Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Saving Dogs

As many of you may know I am a huge animal lover. I love them all! Especially furry cute ones. I'm on a mission to save this world, one dog at a time. Though I love all animals, it seems dogs are my biggest passion. I love them, I love their cute little faces. I love the greeting I get from them when I've been away for only a few minutes. I love how happy they are to always see me. I love their unconditional love. I was talking w/ a gentleman last week and topic of discussion was the unconditional love you get from dogs. I had just recently told a co-worker (no not blonde girl) that if you wanted to really feel unconditional love - get a dog. He says to me yes, a dog doesn't care how much money you make. Doesn't care what brand clothes you wear or the type of car you drive. Doesn't care what your health issues are. Doesn't care where or how you were raised. Loves you always. He then says to me: Do you know where else you can find that same kind of love? I say of course "from God!" He says yes, that's exactly right....now what is Dog spelled backwards! I honestly never thought about it.
So I wanted to share w/ you the 2 lives we have saved recently. 

First meet Meatball:

Meatball was a 5 month old Great Pyrenees/St Bernard mix. When we got him he was 75 lbs. Meatball was in a kill shelter and had only 2 hours to live. If they didn't find him a foster home then he would have been put down. Senseless!!! He seemed to be pretty clean, and in pretty good condition so I believe someone got him w/out realizing just how big he was going to get. He was with us for a week before he was taken to his forever home up north. He was a happy dog, huge and thought he was a lap dog. He was A LOT of work though. Whew, I never knew that a dog that big was so much work. We had a German Shepherd, but she was a breeze to care for. He was still a joy and I was more than happy saving his life. Why exactly would you let a face like that be put down? 

Most recently we had Diego:

Diego is a 6 month old pure bred Chihuahua! Isn't he adorable? This little guy has had such a rough start at life. After being weened from his mother he was placed into a home w/ a couple. The man tragically died in a car accident and his wife chose not to keep him. She gave him to a lady who had him for a few months, and then decided she didn't have time for him. How unfortunate, because this little guy is an angel! So she asked me if I wanted him. YES! But hubby said no, we have 2 Chihuahua's and don't need another. Well we went on vacation, came home and when I went back to work, she came in. She said that she hadn't found a home for him and was going to take him to the pound. No no no...give me a day, let me talk to hubby and please please please do not take him to the pound. So I came home and asked hubby if we could take him, just to find him a home and promised I wouldn't ask to keep him, because I just wanted to save his little life. Hubs being the dog lover I am also agreed. So I got him the next day. Oh he was just the cutest, loving, and adorable. I had him for 4 days and got extremely attached. Hubby had a lady at work who's mom had just lost her dog to old age and wanted him. I reluctantly agreed. It broke my heart to let him go. Saddened me and I cried. Yes people after just 4 days I cried all day and all night for this dog. I had fallen in love! He's in a happy home, one that I am sure is caring wonderfully for him. I can also check on him whenever. 

So after taking in, caring, and falling in love with these 2 dogs, I ask myself: Am I cut out for this? I get attached so quickly and so easily. It breaks my heart tremendously to let them go. It tears me apart and I cry for them. I at first said I wouldn't do it again. It's too heart breaking. But I know the pain I feel is worth saving their lives, so the answer is yes. I am cut out for this, and I will do it again. I will have to suck up the pain and heartache to save their lives.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Minute w/ Ian & Kmama!

Monday Minute

Ok y'all Kmama who happens to be one of my favorite bloggers is hosting Monday Minute this week and I'm super excited about it. So read this, visit Ian and Kmama, make your own post and link up!

1. Who is your "what-if" person?
I honestly don't think I have a "what-if" person. I can't think of one, but if I do later on - you will be the first to know.

2. What is your nickname?
Which one? My family calls me Lissy, and Lissa. When I was younger, I was monkey. Though I don't know why...it couldn't have anything to do w/ my freakishly long arms. Which before you judge can come in really handy when you need something up high!

3. If you could choose how you died, how would you like to die?
I want to go quickly and painlessly. I think I spelled that right. Beyond that I really don't care. I just don't want to feel anything.

4. If you could have named yourself, which name would you have picked?
I don't know, something unique, I like unique.

5. Who were you named after or for what reason did your parents choose your name?
Nope I wasn't named after anyone as far as I know.

(What-if person being what if I married this person or am now in a relationship with "this" person)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Reality Show Junkie

Yes, I'm a reality show junkie! My favorite reality show of all has been on for 3 weeks now and I've been so busy w/ other things I haven't even talked about it. Big Brother! Yes it's my favorite show. Please tell me it is yours also.

This year the twist was the Saboteur and I can't believe they got her out in the first week. I was certain it was a woman, but I couldn't believe how quickly they got rid of her. Annie was the last one I had really considered. (I won't slow the page load by posting a bunch of pics.) 
Last week they evicted Monet. I can't say that I am terribly sorry to see her go. She was very catty, and dramatic. I honestly think that her and Britney are upset because the attention wasn't focused on them. Rachel and Brendon are quite annoying w/ their constant hands on. I mean do these girls have no self pride? Enzo (aka meow meow) is a complete joke and I can't wait for him to get the boot as well. While I don't like Rachel, she almost made me like her when she showed she has a soft side. Whether that was a front for the camera, or she's a genuine person as she seems I don't know. I liked that she has compassion though. 
I know who the new HOH is, but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I want so badly to sign up for the live feeds but I know I would never get any work done. I would be glued to my comp 24/7 calling in sick to work every day. So I get all my updates at Big Brother Network. It is a great sight with great updates, but be warned there are spoilers. I can't help but peek.
I can't wait until Sunday for nominations, though I know, again because I peeked.

Friday, July 23, 2010

This Is Me...Being All Mushy!

A friend is like a flower,
a rose to be exact,
Or maybe like a brand new gate
that never comes unlatched.
A friend is like an owl,
both beautiful and wise.
Or perhaps a friend is like a ghost,
whose spirit never dies.
A friend is like a heart that goes
strong until the end.
Where would we be in this world
if we didn't have a friend. - By Adrianne S

Heather @ Two Little Monkeys Plus Hubby is one of the best friends a person could ask for. Really! I have been through my own personal little hell these past 2 weeks and she has listened to me bitch, whine and moan every step of the way. What may seem to be a small problem to others, she never once makes me feel like my problems are insignificant. She puts up w/ me even when my overly opinionated self comes out and tells her what she probably doesn't want to hear.  I can't say thank-you enough. For listening to me cry, bitch, and for listening. 

Giving her props on my blog for a day, a week or an entire year would never make up for all the support she has given me. Thanks Heather...I love you for it, and appreciate it more than you will ever know.

Ok you can stop crying now Heather! Ya big baby!!!

Heather has made an awesome button to show her support of being drama free. I am proud to say that I stand firm beside her in wanting to keep my blog and my friends drama free!
Two Little Monkeys Plus Hubby

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Life Lock Review

As a member of BzzAgent, I get to try and review products and services. If you aren't a member, you should completely go and check it out, and become a member.

I was given the opportunity to become a member of Life Lock. First a little about the service:
LifeLock helps protect your identity - even if your information falls into the wrong hands. We provide you early notification of identity threats, search the web for the illegal selling of your information, help cancel and replace the contents of your lost or stolen wallet, verify change of address requests and much, much more.
A little experience from me:
About 3 years ago, I went to use my bank account and it was declined. I couldn't figure out why, because I knew that I had money in my account. So I called my bank. immediately as I was standing right there at the store, because I was humiliated and had to prove to them I was right. So I check my account and sure enough, it's negative. Hanging my head in shame, I left, went home and called the bank again. Turns out someone was kind enough to take my account information and sign up on a bunch of adult websites, draining my account. I was so angry. How could someone do this? Easily, I tell ya! Soon after that I realized I had lost a check, mine and my kids birth certificates as well as our social security cards. As I'm going through all this, trying to get everything back, I'm told that I have a house in my name. How amazing! I have a home, I don't live there, and I don't even know where it was located. (Just a side note, they will not tell you where you home you don't know about is) I won't even drag you through everything that I went through, but all is fixed now. 

Life Lock through BzzAgent has agreed to let me try their service for one year. So I jumped on it, having been through what I went through. The signing up process, a breeze. Really this couldn't get any easier. BUT...me being me, well I screwed up. After you are all signed up, they send you some emails with your sign on information. But not me, I couldn't get it right. I called the help line, I have to say that I was totally impressed with the level of service I was given. Not only was the girl extremely knowledgeable about the service (that is rare in customer service these days) but she was polite, and very willing to help. I felt like an idiot because it was an error on my part not being able to sign on, not theirs, but she assured me I was not the only one who did this. I am huge on getting good customer service from a company.

Already I see a complete decrease in the junk mail that I receive and the credit card offers. So if you are worried about your good name, go for it, give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Little Ranting

I haven't had time to be around posting. Between coming home from vacation straight into a 6 day work week, lots of stress and saving yet another dog, I have been busy. 
I always said I wouldn't let my blog be a bitch whining fest, or ranting. I mean who wants to hear my troubles. You come for funny stories. But life has been nothing but stressful hell. So to spare you of all my drama I leave you with a 2 funny things my son has said:

My sister, her boyfriend and I were in Wal-Mart and had decided to pick up some dacari mix. My daughter asked if we could make her a virgin dacari...my son then pipes up with "Well can you make me a virgin?" We all just about pissed ourselves laughing. Especially since he was dead serious.

Right before we left for vacation Lexi was telling me that "Aunt Flo" was coming to visit her. Braydon was sitting at the table and he says "well Aunt Flo is coming to visit me to." He was totally offended that we were discussing someone coming to see only her. 

My son is 11 yrs old...he still has the most hilarious moments. Thanks for the laughs bud!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Monday Minute With Ian & Michelle

Monday Minute
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This week's co-host is Michelle from Mommy Loves Stillettos

What's your real name? Melissa

Have you ever fabricated a story or anything on your blog?  Nope, I have nothing to hide, and I'm a brutally honest person.

When in the car do you listen to the radio/CDs/iPod/etc? I listen to the Ipod. Usually just my favorite songs on the way to work.

Describe the 'sexiest' item of clothing that you own: Me sexy clothes, none. I have work clothes and home clothes. Unless you wanna hear about my bra's and chonis.

Would you be willing to breastfeed your friend's three year old child? No, I personally think 3 years old is too old to still be breast feeding. But if it were younger and I could, I would ONLY if something had happened to her and she couldn't.

Join us and play along!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

2 Videos

Life has been busy, seems like there is so much to do when you get home from vacation. So I will leave y'all with 2 videos that I find adoring that I took while on vacation. Please don't mind my video taking skills because they are not the best.
So this first one is my favorite bears. They are Grizzly's, age ranges are 10-12. You will hear a little girl shouting Layla, and she happens to be my favorite.

This video is of the black bears. I don't know any of their names, but they are all adorable just the same.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Monday Minute w/ Ian & Jen

Monday Minute

Jen from http://www.adailyscoopofchaos.com/ is hosting this week by herself - her blog will have the linky, not mine.  She won the right during the Mission Monkey raffle.  Link up as next week the co-hosts return.  Jen wrote all these questions this week..duh.

1. Can you burp the ABC's?
Nope not at all. I can't even do like real good burps to gross out my husband.

2. So lets just say you have a 9+ hour drive ahead of you would you consider wearing Depends so you didn't have to stop multiple times?
No, I've done many, many 18 hour drives and never wore Depends. Besides, you need to get out of the car and move.

3. Would you rather...run your tongue down five feet of a NYC street or press your tongue into a strangers nostril?
Ewwwwwwwww....do I have to pick one? Uhm....Neither. I have to go w/ the street, snot is *gag* just disgusting.

4. If you had an envelope that contained the date you would die would you open it?
Absolutely! I would love to know when I'm going to die, then I could be sure to spend those last moments w/ my family.

5. Which one song describes your sex life best?
I can't think of a single song that would describe my sex life.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Just A Quick Post

Well we made it here, I was doing good until we started up the mountain to the cabin. Scary as hell. I really should take video of it. But here is our cabin

Monday we went tubing, but I have no pictures. I was to afraid to take my camera anywhere near the water. 
Tuesday morning Scott was walking on the upper porch and looked down to see a huge black bear. Him and the kids got to see it. By time I grabbed my camera and flew up the stairs it was gone. Then we took a ride on this:
Braydon even got to drive! 
After that we went to Cades Cove and seen a lot of cool stuff. From homes built in the early 1800's to a bear that was so far away I couldn't get a good picture of the little booger.
 On the drive out we seen this beautiful view.
An this drive out, would love to see this in the fall.
Taking a little walk out to the John Oliver house.
And a 2.5 mile hike to see this! I was very disappointed!

Hope everyone is having a great week!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

I'm off for vacation....FINALLY!
I will miss you all so much! I swear I will. I will try so hard to jump on and read, maybe comment, but I will post pictures throughout my vacation.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Work Life

It amazes me still the stupidity that people have in the world. I really thought that people would be smarter, kinder, and more patient. HA jokes on me!
I got a call the other day, old man telling me about his medicine and how he needs the insurance to pay for it. I was trying to explain to him that we do not deal with insurance or medication because we are a CAR dealership! He was Asian of some sort, but could not understand a thing I was saying. He kept saying "So it's ok then now?" Uhm no sir, it's not, you need to call your insurance. "So it's ok then now right?" I ended up having to say very quickly "We don't deal with medicine or insurance, please call your Dr and have a great day!" and then hanging up. All per the big boss.
Then I get a guy, tells me he's calling to activate his Visa card. Sorry, again I answered the phone and specifically stated what company we were, and in no way did I mention that we were affiliated with your bank or Visa card. I didn't say that to him, but I wanted to. I mean come on when you call a company, don't you listen to what they say when they answer. If you don't, please start! So anyway, I tell him that we are a car dealership. He asked me........."WHY?" Uhm because that is the company I work for and that is why. Seriously? So I quickly explain to him that we can't activate his card and hang up the phone since I have 6 other lines buzzing in all at the same time, and hung up. Wouldn't ya know...HE CALLED BACK! He said "Don't hang up on me, I want to know why you can't activate my Visa card" I say "Sir I am not a bank, I am not employed by Visa, but if you want to give that card number to me, I will activate it and shop" ....... dial tone!
A guy calls (get how these are all MEN, they don't listen), I answer the phone and he says "who is this?" So I repeat the company name...he tells me he can't understand me. So one last time, 3 times is all you get w/ me, and I tell him...doing my very best to keep my cool. This jerk had the nerve to tell me I don't talk right! Why don't I talk right you ask....because I have a "phone" voice, and that phone voice is a very soft spoken one, but clearly understandable. I felt like telling him I couldn't understand his ebonics! In the end, he wanted Child Support.
I'm really kind of worried about my Tuesday man. He used to drive me insane calling and insisting that I was with the BBB and that I was lying to him about who we were. But he hasn't called me for like a month, and I'm kind of worried about him. I like to imagine that he is in a nursing home and they took his phone priviledges away, but then still, I think calling me was some sort of comfort to him. Pray for my Tuesday man!