Bear the Mastador Puppy

Recently, I’ve adopted a new puppy. It was given to me by a friend that lives in an apartment and could no longer take care of him since the landlord saw him and said he would be too big for the complex. He was given to me and my family for free, except he was lacking the proper shots and identifications.

After bringing him home from school one weekend, and after my dad got over his initial irritation of this “little” surprise, we decided to call him Bear. He was given to us as a six week old German shepherd/ bull mastiff puppy, but after our first vet visit, we’ve learned he’s a Mastador- a mix of Labrador and Bull mastiff.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a full-fledged puppy in our house, and it’s not always a picnic! Having a puppy is just like having a toddler, and it tires us out pretty quickly! This little rascal is a mess, and boy is he smart! Within a day or two of being with us, he already learned how to use the doggy door for whenever he needs to attend to business outside, and he’s already figured out ways into rooms we try to keep blocked off from him!

He’s been growing like a weed, too! Just in two days, I’ve noticed a huge difference! His legs are getting longer, and he’s slowly getting better at attempting to make the leap onto the couch. (Thankfully, he’s not quite there yet, though!) And he’s a little biter, too, but we are learning tricks on how to curb that! (Those sharp puppy teeth pack some power!) My favorite moments with him, though, are when he’s all tired out from playing fetch and running around like a maniac. He curls up in my arms or on my chest and passes out. No matter how much you move him, he stays knocked out for a good while! However, he hasn’t quite mastered sleeping anywhere past 6:00am! Coffee has become my new best friend in the morning with Bear around!

Bear is my little handful, but I love this baby so much already! I feel like a proud momma whenever I talk about him to friends, and I’m always showing off pictures of him to random people and uploading them on social media!

Within only a few short hours of meeting this fellow, he already had me wrapped around his little paw. 🐾

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Holiday Reading

The holidays are the perfect time for some much needed R&R after a busy semester of papers upon research papers and work on top of even more work. I just got home from the dorm life and am ready to live it up for the next four and a half weeks. ‘Living it up’ as in catching upon on Grey’s Anatomy on the DVR, watching that last episode of The Walking Dead that Instagram spoiled for me, playing some Xbox, working on writing, and one of my favorite pastimes I am never able to enjoy during the school semesters: reading.

I never have time to actually sit down and read amidst all of the papers and assigned readings I have as an English Major with a creative writing concentration. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely enjoy reading works I’ve never read before and expanding my genre horizons. (Even though I’m not the biggest fan of the old historical documents of American authors. Yeah, our history is interesting and has made us into who we are today, but really, some authors are just too long-winded when they could have just gotten their point across and made an argument in the first few pages.) But I also really enjoy a good book that I saw on the shelf at the local bookstore or heard about online or through friends. There’s something completely different about choosing what you want to read and sitting down to read it versus a work that’s assigned to you and that you have to writer critical response papers on. Over the semester, my bookshelf fills with books I had to get but hadn’t had the chance to read yet. So the first thing I do when I make the drive home and change into comfy sweats, fuzzy socks, and a t-shirt is climb in bed and curl up with my puppy and the first book I’ve been dying to read.

Now finding the perfect book is complicated, but when I finally hit the jackpot, I can’t put a good book down. My biggest problem is getting so addicted to a book, the plot and the style of writing, that I literally cannot stop reading it until I’ve turned that last page and read that last line. Needless to say, I spend many sleepless nights huddled under my covers with my bed lamp on and my nose in a book. And then once that cover is shut, I’m left semi-empty, unsure of where to start next on my quest for a new and intriguing tale to suck me in.

For those who get stuck on deciding what to read, I’m creating a list of some of my favorite books in a variety of genres: stories that are different, that sucked me in, that moved me, that opened my mind to new ideas. Now I know not everyone has the same tastes as I do, but checking out any of these amazing books are definitely worth the shot, especially since the holidays mean we have so much free time. So why not try something semi-productive. Opening your mind to a whole new world. You never know what the right book might inspire you to do. My challenge for you is to pick one of these books and read it, and if you want, shoot me a message or leave a comment on what you think.


  1. The Cosmicomics by Italo Calvino
  2. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  3. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  5. Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson
  6. World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks
  7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  8. How It Ends by Laura Wiess
  9. Pulphead by John Jeremiah Sullivan
  10. Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo
  11. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  12. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  14. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
  15. Another Bullshit Night in Suck City by Nick Flynn
  16. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  17. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  18. The Complete Fiction of H.P Lovecraft
  19. Run with the Hunted by Charles Bukowski
  20. The Complete Work of Elizabeth Bishop