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I live on 6 deeply wooded acres in the boonies of Middleville, MI. I'm married to an amazing man, Brian. He's pretty much the best thing that has ever happened to me. I'm a big animal lover. I have 5 cats; Bella (6), Cognac (3), Georgia (3), Maggie (2), & Auggie (8-9mos.) We recently lost our kittens, Aesop & Amelia, to a battle with Feline Leukemia. I feel the need to mention them. They were amazing beings that showed unconditional love like no other cats I've had. I also have Cheech (9) that I'm fostering. We have two puppies; Charlie & Henry. Having a blast! I'm a dabbler in photography, photo shop, & crafts. I'm kind of a bookworm/nerd/geek. Yes, I have read the Twilight Series. No, I'm not obsessed. I love Shakespeare, Nathaniel Hawthorne, C.S. Lewis, and L. Frank Baum - among others, obviously.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Stuff & Things

I stumbled upon a couple of blogs that I've been following...

Cake Wrecks (Click Here) is a funny blog. From what I've gathered it's a blog that's run by a woman, and sometimes her husband will post, about cakes that people bought/ordered that were wrecked. She's quite witty and I've enjoyed reading her posts.

Love-A-Cupcake (Click Here) is a blog about cute cakes.

Ever since the wedding and deciding what I wanted our wedding cake to look like, I've been a little intrigued in all of the work it takes to make something so gorgeous. Not to mention that the possibilities are pretty much endless.

Last weekend Brian and I decided for our three year dating anniversary that we would take a trip to GR, stay in a hotel for a couple nights and then do some local shopping.

We lodged at the Crowne Plaza in Grand Rapids. I must say, it was pretty horrible. The first discovery made was the hair in the toilet that we hadn't used yet. Then a little bit later Brian found a toenail on our freshly made bed. He called the front desk, told them of our situation, and he asked for fresh linens. What we got a few minutes later was a member of the housekeeping staff knocking on our door, handing us new sheets (which were not the correct size), and then walking off. Brian then went down to the front desk to make sure that they understood that he wanted someone else to come and re-make our bed. Which eventually happened.

Throughout the night someone in the next room had their TV blaring. Brian even remembers waking up from his slumber in the middle of the night and heard the Spanish channel blaring. Awesome... Not. Then the next day we discovered that our shower had black mold in areas, the drain was clogged, and there were questionable black spots on the ceiling that I guesstimate could have been mold or insect eggs.

This is not all...

Our second night in the room I was woken up by someone pounding as loud as they could on the door across the hall from us... I did not sleep well after that and managed to have a string of bad dreams until...


... I woke up to Brian killing this earwig. Yeah, that's just great. To brush up on your Earwig trivia, click here.

When we checked out we told them of everything that was wrong with our room. Wanna know what we were told? And I quote, "Unfortunately I cannot help you because you paid online. I can offer you a free breakfast for your troubles." Ummmm.... NO thanks. After I'd seen the bathroom in just one room, I was sure I didn't want to eat something from their kitchen. Brian and I plan on writing a letter.

The weekend wasn't a total bust, though. We did some shopping and got some great deals. I got a pair of dress shoes, a pair of slip-on shoes, and a pair of heeled boots... Not to mention a few other things here and there.

Sunday, Brian and I brought home not one, but two, kittens. We were originally going to take one... Then my Dad wanted to keep all of them... Then that became too much for him... He asked Brian and I to take two. If one of them is separated and alone it cries constantly.

We brought home...


Amelia (tiger striped) and Aesop (black). Anyone remember Aesop's Fables from Rocky and Bullwinkle? One of my all time favorite cartoon shows.

Having had them for almost a whole week now, I'm almost certain that little Aesop is blind in his left eye. Though, it doesn't slow him down any.

They have kept us on our toes. When they're not snuggling... They're wrestling... And it's always a laugh when they snuggle wrestle. :)

They kept making a mess of things in the shelter we had for them. It involved poop and it was not pleasant - twice. So we decided to venture to Hastings and head to the Tractor Supply Store to look for a kennel that would be larger. (With the bigger cats, we can't really leave them unattended. Georgia is the biggest grump now.)

Back to the story... Whenever I'm in there I must look at the baby bunnies in their cages. I love bunnies. There was a top cage with three bunnies in it. And then I noticed their water bottle was bone dry since they were trying to get a drink. I quickly found someone, appropriately named "Dick," and informed him that the bottle was completely empty. He said, "Thanks. But we only re-fill them at night." Ummm, excuse me? ANIMAL ABUSE. They were obviously trying to get a drink, all three of them, and were unable to. So, I took the bottle from the cage underneath them and held it up for a minute or so and one drank from it. I was livid. I went up to complain, but "Dick" was up there, so I'll be filing a complaint with the store.

After all of that, Brian and I did a little more shopping in another store and came home.

I baked oatmeal raisin and cranberry cookies for my Father-in-Law. It was his birthday on the 7th and we're heading over tomorrow to spend some birthday fun time with him.

Since I've been writing this post from my kitchen floor, the kittens prefer it, and my butt is rather numb now... So, I'll be heading off to bed.



Well, how about one more snuggle picture?


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