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And how my household menagerie increased by three

by on Jan.30, 2009, under Personal

Hrmm, and yet again, it seems I can’t post but once a month at the best, often every other month.  But, considering the whirlwind that has been December and January, I’m amazed I’m posting at all!  SO, let’s drill down to the details of the last few months.

First, I know have 3 very young, very cute kittens in my life.  The story of how this came to be was as unexpected as it was tragic.  It started off with a typical late night for me – walking Malcolm after playing some video games and getting ready for bed.  It continued that night with the sounds of mewing coming from an empty unit in my duplex area.  Specifically, the shed of an empty unit at the end of a row of empty units – in a place where being empty (can I use empty a few more times?) there should be no reason for mewing to be heard.  Needless to say, I was most curious and being the guy I am, I investigated.  Of course I investigated after knocking on the door repeatedly to try and make sure it really was empty (as well as glancing in the back window to further confirm this fact).  After ensuring said unit truly was empty, I opened the shed door, which was stuck shut.  Note by stuck, I mean it took some effort to really get it open.  It’s doubtful that the wind could have shut it so forcefully.  Further indication that there was something wrong with the situation was that there was a box inside the shed with 3 kittens, about 3-4 weeks old.

Now, I’ll admit, I was sorely tempted to walk away, and say it’s none of my business.  However, the next night it was supposed to be down to 15 degrees or so, and that day it was a balmy 45-50.  As such, if I didn’t do something, these 3-4 week old kittens would be dead 3-4 week old kittens.  I couldn’t just sit by and do nothing.  Thus, the next day, I called the property manaagement folk to confirm that yes the place really was empty, and that I could take care of the kittens.  Then, lunch that Monday, I became the property of 3 very hungry, very tiny, but so adorably cute kittens.  They’ve been with me since, and have taken a definte role in keeping me active, forcing me to keep the house clean and maintained much more so than in the past.  It’s amazing what responsiblity can do to a person!

SO, that’s the big event of the last few months.  Aside from that Christmas was lovely, and flew by without too much to denote it as anything beyond the typical christmas.  New Years was a blast, with a rodeo and a dance, and the intervening time has been occupied with work, keeping these kittens in a reasonably happy state, and related activities.

Now, the side note to all of this though it’s not really a side note with the menagerie I’ve developed, is that I’ve a puppy dog who’s really not sure what his take on the whole situation is.  On one side, I think he enjoys the fact that the house is pretty clean, and that I sleep mroe regularly.  On the other side, I think he definitely is NOT liking that he’s no longer the only furball in the house and thus the only one receiving attention.  However, that’s life and he seems to have adjusted pretty well to it, all things considered.

There’s other news of course, but I think I’ll save that for another post.  For now, the kittens are calling, as is my pillow, blankets, and the promise of sleeping in this weekend!

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For love of riding, animals, and living in the country

by on Nov.23, 2008, under Personal

It’s been a bit since I’d posted anything, and though not a huge amount has changed recently, I thought I’d toss in a few things.  November is rapidly approaching a close, and there’s at least a few newsworthy events in life that are of worth noting.

First, Malcolm is very close to getting a sibling, as I’ve been debating heavily getting another dog.  There are a lot of reasons for and against that, mostly dealing with expense and whether or not I’ll be staying where I’m currently living.  However, I do think Malcolm could use someone to hang out with when I’m not around.  He’s not getting any younger, and having someone to play with might help him stay active and young.  I went to the humane society the other day, and there are some gorgeous dogs there… the trick is picking just one and not taking home 4 more!  Hopefully more information will come regarding that soon, as no decisions have been made yet.

Second, my brother may be leaving me soon as a roommate, leaving me on my own for the first time since I first moved out of my parents house.  I have had a roommate continuously for the last 7 years and this will be a major change in my life.  I do think it will be a good change for me, and hopefully a step towards my long term goal of home ownership, but I also wonder about the side effects.  It can be pretty lonely living on one’s own, and I don’t actually talk to that many people anymore anyways. I don’t go to the bars all too often, and aside from work, I don’t have a large amount of interaction with people.  Hopefully that will change in the upcoming months, but it’s still someone concerning to see how I do with no one around all the time.

I’ve talked in the past about buying a house.  Here recently, I made a decision to wait and instead focus on paying off my truck.  I want a house, 10 acres of land, and to be outside of the city limits, and that is expensive and with the truck payment, more debt and such than I want to consider at this time.  I know there are cheaper options if I wanted to live closer to Columbia or not have so much land, but I’ve been riding enough and doing enough thinking lately that that’s the kind of life I want to lead.  Don’t get me wrong, I like cities, and being close to people on occasion, and I know I’ll miss being able to hop over to Wal-mart at 12am because I ran out of something or other.  On the other hand, being out in the country where I have my own house, no neighbors partying and smoking and such until wee hours of the morning, well, that will be priceless.Of course, with 10 acres, I can have a party and bonfire and not worry about disturbing the neighbors, which will be even more awesome!

SO, the goals I have for the next year at this point are to get my truck paid off, purchase a horse saddle (western seat, roping), and probably a horse trailer, and maybe a horse depending on finances.  I’m getting the saddle and trailer out of the way, as I can use those now, and those are one-time purchases (hopefully!).  If all goes well, and I continue to like horse back riding and the things I’m doing, the horse will come later next year I hope!  Then, once that’s all taken care of, I can look at the house and 10 acres, though I must admit, I do browse the real estate guides occasionally, and man there are some nice houses available!

There’s a number of other things going on in life, related to all of the above, but I think that’s enough of an update for now 😉  More importantly, it’s time to eat.  Malcolm is complaining very loudly about his food bowl being empty, and I have more cleaning and organizing to do.  Take care all, and god bless!

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A beautiful woman

by on Sep.18, 2006, under General, Personal

StephanieI figured it was probably time to post this on my blog, although many of you (if not all) probably are aware that I have met a very beautiful and amazing woman smile  Stephanie came into my life about two months ago, and it's been an amazing experience for me.  SO, I figured it was more than time enough to let everyone else know about this amazing woman.

Steph and I started dating July 26th (so, not quite two months – oh well).  We'd talked quite a bit before hand, and had many conversations before actually going on a "date".  Since then though, it's been a roller-coaster of events. In the past few months, we've traveled to St. Louis to visit the science center, taken trips around town, had MANY conversations, cooked dinner together, and we've planned (and even gone on some) adventures.  We work well together, feeling comfortable around each other.  It's truly been an amazing experience, and I look forward to the upcoming months (years?  Who knows?).  

Here are some brief details about Steph, why we fit, and more information smile  First, Steph is VERY much a traditional country girl.  Her family are farmers, and she grew up with her dad working in the fields, her mom taking care of the house, and she agrees with me on the view that a parent should stay home if possible.  Of course, we're both traditional in the aspect that she's definitely interested in doing the housework, while I worked outside of the house wink

Now, not only do we share the traditional household views, but we also share many other interests, such as playing pool, bowling, hiking, being outdoors, and even here lately, a very common interest in World of Warcraft (my current big addiction, other than Steph).  We've spent a lot of time together, and here soon, plan on spending even more time together as she changes jobs.  Every day I talk to her, I find more things that amaze me about her.  

Well, that's a brief list of a very long bit of information, but I hope that whets the appetites of everyone wink  Or at least, I hope this lets people know I've not been a TOTAL bum lately (as well as explaining why I may not have kept up with people as much recently) wink  

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