Life Lately

Hi there! How is it mid-January right now? What?! I had a ton of fun reading everyone’s comments on my last post. I feel like I learned a lot about you guys! I definitely need to ask you deep questions more often 🙂

So, my life lately. It has been good. Very good!

Things I have been up to:
-Pet sitting
-Working on my goals for 2015
-Recovering from a sinus infection
-Enjoying winter

Once Sticker left our house, we welcomed Jake (from State Farm… ha) one day later. He stayed with us for a little over a week, and was such a delightful dog to have around.


I don’t know if anyone reading this has a golden retriever, but I have noticed that every golden retriever I’ve met has what I like to call “Elvis arms.” By Elvis arms, I mean that their arms have fur that looks like leather fringe jackets that Elvis used to wear.

Elvis Arms

Okay, I’ll stop with my weird thoughts.

As for working on my goals for 2015, I have been taking care of my nails, meal planning, decorating, and reading. Woo hoo! Things I am reading: the Chronological Bible with Jimmy, The Remedy for Love (meh, don’t recommend), and #2 on this list. I just started getting into audio books. Life changed. Dramatic? Yes.

On the meal planning front, I have made slow cooker chicken tortilla soup, chickpea soup, homemade pizza, and chicken tikka masala. The chicken tortilla soup is pictured below. Gotta love slow cooker meals!


The temperature outside hit 30 degrees on the night I made the chicken tikka masala, so Jimmy and I celebrated by grilling the meat outside. Yeah, 30 degrees definitely feels warm in Pittsburgh compared to temperatures like this…


A windchill of -15 degrees? That’s okay when the sunrise looks like this…


I mentioned that I had a cold around New Years, and the stuffiness never went away. It got to the point where my teeth hurt, because apparently swollen sinuses push on the nerves to your upper teeth. Ouch. So, I went to Med Express and got some prescriptions last night. I don’t like taking medicine (I’ve had some bad experiences), but I realize that I am incredibly blessed to live in a country where I have access to medicine and health care and so much more. Even when I’m sick, I am beyond blessed.

So, that’s life lately. I have also been working. Yes, I am employed! It’s not what I expected, but in the best way possible. It’s better, and I love it. I will blog about this soon 🙂

Since I love asking questions, here are two for you…

1. Where is the #1 dream place you want to travel to?
2. What are you looking forward to most in 2015?



  1. I’ve never thought about Elvis arms on dogs but that’s interesting. Thanks for enlightening me! I hope you feel better soon, I too have had sinus issues that made my teeth hurt and that’s one of the worst things ever. Hopefully the medicine will work and you can have a speedy recovery.

    1. It’s good to hear that someone else has had teeth trouble with a sinus infection, too! I was so scared that I suddenly had like 10 cavities because of all the pain I was in, haha. Thank goodness for Google and blog friends 🙂

  2. 1. I want to see the tulips in Amsterdam!
    2. I should get to check #1 off the list in April of 2015 – yay!

    That sunrise picture is beautiful. My teeth are chattering just thinking about the temps though. That is so funny that you grilled out when it was 30 degrees and balmy! Haha!

    I hope you get to feeling 100% better soon!

    1. OH MY GOODNESS YAY! That is so, so exciting!! I have heard and read wonderful things about Amsterdam!

      And yes 30* = balmy fo sho! It’s going to be 40* here on Saturday and I can’t wait! I’m seriously giddy, haha!

    1. Such a good choice! Italy sounds amazing.. pizza, pasta, gelato… can’t go wrong with all of that goodness, not to mention all the sights and just culture in general!

  3. The Elvis arms–hilarious! I’m considering getting a golden this year, so seeing the picture of beautiful Jake made me go AWWWWW! And living in Cleveland, I understand the temps you’re experiencing. It’s 27 degrees right now and I was just thinking that it feels pretty warm! Relatively, that is.

    1. Aww, I hope you do get a golden this year! Jake was honestly, hands-down the best dog I have ever pet sat. Ever. He was actually better behaved than my dog, LOL. I hope you’re staying warm in Cleveland!! It’s supposed to his 40* here in the Burgh’ with weekend… can’t wait!

  4. I would love to travel to Australia or Hawaii just to watch the Ironman Triathlon championships in Kona. My goal for 2015 is to complete my first marathon! 🙂

    1. They were out of control and I had to brush them every day, which made me giggle even more! And Ireland!! Every time I see pictures of Ireland, I’m always in awe of how GREEN it is there. Gorgeous!!

  5. I made chicken tortilla soup last week too! So delicious! 🙂

    That sunrise is gorgeous!

    Hooray for being employed. I look forward to hearing more about that.

  6. Ah! I love using the slow cooker! I make so many delicious things in that magic machine!

    I agree, 30 degrees in Pittsburgh is a heat wave and good enough for me to wear shorts to crossfit and for you to cook on the grill!

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