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Written By: Colleen - Oct• 08•15

Today, I took my 250th Pure Barre class. On October 9, 2013, I hit my 100th class. I can’t believe it’s been two years, haha. I found out that I was pregnant just two days before, on October 7. I knew that because of pregnancy and maternity leave and just that whole “mom thing” in general, that it was going to take a little bit of time to hit 250. I did want to try to do it within 2 years time, though. Since today is October 8, 2015, I guess made it with one day to spare, lol. Go me.


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Written By: Colleen - Oct• 03•15

My Facebook Memories feature reminded me that on October 3, 2006, I posted this picture in a blog post and in the “Note” section. The title of the post was, “Don’t Burn the Day, ” and my only comment was, “True story.”

I don’t think I could have said it any better nine years ago.


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Written By: Colleen - Sep• 29•15

YAAASSSSSS! January 2016 cannot come soon enough.

Her name was Sheba

Written By: Colleen - Sep• 07•15

Sorry for a second sad post in a row. I just wanted to give an update on the dog that Jay & I found on Friday. Then, onto happier things. On Saturday evening, Jay and I got confirmation of not-Harvey’s identity. The woman who had been misidentified as her foster parent sent us a text of a screen cap fro a Facebook group asking us if to confirm that the dog in the post was the same dog that we tried to save. It was. Her name was Sheba, and she had been missing for almost a week when she was hit. This is the post:


I searched around in the group and found the initial post by her owner.


I would have stayed up with you all night

Written By: Colleen - Sep• 04•15

We had a difficult afternoon today. It was my last “Summer Day” for the year, so Jay & I went to a late lunch. As we were leaving lunch, a dog got hit by a car crossing the exit ramp off of the highway. Another woman, Tuesdey, also saw it happen. She stopped and parked just before we did. She said that she was pretty sure that the woman who hit the dog saw it happen.

Who the fuck hits a dog on an exit ramp and doesn’t even stop?

The three of us decided that to call a local animal hospital. While I was one the phone with one, Jay & Tuesdey were able to get close enough to the dog to get the number of a vet’s office off of its rabies collar. We called that office, who identified the dog as “Harvey,” (based off of its tag) and put us in contact with the owner. The owner told us that she was actually a foster parent. The dog had been adopted by a family after she fostered it. She said she’d try to contact the owner.

Meanwhile, Tuesdey, Jay & I brought Harvey to an emergency veterinary clinic in Cary, NC. Jay & I stayed to find out what was wrong with him. We soon learned that Harvey was actually a female! Then, we learned that not-Harvey was misidentified by her vet’s office. Soon after she went back, we heard back from Harvey’s supposed foster mom (who was linked to her collar). She told us that she had spoken with the actual Harvey’s family, and they were looking at him as they spoke with her. So, we were back to the drawing board. No one knew who this dog was. The woman that they had listed as her foster mother had no idea who she was.

Obviously, this was really starting to get disconcerting. Jay & I agreed to pay for her exam and morphine. However, since we had arrived at the ER thinking that Harvey was actually Harvey and had a home, we did not want to make any decisions out of respect for her owners.  We sent the (not-) foster mom pictures of the dog and her tags. The vet listed on the tags was actually out of town this weekend, so they could not be reached to identify the dog by recognition. We spent a lot of time trying to sort things out with the vet from the collar, the (not-)foster mother, and the animal ER we took her too.

After nearly 2 hours at the vet, the doctor told us that not-Harvey was not doing well. She was urinating blood, had fractured ribs, a bruised lung, and would need a blood transfusion and at least $8,000 or $9,000 of surgery…with no guarantee that it would save her life. The vet compassionately told us that we had to either begin aggressive treatment or let her go. She said that even with surgery and a blood transfusion, there was no guarantee that she would be okay. At the very least, she had broken ribs, a minimum of bruised lungs, and internal bleeding. We waited a little while longer in the hopes of getting in touch with her owners, but in the end, we did the humane thing and let her go.

We cried a lot. It was horrible, and we had only known her for a few hours. The vet let us kiss her, pet her, hug her, and say goodbye. We went back there and tried to assure her that it was going to be okay. We just wanted to be able to tell her owner (if found) that she did not die in pain or alone on the side of the road. She deserved some dignity.

We did all that we could do, but I still feel horrible. I hope that someone can locate her owner. The vet and animal shelter she came from was in Sanford (Lee County, NC), so hopefully the woman who had been mistakenly ID’d as her foster mom can help us. I really hope we can get some closure on her story.


We all know that life is precious, but, there is something about not being able to save a life that resonates with you and changes you. Seeing how fragile life is and how easily it can end really reaffirms how precious life actually is.

Rest in peace, not-Harvey. I am so sorry that we could not help you more. Sleep well, sweet girl.

Art with Zach

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 26•15

So I finally got into Snapchat! I really don’t know how to tell people to find me other than to search my username, which is Colleen429.

Anyway, my Snaps are somewhat niche…they’re mainly of Zachary, particularly of Zachary either eating or walking, lol. I have fun doing them, and I don’t have a lot of followers, so I don’t feel the pressure of having to do something super awesome every day.

Last Wednesday was Zachary’s last day with one of his teachers, Miss Rachel. We love all four of Zach’s teachers. They are really great women, and Zach loves and feels safe with all of them. I wanted to do something nice for Miss Rachel as a goodbye present, so I thought it’d be cool to do one of those footprint butterflies. When I poured the paint, Zach got excited. I know that he paints at school, so I figured I’d do a last minute switch to a handprint butterfly. I also decided to Snapchat the entire thing. Here is the full experience:

The Adventures of Zach & Zoe: Part 16

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 18•15

They send Snapchats to our friends Paul & Alice together…


[Picture taken on August 16, 2015. Big thanks to Paul for grabbing me this screen cap!]

Stuffed Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Bread

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 13•15

It’s been ages since I’ve made a post from something that I’ve made after being inspired by Pinterest. The last time I did a food-from-Pinterest post was October 7, 2013, which happened to be the day that I found out I was pregnant with Zachary. Holy moly, time flies.

Anyway, I decided to get back to that tonight. I’m not sure what inspired me, other than I just felt like a food project. On the menu was a recipe I found for “Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza Pinwheels.” I didn’t quite understand the recipe, so I modified mine a bit and it ended up being more like stuffed bread or a really messy stromboli, lol. The presentation wasn’t as nice as I hoped it would be, but it was delicious nonetheless. I’m going to make it again soon and correct what I did wrong (which I’ll note below).

Here’s what I did.


  • 1 package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  •  1/2 lb of lean ground beef
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 3 Tablespoons of pizza sauce


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2. Cook and drain the ground beef.


3. Cook and crumble the bacon. (I used the Target brand pre-cooked bacon and microwaved 8 slices for a minute.)

4. Take the crescent rolls out of their can and lay the dough out flat in a long rectangle. Pinch the seams together. (This is what I did wrong; I didn’t lay it out in a rectangle at first, so it was weird trying to put it back together!)


5. Sprinkle the mozzarella and cheddar on top of the crescent rolls.

6. Add the ground beef and bacon on top of the cheeses.

7. Add pizza sauce to the top.


8. Roll up the dough so it covers everything, then add cheese and garlic powder to the top. (I either didn’t stretch the dough enough because of how I took it out of the can or I put too much of the fillings in!) Option to cut it into rolls.


9. Place on a pan/baking dish and bake for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.


Like I said, the presentation wasn’t a nice as I had h0ped, mainly because I couldn’t get it to roll completely closed! However, it didn’t make a difference at all in the taste. It’s meat, bacon, and cheese. How bad could it taste?! Both Jay and I thought it was delicious and agreed I should try it again with some of the corrections. I can’t wait to try making this with other things inside!


If you want to see how they were “supposed” to look, check out the link above. :)

The Adventures of Zach & Zoe: Part 15

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 12•15

They hang with Cap together…





[Photo taken August 9, 2015.]

Jay & Jack and Bobby Moynihan

Written By: Colleen - Aug• 12•15

Guys! On Monday night, Jay and Jack recorded a podcast with Bobby Moynihan aka Drunk Uncle from Saturday Night Live. He’s a big LOST fan! On the podcast, which is a part of their 10th-anniversary retrospective, they talk about Bobby’s top five favorite LOST moments, and more. It’s really fun. If you are subscribed to the LOST Podcast feed, it’s on there. Plus+ members had access to it early, so it’s also on that feed. :) Here is the link to their website:


P.S. Joe Matero, if you are reading this…Bobby sounds exactly like you when he talks on the podcast! I miss your face, my dear old friend.