Who Let the Dogs Out?

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I was never a fan of the throwback, party anthem “Who Let The Dogs Out?”, but these days I find myself asking that very same question. My neighborhood is filled with loose dogs. Some are strays, but most are just doggies running around freely because their owners just don’t give a f***.

I moved in with my cousin early last year to save money while in school. It’s not the most desirable area of town, but since his particular neighborhood is fairly safe, I decided to suck it up and move on in. Little did I know I was moving into a wildlife preserve for canines.

For the 1st couple of months, the dog situation was fine. My next door neighbor’s dog would occasionally break loose from the tree he’s tethered to, but the dog was harmless. He’s a solid black dog with the body of a German Shephard, but he’d surprisingly run away if you got too close to him. I soon realized, though, that the neighbor across the street was actually letting her brown and gray Shih Tzu run loose.

Like many dog owners, I’m the kinda guy who will put his dog on a leash and take the dog for a walk. Our yard isn’t fenced in, so I don’t want to let my furbaby just run around outside. I love my dog and dogs in general, but I believe in keeping your dog under your control. If my dog was running loose and got struck by a car, I’d be devastated, but apparently, none of my neighbors share my same thoughts.

The Shih Tzu lady NEVER walks her dog. She opens her front door, lets the dog run outside, and the yappy little pooch happily runs around pooping and peeing in whomever’s yard it pleases.

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t always feel like walking my dog, and I certainly don’t enjoy picking up poop. Still, responsibility comes first. I think it’s completely rude to let your dog crap in someone else’s yard, and you don’t bother to pick it up. I can assure you that your neighbor doesn’t want to step in an unexpected dog turd on his or her way to the car. #NotCool :-/

Up the street, the doggie chaos continues. This family has a “Beware of dog” sign on their house, which tells me there is a dangerous dog either inside or pent-up somewhere. But that, of course, would be too much like right. There’s actually two dogs there: some knee-high, odd-looking black dog, and a white chihuahua that looks entirely too big to be a chihuahua. They run freely in the front yard, and if you walk past the house, THEY WILL charge at you.

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At first, I thought they were just after my dog when we’d be on our walks, but one day I walked past the house alone to go meet a friend, and they still came charging at me!!! And let me tell you, that chihuahua looking dog is one feisty bitch! I always yell at her to get back when she gets too close, and she actually listens, but not without giving me a nasty growl first.

Oh lawd, and then there are the pitbull-mixed puppies from the same neighbor who’s big black dog occasionally gets loose. Cute puppies, BUT they run around and do whatever they want, whenever they want. You’ll hear them screaming and howling up and down the block at any given moment of the day. They even had a nightly ritual of barking loudly right outside my bedroom window around 11 pm, but thankfully they’ve gotten bored with that.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d think they were me and my cousin’s puppies as much as they hang out around our house. I swear I want to call animal control on my neighbors, but I also feel bad for the dogs. It’s not their fault they have crappy owners. If this was the country, where the next house was a mile down the road, I wouldn’t care about your dog running freely. But this is Atlanta! We live in the city, and there’s no countryside over here.

I could talk to my neighbors, but I’m pretty sure it would do no good. So, I just bite the bullet and deal with it because once I finish school and go back to working full-time, I’m quickly saying toodle loo to this neighborhood. But by golly, if it isn’t annoying, and at times scary, living in this doggie jungle.

What would you do in my situation? How do you feel about dogs running freely in someone’s yard or around your neighborhood? Toddley wants to know.

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Just One More Hour Please

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Time management is no joke! I swear ever since I started back going to school full-time, I feel like I’m always a day late & a dollar short. There’s never enough days in the week or hours in the day. I work 3-4 days a week, clocking in 20-26 hours, and I’m taking 4 classes. With each class requiring roughly 10 hours of my time each week, I end up devoting 60-66 hours weekly to work and school. How in the world did I get myself into this?

I don’t like working over 20 hours at my job. Don’t get me wrong, the paycheck be cute. However, those 6 extra hours make a big difference in my week. Those are 6 extra hours I need to make sure I get my Program Design homework submitted in time. Those are 6 hours worth of naps that I’ve lost and won’t get back :-/ or 6 hours I could use to take a break to watch some Netflix throughout the week and work on this blog.

Oh yeah, the blog takes up time too. Trying to write every week is a challenge in itself, but promoting Chat and Sip is a time-consuming ordeal. Now that I’m really in the thick of school, I don’t devote nearly as much time to pumping up this blog like I did when I first started. I just don’t have time to scour Twitter all day trying to get new followers, and Toddley dang sure ain’t got no money to be paying for advertising. The bank account is not on fleek these days. 😮 I mean, I’m not necessarily trying to be the next Perez Hilton or Just Jared anyhow, but I still don’t want Chat and Sip to just lie around at the bottom of the internet collecting dust. Some would probably argue that the blog isn’t a necessity, but it really helps me stay sane.

I just need to get my schedule in check. In all actuality, it’s not even time management that’s the real issue. I can and do make a nice schedule for myself to handle all these classes while working, but I just don’t really stick to it. A schedule is like a budget. You can bust out the calendar and set up the perfect schedule or study your bank account(s) and create an excellent, money-saving budget. However, if you don’t stick to that schedule or budget, then it doesn’t mean a hill of beans. (Okay, I went straight southern with that one. Lol. Translation: Then it doesn’t do you any good).

My real problem is that I struggle to stay focused. Sometimes I swear I have ADD. I really battle sometimes to stay focused with my studying. I’m starting to need energy drinks to stay alert and not fall asleep. My Information Security class is so damn boring that it takes me hours longer to do my assignments than it really should. I start reading about “Denial of Service attacks”, and I just want to toss that thick a$$ book to the side and go watch an episode of Cupcake Wars instead. If you suffer from insomnia, you need to buy yourself a book on Information Security. Start reading that just before you go to bed, and trust me, you will be out like a light in no time. Nothing says I’m sleepy quite like pages and pages about Host-based Intrusion Detection & Prevention Systems. #smh #boreborebore. I pretty much go to Starbucks at least once a week now to study. I know I won’t take a nap there.

Anywho, how good are you at managing your time? What are some tricks to help you stay on schedule when you’d rather be doing something else with your time? Toddley would love to know 🙂

 

One Night Stand Virgin

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I have never had a one night stand………………..I’m giving you a few moments to pick your jaw back up. Lol. I know it may be surprising that a 33-year old single male has never had a one night stand before, but I promise you it’s the truth. I have never done a wham, bam, thank you ma’am (or sir…lol). Right after I started dating one of my ex’s, I told him that I’d never had a one night stand before. He immediately replied, “I’ll let you believe that lie.” Dude, seriously??? I was telling the truth, and I still am! Toddley is a one night stand virgin.

One night standing is something I’ve just never been able to bring myself to do, and my anxiety plays a big part of that. This is actually one of the few times I’m glad for my social anxiety. In general, I’m uncomfortable approaching strangers, but I’m nervous as hell to approach someone at the club or bar, and I pretty much never do. Whenever I go out clubbing, I always go with someone.

In fact, 2015 has marked the 1st time that I ever went clubbing solo in Atlanta, and I’ve been here nearly a decade 😮 On that historic night when I ventured out into the Atlanta nightlife alone, I was so proud of myself. I even went to two different clubs. I got eyed a lot, but no one approached me, nor did I approach anyone. Still, it was a major feat for me, and I was happy. #IDidThat 🙂

Plus, I’ve always been too paranoid about diseases to just randomly hook up with a stranger. So thank you, Anxiety, for keeping Toddley at bay. Lol.

Still, it seems like everybody and they mama has went home with somebody at least once in their lifetime. A friend of mine once told me that he’d slept with about 150 different guys, and that a friend of his had slept with around 300 guys. Huh???? How on earth does one accomplish that? Even an ex of mine decided to have a one night stand while on vacay, just so he can say he’d had one before. It was like a bucket list item for him.

bra hanging on doorIt doesn’t even matter what your race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation is either. One night stands do not discriminate. Straight people have them, gay people have them, black people have them, white people have them, Asian people have them….and the list goes on. An article on match.com even states that 44% of adults have had a one night stand. That’s a lot of people.

I applaud the one night standers out there. Y’all are braver than me. It takes a lot of courage and work to approach someone, make conversation, flirt, suggest going home w/ one another, figuring out whose house to go to or where to get a room (hell or even going to the bar’s bathroom for the truly freaky people out there), then actually going through whatever acts y’all choose to do, all while being complete strangers. Wow! Toddley can’t do it! Kudos to y’all though. Lol.

Maybe one day I’ll have a one night stand. It might be fun to do the walk of shame at least once in my life. Amber Rose sure seemed to enjoy it in her video for “Funny or Die.” If you haven’t seen it, it’s quite hilarious. I posted it below.

Where are my one night stand virgins? Am I the only oddball out here? Toddley wants to hear your thoughts on one night stands 🙂

**Warning** Video contains explicit language. **Warning**

**Sources

Milne, Carly. “10 Surprising Sex Facts.” Match.com. Match.com, L.L.C., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2015.

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That Pesky Face Weight

Across from the foot of my bed is a wavy-shaped, full-length mirror. It leans up against the wall, and every morning I’m looking back at myself as soon as I get up. I always find it interesting to see myself 1st thing in the morning in all my natural, unshowered glory. I glare at the mirror and study what I see, paying particular attention to my tummy and pecs. However, the area that catches my attention the most is my face. Not because I like to stare into my own eyes, but because that seems to be one area with some of the most stubborn fat. If you’ve ever had weight issues, then you know what I’m talking about.

Face Weight….yes, the chunky cheeks that come along with weight gain. That pesky face weight annoys me to no end. I’ve certainly gained weight over the last 3 years, although not to an unhealthy level thankfully. With all the constant traveling and sitting my last job required, weight gain was bound to happen to me. Honestly, I don’t totally mind my weight increase because I was too slim for a long time. However, I seem to gain weight disproportionately. I get bigger in my stomach, butt, and face yet nothing happens in my arms, leg, or feet. It’s so odd.

Now, I can deal with a gut. In fact, sometimes I like being pudgier. Who doesn’t love a dadbod??? (Not familiar with the dadbod…check out this article on Odyssey). However, I can’t get with the face weight. Yes…I know it’s what’s inside that counts, and I should be happy with myself regardless of my size, but I gotta keep it real. I’m just not all about that face bass :-/ No matter how much I’d like to convince myself.

Wikihow actually has a whole article on how to lose weight in your face. They even provide actual facial exercises. The exercises are quite amusing. For instance, there’s an exercise where you say the letters ‘X’ and ‘O’ over and over again. I tried it too. Can’t say I’m confident it will help, but what’s a few minutes of feeling and looking ridiculous if it’s gonna tone those cheeks 🙂

It’s funny because my sister recently told me that my face looked slimmer in a recent selfie I took. I appreciated the compliment, however I did confess to her that these cheeks are still very much full. I’ve just learned how to work the camera. Lol. After about 8-10 snapshots, there’s usually at least one that flatters the face.

You know Wikihow also said that alcohol consumption can cause facial puffiness. Maybe that’s my culprit. Hmmmm…..cut out wine or live with a puffy face???? I guess I better get used to face weight. Lol!!

Do you wish you could lose some weight in your face? What are your thoughts on face weight? Toddley wants to know!

My Neighbor Won’t Stop Having Sex :-/

Omg yall! I have been having a little trouble sleeping recently. Almost every night between 10pm-12am (sometimes later), all I’m hearing is squeak-squeak-squeak-squeak-squeak…..and I’m not talking about a mouse. No, it’s my neighbor’s squeaky ass bed. For a week straight, I’ve been subjected to the lovemaking sessions of the lady that lives above me. It’s driving me bananas!

I didn’t even know she was seeing anyone. She’s always by herself whenever I see her, and I never hear a man in her apt. However, last week when all this sexing started, I finally saw a guy with her. As they left her apt, I started to ask, “Are y’all gonna let me get some sleep tonight?”

They did it Tues night, Wed night, Thurs night, took a break Friday, had afternoon sex on Sat, then went back to nighttime sex on Sun. And yes, they did it Mon night (last night) as well.

Now, I’m not hating. For the longest time, she hasn’t had anyone laying her pipe, or at least not that I could hear. I would very randomly hear her getting some action back in the day. And whenever she was getting some, you DEFINITELY knew it! She was VERY vocal! I thought for sure a few times that she was filming a flick up there.  Thankfully, she’s been a lot quieter with her recent sexcapade. The bed is loud enough. I couldn’t handle hearing both her and the bed. It’s not only the annoying squeak of the bed, but you can hear the headboard banging against the wall too. They are putting that poor bed to the test!

I don’t know…I’m happy she’s found her a farmer to plow her field, but Honey, you still have neighbors that don’t want to listen in on you and your man every night. I don’t know what to do. I’m in school, & I work early morning shifts. Her lovemaking conflicts with my sleep schedule. Should I say something? Should I just bang the ceiling with my broomstick to try to quiet them down? I just hope their lust dies down sooner than later. Have you ever shared a similar experience? What would you do if your neighbor kept having loud sex every night??? Toddley wants to know 🙂

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