One Couple + Two Dogs = Our Waldo Bungie

When it rains it pours…unless there’s a drought.

August 1st, 2011 | Posted by Emily in Blog Love | Bumming Out | Bungie Finances | Doggies! | Emily's Parent's House | Fostering. | Ginger Rogers

I’m having a bad day…things feel like they are piling up on us…for example:

1. Our dryer stopped working. Ugh.

2. We have a giant hole in our silver maple tree. Oh, and it has an infestation of carpenter ants. Double ugh.

3. A lady backed into my car. Triple ugh.

4. Oh, and my thesis proposal is due in one week…quadruple ugh.

Needless to say, I’m a bit stressed…as evidenced by this semi-permanent look on my face.

I haven’t been working this summer, so we’ve been on a pretty tight budget. Several big ticket items were not exactly on my radar. So when I heard it would $100 for exterminating the ants (which, like termites, can really mess with your house if they were to migrate from the tree), $1200 to fix my car, and who knows how much the dryer will cost to be fixed. And don’t even get me started on the thesis proposal… that’s been a mess!

They say when it rains, it pours. But since we’ve had a drought here in KC, I need to think of a drought-equivalent metaphor for our situation.

With everything going on (including some personal and family dramz, school starting next week, and Daniel needing a new car on the horizon), I really could have a complete meltdown. I’ve been known to let that happen.

But I’ve decided that instead of freaking out about money and other things I can’t control, I’m going to focus on the good things in life. For example:

1. I had a wonderful weekend in Lincoln with my mom. She fell in love with Ginger – she enjoyed her position as “foster grandma” and even bought Miss Rogers a pretty new collar and a Premier Easy Walk Harness. She also made a bunch of cute, new doggie turtlenecks and two new sweaters for Turk.

2. We’ve had several friends tell us that they are now considering adopting pitties in the future because of our experience with Turk and Ginger. My bestie Deanna is a self-proclaimed “pittie convert” (and is completely smitten by Ginger – as evidenced below) and my friend Cori has even started regularly volunteering to walk dogs at the Chicago Canine Rescue and is becoming a huge pittie advocate of her own (even though she doesn’t have her own dog right now).

3. I’m also loving the camaraderie with all of our new blogger friends (as Daniel refers to us: “The dog blog pittie posse”) and it totally makes my day to read their blogs and see their comments on our blog! These awesome bloggers even helped us to surpass 50 “likes” on our Facebook page!

4. Even though we have several unexpected costs, we worked really hard to pay off our debts in the last couple of years, and we have money in savings. So even though it sucks…it’s not as much of a burden because we planned ahead and saved.

Things are a bit stressful, but it could be so much worse. I have to remind myself of that today. I’m going to focus on the positives and seek out extra snuggles from Turk, Rufus, and Ginger…and Daniel.

What do YOU do to de-stress when you feel a meltdown coming on?

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11 Responses

  • avatar kate says:

    Aw bummer about all the stress. I hate that. We always get hit with a bunch of stuff like that too. Ignoring the bad stuff and focusing on the good always helps me (denial is powerful!).

    Does your mom have an etsy store? If not, she should totally start one. Those things are so cute and she does a great job making them quickly!

    I love the dog blog pittie posse, lol. That’s so great.

    • avatar Emily says:

      Nope, no Etsy store for her…she just does it for fun. She’s actually making a bunch of sweaters for the rescue organization I volunteer with. Nothing says “adopt me” like a bright and colorful sweater!

  • I hope your day starts looking up–I’m not a fan of those times when it seems like nothing goes right. How smart of you to look for the good in life. Sometimes that seems like it’s the point of the trial–to recognize that life really is that good!

  • Aaaand, tell your mom hello for me. I still think about her class and how much I enjoyed it. It made me laugh seeing the sweaters she made for your dogs. How adorable! Tres chic Madame Lefler!

    • avatar Emily says:

      I will definitely do that, Rachael! I know she was so proud when she heard you were using your French while living in Canada and she is always happy to hear about the successes of her past students!

  • avatar Of Pit Bulls and Patience says:

    Sorry to hear about a stressful week- we’ve had a black cloud hanging over us for a while too! There’s nothing like a pit bull to cheer you up when life’s getting you down! Good luck!

  • avatar Lisa says:

    I hear ya on the dryer. It takes 2 full “white/high heat” settings for anything to dry in our dryer. I’m just crossing my fingers. I’ve been tempted to user our neighbors clothesline out back, though. Might be an idea…;)

  • avatar Kerin says:

    Emily, you (or Dan) might try Spinosad for the ants – should be available in your garden center and you can use Wikipedia to find out more about it. It kills the bad guys but has low impact on the good ones. It was recently recommended to my by a rosarian friend of mine and I plan to try it. He said you can buy it as a hose end product, re-entry for pets is only 4 hours.

    Good luck!!!

  • I like the positive side. And those sweaters are quite stylish; I second the Etsy shop! Yours will be the most stylish pooches on the block. And yeah for pitbull support!

  • I love the letting it all out on a blog feeling! It all pans out! I love the Etsy shop and LOVE your thesis face! 😉