The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

The G and his chair

I snapped these pics of Grizzy a few weeks ago. He was in his usual spot on the chair that looks out the window. He sits there so often the cushion has a permanent butt-groove! 😀

Grizzy sitting in his butt-groove chair

You can see the “V” indent he’s made.

The G definitely chills out a lot, but he has very concentrated bursts of fiestiness. Like, he will tear after Sophie for a good half hour! Sophie seems to have smaller, more frequent bursts of playfulness and energy, whereas G powers up for some super intense play sessions. It’s so interesting, how their personalities are different!

Grizzy with a big yawn showing teeth.

Look at those teeth! 😀

And on a different note…
In my last post I mentioned “project paralysis” and this weird low-grade anxiety. Well, guess what? It turns out I’ve been on the wrong dose of thyroid medication. The pharmacy filled the wrong dose (from a now-outdated prescription) and I didn’t check it (I only checked that I had the right kind of medication).

I’ve had a bunch of other symptoms that I’ve brushed off as stress-related, seasonal, etc., etc., but now it all makes sense. So here is my PSA: Check your medication! Not just that you have the correct type, but also the correct dosage.

Fingers crossed that I feel like my old self soon!

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Mind-dump March!

Sophie on the dresser looking down at me.

My view as I try to meditate.

I feel like this is Sophie looming over me, saying, “You haven’t blogged lately…”.

I do have a ton of picutres to upload, I just haven’t gotten around to it. February was such a whirlwind and so far March has been, too. Lots going on at work, so I get home and flop on the couch. I think it’s one of those seasons of life. I have energy, but I feel like I have no time. I think I have this low-grade anxiety that came out of nowhere. Maybe because of some family stuff?

This all makes me feel really lonely, too. :/ But I know we all have the same 24 hours in a day, it’s how we choose to spend it, so I’m trying to change this.

Anyhow…some random thoughts:

  • I got up a little earlier than usual today. I’d like to continue getting up earlier. An extra 15 minutes in the morning seems to make the entire day go better for me.
  • I had an awful dream that I lost a loved one last night. It’s hard to be at the age when you have to start having serious talks with aging loved ones. Who is your power of attorney? Do you have a Five Wishes document? Where are your health insurance documents in case I or someone else needs them? What happens when the person is gone and I miss them so very much?
  • Along those lines, I’ve been thinking about people I used to be close with but have drifted from. What happened? Was it me? Will I ever talk with them again? It’s especially odd in a world of social media where you can see people posting and them interacting with others but your messages to them get no response. (It’s also awkward when you know you will see at least one of these people in the relatively near future…what do you say then?)
  • I seem to be having this project paralysis of sorts. For example, I’m taking a sweater knitting class and I started the arms but I had to miss the last class and now I’m paralyzed. I’m scared to start them again because what if I screw up the arms? The arms are done by knitting in the round, which is awkward no matter what and it’s a completely new-to-me technique so ahh! I freeze. I need to get over this fear but how? (Also, how annoying is this fear and where did it come from?!)
  • To end on a positive note, it’s March! My goals for March are to wake up a little earlier than usual during the week (15 minutes earlier, to be exact) and meditate daily. So far I’ve missed two days, but hey, it’s a work in progress. I’m trying out a few meditation apps to see which one I like best. Let me know if you have a favorite you’d recommend!

    Have a wonderful week!

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    Tidying up and mystery kitty

    I think a theme for this month will be “Waaaait! Slooow dowwwwn!” Work is really busy right now and so are things at home. (Lots of birthdays and some upcoming travel.) Still, I’m trying to focus on my goal of getting organized. I haven’t make that my official goal this year, but now I have. 2018: The Year I Get Organized (hahaha).

    Anyhow, I’ve mentioned before that the spare bedroom is the catch-all room. Countless times I’ve said “I’m going to clean it this weekend!” and I don’t. It struck me that instead of saying I’m going to clean it–the whole thing–I need to break it down into tasks: cleaning off the dresser, cleaning off the desk, cleaning off the bed. It seems when I tackle one thing, like the dresser, it stays clean.

    Last night I cleaned off the bed, which has previously been home to a few piles of clothes, and you wouldn’t believe how much lighter and how accomplished I feel. It feels good to be more organized (although that room is definitely a work in progress).

    And now for something totally different…

    Last week my mom told me a new cat came up to her back patio. She said it was a sweet orange tabby with a partially black ear. She gave him some food and said if he came back she’d take him to the humane society. He was so friendly, he needed a home.

    A few days later I scrolled through Facebook and saw him!

    Orange tabby from my parents' house

    The mystery kitty from my parents’ house.

    The local humane society posted he was found on my parents’ street, was scared but very friendly, and “If you know me, call…”. I hope he get adopted soon. The funny part it, he looks so much like our now-passed cat Bob (or “Loo,” as I called him). Bob had frostbitten ears, too, so the resemblance is striking.

    It makes me happy that my parents were able to get him and take him to the humane society, where he had a chance of finding a happy forever home. In fact, I wonder if my parents will adopt him…

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    January recap

    Here we are, another month has gotten away from me. I’m trying to do a summary of “what I did this month” to keep me on track, so without further ado:

  • I didn’t spend a lot. My ultimate goal was to have a “no spend” month. I want to save some money, travel a bit, and be more conscious of what I purchase (and what I use). I’m tired of feeling like I have so much but yet I have nothing to wear. :p

    So…this month I bought a going-out/work top, a cardigan sweater, and a pair of boots. All were on sale or clearance and two were tried and tries–essentially pieces that I wear a LOT and love, just in different colors, so I know I’ll get a good amount of use out of them. It feels really good to step back and be more aware of what I’m purchasing. I think I enjoy the stuff more, too.

  • I also bought a yoga ball chair for home. Again, a tried and true because I’ve an identical one at work. I love them.

  • I got sick. The good news is, I was only sick for about two weeks, as opposed to last year when I was sick for about six weeks. I think my small changes are adding up!
  • I started limiting inflammatory foods. Ever since I was a kid I would have these patches of dermatitis. They would come and go seemingly at random and sometimes they would get pretty big and/bleed. It was gross. Well, now they are popping up in greater numbers. Normally this isn’t a big deal; it’s winter and I have dry skin so I expect it. But lately they’re beyond a little dry skin patch. They’re cracking and the cream I have isn’t working so well. I got a new prescription–$96 with insurance!–and was told my other option was steroid shots that stay in the body three months.

    Steroid shots!! For dry skin!!

    That’s when I decided a dietary change is in order. My derm said that like gluten and other inflammatory foods can trigger this, especially if people have autoimmune issues (like hypothyroid). So, I’m cutting out gluten and incorporating more greens, veggies, and things like coconut oil. We’ll see how things are at the end of this month.

  • I started knitting my first sweater! I am taking a sweater knitting class. It’s a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve been worried about the cats trying to play with the yarn but they’ve been really good, just sitting next to me or sleeping nearby while I knit.

  • Been picking up more freelance. I can’t wait to pay off my final student loan this year, yahoooo!

    In other news, last night I cleaned off my desk so once again I have a dedicated writing spot! ::throws confetti:: Meanwhile, here is a picture of Sophie chilling out as a knit:

    Sophie kitty relaxing on the back of couch with a Christmas blanket under her

    Sophie watching me as I knit. I haven’t wanted to put away the Christmas throw blankets yet. 🙂

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    The last few weeks have just “flu” by, har, har

    I’ve been meaning to post for ages. Honestly, I’ve got this 2017 retrospective in my drafts folder, and I am planning on posting about my new desk set-up (once I get my chair full assembled, I’ll finally have an actual workspace again), and blah, blah, blah. But as life would have it, I’ve been sick. I got sick the other weekend with what was either a super-short-lived-but-violent case of food poisoning or a super-short-lived-but-violent case of the stomach flu. Literally, within 24 hours I was weak, but up and somewhat mobile.

    Then yesterday I woke up feeling fairly OK but within an hour or two I had a fever and a massive headache and joint aches. I took some NyQuil* last night and while I am not 100% today, I’m much better. But still, it’s such a pain because I’ve planned these bigger house projects on the weekend and when you’re pretty much down for the count, you have to catch up during the week and honestly, do you really want to do all this work after working 8 hours? Not me.

    Still, I wanted to get a post in. I did have an awkward photo showing Grizzy, Sophie, and Sammi (puppy) on the bed with me! Despite the fact that I was pinned down on three sides, it was very sweet. 🙂 However, it looked like a war zone due to a ton of blankets being on the bed (Sammi had an accident on our comforter, so that was thrown over the closet door. Taking that to the cleaners.) So here are a few separate pictures of my furry nurses:

    Sammi puppy bundled up under the comforter

    Sammi is unimpressed.

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams on the chair in the living room

    Sophie and G, soaking up sunbeams.

    Thermometer showing my temperature of 100.8

    Finally going down a bit.

    In Summary:
    The bad news? I have been getting sick. Not a huge suprise, given a lot of bugs are going around.

    The good news? It appears I’m not getting *as* sick. I’m going to tentatively chalk this up to taking vitamins (fish oil, vitamins d and c) regularly. I’ve also been eating fewer inflammatory foods and more whole foods, and consciously doing more relaxing things (walking, reading, knitting), which helps keep the stress down. I’m also pumped because I just brewed a fresh batch of kombucha! My last scoby got moldy, so I held off brewing for a while. Then my lovely boyfriend bought me a kombucha heater so I decided it was time to start brewing again.

    I really believe these small, all-over-the-map changes are making a difference. I want 2018 to be the year I don’t get knocked down completely by every virus that goes around.

    I hope you are staying healthy, and that your 2018 is off to a good start. 🙂

    Do you have any tips on staying healthy? I’m all ears.

    *OMG NyQuil. I was scared to take it, but it was all we had in the house, so I went for it. The last couple times I’ve taken NyQuil I’ve had such horrible nightmares I swore it off. Last night I had some mildly unsettling dreams, which is better than the alternative, but right now I don’t think I’ll need it tonight and I am so glad!

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    Where there’s a bag…

    there’s a cat (trying to get inside).

     

    Sophie kitty snuggled up in Qdoba bag

    Looks like a tight fit, but when we pull back the handles a bit…

    Sophie kitty snuggled up in Qdoba bag

    She looks surprisingly comfy!

    Sophie kitty in the Qdoba bag

    Grizzy is trying to finagle a way into the bag, too.


    Been reflecting on this past year. Has it ever gone by fast! I read that one hypothesis as to why times seems to go by faster as we age is we’re not creating super-new memories. That is, usually some aspect of the event has been seen / felt / heard, etc. I wonder. Either way, it’s been a good year and I’m starting to reflect on it and everything that’s happened. And seeing as I am down for the count with a cold (ARGH!) I’ve been getting lots of couch-and-kitty time to do so.

    I hope your December is going swimmingly!

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    A bonded pair

    Isn’t this a sweet picture of the furkids?

    Sophiekitty and Grizzy on the chair

    One of my favorite pictures of the small fries.

    Everyone once in a while I think of shelter kitties with the sign “bonded pair.” It broke my heart that they were in the shelter, but it also made me so happy that they had a true, close friend.

    Lately I’ve seen these guys snuggled up together on their couch cushion (yes, “their” cushion. Up until a few months ago it was only Grizzy’s cushion). It makes my heart melt. My little bonded pair who will stay with me forever. ❤

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    Back in bed

    Sophiekitty snuggled up in my arm in bed

    Sophie chillin’ in her human bed.

    Ah, the life of a cat, being able to use your humans as a mattress/blanket/heating pad.

    Can I go back to bed? Please? Or have another few days off? I had a nice holiday, and spent lots of time with family, but now I need a day to catch up on everything else…like cleaning and laundry, and a side project that came in. Thankfully I’ve got some PTO banked and I plan to take a couple Fridays off.

    Now…to be productive! Wish me luck! And I hope you have a productive, happy week too. 🙂

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    Grizzy at the window

    Grizzy at the window pane

    I wonder what’s out there?

    I spied the G-cat at the window the other day and was lucky enough to snap a picture. He was there for quite a while. I wonder what he was looking at? I’m so glad he has more perches and windows to gaze out of now. 🙂

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    Thankful Thursday

    I’m thankful for so much, but I’m especially thankful for moments like this:

    Sammipup, Sophie, Grizzykitty

    I had been sitting with these three prior to taking the picture.

    It was such a sweet moment. 🙂


    In more thankful moments, I’m so happy I did a phone dump onto my computer last night! I’m now in the process – and not just thinking of it, haha – of sorting through images and then uploading them to Dropbox or the like. I hope to stay more organized going forward, deleting and/or transferring images weekly or month. It just helps me function better.

    May you have a lovely Thursday!

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