I’m having a bad day…things feel like they are piling up on us…for example:

1. Our dryer stopped working. Ugh.

2. We have a giant hole in our silver maple tree. Oh, and it has an infestation of carpenter ants. Double ugh.

3. A lady backed into my car. Triple ugh.

4. Oh, and my thesis proposal is due in one week…quadruple ugh.

Needless to say, I’m a bit stressed…as evidenced by this semi-permanent look on my face.

I haven’t been working this summer, so we’ve been on a pretty tight budget. Several big ticket items were not exactly on my radar. So when I heard it would $100 for exterminating the ants (which, like termites, can really mess with your house if they were to migrate from the tree), $1200 to fix my car, and who knows how much the dryer will cost to be fixed. And don’t even get me started on the thesis proposal… that’s been a mess!

They say when it rains, it pours. But since we’ve had a drought here in KC, I need to think of a drought-equivalent metaphor for our situation.

With everything going on (including some personal and family dramz, school starting next week, and Daniel needing a new car on the horizon), I really could have a complete meltdown. I’ve been known to let that happen.

But I’ve decided that instead of freaking out about money and other things I can’t control, I’m going to focus on the good things in life. For example:

1. I had a wonderful weekend in Lincoln with my mom. She fell in love with Ginger – she enjoyed her position as “foster grandma” and even bought Miss Rogers a pretty new collar and a Premier Easy Walk Harness. She also made a bunch of cute, new doggie turtlenecks and two new sweaters for Turk.

2. We’ve had several friends tell us that they are now considering adopting pitties in the future because of our experience with Turk and Ginger. My bestie Deanna is a self-proclaimed “pittie convert” (and is completely smitten by Ginger – as evidenced below) and my friend Cori has even started regularly volunteering to walk dogs at the Chicago Canine Rescue and is becoming a huge pittie advocate of her own (even though she doesn’t have her own dog right now).

3. I’m also loving the camaraderie with all of our new blogger friends (as Daniel refers to us: “The dog blog pittie posse”) and it totally makes my day to read their blogs and see their comments on our blog! These awesome bloggers even helped us to surpass 50 “likes” on our Facebook page!

4. Even though we have several unexpected costs, we worked really hard to pay off our debts in the last couple of years, and we have money in savings. So even though it sucks…it’s not as much of a burden because we planned ahead and saved.

Things are a bit stressful, but it could be so much worse. I have to remind myself of that today. I’m going to focus on the positives and seek out extra snuggles from Turk, Rufus, and Ginger…and Daniel.

What do YOU do to de-stress when you feel a meltdown coming on?