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Monday, August 16, 2010

Feeling Irie

Life in the Gaines household is pretty darn good right now! In the popular Jamaican phrase, we are feeling "irie." This is why we decided to name our new puppy Irie! (pronounced Eye-ree) Irie is a Rastafarian word for "positive emotions or feelings, or anything that is good. Specifically it refers to high emotions and peaceful vibrations." So, in Jamaica, on our honeymoon when asked how we were feeling...we answered, "Irie!"

So far, the first 24 hours of life with Irie have been great. However, I do think she will help deprive us of some sleep. First lesson: crate training is just as much torture for us as it is for the dog. Irie started the night asleep in her crate in the living room while we were watching tv. When she realized that we had moved into the bedroom, she immediately started whining. Problem solved: we moved the crate into the bedroom right beside the bed and she instantly fell back asleep - she just wanted to be near Mommy and Daddy. Around 2 a.m. she woke up and started whining again - smart girl knew she needed to go outside to peepee and poopoo.

I've already realized that I can't take my time doing things like laundry until Irie is asleep. Luckily she naps throughout the day. She needs at least one eye on her at all times.

Unfortunately, tomorrow is back to school for me. The excitement you hear are the voices in your head. I'm not looking forward to it; its been nice being home this summer although some days got a tad boring. I think, most of all, Justin will miss the small luxuries of having me at home each day. He particularly enjoyed having lunch waiting for him each day.

It will be back to the once-a-week cookbook reads to make the shopping list and early morning workout sessions. And the (moan) all dreaded alarm clock wake-up call. I try to read the cookbook once a week and make my grocery list accordingly; this means no random purchases at the grocery store and a menu for the week.

Alright, I'll close for now - Irie wants to play!

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