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as a child of the 90s i often reference great 90s hits.  while my students normally do not get the reference and think i am crazy (i am) the other adults in the room always laugh.

well as you all know i recently made a HUGE change in my life.  i moved 5 doors down and got a new apartment and a human roommate.  yesterday all my lovely purchases from WEST ELM came and today i am going to be putting the finishing touches on my room (cleaning it up, removing the rubbermaid containers, hanging pictures, etc).

I am in L.O.V.E with the new place.  its big, its clean its adult and its cheaper then living alone.


every time i walk down the hall i have to pass the old apartment.  where i first lived on my own.  well it was not my first time living on my own but it was the first time everything was all mine.  no roommates (we wont count grams).  it was the culmination of a huge life change, leaving the city that i love (chicago), going to grad school, breaking up with the asshole, moving in with lisa and pa-thug for 2 years.  it was the reason everything happened for two years.  i picked it out, i paid for it, i did it.  it was all mine, rubber maid containers and all!

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i would not trade my new situation for anything, it is so nice having a built in partner in crime (except for when we take tequila shots at 2 am on a Thursday when we have school on Friday) but than again what else are your 20s for??

while the lyrics of the song really have nothing to do with my new or old apt, the sentiment of the song rings true.

plus who does not LOVE a little BNL on a sunday morning?


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Originally this post was going to be about the wild success of my st. Patrick’s day party.

Then tragedy struck.

Bailey’s stomach filled in the early afternoon. This is also called the bloat. If you remember the movie Marley and Me it happens to him and they are able to save him via surgery. Due to the severity of baileys condition and his old age I had to make the most difficult decision of my 26 years and end the life of my constant companion and Roommate.

Bailey is was my child. I spent 90% of my time with him and taking care of him and having to say good bye to him today was beyond difficult.


The day started like another, he woke me up by blowing air in my face. We went for a potty walk and came back for breakfast. I went back to bed and a few hours later we went out for a poop. This is when trouble started. He started trying to vomit in the corner of the family room. I quickly ushered him onto the hardwood but nothing came out. For the next few hours this seen played over and over again in the house and on the porch. Then he tummy started to swell. At the same time I was realizing that he had not laid down or napped since our potty walk. I took to the Internet and identified the situation as bloat.

Leaving bailey I ran two doors down to get j and her opinion of the situation. She was not home so I called b, crying. Nothing like calling a friend balling on Sunday afternoon. He came over to go with me to the emergency vet.

I Was actually starting to thing bailey had turned a corner and we would be in and out all my worries assuaged. This was not the case.

When the women at the front desk saw boo boo she called back for a triage nurse STAT. Saying there was a canine in severe distress. I began to cry again as they whisked him away to a back room. I was then given a bunch of papers to sign. B and I had to wait about 10 minutes doe the nurse to come out and tell us that he was not doing well and that they could not get the swelling out and would need to keep working. When the room was ready B came with me and everyone kept trying to get him to sign the sheets as I was a crying mess.

The vet finally came in and showed us the x-ray of Bailey’s belly. The stomach which is usually half a fist was the only thing in his abdomen. The vet explains how his bloat was pushing all the other organs out of the way and that he was in a lot of pain but they put him on medicine and that it would be $7,000 to open him up and try to get his stomach right but that there was no guarantee there would not be other complications and a 60% chance he would make it though the surgery. I asked he was in pain when I brought him in and he said yes a lot, his heart rated was at 220. I again started to ball and told the vet that it was his time to go. The vet agreed that was the best decision and again poor b was left in the room alone with me sobbing.

I asked to see bailey and they said I could. It was about 15 more minutes and the tech came in with more papers and said something as going wrong and that she was not sure if we could see him. At this point I was beyond crying and just sat there, finally they led us into a new room that looked like a nursing home room. I hated everything about it. B agreed. All I wanted to do with get up and walk bailey out of there, They finally rolled him in on a cart. He looked so sad. His little tongue was sticking out and his eyes were more droopy then usual. They had his bottom half covered with a blanket from where they tried to puncture his stomach and get the gas out. My happy puppy looked so sick and sad. I rubbed his ear and foot like I would at home and spent a few minutes with him. Suddenly he tried to jump up. It was very scary and you could tell he was in pain and not happy. I called down to let them know it was time. B stayed with me in the room as the vet put the medicine into his IV. I rubbed baileys ear and foot as he took his last breath.

For a dog that hated human touch I feel like I was able to make his last moments better by rubbing his eyes and ears. I will never forget the feeling in the pit of my soul when the vet said he had passed. After 13 years of giving me so much joy I hope that in those last minutes I was able to repay him.

Every time I was sick bailey was always next to me, he always knew. When I had to move to a new city where I knew no one he was there. He was there to make sure no matter how lonely I was I was never really alone.

In his passing I again knew I was not alone as all my friends rushed to my side. N, k, j, and b all came over to sit with me as I cried. B cleaned up the kitchen and put baileys bowls away. N finished my laundry and k and j made sure I ate. The 5 of us went to a bar and had a drink for bailey.

even now I have to stop my self from reaching over the side of the bed to rub his ears.


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for christmas lisa and pat got me this:

and yesterday i bought myself this:

have you been over to Jess LC?  there is so much great stuff

next up on my to buy this are these items:belmont scarf in grey and gold


jess who is the behind all these amazing products also has a blog make under my life

Jess LC is based in chicago (hence the armitage, the division and the diversy)

you can read more about Jess LC here

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oh i am just so sorry to have been absent lately.  my life has recently become ridiculously glamorous.  my budding status as one of l-burgs must eligible has had me so busy with many suburban Friday night happy hours and my status as one of virginia’s must amazing teachers has had me busy as a little bee.


oh in reality




been doing?


drinking a lot with my newest gal pals kk, nf, and js (who is ALSO a miami grad), and crying while grading the papers of 13 year-olds who can not add, subtract, multiply or divide.  and not working out.  word.

oh and cleaning up dog shiz b.c grandpa got into the closet where i keep the dog food and 15lb box of milk bones from costco and while i was at work he decided to eat about 2lbs worth.  THEN SHIT ALL OVER THE NEWLY CLEANED CARPET (b.c i a v.lesbian move i rented a carpet cleaner and showed Stanley steamer how its done).

in other news…

i’ve been taking this extra class to improve my classroom management (because i cry after school every day and some times during the day) and we watched this.  and it made tears come to my eyes because he is SOOO right.

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anyway you should be crying right now and if you are not well you need a soul.




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sorry for my LONG leave of absence.

My life has been crazy.  i would love to report that its because of a new mr. in my life but unforchantly that is NOT the case.  unless we are going to start counting gramps as my mister

how can i not love him??

since the last time i posted i have been to AMCs bachlorette party and houston for thanksgiving.  so what can i say my life is tres hard.

photo recap of the party that was fort lauderdale.  now if you follow me on twitter you saw that i missed my flight cried for 3 hours in the airport and beat out two gold teeth sisters for a seat on the plane.  when i finally arrived in FLL it was just what i needed.  fun times with my bffs!  i even got to participate in my most treasured college activity bench time (with AMC and KL)

returning home was so hard after such a great weekend (and becuase my flight was at 6am).

texas was also so much fun but much too short.  thanksgiving was a blur (i was drunk 90% of the time) but SO MUCH FUN!  cannot wait to see all my family espically little AJH again in a few short weeks.

i finally got my birthday gift from ajh.  here we are using it on dustythis could possibly be my favorite photo ever.

other then that i work 1000 hours a day and sleep.

oh and i have recently gained 500 lbs.  so i am off to the gym with my new iphone.  more on that next time i get a lazy moment!

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did you start singing the song?  you should have.  you should still be singing it actually.  i hope it is stuck in your head for the rest of the day, neigh eternity.

ok off of that.

on to this.  buy it for me now.  if you loved me you would.

except if you buy it for me i will bake more.

like this amazballs breakfast:the america’s test kitchen new york coffee cake.

this will cause my ass and thighs to get even bigger.  this could make me sadder and then i would bake more and need this.  causing my ass and thighs to grow again.

leaving me all by my seeeeeeeelf for eternity.

perhaps i should just be asking for a garmin running watch.  since the other day i went for a nice long run and my nike+ said i went .1 mile and ran at a rate of 1.56 miles an hour.

plan 2: find someone who will help me eat my food.  but that would require effor in to my look and stop me from leaving the house on a regular basis in outfits akin to this:

what you cannot see is the black leggins i have on and my tennies.  yes that is correct.  this was the outfit i sported all day yesterday.  classy.  plain classy.

i am beginning to think i need to give @ManRepeller an actual lesson in how to make people of the other sex (and the same for that matter) scared of speaking to you or acknowledging you.

but whatever, that’s my jam.  respect it or don’t.

video that wont embed. go watch it.  can’t embed it so go NOW.  YOUR STILL HERE??!?!  GO

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i love vodka.

like alot, sorta like i wish it was water and i could drink it all the time.

this morning vodka like most things i love, rebelled against me.  true to form i abused my love of vodka last night.  and like any boyfriend/lover vodka saw that i had an addiction and used it to its advantage.  what a selfish bastard.

last night i ventured out.  SURPRISE!  it was my friend k-10’s birthday.  we are work friends but becomeing real life friends.  she is also very into my husband hunt.  she herself just won a husband this past summer and is eager for me to join her exclusive club.  i am very eager to join, like freshmen during sorority rush desperate, but i digress.

back to my abusive relationship with my clear liquid love: VODKA.

as i sat down to dinner, 11 people: i knew 2, i saw that everyone was drinking heavily.  Since i am not one to stick my nose up at something like this i joined right in and got myself a dirty blue cheese martini.  that baby went down smooth and i was still a tad uncomfortable in the presence of 9 strangers so i ordered a gimlet.  this made me the belle of the ball as apparently all the 80 year old grandmas, me, and the men at the table enjoy this wonderful amrita.  i felt so sure in my choice of drink until it came.  i had told the waitress i wanted it on the rocks but aparently she did not care what i wanted and brought it straight up; a vodka gimlet straight up? how betty drapper of me!  i have to say that i loved it stright up and might (not really) order it stirght up again.  (it was good i just really like the high ball glass)

back to my love affair with the aqua vitae.  after dinner i was still on my feet and had publicly proclaimed that i am only allowed two vodka drinks a night before switching to burbon.  (and yes i mean bourbon not wiskey, don’t make me explain it to you!) and lets be honest again it better be makers mark and if you really want me to be happy get the 46!

so upon moving our party what did i get myslef to drink?  oh a cape codder.  yes that is right, i made a poor life choice.  but lets me honest it was either more vodka or bud light.  and while i am not above drinking beer i would rather be hung over then deal with what beer does to my belly.  so i indulged myself in to the fire water with 2 more (ok ok it was 3 more) drinks.

i hang my head in shame.

this could also be why i took a cab (in the suburbs you cannot hail a cab as you leave a bar you must call hours in advance!?!?!) home at 2 am and am finally fully functional at 4:30 pm.  THANK GOD ancient aliens is the marathon on history channel today.

[and to be honest with you fully functional means i finally am not wrapped up in my red plaid blanky, nursing a red gatorade on the couch, in a pool of self piety]

14 days until my birthday ass-holes.  tomorrow you will see what i want.  think of it like i’m marrying myself and you are obligated to get me something.  i mean i am going to be 26, single, and a dog lady… the least you can do is buy me something shiny!

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for those of you who are my irl friends you got an e-mail of this same name moments ago.  for those of you who are just my internet bloggosphere friends here is a recap:

“i know all of you have been following my soap opera life via: .a.splash.of.happy. [oh you haven’t well i’m not on facebook so if you want to stalk me this is the place] and have been VERY concerned about my well being and safety.

WELL i would like to be the first to tell you that i am no longer going to be living out of a hotel (or black beauty) and will be moving in to a lovely apartment tomorrow.  i will still be dressing in my homeless chic wardrobe of nike shorts and white t-shirts, so no fear, i am not really classing it up all that much!

while the location is not what i wanted (AKA BFE VIRGINIA)  it is a stepping stone and hopefully there are millions of rich single guys living there that i can trick into marrying me so that i never have to be homeless again.  please say daily prayers for this.  all those pertaining to me getting a job finally worked after 5 years!

in all reality there is a pink berry across the street and i can walk to the grocery store so i was sold.  i will be living in a spacious one bedroom and will have a blow up mattress if any of you want to venture to the outer suburbs and visit.  we can do really fun things like visit the battle of bull run!!!!  i swear when you fly in you can get a glimpse of dc and that really should be enough, right? “

because of my healthy fear of being choped up by a psycho killer i will not be giving out my acutall address to all of you.  but i will let you know where i have registered.  yep thats right.  all you a$$holes whould have had the nerve to get married and have babies now have to buy me house warming gifts.  oh people don’t do that.  WELL LISTEN UP B.C. I DO.  since i do not have an impending nuptials on the horizon i figured the only way to get nice free shit is to make all of you buy it for me.  [are you remembering the time carrie bradshaw did this with the manolo’s on SATC?] well this is my time.

here is a little collage of what i would like:

just search apartmentzilla under brides name!  oh and if you really want to see the what why and how i am decorating you can follow along here: .a.splash.of.happy@home.


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could you decipher that?  that you must spend a lot of time here.  yep, that’s right i have sunk to the point of searching on craig’s list for a possible home to live in/roommate to have.

i know what you are thinking.  yes i did have an AWFUL experience with roommates off of craigs list, and yes i did say i wanted to live by myself.  but here’s the thing.  $1659 is a lot of money to pay every month.  esp when you have a background in finance and all you can think about is how you are throwing it out the window and you have SUZE ORMAN in the back of your head SCREAMING her lesbian lungs out.

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oh that’s kristen wigg my bad here is SUZE:

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i just know she would be eating me alive if she only knew the situation i was in…

so back to my roommate/housing predicament.

this is how my craig’s list add will go:

single 25yo Female teacher looking for mid-twenties female to share 2-2 apartment with.  I have a large yellow lab that is non-negotable.  he is very friendly and just lies on the ground, sometimes he moves.  this is him:

both he and i will prefer that we are either best friends or that we do not communicate with each other.  i will be in charge of all bills and i will expect you pay me your half on time.  i will also request that you never eat my food or touch my things unless i say you can.  i have some very odd personality traits and if you eat my food or touch my things i may go postal.  i enjoy getting tanked about once a moth and suggest you follow suit if you wish to not piss me off.

i have a blog. you will get a nick name and be apart of it.  you will be blasted on it if you break any rules.  if i like you i will talk about all the goodness you bring to our happy home.

i suggest that if you have a boyfriend or any male friends you make your way back to their house.  i do not like strangers in my house.  i will also have 100% veto power over anything/one you bring into our living establishment.  if you are a normal persona this will not be a problem if you are a weirdo then you should not respond to this add.  we will split the DVR 50/50 as in if i am recording something you may take the other spot, if i am recording two things you should phone a friend and have them record it for you.

Last but not least i am a really nice persona and have a great sense of style, humor and am very classy.  i enjoy dirty martinis, cooking, baking, sewing and having a good time.  I will require 3 personal references from you, including people you have lived with before.  i hope to hear from you soon!

p.s. if you really like the history channel show ancient aliens you can ignore everything above and call me asap!

well maybe i should just live alone…


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apparently my life is going to redirect its self in the comming weeks. FINGERS CROSSED. so i will be getting my own place, decorating it in the most cost effective way possible (that means FREE) and hopefully making new friends with the help of my bailey dog:

you can follow this here.

i will find a way to integrate the too so those of you less computer literate (LISA THIS MEANS YOU!) can follow along.

get pumped.

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