Animal Adventures

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I’m usually the one who is last to know everything, yet ironically, it is me who has become the giraffe educator lately to those around me. Only one other coworker knew about April. Upon learning that, I then spewed out a bunch of cool facts about giraffes to those who were living in the dark lately…

“Who knew that a giraffe fell 6 feet when they were born?!”

“Who knew that once a giraffe gets pregnant, the male has no interest in here – he becomes an absentee father?”

“Who knew that babies can weigh approximately 150 lbs at birth and come out hooves first?”

I’ve even set “Animal Adventure Park” (where April lives) to appear on top of my Facebook newsfeed, so that I don’t miss anything!

When I started giving updates to Kevin about April’s pregnancy, he got confused. I was calling Oliver the “baby daddy” and discussing why they couldn’t go outside into their yard that day (too cold – it needs to be above 60 degrees). Then I remembered that we also know someone, a HUMAN, with the same name as the giraffe, who is ALSO PREGNANT, yet NOT with someone named Oliver. Not only had Kevin not heard about April the Giraffe, but he also had good reason for his confusion when I started talking about her LOL.

Besides giraffes, goats are also getting a lot of attention lately. I know someone who changed their wedding day because she wants her goats to wear dresses and walk down the aisle with her, and the baby goats weren’t going to be big enough for her original date. She actually CHANGED HER WEDDING DATE and RESENT HER INVITATIONS to accommodate the goats.

I was recently told that my hours were going to be reduced over the quiet summer months at work. So, I got on the computer and started looking for some extra income and came across this ad: “Yoga/Pilates Instructor with Goats.” I was intrigued, obviously! What did this mean? What part do goats play in fitness?! So, I connected with the farm owner and she filled me in. Apparently this is the newest craze? Check this out: http://www.chch.com/goat-yoga/

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The farm where I will be teaching has already set up its first class and it sold out, plus has a waiting list of double that. It’s crazy! I really was skeptical when meeting with the owner last night, but left feeling pretty excited when leaving. I’ve always liked goats, and the farmer who was looking for the teacher has a pregnant goat right now who is going to have her babies any day. I’m sure teaching pilates with goats will be challenging for me to teach, but I think it will be a nice change, too! Doing fitness with animals – especially goats known for their friendliness – is supposed to be super “zen like” and I could definitely use some extra zen in my life!

I’m not sure what this means, exactly, but when I told Kevin I was thinking about doing this new class, he said “well, it’s definitely a strange concept, but if I could see anyone teaching pilates with goats, it would be you, Sarah.”

That guy’s always got my back, LOL.

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Currently. (Vol.2)

So it’s been a long minute since my last post I see! Both Kevin and I took this week off from work, and I told all my editors (three now!) that I wasn’t going to take on any writing jobs, either, as I really needed a break. So this week, I actually have time for some “fun writing.” Let’s get caught up on my latest news!

Feeling tired and sick. This is the first Christmas in three years that I haven’t had the flu over Christmas. But, as luck would have it, I had two kids who thought it was funny to cough right in my face on Christmas Eve repeatedly while their parents sat back, until I told Kevin it was “time to go.” I have woke up the last three days with a sore throat and ear pain…which of course travels to my jaw now. So that’s fun! Kevin just left to do an errand and gave me some Tylenol, as I’d already taken Advil and he didn’t want me to have too much of one drug lol.

Eating a lot of junk still from Christmas. Kevin told me he was “turkey’d out” yesterday, so wanted to go out for dinner. His suggestion? Swiss Chalet.
Me: “How is that any different than staying home and eating turkey?”
Kevin: “Their dipping sauce. And French fries.”
In case you’re wondering, we ended up at a restaurant nearby and as luck would have it, they had 2 for 1 wing night last night, so we ended up with chicken anyways. Joke’s on me I guess!

Laughing about: my niece wondering why our Elf on the Shelf was still out on Christmas morning. THIS IS WHY I’M NOT A PARENT, PEOPLE! I don’t know these rules.

Listening to my new playlist on my iPhone, which I downloaded using this rocket-speed computer. Favourite songs at the moment include this one (love the video as much as the song), this one (super sexy video too by the way), this one and of course, after watching Suicide Squad, this makes the list, too.

Reading “A Summer Affair,” by Elin Hildrebrand. A good, trashy read for the holiday break. I recently finished “Night” by Elie Wiesel and THAT was a heavy read, so needed to follow it with something light.

Watching: Kevin told me the other day that The Mindy Project had new episodes on Netflix. My first question: “how long have you known this?!” If you remember, Mindy is what got me through the hourly exercise sessions after my jaw surgery. I just love her.

I very rarely watch TV, basically only when a new season of Grey’s, Mindy, or Orange is the New Black comes on, so I never see the “new episodes” flags on Netflix. I count on Kevin to update me LOL. I am so excited to have something to watch again 🙂

Making Valentine’s Day projects! My business, @sarabellahomedecor had a very busy holiday season, which was so exciting! These were some of my most popular orders this Christmas:

I’m using this week to get ahead on Valentine’s Day projects. I call Kevin my “Craft Engineer,” as some projects have been especially tricky lately. I always tell the customer “sure, that’s not problem, I can do it,” then ask for a consult with “engineering” ie. Kevin, to ask him how “we’re” going to do it 😉 He never disappoints and always finds a solution for me. Without him, I’d have to turn a lot of projects down. Or become best friends with the guys in the wood shop at work LOL.

Loving my new computer. It has a huge screen, no tower and is touchscreen. We purchased one on Black Friday, but it ended up having a super annoying hum so returned it and ordered one from Costco right before Christmas. Kevin basically compared me working on my old computer to complete my writing projects each night to him wearing leaking construction boots at work. I got the point and he placed the order online one night.

Everything is so fast on it; it’s amazing. I used it to make a crafting project last night and instead of having the machine crash approximately two times during the project, it didn’t AT ALL. I got the project done in RECORD TIME. I told Kenz I’ll really start seeing more profit now regarding @sarabellahomedecor. Plus, my writing projects will no longer be jeopardized with the frequent appearance of the blue screen of death that occurred on my old computer, so that’s always a good thing, too!

Anxiously waiting for Youtube’s Yoga with Adriene’s new 30 day challenge in the new year. She never disappoints me with the way she teaches yoga – funny, not serious, short and sweet.

Planning my next scrapbook on our honeymoon. It’s a huge undertaking – even more so than our wedding scrapbook which I have finished – because of how many countries we visited. How do you cram three weeks of a trip of a lifetime into a 20 page scrapbook? That’s where I’m struggling.

Excited for a scrapbook retreat in March with my sister. That’s what I need to get this scrapbook planning under control so that I’m not wasting time there!

Waiting for a new niece or nephew any day now!

Planning a gift for my new niece or nephew. But need to know what sex the baby will be first! I have two different gifts in mind, so I’m prepared either way.

Reminded of being thankful for good health. This jaw surgery is still a daily struggle, but it could be so much worse. I had a butal wake up call regarding that a couple weeks ago when our neighbour told us that he hadn’t put up Christmas lights because both of the ladies that live in his house (they’re sisters) have recently found out they have cancer. Why does it always takes someone’s worse news to make you feel more thankful with your own life?

Hoping for a less stressful, less painful, upcoming year filled with only people I love and featuring only happy times. Always. Happy New Year, everyone!

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