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2016 Recap

January 2, 2017

January: Along with losing the magical David Bowie and Alan Rickman, we also lost my husband’s grandfather, who was a man like no other. We also contended with Winter Storm Jonas, which dumped 2 feet of snow on us in less than 24 hours. Despite all the heartache, January 2016 ended with a bang when season 10 of The X-Files premiered. I had been waiting for that since the series ended in 2002.

February: Mike got me a cat tree for Valentine’s Day, which the cats love. We also started watching the Netflix original documentary Making a Murderer, which was so interesting and infuriating.

March: Mike and I took an overnight trip to Pittsburgh to celebrate his birthday. I also found a product to help with Nefarian’s chronic urinary tract infections.

April: Mike and I took a second trip to Pittsburgh to celebrate my 36th birthday but we decided to stay for two nights this time.

May: We made our last mortgage payment and, after 5 years, finally own our house outright! Raven finished her first year of college. Also, Juliet Landau started following me on Twitter.

June: June was just a normal month and I can’t remember anything that happened.

July: I ended up with a horrible sinus infection that would continue to plague me for most of 2016. The neighbors who live on the hill above us left their pregnant cat behind and she ended up having 3 babies, 1 of which passed away.

August: Raven started her second year in college. She also launched her first comic on Amazon.

September: We found homes for the two kittens (my Mom took one and my Mother-In-Law took the other) and Raven took it upon herself to “adopt” the mother, making sure to take care of her, feed her and give her attention every day. She named her Ripley, after Sigourney Weaver’s character in the Alien franchise.

October: Went to our friend’s annual Halloween party. I dressed as Wednesday Addams and Mike dressed as Yukon Cornelius.

November: The election happened and this was the first year Raven was old enough to vote. She was so excited.

December: This Christmas was a lot let stressful than past ones, mainly because I got 80-percent of the Christmas shopping down in November. We were able to relax a bit and do more Christmas-related festivities. We also had our first annual gingerbread house competition and I won!

While that isn’t everything that happened this year, I think it does give a good general rundown of my 2016. Sometime at the beginning of 2016, Mike and I decided that we wanted to leave West Virginia and move down to South Carolina. We’re not sure when that will happen, but it is a goal that we are working on.

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It’s Almost Here

December 22, 2016

I cannot believe that Christmas is only a few days away and then, in a short week, we will be ringing in the New Year.

Does it seemed like 2016 has flown by way too quickly to anyone else?

Anywho, I am happy to say that this Christmas is unlike the last so many where I was rushing around trying to finish the necessary gift buying before the 25th. All of our Christmas shopping is done! In fact, I got the most important people bought for before December 1! I know, I can hardly believe it myself. But I did, thank the good Lord! So this December I haven’t been stressed, at least not anymore than normal, or worried. And let me tell you, it has been nice.

I am planning on writing the whole 2016 recap blog post that I, and just about every other blogger, does every year so check back for that, or not, you know whatever.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays!

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We Are Currently Christmas Tree-Less

November 27, 2016

This past summer I decided to throw away our Christmas tree. We have had it for way too long, something like 15 years I think, and needed a new one. But I just cannot bring myself to pay full price for an artificial tree when I know, in a few short weeks, they will be clearanced after the holidays. So, we considering getting a live tree this year. Mike and Raven have never had a live Christmas tree and I thought, if there was ever a time to have a live tree it would be now. But then I thought, how the hell am I going to keep the cats from a live tree? Pine can be dangerous for cats and, as I am sure you know, my cats are my babies and I don’t want to do anything that puts their health in jeopardy. So, I’m not sure what we’re going to do.

It seems so odd, though,  not having the tree up. Typically, the Christmas tree would be up and decorated by the first week of November. Here we are, almost into December, and we have no tree. But I really, really don’t want to spend $150 to $200 (if not more) on an artificial tree when they will be marked down by at least 50-percent the day after Christmas. I am, however, going to spend today putting up the other Christmas decorations so it will at least look a bit festive with or without a tree.

 

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It’s Election Time

November 8, 2016

I voted in the 2016 election.Despite suffering from a sinus infection and mild bronchitis, went to the doctors Friday and still not feeling any better, I dragged my big butt out to the polls to vote. And I cannot wait until this whole election season is over because, let’s face it, it’s been a horrible one. All sides have been spewing hate at each other much more easily then previous elections. And it’s ridiculous. You wanna know why kids are so disrespectful today? Because they see their parents, grown adults, calling other people horrible and just down right nasty names.

I don’t care who you voted for in this or any election, I judge you on your heart and not your political or religious choices. There are good people who are voting for Hillary and there are good people who are voting for Trump. Your choice of candidates don’t matter to me.

I just hope that, whoever wins, we as a country can heal and work together to make America better than ever.