My sentiments exactly…


Yesterday, while I cleaned my office, the cat came in and puked on my 2012 date book, and I thought: exactly.

I’ve been putting off posting because for the past few years I’ve done a year end wrap-up post, but right now I don’t want to look back.  Last year was one of the roughest I’ve been through, punctuated by the loss of one of my dearest friends.

So I’m not going to do a wrap-up this year.  2012 can bite my shiny metal….oh, I watch too much Futurama.  Still, I managed to accomplish a great deal in 2012 and my goal for this year is to see those accomplishments through.

My other goal is to help Stella be the happiest dog she can be.  We’ve been working with some amazing trainers to help her navigate the world without her best friend. It’s helping me too.

So, goodbye 2012. Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

And here’s to a year of health, happiness, new projects and good friends!






  1. That is how I felt about 2011. My mom says 13 is a lucky number. Here’s to 2013!

  2. Aw, sometimes it’s best to just move forward. Here’s to a better year, Aliie!
    xo Heidi

  3. Good for you. Don’t look back- keep looking forward! I love seeing the updates on Stella’s progress- she does seem like the happiest girl, and I think she’s living it up! And where do you get those piggies?!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! Stella always surprises me.

      The piggies are from Petco (VIP Mighty Toy). They have held up really well (ears & tail aside). She loves them so much. Plus, they stand on their own and it’s really funny to walk into a room and see a pig standing there staring at me.

  4. Hope you and Stella have a great year. Can’t wait for your next book.

  5. Happy new year, Allie :) I hope this year kicks last year’s butt hard!

  6. When our yellow lab passed unexpectedly, it was as if our black lab had lost her rudder. We decided to let her live our the rest of her days as a spoiled only dog. Your Stella is one lucky girl–what fun parents you are! Just watched your dog puzzle video and loved the way she set down each piece so carefully (and chuckled when she carried one away!). Wishing you a happy, happy, happy 2013!

    • Thank you! I think she’s adjusting to only-doghood. It’s hard to watch your pup struggle like that, isn’t it? But she’s getting better in leaps and bounds. And she loves that puzzle. So much! Happy 2013 to you too!

  7. Whoops–I meant “live out.” Where’s autocorrect when you need it? ;)

  8. Julia Fine says

    Just reading up on your blog and saddened to hear about Argo. Shepherds are the best and seem so resilient too (I have one too)! Here’s hoping to a better 2013 and that Stella gets her groove back.

    • Thank you so much, Julia. German Shepherds are such great friends to have. We miss Argo so much. I really appreciate your kind words and good wishes.

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