Monday, April 07, 2014

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

"You are such a girl!" my husband exclaimed.  He likes to tease me when I have my relatively unusual girly moments.  I am not into flowery things, but I do like a nice looking yard.  I planted fifty-five plants this weekend which will hopefully grow and be beautiful all summer.  If being girly every once in a while gets me some curb appeal, well, that'll do.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I Need More Information

The Man gets so frustrated with me sometimes, and while he's usually entirely right to be frustrated, sometimes I think he just doesn't understand.

Sometimes, in order to make a decision or form an opinion, I need more information.  Unless I know what I'm working with or have a better grasp of the situation, I don't participate in it.  He'll ask me for my opinion about something, and I'll tell him I don't have one.  "How can you not have an opinion about this!?"  Well, I just don't.  Either I don't know enough yet to form an opinion or it isn't something about which I feel I need to form an opinion.  Cue argument.

Monday, March 24, 2014

In Which We Get Massages

Last weekend, The Man and I got massages.

We managed to find a place close to where we live that offered weekend appointments at a very competitive $60/hour (standard rate in our area).  Massages are a complete luxury that we've never considered before, but it seemed like a nice idea, and it was about the same price as shopping at the coast for a day.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cat Training, or Human Training, Depending on Perspectives

Annie, pictured here, has learned new tricks!  She and her brother Eddie have been responding to "come" for about a year now, and Eddie has sort of learned "sit."  They both know the command to let go of a toy, "softpaws."  Annie has one-upped her brother with a firm grasp of "touch" where she touches her nose on the end of a stick.  She's slowly learning to chatter or meow on command.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lent 2014: No more swearing

We're about one week into Lent already, and I have been struggling with my attempt to not swear through the season.  I gave up swearing once before for Lent, and this time has proven much more difficult.

Why give up swearing?  According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, "The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement and self-denial."

Friday, March 07, 2014

How to Make a First Aid Kit

First of all, this is going to be a HUGE post, and I'm sorry for that.  Second, I am not a medical professional: any suggestions you find here should not be taken as medical advice.  I will not be responsible for your safety.

With those two notes out of the way, let's dive in to my massive first aid kit (known as a FAK from here on).

Wednesday, March 05, 2014


Strap yourselves in, readers!  I'm flying through the eye of the storm to update this blog.  We've already encountered some severe turbulence, but hopefully things will smooth out soon.

As far as I can tell, the blog functions more or less correctly.  If there are issues now, they're cosmetic or are only minor functional issues (like how to make my pages appear as a menu... ugh!).  More pictures are coming soon, and I hope to have this all ironed out by the end of the week.

Please stand by...

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Thinking about Blogging, Not Actually Blogging

I've been thinking about blogging a ton lately, but I haven't sat down to do any writing in quite a while.  It isn't that I have no inspiration or thoughts to write down.  It isn't that I have run out of ideas for content.  I have plenty to write about and lots of time to do it.

I reached a point a few months ago where I had to ask myself, "why am I here?"

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Learning Cat Mojo

The Man and I have been owned by our cats since November 2012, so we're pretty well entrenched in cat world at this point.  Our cats are pretty awesome, and they take good care of us, so we do our best to keep them happy as well.

In January, I took both furballs to the vet for their annual exams and rabies vaccinations.  Though our cats are 100% indoor, there is a small chance that a rabid mouse or other animal might enter our house, and I'd rather not deal with rabies if I can avoid it.  Plus the shots are cheap, which is nice.

The cats' exam went great--they're healthy and seem content most of the time.  They're not overweight, not underfed, no fleas or ticks, nothing at all wrong with them.  They both got their shots, and then we went home.  For the next three days, Eddie wouldn't eat much.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Family History Redux

When I was in high school, I took a genetics class.  The teacher had a lesson where he wanted us to investigate our family history and trace a few genetic markers a few generations.  We had to have at least twenty people on our tree, and for every person over that, we got one extra credit point.  I traced eye color, hair color, and other traits back to my grandparents (who were, for the most part, still living).  Easy peasy.

Well, until I asked my dad for some help, and he knew a bit and knew others in his family had done some digging, and then the motherlode fell into my lap.