Big news…

14 10 2010

I’ve moved!

Sort of.

For the past month and a half I’ve been working with Lauren from I Love You Much (aka Mrs Scissors on Weddingbee) to come up with a new blog design. And she outdid herself. The design is pugtastically awesome.

My new home is!

Go visit and make sure you re-subscribe! They’re two different blogs so you have to add it to your reader again!

Thanks for keeping up with me in my new digs, peeps!

Guest Post!

14 10 2010

Guess what guys?! I am officially a guest blogger today!

Go visit Amy’s blog Little Miss Wedding Planner to see my guest post, which is about the Five Love Languages.

Congrats on your marriage, Amy!!!!

-kjpugs on iPhone

Buffalo Wild Wings Tradition, Take 3!

13 10 2010

For the third time in less than a year, I drove halfway to Louisville (lovely Columbus Indiana) and Stephanie from The Life of a Husband and Wife drove halfway up towards me… you get the drift! We’ve done this meetup twice before- once in the snow (on my way home at least) before my wedding, and once earlier this year, in July.

This time, I had a lovely package for her- an Old Navy shirt she was looking for- and a lovely print out for me- the WW points for Buffalo Wild Wings. (Naked Wings! They’re just grilled chicken tenders and are one point each!)

There are no words to describe how much fun it is getting together with Stephanie. We could (and have!) talked for hours. If I hadn’t almost walked into a men’s room (it happens) the night might’ve lasted longer. Hey, a girl gets tired sometimes.

Steph, I love ya girl! Thanks for always making me laugh and being able to hold your own in our debates about bloggers 🙂

And of course, as Stephanie much hates, part of our visit is always a photo I force a stranger to take while shouting “It’s TRADITION!!!” (I posted one other one on this blog, remember!)

Thanks for being a wonderful friend, Stephanie!

Tagged Again! (This feels like Gym Class circa 1992.)

12 10 2010

I started this post as a draft last night after I noticed that Morgan re-tagged me. Before I post it tonight though, I want to thank you all for your AMAZING comments on my post yesterday. Your support means the world to me. When I did WW and it worked, I was with five of my best friends at every meeting. I clearly don’t have that here, but yesterday you all proved to me that you’re that support I need. You are all my biggest cheerleaders and you’re all helping me stay accountable. I cannot, cannot, cannot thank you enough. I don’t have the words for it. Seriously. You are all amazing and have motivated and touched (not in a creepy way) both me and B in this process. Ok… moving on!

Sweet Morgan from The Handcrafted Life tagged me (darn! I shoulda called no tag-backs! LOL… middle school, I’m tellin’ ya. Just kidding Morgan!) and I am so excited to answer her questions.

I tagged her in my last tag-happy post and just found that she shares my love for Joey-isms. After laughing out loud for a while, I trekked over here to answer her great questions!

1. Who is on your list of 5 (famous people you can be with), and is your list laminated?

Vince Vaughn. I think he’s hilarious and sexy. And most likely the only normal one on my list. My weirdest celeb crush is Howie Mandel. I think he’s just the bee’s knees. I kind of like Tony Danza too. (And whenever I see him on TV I think of the Tiny Dancer song… “Hold me closer, Tony Dannnnnzzzzzaaaaa!”)

I honestly think that’s it. I’m not super into celebs like that. And while I love the Friends reference in the question, I wouldn’t give up B for any of these guys, even for a night!

2. Sweet or Savory–what is your favorite type of food?

There are only two food groups. Sweets and pizza. NOM. See my last post where I joined Weight Watchers… wahhhh!

My Grandma used to eat Cheez-Its around me a lot and said she had a “salt tooth.” I pictured an actual tooth made of salt that needed Cheez-Its to survive, but no… it meant she liked salt. I enjoy a little bit of both but I CRAVE sweets and carbs like no one’s business.

3. Approx how many pairs of shoes do you have, and describe the last pair you bought.

I just got rid of a TON of shoes, so I have no idea how many I have. Probably six or so pairs of flip flops and 10 other pairs of everyday or dressy shoes. I don’t know if I’ve bought shoes in a while… I bought a pair of barely-heeled Nine West black pointed-toe shoes in April for the big event my work had… sadly I think that was it. I’m going to be buying a red pair soon though due to my pal Cher’s advice.

4. If money is no object, what is your ultimate dream vacation?

A tour of Europe for like, a month or two. B really wants to see England and France, and I really want to go back to Italy (Sicily, specifically) with him. Who wants to fund this?!?!

5. Favorite new TV show this season?

I love The Big C but it makes me depressed. I hate seeing people cheat on their spouse (oh… spoiler alert. Sorry?) But the MAIN ATTRACTION this season is BOARDWALK EMPIRE!!!! Seventeen thumbs up. Seriously. Sopranos on crack. I’m so jazzed.

6. The new leggings fashion trend, are you for it or against it?

I really like them, but they’re not really that functional for me. I don’t have any long tunic-y shirts, which you need for leggings. So I have to buy full outfits to wear this trend, not just pieces. Until I hit the lotto that’s not going to happen. Maybe as a “when I hit the ### mark” reward on WW?

7. What is the sweetest/nicest thing your hubby does for you?

He will leave me HILARIOUS voicemails that are songs with our inside jokes. He also sometimes takes out the pugs at night for me when I’ve been working, which I know is a tiny thing, but means so much when I’m exhausted on the couch.

8. Have you ever had a bad haircut? What did you do to get over it?

I had a bad haircut once (I swore it was uneven) and skipped my Aunt’s wedding because of it. I’m not joking. So maybe I’m not the one to ask about this. (I did go back and get it fixed, even though they thought I was crazy!)

Thanks for the tag Morgan!!!!

Oh and here’s a gratuitous pug picture!

Dixie Bugg takes the spotlight today because she’s A) gorgeous and B) super happy that her badass Boston Terrier boyfriend Murphy Dogg from Punk Rock Dogg is blogging again after a hiatus!

Thanks again for EVERYTHING, everyone. I’ll keep you updated on B’s blog too!

I bit the bullet.

11 10 2010

Actually I bit more than the bullet. I’ve bitten my way to being 60+ pounds heavier than when I first met B.

I had a really hard 2009. And as much as I wanted to lose weight for the wedding, we went through too much. I lost my job, I held down two horrible part time jobs, I took a pay cut to take a crap job that had no benefits… then we had issues with wedding money we were promised, had to practically cancel it… things just were bad and worse each month in 2009. The wedding weight loss never happened.

I was talking to one of my coworkers about something from college and showed her this picture:

That would be me and my college friend Rob, at graduation. (I finished in December but had to walk in May. I had met Big Daddy about a month before.) Yes, I drink Sparks. AND LOVE IT.

Anyway, my coworker looks at the picture and is like… who is that? And I was like, oh, my friend Rob. And she was like no, THAT GIRL. WHO IS THAT? THAT’S NOT YOU.

Andddd cue me wanting to cry.

Ok clearly I’m making an intense Sparks-induced face, like some sort of sick advertisement, but yea. I was 60 pounds lighter and felt so much better. And LOOKED so much better. That was only three and a half years ago.

So today, I joined Weight Watchers online. It previously worked for me (I was on it in this picture!) and I lost 32 pounds. I now have to lose double what I lost before. But I know I can do it. I won’t admit my weight on here (sorry guys, I’m just not that secure) but I will tell you my totals. Laura at Happy Hour with a Housewife inspired me too. I hope if any of you are planning to join, that you will and you’ll join not just Weight Watchers but join US! Having girlfriends makes it so much easier.

I chose to do online this time because A) I have no friends to go to meetings with and B) my schedule is way too crazy for meetings. Plus, I can use the app on my iPhone to track my points, look up recipes, etc!

Oh and because I feel like being really mean to myself, here’s my photo from today, the day I joined:

You can thank Big Daddy for the horrendous angle of this photo. Also plus 2 for anyone who saw the pug in this pic! (Hello Harles!)

  • Week 1: -0
  • Total: -0

I’m going to try to make my blog more health-friendly and include motivators, recipes, and such. I am really picky and hope you all will give suggestions- but also not be offended if I am far too picky for some of your healthy ideas. It’s going to be my biggest challenge. Perhaps I’ll try a new food every week?! Who knows!

Also- Big Daddy is getting healthy too. He doesn’t do well with Weight Watchers but he’s got his own way that works for him. He was thinking about starting a blog but was worried about it- I think he’s still on the fence. Could you all post comments motivating him!?! Perhaps you were scared to start a blog, or hesitant? I think your comments might help motivate him to start a blog, or at least to have a post here and there on mine.

Thanks for your ideas and motivation as I start this journey! I know you’ll all be a really important part of this process for me.

Pumpkin Patch Shenanigans

10 10 2010

We had a great time at the Pumpkin Patch this weekend! Even though it was in the 70’s and even low 80’s. So very fall, ha. I worked most of the weekend, so our early morning trip on Saturday with friends was a great reprieve.

This is the crew we went with – Chris and Lexie, Lydia and Aaron, and of course, me and B.

Lyd is one of my bestest friends here so it was great to spend time with her. We even matched in our grey sweaters (until it hit 11:30 and was way too hot for them!)

B and I got a picture… check out the sign behind us for height, we’re both pretty freakin’ tall.

It was apparently one of the more lame pumpkin patches, but it was closer to home. I still thought it was fun! There were food vendors and other small attractions. Of course there were a few Face-in-Holes around…

There was also this giant dinosaur that would “eat” the pumpkins like once an hour. This lady would feed him:

And then he’d move around (with crazy dinosaur noises playing…)

And then SMASH IT a bunch before it would fall out.

We got on a trailer that took us to the pumpkin patch.

Aaron and B were “bumpin’ pumpkins” and showing off the big ones they chose.

We really only need one so I picked a small pug-pumpkin for myself.

We found this big pile of HUGE pumpkins later… What do you guys think, Christmas Card material?

They guys took an awkward photo together (what’s with the squatting!?)

And then the girls took one too!

It was my first official (aka, I’m old enough to remember) trip to a pumpkin patch and I am happy to report that it was AWESOME. Where do you guys get your pumpkins for carving? Up next… I will be making pumpkin seeds! (Whenever we all get together to carve them, that is!) Anyone have a great recipe to share?

Tag- I’m It!

8 10 2010

The ridiculously adorable and newly married Lindsey at The Amateur Wife tagged me! There’s been a blog “game” of sorts going around, where people get tagged and answer the questions given to them, then make up new questions and tag other bloggers to answer them.

Phew, I hope you followed that. I can’t explain things. My ADD just wants to move on to the questions.

Anyway if you want to read sweet fun awesome Lindsey’s “tag” answers, you can right here! Thanks for tagging me Linds (can I awkwardly nickname you? I sure hope so…) and here goes nothin’!

1. What is a gross food that you really like? (Like pigs feet, or pickled eggs, sardines, liver, etc.)

I’m actually on the other end of the spectrum, where I’m super picky and think simple things like mushrooms and cucumbers count as “gross.” B thinks it’s gross that I ketchup my eggs. My twinner thinks the fact that I love CHEESE is gross. (Note to Twinner- you’re WEIRD.) I guess my peanut butter and popcorn is “gross?”

2. If you didn’t have to worry about money, what would be your dream job?

Ideally, being a stay at home wife or mom would be um, THE BEST. But if I had to work, like, make-an-income work, it would probably be either a pug farm of sorts (aka doggy daycare) or a brewery. I’d love to have a brewing company with B and name our beers after the pugs’ nicknames, like Bigwit Brown Ale, Sir Harles Hefeweizen, or maybe Sophie-Sophie Stout. I mean come on, I love pugs and I LOVE beer.

3. What is the lamest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween? Nurse A was a chick magnet last year, which teeters on the fine line between lame and extremely awesome.

I was a box of tissues once. I also made an appearance as a piece of cake. And a lobster. All of which I wish I had photos of. I’m sure my mom does somewhere, and I assure you, if she remembers to look and finds them, and then actually remembers to scan them and send them… I will POST THEM. Here are a variety of others to show you all:

High school’s fave: Jan Brady!

And a similar yet different take the next year in college… 80’s girl!

Then in college my junior year I was a Queen Bee. I turned a wand into a stinger and stung people with it. Blame it on the a-a-a-a-a-alcohol.

And B and I even were a “couples” costume once, sort of. I was a girl on the walk of shame and he was the guy that passed out at a party early.

So, there ya go.

4. Do you have any signed books? What are they, and what’s the story behind them? (If you have lots, just pick one of the most interesting. David Sedaris signed a book for me once and drew a pug in it.)

I have a few books from Bobbi Brown (the makeup artist) signed. We knew her and her family growing up- she wrote in one to “keep smiling!” My mom has them somewhere – they moved when I was in college to a smaller house so I have tons of stuff that’s “mine” that I don’t know where it is.

I also am OBSESSED with Jodi Picoult. And met her. And nearly had sixteen aneurysms.

5. What are three random things in your purse right now?

Tums Smoothies (yummy and necessary!), Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets (ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY!), and a mint tin full of coins (since I don’t have a real wallet, or money for the most part.)

6. What is one thing that never fails to make you feel better after a long or hard day?

PUGS! Pugs on my lap will always make my day better.

7. What is a weird subcategory on your Netflix movie suggestions? I’m talking about the weird movie categories they merge together like “Emotional Military Dramas” or “Quirky Television Dramas with a Strong Female Lead.”

I don’t handle our Netflix so I really have no idea what this even means? I think we’re cancelling it since we have HBO anyway. I like old corny movies like 3 Ninjas and Clue though.

8. And, because I’m the Amateur Wife, what is the one household chore that you either hate to do or are really bad at doing? Like I suck at ironing.

I hate having to vacuum but like how great it looks when it’s finally done. I also hate doing dishes but feel really satisfied when it’s done. I mostly despise LAUNDRY and making the bed though. I hate most housework!!!


Alrighty, since that’s done, time to tag eight of you guys and give you your questions!

And my questions for you girls:

  1. If you could pick any one animal to have as a pet, what would you choose?
  2. What is the weirdest injury you have ever sustained?
  3. What is the worst insult you’ve ever received?
  4. Which character from Friends was your favorite? And if you didn’t watch Friends… who the F are you?
  5. What is the best “go-to” recipe in your arsenal?
  6. If you could go back and change one detail of your life, what would you change and why?
  7. Which of the 50 United States would you least like to live in?
  8. What was your favorite class in high school or college?

I can’t wait to see all of your answers!