Boogie is happy and healthy! She’s growing quickly, and is slaying her puppy appointments at the vet. Her personality is truly shining through, and she is one funny, clumsy, smart dog.
Boogie got permission from the vet to venture out into the great unknown, just ahead of her full vaccinations earlier this month. Our vet told us that she’d be good to go for trips out to some of our favorite places like Backstreet Brewery, just as long as she wasn’t around a ton of other dogs or drinking from the same water bowl just yet. So, that’s exactly what we did, and Boogie seemed to enjoy herself there — I mean, what dog wouldn’t want to sit outside, eat leaves, and get attention from the other patrons? I think she enjoys getting out and seeing things. Here she is patiently waiting for Autumn to get out of school.
She really enjoys her walks — I’m walking between 5-7 miles a day with her. I’m really glad to work from home, because I’m not sure how else we would manage an early morning walk, a mid-morning walk, a lunchtime walk, an afternoon walk…an evening walk, and maybe a few walks in between, too. I figured Boogie would keep us active, in addition to going to the gym. It’s no joke! She does really well on the leash, so it makes it really easy. She’s beginning to meet the rest of the neighborhood, and she thinks everyone needs to meet her. Her favorite is the dog across the street – a big golden Lab named Akio. He’s probably 4-5 times her size, but she plays like she’s as big as him.
Our Christmas tree remained intact — only one fallen ornament because Boogie took it off the tree. There are a few presents that have been licked by her, and one — maybe two — of our “stockings” (they’re tote bags) that have the cords chewed. Overall, it’s a bit better than I expected, so I’ll take it. On more than one occasion she’s been “caught” sleeping near or under the tree.
We also got the results back from her DNA test — it wasn’t surprising to us, but it was still sorta fun to do. Boogie is 100% Siberian Husky, according to the DNA test, and they detected at least three generations of purebred ancestry, according to the DNA. Seems pretty neat! It was mostly for curiosity’s sake that we did it, given the claims that she was purebred, but we had nothing to back it up. The test did cover some drug sensitivities, as well, and it looks like we’re good to go.
Piggybacking on that, I sent out my Ancestry DNA kit in November. I got one for Aut a year or so ago, and both of my parents have had them done. I had a good idea of how it would play out, I’m really intrigued by the test and how it may vary. Ancestry notes that it’s not going to be a perfect mix right down the middle as it relates to the parents.
Given my recent trips to the England and Scotland, I’ve grown more curious about my heritage, and have poured over the genealogy binder my Gram gave me. It’s been really neat to see the results from my parents’ tests and compare them to the information my Gram was able to find — it’s actually very spot-on. It’s also been really neat to lay eyes on some of the places that I know my family came from.
My plan is to transfer the information she was able to gather up to Ancestry so that there’s a digital copy of it for the future generations. It’ll be a massive undertaking, but she’s done all of the work so I want to make sure that it lives on in a few different forms.
I’ve gotten started on some of it — I thought it would be tedious work, but it’s been quite enjoyable to me, and I’m really enjoying learning a bit more about my roots. I think that one of the coolest things thus far is having the potential mother/father information pop up on Ancestry, and it matches exactly what’s in the binder I have!
My grandpa just got his test results back, too, and it’s definitely reflective of the info my Gram uncovered, with the vast majority of his family being from Germany and Hungary. I’m really fascinated by how they’re able to pin this stuff down; I can’t even begin to imagine the amount of science and testing it’s taken to get to this point. It’s badass.
Check out my test results:
What’s that?! Finally a heading for concerts?! It only took literally months.
Metallica was supposed to happen in early December, but we decided against going. It pains me to say it, since we were so looking forward to going. The concert was in Fresno (about 5.5 hours from where we live) — the drive would be totally fine, and I was looking forward to it, except for the fact that California has been experiencing some pretty crazy weather lately.
Just a few days before the concert, we had two days of rain — some parts that are local to us flooded. Like water over the roof of the car kinda flooded in some areas. Thankfully, we just had a little standing water out back that drained quickly after the downpours subsided.
Anyway, the two days of rain made for some snow up in the mountains, right where we’d need to be driving. The 5 was shut down in both directions temporarily. Although the forecast looked mostly ok a few days out, we really had no way of knowing what we might be encountering. Pair that with alternate routes being scorched because of fires, or covered in mud because of mudslides following the fires and the rain…it seemed like venturing hours from home might not be the slickest idea. Five and a half hours could easily turn into double that. As it turns out, there was a major rock slide that shut down a route we may have taken to avoid the larger highways. I sorta feel like we dodged a bullet with all of these crazy conditions.
I’m thankful that the tickets sold, so we were able to recoup some of the expense!
I did get to check another off my bucket list, though, since Stone Sour was playing down the road from us at House of Blues! Here’s a cruddy pic as proof that I went, haha.
Joyous Wolf and Aeges opened for them. I’d never heard of either, but I thoroughly enjoyed Joyous Wolf — they had a real bluesy-rock sound, and they also covered Mississippi Queen. Stone Sour put on a good freaking show, even if we didn’t stay for the whole thing. It was their last show of their tour, and they totally brought out confetti cannons – a little unexpected, haha. Corey Taylor was definitely high energy, so I can only imagine what a Slipknot show would be like.
Not only did that happen but they actually followed through! I’m watching Minted like a hawk right now, because I’m so excited to see it in action!
As 2018 is drawing to a close, I’m getting ready to start releasing new fonts! I’m so jazzed about 2019, and feel like the goals I’ve set is entirely within my reach.
This year was our first California Christmas since we’ve been here. While I’m a bit bummed that I missed seeing my family back in Florida and South Carolina, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves here. It was a bit of a mess getting there, but it was worth it!
There was a delay with the last flight Jeff + the kids needed to make to get home. Weather in Houston was pretty bad, so there was really nothing that could be done about it. The delay resulted in their flight being diverted to LAX, rather than John Wayne in Santa Ana — apparently, John Wayne has a curfew for incoming flights. The delay in Houston made it so that their plane wouldn’t have made the curfew, since it was so late. Long story short, I drove to LAX at midnight to pick them up, since it didn’t seem like an amazing idea after 18 hours of travel for them to get on a shuttle bus to go to John Wayne to be picked up…where the airport was already “closed.”
No one slept too much that night, getting back in at 1:30am, and then celebrating our Christmas a few hours later…but it was fun to have everyone around the tree, opening gifts up that we typically wouldn’t have gotten. Because we’re used to traveling at Christmas, we usually stick to smaller gifts or gift cards so that it’s easier to get back home. We didn’t have to worry about it so much this time, which was really nice to gift everyone with something that we felt was more thoughtful than practical for traveling.
Ethan and Kirsten don’t have to go back to South Carolina until the 5th or 6th of January, so we’re still enjoying having everyone together right now. Boogie is beside herself with all of the attention she’s getting… and us, the parents? I don’t know, I think we’re both pretty thankful to have everyone together, getting along, and really becoming the best of friends as they get older. At the risk of sounding sappy, it’s really heartwarming to see these kids actually want to hang out together and listen to them laugh.
I’m eager to get the new year started. Even though it’s just another turn of the night to day, there’s something about it that makes it feel a little more fresh. In addition to my biz goals and some of my personal goals, I’m hoping to just live more simply this year and cut out a lot of crap, static, and negativity.
Here’s hoping 2019 is good to you, friends!