Furry Friday

This is an oldie, way back from when Titus was a baby and they could both fit in that bed together without spilling over the edges. ¬†Even back then though he thought he was an emperor… Just look at that smug look on his face ūüôā

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Bonus Material

I apologize for the poor, phone quality of the video, but if you ever wanted to see an orange cat climb a ladder for a treat, now is your chance! ūüėČ

Don’t mind the mess in the background… One of these days I will hang up all my artwork!

The Road Taken

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood and I —

I took the one less traveled by,

And that made all the difference

~ “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

I am not generally a great fan of poetry.  Poetry leaves too much up to interpretation and I much prefer my literature to have a linear story line.  This then begs the question, why feature part of a Robert Frost poem that has been quoted a million times over?

The simple answer is that is seemed quite appropriate for this post; I have finally decided on a path for myself!

I have spent nearly a decade standing at a figurative crossroads.  The idea is to pick a path (a career, a lifestyle, etc) and move on into adulthood, becoming a productive member of society in the process.  Sadly, I am undoubtedly a Libra; deciding on what to eat for dinner sometimes seems like an impossible task, so you can imagine how daunting it was for me to try to decide on a career path!  I wasted a lot of time and money and incurred a fair amount of heartache trying to decide which path will lead me to my ideal career and picture perfect life.  I have been doing a lot of soul-searching though, and a fair amount of research, and I am finally ready to move forward!

This August I am finally going back to school (and I am so excited!)

I have been talking about going back to school for a while but it is quite official now. ¬†I’ve registered for classes and paid tuition! ¬†I think I finally found something that I am actually interested in studying, that will be very hands-on, and that will actually prepare me for a career; a career that I can be proud of and that will fulfill my craftsmen’s soul.

Wish me luck!  (More on the details later ;-))

A Few of My Favorite Things

Think¬†Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music¬†…

A burned spy in Miami with a .40 caliber
Yummy tomato mixed with cucumber
An epic fantasy with too many kings
These are a few of my favorite things

The rhyming isn’t perfect, but it works for this post. ¬†I figured I would share a few of my current addictions.

First up…

“My name is Michael Westen. ¬†I used to be a spy…”

I love this show.  I am not quite as thrilled with the newest season as I have been with past seasons, but it only just started.  It should be especially interesting to see what happens with Mike and Fi.  Their relationship is nothing if not complicated!

My next favorite thing has also been turned into a TV show, but I am hooked on the books.

George R.R. Martin‘s “A Song of Ice and Fire” series is amazing thus far. ¬†I recently finished Game of Thrones and I am now about a quarter of the way through A Clash of Kings. ¬†This series is not quite like anything else I have ever read before. ¬†I am really not even sure how to describe it, so here is what Wikipedia¬†says about it:

The story of¬†A Song of Ice and Fire¬†takes place in a¬†fictional world, primarily upon a continent called¬†Westeros¬†but also on a large landmass to the east, known as¬†Essos.[5]¬†Most of the characters are human but as the series progresses other races are introduced, such as the cold and menacing¬†Others¬†from the far North and fire-breathing dragons from the East, both races thought to be extinct by the people of the story. There are three principal storylines in the series: the chronicling of a dynastic civil war for control of Westeros among several competing families; the rising threat of the Others, who dwell beyond an immense wall of ice that forms Westeros’ northern border; and the ambition of¬†Daenerys Targaryen, the exiled daughter of a king who was murdered in another civil war 15 years previously, to return to Westeros and claim her rightful throne. As the series progresses, all three storylines become increasingly interwoven and dependent on each other.

If you are interested in seeing what it is about, but not quite sure you want to read the books, you can check out the TV series Game of Thrones on HBO.  The first season followed the first book quite well, although I found the books a bit easier to follow.  There are a ton of characters!

I can’t wait to see what happens with Jon Snow, Arya Stark, and Gendry “The Bull”!

Lastly, we come to my latest favorite snack.

I call it tomato salad for lack of a better name.  It is simple and delicious.  Just mix sliced grape tomatoes, chopped cucumber, diced red onion, feta cheese, and a balsamic vinaigrette.  Yum!

A word of caution though… Keep an eye out for “helpers” when you are preparing your ingredients!