story of my life

Proof of Life: 2016 Edition

Hey guys, I’m here.  I’m still alive.  Things have been incredibly busy.  I figured I’d drop you a few brief lines to update you on what the hell I’ve been up to and to let you know that I’m still here, this blog still exists, and hopefully soon I’ll have time to update it all right and proper.

In February, about a year out from his PU surgery, Shadow had another flare-up of cystitis.  He blocked, something that is incredibly rare post-PU.  There wasn’t an issue with the site itself; his bladder was just so incredibly sludgy with crystals.  The cath went in so easy that we’re actually wondering if he was really blocked, or if he was just withholding urine because it was so painful to let it go.  At any rate, he was cath’d, given prazosin and buprenorpherine, and sub-q fluids.  He remained hospitalized for a week mainly out of an overabundance of caution, and we’ve switched him to wet food full-time.  He refused c/d so after much trial and error, we found that Royal Canin Urinary SO seems to work for him.  It was incredibly nerve-wracking and I might have had a slight breakdown after the vet told me he had blocked (because he wasn’t supposed to be able to do that anymore!!!!!).  But since switching him to the SO, and mixing it with water for a slurry with each meal, and adding an additional water fountain and litter box to the basement, his bladder has cleared up and his last urinalysis was so clean it “looked like water.”  Let’s hope it stays that way.

I would visit Shadow at the hospital every night, and he would cling to me and cuddle like this.

In March, I lost Q.  I woke up one morning and found her body.  She was curled up in the same manner in which she slept, so at first I thought she was still just sleeping.  It was incredibly surprising because while she wasn’t a young cat (she was 10), she wasn’t old, either.  She had no known health problems, and had been her normal self the night before.  The vet explained to me that sometimes cats can suffer massive heart attacks or aneurysms just like humans, and theorized that was what happened to her.  I spent several weeks grieving and having momentary lapses where I’d panic and think I’d forgotten to feed her.  It still feels so very weird to now think that we’re a 4-cat household instead of a 5-cat household.  I miss her and think of her often, but I am glad that she went so peacefully.


I have been working two jobs – my normal job in Nashville, and another one that I picked up on the side back in December that is a work-at-home online.  That one is also seasonal, and I was off for several months, but another project started back up in April.  So I’ve been working 12+ hours a day, 7 days a week, because both jobs have been offering overtime.  It’s been really bad for this blog and my sanity, but great for my bank account.  Which is important because…

…we’re buying a house!  Well, a condo, to be exact!!  As long as everything goes as planned, CB and I should close on our first home together next month.  We are incredibly excited because we are losing so much time (3 hrs round trip each day) commuting from our jobs in Nville to our home in Cville.  The condo is less than 20 minutes from my job!  It is SUPER cute and WAY more space than we’re used to.  I think the extra space will be good for the cats, especially the urinary boys… more space = less territory issues and less stress = less chance of cystitis flare-ups.  I am looking forward to having my own, spacious kitchen in which to cook and create new blog recipes!  Plus, there are a ton of windows which is going to be great for food photography!


This is a fish tank embedded into the wall of a house we viewed.  No.  We did not buy this house.  Yes, this is an incredibly unflattering picture of me.  You can see how shocked and amazed I was to see A DAMN FISH TANK EMBEDDED IN THE FREAKING LIVING ROOM WALL.

A great reason we’re moving when we are is because I am going back to school!  When I left the teaching field in 2010, I was a few hours into a M.A. in Secondary Education.  I was so sick of attending classes at that point, and I knew I didn’t want to continue with that degree, so I just dropped out.  As the years have gone by, I’ve realized I’m still definitely interested in the field of education, but my passion lies more at the university level and in administration.  So starting next week, I will be returning to earn my M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership – Higher Ed.  I’m pretty nervous because it’s been 10 years since undergrad!  I’m possibly going to be one of those annoying non-traditional students.  I met with my advisor about a month ago and she was really nice, and I got to ask her all sorts of questions like, “So do all the cool kids bring laptops to class nowdays, or iPads?” (because it was totally a notebook + pencil back in my day).  She will also be the professor teaching my first class, so that’ll be good.  Most M.Ed. programs are structured for professionals who have day jobs, so I’ll be doing classes on nights and weekends.  Even less free time!

In another news, CB and I bought a certified refurbished iRobot Roomba 650 on Amazon, and added on a $15 3-year warranty.  This thing has been a life changer.  We call her “Dia,” short for “Diarrhea,” because we’re constantly dumping her (also for the feminine Latin “goddess,” because she’s totally our domestic, lifesaving goddess).  CB and I are both fairly neat, but with all of our cats, we’re always getting tumbleweeds and hairballs and stray litter.  Dia is programmed to launch at 6:30 every night, and as we sit here eating dinner and decompressing, she’s scurrying around, keeping our floors beautiful.  It’s such a relief to not have to sweep constantly!

With all the hecticness that has been my life lately, I haven’t gotten to ride my bike any (chained to the computer all day, every day), and I’ve been lucky to stay keto about 50% of the time.  I haven’t lost any more weight, but I’ve been pretty good at maintaining.  I’ll take that as a victory for now.

Last week, CB and I dropped our ungodly $200/mo T-Mobile plan in favor of Google Project Fi.  We’re LOVING it so far.  $45/mo for each of us, and it didn’t hurt us at all to switch from the Samsung Galaxy S7 to the Nexus 5X.  I’m actually really enjoying how much I can customize my Nexus (and I was really worried about losing my Galaxy – I’ve had one since CB and I got married!).  Any other Project Fi members in the house?

Oh, and I turned 33 last week.  Still feeling better than I did at 23!


On my birthday, with the incredible murloc my Other Mother (bff’s mom) crocheted me as a gift.  Isn’t it adorable?!

I can’t wait to show you guys pictures of our actual condo.  Once we close and move in, I’ll have all sorts of material for you.  It’s covered in wallpaper, so that’s going to be an adventure.  I’ll document all of our renovations/DIY adventures here, as well as get back to blogging about low carb food.

Until then!

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    1. I’m sorry, Tamika, but I’ve signed a pretty strict non-disclosure agreement that prevents me from discussing my employment in any specificity online. That’s why I never name either company in my posts! Suffice it to say that I work in high-stakes educational assessment, and a minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree (and they usually want you to have a teaching background, also). That should give you enough information to search for those types of jobs :) Good luck!

  1. Sorry to hear about Shadow! Losing a pet is so hard.

    Congrats on the new place and education plans!!

    I am so jealous about the Roomba. I would love to have one.

  2. Sorry to hear about Q. I lost my baby, Mental, back in 2009, the exact same way, at the age of 10, in her sleep, with nothing wrong with her. I know how hard it can be.

    And LOVE the Murloc! I play WoW every single day. She should sell those…..I’d totally buy one! lol

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