Friday, July 4, 2014

Because Who Doesn't Love Pugs? {guestpost}


Hello readers of C'est Moi, Sara Louise! My name is Jackie and I blog at Jade and Oak.  I'm excited to be blogging for Sara while she's on vacation. Though I'm obviously jealous that she is on vacation and I'm not. But I'll let it pass. This time. So on my blog, I talk a little bit about everything. I live in Pennsylvania with my fiance and have been planning my wedding, trying to fix up our old house (I'm an HGTV addict) and reminiscing about my younger years of traveling Europe. (I was a short-lived ex-pat in London a looooong time ag0.) But, one of my fave things on the blog is to talk about and share photos of my puggies.

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Just like Sara has her baby Fifty, I have my two pug babies, Bowie and Rosie. I never had dogs growing up but now I'm a crazy dog lady. So if you're thinking of joining the crazy dog lady club, let me share my experience of how great being a crazy dog lady is.

My pugs are the weirdest dogs I know. Pugs can be known as "velcro dogs" because they are always attached to your side like velcro. If you're watching tv, out in the yard, sleeping, blogging (ahem) or cooking, you can guarantee they will be right by your side. Especially if food is involved. Puggies love their humans and they're pretty cute, so I don't mind being shadowed by a dog constantly. And you're never alone!

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Pugs also make a lot of noise. Bowie mainly just snores sometime when he's sleeping but Rosie snores SO loudly when she's sleeping. She also makes a near constant snorting sorta noise whenever she breathes. So if she isn't velcroed to your side, you know where she is because you can probably hear her! Adorable! (Usually. Not so much when I'm trying to sleep.) Their noises are hilarious so, even though I usually have to turn the tv volume up to hear over her snoring, their noises are precious. They never fail to make me laugh.

Pugs sleep a lot. Every morning they are maniacs because they want to eat. After breakfast and their potty break, there are ready to go back to sleep. Pretty much all day. Then more craziness for dinner and then more sleeping. Considering they do nothing all day, it is amazing that they can always be so tired. What a life. But the good thing is - whenever I'm feeling lazy I always have 1 or 2 companions who will relax with me on the couch for a quick (or long) snooze.

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So basically this post was an overload of photos of my dogs. Hope I didn't bore you all too much! But seriously pugs (and dogs in general) are the best. If you had told me 5 years ago, I'd be a crazy dog lady, I wouldn't have believed you and here I am. But I swear I have other interests. If you want to hear about my wedding planning or see my attempts to decorate our 70+ year old house, come on over to my blog. I also share random funny stories (well at least I think they're funny...), some easy recipes and some blogging tips. I hope you'll come over and say hello. Oh and Bowie and Rosie say to bring them treats when you stop by!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Defining My Happy {guestpost}


Hi guys! I'm Jen from Defining My Happy. Sara and I have been blogging friends for a few years now and in that time, I've come to love reading all about her adventures. Now that she's back in the states, I think a road trip is in order. :) But for now, I'm taking over for her while she does other very important things. Let's do this!

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A list titled, "29 books to get you through your quarter-life crisis" found its way to me a few weeks ago. I was immediately intrigued. My first thought- am I having a quarter-life crisis? I'm closer to 30 than to 20. I'm not always certain that I'm living life to the best of my abilities. There are moments of self-doubt and insecurity and a distinct, yet indescribable fear of not knowing where it's all going to lead in the future. I wish I had more answers than questions, but don't we all? This is life baby; let's roll with the punches. 
Grab a drink and saddle up. Here we go!
I'm getting better at that, you know. I replied to an email yesterday from a friend living in Ireland and I told her quite clearly that I am drifting right now. And at first, that was sort of scary and then it gradually became less so. You see, I'm a stay at home mom and have been for a few years. During naps and after bedtime, I carve out time to write long sentences under a folder titled "manuscript" and create lists for groceries and "to do's" in my red leather notebook that I carry just about everywhere. But during waking hours, I am a chef, a dinosaur, transportation to and from the fun spots, the discipliner, the photographer, the librarian, the maid and much much more. I like to think I am good at these positions, that I fulfill what would otherwise be blank voids, but there are no set metrics, no quarterly performance reviews to tell me so. and THAT, that is what can be scary about drifting. I imagine that this is true of anyone pursuing a creative passion or building a new business or taking a leap of faith. 

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But fear not, fellow drifters. we don't need an outside source repeating a generic praise. We have ourselves and that should most certainly be good enough. I am learning to tune out that worker bee need and instead tune in to the quiet voice inside whispering, "You are fine, dear girl." It is not easy, but it is a lesson worth learning. You. Are. Fine. Repeat that until it is less tentative and more brave.

Life is an adventure. One that ceases to be so when it's filled to the brim with impossible expectations. Today feels like a good day to relinquish myself from them.

Dear Universe,

I am grateful for this. I am happy to be right where I am at this exact moment in my life. (the only thing that would make it better would be for my 20 month old to sleep through the night, but I'll stop while I'm ahead) I'm sure you get tired of hearing people complain about all that they don't have or aren't doing. There will always be the crowd that you just can't satisfy. And maybe they'll figure it out for themselves one day. But I want you to know, it's enough for me.

Thanks for this opportunity.


* ps- Click here for the book list I mentioned. I highly recommend 1 & 2, 5 for the pony story, 19 and 26. I've also heard good things about 13, though I can't vouch yet.

 *pps-Thanks for having me Sara!
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