Out Sick

OutSick

This past week has been a rough one. I caught the cold and it knocked me around a bit. I’m happy to report that I finally feel better I guess there’s nothing a bottle of Mucinex and a box of tissues can’t fix!

Here is an update of my weekend:

Volunteer Event

Woo hoo! I finally began volunteering again! I found this really cool organization called Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry, which serves people in Bakersfield who need emergency pet food assistance. Basically, if a Bakersfield resident is having a tough month, they can fill out an application to receive some free pet food.

During this event, I was stationed at the dog treat booth. I opened new bags of dog treats and split their contents into two Ziploc bags so that we could give to more families. I would then take those treat baggies to the front desk to be distributed to the people and pets in need. Once I finished that task, I was sent to the cat food station, where I prepared bags of dry cat food and wet cat food for distribution.

I really liked volunteering with the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry. They are a group of people who really care and put judgement aside to serve their cause. I hope to volunteer with them again in the future.

Puppy Problems

Bakersfield has been pretty warm these past few weeks and along with warm weather comes litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. That’s exactly what I saw this weekend. My mom and I were out for a stroll and came upon a neighbor who had a litter of puppies. With a bit of hard work and determination, we were able to find one of the puppies a good home. We called her Zinc and she is now living with a dispatcher in a really good side of town with a big backyard and a happy little girl to grow up with.

Baby Shower

I went to a baby shower this weekend and it was adorable! It was a baseball themed shower, including a baseball themed cake! I didn’t win any of the games, but I tried my best. I also went with a few of my coworkers and got to know them a little better outside of work.

Charlie’s Hair Clippers

I got Charlie a new set of hair clippers from PetsMart. My last pair died after a few years of use, so I needed another pretty badly. Charlie’s hair is getting  a little crazy and overgrown. I’ll be posting some before and after pictures of Charlie’s new hair cut shortly.

Well, I hope everyone’s week goes well!

Talk to ya later!

 

-Paige

 

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Paige’s Confessions: My Bad Habits

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I have a few bad habits that I would like to point out in the hopes that by identifying these habits, I will be able to stop them.

  1. Nervous Tics-I have never been good at hiding my emotions, especially when I’m nervous. Over the years I have developed many nervous ticks, such as excessively opening and closing my hands, biting my nails, pacing, and scratching my head (I mean, like literally raking my fingers through my hair until little bits of my skin come off-yuck I know, but it’s true). I have slowly been able to wean myself off of some of these habits, but I usually just end up developing a new tic. One day I’ll be normal haha.
  2. Eating Fast Food/Over-eating-Some of my family members work at a local fast-food restaurant and they frequently bring home fast food. I don’t know how many burgers and french fries I’ve eaten in the past month, but it’s way too many to count. I definitely need to cut back on the fast food and overeating in general.
  3. Procrastinating-I have a bad habit of making to-do lists and not checking every single task off. Some tasks that I often procrastinate on include: washing dishes, folding my laundry and putting it away, cooking (the microwave is just sooo much easier!), waking up, going to sleep…
  4. Avoidance-when things get tough, many times I find myself avoiding the person or situation that brought about the negative emotion I experience. In order to better myself, I must learn to face the music and deal with whatever problem I am facing once and for all. This is the only way I will be able to move forward confidently.Curse
  5. Cursing-I mean sometimes a four-letter word is just perfect for the situation. It could also be offensive to others. Sometimes I get so used to cursing that I curse during inappropriate situations or around people who may not know that I curse or are not used to hearing me curse. I’m working on this, mainly by replacing curse words with weird phrases. For example, instead of saying “Holy s**t!” I say “Holy french fry!” Surprisingly, it works.
  6. Being a Worry Wart-I have always worried excessively. It’s actually this worrying and anxiety that has brought about the nervous ticks and avoidance. I feel that I’ve become less of a worry-wart, but every now and then I’ll have  a panic attack where I’ll feel like the world is caving in on me, that I’ll never pay off my student loans or save for my own place. I just have to keep reminding myself to breathe and that change comes slowly.
  7. Being a Chatter Box-I’m a very shy person…until I start talking and talking and talking. My own family have learned to ignore me while I ramble. I’m not really sure of how to stop talking excessively, but I’ll look into it.
  8. Talking to myself-(mainly because I run out of other people to talk to).doctor
  9. Skipping Doctor Visits-This is a big deal. I mean, we only get one body, and I’m doing a pretty terrible job of maintaining the health of mine! I overeat, don’t really exercise, and, to top it all off, I rarely go to the doctor. I have recently applied for medical insurance, so maybe I’ll go for a visit sometime.
  10. Staying Out of Touch with People-this may be a part of the avoidance behavior I exhibit, but I feel it is slightly different. There are a lot of people who have helped me over the years that I no longer talk to anymore. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s that I just haven’t put any effort into reconnecting with anyone. I definitely need to start messaging people more often and going on outings with friends again.

What are you bad habits and how are you working on overcoming them? Feel free to post in the comments section below!

 

Ta Ta For Now!

-Paige

Thumbtacks at a Dog Park?!

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According to ABC News, some crazy person (and obvious dog hater) has been planting thumbtacks at a dog park in Hercules, California. Who the hell does this sort of thing?!

Holy moly, am I angry! How could someone do such a thing to such harmless creatures? Not to mention the risk it brings to children in the area!

I realize that some people do not like animals for some reason or another, but that does not justify a person intentionally harming those animals. Especially in such a way that could be harmful to both humans and animals.

For what it’s worth, I hope the cops find this person and put them away for a VERY long time.

What do you think of this kind of behavior?

Source:

http://abcnews.go.com/US/hundreds-thumbtacks-found-california-dog-park/story?id=36907445

-Paige

Another Walk

I took Sonora for a walk at South Millcreek and have more pictures to show!

The last time I was here the canal was empty, so seeing all the water was a nice surprise.

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Can you see the water behind Sonora?

I’ve been working with Sonora to teach her to jump up on objects while we walk. It’s just an exercise I made up to help build her focus and provide more exercise for her.

Here’s Sonora as she jumps onto a pile of rocks.

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She tries so hard!

Here are more pics!

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Look at that pretty smile!
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What a good girl!

Hope you have a good day!

-Paige

My Student Tab

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Oops.. I did it again…it’s been a month since my last post. I swear I have a good reason! Well, it’s no secret that I graduated college last year. Throughout my education I had to pull out three student loans (nicknamed: My Student Tab) to pay for rent, food, and school supplies. In fact, by the end of my two years at UC Davis, my student tab was at $11,000. Gasp! That’s a lot of dinero!

But today, I am glad to announce that I paid off one of my loans! Yipee! I’m so happy! I’ve been working my butt off the last month to be frugal in all aspects of my life and to focus on working and making money for these student loan payments.

All the hard work paid off and resulted in me paying off a $800 loan. Now I can focus my efforts on the two loans I have left.

One down, two to go!

Talk to ya later,

Paige