I spent so much time with dogs this weekend—I even dreamed about them. I’m pretty sure dogs can make anyone who’s feeling down happy, so my weekend was basically a roller coaster of fun.
On Friday Sarah and her boyfriend, a.k.a. Chalupa Batman, came over to our house with Venus and General in tow. The dogs met, and lined up in order of height for a picture. Basically my heart exploded.
An explosion of adorableness.
I know this isn’t a picture of a dog but here’s Michael and I playing “Head’s Up” in our overly decorated house. Seriously, I do not have decorating skills. I do, however, know how to pour a mean glass of wine.
On Saturday I went to Michael’s end-of-the-year ultimate frisbee party. We brought both dogs along. No pictures were taken because I was too busy eating pizza. One of the guys made his very own pizza oven. Now that’s talent.
Sunday we took Millie to bird-dog training in the natural grasslands of Alford, Texas. Millie is trained to flush out and hunt birds. It’s actually pretty cute to watch. She springs through the air like her breeding taught her, and is thrilled when she finds new birds.
These pictures are from training. They’re using pigeons for her to seek out and bring back. I’d say she’s a pretty good little bird dog. The cutest for sure.
Because I’ve talked about dogs entirely too much, I now have a blogger I want, no, need you to meet. Setarra of Quaintrelle. I started reading Setarra’s blog back when I started blogging (almost 2 years ago) and I was hooked right away. She’s a multifaceted and talented writer, whether it’s talking about her travels with her now husband (they just eloped a few weeks ago) around the world, her exploration of her city, her excellent dancing abilities, or her personal musings. Basically, she’s a lot cooler than I. Check out what she said below when I interviewed her:
blog? I started blogging 2 years ago, after I had corrective ACL &
meniscus surgery on my knee. A little back story: I used to dance professionally and
teach dance but then two and a half years ago, I tore my ACL during the tech
rehearsal before a show in DC. To say the least, I was devastated. But I was
able to lock in an opportunity to move up to NYC and
work behind the scenes for one of the top collegiate dance programs in in the
U.S. soon after. It was awesome because even if I couldn’t dance, I would at
least be surrounded by the arts. But soon after my surgery (which
has a 6 month recovery period to be able to fully walk and run; a full year to
be able to dance), I went into a bit of a slump because I wasn’t used to being
sooo inactive. So I promised myself that once I was able to walk, I would walk my ass all over NYC and
see what it was about this city that made it tick which is exactly what I did.
I shared those experiences on my blog to keep family and friends who lived afar
in the loop and fast forward to today = different city, same story. I’m back in
the D.C. area, sharing bits and pieces
of my crazy/beautiful life on the blog along the way.
you balance social life and blogging? Firstly, THANK YOU! Married life is the bomb diggity so
far! It’s like nothing has changed and yet, everything has. Secondly, I don’t..
Have balance, I mean. I love to make plans but I also hate being restricted by “order”
so half of the plans I make never come to fruition because I end up doing
something else haha. With that said, my goal for this Fall is to get organized
and try to stick to some kind of routine. I am currently juggling full time work, grad school, dance rehearsals
for a piece I’m choreographing, blogging, being a wife and having a life. I’m
the kind of person that likes to do everything on my own time in my own terms
but I’m realizing that there needs to be a compromise if I want to do it all
without killing myself. So yea, “organized creative chaos” is what
I’m aiming for this Fall semester. We shall see if I’m still alive by
December… Wish me luck!
blog? My husband, Charles, is pretty supportive my blog for the most part.
The parts he doesn’t like are the late nights when he sometimes goes to bed
alone while I’m still on my laptop writing a post or the moments when I’m
trying to snap photos of him when he’s not in the mood. But other than that, I
feel pretty lucky to say that he is probably my blog’s biggest fan and
supporter. He has a permanent guest-starring role on my blog and most of my adventures on Quaintrelle are his
blog) in 5 years? In 5 years, I see myself done with grad school!
(halle-freakin-lujah!) I may still be living in the D.C. area or back in NYC or
heck, maybe even in the Caribbean (my ultimate dream). I see myself working for
the arts in some type of capacity. I hope to be celebrating 5 years of marriage
(12 years total of being together) with Charles and who knows, I’ll maybe have
even popped out at least one child by then. As for my blog… In 5 years, I
just hope that blogging still brings me the same kind of happiness and fulfillment it
does now. If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 27 years of life; it’s
that life is too short to waste your time doing things that don’t make you
happy. So if in 5 years, I’m not feeling it? Then yea, I’m pulling the plug on
Quaintrelle. But hopefully (knock on wood), in 5 years, my blog will still be
alive and there will still be people out there who enjoy reading it 🙂
you since you started blogging? Ummm, hello! FREE FOOD! The first time I
got invited to go eat some food for free in exchange for an honest blog
review… My day was made! I still have yet to make money off of my blog but
making “free food” is by far the next best kind of currency there is
out there. I
looooooove me some food!
must-have advice to an aspiring blogger, what would it be? Just do you and
try your hardest to not compare yourself with other bloggers. Believe in what
makes you different and be honest with your online voice. There are hundreds of
blog posts out there with tips and suggestions for how to have a great blog but
at the end of the day, your blog is a reflection of YOU. So only take from those
posts the tips/ideas that fit into your aesthetic and fill in the rest with
whatever makes you happy.
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