Not A Perfect Parent: A Mish Mash Of Excitement & Frustration – Cars, A Puppy, Shoes, and Flowers
Not A Perfect Parent: A Mish Mash Of Excitement & Frustration - Cars, A Puppy, Shoes, and Flowers

Not A Perfect Parent: A Mish Mash Of Excitement & Frustration – Cars, A Puppy, Shoes, and Orchids

by Alicia in Not A Perfect Parent Series

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This is the second post in my ‘Not a Perfect Parent’ series.  You can read the first post, The Almost Daily Big Time Freak Out, here.

I hope you are having a fabulous day! I had a great morning at the Atlanta International Auto Show.  I love cars and gadgets/technology so being surrounded by beautiful cars with amazing technology was, for me, the equivalent of a child being in a candy shop.  I saw huge cars such as the Cadillac Escalade, tiny cars such as the Fiat 500, and a Nissan sports car that cost $149,000!  You read that right, $149k!   It’s pretty impressive but the $33,000 Cadillac ATS sedan and $38,000 (approx) Toyota 4Runner SUV are more up my alley.

Speaking of cars, I have been test driving a Toyota Tundra 1794 for a week and having never driven a truck before I didn’t know what to expect or didn’t expect much, I should say.  I’m kind of frustrated at the moment because this is my last day with the Tundra and I wanted to drive up north (toward the North Georgia Mountains) in it today but I had to go home after the auto show in order to take our dog out (another story completely) and my daughter is sick so I have to be home for her too. I blame my frustration on the dog, not my daughter.

Here is a photo of the Toyota Tundra 1794 I have been test driving.

Toyota Tundra 1794

Speaking of the dog (aka Cody).. if we are friends on Facebook you might have seen my post about our new puppy.  The puppy was an unplanned surprise that my husband brought home in January.  I was not ready for the responsibility of having a puppy and I thought that was pretty clear, but I guess not.  Madelyn, my 7-year-old, is just starting to sleep through the night which I cherish and I wasn’t ready to have another ‘baby’ in the house, much less one that I didn’t carry for 9 months and give birth to.  Had it been a surprise human baby, that’s one thing, but a puppy.. I’ve had a hard time adjusting to say the least.

When I got home from the auto show, I let the dog out and sat down to work.  Within 30 seconds he sat down next to me and looked up at me and started barking.  Barking, barking, barking.  I played ball with him for a few minutes but that didn’t suffice.  He wanted more attention.  I took him for a walk but he still wasn’t happy enough to let me be.  I don’t know what to do.   I was not in need of something or someone else to suck the energy out of me or require attention then along came the puppy.  He’s pretty cute and seems pretty smart so that helps.  But jeez.. a puppy can really change your life.

Here’s a photo of our puppy, Cody.


Enough about the dog and on to something exciting and happy.. I was really happy when my new Elorie Bella Ballet Flats arrived yesterday.  I bought a tan/cognac pair about a year ago and have since tried to find a pair of black ballet flats that I like as much as my tan Elorie flats but had no such luck.  I caved last week and ordered the same shoe in black.    Elorie’s Bella ballet flats are comfortable and don’t look like slippers, a combination which I have found to be a rarity for ballet flats.  I am absolutely not a shoe pro so the best way I can describe these to you is with four words: substantial, durable, soft, and comfortable.

Elorie Bella Ballet Flat

I found these ballet flats on, one of my favorite online designer sample sale website’s.   If you aren’t already a member, you should join today.. it’s free!

Another exciting thing about my day is that there are five blooms on my orchid!

What’s something exciting that happened to you today or recently?

orchid blooms

Do you have a favorite piece of clothing or shoe that you have bought more than one of because you like it so much?

Want to vent and share something frustrating that’s happened/happening in your life recently?



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