Monday, April 26, 2010

The Happiest Place on Earth or Ship

I guess it really was a moment of weakness because sure enough things seem to be settling down again. It really bothers me that I let things get to me. I mean it was just a few simple words that sent me over the edge and in the end I wonder if me getting upset about it is worth it. At the time I feel so strongly that I need to say something, but today, 2 days later, not such a strong urge.
Anyways, Chancho has booked our trip! Come, February 2010!!! We will be setting sail on the Disney Cruise. I am so excited for it now. I spoke to coworkers and they convinced me that I will have the time of my life. 25 people will be going for 8 rooms in total. (All of which are Chancho's coworkers plus their families.) I'm hoping we'll be able to meet before the day we set sail. Nothing more awkward than having to spend a week with people you don't know. Chancho will be bringing home the itinerary today after work for me to look over and probably drool over as well. I have already been stalking their website every a few hours. I'm buying my first set of luggage for this trip.
This next week, I get to house-sit for a coworker while she's out of town. She's got a dog and two cats, so it should be an entertaining few nights. I'm excited to be getting out of the house. I've been dying for some grown up time. I sure do miss those college days of living on my own. I'm craving it big time right now.

Listening to: "Love Remains The Same" by Gavin Rossdale
Quote of the Day: Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything. -Mary Hemingway

Tuesday Tips

 *** Won't be here to post tomorrow so I'm doing it a day early***

This is the last Tuesday at the Container Store while the Spring Organization Sale is going on. So if you need anything shop now!
 Today's little gem is the Axis Overcabinet Grocery Bag Holder. Ever wondered what to do with those overflowing plastic bags? Here's a solution! Instead of having them take up the entire cabinet and attack you as you open the doors, shove them into this handy little holder. It holds up to 50 bags! It also has a hole in the middle so you can get at them whenever you need one. It rests nicely on the cabinet door and has padding to help keep it in place. The usual price is $14.99 and it's on sale for $9.99. Right now it's on backorder and that means we won't be able to know when it will arrive, but if you order it now you can still get the sale price and they'll let you know when it finally comes in. However, if you find it in the store, you're a lucky one! I know that they have been flying out of the store from day one.

If you aren't a fan of this style we do have a few other options as well, they just aren't on sale.
You can click HERE for the SimpleHuman stainless steel version. Or you can click HERE for the Hold-A-Bag version. SimpleHuman also has one that doesn't hang and you can click HERE for that one.

Start thinking about what you need for your traveling. That sale is next! Happy Organizing :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Moment of Weakness

It's been one of those days for me. Actually, one those nights. My day went rather well. It started out with work in the morning and then heading off to Chancho's for a BBQ. It was a great BBQ filled with friends and family. It was a great mixture. I enjoyed it since I had some English speaking people to talk to, rather than starring blankly off into my daydreams, like usual. Chancho grilled on his new grill, which worked great! He grilled the usual hamburgers and hot dogs, along with chicken (marinated in Peruvian spices) and salmon stuffed with crab meat. All delicious! A few drinks intertwined and laughter keeping it lively.
Here enters my moment of weakness. All of our friends had left around 4pm, but the family stayed. Chancho and I watched the Yankee game together and then after the game he went to his usual spot in front of the computer to read his Yankee articles. This is a routine that he has every night. He reads as many articles as he can to catch up on all of the facts and controversy that's going on. I settled in to watch a movie while he finished, but he never did. I wound up watching 2 movies by myself. So that would be about 4 hours of alone time, while he sat and read. I let it get to me. I made him focus a bit on us when we made reservations for our camping trip coming up at the end of May. He asked if I wanted other people to come along and I responded with "No, I'd like to just spend it with you." He said back, "but it's more fun with other people." Insulted. He has more fun with other people than spending alone time with me?? Quick background here, he'll be in Peru for the majority of May so it would be nice for us to spend some alone time when he gets back. I will give him bonus points for coming back a week early to take this camping trip with me, but I was honestly hurt that he didn't want it to be just us. Call me crazy, or whatever, but it hurt.
The ride home went as such.
Me: "Do you understand why I want it to be just us?"
Chancho: "No, it's not like you won't see me for the entire week."
Me: "Remember how we had a conversation about quality vs quantity time? This is about quality time."
Chancho: "So you wouldn't consider today to be a quality time day?"
Me: "Not necessarily. It could be filed under both, but that's not the focus. Our trip together, it would be nice to see you alone for a few days."
Chancho: yawns "I'm tired. I should head home."
Me: "I only bring this up because lately I've been craving the physical attention from you. We talk all the time and I love that. I love the fact we can talk while you're at work now, but now I need the physical side of it.  Do you feel like you don't get enough physical attention?"
Chancho: "No. I don't feel that way at all."
Me: crushed and tears are forming."Okay, well then I guess we need to practice juggling our quality and quantity days."
Chancho: "Yeah, I guess so. I'm really tired. I need to go home."

We kiss goodnight and here I am. I am feeling frustrated and worn out by it. I feel like I am trying to communicate to make things better and he doesn't give any feed back. It was like talking to a brick wall, plus the fact that I feel like he has disconnected himself in some way. He just goes through the motions now. Yet, he puts on a happy face and when I ask him if he is happy and if there's anything he needs to vent about or let out, he says no, he's fine. Sometimes, I think it's just easier to not say anything at all. I should let it all just pass over. I'm sure that by next week, things will be smooth sailing, but as for tonight, I'm still confused, frustrated, hurt and feeling lonely.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday Tips

It is Tuesday right??
I've been so busy that who knows what day it is, besides the fact that my body just decided to sleep for 16 hours straight, I think I may have needed some rest, but who knows....

I have picked out an item for today, it is the 6-Section Modular Shoe Organizer, which is obviously used to store your shoes. Of course, if you can find something else to put in the cubbies than by all means use it for that! It is a modular system that you have to put together yourself, but here is a warning it is difficult to put together. If you feel as though you're handy and can usually put things together without a problem, than it shouldn't be an issue for you, but if you don't have patience and aren't so handy, I would stay clear of this product. The positive aspect to it being a modular system is that you can add on to it if need be. It also stands vertical or horizontal.
It's sturdy once you put it together and the polypropylene is durable and easy to clean. This is one of the less expensive solutions for shoe storage with it being priced at $14.99, but is on sale for the Spring Organization Sale for $9.99. It's always a hit or miss with people. I've had to put these together for the display and haven't really had much difficulties with them, but I also tend to find putting things together easy. It holds 6 pairs of women's shoes and 3 pairs of men's shoes. It could also work for cubbies for the family. If you have stuff that needs to be divided for the individuals, make each cubby a section for mom, dad, and child. You could put hats, gloves, scarfs, and anything else that could fit. I love to say "Use your imagination". I find that a lot of times customers see that it says shoe organization and they can't imagine putting anything else in it. They get turned off when I show them a dog food container what will fit 20lbs of rice easily. They always turn me down. Just take the sticker of the dog off and it's a regular plastic container that you'll find anywhere else.

Anyways, the news of the Container Store is that the Spring Organization Sale is quickly coming to an end on May 9th! But then fear not, we have the Travel Sale right after. A new store in Raleigh, North Carolina is opening up in October of this year!! There is also talk of another store opening in CA somewhere within the year of 2011. There are tons of new programs being initiated for 2011, that I learned about in the store wide meeting, some I was sworn to secrecy about, but super exciting! 
Time for work all! Happy organizing :)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Tourist for a Day

10 done only 2 more days to go of work. Then I can have a day off finally. Saturday was a blast, but exhuasting. I worked a 5am shift, so before the birds started chirping, I was up and showering getting ready for work. I walked into the store and noticed that the unload team (the guys who unload the truck and get rid of all the cardboard boxes) didn't get to finish, which meant that the truck came late and left us with the task of having to take everything out of the boxes. However, within the first 28 minutes, we were done with that and moved on to our task of putting all the merchandise onto the shelves. 9am came around, too slowly for my liking, and out the door I went. I headed straight for the train station to meet my roommate in the city! Luckily, I nabbed a local train giving me an extra 10 minutes to sleep on the way in.
We met at Grand Central and started our adventures for the day. We made some tourist stops, like Times Square, M&M store, Trump Tower, Tiffanys, FAO Schwartz, and Central Park. Then we subwayed over to the village for some shopping. The day went by wayyy too fast. Before we knew it we were back in Grand Central heading home. A day in the city just doesn't seem long enough when you've traveled 8 hours for a visit. But it will just have to do.
I was supposed to go out with coworkers that night, but when I got back from the city I headed over to Chancho's place to finally see him and what did I wind up doing? Passing out in his bed til 11pm when he woke me up telling me that I needed to head home. So instead of spending time with him, I slept. The one thing I'm always nagging him about! Ha, go figure!
We've had plans to go get ice cream for the past week and a half and it just keeps getting pushed farther and farther away. I am determined to make it happen this week. He also is on this grill kick. He really wants to buy a grill. I have a feeling that will be added to the list of things to do, which I know I won't regret when the summer finally gets its act together and shows up. I love nothing more than being outside in the sun and eating freshly cooked food.
Just a few more days and I can have a day to relax.

Listening to: "Buy Me A Rose" by Kenny Rogers
Quote of the Day: "I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it." - Audrey Hepburn

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Long Busy Week

I'm back. This week has been overly hectic for me. More so than I expected. I've been consumed by work and Yankees. (What else is new?) I've worked everyday, full days and Tuesday instead of resting up for the overnight, I found myself sitting in Yankee stadium for the home opener. I got a phone call from Chancho early in the morning saying "Tickets are under $30! We're going!" I quickly jumped on Stubhub and sure enough they were $29.50. As I sat ooh and ahhing over the prices, Chancho worked hard to get lost time so he could make it to the game. I quickly showered and my mom decided she needed to go as well. I purchased the tickets and off we went. Due to us not getting the tickets in advance, like any normal person, we missed the ring ceremony, but were in our seats for the first pitch of the game. The Yankees wound up winning. That night I went to work for the overnight. I slept all day Wednesday, then got up for a visit from Chancho.
Chancho is booking looking into the Disney Cruise. His coworkers have been talking about how they're all going on this cruise and it's the "best" cruise out there. They have him convinced that he needs to go as well. It's all that I've heard about for the past 48 hours. He looked it up online and showed me all the details and he's spoken to his Sergeant about it, who is going with her family, and she told him to tell me that there is a Coach factory on one of the islands. She brings back bags that normally sell for $500, but gets them for $100. That's Chancho's selling point right now. He keeps sliding that fact in there every time he brings it up. In all honesty, I'd love to go. It's just going to put a damper on my spending habits as I save up. Plus, I'm not sure how I feel about spending a week with his coworkers, whom I've never met. And it's a Disney cruise, which means families. All of his coworkers are bringing their kids, and so will everyone else who is on this cruise. We don't have kids, let alone are we engaged or married. Just odd to me, but it is a cruise which goes to the Key West, Cayman Islands, and then to Mexico. I think that cancels out the awkwardness of not having kids. I'm sure I won't mind as I'm laying on some beautiful beach.  I'm pretty much there, I just need to get myself in the right mindset. It'll be in February of 2011. I've got time. 
My college roommate is currently driving down to this area now. We have plans to get together on Saturday, but first I have to get through tomorrow. I have an early work meeting at 7am and then from there I head straight to babysitting. Another long day ahead of me. I'll have worked 9 days straight on Sunday. This paycheck is going to look beautiful. Butttt I think it'll go right into my Disney fund. Not that we've made a decision to go or anything...

Listening to:

Quote of the Day: “Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” - Etty Hillesum

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Because the Angel on my Right Ain't Hanging out with me Tonight

Ohhhhh to have that alone time. I'm not even sure what that is anymore. It got erased from any possible chance once I woke up and saw it raining. Our bike trip has been canceled postponed to a further date to be determined. Instead of going out biking we found ourselves in Ihop. Chancho invited Zack along with us, scratching any and all some quality bonding time that we could have had. Brunch was delicious, as usual. From there we headed over to the post office for me to apply for my passport. (We have plans to go to Toronto for a Yankee game.) The last time I had a passport, I was tiny, like 8 years old. The picture was horrific. I have no idea how my mother let me walk out in public the way I looked. My hair looked knotted, frizzy and like one of those dolls that had been dragged through dirt. Needless to say, I got a MUCH better looking photo this time around. I asked to look at it before I walked away. Yes, I was that girl who needed to have a good photo. I should be able to travel to where ever I want in about 4-6 weeks! I'm hoping to catch up with a couple of old roommates and friends from college as we make our drive to Toronto. We'll be going right through Buffalo so it's a great meeting point for us all. Chancho then volunteered our time to hang out with friends to watch the Yankee game. Chancho also spent today with his family, as they went out to lunch together. I did encourage this, as the last time we left his house, his mother groaned and made a big fuss that he hasn't been home much. I also did agree to giving him up so he could have more time with his mother, so I can't complain about that.
What I can complain about is that there is apparently a gang, that is initiating new members today. Their goal today is to kill one police officer from every precinct. There is a high alert out for them. Which means, more security around the city. Of course, I wouldn't have a problem with this usually, seeing how today is supposed to be Chancho's day off, but because he's addicted to working he got a paid detail. He is working at the Javits Center for the New York International Auto Show. He'll be out there til 11pm tonight. However, he is inside with the Chrysler models, it can't be too bad of a job.  My fingers are crossed for him still though. They arrested about 30 gang members in Times Square the other day who were carrying guns, so they know they're active and out there just waiting to pounce when the time is right.

On a happier note, the Yankees are doing alright. CC gave up his first hit of the game in the bottom of the 8th. Almost a no hitter, so close, but yet so far. At least he'll get a win!

Listening to: "Animals" by Nickelback
Quote of the Day:  "Love withers with predictability, its very essence is surprise & amazement" - Buscaglia

Thursday, April 8, 2010

And I'd Like to Check You for Ticks

Civilan Complaint Board also known as the CCB interviewed Chancho yesterday. There was some complaint made by a guy who Chancho arrested a few months back. So because of his complaint Chancho had to go before the CCB and tell his side of the story. The CCB will then decide if any wrong doing was done and make a recommendation to Chancho's precinct for further action. The CCB can't really do much in form of punishing Chancho, but they can suggest to his precinct that he was acting out of order and needs to be repremanded. His other two partners are also being interviewed. If anything comes of this, he could possibly be put back on monitoring level 1 again, which means that his job is in jepordy. Along with that crappy line of news, he also informed me that because his Sergeant is back from maternity leave that means that there are 3 DVOs now. The department only wants 2. Someone will have to go. Not really sure, how that will turn out. The options are Chancho, being the newbie. His partner, who is about to retire in July and his Sergeant, who's a Sergeant. I don't know, but I'm thinking that they'll probably kick the newbie out. He thinks that he'll be fine because of his partner retiring in July, that they'll just wait til he retires and then they'll be back to 2. I hope he's right.

Tomorrow is both of our day off so we'll be picking up our biking trips again! I've picked out a local trail, which I hope goes well. I'm craving some Chancho alone time. We really haven't had much of it recently. So maybe we can pack a picnic and make it a full day of fun. His trip is coming up pretty quickly. He'll be leaving in less than a month now. And that means that our camping trip is slowly creeping up on us! I have a place picked out, I just need Chancho's approval. I'm thinking of going to Hancock Campground in New Hampshire. It will be a bit of a drive, but it's in a state that Chancho's never been to.

Out enjoying the beautiful sunshine while it's here!

Listening to: "Ticks" by Brad Paisley
Quote of the Day: "Never look down on anybody unless you are helping him up." - Jesse Jackson

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday Tips

Recently I got fed up with my pile of belts that have been tangled in the bottom of my armoire. So of course while I was at work, I took a stroll down our belt accessory aisle to try and find something to fix my mess. This is what I bought: Walnut 12-Belt Hardwood Hanger . It works great because it gets them up off of the floor and it hangs with the rest of my clothes, easy to hang up and take off. It holds 12 belts nicely and probably more depending on the size of them. It's originally priced at $9.99, but is on sale for $6.99.
It comes in the walnut color and a  natural color as well. For those of you who have ties, there is the same concept, but with different hooks for ties. They are also on sale for $6.99. Check em out!

No new updates of anything coming up quite yet. Enjoy the Spring Organization sale!

They Really Do Come In 3's

**Warning long post**
Okay so this past weekend has been full of unfortunate things and I thought my brother's dog running away was going to top the list. Boy, was I wrong! First and foremost, Carolina was found Sunday morning around 9am! She was found 3.5 miles away from where she ran from and was covered in bites and scratches. She found a basement to sleep in and the man of the house found her, and then called my brother. Thank God she was found in decent shape. They took her home and she is recovering nicely. She has about 25-30 stitches and a cone around her head, but she's home! I can only imagine the relief they felt when they got that phone call. They were able to have a Happy Easter.

Moving on to my "Happy" Easter, I was woken by my brother telling me the good news, but a half hour later, Chancho informed me that he wouldn't be able to leave as early as he thought from work. He originally was denied the day off, but he was able to work an early morning shift starting at 6am hoping to be out by 10am with lost time. No such thing. The woman that was supposed to relieve him was sent out to inspect cars. 11am came and still no relief. 12pm came and still no relief. I was getting so frustrated. I tried my best to stay positive, I took that extra time to clean up the house a bit, packed a few extra things that I wouldn't have normally done and kept reminding myself that we had all of Monday to sight see. 1pm came around and FINALLY he was allowed to head home. Chancho picked me and then we headed to pick up Zack and Savannah. Then we were off to Boston! 3 hours later and we were in downtown Boston. Chancho and Zack decided it would be a great idea to wear their Yankee gear before the game while we walked around a bit. Not a good idea in my book. Savannah and I wore regular clothes and had a room key to the hotel in case the guys got jumped. We already had warned them, they were on their own if they got confronted. We were leaving our hotel room ready for the game and we were being heckled. They were heckling us "Hope you make it to the stadium alive!" Great, we haven't even left the hotel and they're already threatening our lives
We made it just fine. In fact I thought that they were pretty nice. Don't get me wrong, they had a few good words to say, but for the most part, it was just a stare down as we walked passed one another. The Philly fans were A LOT worse. We took the T to the stadium and found a Yankee friendly bar to have dinner in. That's when Chancho's best friend M and his wife R showed up. They drove up separately so they could drive to work the next day. Drinks were drank, Food was gobbled up and pictures were taken and we were ready for the game!
Inside the stadium, there were a lot more stares and a few more hecklers, but they stayed mostly quiet. I think the fact that we won the World Championship kept them quiet. Steven Tyler, lead singer of Areosmith sang God Bless America. The Yankees were winning for a while and then it all went downhill as the Red Sox took over and eventually won the game. Somewhere around the 7th inning this guy stands up and turns around and starts yelling stuff to us about how we're "Guidos"and that we need to go back home to The Situation. (referencing the TV show The Jersey Shore) We were so confused. We're from New York. The New York Yankees? Not really sure where he got Jersey from, but that had us laughing for a while. In the 8th inning they had Neil Diamond perform Sweet Caroline. I guess Sweet Caroline is their song, like New York, New York is the Yankees song. It was pretty cool. I really had a great time, regardless of the score. It was only game one.

On to Monday morning. We wake up around 10am and start packing up and thinking of what to do for breakfast and what we wanted to see, when Chancho notices that he had about 10 missed calls and 3 voicemails. He didn't recognize the number and he's thinking that his credit card didn't go through or something. If only that were the problem. It was M calling to tell him that they had gotten into a car accident. M and R decided that they were going to drive back home after the game instead of staying at the hotel with us. They both had to be up for work on Monday so it was easier for them to just drive back, but an hour into their ride M fell asleep at the wheel and crashed their truck. It flipped 2 times before slamming into a bunch of boulders. M made it out okay with a sprained ankle and some stitches on his head. Unfortunately, R fractured her cheek bone, 3 vertebrae's of her spine, sprained her ankle, has swelling in her calf, a mini collapsed lung and a bunch of stitches all over her face and head. As soon as we heard the news, we rushed to the hospital to make sure they were doing okay, which they are. It could have turned out a lot worse, but they are doing as well as they can.
Chancho, M and I took the trip to the gas station where the truck was towed to retrieve their items and looking at the truck, I have no idea how they were able to walk away. The tow man said that their stuff was hanging in the trees and had been thrown for miles down the road. We were able to find R's phone in the car and a bunch of her papers, and jacket, but M's phone was still missing so we took a trip to the scene of the accident. There we found more of R's papers, a shoe, sunglasses and M's phone! It was just laying propped up against a rock, without any scratches. The rocks were bright red from the paint of the truck. We were able to see the exact location of where they started to go off the road from the tire marks and we saw both of the impact places of when the truck flipped. It really was hard to take it all in.

We left them to rest up and they should be heading home today if R decides she's up for it. I'm hoping that this was the third bad thing to happen and that's it. It was a very emotionally draining weekend. A lot of high, happy moments, quickly taken down by scary, frightening, and worrying moments. I'm just so glad that everything turned out okay and not any worse.

Quote of the Day: "You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions." - Elizabeth Gilbert 

Listening to: "Live Like We're Dying" by Kris Allen

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Carolina, please come home soon!

Who knew that spending a casual Saturday with family would turn into such a nightmare.

Chancho and I spent the morning together, we picked up Big Bertha (his motorcycle) out of storage so he can enjoy his last summer with her. From there we scooted on up to Connecticut for some family time. On the way there, my sister informed me that she wouldn't be joining us because her husband's grandmother was in the hospital and it wasn't looking good, they didn't give her until the evening hours. It was really unfortunate to hear that news, but all we could do was keep her in our prayers.

We arrived at my ex uncle's house (my aunt divorced him, but is now dating him again), ate a few munchies, drank a few drinks and then the Easter egg hunt began. All the cousins grabbed a basket and headed out into the yard. We had the boundaries set to the front of the house, driveway to the woods and front of the house to the road. Off we went scrambling into the yard. There were 100 eggs to be found. All of them were filled with chocolate, however some had Susan B. Anthony coins and others had notes in them meaning that you won a prize. It got a little violent, as my cousins are pretty competitive, but no one got hurt. I sadly found only 9 eggs. I wasn't trying all that hard, I was really just watching it all go down and laughing. Here we are all grown and searching/pushing each other out of the way for a plastic egg! It was fun, but something that I could have done without. My brother arrived with his wife and dogs just as the Easter egg hunt was finishing up. The ladies filed into the kitchen to cook, while the men stood out on the porch chatting and drinking. A few cousins played croquet. Dinner commenced. We had a great lamb, lasagna, potatoes, broccoli, corn, deviled eggs, and a whole bunch of other items, that couldn't fit on my plate or into my stomach. The evening continued, as I received a text message from my sister informing me that my brother in law's grandmother did indeed pass away just then. I passed the news around and everyone was happy to hear that she was able to see her family before she passed on. It must have been comforting in a tiny way that they were able to make it to her bedside before it was too late.

Then as we were all gathered around the kitchen counters eating dessert and taking shots of licorice liquor, my brother came sprinting inside yelling that his dog had run off! All at once everyone jumped up and two of my cousins grabbed their car keys each of them yelling which direction to take. "I'll go East! You go West!" They both had grown up in the area and are very familiar with the roads and land. Apparently, as my brother was walking both of the dogs, the largest one, Carolina, who is a fox hound got a whiff of a deer and bolted. She took off so quickly that she ripped the leash right out of my brothers hand. He had no option but to drop the other leash to the smaller dog, Bailey, who is a beagle, and sprinted after Carolina. She was too fast that he had to come back to get help. Unfortunately, the sun had just gone down and the house is surrounded by dense woods. The family was out searching frantically for a good hour, but they came back empty handed. In the time that they all left the house in a frenzy, my ex uncle's son had disappeared, he is only 12 I believe, and he was no where in the house. They started calling around and the last time that anyone saw him was walking towards the road. Turns out that he wanted to go with his older brothers and tried to chase after them as they drove away. They found him walking the street. Then my dad decided that it would be a good idea to take Bailey out to try and find Carolina, thinking that Bailey would sniff her way to her. However, they had Bailey on a short leash, so short that you have to arch your back a bit walk her. Bailey was doing fine until she realized that she was too far from her mommy and daddy and bolted off towards the house. She had my dad running full force back to the house. If only I was able to see that image! He came back in the house panting and yelling "She tried to kill me!" Everyone was so concerned about Bailey, they got her a bowl of water, made sure she was okay and my dad goes "What about me?? I just had to run a marathon to keep up with her and my back is probably broken now!" Oh, it was priceless. He spent the next hour hunched over and limping, trying to get sympathy. It wasn't working as everyone's minds were still on the missing Carolina.

Chancho called up the local police department to see what they could do for them, knowing they wouldn't be able to do much; just keep their eyes open, but it was comforting to my brother and his wife. It was the first time that I had seen my brother cry and I mean really cry. My heart aches for them. I wish there was something that I could do for them, but the outlook doesn't look great at all. Carolina is lost in a wooded area filled with coyotes, on a leash that is attached to a choke collar and she doesn't know where "home" is. The only thing that is going for her is that before my brother and his wife took her in, she was a wild dog, roaming the woods so this isn't something too new for her, she knows how to survive on her own. I just hope that she can find her way back to the house or someone finds her before something unwanted does.

The beautiful Carolina. I hope she comes home quickly, safely and soon!