Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Gone Fishin'


Some of my co-workers have loved ones who have been hurting.
So our department at work has been putting together items for their fundraiser.

I normally work second shift,
and get excluded from the fun, decorative stuff.
Due to staff vacations, 
and myself randomly working an earlier shift,
 I got the honor of putting together a Fishing Themed Basket.

I actually had a reason of taking out,
aka, unpacking,
my craft stuff-
And using it.
It felt  good!

My hobbies have unfortunately fallen on the back burner this year.
I kept it super simple, 
I wanted the basket to speak for itself.
Me me tell you, 
sprucing up a tackle box isn't easy!

Today I am teaming up with Becky at olivesnwine.
I treated myself to using my creativity,
while helping a co-worker's benefit!

Monday, July 7, 2014

So Long Wisconsin

We survived the move to Minnesota! Thursday we spent all day loading and unloading the U-haul. We both foresee a moving company for our next move, maybe just for the furniture.  I would love to say we followed though on our plans to go see fireworks the next day, but truth be told, we were exhausted. Instead, we watched the fireworks display out the window of an extra bedroom while sitting on nightstands. It worked for us! 

Yesterday we finally got the lawn mowed! The pups were getting red bug bites on their bellies from the crazy long grass. So we bought a mower and took care of it. So far, no more nasty red marks!  

The drawback of this house is the ticks! I've lost  count of how many we've caught crawling on us or on our things. They make mosquitos look good! 

Speaking of the pups. They are adjusting amazingly. Sully loves playing try-and-get-me around the island. We went from having neighbors on the other sides of the walls, to literally no next door neighbors. So he's had to bark at random things, like the ice maker..

I always know where Mike is since Sully loves being with him all the time. He literally sits and stares downstairs waiting for him to come in from the garage or up from the basement.

We kicked back last night enjoying the last night of our long weekend. Nothing beats stovetop popcorn! Perfect ending!

P.S. This stuff is like catnip for dogs.  The doxies have even started eating the dirt after I fertilize my plants. Ridiculous! 

How was your holiday weekend?

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Life Lately

Life needs to slow down 
I've got a lot of blogging to catch up on..
Here's what you missed,
literally just from this past week!

On Friday the boy finally graduated from is residency program.
So i made him take a photo with me after his roast..
P.S. the U of M campus is not directionally challenged Shannon friendly..
There is a reason I went to a college with only two buildings for classes...

Oh and a last minute change of plans.
I'm moving.
The boy rented a house large enough for me and the pups to move in
(its even got a fenced in back yard)
My lease isn't up until the fall,
but I decided I wanted to take advantage of having a yard during the summer months.

 Sully wanted to make sure he didn't get missed in the packing..

 A pup and his squeaky 
The squeaky was packed, not worries..

 Oh and Willa caught a fly in mid air and ate it.
That's was pretty big news for a while.
Then Sully disabled a fly and played with it for a while.
I'm well guarded from fly attacks..

Last but not least.
I chopped all my hair off.
Wasn't in my plans (or my stylists)
for it to be this short,
but I really don't mind it.

...until we meet again...

Tuesday, June 24, 2014



I am back after a very long couple weeks of craziness and travel.
I haven't gone on a real vacation that doesn't involve visiting friends or weddings in years. 
Right before I left, Influenster sent me a box of goodies to try out!
The theme to this fox of #GoVoxBox.
 Obviously this arrived just in time! 


#MuellerQuaker Yogurt sent me a coupon to try out of of their products.
This girl eats yogurt daily. Seriously.
I was kind of bummed since I didn't know where I could find them.
Low and behold, they are at Walmart.
Guess I didn't have to to look to far.
They have different variety in flavors which was big in my book.
Dark Chocolate and Raspberry, Dark Chocolate and Cherry,
Need I go on?

Next up on the box was a new protein shake and fun shaker. 
#NextStep sent me three flavors to try out.
I literally placed an order online after I finished them.
However, due to my unfortunate apartment situation,
they arrived when I was on vacation and was sent back to the company.
Shannon was not a happy camper.
The shakes tasted good which is a biggie in my book,
but they also filled me up.
I will be finding a store or shipping to someone else's house to get more.
Bonus, the shaker is SUPER fun...
Trust me.

My tootsies were the happy recipients of the next two products.
Profoot Pedi Rock (its squishy) and Aqua spa bath salts in lavender scent.
talk about relaxing..
I treated my foot to a nice pedicure before my trip,
but should have brought it along on the vacation.
My feet were so tired and could use the pampering at the end of the day.

Triad Orthotics were also in my influenster box.
I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them since I'm not really in need of any insoles.
But I tossed them in my Toms shoes for walking in San Francisco,
and never regretted it once!
Toms are super comfortable, 
but with all the walking on hard pavement for a week,
I was grateful I had them along!

 I love Blue Diamond Almonds ever since the Healthy Living Summit last year.
So finding them in my package was awesome!
I brought them along for a nice replacement to the peanuts on the airplane.
Which had no peanuts.
Do they even serve peanuts on planes anymore?

Playtex Sports also sent me some lovelies to try out.
But I haven't tried them out.
So I can't tell you if I love them or not so much.

Thanks Influenster for the products!
Your timing couldn't have been better!

Today I liked up with Becky @ Olives n Wine 
for Treat Yourself Tuesday!!! 

*I received these products free to try, but my opinions are my own. I would not endorse products I do not stand behind.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

May 2014 Happiness

It's been June for a few days.
May was a pretty lid back month,
much more time to stop and smell the roses.
Here is a few little things that brought me happiness this last month!

Turning 15!!
My beautiful Basset turned 15!
She's has a very long life,
and our family is so blessed to have extra years with her!
Cleo is by far the best birthday gift i've ever received!
Happy Brithday Pooch!

I had my first root beer of the year in April,
I forgot how much I loved the stuff!
It's fun trying new brands,
trying to find the best root beer flavor

Hair Cut
I finally had my hair cut to the length I desired.
Two months ago, the stylist and I were not on the same page.
However, Its finally "short".
If I had a strong jaw line, I would LOVE to chop more off!
I am loving my summer "do" 

I missed the smell of these flowers!
They make going for my runs so much more enjoyable!
I think they are one of my favorite spring scents from nature!

Bare Legs
Lets give a shout out to the warm weather.
We've toughed out a very long, cold winter,
so savor the vitamin D!!
We earned it!

1st Blogaversary
I didn't post about it,
but WisconsinDachshound turned one year old in May!
Thanks to everyone for reading!

New Products
I love being introduced to new things.
I was chosen of a #GoVoxBox
I'll post about that soon! 

  What has brought you happiness in May?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thinking Out Loud Thursday

Today I'm teaming up with Running with Spoons
and Thinking Out Loud
Greatest Invention EVER:
peanut butter scoop thing
I found it on Amazon
Its technically called Tovolo Scrape and Scoop..
Since I eat more peanut butter then I care to admit,
getting the p'butter out of the bottom is a challenge,
because you just cannot waste ANY..
This little gadget is a mini scraper and spoon.
Love it. 
Any peanut butter lover will understand.
It's a game changer.

Guy's Grocery Games
I was on call at the hospital and trying to wind down at 2 am,
so naturally I turn on the Food Network in a sleep room.
While drifting off I caught half an episode of Guy's Grocery Games.
Now I've been addicted and watching several episodes online.

Packing for California.
In a few weeks I'm off on a girls trip to San Francisco and Yosemite,
and having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to pack!
City half the trip, rusticness the other half
it's 10 days people! 10 days! 
That's a lot of clothes!
San Francisco = layers
Yosemite = althletic/comfy clothes..
AHH!! Any suggestions?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Recap

This weekend the pups and I got to kick it at a lake, in MN..
Land of a gazillion lakes :)
Sully was pretty pumped...

as was Willa

I have wanted the take the dogs out on a boat for the last few years.
There was always something that came up so it never happened..
Needless to say, my Willa was in her element

The life jacket was a necessity.
She LOVES water!
We sat on a dock for a while.
There was a man fishing.
This means this man was throwing a bobber,
or a mini ball in Willa's eyes,
into the water. 
She came way to close to falling in..
Surprisingly she didn't mind the jacket!
We attached the leash to it,
and would reel her in :)

Can you spot her below?

This tends to happen frequently..
Willa felt a little left out, so she held our hands too :)

An entire weekend with this 9 month old cutie!
So fun! 

We stayed with Mike's Sister-in-laws cabin.
It was such a refreshing weekend.
I thought I would feel out of place with my two hyper dogs,
but there was a total of 5 dogs there.
When ever we let the dogs outside,
ALL the neighbor dogs came over.
Our cabin was the place to be,
if you were a hound :)

I ended up having to work Memorial Day, 
but it was good to get in some sunshine!

How was your Memorial Day weekend?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

My Thoughts On Bullying

I read this article on bullying and it really got me thinking.
How did kids get so violent?

Growing up we had kids that were "picked on"
or "made fun of". 
I never remember anyone being verbally assaulted.
Or being physically attacked.

What caused this big change?
Is it the media? 
Movies or Video Games?

When do you draw the line at bullying?
There's been arguments to make bullying illegal.

How do you discipline a young child,
that may or may not understand the implications to what they are saying?

There are so many questions on how to go about it.

I do believe that no child should ever feel unsafe or threatened at school.
Under any circumstances.

Should bullying be left the parents, school or government?
Should schools have more councilors to help?

As for the article,
Do I personally think the father went too far?
Do I think the bully should be removed from the school.


Do you think this father went to far?
How do you think bullying should be handled?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

And the Secret is OUT

Hello double chin..

Say "Hi" to Mike!
He's been my right hand man for almost 6 months..
I'm slightly odd with relationships.
I keep them to myself for a very long time.
I choose to make my opinion about who I date,
before I start introducing him to people,
and feeling influenced by their opinions so early on.
Long story short,
Last fall when I took a blogcation,
Life was crazy hard for me.
I met him at that time.
And he made me laugh,
when I hadn't laughed in forever.
Then, when I announced my blogcation was over,
I was slightly absent from the blogosphere. 
(sorry about that)
Mike had a major health crisis.
It landed him in the hospital for almost two weeks,
and on medical leave for over a month.
It completely changed our relationship,
giving us hurdles neither one of us knew how to handle.
But we hung in there.
And by the Grace of God,
we made it though it all.
Oh and in case your wondering,
my man-hating pup, Willa,
I warned him until his ears were ringing,
that she really, really does not like men.
Then while I was holding her,
during her
barking fit,
he made a type of snorting noise to her.
And she shut up,
 reached over,
 and started licking his face.
They've been best buddies ever since.
Oh and Sully loves him too..

Monday, May 12, 2014

Paying More Attention

A while back,
(like last fall)
 I ran across this article,
11 things we should pay more attention to 
by Cody Delistraty
When I redesigned this blog,
I subtitled it Embracing Life's Little Things.
I genuinely wanted to focus on the little things in life.
The things that make us happy and healthy.
This article resonated in me for that exact reason.
I do loose focus on the little things from time to time.
Here is a few of my favorites from the article:
The First Snowfall
If it was not for the days of sparkling freshly fallen snow,
I would not be able to tolerate where I live.
Winter for me is curling up with soft blanket and warm cup of coffee,
and looking out the window at freshly fallen snow..
With that said,
I had half a year off it, and that was enough.
I'll appreciate it more when it comes back AFTER the summer :)
Uncommon Kindness
I love It when this happens!
For example:
When examining a new or foreign product at the grocery store,
and a random lady tells you how much she loves that product,
and what she cooked with it.
side note:
I would so help those little ducklings too!
Your Calm Place
Call me an introvert, 
but I need this space.
When it's just you and your thoughts.
Impeccably Planned Evenings
I disagreed with this one.
I think the best evenings are the ones that just happen.
I do understand how we take for advantage when things just go right.
But the unexpected is what makes it so memorable,
and some of the best stories to tell too!
Giving the Perfect Compliment
I am quick to hand out compliments,
but the worst to receive them. 
I learn that so many people compliment,
but don't mean what they say.
It's a pet peeve.
So if you're  going to give a compliment,
mean it.
For instance,
Please don't say it's a nice shirt if its ugly.
Try to comment on how nice it is that they wore a shirt with bright colors,
on a dreary day, etc..
but just don't lie to attempt to complement them.
It's just rude.
What little things do you think we take for granted?
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