Life Lessons From My Therapy Dog: The Alzheimer’s Unit

We brought Henri home when she was just 7-weeks old. Her big hazel eyes and forever-wagging tail stopped strangers on the street everywhere we went. Very quickly, I realized I had a pretty special little ball of fluff who could instantly brighten somebody’s day. You know those little deals you try to make with God, usually in moments of complete desperation? God, if…

Not The Next Snow White

My sleep walking and night terrors generally involve screaming about spiders, home intruders, or the mystery woman who lives under the bed. Sometimes I wake up Isaac just to ask how he is doing, or to see if he needs anything. Rarely do I stray from those topics, but lately sleeping Courtney has been stuck…

When Does Puppy Stage End?

I love my dog. I miss her when I’m at work, I love taking her on walks, and cuddle time with her is the absolute best. But also? I’m so ready for this puppy stage to be over. She is only three and a half months old so I know we have a long road…

My Favorite Fight

Isaac and I don’t fight a lot, we got that out early on in our relationship. Even then, we never went at it the way I have with past boyfriends. The reason is probably because at the beginning when we would disagree about something and I would start to BLOW UP at him (it was…

A (Birth)Day at the Zoo

Yesterday I went to the zoo to celebrate a special boy’s birthday. We filled his pockets with snacks, bought him a birthday boy zookeeper hat, and he only wandered off and got lost once! Don’t worry, we found him by the zebra exhibit eventually. No, we weren’t celebrating my two and a half year old…

Bad Ideas During (Extra) Emotional Times

1. Go on a 2-hour mission to find the song that you and your dad will dance to at your wedding 2. Make a big cookie cake knowing full well that you will not have the self control to eat “just a little bit of it” 3. Watch sappy animal videos. Especially the ones where…

Family Animal Booklet

My two younger sisters are on their college breaks right now so they are at home with our parents doing normal college kid summer break stuff. Well, I take that back. Normal college kid break stuff is drinking, tanning, and short meaningless relationships with cute surfer boys. My sisters, on the other hand, woke up…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Challenge: Close. It’s a feeling, it’s a proximity…it’s people, it’s a place, it’s objects. They’re close. I learned to keep my trigger finger always ready for action while working in the Florida Keys as a Bottlenose Dolphin Photographer. I loved being able to capture the beautiful gray creatures up close and personal. Here is my…