Enduring All Things: August 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Holiday Weekend

Sorry I skipped Thankful Thursday last week. It has been a crazy couple weeks for me. Which brings me to today's Thankful Thursday. Today I am thankful for...

A Holiday Weekend!

This week has been pretty crazy with work. I was up well past midnight both Monday and Tuesday night glued to my computer trying to meet a deadline. Yuck. The good news? We finished at about 4:55 yesterday just making the 5:00 deadline! Praise! The better news? Monday is a much-needed holiday! We plan to have no plans and nothing sounds better than that right now. It may make for a boring Labor Day, but who cares? I look forward to a long weekend and an extra day of just being lazy with my husband and my furbaby!

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The ABC's of Me

I have recently acquired a few new followers to this blog. Woohoo! To celebrate and get the new folks a little up to speed, how about a fun get to know me post? I found this from Marquis @ Simply Clark a while back and have been wanting to post it for a while.

A- Available or married?
Happily MARRIED!!!

B- Book?
Reading "Wicked" by Gregory Maguire right now. My favorite though, besides the Bible, would be "Redeeming Love" by Francine Rivers

C- Cake or Pie?

D- Drink of Choice?

E- Essential Item?
Sunglasses. I never leave the apartment without them.

F- Favorite Color?

G- Game to play or watch?
Play: Softball; Watch: Football
Who else is ready for football season to start? We've got Clemson on Saturday!
H- Hometown?
Sugar Hill, GA

I- Indulgence?
Rolo's. Or really any chocolate candy with caramel inside.

J- Job?
QA Analyst for M3 Accounting + Analytics

K- Kids and names?
2-year-old furbaby named Pip

L- Life is incomplete without?
My husband

M- Music group or singer?
Loving Carry Underwood right now

N- Number of siblings?
1- younger brother Tyler

O- Oranges or apples?

P- Phobias/Fears?

Q- Favorite Quote?
It is easier to see God in the rear-view mirror than through the windshield. -Unknown

R- Reason to Smile?
Jesus loves me enough to die for me!

S- Season?
Isn't it gorgeous!
T- Tattoos?
No, thank you.

U- Unknown fact about me?
I hold the Georgia state bench pressing record for teen girls ages 13-15 in the 123lb weight class.

V- Vegetable you love?

W- Worst habit?
Biting my nails

X- X-Rays you've had?
Do teeth count?

Y- Your favorite food?
I wasn't sure about this one and had to ask Pearson. He said 'poppy seed chicken' and I was like 'oh yeah!' So Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole it is :)

Z- Zodiac?

Let me know about you! Pick your favorite question to answer and comment! 
Or do them all and comment with a link so I can read :) 
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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras

I know I promised this post over the weekend and I apologize. I really don't have an excuse other than laziness... Ahem, without further adieu...

Introducing the newest member of the Maugeri Family!
Name: Pip
Breed: Hound Mix
Age: 2 years

Pearson and I have been talking about adopting a dog for a long time. We always knew we wanted one within the first year of marriage. We were told to wait at least 6 months in order to get used to each other and to get our finances stable first. After 6 months we started talking about it and there was just always a reason to wait. I wanted to wait till it got warmer. Then we had to wait because we were going to be out of town a lot this summer. Every time we decided to go to the shelter, we realized something was coming up soon. We didn't want to leave him or her overnight with someone right after the adoption.

Anyway, all this to say, this was a long time coming. We went to the shelter on Tuesday with our adoption application filled out and four dogs picked out to look at. You can go to www.franklincountydogs.com and see the dogs and their biographies ahead of time. Well, we were unable to see three of the four dogs we had picked out for different reasons. The one that was left, Pip, just happened to be the dog we already liked the best just from reading his online bio. We played with him and took him on a walk. He was so sweet. And he LOVED Pearson. He went right up to him and sat in his lap. This was big because honestly, out of the two of us, Pearson was less fond of the idea of getting a dog.

We put him on hold until the shelter could get a hold of our landlord to make sure he was OK to have in the apartment. We came back the next day to get him and bring him home! All three of us were ecstatic! He had the name "Pip" at the shelter and we decided to keep it. We had been talking about names for as long as we had been talking about adopting. We wanted to name our dog after someone or something out of a fantasy novel/movie, i.e. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek etc. We wanted something not obvious... Bella, short for Bellatrix Lestrange; Ruby, short for Rubeus Hagrid; Finn, short for Finnick Odair... Pippin, as in Peregrin Took from Lord of the Rings, was on our list. So it was perfect. We are keeping the name he is already used to, Pip, and making it short for a beloved character, Pippin.
Look at his cute little tongue!!
Pip has been incredible! We really got lucky. He was already house trained and crate trained. He doesn't bark. He just doesn't. Sometimes he whines but that is all the noise we ever hear. He doesn't lick you all over [Pearson hates that]. He plays some but most of the time he just lays around. For instance, he basically lays on the bed beside my desk all day while I work. He is perfect for us.

The first couple nights he had a hard time going to bed in his crate at night. He would whimper and dig on the door trying to get out. We tried to ignore him as much as possible [we didn't want to reinforce this behavior], but we finally had to go 'yell' at him to stop. We haven't heard him since. He also wouldn't eat very well at first, but I think we now have a routine down that works.

Anyway, Pip is a great dog! We love him and he loves us already. We are very blessed to have found him so easily. It is like it was meant to be. If you are looking to add a furry friend to your family, I recommend looking at your local shelter first. These dogs and cats need loving homes.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Thankful Thursday: Pip

Today for Thankful Thursday I am thankful for...
Pippin Maugeri

I am so thankful that we found the perfect dog for us. I mean perfect! I grew up with dogs and have always been a dog person. I am thankful that God made dogs. I am thankful that the Franklin County Dog Shelter does what they do. I am thankful that Pearson wanted to get a dog. 

I will be posting all about Pip and how we got him this weekend so stay tuned!
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NYC Anniversary Trip Re-Cap- Sunday


We woke up relatively late Sunday morning and went ahead and checked out of the hotel. They let us check our bags in with them until it was time for us to head to the airport.
After getting that out of the way, we took the subway to to the High Line. The High Line is a little treasure of Manhattan that most people don't know about. It is a public park that was built around an old elevated rail-road track. It was such a beautiful park from which you could see a lot of wonderful sites of NYC. It was really hot and humid that day because of the rain, and even though it is 'little known' to tourists, it was still kinda crowded but I think it was worth it. It was awesome to see and experience this beautiful, hidden park right in the middle of Manhattan.
The High Line from the street as we approached. It just looks like a bridge.
Pearson enjoying the wild life on our leisure walk.
Taking a break from our walk.
The Empire State Building from the High Line.
Here you can see a bit of the old train tracks,
A view from the other direction with the back of a very handsome man.
We headed back to Times Square for some last day roaming. We hit a few places we hadn't seen yet.
One of these places was the gigantic Toys-R-Us with the 3 story Ferris Wheel.
The Ferris Wheel in Toys-R-Us! Each car was a different brand of toys.
King Kong on the Empire State Building all made out of Lego's.
The Incredible Hulk made out of Lego's. And the Incredible Husband!
The Statue of Liberty made of Lego's.

Life size Obi-Wan and Anakin figures.
Superman saved us from a huge truck... falling from the ceiling?
We also stopped by Planet Hollywood to look at the tons of movie memorabilia from all times on display. While we were there we had an afternoon snack to hold us over till dinner during our layover in Nashville.
New York 'Hollywood' sign at Planet Hollywood.
Sarah's dress from Hocus Pocus!
Marilyn Monroe's infamous dress.
The Rhino from Jumanji.
After finishing our appetizers, we got our luggage from the hotel and headed to the airport via subway. On the way, the rolling handle broke off the gigantic suitcase (remember, from my Thursday post?). So Pearson had to carry it over his head the rest of the time. We got to Laguardia and were not very impressed. I think we have been spoiled with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Oh well, the airport did it's job. We got on the plain and headed to Nashville for our 'short' layover. We got there to find out we had an extra hour delay. But we eventually made it home.

When we got home we had to have our wedding cake topper on our first anniversary! We had taken it out of the freezer before we left and let it thaw in the fridge over the weekend. It was delicious! It tasted pretty much as good as it did on our wedding day!

Our trip to NYC was wonderful. I loved being able to do whatever we wanted without a schedule and to experience all these things with the love of my life. I love being married!

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

NYC Anniversary Trip Re-Cap- Saturday


On Saturday morning we casually walked around NY University and saw Grace Church and Washington Square park.
Touching the tip of Grace Church.
Such a beautiful building all around.

The Washington Arch in Washington Square
Selfie with the Arch and fountain-sorta.

NYU Physics building.
NYU Biology and Chemistry building.
We really liked seeing the differences with having a university crammed in the middle of Manhattan verses taking up half a city (OSU in Columbus) or being a small school spread out among some land (Harding University).

After our morning wanderings, we went to Junior's Deli for lunch. We had been told they have the best cheesecake around. We stuffed ourselves so full with our meal that we didn't have room for dessert, so we took some cheesecake to go and at it later. I must say, it was delicious.
After lunch, we saw the matinee show of... drum roll please... The Lion King!!! Oh. My. Goodness. It was amazing. As a lot of you know, I'm sure, I am a huge musical person. I love Broadway. This show was like nothing I have ever seen before. It was so unique and fantastic. The music was to die for. The costumes were amazing. And the set was unbelievable!
I'm excited to see the Lion King! Doesn't the lady who walked into the picture look excited too?
Scar costume
Sarabi, Mufasa, and Young Simba costumes.
Rafiki costume.
Pearson with the head of Mufasa's spirit from the second act when he tells Simba to go back and be King.
After the fantastic show, we did some more casual walking. (what I mean by this is we had no real goal in mind. We just walked around looking at the sites). This time we conquered 5th avenue. The only stores we actually went in were FAO Schwarz and the Apple store. Everything else looked too ritzy and we thought we would be out of place.
St. Thomas Cathedral on 5th Avenue
"Why is that T-Rex holding a Louis Vuitton bag??"
5th Avenue Presbyterian.

Pearson and Master Chief in FAO Schwarz.
The Big piano! We didn't get to play on it. The line was too long.
For dinner that night we went to Hard Rock on Times Square. It was really cool. I always love the atmosphere of Hard Rock and the guitars and outfits they have on display at this one are unmatched.

Pearson with the wall of guitars.
A guitar of Gene Simmons'!
After dinner, we walked around Times Square and observed it's intriguing night life. We visited the Disney store, the Hershey's store and the M&M store which were all amazing!
I was pretty excited here too...
World's Largest Kiss with the World's Cutest Husband!
World's Largest Hershey's Bar!
Green M&M dressed as the Statue of Liberty.
One of the many walls of M&M's.
We got back to the hotel exhausted again but looking forward to our last day in the city.
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