Day 85: And here I was doing so well…

Turns out when there’s actual work to be done, the blogging just has to wait.

Feast or famine, folks, that’s the name of the game.

But I’m certainly not complaining. The fact that business has picked up and I now am struggling to find the time to focus on writing here is a good thing. Pair that up with a couple wonderful weekends spent with family and I’m one happy little camper.

This past weekend, my family got together at my parents’ house to sort of close out the good-weather seasons with a big camp out.

Or at least, that was the plan. Turns out only my husband and I actually camped out in a tent. Not sure whether I’m happy he talked me out of sleeping in a cozy bed in the house, but I digress…

Saturday was absolutely gorgeous, and the perfect weather for camping. It was bright and sunny all day long, warm enough to relax in shorts and a tee shirt, but cool enough at night to warrant the campfire, jeans and a hoodie that I believe define the true camping experience. My brother in law and a family friend busted out the guitars – totally normal – around the campfire and we all sang along.

No. None of us can sing. Pretty sure we scared off any and all wildlife within a 3-mile radius.

And it was fantastic.

On Sunday, we decided to stick around long enough to watch some football, flipping constantly between the Bengals vs. Buffalo and Green Bay vs. Baltimore games. With nail-biter wins from both the Bengals and a Packers, we headed home to enjoy the last few hours of the weekend.

Weird. Haven’t said that in a while.

Now, it’s back to work!

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Day 73: Social Media Blackout

I think it’s time for a social media blackout.

Well, maybe not for everyone, but definitely for me.

I also know I can’t stay off it for long; I use it to communicate, find leads, stalk keep up on my friends and family.

But the truth is, I know it’s impairing my creativity. I read somewhere once about how boredom is the key to creative inspiration. That you have to let your mind wander, scatter and sit around in silence for a while to really get the creative juices flowing.

Practically speaking, I know that means I need to allocate a dedicated time each day for engaging on social media. But just like any good habit, sometimes you need a kickstart to make it really stick.

Starting the minute I hit publish, I’m taking a self-imposed 24-hour break from social media. No forums, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Pinterest … I’ll be turning off all notifications before I go to sleep tonight. And heck, let’s throw the mind-numbing black hole that is television into the mix, too. I need to clear my mind, refocus and let myself get a little bored in order to get back into the swing of things.

So until tomorrow (I still intend to post here in the evening), it’s lights out.

Day 72: Dogs are weird

Anyone who knows me knows I love dogs. In particular, I loveĀ my dogs, Cooper and Lambeau, the dynamic beagle duo.

Cooper and Lambeau

A still moment like this means only one thing. I have food.

And in all seriousness, dynamic is the best way to describe them. Cooper (at left in the photo above) is super chill, sleeps most of the day and wants nothing to do with most forms of exercise. He’s never successfully played fetch and he’s a hunting dog to the core – you cannot stop his nose from working. He’s sort of a strong, silent type: he doesn’t bark much, but when he does, boy do you take notice.

Lambeau, on the other hand, is a bundle of energy and cries, well, a lot. He LOVES playing fetch and will chase a tennis ball like his life depends on it; he’s also quite good at leaping to catch them mid air. They both have their adorable – and not so adorable – quirks, but I love them both any way.

Which brings me to the next point. For those of you who don’t have beagles, I’d like to inform you of a little something known in the doggy world as, “the reverse sneeze.” While it’s mostly harmless and he’s been doing this for years, it’s a little bit ridiculous to watch. This isn’t a particularly bad episode, but he’s been doing this for about the last 30 minutes off and on. He’s more or less stopped now (I keep going out to check) but I feel so bad for the poor little fella!

Of course, you can find videos of other beagles similarly ‘sneezing’ online if you want to get a better picture. Lambeau has done this once or twice, but it’s almost always Cooper who has these fits. The only thing there is to do when this happens is try to calm them down, or what typically works for Cooper is to cover his nostrils like I do in this video. It forces him to swallow and sort of … reboot. Not sure what else to call it.

And just when I thought he was calm, I can hear the snorts coming from the living room.

Oh the joys of being a dog mom.