Happy 2012

1 Jan

So, we obviously failed Project 365. The catch-up after our move completely threw us off. It became cumbersome. The pictures were the same every single day. Remi and Luna are cute, but not that cute (kidding). So we did what any logical person would do – quit… even though we only had 82 days to go. Haha.

We apologize for the absence. We received some exciting news at the beginning of December. Temoc got into his top choice dental school! He also received his fourth interview call, but thankfully (for our bank account) he was able to decline the three remaining interviews.

2011 was a trying year. We went through a lot of emotional ups and downs, but they were just experiences that grew us closer together (I can’t imagine having to go through any of it without his patience, support, strength and love).

We have several goals that we have to accomplish in 2012. All of the goals are centered upon moving to a (real) city (these are not dreaded new year’s resolutions – we likely won’t have a choice and will have to make them happen):

Learn how to downsize. Before and after our move, we donated a bunch of unnecessary items. However, we only lost 200 square feet in this house (but gained some of that square footage in the garage). We’ll be lucky if we only lose an additional 1000 square feet in the next move. And we won’t have a garage. Needless to say, in the next six months, we will have to make many decisions on what we can and cannot live without (and still end up parting with some “necessities”).

Spend less and save more. We’re pretty frugal, but we’re about to go through a major transition. We have steadily become more financially stable, but Temoc will no longer have any income beginning this summer (student loans will likely be less than half of his current income). We thought we were poor when we had furloughs, but nothing will compare to the next three years (unless I have a very high paying job). We have to begin the painstaking process of putting ourselves on a tight budget, so we can plan for the tough times that are ahead!

Spend time “working” on the dogs. Luna is toy-aggressive. We can live with her hyper-ness, but she becomes aggressive when she’s playing fetch and a dog tries to take her toy (she is only aggressive with Remi if we’re playing with a ball). We won’t be able to deal with this behavior in a city if we ever want to go to a dog park.

Which leads us to Remi. He has about 4.5 friends (4 Boston Terriers and Lucy – after being around her for a few days). That’s all. He wants to attack any other animal that comes into view. It’s a serious issue. I think the Dog Whisperer would partially blame me because I can’t let my guard down on walks, I really don’t enjoy taking him places where we might see dogs, and I might be guilty of babying him… He’s such a sweet dog at home, but has the completely opposite personality as soon as we leave the house. We need to work on him in a very serious way. We also have to schedule his second surgery, which we hope won’t affect any progress that we hope to make with his behavioral issues.

Work through an emotional “down” that we experienced in 2011. I won’t go into any detail with this one, but I’ve learned that phrase “patience is a virtue” couldn’t be more accurate.

We hope you had a happy holiday season! Here’s a picture of our sweet doggies (taken several weeks ago)…

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Day 283: Sun is Always Welcome

8 Oct

The weather was perfect today. Warm (but not that warm) and sunny!

On a side note, we’re sorry for the very disorganized posting of day pictures. We’re trying to play catch-up, while also attempting to not bombard people with too many posts… So, it seems a bit scattered and it seems like it’s neverending, but eventually we’ll catch up!

Day 282: State Capitol

7 Oct

Our (work) parking garage has quite the view of the capitol…

(Does it annoy you as much as it annoys us when people/businesses write “capital” instead of “capitol”?)

Day 281: Interview Day

6 Oct

Today I had my first Dental School interview! I interviewed at University of the Pacific, Arthur Dugoni School of Dentistry in San Francisco. Whenever we go to the City, the trip is usually about an hour and half. This morning it took me two and half hours! It was raining and the morning traffic was horendous once I hit the Bay Area.

Today was the first time since the change in Administration that I wore a suit. I was comfortable and relaxed and ready to interview. There were only six of us today and we were the first interview day! I can’t believe I got an interview on the first day! They interview the best candidates early in the process.

I was the oldest of the interviewees. Two of us had gone to Stanford, two from USC, one from SF State, and the other from UoP, Stockton. The morning started with an Admissions Overview, where we learned more about the school and a little about what to expect for the day. Next was my faculty interview. It went very well. It was more of a conversation about the school, my experience, and some advice for the future.

I am sold on the school. Not to mention by my final year they’ll be moving to a new state of the art builing in Downtown! Now I have to wait until December 1st to know if I’ve been admitted.

Day 280: Rainy Day

5 Oct

I lucked out and missed the rain, but it was still wet and cold. It’s amazing how fast the weather changes!

Day 279: Goodbye Summer

4 Oct

I think there’s no denying it. It’s fall. Summer abruptly ended and I’m not thrilled about it. We can’t even eat outside at work because it’s too cold/windy… It feels like elementary school all over again…stuck inside… Except the office is freezing, not hot and stuffy. ;)

Since our new home is smaller, we don’t have much space to play fetch. Regardless, Luna finds the smaller space just fine…

Day 278: …and then there were clouds

3 Oct

I’m hoping we still have some warm October days ahead of us…

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