Tag: cats

Nov 11

So How About Life?

Books/Writing, Crafting, Life, Pets 4

Time for a life update! I’ve been posting significantly less lately, even though I’ve actually, FINALLY, been reading more. My problem right now is actually FINISHING the books I’m starting, but that’s an entirely different post. πŸ˜›

IN LIMBO

Lately, I’m just…in a lot of limbo. We knew when we moved into this house that – much as we LOVE it – we wouldn’t be staying here long. My job contract is up in December and I am going BACK TO COLLEGE FULL TIME in January. Just a lee-tle bit excited about that. Yes, this is for my 2nd bachelor’s degree instead of doing the normal thing and getting a master’s, but due to an English degree not having ANY of the required classes to apply to any sort of graduate medical program…yeah. So, bachelor’s degree #2 it is. I don’t really mind – I am DYING to start classes, and actually be studying all this super cool stuff (I should be able to skip most of the super BORING classes since they transfer from the first degree, say what). I am having a little anxiety over the fact that I won’t be working a full time job. First time in like…7 years? 8 years (yes, I am OLD)? Eeeeeep. That’s super freaking scary. And is causing me a lot of stress. To where I feel like this on the inside:

Just…terrified.

And probably look something like this on the outside:

I don’t know what I’m doing buuuut I’ll pretend it’s all good.

Because everything is GOING TO BE OK. JUST BREATHE. Heh. Easier said then done, but I’m trying.

Cool Things:

  • Tomorrow I’m going to a Maggie Stiefvater book signing at Parnassus Books in Nashville!!!!! There are not enough exclamation points in the WORLD. Not only is this my first EVER author event, but, um, HELLO this woman wrote the Raven Cycle – which, no, I have not finished yet, but the first two books of which connected with me on such a deep soul level that I am ready to call Henrietta my hometown (partially because I am CONVINCED she patterned it off of my ACTUAL hometown, but I digress). I might be on a Raven Cycle re-read/reading binge at the moment.
  • NaNoWriMo is going…ehhh, ok. I am behind, but not so far behind that I couldn’t feasibly catch up. Just shy of 12K at the moment. So why am I writing a blog post instead of my novel? Because COME ON, people, this is NaNo. πŸ˜›
  • I have some SUPER CUTE new book sleeves up in the shop! I am just in love with these little winter forest animals in their adorable scarves and hats. <3 I don’t know why this photo is fuzzy here, it is not fuzzy anywhere else, I promise.
  • I went to my first drag show. It was awesome and I was awkward but I had so much fun. I was NOT drunk enough for some of those songs, though, haha! Naturally I have no good pictures, because club lighting.
  • I’m thinking about starting a YouTube channel! But not book-related. More animal/pet related. Because I adore animals and am extremely passionate about not only them and their care, but on educating people and debunking myths/false information spread by pet stores and the general public with regards to those topics. Once we move, I plan to have fish again, and hopefully husband will be getting his service dog puppy. Fingers crossed. I would, of course, love to have another cat, as well as maybe a chameleon and some other things, but I am ALSO a strong believer in taking things slow when it comes to adding animals to your household, so. We shall see.

    “What’s that, Mom? A kitty TV (i.e., aquarium) and a new brother or sister for me?”

     

So that’s my life for right now! How about you? If you’re doing NaNo, how’s it going? What do you think of a pet themed YouTube channel?

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Apr 15

To be Still

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See that face? Deceptively innocent. SO MUCH DECEIT.

It’s Saturday morning. I have 2 nights left in this apartment, and all our furniture was removed yesterday except what will be shipped back to the States (i.e., our bed, a card table, and the bookshelves). I’m sitting on a mattress topper on the floor, nursing my coffee and cuddling with my kitty. Said kitty is BESIDE himself with all the upheavals and goings ons. πŸ™ Poor baby. I woke up at about 3:30 a.m. to him sitting on my chest CLEARLY preparing to heave up the contents of his stomach. In my sleep-addled state the only thing I could think of to do was roll over, which deposited him onto the floor JUST as he successful evacuated dinner.

ARGH. Cleaning up vomit in the wee hours in the morning is not my favorite. πŸ˜› At least it wasn’t in his chosen place, i.e., ON MY FACE. Traitorous kitty.

So this morning I should be trying to finish up the two projects I am DETERMINED to finish before we officially move out (a knit toy for my goddaughter and a quilt that has been far too long in the UFO pile). I am also refusing to go sign out of the library until I have FINISHED the last book I have checked out from them, which MIGHT already be 30 days overdue. Ahem.

Anyone read Scythe? It’s pretty good. A new twist on the Grim Reaper business, that’s for sure! A little bit slow in the beginning but I’m almost 200 pages in now and OMG things keep happening. Hehe.

I am trying to allow myself to sit and relax, to center and just BE STILL. If I don’t, I know myself – I will go bonkers. My brain is going a million different directions. I need to just breathe. Breathe, breathe, breathe…

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Jan 01

Something Else Sunday #20: In Which We Attempt to Ski

Life, Musings, Pets 6

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope this finds you all well and enjoying a rest before diving into 2017.

I finally got around to making a graphic for Something Else Sunday! What do you all think? This is the regular post of each week where I talk about things OTHER than books (but usually I still end up saying something about them), since I have enough hobbies for, oh, about five people. πŸ˜› Anyway, this is Something Else Sunday #20!

This week I was TOTALLY STOKED to go over 300 blog followers! Be sure to go enter my giveaway for a chance to win a copy of Uprooted or Cinder! πŸ˜€

Your weekly dose of cuteness, from Sir Tristan. In this case, he’s demonstrating why I don’t have an actual bookstagram feed. He tries so hard to help. πŸ˜‰ Haha.

It was our first time, and they made us wear vests. I’m guessing so the patrols of employees knew to look out for us? Hahahaha, not awkward at all.

It was a pretty small resort, and all the snow was fake, but the hills were good for beginners. Or so they said. I still fell. A lot. Like, A LOT. It’s been three days, and I’m still sore and finding new bruises. I want to go again though, and maybe stick with the smallest hill. I let someone talk me into trying the “intermediate” hill for my second run, and it happened to have a large amount of ice. No. Can. Do. πŸ˜›

It was super busy, lots of little kids running around ALL OVER the place! Said small children were better skiers than most of the adults. Hah. All in all it was a fun experience and while I was embarrassingly horrible at it, I’d like to go back and keep trying!

I got this poster for Christmas and I didn’t waste any time dropping it off at the frame shop. πŸ˜€ When we move, I’m reeeeeeally hoping we have a room I can turn into a library. If and when we do, this is going on the door! It came from the For Reading Addicts store.

Coming this Week:

  • Down the TBR Hole #6
  • TTT: Top Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Excited For
  • Review of The Virgins, by Diana Gabaldon
  • Review of Dracula, by Bram Stoker

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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:

The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1) by

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 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

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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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