Weekly Wrap-Up! January 1st-7th…. Also known as why I cannot be trusted at animal adoption sites.

Personal life:

Ever since my other cat, Captain Jack, died of old age I have been trying to impress upon my husband the need for another cat.  He would not hear of it- we are both mildly allergic though with meds we’re fine, Sassy Britches has a hard time getting along with another cat (she came to accept that Jack wasn’t leaving, but was only kind to him toward the end of his life)… and the fact that the previous owners declawed Sassy completely making it hard for her to do much to defend herself.  He had valid points, but I wanted another cat.

Last week during the cold snap Warren discovered that mice had found their way in and lost his ever-loving mind he was so mad.  He talked to me about the possibility of getting a “mouser”.  All I heard was “second cat or small dog” because let’s be honest- you don’t know if your animal is going to get the job done.  Oh, there are character traits to look for, or breeds that are supposed to be better at it; but in the end each animal is different.  Once they are home, he isn’t going to let them go and I know it.  He told me not to go crazy, and that we were going to take our time and decide…. but I knew I had to strike while the iron was hot.  We had been arguing this point for like three years after all.  And so I went to the SPCA and my local PetSmart and fell in love with no less than five animals- four cats and a dog.  Then I made him choose between them because I just couldn’t.  Here were the contenders:

Russia was a big girl with a sweet and tender disposition that immediately wanted pets, and seemed very laid back.  I had high hopes that she would be patient with Sassy, but wasn’t sure she’d be a mouser like Warren wanted.  Also, I wanted to change her name to Vasya after the main character in The Bear and the Nightingale.

I also liked Sprinkle Toes who was gorgeous, funny, rambunctious and curious.  All signs pointed to being a good mouser, but would she be good for Sassy?

On my second visit to PetSmart, this time with Warren, the cat area was closed for cleaning so we just looked from the outside.  Spooky escaped her cage, slid under the cages Mission-Impossible-style and proceeded to play with the attendant by popping out at different stages.  Well, another of the cats still locked up was unimpressed.  Every time Spooky popped her head out under Edith’s cage, she would be swiped at and shoved back down.  Spooky took this in stride, neither yelling nor retaliating in any way but continuing her game.  All signs point to a good mouser, but also a superb disposition toward other cats.  Also, she made Warren laugh.

I can’t even say why I loved Calie.  She had been rescued from a hoarding situation and was terrified the first day I met her.  She stayed in the back of the cage with the largest, most shell shocked eyes and my heart melted for her.  Surely this was a cat that needed a quiet home and lots of love.  The second time a few days later she was coming forward for pets and seemed more relaxed though still skittish around noises.  A mouser, this one was not.  But she was sweet and I couldn’t see her causing Sassy grief.

Then there was the dog of the bunch.  Ramen Noodle has a rat terrier head on a really big body.  He looks goofy, and he knows it- seems to revel in it.  Both times I went to look at dogs at the SPCA the others were going nuts, barking and jumping, and there was this boy sitting pretty with the biggest shit-eating grin on his face.  He looked at me, I looked at him… and it was magic.  I loved this dog.  He was well behaved and hadn’t seemed interested in pestering cats according to his papers.  A dog, though, without a fenced in yard, means three walks a day.  And a pooper scooper or bags.  Ugh…..

So, five amazing adoptees and only the funds/ permission for one.  What’s a girl to do?  Why, force her husband to make the hard choices of coarse!  After each one, he decided on…. *drum roll*…

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Spooky!  (nickname: Boo)  I got her several toys that she loves and we made her a safe room for Friday and Saturday so that the cats could get accustomed to the idea of one another before meeting.  By Saturday night, though, Spooky was tired of being alone and wanted to explore.  We had been coming in lots to spend time with her, but she wanted more.  We decided to introduce them.  Spooky did well…. Sassy flipped out.  She started hissing and probably cursing at Spooky in cat.  Spooky took it in stride and continued to explore between bouts of petting.  This morning we let her back out of the safe room.  Sassy is still mad, but Spooky is giving her space and showing the sweet temperament that made me feel secure in the fact that she wouldn’t be starting stuff.  We will continue to monitor the girls, but I think we’re good.  Sassy’s just stubborn and a little rude.  lol.

So that’s me for the week, what’s up with you?

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Let’s just say this is an overdue wrap-up!

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Personal life:

The holidays got super crazy and  I couldn’t keep up here.  I am so sorry guys!  The O’hana descended on Mo. in mass and we just had a ball.  We saw the Christmas light display that a church in Carthage does every year (Grandma loves this), went bowling, and Surprised my sister with an early birthday on Christmas.  We all drove down in Dad’s party bus (seats 15- I think he got it at an auction), gave her the TV everyone went together into and saw a movie.  Bentonville has a superb theater!  The plush chairs recline, there was more than enough leg room and not a sticky spot or speck of trash.  I was seriously impressed!  We went to see Downsizing…. which I have to say I was less impressed with.  My sister thought it was going to be hilarious- it wasn’t.  My cousin hoped it would be more of a commentary on how we need to be better on our planet- yeah… no.  It had it’s funny moments, and interesting moments…. but mostly it was just okay.

We did Secret Santa and (keep it clean) Dirty Santa on Christmas Eve.  I got a pair of plumeria earrings. My Secret Santa couldn’t make it, so my sweet husband ordered two books for me in hardback- The Speaker by Traci Chee which I haven’t read yet, and my favorite book of the year: Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore.  I love that book and would revisit chapters every time I went to the library.  Due to space constraints and my inability to give up books easily I have to be very selective in what I get a hardcopy of but I knew I wanted this one.  When my niece was down we had what my sister jokingly refers to as second Christmas where we gave each other all the gifts we didn’t want to do at the big celebration.  Warren got a PS 4 from the family and has already ordered Rock Band, his favorite game.  I got a new shirt (above) and a good winter coat.  My sister Mei and her husband Scott surprised me with a used copy of The Illustration of Life written by two of my favorite Animators for Disney.  I love the older works, the animation and care of detail.  Apparently it used to belong to Scott’s uncle before he passed.  I am honored.  I actually cried- not only is this an indulgence I would never buy myself, but it belonged to someone he cared about.  I feel like used books have a history and this one was is in spectacular condition.

Bookish Life:

I read several Sofie Ryan books in preparation for my eARC of The Fast and the Furriest coming out soon.  I am also reading a book called A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi.  It is fantastic, but very hard hitting and I have to take breaks.  I love it though!

So that’s it for me, what’s up with you?

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Weekly Wrap-Up! November 28th-December 4th

Personal life:

Warren got a new 3D printer and has been having fun with that.  The first thing the goofball did was make me a heart pendant.  He has never given me jewelry except my engagement and wedding bands.  It was sweet, in a way.  He always knows how to make me laugh and the heart doubles as a worry stone of sorts.  I like the texture and find myself playing with it a lot.

My biggest fear is this… this is one of the last things on his gotta-have-it bucket list.  Left after this purchase will be finishing his pedal assist bike- as far as I know we have all the parts and are working on the mechanics of the thing- solar panels (we are supposed to have them before year end) and…. a van that he personally converts into an electric car.  This one is the one that has always worried about most because it has the most chance of me ending up a widow if he makes a mistake.  Also…. where’s he going to work on this?  Let’s be honest, he made himself a shed in the back only because I nagged him for seven months about having three bikes in a small house- only one was ever used.  Add to that, I couldn’t use my pantry because his things kept me from getting in.  I threatened to toss everything and BAM! we have a shed.  It isn’t big enough to work on a car in though.  Plus I just know parts will end up in my living room.  He had hidden a used battery in his work space once and I would have never known except Sassy thought it would make a great napping area.   I love the man, but he’s not great for my nerves.  The evil genius will be on vacation much of December and at home unattended…. God help me.

Bookish life:

I finished several of my ARC’s and will try to review today.  Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna was a great psychological thriller, I was really into it.  Before that I had finished To the Duke with Love by Amelia Gray.  I have always been a fan of her work, loving the character development and dynamics between characters.  I am working on Green by Sam Graham-Felson.  At the moment I have a love/hate relationship (mostly hate, but it has it’s moments).  Oh, and I just finished Hardcore Twenty-four by Janet Evanovich on audiobook.  It was just what I needed.

Gotta go… reviews to write!

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Weekly Wrap-Up! November 21st-27th

Personal life:

 

me and santa christmas selfie.jpgI feel like my life is pretty boring actually, and have been wondering if I should keep this part up.  I don’t actually do a lot except work, read, and see my family- just like everyone else.  This week we did have my brother-in-law down though.  I always enjoy Daniel’s visits.  He and Warren are really close and play together on line nearly every night.

Before he went back to school we saw Thor: Ragnarok.  I loved that movie!  I am actually a huge fan of the comic book movies.  They’re amazing!  I mean, you can’t take them seriously.  This is crazy plots, zippy one liners and mind-blowing action- just like the comics. Thor Ragnarok

I was lucky enough to have the morning shift on Thanksgiving and missed working the sale entirely  (yeah, only took me 13 years to get the plum shift!).  Warren and I spent the evening at home, and had a nice meal just the two of us.  My parents had gone to visit my little brother for the holiday.  Basically the only other thing I have done this week is read and cut my hair.  I have a pixie cut now.   (I have a really bad selfie above…. with our Santa…. never did learn how to do a good selfie.)

 

Bookish life:

I got to catch up on my Patterson books and read four of them this week.  I decided to bunch them together in one review and have already posted it.  I loved them!  I am reading one of the ARC’s for early December now, and listening to Hardcore Twenty-four by Janet Evanovich.  I finished the Outlander audiobook, but think I need time to consider before giving a review.

So that’s me for the week.  What’s new with you?

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Weekly Wrap-Up! November 15th-20th

Personal life:

Guess who was awarded a free year at her gym!  Colaw Fitness has a deal where if three people sign up on their special night and use you as a reference you get a year free.  I guess I had been talking to my mother about it so much that she, dad, and Amanda (Dad’s nurse) came in on their open house night and signed up.  My cheap gym membership just got better!  Warren has also decided to sign up.  He was my +1, but could only work out when I was there; so he decided to get his own membership.

Bookish Life:

I am nearly caught up to where I want to be with ARC’s.  There are still several that are already out and I should be doing…. but there are also books that I really want to read.  I am behind on so many Patterson books- and they used to be priorities for me!  I think I just went request crazy and then haven’t had a ton of time for books outside my read-for-reviews.  I need to do better about requesting less.  That said, I have two more books coming to me from First to Read tomorrow so…. probably not happening.  And, of course, I am still finding books I love to buy.  My TBR list will never end!!!!!!   Lol it’s an addiction.  massive pile of books.jpg

Well that’s me this week.  How was your week?

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Weekly Wrap-up! November 7th-14th

Personal life:

Well guys, I am a lazy bum and it is too darn cold to walk outside (plus I rediscovered my arch-nemesis the French fry), so my weight loss has plateaued at 190 pounds- 46 pounds down from April.  I need to go to the gym more, drink more water, etc.  It also would not hurt to eat less overall calories- not by much but a bit.  The main thing I am learning, though, is all joking aside I like the way I look now.  I am still trying to loose slowly for better health, but if my BMI goes down as it has been and I don’t loose many more calories, I am still thrilled.  I just want to be healthier, that was the whole reason I started trying to loose.  I will admit most days I don’t feel like I have any more energy, but I am happier and I know I am healthier.

Bookish life:

As you know, I recently read The Newcomers: Helen Thorpe , and I loved it.  My hardcover copy came in today (Yup, on the release day, thanks Amazon)!  I am so excited!  This is absolutely one of the most necessary books of the year, for me anyway.  I also got Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG, but need to wait to read it until I catch up a bit on my ARC’s.

Lastly, I had been on a waiting list for  This Is How It Always Is, by Laurie Frankel- of course it would come when I have two books due next Tuesday!!!!  I am about a third of the way through, and I adore it so much.  The book is due back on Saturday though, so there’s no way I am finishing it now.  I have ordered it from Amazon (hardcopy so Mom can read it).  This book is very dear to me because I have someone in my immediate circle that is transgender- he’s known for as long as he could talk.  I have watched the family struggle to understand, the fights with school boards- this was after all twenty years ago and they were not as progressive then, the desire to understand…. and the absolute confusion from those around them- friends and family members alike.  He got the inner support he needed, and I feel like he’s really well adjusted and happy.  We should all be allowed to be who we really are, you know, at our core.  I don’t talk about it much because it isn’t my story to tell and I want to respect his privacy, but this book made me think back on his journey a lot.  I think it’s going to be a really important piece for me.

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Well, that’s me for the week, what’s up with you?

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Weekly Wrap-up! October 29th-November 6th

Personal life:

Warren and me, wedding photo

Tomorrow it will be nine years since I married the love of my life.  He drives me crazy sometimes, but he is the best partner I can ever imagine and I love how he takes care of me and my family.  I love this picture of us from that day.

This week, he and Sassy Britches have been locked in a battle of wills over her sharing her food dish with a mouse.  My Sassy is a lover not a fighter, unless you are another cat.  She saw nothing wrong with eating out of a dish at the same time as her new friend.  Warren disagreed and took her food dish.  He set it out through out the day (starting with it on a table but Sassy refused to eat there and he had to relent after a day of trying), and tried to make her eat when he wanted.  She was used to dry food always at the ready and was not having it.  The first night I came home and she ran at me screaming- you could almost hear it:  “Mom, do you know what that lunatic did?  Fix this!”  After a few days and a few skirmishes that Sassy won hands down, there was a throne made out of empty litter boxes ( yeah, we’re a mess- I told the hubs to do something with those-i.e. toss them…. he decided to make her a throne which I found her sitting on the second night.  The fourth morning Sassy began her last and most effective salvo.  She apparently cornered the mouse, slapped it to death (no claws and not great teeth), chewed it a bit so there was evidence of her handiwork, and left it at Warren’s desk.  Score one for the cat!  She now has her food.  I am both proud and disgusted.  Lol…. this is my life.

Bookish life:

I am two books behind on my reviews at the moment, having read Lies Jane Austen Told Me and The Secret Mother and then getting sucked into the world of Newcomers.  I am going to do LJATM today, but otherwise want to devote myself to the book I am reading as it is due for release next week.  I really ought to have given  myself with this book depicting the lives of several refugees in a school in Colorado…. it’s pretty heavy stuff.  I am already considering if this is a “to-share” book or audible, I am less than half through, but it is brilliant.

So, that’s me for the week, what’s new with you?

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