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BBQ’d Goodness!!!

This past weekend I was lucky enough to host a McCormicks flavorfull BBQ at my place!

I was sent the following flavors to use, share, and enjoy and boy did we ever!

For Steakhouse Burgers –
Classic Burger
Smoky Applewood
Worcestershire Pub
Steakhouse Mushroom

We used these on the Ribs and Chicken:
Memphis Pit BBQ Rub
Tennessee Smokehouse BBQ Rub
Smokin’ Sweet Tea Marinade
Chipotle & Roasted Garlic,

And of course for the steaks:
Montreal Steak Sauce & seasoning

We also grilled up some corn on the cob, had macaroni salad, chips, salsa & guac, mac & cheese, and cheesecake stuffed strawberries! I made up some strawberry lemonade sangria, as well as tropical fruit sangria which were both hits on this hot day!

Justin and Tyler were grubbing on the ribs!!

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My dad grilled everything up for us and we all chowed down!
The dog’s had a blast playing with everyone and stealing snacks that were dropped on the ground LoL.

Overall it was a great day with great friends, we all went home happy, full and ready for a nap!!

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T Minus 9 days!!

woah 3 updates in 1 week?!

LoL.. so in 9 days, i’ll be headed to New York CITY!!! This years NKOTB cruise is leaving from there and heading to Bermuda!!

I’m so excited!! It’s been ridiculous trying to get prepared for this trip because I’ve been so busy with LIFE in general!

Luckily Brenda (my cruise roomie/canadian friend) has been helping out a lot.

I’m getting there the 3rd, staying at a hotel in New Jersey with a different previous cruise roomie, then boarding the boat on the 5th till the 9th! That day we’re spending the night in New York, then renting a car and driving up to BOSTON!!!!!!! for 3 1/2 days!

Soooooo excited, I’ve never been to any of these places before but I’m stoked to finally go!!

I’m definitely in need of this vacation no doubt about that! Tomorrow will be day 6 of 9 w/o a day off from both jobs, so Saturday i plan on sleeping in with my guy, and maybe taking the dogs to do something fun.

Tomorrow night I’m meeting up with my friend Natalie to make my masquerade mask for the ship, I’ve gotta still find time to pack, find my camera, chargers, and batteries! eeek! Oh and I still gotta find something to wear that signifies denver/colorado for one of the theme nights… so much to do!!

I was giving Justin a hard time about how much he’ll miss me while i’m gone, who will pick on him and give him shit?! LoL… did I ever mention I started seeing someone? Well I did, and for the last i dunno 2 months? it’s been really great!  So there’s that… (=

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Officially graduated!

Oh hey, by the way, I graduated last week! (=

My mom, grandma, and step dad flew out for it even. The mayor of Denver was our commencement speaker so that was pretty cool!

A few days before we had a pinning ceremony for just the vet techs so my dad went with me to that.

So now I’ve just gotta take my VTNE this summer and pass, then I’ll be certified! As for now I’ve got my A.A.S in Veterinary Technology! (=

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Rat Surgery!

Miss panya went to work today with me…last week I noticed she was losing weight and then found a mass behind her right arm/elbow. My Dr at work said he’d take it off since she was my pet. He doesn’t typically work on exotics but was ok with it.

Initially he thought the mass was a fatty tumor.. but once he got it out, wasn’t sure what it was.. I could send it out for biopsy but that’s $86… a lil much for a rat I paid 3 dollars to adopt!

So she’s home with me now, I gave her some pain meds and antibiotics and she’s sleeping on my shoulder, something she’s never done lol. Also has a stockinette on for now, since she has a bunch of stitches.. gonna see how she does back in the cage with the other girls tonight… hopefully they don’t pick at her stitches

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What’s goin on?

Ohh hey there, sorry I havent updated in a while! Whoops! Life’s been crazy busy here.

Work is still going good, I actually get Wednesdays off from both jobs so thats always something to look forward to. My schedule is pretty much 10-6 on the days that I work. I can handle that, not too early in the morning, and early enough in the evening so that I dont come home and fall right asleep. Those first few weeks were rough but now I’m used to the 40+ hours a week.

So my dad moved out here a few weeks ago, I wasn’t looking forward to it and it was really stressing me out.. but its surprisingly worked out so far. I was nice enough to let him stay with me, and gave up my bed so I’ve been sleeping on the couch for the last 2+ weeks… I hired 4 guys off craigslist to unload his (26′) moving truck into a storage unit. He’s managed to get around town via the bus, to social services, social security, grocery store etc.. so thats nice.

For whatever reason, he ended up bringing his 3 lil yappy dogs.. which like me a lot.. and 8 friggen cats… I finally convinced him that 8 was way too many and completely unmanageable.

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After I got bit by one of the cats in the moving truck, after they’d escaped, he decided on 4 of them to relinquish to the local shelter, the one I got Ellie and Sassy from. So that evening we took them down and did what was right. I figure they’ll more easily find a home in colorado than they would have in l.a. so its alright. I’ve been taking all his animals to work 2 at a time to get checked out and updated on vaccines. Better safe than sorry.

 

 

Since then, hes configured 2 dog kennels to house the 4 remaining cats, and because it snowed last week, I allowed it to be in my living room. He also fixed the rat cage so they cant chew through it and escape anymore.. and has been cleaning the house and cooking stuff. so thats not too bad in itself. Yesterday we took all the dogs to the dog park which was fun, the lil dogs had never been to a dog park or in that kind of social situation but they handled their own. The other nice thing is, I dont have to come rushing home to walk my dogs, or feed the cats n what not, because he’s here to do that.

Thats good because I’ve been hanging out with a new guy who stays up north, actually not far from work, for the last couple weeks. We get along really well, and seem to be enjoying each others company so that’s always nice. (= I met a few of his friends/acquaintances at the bar, and they had nothing but nice things to say about him.

 

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Last week I finally was able to afford the tattoo I’ve wanted for the last year. My friend Chelsea did an amazing job drawing up what I wanted from a few different images and did some amazing color on it too. I love it! I was finally able to wear my work shoes again today since most of the swelling had gone down.

My graduation is coming up in a few weeks so my mom, step dad, and grandma are all going to come out for it. My grandmas never been on a flight longer than an hour and never been to denver so this will be fun for her! They’re only coming for about 2 full days and I dont know what I’ll have off from work other than my specific graduation day. We’ll see when the time comes.

I also booked my flight to NYC for the cruise couldnt pass up $129 non stop! Ive still gotta find a hotel to stay at, and decide if I’m going to boston afterwards with my roomie. I really want to! Just all about the money right now!  So if anyone has any hookups in NYC or Boston, please let me know!!

Welp I better wrap this up and get to bed… er, couch. Sigh. I miss my bed!!

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Whirled away…

Well last Thursday I packed up and headed to the airport at the crack of before dawn to catch my 630 flight, which was delayed an hour (delta) but was mute like an hour until we got to the tarmac…

Arrived in Minneapolis 14 minutes late and missed my connection because Delta doesn’t believe in holding flights for transfers from their already late planes. That required me to stay 4 HOURS there until the next available flight. Should have been 3, but the plane was having issues so they sent another which also had issues so everything was delayed longer.   Awesome to have 3 planes all with mechanical issues right? All I heard from their employees was “I’m sorry” a thousand times but no resolution to the problem. So I took it to Twitter and complained to delta there. They looked into everything and after another apology, seemingly more genuine, issued new a $50 travel voucher. Which I doubt I’ll ever use. Anytime I fly anything but Southwest there’s issues, so I’ve learned my lesson.

So anyways, I got to Chicago 5 hours later than I should have. My cousin Dave had his own issues with Alaska air, being stuck in Seattle for 12 hours and his bag never being put on the plane with him to Chicago. While he was waiting for me, he was smart enough to go buy replacement clothes.

We were supposed to attend the viewing service that day, but they closed at 6 pm and with the time difference from Chicago to Indiana there was no way to make it.

During the drive we called my other cousin (Dave’s brother) Mike, he lives in Australia and I haven’t heard from him in at least 15 years I’d say so that was nice.

Eventually we got to our hotel around ten, he went to pick up some toiletries for himself and I crashed in my bed.

The next morning we met up with my cousins husband, Ed, her bff Barbie, and I finally got to meet her boys, oh were they sweethearts and looked just like her and full of personality.

Here’s Mason, he’s ten..

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And Miles, he’s 7..

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I won’t lie, when I first saw Miles I started crying, because he looks exactly like his mom. While they all got ready we caught up with Barbie and chatted for a few. Of course I made friends with the dogs.

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And Boo

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We made our way to the funeral home and kinda hung outside for a few getting our bearings together to go inside. I figured it would be a good time to get a pic of the boys..

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A lot of people showed up, it was really comforting to know she had a good support system there and a lot of people who cared about her. A few people including Dave got up to speak, it was a lot to take in. Mainly because there was an open casket and we weren’t really prepared for that. She didn’t look like herself. She was so skinny, so frail, she really looked like our grandmother.

Ed and Chrissy

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The program was really nice too

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Afterwards we joined up at Ed’s mothers house for food and comfort. Talked to a lot of their family and friends and got to interact with the boys some more.

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After a while there everyone dispersed and we were the last to leave. I made sure to give both Ed and the boys my name, address and phone number so if they need anything they can always call me. We both told them any time they want to come visit me in CO or Dave in Alaska that they’re welcome to.

After that Dave and I went back to the hotel and just reminisced about our lives, our crazy family, and our future. Then we met up with Barbie for dinner at a Mongolian restaurant. Of all places we could have chosen to go eat, our waitress was Ed’s sister in law. We thought Chrissy had something to do with that… We sat there for a few hours, closed down the restaurant just talking and sharing pictures. We all exchanged numbers and Facebook info.

The next morning we had our hotel breakfast and got back on the road to Chicago. We talked to Mikey again for a while filling him in on everything. We drove by Perdue to see that side of the city which was really nice and historical looking.

Once we got to Chicago I had him drop me off at the fashion outlets area to meet up with my long time internet friend Molly and her baby Jenna! We figured we’ve probably been talking for about ten years, since LJ days! So we had some yummy Mexican food and chatted for a while before they took me back to the airport.

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Thankfully I had an uneventful, smooth, on time flight back home even after stopping in Atlanta. Their airport is kinda confusing though for connections but I made it.

Once I got to my car I hauled ass to get the dogs from the sitter since she was staying up late for me to get there. I had to stop at Wal-Mart on the way home to pick up a button down shirt for work since it was the only place open, so we finally got home around 1230 and got in bed asap. After being in like 4 different time zones plus DST today my body was so confused. Of course I woke up a lil late for work, but it was fine.

So overall it was a whirlwind trip and weekend, but I’m really really glad we went. It was the right thing to do for us and we knew it.

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Life’s a Changing

Well the good news is, last week I got hired as a vet tech! At a real clinic with doctors and patients and everything!

I applied Monday, interviewed Tuesday, and was offered the job before I left! That night was my last at ulta, and I started Wednesday & Thursday at the clinic! They’re understanding about me having the Purina job thru the end of March, but in April that may change.

Today I did rooms all by myself, i.e. checking in patients getting history’s, filling meds etc.

The bad news is, my cousin passed away last week after over a years long fight with breast cancer that spread to her liver, lungs, and brain. So my other cousin Dave and I are flying out to Indiana this week. Him Wednesday, and me Thursday. He’s gonna pick me up in Chicago so we can drive down to Indiana together. Services are Friday and something, I’m not sure is going on Thursday. We’ll both be leaving Saturday so it’s not a very long stay but we’re doing what we can to be present for our side of the family. I’m looking forward to meeting her two boys and making a connection with them.

Again the new job is understanding, and cool with me taking these two days off. I’m having to drop my Saturday store as well, and hopefully the weather cooperates so I can make my shifts on Sunday.

I found a dog sitter for the girls, out of a families home so they should be comfy there. The cats are self sufficient and I’ll probably have someone come check on the rats.

I’ve got a shit ton of stuff to do before leaving, but after working 10 hour days I’m kinda pooped. I’ve gotta do laundry, pack, and try to clean up around here.

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Reblog: Chronicles Of A Girl With Chronic Bitch Face

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This is SO me all day everyday.

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Productive Tuesday

Last night I made a list of things to do today, and by golly I actually followed through!

First I called and scheduled an appointment for Thursday to get my cracked windshield replaced. $177

Then I went to JCP to drop off my bracelet for repair. I’ve been needing to do it but wanted to wait till after the Xmas/vday rush. While I was there, browsing, I find a ring on clearance that matched my bracelet,
marked down to $60!

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The older man helping me took forever to do things, and I totally spaced using the $10 gift card I won took after we completed the transaction..  so I just went downstairs and used it on some underwear instead lol.

After that, I swung by a gym, Fitness 19, to check them out and see their prices… it’s small, close to the house, and cheap-ish. So I signed up, and even got 12 personal training sessions too. Might as well get on it because the cruise is just a few months away! So I’m waiting for the trainer to call and make our first appointment. My boss at ulta goes there, so maybe we can go together!

Once I got home I decided to clean out the car, it was getting bad! So I got all the crap out of it, wiped it all down and armor-all’d the leather. I need to find that stuff to seal holes in the leather.  Damn dogs getting where they shouldn’t be has made some scratches. And I should really stop eating in the car, lots of little crumbs everywhere lol. Oh and Abbie supervised while Ellie rolled in the grass and found who knows what to eat off the ground.

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I’ve got a few hours till I have to go to work, so I think I’ll get the vday designs off my nails and paint something pretty on them…

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It’s Official!

So this came in the mail yesterday

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Now I’ve just gotta pass the VTNE!

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