Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Clover Quatrefoil

The Real Housewives of Orange County is one of my (many) guilty pleasure shows. And I'm sad this season is over! Even though my girl, Heather, was a huge biotch to the new girl Shannon and made her look like a crazy person even though she's not!

But that's neither here nor there.

During the entire season Shannon wore this certain type of jewelry that I loved! These earrings and necklace would pop up in her interview sections all the time and I kept trying to figure out what they were or who made them!

I could NOT find it anywhere. I was Googling everything I could think of and asking friends. But it's not exactly a common shape.

FINALLY I saw the image on a website and it had these words next to it: "Clover Quatrefoil".

Well, well, well! A quick Google search of those two little words and BAM! There they are!

I quickly disovered that Shannon is wearing the real shit (duh). AKA Van Cleef & Arpels. So that necklace ran her a cool $23k and the earrings about $8k.

Since that's just a TAD over my budget, I turned to our dear affordable friend, Etsy. And she didn't disappoint, per usual. I found these earrings and this necklace!

The necklace came in yesterday and I'm loving it!

So, just thought I'd share in case anyone else is loving these shapes like I am. They are called
clover quatrefoil and they are my new jewelry staple for fall!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Dog Park Drama

We went to the dog park the other day. Now that the weather has cooled down, it's the perfect time to get the pups out there for some exercise and socialization. Also, what dog lover doesn't get excited to see all the different pups there? Tim and I always try to guess the different breeds we see.

We really know how to have a good time.

When we first arrived, we immediately noticed another Rottweiler. They aren't terribly common so we usually spot them quickly. This one looked like a beast, so we were eager to see him next to Bear to compare.

We got Bear when he was already full grown. But he's only about 75 pounds. Which is pretty small for a Rottie. (They typically get over 100).

The owner of the other one started chatting us up and told us his weighed 145 pounds! I was dumbfounded. That's more than my boss's HUGE great dane. He made Bear look like a Pomeranian.

Anyway.. the dog park fun commenced and all was well. Until I turned to look for Bear and saw a fluffy over-sized dog humping Bear. And not your typical doggy-style humping. This dog was humping Bear's HEAD.

Bear wasn't pleased and kept sending a warning growl his way as he tried to wrestle free. Well this dog was easily twice his size and wasn't letting up. So, I walked over and found who seemed to be the other dog's owner.

Me: "Sorry, my dog is great in all situations. But he draws the line at being humped in the face."

The guy was actually cool about it and said if his dog got bit it was his own fault for trying to hump Bear. Which I'm glad he acknowledged. But he didn't really make a solid effort to get his dog away from Bear. Who was clearly trying to separate himself from the horny dog.

Also, I didn't want to leave the situation to chance so that Bear got to the point where he felt he had to bite the other dog to escape. Because I don't care how cool people seem, if our Rottweiler bites another dog, for whatever reason, we are going to be the ones who get excommunicated from the dog park.

So I finally was able to grab Bear's collar and remove him from the situation. And I proceeded to praise him for keeping his cool whilst getting man-handled.

Side note: I also heard the other guy praise his horse-of-a-dog. Um... you reward humping behavior? That's an interesting training philosophy.

Just when I thought all the drama had subsided, a fiesty little dog started attempting to play a little too rough with Bear. He was growling and nipping at him. In typical Bear fashion, he stood there looking around totally clueless to the other dog's advances. He seriously couldn't care less.

However, Piper saw her big brother getting picked on and took it upon herself to fight back. So she went right up to the brown dog, back hair sticking straight up, and sassed right in his face.

Bear still standing there.. aloof as ever.

Before I know it, the other Rottie (the 145 pounder) comes barreling over and stands in front of Bear and the brown dog, too! He started growling at the brown dog and wouldn't let him get around to Bear.

So now I'm all like what the hell? Is this some breed pact that all Rotties stick together? Bears over here sniffing grass, while 30 pound Piper and 145 pound Shamu are protecting him. I mean the sight was just too comical.

Apparently Rottweilers are in some secret gang.

Soooo.. lesson of the day. Tell your pups not to pick on a Rottie. Especially if there is more than one around.

Also, don't let your dog get humped in the face.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Best Version of You

You might remember this post I wrote a couple weeks ago about relationships. I started off by saying how surprised I am with all of the things I am learning about myself and about dating in my current relationship.

I'm sure a lot of it has to do with age. We are in our mid-late 20s, so we are reaching our highest maturity level. Also, we live together, so that in and of itself is always eye-opening.

So today I'm here to talk about my newest discovery. And that is making an effort to be your best self for your significant other and for the success of your relationship.

It may not come as a surprise to some of you, but I like to think I'm right in most situations. Arguments or disagreements are always focused on what the other person is doing wrong and how they need to change. That's pretty typical when you're younger. Whether it's your parents, your friends, or your boyfriend. There is always something they can do better and is frustrating why they can't understand your perspective.

It's only been in the past several years that I've started checking myself during a disagreement. I've paused to step back and evaluate the situation and ask questions. Am I overreacting? How would I feel if I was in his shoes? Could I have handled this better?

There have been times, as hard as it is for me to admit, where I've thought, "Man, I really screwed that up." And I acknowledge it and apologize.

That's not easy to do. And it usually sucks.

But the point is, a relationship isn't about who's right and who's wrong. Nobody is keeping score (at least they shouldn't be.)

It's important to remember that everyone messes up, including you. And it's not just about arguments. Relationship are about making yourself a better person. About making yourself the best possible version of you.

Sometimes I take for granted that Tim knows me. He is aware that I'm a generally happy, fun-loving person. So often I find myself just dumping all my concerns and problems on him. Which is normal to do with the person you are closest to.

But I have to remember that Tim probably likes the fun, light-hearted side of me. Much more than complainer Kali. So, I have to make an effort to be that more often. And not just for him. It's something that makes me happier too.

I've found myself making an effort to be more positive, worry less, live in the moment, be more understanding, etc. so that I'm giving this relationship the best Kali it can have.

It's often difficult. It's easy to get bogged down with stress and life. But I'm hoping I can start reminding myself of these things more often.

You can't fix or change someone else. You can only control yourself and how you act. So, why not make an effort to be the best person you can be?

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Running Funk

Lately, I'm really struggling with running. And it's PISSING. ME. OFF.

Last year when I was doing it regularly a few times a week, I was loving it. I felt great physically. Each time it got a little bit easier, and I enjoyed working my way up in distance and speed.

I got to get outside, breathe some fresh air, and get my heart pumping.

Also, the mental benefits were fabulous. I had time to myself to reflect on things, or work through any concerns. It also gave me crazy endorphins that filled me with energy and happiness for the rest of the day.

I felt like Super Woman.

Fast forward to today and I'm frustrated. I've been slowing getting back out there, trying to make it more routine. But it's not coming as easily to me this time around. Every mile seems like 20. My legs feel so heavy. And I'm letting my mind take over when it's hard. I'm letting myself quit.

It's beyond annoying. I'm not feeling the benefits I use to. And each time it's harder to get out there when usually it's the other way around.

Every runner has bad runs. There are some days when it just feels impossible and all you want to do is quit. But it's OK because you have other days where you feel like you could run for the rest of your life.

But since lately they are ALL bad in a row, I'm at a loss. I don't know what to do.

I'm NOT giving up on running. It's the one activity I have come to love and can somewhat stick to. So I need to figure something out.

Now that it's cooling down, I'm hoping that will help a lot.

I also might start trying the elliptical or bike at the gym. I normally don't bother with these because they aren't that difficult. And something in my mind tells me that if I'm not hard-core struggling through a workout, it's not working. (I'm sure my PT friend Rennay is rolling her eyes at me right now.)

But I guess 30 minutes on a bike is better than running for 10 minutes and quitting because I'm struggling.

So, perhaps, cooler weather, a more focus mindset, and mixing up activities can solve my running funk.

I would love to hear from the other runners out there! Have you ever been in a funk like this?? What else can I do to get back to those endorphins I so desperately crave??

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