Monday, March 24, 2014


I'm about to take on a very exciting thing. At least I think it's exciting. After a couple of years thinking about it, we have finally decided to go forward and breed Tinlee, my Golden Retriever.

Man, there is a lot to consider and lots of preparation for this. I've called all over hell and back trying to see where to get her clearances and how much each one costs. Crazy pain in the ass trying to figure it all out. 

Finally through a FB friend I got the solution. She pointed me to a place in Madison, Wisconsin, and they can actually do all of the necessary tests in one place, and the cost is about half of what I would have paid if I went to three different places to do them. It's the only place that can do them all. It'll suck having to drive 5 hours, but it will be worth it in the long run.

I'll be relieved when that's done. God forbid something comes back that prevents breeding. I also am going to be very sad if I find out that she has something that could turn into a problem as she gets older. Obvi Tinlee being healthy is the most important thing, and I would never breed her if she doesn't have good clearances.  

I'm excited about the prospect of maybe having pupsters running around here, but it's pretty scary when I read about all of the things that could go wrong. I guess we shall see and hope that everything works out the way I want it to. Cross your fingers for us!

I have so many mani's stored up that just need posts written. It's redonk. 
Barielle Ocean Breeze, Essie Trophy Wife, Llarowe LeaLac LLC-A stamp
I haven't really had much of a plan for anything I've done lately. I'm still not feeling super inspired by any particular design options. This one I just did because I like the colors. Reason enough, I guess!

The lighter one here is Barielle Ocean Breeze. I used Essie Trophy Wife with my Llarowe LeaLac LLC-A plate. I don't think I've used that particular design before....kinda funky. I'm  not sure what it's supposed to be, if anything.  

All in all, successful, and very pretty colors.  I like the Barielle polishes. I've only bought them a couple of times.  The first time I snagged them when they were on Hautelook.  I LOVE Hautelook and check it every day to see what they have.

I think the first thing I bought from them was polish. Since then I've bought a ton of stuff. I've gotten clothes for myself, clothes for my daughter, shoes for myself and the cutest clothes for Griffin I've ever seen.  I'm mad crazy for Go Couture stuff. I got a top for Tyler for Christmas I was just praying would be too small so I could keep it, but the damn thing fit her.  Dammit.

The stuff I got for Griff was clothes I never could have afforded if I hadn't gotten them there. I'm not paying friggin' $50 for a damn shirt for a 3 year old. I can't believe people actually do that in the first place, but I sure as hell don't have that kind of money.  On Hautelook I was able to afford them because I can afford $12, which is what I paid.

Tyler freaked out when she saw the one shirt. I don't remember the brand, but it was a white long sleeved shirt with a couple of buttons and the bottom half has a New York City scene in shades of grey. It's spectacular. She just told me again yesterday that she hopes it fits him forever. Um, not likely, but unless he gets a major growth spurt it should fit for awhile.

For myself, I was looking at the designer dresses just for funsies the one day and got myself a $900 Halston maxi dress for $79.  That's right....Halston....$79. It's yellow and flowy and gorg, and I can't wait to wear it in Cancun.  

Anywho, bottom line is if you haven't perused Hautelook, you should.  They add new sales every day at 11 a.m. Sometimes I'll go for weeks and not see anything I want, but it's worth looking. They have clothes, shoes, jewelry, household stuff, beauty items, menswear....tons-o-stuff!  Another great thing they've added in the last few months is that most of their stuff can be returned to Nordstrom Rack instead of mailing, and their return policy is 90 days. Nice!!

Wow....rambled on today.  Guess I'm in a chatty mood.  Poor Kev....he might be happy he's leaving in the morning. 


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    1. This comment was removed because I'm not looking to argue with anybody.

  2. Good luck with puppies, Diane... I know what a commitment it is to have puppies, and I know the worries that you're talking about. It sounds like you are doing everything you can to have good healthy puppies that will promote the breed... :) As for the mani... I REALLY love that color!!!!!!!!!!!!!