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Yvonne Renee

Yvonne Renee

I'm a stay-at-home-mom of 2 beautiful boys, married, and I enjoy scrapbooking and watching tv/movies. Came to the bay area in 1997 from NJ.
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Have you, or anyone you know, ever regretted getting a dog? My husband seems convinced that it's too much money and too much stress and too much responsibility. I said that it's more love and more energy and more reasons to get out of the house to exercise. He suggested getting a smaller cage animal, but to me it's not the same thing.
Short answer, yes. Some weren't prepared for the work, or had an especially difficult dog, or resented that they were stuck with all of the responsibility. (Agreed, though, that a different type of caged animal isn't really a substitute.) - Jennifer Dittrich from FFHound!
Thanks, Jennifer. It's true I hadn't considered that we could end up with a difficult dog. I was HOPING that if we adopted from the animal shelter we'd know some of the animal's short-comings beforehand, but they could also get sick. I really hope he comes around on this one. I don't think my life would be complete without a dog. We had 2 when I was growing up so I'm not going into this blindly, but he seems terrified. - Yvonne Renee
Gypsie (Siberian Husky) was a LOT of work, a lot more than I'd imagined. I'd never brought up a dog from puppyhood before, just had our childhood dog who was older than me, and then a foster dog who was already a few years old when she came into my care. A lot of times I thought "WHAT HAVE WE GOTTEN OURSELVES INTO??!!!" But she was totally worth all the angst :o) - Melly - #TeamMarina
Melly, I'm terrified of raising a puppy my first go at this. I JUST got done potty training my child! Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'm jealous of my friend's nanny. She gets to spend lots of time with my friend AND her kids. Maybe *I* should be her nanny! Lol!
#ThrowOutThursday! I sorted through Luke's old/too-small clothes, boxed up THREE boxes to ship back east, and bagged up more to return to the previous owner. PLUS I returned some things to OSH that were cluttering up the entryway. Less stuff in my house!
I unsubscribed from 3 catalogs! #lessclutterin - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Heading to post office today with FOUR BOXES!!! Woot woot! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I need a Dr. Who chat room... Stat!
So.... I don't want to jinx it by posting on FB just yet, but.... Luke is potty trained!!!!! YAY!!!!
Yay!!! - Anne Bouey
For the last few months I could tell it was just laziness on his part, but since Portland he's been wearing training pants with cute puppies on them that he does NOT want to soil. That, plus being homebound for a week and me making him use the potty every hour, has sealed the deal!!! - Yvonne Renee
Woohoo!!!!! That's awesome! I planning on kicking it up a notch with Emily once warmer weather sets in. I'll be taking her shopping for undies ^_^ - Melly - #TeamMarina
Warmer weather DEFINITELY made a difference. He either walked around in just training pants or naked when we were hanging out at the hotel in Portland and he really didn't want to pee on the floor... (thank goodness for that!) - Yvonne Renee
#SaturdayFF Riffing off Tam's snake post... Pets I've personally owned were 2 hamsters (Baby and Chipper) when I was a kid, and 2 snakes and a lizard as an adult.
My 1st snake was a red albino corn snake named Scarlet. Looked like this: http://www.xbreptiles.com/assets... She loved my shirt pockets and going around and around my waist through my belt loops. =) When I moved to CA, I gave her to my mom who was into breeding snakes at the time. That's when we found out Scarlet was a Rhett. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
We had a water snake named Esther. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
My second pet was a Chinese Water Dragon named Louis named after the main character in Interview with a Vampire. He looked like this: http://www.the-lizard-lounge.com/content... I loved that little guy! Just before I moved to CA I made the mistake of leaving his tank outside longer than I meant and I think it made him sick. RIP Louis. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
My 2nd snake was a Tangerine Honduran Milk Snake named Angie. I looked and looked for the exact colors I wanted. Looked like this: http://animal-world.com/encyclo... She spent a lot of time curled up in a cardboard tube. When I moved to CA, I gave her to my Aunt Dorothy (who is also a lizard freak). Not entirely sure how long she lived, but she sure was pretty! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Growing up we also had a poodle named Monique and a poodle-terrier mutt named Shipwreck. I can't wait to have a pet in my life again! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I never minded feeding frozen baby mice to the snakes and crickets to the lizard. It skeeves some people out, I think it's fascinating! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
We raised mice in the garage. A couple breeding pairs we named, and we fed the babies to the snakes & sold some. We had lots of snakes, like six or seven. And rabbits in the backyard. And worms in a wooden bin under the rabbit hutches! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Mice breed so fast. My mom did that to feed her snakes, too. Bunnies would be fun to own. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
We fed Rosie live mice and I didn't like doing it but my cats sure loved to watch it. :-/ the pet store where we got the mice always put them in those white Chinese food take out boxes. The second I walked through the door with that box, the cats knew what time it was and they'd all gather around the tank to watch. - Tamara J. B.
Snake take-out food. Lol! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
lol! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Sometimes a mouse got loose & it'd be like a Keystone Kops movie with the whole family trying to catch it before the cat did. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Raising rabbits was cool. Their babies look like rat babies. Then they get their fur & get round and their ears grow and there's almost nothing as squee as sitting in the grass with a dozen baby bunnies hopping all over you, chewing your hair & your shoelaces :-D - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
it is trash & recycle day - chaz2b
I threw out the 3 shirts that I completely ruined by dying them pink the other night. Gave Adam a bag of bottles and formula M didn't like to donate to his co-worker who just had a little boy. - Tamara J. B.
A little late, but I'm adding 5 shirts to our donation box. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Ugh! Now Luke has a fever... Can't a mommy catch a break?
:( How's he doing? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Woke up with a fever. Gave him ibuprofen at 7. At 11:30 he had a fever of 101.9 and I'm not supposed to give him more meds until 1pm. =( He doesn't seem to have strep though. Just the fever and a kind of congested cough. - Yvonne Renee
Poor guy. Summer fevers suck. - Stephen Mack
Of course, he just fell asleep and it's time for me to pick up Logan. =( - Yvonne Renee
Why am I still awake???? I have to take Logan to school tomorrow!
Oof. I hope you got some sleep. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
I got like 4 hours. I'm going to try to grab a few more when the kids nap today. *yawn - Yvonne Renee
Maybe this makes me a bad person, but I'm so sick of the ice bucket challenge. I literally told my cousin 'bite me' when he challenged me on fb. I donate my money where and when I can, and usually to breast cancer research since that's the disease that's hit me and my friends the hardest. It's like a chain letter that's invaded my fb feed HOURLY!
I am of this same opinion. So tired of it. - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
I'm participating in the "Ice? F*ck it!" challenge, which involves ignoring this trend. :-) - YvonneM
My east coast family is making me sound like a villain, like I want people to die from ALS. And they are incredibly insensitive to the drought situation here. =( - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
These things are a double edged sword. On the one hand, yay for awareness, but on the other are people who don't want to film themselves dumping ice water on their heads. - Eric
This one has weird double-edge, though. If you pour water over your head, you don't have to donate. - Victor Ganata
This was my response to my cousins: I appreciate how passionate you are, but you do realize I'm not saying not to donate to ALS. And it's not just one rainy season. It's the worst drought in decades. You try not flushing your toilet to save a few gallons a day and then watch people dump that over their heads repeatedly day after day. It hurts. I guess we can agree to disagree on the method. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
The challenge is you either donate $100 or dump ice water on your head + donate $10. Hence people do the ice bucket+$10 part. I'm a bit over it too. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I haven't paid much attention to this but you are definitely not a bad person. This trend reminds me of all those cryptic FB posts about bra colors or other nonsense that was supposed to promote breast cancer awareness. Donating time or money to causes is so much more productive IMO. - Corinne L
Sad thing is most people thinking the ice allows them to skip the donation. I was actually considering disabling my FB until this goes away. If I am tagged I will take my donation to my local food bank and help a few poor souls. - Janet
I'm going to help my cousin's daughter do one today. It sure is a waste of water. We're going to try to do it over some plants. - Rodfather from Android
Good onya, Rodfather. I've definitely thought that if people are going to do it, they should do it over plants that need it. - Spidra Webster
Most people aren't including the "Dump and still donate $10" part on the challenge. In fact, for months, it circulated for random charities with a $25 donation required if you skipped the challenge and no donation if you did it. It only changed once someone acquired it for ALS (and yes, it was acquired for ALS, it did not originate as an ALS fundraising meme). I heavily dislike it for a... more... - Hookuh Tinypants
Shannon made the most adorable horse beads for me! My mom's gonna love it! Thanks Shannon!
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Since Logan won't be going to the 1st day of school tomorrow, I'm thinking of going without him to meet the teacher and see the classroom. Would that be weird?
Not at all. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Sounds like a good idea. - Jenny H. from Android
I've opted not to go. As much as I'd like to be there for the first day excitement, I don't want to take away from the other kids' experience. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Sadly, Logan is going to miss his first day of school. High fever and strep. What a bummer. #wedovacationright
:( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Aw, geez. :-( - vicster: full-bodied
It's not a vacation with my husband without a trip to Urgent Care. This time it's just strep, but OMFG really?????
:( You are not having travel luck! - Janet
:( Is it John or one of the boys with strep? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Oh no! :-( - vicster: full-bodied
No, it's John... Again. Last year was his Achilles' tendon and the year before was his knee. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
What a bummer! Hope he gets some relief! - Anne Bouey
For Tam =). Multnomah Falls. All my other photos are on my other camera.
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Mt. St. Helens or Columbia River Gorge? Decisions! Decisions!
Colombia River Gorge! Also, pics of either one. :D - Tamara J. B.
Columbia River Gorge! - Amit Patel
The photos I've seen of Columbia River Gorge are quite beautiful. - John (bird whisperer)
I still can't put into words how I feel about Robin Williams' passing, but this comes pretty close. http://www.bustle.com/article...
The Tooth Fairy paid us a visit last night!
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OMG, where did you get that album?? - Melly - #TeamMarina
Amazon! I can't believe how cute it is! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Is it wrong to buy it 6 years in advance? - Steve C Team Marina
I'd say go for it Steve! If the kid doesn't want it, you can always use it. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
I'm going to get one - I can't bear to throw that tiny tooth away! I still have teeth belonging to the kitten I got when I was 12! - Melly - #TeamMarina from FFHound!
They have smaller ones too if you don't want the whole album. Congrats to Josiah!! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
People who make other plans instead of confirming their original plans can suck it. At least now we have a free day.
This makes me mad, "Didn't hear back from you so didn't think we were on". Just ASK next time! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Yeesh. If I've made plans with someone, but haven't heard back in a few days, I'll call/text/email quickly a couple of days before to confirm that we're still on. I wouldn't just assume that it's not happening. - vicster: full-bodied
Boo! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Being this aggravated makes me tired.
I hear ya - Just VAL #TEAMMARINA
Watching dominoes on YouTube with the kidlets. Some amazing talent!
I would love to live back east near my family and college friends. But every time I think about the heat and humidity and mosquitos and snow, I just know I can't. I'm so torn. :-/
I'm sure you'd readjust. - Tamara J. B.
Not really any mosquitoes in my area. As long as you stay away from large bodies of water, you shouldn't have many. Can't help with the humidity & the snow, though. Personally, I enjoy living somewhere that has all 4 seasons. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
Since my grandma died, every time I see my cousins and aunts together on fb I feel like I'm missing out. I sure would save a bundle on airfare and rental car not having to fly back twice a year to visit. Ugh. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
In honor of #ThrowOutThursday AND #ThrowBackThursday, here's a photo of the trunk I brought to college and am now donating. Bye bye! You've been awesome!
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I think I have the same trunk in my closet - also got it originally for college! - Lola Bean (Penguin)
@Lola Bean (Penguin): nice! I opted to keep my hope chest instead. =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Ugh! They totally didn't pick it up from the curb! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
#ThrowOutThursday is back! I threw out a broken hula hoop. Curbside donation truck comes tomorrow. Hooray!
And! We got our first delivery from Pley yesterday!
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If you sign up using this link, we'll get $10 credit. https://www.pley.com/invite... - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
Nothing worth reporting here... Except that I made egg salad for lunch. Kids seemed to like it. <3
I feel like a slug. I've got no energy and no motivation. I feel hot and sticky. I am not the summertime mom I thought I'd be. :-/
*hugs* You've been quite busy lately and it's super hot lately. Go easy on yourself, love. - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
Seconding the go easy on yourself. Between the heat and humidity, it's been really awful trying to do anything. - vicster: full-bodied
Thanks, gals. I'm mostly disappointed that my kids don't want to do any independent reading or writing (I LOVED doing that on lazy summer days), and just want to watch tv. I feel like I'm too tired to motivate them to do something else and I'm 'doing it wrong'. Well, tomorrow we're going to a water park so maybe that will make up for it. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
How was the water park today? - Tamara J. B.
OMG! The water park ROCKED! How did I not know it was only 20 miles away???? I got so much exercise and the kids had a blast! I think tomorrow is going to be another lazy day. LOL! - Yvonne Renee
Awesome. That's fantastic. :D - Tamara J. B.
A mom I randomly met a few months ago is moving to Seattle. We were kind of hit or miss on getting together which frankly made me question whether our new friendship was worth it. So... I'm kind of happy she's moving and thankful I'll have 1 less person to keep up with. *huge sigh of relief*!
I understand this feeling. - Tamara J. B.
Understood. - Janet
How soon is too soon to unfriend her? =) - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
When her plane touches down in Seattle. - Janet
@Janet - Word. =) - Yvonne Renee
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