Living with Cats Is a Poor Rehersal for Dog-Sitting

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There are times when you find yourself in situations where you are flooded with apprehension and anxiety. You wonder, “ How will I possibly endeavor to make it through this?” You may even find yourself becoming irritated at the person who placed you in that situation, only to take a step back and realize that you had a big part in getting yourself into that uncomfortable position.

My most recent example of this convoluted situation involves taking care of a dog. Growing up, I have never had a dog. In fact, even when my friends that had dogs, I wasn’t in the neighborhood long enough to get to know them all that well. For a time, as a child, I was actually scared of bigger dogs. I eventually became comfortable with them, and even to want a snuggle or two, but I’ve never been in a position where I was taking care of a dog. This goes double for taking care of a dog SOLO.

Even as a teenager or adult, I’ve never been asked to look after another’s dog for more than a few hours, and that was more-or-less on a passive level. None of my past relationships had an active roll in the family dog’s life, and so I did not either.  Did I mention that I grew up as a cat person? Yep- totally a cat person.

If this does not prove how much of a cat person I am, then I don't know what will.

If this does not prove how much of a cat person I am, then I don’t know what will.

So when my fiancé asked me to dog-sit the dog that he and his ex share joint custody over while he was away for a week, it was natural that I would be flooded with apprehension and anxiety. What if I do something wrong? What if something happens to her on my watch? To heighten the situation, this sweet dog has a terminal illness and has gone blind. So she is completely dependent on the humans taking care of her.  But I agreed to take care of her on my own, because sometimes you just have to face your own negative feelings (and it doesn’t hurt that she is so freaking sweet and adorable that you just cannot say “no” to her face.)

This face defies any chance of "No" being said. It's a good thing she's never unreasonable.

This face defies any chance of “No” being said. It’s a good thing she’s never unreasonable.

Well, the week is almost up, and I am happy to report that the dog has been very patient with my learning curve.  She has been training me to notice when she needs to do her business (as slow as I have been in picking up her cues, she’s only had one big accident), and that I spend too much time on the computer (I needed a new power cord anyway).

No really- I wasn't going to use that cord at all this week. Seriously.

No really- I wasn’t going to use that cord at all this week. Seriously.

I’ve also learned that I am willing to sit outside in the cold for hours so that she can sniff the dirt and enjoy sleeping on the grass.

So yes, I started out this week in a situation that I was not entirely comfortable with. But I was reminded that if you embrace those situations, and make the most of them, you can wind up making a new (and sometimes fuzzy) friend. Plus, now I can never say that I have not dog-sat.

(Were she a parrot, I’d seriously have no idea what to do- except perhaps, “Don’t let the cats eat her.”)

We All Have Guilty Pleasures, but Mine Have Subtitles

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Today I will reveal a secret guilty pleasure of mine: Japanese and Korean Dramas

I got hooked on them years back, and through the joys of Netflix, I have been able to fuel this guilty pleasure (much to the confusion of the Fiance.)

Recently, I was watching one of these Korean Dramas, and found myself texting a plot summary to a friend of mine because… these are the things I do. In honor of National Guilty Pleasures Day (which I may, or may not have just invented right now), I shall share with you: My Summary of Korean TV Drama (You’re Beautiful) as Sent in Text Message to Friend Who has Little to no Idea What I am Talking About (Warning: Some Spoilers- you know.. for all of you who are going to run over to Netflix after reading this post).

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Think of it as an excuse to learn a new language

Girl disguises herself as her brother to keep his new place in the boy band. She knows one of the band members knows who she really is, but a second member knows as well. All three of the band members like her (him). HIJINKS ENSUE!!!!
OK- the reason it is so important for her to stay in the band is because she thinks it will help her and her twin brother (who she is pretending to be) find out who their mother is (they were left at a convent).And right now it looks like the band member that she is secretly crushing on (the “angry one”), who she knows knows that she is really a girl, might actually be… Her half brother!!!! (Dun-dun-duuuuuunnnnnn!!!!!!)

And I think that was actually the LEAST confusing way to explain that.

Update: all the members of the band now know that she is a girl. The “angry one” member that knew she was a girl from the start (that she has been pining over) has somewhat awkwardly returned her feelings, while the “quite one” member is still pining over her and she is oblivious (even after he wrote her a song).

Also: the “angry one” and the girl are not half siblings, BUT he hates the man who is her father and his twin children because they are the reason his own mother abandoned him as a child. (The “angry one” is not yet aware of the connection between the girl and her father- the man he hates!)
I sense future internal conflict!!!!!

Going into the final episode: girl and “angry one” have admitted feelings for each other, and girl has let down the “funny one” and “quiet one” down (but “quiet one” put up a fight to hold on). It has come to light that “angry one’s” mom is a jerk and actually stole the love song the girl’s dad had written years ago, and insisted that it had been written for her (but really he had written it for the twins’ mom). Lots of drama between the girl and “angry one” over whose parent screwed over the other family more (girl wins because -DEAD MOM CARD!)

Twin brother comes in town just in time for a reporter to try and unmask him as actually being a girl. All full of feels, the girl goes off and disappears while her brother settles into his place with the band. Other band members are full of own feels. Also- there is lots and lots of the same songs over and over.

Needless to say, my friend was highly amused, somewhat confused, and possibly questioning my sanity. But for me, a little absurdity goes a long way to making me and others happy (see: American Soap Operas), and that is why you will never take away this guilty pleasure.

Happy (unofficial) National Guilty Pleasures Day!