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Have you loved your local public library recently?

Despite the fact that I’ve always wanted to be a librarian, I’ve never been a big fan of borrowing books from one.  How come?  For one, I really enjoy owning my books and always having them there on the shelf, knowing that I can revisit them at any time that I so desire.  Also, it always seems that all of the books that I want from the library have been borrowed 10,000 times by the dirtiest, least book loving people imaginable.  Between the torn pages, penciled in notes, and miscellaneous stains, I’m typically left vigorously rubbing hand sanitizer into my palms every five minutes.

HOWEVER, I am always trying to change my ways and grow as a person, so when a co-worker asked me to check out a local-to-the-office library that she likes, I was incredibly excited to do so.  We visited The McAuliffe Branch of the Framingham Public Library, which is much smaller than the main branch (which, I will admit, I have yet to visit), but is absolutely wonderful inside!  They have a good selection of books right there (you can also order books from any library in the Minuteman Network or borrow electronic versions to your Kindle) and all of the books that I looked at are – gasp – CLEAN!

I didn’t waste any time in getting my hands on a card of my own either.  As soon as I got back to the office, I hopped online and put my name in on the list for The Buddha in the Attic and look forward to the call and/or e-mail notifying me that it’s in.

In short, I urge everyone to check out some library close to their home.  Libraries seem to be doing a lot to get on board with the trend towards digital reading and, really, our communities need libraries to stay.

Do you have a favorite nearby library that you frequent?

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Where did the last week go?

I’ve been a total dead beat about updating my blog lately.  Oops.  The past week has been incredibly busy and I have felt a little under the weather.  I had big plans to write about a book that really stinks (World War Z) and one that is pretty amazing (The Hunger Games), but those will have to wait until next week.  For today’s non sequitur Thursday post, I’m going to post a brief run-down of the highlights from the past seven days.  Why?  Because, well, why not?

Thanksgiving!

My husband and I celebrate Thanksgiving on the down-low.  Not because we’re anti-holiday, America, or family, though.  For one, we’re vegetarian.  And while most people don’t really care if we’re not partaking in the meaty dishes, we find that excluding ourselves from the mix just alleviates some awkwardness.  Plus it’s just nice to stick close to home sometimes.

Last year we started up a little tradition of our own.  We make Indian (not Native American) dishes and feed up something special for the kitties.  Everyone ends the day completely stuffed, content, and delightedly lethargic.

What the cats ate - not the humans.


Zoo Time

Black Friday.  It didn’t bring me out to the mall – after working retail for 6+ years, I’ve had more than enough of the over-zealous crowds hunting for killer bargains.  Additionally, we have been experiencing some unseasonably beautiful weather in Massachusetts, so why would you want to spend it indoors?  So, I did what any 27 year-old woman would do — I packed up my camera and went to the zoo in hopes of seeing the Red Panda babies.  While I didn’t get to the Red Pandas (they were sleeping), I spied loads of baby animals, active big cats, and a family of entertaining gorillas.  And, because it was the day after Thanksgiving, there weren’t too many crowds.

Precious!

Christmas Tree + Christmas shopping

We picked up our Christmas tree on Friday night.  I have no pictures, but it’s adorable and yet to be decorated.  I’m incredibly happy that I’m not waiting until the last-minute to do everything this year.  I’ve even already begun my Christmas shopping – wow!

Baby Shower in New Jersey

My dear friend is expecting twins.  This past weekend she had her baby shower (in NJ).  I packed myself up into the Scion and drove on down there to celebrate.  As long as I stay away from the George Washington Bridge, it’s a beautiful, wonderful drive.  And, of course, it was incredible to see her and share in her special day!

Adorable AND delicious!

37 MPGs in the Scion

Need I say more?  I love my Scion for many reasons – being able to sometimes squeak 37 MPGs out of it is one of ’em.

Not my ACTUAL car - but.. yes... my Scion.

ITworld.com iPad 2 Accessory Reviews – posted!

I wrote reviews on iPad 2 Accessories.  It is now posted on ITworld.com, which is incredibly exciting for me!  Besides my college newspaper, this blog, and a high school literary “journal”, I have yet to experience my writing published anywhere.  As this is a big life dream of mine, this is amazing for me.

Some really nice iPad 2 Covers

That is a sampling of the awesome from the past week.  Now, shall we resume this blog and its usual literary coverage?  Yes, please.

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds in Boston

As an eleven year-old girl, I first fell in love with Oasis.  Well, at first, I decided that I hated them solely based off the fact that some girl that I didn’t like enjoyed their music.  A few weeks later, however, I heard one of their songs on the radio and was immediately hooked.  Throughout my teenage years, I obsessed over them – accumulating every release, memorizing the lyrics to all of their songs, going to all of their concerts when they came to Boston, and spending way too much money on British music magazines so that I could stay in the loop even long after the radios stopped playing anything other than Wonderwall or, occasionally, Champagne Supernova.

As you can imagine, I was rather upset when they called it quits.  I resigned myself to the fact that I would never hear Oasis perform live again.  I hoped that maybe the break was temporary or that someone would release some solo music soon.  The latter turned out to be the reality.  And, I will say, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds CD is beyond worth the wait.  On top of the awesomeness of the CD (released in America on November 8th, a short tour was planned.  Great news for me — Boston was a stop on the tour!

Needless to say, I purchased our tickets the morning that they went on sale and wound up landing some incredible seats.  The set was flawless, mixing in some Oasis classics with his newer music.  I was blown away by the strength and clarity of his vocals and, yes, I sang along to every single song.  I nearly lost it when, like in the olden days, Noel performed a mini acoustic set (well, acoustic accompanied by a keyboard and a tambourine).  The show was absolutely everything that I love in a concert and I cannot wait for the next time he comes around!

The Setlist:

  1. (It’s Good ) To Be Free  *Oasis
  2. Mucky Fingers  *Oasis
  3. Everybody’s On the Run
  4. Dream On
  5. If I Had a Gun…
  6. Wonderwall  *Oasis & Acoustic
  7. Supersonic  *Oasis & Acoustic
  8. (I Wanna Live in a Dream) In My Record Machine
  9. AKA… What a Life!
  10. Solder Boys and Jesus Freaks
  11. Talk Tonight   *Oasis
  12. AKA… Broken Arrow
  13. Half the World Away   *Oasis
  14. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach

Encore:

  1. Little by Little  *Oasis
  2. The Importance of Being Idle  *Oasis
  3. Don’t Look Back in Anger   *Oasis

One of my favorite take-aways from a live show, besides the overall experience, energy, and memories, are the opening bands.  The opening band for this show was spectacular!  The Hours blew me away – they sounded very tight, extremely polished, and incredibly unique.  Thanks to Facebook, I have their set list to share with you, as well…  all of these songs are amazing!

  1. I Want More
  2. Narcissus Road
  3. I Wanna Be Happy
  4. Soul Music for Troubled Souls
  5. Ali in the Jungle
  6. People Say
  7. Murder or Suicide

Check out their official website for more information on their music, releases, and upcoming shows!

To share the magic of the night, please enjoy the below video of his acoustic performance of Supersonic, one of my all-time Oasis favorites:

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It’s Thursday – here’s some Ani DiFranco!

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It’s Thursday.  So, this post is obligated to have very little to do with literature.  Because that is the rule that I created when I first started blogging here.  So, in honor of the concert that I’m attending tonight, I am going to share some Ani DiFranco with you.  If you haven’t heard anything by her yet, I suggest that you head over to YouTube, do a search for her, and take your pick.  Any video that you choose to listen to will give you a good introduction to what she’s all about.  What I love most about her is that she’s always 100% herself and there is no one quite like her.

I began listening to her in high school and discovered her thanks to internet.  I was scoping out a lot of feminist message boards and chat rooms (remember those?) in search of music and literature created by strong, intriguing women.  As a result of these searches, I discovered PJ Harvey, Bjork, Tori Amos, and Ani DiFranco.  I could say a lot of good things about the other three women that I just mentioned, but today is all about Ani (and, yeah, I did that thing that women do when talking about other women, no matter if we haven’t met… first name basis).

The first CD that I picked up was Not a Pretty Girl because when I saw that there was a CD by that title, I just had to have it.  My mind was blown – whoa, I’m not a pretty girl either.  I listened to and loved that CD so hard that it became unplayable after a while.  And that was all it took — that one CD.  I was hooked.  Over the years, I’ve acquired a fair number of her releases, but I still don’t think that I’m even close to possessing the entire library of her work.  She’s prolific.  Creative.  Unique.  And powerful.  And tonight I am fortunate enough to experience one of her concerts.

Ten years later and I will finally get the full experience.

For now, please enjoy one of her songs from Not a Pretty Girl.

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NaNoWriMo – What’s the story?

NaNoWriMo http://www.nanowrimo.org/

While I’ve already composed a post about NaNoWriMo in the creative writing portion of my blog, I figured that I’d leverage this “Non Sequitur Thursday” post to touch upon it, as well.  Because, well, why not?

For a girl who has always wanted to be a published writer, it would make sense that I would participate in National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo), right?  Well, in the past, I have only gone so far in the past as to consider it and think about how great of an idea it is, but I have yet to actually participate.  The closest I ever got was deciding that I would do it, telling a handful of people, and then never sitting down and following through.  Not my proudest moment.

This year, however, I am determined to participate.  The target word count for the month is 50,000 words.  With the help of a calculator (because, yes, I am THAT bad at math), I figured that this is about 1,666/7 words per day.  I set a personal goal of at least 1,000 words per day.  So far, three days into November, and I’m at roughly 2,689 words.  This isn’t horrible.  This is relatively close to my personal goal, but I know that I can do better.

Because, apparently, reminding myself that my real goal in life is to publish SOMETHING isn’t enough of a motivator to get me cracking, a friend and I decided to set up a weekly “writing date” in order to get together, check in, and sit together at a location outside of our apartments to write.  Tonight was the first date.  It went very well!  Who would think that writing with a friend in Starbucks would be less distracting than sitting at your desk at home?  Certainly not me, but tonight proved it to me.  So, to help in keeping this story moving, I think that the key is getting away from the apartment.

And, now, hopefully, since I’ve declared my NaNoWriMo participation twice on my blog, I’ll work extra hard so that I don’t look like a total fool come December 1st.  My goal isn’t to completely finish a piece of work by then, but to be close to 50,000 words into a project that, at the end, I can feel proud of.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?  How do you stay motivated?

If you’re a member on the site – my username is Megan Kate.  I’ll see you there!

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Non Sequitur Thursday: The Amazing Crested Gecko

Two weeks ago, my husband and I attended the New England Reptile Expo in Manchester, NH.  This was my third or fourth time attending and it is an event that I look forward to very much.  AND, due to its success, the layout is now much larger than the first time that I went PLUS it happens more than only twice a year!  I highly recommend checking it out if you have any interest, at all, in reptiles.

I won’t lie.  Before meeting my husband, I wasn’t crazy about reptiles.  They didn’t bother me; I never felt actively adverse to them, but they weren’t creatures that I sought out to love and squeal over.  My appreciation for them has truly blossomed over the past few years and it is all thanks to him.  And while I like looking at snakes and love the two that we share a home with, it is the lizards that really delight me.

We have a Leopard Gecko, Persephone, that we spotted a few years ago.  She stuck out as a truly unique, adorable, and, for lack of a better word, sassy little lady.  We probably paid too little for her, but she was “my” first reptile and I counted myself blessed to snag her.  After a few moves and having to adopt off a few snakes, though, I wasn’t in any rush to bulk up our caravan again, despite totally loving lizards.

This all changed this year, though, when I actually got to hold a Crested Gecko.  There was one table at the Expo for Kati’s Cresteds that I kept gravitating towards.  My infatuation with Kati’s Cresteds began the previous year because I really loved her logo — what is cuter than a Crested Gecko rocketing into outer space?  Not much.  And while I was appreciative of the information that she shared, the fair prices, and the beautiful animals, I wasn’t completely ready to lay down the cash and to disregard my own “rule” of not adding any extra animals into our life before we got into our own house.

But, ah, the memory of holding the Crested Gecko stuck with me.  Their skin is velvet-y to the touch (in my opinion) and their toes act like little suction cups, holding onto the surface they’re standing upon.  So, with this memory fresh in my mind, I began researching Cresteds online.

About three days later, my husband sent me over to Crown Jewel Reptiles to check out the Cresteds for sale.  I liked what I was seeing and debated, for close to a week, which one would be the best for us.  I corresponded with the woman who runs Crown Jewel Reptiles for advice and her input.  I knew, above all else, that I wanted a sweet guy who would like to be held.  Eventually, she recommended one and we sent over payment.

Simon arrived in Boston (from Michigan) this morning:

"Hello!"

I wasn’t here to welcome him, but my husband took a few pictures for me:

Simon meets Nate

Check out his "freckle"!

As if the fact that they’re really sweet, totally adorable, and great animal friends to have around weren’t enough reason to love them, here are some amazing factoids that I picked up over the past few weeks:

  • Crested Geckos were believed to be extinct.  These little critters were rediscovered in 1994 on the island of New Caledonia, which is off the east coast of Australia.
  • Their scientific name is Rhacodactylus ciliatus.  Rhacodactylus is of Greek origin and means “spine toes”.  Ciliatus means “fringe” or “eyelash”.
  • They have prehensile tails.  That means that they can do stuff with it.  Adorable.
  • If stressed, they will drop their tail.  Their tail will not grow back like other lizards, however.
  • Their coloring changes throughout the day and throughout their aging – http://www.ciliatus.com/content/index.php?option=com_content&task=blogcategory&id=41&Itemid=194
  • They can live 15-20 years!

So, in short, Crested Geckos are amazing.  If you don’t believe me, then I highly suggest that you go to a local reptile expo and meet one for yourself.  You’re bound to fall in love.  Immediately.

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Non Sequitur Thursday: Deadmau5

I took this past week off from work, because I felt that a little time off was well overdue.  Additionally, I wanted to piggyback the time off with something else already planned, which was pretty easy to do, because, months ago, I purchased tickets to one of the Deadmau5 shows in Boston.

If you don’t know who Deadmau5 is, perhaps this photo might help you:

So, briefly, I began listening to Deadmau5 a few years ago when his song, Not Exactly, played on one of my Pandora stations.  I’ve always kinda enjoyed electronic music (mainly Nine Inch Nailed), but my husband can be credited for really getting me into it.    When we started dating, I was totally into dancing and just losing myself in good music.  And, without a doubt, Deadmau5 is good and puts on an excellent show.

So, it should go without saying, that the show (which took place last night at House of Blues) was amazing!  I did feel really old seeing 16 year-olds in the crowd — though, let’s be honest, seeing a 21 year-old makes me feel a little old these days — but I mentally prepared myself for that going in and enjoyed myself from beginning (7:00) to end (12:00).  None of the performers disappointed and each act successfully raised the energy until the room seemed ready to explode as Deadmau5 took the stage.

I was even able to buy a ridiculous t-shirt celebrating his cat, Professor Meowingtons PhD:

And, as you should know by now, I get really jazzed about cats.

One of my favorite songs (Strobe), which was also the song that he closed out with last night (this video displays the stage set-up from one of the previous tours):

Deadmau5 on Facebook (and lots more pictures of Meowingtons!)
Deadmau5 on Beatport.
Deadmau5 Channel on YouTube.

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Perfume – Scents and Sensibilities

Last week I kind of skipped the non sequitur post since I didn’t write anything book-related on Wednesday (it was my husband’s birthday!!).  So, I decided that I’d make that up this week with a ridiculously long post about one of my other loves – perfume!

For a very brief period of time, I attempted to maintain a fashion blog.  Why?  I don’t really know.  I’m not a particularly fashionable person nor do I tend to focus too much on the next hot trends.  If it’s comfortable and I feel “pretty” in it, I love it.  Oh, and bonus points if it looks good with a cardigan.  For these reasons, that is probably why the title of the blog was Fashionably Late.

As a teenager I purchased a few fashion magazines, idolized Kate Moss, and desperately wished to one day be able to afford Miu Miu or Gucci.  These days I still somewhat, occasionally, think fondly of Kate Moss and, yes, I still drool over Miu Miu, but I am totally never going to fork over hundreds to thousands of dollars for a pair of shoes.

There has been one aesthetic entity that I never lost appreciation for, however.  Even when I embraced the comfort of mediocrity through flared denim and t-shirts (and don’t forget those white Adidas sneakers with the sky blue stripes), I never lost sight of the importance of smelling good.  No, not just good.  Better than good.  Beautiful. I wanted the impression of how I smelt to linger.

The importance of smelling good or scent-memory is nothing new, either.  Perfumes and the creation of pleasant scents (and the moods or influence that those scents can control) has been around and practiced for a very, very long time.  And growing up in a home of smokers definitely escalated my desire to explore the world of perfume.  Because while the kids at school might measure their ‘coolness’ on how many puffs they can rush from a cigarette at parties, or accept and idolize the fact that their favorite celebs are photographed lighting up, they definitely were not all that accepting of the quiet, slightly quirky girl who reeked of smoke day after day.


I lamented how it wasn’t fair that my mother could smoke, but still be able to douse herself in Elizabeth Arden’s Red Door right before heading out, entirely masking the fact that she ever actually yielded the reek of nicotine.  But this mask, this perfume, connoted comfort, love, and warmth for me.  She wore this perfume for as far back as I can remember.  It may not have been the first and only perfume that she wore during my childhood, but it is the singular scent that I attach to her during this period of my life.  At this moment, years and miles away from our old home and our younger lives, I cannot conjure up the memory of the horrible smell that I detested so vehemently and cursed for so many years.  I can only call to mind the smell of Red Door and the image of myself as a little girl, curled up on my mother’s lap. my cheek on her heart, and feeling the methodic undulating motion of her chest that made every other fear and concern disperse from my consciousness.

As I became a little older, I would lightly spritz some over my clothing (the worst offender of foul stench apprehension) right before school.  Even if no one else could smell the light, crisp floral scent, I was able to carry it close to my heart (and nose) all day.  And, at that time, as long as I was blissfully ignorant of any smell other than Beauty, all was well.  Unfortunately, this ceased to be the case as I became more acutely aware of the opinions and comments of my peers — as well as the reality of the situation.  And it wasn’t good.

I moved onto muskier perfumes, the kind that one squirt is more than enough to choke anyone in an eleven-foot radius.  The kind of scents that were so strong that they would rub off my clothing, onto other fabrics (such as furniture, blankets) and linger…. for a very long time.  The perfume that was given as a Christmas gift to my mother (who wound up later getting into Jovan White Musk — another scent that I recall perfectly, associate with her embrace, and briefly wore as perfumed armor in school), but was far too thick for her tastes.  My early experimentation with a darker musk, led to my later (and admittedly still current) obsession with Patchouli.  But, first, I took a break from the musk and indulged in the hottest craze of the mid 90s — Calvin Klein.

It started with spending far too much time stalking the perfume counters at Filene’s, spraying on any and everything that came in an intriguing bottle.  Sometimes I would do my research beforehand, vigorously inhaling the advertisements in VogueSassy, or Seventeen.  Kate Moss’s heroin chic face, greasy hair, and disheveled countenance invited me to try on CK One and later dared me to Just Be.  I couldn’t afford the $50 for the real deal, so I started with the U and U2 knock offs available at CVS, but eventually was able to emerge from the clouds of the $15 mimic with the pure androgynous magic of the name brand.  It was everything that my nose wanted — a clean, classic air.

Each bottle lasted me precisely one year to get through and I made sure to eke every last droplet out of those bottles.  When I couldn’t press the nozzle hard enough for anything to come out, I would unscrew the top and drag the vein of the bottle across my wrists and neck, savoring whatever  droplets I could.

My college years and beyond have been spent experimenting with oils (Patchouli, Egyptian Goddess, Plumeria, Fire Goddess, Jasmine, and Krishna Musk to name but a few) and a variety of floral and vanilla variations to create an extraordinarily unique scent for myself.  No two days are ever the same as the combinations and amounts always vary, but the end result is always the same — I smell great and people respond favorably.

A few years ago, my husband and I took a trip to Rome.  It was my first international excursion and I eagerly took everything in.  I didn’t only pay close attention to the cultural differences and amazing antiquity surrounding me.  It fascinated me that the women were so put together — stylish, pristine, and they all seemed to drag a current of floral essence behind them.  I had the goal of making one purchase while there — in a perfumaria.  I never made it into one, however.

When we arrived home it became a mission for me to find a perfume that was sufficiently floral, without necessarily smelling like I wore petals all over my body.  What I found was Flora by Gucci (thank you Macy’s). I was drawn to the classy packaging and the crisp, floral scent that left me feeling clean and exquisitely feminine.  It isn’t a perfume that I wear on a daily basis, but that is mostly because I don’t want to tear through it within a few months.  I wear this only when I want to feel really “pretty” and soft.  When I wear this perfume, it is primarily because I intend for anyone who comes in contact with me to perceive me in this way; I want this smell to be connected to who I am and how I look in their memory.  It isn’t the kind of scent that you just throw on haphazardly or just for going to the grocery store.

When I purchased Flora, I also walked away with a sample that I did not expect to become as attached to as much as I have.  Chanel Chance.  This is another light, feminine perfume (mixes perfectly with Krishna Musk, for those of you who happen to poke around New Age stores) and one that I would be more likely to wear on a daily basis.  Chance is the kind of odor the elates my heart.  The rush of the aroma breezing by my face when I move my hand, turn my face, or a breeze caresses my neck, twirling the air up into my nose.  It makes my smile and it is a moment that I look forward to.

Even more recently I have been exposed to Flowerbomb by Viktor&Rolf.  It really is a perfect, explosive mix of floral scents – freesia, Centifolia rose, osmanthus and Sambac Jasmine.  And there’s even some patchouli in the background.  I first came across Flowerbomb thanks to a good friend of mine who is also enthusiastic about perfumes.  We each gladly accepted our free testers from Sephora and after my first full day of wearing it, I knew that I had to have it.  It seems to be a popular scent now, as well.
I keep catching whiffs of it everywhere – I even believe that my allergist wears Flowerbomb.

For me, like for many (all?) other humans, smells and perfume has always been a vital aspect of my daily experience.  As we progress and as designers keep creating new fragrances (or improving upon classics), it is highly unlikely that we will ever fall away from this certainty.  It is tied to memory, love, as well as fears.  It is powerful in fabricating our opinions and impressions of other people and places.  We may not always be consciously considering it, but it is true.  AND it is the one aesthetic indulgence that I never strayed from…. nor do I see myself  straying from anytime soon.

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KittyCassandra’s Cat Paintings

I mentioned that I love cats, correct?  I believe that I have, but, just in case… I really love cats.  With this in mind, you can only imagine my excitement when I discovered that there is a woman who paints adorable, wonderful pictures of cats that truly capture their individual personalities.  I first became aware of her – Cassie Graus aka KittyCassandra – thanks to Cats 101 on Animal Planet.  Yes, I watch cat shows.  I told you…. I really love cats.

So, my KittyCassandra exposure started all thanks to this Cats 101 episode appearance:

And then I quickly tracked down her fan page on Facebook and giggling, squealing, and downright delighting over all of her pictures.  The most amazing aspect of her paintings, in my opinion, is how each painting is unique to a specific cat’s personality.  So, naturally, my favorite game for a while was how would I want each of our cats portrayed in a KittyCassandra painting?  Some of my ideas included Dex the Romantigoth, Dex as a pirate, something with Lilu involving copious amount of food, sleeping, and/or water, and, the idea that actually came to fruition…. Ophelia, my little Caramel Sundae Cat:

According to Nate, who commissioned this piece as a birthday present for me, she was very excited about the idea and she was very wonderful to work with.  The end result, as you can see, is everything that my little heart could want in a painting of Ophelia.

KittyCassandra provides the world with something that it needs more of – cuteness, hilarity, and paintings brimming with joy.  So, please visit any of the links below and enjoy!

KittyCassandra’s Cat Paintings Website
KittyCassandra’s Facebook Page

KittyCassandra’s ShanaLogic.com Store

AND she has a book, Templeton & Caruthers and the Snack Finding Mission!  You can find a copy on Amazon.

Kitties + Snacks = CUTE!


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Non Sequitur Thursday: Canadian Geese


Today’s post that has absolutely nothing to do with anything else in my blog is quite simply to share some love for our beloved Geese friends who hail from Canada.  I don’t know about you, but they absolutely delight me.  I look forward to seeing them every spring.  I look forward to the first sights of their fuzzy little babies waddling around and hearing their wonderful honking calls as they fly, and land, coasting onto water, in formation.

What I delight in the most, however, is the fact that whenever you see a group of Geese hanging around somewhere, there is always one standing perfectly erect, utilizing all of its concentration to protect the others while they feast on some delicious grass.  I deem these brave avian soldiers as the group’s Guardian Goose.  Apparently, I’m not quite as clever as I’d like to think, though, because if you do a Google image search for “Guardian Goose”, you will find many examples of exactly what I’m speaking about.

So, we are now at the time of year where the Geese will be heading out of here to warmer temperatures, and I sadly bid them farewell.  I look forward to their return and to every future instance where I am allowed to clap and smile at other Guardian Geese.

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