Monday, April 14, 2014

Meet Wally

On August 3, 2013, I was on my way to our vet clinic with the dogs.  We made what was supposed to be a quick stop at the local pharmacy to pick up a prescription.  While waiting in line at the drive-thru window, I kept hearing what sounded very much like a distressed cat or kitten.  I rolled down the windows, and the sound was more distinct.

Finally, I got out of my car and looked around.  That's when I saw him: a scared little gray kitten, looking at me from underneath the car in line behind me!  Before I could get him, he had run back up under the hood of the running car.  Panic set in!  I tried and tried to call him back out, but he wasn't having it.  A nice man next door saw what I was trying to do and came to help me.  The driver of the car (who was unconcerned about the poor kitty) finally turned it off and popped the hood when we asked him to, and the Good Samaritan was eventually able to pull the filthy, scared kitten out, upon which he handed him to me and walked away!

I had no choice but to take the poor little thing with me, although I just knew I'd be torn to shreds when I got into my car with the two dogs in the backseat.  To my surprise, the kitten wasn't the least bit concerned about the two large Boxers who were straining against their seat belts to reach him in the front seat and say hello.  He just curled up in my lap and rode along!

I still had to make it to the vet before they closed, so I called Brandon with a frantic plea to meet me at the door with the cat carrier as I quickly told him what had happened, and the little kitten was deposited there for the rest of the ride.  I called ahead and asked if they could squeeze in an exam for him to make sure he was OK to take home with me.  I also called as many people as I could think of to try to find him a home, to no avail.  It seemed we had a new member of the family!

Because I found him at our local Walgreen's, the kitten was soon dubbed WALLY.  Wally fit in with our little family right away.  Our sixteen year old cat, Beldar, was less than pleased to have him join us, but the dogs were fine, and Wally wasn't afraid of them at all.  Poor Beldar finally broke down a few days later and accepted him as well.  I was glad, because Wally cried and followed him around from day one.  Poor thing...I'm sure he missed his mom!
In the past eight months, Wally has become both a source of laughs and aggravation.  He's a funny cat, but more often than not he is somewhere he shouldn't be and/or doing something he shouldn't be doing.  He harasses poor Beldar and attacks anything that moves with his razor sharp claws.  I can't even make the bed without shutting him out of the room. When it's nap time, though, he turns into his alter ego, "Sweet Wally," and just wants to cuddle.  Most nights, he sleeps with his head on my pillow, right next to my face.  He even naps with the dogs sometimes.

I think we will keep him!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Color Vibe 5K

Some of my friends and I did our first Color Vibe 5K Saturday.  We had so much fun!!  A picture is definitely worth a thousand words, so here are some pictures to show a little of what it was like:

Thousands of people waiting to go through the starting line.
They only let about 500 go through at a time.  It was finally our wave's turn!
They used leaf blowers to throw color on you at the starting line!
Kelli & I after going through the first color station
Me after all four color stations
The after party was awesome!
Lots of colorful dancing!
Dancing and more color!
Kayla & I at the end
We had such a great time!! Now it's time for a shower...

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Day In My Life

Today's prompt in the "Blog Every Day in May" challenge was to blog about a day in your life, including pictures.  I was excited about this one, as it gave me an excuse to take pictures of things I normally wouldn't...truly capturing the everyday.  I think I'll create a scrapbook layout of these picture as well!

Here is a glimpse into my life, with the first picture being taken around 5:30 this morning, and the last one around 10:30 at night:

Bogart is getting over being sick, thanks to the antibiotics we have been
giving him twice a day. 

About to go through the gate at work this morning.

Working on some inventory analysis reports.

It was a beautiful day, so lunch at the park was in order!
I took along my book to study for tonight's lesson.

My almost daily afternoon snack: an apple with a little bit of salt.
(Is putting salt on your apple a southern thing???)

Heading home and crossing the state line back into Mississippi.

I had to make a couple of stops on the way home from work: the bank 
to deposit Brandon's check, and then Piggly Wiggly for a few items like
cheese to go with our dinner.

Dinner in the living room and some mindless TV with
my furry kids piled on the couch with me before
getting ready for the meeting.

On our way to the meeting!

With my Aunt Mary after the meeting tonight

Late night treat: nachos & mango jalapeno margaritas!

And now, my friends, it's 11:45.  The alarm goes off early in the morning, and so it's off to bed for me!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Ten Things That Make Me Happy

Today's prompt in the "Blog Every Day in May" challenge is to list ten things that make you happy.  Here are mine, in no particular order:

  1. That first sip of coffee in the morning
  2. A purring kitty
  3. Spontaneous or kisses hugs from my hubby
  4. Seattle
  5. Dark chocolate
  6. New scrapbook supplies
  7. A great day in service
  8. Conventions
  9. Having so many awesome friends
  10. Getting a card or letter in the mail

Sunday, May 12, 2013

It's What I Do!

One of the prompts in the "Blog Every Day in May" challenge (although not technically today's prompt) was to tell what you DO, not counting your job.  I've been thinking on that for the past few days and decided it was one that I wanted to blog about.  I haven't been blogging every day, but I'm definitely trying to get back in the game, and I thought this one would be interesting.  So...here are some of the things that I "do."

One of the most important things that I feel I do is following the command that Jesus gave at Matthew 28:19-20 to go out and teach others truths from the Bible.  It's a privilege and a joy to find people who appreciate spiritual things and want to talk.  I don't get to go out as much as I would like to since I work full-time, but I try to go at least once a week and volunteer my time in this important worldwide activity.

Another thing I do is scrapbook.  I don't have a lot of spare time and so don't spend as much time on this hobby as I'd like, but I do it when I can.  It may take me 2-3 hours to complete a 2-page layout, but that's OK.  I enjoy the process almost as much as the end result!

I help homeless animals when at all possible.  Since we've been married, we've taken in two mommy cats & their babies (one of which actually had the babies in our guest room) and found them all homes, including sweet Sasha (read her story here) and her baby Winnie.  We fostered & later transported big, lovable Winston for Rockin' P Rescue, did a couple more transports, and most recently, I've volunteered at the local humane society's adoption event at Petsmart.  Even our crazy Boxer Bogart was homeless when we got him, and he has made an awesome addition to our family!  I wish there were homes for them all, but I do what I can.  Please spay & neuter your pets, folks!

And last, but certainly not least, I love my husband & best friend, Brandon.  He's stood by me for the past 16 years and counting.  We've been through so much together, and I feel that our bond is stronger now than it ever has been!  I'm blessed to have a husband that not only has similar interests as me, but also shares my values and goals!

Monday, May 06, 2013

Seeing Old Friends

The past two weekends we have been able to visit with some old friends who we don't get to see very often.  It's great to know that even though a few years may have passed, you can pick back up where you left off.  We have so many dear friends like that!

Last weekend, some of our friends from Georgia came up to visit their family here.  It was so nice to see everyone, especially Katie & her little family.  We hadn't seen Katie & Ryan since right before she got pregnant with Trystan. I can't believe he's already three!  He was being silly in this picture and wouldn't smile, but he's still a doll.  We definitely need to visit with them again before the next three years passes!

This weekend, some more good friends came to spend the weekend with us.  Among them was three-year-old Emilia.  She's the spitting image of her mom!  I couldn't wait to spend some time with her.  One of the things we did was cut out and decorate sugar cookies.  What fun!  Gina's sister Vanessa also came over for dinner since she was in town too.  We all grew up together, so it was really nice having them and their parents all together at our house.  We had a really nice weekend!

Cutting out the cookies

"CHEESE!"
Emilia loved using a bunch of sprinkles!

Em & Aunt Ness with their popsicles

Em wanted to sit with "Bwandon" before her bath.

Emilia & Gina after the meeting

Out to lunch with this silly girl on Sunday

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The Story of my Life (in One Paragraph)

Shaina over at Shadylane Blog posted about a challenge she is doing for the month of May.  It is to blog every day day for the entire month.  She's following prompts from Story of My Life.  Since I've been out of the blogging loop for so long, I thought I'd play along, at least some of the days.  I might blog about other things too.  I just want to get back to writing and thought this might be fun.

Today's prompt is to tell the story of your life in 250 words or less.  Well, that's going to be kind of hard!  I'll see if I can condense down the important stuff to one paragraph.


I was born and raised in rural Mississippi.  I still live in the same little county 35+ years later.  I have one sister who is 4 years younger than me.  I've always had a huge love for animals, cats in particular.  I met my husband in 1995 and married him in 1997 while attending a local community college for a degree in drafting.  I've worked in the engineering departments of three different companies since college, including where I work now.  Five years ago, I moved out of  engineering and into IT and now work as a materials management functional analyst, working primarily in SAP.  I love it.  I lost my mom to cancer in 1998 and still miss her terribly.  Brandon and I don't have children but have two crazy Boxers and a cat.  We are Jehovah's Witnesses, which is a huge part of who we are.  We love to travel, especially to the mountains, and we also love try different foods.  I love scrapbooking and reading, although I don't have as much time for either as I'd like.