Sunday, October 28, 2012


I like animals.  I really do.  When I was a kid I dreamt of becoming the world's greatest veterinarian.  My favorite toys were my stuffed animals and my littlest pet shops.  I loved animals.  I begged my parents into owning a stray cat that I found.  When they finally gave in to my demands,  I treated that stray cat as a prince.  He was my little soldier.  I loved him.

Then I took it a step  farther and pushed for a dog.  We had a few dogs over the years.  I loved them all, with probably the exception of one, considering he was twice my size and liked to jump on me as soon as he saw me.  I was terrified of him.  Our little sheltie dog, I took the liberty myself to train her and to nurture her.  I was so proud.

Now that I am away from home and all "grown up", I see other friends opt for a pet of some sort before kids start rolling in.  I have played with the idea of having a dog, but then I remember how much maintenance, but most of all hair, a pet can have.  That convinces me otherwise.  In addition, it seems that over the years, I have become allergic.  The moment I start breathing in animal hair, my head starts to pound, my nose begins to itch, and my throat becomes swollen.  No thank you.  It takes a good chunk of money to care for a pet.  Pet food does not come at a cheap price.  When you factor in the mantra "time is money" the bills start to add up.  Constant walks, constant play time, constantly waking up in the middle of the night to let your animal out, picking up their poop, training them, etc. etc. etc.

The more and more I think about it, the more I convince myself that owning a pet is NOT a good idea.  Not for now, anyways.  They're cute, and oh so fluffy, but not worth my time, money, and effort for the moment.  I'll just go visit the local pet shop to enjoy their cuteness.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend, Precious Weekend

I have felt spoiled this weekend.  I got my husband all weekend.  Such a rare treat!  Let me recap what we did this weekend:

Friday night:

Date night!  Ryan took me out to dinner to one of our favorite spots: Panera Bread.  We are in love with this place.  After a good dinner, we hopped in the car and Ryan took me to downtown Tampa to show me the grounds.  After checking out the city, we crossed "the bridge" and checked out the lights reflecting in the water below.  Beautiful.

It was fun to get to see the place where I am living.  I feel as if I only know one or two routes....The first being to and from work, and the second being to and from church.   Luckily, the grocery store and Wal-Mart are along those routes, but apart from that, I hardly know this place!! It was fun to explore!


We slept in and it was glorious!  Sleep is my best friend.  After a nice, slow morning, we got up and headed back to Panera Bread for pumpkin bagels.  Unfortunately, they were sold out, so we settled on a cinnamon crisp bagel before heading on the road toward Orlando to the temple!  While there, we ran into my old Bishop from 6 years ago while I was doing my Disney College Program! It took me awhile to recognize him, but we did get to talk to him a bit.  After, we hit up Five Guys and then the outlet malls.  Glorious Saturday.  Then I made the mistake of embarking on baking a cheesecake for the first time ever! I didn't plan for it to take as long as we did, so we found ourselves up until 1:30 a.m.  Brutal, especially knowing that church is at 9 a.m. the next day.


Alas! We did manage to crawl out of bed and make it to church!  I finished my cheesecake (more hours on end!), we made dinner together (curry! YUM!), and now just enjoying the rest of the evening!

Guys, I really am missing the Fall.  I am craving it.  Hard core.  Anyone want to bring me some Fall happiness into my life?