Belly=Baby, Salem=Shelter, Kittens=Missing, Shipping=Sucks, Packing=Nervewracking.

First of all, I want to congratulate my sister on her new addition.  Hudson Nicholas was born on August 23rd at 9:02 a.m.  He weighed in at 8 lbs, 3.1 oz, and was 19.5 inches long.  At his check-up yesterday, he gained 4 oz.  He’s adorable.

This past week has been hectic, and I haven’t had access to internet, except for my Palm, and there’s no way I’m going to write a whole blog post on that.  I was way excited to get one, and they do prove to be a way to kill time.  I don’t think I spent more than an hour away from it while I was at my sister’s house.

On the way home yesterday, the piece of crap car I’ve been driving since my other broke down, broke down about an hour and a half from home.  I called dad, and he came to get me, but he thinks the fuel pump went out.  Just like my other car.  Fuel pumps hate me, apparently.  So, the plan to take Salem to the shelter today isn’t happening, unless a car magically shows up that I can use.  I’m not really sure when I’m going to be able to take him, but I only have a few days left until I leave, and I have to take him soon.

I’ve been packing/cleaning all morning, and I’m a little sick of it already.  I was sure that I could fit all I needed to fit in both of my suitcases, but it’s already looking pretty bleak.  I’ve already picked through everything once or twice, making sure I really do need to bring it, and there’s still too much stuff to shove in my one suitcase.  My carry on is almost bursting at the seams because I shoved so many clothes in, and that’s not even counting the laundry I’m doing now.  I’ve already eliminated most of my summer clothes from the bag, things like tank tops, because I have a million, but it didn’t take long to fill the space left by them.  And I was also planning on sending the big, bulky things, such as towels, blankets and my winter coat, but when I got everything to the post office, the guy told me that the boxes were unacceptable, and I had to repack, and alas, there was no room left for my coat.  So I brought it home, thinking that it wouldn’t be a huge deal to have to pack it.  But it is.  And I would take all these things to the post office, box them up, and send them off, but I have no car to GET to the post office.  Oh wait a second, even in this town of 17 people, there is one!  I should probably get out of the house, and go see if they have boxes that I can send a few more things in.  Because I don’t especially want to send all my jackets.  I have about 4 hoodies that I want to bring, and a regular jacket.  Don’t forget the winter coat, either.

When dad picked me up yesterday, I asked how my kittens were doing.  Turns out Cairo and Felix went missing a few days ago, and haven’t returned.  They were my favorites.  The three that are left (Addison, Phoenix, and Pirate) aren’t as friendly.

I also need to finish getting a loan, because I have that extra $4,000 I can’t afford to pay before I start school.  I finally found a loan that I can apply for on my own, without a co-signer, but I looked at it on my phone.  I need to look at it, read details, and looks at interest rates before I let myself get too excited about it.  I hope that the two weeks before school starts is enough time to get it finalized.

And that’s pretty much all that’s going on in my world these days.  I’ll try to keep you updated while I finish packing (hopefully…), get Salem to a shelter, and move away from Wyoming.  (I miss my nephews already.)

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Catching Up

My work schedule has finally slowed down enough for me to take some time to write something.

I had a lot of fun hanging out with Braden for a week, and was a little bit sad to go back home.  I was excited, however, to sleep in my own bed.  After sleeping on the couch or chair, my bed felt like a cloud.

My yarn came the other day, and I’m really happy with it.  The colorway I chose is called “Williamsburg” in “Wool of the Andes”.  It’s 100% peruvian wool from knitpicks, and it’s really soft.  I haven’t really had the time to start the scarf, but I figure I have a few more months until I’ll need it to keep my neck warm.  I want to knit on the plane, but I’m not sure if that’s a possibility.

I’m more than halfway through “The Plains of Passage”, again, I haven’t had the time to read it very much.  Last night, while Kyle was out eating, I was laying in bed reading until about 11.  I also need to finish “Eat, Pray, Love” because it’s due back at the library in a few days.  I’m onto the second part; the last time I read it was on the drive back from North Dakota.

The kittens haven’t been featured in the blog for a long time, and today seems like a good time to mention them.  They’ve all grown quite a bit, but still aren’t weaned.  Cairo is the biggest, as I knew he would be.  Their pretty blue eyes aren’t blue anymore, but still pretty.

Yesterday, I went into Spearfish to pick Sam up from his grandma’s house and bring him home.  After we had lunch with her, we stopped at Dairy Queen and got some ice cream.  Mine melted and Sam didn’t like the grey ice cream in his blizzard.  I also stopped in at Aasylum Tattoo, and set up an appointment for my next tattoo.  I talked to the guy (AJ) who did my star, and he’s doing my next one as well.  I’m keeping the tattoo a secret, because I don’t want anyone else to get the idea into their head to get it before I do.  My appointment is August 2 at 3 p.m.  I’m super excited, but also a little nervous.  I am glad that I’m going to get it before I leave for college, because then I think I can wait to get another.  The saying about tattoos being addicting is true.

Curly Q

I had a wonderful morning this morning; playing with the kitties, eating some oatmeal, and taking pictures with my hair that I had curled, because I didn’t have anything more pressing than being girly.  (I uploaded most of the pictures I took to my flickr if you were curious).

While I was in Hulett, dropping Pat off at work, I picked up the mail and was delighted to find that the book I had ordered from amazon (One Fifth Avenue) had finally arrived!  I also stopped in at the library and picked up another book, although I have so many to read now.  The book I picked up was “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert.  I’d been hearing about the movie coming out, and was always a little curious when I would read about celebs seen carrying it around and whatnot.  When I was on the lunch date with Astrid, we stopped in at Wal-Mart afterward, and I saw it in the book section and read the back.  It hooked me, but I didn’t want to buy the book.  Whenever I’m in a library or bookstore, I have to get something.  It doesn’t matter what’s at home, or what’s checked out, or that I have no money to speak of, and I shouldn’t be spending it on books when I have to pay for COLLEGE in a month or so: I HAVE TO GET SOMETHING.  Which is why when I thought of books, I thought of “Eat, Pray, Love”.  I haven’t started it, but I’m excited.  I want to sit outside and read it, with sunshine on the pages and prickly green grass under my toes.

The next on my list, after “Eat, Pray, Love”, “The Mammoth Hunters”, and “One Fifth Avenue” (or in between the last two…)?  “Committed“… Or maybe, all of her novels…

Can’t Catch Up On Sleep…

Eclipse was awesome!  The theater was packed for the showing at 7, and when Pat and I were walking out the door when it was over, there was a velvet rope holding back a multitude of people waiting to get in for the 9.15 showing.  And that’s in Spearfish!  I wonder what the theaters in bigger towns had to contend with..

I haven’t been used to driving very far, Hulett being about 10ish minutes away, and the drive to Spearfish (an hour) and back was exhausting.  We didn’t get back home until 10, and I tossed and turned (which has become a nightly ritual) until I was able to finally fall asleep at around midnight.  Soon after, I was woken up by thunder, and I lay in bed and shook a little, because I still can’t get over my fear of thunderstorms.

For being used to going to sleep at 9 every night, this is a huge deal.  This morning, I woke up pretty early (8) and read for a little bit, say 20 minutes.  (I finished “The Valley of Horses”, and just started on “The Mammoth Hunters”.)  I read for a tiny bit, and then went back to sleep.  Dad came in to see why I was still in bed at 1.30.  The rest of the day was ruined.  I fed the animals, hung out with the kittens, talked to Kyle for a bit, read some more, watched t.v. and now I’m ready to go back to bed.

What a day.

Last night, on Eclipse, Bella was wearing a hat in the scene where she’s going up into the mountains to wait out the fight with Edward, and the minute I saw the hat, I wanted it.  I looked for patterns online, but haven’t come up with anything.  And it’s grey and white in the movie, but the photos online show that it’s a light green.  So who knows.  If I could find a pattern, I would probably make me a hat.  I love knitting hats.

Crazy Cat Lady

I spent the 4th cuddled in bed, reading “The Valley of Horses”.  I have about 20 pages left.  I finished “The Clan of the Cave Bear” and was really excited to start on the 2nd book in the series, which was one that I bought when I was in Spearfish the last time.  I also spent yesterday out with the kitties, which all have names now (see photo).  I feel like I’m turning into a crazy cat lady with all the blog space these little kitties get.

(I spelled “Phoenix” wrong.  Oops.)
But on another note, Pat and I are headed to town later today to go see “Eclipse”!  I’ve been dying to see it since I first saw the trailer, which was MONTHS ago.  I’m so glad I just decided on a whim to go see it.  I also have jobs lined up for this month, at least 2 weeks worth.  I love watching the little squares on my calendar get filled up with names of the people I’m working with.  It’s very satisfying.

Now, to cement my new status as crazy cat lady, I leave you with this picture.

Honestly, how cute is that? (I named the photo “twin hug” even though they were fighting; scratching, growling, biting, and hissing.  I just caught them while they both rested, and didn’t want to take their claws out of each other.)

SURPRISE!

So this morning, at about 6.33, Pat came into my room to borrow my headphones.  I heard him come in, and I heard him set something down.  I was convinced he found my camera and was putting it in my room.  I opened my eyes,  and through the not-quite-awake glaze, I looked around, ready to spot the red camera.

It wasn’t there.  I almost cried, but I lay back down, and fell asleep.

At 7.48 Pat came in again.  Just the sound of my door opening was enough to wake me up.

“Cass,” he says. “I’ve got a surprise for you.”

I get instantly excited.

“Did you find my camera?”

“Yes, but that’s not the surprise.  I was out looking at the kitties…” I expect him to tell me that there’s a new one, because last night, a little orange one showed up.  I nod, not quite expecting what he is going to say next.

“There’s five of them.”

WHAT!?  I throw the covers off of me, even though I’m still tired, and jump out of bed.  I demand that he show me, and we both go out to look at the babies.  There are indeed five of them; two little grey ones, one little tabby one, one orange one, and my tiny little baby, Addie.

I won’t go on and on, but Addie is the only girl, which is a shame, because I wanted to name one Laura.  I cuddle two or three at one time, then switch out, eager to pet and tame each tiny, fuzzy baby.

And because my camera came back, I can show you how cute they all are!This is my sweet little girl, Addison.

Although I was completely happy to have my camera back, Salem wasn’t.  He seems to think that when I take photos of him, he’s in trouble.

Then after I took the obvious pictures, I headed out to find the poppies.

(Which were dead.)  I also took pictures of the amazing, cloudless blue sky, and the lush, verdant landscape.

And, yesterday, while out for lunch, Astrid and I stopped in at a bookstore, because I was trying to find “Pride and Predjudice”.  I didn’t find it, but I found something that made me so happy I wanted to dance.  I found four (FOUR!) Clan of the Cave Bear books, the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  Two of them were hardcovers, and I got all four of them for under $20!  From the last post, you know how much I’m obsessed with Jean M. Auel, and I’m so excited that I own most of the series!  It was a good deal, a very good deal.  Fate, in fact, was definitely in play in that bookshop.

I’m pretty sure all the pictures of this post made up for the lack of pictures in all the other ones.  Me?  I’m just happy to have my camera back.