Best Friends are Hard to Come By

This blog has been silent for the past couple weeks. I just couldn’t get myself to write anything. I’ve been thinking about why, and I think it’s been because every time I write something it seems to make things concrete, more real. Maybe I just wasn’t ready to face the fact that this is now our reality. See 2 weeks ago, I lost my best friend.

Missed my boy

Best friends are so hard to come by. My friend shared with me a metaphor for friendship that has really stuck with me, “Would you have 100 pennies or 4 quarters?” Personally, I want 4 quarters. I’m the type that loves people. I have this want, this passion for connecting with others. I treat my friends like I do my family, something that my mom instilled in me at a young age. As an only child, my friends growing up were like sisters to me. My high school and college friends became family. In 2004, Charlie adopted our first dog Baxter and instantly became part of our family. 

Charlie adopted this cutie from the local shelter. I never visited the shelter he was from but Charlie told me that he was the dog that would hide and shiver in the back corner when he saw people walking by. Baxter actually had a brother in the same kennel as him, and you can tell his brother was the alpha dog. This boy needed a home, a home that would love him. So the day after Christmas in 2004, we brought him home.

Baxter wasn’t the friendliest dog when it came to people. He was extremely territorial and protective. But when he knew you weren’t a threat, he was your best friend for life. He loved you with all his heart and would cry for a good 5 minutes whenever you’d come home. He was a healthy dog and aside from his yearly shots we never had to take him to the vet. He loved the finer things in life like a good steak or salmon. He loved a good treat or toy and would cry as he was walking around with it because he loved it so much and didn’t know what to do with it.

He was my best friend. He would comfort me and kiss my tears when he saw me crying. I would talk to him about all kinds of things, as if he could understand the complexities of life. He would keep me company when Charlie wasn’t home. He would lay next to me while I work, watch TV, eat, pretty much as long as I’m home we were inseparable.

Look at these cute pups relaxing in the sun!

At the ripe old age of 15, we had to put him to sleep. I can’t believe it has been 2 weeks since we had to say goodbye. Poor Evee, I feel like she’s been struggling with it the most. She loved Baxter, absolutely adored him. Our family of 4 (Charlie, me, Baxter, and Evee) is now a family of 3 and we’re continuing to adjust as we try to move forward. We’re trying to find what the new daily routine will now be like.

Every day has been a struggle for the past 2 weeks, but every day it gets a little less hard. I can’t really say better, the hurt continues but we try to take it day by day.

I miss you, Baby Boy! You changed our lives for the better, and we had 15 wonderful years with you. I’m glad we were able to give you a home, a family that loved you. I hope we enriched your life as much as you did ours.


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Entrepreneur Diaries – Apple Keynote Reactions

Yesterday, Apple hosted their annual event at the Steve Jobs Theatre and announced some new upgrades to their iPhone and Apple Watch. While I live Tweeted some of the event and the things I’m personally excited for, what I was really hoping for an iPad upgrade. But, I digress. Let’s talk about the new things coming to the iPhone and Apple Watch that I personally think are worth talking about.

The Apple Watch Series 4 comes with a hardware upgrade inside and out, allowing us to have more screen and more power on our wrist. We all kinda watch these Keynotes to see how much updated hardware they can fit into our devices right? So a hardware upgrade is to be expected. Quite honestly, I do love my Apple Watch I admittedly don’t use it enough. I used to use it all the time cuz I was more active. I used to walk 3 miles a day, work out 4 times a week, but not so much since we opened the new location. While I’m not rushing to the store to buy a series 4, my hope is more compatibility and apps available for the Apple Watch. I’d love to see ways we can make our watches part of our productivity workflow!

Ok, now let’s get to the meat and potatoes – the iPhone XS.

First, let’s talk about the name. IDK what’s wrong with me but to say “iPhone ten x-max” is a tongue twister! I even misspelled it while typing just now lol!! Just me?!

So as expected, this puppy gets a new hardware upgrade. Biggest upgrade – 2 sizes. A 5.8″ and 6.5″ Super Retina OLED Display to choose from. I won’t bog you down with the tiny details, you can go to the Apple website for that.


The things I’m most excited for? In no particular order…

  1. Better water resistance. Up to 2 meters for 30 minutes.
  2. Better photo. Once again, I won’t bore you with the details.  Feel free to read those specs on the Apple website. I’m excited for better bokeh, better low light photos, and Smart HDR. I mean, we’ll have to see how much better it is, especially compared to the iPhone’s competitors but I’m sure it’ll be better than what I’ve got.
  3. But the thing I’m excited for the most? Better video quality. I use my iPhone as my main camera for both my blog and YouTube channel so this is a really important one for me. I’m trying to get better and dip my toe deeper into video. Since I don’t have the budget for a high quality camera, my phone’s going to have to upgrade. Big time.

So, the ultimate question. Which one am I getting – the XS, XS Max, or XR? I’m going to probably go with the XS. I can’t make any promises, but for me the determining factor was the size of the phone. Since I have such small hands I don’t need size, I need portability. Which one are you getting?


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Plant Update

I don’t know if you remember, but at the end of the month in May I bought a couple house plants. I have a history of killing even the easy to keep plants so I made it a goal of mine to keep them alive for at least a month. I’m so happy to say that my plants are still alive! Look at me, 3 months later! I’m so proud I can’t even tell you lol.
I’ve named my first 2 plants that I bought Romeo and Juliet. Don’t know why I did, but we’re going with that. They’re both doing well and have grown a bit since I bought them!
Romeo, my Dieffenbachia plant
Juliet, my Pothos plant
Shortly after I bought a rosemary plant from Lowes. I wanted to name him Sergio but Charlie named him Rosemario and it somehow stuck. I’ve had a rosemary plant in the past and it died within a couple weeks of me having it so I was really really determined to keep Rosemario alive. He’s also doing well! He has a home on our back patio where he keeps the flies away and gets all the sunlight he needs.
Rosemario, my Italian Rosemary plant
I’ve always wanted to keep plants in our house but could never keep them alive. Plants just add so much life, softness, and color to a home – especially ours that leans more to a modern aesthetic.
If you have any recommendations for easy to maintain house plants please let me know! I’m starting to grow my collection!
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