Saturday, March 28, 2009

Laura's B' Bash!

Laura and John are finally tying the knot after like 5 years of dating and over a year engaged! We are so excited for them and ready for them to join the club! They are getting married May 2nd in Oxford----same church, same reception site as Brent and I...only one year later! I am really looking forward to celebrating our one year anniversary in Oxford!! We are only a month and a couple days away!! WooHoo!
Last weekend I headed to Nashville for Laura's bachlorette party! Here are some pics from the fun night which ended with a drag show in a gay/lesbian bar!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Friday Funny!!

Okay, so we just realized...No kidding, never even thought twice about this....
Brent will be a urologist (3 months and counting) and his new puppy is a COCK-a-poo!!
Hmmm....kind of weird, huh?!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Dog Whisperer

According to the breeder, Smoky has always been the fiesty one and the one who initiated all the play between the pups. Of course, I thought this was so sweet when he told us. However, I'm learning exactly what they mean by the "alpha male." Not good (at least yet). Even the vet told me..."yeah, you don't want to pick the alpha or the runt." Great....I never knew this, somebody should have told me!! I guess since I've always grown up with female dogs this has not been an issue.

So, I have been reduced to purchasing Cesar Millan's book---which by the way is pretty good, more of a story of life, than the step by step directions I was needing to make this dog behave!!

Anyways, I'm trying to be the "calm-assertive" leader of our "pack." Cesar teaches that dogs are animals and should be treated that way in order for them to have a balanced, happy life. It's ultimately what they want and need. NOT to be treated like a human child and we are the reason for their "issues." Well, I'm a work in process and trying not to let this small, brown dog rule our house!! I also think that ALOT of Smoky is just puppy. However, as of now he is not my couch companion I had hoped for when Brent is not here. He is usually just biting something, including me! The positive thing about his independant, dominant nature is that he does enjoy his crate and sleeps all night long without crying.

I think I should add that we really do love him, it's amazing how much a part of our family he is becoming!

DAD Rush

Last weekend, Dad finally got to come see us, our house and meet his "grand-dog!" Unfortunately, he also bought rain, rain, and more rain----but we still had a great time! Of course, we didn't take any pictures till the morning he was leaving, hint the reason I look like FABULOUS!! But, I'm posting them anyway for the sake of memories!! WE LOVE YOU, COME BACK!!

Sunday, March 15, 2009

To go or Not to go...

Back in January, Brent and I planned a trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico right off the coast of Cancun(April 25-30th). It is sort of our "one year anniversary" celebration and sort of "the end of Brent's first year" celebration. So, our flights are booked and we put a big deposit on the room.

Only about 1-2 months later, the US government announces a warning to all travelers headed to Mexico in regards to a dangerous drug war that is getting out of control.....This is from the Chicago Tribune.

More than 6,000 people were slain in drug-related violence last year, with daytime shootouts, bodies dumped in piles and beheadings. The grisly news has given pause even to veteran visitors, who have curbed travel to troubled spots on the U.S.-Mexico border, such as Tijuana and Ciudad Juarez.
Cancun and other beach resorts have escaped increasingly somber State Department warnings about Mexico—even though the city's police chief was arrested last month in connection with the slaying of an army general in charge of an elite police unit.
The latest U.S. travel alert, issued Feb. 20, describes fearsome conditions on the border and in northern Mexico, where shootouts have killed bystanders and left Americans "trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area."
"Robberies, homicides, petty thefts and carjackings have all increased over the last year across Mexico generally, with notable spikes in Tijuana and northern Baja California," the alert said. Ciudad Juarez, a city on the Texas border where more than 1,600 people were killed last year, is of "special concern."
The violence stems from feuds among rival Mexican drug traffickers and their confrontations with the police and army. It does not appear to be directed against tourists.
Mexican officials say their country is safe for travelers, but they fear more bad news could batter tourism, one of Mexico's top sources of foreign income and a sector that has been growing despite the bad news and bad economy.
During a visit to Cancun last month, the Mexican tourism minister, Rodolfo Elizondo, scolded the news media, saying the focus on crime was hurting the nation's image. Officials have tried to minimize the damage by noting that killings have been concentrated in three states: Chihuahua, Sinaloa and Baja California.
Mindful of Mexico's image troubles, promoters in the Cancun area are turning to a novel tactic: Don't mention what country it's in. Officials say they will play down Mexico in advertising the beach zone.
"The Mexico brand, in terms of tourist marketing, has weakened," Sara Latife Ruiz, tourism secretary for the surrounding state of Quintana Roo, told Reforma newspaper.

Colleges have warned their "Spring Breakers" to cancel their trip....which a lot are doing.

I say we cancel (just to be safe, literally).......Brent says go (no problem)! And, I do realize that with any travel, especially out of the country there are risks. And if you do stupid stuff and aren't aware of your surroundings...bad things are more likely to happen, blah, blah, blah.

So, the question is.....To Go or Not To Go?!?! The last half of our deposit is due March 26th. And we can get a full refund less $50 if we cancel by April 3rd. I'm not sure how plane tickets work as far as refunds or transfers?
This week is Spring we are kinda waiting to see how all of them fare.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Outstanding Resident!

Brent took "The Absite" a national standardized test that all surgery residents must take each year about a month ago. This will be Brent's only year to take it since he will be Urology after this year. Well, Brent is very pleased with his score--I had to edit this to Brent's approval, because he was horrified I had put up a score!! Anyways, nobody knows because I had said it backwards and basically gave him an awful result, hehehehe, but you get the point!

He is surely deserving by all standards. He has handled this year with such a good attitude, work ethic, and grace. Never once in this process have I ever felt the least bit slighted as a wife and friend. Sure, I've had my share of lonely nights watching t.v. waiting on him to get home and sure he's not been much for conversations at dinner when he's really tired (the other night Kristin and Thomas came over to hangout and cookout before they left Knoxville (They've been here the last 8 wks travel nursing)...after we had eaten, Brent fell asleep (slam passed out) at the dinner table---we just carried on and they left soon after)! But, LIFE IS GOOD, we are so blessed and I try to give thanks 2-3 times a day.

I wish he would post about how trying and difficult the first year is. I mean they expect people who "graduate" from Medical school in May to "be a doctor" July 1st. It is kinda scary...I mean the housekeeping ladies probably know more about patient care at that point then they do---and definately the nurses do (unless it's their first day too)! That being's true if you've ever heard...Don't get in a car wreck in July!!

I know (from bits and pieces) that Brent is highly respected among his collegues. And without a doubt...will be an OUTSTANDING surgeon at this pace. CONGRATS BRENT---keep it up!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

A whole LOTTA....

Poop and Pee, to put it nicely! I definately spent the first weekend cleaning up after Smoky. I felt like all I did was follow his butt (literally) around and the slightest little squat, I would scoop him up and place him on the newspaper. However, more than half the time he would sniff around and walk off--only to do his business somewhere else! And his favorite place to "do it" is the oriental rug in our den (which is probably like the nicest thing we have...From the Hardin's house)! The other problem with that---is that the rug is so dark, his poop blended in and I would literally have to get on my hands and knees...then follow my nose and search for it!!

Monday morning I had woken up an hour and a half earlier then usual to have plenty of time to play with Smoky and feed him before I had to put him in the bathroom for the whole day (which I was feeling really guilty for). Five minutes before I had to leave I sat down on the rug to play and felt something wet on my leg. I HAD SAT RIGHT SMACK DAB IN A PILE OF POOP. I cloroxed my leg, changed scrubbs and put Smoky in the bathroom and left for work (with a sigh of relief, no longer guilty)!!

Well, what a difference a week has made. He now has very few poop accidents inside, YAY (we take him outside very frequently). He's definatley settling in and I'm learning. My Mom had to teach me that when he woke up at 1:30 or 2a he was hungry (no wonder he wouldn't stop crying and go back to sleep). Needless to say "lightbulb moment" for sure, Duh! Now, he is sleeping all night (9:30p-4:30a) till Brent gets up and I feed him and he goes back to sleep till 7a when I wake up.

Lucky for our future kids....we got a dog first!!

Fiesty little pup, loves his toys
(notice the duck, he's gotta know where his roots are)

Pup and Dad (Brent thinking, I'm too tired for this, go get your mom)!

When he's the sweetest..


Friday, March 6, 2009

Friday Funny!


"They were still wet."


#1- Dishtowel

#2- Thanks Honey?