I’m feeling mummified

I rarely go on about books in this blog but  Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult is worth a few words. I know it is going to change lives….and it’s a fiction book! Hello?? I finished it today. I forgot what it feels like to just sit for two hours and read. Sad but true.

Back to the book. NO SPOILERS, btw. This book is a crash course on how animals are treated at circuses (horribly)  and zoos…and how the wonderful people at sanctuaries help out.  It makes you want to know more. I knew about the circus treatment before I read the book but what the book really sparked in me is how we (I) can help. I can donate money to wildlife sanctuaries, adopt an animal, speak out about it, or volunteer at a sanctuary (my dream). And don’t go to places where animals are mistreated.

I just love knowing that this book exists and that so many people will read it because it is by Jodi Picoult. Brilliant. I know some teenager is reading this book and it will change their life. He or she will decide to work in a sanctuary as a career.  (I’m not interested in working in one). I had no idea what this book was about before I checked it out. I just knew it was new and available so I grabbed it. Now that I’m done with the book, I’m trying to figure out which organization is the best to focus on. WWF? The wild animal sanctuary in Colorado? I’m going to start looking at places overseas.

Edit: I have to mention Elephants.com – The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee 

One more thing about the book: It is NOT about animal sanctuaries. I would say it is more of a human mystery with animals as a backdrop. It is an average book overall. I can’t really recommend reading it because it isn’t that good. Only the parts about the elephants kept me reading. Interested in wildlife but don’t want to start with something too heavy? Read this book. (Warning: There are somber parts. I had to skip some sections. Too sad. I wanted to cry).

Finishing that book is only a bit of what I did on my mini break…

I also went thrifting!! 🙂 🙂 I spent $31.56 and brought:

  • 2 pairs of jeans
  • 1 pair of khakis
  • 2 blouses
  • 1 turtleneck
  • 2 t-shirts
  • 3 sweaters

Not too bad. I usually have something in mind when I go thrifting but this time I was all over the place. T-shirts for the gym…I haven’t had “new” khakis in a while.. but I really need sweaters etc. So I spent about 30 minutes  in the thrift store and left with what I listed above. It was hard not buying books but I’m really trying to stay with ebooks when it comes to new purchases because they take up no space. obvs.

Here are some pics of my favorite items:


My absolute favorite find:


I only worked for about 30 minutes today. Score!…kinda? Back to the grind tomorrow. I’m excited about college basketball tonight. I should really go now. Bye.

They don’t know so it’s okay

Awesome news! My apartment was rented. Best. News. Ever. 🙂 🙂 I no longer have to pay rent for two places. I have to thank the leasing company. They are the ones who made it happen. I think she was shocked that I kept paying rent after I was long gone. So she figured she would help me out.


Hopefully, I am going to be volunteering at the animal shelter very soon. I have to do orientation first.  I said I was interested in walking dogs and socializing cats. I hope I get a chance to do both but if I have to pick one, I will probably walk dogs but I would love to play with the kitties. I don’t know. Maybe I should shoot for 2 days a week. One for dogs and one for cats.

My lifelong dream has been to help animals. One day I would like to have a house full of them…when I’m living in my country house in the middle of nowhere. I love animals!


Music for the week:  Kinky Boots “soundtrack” (I haven’t been this obsessed about a play since Rent. There will be a US tour in 2014. I have to go!) , Selena Gomez, Alexz Johnson, Sara Bareillis, Jillette Johnson, Backstreet Boys

TV for the week: Dexter, Pretty Little Liars, news, Big Brother 15

Movie of the week: none

Books of the weekReconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight and American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld (on non gym days, I sit on the porch and read after work. It’s the best).

Goals for next week: Work related goals mostly.

Tomorrow I am going to the gym with my mom for the first time. I’m a little anxious about how all this will go. She doesn’t want to go to a crowded gym and I’m guessing Sunday afternoons will be crowded. sigh. Anyway, I can bring a guest every time I go to the gym. Isn’t that a nice perk?

I went to the bead show today. I showed great restraint. But it was easy since I’m currently not making jewelry. I did get some cord to make a few necklaces and I also brought myself a pair of feather earrings. I doubt I keep going back there. I found the vendors a bit rude. One yelled at me for taking a picture. I was doing it for my project life scrapbook album. No need to be rude, just ASK me to delete the picture. I was supposed to take a pic of the scene but I ended up taking a pic of beads for sale. Geez. Now I feel like one of the those people with the ‘mean people suck’ bumper stickers…but they do suck.

I also went to my mom’s house to walk my dog.

Guy on bike: That is one lucky dog. Can you walk me after you finish?

ROFL. I suppose some women might be offended but I thought it was hilarious. He didn’t linger which would have made me uncomfortable. Men. 😉


I want to meet all these perfect people. I would never do that. Um, how do you know? Have you ever even been in a similar situation?

I’m blogging about a sad local story. The president of the SPCA (where I adopted my cat) left her dog in the car. The dog had a stroke and later died. 😦 He was 16 years old.

You should hear the outrage! But do they even know the whole story? Or are they just interested in making themselves feel better for one second by trashing someone? I sincerely hope she doesn’t get fired.

The SPCA woman occasionally brought her dog to work when she would get her house clean. That particular morning her husband put the dog in the backseat. He did not tell his wife. The dog was 16. He was a senior dog. He would SLEEP in the car. She went back to the car around lunchtime. She saw her dog having a stroke and rushed him to the hospital. 😦 The vets tried everything…

Her baby died. Please don’t take her job away. And let’s say she just forgot – which I can believe because a 16 year old dog is extremely old and I don’t know what condition he was in. He may have always slept in the car like some kids do. I just think about my 11/12 year old dog and how she sleeps more and sometimes breathes heavily.

I am probably the most forgetful person under 30 on the planet, so I NEVER judge an ‘I forgot’. I forget everything. Recently I left my cat outside while I fell asleep. Sometimes she is so quiet, I don’t know where she is 24/7. I thought she was in another room. And then suddenly, I realized at 11:45PM that she was on the screened in porch. She loves being outside at night. (She also loves to look at lightning and fireworks, in case you were wondering). I’m not a perfect pet owner. I would like to believe I do the best I can.

RIP Rusty. Your family loved you. I know you are so thankful for the years you had with them and you know that your human mom would never intentionally hurt you. I hope other people will see that too.

FWIW, I just found out the dog was deaf and blind,

Life’s a bitch

I’m done. I’m meant to be friend-less. I knew I was never meant to be married but now I have to accept that I am not worthy of humans in any capacity. Which is sorta hard because I study Buddhism. And I don’t know how all this fits in.

This isn’t anything new. It has always been in the back of my mind since I was a teenager. I just thought “everyone could have a friend with the right circumstances”. Not me.

I don’t know why I was put on this earth but I will continue studying Buddhism and take care of animals. That’s all I know how to do….and keep dancing to the music. I wasn’t made to tweet or talk to peeps online or in person.