• Happy Birthday, Furbaby!

    It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another motherhood related post. But it’s also October, which means my furbaby is a year older. I don’t post about her often, but this furbaby is a sometimes affectionate, sometimes feisty, mostly skittish cat named Xena (yes, after the warrior princess, except we call her warrior kitty). When she was born 6 years ago, we thought my husband was allergic to cats and were saving up for a hypoallergenic breed. But, by the time she was 3 months and adoptable, we learned he wasn’t, as long as we never let the cat outside. I love cats, so was ecstatic to learn we didn’t…

  • An Apology to my Cat

    Dearest Xena, My fluffy baby kitty, I am sorry, but I have introduced chaos into your life. I have given you not one, but two screaming siblings. When you first came home with me, it was just us: you, me, dad, and sister hamster. It was quiet and you got plenty of attention, treats, and petting time. You were our little baby. We didn’t tell you you would be an older sister. We didn’t know we probably should have. You knew before we did that something was happening, but you had no idea what changes would come with it. My beautiful, usually graceful kitty. You patiently went through our move…

  • Is My Cat Annoyed With Me?

    Before having kids, my cat was my baby. She slept for hours on my lap, kept us company at the foot of the bed, enjoyed treats more often than she should have, and could stretch out wherever she pleased. She was our little spoiled rotten princess. Then she became a big sister. At first, it wasn’t too bad. This squirmy little baby barely knew she existed. Until he started crawling around, discovered blinking eyes at the same eye level, and screamed. My cat hasn’t been the same since. She probably resents us for having not one, but two screaming things who think she’s a toy. Needless to say, she spends…

  • How Does She Sleep Like That?

    For about 5 years now I have watched my cat sleep. Like all cats, Xena enjoys contorting herself, if she’s not finding the strangest hiding places. For years, this has been her favorite sleeping position, and I always wonder, “how is that even comfortable?!” But she’s a cat, so I guess she must be comfortable. Until today I had a hard time getting a picture of it. She would always uncurl to glare at me for waking her up. Just trying to get a picture, cat! But now with two small children who are fascinated by her, she doesn’t get as much sleep as she used to. Needless to say,…

  • World Spay Day

    This year World Spay Day is today! In an attempt to reduce the number of stray animals on the streets who may end up being put down in a shelter, World Spay Day was created to promote spays and neuters. So if you have a pet you don’t plan on breeding or somehow manage to catch a stray (my family has done this with 3 cats using incredible patience), take them in! Some places do this for free or at low cost today. In honor of this day, here are some pictures of my pretty spayed kitty. I swear, she does more than just sleep in her car tree. Sometimes…

  • Time Burrito by Aaron Frale

    Title: Time Burrito Author: Aaron Frale Publisher: self-published Publication date: March 20, 2017 Genre: Science Fiction Summary: All Pete wants is to make the perfect burrito. He runs a burrito food truck near a university in Albuquerque, but they aren’t very good. Yet. One night, he is crossing a parking lot near the physics building when a badly injured man runs out. Once he loses consciousness, Pete goes to investigate and finds an unconscious woman and a portal. They and much of the lab get sucked in and spat back out in Neanderthal times, where the woman, Clara, is carried off by a Neanderthal man. What starts as an attempt…

  • The Bottom Line, or 30 Second Book Reviews

    I read a lot. But I don’t always have enough time to write a full review. Or, I’ll be honest, the inclination to write a full review. That doesn’t mean the book was good or bad. It just means I’m busy being mom with limited time and energy, and I don’t always have a ton to praise or complain about. Hence, 30 second book reviews. Danger In Cat World by Nina Post 3.5 stars As a cat lover I couldn’t pass up this book. It was a light mystery featuring countless cats and parallel universes with humor sprinkled throughout. Our detective, Shawn Danger, is realistically flawed with family problems, but…

  • 52 Books

    There are 52 weeks in a year. I have 110, and counting, books waiting for me in my Kindle. This year I am aiming to read 52 of them. Or, at least, get that to read list down under 100. So, I hope to read, and eventually review, 52 books this year. One book a week. Anyone with me? This week’s book: Time Burrito How could I pass up a book with a cat on the cover?