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A New Year, A New Start

It was a bummer to be sick over the Christmas holiday. It started with a sore throat, which thankfully waited until Christmas night to start, and then turned into a cough. A co-worker had had strep-throat the week before I got sick so the sore throat sent me to the doc to make sure I didn’t have strep. Thankfully I didn’t! I spent the next three days on the couch or in bed. I had some good company, though!

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Both creatures were pretty good nursemaids. Bella was a snugglebug and kept me company wherever I went. If I was on the couch, she was there, if I was well enough to go sit at the computer, she was laying at my feet. Β Fat Kitty is also a good companion when sick. He’s always there to snuggle and purr. And Bella and Fat Kitty are getting along better!

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Astonishing photo, right? I was shocked too. It was funny watching them together. They are now doing some sort of “play” that Fat Kitty isΒ sort of participating in. At least, he’s less grumpy about Bella trying to play with him. While I was packing up the Christmas ornaments and taking down the tree, the two of them came into the living room and played some sort of weird game pacing around each other and walking around a chair. Fat Kitty would take a step one way, Bella would mirror him and then they’d do it again in the other direction. Fat Kitty was meowing the whole time. I like to think they were talking to each other.

Anyways, being sick for four days I got some quality TV watching in. πŸ™‚ I wanted to recommend a few shows. The first is The Fall with Gillian Anderson. It was outstanding! What a fantastic tv show. I’d never heard of it but loved it and was so bummed when the season was over. I have no idea when it starts up again. Check it out! The other was Top of the Lake, with the chick from Mad Men. It was another really good show, a little weird but I liked it.

I also read a bunch. I figured out how to check out eBooks from the library for my Kindle and read a fantastic book I wanted to recommend. The first book of the series is called “The Crossing Places” and the second book is “The Janus Stone” by Elly Griffiths. I am SO glad I discovered this series. I love the characters, the writing is so easy to read and the stories are intriguing. The main character is an archaeologist (another topic I love) in England. They were the kind of books that make you sad when you finish reading it. Great, great books.

Speaking of books. According to Goodreads, my 2012 reading goal was 77 books (I don’t know how I came up with that number) and read 109. My goal for 2013 was to read 100 and I read 119. What can I say, I like to read and I’m a bit of an overachiever. My goal for 2014 is 125 books.

I resisted the whole eBook reader thing for a long time. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to books. I LIKE going to the library or bookstore and picking up a book that catches my eye. I LIKE the smell and feel of real books. But Michael got me a Kindle for Christmas and I have to admit,Β I freaking love it! It’s so cool. It’s also awesome I can get library books without leaving the house. I’ve been using this service, The Fussy Librarian, too. It sends a daily email digest of eBooks that are cheap or FREE!

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My FAVORITE thing about the Kindle is the Wikipedia/Dictionary feature. I love it. It’s so cool and I’m learning new words every day. Maybe this will help my scrabble game….:)

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Despite being sick for the holiday, I felt much better by New Year’s Eve–a little tired but better. I am so glad 2014 is here! Not only is our wedding getting closer, but it’s a new start. I definitely went a little crazy in December. LOTS OF STRESS EATING. I gained 2 pounds (as of Christmas) but then I got sick and didn’t count my calories for 5 days and didn’t go to the gym for 5 days and….yeah. I haven’t gotten on the scale yet to see the damage the cold did. I’m going to try and get back on track for the next few weeks and then assess the damage.

I don’t really do new year’s resolutions. I don’t think they work and if I want to change something about myself, why would I wait until January 1st to do it? Today is as good a day as any! Even though I’m not making resolutions, I do have goals. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I’m looking forward to getting back into running more. I think I can happily say that my knee issues are pretty much gone. Not 100% but like 95%. I ran almost 2.5 miles on Christmas Eve with no issues, we’ve done numerous longer hikes (5 miles) with no issues. So I think a goal of running a 5k in 2014 is doable!

Life and Lemons

Life lately. How is life going? Mixed bag, honestly.

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Last week Michael and I met with a photographer for the wedding–the last we were interviewing before making a decision–and after the meeting we went out to discover some asshole had broken into Michael’s car. They stole my backpack and one of Michael’s bags. Luckily I had my purse and stuff with me so that was okay. It was clearly a smash-and-grab because they passed up hundreds of dollars in cycling gear inside the car and the very expensive bike on the back of the car. That sure didn’t make either of us feel any better, though.

I felt violated, angry, upset. It came on the heels of a bunch of other stuff that I am not going to get into on the internet as well as paying a vet bill for Bella. All things accumulating felt like one big kick in the butt from the universe. It was hard not to feel beaten down and sad. The damage to the car of course was not enough for insurance to cover, but just expensive enough to put a crimp in holiday plans. Thanks insurance deductibles!

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One of the things that was in my backpack was a flashdrive with my novel in it. As well as my resume. THAT crushed me. My novel, that I worked on for years, gone. Yes I have a backup in the iCloud but not the most recent set of edits. I believe the cloud has bare bones. So it’s essentially gone. That brought tears to my eyes. Also, knowing that the crackhead that stole it could potentially have access to where we live freaked me out. My garage door opener was also in that bag. So that night Michael changed the codes just in case. That still didn’t make me feel any better!

It seems as though bad luck as been following us around lately.

The Wedding

In GOOD news, the wedding planning is going alright. We have the venue, my dress, the bridesmaid dresses, the florist, the caterer, a day-of-wedding coordinator, the officiant, the photo-booth is booked, engagement photos are done, and now the photographer. Β We went with Sean Morrison Photography here in Portland. Not only has he done weddings for awhile now, he is a photography teacher. πŸ™‚

We have a pretty tight wedding budget and even doing the bare-minimum we’re pretty close to the budget. My mom and I are looking for ways to cut costs and we’re going to DIY some of it. For example, we’re sending out save-the-date postcards instead cards in envelopes which will save on paper and postage costs. Also, Michael made our save-the-date himself! I found some examples I really liked on Etsy and he said, “I can totally make that, you don’t need to buy it” and he was right. It took him like 10 minutes in Photoshop to make our postcard. Now we just need to figure out the postcard paper and get them printed up and mailed out!

What we have to do next is to make our wedding website for family, register, and then we can RELAX for a little while! That will be nice.

Bella

Bella is doing MUCH better after her paw mishap. We’re still putting medicine on her paws but she’s up and running around like her old self and she’s been off the pain-pills for awhile. She’s just as crazy and active as before.

The cats are getting along with Bella. Or at least, tolerating her more. It’s pretty funny because Bella will take her toys to Fat Kitty, drop them down in front of him and then smile and wag her tail. She REALLY wants him to play with her. He gives her the cold shoulder and walks away. I hope one of these days I’ll see them play. πŸ™‚

Misc

A little while ago I watched the TV show “Luther,” which was such a good show! And then this weekend I started watching “Hemlock Grove.” I like the new generation of TV shows that feel more like movies than TV. Sometimes Hemlock Grove feels like it has potential, sometimes it feels like a bit cheesy and a little “Twilight-y”. Time will tell. I’m giving it a few episodes before giving up.

What’s going on in your life lately?