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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Pitiful Puppy

For those of you that are dog owners, you'll appreciate this little story of mine. Before we went on vacation, our young Freckles was having to wear a doggie diaper. Well, it rubbed a little bitty spot on her hip a bit raw. We didn't think much of it as she would only be in the diaper a short time. Well, when she was finished with the torture of having to wear the diaper, we noticed that she started biting at the spot on her hip. Since it was the weekend, our vet wasn't open so I called them on Monday to schedule an appointment. The vet examined her and confirmed that it was a "hot spot" and gave her a shot of steroids and put her on a 10-day antibiotic. Well, because of the fact that she wouldn't leave the spot alone, the vet had to put a little cone on her head. Needless to say, she is not a happy camper as you can tell from these pictures. Am I terrible "Mommy" laughing at my poor puppy girl as she bonks her face on the back of the couch cushion when she jumps up on the couch? I think she's getting me back for laughing when she walks past my legs and catches the thin plastic edge of the cone on my shins - OUCH! The vet says she has to wear it until the spot is well enough so she'll leave it alone. We tried to let her have a little freedom tonight but caught her biting herself and had to put it back on. Our other dog, Patches, is always getting picked on as she's a lover, not a fighter. I think she's silently laughing at Freckles LOL.

Anyhoo, other than that, things are pretty quite on the homefront. We are ready for the hoards of Trick-Or-Treaters that come to our neighborhood Halloween night. I got our 80 goodie bags ready to go and Dan is working on carving the little pumpkins we bought. I don't think we'll be buying those in the future as they've really been a lot of trouble - Dan says it's like carving a rock! We're going to a scary movie halloween party tomorrow night at one of his co-worker's house. That is always a fun little event!

I'm off to read my book, Twilight. I can't wait for the movie to come out but I gotta hurry up and finish the book :)!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Pumpkin Carving Fun!

We all had so much fun carving our pumpkins for Halloween! Here's a picture of our handywork (it's a little blurry has my hubby was experimenting with the night feature of our camera but it's the best I got - ha ha). From left to right, Scarey Face - Brett's, Winking - Amy's, Headless Horseman - Angie's, Witch - Tracy, Bat on Pumpkin - Tracey's, Angry Face - Dan's. It was so nice to get to hang out with friends that we don't get to see on a regular basis.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Getting Ready for Pumpkin Carving Party

So, I got out of my business meeting in Columbia today at 2:00 - a whole 2 hours early!! I was psyched as I really wanted to get back home. I've got so much stuff to do to get ready for tomorrow evening. We're having friends over to carve pumpkins ... I'm so excited!! So, when I got home, I cleaned the entire upstairs with the exception of the scrap room ... I even dusted which I HATE to do! So, I just finished the upstairs and start to head downstairs when Dan comes home.

We went and got our pumpkins for tomorrow night and then went to Copper River Grill for dinner. However, they had a 60 minute wait and there was no way I waiting that long for that restaurant! So, we ended up going to the Peddler and waited for about 5 minutes - woo hoo!

Anyway, once we got home, we both started working on getting the downstairs cleaned up. We're almost through but are taking a break to watch some stuff on Tivo so I decided to blog. One of the funniest shows on TV has got to be The Office! Anyhoo, I'll post some of the pictures from tomorrow night's events later on this weekend. I don't know about you, but I'm tired of the rain already and it's only been a day! Until next time ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

First Post!

Hello! I finally jumped on the blogging band wagon. I'll do my very best at blogging frequently but I'm not making any promises ;).

I stay very busy working as the Chief Financial Officer for Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union (GHFCU). In case you don't know what the difference between a Credit Union and a "BANK" (that's a four-letter word in my industry LOL) is, then where have you been?? ha ha ... In all seriousness, the three most important differences between the two are: 1) Credit Unions are member-owned meaning that you actually own a piece of the organization when you join - why does this matter? because you're likely to be seen as a person rather than as a "cost center"! 2) Credit Unions are not-for-profit - why is this important? allowing for better interest rates (both on the deposit AND loan areas), credit unions typically have fewer and smaller fees, and any profits that are made are distributed to the members in the form of dividends; banks in turn, charge outrageous fees/interest in order to boost profits and pay those stunning executive salaries! and 3) banks HATE credit unions and have been out to get us since 1934 when credit unions were first established. Anyhoo, my responsibilities at the Credit Union vary from Human Resources to IT so it always keeps me on my toes!

Okay, enough about work, let me tell you about the rest of my life. I'm married (his name is Dan) and we have two sweet female cocker spaniels. Patches is 9 years old and Freckles is just about 7 years old. As of this post, we've been married for almost 7 years (anniversary is 11/17). Since we currently don't have children, the doggies are the light of our lives and we can't imagine life without them. As far as kids go, we're looking at sometime in 2009 but we aren't set on that just yet.

Dan currently works for Resurgent Capital as a Senior Systems Integration Analyst. Sounds fancy right? Yeah, I have no idea exactly what it means LOL. His hobbies include playing guitar, listening to music (collectively we own over 3,000 CDs), reading and most recently collecting rock n roll postcards. What do I like to do for fun? Oh my! Where do I start?! My first and foremost favorite hobby is scrapbooking. I also make cards, quill, cross stitch, and quilt. Wonder what my next venture will be?

So, what else do you need to know about me? My two biggest challenges in life right now are losing weight and decreasing our debt. Both are extremely difficult for me but are necessary in order for us to be able to have a family one day. I have a strong support base within my family and friends and am very thankful for that.

Well, I think that about does it for my first post .... can't give away all my secrets at once ;). It's late and I'm traveling for work tomorrow to the big city of Columbia, SC. Until next time ...