Friday, January 26, 2018

Be Back Soon

When she's not re-arranging the pillows on the couch, Ms. Frizzle likes to snuggle. She's not very good at snuggling. I consider it more like crushing as she isn't a petite yellow lab anymore. I think she's getting to close to 70 pounds. But I took one for the team and let Frizz "snuggle" with me.


I am currently enjoying a few days of downtime before I start my new job on Monday so not much share this week but I should have plenty to report next week. 
Thanks for stopping by. Talk to you soon.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Pillow Talk

We recently watched a 6-month-old golden doodle named Nash for one of Mrs. Shife's co-workers and it went pretty well.
The kids thought Nash was awesome, Frizzle thought Nash was amazing, and I thought that we will never be a two-dog household.
Never say never, right?
OK, we will be a two-dog household if I own an elephant tranquilizer gun.
A 15-month-old yellow lab and a 6-month-old golden doodle have a lot of energy.
Nash's owner came over to pick him up and that's when things didn't go so well.
Frizzle has a habit of every now and then of rearranging the pillows on the couch.
It's definitely not something you would expect from your fixed female dog but that's not stopping her.
I will let this GIF show you what she likes to do to the pillows.


Awesome, right?
Well as Nash's owner was getting ready to leave with her dog, Kyle decided to ask her a question. 
"Does Nash like to play with the pillows on the couch? Frizzle like to do this to our pillows." 
And any guesses on what he did? 
If you said pretending to hump a pillow then you need to give yourself a nice pat on the back. 


Mrs. Shife had to have a little chat with Kyle after that one because I was too busy giggling like an idiot. I am doing such a great job being a role model for my son. Good times.

Have a great weekend. Thanks for stopping by.


I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 




Friday, January 12, 2018

Back to Normal

For the past two months, I have been a little stressed out. It was part of the reason I took a break from the blog at the end of the year. And I am sorry if you had me becoming an alpaca farmer on the Mr. Shife mid-life crisis bingo card but it was just stress that drove me away.


The main reason I have been little unhinged is that I have been looking for a new job. And I know this is really going to shock you … it’s not a lot of fun trying to find a new place to park your butt for 40 hours a week. A few examples of the highs and lows I experienced while looking for a new gig:

·      Why haven’t they called me back?
·      Did my phone just ring?
·      Did I give them the right number?
·      Does this skirt make me look fat?
·      Should I be wearing a skirt to interviews?
·      OMG. Is that a typo in the thank you letter I just sent?
·      Hitting refresh every 12 seconds on my email account.
·      We can make it if I’m an Uber driver, right?
·      Working on your spy skills as you hope your current employer doesn’t find out you are looking for a new job.
·      Consider relocating to Alabama.
·      That interview went really well. 
One day later: I probably shouldn’t have said that during the interview.
One week later: That interview went really bad. 
One month later: I’m never getting another job.

All of that coupled with the usual stress of the holiday season and I was at maximum capacity.


Well, my stress levels returned to mostly normal last Friday as I got the call I have been waiting for. It was my doctor telling me that I didn’t test positive for Australian bat lyssavirus. I also heard from my new employer as they offered me a job. Yay!! It was definitely good news and hearing that I didn’t have rabies was pretty swell too.


At the end of the month, I will be starting my new gig. I’m pretty excited and glad I can now focus on something else to stress me out like why my urine smells like marshmallows.


Thanks for stopping by. I will talk to you soon.




I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream. 

Friday, January 05, 2018

Random Acts of Shifeness - Holiday Recap

Happy New Year!!
How is 2018 treating you so far?
Like this:


Or perhaps like this: 


Or maybe like this:


I'm more like the first GIF currently but I was definitely feeling the like the third GIF as I closed out 2017. I was a pretty happy dude just hanging out by the Christmas tree, singing carols, soaking up the holiday spirit ... then WHAM! Out of nowhere, I get pounced on like a defenseless creature by this cat assassin that harbored nothing but ill will and hatred towards my immune system. This furry, fearless, filthy, four-legged fiend delivered a nice dose of the plague and it was nighty night time for yours truly. I got sick the Friday before Christmas and I was pretty much as useless as an inflatable dartboard for several days. But we did have some fun over the holidays when I wasn't in a NyQuil-induced coma. 
  • I discussed the pros and cons of "My Little Pony" with Hayden.
  • It was totes amazeballs that I only had to put two toys together this year.
  • We had a white Christmas.
  • Hayden had to visit the dentist because she had 2 cavities. The dentist was so impressed with her bravery that he had to come out to the lobby and tell me. And I told him, "That's just Hayden."
  • Kyle discovered live-action Disney shows and is watching one called "Lab Rats." It makes him LOL a lot. 
  • Kyle and I went to the movies and saw "Star Wars: The Last Jedi."
  • We had the no vacancy sign up as we had family in town. 13 adults, 10 kids, and 2 Labrador Retrievers. 
  • Ice skating. I thought I looked pretty good in my dark blue spandex dress.
  • No Shifleys made it to midnight on New Year's Eve this year. 
  • I am reading a book. I usually do one a year and this one is called "A Tribe of Mentors." 
  • Kyle is trying to set some sort of record for reading over Christmas break. The dude read 200 minutes one day alone. He loves his books. 

Thanks for stopping by. Hope all is well and I will talk to you soon.







I will persevere. I will keep moving forward. I will be the stream.