Post Christmas Relaxation

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I had a wonderful Christmas Eve and Day with the family.  My big gift of the year was a remote starter for my car.  While it will be awesome once it is installed, I have to say that my favorite gift so far has been my new collection of tea.  We always have black tea in the house but I prefer green tea or fruity teas. My mom got me a great assortment of twelve different kind and my aunt added two sleepytime teas and a couple of new mugs to top it off.  It's a pretty simple gift but I am throughly enjoying it on such a cold wet day!

As much as I love the holiday season it is such a busy and exhausting time that it can sometimes be a relief when the season comes to a close.  I took off most of this week though I went in for most of the day yesterday and worked a few hours from home today.  I know I just came back from a week long vacation in Ireland but there is a difference between a traveling vacation and a sit-on-my-couch-relaxing vacation.  It's been so long since I've just been able to sit down and relax.  It's still hard with the puppy but I can at least rest when he's napping.

I've got some intensive cleaning to do tomorrow but then I think it's time to reconnect with my nook and do some serious post Christmas relaxing!

6. Send out Christmas Cards

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas, everyone!

When I set this goal my intention was to send out Christmas cards from myself to friends and family.  I of course put it off for so long that I didn't have time to create a list.  I also decided that doing a card with the whole family meant we got to do an adorable photo shoot (see below).   We did manage to pull it together at the last second and get cards out to family though so I'm going considered this a good starting point for next year when I will add friends to the list.

Photo we used for the cards
I hope you all had a great Christmas and have a happy new year if you don't hear from me before then!

Smurfit Graduation

Monday, December 24, 2012

When I left Dublin back in August, I was honestly unsure if or when I would make it back.  I didn't know how easily I'd find a job and, if I found one, would I be able afford a plane ticket or even be able to get time off?  Fortunately, I not only managed to get a job but I earned just enough money and just enough time off to make the trip back in time for graduation!

Even though I had been gone for more than three months, it felt like I had never left.  Just hopping on the AirCoach made me feel like I was back at home.  And of course there is almost no difference between the weather in August and December there so it was really like nothing had changed.

While I was pretty sick during most of graduation, the day was great overall.  The ceremony was short and sweet and it was followed by a nice reception.  After naps and dinner we were all back out for drinking and dancing the night away.  I will admit that I spent most of the rest of the week sitting on a couch, catching up with friends, and eating take-out but it was exactly how I wanted to spend my time there.

It was so nice catching up with everyone and hearing about all of the new jobs and apartments, etc.  I was only there for a few days but I definitely made the most of my time.

Before I knew it I was flying back over the Atlantic and heading back to work.  I was worried about being able to keep up with work while I was gone, but I managed to not fall behind and still have a great week away.

I don't know when I'll be able to get back over there again but I hope it will be soon!

#2. Get a Puppy

Well, more than a month has passed since my last post.  Not coincidentally, it has been just a little over a month since I got my puppy.  I have barely had time to check my e-mail, let alone sit down and write a blog post, but I couldn't be happier!

I found Mac through   He is a lab / husky / shepherd mix rescue from Arkansas.  His mother had a litter of puppies under a shed and once they were weaned off of her there was no one to take care of them.  As they came out from under the shed, one by one, a neighbor took them in and fostered them.  They then reached out to PS I Love You Animal Rescue to find them homes.  After getting his shots, Mac was put on a puppy transport truck and made the journey up to the north!  He and his sister were the last to be adopted but luckily she was coming up north at the same time so they were able to share a kennel on the journey.   We drove out to pick him up in Brattleboro, VT and the rest is history.

He was pretty happy to be adopted!
He is a wonderful puppy, but a puppy nonetheless.  When he is awake, he is running around trying to eat everything.  He's great when he's sleeping, but he usually gets all the sleeping out of the way while I'm at work.  He's been great with the baby so far and seems to know that she's not just an oversized chew toy.
Best friends! 

He is 4 months old now and has already gained 11 lbs since we got him five weeks ago.  He's growing so fast and learning every day.  He has mastered sit, lay, paw, and he's working on stay and fetch.  He refuses to let me sleep until my alarm goes off and he thinks 6am is an acceptable wake up time on the weekends but he's just too adorable to get mad at.

I have to admit that I haven't run since I got him and I can't say that I miss it.  Even when I most enjoyed it, I never loved it like I was hoping I would.  Mac and I do go for two walks a day, though.  It may not get my heart rate up much but I enjoy it so much more than running.  Being able to take my time and enjoy where I'm walking, and knowing that the puppy is loving it too is just so much more enjoyable for me.

Adventuring in the woods