I am happy to report that, officially, Rob has accepted and started another job.
We are feeling all sorts of things – relieved, blessed and excited that we were able to get through the first real challenge in our marriage . I hope all those other sure-to-follow challenges are resolved in such a short time. We are so lucky.
I also have more exciting news – we're going to give ourselves about a month to settle into a new routine, and then we are going to get serious about adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue.
A dog, guys! I've been wanting one of my own (although don't tell my nephew-dog, Grover ) for pretty much as long as I've considered myself an adult. I love my cat , but I am excited to have a pet I can take on walks or play fetch with in the backyard.
In the meantime, Rob and I are enjoying discussing names and I've been researching some DIY projects that involve dogs.
These include things like collars, treats and toys. I even started this weekend by making a fluffy dog bed, a bag-holder for newspaper bags to take on walks and a braided denim dog toy. I've also been browsing the ASPCA's website  - they have a lot of good information for adoption prep .
So I have to ask, since I know at least some of you readers are dog owners – what's the best way to prepare for getting a dog? I know about the early morning walks and the occasional, inevitable not-so-pleasant surprises you don't notice until you step in – we do a lot of dogsitting and already have one pet.
But what else should I consider when I think that we might be owners of a sweet adult dog in about a month?
Photo: I can't wait to join the ranks of CU dog owners. This photo is of Karen Koenig, left, displaying a painting she helped Archie, a French bulldog, create as Archie's proud owner, Jordonna Hall, of Champaign, is all smiles during the Champaign County Humane Society's annual Mutt Strut at Hessel Park in Champaign, Ill on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Photo is by Heather Coit