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Funny and Strange

Jimmy and I have a lot of fun together. Some of our funniest memories are also the strangest, and I wanted to take a minute to document them because I feel like they’re things that I just couldn’t make up if I tried!

1. Lola opened two of my Christmas gifts from Jimmy this past Christmas and each time she did it, I was the one to catch her! Jimmy kept getting so annoyed with Lola and I was so sad those surprises were ruined.

2. Another Lola story: she likes to be outside at night for like 30 minutes right before bed. Every. single. night. We’re usually dead tired and trying to get her inside by offering treats or a walk, but she typically ignores us. Just the other night, Jimmy knocked on our storm door’s glass to get her attention and literally broke straight through the glass!! Now we have a pane of glass missing in our storm door, LOL.

black-dog

Little Miss Lola, you are trouble!!

3. Remember when Jimmy and I went to that fall festival in October? We were walking around the park it was held at and checking out all the vendors when we came across a booth that sold items made with alpaca fur. Right on the ground in front of the booth was a basket filled with alpaca fur that said “please touch” and I don’t know why, but I thought that was the funniest and weirdest thing ever!

4. Many blog readers probably know that Jimmy is a welder. He often gets pieces of metal in his eye at work and sometimes has to go to the optometrist to get his eye numbed and have the metal taken out.

A few weeks ago, he came home from work and said he felt like he had metal in his eye, and sure enough, he did. He didn’t want to go to the eye doctor, so he had me use a q-tip to get the shard of metal out of his upper eyelid. He was sooo happy after and I was throughly freaked out!

Jimmy in action!

5. Has anyone ever been in Walmart when a person from a cable company asks you who your cable and internet provider is? This happens to us a lot for some reason, and I guess Jimmy was feeling goofy one day a few months back because this was how the conversation with the cable company person went.

Cable guy: Hey! Who is your cable provider?
Jimmy: No thanks. We don’t have one.
Cable guy: You don’t have cable?
Jimmy: No. We live off grid.
Cable guy: Where?
Jimmy: *names our town within Pittsburgh*
Cable guy: What? That’s not off grid? That’s right off the highway!
Jimmy: Yeah… we’re just not interested.

6. Jimmy often will come pet sitting with me late at night. We’ll bring Mavis or Lola and hang out with the dog I’m watching, take it outside to go to the bathroom, and feed it dinner. Along with taking the dog outside is poop cleanup. This one housing plan that I pet sit in a lot has garbage cans around the plan, but not nearly enough. So, I usually end up with a poop bag sitting outside the client’s door until we leave.

What ends up happening is that it’s super late and we’re too tired to walk to the garbage can, so I chuck the bag of poop into the bed of Jimmy’s truck and we forget about it. Jimmy takes his truck to work, and his dad is always ragging on him for the many bags of poop we leave in the bed of his truck. Oh the life of a pet sitter’s husband. So glamorous 😉

Girl walking cocker spaniel puppy

7. Sometime in November or December, Jimmy and I were driving home from Sunday night church and almost ran over a plastic tote on the highway. Jimmy was like “Whoa!” and swerved around it. A minute later we saw another, then two more, then a few more. We were so confused and Jimmy was just like “Someone lost some totes!”

Tell me some of your funny and strange moments!

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All Sorts of Exciting Things

Hey hey! I have all sorts of excitement to share today. Some things big, some small. All blessings!

First of all, my dad was ordained as an elder in our church on Sunday. Serving as an elder isn’t an easy job, but I know he’s going to do great. I really look up to my dad for so many reasons, but most of all for his faith in God. It amazes me that he he runs two successful businesses, studies God’s Word each day, serves in our church, and still takes time to do things like read and comment on my blog. He’s an awesome guy and I feel very blessed to call him my dad.

Another big exciting thing: my cousin is now a police officer! He graduated from the police academy in Upstate New York on Saturday and my parents, bother, and sister-in-law made a quick trip to see him.

Police academy graduation

Okay, let’s talk about the weather. Last week in Pittsburgh, it was cold. We often woke up to temperatures in the negatives and high temperatures were in the teens and twenties if it was a “warm” day. Yesterday, it was in the 30s and snowy and I was so happy! After the bitter cold of last week, 30 degrees has never felt so balmy! How’s the weather where you are?

Moving on to pet sitting, I finally created a business name and website! For years, I was just Allie Zottola… the pet sitting girl that people knew and would recommend. Now, I am the owner and operator of Muddy Paws Pet Sitting and I couldn’t be more excited! I didn’t think I’d ever have enough regular clients to warrant my own business, but God has been very good to me. Maybe I’ll talk about this more in another post?!

Girl walking cocker spaniel puppy

Speaking of businesses, my sister opened an Etsy shop! As if she wasn’t busy enough with nursing school and the million other things she does. I don’t know how she does it all. She’s currently selling hand lettered canvases. Go Hannie!

Other exciting things:

  • Jimmy and I should be getting a SunBasket (meal kit) delivery today! Can’t wait to try it out.
  • Our basement now has “smart” light switches. Jimmy wired recessed lighting into our basement and added some high-tech light switches that we can control from our phones. I just need to figure out how to do that 😉
  • Jimmy has his second violin lesson tonight. I don’t think I mentioned it, but I gave him a violin + lessons for Christmas. So far, it has been introductory stuff, but he’s excited to start playing!
  • Our little therapy dog in training has been to the Dollar Tree (twice!), TJ Maxx, and the bank and did great interacting with people!
  • I just got a new dog and cat cookbook in the mail yesterday and I can’t wait to start reading it. Does that make me a total dork?

Dinner Pawsible pet cookbook

Okay, I think that’s all the excitement I have to share! Well, one last thing, but it’s a question. My cousin’s daughter is turning one soon and I’m not sure what to get her for her birthday. Any suggestions?

What exciting things have been happening in your life lately?