pup life

Rory’s 1-Year Homecoming Anniversary

24 September 2011: My heart melted when Rory climbed up on my shoulder and knocked out.

According to Timehop, today marks the day I picked up Rory to live with me for all of evers! It’s crazy to think that it’s been a year since I’ve brought him home —  I still have moments where I look at him and say, “Oh sh!t. I have dog!” I’ve been wanting a puppy ever since I was wee lass, but our household couldn’t accommodate a dog at the time, and I had this thing where I didn’t want to pick up dog poop. The site of fresh canine fecal matter alone set me on a gagging spree, so how was I supposed to clean up after a dog EVERYDAY? But my tune’s since changed, although I get enraged when I see random poop when I’m out and about because other people can’t seem to pick up after their own dogs… I mean, seriously. Is it that hard to put a plastic bag in your pocket or purse? But I digress.

It’s been an amazing year with my little companion. All the poop and pee spots I’ve had to pick up and wipe have been more than worth it because I LOVE this little dude like no other.

November 2011
Sometimes you end up looking like your dog.
February 2012: Rory does not like the Cone of Shame.
April 2012: Rory wants Tim to play with him!
April 2012: Probably my favorite picture of Rory.
Pooh’s co-pilot!
May 2012: Rory at 8 months old.
Look at that sweet smile!
September 2012: Rory relaxing on his chaise lounge. Yes… he has one of those.
Rory and I during his little lion man haircut phase.

And thus concludes the pic spam of my little man.

Here’s to many more years of love and fluffiness! 🙂


Farewell, Summer!

Today marks the first official day of Autumn. FINALLY!

If only the weather in California would match the season already — I am so over this 80-90 degree sunny weather. Give me overcast skies and breezy afternoons! I just want to be able to wear cardigans and dresses with nylons and boots again everyday like I used to when I lived in Daly City. It’s ALWAYS Fall/Winter there (except in September — it’s like Central Valley hot in Daly City during September).



Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

October is just around the corner, and no… that doesn’t just mean an abundance of tasty pumpkin flavored treats and beautiful overcast days that call for scarves and layers upon layers of clothing, but it means that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived!

Auntie Ashie & I, circa 2010. She was diagnosed with breast cancer a little over a year ago and has since kicked it to the curb.

This is something I find extremely important, not just because I’m obviously vulnerable to it (hello, big boobs!), but my Auntie Clemen, Auntie Ashie, and Auntie Reggie are all breast cancer survivors. Breast cancer is SCARY thing. It’s scary knowing that its taken the lives of many women, but it becomes an even more frightening thing when you know and love someone who is diagnosed with it. I want to take part and help out in any way I can to help put an end to it.

On October 21, I will participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in Sacramento in honor of them, and also for all my the women in my family and lady friends. 🙂

My goal is to raise $450 to go the cause. So far I’ve made $175! If you have a dollar or two, please consider making a donation to help me reach my goal. It goes to a noble cause and I would appreciate it immensely! To donate, go here.


Tag. I’M IT!

I’ve been tagged by Megan of Megan’s Beaded Designs to do this questionairre thingy that’s been floating from blog to blog! The premise of it is that one blogger comes up with 8 questions to ask 8 other bloggers, and for each blogger that’s tagged they have to tag 8 bloggers to answer questions and come up with their own. Did that make any sense? I hope it did. o,0

According to the rules, once you’re tagged, here’s what you MUST do:

1. You must post the rules. (Voila! These are THE RULES.)

2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.

3. Create eight new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.

4. Tag eight people with a link to your post.

5. Let them know they’ve been tagged.

(Aren’t 4&5 basically the same thing…?)

Here are the questions Megan asked me (along with my answers):

1. What are you going to dress up as for Halloween this year? (And if you aren’t going to dress up, do you know how lame you are?)
I DON’T KNOW! I may just dress up like Minnie Mouse again since I’ve got the ears and plenty of clothes to play around with. My boyfriend and I talked about being Gonzo and Camilla from The Muppets, but he seems to have teetered off into other costume ideas. I really want to be Han Solo, but I don’t have time (or money) to put that costume together! UGH.  So, I’ll most likely be Minnie Mouse.

2. If you had to choose just one: coffee or tea?
Tea. My favorite is chamomile. I love coffee, but I haven’t been able to drink it for the past 3 years — it gives me migraines and horrible tummy aches now 😦

3. What’s the BEST vacation destination you’ve ever been to?
I really want to say Europe, specifically Venice, Paris, and London, but I went to Venice when I was 10 or 11, and the latter two when I was 16. I didn’t get to spend a whole lot of time in Paris or London — we went on some sort of travel tour. So I’m just going to say DISNEYLAND, because it is magical place and you can act like a kid without anyone looking at you like you’re completely bonkers. And they have the most amazing corn dogs.

4. Which Disney character do you resonate most with, and why?
Oh my goodness. A Disney related question. These are always tough for me to answer! I guess Ariel from The Little Mermaid because I felt like I related to her very much when I was a kid — we love to collect all sorts of crap treasure, we love to swim, our fathers are very loving but overprotective, and we want the impossible. But nowadays I find myself relating to Belle a bit more (and Rex from Toy Story).

5. What’s your favorite piece of life-advice?
“Make good art.” – Neil Gaiman

6. How annoyed with me are you that you’ve been tagged?
Not annoyed at all! I just had issues trying to figure out who to tag. If anything, this was a wake-up call for me to branch out and befriend other bloggers.

7. What’s your favorite season, and why?
Hands down, I love Fall. I love bundling up in layers, wearing boots and cardigans all day long, stomping on crunchy yellow and orange leaves, overcast skies, and drinking tea or hot chocolate. I just adore cold weather.

8. What book do you recommend most often?
I always, always, always recommend Breakfast At Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. But lately John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars is what I’ve been sputtering about the most these days.

Now here are MY questions for the Bloggers I’ve tagged:

1. If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?

2. What are you currently obsessing over (TV show, movie, product, piece of clothing, etc)?

3. What song is currently stuck in your head?

4. If you were told you were adopted, who would you hope your biological parents would be?

5. What 3 items must be inside your purse at all times?

6. What is your favorite Disney movie? If you say you don’t like Disney, I won’t believe you.

7. What fictional character do you relate to the most and why?

8. Where do you seek fashion inspiration from?

Tagged Bloggers:


The Fruity Detoxification Dilemma: Part Deux

photo courtesy of 89.3 The Current

Whoops. I never posted my overall review of the cleanse I went on immediately after completing it, but I did survive the A Choice For Life 5-Day Fruit Detox!

This is definitely one of the hardest things I have ever put myself through. It took a toll on me emotionally, mentally, and physically. And I lost 6 lbs (of water weight, but whatever). It’s been 3 weeks since I completed my cleanse/detox and I’ve managed to keep the weight off so far.

This detox has been offered on Groupon numerous times, so if you happen to see it and you’re curious here’s what it’s all about:

You are given a bag of tea and a protein mix; you must drink 12 ounces of the tea every morning and evening, and 6 ounces of the protein mix (which is, in my opinion, absolutely disgusting. It tastes like sweet chalk). During the day you are supposed to drink 64 ounces of 100% fruit juice. The choices given are apple, cranberry, white grapefruit, prune, grape, and lemon water (6 lemons squeezed and mixed with 64 ounces of mineral water). You don’t have to dedicate each day to a certain juice, you can mix them so long as you drink 64 ounces, and you can mix them with other fruits as a smoothie. I opted to just dedicate each day to one juice as to not confuse myself (I’m bad with measuring things). And I will admit, after 2 glasses of prune juice I said, “F*CK THIS SH!T” and just drank water for the rest of the day. Oh God, it was horrible.

Here’s a list of the fruit I ate while on this cleanse:

  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Kiwis
  • Apples
  • Plums
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Pineapple
  • Cantaloupe
  • Honeydew
  • Watermelon

And here’s what my day-to-day was like:

  • Day 1 was probably the worst as my body adjusted to this all fruit consumption. And I already wrote about that experience, so there’s no need for me to recap. But if you missed out and want to know,  you can read about it here.
  •  Day 2 was grape juice day and I mostly consumed peaches, watermelon, honeydew, a couple of kiwis, and strawberries. I managed to make it through 20 minutes of yoga, but was soooo exhausted due to lack of food-food.
  • Day 3 was dedicated to prune juice. I didn’t want to save it for last because I knew it was going to be a doozy on me physically. Like I said earlier, 2 glasses in and I threw in the metaphorical towel. Prune juice has this thick, overly sweet consistency that makes it hard to drink (at least for me). Also, the fact that I had gone to the bathroom 4 times in between having two 12 ounce helpings of it made me think that it would be in my best interest to stick with water for the rest of the day. No fruit for me that day! Just water. Prune juice… never again. EVER!
  • Day 4 was supposed to be white grapefruit juice day, but after one glass I said, “I REFUSE TO PUT MYSELF THROUGH THIS BULLSHIT.” So I ate heaping amounts of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, cherries, and a plum. Oh, and on this day I walked downstairs and saw my dad biting into the juiciest looking burger. I walked right up to him, bent down and inhaled the savory musk of that tasty looking meaty delight. When I walked into the kitchen, there was a box of French fries. FRENCH FRIES. You have no idea, you guys. French fries are my thing. They are like crack to me. I damn near broke down – I went so far as to inhale them. But I just reminded myself that if I even bit one, then I COMPLETELY fail this whole thing. Somehow I managed to stay strong and walked away with a kiwi.
  • I saved cranberry juice for the last day because I happen to love it! Why not treat myself after all that crap I went through? I managed to finish off the 64 ounce bottle of juice before 5pm and ate a plethora of strawberries and cherries, a whole peach, and an apple. But since I was going to San Jose the next day, I wanted to test my stomach out and see how it would react to other food. I made egg whites and plain wheat toast and my body handled it quite well.

Overall, I’m glad I challenged myself and, despite the eggs and toast, was able to make it through all 5 days. Afterwards I felt a lot lighter and more energized! But the downside to this whole cleanse was getting back into “regular” eating habits. And by regular, I don’t mean going back to the same old crappy foods, but getting back into solids like chicken and protein bars. I had a lot of soups and veggies post cleanse. I think I waited 4 days after to start having chicken again, and even then my body was like, “What is this?! I HATE YOU.” And I definitely wouldn’t advise someone to do this during a workweek – I felt utterly exhausted each day and the frequent trips to the bathroom was a nuisance! Can you imagine having to excuse yourself every 10 minutes to give offerings to the Porcelain God? o,0

But if you want to challenge yourself, go for it!