trapped under a cat

I’ve been remiss in keeping up my crazy cat lady image so I thought I’d give you an update on old George.

He’s still old. Elderly in fact. He’s also still alive. We weren’t too sure he would be by now so this is a good thing!

He’s also still pretty dang cute. Unfortunately, he’s big on trapping us for long periods of time in strange places. Since he got sick we feel kind of guilty when we have to push him off so there’s a lot of this going on.

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I think he’s happiest laying on Damon’s iPad. Damon isn’t particularly thrilled about it. I’m fine with it though, since his second favorite place is on my neck/armpit/face.

He still has kidney problems, is too thin, and has to eat crazy expensive food. (He’s not supposed to much dry food now, it’s too hard on his system.) It’s taken MONTHS of trying different canned foods but I’ve finally found one that’s he’s actually willing to eat AND he doesn’t throw up.

Lemme repeat that. HE’S NOT THROWING UP.

If you’ve been reading here for any length of time you know what a frigging miracle this is. Go ahead and search “cat puke” on my blog and you’ll see it’s been a running theme for many years. Go on, I’ll wait here.

Of course, the horking finally stopped about a week AFTER I broke down and bought a steam carpet cleaner because the regular old spraystuff just wasn’t cutting it on the cream rug anymore. Yeah, it’s cream, not cream with tan spots as otherwise assumed. Ahem.

So now I take regular trips to the Pet Smart for the most expensive, organic, grain free, preservative free cat food on the planet instead of being able to grab whatever is on sale at Target. You guys, this means he eats better than we do. Sigh.

Worth it?

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Yeah, we think so.

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I hope I haven’t jinxed us by writing about it. ~fingers crossed~

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If I don’t answer the phone, it’s probably because I can’t get up, and not because I’ve fallen, but because I’m stuck here under a cat and I don’t have the heart to move him.

my heart belongs to Boston

From my very earliest memories – listening to Red Sox games on the radio – I’ve loved Boston. Trips to the Aquarium and the Science Museum, Celtics and Bruins games at the Garden,  shopping in Quincy Market, riding the T, and of course, going to Fenway have just solidified how much I love it. I may not have a house in the city proper yet, but when someone asks where I’m from, I rarely mention the suburb I sleep in, I just say near Boston. Because, you know, it’s BOSTON.

I don’t really have the words to express how I feel about what happened at the Marathon because oh children…but I do know that Boston is strong and resilient, and well, pretty bad-ass. As horrifying as the event itself is, the response from everyone, everywhere, the outpouring of love and support for the runners and their loved ones, is equally extraordinary.

When I finished my little 2 mile running route early this morning I thought, okay now turn around and do that 13 more times. Yeah. That’s what marathon runners do. I have so much respect and awe for runners and the families that support their racing. Especially the ones who run the Boston Marathon with it’s crazy hills and even crazier residents lining the streets.

No matter how much someone out there wants us all to fear the city, they won’t win. I know that nothing is ever going to stop me from going to Boston, to sports events, out to dinner, to the museums, and maybe even to watch the next Boston Marathon. Maybe especially to watch the next Boston Marathon.

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football poetry

Since we’re sitting here watching the Patriots play, and trying not to be too antsy about it, I will give you football humor, 9 year old style. Josh wrote this and asked me to post it here for him. Sure!

Positions

Wide receiver, running back.

All of these I do not lack.

Quarterback, tight end.

I am flexible, I can bend.

I am the opposite of lame.

But only in my video game.

You guys. How freaking cute is that??!!

 

there are no words

I’ve spent the last few days trying to think of the right thing to say.

I just can’t.

Wishing you all peace.

xo

there’s always next year

Fenway Faithful. Red Sox Nation. Whatever you want to call it. Some of us just can’t help being fans. Tonight is their last game of the season and no matter how sucktastic this year has been, and it’s been really, incredibly bad, I still love my team.

We went to a game a couple Sundays ago – I think it was the last game they won – and we had a fabulous time.

That’s Pedey at bat, right before getting on base and then scoring. (I admit, he’s my favorite, mostly because he just seems to love playing.)

The best part about the game though, came after it was over. It was the last home afternoon game so they let all the kids who attended run the bases. No, really. We got to walk out on the warning track. Josh got to RUN THE BASES AT FENWAY. He got to high five Middlebrooks and Lavarnway. It was completely awesome.

We’ll be back again next year, still cheering for the home team, still hoping for a playoff spot, still badmouthing the Yankees. (Please beat them tonight!*) We’ll be there again the year after that, and again, and again. Because we can’t help ourselves.

In return, we want a manager and coaches that cares, a team that wants to play hard and win, and ownership that appreciates the fans. We want good baseball. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

When does Pitchers and Catchers start?

* Ugh. That was just pathetic and miserable.

happy pi day and other random bits

I love geek holidays, I can’t help it! Are any of you baking pies in honor of Pi day today? I wish I had time! I’d like a blueberry pie, or maybe a chocolate cream pie, or oooo, a bacon quiche? That totally counts as pie right?

In case you noticed my lack of internet presence, I’m completely swamped with work right now. As great as it is to have plenty of contracts and a good chunk of money flowing in, it makes my life completely insane. I never want to be someone who complains about work though, because oh, would it suck to not have any. This is just me saying, I miss you guys!

I really want to be a better blogger though, so in light of that, I’m going to Blog Better Boston in a couple of weeks. It’s just a one day thing, but I suspect I’m going to get a lot out of it! I’m really looking forward to the food photography course I’m taking there. If you’ve ever tried food photography you know it’s wayyy harder than it sounds.

I also decided I’m going to go to BlogHer 12 in NYC this summer. I’ve haven’t been to BlogHer since 2009, the timing just hasn’t been right for me the last few years. I’ve heard it’s gotten sooo much bigger and intimidating but that’s okay with me. I have a pretty good idea of what to expect, I want to spend some time seeing the city through my camera lens, and I have a fabulous roommate who I know will let me tail her like a puppy when I don’t know what else to do with myself. 🙂 Will I see any of you there?

Okay, so speaking of photography, we bought the cutest camera you have ever seen! It’s small like a point and shoot, but has interchangeable lenses. I’m kind of in love with it and kind of afraid of it! I’m really hoping someone will buy me a macro lens for it. And teach me how to use it??

Soooo, that brings me to the reason we bought the camera – because we’re going on our first “real” vacation EVER. I think every vacation we’ve ever taken has been either to visit family, has been part of a business trip, or has been a staycation. Since we managed this one car thing for so long, and are planning to continue it indefinitely we decided to use some of the savings we would have spent on a second car and go on a trip to the Grand Canyon.

You guys! The Grand Canyon! This is truly a trip of a lifetime for this New England girl. It’s something we’ve always wanted to do but never thought it would happen. I’m sure I’ll have much more to tell you about it as it gets closer. Or hey, no promises, I might not have time to blog again until after it’s over! Either way, I guarantee you I will have a million and one photos to share with you. Heh.

I hope y’all don’t mind if this ends up being a photography blog!

Hello Spring! So glad you’re almost here!

Giving Thanks

When I think about what Thanksgiving means to me there are certain things that pop into my mind automatically; a turkey on the table and plenty of goodies to go with it, a roof over my head, a job, and then, well, my mind digs a little deeper and I think about my family. The one thing I am always most thankful for is our health, that no matter what we are together and we are well.

Unfortunately, that’s not true for everyone. Right now there are many, many children across the country who are very ill, with cancer and other catastrophic illnesses. My child is not ill, but I can’t forget those who are, especially on this holiday.

I have no doubt you have heard of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ®, and that they are a leader in both treatment and research of these illnesses, but did you know their work is supported primarily through fundraising efforts? This year they have partnered with Ruckus Media Group for their Thanks and Giving campaign ® to raise money for all of those kids who so desperately need answers.

Ruckus Media Group is an family friendly entertainment company that creates iPhone and iPad apps for children, and really, they are fabulous! (I would never say that if I didn’t believe it!)

Now through Dec. 31st, all net proceeds ($1.39) from the sale of any of Ruckus Media’s Rabbit Ears classic interactive storybook apps will be donated to the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign. These apps are priced at only $1.99 right now, discounted from $3.99. So hey, not only are you doing a great thing for St. Jude’s by buying them, but you can buy twice as many. 🙂

This list of apps includes The Velveteen Rabbit, (I bought this on ages ago and I seriously love it!) The Night Before Christmas (ditto!), Thumbelina, The Three Little Pigs, Goldilocks, Paul Bunyan, and other classic titles that your kids will adore and read over and over.

In addition, from today until this Friday, their Hasbro collaborations Chuck & Friends: Friends for the Long Haul and My Little Pony: Twilight Sparkle Teacher for A Day are also at the discounted price of $1.99.

If you would like to buy an app or two to support St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving campaign you can directly to the Ruckus iTunes store, (they made this way easy!) If you prefer to donate directly to St. Jude’s fundraising efforts you can do that too!

You know I don’t post things like this very often so it has to be important to me when I do. I’m really happy to have been asked to help St. Jude’s and Ruckus spread the word about this campaign and you should know that I get absolutely nothing out of this. Oh wait, I do get something, I get to be yet a little more thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving peeps, I wish you all happiness and health. xo

delete house, insert condo

If only it was that easy.

You guys. I’m moving in less than 2 weeks. (!!)

I’ve been remiss in keeping you updated on the whole house thing. Probably because time imploded on itself – or at least that’s what it feels like.

Part of me just couldn’t talk about everything that was happening for fear of jinxing it all. The other part of me was too freaking busy!

To make a long story short, we put the house on the market on the Friday before mother’s day, and 8 days later we had an offer.

And they wanted to close in six weeks. June 30, one week after school ends. Um….okayyyy. We quickly found a condo in Braintree, MA, and we’re closing on that one…on the same day.

Needless to say, I’m crazy stressed, more than a little overwhelmed, and frankly I just can’t wait for it all to be over with.

Oh, and you know how I said I would give up at least 1/2 of my belongings, and maybe even 3/4s of them? Yeah. We did that. One of these days, when I have a moment to breathe I’ll tell you all about it!

Anyone want to come over and clean my fridge? Seriously! Aack!

3.14

I admit, I was a bit of a geek for awhile in high school.* Math team and all. Unfortunately I wasn’t really very good at higher level mathematics. (They didn’t kick me off the team, but I became sort of a mascot with that dang happy attitude of mine.)

Algebra annoyed me, Trig tripped me up, Calculus just about killed me, and Statistics stinks, but oh, I loved Geometry. I have a soft spot for symmetry, and fractals, and someday I just know I’ll finally understand string theory.

In the meantime, we can celebrate the circle! Happy Pi day!**

*yes I know I’m still a geek

**now I want pie

there’s a theme here somewhere

When I look over the photos I’ve taken with my iPhone this year this is pretty much what I found:

Boy. And spoon. Don’t ask.

Boy and cat. And bunny ears. And overflowing Lego.

Boy and cat. Possessive aren’t we?

Cat and boy. Cat hogging the bed. Actually it’s the stuffed animals that hog the bed.

Pretty much standard routine.

Boy on the phone with Daddy on one of his trips to Florida. Cat says “mine, all mine.”

Boy and, oh wait, that’s not a cat. I think it’s a cow. (Let me introduce you to my brother’s dog Mya, the best canine on the planet.)

And the best feline ever. Wants a belly rub. Where’s the boy?

Taking his own photos of the cat, of course. (With his iPod.)

Same day, same beam of sunshine. And his pic is better than mine. D’oh.

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