Monday, March 25, 2013

Weekend SHE-Nans.

I am so ready for Spring... So much so that I forced myself to be outside as much as possible this past weekend hoping to will Spring to show it's face. To be honest, I am ready to bypass Spring and get right to Summer.
I am craving:
- My cabin
- The radio turned up loud to "Classic Rock GMO" station from small town WI my Dad loves
- Dogs running around - Dash obviously being obsessed with his ball and annoying everyone until they throw it repeatedly for him into the lake.
- A Leinie's in a bottle coozie starting before noon
- My husband and brother's obsession with fires, cutting wood, and general pyro-like behavior
- My Mom and Dad putzing around with chores all weekend until I finally convince them to have a beer and RELAX in my favorite place in the entire world... Silver Lake in Siren, WI.


Okay. Wow. Tangent much?
Back to my "Link Up" for my Weekend Shenanigan's:

Friday - I was home with a Leinie's Canoe Paddler in my hand before you could say "TGIF". The Gregermeen's came over for a night of drinking, swearing at March Madness, bongo drum jam sessions, Bedouin Soundclash, introducing Griffin to Gonzo, our neighbor's kitty (shoulda taken a photo - damn!) and Overboard with Steph. Basically, we just sat on our computer in the kitchen blogging and stalking. It was awesome, per usual.

Saturday was my favorite morning so far with our new baby, Griffin who is growing WAY too fast - already 16lbs (that's like a half pound a day!) - cuteness pictured here:

He slept in with me and cuddled on the couch all morning while Brady was at work! Dash cuddled too and I think is teaching Griff the way to be a "Sells" puppy.
Saturday Brady and I also ventured to Zantigo's for lunch for yummy tacos!
Saturday night we celebrated Brady's good friend Blake aka Shady's 28th Birthday at Joe's Crab Shack. The bibs and their captions were PRICELESS. Shady is a pretty good sport and didn't mind dancing around the packed restaurant as the "Crab Fairy"!
We also watched "This is Forty" together that night just relaxing at home with some good wine. All in all a FUN weekend.
Sunday was our breakfast ritual with Brian at The Bad Waitress followed up by my solo shopping date to Express (obsessed- eep!) and a much-needed car wash while the boys went to Gander Mountain.
I love Sunday's when it's not super cold - took the pups on a walk, watched our Sunday Night SHOWTIME shows - aka Shameless, House of Lies and Californication.
Cheers to a GOOD weekend!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

"Back That Azz Up" Fridays

Welp - here we go. My first attempt at a "link up" for I Wore Yoga Pant's awesome Friday theme - "Back That Azz Up Fridays." Her inspiration came from a Pandora station with the same theme, which is perfect because  as I sit here at my desk with ZERO motivation, I cannot WAIT for 5pm and some beverages and good tunes to back my azz up...Yes I said it.

My selection for this wintery/almost Spring day:

1. Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls - aka my 7th Grade "Hero" speech topic... Not joking.
Song: Notorious Thugs
Reason: Well, there are many. Including but not limited to my recent drunken slurred rendition of the entire song in Montana while wearing a red onesie, holding a 24 oz PBR and have 6 of my friends watch in horror admiration as I belted out even Krazy Bone's verses. :) You are welcome!
Ps - I believe there may be a black mail video of this - I pray it NEVER sees the light of day.

Ps - OK... FINE.  for your enjoyment... (All two readers of you ;)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Pic Monkey - I love you.

Just had to write today about my new OBSESSION - Pic Monkey. Thank you to my friend Steph Gregerson over at for introducing me. Now, I just want to edit photos all day! :)

My newest creation instead of cold calling at my desk... WHOOPS!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Newest Addition to the Family!

First off, I need to keep up with this whole blogging thing! Definitely realized I haven't blogged in a while so I am going to try and keep at it better.

Although the point of this blog was to chronicle my "Thirty Before Thirty" achievements, I need to post about the BEST surprise I should have had on my list! Brady and I adopted a puppy from a local rescue last week!!!

Meet: Griffin Chadwick Sells
Born on January 11th, 2013
He is an Australian Shepherd/ Golden Retriever Mix
We rescued him from Second Hand Hounds - This awesome organization in the Cities that does SO much for animals and saving them. Griffin (called Forrest online) and his siblings were in Mom's belly in Lousiana when "Sophie" the Mom was going to be killed. SHH went down  to save and transport pregnant Mama back to MN. On the way, 7 puppies were born! All of them were adorable and shared either the Labrador or Australian Shepherd coloring.
These are pics I found on FB through the resue. Sophie is SO cute! The arrows point to our baby, Griffin!
After I found the listing for Griffin "Forrest" and his siblings online, I started the long process of convincing Brady that we NEEDED to adopt him. I filled out the application for him, and didn't even realize until the Foster Mom contacted me that this litter was a HOT ticket. Our application was the 5th one received in less than 12 hours of posting the litter. The Foster lived in Mankato, and told us that we shouldn't waste our time and gas that night unless she called that he was still available.
8:00pm that night, Griffin's two brothers were pending adoptions, but he was still available.
After an hour in the car, and 30 mins of meeting him and cuddling with him, we spent the rest of the night and with NO sleep, deciding what to do.
At 8:15am the next morning with no concrete decision, I drove to work. Seconds in the car, I got a call from Brady saying "I think we should get him!"
Once we decided, the Rescue did a vet check, reference check, and a home visit with a volunteer to make sure we were legit. We were approved and told we could pick Griffin up from his required neuter appt on Sat March 9th in Owatonna. He was 8 weeks old and we now have him, he is healing right up from his surgeries (he also had to get a hernia repaired that they found). He is hilarious, and has the funniest personality. He is picking up potty training and crate training pretty well.
The best teacher, his big brother Dashel, is getting used to him too. Griff just LOVES Dash... as you can see here.


Dashel says "cheeseeeessee"
Griffin doing AWESOME on his first walk! He followed exactly what Dash did :)
Here is a good one - the playful and sleepy sides of Griffin!