New Site, New Me.?

Well it’s been awhile, again! I feel like I keep saying that with each post. I also keep meaning to get back into blogging like I used to be, but somehow that hasn’t quite happened yet! I’m still here though, just lurking in the shadows at the moment.

To give a little update, I’ve been the sole groomer for about ย a month at the vet clinic. The Groomer broke her hand so I’ve been doing it all until she’s better. I really love it, and have been doing a good job!

I saw a psychiatrist and now am on 150mg of Zoloft. It seems to be helping I think. I also am still going to therapy every week which has been very helpful and great!

I’ve kind of taken a pause from writing, I would like to get back into it though. Damn depression or whatever it is that keeps us from doing what we love!!

We’re still working on our EP, only vocals are left so it should be done fairly soon! We also have new songs in the works which is really exciting.

Anyway, I was just sitting here and thought I would spruce up my WordPress in hopes it would get me back in the swing of things. I changed the theme, although I’m not sure if I’ll keep it or not yet. Plus I changed my tagline to ‘under construction’ since I’m changing my blog around a little, and my life in general I suppose!

I hope everyone is doing well, I miss you guys and haven’t forgotten about you! I’ve just been busy and whatnot, but still think of you guys and hope everything is going really well. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!

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I’m Still Here!

Hello, Blogosphere! I feel like it’s been forever since I last posted, probably because it’s been over a week now! I’ve been busy working; I had over 40 hours last week, and will have close to 40 again this week. I’m not complaining though, it’s just been pretty busy.

I am absolutelyย lovingย the groom room! The Groomer tries to teach me something new every day, which is really great. We still don’t have the proper dryer, so that’s been a lot of fun! In a way I feel like it’s been helpful though, because once we get the correct dryer, I’ll be able to do an even better job and perfect my technique with more ease! It’ll be nice. Plus it’s good to learn how to compromise early on.

My job right now is to help the other Bather with washing and drying the dogs. The Groomer preps them, and then we wash and dry them. The prep work includes: checking their ears and taking out any hair that’s growing in them, cleaning the pads of the feet (sometimes done later), sanitary trim (sometimes done later), clipping the nails (sometimes done later), and taking hair off if the dog is going to have a lot of hair coming off them. This way, when we wash we don’t have to wash a ton of hair and take a long time drying it when it’s just going to come right off anyway! When she does this, she just does a general trim of it, but goes back and does the actual groom once we’re finished with the dog. Some groomers refuse to do this since it can shorten the life of the clippers/scissors by using them on dirty hair, but our Groomer doesn’t mind and it helps our workload which is really nice!

It’s now Christmastime, which is how long they had scheduled me working three days in the groom room. Some changes are taking place; the team leader for boarding is being switched to someone else, since the lady in charge right now has some health issues and isn’t able to be there as often as a team leader needs to be. If the new team leader works out (which she should, she handles a lot of the stuff anyway), the Boss Man is going to hire someone else for boarding, and I will be moving solely to the Groom Room!! ๐Ÿ˜€ I am super excited. We’re not expecting that until March, but if things work out and he can find someone for boarding it could happen sooner. I’ll let you know! So for now I’ll keep my three days, but since I’m doing really well in there, and they can tell I want to continue learning and working in the groom room, I’ll be getting more hours in there in the future.

Depending on how everything works out, The Groomer and I have talked about perhaps having me come in sooner and take over the prep work as well at some point in the future, and then seeing how it goes with learning more on the grooming aspect of things, I might be able to eventually get my own dogs to groom! We have a lot of ‘regular’ dogs who get groomed every few weeks, so those dogs are much easier to do since they come in a lot. Depending, I might be able to get a couple of those dogs to do all on my own! It’ll be a ways away from now, but I’m really looking forward to that. It’s been a great opportunity so far, and I’m absolutely loving it which is great!

That’s what’s been going on with work for the most part, I’ll try to write again sooner than over a week next time! Since this is getting long, I’ll save my update on Rocky and the cats and whatnot else in life for the next post. I hope everyone’s having a great week, and looking forward to the holidays!! Any big plans for Christmas??

Life Update

Hello everyone! I went from NaBloPoMo, where I posted every day, to having only made one post so far this month I think! How crazy. Life’s been a little hectic here lately. We’ve been getting into the routine of having a dog in the cabin, which is so nice and we absolutely love him. ๐Ÿ˜€ The cats are warming up to him now, although Nelson finds every reason he can to hiss at him. Shikari will try to taunt him, but they’ll both lay on the bed. Not together necessarily, but both up there! So that’s great. Within no time they’ll be best friends I’m sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been working a lot; we got back last Sunday night, and I didn’t work Monday, but I’ve been working ever since Tuesday and don’t have off until the weekend! So I’ve been pretty exhausted. Plus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays I work in the groom room and then close in boarding, so it’s almost a nine hour day for me those days. I’m loving it though, and I actually got to use clippers for the first time today!! I was so excited! Tomorrow if we have time, the Groomer’s going to let me practice on her dog clipping the paws, face, and sanitary area. I’m nervous but very excited to do that.

She was telling me next year once I’m ready and feel comfortable with it (and she agrees, of course) I can probably get a few of my own dogs to groom!! How awesome is that?? I’m really looking forward to it. ๐Ÿ˜€

Lucas had gotten sick the night we got back from Iowa, and he still is under the weather. His voice is going a little bit, and hopefully will be back soon! We weren’t able to stream this weekend since he didn’t feel good and couldn’t sing. Hopefully this weekend he’ll be all healed up! I thought I was going to miss out on being sick, but ever since Sunday I’ve slowly been feeling worse and worse. I’m hoping it’ll go away soon and I won’t get too sick though; the dogs at work need me!

Not too much else has been going on. I know I still need to get caught up on a lot of your blogs, and I’ll do my best to do so, otherwise I’ll try to just start from here on out! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope everyone’s having a great start to their week. Here’s a goofy YouTube video I uploaded courtesy of my new camcorder! ๐Ÿ˜€

This Week’s Schedule

I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS WEEK!!! Haha, sorry for the Caps, I always hate them, but I thought they really put my excitement across well. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And let’s give a knock-on-wood so I don’t jinx myself by posting how excited I am for this week! Okay, here’s the rundown:

Tonight: Go to sleep within the next half hour let’s hope!

Tomorrow: Get up at 8 (hopefully!) and get to the vet clinic by 9 to start learning how to be a bather!!! That’s right, I start in the groom room tomorrow morning! Talk about exciting. After that I also close in boarding, so it’s going to be a long 9-hour day for me. My dad and stepmom will be coming through on their way to Oklahoma, so I’ll go have a coffee with them and visit for a little bit which is exciting. ๐Ÿ™‚ After that, I need to come home and clean and pack!

Wednesday: I get to work in the groom room again! And I also close again, with at least 30 dogs in boarding! So let’s hope someone stays to help me walk them! ๐Ÿ™‚ After that, I’ll come home to say goodbye to my boys, check that everything is turned off and locked, and Lucas and I will be leaving for Iowa!!!! Ahhh!!!

Thursday: Have the girls wake me up in the morning (YAY!) and hang out with them, then wait in line at Best Buy to hopefully buy a new TV! Plus have Thanksgiving dinner, of course! Which will be Mexican food, yum!!

After that, the rest of the week/weekend will be visiting all of our family and having a ton of fun! Can you tell I’m excited?? ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ll be keeping up with posting, even if it’s short during that time, but if I don’t get to your comments and blog posts please don’t feel neglected, I will once I have time or get back home!! I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start, if you’re having Thanksgiving this week what are your plans? Or what are you looking forward to this week/weekend?

Grooming

I will begin working in the grooming room next week!! The Groomer talked to the Boss Man, and they decided it would be fine for me to start working in there. She said she was excited to have me start, which made me feel really good since it’s a pretty tiny groom room and she was saying it was important to get along with whoever you were working with in such a tiny space! So that must mean she thinks she’ll be able to tolerate me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think I’ll be starting off working about three days in the groom room, and then also still work in boarding as well. She was telling me that when the last bather started, they began booking more dogs to do since it wasn’t just the Groomer and the part-time bather working anymore, and they could get to more dogs. When the bather left, they were pretty much screwed, since they still had that many dogs to do and couldn’t just un-book the appointments!

I’m pretty sure I’ll love it though, so after a few weeks I’ll let her know that I’m definitely on-board, and maybe then I can start working in there more often. I won’t be able to learn as quickly if I’m not in there as much as I could be! She was warning me that I’ll be super sore (working muscles I don’t realize I have!) and my hands and arms will get really dry. (being in the water all day!) She said after a few weeks my body should beย acclimatingย to it, as long as I can hang in there! I know I’ll be able to though; perhaps I can talk Lucas into giving me some back massages. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Groomer also gave me some magazines and an older version of the AKC (American Kennel Club) book, plus another dog grooming book to look through. The latter one she wants back, but is letting me keep the others! That was super nice of her, and she gave me a card to sign up for the Groomer to Groomer magazine for a free year’s subscription! I’m really excited. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Here they all are! The Groomer magazine has the black since it had the address and her name on it.

She said when she went to school she mostly just learned about dog breeds, the anatomy, and how each one acts for the most part, and learned all of the actual grooming from her apprenticing. There’s a Half Price Books up in Iowa, so when we go up there for Thanksgiving I’m going there to look for some dog anatomy books and other grooming books! Hopefully I can find some good deals.

I’ll definitely be keeping you posted on when I start; I think it’ll be Tuesday and Wednesday starting at nine; they were going to have me come in Thursday too, but I’ll be going up to Iowa then so I’ll have to wait ’til the next week to continue! I can’t wait!!

Career Path Determined

I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do with my life. Right now I’m on my dad’s insurance, but in a few years I won’t be anymore, and let’s just say that my Diabetic supplies are nowhere near cheap! I’ve mentioned tossing around the idea of Cosmetology school, and that I really like the vet clinic but don’t want to become a veterinarian.

Do you see where I’m going with this? Yeah, should have been super obvious to me, and I think the idea was slithering around in the back of my mind, but this weekend I finally put my finger on it and decided to do something about it! I’m going to be a dog groomer.

Randy and I were talking about my Diabetic supplies and insurance and whatnot this weekend and I brought it up, and then did some more research when we came back to the cabin. Apparently you don’t even need a license to be a dog groomer; if you want to throw a sign on your door and open for business, you can! I think they’re talking about making it so you have to get a license, but as it stands now you don’t.

At the vet clinic we have a groomer, so today I was peppering her with questions. I started out with ย my feelers, asking her how long she’d been grooming and if she liked it. She was telling me that she knows someone who works in Vegas and makes half a million dollars a year grooming dogs!! How crazy is that? The field is full of possibilities, it just depends on how ambitious you are and how far you want to go with it.

I don’t have to go to school, she said she did but didn’t learn anything there. The only thing it’s really any good for was learning the breeds of dogs and their anatomy. Helllooo used book store!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Instead, she said she learned the most apprenticing for a year and half under her first groomer. Hands on teaching is a good way to learn anyway!

A great thing for me, they used to have a bather at the clinic who had to leave six months ago and they never replaced her! This person would get the dogs prepped for the groomer to be all ready to go to groom. Guess who’s going to try to get that position? At first I thought I would still work in boarding and then help her before my shift or something, but she made it sound like she’d want me just working with her in the grooming room! I am SO excited.

They have a weekly meeting on Tuesday’s, so she’s going to bring it up tomorrow and hopefully they’ll figure it all out to see if I can start working with her! I’ll be just helping her, and hopefully learning a lot about grooming! Perhaps after awhile I’ll be able to groom my own dogs, and who knows where I could go from there?

I’m excited that I’ve figured out a job path where I think I will be truly happy, and hopefully will be able to support myself and get on some insurance, or else be able to afford my own! I’ll keep you posted on what I find out and how it goes and whatnot. I hope everyone else’s Monday has been as good as mine has! ๐Ÿ™‚