>Labs R Us

>Over the years, we have collected quite a few things “labby“. Some cuter than others, but here are a few of my favorites.

My LL Bean “cottage dog” flip flops.

Southern Proper has a new line of Belle Bands, and are oh-so-cute with a black lab print. They also have a very cute lab, named appropriately, Beau.


We received this great Steven Huneck hand hooked rug for our wedding. The motto of “Love is give and take” is a perfect daily reminder.

Zeus and Zoe love their lab printed, and personalized bed from Orvis.

And of course, your car wouldn’t be complete without a couple of these…

>Bad Mom

>I took Zoe to the vet yesterday – she had developed a nasty ear infection and it was beyond our cleaning. Poor girl. We had to wait an hour (with an appointment), just to be seen by the vet. Of course, she loved all of the attention in the lobby. We found out, it was a double whammy – a bacteria and yeast infection. Yes, it really is as gross and smelly as it sounds. They cleaned out her ears and now she’s on an anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and ear drops, plus a special cleanser that helps to dry out the ears. Of course, she hates the drops, but seems relieved when they’re over and she gets a biscuit. I just felt awful, especially when the vet told me that he thought it was all pretty painful for her. Not sure what that guilt trip will do, but I’m sure it will involve new toys or extra belly rubs. Who’s in charge here?

>iPod+iTrip+my 10 minute commute=so easy

>Does anyone have the iTrip? I traveled with a friend recently and she had one – it seemed to work great. I have a 6-disc CD changer in my trunk, but it’s been wreaking havoc lately. Also, I haven’t purchased any CD’s, since I bought my iPod, so my selection isn’t very current. Just looking for a good alternative to our less than stellar local FM radio stations.

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>Back to the Track

>It literally felt like High School again this morning – for our Boot Camp cardio portion, we went to one of of the high school tracks for a rather intense workout. We ran, did walking forward & backward lunges, power skips, sprinting, bear crawls, etc… all on the long track. Plus, stair workouts, because you can’t go to the track without those! It was hard, but fun. Glad to be enjoying my coffee now & getting ready for work!

>Tie it in a knot, tie it in a bow..

>We loved the house. Really. The only “flaw” that I can think of is that there is no storage in the master bathroom. I’m really wondering where the current owners get ready. The guy, I can understand – all he really needs is a toothbrush and a razor, but for the lady of the house? I don’t consider myself high maintenance, but I do have plenty of products, a blow dryer, a flat iron, etc. But, I am a self professed product junkie. I digress… so anyway, I’ve had knots in my stomach all day and can’t concentrate on work. Uh, not good!

>Bridges and signs…

>Hubby and I are going back this evening to look at a house we saw last week. We both loved it, actually to the point, that once I saw the kitchen, I said “let’s make an offer”. It truly has everything we need – all brick, great neighborhood, 1 acre in the city (so rare), 4 bedrooms, so Hubby can have an office, a huge, renovated kitchen, hardwood floors, a great playroom that would be the perfect Man room for now, and perfect for kids later, a big fenced in yard for Zeus & Zoe, a 2 car garage (a rarity in this neighborhood). And for the clincher – it has a little stream in the front yard with a bridge. How cute is that?! Yes, I think mosquitoes could be bad, but whatever…It’s cute, right? And, I think it has a laundry chute, which I also adore.

We both really love it and want it to work. It’s a tad pricey – not totally out of our range, but more than we originally wanted to spend. But, on the plus side, we could literally move in and unpack and not have to really change anything or fix anything.

OK, and now for the weird thing that made us think, is this a sign? The family who lives there currently has 3 children and their names are all on the bedroom doors. Two of the names are ones that we have talked about as potential children’s names and the 3rd name is that of one of Hubby’s best friend. A sign??

>Weekend Dining Recap

>It’s fun, hanging out with one of your pregnant friends.. I think we pretty much just ate our way through the weekend.

A little recap…

Chocolate covered strawberries from here. We went back on our second day so I could buy more sea salt, dark chocolate covered caramels.
From here, a trio of hummus with perfectly toasted pita bread: our flavors black bean, red pepper and a cilantro-green chili.
I enjoyed a pear and gorgonzola salad, along with our hummus trio.
A lovely breakfast buffet from our hotel, which was really, just a bagel and a banana with mediocre coffee.
Yummy shrimp & grits with homemade biscuits from this gem. My dining companion enjoyed traditional southern BBQ and we split an order of banana pudding.
Movie popcorn… really, what is better?
And, I enjoyed a coolata from Dunkin Donuts on my Sunday morning drive home. I’m not sure that it’s anything other than a coffee flavoured milkshake, but it worked!

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>What I’ve been doing this week…

>1. Attending Boot Camp, and I missed today. I didn’t sleep well last night & I’m leaving for the weekend a little later this morning, so I just called it a sleep in day. So, there. However, boot camp has involved running up a very steep hill, not only forwards, but backwards and side-to-side and a cycle-circuit class.
2. Getting ready to meet my very best of friends for a short, girl’s weekend, later today.
3. Looking at another house that Hubby and I are both in love with, but is a tad, or $50k out of our loosely set price range. We’ve been approved for over the cost of the house, but just don’t know if we want to go there.
4. Dreaming about being pregnant. Actually twice this week. (I’m not).
5. Receiving a nasty letter at work that had several inaccuracies about me, regarding an event that I held several weeks ago.
6. Writing my rebut against this letter and talking to my boss, who is totally on my side and thinks that this lady who wrote it is a big ol’ crazy lady.
7. Finally sporting my new VV pink polo.
8. Watching Zoe jump into the air, do a 180 degree turn and land in my lap. Crazee-dog, but she’s oh-so-cute.
9. Having my hair cut & realizing that it’s a tad too short for my liking, but understanding that it will grow like a weed.
10. Receiving a letter from my mom that included a letter from me that I had written to her as a child. It wasn’t dated, but I said: “Dear Mama, I’m locking myself in my room forever. Signed, (my initials). P.S. And I’ll starve!” I have no idea what I was so mad about, but luckily, Mom didn’t let me lock myself in my room.

>Is someone trying to tell me something?

>This morning, after a rather grueling Boot Camp, I was getting ready for work. I decided to wear my cute, seer sucker pants. I pulled them out of the closet to find that either the dry cleaner shrunk them or my ass has suddenly grown to the size of a state fair, award winning watermelon. After a brief meltdown and expletive-fest (sorry, Hubby), I found something else to wear and left for work.

I was going about my day when I decided to check my yahoo email account to find an email from Zafu in my inbox. Oooh, I love Zafu, so I opened it. Guess what it said? Susan, did you know that Zafu now carries PLUS size? What? Was this sent to me because of my measurements or did this go to everyone? Humph.

Then, for our office building, hosted a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream social. Free ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s. How do you pass that up? I didn’t think about my too-tight pants as I enjoyed my Chocolate Fudge brownie ice cream, with a little Berried Treasure sorbet on the side.