Meet Maggie!!

I have done it again.  I am fostering another pup this one came with a horrifying story so I could not say “no”.  Maggie is probably the most well-behaved pup I have ever fostered.  She is very sweet, loving, and loves to stay close.  I am foster her through Woodstock Animal Foundation in Louisville, KY.  I got the call for Maggie last week while I was in Atlanta.  originally from Eastern Kentucky, Maggie and all her brothers and sisters were thrown over a bridge and left to die.  Out of the bunch Maggie was the only survivor. 

It breaks my heart to hear stories like this of just plain cruelty.  I can’t imagine or understand the thought process behind this behavior.  When I met Maggie she had no name and was very timid.  I felt so bad that all I wanted to do was hold her close and show her all the love she had never received.  Now more than 24 hours later Maggie has been by my side like flies to horse poo!  She has met the entire staff here at work and they have all showered her with so much love and treats! Although she has a bed here at the office she stays right under my chair as I work.  She wags her tail and greets everyone as they stop in to see what she is up to and walks the hall as if she is on staff. We are very attached.

Yesterday I skipped my training at Fleet Feet Louisville and took a jog through the park with Maggie in tow (she refuses the leash and instead runs along with me). 

Maggie is a lot of  fun and is really annoyed by the puppy in my bathroom mirror 🙂

 

Mobile Post: Greeting from Atlanta

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On day three in Atlanta for the Habitat for Humanity Int conference. Looking forward to dinner tonight at Knight and Winans Chicken and Waffles! Yum, I hope. All in all the conference has been pretty good. Although a few bumps the rest has been smooth sailing.  Looking forward to more to come.

My NCAA Bracket is Ready

As painful as it is, I have my beloved Louisville Cardinals going down to Vandy in the second game….*sigh*.  Why you ask?  Because they have a tendency to choke at the most in opportune times to less than stellar opponents like Vandy. The filthbags from crapptastic Lessington , KY go a bit further but get beat the Buckeyes!  Hopefully West Virginia will prove me wrong and they will beat that awful team before Ohio State has a chance.  It bothers me to have Duke going all the way but–hey, oh well. 

I really hope the Cards prove me wrong a destroy my bracket by going all the way!  A girl can dream 🙂

GO CARDS!!

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Book on Deck

I have recently joined a meet-up book club.  The trouble I have always had with book clubs is that they are usually full of elitist snobs that think they are smarter than everyone else and scoff at the comments of others.  However, I was fortunate to find a group that was not like that in the least bit.  This group is actually just the opposite…so, I’m happy and I enjoy the fact that most are people whom enjoy the outdoors;  like hiking, camping, and etc.  Even though those things are really not my cup of tea (mmm, tea sounds good right now. I have to fill you in on the new tea that I discovered at the grocery store) it makes them very interesting and I enjoy the conversation. So as mentioned in the title; the next book I will begin reading likely on my long drive with 5 other members of our staff to Atlanta on Monday is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

I have heard so many wonderful comments (one comment from a girl telling me she would smack me becuase it was so good! This sounds weird but I understood where she was coming from.  I often cite physical violence when wanting to express an emotion of pleasure.  For instance, this greek salad is so good I will smack you and your mama.) about this book so I have drank the kool aid and will give it a whirl. 

Click for more information on The Help

What I’m Reading Now

I have always been an avid reader despite a few lazy years I stopped for some weird reason.  That was a long time ago and since then I have been reading like it’s my job (I’m corny. Get over it). Currently, I am reading Helena Andrews, Bitch is the New Black. This was new venture for me because normally I read “chick lit” or female lead murder mysteries like The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murders by Joanne Fluke.  Don’t judge me!!  I like to read to escape and these cozy books are practically my only source of release.

Helena Andrews has a great memoir!  She has been blessed with a very interesting life…the book has been optioned for a movie so–whateve!  The book is a bit choppy and jumps around a lot but I love it anyway.  Happy to see a book that hits on many topics that my friends and I discuss on the regular.  Andrews brings light to the issues facing young professional African-American females like roles at work, relationships, and life in general.  After recently moving back to Louisville, KY (and bored out of my damn mind) I have been asking myself some of these questions more loudly now than before when I had plenty of distractions in DC.  So far this book is hitting the mark and I can’t wait to dig back in.

For a more complete and coherent synopsis of the book click here.

Teddy and Mattie

Mattie: So cute but so naughty

Teddy: Most handsome pup around

I have this habit of taking in dogs that have been given up and finding them homes.  So far, I am 2 for 2.  This may stem from the fact that I love dogs and believe they should have a safe, stable, and loving home.  So, not to get too preachy…I love doing it but it gets expensive (as I pay for cleaning them and vetting them out of my pocket) but totally worth it when they find forever homes.