This blog may be dark for just a bit

Hi readers! I am working on moving this blog to a different host so there may be a bit of interruption. Just an FYI in case you find you can’t access it in the next couple of weeks.

Published in: on 04/12/2017 at 4:22 AM  Comments (2)  

April’s Pipsticks!

I got my April Pipsticks sticker subscription box and it does not disappoint. This is the best $9.95 per month that I have ever spent. I really recommend it.

This month had a bit of a rainbow theme which I am totally all about.

I got some lovely little elephants, some GREAT puffy bunnies in suits, a bunch of international ladies, and the one really bright rainbow sheet actually has letters that say DREAM BIG. Got a teddy bear in a sombrero with a piñata and cactus, a postcard to color, some classic rainbows, and a sheet of metallic rainbow that I can cut myself. Pretty good haul. I’m going to stay subscribing for sure.

Published in: on 04/08/2017 at 3:25 AM  Leave a Comment  

Book Riot: Harry Potter Cocktail Pairings

My latest: http://bookriot.com/2017/04/05/harry-potter-cocktail-pairings/

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My Birthday Surprise: Wildlife Learning Center!

For my birthday last Saturday, Cole surprised me with a private, up-close-and-personal tour at the Wildlife Learning Center in Sylmar, CA. You guys: IT WAS AMAZING! The Wildlife Learning Center is a home for animals that have been saved from the exotic pet trade (or were kept, stupidly, as pets) as well as animals rescued from the fur trade or animals who have been rehabilitated from injury or illness but would not survive if placed back in the wild. The animals here were very well-kept and not at all sad as we have seen at some zoos.

We did the Zoofari Tour with the added python because I really love snakes. You can also just pay $9 (adults) or $7 (kids) and go look at the animals. When we were there they were hosting a kid’s birthday party.

Our tour started out by getting into the enclosure with a serval, who we did not get to pet, but she was very well-behaved for being a wild cat. The tour guide gave her snacks and she was content for a few minutes while we took pictures but then she was no longer interested in snacks and was more interested in jumping down and checking us out. She was on a leash and so the guide told us that kitty was done being cooperative and it’s time for us to get out of the enclosure.

The lynxes were hiding so we didn’t get to see them and the red foxes were adorable and one definitely wanted snuggles but we were told he doesn’t know the difference between play-biting and actual-biting so we didn’t get to hang out with them.

Next we got to go feed the porcupines. HOLY SHIT, YOU GUYS: PORCUPINES ARE AWESOME! I didn’t know they climbed and yet, there they were, climbing all over the chain link fence. They were so curious and wanted to keep sniffing around our feet. They would waddle around on their hind legs and grab the vegetables we were handing them. We didn’t get any video with them but in case you didn’t know, porcupines make the BEST sounds when they eat, for example:

I was dying. I was laughing so hard. I can’t get over how cute they were.

Next we got to meet and hold a tawny owl who was absolutely beautiful. I really love owls and plan to get an owl tattoo in the future.

We got to see all kinds of other animals: bald eagles, prairie dogs (who apparently went through a grumpy season and never came out of it), alligators, squirrel monkeys, tortoises, macaws, and many reptiles. When we were in the reptile room the guide told us that she can take out most anything we wanted so we were like TAKE OUT ALL THE CRITTERS but there were some people who were in the reptile room that were very much not happy that we were doing this. Actually, we were blocking their path to the exit and they didn’t want to walk by us while we were handling snakes and baby alligators and legless lizards.

We then went to a private area and they brought out a Fennec Fox for us to pet and he was so cute and so so soft. We then got to hold and take pictures with an albino Burmese Python, hooray! It grabbed Cole’s butt with its tail and gave him a squeeze.

The Wildlife Learning Center is also home to Zeus, an internet-famous screech owl. He is blind and has blood vessels(?) in his eyes that look like constellations. I had no idea screech owls were so small. He was very cute.

We then got to pet a sleeping sloth. The guide gave him a piece of zucchini. He bit it then fell asleep with it in his mouth. It was hilarious. He opened his eyes briefly when I pet him but them promptly fell back asleep, as sloths do.

After our tour, we went home, changed, ate lunch, then went to Disneyland.

This was one of the best birthdays, thank you Cole!

Published in: on 04/05/2017 at 6:21 PM  Leave a Comment  

An American in Paris

Last week we went to see An American in Paris, which runs at the Hollywood Pantages through April 9th. I’d never actually seen the show or movie and was pleasantly surprised at all the songs I know and that they are all in one show. As always, I look at the list of musical numbers to know what the last song of Act I is so that I can be ready to run to the bathroom before the line gets crazy. For this show it happens to be “Second Rhapsody”/”Cuban Overture”.

In the foyer, during intermission, post bathroom use:

Cole: You were up like lightning!

Me: Yes, good thing I know what a rhapsody sounds like.

Cole: I don’t know what a rhapsody sounds like. Well, unless it’s particularly Bohemian in nature…

Me: That was… terrible.

Published in: on 04/05/2017 at 3:32 AM  Leave a Comment  

How many days since…

I’m still fighting off this most recent bout of depression. I’m doing better than I was about a month ago, that’s for sure. But occasionally I’ll still start crying at the drop of a hat, or when Cole does something totally harmless.

A couple weeks ago, in bed:

Cole: How are you doing?

Me: <starts crying out of nowhere>

Cole: I’m going to make one of those “It’s been this x number of days since Suzi last cried” signs.

Me: We should also make one that’s like, “It’s been x number of days we have been together successfully without a dinosaur attack.”

Cole: Uh, okay…

Me: So we can say, well, it’s only been 2 days since Suzi last cried BUT it’s been 1,841 days that we’ve been together without a dinosaur attack so not everything is terrible.

Published in: on 04/04/2017 at 11:44 PM  Comments (1)  

March in Review

Hey hey everyone! Here’s my round-up of goals in March:

I did much better with sending snail mail this month. My goal is one piece per week and I definitely exceeded it.

We’ve been cooking at home but it looks like a little too much eating out still. More than I would like. The great thing is, the healthy cooking at home was reflected in my numbers in my most recent doctor’s visit so we’re doing pretty well overall.

Haven’t done much aside from walking, but definitely doing well on getting in my 10K steps at the minimum. Yesterday I actually got 17,000+ steps. It’s not the best of exercise, but at least I keep moving.

Still not blogging as much on my personal blog as I would like to be, but met my goal of 4 posts per month. I have a few lined up for this month already, it’s just a matter of sitting down and writing them.

We went to 3 new restaurants this month, including an Indian restaurant walking distance from us which we have gone to twice. It’s pretty delicious.

Other goals:

  • Increase my Book Riot posting from 2 posts per month to 3 posts per month: To be honest, I just barely turned in my two posts for the month on time. I’ve been suffering from writer’s block for sure.
  • Maintain my mint.com account: I log in every day to make sure everything is in order. Doing great with this goal.
  • Go to 4 archery shoots: I’ve gone to zero so far. Fail.
  • Review the books I read: Yes, I’ve been doing this except I HAVEN’T BEEN READING! I’m trying to get back on the reading wagon.
  • Pay down credit cards: ehhhh, working on it?
  • See 2 friends per month: Yes! I most definitely saw at least two friends this month.
  • Explore 6 new (to us) neighborhoods: We haven’t done any yet…
  • Continue ukulele: I’ve practiced almost every weekday during lunch this month. I’m definitely improving and I’m still enjoying it.
  • Drink at least one glass of water per day: I’ve been doing pretty great with this. Perhaps the best that I ever have.
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Book Riot: Reading is Vital to My Health

My latest on Book Riot: http://bookriot.com/2017/04/04/reading-is-vital-to-my-health/

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A Visit to the Doctor

Once, many years ago, I was at the OB/GYN for a routine check-up. The nurse practitioner I saw told me that she wasn’t going to test me for STIs because I “don’t look like the type of girl who needs it.” I was stunned. I had no idea what that meant. But, I was in my 20s and didn’t know I could speak up for myself to a medical professional. I figure that they knew better than I did and it took me a while to learn that I owe it to myself to be my own advocate in medical appointments. No one knows me better than me.

Yesterday, I had my yearly physical. I’m happy to report that my numbers (blood pressure, cholesterol, weight) are looking better than they did last year. The first thing I did that made me proud of myself was, I told the nurse my weight. I weighed myself in the morning, at home, where I’m not stressed and haven’t eaten a day’s worth of food. She said she was going to take my weight and I instead told her how much I weighed. She didn’t argue, which relieved me.

I also had looked at my medical history through the online health portal and saw that there were some psychiatric diagnoses in there that I had never been diagnosed with. I am, however, taking meds that are commonly used for those things but I take them to address other issues. Again, I spoke up for myself yesterday and told the doctor that I have never had these diagnoses and requested they be removed from my record. He had no problems at all doing that and did it as I sat right there, looking at the screen.

Contrary to popular belief, I still have trouble speaking up for myself in certain situations but I’m proud that I finally used my voice yesterday and I encourage you to do the same.

Published in: on 03/29/2017 at 5:42 PM  Leave a Comment  

March Wizarding World Loot Crate

The most recent Wizarding World of J.K. Rowling Loot Crate was very Hogwarts house-centric. I’m a Slytherin so I got some exciting Slytherin goodies!

Here’s the description of what came in the box:

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Sorting Hat pin! It’s small and I appreciate that.

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Hogwarts Express lanyard! I currently have no use for one, but it’s good to have on hand.

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This is what I’m most excited about! When at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Hollywood I would always lament that there were Griffyndor duffel bags but never Slything. My wish has been granted!

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A fun Hogwarts 3/4 sleeve ringer shirt!

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I never ever wear beanies here in too sunny Los Angeles, but now I own one in case I ever want to.

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Published in: on 03/28/2017 at 4:23 PM  Leave a Comment  
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