Thursday, September 13, 2018



FEELING: It might be time for us to get a family YMCA pass or something. Do you have one? Thoughts?? The past week has been nonstop rain and it doesn't look like it's going to let up anytime soon. It makes me a little bit antsy for Winter, which we only got a taste of last year. Max is the kind of kid that needs to RUN or the entire house will pay for it. Jumping around in muddy puddles will only get us so far. And as long as this kid spends his days with me, there WILL be a nap-time, but that doesn't mean I don't have to work for it. Here's hoping this is the secret to surviving the cold and snowy months ahead.

THANKFUL FOR: I was having a dickens of a time placing an order on IKEA's website last week and getting in touch with their customer service by phone is near-to-impossible. We've wanted another set of these bookcases to place in our bedroom for awhile, so Flyboy volunteered to go to the Philadelphia store last Sunday morning (with Max in tow—bless his heart!) and retrieve the pieces for us. The idea was all his, and it was a huge relief. While they ventured off to PA in the rain, I stayed at the house and continued to work on the guest bathroom vanity. He's a keeper, that guy!

THINKING ABOUT: Max keeps begging us to get another dog (one JUST like "boy") and he brought it up again last Saturday night during dinner. I went on and explained all the reasons this can't happen now when Flyboy asked "What kind of dog do you think you would get next?" for kicks and giggles. I've actually put a lot of thought into this answer and I'm caught between a Newfoundland and another Bernese Mountain Dog, but I'd only get another Berner if Beesly was around to mentor the pup. Hours later the two of us were on our phones Googling breeders and I took a bunch of screenshots of fur babies for sale in the local area. Days later I found the info saved to my camera roll and it felt something similar to that of a hangover. Woof! Getting another dog before Flyboy leaves for a deployment would be a ridiculous idea, but the only reason I even kind of humored it is our mutual fear of Bee's age. She'll be ten this December. How is this even possible?? After we found out FB would be leaving next year for six months, the two of us sat down and had a heart-to-heart about our game plan leading up to his departure and also our fears. My first thought was Beesly. What happens if something terrible occurs while he's away? She's getting old (especially for her breed) and the Winter months are tough on her joints. I felt silly for admitting THIS was my main fear about us being separated, but he admitted it was one of his top worries as well. The practical side of me knows the timing isn't ideal to add to our brood right now. We need to set ourselves up for success. Not to mention, I would really want FB to be around to help train a new pup. Lord knows I've got my hands full with Max already! In the end, there will only ever be one Stardust Beesly Fine (the breeder's preferred way of writing her name—Ha!) and I'm pretty sure no BMD can top this one. We got really lucky our first time. What are the odds it will happen again?

READING: I read this Ram Dass quote on Instagram this past week and it resonated with me so much that I couldn't screenshot it fast enough. During polarizing times like these when I'll do anything possible to avoid Facebook (Hey politics!), passages like this one are a nice reminder to not be so quick to judge and accept others as they are. This also includes self-acceptance.
"When you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree. The minute you get near humans, you lose all that. And you are constantly saying “You’re too this, or I’m too this.” That judging mind comes in. And so I practice turning people into trees. Which means appreciating them just the way they are."
LISTENING TO: Max is REALLY into singing these days and I love it! Half the time, I have no clue what lyrics he's added to his version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (like hell I'm going to try to correct him!), but his loud and proud approach reminds me of the little girl in the movie Prancer who sings like no one is listening. Yep, that's my Maxwell! His tone-deaf concerts are only a problem when we visit somewhere such as the library and he seems to think the whole being quiet thing doesn't apply to him. 

: The new season of Flipping Out premiered this past week. Are you up to snuff on all of the Jeff and Jenni drama? I hate to admit this because I adore Pulos, but after reading an article in People Magazine, I think I'm on Lewis's side. Also, this break-up makes me sad on a lot of levels. What in the world is going on with my go-to Bravo-lebrities?? Make it stoppppp!

EATING: For those interested, here are a few Keto recipes we tried this week. As much as I miss carbs and sweets, I will admit that I've enjoyed everything we've made thus far and wouldn't mind repeating them in the future.

LOVING: A few weeks ago when Sephora was having their big VIB sale, I decided to finally give the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask ago because the hype and reviews are unreal. Well, I'm here to tell you that it really is worth buying. My skin tends to be on the dry side, but after wearing this overnight, I was amazed by how soft my face felt and how dewy it looked after applying my CC cream.

Enough about me. How are you feeling today? What are you up to? Thanks for stopping by!! 

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