Author: Whitney B.

Emily Bett Rickards

If you’ve ever seen Arrow, you know this actress. Emily Bett Rickards is a Canadian actress who has played in various series and films including Arrow, Vixen, Sidekick, Dakota’s Summer, Brooklyn, and Legends of Tomorrow.   I know her as the computer wiz and word vomit queen, Felicity Smoak, in the Arrow and I couldn’t help but immediately fall in love with her character. Not only was Felicity smoak blunt, funny, and real, she was absolutely beautiful in a way that didn’t make me jealous, but makes me happy.  Although Miss Smoak is just a character, Emily Bett Rickards actually seems to embody those qualities that make Felicity so likable.  Not to mention her looks. I mean, look at these shots. Emily attended Vancouver Film School after high school, then went to study at Alida Vocal Studio.  Before writing this post, I had never heard her sing, but of course she’s got a gorgeous voice. Emily Bett Rickards has an aura of realism and positivity that doesn’t leave her, no matter what.  Here’s a lighting round …

Meet Lou

Guess what I did? Yup, I adopted a second dog.  I have an obsession with browsing the adoption galleries of Animal Shelters near me, and since I had been thinking about getting a second dog, I had been looking for one similar to Jackie in size and age.  I happened upon a handsome Border Collie mix that was estimated to be about Jackie’s age, so I took the plunge and went to go meet him. They picked him up as a stray, so they named him Manning for the time he was there. He was all over the place while I walked him outside, making me wonder how long he’d been cooped up in that place.  He was sweet as can be, so I took him home without a second thought.  The first thing I did with him was name him Lou. The shelter I adopted Lou from was a low cost branch of the county’s Public Health department, so they didn’t have the resources to have in house veterinary care.  I took him to …

Coast Guard Requirements for Paddlers

So, you’ve got a shiny new canoe or kayak, and you’re ready to head out on the water, right?  Wait a sec. Let’s make sure you’ve got everything you need to stay safe, stay sane, and most importantly, stay legal.  The United States Coast Guard and homeland Security have rules in place for everyone navigating a water vessel (yes, that includes your little kayak). The Coast Guard requires the following things for you to be legal on the water: PDF (personal flotation device) : The Coast Guard requires you to have one readily accessible life jacket per person on your boat at all times.  For kids 13 and under, they’ve got to have them on at all times out on the water.  Make sure your PDF is a Type I, II, or III and in good condition. Also, if your dog is joining you out on the water, you should get them a life jacket as well. Note: If your boat is 16 feet long or longer, you’ve got to have a Type IV PDF on board …

Dog Park Situations

I’ve written a blog post on how to behave at the dog park, but there are some situations I’ve come across that just don’t have a precedent.  Here are some stories of dog park issues and how I handled them.*   Someone Refuses to Let Their Dog Off the Leash Sheesh.  Some people.  The whole point of an off-leash dog park is for your dog to run wild and free of the restraint of a harness and leash.  Some people just can’t bring themselves to unlatch their pup, though.  Here’s a hint at who these people are: people who are worried about their dog misbehaving, people who are worried about all the other dogs misbehaving, and those who want their precious pup to stay attached at their hip forever and ever and never make any friends. These people are nuts if you ask me.  I wish I could bring myself to let them know that leashes aren’t allowed, but I’m sure they’d argue that to the death.  I just feel so bad for their choking …

How to Behave at the Dog Park

If you have an active, social dog, you probably bring her (or should bring her) to the local dog park.  Here’s what you need to know before showing up. Leash Your Dog – Your pup is expected to stay fully leashed until you are in fact INSIDE the dog park.  A lot of times there is a small fenced in enter/exit area where you can unleash your dog, then fully enter the dog park area.  Make sure you keep her leashed until you’re in there or you could get in some trouble with the frequent patrons of the park.  Also, it’s sort of dangerous because no matter how well behaved our dogs are, they seem to forget the rules when they see their best friend or mortal enemy peeing on their favorite tree in the park. ACTUALLY UNLEASH your dog before entering the main fenced area.  I guarantee your dog will get choked or start pulling when a crowd of dogs is sniffing and nipping at them. I can recount many times a poor pup was bombarded …

Fifty Shades of Grey

I know what you’re thinking.  Not another 50 Shades Fanatic! Welp, I have to admit, I picked this book up because I wanted to hate it.  I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and critique it until I was blue in the face and the Fifty Shades fad was destroyed. Things didn’t go as planned.  Fifty Shades of Grey by the brilliant EL James is an erotic fiction novel about a nervous college student and a young multi-billionaire falling for each other.  It’s an unlikely match, and things get pretty interesting pretty quickly.  Thanks to this fabulous woman, I actually enjoyed this book. The multi-billionaire fellow is a young (as in 20 something) businessman whose sexual interests are more than kinky.  He has a mysterious past and his outward confidence is broken down by the awesome Anastasia. The college student, Anastasia Steele, is described as an innocent, nervous girl not really sure of the situation she’s in with Mr. Grey.  In reality, she’s an extremely strong character who challenges Christian and helps him with issues he thought he …

Feeding Your Dog Human Food

We all have done it.  Maybe you were eating some Chicken nuggets and couldn’t quite finish them or maybe you walked in on your pooch atop the kitchen counter.  Whatever way it happened, we’ve all been in a situation where our dog has had human food. When I first fed Jackie human food, it was a Chik-fil-A nugget that was about to be thrown away anyway.  Then she helped me eat some apple slices I had smothered in peanut butter.  Before I could say “hey are you allowed to have this?” I had given her something else off my plate. The thing is, it can be pretty dangerous for you to feed your dog human food.  We have all heard that you shouldn’t be giving your dogs chocolate, but here is a list of 7 human foods you should NOT be feeding your pup at home: chocolate – Chocolate is toxic to dogs because of a chemical called methylxanthines.  This chemical causes diarrhea, vomiting, and can even lead to seizures and sudden death of dogs who consume …

Work to Live

Hello there. Long time, no blog posts.  Yeah, sorry about that. I’m going to pick up the pace and actually write some things regularly starting TODAY.  You can expect an adventure post on Mondays, a random post on Wednesdays, and a dog post on Fridays from now on.  Pinky promise. So, work to live.  Maybe you’ve heard of this before, maybe not.  Maybe you’ve heard it turned around to “Live to work”.  That’s what I was most familiar with before I researched a little about traveling to Spain. Last year, when I was still in college and in the running for a travel scholarship, I did a lot of research on traveling to Spain.  I did some general searches like what to expect and what to do to prepare.  I quickly came across an interesting term called “siesta”. A siesta is a short nap that people in spain take after they’ve eaten their midday meal.  It’s a national tradition that’s removal has recently been discussed.  It’s basically the national nap-time. Anyway, this tradition supports the idea that …

5 Essentials for Hiking with your Dog

I love hiking.  Especially on mountain trails that lead to gorgeous views. After I adopted Jackie, I started walking, exploring, and hiking way more.  I even started traveling across the state to see new places in North Carolina.  I’ve got a bit of experience when it comes to hiking with my pup, and I’ve collected a list of 5 essentials you need to gather before heading out. *disclaimer: Jackie is just over a year old, so we haven’t been camping overnight or hiking extreme trails just yet.  This list is for up to about 5 miles of mild weather walking on well beaten paths. 1. Harness This list is probably looking pretty common sense to those of you who are experienced dog owners, but I want to make sure to be thorough.  I started walking Jackie on a collar and leash when I first got her and quickly realized that it might be a good idea to get a harness. A harness is much more comfortable (and plain old less dangerous) to your dog, especially …

My Own House

I recently bought a house. I know, crazy.  I had been thinking about it for a while, and took the plunge over this past holiday season.  I bought a little 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom house in Kernersville, North Carolina.  It’s the perfect location for anyone with friends in both Greensboro and Winston-Salem.   It was weird being here alone the first couple of nights after I moved in, but I’m pretty used to it now, and Jackie is here to keep me company if I get lonely.  I was really nervous about living on my own at first and committing to a mortgage, but after I paid my first month’s bills, it’s been pretty clear that this was a good choice for me. Stay in touch so you can see my decor after I get settled!