August 30th. I love it.

So much love this week, friends.

First up, Girls Meets World. I love it. I found out that it’s on Netflix so I took some time to get caught up. Can I tell you how awesome it is? It does remind me a lot of Boy Meets World and event some of the cameos with melt your heart!

I love it.

Next up, new shelves. I love it. Brian and I have been collecting a lot of cool stuff but lacked the storage to show everything off. We changed that yesterday when we bought 2 new shelves. Now all of my stuff from Loot Crate and all of his stuff from Marvel Collector Corps are not jumbled in the corner waiting for a home. I also had fun putting the shelves together.

I love it.

Finally, dinner with friends. I love it. Tonight we went to dinner with Curtis and Jackie at Slice, a pizza place uptown. It was pretty good. We had the Sportsman Pizza which had shrimp peppers, sausage, and a really good crust. As we make our pizza tour of all of the best pizza places in New Orleans, next on our list is Amici.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

I thought I needed a dog.

Turns out, all I needed was a friend.

Please don’t get me wrong; I have friends. I like my friends. I enjoy being around them. But something was missing.

Since moving away from home, my anxiety has been… in a word… difficult. My panic attacks and general fear of basically everything was heightened during the time when I was learning to navigate life as an adult thousands of miles away from home. I’ve been to the doctor, been put on a lot of different medications, and visit a therapist regularly.

But sometimes, even meds can’t fix everything.

That’s when I was told to get a dog. But not just any kind of dog. I needed an emotional support dog. This kind of animal is one that doesn’t have to be trained to do certain tasks (like service dogs) but are more for general comfort.

When I had dogs (yes, I’ve had more than one) I started doing things I’d never done. I mean, I never drove through a fast food drive thru until I was 23 years old. I wanted ice cream. Normally, no problem. But when you have a dog in the car, you can’t leave them alone. I was forced to go through the drive thru so my dog would be safe. After that, my confidence started to heighten every day. I started talking to strangers at the dog park. I spent more time out and about and around people. And honestly, I felt much better. My depression was more manageable and I was happier.

Unfortunately, because of my job, having a dog just wasn’t in the cards. During certain times of the year, I was never home. I’d have to have my friends come check on my dog, and I started to worry constantly about the well-being of my friend (which is the total opposite of what the dog should have been doing). It was with a heavy heart that I gave my dog up for adoption.

Obviously, I was very depressed about that, too. As much as I wanted a dog, I knew I couldn’t do it.

Then I found out that dogs aren’t the only animals that can be emotional support animals. Actually, any domesticated animal can be an emotional support animal. After learning that I’m no longer allergic to cats (I don’t know when that happened), I decided to adopt my new friend, Yogi.

I’ve had Yogi for two weeks now. I’ve found that in those two weeks, I feel less stressed when I’m home and I sleep better (even though he likes to suck on my face in the middle of the night). I focus less on what I’m stressed about because I find his cuteness so enchanting that I can’t stop looking at him or playing with him.

And even better? I adopted him. I’m a major proponent of adoption because how can you say no to an animal that really needs your help?

August 23rd. I love it.

So. Much. Love.

First up this week, ice cream. I love it. Brian is the best and do you want to know why? Because he likes to go out for ice cream. Specifically, Cold Stone. He came home on Friday, and even after seeing that I had just finished an intense workout, convinced me that we needed ice cream (but let’s be honest – for me it doesn’t take much convincing). I moved away from my usual “All Lovin’ No Oven” and got “That’s How I Roll.” It tastes like a cinnamon roll and it might be my new favorite.

I love it.

Next up, my new office. I love it. Well, I don’t have any real furniture, but I have a space that is all my own. I can close and lock the door. I can get things done. I have a quiet space. I’m so excited. And once I  don’t have a giant conference table in my office, it will be even better.

I love it.

Finally, playing fetch. I love it. Turns out my new friend Yogi is very good at fetch. After taking control of my stuffed sea lion, Seamus, I found out that if I throw it, he’ll go get it and carry it right back to me. I didn’t realize he was playing fetch until he just stared at me for a long time a few days ago. I put a video on my Instagram account if you’re interested in seeing it. (@carolyndeas)

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

August 16th. I love it.

What a fun week!

First up this week, “Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation.” I love it. Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never seen any of the Mission movies. Brian changed all of that because he wanted me to see the new one. I really liked them, but I think the newest one is the best. It’s funny and suspenseful. So good.

I love it.

Next up, cooking dinner for Brian. I love it. Because he’s been working so much and eating all of his meals at work, I’ve only been making dinner for myself for the past 2 weeks. Most of the time, this consists of oatmeal or a smoothie. Today, though, because Brian had a day off, I took advantage of it and made zucchini lasagna and caesar salads. Now, I just have to make it through one more week before things kinda become normal again.

I love it.

Finally, my new friend, Yogi. I love him. I adopted him on Friday in hopes to help with my mental health and I’m going to be honest. It’s totally working. I thought I needed a dog, but I guess I just needed someone willing to sit with me. He’s perfect. He’s playful and calm and loves to snuggle. Just what I need to help me destress.

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

August 9th. I love it.

All in all, a pretty great week.

First up this week, finding out I’m not allergic to cats. I love it. Based on my research (and my research being playing with my friends’ cats as well as the cats at the pet store), I have found that I am apparently not allergic to cats (or at least I don’t get crazy itchy and my eyes don’t swell shut). I think that means we’re getting a cat.

I love it.

Next up, Mr. Holmes. I love it. I actually love all things Sherlock Holmes related so I knew I would love this movie. I’d never seen Ian McKellan as a grumpy old may (only a wizard and a superhero, really), but he was a great Holmes. I’m going to have to own that movie.

I love it.

Finally, having Sarah visit! We stuffed a lot of stuff into such a short weekend. We spent the day downtown seeing the sites, looking at the art, eating food and melting in the sun! It was so hot. But Sarah managed to eat almost all of the cajun food groups – po boys, gator, crawfish, gumbo, beignets, and sno-balls.  I think the most fun part (besides catching up), was going on a historic haunted tour around the French Quarter. We learned a lot and even got to go inside a haunted restaurant. Unfortunately, she has to leave tomorrow, but I can’t wait for her to come back!

I love it. It’s great. Everything’s great.

I love it.

This is a formal request.

All –

I know in this age of technology that communicating quickly is what everyone is focused on. Shorthand phrases, emojis, and abbreviations may be fun, but I hate it. I find that the more people use these things, the less I understand. The whole point of texting and emailing is to get information across effectively but we don’t do that anymore.

Therefore, I am formally requesting that anyone trying to email me or text me or even communicate on social media do so using complete sentences, proper grammar, and entire thoughts. No message should need to be followed up with a question mark or a “I have no idea what this means.”

Let’s use our technology to the fullest and make communication easier.

That is all.