Shopping

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I had a lot of shopping to do today after work. I went to get my mom’s Mother’s Day present then decided to check out the bookstore and ended up finding this book that I have been wanting to read called “Oogy” in the bargain priced section for $2.97! It’s about a dog that is forced to fight in a dog fighting ring and becomes disfigured as a result. He is eventually adopted and the book is about his life with his new family. I’ll let y’all know what I think once I read it.

Then it was off to Petsmart to use Phoebe’s Birthday coupon at Petsmart…her birthday is May 28th. I ended up getting her the purple collar I saw when I bought her blue collar last week. Here is a picture of her birthday presents…the Blue Buffalo treats are not part of her present btw.

 They were already putting out the Blue Buffalo 4th of July treats, which is weird but Phoebe needed some more night night biscuits so I got them. I gave her one when I got home and they are so cute! 

 

I had to run in Target to get a few essentials and I stopped at the Starbucks inside to try the new S’mores Frappuchino….it is delicious!! I’ll definitely be going back for another one soon!

coffee and a good book

I’m so happy because my Marigold seeds have started sprouting!

  
My Citronella plant is spreading out so I’m really glad I decided not to plant my Basil seeds next to it.

  
Against my better judgement I got on the scale this morning and I was up almost 4lbs! I just figured with all the walking I did in Jacksonville that it would be ok but no one likes to watch what they eat on vacation anyways. I’m definitely going to start running again and taking Phoebe on walks to lose some poundage.

Trip to Jacksonville, FL

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We left Thursday night after our first stop….IMG_1145

We stopped at Arby’s for a late night snack and the pups were disappointed that they didn’t get anything….well Phoebe was anyways lol.

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Tunnel Time

Tunnel Time

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We witnessed a horrible wreck on I-10, which held us up for a while so we ended up stopping in Pensacola for the night.

Phoebe decided she was going to lay down on my pillow

Phoebe decided she was going to lay down on my pillow

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Photo cred: Keely

Pensacola Bay

Pensacola Bay

Phoebe and my nails match

Our nail’s match

We finally made it to Jacksonville!

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We got checked in then brought a few bags and the pups to the room. We went to get the rest of the bags and Phoebe started barking…I was so worried that she was going to bark the whole time and I didn’t want to get kicked out or have anyone complain.  After we got all the bags in the room I decided to take Phoebe for a short walk to tire her out as well as make sure she became familiar with the hotel so maybe she wouldn’t bark anymore when we left.

I took a few pictures, talked with a couple that had also pug, and found the poop bag station…which was a good thing since Phoebe embarrassed me by squatting on the walkway of the landing. We met 2 other pug owner’s during our stay and one of them worked at the hotel. Everyone <3’d Phoebe!!! Everytime I took her for a walk someone would stop us to wanting to pet her, tell me how cute she was and I even had 2 ladies ask if they could have her, which I politely told them no they could not ha.

The view from our room

The view from our room

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statue on the landing

statue on the landing

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We ended up eating in the hotel restaurant since it was convenient and we were all tired. We had the best waiter named Jayzer and he ended up waiting on us the next day as well.

Told you we were exhausted!   Photo cred: Keely

Told you we were exhausted!
Photo cred: Keely

The next morning Phoebe and I went for an early morning walk.

sea gulls

sea gulls

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A girl feeding the pelican and sea gulls some cheesy poofs

A girl feeding the pelican and sea gulls some cheesy poofs

Pelican

Pelican

Phoebe didn't know what to think of the pigeons

Phoebe didn’t know what to think of the pigeons

We discovered that there were several restaurants on the landing during our walk so we ended up eating at Benny’s Steak and Seafood. It was delicious!!! Keely and I ended up trying a local Hefeweizen called John Boat, which was good. We had another excellent waiter named Johnny. Will had chicken dish topped with crawfish and Keely had fried fish with fries…both were awesome!

Teriyaki Salmon with peppers and pineapple.

my lunch: Teriyaki Salmon with peppers and pineapple.

We met a cool couple waiting for the water taxi to take us to the concert. It started pouring while we were on the way and we were told that they weren’t allowing anyone into the festival.We were told they were evacuating everyone from the festival due to a tornado warning and everyone should go underneath the overpass. Eventually we were let in but the vendors were not allowed to sell anything so we ended up finding a cab to take up back to the hotel, but not before I got my picture taken in front of a giant gator.

Photo cred: Keely

Photo cred: Keely

We were so disappointed because we missed several bands that we were looking forward to! We dried off and I took Phoebe for a walk after it cleared up.

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Then it started storming again and most of the bands from 1-6 ended up being cancelled.

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She's so rotten!

She’s so rotten!

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Phoebe and her Uncle Will

Phoebe and her Uncle Will

We ended up seeing the last 3 bands of the night that we wanted to see and I also ran into 3 people who I knew. After the show we couldn’t catch a cab so we ended up walking 2 miles back to the hotel.

Sunday was much better because it was sunny so we saw all the bands we wanted to see that day and we ate at a really cool Irish Pub called Fionn’s McCool.

Phoebe's grumpy face

Phoebe’s grumpy face

Pepper's rock t-shirt

Pepper’s rock t-shirt

Take 1

Take 1

Phoebe and Pepper with their rock t-shirts on.

Phoebe and Pepper with their rock t-shirts on.

trying not to get sunburned

trying not to get sunburned

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We enjoyed a delicious but very overpriced breakfast buffet the next morning and then we were on our way home.

Phoebe slept on my lap pretty much the entire car ride home.

Phoebe slept on my lap pretty much the entire car ride home.

We missed going to Felix’s Fish Camp on the way to Jacksonville so we made a point to eat there on the way back and it was definitely worth the wait!!! I was torn between three options and ended up changing my mind completely at the last minute…..very happy that I did.

Crab stuffed fillet with alfredo sauce

My dinner: Crab stuffed fillet with alfredo sauce

I had a Swamp Water which was yummy as well. Keely had a Tropical Storm while Will had a Moonshine Mojito and they split a seafood platter.

They had the cutest t-shirt so I had to get one!!!

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Overall it was one of the best trips ever! Everyone was so friendly and we had good company. The food we ate was excellent as well as the service. Phoebe eventually got used to the hotel and didn’t bark unless I left the room while Keely and Will stayed there. The concert was amazing except for missing most of the shows Saturday and I will definitely buy V.I.P tickets again if only for the clean bathrooms lol.

Spa Day

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After all that rain the last couple of weeks Phoebe smelt like ….well a wet dog so she needed a bath especially since our trip is coming up. I gave her a bath, towel dried her then blow dried her. Here are some pics and video of that…

Don't forget my pin wheel

Don’t forget my pin wheel

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Ok I'm over this

Ok I’m over this

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Are we done?

Then it was time for the hard part…..putting lotion on her paws, cleaning her wrinkles and her ears. We played a nice game of chase the puglet around the house but I finally caught her so I could put the lotion on her paws. Phoebe hates for her feet to be touched! She has gotten a lot better about letting me clean her wrinkles and ears but I still have to bribe her with treats. I felt guilty for making her endure it all once so I also gave her a whimzee.

Phoebe with her gator whimzee

Phoebe with her gator whimzee

She crashed after that

She crashed after that

Until I started eating of course lol.

I too enjoy tacos!

I too enjoy tacos!

This morning everything seemed to go wrong but it eventually got better. I ran a bunch of errands today including going to Petsmart….twice! I got the best deal on a new collar for Phoebe that I’ve been wanting for awhile. It’s a Martha Stewart collar, which was normally $13 and I got it for $3.47!! The cashier was shocked too then I told her I had been watching it and she said it was meant to be. I completely agree and I’ve been lucky catching them on sale because I got a different Christmas themed Martha Stewart collar on sale too. I also wanted to get Phoebe a cheap I.D. tag just in case she got lost on our trip even though she has a microchip. She has an adorable I.D. tag but she kept breaking the charm off and eventually I lost the big ring to it. I got a clip so she could wear her old one but I figured just to be on the safe side I better get a new I.D in case it didn’t work….it did! I had already engraved the new I.D. tag so she will have a back up one. I realized I bought a small collar instead of a medium so that is why I had to go back to Petsmart.

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The new clip w/ Phoebe's old I.D. tag

The new clip w/ Phoebe’s old I.D. tag

Modeling her new collar

Modeling her new collar

Yay It’s The Weekend

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It’s supposed to rain all weekend just like it did all this week….I’m very sick of rain. My new plants are getting lots of water for sure unfortunately the space where I planted my Marigolds flooded so if Phoebe didn’t kill them (Read WANTED post for details) then being covered in water will. Oh well if they don’t make it then I’ll be sure to add more potting soil next time so this doesn’t happen again….you live and you learn.

Phoebe got her ears and wrinkles cleaned yesterday so on top of the treats I bribed her with so she would co-operate I also gave her a gator Whimzee.

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Not sure what she was barking at

We rented the Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death on Amazon Instant Video and let me save you the trouble of wasting your money….it sucked! I’m really glad I waited to rent it instead of watching it in the theatre like I had planned. You didn’t see the woman in black at all hardly, it was hard to see anything since it was so dark and the storyline was awful. The first one scared the crap out of me, which is why I wanted to see this one so badly but unfortunately it was a disappointment.

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watching the Woman in Black 2 with Phoebe

Phoebe playing with her raccoon.

Phoebe playing with her raccoon.

I’m supposed to work the will call booth for a concert today for extra $ for my Jacksonville trip. It should be interesting and I was told to bring something to do so if nothing else at least I’ll get to read some Game of Thrones 🙂

Hope everyone has a good weekend!