Getting Ready

I am taking a trip to DC this weekend and Riley is staying home with Grandma, Grandpa, and Chloe.  Grandma will sleep in my bed with her (like she always does when I go on trips)…because Riley’s spoiled!  I’ve been getting everything ready, but I don’t think Riley’s caught on because I haven’t pulled my suitcase out just yet.

As soon as that suitcase comes out, she knows what’s going on.  My mom said she used to look for me when I would go on a trip (when she was younger), but now she knows the drill when she sees the suitcase.  I travel 2-3 times a year doing trainings for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).  This time I’m training state trainers in their Peer-to-Peer program in Washington DC.  In June, I’m traveling to Denver to do a mentor training, and I’m excited about that because I haven’t been to Denver in YEARS and YEARS!

Also, I’m going to the BlogPaws Conference near DC in May!!  I’m even more excited about that than anything else!  I want to know who else of my blogging pals are going??  I want to meet you!

Riley and Chloe will be doing a lot of this while I’m gone on all of my trips!
Also, there’s an international trip that may be in the works for this summer for me with NAMI, but it’s not finalized yet, so I won’t go into any details here until I know for sure it’s happening!!  Exciting!  I went and applied for my passport last week so I could go.  Oh, and I look like a straight up convict in my passport picture…sigh.  Hopefully I won’t scare the people at customs!!  🙂
Riley’s 4th Birthday is in ONE WEEK!!  She’ll be 4 on March 18th.  I can’t believe she’s going to be that old…feels like it was just yesterday that I was looking at her baby pictures every day, anticipating the day I could go pick her up!  I kind of miss her being a fat little puppy, but then again, I don’t miss all the sharp puppy teeth and the housebreaking, obedience training, yipping, etc!  Sigh.

20 thoughts on “Getting Ready

  1. If you really look like a convict – I'm guessing if that trip happens, you can expect a full body cavity search? Frankly, I'd have them redo the picture! ;)Sounds like you have an exciting year planned! I have no such plans so I will live vicariously through you. I hope you plan on baking Riley a birthday cake! ;)Wow – 4 years old! Such a great age for dogs – they are out of their puppy stage and more settled.

  2. If you really look like a convict – I'm guessing if that trip happens, you can expect a full body cavity search? Frankly, I'd have them redo the picture! ;)Sounds like you have an exciting year planned! I have no such plans so I will live vicariously through you. I hope you plan on baking Riley a birthday cake! ;)Wow – 4 years old! Such a great age for dogs – they are out of their puppy stage and more settled.

  3. Dang, you is gonna be a busy little bee fur a while huh? I think what you is doin' is very excitin' and so helpful to udders.I ain't goin' to Blogpaws…and I knows dat sucks fur you cuz you won't be ables to meet me. I should teach a class or sumptin'.Puddles

  4. Dang, you is gonna be a busy little bee fur a while huh? I think what you is doin' is very excitin' and so helpful to udders.I ain't goin' to Blogpaws…and I knows dat sucks fur you cuz you won't be ables to meet me. I should teach a class or sumptin'.Puddles

  5. Have a wonderful trip. LOL my friends dog use to lie in the case and they were forever getting searched in customs as the sniffer dogs went mad. How time flies Riley is four. Bet it seemed like yesterday when you first brought the pup home? Have a marvelous Monday.Best wishes Molly

  6. Have a wonderful trip. LOL my friends dog use to lie in the case and they were forever getting searched in customs as the sniffer dogs went mad. How time flies Riley is four. Bet it seemed like yesterday when you first brought the pup home? Have a marvelous Monday.Best wishes Molly

  7. Wow lots of traveling! I'm still not sure if I'm going to BlogPaws (need to ask my new boss if she'll pay for it!) but I really hope so and it would be awesome to meet you!! -Stacy & Ellie

  8. Wow lots of traveling! I'm still not sure if I'm going to BlogPaws (need to ask my new boss if she'll pay for it!) but I really hope so and it would be awesome to meet you!! -Stacy & Ellie

  9. You've got a busy summer already planned. Glad to that Riley will continue to be spoiled as she is used to and of course, deserves!With a birthday coming up it sure make you wonder where the time has gone, doesn't it?

  10. You've got a busy summer already planned. Glad to that Riley will continue to be spoiled as she is used to and of course, deserves!With a birthday coming up it sure make you wonder where the time has gone, doesn't it?

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