Monday, May 21, 2012

Max and Me

I'm not a dog person.  Never have been.  In the last 20 years or so, my natural reaction to dogs is to pull away.  I'm allergic.  So to have a dog in my house still shocks me.  I'll be doing the dishes and see Max peak around the island in my kitchen, and I'm still surprised every time.  The 16th marked our first month together.  Just two days after I had him, I freaked out.  I actually called my Mom, while having a mild panic attack, even crying, because I felt overwhelmed and anxious about what I had "gotten myself into".  I felt like he was a ball and chain.  What if I wanted to travel for months at a time?  What if I forget to feed him?  Do I have to take him everywhere?  What if he gets sick and I can't afford to save him?  I don't want to think about anybody else but ME ME ME!  Selfish?  Yes.  True? Embarrassingly so.
However, after one week, his cute floppy ears, silly looking under bite and his need to cuddle 24/7, won me over.  He loves to be outside, and when he runs around in a grassy fields, it looks like some cute commercial for dog treats or toilet paper.  He's super soft, sneezes when he's excited, loves to be groomed and the smartest little dog ever.  Did I mention he never barks and is extremely obedient!?  I just love my Max.
One thing he has been teaching me is patience.  I'm not very patient.  If I tell you once, I hope you heard it.  If I tell you twice, that's okay, I'll repeat it.  If I have to tell you a third time, I'll probably go bat shit crazy and lose my cool.  So Max, as obedient as he is, still has a tendency to do things on his own time.  I noticed my initial reaction was to always rush him.  If you know me well, you now that I use every minute of my time in the most efficient way feasible.  With Max, this is impossible, especially when we are out walking and he has to smell all 500 grassy patches we walk by.  It's like stopping every 10 steps, to sniff out an area for approximately 30 seconds, until I finally give him a small tug, and he uses all his might to stay there to sniff it out more.  GAH!  Or when he has to go poo.  JUST POOP ALREADY!  But no, Max tells me to enjoy outside, get some fresh air, and let him do his business on his own time.  I mean, who wants to be rushed to go poop?  This comes back to me being selfish, wanting it all on MY time and always being in control.  Is it bad to say that maybe having a dog might be a good precursor to a boyfriend/husband or a baby?  Just saying.

Some pictures and two videos after he pees.  Most dogs bury their pee, but Max tears up the earth, sometimes missing his spot by 3-4 feet.  It cracks me up every time.

Groomed and looking good!

Sometimes when he lays down, he leaves his leg up.... so funny!

I wish this video didn't have my gym card covering it... woops!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

It's Mother's day today.  The day to celebrate how awesome and amazing our Mom's are.  And as much as my mother is pretty kick ass, I'm not going to be talking about her.  I'm going to talk about another mother, not a mother to me, but one that inspires me.  I hope that when I do finally become a Mom, I am as giving and loving as Christy McDonald (Parrott).  Christy and I grew up in Ketchikan together.  We became very close in high school and have been friends ever since.  She graduated from college in Arkansas and then married Danny McDonald.  They soon had their first son, Taylor, and then a daughter named Bailey.  They are the cutest children ever and she is one lucky Momma.
Bailey is a year and half now and has Downs Syndrome.  This doesn't define Bailey by any means, but it was something that Christy had to prepare for and educate herself about.  Since Bailey has been in her life, I have been reading her blog and watching Bailey grow up through pictures and written word.  She is one cute and strong girl.  I encourage you to read some of her blog, to read about how having something that might seem scary at first, turn into something that reflects on their life in such a positive and beautiful way.
Recently, I found out that Christy is adopting a little girl named Juliette from Eastern Europe, who has Downs Syndrome as well.  These children are living in orphanages, and for the most part do not get the love and attention they need for healthy development or even survival.  Christy, in my book, is a walking Angel, but she needs our help.  The costs for this adoption are approximately $27,000!!!  She has a separate blog just for Juliette.
Please visit this blog and help donate today.  Want to take me to dinner, or coffee?  Well don't, instead, help bring Juliette home. My posts get anywhere from 50 hits to 2,500 hits.  If everyone that reads this donated $5.00, we could make at least $250, or up to $12,500!!  Click on the blog post or the donation box to the right of this blog.

Thank you friends.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

11th Season

How in the heck did May already get here?  April flew by!!   Friday we get our first ship and start our 11th season at Skagway Mining Company.  11 springs of bringing in boxes, unloading, pricing items, and merchandising.  11 summers of customer service, stupid tourist questions, and long days.  11 falls of counting 800 of this and 1,001 of that for a physical inventory.  11 lovely ferry rides home.  I can't believe it's been ELEVEN years!
This year, however, there has been a big change.  I had to say goodbye to my awesome leadership team, Jared, Katie, Willie, Brittany, and Jene, and welcome a new one.  I hired six new people this winter down in Seattle and it turned out to be a huge success.  Here are a few pictures of April.

From left to right top row: Jamie, Kaeli, Nick, Kevin, Cole
Bottom row: Adam, Sarah and Keri
Meet Kaeli from Louisiana!  She is in charge of our jewelry
and has a super cute style!
Sarah, 11th season, and Lauren, from White Pass,
helped us for the month of April.
Meet Kevin from Seattle and Nick from Portland!
This is Keri, a southern bell, also from Louisiana, and loves owls!
Meet Jamie!  She's in charge of our apparel.... God bless her.
Adam, our new warehouse manager, is super organized
and a smarty pants at trivia!
Our new mascot, Max!
Trivia Team - We won this night!
Our team name.  Trivia is played at the infamous Red Onion
Saloon.  Keri's last name just happens to be Hooker, so we are the
Hooker's Posse.