needs to get rebranded by- Manly (yup, that’s her name) from the bank. I WONT SPOIL WHAT TYPE OF COMPANY IT BECOMES.
I guess the book is meant to be a satire of corporate consultation? It does have some very tough issues like feminism, sex trafficking, and glass ceilings. It shows that anyone can become a hypocrite and sacrifice their own moral ideas to make money and keep their job.
The writing was choppy. Characters and situations were not properly introduced and I found myself flipping through pages I had already read just to make sure I didn’t miss something. I hate leaving a book unfinished so I was really hoping the book would get better.
I kept wondering, “Am I missing something or maybe I should try to see it from a different point of view?” Citizen girl can be found on Amazon.  If you’ve read the book… please leave your opinion in the comments! I am genuinely interested.

 

25, A Quarter of a Century!

This past Saturday I turned 25, one of those milestone birthdays. I’m still trying to process how I feel about it; I mean I am a quarter of a century now! There may have been a slight midlife crisis. I decided to do kind things on the week leading up to my birthday.  I…

1.       Picked up trash. I live across from a school and now that it’s summer I’ve noticed a big increase in the amount of trash that is left on the field and court. I play tennis and often take the dog(s) and my niece over to the field and courts to run around and it’s not a pretty sight with all the trash. I took gloves and a trash bag and picked up as much as I could.

2.       I brought in chocolate chip cookies (store bought) to work! It was Thursday and I thought having nice treats helps push through the day!

3.       I left flowers at the cemetery.  This might sound morbid and it wasn’t my original idea but it turned out to be a memory I’ll remember forever. I got a dozen white roses and placed a single rose on different tombstones throughout the cemetery. My husband’s biological father was laid to rest in this specific cemetery, so we walked around until we found his spot. It was my husband’s first time visiting and we realized that his dad’s birthday was just the day before. It was over all an endearing moment.

4.       Donate food to the women’s shelter. I went through my pantry and picked out all the canned goods that would be expiring in the next few weeks. I also went to my local grocery store and bought a few items, such as cereal, pastas, and more canned goods.

5.       Donate different items to the Children’s Hospital. I spent the morning of my birthday dropping off coloring books and crayons. I had never been to the Children’s Hospital but got to see a little of all the great things that they do there to help children. There was an artist at the lobby who was playing guitar and singing. I also got to see children talking live at the Ryan Seacrest studio. I did have plans to donate blood as well (it would have been my first time) but unfortunately my iron levels were too low.

In the past, my birthdays were always big. Big as in, growing up I always had a party… clowns and puppeteers were included! As a teen and young adult, I always celebrated with a lot of friends – sometimes ALL week long. This year, I really wanted to keep it simple. I spent the evening at home having dinner and cake with my family – followed by opening presents! Afterwards, I went out for a few drinks with my husband at a new restaurant that opened a few minutes away from my house. I can’t wait to see what being twenty-five brings me, but it’s still weird to think I am closer to thirty than ever before.

5K on a Saturday

Have you ever been so proud of someone that you almost can’t formulate the word to express just how much? That’s where I’m at. My husband ran his first 5K a couple of weeks ago, benefitting RAINN – the organization for the National Sexual Assault hotline. He was very active on social media on the months leading up to the event. He posted helpful resources for both survivors and family/friends of survivors. He shared stories that really resonated with him and made it a point to be a leaning shoulder for anyone who may need it. I admire his strength and openness on a topic that many choose to ignore. He trained a few weeks for the race and it definitely paid off! He finished his 5K in 13th place at 24:50. It was really awesome to see people come together to support victims of sexual assault. We are looking for other 5K’s in the DC area so if anyone knows of any coming up, let me know!