life’s little moments

I’m going to keep this short and sweet because this weekend we have been up to our necks in ticks. I’ve turned into an expert tick remover overnight (can I put that on a resume when my housewife stint is over?), and if I never see another bloody, bloated, disgusting tick in my life, I’ll be a happy girl. Have you ever removed a burrowed tick with your favorite Avon eyebrow tweezers? It’s not a pretty sight. Making sure you get the head completely out is a bitch and it’s even more disturbing when the tick has a piece of your new dog’s flesh in its mouth, as if its taking away a souvenir from its short-lived stay. We’ve fostered dogs who have been in sad shape before so I was expecting maybe one tick, but not three massive ones that look like they’re about to explode from blood consumption. Speaking of ticks exploding — one blew up in my face. Is this considered a low point in my life? Sad to say, I’m sure we’ll find even more; this pup is covered in bites and sores. And I feel like my skin is crawling.

Oh, and by the way. If you didn’t catch the excessive photos on Twitter and Instagram, we adopted a dog. We think he’s a dachshund/yorkie mix and his name is Oliver. Malcolm doesn’t quite know what to think yet. Since Oliver is still a puppy, Malcolm can’t play with him… so he just stares… and walks away. I’m sure they’ll be best of friends when little Ollie grows. He’s only 5 lbs at the moment and I constantly feel like I’m going to crush him.

We’re also in the process of packing up our apartment for our big move to Florida on Saturday. We always do everything last-minute because as luck would have it, the Queen of procrastination married the King of procrastination. Our movers will be here today and we only started yesterday. Yes, we are kicking ourselves.

Enough about my glamorous life. Let’s look at photos.

Valentine's Day

For Valentine’s Day, B surprised me with a romantic cooking class at Sur La Table! Our instructor was very knowledgeable and taught us the proper way to hold knives and chop (apparently I’ve been doing it wrong all of these years) and helped us pan sear a New York strip steak and prepare a delicious 
souffl√©. I highly recommend signing up for one of these classes because it’s a blast and you learn a lot at the same time. Oh, and the food… yum! Note: Even though the website doesn’t mention wine, you’re allowed to bring your own. Another plus.

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1// The first time I spotted our Oliver at the pound 
2// His A #
3// Going back to meet him with B
4// Preparing for his arrival (TJ Maxx has the cutest, cheapest dog stuff!}
5// Happy to be free {he still doesn’t know how to play with toys}
6// Malc & Ollie would rather watch us pack than help ;)
7// Coffee & puppy on a gloomy day
8// Love getting my Julep Maven box in the mail
9// Coffee addict
10// Dog park Converse
11// Getting cleaned up
12// Homemade tzatziki 
13// Lounging
14// … & lounging some more
15// Our goal is to drink all of this wine in the next couple of days so we don’t have to move it
16// Delicious carne asada tacos at Rita’s Kitchen


Filed Under: Dogs, Life's Little Moments, Lifestyle24 Comments
  • PJ @ Planned in Pencil

    Oh, poor baby! We rescued a stray cat and it had a tick on its head by its ear. I will NEVER forget the sound it made as we removed it. Hurl. Glad he found a good home with caring people. Good luck with your move. We lived in Florida for 5 years after getting married. We loved it!

  • Bex @ Call Girl Designs

    When I adopted my pup she had mange. Multiple baths, vet trips and benadryl. I feel your pain.

    Hope your little man gets better soon!

  • Ashley

    I don’t envy your tick-filled weekend! At least your little pup is now in good hands! I’m very jealous of your cooking class, I’d love to do that with the hubby sometime! :) Oliver and Malcolm are both sooo cute!

  • Lindsey

    They don’t have any of those classes around us. I wish they did because that’s right up TJ’s alley. And finishing up that wine before moving is right up my alley. lol

  • Helene

    ticks! ahhh! good luck with the move! that sounds crazy. and love sur la table! yay for a new pup!

  • Amber

    Ahhh, I hate that y’all are having to deal with ticks! But how cute is Oliver?!

    That cooking class sounds like a blast. I wanna hit one up now!

  • Lisette

    I’m sorry to hear that this poor little guy is covered in ticks! He’s so cute! One fell off Chip once before it had a chance to feed, and I had to remove a nymph one from Daisy’s ear. She kept scratching her ear; that’s the ONLY way I knew. I think I would vomit if one exploded in my face. On a lighter note, I can’t wait till you live closer to me! And…..yeah. That whole procrastination thing with moving? I’m guilty too!

  • Jenn

    You are a saint for rescuing your new pup. I get so sad when people say they cannot adopt because rescued dogs are too much work.

  • Kenzie Smith

    Oh poor baby – ticks are no fun! That is so wonderful that you adopted him from the pound! We have a pound puppy and she is one of the most amazing dogs, we were so lucky to find her.
    That is the cutest date ever!

  • Joanna @ JayBirds Flight

    So glad you adopted Oliver! Thought I would give you a hint on removing ticks for future use…wherever the tick is attached soak it in rubbing alcohol. This isn’t bad for your pup and will make the tick retract its bite, thus making it so much easier to remove!

    Congrats on your new addition!

  • Nikki

    Yay Florida!

  • Jodi

    Ticks!? Gross. Good for you for handling that. I would cry and probably gag! Ha! The new doggie is a cutie.

  • Alissa

    Hey! Stopping by for the first time. We actually adopted a dog Valentine’s week, too! Must be all the love in the air. ;)

  • la petite lulu

    Ow ow ow! Ticks are awful – I grew up in the country and spent far too much time removing them from my horses :( Oliver is a cutie – I love the name (obviously!). Good luck with your move, hope it all goes smoothly!

  • Stephanie F

    Ah yay!!! Congrats on the new addition :) Frig I don’t blog for a few days and miss BIG news! I checked out his photos…he’s adorable.

  • Laney

    yayee….congrats on the new addition! esp one that was a stray. I know he’s happy. I’m in love with Westie’s. One day I will have one. How long have you had yours?

  • Heather Conklin

    oh no, that is so sad (and gross)! he is super cute though, both of them are. best of luck with your move – i just did it, so i know it can be crazy. if you need help drinking the wine, feel free to send some to sf for me. :)

  • Tallia

    this is an adorable post! it is so true that life’s little moments is what makes life so fantastic!

  • Kotryna Bass

    you guys are the cutests!

  • Rachel

    What a fun valentines celebration! Ew I hate ticks my skin would be crawling to! What a cute pup! I am your new GFC follower!

    Rachel ~ Topaz n Pearls

  • Veronica Lee Burns

    That cookies class sounds so fun! I’m going to have to see if we have anything like it here. And I’ve been seeing your sweet pup on instagram…SO CUTE!

  • Tara

    I stumbled upon your blog some time ago and just recently came across it again! Although you’ve experienced the moving gig way more time than I have, I’m also living abroad in England coming from the only home I knew a small town in Florida.

    I’m now an official follower and I’m excited to follow your adventure :)


  • tiarenie

    What a fun Valentines date! I would love to take a cooking class like that. Good luck with the move!

  • Cocalores

    Congrats on your new dog – has he adapted to his new home? =) We adopted our baby Coca almost a year ago, before that she had been a mistreated stray, and it took her some time to trust people again. Adopting her was the best decision we ever made!

    I am your newest follower now, by the way!

    Anja @