Wednesday, October 28, 2009


I am terrible.
And unmotivated.
And totally overwhelmed.

This house + commuting + work + cooking dinner + getting ready for our Halloween "party" on Saturday = misery.

Ugh. You guys. Seriously.
Mike and I have agreed to have people over on Halloween, because we're the only ones with our own place. Recently, most of our friends have moved back in with their parents to save money - so, logically our house is the place to be.

BUT, DUDE! I didn't think it would take this long for me to get my act together. (I know - DUH, Ashley - moving is hard) But I really thought I would be better off than I am now.

Regardless, I've sent out an email invitation with the disclaimer that they need to come over prepared to overlook our mess. If they don't like it - they can pound sand.

So there's that.

In other news, I love my little dog, and it pains me to say anything bad about her, (because we DID uproot her little life by moving) but I am ready to light her doggie head on fire.

She's already needy and neurotic, but this move has turned up the volume on her anxiety. She's nervous, so she gets underfoot, and then she gets stepped on, and then she gets more anxious so she gets closer to your and your feet, and gets stepped on and yelled at again, so she gets more nervous and follows you up and down the stairs and into the bathroom, and stares at you. A horrible, soul-wrenching stare. This dog could make angels cry with her stupid, deep doggie eyes.

So...around Christmas...we're getting another dog. Maddie does very well when she has a doggie friend to hang around with, and she bonded really well with my mom's dog (who she still sees daily). A doggie friend will help keep her entertained and maybe chill her out?

We're planning to adopt from a shelter and have looked at some in our area. And I just found out that one of the girls who works with me (well, not with me, but in the same building) volunteers at an animal shelter, and we could tell her what we are looking for in terms of personality, temperament, size, breed and she could help us out. We feel pretty good about this.

We're getting internet on Saturday! So my internet presence (and pictures of the house) will be up and running. We were planning to do without internet/cable, but we realized that trying to live without internet, while not impossible, is dreadfully impractical. I pay all our bills online, gmail has all my recipes, we need to be able to check our bank accounts (because I've gotten lazy and rely on online banking to balance my checkbook. I KNOW, bad habit. We just got new checks, so we're also reevaluating our banking systems)

So - clearly there's a lot of reorganization/reevaluation going on in our lives.

It's kind of a mess.


  1. Woahhhh!!!! It is indeed a mess!

    Once everything is settled down and you are sitting in the front porch and sipping tea/coffee - you will find all this worth.

    We too are thinking about cable. Currently we have cable but every weekend we turn it on and go "there is nothing on TV!" Grrrrr. We will be subscribing to NetFlix soon...

    But keep your chin up, Ashley.

  2. I think a little mess is allowed in your case. :)


  3. We got another cat over a year ago thinking it would keep our other cat company.. the old cat didn't speak to us for a year.. seriously. But dogs are different than cats, they are friendly and like to play with others. :)

  4. Wow - moving and unpacking is stressful enough without having to plan a get together on top of it. I'm sure your friends will understand.

    Can't wait to see photos of the house and the new pupster once she's picked out :)

  5. ahhh, yes. everyone tells you about this and you never listen. i didn't! Settling a house takes foooorrever. which is why I recommended taking your sweet time lovingly! hahah, dont' worry, I'm sure your friends will understand. And what's best is you could make sure you have your next party when everything is actually done, so it could almost be like and HGtv before and after show, and they'll walk in and go, WOW!

    MAYBE you have a spirit in your new house!!! Maybe that's why your doggins is so yippy lately!! Oh my, that would be terribly exciting!

  6. I hope you have fun on Saturday night!!! I'm stocked! :)

  7. I get stressed when making big moves too. I can't wait to see pictures of your house.

  8. poor puppy. my friend ash and her husband have a half dingo (kid you not. australian dingo) half german shepherd who is the most high-strung dog i have ever seen. he's a mental patient. but when they got their second dog, he's calmed down a little. good idea!



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