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I Dig Your Blog Award

Thank you to Kathy for giving me this award!!!

1. Thank the person who gave you this award:

Kathy! Thank you so much for giving me this award. I really love your blog, your love of Harry Potter and your openness.

2. Reveal 3 random facts about yourself:

  • I hate doing dishes. And, I don’t have a dishwasher. Go figure.
  • I just started making my bed everyday and it has CHANGED MY LIFE!
  • I am not competitive about anything besides Taboo and Dodgeball

3. Pass the award on:

 

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We’re Models

In the past few months, I realized that I didn’t have any good pictures of Tahnee and me. My fantastic sister in law, S2, is a great photographer and agreed to take some photos for me.

Enjoy. 🙂

Tahn had just licked my face. She thinks it's funny.

We were wrestling...

She's my buddy.

Which is your favorite?

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Los Angeles, baby

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This past week, I traveled again for work. If you follow me on twitter, you may have gotten really sick of really enjoyed all of my updates on my travels from Sunday on.  I flew into LAX on Sunday afternoon and rented a car and drove to my hotel.

Do you like how casual I was about that? You know, me renting a car and driving in LA?

Even though I have been legally allowed to rent a car in California for almost 2 years, I never have. Until Sunday. I reserved a mid-sized car that was advertised as a Corolla or Civic. Well, they did not have a Corolla or Civic for me. They had a Ford Focus. I was very disappointed. However, by the end of my 4-day excursion I kinda liked my Ford Focus. I actually named her.

(I totally forgot to take a picture of her, so I guess this will do.)

Say hello to Cherry Bullet

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Anyways, I got Cherry Bullet and um… Drove in Los Angeles. I’ve driven through LA many, many times but I have never drove a car in and around downtown LA. It was challenging. Let’s just say that after I located my hotel, it took me 20 minutes to figure out how to pull into the hotel parking. Don’t judge.

Quick back-story: both of my parents grew up, met, married and started our family in Southern California. They spent many years of their lives in and around Los Angeles. Very soon after I was born, they moved out of LA and we never moved back. My parents hate Los Angeles. They hate it. My entire life I have always heard how awful LA is; the smog, the people, the congestion, the traffic…. So, not surprisingly, I hated it too. When traveling outside of California, I would get very insulted if people thought I lived in LA. “No” I would correct them. “I live in Northern California.

Needless to say, I was not looking forward to being in LA for work. After arriving at the hotel on Sunday, I decided to have dinner. Whenever I’ve traveled for work in the past, I’ve always had a co-worker with me to share a meal with. This time, I was traveling alone. I was staying in the super-duper fancy Westin Bonaventure (which, when my parents learned what hotel I was staying in, they both exclaimed, “That’s a really nice hotel!“) I was in one of the towers, on the 22 floor, over looking downtown. It was awesome. I chose one of the many restaurants in the hotel and had dinner by myself.

Like how casual I was about that? I had dinner by myself. I’ve been to many “fast food” or “order at the counter” restaurants by myself. I usually order my food and then leave. In college, I would usually eat at the restaurant, but usually it was on campus, in between classes so I would study while I ate.

In my adult life, I have never gone into a “sit down” restaurant by myself and ordered dinner. Breaking out of my comfort zone, I decided against sitting at the bar and instead sat at a table by myself. Of course, I came prepared and had a book to read; but I have to admit, it was hard to sit there alone. I felt like everyone was looking at me, and judging me. But, within 20 minutes I felt fine.

I’m so grown up. Rented a car. Drove in LA. Ate at a restaurant by myself.

I had a great day at work on Monday, then had dinner with my pseudo step sister* and her fantastic roommate. They met me downtown and we went to a very chic LA restaurant. We had so much fun.

We enjoyed a nice glass of wine.

By the time I left Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon, Cherry Bullet and I mastered driving in LA; and I had a really good time. I have to admit I kinda liked LA. Well, at least I can say I don’t hate it.

*Our parents aren’t married, but have been together for years. We just say we’re step siblings. It’s easier. 🙂

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My verison of Rear Window and Tahn at the river

In the two weeks I was sick with strep throat, I spent a lot of time sitting on my couch. In between naps, baths and doctors appointments, I watched many hours of In Plain Sight and Bones on Roku box. The first week I was sick I had not yet discovered the beautifully, wonderful Tim Riggins and company from Friday Night Lights and surprisingly, I got pretty sick of watching In Plain Sight and Bones.

So instead of watching TV, I watched my neighbors the activity on my street.

Kind of like my very own version of Rear Window. Except, I’m not Jimmy Stewart and I didn’t have a male version of Grace Kelly to take care of me, nor did I witness a murder.

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But other then those little details, it was practically exactly the same situation. I became incredibly bored of being sick and resting all the time.

So just like my friend Jimmy, I spent many, many hours looking out my window.

I didn't have a camera.

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Let me tell you. Some interesting things go on during the day on my little street in Sacramento. I witnessed mostly comings and goings (I could give you my neighbor’s schedules, by the hour if you’re interested) but some other fun things happened too. (Please keep in mind these were “fun” for me: a bored, feverish, woman with an incredibly sore throat…)

On with the fun:

– I saw a group of my coworkers; oddly enough they took walks by my apartment building a few times.

– One of my neighbors took about three days to move, and I believe her friends and family that helped her moved thought I was a lonely, lazy, lady who sat on her couch for hours on end.

– Taxi Cabs apparently park on my street during the day to hang out.

– Lots of homeless people walk by. I would say about 50% of the people who walk by my apartment are homeless.

The second week of strep throat I spent even more time on the couch, but I discovered Friday Night Lights. Now, I realize I am about six years too late to jump on the Friday Night Lights bandwagon, but ohmygosh. I can’t really say anything more then Tim Riggins, Tim Riggins or… um yeah, Tim Riggins. It’s superb and makes me want to throw my whole “I want to marry a German man” thing right out the window and settle down with a nice Southern Boy. Ahem. Tim Riggins. (Don’t even say it. I know he’s a bad boy. I’m working on it).

Anyhoo. The good new is that I finally feel 100% better. I am so happy to be done with strep.

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In other news…

I took Tahn to the river on Saturday with one of my friends and her two dogs. Tahn was pretty good, she came when I called her about 90% of the time (compared to her terrible display of behavior at the lake earlier this summer…) But listening to me 90% of the time is unacceptable, so let’s just say, recalls is something I will definitely be working on with Tahn in the next couple of months…

Tahn was SOAKED everywhere except her shoulders.

Here are two videos of her playing. Enjoy. 🙂

Video 1

Video 2

(I’m still too cheap to pay to have the videos on my blog, sorry!)

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The Last Summer of No Worries

I am so excited to participate on the 20 something blog swap 9!! My partner, the kind and wonderful Leann, wrote this great post about summer. (Summer was the theme). Enjoy!! Check out my post on summer at Leann’s blog!

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This has been the summer of me.   I have been fortunate enough to not need to work for a good six weeks or so.   This luxury has been made possible by my saving as much as possible during the year and also by my upcoming full time job.   Starting this fall, I will have my first full time job with benefits and a retirement plan.   The pay isn’t amazing, but what starting salary is? It is more than sufficient to pay for my bills and it is a reliable income.   In many ways, this new job resembles the patchwork employment I had for the last three years.   I am twenty-five years old and everything finally seems to be coming together nicely.
So without having to worry about money for two months has allowed me to do lots of fun things this summer.  I promised myself that I would do as much as possible to enjoy this summer.   Here are some of the ways I found to amuse myself when I had nothing to do for the summer months:
  • Went on a scavenger hunt (and won)
  • Watched the  4th of July fireworks from my college roommate’s apartment
  • Saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on opening day
  • Went to the beach and got splotchy sunburn
  • Helped my grandparents with their yard work
  • Visited friends and their BBQs
  • Had a sleepover with one of my BFFs
  • Tried to catch up on all the projects that had gone by the wayside
  • Stayed up late and slept in
This doesn’t seem like much but I haven’t found myself to be bored yet.  There isn’t one moment that defined this summer, but several little things.  I am thrilled to be starting my full time job in a few weeks, but I will always savor the memories of the last summer of no worries.

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Things I like this week (vol. 4)

Well, I’m not quite 100% from my crazy case of strep throat, but I’m feeling much better than last week. I ended up spending over half my week on the couch, trying to rest. Although my throat felt so much better, I still had no energy. It was extremely frustrating. I hate missing work, and I hate feeling that so exhausted. The good news: I didn’t feel like I was run over by a train today after work, so I’m making progress!!

Anyways, on ward to things I like this week:

I was listening to NPR on Friday and heard this great segment on Quitting. Although it’s an hour long, I highly recommend it.

I am totally going to make this soon. Oh, and this.

I wish Tahn liked to snuggle under blankets like this dog. (Thank you to Lisa Rae for posting it first).

This story has been all over the blogosphere. Jennie has posted three posts since her tragedy – all remarkably beautiful and heartbreaking (one last dance, for mikey and 5:52 pm).

And, if you want something to cheer you up and bring you to tears, go see The Help, the movie (and read the book!) Both are great.

Happy Monday.

Oh! I almost forgot. I am participating in the 20 somethings blogswap, so you’ll find me over at Leann’s blog on Wednesday!

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Things I like this week (vol. 3)

I was super-duper irritatingly excited to go back to work today. And use my brain. And not be in a puddle of my own sweat. I had loads of energy in the morning, lost some steam midday, and in the early afternoon, I was plum-tuckered out. I am now waiting for the good people at Round Table to bring me a pizza I just ordered. (I NEVER order pizza…) I may even roast some broccoli. In the meantime, here’s some stuff I like this week.

You know I’m obsessed with Taylor Swift. I could go on and on and on. I can’t wait to go to her concert in September, and my dad sent me this link of Taylor doing a cover of Eminem’s Lose Yourself at her Detroit concert. Apparently, she is paying tributes to artists at each city she goes to. 🙂

In my sick haze, I was so happy to get my signed copy of Stefanie Wilder-Taylor’s book, I’m Kind of a Big Deal – And Other Delusions of Adequecey in the mail from – the author herself! I just started reading it and it’s freaking hilarious. Did I tell you that I won it at a Mouthy Housewives giveaway!?! Stefanie talks about how Courtney Cox got her big break when she was invited to dance onstage with Bruce Springsteen in his “Dancing in the Dark” video. Of course, I had to Google it. It’s AMAZING. It’s in 1984. Courtney is a baby. And, I can’t get over Springsteen’s dancing.

Someone has clearly forgotten where she lives. Last week, I let her outside for a little while longer then normal (because I was really boring inside and all) and I found her upstairs, laying outside my neighbor’s door. The same thing happened this morning. I thought that I seriously lost the dang dog and almost lost my mind after calling her for 10 minutes. Only to find her asleep outside my upstairs neighbor’s door. She was only outside for 10 minutes.

Oh, did you hear? I have a new Blogroll! Of course, I am featuring all my favorite blogging ladies. Ladies who I would love to be. And guess what, some responded to my tweet about them! I felt so special. Like movie stars were reading my little old blog.

You can’t start a fire. You can’t start a fire without a spark. This gun’s for hire, even it we’re just dancing in the dark.

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Strep throat and my temporary hatred for water

It all started a week ago today. I noticed a slightly sore throat when I was working at my weekend job. “Huh“, I thought, “That’s odd. Well, I’m just run down from my week of traveling for work.” I trudged on at work and went right home to bed.

In the middle of the night, I awoke in a cold sweat. “Huh“, I thought. “That’s odd. Maybe I have a little 24-bug-flu-thingy. I’ll be better tomorrow.” I ran a bath of hot water and it took a while for me to start warming up. Then I started to be a little concerned.

The concern grew when I awoke the next morning in another puddle in my own sweat and unbelievably freezing. (Mind you I had done this song and dance three times already in the middle of the night: 12am, 2am and 5am, respectively). Stripping off my wet pajamas, I went onward to the hot bath again. I told myself (again) that it was just a little flu, and that if I slept in the Monday morning, I would be fine enough to go to work Monday afternoon.

When I woke on Monday morning, in an even larger puddle of sweat then before (and another night of a sleepless-cold-sweat-needing-a-warm-bath), it became clear to me that going in to work that day didn’t seem very likely. And, my throat really started hurting. I knew that sore throats we not common with the flu, and who in the hell gets the flu in August anyways?

I tried to “drink lots of fluids” (the advice everyone likes to say when they hear you’re sick), and cross my fingers that I was going to be on the mend by Tuesday.

Tuesday was a low day. I woke up with a lot more pain in my throat and many, many more fevers. Fortunately, I already had a doctor’s appointment in the afternoon for something totally unrelated, so I was so happy to get an examination to make sure I wasn’t going crazy. I don’t have a thermometer or a roommate with a thermometer, so I had no idea how high my temperature was. I drove to the doctor’s office and about halfway I immediately regretted driving myself. I was very dizzy, and another fever was coming on fast. I fortunately made it to the doctor’s, but promptly texted Number 3 to see if she could bring me home afterwards.

Upon the receptionist learning I thought I had the flu, she immediately made me wear a mask over my face and I felt like a leper. Everyone in the doctors’ office stared at me, and scooted away from me.

They finally called me back and determined that my temperature was 101.6. Yes! So, I wasn’t crazy after all…

My doctor, who I love, finally came in to find me curled up in a ball on the exam table, sweating. She must have been slightly concerned. Although all of this was happening, I still thought she would tell me, “Oh, Brittany, it’s just a little flu. Be patient. It will go away.

But, instead, here is my memory of our conversation:

My doctor who I love: Open your mouth and say ‘ahh’

Me: Ahh

My doctor who I love: Oh my gosh!

Me: Oh, yeah, well, I have really big tonsils. Actually, my brother and sister do too–

My doctor who I love: Brittany, I know you have big tonsils. They are very infected.

Me: Oh.

My doctor who I love: You definitely have strep throat.

Me: Oh.

My doctor who I love prescribed me antibiotics and sent me on my merry way. Just as I was leaving, she reminded me, “Brittany, drink lots and lots of fluids. Especially water. This is so important because you lose a lot of water when you sweat with your fevers.”

So, here’s the think about that. Drinking water. Well, drinking anything. If you know me, you know that I am one of the annoyingly crazy people who carry around a water bottle with me everywhere I go. I drink easily 24-48oz of water everyday. I LOVE water. But since Monday drinking anything – especially water- was so unpleasant, outright painful, that I avoided drinking as much as possible.

Number 3 picked me up, took me to the grocery store to fill up on soups, to Jamba Juice to get a smoothie, and then to the pharmacy to get my meds. She was my hero.

The rest of the week (well, until today) has been kinda of blur, so here are the highlights:

My mom

My mom came to take care of my on Wednesday. She did all my dishes, all my laundry, walked Tahn, and bought me lunch, smoothies and dinner. She took me an on errand to buy Tahn more dog food and practically tucked me into bed on Wednesday night. When she left, I was so grateful to hear and so glad that she came to help me. All of my friends (rightfully so) were staying away from me because, as my doctor said, I was extremely contagious. But, my mother came in the line of fire and took the risk of getting sick to help me feel better.

My condition worsens

Unfortunately, I did not feel better. I felt worst. I actually felt worse every single day.

I completely expected to wake up Thursday morning feel remarkably better, almost better enough to go to work. After all, my mom had just pampered me the following day and it was my third day of antibiotics! But…I felt really awful. My mom was very worried and insisted I called my doctor. I thought she was being slightly dramatic. But, since I was still pretty delirious, I thought I should listen to her. I left my doctor a message Thursday afternoon.

The f-ing gnats

This entire week of being sick, gnats have surrounded me. They are in every room of my apartment, except, oddly enough, my kitchen. I have not idea where they’re coming from.  They fly around my head, fall into my water (let’s be honest, I wasn’t going to drink it anyways), and literally annoy every ounce in my body. I think I’ve killed about 100. In a moment of frustration and desperation, I texted my dad, asking, “How do I kill gnats?” His response? “Use a sticky trap. From the hardware store.” Well damn. There was no way I would be making it to a hardware store anytime soon.

Oh look at that? A dead gnat, floating in my apple juice.

Summer

I still didn’t have my car on Thursday, and I was getting pretty tired of soups, so I texted my dear friend Summer to bring me lunch. Not only did she bring me lunch, but also she brought me lunch from my favorite restaurant, and then also made a separate trip to buy me apple juice. She made my day.

Eating and Drinking

Summer was so kind to bring me lunch (that I was craving so badly) but as soon I took a bite, I realized it was way too difficult for me to swallow. I had to take a usual “bite” and break it down into 3 or 4 smaller bites. It was a chore to eat. And, it was incredibly painful. I would actually hold my throat every time I swallowed water or food because it slightly eased the pain.

It would take all of my energy to drink a glass of water. I couldn’t have the TV on, or my computer open. I would have to sit and sip the water. I would focus on the next tiny sip until the entire glass was gone. I felt like my sweet nephew, Buddy. Who gets easily distracted when he eats (and especially drinks) so whoever is feeding him has to remove all stimuli so he could drink. That was me. Like a seven-month-old.

Apple Juice and Oranges

At around 3 am on either Thursday or Friday morning, I discovered that after I ate an orange, my throat would feel temporarily better. It would feel good enough that I could actually drink water. I could drink water without feeling like knives were tumbling down my throat. IT WAS A MIRACLE. Then, I tried drinking apple juice. Apple juice had the same effect! Waaaa-hooooo! Now I could drink water and eat food again!

Doctor appointment #2

My doctor called back Friday morning, but I had my cell phone turned off. I had learned that all week, my parents and friends felt that at 9:30-10am was a good time to call or text me to see how I was feeling. They didn’t know that was the time of day I got my best sleep and was woken up with each text or phone call. By the time I got the message and called my doctor back, it was early afternoon. By this point, I really couldn’t talk very well. I had to repeat myself on the phone many times for the doctor to understand me. (Apparently, this was very alarming to her. I didn’t see the big deal). She asked me a bunch of questions (that I will not bore you with) and she did not like any of my answers. She wanted to see me right away. I still didn’t have my car, because every time I had arranged to get it from Number 3, I felt too dizzy to drive. So, I called Number 3 to see if she could bring me to the doctor’s. She wasn’t available, so I called Summer. Summer was there in 10 minutes and drove me to the doctor and sat in the waiting room while I was seen.

(Quick side note: my doctor mentioned on the phone that there was a chance that if she couldn’t help me, I would have to go to the emergency room. As a good daughter, I promptly relayed the message to both of my parents. They. Freaked. Out. Well, my dad didn’t outwardly freak out, he was very calm. But I know him so well, and I could tell by the way his voice changed, he was freaking out. My mom freaked out. She was going to drive back to Sacramento to help me right now. “No, no, no” I told her. “Let’s wait to see what the doctor says.”)

In the doctor’s office, she looked again at my tonsils and then immediately left the room. A couple minutes later, I could hear her outside my door, consulting another doctor, discussing whether or not I should go to the hospital. They both came in and looked at my throat. “No” he said. “I don’t see an abscess.” (Oh? I didn’t tell you? They though I had an abscess in my throat and would need to go to the ER to get it drained. To. Get. An. Abscess. Drained).

She swabbed my throat and then explained my treatment plan. She would give me a prescription of super strong antibiotics, a prescription of steroids to bring down the swelling (I know, I was a little unsure about that too) and a shot of antibiotics before I left the office. Now, I am not a fan of shots. Hell, I hate anything that brings me pain. But, I was happy to get a shot to help me feel a little bit better. I just wanted to feel better.

My doctor came in with the syringe. Being a good little patient I rolled back the sleeve of my arm.

My doctor who I love: Oh, no, Brittany. I’m going to have to give you a shot on your bottom.

Me: What?

My doctor who I love: Yeah. I’m sorry. That’s where this shot goes.

Me: Like a little kid?

My doctor who I love: Yeah I guess.

She asked me to turn around, and … guys? She asked me to take off my pants. I thought I was going to die of humiliation.

I did like I was told, got the shot like an adult.

And, then I couldn’t stop laughing. I laughed for the rest of the appointment, most of the way home with Summer, and for another 10 minutes on the phone with both of my parents. I got a shot on my butt! Well, it’s another thing Buddy and I have in common this week.

I had a few more favors to call in to my great friends – my friend Jessica who brought me to the pharmacy to pick up my new meds and to Number 3 to bring my car to me. My friends really helped out above and beyond.

Today, I feel so much better. I can totally eat now, and it is no longer painful to swallow. I’ve had a few doses of antibiotics, and one dose of steroids. My dad is coming up tomorrow to help me out a bit, and most importantly, take care of Tahn. My sweet Tahn has had a terrible week. Besides my mom walking her on Wednesday, she has had no exercise. She’s been going a bit stir crazy, so I know she will be thrilled to see my dad tomorrow.

Lessons Learned? Sometimes, you get really, really sick and you just have to go with it. You have to listen to your body. Exercise and eat right. (I think a few days of traveling and not eating well messed up my immune system).

My friends and family are remarkable.

And? Sometimes you just need a shot in your ass and then everything turns around.

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Things I like this week (vol. 2)

Currently, I am trying not to melt from my fever and streaming In Plain Sight from Netflix.

My fever. In August. Who gets the flu in August?

Anyways,  in the meantime I have found some fun things in the blogosphere.  Enjoy.

I would really love to make my own hummus. Yum. It looks easy, right? If only I had a food processor…

Gorillas escaping at the Bronx zoo.

Finally, someone else understands my fear of the scary rides at water parks.

I really love Amy’s intentions for her new school year.

I hope you’re having a good Monday and not sick in bed like me.

Well, at least I have Tahn.

"Nurse Tahn" is working very hard to help me feel better...

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