Blog Every Day in May: Day 2

Thursday, May 02, 2013



Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic).


It's funny, I spend so much time reciting the long list of things I don't understand (math, poor personal hygiene) or things I'm not good at (math, using scissors properly), that I tend to take the spotlight away from the things I AM good at and the things I DO know a thing or two about. 

I'm guilty of associating positive statements about myself with bragging, and I used to fear that saying "I am good at [insert thing I'm good at that most likely has to do with eating or sleeping]" was showing off. But now that I recognize my self-depreciating nature is harmful to my self-esteem and general opinion of myself, I've started to feel braver about singing my own praises. 

I know a lot about dogs. Stemming from a pure love of the species, I did an outrageous amount of reading on them as a child, and I even had a subscription to Dog Fancy magazine for like, 2 years. I pride myself on my ability to identify breeds as well as spill out a few unique tidbits about that specific type of dog. For example, did you know that dachshunds were originally bred in Germany to be voracious hunting dogs? Their long bodies and paddle-shaped paws evolved to help them dig tunnels for foxes and badgers.

I remember owning a small encyclopedia of dog breeds and spending an exorbitant amount of time in my room selecting one type of dog and memorizing facts about it. By the fifth grade I could categorize dogs by class (working dogs, sporting dogs, hound dogs, terriers, herding dogs, toy breeds, non-sporting types, ect.). No one was forcing me to learn these things; it was just pure, unbridled passion. 

Dogs are probably one of the first things I was passionate about growing up and it's stuck with me my entire life. I've volunteered at the animal shelter just to be CLOSE to dogs. My husband and I call each other at work when the other is on their lunch break and spotted a cute dog walking down the street. I once almost ran a red light because I was craning my neck to see a puppy playing in the grass. 

And don't even get me started on the arsenal of dog stuffed animals I had as a child. In fact, I still have all of them in either my closet or in my bedroom at my mom's house. 

Being a dog lover is in my family's blood. We always had a dog in our house growing up (we bred our beagle when I was in kindergarten and living in a house filled with puppies is still one of the absolute best memories I have) and the moment my sister and I had our own apartments, we had our own dogs, too. I gravitate towards the hounds, obviously, and am a firm believer that dogs enrich our lives and teach us to be better people.

One of my favorite sayings is, "I want to be the type of person my dog already thinks I am."

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  1. You want to be a competive eater. I wanted to be a competiver eater. Blog soul mates. It's a must.

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    1. I want to competitively eat cake. Heck, I don't even need to compete against other people. Just sit me down at a table with some cake and let me go to town ... and then pay me a handsome salary so I can quit my job and do that every day.

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  2. Coming up with something to write about today was super hard for me too! I love your topic because it's definitely a unique one! Haha I definitely remember reading Dog Fancy in the library in elementary school. Can't wait to follow along with ya this month!

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    1. Well, thank you! I am just so excited to participate in this and I'm really looking forward to meeting new bloggers!

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  3. Whenever somebody asks me to list things I'm good at, or my good qualities, I always think of this episode of Full House when DJ gets dumped by her first boyfriend, and Becky tries to console her by asking the same question to boost her ego. And DJ responds by saying "I'm pretty good at school. I have a lot of friends. I have a purple belt in karate. I'm nice to animals. I have great hair."

    Most of those things don't apply to me, but I generally use DJ's answers when I get asked this question, in hopes of one day finding somebody who's watched as much Full House as me.

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    1. And it's comments like this that make me wish we could hang out in real life.

      Some day you will find that one person who knows EXACTLY what you're referring to when you say this to her and in that moment, you will find your best friend for life.

      Similarly, whenever my hubby is having a bad day, I have to fight the urge to take his face in my hands and be like, "You is kind. You is smart. You is important." But I can never bring myself to use that poor of grammar.

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  4. My husband was the same way, but he never had a dog. His dad told his him and his sister that if they researched having a dog and how to take care of it etc they could get one, and sadly, the day never came. To this day, he talks about getting a day daily! Sadly, we live in a small apartment and we aren't allowed to have pets - but one day, I will fulfill that need for him with a sweet, furry, big-pawed puppy! :-)

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    1. Oh my goodness, that makes me SO SAD for your hubby! But talk about a super special day when you can surprise him with such an awesome gift!

      I always thought it was strange when people would mention they didn't have a dog growing up. I'm always like, "HOW WERE YOU HAPPY!?" ha ha But I totally understand that not everyone likes dogs or has the time they require. Different strokes for different folks!

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  5. Why is there no such thing as a crazy dog lady but there is for a crazy cat lady?? but just for the record, I am a dog lady, NOT a cat lady :)

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