Traveling with pets

Always Call AHEAD!

I think that is the biggest piece of advice I can give you and I cannot stress it enough.

Even if the website says “Pets accepted/allowed”, it’s always safe to call ahead and verify their statements.  9/10 there are restrictions or hidden fees involved when you travel with your furry (or feathery, scally ) pets 🙂 So don’t let yourself be blindsided.

When you call to inquire to about their pet policy, always be sure to ask about breed restrictions and any hidden fees. Be specific!  Don’t shy away from asking to many questions, these are your kiddo’s, your companions, and best friends so ask even the smallest questions that come to mind.

I’ve dealt with some places that are very upfront with their pet policy’s, including breed/species restrictions and weight limits. But I’ve also dealt with the more shady sided places who won’t tell you all the fees involved with having your pet stay with them or won’t be as upfront with you about their breed/ species and weight restrictions.  And that can mean extra charges that you’re not budgeted for.

And just because the website doesn’t mention a pet policy, it does not mean they don’t have one. So again, Don’t forget to ask.

 

And that’s something else to be mindful of, independently owned establishments who can set (and change) their own rules at a whim.

Yes, it happens.

I’ve stayed in places that swear up and down a specific breed is not allowed and will fight you about allowing your pet to stay,  but when you walk around and look, you’ll see plenty of other owners out walking that very breed.  And they don’t always have that service pet stamp of approval.  Sometime’s they just drew the long straw when they signed in.

I have even had hotels begin to deny a service pet on grounds that they didn’t want to deal with the room cleaning that “most pets leave when you check out”…. Yup…  And boy did I have a lengthy conversation with that owner.

But not all places are out to get you or make it twice as hard for you to travel with your pets.

I’ve stayed in a few places that actually allowed a pet that they would normally deem “restricted” because they saw how obedient and well-mannered they were.   And a couple of hotels even allowed me to stay with my pet for no fee do to his smallness and lack of messy behavior. These people are the real MVP’s in my eyes.   They don’t judge a book by its cover and they allow for loopholes in their policies so they can better accommodate their guests and renters.

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I wish more places would be that way and more open-minded to certain breeds and pets. Some really don’t deserve the bad reputation they have acquired.

Be sure to be polite about you inquiries 

When you call up a hotel or an apartments leasing office, don’t jump down their throats the second they start steering you away from bringing your pet.  Some of the people you’re talking to are simply doing their job and following the procedures set by their employers.  

While I know some places are rude from the moment they answer the phone to the time you check out, you just have to take the higher road and keep a professional tone and outlook for the sake of your pets.  Sometimes you just may be catching someone on a bad day, or they may have just spoken to someone before you who screamed and cursed them when they were denied permission to keep a loose pet snake in one of their rooms.   

I’ve listened to this phone call, it happens lol

So keep it cool and collect. And remember the old phrase ” You catch more fly’s with honey than you do with vinegar“.

Be honest about your pet

The second most important thing I can stress while you look at traveling with your pets.

Don’t tell them spike is well potty trained if in fact, he messes on the floor when he’s left alone.  Or he has separation anxiety and may tear up the furniture or chew chair legs when you run out to get groceries or have dinner.

Don’t promise them that the pet stays in his cage unless supervised, when your normal is letting them have free run of the bathroom while you’re at work.

Be honest about their vaccine history.  Like taking your pet to a daycare, you want him/her to be protected from anything they may come in contact with.  So be sure to keep up to date on your vaccines , flea/tick prevention and heartworm medications. 

And it doesn’t hurt ( I recommend it actually) to check out the area you will be in and talk with your Vet about any issues that may be more common in that region VS your home town.    A city pet may not need to worry about ticks as much as a country pet would. So keep that in some cases your pet may need a little extra protection.

I could go into so much more detail, but I think this a good start.

I’m all for traveling and being able to take your pets with you, I don’t know how some people can go without the comfort of a pet.? For me, its truly a challenge. And I would much rather pay a little extra or look a little harder to find the right place for me and my kiddo’s 🙂

Life things- Mini update

I take so many random and strange photos when I travel 😊

Honestly, most of the time I’m only taking the pictures to capture the feeling I had in that moment.

Memories are magical

So in the last few weeks I’ve found a screw in my tire (🤔 to convenient), I’ve had a girls trip to Mississippi to pick up my sister

We hit a few choice spots when we headed back ✌🏼

We also ended up spending the night in Atlanta due to finding a bubble in one of my other tires ( tires and me have no damn luck 🤦🏻‍♀️)… it was an irritating delay in our plans but we made the most of it and ended up having a great day while we waited for a spare 😊

And after all that, I spent an entire weekend revising and editing a few pieces I’ve been procrastinating on.

It feels so damn good to sit down and write lately. And I mean good.

I feel like my voice changes from time to time, but for the most part, it stands true to who I am and what I’m trying to share with the world.

I’m so thankful for you guys who listen to me and share your own stories with me 😊 It’s amazing to be in such an inspiring community.

Keep the lights on your muse 💋

Facebook and Instagram have taken a holiday…

And I’m sure I’m suppose to be extremely freaked out… but honestly….

I’m only trying to figure out how to talk with the few social media friends I spoke with regularly 😂 ( note to self, exchange emails from now on ).

I don’t even care that a combined 15yrs of pictures and videos could be lost, hundreds of networking connections gone in a blink of an eye or that I can’t scroll through and see what’s going on in the lives of the “insta famous” influencers I follow and friends and family back home 🤷🏻‍♀️

In a way, I’m glad this happened.

It’s shown me that I’m not dependent on social media, I just use it out of boredom, procrastination and the occasionally “What’s aunt Tilly been up to lately” 💁🏻‍♀️😄

So, for those who don’t know (which is probably very few of you) Facebook and all related apps – WhatsApp and Instagram- Crashed today worldwide.

And we’ve been given very little information as to why this happened or what caused it …

Facebook did take to Twitter and reported that they are..

“aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re working to resolve the issue as soon as possible.”

And then again later, via Twitter announced…

“We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm that the issue is not related to a DDoS attack.”

Other than that, social media users have received no further information as to the cause of the crash or the expected duration. And let me tell you, people are freaking out!

Twitter has exploded with tweets about the outages. #FacebookDown and #InstagramDown are now two of the top trending tags on the platform.

People are even creating tweets, joking that MySpace has finally received an open window at a chance to regain its popularity 😂 (Anyone remember there old account info?)

Now not all of us are as lost as others. For some, the apps are only glitching and causing minor inconveniences.

But once you start trying to troubleshoot the issue (like I did before realizing what was really going on) you get logged out entirely and are unable to access anything. So you don’t even have the peace of mind of knowing your content is safe and still right where you left it.

*Deep breaths. It will all be ok

So, what’s going on? Will we wake up tomorrow and all will be well?

Or do you think this will last longer?

I’m curious to know you’re thoughts

Boys are such a pain 😛

So, I’ve potty trained pets before. A lot of them actually and I’ve never had as much of an issue as I have with this little man.

Ugh!!!

Why are boys so much more difficult?

My female dogs have all figured out the puppy pad thing in 3 weeks, then alerting me by going to the door by 5 weeks.

But this guy, my little Bruiser man… is going on month 2…3🤔 and we’re still playing the “Don’t pee on my carpet!” game 🤦🏻‍♀️

He’s to the point where he knows and understands he has done wrong. But he just hasn’t gotten a handle on using his pad on a regular basis. Yet. Ughh….

We will have this mastered by the end of the month, I’m determined.

Writing my Novel, despise being annoyed with it. HELP ME!

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I started off writing a very “I know what I’m doing” column style post about working through fatigue, writers block and social agreements to finish your damn book…. But I ended up being talked out of it by a friend of mine and was advised to just write how I feel and how I’m managing it all, in my own words.

So here I am, I’m writing this blog as a form of procrastination because my story is driving me nuts and I’m struggling to get the chapters to flow together the way I want them to… The characters have stopped talking to me…

And of course, Not all the characters have stopped talking to me, just the ones that pertain to this specific book! *Slams head on desk*

Can someone please tell the elf and fairy to stop for a few minutes? I don’t have the energy to deal with them at the moment… Thanks…

Originally, (and planned since last weekends cold/flu epidemic) I was taking this entire weekend to print, read, re-write and then, re-print my current “Top Priority” novel. And sip a few thousand cups of tea while I was at it 😉  But like 90% of all things I try to plan… things change.

Travel plans have been added to my schedule, which means packing and rethinking my plans for the week. And of course, totally throwing out my weekend chill plans due to my brain doing nothing but thinking about driving, traffic, packing light, and Bruiser.

And I may be binge watching Sex and the City again… lol

 

Ok, so really. My goal plan , despise all my distractions (the real ones and the ones I’m making up) is to still get at least half of my re-writing done this weekend.  

The plan of attack:

  • Read your current chapters
  • Compile notes on possible changes and/or things that need to be added
  • Put all notes into a folder (either on your laptop or physical file )
  • Re-write your character index cards
  • Start. Your. Re-Write

And then I have to remind myself not to forget these notes when I leave town so I can keep working on my re-write while I’m hotel-ing it.

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So, what are your Go-To motions for “Getting your writing done” over a busy weekend?  Or even, throughout a busy week when you still need sleep, food and of course… work a day job?

 

 

 

 

A writer with no pen

How is that even possible??

Well, in today’s world it’s very possible and almost preferred to over the good old fashion pen and paper writing.

But yesterday while I rummaged through a magazine rack at the grocery store, I loved that I overheard a woman make the statement “I’m writer with no pen…” as she took a pen and slip of paper from a guy who had just gracefully asked her for her number and a possible date next weekend.

Yes, I eve’s drop a lot when I’m out and about. I don’t always do it intentionally, sometimes I just catch myself listening in on the many conversations going on around me.

It’s turned into a habit I have a hard time controlling.

So back on the “Writers without pens” subject.

Almost everyone I see writing out in public, all have a laptop or iPad and hardly ever a notebook or binder…  Am I just missing the time frame retro writers come out in public? Lol

Now don’t get me wrong, I do love the lack of hassle and mess that a computer (or iPad) provides over a notebook. It’s easier to organize everything and you do have the ability to look anything up at the drop of a hat.

But… having so much at your finger tips makes for easy procrastination.

You spend time finding the perfect music, finding pictures that inspire your current chapter or scene, and worst of all… you spend time “Talking” about writing on all your social media accounts VS actually writing

 

When I’m not taking my writing time serious, or I’m to cluttered in the head to write clearly, I love my laptop. I can run a few different browsers at one time, I can research, listen to music and write. It helps me quiet out the noise in my head.

A little controlled chaos if you will.

But when I just want to write, or already know exactly what is going on in a scene, I stick to my notebook. I can babble, I can write without eyeing the word count and judging my progress.

It’s liberating.

And I get three times as much done.

Plus, when it comes time for me to type it up in my word document, it all goes through its first editing process without me really having to think about editing it.

 

So, I want opinions.

What is your preferred method of writing?

Taking the Reins…part 2

I’m going to start this one out by saying… UGHHHHHH!…..

Ok, I feel better now lol

Recap of the last few weeks…

I’ve packed and officially moved from SC to NC!   There’s still a few things work wise to get packed up and moved over here, but for the most part, I am settled.  I’ve set myself up in a cute (I’m quit taken by it) one bedroom apartment, and I’ve already roamed around one of the local libraries and made myself  home 🙂

My mind is significantly full and my apartment… is not.  Currently my furniture consists of a bed, inversion table, one book shelf, and a stool.  Luckily, the place came with a fridge, microwave and a dish washer otherwise I would be completely lost and probably a bit stressed. They also have laundry service area on site, which buys me time to get adjusted and purchase a washer and dryer for myself. (Thank you Lord for these blessings)

My counter top has been dubbed my desk top, it’s not the most comfortable, but it’s the most convenient for me right now.  My head has been working over time since mid January, and honestly I’m eating more in the way of soul food than real food right now anyway 🙂  (Don’t worry, I’m not starving) So it makes more sense to take over my kitchen as my work space, so I’m not stuck sitting on my bed all the time. lol

I started to think my inner Carrie Bradshaw was coming out. But instead of devouring Vogue and living for fashion, I’m working my way down my list of Authors and Writers I’m determined to learn something from, And running wild with idea’s and story lines for my own work.  Hashtag #Inspired 😀 

I think I’m more of a Gilmore Girl than a Carrie Bradshaw anyway 😉   Fashion and I don’t know each other very well, and I live in steal toe boots and hoodies most of the day. So I think Carrie would cry at the site of me lol

Speaking of which, the new job site is huge. A lot bigger than the last few I’ve been on. And I’m really looking forward to watching it slowly build from the ground up.  I’m trying to keep a better photo file on this job than I did on the last one too, It was well underway before I had my Ipad set up and was able to store photos properly. This site one on the other hand, I’m well prepared for. Despite the few snags that have been intentionally tossed in my path… Good thing I played hopscotch as a kid, who knew those skills would come in handy own the road 😉

 

~Jen

Taking the Reins

 

The Holiday season can bring out the best and worst in our fellow man.

Personally, I try my hardest to seek out the best in people. I understand we all have moments where we could stand to be a little more understanding and we all have our fair share of regrets, but our actions do speak volumes and we must do our best to keep that in mind as we live our lives.

Ever notice when you first meet someone, you get this gut feeling about the type of person they are? Then the more you spend time around them, you figure out the source of your discomfort whether it be them personally or something they’re into?

I always find it disheartening when I’ve taken the time to get to know someone and find them to be utter snakes.

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Anyway, I’ve taken a bit of time these past few weeks and done a little reflecting on my life and what I’ve done with it this past year.

I’ve had some disappointment’s and some highly encouraging times.

I’ve met some interesting characters this past year, some I’m happy to have become acquainted with and others… well, let’s just say I’ll be glad to cut ties with.   I’ve taken on some challenging endeavors with my new career as well.

I’ve always believed I can do anything, Not in a self-righteous way of course, but more of a determined and confident in my ability sort of way.   I’ve taken on most of my jobs without having much in the way of experience, just a good work ethic and strong willingness to learn.

Last year I left my 3 yr career as a Vet Tech and took a 360 turn towards something more business like and A little more mentally challenging for me.  

I still miss my old hospital, the unique cases we handled, the long hours, the educational meetings and conferences. And of course, the exotic animals I was able to tend to.  My new career choice hasn’t left me in want of a good challenge though.

“Site Administrator for an Industrial Electrical company”

A mouthful to say any time someone asks me what I do now for a living. Lol

To break it down:

I work on site (steel toe boots, neon jackets and hard hats) with a team of electricians, electrical apprentice’s and superintendents. Of course, we’re only one of a few different groups of talent that goes into the construction of a new building.

Since starting with this company I’ve learned a lot about the business and what all goes into the construction of a new building. The stress, the talent, and the knowledge needed to work through any unexpected problems that may arise.

Watching a building go from dirt (literally) to finished product is so interesting to me.  I can see the passion that goes into these projects.

So, besides signing papers, figuring out shipments and trying my best to keep the stress level to a minimum for my superintendents, I also took on the role of Safety Technician for our site.

So now it’s, Site administrator and Site safety technician for an Industrial electrical company.

A challenging new endeavor for me. But a fun one at that 🙂

The basics of safety on a job site are rather obvious and come easy to anyone with common sense. But there’s more involved than just hard hats and safety boots, as I’m learning daily.

Honestly, I’m taking it all in strides.

I’ve been learning a lot and picking up pointers from those who have been doing this way longer than I and from other contractors willing to give me advice and guidance. I’ve worked with some rather helpful people, a few piggish men and (of course) 1 or 2 guys that feel a woman doesn’t belong in this field.

For me, the more I’m looked at as incompetent and like I don’t belong, the more strength I feel towards proving them wrong.

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Jen

 

 

Merry Christmas Eve!

I hope every is having a great holiday and getting some well needed rest before the new year starts.

I’m excited to start this new year off running.

I’ve been working on some new projects ( like usual) an taking on a few courses over the next year as well. Needless to say, I’m setting myself up for a very busy 2019 🙂

One thing I plan on rolling out this coming year is a better series of blogs. I’d like to start putting my writing out there more frequently and provide more informative posts for you guys. Something worth reading and taking up your time, whether it be educational posts or simply entertaining.

So what are your goals for this coming year?

I’m not a big fan of New Years resolutions myself, but I know for some people, that’s just the thing they need to help motivate them into taking action with their life goals and making their dreams a reality.

I hope you work hard this year and turn those dreams into something more.

~

Jen