Thursday, June 16, 2011

Introducing Mr. Boots

Good Morning Lovelies : )

So, I thought it was finally time to introduce my amazing, sweet, cuddly dog, Boots.

We retrieved Boots from the SPCA last year in the month of March, 2010. My fiance & I moved into our very first home 10 months prior to this date. Over the 10 months, I constantly begged Mr. RJ and told him that we needed, was a cute little puppy. He, of course, reminded me of how much work pups can be & nevertheless, I still desperately wanted a pup of my own.
One day over March Break (the week off from our students), we decided to go take a look at the SPCA to see what they had. We had been researching various dogs online to see what we liked and we had a hard time deciding between a small dog and a big one. We are both very active people, so we thought it was only natural to go with a large dog and one that required some exercise.

Upon our arrival, the sight was actually devastating. This was my first visit to a SPCA and to look around at the dogs in those small little cages, crying and whining ... my heart was broken instantly. If my fiance and I had a house and yard large enough, I would have taken all of them home. We walked around the cages and looked at all of the dogs with despair. Finally, we came upon Boots' cage. He was the only dog that was not barking hysterically and was laying down on his back with his head against the cage. We decided, "That's the one we would like to walk!"

We took him for a little stroll and instantly fell in love. As soon as you pet him, he falls on his back and lifts his paws up which is apparently a submission act. This told us that he was easily trainable. The SPCA worker told us that the one thing that would be a challenge for him was with food around the house. He would often grab his food out of a person's hand or plate and this would have to be watched. (This hasn't been an issue in our home whatsoever!)

So, we filled out the paperwork & in about 3 hours the SPCA called us to come pick up this adorable little pup.

Boots is a mix breed of Rottie, Retriever & believe or not - Chow Chow! Although, the SPCA could not really be sure of this, as Boots was brought in to them from someone who was not his owner. He was found running the streets of the Native American Reserve Big Cove at the young age of 5 months. He was probably running from one house to the next to try and get any food scraps that he could, poor thing!

So that is the story of our Mr. Boots. He is precious, cuddles with us in bed and is a joy to have in our home. We really lucked out with this guy as I have heard many horror stories with SPCA dogs, just because some of them have been abused so badly they need some serious re-training which can be difficult to do unless you have experience. I would definitely recommend taking a look around the SPCA, walking a few of them to see how they would react to you, if they bark a lot or have too much energy... that sort of thing. Then you really get a sense of how they are going to be at home.

Our spontaneous visit to the SPCA has been extremely rewarding & I am so grateful!

Sheila xox

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

101 in 1001

This is totally based on this absolutely fabulous blog - Stress Case - the owner of this blog is a high-strung newlywed who is over thinking her way through life ... I'd like to meet this lovely lady, I think we'd have a lot in common :)

So here goes...

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measureable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amoutn of work on my part).

Why 1001 days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

The Start Date:

The End Date:
Goals in progress are italicized, goals completed are bolded.

1. Go on 15 dinner dates with the hubby-to-be (10/15)
2. Take hubby-to-be on surprise date with no warning
3. Do the 40 day Love Dare ?! (figure out what this is lol)
4. Have a photo shoot done with the 2 of us
5. Go to the movies 3 times with hubby (0/3)
6. Surprise Handsome Hubby (0/6)
7. Go on a honeymoon (we did twice) 

8. Hangout with brother once a month
9. Do something over the top for my parents
10. Have professional family photos done with both sides of the family
11. Mail a letter to 5 extended family members for no reason (0/5)
12. Surprise MIL with visits 3 times (0/3)
13. Visit aunt every two months
14. Write Grampy a letter once a month
15. Have lunch with Nan

16. Plan a surprise birthday party
17. Treat a friend to lunch or dinnner for no reason
18. Treat a co-worker to lunch for no reason
19. Go on 5 double or triple dates (3/5)
20. Go on a girl's only trip to somewhere overnight
21. Go on a trip with another couple (Boston) 
22. Throw a themed party
23. Host a murder mystery party
24. Host 3 dinner parties (0/3)
25. Bring someone a home-cooked meal to their home
26. Send flowers 5 times (0/5)
27. Bake and bring someone dessert for no reason
28. Set someone up on a date
29. Host the rugby gal's annual gift exchange sleepover once
30. Host 2 girls only pool parties  (0/2)

31. Publish at least 1 post daily for 30 days straight
32. Publish at least 200 blogs (0/200)
33. Make money in some way from blogging
34. Gain 50 followers (9/50)
35. Write about something that makes me anxious to write about
36. Have my blog written about on someone else's blog

37. Attend a cooking class
38. Begin Family Favourites Recipe Box (1 side of the family done)
39. Add 10 recipes to Family Favourites (0/10)
40. Make dinner at leats 3 times a week, two weeks in a row
41.Pack Handsome Husbby lunch for work every work day, two weeks in a row
42. Make and bring Christmas cookies for 5 families/people
43. Cook breakfast 5 Saturday mornings (0/5)
44. Make sushi at home
45. Bake bread
46. Try 5 new restaurants (2/5)
47. Eat vegetarian for 1 week
48. Bake a new dessert every Sunday for 2 months in a row

49. Keep budget spreadsheet updated daily for 1 month
50. Stay under budget in personal spending category for 2 months straight (0/2)
51. Be "over budget" in Savings category 3 months in a row (0/3)
52. Start saving 5% of every paycheck

53. Order wedding album
54. Order coffee table wedding albums for both sets of parents
55. Make scrapbook for wedding cards, bridal shower, bachelorette party, and rehearsal
56. Sell or store wedding supplies
57. Get wedding dress cleaned and stored OR sell
58. Write reviews of all wedding vendors

59. See a musical
60. Attend a concert of a famous person I've never yet seen perform
61. Try 5 foods I have never tried (0/5)
62. Visit 2 new countries
63. Visit a state I've never been to
64. Visit an Atlantic Province city or town I've never been to

65. Get to ultimate goal weight - 135 lbs
66. Run a half marathon
67. Eat a fruit and a vegetable every day for 1 week
68. Don't go through a drive-thru for 1 month
69. Work out at least three times a week, 2 weeks in a row
70. Go 2 months without drinking any alcohol (January 2 -          )

71. Clean & organize the office completely
72. Clean the file box 2x a year (0/5)
73. Get wedding bands insured
74. Change my name legally
75. Make Family binder for organization of all important information
76. Go through clothing 2x a year (2/5)

77. Complete Certification 6 
78. Complete Masters in Education degree
79. Run 'Free the Children' for WRES for a year
80. Start either a classroom twitter, facebook or blog to keep parents informed

81. Read 20 books (4/20)
82. Re-do 2 pieces of furniture
83. Wear my hair down for 7 consecutive days
84. Go apple picking
85. Go strawberry picking
86. Inspire someone to start and publish (somewhere) a 101 in 1001 list
87. Alter tattoo on wrist
88. Don't log into Facebook for an entire weekend (Friday 6pm - Monday 8am)
89. Don't log into Facebook for an entire month (omg)
90. See a movie in 3D
91. Watch an entire TV series on DVD that I've never seen
92. See a drive-in movie
93. Visit Uncle Peter's grave
94. Visit Grammy Shaw's grave
95. Join the Big Sister Program
96. Make a wine kit
97. Don't use technology for a week in the summer (including a car)
98. Paint a room 
99. Get new curtains for every room in our house
100. Write 5 letters to people who have changed my life (0/5) 
101.Save 5$ per task completed for a shopping spree at the end

Sheila xox

Monday, June 13, 2011

Who will Ashley choose ?!? ...

I wonder who Ashley will pick .. I am still shocked that Bentley went home .. it seemed as though he was going to be there right until the end and she was going to get her heart broken. It is probably a good thing that she got hurt early on with his departure.

I am rooting for 2 guys in particular ......................

#1 - J.P.


Pick #2 ..................... Ryan P.

.... & on another note I love Ashley's long brown locks .. super cute!

Sheila xox

HAIR options *

I am having a really hard time deciding on what to do with my hair for my wedding ... Here are my two favourtie options:

Option 1: Curls to the side ...

(Pictures source: Amanda Sampson's Hair Studio)

Option 2: Half up with hair pin ....

I love both so much but I fear that the side do with curls may fall out by the end of the night and that's the last thing I want to worry about however; half up might be extremely warm as our wedding will be in the heat of summer.

What do you think ?! : )

Sheila xox

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