Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kristin the Hermit

Life after 8/7/2010 means that instead of planning a wedding, I fill my time with schoolwork. Plus, I'm able to freelance on my own schedule from home, so I don't have to worry about keeping hours at an office. This gives me lots of time to write and edit my thesis, walk the puppy, and, well... remain isolated.

Seriously, today before I took Mia out on a walk today, I smudged on some eyeliner to make myself feel like I was at least giving my appearance some kind of effort. Because, honestly, the only person I see on a regular basis is my husband, and he never cares WHAT I look like (bless his heart). The problem with working on my thesis and doing an internship and working from home is that, some days, I don't get out of yoga pants. I also assumed I would be more likely to exercise since I'm here a lot-- but no. The only activity I get is in the form of carrying laundry down two flights of stairs and walking the dog around the neighborhood a few times a day. Ideally, I'd be that energetic woman who gets up at 6am, takes the dog for a long run, showers and is cracking away at all her money-making writing projects by 7am... In reality, I roll out of bed when my husband gets out of the shower at 6:30 and proceed with the whole waking up process until 7, when I contemplate exercise, decide against it, shower, feed the dog and myself, then start interning at 8. I then procrastinate on doing my work until I can't anymore, do some work, procrastinate some more, get mad at myself for my lack of discipline, then get around to some more work.

I just.... I spend a lot of time by myself during the day, which I love (especially on days when my UC is bad and I'm sick and exhausted and out of it) but sometimes I miss human contact. I talk to Mia like she's a person who can give me opinions on my outfit (gray or blue t-shirt with these black yoga pants, puppy?) and force her to cuddle with me when I need a hug. I'm not lonely-- my husband comes home, we eat dinner and hang out. I get my recommended daily dose of human contact (also, there's facebook). But my schoolwork has really taken over my life. Actually.. I can't really blame my schoolwork, when it's a mix of a lot of things. But, I took it all on. I took on grad school, a marriage, a house, a dog, an internship, a freelance job with AOL. It really is too much all at once, but as long as I can keep treading water til the internship and thesis are done... I'll be fine. And then maybe at that point I can leave the house for more than a walk around the block, a trip to the grocery store, or a visit at my parents' house!

Here's hopin'.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

So busy

I keep meaning to update my blog, but I can never find the time to do it. Right now is a good opportunity-- it's 10:15 on a Saturday night, I just finished editing 30 pages of my thesis and wrote an article for the website I'm interning for. I deserve a little break!

Mia is doing well. We had our first night of puppy class last Tuesday and she kicked butt. The other pup in the class is a freaking PRECIOUS Chow Chow named Mya, whose owner is Kristen (and her husband, Randy). This highly amused me (seems it doesn't take much...). Matt was gone for a week at the Reserves, which kind of sucked, but I survived it. We're starting to fall into a little bit of a routine, but it definitely feels like we're still trying to find our balance in this new life of being married, owning a home, and being parents to a puppy. On a daily basis I'm juggling a million things-- interning, writing, editing my thesis, working on Patch, working on the house, taking care of Mia. I'm exhausted all the time lately, but it's no wonder why! haha Today we had acupuncture appointments, Matt for his back and me for my Colitis, and our acupuncturist kind of helped me get my stress under control and put it in perspective. Sure, I've got a lot of things to worry about-- but really, they're not big deals. And I have a lot of wonderful blessings in my life right now that I'm so grateful for-- namely my husband and our home, health, and pup!

So right now we're sitting around watching ghost shows on the Bio channel. I might cry myself to sleep, they're so creepy-- but there's something awesomely autumn about it. Definitely excited for October-- it's one of my favorite months. I love when the season changes and I ADORE Halloween. Thankfully Matt is on the same page, and we're ready to be creeped out a little bit, to decorate our house with novelty Halloween stuff, and to enjoy our first fall in our house. I've mastered apple crisp and we've got cider in the fridge-- can't top that!

As disjointed as this post is, I think it reflects my fried brain. Maybe next time I'll have more cohesive, organized thoughts! I wouldn't count on it for a few months, though..

Friday, September 10, 2010

Wow...

Well, life after the wedding has been crazy. This is my first chance to sit down and blog in a while! We've been working on the house quite a bit and we're still not unpacked fully yet, but we're taking it one thing at a time. One room at a time, really. To add to the chaos, we adopted a little puppy, too! I also started an internship with www.yourtango.com and I'm still working on my thesis.

So, in short-- life is nuts, but I love every second of it.

Our puppy is Mia, a sweet black lab mix who was found in rural Tennessee living under a car with her mamma and her littermates. They were covered in fleas and had huge patches of fur missing. Poor little guys were such a mess! But the Critter Cavalry Rescue took them in, got them healthy, had them fixed, microchipped and ready for adoption. They were put into foster homes, and our baby Mia was placed in a home just 45 minutes from us. The whole thing happened fast-- we called about her on a Saturday, talked to the lady who runs the rescue on Sunday, and on Monday we were picking her up from the foster home! Our heads were spinning a little bit from how quick the process was, but I'm glad it was quick-- as soon as we adopted Mia, it opened up a space in the foster home for another dog in a shelter to get into a home and buy some time before being adopted. Especially in the south, the shelters are overrun with dogs and cats and unfortunately a lot of those shelters are high kill shelters. Animals that aren't taken from the shelter in a week or so are usually put to sleep. That makes me so sad! Now that we have Mia, I can't imagine now having her around and I really cannot imagine someone killing her because she had no home to go to. So, even though we had a lot on our plate already, we couldn't pass up the chance to help a rescue dog.

And we LOVE her!

She's a sweet little thing, who loves everyone she meets. She has a wicked little sense of humor and she's very smart-- she's learning so much so quick.

Right now she's sleeping on the couch next to me and once she wakes up, we'll probably venture out to the park (or maybe just a walk around the block). We're still working on the whole walking-on-the-leash thing, but she'll get it. If only Cesar Millan could pop in for some tutorials!