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It's been a year since I adopted my cats. I'm not sure exactly which day to count as their official "adoption day." The day I decided to adopt them? The day I sent the email requesting to adopt them? The day I signed the paperwork? The day I got the paperwork back? The day I got the paperwork back that they actually remembered to sign? In any case, it was sometime last January. By the time I adopted my cats they had already been living with me for seven months, so, really, at that point, it was mostly just legalities. And I...

I turned 38 over the weekend and it's officially safe to say that I am in my "late thirties." At 37 I could still say mid-thirties and be, technically, OK, but there is no denying that 38 is no longer mid. 38 lands in a solidly late position. Last year, turning 37, I wasn't really into my birthday. I just wasn't in a good place in my life and didn't have any energy or desire to celebrate turning one more year closer to 40. I ended up choosing a bar close to home, thanking friends when they kept cancelling because I didn't...

If you haven't noticed, I'm a list maker. I have my weekly to-do list full of tasks for my blogs and my personal life. I have my life list of all the things I want to do in my life. I have my 40 by 40 list of things I want to do before 40. I have my list of New Year's resolutions. Let's just say I love making lists. But, often, these lists I make are lists of things I want to do or plan to do or need to do. Rarely do I ever list out the things I have...

I just finished watching Marie Kondo's new show, Tidying Up, on Netflix. If you're not familiar with Marie Kondo she's the best-selling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Basically, she is the queen of organization. Using her KonMari method of tidying she promises that once you're done, you'll never have to tidy again. Watching the show made me want to get rid of everything. It made me want to take out all my clothes, take out all my books, take out all my miscellaneous items, and sort through them. It made me...

I always get kind of nervous to look back, in December, at the resolutions I had made for the year back in January. Usually, by now, I've completely forgotten what, exactly, I pledged to do with my twelve fresh months. Oh, who am I kidding, I usually forget by February. I was pleasantly surprised, though, this year, when I reread my 2018 New Year's resolutions. Sure, there were things I knew I didn't accomplish. I didn't lose any weight or really cut down on sugar like I wanted to do. I mean, I guess I did lose some weight and did cut...

I sent Christmas cards for the first time ever this year. Every year I think about doing it, usually briefly, and then dismiss the idea. I mean, it's one of those things adults should probably do. Like buying a Swiffer and making unprompted dentist appointments. But sending Christmas cards always seemed like too much effort. You have to buy the cards. The perfect cards. You have to sign the cards. With the perfect greeting. You have to gather everyone's addresses. And not forget anyone. And then put all of those addresses on envelopes. And you have to figure out how one...

I hate baking. I think it's one of those things that I like in theory. I mean, in theory, I like the idea of baking. I like the idea that with some eggs and flour and sugar I can make magic. I like the idea of fresh baked apple pies with a glistening lattice crust. I like the idea of rich, chocolatey layer cakes topped with gooey buttercream and thick ganache. I like the idea of warm muffins bursting with fresh blueberries straight from my oven. But, out of theory, baking is just messy. [caption id="attachment_93049" align="alignnone" width="1400"] Baking is just...

I took the last week off of work. My office was already going to be closed for two and a half days for the Thanksgiving holiday so, really, I was just taking 2.5 more. I have about a bazillion unused vacation days so I'm on that year-end scramble to use it or lose it that's also buying me an extra week off in December. I had no plans for my week off other than to snuggle with my cats and to get shit done. Because, really, that's my plan for every moment of free time I have: snuggle with my cats...

It's that time of year again when I start thinking ahead to Christmas. And when I think ahead to Christmas I start spending all of my spare time shopping for presents online. But then, of course, I find a million things I really want for myself instead and I start making wish lists of all those things I found that I would buy for myself if only my bank account had a positive balance. So here are some presents you should give me for Christmas or my birthday because maybe you secretly love me and have more cash than I do....