I'm getting such a kick out of Roxy.  She's great.  Other than waking me up at 4:30am the last two nights with her need for interaction, she has been really well behaved and relaxed.

Leave it to me to pick out the smart cat.  On Thursday, Ryan had to work swing shift.  So I made dinner, then served her her wet food and jetted off to Ryan's work to take him dinner.  I came home, put the food away, checked on her, played with her for a bit and then went to take a shower and go to bed.

I came in and checked on her before going to bed, gave her pets and then turned off the light and shut the door.  I told Roxy that on Friday I'd give her a chance to explore if she was ready.  Apparently, she was ready NAOW!

I'm half asleep and I hear the click-clacking of kitty nails on the laminate floor.  I knew I had gotten the door closed, so I got out of bed and walked into the living room to find Roxy, exploring.  I looked at the study door and it was open just enough for her to squeeze out.  I just laughed and told her she could explore if she was ready.  I shut the bathroom door and the doors to the man cave so she wouldn't get into anything that she might hurt herself on. 

I texted Ryan and let him know to be careful when opening the front door as the cat clearly has decided for herself that she's ready to figure out the rest of her home.

Roxy has decided that all closed doors are challenges.  She came into the bedroom, again, when I was almost asleep and began pawing at the closet door.  Which also happens to be closest to my side of the bed.  I put on my glasses and watched how she does it.  She lies down, sometimes flipping on her back and sticks her paws under the door, near the joints and "pulls" the door towards her until it opens enough for her to nudge it the rest of the way with her body.  It's quite comical. 

There's nothing in the closets that she can get hurt on.  She tried to scratch at the bag my wedding dress is in and I sprayed the bag with boundary spray.  She didn't like that and when I picked her up to move her where she could scratch, she put her head on my arm and put the skin of my arm between her teeth.  She didn't bite down or even nip.  Just showed me gently that she didn't like me doing that.  Once I showed her where she could scratch, she was ok again.

Yesterday, I got her some wheat grass and put it in a planter for her.  It's near her food and water dish.  She really likes it.  Her eating habits are the only thing that concerned the shelter staff.  They really advocate for a wet food diet.  They gave me some of the food they feed the cats.  I have given it to her and so far, she picks at it, but she does eat.  Just slowly.  She is the only cat that they've also supplemented with a dry food.  So I give her the dry in the morning and wet at night.  She seems to eat more, but not all of the dry food I give her (1/4 cup). 

I think I might back it down to 1/8 of a cup so she's more inclined to eat more if there's not so much in the dish.  That way too, she'll actually be hungry for the wet at dinner.  If she still doesn't eat all of the wet food, I'll try giving her a smaller amount.  I'm getting her the higher end cat food and I don't want her wasting it.  Her one bag of dry food cost 10 bucks and is only about 3 lbs.  Of course, it will last at least a month since I give it to her once a day. 

And if you ever want a nutrition lesson, go read the ingredients of your pet's food.  "Meat by-products?"  Yeah, I know what that is...and eww.  I'm sorry, but even in the wild, cats do not eat the hooves and beaks of their kills.  I'm certainly not feeding that to my domesticated cat.  Also, the dry food contains a lot of grains that cats have a harder time processing.  About the only real grain in her foods that I have purchased is brown rice.  Not sure why that is more soluble in their systems, but again, I'll go with it.

On another note, I've found that having the cat around has led me to do a lot less snacking.  Maybe because she comes and needs attention that I would otherwise unconsciously fill with a snack.  Whatever is the cause, I'll take it.  Hopefully I'll even lose a few until I can get back on the work out train again. 

For now, it's back to work for a few hours.  If Roxy will let me, lol.
 My friend [livejournal.com profile] wobblerlorri made this just for you.
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I don't have a whole lot of happy memories from childhood.  One of the events that marked my childhood was constant moving around.  My family never could afford to own our own home, so we were often at the mercy of landlords who decided to sell their homes rather than dealing with renting.  During one of our summer moves, the crocheted angel tree-topper my mom had made when I was maybe 4 or 5 was taken out of the box of Christmas ornaments and it was discovered that it was broken.  It apparently had had a heavier box sat on top of it and the angel was crushed and not repairable.

I must have been 7 or so at the time.  My mom was really upset.  I remember my mom crying.  I went into my bedroom and pulled construction paper, scissors and glue from my desk.  I'm not much of an artist, but I did the best I could to recreate my mom's angel from construction paper.  I took care to closely match the color of the skirt to the colors my mom had used making the angel.  I even somehow managed to shape the arms to look like it was holding a song book.  I remember I wanted it to be singing because my mom was always singing around the house and to me as a kid.  

When it was dry, I went and found a box in our recycling bin that was not yet broken down.  I put the angel inside and then wrapped it in day old comics from our newspaper.  I remember coming out and putting it on my mom's lap as she was watching tv.  I told her I had made her an early Christmas present and wanted her to open it right away.  That Santa said it was ok.  

She laughed and carefully unwrapped my less than neat wrapping.  I remember the look on my mom's face when she got the box open and saw the construction paper angel I had made.  Her eyes filled with tears and she asked if I had made it for her.  I said yes, because I didn't like her being sad and that she needed to have her angel back.

She hugged me and thanked me and told me she loved me.  She then called my dad over to put the angel on the top of the tree.  That year, my angel replaced the one my mom had lost.  And she told anyone who came over about the how Kristen and Santa made her a new angel and how it was leaps and bounds ahead of the one she had made for herself.  

Now my mom is an angel in heaven.  I just hope she is still singing.  I love you, mom.  

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( Dec. 6th, 2010 03:26 pm)
Waiting on dinner to get out of the oven.

What's been going on with me?  I F'ed up the Coat Sorting Party last week.  I printed out the wrong spreadsheet with the wrong numbers.  So now we have to have another party tomorrow to re-sort the bags, plus the last of the coats that were being cleaned the cleaners and then get them out into the community.  I am so tired of running this project. On the plus side, it's looking like we'll only be 200 coats shy of fulfilling all the orders we need. If we can buy the rest of the coats with the money we raised, then we'll have made goal. I can't wait to have my spare time back.  There's so much more I'd rather be doing.

Like play WoW.  Yes, I'm playing now.  Or when I can.  [livejournal.com profile] moonlight69 , Ryan and I both have Alliance characters on your server, so we (you, me, Dave and a side of Ryan) should think about playing together sometime.  I have four characters, a Drunnei Hunter, Gnome Warlock, Night Elf Druid, Dwarf Rogue.  The Hunter is basically a solo class that I'm playing on my own.  The Gnome Warlock is one that I play with some other friends, Ryan and I play a pair of Druids together.  The rogue is just a dink around and have fun with it.  I basically made one of every character that interests me and am playing with them when I can.

I'm rolling out a positive behavior program at the school next week.  It's amazing how excited the staff are for me to come in and teach this lesson.  I sat down and decorated the buckets I got at Party City for each classroom.  I just need to make the paper fillers for them.  

Annnnd, I started this post last night before dinner and here it is Monday at 3:25pm and I'm just getting around to posting this.  I'm home for a mere 30 minutes before I have to rush off and drop off coats at agencies before heading over to the Coat sorting party to get more coats.

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( Nov. 16th, 2010 08:41 pm)
 WTH do I know.  I only have a Master's degree in School Counseling.
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No.  I don't own a smartphone.

I also refuse to do any banking with Chase Bank.  Mainly because your collection department actually told my mom to choose between her diabetes medication and paying off debt that was legally assumed by my father upon their divorce.  Which, you would have known, had you actually ready the divorce decree that was sent to your department, three times.  

So, market research people, research customer service and then learn how to apply it in an effective manner.  Until such time, please resume dying in a fire.

No <3, Me.

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( Oct. 22nd, 2010 05:24 pm)
 I'm so over all this fundraising bullshit.  I don't really care if I'm "doing good things for children."  Dealing with all the dumbass adults in order to do these things is so not worth it to me.   I told the president I don't want to do this next year.

Honestly, at this point, I'm thinking about leaving the club.  The whole reason she called is because someone called her to tell her I was stressed out instead of talking to me about it and offering to see if they could do anything to help.  Freaking pussy.  

Also had a horrible day at work.  I'm not done yet.  I still have about just over a half hour to put in before I'm at my full 40 this week.  First I was criticized for not doing the report the same way that another AA did hers.  Because apparently the sun shines out her ass.  Problem is, I did my report the same way.  But instead of waiting and handing everything in at once, I sent in what I got each day and no one told me to do it differently.  Apparently I'm supposed to be telepathic.

I also got in trouble for not knowing information that was never sent to me in the first place.  Or it was and it was sent right before I went on vacation so I didn't actually have time to commit it to my long term memory storage.  But that's my fault too.  I shouldn't have taken a honeymoon.  

Oh and I have to have an ultrasound on Monday to make sure that my cyst on my thyroid hasn't grown or reproduced.  I have to pay for it out of pocket because I have not met the insurance deductible for the year yet.  They'll break it up into 3 month installments, but thats still an extra $100 a month I have to come up with for the next three months.  I guess we don't need to eat...

Can anyone tell I'm having a rotten day?  Now I need to go make dinner and try to figure out this stupid hemming of pants thing that is apparently my responsibility since I'm now Ryan's wife and we're living in 1955!
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( Oct. 12th, 2010 02:15 pm)
I need a new icon, lol.  Perhaps when the wedding photos come back.

Thanks for all who came to the wedding!  Some of you I saw briefly, but didn't get to talk to like I wanted.  It was good though.  And the best part, my dad didn't F it up!

Ok, honestly the best part was saying I do to Ryan. In our own way.  I'll try to post video of the vows when Aaron gets it back to us.

For now, onwards down the strip!
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( Oct. 9th, 2010 06:03 pm)

Also, [livejournal.com profile] gracedlace , my bridesmaids loved the gift.  :D
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Well.  Considering that when you walk into my house you will find a various assortment of books everywhere, you should not really be surprised to find that in "my room" there are 3 shelves with various books and levels of filled-ness.  I have everything from classics to children's books and young adult to art books and fantasy.  I'm pretty much a book whore.
So, I'm planning The Coats for Kids project pretty much by myself.  [livejournal.com profile] alicroc , I'm not good with calling people and asking them for money/services.  Got any tips for me so I can screw up my courage and get it done?

Honestly, I'm not doing too bad.  Club members and people who participated last year have contacted me.  I have one that I've called and left a couple messages for but she hasn't called back.  I figured out her e-mail so I'm going to try shooting her an e-mail as well and see if she responds to that since it is work related.

I need to call dry cleaners tomorrow and see if the cleaners are still on board for helping this year.  Then I need to get all that on a creative poster design, get it on PDF and get it over to the printing place so they can print the posters for the project.   Oh and this weekend talk to [livejournal.com profile] siriusxremus about when I can come in and plan the dinner fundraisers. And all this should, realistically be done by the end of next week so we have that week before to coordinate getting bins out to places and jars made for donations, etc.  And I'm the freaking co-chair.  I'm asking the Board for help on Monday night.

I have a long list of things I need to get done for the wedding.  I called the Florist today and she inadvertently hung up on me because she was in the middle of a coughing fit and doing flowers all at once.  She called me back later today though and I will call her tomorrow as I wanted to get the balance owed and just confirm delivery/pick up needs.

Oh and I got a manicure today.  My first ever.  One of my friends does gel which are odor free and just as nice looking as the acrylics you can get everywhere else.  Plus she was doing a special and I want my nails to look nice for my wedding and she realistically gave me a plan to help get my nails looking healthy since my hands will be in several of the photographs.  Not sure if I'll keep up with the manicure after the wedding, but for now, it's a nice change.  I just have to learn how to do things, like typing, with nails.

Yesterday was a shitty day and I'm working really hard to not let today be the same.  All I want is for things to go smoothly, to actually get responses from people when I call/e-mail then and for the next 31 days to be done and over with so the project can be underway and I can get married and go on my honeymoon and be done with this chaos. 

Totally should have listened to my friends and eloped.
Ryan finally called his mom back and talked with her today.  She told us she can't make it out to from Kansas City to OR for the wedding.  This made Ryan's mom cry and I could tell Ryan was sad about it. 

We told Ryan's dad about it and his youngest step-sister immediately volunteered to pitch in money to help fly her out.  This led to Ryan's parents offering up the other portion of the cost.  So Ryan called his mom back and asked her about the logistics and tomorrow he'll be booking her flight to OR for the wedding. 

I am glad about this and also sad.  I want my mom too.  Also, his family has done so much for us and given us so much.  I don't feel like my family has done much.  I just feel guilty even though I know they are doing this from their hearts and not expecting anything in return. 
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( Aug. 26th, 2010 09:17 am)
I'll start this now and edit it later.  Otherwise I won't remember, let alone in any detail. 

What you ate today, in great detail

Breakfast: Medium SF Vanilla, Non-fat (cause I can't get soy at Mc'D's) iced coffee, hasbrown, three tuna filled grape leaves

So far I've also had two glasses of water and 6 red vines, because I grab one every time I go into the manager's office. 

Today's Lunch:  4 tuna filled grape leaves and cantalope

Snack (because I have to take lunch at 9:45am):  Chocolate Raspberry Parfait (one of those 100 calorie Yoplait things)

I need to hit up Costco after work today.  I'm going to do my best to resist the urge for the polish dog.  Oh and any of those dreaded samples.  Though, the samples would save me from eating a snack when I get home.  Not sure what dinner is going to be since we have to take my car to the mechanic after Ryan gets home from work.
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( Aug. 22nd, 2010 10:27 am)
Day 29 - Saddest character death OR best/most satisfying character death (or both!)

Honestly, I cried when Dumbledore died.  I admit.  I'm a wuss, we can move on.

Day 30 - What book are you reading right now?

Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn.  So far I'm liking it.  It has a different feel and pacing from her Otherworld series and I'm glad for that.  It can be a rut that writer's fall into.  To have every series/story you right feel the same tempo and beat.  The really talented ones are able to differentiate, even if it's just in subtle ways.

In other news, I just attempted chocolate dipped strawberries.  Next time I make sure the strawberries are completely dry before doing this.  The chocolate on all except for the first two is kinda thick and chunky despite being completely melted before I started.  Oh and Ryan requested white chocolate....and now they look like a bird crapped on them too.  Oh well, they'll still taste good, but they are staying at home instead of coming to the anniversary party we have to go to for Ryan's step-grandparents.
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( Aug. 20th, 2010 09:52 am)
 - First favorite book or series obsession

I've been surrounded by books ever since I can remember.  My grandmother says the book I always wanted to be read was titled "What was that?" all about a bear that cannot fall asleep because he keeps hearing noises. 

My first series obsession, sadly, was likely the Babysitters Club.  Like SVH, going back and re-reading these books are positively painful.

Almost done )
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( Aug. 19th, 2010 08:15 pm)
OMG WTF? OR most irritating/awful/annoying book ending

This is going to be another one of those general ones because I can't think of anything specific that I've read at the moment that made me do this.  I think the books that get this type of reaction from me (i.e. the annoyed/irritated feeling) is when I have figured out the plot twist and ending mid way through the book.  But the author proceeds to try and beat you over the head with red herrings when still making it obvious what the ending is going to be.  Not a clever plot device, dear writers. 
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( Aug. 18th, 2010 10:29 am)
Any five books from your "to be read" stack:

1. Hood  by Stephen Lawhead
2. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
3. Night Huntress by Yasmine Galenorn
4. Sunshine by Robin McKinley
5. Grave Surprise by Charlaine Harris

The rest of the days )
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( Aug. 15th, 2010 01:10 pm)
Favorite non-sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)

I love Hermione Granger and her interactions with the other characters in the Harry Potter series.  I just love the series really.  Which is funny because I was 17 when I first picked up the first book in the series.  At this point I think there were three books in total...I couldn't get in to it.  After the first movie, I came back to it and re-read the first book and then non-stopped marathon read my way through the rest of them....then pre-ordered the last book so I would have it as soon as it came out.  All in all a great series.  And I loved Hermione all the way though.
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( Aug. 14th, 2010 11:17 am)
 Favorite romantic/sexual relationship (including asexual romantic relationships)

Cut to prevent future Trueblod Spoilage )
Me: Now what are you looking at for the new campaign?

Ryan: The Druid Variants. 

Me: Druids.  Proof of hippies before modern conveniences.

Ryan: LOL.

Ryan doesn't know what he's playing yet.  Which is ok because tonight and possibly next week are just character creation.  My character is almost finished.  This will give me time to work up my character background. 

But first.  First I have cantalope to cut up and banana bread to make.