Work Play and Chardonnay: May Round-up

I’m overwhelmed by the outpouring of love from friends, family, and “internet friends” for all of the support and caring words regarding my 14-year-old dog that is in the final stages of her beautiful life.  To say, the past few days have been exceedingly emotional for me would be the understatement of my year.  Thank you all so very much.

This post has been in the process of being written over the course of May.  It feels a little strange posting this considering what is going on personally, but I kind of feel the need to do so.  I’m finishing this up as my little nugget is laying comfortably on the floor snoring like an old man (her snores are astonishing as she is only 12 pounds!)

It’s been a month filled with the good, the bad, and the ugly cry.  Here’s the May Round-up for Work Play and Chardonnay.

May 1st – Celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the closing of our home.

May 2nd – Celebrated the 1-year anniversary of moving into the house.  Commemorated the day by putting away clutter (I try to do that every day, but sometimes I am just L-A-Z-Y).

May 3rd – The wine fridge for my Lady Parlor arrives.  I went hog wild at the liquor store to fill ‘er up with wine, beer, and seltzer.

May 4th – <insert inane Stars Wars joke here>

May 5th – Ignored Cinco de Mayo and the Kentucky Derby.  Spend time (and money) with my best friend instead.

May 6th – Drank coffee, messed around on the internet, did laundry.  Very low-key yet productive day.


May 7th – 11th – Days were so routine that I will spare you.  Coffee, shower, work, puppy snuggle time, blog work, eat, sleep, repeat.

May 12th – Talked about my love for friends, family, pets, places, and Chicken McNuggets. Referred to my McNugget obsession as #NugLife.

May 13th – A friend points out what #NugLife and tells me to look up the hashtag on Instagram (You can check that out on your own.  It’s really not that bad.)

May 14th – 18th – Second verse same as the first listed for May 7th – 11th.

May 19th – See Deadpool 2 at the movies, which makes me laugh and laugh.  Ryan Reynolds is a “Hall Pass” whether Jared likes it or not.

May 20th – Check out The Edison at Disney Springs with Jared.  Order and enjoy their “Candied Bacon Clothesline” along with a majority of the other restaurant patrons. Sometimes it is worth “following the herd.”


May 21st – May 27th – Spent a week in Southwestern, Michigan for work.  I like a couple of restaurants so much that I go to one 5 times and the other 3 times over the week.  I wonder if they thought I was a stalker?

May 28th – Watch the premiere of The Bachelorette and hope that Becca finds her new man that is there for the “right reasons” so she can “do the damn thing.”

May 29th – Spend a majority of the day taking naps.  I was like a human Garfield minus the orange fur.

May 30th – Momica arrives to visit us.  She and Nicole meet for the first time.  I think that their meeting went swimmingly.

May 31st – Start dealing with the inevitable loss of my nearly 14-year companion.  Through tears, I write her a tribute post that I don’t know when I will be able to read again.

Jolie 2

I wrote way more in May than I expected.  Here is the Work Play and Chardonnay May Blog Post Round-up

One Girl. Ten Years. Forty Races.

Saving (My) Face

I (Choco)Love My Lady Parlor

People, Places & McNuggets

43 Years in 43 Sentences

10 Things at Disney Springs

Jolie and Me: A Puppy Love Story

How was your month?  Did it go by in a blur like mine?  Are you over the “It’s Gonna Be May” Justin Timberlake meme or “May the 4th be with you?”  Let me know in the comments below.

May is filled with puns.  I dig it.

Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Drink Chard.



  • jessy

    I am sorry for your 14-year-old dog who is in the last stage of the beautiful life! I hope you will get over it soon. and yea, deadpool 2 is awesome, love it too.

  • Mr. MFC | Morning Fresh Cent

    Sorry to hear about your dog. I love all those food pictures as they look so good!

    • lauriegannon1

      Thank you, Mr. MFC. She is hanging in there for now. And that food was amazing. I wish I could take a couple of the Michigan restaurants home with me. 🙂

  • Sarah Gray

    Congrats on the first year in your home! It takes so long to get settled in, I feel. Looks like you got some joyful moments in, and good job on writing more than you expected!

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi, Sarah! It’s crazy how much the place has changed in just a year. I went from
      needing furniture for three rooms to “stop buying stuff…your house is FULL!”

      I wish I could write even more. If I could get an extra hour a day without sacrificing sleep I would be total into that. 🙂

  • kaialuxe

    Wow, your month was way more exciting than mine lol. Sounds like you had many joyful moments. Congrats on the first year in your new home and very sorry to hear about your dog 🙁

    • lauriegannon1

      It was an interesting month, for sure. Some highs and a pretty devastating low. May your June (and the rest of your year) be awesome! 🙂

  • Melani

    I am so sorry to read about your dog loss. She was so beautiful and adorable. I love watching such a TV show like Bachalorette too.

    • lauriegannon1

      The candies bacon was so darn good. Barefoot Contessa has a recipe that I want to try.

      Jolie is doing okay for now. I am just going to love her even more to pieces for our remaining time. That dog is priceless.

  • Laura

    I love the idea of doing a monthly round-up post, its a nice way to remember all the things. May was a wacky month for me and I am glad to be seeing the back of it.

    Sorry to hear about your furry companion, hugs xx

    • lauriegannon1

      Hi, Laura. It really was a series of mini journals for the month. It was fun (for the most part) to do.

      Thank you for the kind words about Jolie. She is hanging in there. 🙂

  • ninalehan21

    i am so sorry to hear about your beloved pet 🙁 virtual hug. you had an interesting month. i hope you the best of luck 🙂 last month very so fast/slow for me due to the exams etc.

  • Laura Beth

    May was a little crazy. I took a week off work to be with my family for my Uncle Richard’s Celebration of Life in Miami. It was a good trip, which ended with a marathon 14-hour drive from Seminole, Florida back to Virginia. We got our electrical panel upgraded so we can finally schedule our full HVAC replacement, but we’re still fighting with our lovely city government and their inspectors. Once the inspection is signed off, then we can finally get that ball rolling. We did make time to see Avengers again, plus Solo: A Star Wars Story. Personally, the puns never get old – I love *NSYNC and Star Wars. Yay!!

    • lauriegannon1

      Your May was more than a little crazy! I feel for you when it comes to dealing with HVAC problems PLUS red tape. That’s terrible!

      And I am sorry for the loss of your uncle but love that you and your family celebrated his life.

      May your June be super awesome, my friend! 🙂

      • Laura Beth

        Thank you so much. It’s been an adventure, that’s for sure.

        Thank you for your kind words. It was a hard loss, but we’re all happy he’s not suffering.

        I’m looking forward to an awesome June. Thanks! I hope yours is great, too.

  • Gloria

    I feel so sorry for the loss of your furry companion. What a precious little face. It is never easy saying goodbye to our four-legged friends. On a more positive note, I love your interior! Everything in my house is black/white or grey. I find it so soothing.

    • lauriegannon1

      Thank you, Gloria! Jolie is hanging in there. I don’t know how much time we have but will just enjoy and love her with everything I have until it’s time for her to move on.

      And thank you! I love my home and I am glad you love yours! Being soothing is so important. 🙂

  • Charli B

    I am so sorry about your dog, I remember when our 20 year old standard poodle was at the end of his life it was heart breaking. The only thing you can take from it is that they have had a wonderful life and you have been a part of making their life the best. Congratulations of 1 year of your home though x

  • Ashley Roberts

    Some times I feel like I never get anything done! I like this, writing down what you did each day. To me it would be a reminder that maybe just maybe I actually did something…

    • lauriegannon1

      I can assure that you did something. The day s are going by at warp speed. I feel like I didn’t do anything and then realize a little later on that I got a ton done. 🙂

  • toastycritic

    Looks like you had quite a May. Sorry you had to write the tribute post. I definitely have some pets I don’t know whether I could have written about. I know when we lose Oreo, my daughter’s first long term pet, she will be sad.

    • lauriegannon1

      It was a mixture of difficult yet not difficult to write it (I don’t know if that makes sense).

      Oreo is a very sweet name for a pet (pun intended). Losing the pet won’t be easy but she will always remember Oreo. Scruffy, my childhood pet, will always be in my heart. 🙂

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