Sunday, July 31, 2016

My New England Road Trip

My initial idea for this blog was to be a "how-to save money on vacation" type deal...but seeing as this was my first real vacation in a while and we spent way more than I probably would have liked, we are just going to keep it to how the trip actually went.


First stop: Holland Patent, NY
It was not supposed to be on the list, but our first AirBnB was a flake ( we will get into that ) and, since Nate had a coyote to drop off to this guy, we made it our first destination. This is a panoramic of the lodge we stayed in. Andy ( his client ) owns this lodge and about 484213878 acres of land around it. He let us stay here for free. After Nate hung the coyote for him, we just went for a simple dinner at the nearest Applebee's because it was convenient, then came back and walked a bit of the land. I had a fawn come within maybe 10 feet of me in a soybean field during our walk! It was awesome. We only stayed here one night but the area is beautiful and we definitely want to go back.

Second stop: Eliot, ME
I wanted to be as close to the border as possible, and by golly we were ( LOL ) Since I didn't want us to travel all the way to Portland, I thought that Kittery, ME sounded like a nice little town that would still have plenty of seafood and coastline. So I did a search on AirBnB to try to find a place, and that's where I found Drew's listing:




This was the room we were supposed to have; king-sized Sleep Number mattress, full PRIVATE bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub for $60/night. I was like, "This is awesome!" and sent a booking request right away. Well, I should've just stopped there when his shadiness started. From Jump Street, this guy was kind of a shithead...but he had good reviews and he was RIGHT where I wanted to be. At first, he wouldn't "approve" my booking. He said that he "had me in his books" and that we could take care of it when I arrived. That's my first mistake ( I'm new at this site! ) I asked him questions on their message app that he would completely dismiss, like if he wanted payment by cash or card when I got there. No answer. But I rolled with it. Thursday before the trip comes along, and this motherfucker messages me 3 days before I'm leaving and tells me he has a M-F tenant staying in that room and he needs to move us. I'm thinking, "Ok...NBD...seems his house is nice and big, not a problem"...until he tells me it's a queen-sized bed in his living room that's made "private" from hanging sheets. WHAT THE FUCK!? So we are already so close to vacation time, and we decide we can do at least one night in this situation. So, Monday rolls along...we leave NY and head to ME...5+ hours...we get there...the house is a mess outside...no one answers the door when we get there...I finally get a hold of Drew and he tells me he'll be there in 15...and when that fucker shows up, he tells us that the "room we were going to be put in is a mess, so we'll be much more comfortable in the camper"...EXCUSE ME!? I went from an awesome private master suite to a bed in the living room to a camper?! It's one thing if I booked KNOWING I was going in a camper ( and it really wasn't that bad to be honest ) but to go from one spectrum to the other is shady business. He was a fast-talking dickbag that knew we wouldn't find anything last minute on the coast for even close to the $50 CASH he charged us. This means that asshat gets people off the website and then charges them under the table so that he can make all the profit. And the house is gorgeous but he lives like a bachelor. I was pissed.

But now that my rant is over, Kittery was wonderful. We ate fresh lobster for the first time ( for both of us ) at Warren's Lobster House and it was delish...and such a good time. And then the following day we hit up The Kittery Outlets where I got a new Coach bag ( since my strap broke ) 


Third stop: Malden, MA
I chose Malden because it's smack-dab in the middle of Salem and Boston. We stayed here for 2 nights, so pretty much the day we arrived we just took it easy. We went to dinner at a nice Japanese place right in the city, checked out a local lake with a park, and then got a few drinks at Patrick's in town. I'm pretty sure my Captain and diets were made 90/10 and after 3 I was ready for food and bed.

On Wednesday, we headed to Salem. I wanted to check out the Salem Witch Museum and just see the town, so we did that. I enjoyed it...I also learned that the witch trials were a lot bigger in England and a lot less in Salem. Although over 150 people were accused of being witches there, only 20 people died and the trials were very short lived. They went through the story and then had a small museum based on the stigma of witches. It was interesting.

We also stopped in Gloucester, MA where I guess a lot of the guys from a show called Wicked Tuna weigh-in their fish. It's also where The Perfect Storm was shot and/or based. It was very pretty, and we stopped at a great restaurant called Mile Marker One while we were there. The burger was amazeballs!

 
Thursday was our Cape Cod bus trip. It became a mess from the beginning. GPS stated that we were 25 minutes from Boston--in the morning it said 35. We left early; we actually left a little after 8:00 AM to be there with time to spare by 9:30. That's over an hour to reach the transportation building. Well, we were the last ones there...holding up the bus...for an additional 10+ minutes. The traffic in Boston is fucking horrendous! I don't know how people drive in that shit daily. Luckily, the driver was nice and we weren't too off schedule. He drove us from Boston to the Cape and we visited the Kennedy Memorial and did a boat ride to see the shorelines and the Kennedy Compound. After that, we toured the town of Hyannis and then stopped in at the Sandwich Glass Museum. They did a glassblowing demonstration for us and then we headed back. 

 

When we got back to the city, we left IMMEDIATELY. We couldn't get out of Boston fast enough. We ended up just getting a cheap hotel for the night and then headed out in the late morning.

Last stop: New Haven, CT
I pretty much just came here to see Meg. Haha. Our plan was to see her Thursday, but with her work schedule it was best on Friday. We stayed right on the outskirts of the city in a nice little neighborhood. We took a nap and then when Meg got off work we went for dinner at a sushi place called Wasabi. She then took us to a beautiful pier called Parker Memorial Park. It started to rain as soon as we got there, but it didn't last long...so we had the chance to see the sunset and take a few pictures:



We finished up the night by getting ice cream at a place called Ashley's. Then it was back to the BnB for bed and an early departure.

We got back to good ole Pennsylvania yesterday around noon. I took a nice, needed nap and then it was back to reality with grocery shopping and dinner. 

All-in-all, I had a good vacation...and aside from the first AirBnB experience I would recommend it to anyone trying to save money in lodging expenses ( so you have more play money ) My other 2 were great; barely saw them, private rooms, air conditioner, cable. It worked out nicely.

But, even though vacation was nice, I'm glad to be back home and with my PUG! LOL.



Saturday, July 23, 2016

It's Been Awhile...( July Glam Bag )

It's been a few ( my bad... ) I can't believe I haven't written anything since the 9th! But with work and planning our New England vacation ( I will most likely blog pictures, so stay tuned ), I haven't made the time to get on here. But within that time, I received my July Ipsy glambag!!!:


Too Faced Hangover Rx Face Primer
I've always heard people in the "make-up world" talk about Too Faced ( usually their eye palettes ) and this is the first product I've used from the brand. I like this primer. I've used primers in the past that have actually made me break out. So far, this product has not. The sample size is very small so you can only get a few uses out of it, but I definitely like it.

Not Soap, Radio 'When life gives you one too many lemons ( and you've misplaced your happy place ) Hand Lotion
It's a long name, and from doing some research it seems like that is the pattern when it comes to this company's products. Although I was kinda meh about getting a hand lotion in my glam bag, the scent is light and the lotion gives a long lasting softness. I'm the type of girl that'll buy 238742983742 things at Bath and Body Works when shit goes on sale and then take 3.49 years to finish one bottle, so...I don't buy much lotion. But it's a nice little purse-sized tube so I have it in there now. 

theBalm Mr. Write ( NOW ) Eyeliner in Jac B Bronze
Super smooth liner. LOVE the color! I like neutrals and this liner looks like a glittery brown when I put it on. I was kind of hoping for the other option in my bag, which was a plum shade, but I do really like the bronze color. I like retractable pencils BUT I don't like not being able to sharpen them ( it makes it harder for a cat-eye look ) Very pleased with this product.

Revlon Travel Powder/Blush Brush
...it's a brush. 'Nuff said.

ModelCo POWERLASH Black Mascara
At first, I didn't like this mascara as much as the one I received in my first glam bag...but then I used it more and I. LOVE. IT. I get great length with this mascara simply using it by itself ( no lash curler or anything ) I've noticed a few times that when I grab the tube to use it, though, I end up opening it upside down LMAO! I guess because the trial size is so small and the cap is the same size as the base, I just grab it and don't realize. 

And with my points, I purchased:
Kiesque Liquid Palisade
This product is supposed to protect your cuticles from a disaster of polish when doing nail art. Not gonna lie, I haven't tried the product yet. Working in gloves all day, my nails are ratchet and all broken/short. But YouTube videos and Instagram users seem to really like this product. So we will just have to wait and see...

Remember, Ipsy is only $10/month...and if you sign up for a year subscription, you get one of those months for free. You can join here and we will both earn points for extras in our glam bags!

Hope ya'll are having a good weekend!

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Why I "Overlove" Pets

I know that when I talk about Lola, some people roll their eyes and scoff. They say things like, "You're obsessed with your dog" or, they just laugh. These people...are not truly dog people. If they were, I wouldn't have to explain myself. I wouldn't get the eye rolls and the giggles and the blatantly ignorant remarks when I speak of my dog like my child. I choose to love this way and it should be respected. Just because my "child" has four legs and fur doesn't mean my love means any less.



Growing up, I was obsessed with cats. My mother was a cat person and I remember going to the school library and checking out books on cat breeds and just reading for hours. We had dogs and cats when I was a kid ( and apparently, even a ferret when I was super small ) so animals were always around. But I think I truly fell in love when I got Lola.

I got Lola back in August of 2007 at 2 months old. I remember we went to the pet shop ( I was 20/21 at the time and not as informed as I am now, so please do not judge ) and we played with her and her sister. Her sister was so full of energy and all over us, while poor little Lola just sat in the corner all shy and afraid. I immediately knew that I wanted her. So we signed the papers, got the essentials, and took her home. 



And of course, like whenever you get a puppy, you deal with the crying. The mistakes on the floor. Debating on whether you're going to let them up on the bed/couch/your favorite recliner. But then you look at them and they are just so damn cute and you give them whatever the hell they want.

Then me and the ex that I purchased her with broke up. I took Lola with me when I moved back home for 3 months and awaited my new apartment to become vacant. It would be my first time living 100% on my own. I was 21 years old. It was a bad break up and I was thankful to have a loyal companion with me to help ease the blow. She snuggled me every night and was my little shadow. It was the first of many sad stories, but surely not the last.

Lola has been with me through break-ups and moves, through loss of friends and loss of jobs, she's snuggled me when I've cried and she's made it so that I've never slept alone. I can cuddle this puggle like a stuffed animal throughout the night easilyand she loves it up. Anyone who meets this little furball immediately loves her. She loves to get lovies ( especially from menfolk ) and loves to beg for some of your food with her big, bulgy eyes and the tip of her tongue ( not so ) gracefully sticking out of her mouth. She snores when she sleeps and she sheds like no tomorrow. But she loves...and she loves with everything she has. She doesn't know any other way. The unconditional love from a dog is something that you would never get from a human. You don't truly know love until you love a dog.

You can say that makes me weird, or dumb, or whatever. But Lola will never grow up to be a teenager who tells me that shes hate me. She'll never get into drugs or start hanging with the wrong people. She'll never get knocked up at 15 and make me a grandmother ( but that's a story for another day ) And what about the less-fortunate who are simply infertile? Do you feel it is okay to judge them for loving an animal since they cannot actually have a child? So why is it okay to judge me for my choice? Why do you laugh and look at me like I'm insane for loving a living, breathing creature that does have emotions like pain, happiness, shame? 


My name is Jenn. I'm obsessed with my puggle and I'm not sorry.


Friday, July 8, 2016

Colorblind

Racists don't just wear white robes. They wear badges. They wear military uniforms. They wear jean shorts and Polo shirts. She's the little old lady down the road. He's the homeless man living in a tent by the bridge. Racism is everywhere, no matter what color your skin is.

The video of the shooting of Alton Sterling is breaking the internet. Social media is blowing up with "Black Lives Matter" and the back-and-forth banter of Alton vs. The Police. Bystanders hiding behind their computer screens trying to justify the actions of both parties. But guess what guys?: we were not there. We don't know what really happened. All we have to base our opinions on is 1) a shitty cellphone video and 2) the reality that the victim was black and the cops were, well, white. It was a traumatizing video, and honestly, I don't feel it should have been shared with the world. To literally watch a man die on the ground is sensitive material. But so many opinions all over Facebook...it gives me a headache. I just need to give my two cents.

Racism is real. It's disgusting and sad and...it's real. America is full of racists, and it's NOT just blacks against whites. We are ALL labeled. And I SEE the injustice. I SEE the stupidity and the fact that it is unnecessary. People love to hate other people. But the fact that it becomes a media sensation when it's a battle between two different races is ridiculous, when there is black-on-black crime daily and ( I'm pretty sure ) many serial killers have been predominately white males. People want a reason to state why they are "right", and want to judge people based on the decisions they made in a situation that they know nothing about. 

Shitty people are going to be shitty people, whether they work for the law or not. A badge doesn't change anyone's viewpoints. Just like teachers fuck students and women are raped on a regular basis; bad people do bad things. You can point fingers all you want but it's not going to change anything. 

I'm not saying that Alton deserved to die. I'm not saying that he wasn't innocent or that he wasn't the victim of a hate crime. I'm also not saying that the cops are to blame. I'm not saying that they planted a gun in his pocket or that they shot him for no reason. What I AM saying is that this is a delicate situation that I know nothing about, thus not allowing me to make any judgment on the decisions of the involved parties. I know cops are to be held to a higher standard but, again, you can't make a shitty person a decent human being just because of the label they carry. What I WILL agree on is the fact that people feel they must fear cops when their intended duty is to keep the population safe. That is not how it should be by any means.

Women are a minority just like other races. You think I don't have to worry when I'm walking a street alone? You don't think attractive women fear being pulled over by the wrong cop and having something degrading happen to them? Do you know how many women have been murdered simply by meeting the "wrong guy", either on a dating site or even at the local grocery store? 

And look at the Orlando Massacre?! This was not just racism of Muslim against "American", but also prejudice against gays. SO many innocent lives lost all over hate. And it seems that each time something tragic like this happens ( which seems to be a lot more as of late ), it only causes more hatred and puts an even bigger wedge against us as people. 

You may read this and immediately think "white privilege" nonsense and say that I don't understand...and you're right. I don't understand some of the prejudice that other races deal with. But I grew up lower-middle class, country and even white people judge that. Everyone has a fucking opinion, and you're never going to change that. People need to be intelligent enough to make their own decisions about people and see beyond color.  

Let's stop making everything about race; horrible people carry no specific skin tone. We ALL bleed red. Chalk it up to the fact that some people truly just want to watch the world burn...

ALL LIVES MATTER!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Posh Pittie Bakery


Posh Pittie Bakery is a homemade pet treat company located in Cumberland County, PA. The owner just so happens to be my friend Mandy. And with Lola's birthday being last month, Mandy gave us a bunch of goodies to try out, and the girls loved taste-testings Lola's presents :) 

BP Maple Bacon, PB Molasses, Woofles

Now, I will tell you - some of these snackies look good enough for HUMAN consumption...and technically, with the small list of real ingredients that these treats are made with, you could eat them ( but I recommend leaving that to your pups ) Both biscuits have a short list of ingredients that you can actually pronounce and are good to keep in the bag or in a treat jar. The Woofles are best kept in the refrigerator until eaten, just for freshness sake. All my dogs inhaled all three varieties and Haley even wanted to take the Woofle container with her: 

Gimme that back!

Posh Pittie Bakery also does cakes, which is great if you're a crazy dog person like me and tend to celebrate your doggy's birthday's. The cakes come just like they would from a regular bakery; in a cake box, on a cake board. Enough to share at a "party" or to give as treats for a few days. Again, all simple ingredients that are safe for dogs:



So if you're looking for homemade treats that have simplistic ingredients and are safe for your canine companions, check out Posh Pittie Bakery either through Facebook or the Etsy shop!




 

Disclaimer: this is an unpaid review on Posh Pittie Bakery dog treats - just trying to get the word out on an awesome product by an awesome person and avid dog-lover. She also does cat treats!