resolution revolution

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Well, it’s 2014, and I’m sitting on the floor in cat jammies contemplating this whole resolution business. I’ve come to the conclusion that I think it’s pretty lame. Simply because most people forget all about it after a month, if they even act on it at all.

BUT HEY. I’ve settled with a way to be just as festive as any other media-driven American without having to deal with the realization that I have no motivation to promise myself anything, and especially keep that promise for a year. I’m just gonna make a backwards resolution. A fail-proof system, like when a parent buys a dirty santa gift specifically for their kid and has them pick the package they brought from under the tree so the kid will be happy with his gift. This ruins the authenticity of the game for everyone else.

1. I don’t want a sunburn in 2014. I know the sun is obviously going to burn my skin; therefore, I must protect it.
(See, this is a backwards way to say I want to wear more sunscreen. As you can see by my feet, I’m the color of alabaster)

2. I don’t want to go a single day of 2014 without drinking lots of water.
(Obviously, I want to stay hydrated. Sneaky, sneaky)

Sure, it’s cheating; but, I feel fulfilled and revived, like I’m ready to turn over a new fabulous leaf.

Okay, I lied. I feel like I’ve been trampled by a herd of antelope. Happy New Year, y’all.

proud owner of a Hohner

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So my dad got me this. It’s a Big River Harp by Hohner. It’s tuned to C which is good for blues, folk and rock. It’s so much better than the first harmonica I bought at a gift shop on Alcatraz Island for $5. Probably one of my favorite Christmas gifts.

A little info book came with it, and it had awesome harmonica facts in the back. I’ll share some because they’re so neat.

– The harmonica was invented in 1821 by a 16-year-old clockmaker.

– Some nicknames for this odd little instrument are: pocket piano, mouth organ, tin sandwich & french harp.

– There are probably as many harmonicas in the U.S. as there are all other instruments combined.

– The harmonica was the 1st instrument played in outer space. It was a Hohner.

– One can major in harmonica at City College in New York City.

 Maybe I should transfer.

:)

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I met this sweet girl yesterday. She was lingering around my uncle’s house way out in the country. It broke my heart that I couldn’t take her home with me (Sailor doesn’t play well with others). My aunt happened to see a sign in town that said someone had lost a cat in that area. She called the local Human Society, and they said to bring her in so they could check for a microchip.

GUESS WHAT?! She’s the lost cat! The family will be reunited with their beloved little miss this Christmas! I’m so happy! Best Christmas ever!

Life can be so awesome sometimes.

a pretty kitty Christmas

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My gram gave me this. It’s been in the family for years. Probably one of the older ornaments on my tree, and my very first cat Christmas object. The start of something beautifully absurd, for lack of better words.

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When I came across this little guy at Hobby Lobby, there was no second thought regarding the purchase. I snatched him up and, here he hangs, the focal point of my tree. What an entrance, pal. What. An. Entrance.

Image Oh, and just so you know, my family is catching on. My granny gave me my gift in this purrfectly amazing gift bag that I plan on keeping forever and ever. Inside were these cat-tastical things:

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A precious little glass figurine and an elegant “meow” bracelet. Yes,  already have one, but it isn’t elegant at all. Also inside was a Chia pet brand herb garden which is absolutely irrelevant to this post, but freaking awesome so I had to share.

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Sir Sailor doesn’t know what to think about all this.  He’s upset that all the cats don’t look like him. He’s wondering who all of these other men are…

gone nutz

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Here are some reasons you should indulge in pistachios often:

-They’re good for your heart! You know, that thing pumping in your chest? I mean why feed that guy, right? Wrong. EAT.

-These green goodies help with maintaining weight.

-Pistachios=protein

-One ounce of pistachios is only 170 calories and has a variety of different vitamins, minerals and beneficial phytonutrients.

-They’re freaking delicious.

the happiest of holidays

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I can finally say that my Christmas shopping is FINISHED and all my gifts to be given are happily wrapped under the tree. Every time I walk into my living room, I’m overwhelmed with happiness. This first true Christmas on my own has shown me what the holidays are all about. I feel so blessed to have been able to buy my family all the things I wanted to and to have a beautiful place to decorate in my own jolly way. This really will be the best holiday season yet; simply because, I see it all in a new, joyous light.

feline fingers

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No, I didn’t do it myself. A sweet, patient lady named Kathy did. She took a tiny little utensil and drew the perfect kitty faces on my thumbs. When the finished product was revealed, we both let out ear piercing squeals that I’m sure could be heard on the opposite side of the salon. These were her first kitty designs, and I’ll have to say she did a mighty fine job.

I’ll probably stick with this design for a while, but with a different base coat than white next time. Just a heads up: White nails often get dyes from blue jeans and other fabrics stained on to them, and there’s no way to get it off. So yeah, it’s adorable, but the white requires a bit more upkeep than darker colors. 

Have a lovely Friday everyone! 🙂

 

gingerbread creatures and cats

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So I’ll admit the cat thing is getting out of hand, but I couldn’t resist the little scraps of gingerbread dough begging to be molded into little kitty ears. Not this time.

I only made one because I was afraid the ears might burn off. They survived though, and I was left with one, lonely, perfect specimen of the gingerbread cat. I didn’t decorate him, because I didn’t want to ruin his cute-ness with my poor icing penmenship. Oh well. There is still time before the holidays to bake up a few cute gingerbread cats for that crazy cat lady (or sir) you might know. You could even add a little tail. Or sprinkle whiskers. The decorating possibilities are endless, really, as you can see by my various, semi-frightening examples:

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happy hoods

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Nothing is comfier than a hoodie. With winter settling in, it’s the perfect time to whip those bad boys out of the attic and put them to good use. The only thing is, they’re awkward in the closet. The hoods are bulky, and they leave little to no room for other items if your closet is tight on space. But there’s a simple solution to this problem.

You can make these cute little folds that will make your hoodies look neat. Then you can tuck them away in a drawer instead of hanging them. Since I do these folds repetitively at work, I’m going to share these steps with you. 🙂

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First, lay the hoodie with the back facing you and spread it out on a flat surface. Try to smooth is out as much as you can. The bigger the hoodie is, the more difficult it is to smooth out the fabric.

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Next, you take one of the sleeves, and fold it over. The fold should be about even with the shoulders. If it isn’t perfect, you can always fluff it out once the fold is complete.

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Then fold the sleeve back and down, parallel to the sweatshirt underneath. Now fold the other sleeve the exact same way. Like so:

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Then, simply fold up the bottom up once, like I’ve done in the picture above.

ImageFold the rest up, then flip it over so the front faces you.

ImageThen tuck the hood over the folded sweatshirt, and Vwah-la! Nifty, right?! Hope this helps you have more space in your closet or maybe even assist you in folding that hoodie you bought someone for Christmas.

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