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Travel Tag

Oh my, I don’t know why itsmudges would tag me for for a travel meme, but I do appreciate it! I just haven’t traveled in 10 years, haha. Well, traveled any place more than like, an hour away.

As cool as bloggers’ photos look and how amazing it must be, I don’t get that feeling of, “I must go there!” that you sojourners must. Not that I’ve no interest in the world; it’s mostly that I’ve no money. But just now thinking about it, I suppose I can appreciate how much effort that must be put into planning and saving and scheduling.

The world is smaller than ever, so hopefully if one loves a location, they can learn and advocate for it regularly and not just on holiday. Anyway, was this supposed section to be about my traveling? lol.

Where is your favourite place you have visited?

I suppose I gotta the Philippines because it’s the furthest I’ve ever traveled and only place outside of the U.S. that I’ve been. So it was a whole experience with getting a passport and going through customs and 16 hour flights!!!

Plus, the two times I went were the only times I was able to see my grandparents on that side :\ and other family so far.

If you could visit anywhere tomorrow, where would you pick?

I kind of wrote a post about that here! There are probably dozens of iconic places I’d love to visit, but I’d probably have to start with where my roots are and check out Germany. This church that Elisabeth visited looks amazing!

Would you rather go on a city holiday or a beach holiday?

Well, since I pretty much live 5 minutes away from a couple of park/beaches, I gotta go city. Maybe I’d go for some kind of hiking deal.

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Winter holiday in St. Louis, 1996

What are 3 of your holiday essentials?

Phone (or ways to get in contact with your people), camera… money? Haha. Maybe I should say cash. I don’t have much experience, but I guess just in case you come across a place/service that doesn’t accept cards or you have some other problem.

Are you an Over-Packer or an Under-Packer?

Generally, I’m an overpacker, but it sounds like airlines have so many fees nowadays! So maybe I’d so lighter.

What is your favourite thing about going on holidays?

I love learning and experiencing those everyday things: a little hideaway, how a place smells, higher altitude (Florida is flat), that the Gateway Arch is cold in winter (and you can go inside it!!), modes of transport (I love motorelas).

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Northern Mindanao, Philippines

What is one place you would never want to visit?

Can I leave the previous answer? Don’t really know places but… I would probably stick to touristy areas.

Who would you rather go on a holiday with, family or friends?

Friends definitely. Unless it was to the Philippines again then which I’m obligated to take Mom.

What is the most adventurous dish you have tried from another country?

I eat foods from other countries probably as much as I travel 😦 So I’m kind of limited to the same country, but I guess it’d be dinuguan? It’s like the insides of a pig, but I also eat this pretty regularly here in the U.S., so it’s not just like, “Time to be open just on vacay! #instapic”

Who do you want to do this travel tag?

alotofworldtosee

forvanityssake

maryclairepinticasi

And anyone who wants to do it! Let me know if you do!

Charlie

What I Learned: Cat Adoption

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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll have seen the newest addition to our household- a little cat named Charlie! My brother took his cat after his wedding, and after taking care of T for 2 years, essentially since he was kitten, I obviously miss him dearly. But I always knew it was a possibility and is perhaps just something better to acknowledge that is out of my control, healthily miss him, and not think about it too much.

I really didn’t think I was “ready” for another cat. It felt like we’d be replacing T, and my dad wanted a kitten. I, the gracious soul that I am, wanted the 8 year old cat I saw on the local Humane Society website because I know it’s harder for older cats to get adopted. He caved in a bit and started looking at slightly older cats.

My brother got T from a friend’s cat’s litter, so I’d never been to a Humane Society or shelter before. Now, I don’t want to say it was a bad experience, and maybe other anxious introverts find their shelters totally fine, but new, chaotic spaces make me start sweating, and I feel like I have to suppress a Tina Belcher-esque moan.

Some cats were allowed to roam in certain rooms; some were caged. If you were interested in one, you’re to take their paperwork (attached to their cage) to the front desk and wait for someone to call you to a room where you could interact with the animal. Our wait was probably about 30 minutes.

There was a room for the kittens but it was being broadcast on the Internet, and one of the cats in another room yelled at me for petting her back, and I just started questioning my whole existence like omg, I don’t like dogs, I’ve been a cat person my entire life, if they don’t like me what is the point who am I?

I don’t know how you’re supposed to tell if you want a cat or not from 5 minutes or however long you’re supposed to interact with them. What happens if you can’t tell? Do you just keep trying them all? I would feel really bad about people taking the cats in and out not to mention the cats. So I suppose it’s for the best that my dad accepted Charlie in 5 minutes.

I’m not sure if my dad asked about shots or “anything else,” but it seemed so… shady that the person said they’d discuss it after you accept and they do the paperwork or whatever. I know we all would like to spare no expense for our furbabies, but what would be the point of keeping that from someone who honestly couldn’t afford an extra expense? In any case, the adoption fee was actually lower than on the website because Charlie was a little older and they even gave us 2 tickets to a local theme park.

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I was so unsure about Charlie. A brown cat? I immediately texted my brother and told him that Dad’s cat was ugly! But as soon as we got home, he sprawled out and started reaching for our feet and purred about everything! He is so energetic and chatty. I’m so glad that he seems to love his new home.

Hopefully my own personal uncomfortableness doesn’t dissuade you from shelters since they help so many animals. Additionally, shelter pets may already be fixed, trained, and have their vaccinations (I don’t know if it’s policy). I love Charlie and love that we got him.

If you’re thinking about adopting a pet, check out The Humane Society and The Shelter Pet Project. BTW- did you know that Keyboard Cat was adopted from a shelter? 😸

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Flu Season

Hello readers, do you like chilly weather?

It’s always fun when it gets cold enough in winter– in Florida at least– to see your breath! We actually finally turned our heater on after it’d just been on the air conditioning. With such ranging temps (not to mention someone in the house who works with children), a flu was inevitable for me. I spent some of the holidays alternating between fevers and chills, but still managed to get over to my mom’s for her birthday.

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I got this H&M dress I guess on sale because it was $10 ($13). You can’t really see it, but there’s a little keyhole on the chest which is just enough of a detail for me. I love it; now I have a LBD! Throw on a big thrifted plaid blouse and combat boots, and you’re ready to… kick them back off and get in bed.

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You know how Nirvana popularized “Grandpa sweaters”? Well, I’ve not only a sweater from my actual Grandpa, but I’m rocking a his beanie. Amazon charm bracelet was probably under $5 shipped.

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One of the presents I gave was this awesome Gunita Designs mug that says, “Hey! Wake up!” How perfect is to have a rooster and use this for your morning coffee? I wonder if Simba likes it because they match 😉

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Relieved to say I’m feeling much better and hope you all are keeping warm and healthy. Did you already quit your resolutions? Haha.

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DIY Pet Toys

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Back in August, we adopted a cat named Charlie from our local Humane Society. I’ve a post lined up about it, but since I made him these little toys for Christmas, I thought I’d share these first.

The first one is pretty simple. Just take a pipe cleaner or two and fold in the ends so that nobody pokes themselves.

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I still keep an eye on the kitties playing with these just to make sure they don’t eat it. This is in a snake or s-shape, but you might have better luck with a spring shape. If you don’t, I feel that the paper roll soccer ball has a much higher success rate!

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First, cut up a paper towel roll into a couple of rings depending on how many balls you want to make. I usually use 3 per ball.

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Stick the rings through each other to form a ball and glue together.

And that’s it! My mom also got a little kitten from a friend, and my brother got them a cute cat tree for Christmas. However, Simba hasn’t used it yet! So here are some options if you don’t want to spend much on something that might not get used! Simba has a lot of energy and loves chasing things around. I don’t know if other small pets like these, but I’d love to know!