Who's Your Dachshund?

December 19, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been in love with a particular wiener themed blog for quite awhile now. Wiener dogs that is (yea I know you went there; get your mind out of the gutter). The blog I’m talking about is Who’s Your Dachshund? It’s a fabulous blog all about dachshunds and being a dachshund owner of course! There are also a few non-dachshund stories thrown in here and there.

I wrote to the authors of the blog a few months ago letting them know that if they ever needed any help with the blog or were looking for additional authors that I would be MORE than happy, heck I’d be ECSTATIC to help them out.

At first Ben just replied and told me that they had their set ten bloggers for now, but I could write some guest posts if I really wanted to. I was okay with that and totally understood that they had enough bloggers for now, I was more than happy to write a guest post now and then for fun.

I set to writing a post about Brody and his newfound love for the snow. When I sent it to Ben, to my surprise I got the most exciting email back, this was his reply:

Hi Kristin and thanks so much for sending your post in! I have it all set up to publish and the video works just fine so no worries there.

How did you find writing the post? Piece of cake? Worth doing three or more times a month? Let me know…I’ve put some thought into expanding the ranks of contributors in order to make sure we keep the daily content up. If you’re interested, we could use this post to launch your involvement with Who’s Your Dachshund.

Ben

How utterly fantastic is that?! Of course I said yes and got right to writing my bio. I can’t tell you how excited I am to be a part of Who’s Your Dachshund? Thanks to Ben and all of my other fellow authors! Swing on over and check out our wonderful wieners and how crazy life can be when you welcome a dachshund into your life.

Pick Five Friday – Vol. 1 Issue 1

December 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

For awhile now I’ve had this idea for a fun post to put up regularly in order to increase awareness of my blog. It’s still a work-in-progress so don’t judge too harshly and any comments or suggestions you have would be greatly appreciated, I’ll take all the help I can get.

Welcome to PICK FIVE FRIDAY. The plan is to start out having it the 3rd Friday of every month. I figure once a month isn’t too difficult and that way it’s still fun without killing myself trying to find items every single week (thus making it tedious and NOT fun).

For each Pick Five Friday I’ll be picking 5 particular items to talk to you about, one from each category. The categories are:

BLOG

WEBSITE

ETSY

GADGET

RECIPE

The items aren’t necessarily going to be new or innovative, just things I think are noteworthy (or blogworthy I guess I should say). So without further ado, I present to you PICK FIVE FRIDAY:

BLOG:

This week’s blog is written by none other than my friend Sizzle. Her blog is actually one of the very first blogs I ever read and fell in love with. Her stories of Seattle living, apartment managing, relationship navigating, and general life advice are ones that we can all relate to. I just love the hilarious names she gives people (so as to protect their identities) and I also love her insane sense of humor. I give you Miss Sizzle at Sizzle Says:

Sizzle Says

WEBSITE:

I actually found this website through my good blogger friend Jenn (she’s always got the inside scoop on new and upcoming stuff). One of her many re-tweets brought me to the site and I was immediately intrigued. I’ve since been corresponding with James Moreau in order to learn more about Brazen Careerist. Which is an ingenious career management site where you can post your resume, connect with other members with similar goals (or not-so-similar if you so choose), and do some serious social networking in order to get your name out there. Check it out!

ETSY:

Have you ever used POUNCE to search on Etsy? If not, then you absolutely should, it’s quite enjoyable. You can tell it to find shops for items that just sold or undiscovered shops. One day when I was pouncing, I came across a shop called Colormutts. Colormutts sells these fantastic paintings of dogs that are so colorful and fun. You can even have her custom make one of your very own dog. How cute is this guy?

Colormutts

GADGET:

A few weeks ago James Moreau re-tweeted a link to an article about an interesting new gadget. I don’t know if it’s technically a gadget, but I thought it was a pretty cool idea. It’s one of those things that makes you go, “Wish I would’ve thought of that. I could’ve been rich!” They’re called TruePower and they’re these new power outlets that have USB outlets in them. Such a simple upgrade to a regular power outlet, yet it makes it so much more versatile. What will they think of next?

True Power Outlet

RECIPE:

In the spirit of the holidays and all that is wonderfully yummy, I decided this month’s recipe should be my very favorite holiday season treat. Every year Starbuck’s used to have Andes’ Mint Brownies that were oh-so-scrumscious, but a few years ago they discontinued them. I absolutely hate when a place stops making your favorite thing, whether it’s a favorite flavor of ice cream, favorite shampoo, or whatever it may be it’s just utterly irritating to find out that something you love has been discontinued (word to companies – STOP DOING THIS). Anyway, last year I found this copycat recipe for Andes’ Mint Brownies. I made two or three batches of them and took them to J’s grandma’s house for Christmas. Everyone loved them. I used chocolate frosting from the can last year just because I didn’t want to go through the hassle of melting chocolate and all of that. I made one batch with green frosting and one with red, but you could use whatever color you like. You also don’t have to chop up the Andes’ mints because in the baking section they sell bags of Andes’ mint pieces (just like chocolate chips are sold).

Ande's Mint Brownies

So that’s it for the first edition of PICK FIVE FRIDAY. Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions for some items you’d like to see on here. You never know, one day YOU just might be one of the five!

Troublesome Tuesday

December 2, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

My goal was to blog every day this week, but then yesterday was a crazy-filled day and I felt like a chicken with my head cut off to say the least. Monday night when I went to sleep it was pouring rain, I vaguely remember J waking me up around 3:30am telling me it was snowing like crazy outside. At 7:00am I got up to use the bathroom before starting my day and to my surprise when I flicked the light switch in the bathroom…NOTHING.

At first, in my groggy state, I thought maybe I didn’t flip the switch up all the way (you know when you flip a switch and it gets stuck mid-flip?), but then after I flipped the switch again and even tried the fan switch I realized the power was out. (Good thing I shower at night.) So I went to the window and saw the most serene, picturesque sight…it had been snowing so hard that all traces of previous tire tracks and footprints were covered, all of the lights were out in our entire neighborhood, and the only thing lighting up the block was the bright white snow.

I proceeded to get all of my makeup and hair essentials into a bag so I could take them to work with me to get ready. J went down to the garage and started my car for me; he said he wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get out since it had snowed so much. (Mental picture-It snowed about a foot to a foot and a half within the span of three hours and I drive a 2009 Toyota Corolla that’s only a foot off the ground at most.)

So once I packed my stuff into the car, I started to back out of the garage, with J standing there watching me (not to put me on the spot or anything). I got all the way down the driveway and when I hit the very end I got stuck. For the next 45 minutes, I sat in the car watching J attempt to get me unstuck. Now this is not to say that I didn’t help and just sat there staring at him, I did after all have to give it gas and switch from reverse to drive, as directed.

After 45 minutes of snow shoveling, rigging up tie downs from my car to J’s truck, and J sliding his truck into the ditch in our front yard (don’t worry he got himself out, which was pretty amazing to watch) we finally got it unstuck. Once we got my car unstuck he ended up having to use his truck to push my car the last two feet into the garage, needless to say it was an eventful morning.

J drove me to work and when I got there I realized that we only had power to certain outlets throughout the office. I spent half of my day flipping breakers, plugging and unplugging things, and eventually had to plug our printer into an extension cord, which was then plugged into a surge protector. Around noon we finally got power back to all of the outlets.

After the day I had yesterday, I went home, curled up with Brody, and we took ourselves a nice nap. When I got home the power was still off!! But by the time I woke up from my nap, there was *thankfully* power again. How was your Tuesday??

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