Category: Cats

Mar 19

Something Else Sunday

Books/Writing, Cats, Gardening/Herbalism/Nature, Life 0

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So, I’m changing up my posting schedule a bit. I’d been thinking about it for awhile and then Puput’s post on Figuring Out Your Perfect Blogging Schedule gave me the extra little push I needed.

I love books. I love writing. I love writing about books. However, I also have 50 million other interests (I’m not even really joking), as well as a family. I am also getting ready to move from Korea back to the States, which is a logistical nightmare and will undoubtedly eat up more than its fair share of time.

In order to continue to enjoy blogging and not burn out, I’m paring down my posts and narrowing in on focus. And here’s what you can expect!

Mondays: Down the TBR Hole
Tuesdays: Bookish or discussion post
Wednesday: Writing Up Wednesday
Friday: book review

If I feel inspired or have extra time, I may add additional posts, but for now this is what works best for me. You might notice, if you’re paying close attention, that Something Else Sundays are not on that list. I created this series because I still wanted to talk about my other interests. And lately…I just feel like they don’t belong here anymore. So I’ve created multiple instagram accounts and a little side blog for my garden/nature pursuits. You can find me in these various places:

Fiber arts Instagram: BentNeedles
Gardening Instagram: BentGardener
Adventure/Exploring Instagram: BentAdventurer

Now these things may bleed over now and then and I may still do personal updates every so often, but trying to come up with stuff every week was just exhausting. Especially when a lot of weeks, it seems like all I do is work and read if I’m lucky to have time! Oh, and…

Don’t worry, Sir Tristan will still be putting in appearances now and then as well. πŸ˜‰ I hope this new schedule and the freedom from pressure I feel like it will bring me results in a blog that’s more fun for my readers, with less “extra” stuff that really isn’t in your interests!

Last week on the Β blog:

This week:

  • Down the TBR Hole #17
  • Crown of Midnight (YA review)
  • Writing Up Wednesday #8: Motivation
  • Walking the Nile (nonfiction review)

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Dec 11

Something Else Sunday #18

Books/Writing, Cats, Life 2

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Weekly dose of cuteness from Sir Tristan – all in his holiday finery!

Welcome to another Something Else Sunday! I’m actually feeling pretty excited about this week and the next. Also, I really need to come up with a graphic for these posts…graphic design isn’t my thing but I think I could come up with something...hmm. Anywho.

Recap of the Week:

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I actually posted a review this week!! Go me! Rick Riordan’s The Sword of Summer just happened to be exactly what I needed to snap me out my reading funk. I already have another one written for this coming week and I’m hoping for maybe one more but not stressing myself out over it.

Aside from work, I didn’t do much the rest of the week other than WRITE. Β Yes, my friends, I’ve actually managed to maintain some steam on the novel I’ve been blathering about. I’m shocked. And delighted. And hopeful. My goal is just 335 words per day and while I missed the last couple of days, I have no doubt that I’ll be caught up by the end of today. It’s just such a manageable number. <3 I’m in love with my characters and am just having so much fun seeing where they go (even if I’ve planned it allllllll out in advance…you know).

Coming Next Week:

YES. I HAVE PLANS. For the first time in weeks, I have plans. This makes me so happy! Ahem. Anyway, the plans:

Also in BIG NEWS – I am almost to 300 subscribers and will be having an international book giveaway once that milestone ticks over! I know 300 isn’t a lot but I am THRILLED to have that many people to talk books fangirl with! So be sure you subscribe, there’s a little box right over on the right, and I believe you can still use the “Follow” option through WordPress as well. πŸ˜€ You can also subscribe via Bloglovin’, but I’m not counting those followers in the 300 number because they’re not listed in the same stats…maybe I’ll have a separate giveaway once those numbers get to a certain point!

I hope you all have a great week! Thanks so much for stopping by. Happy reading, writing, making, whatever it is you do – do what you love and love what you do. <3

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Nov 27

Something Else Sunday #16 – Beginning to Look Like Christmas

Cats, Life, Pets 5

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Getting an early start on Christmas presents…with Tristan’s help. I can’t wait for my husband to open these…especially that giant one there. Hehehehe.

I think I might, possibly, be climbing out of the mire of depression that has kept me down for the last several months. Since about…February. I’m still a little afraid that it might be too early to know for sure…but I’m starting to be interested in life again. Anyway. I missed last week’s Sunday post, but here we are this week. Next week I think I will try to write more in depth about what’s been going on, but for now…

I was sick for Thanksgiving, so we…went to McDonald’s. Totally lame, but I felt like complete shit. So. πŸ˜› I’m feeling mostly better though, so this weekend we started decorating for Christmas! Its one of my favorite times of year and I love decorating. Also I think I either have or have ordered all but one of my husband’s Christmas gifts. This is the first year since we’ve been together that we’ve really even DONE gifts…I’m really grateful we can do it, because I don’t think we’ll be in a position to spend extra money next year. I’ve had so much fun picking out stuff and wrapping it! πŸ˜€ Hehehehehe.

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Tristan being SUCH a good kitty…while plotting destruction, no doubt. πŸ˜‰

Then, I finally finished this ornament…I did the actual stitching something like 2 years ago but never finished it into an ornament until today. I’d *like* to finish another before Christmas this year, but who am I kidding…I probably won’t be motivated enough. πŸ˜› This is the “Hot Cocoa” ornament pattern from Little House Needleworks.

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And here is our completed tree, complete with city lights in the background. Haha!

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I’m hoping to get back into more reviews this week. I only have…5 – yes, count ’em, FIVE – books started, in an effort to restart my bookworm. I’m not even posting a projected list right now, because…yeah. Not there yet. But I’ve found a new meme that I’m really excited about, and that post will be going up soon.

 

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Nov 14

Something Else Sunday #15

Books/Writing, Cats, Crafting, Life, Musings 2

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Tristan can feel my sadness, I think.

Yes, I’m pretty much an entire day late. Bite me. πŸ˜› It’s been a rough week. I’m still reeling from everything – Alfie’s passing, then the election…we have such a road ahead of us. I really don’t understand how my country – that I thought was finally climbing out of the dark ages as far as diversity, equal rights, women’s issues, etc., goes…apparently IS NOT. In fact we just slipped back in time oh, about 60 years.

Pray to your deities of choice. Be there for your friends. Be there for strangers who are unfairly treated.

For all I’m saddened and horrified by the election results, I personally am one of the people who will be LEAST affected. I am one of the lucky ones. I have lived a life greatly sheltered from prejudice and discrimination. And honestly, I’m not sure what to do about that. I treat people…as people. Regardless of color, sexual orientation, nationality, language…and I try to give people the benefit of the doubt, always. sometimes it bites me in the ass. But I would always, ALWAYS, rather err on the side of kindness and love. I don’t know what to say to my friends in this community and elsewhere who have been or possibly will be on the receiving end of all the hate that is suddenly so evident. Other than that I grieve with you and I will do my best to fight against the bigotry and intolerance.

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Trying to do some creating to get my equilibrium back, since I haven’t been able to concentrate on any books, sadly. It was…partially successful. I had a hard time concentrating on this too, but I did finish one square.

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More importantly, I started writing letters again. I only wrote one, and it was much shorter than my usual letters…but I wrote to a friend. I have a long way to go to get caught up, but I know my dear friends are caring and understanding. I hope that every person has at least one other that they can turn to for love and support.

Love and light to each and everyone.

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Nov 06

Rainbow Bridge Crossing

Cats, Life, Pets 2

My lovely gray boy, Alfie, unexpectedly crossed the Rainbow Bridge yesterday. He was staying with friends back home in Virginia until we move back next spring, due to his issues that made transatlantic travel with him nearly impossible and definitely very hard on him. He apparently curled up to take a nap, and never woke up.

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Devastated doesn’t even begin to describe it. Alfie was only five years old. This huge, crazy cat was my lifeline when he first came to live with me. He had his struggles, but thanks to my dear friends opening their home when I came down on an assignment to South Korea he had a happy, full last year and a half filled with friends both furry and human. I know that he knew he was loved, but it doesn’t stop my heart from feeling guilty that I wasn’t with him.

I am probably taking the next week off from blogging. I’ve pretty much been unable to function today.

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Sep 05

Something Else Sunday #7

Books/Writing, Cats 2

So, this is more like Something Else MONDAY, because with the holiday I wasn’t on board with the idea that yesterday was the last day of the weekend. Also I needed the time to recharge after the last two weeks. Holy hell in a hand basket. SO GLAD it’s over and things can go back to normal, or at least as normal as things ever are here.

I actually paid someone to clean my house today, because DH and I have both been a bit overwhelmed in the last few months and hadn’t done a thorough cleaning, just what bits needed to be done to keep it livable. It was at the overwhelming point, so we bit the bullet and had it done professionally. Cue the singing angels. It was glorious. I sat on the balcony and read while the lady cleaned (like an effing whirlwind, I might add).

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Sir Tristan did NOT approve of a stranger doing the cleaning (see the claw grip on my jeans).Β 

The Harry Potter Knitting/Crochet House Cup started again this week! I was really in a creative slump but this has perked me right up again. Go Hufflepuffs! I’m actually Divergent, on all the Potter tests I get some conglomeration of Ravenclaw/Gryffindor/Hufflepuff, but as far as the House Cup goes I’m ALL PUFF. I’m actually doing my first term as staff this time, and even though I knew there was a shit ton of planning and volunteers that were behind the Cup, I really had no idea. And I’m not even really doing anything, just seeing what all goes on behind the scenes. I guess the whole idea probably sounds crazy to non-HP fans/non-crafters, but it’s a lot of fun for the crafty nerds of the world. πŸ˜‰

As I mentioned last week, I finally dragged my Vivian out of hibernation. Got a good start on one of the sleeves!

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Complete with cute little pumpkin stitch marker.

I actually got quite a few letters written this week, too! Yay. I had a lot of fun playing with wax seals. πŸ˜€

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In bookish news, tomorrow my wrap-up August post (shut up, who said the first week of September is almost over??) will be up. August was a rather disappointing month as far as my reading goals. πŸ™ But, on to other things!

Books I’m (hopefully) reading this week! Aiming for 2 reviews, 3 if I get really excited.

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  1. The Reader (almost finished this one, OMG it’s so awesome!), by Traci Chee – releasing this week!
  2. Royal Blood, by Rhys Bowen
  3. Equal Rites, by Terry Pratchett
  4. The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater

Well, that’s it for now! Hope everyone had a great Labor Day if you’re in the States, and here’s to a great week. May your reading time be always uninterrupted. πŸ˜‰

 

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Aug 14

Something Else Sunday #5

Books/Writing, Cats, Life, travel 4

I’m not feeling very inspired tonight. I didn’t create anything this week. I did get 3 reviews posted – yay! Proud of myself for keeping up with that. Otherwise, yesterday we went to a Korean market and I got a fish pedicure. It was awesomely weird and something I’d wanted to do for a long time. Pretty sure the one in the Philippines (that we never found) was cooler, but whatever. I had fish clean the dead skin off my feet and it was fun. πŸ˜€

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Books I’m hoping to review this week (going for 2/3):

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  1. Love and Gelato, by Jenna Evans Welch
  2. Labyrinth Lost, by Zoraida Cordova
  3. Sabriel, by Garth Nix

And your weekend cuteness, brought to you by Sir Tristan. Exhibiting his fondness for boxes and strange places for naps.

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Aug 08

Something Else Sunday #4

Books/Writing, Cats, Crafting, Life 2

It’s Sunday again! Every week I am so excited that it’s the weekend but…how is it Sunday, AGAIN? Haha.

This week I actually have something to share that I am SUPER excited about! Back in February I came to a standstill on this massive quilt for my husband. It’s in honor of his military service (obviously, I think? haha). I made a lot of mistakes and the design is much more traditional than I usually go for. It suits my husband well, though. Lots of new skills on this one. It was my first time with applique’ (the stars), and my first time trying to quilt anything this large. My biggest mistake was trying to free-motion stitch in the ditch. OMG. Rage. So much rage. I will never, ever do that again. In the end I just had to go with the squiggly lines and call it part of the design. Makes it look more “rustic,” I guess. *eyeroll* But, DH seems to love it even with all the mistakes, and that’s the most important part.

Also received some lovely snail mail this week! I have some very talented friendship check out the brush script and lovely handwriting!

I sent out quite a bit too! Well, ok. This is what I wrote over the weekend and is going out Monday, but still.


Something Sunday wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Sir Tristan! He was shoving his head into my chin while I tried to take this picture because I was neglecting my dutiful scratching of HIS chin. Spoiled baby.

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Upcoming reviews this week:

I’m trying for 3 reviews this week! I’d been going with 2, but…I just feel like 3 this week. Hopefully I’ll actually get to it!

  1. The Vanishing Throne, by Elizabeth May
  2. The Hatching, by Ezekiel Boone
  3. Alice, by Christina Henry

 

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Jul 31

Something Else Sunday #3

Books/Writing, Cats, Crafting, Life, Pets 0

Well, here we are again! I missed last week’s Something Else because of my massive ACOMAF hangover. Back in the saddle somewhat this weekend.

As usual, starting out with Sir Tristan! This was in my face at 5:45 a.m. this morning. He hasn’t grasped the concept of weekends yet. πŸ˜‰

"Mama why aren't you up yet??" *facepat*

“Mama why aren’t you up yet??” *facepat*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week I finally managed to finish the massive knitting project I had underway, a Solaris shawl by Melanie Berg. I love her designs, but this is the first one I’ve made myself. Better pictures later, but this one just proves I finished it. Hehe. I’m probably taking a break from knitting for a bit after this. DH is asking for his quilt to be finished. Or I might just find a tiny, quick project.

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I had a lovely week in snail mail. Unfortunately only sent out a couple, but I had FIVE come in! Definitely more letter writing this week (yet another reason for my knitting break). No pictures of my outgoing, I was in too much of a hurry.

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Should I be ashamed to admit I just now watched The Hobbit: Battle of Five Armies? Aaaaaaaand now I wish to un-see. ARGH. So many things wrong with this movie – well, with the whole series – I don’t even know where to start. They made so much of it just look so STUPID. Way to ruin one of the best books ever, Peter Jackson. About the only thing they got right was the conversation between Thorin and Bilbo at the end. Sniff.

Because really, have we ever seen enough of Richard Armitage? No, no we have not. Especially not looking this rugged.

Coming up this week:

July OwlCrate Review! Mine finally arrived on Friday.

A look at my reading list goals for August.

TTT – this week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish is perfect.

My first GIVEAWAY!! Super excited about this and hope all you guys will be too. πŸ™‚

Reviews of (pics link to GoodReads):

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Apparently I’m on a fantasy bent. Imprudence is a maaaaaaybe this week, not sure I will get to writing the actual review. I have such a teetering stack of library books on my nightstand right now! It’s insane. My husband definitely thinks I’m insane. Not admitted I agree with him, naturally.

Also, tomorrow I should find out if I’m looking at a surgery for the supposedly-minor hip injury from a few weeks ago. After knee surgery two years ago I am really not excited about the prospect. And I’m only 28! I’m way too young for my body to fall apart! πŸ™ Hopefully it will be a physical therapy fix instead, though.

That’s it for the upcoming week! Is everyone ready for Monday? I’m never ready, haha. But there are always books and coffee to look forward to. πŸ˜‰

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Jul 17

Something Else Sunday – #2

Animals, Books/Writing, Cats, Crafting, Life, Pets 2

Sunday again! This week both went by very slowly and very quickly. Funny how that works. So aside from my reading life (which was horribly slow, I only finished one book)…

Starting off with Sir Tristan, naturally.

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I somehow managed to come down with a beastly cold that stole my voice and knocked me flat in the space of about 12 hours. It also rendered me unable to sleep – quite a feat, as sleep is usually my answer for everything. Tristan was much confused, but stuck to my side like glue.

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Hiding his face from the offensive glow of my booklight.

I did manage to complete another yarn for the Tour de Fleece this week. Just barely though, so I only have an on-the-bobbin shot for the finished yet…it’s still hanging on the line drying. It’s so very girly…way outside my usual colors, but I’m aiming to make a stuffie for my lovely little goddaughter with it, so girly is acceptable. It’s a 3-ply, about 3.5 oz, 220 yards.

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I also got to go on a bit of a road trip with a bunch of people from work – we went deep sea fishing! Sadly DH couldn’t go, and my camera died about 6 pictures into the trip. Because of course my rechargeable batteries weren’t exactly recharged. Sigh. I’ll try to put actual fishing pictures up later, but for now, here’s one of the small-town Korea we passed through on the way. Quite blurry of course…the bus wasn’t exactly a smooth ride. πŸ˜›

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Book Reviews Coming Up: (covers link to GoodReads)

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