Puppies make the world a better place.

Proven fact, at least in my life, puppies make the world better.  They are fluffy, cute, cuddly, and they love you unconditionally.  I honestly prefer socializing with dogs over humans and I also enjoy taking selfies with pups.  Puppies don’t judge you and they love you no matter what.  So today, I am going to tell you all about the puppies!

I’m going to go back in history for a little bit.  My first pups were Cody & Shelly.  Cody was my best pal and will possibly be my most favorite dog forever because he was the very first dog I ever had.  He stole my heart and so did Shelly.  They both passed away while I was in college and are buried in my parents’ back yard.  I will love them forever.

After Shelly came Sammy!  He is my parents’ dog.  I now have my own pup and her name is Alaska.  Her and Sammy are BFF.  It is the cutest thing ever.  I am so glad they get along and Alaska has a playmate!

I have a few other pup friends as well.  They live in Lonoke, AR on a fish farm!  There are 6 dogs total at the fish farm, but I am only going to mention 2 of them and we won’t tell the other 4.  Tic Tac is my favorite.  She is getting old, but she is so precious and sweet and fluffy.  I can never walk by her and resist petting her.  Charlie is my other favorite.  He is a pretty boy and he always waits on Tic Tac.

These are just a few of the pups I love and cherish:) Puppies bring me great joy.  I love how excited they get when they see you and that excitement never changes.

 

Give a pup a hug today!

-Callarific

Summer Shenanigans 2017.

When this summer started I thought I would have a lot of down time and get to relax, but no.  It was the complete opposite.  I think I was home and slept in my own bed maybe 5 nights out of the whole summer.  This summer has exhausted me more than when I am at work, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.  IMG_8042

My first trip of the summer was a bachelorette trip to Destin, FL for my friend, Brooke. We stayed in a beach house for 7 days and celebrated some of her last few days as a single woman.  It was a blast, but it was also exhausting and SO MUCH sand!  I think we did a pretty good job of celebrating Brooke:)

The next trip I made was to see some good friends that live on a fish farm! We always have fun and it is almost like a hideout for me.  I usually forget the rest of the world when I go visit them and it is hard to return to reality.  They make life so fun and their home is a safe place to me. I made more than one visit to see them this summer.  We even had a Christmas in July Party!

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Randomly, ONE of the weekends that I was actually home, my cousin text me and asked if I wanted to play volleyball on our family’s team at her church.  Sure, why not?! Little did I know it was a double elimination tournament so we would be playing more than one game.  We actually made it to the finals after losing our first game. We like to be the underdog.

For Father’s Day, my dad and I went to Silver Dollar City (Steal your dollar city).  We got lucky because it was not humid at all.  We shopped a little bit before we went. Pops found him some new Nike shoes.  Once we got to silver dollar city we ate yummy food, got frozen strawberry lemonade, watched some shows, rode the train, and got candy from the candy store before leaving!

My friend Brooke finally got hitched before the summer ended.  It was a beautiful ceremony and I am so thankful that I got to stand beside her on her big day.  So many people that I love were there and it was a great time!

I also had to fit in some education somewhere in my summer.  Everybody needs some continuing education, am I right?  My friends and I like to make it fun.  Of course it’s fun, 4 of us go together.  How could that not be fun?!  It was in Houston, TX this year so it was a little toasty, but we had fun any ways!

Last but not least, my summer went out with a bang in Searcy, AR.  I went to visit my friend, Amy, and got to celebrate her daughter’s third birthday with them.  It was possibly one of the most detailed birthday parties I have ever been apart of and it was smashing!

I am so thankful for all of these friends and sweet people in my life! I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to visit each and every one of them this summer.

 

Thanks for a Callarific summer, 2017!

Crested Butte.

Here we are, back to my favorite places.  Only this time, we are on the opposite end of the spectrum from Hawaii.  I first visited Crested Butte, CO in March of 2016 for a Spring Break ski strip with my Church.  One of my dearest friends, Sherry convinced me to go & I am so glad she did.  I had never been skiing before & by the time the trip ended I did not want to leave.  I fell in love with the town from the moment I got there.  Luckily, there were no 10 hour plane rides during this trip.  Just lots and lots of driving.
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My very first day I did ski school. It was good and all, but I was glad to be set free when it was over.  I do have to say I did eat it the first time I got off the lift.  I had no idea what I was doing, but I never did fall off the lift again. Not only did I fall in love with skiing, but I also met some pretty awesome people on this trip.  Yes, I went with a group of people from my church, but I had not yet met a majority of them.   I’m pretty sure I still went most of the trip without ever talking to some of them.  I am a skilled introvert.

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The second day of my ski trip I was set free to do as I pleased.  I met this couple, Jon Mark & Debbie, who were absolutely fantastic.   The second morning, I remember getting down to the lobby & finding both of them eating pastries & drinking coffee from a place called The Bakery.  They were there every morning and it made me smile big inside (“inside” because I do not physically smile that early in the morning).  I am so glad they were apart of that trip because I am not sure I would have ever met them otherwise.  Jon Mark skied with me every day and he doesn’t know this, but he made me feel safe.  Mostly because I had no idea what I was doing and he knew about every run there.  So, as long as I was with him or he was near, I was ok.  Debbie didn’t get to ski with us on this trip, but I still loved seeing her in the lobby in the mornings or any time I went back to the hotel.  My friend Sherry was also around all the time, which brought a smile to my face.  I was so sad when the trip ended, and might have even been low key depressed, but I stayed in contact with Jon Mark & he came to find me at church every Sunday after that.  He knew if he didn’t come find me he wouldn’t see me because we introverts leave quickly.  So began our friendship and our crazy, insane, obsessive love for skiing because we are nerds.

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My second ski trip occurred in March 2017.  By that time, I had moved, but still wanted to go skiing with the church group.  I had not seen Jon Mark and Debbie for 7 months, but I had stayed in contact with them.  I rode to Crested Butte with a different couple, but once we got there, I roomed with Jon Mark & Debbie.  The second trip ended up being even better than the first one.  First of all, I did not have to waste time on a ski lesson. Second, I was around Jon Mark & Debbie for almost the whole time.  Third, I bought my very own ski gear. Fourth, I got to ski 4 days instead of 3.  Fifth, I skied some black runs.
I spent the majority of this trip skiing blue runs and I tried a few black runs for the very first time.  The green runs bored me, but were mostly what I did the last day because I skied so hard the first three days.  One day sticks out in my head specifically.  A group of us had started out skiing together that morning.  At lunch time Jon Mark went off to ski with one of the other guys (they did beyond crazy stuff that I would have died doing so I wasn’t allowed to go) and everyone else went to lunch.  So, I was left alone.  I usually do not like taking a break and I ski through lunch, but I also don’t really like skiing alone.  I texted Debbie and I got to eat lunch with her at a place called Camp for Coffee.  It was just the two of us and I got her all to myself.  The food was great, the coffee was great, and getting her all to myself was the greatest of all.  As we were finishing up, Jon Mark called her to see what she was doing.  So, she told him she was eating with me and that I still wanted to ski more, but everyone had went to lunch.  The greatest thing happened next.  I got to ski with Jon Mark for a few hours!  I had him all to myself and he took me to some black runs for the very first time.  I did wipe out on the first one, it was rather slick.  To me, this day was the best.  I love skiing and I love spending time with both of them together, but I love getting one on one time as well.
IMG_7248The third day of skiing I flat wore myself out. I did the same black run 3 times in a row and I had been skiing hard up until then.  The third time going down was possibly one of the most miserable experiences.  I was dead tired and my legs were shot, but I would not let myself quit.  I always ski until the very last minute and I never go in until the lifts stop.  That day I did.  I fell a few times going down just because I couldn’t make my turns and I was too tired to force myself.  By the time I made it to the bottom Jon Mark told me I had to go in.  He said I had to be forced.  The next day I skied mostly greens because I was that tired and my legs were still recovering. But I loved it any way!  Jon Mark even asked me on the last day if I wanted to go shopping with Debbie for half the day and then ski the other half.  Of course I chose to gut it out and ski all day.  It’s the ski nerd in me.
I was so very sad when the trip ended.  But this time, I got to ride back with Debbie and Jon Mark.  And let me tell you, the ride back was almost as fun as the whole trip.  I have never laughed so hard in my life.  We talked about anything and everything, listened to all kinds of music, Debbie talked about books, and I sat in the middle of them in the front (even though it made my bum go numb).  2 of the teenagers that went on the trip with us were riding in the back.  I am sure they were glad that I let them have the whole back seat.  I loved riding in the front with them so much that I did not care how numb my bum was or how bad my knee/back was hurting (they never even knew I was hurting).  When we got back and I had to say goodbye, it was so sad.  I once again almost cried.  I think about skiing all of the time now.  It is my happy place and Jon Mark & Debbie are always apart of my happy place.  When you find good people, don’t let them go.  When you find skiing, don’t let it go either.

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One more thing before I go….I ordered my very own ski poles and skis this summer.  The skis have not come in yet, but the ski poles have.  IMG_8634
One happy ski bunny I was 🙂 think snow!
It’s late, so have some Callarific dreams!

My Favorite Places.

I have 2 favorite places. Both of them stole my heart from the moment I arrived. They are on complete, opposite ends of the spectrum, but gosh, they make my heart happy.
The first place I am going to tell you about is Hawaii. I had the opportunity to travel to these amazing islands when I was in high school. My mom & dad took me there my senior year. We went on a 7-day cruise and got to see more than one island. I fell in love from the moment I got there and almost wanted to cry when we had to leave. I have always said I will go back one day and I plan to do so.
Let me tell you a little bit about the lovely plane ride.  The flight alone was 8 hours.  We boarded the plane just in time for them to tell us that they were having difficulty with it.  They checked everything out on the plane, which took 2 hours and they never had us get off.  So, we ended up being on the plane for a total of 10 hours and they ran out of food because they had not planned on everyone being on the plane for so long.  Needless to say, I was hangry by the time we arrived in Hawaii and we ended up missing our tour of Pearl Harbor the next morning.  But, it only got better from there.  I mean, it was Hawaii, even when things went bad, it was still good.
On one of the islands we got to visit the Volcano National Park where the volcano known as Kilauea is found. I must point out the fanny pack my mother was sporting & the fact that she totally rocked it.

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The scenery in Hawaii was absolutely breathtaking and beyond amazing. There were palm trees all over the place, the water was so clear, and there were bananas hanging everywhere. Words do not even do the beauty of these islands justice.
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We snorkeled in this area.
Last but not least, my most favorite part was getting to surf. I absolutely loved it, but I also had a little bit of a hate relationship with it.  Surfing is very hard and very challenging.  I loved the idea of it, but I was not thrilled that I was not good at it right away.  I was decent, but the few hours I was given to attempt surfing were not enough.  I would do it again in a heart beat and I hope to travel back to Hawaii one day so I can practice some more.  I actually dream of being an athletic trainer for professional surfers. I am really good at dreaming, but hey, life is too short not to dream.  Right?
Well, that about wraps it up with my Hawaii experience. I really could keep talking about it, but I realize this post is already rather lengthy and I have not even mentioned a thing about Crested Butte yet.  Think Hawaii!
To be continued……Crested Butte happiness to come 🙂
Have a Callarific day.

Questionnaire.

Name: Callie Nicole Paden

If you had one wish what would it be: to be able to eat as much and as often as i want and never ever get fat.

What is your favorite treat: anything that involves peanut butter.

What is your favorite way to spend a Friday evening: go out for dinner, rent a movie, and take photobooth pics with my friends.

What is your favorite color: yellow, but purple is a close second 🙂

When eating Neapolitan ice cream, which flavor do you eat first: chocolate.

If you could spend a day with any Harry Potter character, who would it be: Professor McGonagall.

Do you have a phobia? What is it: Hair, spiders, people sitting/laying on my made bed or my sheets.

Sky diving or scuba diving:scuba diving.

You find yourself with free round trip tickets to anywhere in the world, where would you go: Germany or Alaska.

What animal do you identify best with and why: my dogs.

Surprising fact about you: i can consume a jar of peanut butter single handedly in 24 hours.

You are happiest when:i feel confident, am surrounded by friends and family, with my dogs, eating, or working out.

Other hobbies and interests:running, basketball, softball, reading, watching movies, listening and searching for music, doodling, sleeping for long periods of time, 4-wheeling, singing, making people laugh, my dogs, playing on my iphone, texting, being an athletic trainer, decorating and organizing.

Random Goodness

Today I thought I would do a post on things that I love love love!  Ya know, hobbies, interests, things that make me happy, my friends, etc.  Plus, I don’t have much fun stuff to tell ya from today.  So now I present to you, the story of Callie.  Hopefully I don’t bore you too much.

First off, I must speak about my Poppy.  He is my most all-time favorite person, hero, and best friend.  He has always been there for me and supported me through everything.  I don’t know what I would do without him.  As you can see, we became real chums when I was just a small lass.  We were basically the same person because we just magically crossed our legs at the same time.

Synchronized leg crossing

Please look at how adorable I am in this next picture.  I don’t know what happened to me.  Hopefully, some people still think that I am adorable.  I would also like to point out how dark my Pops’ hair is.  It is not such a beautiful shade of black any more….it has a bit of gray mixed in there now.  I guess a child like me will age you like that.  Also, please look at the muscle in my Pops’ calf!  Holy Moly!!  He’s a beast 😉

Poppy Time!

And then we have a wonderful picture of me and poppy on Easter Sunday.  Look how adorable my fluffy hair and massive bow is.  I swear, I owned a million of those dang bows and half of them were as big as my head and on top of that, my mom used about a pound of hairspray on my hair.  I hated it so so much.  Oh, and take a look at that awesome beard poppy managed to grow!  His beard now is mostly gray.  Looks more like Santa, except skinnier.

Easter Best 😉

Enough about Poppy, even though I could probably manage to talk about him all day.  I’ll have to bring out some funnier pics later on in my blog lifetime.  Next, is my first doggy, CODY, AKA Bubby.  I was about 5 years old when I received this little guy.  We basically grew up together, but he passed away when he was 14.  It was a very tragic day to say the least, so I won’t ponder the thought.  

Cody puppy!

I also had the most amazing feline while growing up, but I was forced to get rid of him by my Pops.  What cruelty, I know.  You see, Pops hates cats, therefore it was hard for us to keep one for very long periods of time.  This was the BEST cat that ever walked this planet though…..I now introduce to you…SUNNY!

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Now I shall inform you that I was a major tomboy while growing up.  I didn’t like wearing those stupid bows, I hated getting my hair fixed, I hated dresses, and sports were way cooler than dancing, cheerleading, etc.  I would have to say that I am still slightly like this.  I am in no way a girly girl.  I do manage to wear dresses now, I fix my hair, I still like sports better than all that other nonsense, and sadly, I do not possess any of those wretched bows any more.  They went bye bye a long time ago.  I seriously had a collection, it was unbelievable.  And now just for your pleasure I bring you this extremely awesome, over the top, picture of myself.  It pretty much explains me.  I was so cool that everyone wanted to be my friend.  Cotton shorts were the style back then, along with pulling your shorts up way past your belly button, slouching over, and looking like a bum.  Also, huge, thick bangs and black gloves were the most popular thing on the block.  I was always with the in-crowd if ya know what I’m sayin’. 

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People tell me that I still make this face today.  I can’t even begin to tell you how proud that makes me, that I still possess some of my child-like qualities.  It takes a lot of effort sometimes now because I am so mature and all.  Hahahaha, you’re supposed to laugh, chuckle, haha about that statement.  Ya know, laughing can give you great abs, so you should try it some time.  See how long you can laugh.  That should be your mission for the day and nothing else should be more important.  Now, GO LAUGH!!!  

To be continued…