Monday, March 25, 2013

Quick reminder: I've moved blogs

Hey guys! Just a quick note in case you haven't yet seen my post on Monday, that I have moved over to Wordpress and I will no longer be blogging at The Curious Pug.

My new blog is called Habitual Homebody and I hope you will follow me over there! Be sure to update your feeds so you won't miss anything because I'm not transferring my feed over and I'll loose you. This is my new feed address.

Or you can follow me on Bloglovin. If you already follow The Curious Pug on Bloglovin, you don't have to do anything. I had everyone who was following that way transferred over to my Habitual Homebody account.

I still have the same social media accounts so you don't have to change anything there.

Thanks for making The Curious Pug a fun place to blog over the last 3 years! It's time for a change :)

Monday, March 18, 2013

This is my last post here! I'm moving to Wordpress. See you over there.

The time has come! I am moving to Wordpress! This will be my last post on The Curious Pug and it's bittersweet but I'm excited for the change and hope you will continue reading on my new blog...

It took me a long time to come up with a blog name, but I knew I wanted the word home in it because being at home is my favorite place to be and I totally am a homebody. It just felt right.

Please follow my new blog's feed here: Habitual Homebody's RSS feed.

I recommend following by using Feedly since Google is doing away with Google Reader come July. And with the huge rush of recent Bloglovin follows because of this, I decided to just transfer my Curious Pug Bloglovin feed to my new Habitual Homebody Bloglovin feed. So if you already follow me via Bloglovin, you don't have to do anything. Same with Hellocotton. It seemed silly to make everyone who just took the time to follow me that way to re-follow me a few days later.

But if you don't already follow me with Bloglovin, click here to follow.
Or if HelloCotton is your thing, click here to follow.

And finally, I couldn't have made the move without the help of Amanda from Life in Beta and owner of Proper Dog Media. I knew there was no way I was going to make this move on my own because I literally knew nothing about Wordpress before contacting her. I seriously can't say enough positive things about her and her design services. She made the transition so easy, answered my tons of questions, and was incredibly helpful with telling me about how things work in the dashboard and things like that...things I didn't even think of asking. She's on top of it! So if you are thinking about starting a blog on self-hosted Wordpress or looking to make the move from blogger to Wordpress, I highly recommend Amanda!
From this point on, I will be blogging over at Habitual Homebody! I will see you there!

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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Totally Awesome Blog Hop All Stars!

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Hello, and welcome to the Totally Awesome Blog Hop!!

This marks the six month anniversary of this amazing blog hop. Our aim has been: broadening circles, encouraging community, and making new friends. We have definitely accomplished all this and more! Because of its success, this blog hop we co-created will be an All-Stars edition. Meaning this time around, there are ten amazing hosts who have all already co-hosted, love it, and want in again!!

As always, the hop will be linked between all ten sites, ensuring everyone's links get seen and clicked. We want our audiences to get to know each other! Our goal is community building between like-minded folks, and this is a place for of people to meet, make friends, and expand their following!

Participation is super simple, although the rules are a little different this time around-

#1 Visit all ten hostesses sites, and follow any four hostesses of your choosing!
PS- you don't have to follow with just GFC, especially since it will no longer exist come July.
You can follow with Bloglovin, or via RSS too.

Chantilly of ChantillySongs

Alycia of the Curious Pug

Shell of Kitty and Buck

Fritha of Tigerlilly Quinn

Marilyn of Pulp Sushi

Rachel of Rachel the Hat

Gentri of Gentri Lee

(We promise you will love these blogs, and they are all totally worth getting to know!!)

#2 Link your blog/ website

#3 Visit other sites, follow, and comment

#4 Grab a button & post it on your blog

#5 Post about it on twitter, facebook, and all your social media sites

We love you, and thank you!

Blog hop

Friday, March 15, 2013

Bookmark Dump

Look at all the people that made cowls for their dog using my pattern! How cute!

How to dump a reading slump. Sometimes, I'm totally in a slump and it makes me sad.

Crocheters, this is one of my favorite link ups: Annemarie's Haakblog's Link Your Stuff!

Pal's hilarious cheat sheet for buddy with severe short term memory loss. Funny and sweet!

How to make these awesome Star Wars peg boards.

I gotta get my hands on some vintage suitcases because I'm totally making these dog beds for the pups.

Turn socks into snakes to keep out the cold. So cute and looks like an easy DIY.

Stephen King reveals details of The Shining sequel. I am SO excited about this book! Too bad I gotta wait till September though. “Basically, the idea of the story was to try and scare the shit out of people,” he joked. “I said to myself, ‘Let me see if I can go and do that again.’”
Synopsis of Dr. Sleep from Goodreads:
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and tween Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.

Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad opening credits reimagined 1995 style. I'm not sure I'd wanna watch these shows if the credits looked like this haha!

***Be sure to stop by tomorrow for The Totally Awesome Blog Hop All Stars! Link up your blog with thousands of readers between all the co-hosts!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

House Hunting Part 2 - We made an offer

In our online house hunt, we've passed over this house numerous times because the main photo they were using looked dark (hellooooo haven't they heard of Photoshop?). But in order to be thorough, Brian clicked on it and after a while for lack of better phrase, became obsessed with it which in turn made me obsessed with it. It's absolutely beautiful inside. Redone with updated appliances and additions. The part over the garage there is the bedroom and runs the entire width of the house. The bedrooms are huge, especially compared to what we've been seeing and the house sits on almost an acre. And the house looked better in person than in the photos, which seems to be the trend. It even had our bonus sun room and central air. All the items on our must have and bonus list were checked off with this house so we decided to make an offer! We couldn't find anything negative about the house, even though it sits behind an elementary school, adding a vinyl fence just against that end would fix that. And the other 3 sides would be a wooden fence to keep the dogs in.

So we became obsessed Wednesday. We saw the house Thursday. Wrote up the offer Friday. And heard back on Saturday, which was my birthday. So if our offer was accepted and we got this house, this would be the best birthday present ever. But we left Friday night after making up our offer not feeling very confident because there was another couple making an offer as well. Having been on the market for 160 days, why the hell would they find this house NOW exactly when we did? Just our luck.

The sellers went with the other couple who made a lower offer. I had no idea that could actually happen. Our realtor was just as confused and upset. Someone must have known someone or was acting all shady on the other couples behalf for some reason. We were pretty upset just because that's not how you play the game. We clearly gave a way better offer but they purposefully went with the lower one. And we know that the other couple had the same type of loan as us. It could have been ours! I don't want to talk more about it other than that, but I'm already over it. I knew we had to have a heart break in order to continue on in finding the house meant for us. Having my parents here for my birthday made me get over it quicker and feel better about it.

Moving on...

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Birthday flowers

Just playing with the DSLR. We need to get a lens that's better with macro shots. The lens we have now is too long to get up close so the shots won't focus or come out grainy. These are birthday flowers from my mom.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Books I've Been Reading

Type: E-book from Amazon
Price: Free
Date finished: March 2, 2013
Rating (out of 5 stars): 4 stars (I really liked it)
Synopsis from Goodreads:
The List a technothriller about a group of ten people who all have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don't know why.

One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions.

To say more would give away too much.

Like the Jack Daniels series, The List combines laugh out loud humor with serious suspense and thrills.

If the Kindle had back jacket copy, it would read:

A billionaire Senator with money to burn...
A thirty year old science experiment, about to be revealed...
Seven people, marked for death, not for what they know, but for what they are...

Type: E-book from Amazon
Price: Free
Date finished: February 20, 2013
Rating (out of 5 stars): 3 stars (I liked it)
Synopsis from Goodreads:

Andrew Wrangles has a decision to make. His best friend Sothum, a philosophical and financial genius, has just died and left him a choice in his will: ten million dollars or a sealed envelope.

Andrew's wife Cheryl doesn't see this as much of a choice. She wants Andrew to take the money, and what little patience she has for his speculating about what could be worth more than ten million dollars is wearing thin very quickly.

But as Andrew digs deeper into the secret life that Sothum lived, he finds more questions than answers. Does the envelope contain the fate of a vanished mutual friend? The answer to a terrible cosmic riddle? The confession to a crime? Is Sothum just playing a final private joke? Or has Andrew become a pawn in a game--a game that Sothum died playing against a bigger opponent than Andrew can imagine?