Friday, November 30, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Awkward Family Photos Pet Edition 2013 Calendar

In an attempt at regaining some normalcy around here, I'm getting back into the swing of things with some reviews and giveaways. Today, lucky readers, you get a little sneak peek at the 2013 Awkward Family Photos: Pet Edition day-to-day calendar.

Let me take just a quick moment to refresh your memory regarding last year's post on Awkward Family Pet Photos the book: review of seriously funny book.

You don't even have to read the review post if you don't want to, but you should at least click through to check out the photos included. Good times!

This year, the book has been expanded into a daily desk calendar. You know the ones--there's a square page for each day with a saying or photo or both.

Yup, that's it.

Usually a calendar like this sits on your desk and you forget to rip off the top page half the time and all of a sudden it's March and you're stuck peeling off page after page--or trying, unsuccessfully, to rip off almost three months' worth of pages at one time. Or, possibly worse yet, you have collected all of your favorites in a pile for future reference (like the time you saved the pages from the wine calendar that pictured bottles you swore you would go buy), only to come upon them later and get all annoyed at yourself for unachieved goals and toss the pages into the recycling bin in a huff.

Oh, is that just me?

Well, I'm not worried about that at all with this calendar. The fantastically awesome full-color (what a nice surprise that was!) photos and captions are so funny and ridiculous (or both), that you'll look forward to turning the pages--if you can resist cheating by looking ahead. And you won't feel obligated to save anything for later like some sort of real-life Pinterest board that just makes you feel bad. Not that you won't want to share some of these crazy pix with friends or co-workers. By all means, rip and share.

Here's a smattering of awkwardness from some personally meaningful dates:

Click to enlarge. That goes for all pix.

And here are some of the photos included on the actual calendar packaging:

This stuff is brilliant!

Would you like to proudly display a calendar like this on your desk? Enter via the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win your very own copy! (U.S. residents only)

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Disclaimer: I received one copy of the calendar in exchange for my honest opinion of the product.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Desmond Style aka 2013 Video Music Awards, Here We Come

Inspired by a video posted online by his cousin Dan, Desmond (who is now calling himself DSY) took to the internets and tried to make himself famous.

Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

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(Props to Dan, who has a much better chance at fame and fortune than Desmond does anyway.)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Desmond Gets a Job

aka Take-Your-Dog-to-Work-So-He-Doesn't-Destroy-the-House Day

Doing some filing.
Being snotty about stealing the good chair.
Looks like someone's got a case of the Mondays. 
"These emails aren't going to check themselves, ya know."
Working hard or hardly working?
Can't take this dog anywhere! He scraped his paw while playing fetch on his lunch break.

As you may have gathered, Desmond's been having a rather tough time readjusting to daily life. We all are, but he is probably taking it the hardest due to the fact that we can't explain anything to him.

When we were at the hotel, he had a few incidents at my parents' place. We cut our stay short and came back to be with him. Since then, we've relocated but it looks like we'll be staying put for some time.

Other than his changed eating habits, the biggest issue at hand is the return of his separation anxiety. We battled with this for many months after we adopted him and used a variety of options to combat it and keep it at bay. I'm hopeful that we'll get past it again, but there's great difficulty in managing it at this point and with this living situation.

While we wait for him to feel more comfortable in his surroundings and figure out that this temporary apartment is "home" until further notice, we are pretty much staying with him as much as we can. I know that's not the way to "fix" separation anxiety, but we literally do not have other options. He cannot be crated, and we cannot afford doggie day care. Eventually, I will start from the beginning and try to attack SA once more.

We're very lucky that I have the ability and permission to work from home most days of the week and my husband's company is letting him bring Desmond to the office once a week. We have many things in our lives to be thankful for, besides our cute, crazy doggie.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Desmond is Not a Hotel Dog

We stayed in a hotel for a little while, thanks to FEMA. Desmond came a long for the ride, and I was able to grab a couple pix of him looking happy-ish.

Before he went totally nuts and had to be brought back to my parents, who were nice enough to watch him while we took a few days for ourselves.

Le sigh.

But I had a feeling it would be an issue. Poor crazy doggie. Anyway, at least he's cute.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hurricane Update Part 2

Blogging on Life With Desmond is going to be sporadic for a while, other than some quick updates and product reviews/giveaways that I already had lined up (that have since been postponed a bit), but I really wanted to get on here now and say thank you to everyone who has been checking in on us, supporting us, thinking of us, worrying about us, and trying to help us.

I haven't been blogging for even two years yet, but I've seen what this community can do multiple times. People I've never met in person, bloggers from sites I haven't peeked at in quite some time, readers--you've all been a source of positivity during a time when it's been difficult to keep things in perspective even when I'm reminding myself to do that repeatedly.

So thank you. Really.

And you don't need to worry about us anymore. I keep repeating my new mantra: Stuff is just stuff; stuff is not what makes your life a good one. It's a cliche, but this has absolutely changed the way I look at life. We will be minimizing, simplifying, focusing on experiences versus things.

The worst part of this ordeal will be over in a few weeks and we'll be able to get settled semi-permanently into a place to live. We're still with my folks right now but are soon moving to a hotel for a while--yes, with Desmond. And, yes, I remember what happened last time--and will hopefully be moving into our final destination around Thanksgiving. Early estimates on when we will be able to return to our home are six months or so.

We are, of course, taking into consideration all of Desmond's needs during this craziness and doing the best we can. If the hotel thing is making him crazy, we will head back for refuge with our parents. Unfortunately, the poor dog doesn't have much of a routine right now but he will soon enough. He's handling it far better than I ever thought he would. He probably most misses the dog park, and I know he's got no complaints about the amount of people food my parents are shoving in his mouth (all safe for doggies--they've been schooled). Don't worry; he's not gaining any weight at all. He may actually be losing. It's kind of odd. Perhaps it's stress? He's eating more and getting less exercise. And I call shenanigans on that, because NO FAIR.

Anyway, I'll be back with those reviews and giveaways at some point. For now, here are some random pix of Mr. D. along with some photos we took on/around our block in the days after we returned to see the damage at home.

While sitting up after eating

Looking tough after a morning walk 

Not understanding benches

Some fish we found in our yard/garage
When we returned to our neighborhood after the storm, we had to park on the block I ran to when Desmond got out of the yard because cars could not get to our corner

Approaching the corner
Our block. We spoke to some neighbors who stayed at home during the hurricane. They told us that the water almost covered the street signs, and police boats were traveling down our block looking for people who needed to be rescued. I do not comprehend the mindset of those who choose to stay when they are ordered to evacuate.
Approaching our house and the park entrance
A boat in a place boats don't belong (in the same park where our dog run is--which was destroyed)

Craziness. Thank goodness everyone we know is safe. We hope all of you are, too.
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