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Meet The Bloggers Hop!

Meet the Bloggers - Dog Crazy BadgeWe pet bloggers pour our hearts and souls into our blogs, but rarely come out from behind the cameras or keyboards to make appearances in our own stories. Today we’re inviting our blogging friends to do just that – we’re hosting and participating in the “Meet The Bloggers” blog hop with AJ from I Still Want More Puppies, Jodi from Kol’s Notes, Mel from No Dog About It, Julie from The Daily Dog Blog, Jennifer from My Brown Newfies, Kim from CindyLu’s Muse, Lauren from Life With Desmond, Leslie from Bringing Up Bella, Jodi from Heart Like A Dog, Kristine from Rescued Insanity, Peggy from Peggy’s Pet Place, and Dawn from NEPA Pets.

The rules are simple:

1. Include a recent picture of yourself.

Here you go! This is me doing one of my favorite things … snuggling the boys. Buster is a great cuddle buddy and we spend some time every night with him burrowed into my side. But Ty rarely graces me with his fuzzy snuggle presence, so this was a special occasion.

Amy and the boys

2. On December 18th, publish a post answering at least five (and feel free to answer more!) of the following questions:

Alright, let’s get to it!

What’s your favorite non-animal related book?

I love to read, and the variety of things that resonate with me is pretty wide. Space is limited in the RV, so the fact that I carry the hardcover version of “Conversations With God” with me says a lot, I guess. I’m not a religious person – more spiritual, I’d say – and that book has changed my life. I re-read it at least once a year, and I pick up something new every time.

When Kathleen O’Neal Gear and Michael Gear, a husband and wife author team, release a new book in their Native American series, I pounce on it and usually devour it in one sitting. The Gears operate an anthropological research company, and they use their research skills to write historically accurate novels that I find fascinating.

The book I just finished is called “Predictably Irrational” and I love it. It’s about how our brains work, the way we make decisions, and the factors that influence the choices we make. It’s enlightening and entertaining – I highly recommend it.

What’s your favorite non-animal related movie?

I’m not a big fan of movies. I never remember the names of the actors, forget the plots as soon as the credits roll, and feel like seeing a movie over and over is a waste of time. I’d prefer to watch something I’ve never seen before. If I had to guess, I’d say that this “character flaw” is my husband’s greatest disappointment.

Who’s your favorite actor?

There’s that one actor … she was in that movie about, ummmm, something … yeah, I can’t remember.

Actually, I absolutely adore Stephen Colbert. I like John Stewart too, but Stephen is my favorite. They are the two actors I’ll quit most anything to watch.

What makes you feel fabulous?

Physically, it’s doing yoga. I absolutely love the way I feel when I’ve been practicing yoga consistently for a while! I’ve just gotten started again since we have more space in the new motorhome and I’m so excited to get flexible again.

Emotionally, spending quality time with Rod makes me feel fantastic. You might think that being together 24/7 in a small space could push us over the top in the “togetherness” category, but we’re both running our own businesses and concentrating on our own projects. Closing the computers, pouring a glass of wine, and talking and laughing while we make dinner is the best part of the day.

Professionally, nothing delights me more than getting a note from someone who’s using GoPetFriendly.com to plan a trip with their pet. Their excitement and enthusiasm – that’s what it’s all about.

What do you wish you were more skilled at?

I wish I was a computer programmer. I’m completely illiterate when it comes to the zeros and ones that make the magic that is GoPetFriendly.com. And, I’m really bad at relying on other people to implement new ideas and patiently waiting for them to be done. Unfortunately, my brain isn’t wired that way – I’d be the worst computer programmer in the history of the world.

What’s your favorite holiday?

New Year’s – I love the anticipation that comes with starting a shiny, unspoiled January 1st.

Favorite meal?

Real Chili. Any Marquette Alumni out there?? My sister, Krista, developed a recipe that’s pretty darn close to the authentic concoction you’ll find simmering behind the counter in Milwaukee. And, thank goodness, or I’d be stuck in the Wisconsin winters … because life isn’t worth living without Real Chili.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love sports … watching them, not playing them. I’m a big Packers fan, love college basketball, and will stay up all night to watch the Australian Open. A lot of my free time is spent with the television bellowing out the play-by-play.

What one word would people who know you use to describe you?

Driven. Some might say to the point of being irrational, but I’m passionate about what I do and I rarely accept no for an answer. If they were able to coax you into letting them use a couple more words to describe me, hope they’d also say that I’m happy and fun.

What is one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?

I’m most proud of my marriage. Being truly in love with another person for almost 14 years isn’t easy – especially when you’re living in an RV. Rod and I have hit some bumps, but we always come back to that place that makes my heart race just thinking about him. He’s my biggest fan and my best friend. We’re so different in many ways and that’s what makes us work.

If you could change one thing about your life what would it be?

I love my life. I mean, really … how lucky can one girl get?!

But I do miss my family. I wish that each of my three sisters and their husbands, and my parents had their own motorhomes. They could pack up the kids and all the pets, and we could meet up and spend time together in some of our favorite spots around the country.

Other than blogging, what are three things you do that bring you joy?

Being with Rod and the dogs, connecting with family and friends (either in-real-life or electronically), and traveling. I’m a gypsy at heart, and I’m hooked on seeing what’s around the next corner or over the next hill like it’s a drug.

What’s one thing you could do to be more kind to yourself?

Like most everyone I know, I’m insecure about a great many things. Feeling that I’m not good enough is part of what makes me so driven, but it also means I stop myself from things that would bring me joy. I’d like to stop doing that. I’d like to appreciate myself for who I am and stop focusing on the ways I don’t measure up.

Thanks for joining me! And, I hope you enjoy hopping around and meeting the other bloggers.

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