Happiness is…

Happiness is finding out that the x-ray was misleading and your dog does NOT have a mass in her abdomen. After that you can take great delight making fun of her shaved stomach.


and taking her to food truck rodeos where she can meet tons of new people to be terrified of.


It turns out Indy’s stomach symptoms were likely caused by allergic gastritis and she’s doing much better now. She also did great with the crowds at the rodeo. We enjoyed ceviche taco appetizers, an amazing black bean burger from Rolling Bistro, and some frozen pops for dessert. It was a much needed break from the non-stop grind our life has been lately… Just four more weeks of madness to go.

Happiness is the end of May πŸ˜€

Irony is…

Irony is…

celebrating a change in perspective with your therapist and talking about how to be prepared for the unexpected part of life…

…then finding out your dog has a mass that’s rearranging her internal organs and the vet is really worried.




Spring Cleaning

Hi everyone!

I would like to announce a huge moment in my life yesterday…

I managed to throw a giant Harry Potter (I think it was the 6th) book in the toilet from a room away!

Now before you get mad at me for purposefully throwing a perfectly good Harry Potter book in the toilet and ruining it, hear me out. It was baggage. Emotional baggage. From a previous relationship. My ex-boyfriend gifted me a paperback Harry Potter set one year and wrote love letters on the inside of each cover.

This was very sweet and touching at the time, but now, 3 years later, it’s just emotional baggage that I can’t sell at a garage sale <—let’s be honest, who would buy the Harry Potter series with sappy love letters on each inside cover.

Steve and I are getting ready to move into a smaller apartment (YAY less cleaning) so I’ve been going through my things and trying to downsize. Β While I was going through my things the other night and loudly singing along to my Broadway Hits Pandora station, I came across a bunch of cards, pictures, and things from that relationship. If you’re thinking how weird it is that I kept these things for so long well….it’s one of those things where the last time I moved, I was still hung up on everything and not ready to let go. Sooooo all that stuff got put up in a box on a shelf and forgotten about until now.

And I cried. A lot.

It’s easy to remember why you break up with someone. You can blame them and make them the “bad guy” for whatever reason. It’s a lot harder to find memories of the happy times. Especially when they catch you by surprise. You’re flooded with all the happy memories and start to wonder what happened to ruin the life you set yourself up for years ago.

Luckily, I’m dating this pretty rad guy –>Steve<– who sat down with me and talked it out. We talked about getting rid of that baggage that you don’t realize is still there (aka Harry Potter books). I was originally going to burn the books as a way of therapeutic release, but I’m also extremely impatient and didn’t want to try to build a fire.

So, Steve and I sat on our bed across from the bathroom and read each letter one last time. At the end of each letter, I tried to throw the book in the toilet. 5/6 books missed. But one made it and it was so satisfying that I cried again (from release this time).

On a separate note, I also signed the application for my first utility patent yesterday! Now I can put that annoying “Patent-pending” thing on everything I do (evil laugh)

Also Indy has been having a rough few days 😦

She ran into a tree and hurt her shoulder


Most pathetic look ever! It was hilarious how sassy she got when we tried to ice her shoulder.

She’s also been having some stomach issues and has let us know by lying dramatically on the bed….


We have plans to traumatize her with some time at the lake and a beer festival this weekend so I hope she feels better soon!

Dog days and dog years

Hi everyone! Another weekend has come and gone and I’ve run the farthest that I’ve ever run again. Nine miles yesterday! I have a 10 mile run next week and then two weeks of relative rest until race day!

This post is mostly about Indy though so let’s get to the important stuff πŸ™‚

wpid-20150315_152226.jpgIndy has really developed a love for people furniture but she also can really tell the comfy stuff from the not-so-comfy stuff. For instance she really doesn’t like the basement couch even though it comes with a matching chair. On an unrelated note, anyone want to buy wonderfully comfortable matching couch and chair?

That picture of Indy was from Thursday or Friday I think. Afterwards we decided to go out for sushi at a place we’ve recently discovered in northish Raleigh called Kai sushi and sake bar. They have a three roll special for $24 which is not a bad price at all and they have some unique rolls that they served to us on this excellent fish dish.

wpid-20150320_200158.jpgThis weekend was Indy’s birthday. She’s four years old now, making her around 28 in dog years. She still hasn’t settled down and found a man but that’s ok. She can live her life the way she wants to as long as she’s happy.We went for a long run/walk. She went about 5 miles with Amanda before they turned around and I continued on my for 9 miles. I hurt something in my leg around mile 7.5 and had to take my first ice bath when I got back. Amanda was very amused at my reaction although I didn’t see what was so funny about it.

We seared a steak for Indy as a special birthday treat. You can see her enjoying it below. If I had a premium subscription to upload videos you could see her inhale the whole thing at the end but alas, poor graduate students can’t afford such luxuries, especially after splurging on a better dinner for the dog than ourselves.

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After her long walk and delicious dinner she couldn’t fight off the cuddles. I don’t think she would have anyway πŸ™‚

wpid-20150322_221621.jpgI added another picture with me in it too but the angle and lighting aren’t half as good as the first one. Also Indy looks slightly more depressed…. or maybe has a stomach ache from eating a steak whole. Next time we’ll cut it up some for her πŸ™‚

wpid-20150322_221632.jpgUntil next time!

Little Things That Make Me Smile

Hi friends! Since last week the blog was a little bit of a downer, I’m going to overcompensate for it with happy things this week.

Yesterday was a pretty cool day in grad school world (read- it was chill). I’m stuck on research since I ran out of an etching material and Amazon’s 2 day shipping is not shipping fast enough. So I decided to head home a touch early and get some reading in.


Reading is way more enjoyable when you are outside and have a beer. If you have any doubt of my nerd status, I was excited about reading this…


Yeah it’s a textbook. Yeah it’s complicated. Yes I am way too excited about reading it and finding useful information.

Since Steve was at the library studying, it was just me and Indy for most of the night. Usually when Steve’s gone, Indy is pretty mopey and sits on her bed and ignores me. Last night, however, she hopped up on the bed to be my Netflix-watching buddy. Only, she kind of missed the bed and landed on me and promptly decided I was much more comfortable. It was pretty damn cute.


Other things that make me smile is the Wench house tradition of getting window decals/stickeys/idk-what-you-call-em-but-they’re-a-dollar-at-target. We typically buy things that spell out ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Easter’. These cheerful greetings do not last long because we enjoy rearranging the letters and seeing how long it takes someone to notice. Here’s the latest scandalous anagram…


Note: this is a combination of “merry christmas” letters and “happy st. pat’s day” letters. It now says…. Scram pappy. Its a shart. thyme ryds. (sometimes we have to make up words since there aren’t enough vowels in the holidays)

Today was soooo pretty out! So Steve and I ate our lunch outside by the fountains! So pretty ❀


We had some leftover spiced chickpea wraps that were stuffed with carrots, cucumber, and spinach. Super healthy!

Speaking of healthy…..(like my transition there??)….a side effect of both of us training and trying to save some money is that our diet has unintentionally cleaned up quite a bit! Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t grab fast food every day before, but we ate out a decent amount and that adds up! We’ve really started cutting back on eating out and such because we’re saving up money for…..(drumroll please)….A TRIP TO EUROPE!!!!

We’re going for 2 weeks and are super stoked! My family will be with us for the first week while we hit up Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. Then we’ll go to Berlin, Barcelona, and have a short day in London. My brother, William, will be with us for most of the whole thing πŸ˜€ It’s our first time to go to Europe so we are crazy excited and are saving up as much as we can (on our limited grad student budget) so we can live it up while we’re there!

Any suggestions on places to go, food to try, things to see…are more than welcome!