Monday, August 31, 2009

Wedding Centerpiece

I'm trying to come up with something somewhat original for our wedding centerpieces. What do you think about something like this?

I appreciate any feedback or other original ideas!

Rockabye Baby Kingston

King is smart. Really smart- so smart in fact that I would even call it psychic. You see it seems that no matter what time Mark and I plan on getting up- King seems to know exactly how to beat us to it by an hour. Allow me to illustrate.

Let's say we plan on getting up at 7A.M. King coincidentally will start to whine at about 6A.M. Which is understandable because he is a puppy. However after one of us (Pleeease Mark?) takes him out to "go potty" King refuses to go back to sleep and immediately switches to psycho-crazy-terror pup. Which looks a little something like this:

and this:
If we put him back in his crate he whines and whines, so we try to let him curl up in bed with us and sleep for the remaining hour.

And when I say sleep, King translates this into play. Pulling hair, biting noses, fingers and toes, and licking faces. Which makes for tough sleeping. But we go along with it, hoping to wear him out so we can get a little more sleep. And finally as it nears 7 o'clock I give up. "Come on King. Please can we sleep?" And he gives me this adorable little look like "What? You don't want to play with me?"
And here is where King's psychic abilities kick in. At the perfect moment, he curls into an adorable little ball and falls asleep. Yes! A few more minutes of sleep await us! And as we put our heads to our super comfy pillows, the alarm goes off. What perfect timing you have King.

What a cute little psychic pup you are, indeed. Ah, parenthood.



Sunday, August 30, 2009

Inglourious Basterds: Dear Quentin

So, contrary to what the timestamp says on this post (it's a little messed up) it is actually 1:30 A.M. Saturday night/Sunday morning and Rambo and I just got back from seeing the Quentin Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds.

And I am absolutely wired, because I absolutely LOVED it. Now I don't know if every person has a slightly sick and twisted side, where they enjoy films like those by Tarantino, or books by those like Chuck Palahniuk, but I am one of those people who absolutely love that kind of stuff. So because based on this movie I have decided that I think Tarantino is a genius, I decided to write an open letter to him. You know, in case he is the kind of genius who googles (yep, I used it as a verb) himself and reads everything that includes his name. Hey- it could happen people.

(Also note: Spoiler alert. I know it's hard to look away. But, if you plan on reading the screenplay and/or seeing the movie, skip this post until you do.)

Dear Quentin,

Can I call you Quentin? You seem like a first name kind of person. Okay, so hi. I'm Lauren and I honestly wasn't a big fan of yours until I read the screenplay Inglourious Basterds (see previous post here. Sure Quentin, I'll wait will you read that one-- but only because it is you.) Now, don't get me wrong, I liked all your movies, but they were just entertainment-ishy (hope you aren't big on grammer. And I hope you like parentheses) to me. And then I saw the film for Inglourious Basterds. And well now, you've gone to genius on my people-meter.

But I have a few questions.
1. How on earth did you think of this movie/plot/idea? Did someone just mention Hitler or the Nazi's around you and you thought in your head "I wonder what it would have been like, if Hitler had been murdered much earlier?" And then you just work backward from there?

2. In the screenplay, you go into a little more detail on the Bear Jew's bat, and what all the scribbling on it is about-- but that part was cut from the movie. WHY!? That was one of my favorite parts! It was like a little old lady was getting her hands on the Nazi's.

3. In the scene where Shoshanna meets Col. Hans Landa in the restaurant, why did you change her reaction? In the screenplay, she wets herself... and in the film she just gets really upset. Obviously the former is a little more shocking, but that's what I've come to count on you for-- so why'd you change it?

4. What's your favorite book, who's your favorite author, and what's your favorite movie/film? You can only pick on in each category, and it can't be yourself. Sorry if you think it's unfair because that is three questions in one.

5. How long did the idea for Inglourious Basterds brew in your head before you attempted to commit it to paper?

6. Why is Inglourious Basterds misspelled?

Okay that's enough on the questions (though if you want more I got 'em.) On to comments.

1. I am so torn between the screenplay and the film. Usually I can say I definitely like one more that the other (and it's usually the screenplay/book) but in this case, I truly can't decide.

2. Brad Pitt is freaking brilliant in this film. He does hilariously stupid but serious so well.

3. In my gruesome opinion, Shoshanna is most beautiful as she dies.

4. Thanks for rewriting history.

5. I would never have been able to identify the man on the piano bench as Winston Churchill, unless I read the screenplay. But clearly I'm not up on my historical figures, because I checked out a picture and now I see what you mean by being able to clearly identify him as Winston Churchill.

6. Invite me to the opening of your next film. Or send me a copy of a screenplay. I will give you open and honest feedback. I pinky promise.

And that's all I've got on the comments. And I'm sure you have a lot of other important things to do and google results to read, so I'll let you go. If you want to do lunch sometime, I'd love to pick your brain. I know a place that has great struedel. Again, thanks for the entertainment and giving us all something to think about. I think this might just be your masterpiece.








For my other readers who have seen the movie or read the screenplay, please feel free to give me your thoughts, or pretend to be Quentin and answer the questions!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wedding Update


A little wedding update for you guys... we have finally accomplished something! Two things, actually!

We are all set on a location (for both the wedding and reception) as well as a photographer. I am so happy to have these two crossed of the list, because from here, everything else should just fall into place.

So this also means we also have an official date:

October 23, 2010

I'm pretty excited about the date, because it's actually when my paternal grandparents were married in 1949, so there is some significance there for us. I guess it could even work for something borrowed.

The location is the Radisson at Star Plaza, near where my parents live. There are so many "pluses" to this place it is ridiculous. We can have the rehearsal dinner, wedding, reception, and Sunday brunch all in one place-- which is so convenient for our out of town guests, if they don't want to they won't have to leave the building! Plus there is plenty to do nearby with movie theaters, a mall, and tons of restaurants. There's also an indoor pool/waterfall-- how fun for a post-rehearsal dinner pool party? I can't wait for that weekend!

We also have nailed down a photographer: Amelse Photography. His work is great, and I'm really excited for him to capture our big day! What's also nice is he doesn't work "hours." Included in his pricing is the start of your day until the very last dance-- which is really awesome. I can't wait to work with him! Go check out some of his shots :)

I can't wait until October 23, 2010! Any wedding or wedding planning advice for us?



Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wordless Wednesday





I Finally Paid for Lunch (and an Apology)

I just got back from a work trip in Dallas/Ft. Worth. I work for a company called E-Z MIX, which manufactures different accessories for the automotive paint industry. I'm telling you this so you can understand that being both under the age of 25 and a girl, puts me in a very small minority when it comes to the industry and in my opinion, a very big advantage.

Anyways, one of the hardest parts of my job is taking our customers to lunch. I know, you're thinking, "THAT'S the hardest part of her job!?" Allow me to explain. As a manufacturer's rep, I should be thanking our customers for their business by buying them lunch. But usually with 2-3 guys aged 30-65 it's hard to convince them to let me foot the bill, even though it's a company card. Call it pride, but these guys are stubborn.

But this week I managed to pay for lunch... twice! A huge accomplishment in my opinion, and it makes me think my persuasive skills are improving-- which certainly doesn't hurt.

This brings us to Monday, three of us were having lunch at Dave & Busters, when I managed to pay. Our server, Linda brought the check, I gave them my company card, they returned, I entered the tip (a decent sized one might I add) and signed my name. I put the merchant copy back in one of those black holder things and laid it on the corner of the table.

Fast forward a couple of hours. The rep I was working with and I are en route to another customer. I reach into my bag for a pen, and what do I see? The black holder thing from the restaurant, pen, check and all. I must have absentmindedly picked up the thing as we left and stuck it in my bag. It makes no sense I know, but how else did it get in my bag?

So then I was paranoid that Dave & Busters and American Express were attempting to hunt me down. Linda our server was probably furious. She probably added an extra $50 out of spite. What if the other guys saw me stick it in my purse and just didn't say anything!? I finally manage to pay for lunch and I can't even do it right. Of course I was embarrassed for myself (which isn't uncommon) so I just stuck the thing in my bag to be dealt with later. Fast forward again to when I'm back at the hotel. I tracked down the Dave & Busters and called.

Me-"Hi this is Lauren Hyman, I was in there earlier and I guess I accidentally left with the signed copy of the check, a pen and that thing that holds the check."

Guy who answered the phone-"How do you accidentally leave with the check holder?"

Me-"I'm not sure, I guess I must have grabbed it and stuck it in my bag without thinking." (feeling stupid)

Guy-"So why exactly are you calling?"

Me- "Umm because I want to make sure that you guys don't need the signed copy to be able to charge me."

Guy-"Nope, we will just charge you for the bill, your server just won't get her tip."

Me- "Oh, okay! Could you tell the server, her name was Linda that I'm sorry... I feel really bad that she won't get her tip!"

Guy- "You want me to tell her that you are sorry you accidentally put the check in her bag and that she won't get her tip?"

I'm gonna bet he didn't tell her. And what's with the attitude? I was just calling to make sure they could get a payment! Sheesh. This is what I get for paying for lunch. I just thought you'd like to know, in case, you know you accidentally stick the check holder in your bag, too. Your server just won't get her tip. Sorry, Linda.

This kind of stuff happens all the time right?


Monday, August 24, 2009

Unidentified Soul Mate

I was doing a little catching up on The McMommy Chronicles, when I found this little gem. Apparently it's going around in an e-mail. I don't know how it hasn't made its way to my inbox yet though because I get every other forward known to man. Except this one it seems. And this one is actually funny. Regardless, I am stealing it from McMommy and posting it here, where I can pretend to take credit for it. It's okay, I already told her I am going to steal it.

Also, whoever wrote this, you are my unidentified soul mate, because I have had SO many of these thoughts before. I laughed out loud at nearly every single one. I also am on a work trip and so I am in my hotel room alone laughing out loud. Which feels semi-awkward. Also I think we may already know each other, because I have never heard of anyone else who thinks there needs to be a font for sarcasm except myself. So let's just give me credit for that one shall we? Anyways- enjoy:

Random Thoughts From People Our Age
-I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option.

-More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can
think about is that I can't wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that's not only better, but also more directly involves me.

-Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you
realize you're wrong.

-I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they've invented the lighter?

-Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're
going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.

-That's enough, Nickelback.

-I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.

-Is it just me, or are 80% of the people in the "people you may know" feature on Facebook people that I do know, but I deliberately choose not to be friends with?

-Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.

-There is a great need for sarcasm font.

-Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and
suddenly realize I had no idea what the f was going on when I first
saw it.

-I think everyone has a movie that they love so much, it actually
becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting
90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's
laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little
bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the
only one who really, really gets it.

-How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

-I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

- I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear
your computer history if you die.

-The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to
finish a text.

- A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the
spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

- LOL has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say".

- I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

- Answering the same letter three times or more in a row on a Scantron test is absolutely petrifying.

- Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart",
all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

- How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?

- I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars teams up to prevent a dick from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers!

- Every time I have to spell a word over the phone using 'as in'
examples, I will undoubtedly draw a blank and sound like a complete
idiot. Today I had to spell my boss's last name to an attorney and
said "Yes that's G as in...(10 second lapse)..ummm...Goonies"

-What would happen if I hired two private investigators to follow each other?

- While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and
instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

- Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

- I find it hard to believe there are actually people who get in the
shower first and THEN turn on the water.

-Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty,and you can wear them forever.

- I would like to officially coin the phrase 'catching the swine flu' to be used as a way to make fun of a friend for hooking up with an overweight woman. Example: "Dave caught the swine flu last night."

-I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.

- Bad decisions make good stories

-Whenever I'm Facebook stalking someone and I find out that their
profile is public I feel like a kid on Christmas morning who just got the Red Ryder BB gun that I always wanted. 546 pictures? Don't mind if I do!

- Is it just me or do high school girls get sluttier & sluttier every year?

-If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring
would probably just be completely invisible.

-Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go
around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from, this shouldn't be a problem....

-You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything else productive for the rest of the day.

-Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after DVDs? I don't
want to have to restart my collection.

-There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are
going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

- "Do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this ever.

-I hate being the one with the remote in a room full of people
watching TV. There's so much pressure. 'I love this show, but will
they judge me if I keep it on? I bet everyone is wishing we weren't
watching this. It's only a matter of time before they all get up and
leave the room. Will we still be friends after this?'

-I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello?
Dammit!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and
goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?

- I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not
seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

-When I meet a new girl, I'm terrified of mentioning something she
hasn't already told me but that I have learned from some light
internet stalking.

-I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle,
then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.

-Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising
speed for pedophiles...

- As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.

-Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still
not know what time it is.

-It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

-I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

-Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.

-Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car
keys in a pocket, hitting the G-spot, and Pinning the Tail on the
Donkey - but I’d bet my ass everyone can find and push the Snooze
button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time every time...

-My 4-year old son asked me in the car the other day "Dad what would
happen if you ran over a ninja?" How the hell do I respond to that?

-It really pisses me off when I want to read a story on CNN.com and
the link takes me to a video instead of text.

-I wonder if cops ever get pissed off at the fact that everyone they
drive behind obeys the speed limit.

-I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

-I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or
Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

-The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words,someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimated that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There's nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner.


The end. Unidentified Soul Mate, please come forward!

Daily Find: Shabby Blogs=Makeover!

I got a little creative today, and gave my blog a bit of a makeover! What do you think?

If you can't tell I'm very excited and it is all because I came across the adorable site Shabby Blogs. Not only do they have tons of FREE stuff to add to your blog, like backgrounds, buttons, headers and more, but through ShabbyBlogsBlog they also have tons of great tips on how to make your site look fantastic! And in case you didn't catch it the first time, it is FREE!

And look! I even have one of those fancy-schmancy signatures now:




Friday, August 21, 2009

Fabulous Friday: Fair Edition

This weekend, the Indiana State Fair is wrapping up here in Indianapolis, so if you haven't made time for it yet... you definitely need to! And this Sunday (8/23) you can get $2 off admission with a Pepsi can.

I guess I have always taken fairs for granted. I grew up in Porter County-- which has a very big fair, as does a few surrounding counties. So this time every summer, everyone made a point of going. And the same goes for the State Fair, just on a bit of a larger scale. But, I never realized that some places don't have county fairs until my college roommate freshman year (from California) was so excited to hear that I'd been to one.

Lainey-"What do you mean fair? You have YOUR OWN county fair? Like with animals and games and rides?"
Lauren-"Um, yes."
Lainey-"Oh my gosh, I have always wanted to go to a fair!"
Lauren-"Well I want an ocean and a boardwalk and 70 degree whether in winter. So it kind of balances out."

Or something like that, but you get the idea. So here we have our Fabulous Friday, Fair Edition featuring everything I love about the fair, in no particular order. Except for number one, because number one definitely deserves to be first.

1. The Food
Oh the glorious food. Go to the fair hungry. I suggest in between lunch and dinner so you can get away with having lunch AND dinner (with desserts for both.) When we went between Mark and I we had: a strawberry milkshake and grilled cheese from the Dairy Barn, a gyro, a snow-cone, ribbon fries and a pulled pork sandwich. However, the corn on the cob, strawberry shortcake, fried cheesecake, deep fried chocolate covered strawberries, and funnel cakes also looked very appetizing. Chocolate covered bacon is also available this year. Though those are two of my favorite things, not so sure how they'd be together...

2. The People

GREAT people watching. Every kind of person goes to the fair. So while your food is digesting, sit back and watch a couple hundred people walk by. This may also help in deciding what you want for your second or third or fourth course.

3. The AnimalsNot only are there cows, pigs, horses, and more, there is also a petting zoo with the most adorable baby goats. Rambo used to show pigs when he was younger (I know you wouldn't think that would you?) so if you can I suggest going around with someone who knows what they are talking about when it comes to the different kinds of animals/winners/etc.

4. The Random StuffApparently 2009, is the year of the tomatoes at the state fair, sponsored by Red Gold. One of my favorite buildings at the State Fair is the Ball State Ag/Hort building. This year there was a competition to construct something (I'm not sure on the exact rules) out of all Red Gold products. Above was one of the winners, a Hungry, Hungry Hippo! I was impressed. Also in this building is the honey/bee exhibit, the random gourds that grew into funny shapes, gigantic pumpkins and flower arrangements.

5. The DNR Booth
Okay so I wouldn't consider this booth "fabulous," and I probably wouldn't even go in there if it weren't for Rambo (aka Mark,) but you know I am a super-awesome-wonderful fiancee (pretend there's that little accent on the "e".) So of course I let him we wander around there for awhile. And if you are going with a boy of any age-- you should probably hit it up as well.

6. The Rides
So I haven't ridden any fair rides, recently, but that doesn't stop me from telling you that they are an absolute BLAST when you do. Of course, half the fun is you think you might die/shoot of into the sky because of how the rides look.

That about wraps it up... what's your favorite fair food or part of the fair?

Live & Love!
Lauren

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Book Love: Inglourious Basterds

Inglourious Basterds (yes this is how it is spelled) hits theaters Friday. I am excited for a few reasons:
  1. Quentin Tarantino movies are phenomenal in my opinion.
  2. I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the screenplay.
  3. Tarantinio rewrites history, with a much better ending.
If you can get your hands on the screenplay before you go and see the actual film, I think you should. It is a super quick read, because basically it should take you about the same amount of time to read as to watch the movie. On to book love:

(If you aren't familiar with what Book Love is all about, check out this post.)

Book Name: Inglourious Basterds
Author: Quentin Tarantino
Category: Film, Screenplay
Pages: 176

Brief Description:
According to Borders: "With such iconic films as the Oscar-winning Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Volumes 1 & 2, and Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino has become the most famous and revered writer/director of his generation. Now he's back with his most ambitious movie yet: the World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. Starring Brad Pitt and filmed on location in Germany and France, it has the largest cast of characters of any Tarantino film to date. The movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2009. The action tale follows the parallel story of a guerilla-like squad of American soldiers called "The Basterds" and the French Jewish teenage girl Shosanna who find themselves behind enemy Nazi lines during the German occupation. When the Inglourious Basterds encounter Shosanna at a propaganda screening at the movie house she runs, they conspire to launch an unexpected plot to end the war.

Why I bought it: I had the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book thanks to @LittleBrown. But the reason I picked this particular screenplay is because I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan, and I thought it would be interesting to see how he puts a movie down on paper before I actually see the film. I'm curious to see how spot-on the book is compared to the film.

Book Love: AMAZING. Tarantino rewrites history in a way we all wish we could. I read the book straight through and loved every second. And now I can't wait to see the movie. Sure the film will certainly be a bit gory, but its WWII and Quentin Tarantino, what else would you expect? Tarantino even makes little jokes in the screenplay and it's awesome to see his genius on paper-- exactly how he himself pictures the film.

David Robbins, who wrote the introduction to the book puts it this way, "While the film itself brings Inglourious Basterds alive in all its color, movement, and dimension, the manuscript provides a separate joy the movie cannot. The raw script provides and unmatched intimacy with the interplay of Tarantino's dialouge, action and locale when it is your inner voice delivering the lines, your own mind's eye shooting the scenes."

Book Quotes:

"They BOTH TAKE and GIVE each other so many BULLETS it's almost romantic when they collapse DEAD on the floor."

And again from David Robbins (he just puts it so much better than I ever could.) "To quote the last line of dialogue, delivered by Lt. Aldo Raine the somewhat warped hero-- and it's not a stretch to believe this is the writer/director himself talking to us off the page-- 'I think this just might be my masterpiece.' The script concludes with a piece of stage direction for all of us: They ghoulishly giggle."

Bottom Line: If you like Quentin Tarantion, naturally you'll love this. I'll also compare him to Chuck Palahniuk... kind of sick and twisted, but still so good.

Availability: Now available! And the movie hits theaters tomorrow, August 20.

Also: Check out Roger Ebert's interview with Tarantino to hear what what he thinks about rewriting history.

Read Away!
Lauren

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Good Vet vs. Bad Vet

Let me just tell you about my morning.

Yesterday I mentioned that King threw-up a little bit. While the post was hopefully entertaining and light-hearted, unfortunately King was definitely sick last night. In between sleeping, instead of acting like a playful pup he just laid there looking pathetic. So we made an appointment for first thing this morning to go see the vet (we weren't originally going until tomorrow.)

And so begins our morning. We arrived at the vet, we will call her BadVet for the purpose of this story. We sit down and begin telling the vet all of kings symptoms. She tells us that it most definitely sounds like parvovirus, and that unfortunately this is deadly to puppies. We could try treatment on him, but that would cost $2,000 and we couldn't even be sure that he would live. Oh, and sometimes parvo works very quickly, we could have just mere hours left with him. She isn't even going to do the physical exam because it isn't worth it. We asked if there was anything else it could possibly be, or if there was some type of puppy food we could try to get him to eat (King hadn't been eating.) Her only suggestion was for us to go back to the vet the puppy was originally taken to and back to the breeder to see if we could a. see if any of the other puppies had it and b. get our money back. Awesome BadVet. Thanks for your positive words, great advice, and overall ability to help us.

We leave, and immediately drive/call the second vet, who we will call GoodVet for the purpose of this story. And when I say we I mean Mark because all I can do is cry my eyes out about how sick my baby is and think about how we might only have a few hours left together before he's gone.

We get to the GoodVet, who did I mention? is usually closed on Wednesday, but came in because he is an angel. He looks at King and says, oh this boy definitely looks like he has coccidia... a very common, and very treatable parasite in puppies. He can do the parvovirus quick-test just to make sure (note BadVet did not have this test, even though she is an emergency clinic.) While the parvovirus test is developing he looks at a swab of King's doo-doo under a microscope and says, "Yep, definitely coccidia." He even shows Mark how to identify the cells. Which, in case you are curious, look like this:And, oh look at that, parvovirus test is negative. Which is a good, according to GoodVet, but even if he did have it, most puppies o drecover with just a syringe full of Gatorade every half-hour for about a week. You can do the math on this: $2000 vs. shots of Gatorade.

GoodVet gives King a syringe full of something to kill the coccidia. He also gives us enough to give King a little everyday for 10 days as well as two pills for him to take in about 2 weeks to kill any other potential parasites also common in puppies. He goes ahead and gives him a booster shot for parvo, clips King's nails, and gives us a whole schedule of the next three months of shots and boosters. All of this plus a new bag of puppy food for just $95. Like I said this man was an ANGEL.

But, can I just reiterate how much I want to hug GoodVet? And kick BadVet?

Thus concludes my morning. Now King is back to normal: prancing, pouncing and playing in a normal puppy way, thanks to GoodVet!

Sheesh, this Mommy stuff sure is dramatic!
Live & Love,
Lauren

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Adjusting to Mommyhood


Meet the newest addition to our family, a silver lab named Sergeant Kingston Silver:
King for short. He is also referred to ofter as "good boy," "baby," "junior," and "you little sh*t."

He is nothing short of ridiculously adorable, and we have been wanting a puppy for weeks now. Though we both grew up with labs, this is the first puppy that is actually ours. And what I mean by this is we don't just get the perks of being around a puppy, like cuddling and playing. We also have the parenting role.

Which makes me: a mommy.

Now I take my mommy role very seriously with King. He knows he is my baby and I knew the second I laid eyes on him that I would love him forever and do anything for him. For example, yesterday he had a little bit of sleep in his eye. And I got it out without even flinching. I'll give you time to soak in how momentous this moment was for me. I wouldn't touch yucky-doggy eye-boogers for anyone before King came into my life. But I did it... with my bare hands. That's love people.

King came into our family Sunday, and we went to spend the night at my parents house (we were looking for wedding locations.) And I could not believe what an amazing puppy Kingston was. He only peed once in the house. ONCE! What a good boy! And no accidents at all in the car unless you count his inability to tell if he is about to roll off of something.

And then we got back home. And there were a few more accidents (so far--thankfully, only pee.) Last night he must have either eaten or drank too fast though because at one point he walked up to RamboDad and puked on his hand. Hilarious, yes. But I discreetly went into the next room and gagged while RamboDad picked it up. So when I say I'll do anything for him, I mean I can do eye-boogers. I can't do puke. If I even imagine someone puking it makes me gag.

Side note: RamboDad has a very serious doggy-parenting technique. And by this I mean he likes to pretend like he is a dog. He will literally stick a chicken-flavored-chew-thingy in his mouth and play tug-of-war with King. I will attempt to get a picture soon because you probably don't believe me.

Anyways, he slept great in his crate, and cried to let us know he needed to go out. Which means no mess for mommy to clean up. Good boy. Then very early this morning he let us know he needed to go out again. Okay, good boy-- no mess. But they apparently it was play-time and go crazy-time. And pee-on-the-carpet-three-times time. I guess King didn't get the memo that Mommy isn't a morning person.

Cue RamboDad leaving for work. King passes out for an three hours so I can get some work done. This is working out well. Then King wakes up, and starts making that sound. I'm going to call it doggy-gagging because it's even grosser than human-gagging. But I know you know what I'm talking about. Please try to picture little adorable King puking. And me sitting on the couch gagging and feeling really, really bad for my baby in between gags.

I (somehow?) clean it up, gagging the whole way. I call RamboDad to let him know we had a little spit-up action, gagging in-between words because I'm thinking about it and he laughs at me! So maybe he is some kind of Superdad because he doesn't gag when there is puppy spit-up involved, but apparently I am just not that kind of Mommy.

Oh well, Live & Love!
Lauren

P.S. I have abolutely no idea how I am going to eventually handle human baby puking. Tips?

Friday, August 14, 2009

VIP in Vegas: Days 2, 3 & 4

Day Two-Saturday
Wake Up.
Happy Birthday to Nicole!
Go to the pool.
Feel like my insides are cooking because it is SO HOT.
Head over to Sunset Station to see cousin Diandra Asbaty bowl in the ESPN Finals of the US Open (Bowling.)
Feel important because we get escorted to super sweet seats.


Have dinner with Nicole's Family.
Walk the strip and gamble a bit. Side Note: Kim is AMAZING at Roulette.Get Ready to go out.
Blindfold Nicole because she has no idea where we are taking her.
Embarrass Nicole by toting her through the entire casino. Make her sing happy birthday to herself while spinning in circles.
Finally reveal the big surprise: Thunder from Down Under! (This is a must do if you are having a girls weekend!)Head over to Cesesars Palace to get into PURE. Meet people from everywhere... Romania, Pakistan, California, Italy and "Candyland."
Make new friends and get into the VIP section.
New friends take us in a stretch Hummer to the Wynn.
Gamble more (love all the red decor at the sister hotel to the Wynn... the Encore.)
Get a taxi back to Planet Hollywood. Totally overcharged for said taxi. Refuse to believe that the sun is coming up.
Go to bed as Kim asks, "What time should I set my alarm for?"


Day Three: Sunday
Wake up to Kim's alarm, but surprisingly awake.
Head over to MGM's pool.
Lay out/bake for a few hours.
Meet a bumblebee.
Decide we are going to tour a bunch of pools and head over to Wynn's pool.
Realize Wynn's pool is European when we see boobs.
Surprisingly none are fake.
Back to Planet Hollywood.
Get ready with our new Vegas Royalty outfits.
All-you-can- eat Sushi at Paris.
Take Jennifer to the airport. Sad that she's leaving.
Head over to XS at Encore. Love that it's outside near the pool.
Make it into Holly Madison's VIP section. Meet her and the cast of the Peep Show.
Make friends with Carolyn Pace-- part of the cast, who we totally loved!
Stay til the club closes.
Gamble. Side Note: Kim wins a ridiculous amount again in Roulette guessing 3 out of 4 in a row right!
Force Kim to cash out.
Decide it's bedtime because the sun is rising again.
Cab it back to Planet Hollywood. This cab driver doesn't over charge us. Kim insists on paying because she a high-roller now!Go to bed. Kim sets her alarm.

Day 4: Monday

"Sleep in" until noon because (yay!) Kim turned off her alarm.
Lay out at Planet Hollywood.
Enjoy one final Miami Vice poolside.
Say goodbye to Nicole and Vegas.
Decide we had the most fun possible.
Promise to return soon.

Thanks Vegas!

Live & Love!
Lauren

Thursday, August 13, 2009

VIP in Vegas: Day One

Hang on a second, it's Thursday!? Once again I fell into some sort of time-warp when I went to Vegas last week, and I am having a lot of trouble distinguishing which way is up. But it was so worth it.

Some how we managed to pack 5-days worth of hours into 3 1/2 days. It was amazing.

Approximate Day 1 (Friday) Timeline:
4:00 P.M. (EST) Finally get on a plane to Vegas with Kimmy.
6:00 (EST) Wonder how it's possible for someone (ahem Kimmy) to get so excited about turbulence while you think you are going to die.
7:00 (PST) Arrive in Vegas.
7:15 Get really Really excited to see Nicole and Jennifer. Squeal with excitement because it has been WAY TO LONG.
7:30 Head to Planet Hollywood to change. Really fun hotel room.
Randomly run into two other high school friends, Tara & Mike and decide this is officially our 5 year reunion.
8:00 Eat at P.F. Changs.

10:30 Head to Stoney's--an off the strip local place with country-line dancing and a mechanical bull.
10:48 Laugh my butt off and Nicole and Tara on the mechanical bull (how is it possible for Nicole's legs to be at this angle?)
2:10 AM Have an improv photo-session at the Las Vegas sign.
2:21 AM Decide someone really should clean the inside of the sign.


2:23 AM Head back to Planet Hollywood.
3:40 AM Kim insists on setting an alarm. I go with it so she thinks I am the kind of rock star who doesn't need sleep. It's nearing 4AM. Alarm has been set for 9AM.
3:41 AM Realize that "vacation" is going to be a lot harder than I thought.
3:42 Sleep.To be continued!
Live & Love!
Lauren

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

Today the most important man in my life-- my Dad, is officially half-a-century young. In honor of his birthday I thought I'd share all of the following dad-quotes with you!



"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." ~Clarence Budington Kelland

"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad." ~Author Unknown

"I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart." ~Adabella Radici


"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever." ~Author Unknown

"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes." ~Gloria Naylor


"You're only as good as the last thing you've done." ~Heard this one from my Dad, and it has been one of my favorite quotes since.

Here's to the next 50, Dad. Happy Birthday! Love you so much!
xoxo,
Lauren

Wordless Wednesday

Live & Love!
Lauren

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Nicole!

This weekend I am in VEGAS... to celebrate the one and only Nicole's birthday, with the birthday girl herself, Jennifer (you'll meet her eventually!) and Kimmy. Last time we celebrated in Vegas Nicole was turning 21, and we had a blast.


We are looking for a repeat performance tonight! I'd love to tell you where we are taking her for her birthday, but in case she peeks at this post... I want to keep it a surprise. It will DEFINITELY be worth a follow up post though.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NICOLE! I LOVE YOU!

Live & Love!
Lauren

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Book Love: The Hunted

Okay so I'm really behind on my book love posts. But I wanted to get this one up as soon as I finished the book because (drumroll please) I had an advanced copy!

So maybe this isn't a big deal to you, but in my opinion getting my hands on an advanced copy of any book means I have totally made it as a bookworm! And it's a book of my choosing no less. I also have to thank Twitter, without which I would never have found @littlebrown.

Anyways-- let's get to it.

In case you haven't read what Book Love is all about and the best advice I've ever received when it comes to books, be sure to check out this post!

Book Name: The Hunted
Author: Brian Haig
Category: Popular Fiction, Thriller, Suspense
Pages: 450ish

Brief Description:
According to Borders: "'New York Times'-bestselling author Haig delivers this thriller inspired by a true story about one man running between two countries, trying desperately to escape his past."

According to the back of the book: "In 1987, Alex was thrown out of Moscow University for 'indulging his entrepreneurial spirit.' But by 1991 he was worth $300 million. On track to become Russia's wealthiest man, he makes one critical mistake: he hires the former deputy director of the KGB to handle his corporate security. And then his world begins to fall apart. Kidnapped, beaten, and forced to relinquish his business and his fortune, Alex and his wife escape to the United States, only to be accused by his own government of stealing millions from his business. With a contract out on his life and the FBI hot on his trail, Alex is a desperate man without a country-- facing the ultimate sacrifice for the chance to build a new life for himself and his family"

Why I bought it: Like I said I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book from @LittleBrown. But the reason I picked this particular book out was because it was different for me. Most of the books I read have either some sort of life lesson, historical fiction or fall along the lines of love stories. I enjoy reading all kinds of other books, but in general that's what I'm drawn to. But since I haven't read a suspense novel lately, I figured why not? It sounds intriguing AND it's based on a true story.

Book Love: Like I've said before I only post Book Love posts about books I like-- I think it would be a waste of time for you to read an entire post about a book I didn't like. So naturally-- The Hunted falls into the Book Love category. It's really suspenseful and there were quite a few parts where I cringed (this is where reading is different from movies, you can't just look away!) I also liked the book because parts of it take place in Russia while it was struggling to turn from Communism to Capitalism... and you can tell Haig really did his research on exactly what it was like. For example, at one point the book illustrates how people didn't necessarily understand mass advertising from the start because with Communism there is no need to talk about one brand over another-- it almost seems like gloating about your product. I never thought about that, but it's interesting and I did end up getting my fill of history with this book. And knowing that this is based on a true story makes it even better!

Book Quotes: I'm going to skip this section this time... there are tons of suspenseful and action packed paragraphs I could show you, but since the book isn't available in it's final version yet, some things may end up getting cut. Plus I don't want to break any kind of law! :)

Bottom Line: If you love suspenseful, action-packed novels... this baby is right up your alley!

Availability: The Hunted will be available August 12, 2009 but is available for pre-order at Borders. Other places too, I'm sure but that's the only one I checked!

Enjoy it you little bookworms, and thanks again for letting me enjoy the book @Little Brown!
Lauren

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Bonge's Tavern

If you live near or around the Indianapolis area, you have got to make a trip out to Bonge's Tavern. It's actually in Anderson, which is north of Indy. Great people, great food, great fun and the perfect place to impress a date with a great meal (without taking her/him to a stuffy romantic restaurant.)
From the outside you would never guess that this place has AMAZING food but it does. There are always about 8-10 options but each of them are amazing. Our table got Creole Chicken, Prime Rib, Filet, Walleye, Perkinsville Pork and Sea Scallops. Everyone loved there food and was stuffed. Each is served with soup or salad, vegetable, potato and their specialty cornbread. Everything is really awesome. AND if you have food their desserts are fantastic, too! (Sorry for the blurry pics!)
Aside from the food you'll love this place because of the atmosphere... it's not some cliche fine-dining restaurant... it's a charming little thing with random decorations. The only downside is, if you go on a weekend, there will more than likely be a wait. The upside to the wait is, most everyone tailgates in the parking lot: alcohol, cornhole (that's bags for those of you who aren't Hoosiers) and all.

You can check out the hours, location and more at their website... I hope you get a chance to check it out! And keep in mind, we are a great double date :) Just ignore Mark's "satchel" (ahem, man-purse.) He really is cooler than that. I swear.
Live & Love!
Lauren