Friday, June 27, 2008

Sophie is already growing up!

I have had Sophie now for almost 4 weeks. In that four weeks she has gained five pounds and sprouted up. She is going to be really tall! She has yet to destroy any shoes or pieces of clothing.... take that back... a moment of silence for the comfortable red hospital socks. The socks are the only piece of clothing destroyed. There have been just a few things she has attempted to destroy or have destroyed: My old phone charger was tampered. Now replaced with a new and better free phone upgrade. A part of the crate cover had disintegrated into thin air... Bobo the petsmart dog has received lipo... a frisbie doesn't exist any more. The blue pee pads are apparently toys to be flung around the house. Ohh and my thumb has endured two puncture wounds. Be careful taking bark away and baby teeth... The biggest and saddest loss is Diego's comfortable lifestyle. I was laying in bed last night feeling sorry for him. He doesn't come cuddle or purr next to us anymore. Instead he gets Sophies butt thrown into his face. I try telling Sophie that Diego is a cat and not a dog and they don't sniff butts. It hasn't sunk in yet. I do have hope that they will come to understand each other and Diego will stop slapping Sophie in the face. We will have to wait and see. In the pictures Sophie is playing with her Aunt Chloe.

Like last summer, anxiety levels about the new school year has unneccesarily rissen and fustration has set in. Last summer just a few weeks before school started our principal was reassigned to another school. This was terrifing to me and in my innexperience and self-doubt was unsure if I would be able to prove myself to a new supervisor. Of course, I shouldn't of questioned myself but I was a sucker for my insecurities as a young teacher. Everything turned out great. Had a wonderful and successful school year. Learned and got to know my new principal and enjoyed working with her. Unfortunately, everything has turned upside down agian. Not only has my principal been reassigned but our assistant as well. So much change at once makes me uneasy. I have always wanted to teach middle school so all this change has prompted me to think about making that transition earlier than I had thought. I am just thinking about it, don't think I will actually do it. I still love my school and my wonderful coworkers and friends so I would be heart broken to leave them. Just something I am contemplating.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

All About Me A-Z

With these summer nights I find myself engulfed with boredom. Normally I would watch TV, read a book, draw/paint, or cook dinner but not tonight. Sophie is chewing on a bone, Ryan talking to an old friend on the phone and The Boy With A New Head on TLC is on the flat screen. Odd I know, when I first read the description I thought they did a head transplant. Silly me. Anyways here is a typical survey all about yours truely!

A is for age: 24

B is for beer of choice: Coors Light or DosXX and Lime

C is for career right now: Fifth grade Language Arts/Reading/ Social Studies Teacher

D is for your dog's name? Sophie

E is for essential item you use everyday: Toothpaste

F is for favorite TV show at the moment: The Dog Whisperer

G is for favorite game: Gin, Dominoes

H is for hometown: Round Rock

I is for instruments you've played/play: The recorder in the third grade??? Guitar Hero???

J is for favorite juice: Pog Juice! A Hawaiian Guava Nector Juice. It has been probably four or five years since I last had that delicious juice of my childhood!!!

K is for whose butt you'd like to kick: for fun??? I have no anger right now

L is for Last restaurant you ate at: La Madeline

M is for marriage: Five weeks away till our ONE year anniversery! I can not believe it has already been this long! It has been a fabulous year! I know our "newlywedness" lasts for a long time!

N is for your full name: Sarah Jane Bilski

O is for overnight hospital stays: none

P is for people you were with today: Ryan, Holly, Dad, Brian, and Lori

Q is for quote: "A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image." ~Author Unknown

R is for biggest regret/mistakes: I have made mistakes but you can't live dwelling on regrets or mistakes, you will never be able to move forward.

S is for status: taken Happily Married

T is for time you woke up today: 6:45 am! UGH! I know summer, nothing to do, but Sophie needed to go for a short run!

U is for the underwear your wearing right now: Victoria's Secret

V is for vegetables you like: Yummmmmmm, almost all! Asparagus/Zuccini/Cucumber/Brussel Sprouts... I could go on for a while.

W is for worst habit: Not picking up after myself.... I think this is Ryan's biggest pet peeve about me.... oops.

X is for x-rays you've had: Teeth, Right Pointer Finger, and Hips.

Y is for yummy food you ate today: The great Lunch/Breakfast Ryan made for me! Some great Chicken/Spinach Sausage, cold pasta, and watermelon. Lots of yummy stuff today.

Z is for zodiac sign: Sagittarius.

That's about it... and I can tell that Ryan wants to use the computer for some sort of sports reading! Goodnight!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Another Summer Day

Well I think today is the first summer day for clouds. Thank goodness I needed a break from the sun. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE HEAT and SUN but I have a feeling that this summer is going to get REALLY hot if we are already having August heat.

My procedure went alright yesterday. A tad more painful than I thought. They ended up taking a biopsy but the doctor didn't seem too worried about it. I call in next week to find out the results. But all in all the found what was causing the the stomach issues and all is good. Hopefully the biopsy is fine and I don't have to get a colonoscopy. YUCK! Afterwords yesterday all I wanted to do was lay and sleep. Today and feel great!

Took Sophie to the dog park to meet up with Chloe, my mom and step-dad's 8 month old lab. They had a great time running around and being puppies. There was another little snippy Chihuahua. That little girl put big Chloe and Sophie on their backs submissively! I am not a big Chihuahua person to begin with but I think Sophie did a great job. I want to make sure that she is socialized well with other dogs and people. The people part is not a problem except she gets way to excited and jumps on every one, three years old to 90 years old! Other than the jumping she is very well behaved. She has learned "Shake" and we are working on "Stay" and "Come."

She got very dirty from rolling around in the mud and rough housing, so we decided to head to PetsMart for some puppy shampoo. Well I can tell you now that she is not a bath taking puppy. I should of worn my bathing suit because by the end I was soaked! Twenty minutes later she was still whimpering. Something I have already observed is that she will never go in the bathroom. Even if I am in there or not. She usually follows you around the house except for the bathroom. I think her previous owners may of shut her up in there or she had a bad experience with baths. When I was trying to get her in there for her bath she was already shaking and whimpering. She did alright with the wetting her down and shampoo. When it came for rinsing she freaked out. Something for us to work on!

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Weekend with Reagan

Well, my little puppy is growing up! She definitely has some crazy moments. She doesn't like to be left alone, doesn't like nail files, will eat anything in front of her, sleeps a lot and has a ton of energy! She has had some puppy illnesses but nothing expensive medicine can't cure! Last weekend Reagan came to visit. Her crate training/potty training seems to be going backwards... Something I think Ryan and I need to step up a little more. Any suggestions on crate training?

On Friday we went to the Round Rock Express baseball game and saw some great fire works. Came home and played endless hours of Rock Band with the hubby. I prefer the guitar. On Saturday, we lounged and relaxed. Ryan and I went to an open house for a friend that was heading off to boot camp for the summer and Reagan went to a wedding. At the end of the night we made margaritas and ended up on West 6th street and ran into Desiree! I had never been to W. 6th so it was pretty interesting. We came back to my apt and ended up hanging out at the pool till early morning hours. In the morning I realized I had tons of bruises all over me from climbing the fence into the closed pool area! oops.

Today I have to go to Scott and White Day Surgery for a minor procedure. I have been having some stomach issues. Probably caused by the stress of fifth graders. Hopefully they will find the sources of these issues and if not they will have to do some more testing. I will let you all know if anything serious pops up!

Well I am going to take Sophie for a jog around the apt complex to help burn some calories and puppy energy!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


My dreams have come true! I have found my puppy soul mate. Sophie is an adorable black lab mix who likes to cuddle. Obtaining her was a little stressful, lots of anxiety, and almost complete heart break. Fortunately our puppy search turned out wonderfully successful! Let me tell you about our tour of Round Rock's puppies.

We have been planning on adding a puppy to our small family for awhile now. We decided that the Monday after we get for summer would be perfect timing. One of us would be able to be at home at all times for the first few weeks to monitor and train. By August he/she would be fully crate trained and so on. Sunday I found myself over anxious and was in search for an animal shelter to be open Sunday and have puppies. I was all over the internet looking at all the places in this area. I had been planning on going Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter since it's just down the street from us. We had been there several times already to play with puppies. As I was looking on the webpage I realized they were open Sundays 11-4 and closed Mondays. I freaked out. I believe I began running around the house puppy proofing and yelling to Ryan something about we are leaving in 30 minutes to go buy supplies. I jumped in the shower and then we were out the door. Went to walmart bought a bunch of goodies. Driving the shelter I am a nervous wreck. Ryan was sensing this massive amount of anxiety he started to comfort me and tell me it will be ok if we do not get a puppy that day. We can wait till we find the perfect one. I nodded knowing no matter what I would be heart broken if I didn't find that special one.

Anyways, we got to the shelter and the puppies we were hoping to look at her all adopted except one who was at an off-site adoption event. We went through the dogs there and found some adorable puppies but they were not available until Tuesday. The lady at the counter told us about a puppy that was at Pets Mart in LaFrontera. We decided to go check it out. When we got to LaFrontera there was a PetCo. No puppy. The guy there told us to try PetsMart at Lakeline. I thought we would check out the PetsMart Across the street next to Walmart. No Puppy. I could tell Ryan was ready to call it quites but I really wanted to go over to Lakeline. We decided to' go on ahead and go over the Lakeline. We decided even if the puppy wasn't there we would go ahead a finish our puppy shopping and look again on Tuesday. I walked up to the puppies and didn't see the one we were looking for but found many others. There was a litter for four very young cute puppies but then she caught my eye.

She has done a great job so far. As the last couple days have passed she has made me laugh and she has opened up and personality blooming. She definitely has a mind of her own. I will keep you all posted on her development!