Archie is the newest member to our household. We talked for a while about getting a third cat but before it didn’t seem right. Then one day a friend of ours on Facebook posted that she’d rescued a cat and was wondering if anyone wanted to adopt him. For some reason I was immediately drawn to him and when I showed my husband to my surprise he was on board.
When we first brought him home it was a rocky road, to put it mildly. Our furkid Miles was really upset about his new little brother and spent most of him time on top of the cabinets. On top of that Archie, who’d been abused by a previous owner, was attacking my husband a lot (his abuser was a male) and we were both a bit afraid of him.
But I felt a maternal bond with him right away and when I spent time with him I let it be on his terms, which seemed to work well. I would lay down on the futon with him in the room we initially kept him in and pulled up Netflix on my laptop. As I laid there he would come over to me and beg me to pet him and he’d sit on me and he’d knead me. I’m so glad I did this as I think it really helped him ease into his new home.
After a while Miles mellowed out but is still cautious about him. Archie has gotten more comfortable with us and doesn’t jump as much. He still has his moments but I think that is just him. I think he has a bit of post-traumatic stress disorder and we always have to keep that in mind. Also, occasionally Miles and Archie have a really bad brawl but so far nobody has gone to the ER.
Most days things seem to get better and I really believe Archie was meant to be a part of this family. There were moments I thought taking him into our home was a mistake but now I can’t imagine my life without him.
Tried a new recipe, perfect for a summer meal. Very fresh, light and has so much flavor. In the recipe it tells you to puree the tomato but we chose to just chop it up really fine because we like our pasta chunky and it was perfect but it’s up to what you like. Personally, I liked this pasta sauce so much better than a traditional pasta sauce.
Vearing towards the minimalist lifestyle isn’t about having a house like this necessarily:
For me, it’s about not holding onto stuff you don’t need and don’t use and it’s an on-going thing for me to work on. While my husband tends to hold onto things a bit more than I do I have a tendency to throw stuff out too easily and then suddenly we’re like “where is that thing we needed?” But at the same time I have my own stuff that I have a hard time getting rid of, mostly clothes. I have so many boxes in our storage that are for thinner sizes of me it’s kind of ridiculous. The worst part is a couple summers ago I went through all those boxes and got rid of SO much clothes but there is still a lot there.
So we we try a couple times a year now to do the spring cleaning but also just really purge as much as we can. At first when I started going through our books he got nervous as he was worried I’d get rid of stuff he wanted but now that I have like 5 boxes filled of books that won’t clutter up our house he feels better.
Our next big step this spring/summer is to work on our shed, that is FULL of stuff. I want to get rid of a lot of furniture that we kept saying “if we ever move to a bigger house we’ll use” but the bigger house concept may never happen or if it does it is a looooong way away. So we’re going to dig through that thing to the point that I’m hoping it’s at least 1/2 empty and we can walk in there easily to find what we need.
The less stuff, the less cluttered your life is I think and that’s really important to me.
My stepdaughter designed the outside of this awesome journal and I decided to get creative with filling it. Here is some of the pages I’ve finished.
I always thought it was just me that just found Jewish guys irresistible. I figured it had something to do with being Jewish myself and having spent my formative years at a Jewish private school being surrounded by Jewish boys. Then as I got older I realized that a lot of the really cute and popular actors are Jewish and lots of women love them. What is it about them?
This idea first came to me when I thought again (as it’s occurred to me before) that I am actually sexually attracted to Seth Rogen. Now, I don’t think there is anything wrong with him but he’s not exactly Brad Pitt (who btw is way too pretty boy for me but that’s another conversation). I admit, I tend to like guys who aren’t perfect looking and I love guys who are funny. So a big part of my appeal of guys is their personality but also I like a quirky quality to their looks like a crooked smile.
My own husband isn’t at all Jewish but looks a bit Jewish.
You can see a more comprehensive list here but I don’t agree with some of them on their list or the order.
I’d heard of coconut oil for a while, especially from my brother, but I figured it was just another one of those health things that would eventually disappear and it would be another thing…like kale. But on this past Saturday I found myself feeling really run down to the point of just giving up on the day. I had a headache, felt hot and had zero energy, it was miserable. I was on Pinterest when I came across a pin that linked to a blog post about everything coconut oil does. I saw something about how it could help hypothyroidism, which I have and that a spoonful of it could boost your energy. We happened to have a container of it in the pantry (actually it was there to make this recipe) and I just took the plunge. Taking a raw spoonful was…weird but doable. I’d much prefer mix it in with something else.
I made a delicious banana chocolate coconut smoothie on Monday with it, including coconut milk. I highly recommend this. Ingredients: 1 cup coconut milk, 1 banana, tbsp flaxseed, cocoa powder, chocolate whey protein powder, 1 spoonful of coconut oil.
On Tuesday I was having a rough morning and hadn’t made a smoothie and grabbed a latte on the way to work. I decided to mix the coconut oil into my latte and it worked out ok enough. If I take the lid off I’m sure I’ll see beads of oil in it but I”m just ignoring it and it’s fine.
On Wednesday I put more in my latte, it was fine, nothing to share on that.
On Thursday I had another smoothie with it.
Overall it was pretty good and I’m not keeping up with it like I’d hoped, as usual, but I have hopes of getting back on the healthy train again this coming week and using more.
I’m sad that so many people didn’t enjoy the ending because Barney and Robin didn’t end up together. When Dawson’s Creek ended I was disappointed that she didn’t end up with Dawson but I didn’t write the entire show off because I didn’t get the ending I wanted. In the end I cried because a show I loved and characters I’d followed along with for years were saying goodbye. Same with Felicity, I always knew she’d never end up with Noel and it sucked, hard, but in the end I still loved the show and was sad to say goodbye. Same with Skins and Skins crushed me over and over and over again.
While I’m not surprised, I do find it unfortunate that so many people are saying the entire show was a waste of time because of the finale. So the Swarley episode was a complete waste of your time? Was the Naked Man a waste of your time? Was the Slap Bet a waste of your time also? If so, I am really sad that the entire show was washed away by one episode.
I admit, I didn’t think for the last several years that Ted and Robin would end up together. Well, I had a small hope mostly because it always came back to the two of them and either the writers were just stringing me along or there was something more there. There was also that bet Marshall had with Lily about whether Ted would end up with Robin and that she said he should pay up because clearly Ted and Robin were over food good and Marshall replies with “Not yet.” I think that kind of told us how it would end but even I wasn’t sold on that, obviously, given that Robin turned him down and it appeared her and Barney were on their way to getting back together.
Was the ending perfect? No. I would have fleshed out the mother part more over the last season and I would have done more with Ted and Robin so it didn’t feel so rushed. But in the end it was about Ted’s journey, his friends and his undying love for Robin. He loved her from afar for so many years despite there being little to know hope. He fell in love with the mother and was able to move on and when life didn’t go as planned he found himself still in love with Robin after all those years. It felt right to me and I wish it had felt right to everyone else too. This was a messy journey, such as life, and I enjoyed all the ups and downs.
Well, technically they said She RULES but I’m just gonna go with We rule, as we both do.
So I contacted Rob Thomas (creator of Veronica Mars) about this Fan of the Week thing they had going and I was trying to win for my stepdaughter:
I noticed that this week they hadn’t posted the Fan of the Week, even though I knew we’d lost this week I figured we’d win next week. I was concerned if they didn’t post this week for the winner next week might go to them and then it would be over basically. I wanted to win this before we saw the movie and share it with my stepdaughter.
So at the end of the week I decided I’d try contacting Rob Thomas, because why not? Pretty quickly I got response and it was just awesome: