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Jenna Marbles

You probably already know this amazing woman.   It’s Jenna Marbles!! I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite vloggers and YouTubers in preparation for actually putting some new content on my own YouTube channel (which will happen very soon).  First comes Jenna Marbles. I think of Jenna Marbles as one of those classic YouTubers, on the front lines of molding the platform into what it has become.  I absolutely love her dirty mouth and random topic discussion, but I think the aspect of her channel that draws me in the most is her honest humor.   This YouTuber doesn’t hold anything back, and she doesn’t have to, because we get it!  There are some comedians whose jokes just don’t play out.  There are some YouTubers whose content goes over most everyone’s heads, but Jenna has cornered the market in both ridiculously clever and widely accessible content.  This is why her fans connect with her and have such a strong sense of connection with the actual person, Jenna. Jenna has that laid back personality you …

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 …

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!  

Meet the Family

Hi there.  Now that you’ve met Jackie and me, we can show you some of our adventures we have together.  Here’s the big girl on her first canoe ride. Now, let’s meet the rest of the family. Here’s Chipper, Jackie’s “big” brother.  He’s the most handsome Dachshund I’ve ever seen.   And there’s also Big George, our newest family member.  His owner died about a month ago, and we were happy to take him in.  He’s a big black 8 year old German Shepherd, and he loves my dad.  He’s been getting a lot of attention at my parent’s house, and he’s a pretty good looking addition to our pack. After college, I moved back in with my parents, but over the Holiday Break, I’ve moved into my very own house!  Stay tuned for updates.

Snow Day

It rarely snows where I live in North Carolina.  And when it does, it’s mostly muddy ice after a few hours anyway.  This year, we got a surprisingly beautiful little snow storm that lasted about a week and kept us from working (that’s the best part). Since Jackie was born sometime in January of 2016 (that’s all the info the shelter had), this was her first snow!  I had high hopes for her, but the first lazy day off, she just sniffed at it, and peed on the front porch so she wouldn’t have to get her feet cold.   After that first day, I bundled up and demanded that we have some fun.  Once she realized how fluffy and fun it was, Jackie had a blast running around in the snow!  I especially loved playing fetch with her.  It was a little more complicated, but a lot funnier.   I can’t wait for next winter.  Hopefully we get this fluffy beautiful snow again.  In the meantime, we’ll enjoy the springtime rain and heat.

The Fundamentals of Caring

I’ve been watching some shows on Netflix lately and thought I’d shake it up with a movie.  Browsing through the titles, I came upon The Fundamentals of Caring.   By the looks of it, I was sure this was going to be a heartfelt, coming of age, depressing little film, but it actually cracked me up from the beginning to the end.  Yeah, there’s plenty of big picture moments and carpe diem ideas floating around, but none of the mushy stuff lasts long enough for you to get a bad taste in your mouth.   I will say, this movie hit me in a corner of my heart that I wasn’t aware I even had.  This movie has a bit to do about being a parent, but a lot to do about just caring for and about someone.  It’s sort of weird the types of feelings this story brings up.  Thought the characters are harsh to each other pretty often, it’s obvious the kind of bond they’ve made is out of genuine care for one another. …

Meet Whitney

Hello there.  My name is Whitney.  And this is…   I wanted to send out an intro post just summarizing who I am so you know where all these posts are coming from. I’ve tried this blogging thing before, and I got the idea to name my blog Whitney’s Week somewhere near the end of my undergraduate college career, so it was a mess.  I was writing on and off, reviewing television and movies, and just posting all over the place nonsense that was hard to follow and even more hard to keep up with.  After graduating, I’ve decided I want to give it another go. Whitney’s Week is officially a blog about my weekly adventures, specifically about raising a rescue puppy and spending time outdoors.  It’ll be fun.  I want to keep it light, but I anticipate some heartfelt thoughts every now and again.  I’ll also try to throw in How To’s and lists of favorites to help those of you who are interested in what I’m doing. So, more about me, myself, and …