Wednesday, October 26, 2011

things i do when my husband is gone.

R is gone this week on a field trip. Apparently, this is not a 'take your pillow case to the pumpkin patch' kid of trip. I actually have no idea what he's doing. You all think I'm just being coy when I say I don't know what it is he does , but hen I asked him what he could tell me about this trip all he said was, "I'll be back by Friday."

Anyway, I thought I'd be all sad and mopey and lonely while he was gone. Granted, I have been talking to the dog a little bit much, but otherwise it's been kind of nice to have the house to myself. Some of the things I get to indulge in include, but are not limited to:

  • Catching up on "my stories." We don't have a TV and my computer is super slow. So when R's not around, I get all comfy in his office and plop down in front of his computer to Hulu my night away. I'm also able to watch Grey's Anatomy free of any judgment and comments like, "Oh my gosh, that is so unrealistic! They would never do that in a real hospital!"
  • Eating. Whatever. I. Want. It's not like R is some kind of health nut, it's just that I prefer to enjoy my dinner of Girl Scout cookies and wine without a side of patronization. I have made it no mystery that I eat like a 15 year old boy, and my sweet husband knew this going in, yet I still find myself defending the fact that, yes, I ate the whole box of Bagel Bites. When I'm alone, all I hear is the sound of my own conscience assuring me that, ooh!, Nutella would make these cookies better!
  • Hogging the bed. I sleep like a starfish when R's gone just because I can. And if I get the sudden urge to kick off all the covers and toss and turn just to get comfy, there is no one to disturb.
  • I get to listen to my jams. Every wife makes her concessions. Some wives let their husbands go hunt, others put up with cigar smoking. I let mine dominate the car and the house speakers with his music. When he leaves, Beyonce and Adele go on repeat and they don't come off til I say so.
But it's not all fun and games. I get a little wigged out in the house alone at night. And it would be nice if someone else could let Beau out when he has to go to the bathroom at 4am.

And don't tell him this, but I'm actually getting really hungry for some real food...

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

world's best dog.

I'm Beau. And I am the World's Best Dog. You might have a dog, so you might be thinking, "He's cute, but he's not the World's Best Dog. My dog is the World's Best Dog." But let me ask you this... Can your dog write blog posts? Didn't think so. And if you have a cat, well, I mean, do we really even have to talk about that?

But really, I am the World's Best Dog! My Mom and Dad love me so much. And I love them. I love them so much, that sometimes I can't wait until the sun comes up to kiss Mom on the face. And I know that Dad has to get up early for work, so I try and do him a favor every day and get him up before his alarm goes off. They love it!

And since I wanted to make a good impression when they first took me home, I showed them what a helpful little gardener I can be. Now they can plant flowers all over the back yard instead of just in a flower bed in the front!

Ooh, and check this out. I know my Mom and Dad don't want to spend a bunch of money on dog toys, so I just try and be thrifty and chew on stuff that's just laying around the house anyway.

Like this couch. Silly Mom and Dad, look at that old bone they bought for me. I'm glad I showed them how much money they could save by just letting me chew on the couch. Look at all those mini-toys I made! I even chewed on the coffee table to, to show them there was tons of stuff around the house I could chew. They'll never have to buy me another toy again! (They don't seem to be getting the message. They keep getting more toys...)

But I'm not just a good budgeting dog, I'm also a good listener. They're always talking about their "Dream House". I hear them say stuff like, "When we build our dream house, we're building a wrap around porch and a pool table that turns into a hot tub..." and stuff like that. Well, when they kept putting me in that boring old laundry room with no furniture to chew, I had a lot of time to think. I got to thinking, if my Mom and Dad want to remodel, I'm gonna help them!

So I did! I started by digging and chewing on that old linoleum. Then I got down to the concrete and started on the molding and the door frame. See what I'm saying about me being helpful? Well, when Dad got home he yelled, "Oh thanks, Beau! I can't wait to remodel our rented house!" I couldn't believe how excited he was! Mom seemed more sad. Maybe I should've gone for the porch right away.

Aren't you wishing you had a good dog like me?

Well, my Mom and Dad sure are glad they have me. They know how much I love playing catch so they take me out to the beach and play catch with me for so long that I can barely run! I heard Dad say he's running me ragged. I'm so tired I can't even stay awake on the ride back home, much less chew on my Couch Toy.

But I won't be so sleepy tomorrow morning when it's time for Mom's morning kisses!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

a dog, a sailor, and a video star.

I pinky swear I haven't forgotten about blogging. It's just that I have been one busy little bee lately. Let's see, here's what's been exciting in our lives these days, (in no particular order):

Beau, the Packer loving Chocolate Lab, has two personalities. One is cuddly and sweet and all, "Let's play catch and let me curl up next to your feet!" and the other is naughty and likes to chew on everything the minute we leave the house. This is getting slightly better day by day (knock on chewed up wood), but I will save the details (and photographic evidence) for a later post when it isn't such a sore subject.

R only has one more month of school and then he's done! It's a good thing too, cause he has been studying like crazy. Hooray for only one more month! Then he's off to his squadron where he'll be learning the ropes from the Officer he's replacing. While I'm excited for this month to be over, it just means we're another month closer to his deployment next year. Again, more on that later when I can discuss that without losing it. Last weekend, we did get the chance to tour the aircraft carrier that R will be on. That big 'ol boat is where he will be spending 6 wonderful months, so it was cool to see it up close. Even if it does make me want to cry a little.

As for me, I had an exciting week of opportunities that have come knocking on my door. Through Randi, a Navy wife who has become a wonderful friend and mentor, I was introduced to Circle of Friends, a women's ministry located in Ohio. I was originally asked by Randi to help lead a planning workshop for some of the COF women to give them a little guidance about development, board structure, all the fun little details that make a non-profit tick. Naturally, being only 25 and practically a baby in the non-profit world, I wanted to tell Randi she should probably go find someone else more qualified, but instead I just shouted, "Of course!" I am glad I did. Randi got her team assembled and the COF ladies flew in from Ohio and what happened next is difficult to describe using any other words besides whirlwind. What began as a planning workshop quickly turned into a brainstorming session about some exciting opportunities for the ministry and for the planning team here in Virginia. What came out of those discussions was the invitation for me to contribute as a weekly blogger on COF's website, I became a future staff member of a management consulting start up company, and I was asked to be a store manager for a future coffee shop that would act as a business model for a potential franchise! And if all that wasn't exciting enough, on Wednesday, I was asked by Lisa, who is not only the president of Circle of Friends but also a recording artist, to be in a music video set on the Chesapeake Bay. A film crew flew up from Nashville and on Thursday morning, I found myself in front of a camera in my video debut! Obviously, when the finished product is ready, I will tell all six of you who follow this blog where you can check it out.

So between a budding video star career, a husband who has wacky working hours, and a dog that insists on chewing walls, you can see why a few blog updates just slip through the cracks. Thanks for understanding!