Monday, May 20, 2013

McNutty in the house!

Quick update on Franklin McNutty, the escape artist hamster.  I came home early from work on Thursday and opened the door to the room he was confined in and there he was!!  He was just kind of walking around like "welcome to my room".  I scooped him up and got him back in his cage where he drank a ton of water, stuffed his little cheeks and promptly passed the F out.  Poor little guy!  He's lost weight (probably all the running around hiding from me) but otherwise seemed to be really healthy.  After I got him secured, I ran around like a crazy person telling the dog that her buddy was found.  The dog, having no idea what was going on got really excited because I was excited and jumped around the house with me.  It was a good day!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Mr. Franklin McNutty

Our hamster is missing and I'm seriously stressed about it.  It's been 4 days and I don't know how long he can survive out in the wild of the bedroom that I use as an extension of my closet.  It's gotten a little crazy.  I have his food out, his water bottle accessible, his ball open and waiting and an Easter basket with fake grass for him in case he wants to snuggle up for a little nap.  I have the room cordoned off and I know he's still in there because he's been eating the food I leave out. I think the cats suspect that something is up too.  They aren't allowed in that room because of Franklin but lately they have just been sitting by the door and I'm afraid they are going to blow my cover.  See, I haven't told my husband that Franklin is missing yet.  I was hoping to just find him and then tell it to him after the fact as a funny story.  What will not be funny is if he finds out and then proceeds to tear apart the bedroom piece by piece!  That is exactly what will happen if he finds out too so I'm trying to keep it on the DL for now and tempt him out with carrots and treats.  Keep your fingers crossed for a swift recovery of Mr. Franklin McNutty!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


I realize that I have said over and over taht I am going to post more.  Honestly that is my intention, but lately I have been having some serious struggles with depression.  It comes and goes and right now it's like a huge weight on my chest, it's hard to breathe and I feel very small right now.  I know this won't last forever and I know that it will get better.  I know all this but I'm still just having a rough time.  Please bare with me, it'll get better, I just know it will.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Cardinals and Conclaves and Smoke, Oh my!

  I think of all these great things to write about and then when it comes time to actually put words down they all run away.  I suppose I could go with the news of the day.  New pope!  As a non-practicing Catholic, I still found myself caught up in all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds the selection.    I had just gotten online today when I saw the CNN breaking news that there was white smoke at the Vatican, at that same moment, all the church bells in town began ringing.  It seemed like a very important moment so I turned on the TV and plopped down to see who would be taking the place as the new Holy See.  (I still have no idea exactly what that means.)
 Even though I haven't been to church in an embarrassing amount of time, I was still moved by the sight of all the people gathered in the square to meet their new spiritual leader.  People were so emotional and joyous it reminded me of all the good things that religion could be and should be no matter what your faith. I consider myself to have spirtual faith, but I think there is good to come from every religion and I try to take the good parts and apply them to my life.
 I personally was rooting for the Canadian, Cardinal Marc Ouellet.  Mostly because he is from Quebec which is 22 miles from where I live and I could practically envision the Popemobile driving down the highway.  I know that wouldn't happen but the thought that it maybe could, is just too awesome to ignore.  I don't know much about Pope Frances and I'm sure we will all be flooded with information over the next few days and weeks but the real test will come as he gets settled at the Vatican and begins his tenure (reign, appointment, not sure what to use).  The only thing that I want from our new pope is that he moves towards more inclusion in the church and to get away from all the controversy that it has had to endure in recent times.  Oh and if he could drive the popemobile in my neighborhood, that would be cool too.

Monday, March 4, 2013


  Yikes, I am just a terrible blogger!  I can't believe I haven't gotten my writing on in so long.  I blame it on fantasy hockey and the upcoming fantasy baseball draft.  My bad.  There are no good excuses, unless it was that I was abducted by aliens and became their queen.  That's a good excuse. That didn't happen though, mostly I was lazy and busy.
  Since I have last updated this here blog, I had a birthday!  Yay!!  I love my birthday!  Some people get all freaked out by turning another year older but honestly it just makes me happy.  Happy and grateful.  I celebrate getting another year to spend with family and friends and my furry babies.  There are so many that don't get the chance.  In fact, I was so sickly as a young child that my mom was told that there was a good chance that I wouldn't make it to my 16th birthday.  Yet here I am, 20 years past that estimate and while I still have some health challenges, I can say that the doctor was very wrong and I intend to be around for a whole lot longer.  I should take better care of myself especially with my diet, and if anyone can tell me how to give up my paralyzing cheese addiction, I'm all ears.  Cheese, you evil mistress!  I'll work on it.
  That's all I have for right now, but I promise, no more long unexplained absences, at least not that I can see anyway. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I meme you meme we all meme...

Okay so I'm a little late in doing this, but I had things going on!  That's a lame excuse. Mostly I was lazy, but hey, better late than never, am I right?  So without further ado, my year in review, shamlessly stolen from Aunt Becky at

1. What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?
I can't think of anything life changing.  Hm, not a good start to this!
2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I try not to make resolutions, but this year after my mom's cancer, I've resolved to spend more time with my friends and family
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
A few of my old peeps from high school had a couple of critters and a bunch more are due to pop at any moment!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Just Stuart, my lovely Gourami (fish)
5. What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
6. What countries did you visit?
Just Canada but I can walk there from work so it's not that interesting
7. What date from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why:
The day that my mom found out that her cancer was back.  (It's since shrunk but we only found that out last week)
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Passing the course I was taking for work.  No, not just passing, kicking it's ass!
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not mastering nunchucks.  It's very disappointing
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Just the normal colds and asthma attacks.  Business as usual.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I'm supposed to remember what I bought all year?  I can't remember what I wore three days ago!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
What's with all the hard questions, meme?  I guess I'll go with my dog, she didn't have any (maybe one or two) accidents!
13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
The stupid assholes that went around shooting people, that makes me so angry!
14. Where did most of your money go?
I'd love to say something cool like glitter, fake snow machines and buying penquins, but that would be a lie.  Bills, always the bills
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The Super Bowl.  I was screaming my head off like a maniac!  That's why I will not go in public when my team is playing
16. What song will always remind you of 2012?
I'm really annoyed by them (now) but I have to say Gangnam Style or Call Me Maybe  They were everywhere.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?  I'd say happier
ii. thinner or fatter? About the same
iii. richer or poorer? Same I guess.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Playing outside
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Stare at the computer
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Um, how I did spend it or how I will be spending it next year? This year I went to my mama's and hung out and gorged myself
21. There was no #21. I don’t know why there was no 21.
22. Did you fall in love in 2012?
Nope, but I'm already there so I guess still in love would be accurate
23. How many one-night stands?
My husband would be pissed if the number was anything other than 0!
24. What was your favorite TV program?
Um, I'm really liking the New Normal and of course, PLL and Glee oh and Downton Abbey, love those mofo's!  I don't take my TV shows too seriously.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Not that I can think of
26. What was the best book you read?
I read A LOT so it's not fair to pick just one
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Imagine Dragons, such a diverse sound.
28. What did you want and get?
A Kindle Fire HD!  I finally have something modern and I know how to use it, a little, not much, it's so pretty!
30. What was your favorite film of this year?
I watch a lot of them and can never keep the plots straight, but I think I'll go with The Avengers.  I love comics and this was a great adaptation.  Ah!  Nerd alert!
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 35 and I took the day off, oh and ate cupcakes!  Perfect day!
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Trying to care less about how people see me or judge me.  This is me and I rock!
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
Comfort, all about the comfort
34. What kept you sane?
Who says I'm sane?? 
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Did I fancy?  Are we British now?  I guess I fancied David Beckam, he's just, yeah, wow!
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
What will happen to Big Bird!
37. Who did you miss?
Every year I miss the same three people.  My grandma, grandpa and my Uncle Mike
38. Who was the best new person you met?
I met a couple cool new people that I am lucky enough to now call friends
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012:
If someone tells you that a food is so spicy it will make your esophagus explode, listen to them, do not find out on your own!
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
In the end, everything will be alright.  If it's not alright, it's not the end.  Okay that isn't a song lyric, but I really like it and I'm keeping it.

However, it is the end of this meme!

Friday, December 14, 2012

December 14th

  I don't know what to say about the shooting at the elementary school in Connecticut.  These tragedies happen way to often but this one, right before Christmas, this one, at an elementary school, this one that took the lives of so many innocent young children.  This one hurts the worst. 
    I'm also angry, I'm angry at the coward that did this and then took his own life so that he won't ever have to see the unimaginable grief in the faces of family members and loved ones that lost those dear to them.  He won't have to answer for his actions, won't give an explanation, no, he chose a coward's way out which I suppose is fitting, because what kind of human being could do something so disgustingly horrible, only the worst kind of sick, weak coward.  That is all I will ever say about that lowlife.
  The brave ones are the teachers and other school employees.  My mother, cousin, aunt and grandmother have all been or are teachers and I know that the teachers at the school did everything in their power to protect those children.  They are truly brave and they deserve our love and support.
 I cannot imagine how the families affected by this are going to cope not only over the next few weeks, but every year when December 14th comes closer on the calendar.