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11th Date of Christmas

17 Jan

Ok sorry this is getting drawn out but I don’t want to leave you hanging and I am almost done.

So although nothing could top the 10th date of Christmas I took Shane on our 11th Date of Christmas which was my morning date. We both wanted to do this but I scheduled it first!

The Zoo in Albuquerque is awesome! And every year around the holidays they give some of the animals presents with food and toys in them so they can open them. They even open the Zoo early so it’s more of a special event.

I took Shane to the Zoo to watch the animals open presents!  We got there super early so we could see all the animals (gorillas, orangutans, cats and elephants got presents) but it was so cold only the cats got the presents.

Next year we won’t get up so early to go unless it’s unseasonably warm. They won’t let the gorillas and orangutans out unless it’s above freezing.

The cats were fun to watch open presents but not as fun as the gorillas and orangutans! Those gorillas LOVED the presents . They had popcorn balls and paper and other fun treats for them on the inside. One gorilla would eat all the popcorn, then throw it up in her hand and eat it again! It was like the never-ending treat!! And sooo gross.

If you live in Albuquerque I highly suggest you visit the animals when they get presents next year.

After the Zoo we had brunch at the cutest most delicious restaurant! It’s called Farm and Table. And everything they make they grow or get locally! Even the milk! It was delicious! And we were lucky enough to run into a friend from high school who gave us a free treat!

Shane had  the Farmers’ Quiche – Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon. I had the Poached eggs over grilled baguette and we split a cinnamon roll. We got a free Churro from our friend Joe.

Yumm so tasty!

gorillas

gorilla enjoying some Christmas popcorn

gorilla enjoying some Christmas popcorn

gorillas

Orangutans - see the baby at the bottom?! So cute!!

Orangutans – see the baby at the bottom?! So cute!!

Orangutans

Cinnamon roll at Farm and Table

Cinnamon roll at Farm and Table

Churro

Churro

Farmers’ Quiche - Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon

Farmers’ Quiche – Made with seasonal vegetables, local eggs, and cheese, served with breakfast potatoes and bacon

Poached eggs over grilled baguette

Poached eggs over grilled baguette

Farm and Table

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6th Date of Christmas

19 Dec

On the 6th date of Christmas Shane and I had a “Stay at Home Date” – this was originally supposed to be a “Get out of the House” date…. But Shane and I are natural homebodies and it was cold out so we decided to stay home decorate the tree and eat junk food. It was raining and windy and it was the perfect day to snuggle up and make relax.

We put on Elf (which I think is one of the best newer Christmas movies and will someday be a classic) and I handed Shane ornaments for and he put them on the tree.  It was a great and cozy day!

Our Tree

Our Tree

Boo Boo's first experience with Christmas Lights

Boo Boo’s first experience with Christmas Lights

My favorite Christmas Ornament

My favorite Christmas Ornament

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It’s the Small Things

2 Nov

This week I am grateful for so many things but I feel a little selfish since because so many people are without electricity the comfort of their homes or even their home. Hurricane Sandy left her mark along the east coast and in Haiti so here is a link to give to the relief of the families, people and animals she hurt.

https://www.redcross.org/donate/index.jsp?donateStep=2&itemId=prod10002

Every year the husband’s parents and brother and sis come over to carve pumpkins. My brother joins if he does not have to work. This year Shane and I had about 12 pumpkins and although my pumpkin was the toughest bastard ever and didn’t want to be cut (Shane had to use a drill on it) I managed.

Pumpkins!

Pumpkin Carving

He is proud of his work

The finished product

I also had to decorate a pumpkin for work. I did two because one was a little easy. I came in second place with the hedgehog! But no one voted for my pumpkin pi:(

Hedgehog

Pumpkin Pi

The husband and I love Halloween and since the husband is an awesome artist he decorates the hose so cool for Halloween!

Home decoration

Ewwww

Our house thanks to the husband

I am also grateful for these crazy animals we have!

Crazy Boo Boo

Bruce and Rhonda sleep on each other when there is an entire bed for them to spread out on. Awwww

Have a great weekend!

It’s the Small Things

26 Oct

This week I finally got into the Halloween Spirit (and candy)!

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I love the feel, look and smell of it. You know the smell, when you can smell Fall or a wood stove for the first time….. That always reminds me of Halloween.

This week I am grateful for fun Halloween decorations

Halloween decorations

Halloween Pumpkins

The American Horror nights with the Husband and our friend Cannon! We started watching American Horror last year and making fun food, drinking wine and hanging out! Such fun nights!

Cannon and me!

The Pretty Little Liar Halloween special was this week! And if that was not great on its own, my friend and fellow blogger Arantha came over to watch with me. We made a fun fall fruit and cheese plate,  ate some rotisserie chicken and drank some red wine. Everything was healthy until we broke into the Halloween candy and made ourselves sick because we ate too much.  I guess you never learn…..

Fall Cheese and Fruit Plate

Arantha and Tootse! Check out Arantha’s blog http://aranthasgourmetbeauty.com/

I also enjoyed two pets with their tongues sticking out.

Tootse – sometimes her tounge just gets stuck

Have a great weekend!

It’s the Small Things

28 Sep

Today I head to Vegas to celebrate some bigger things. My dear friend Natisha’s 30th birthday. We met in college because we are both nerds who had to sit in the front of the class, and we have been Josatisha ever since.

And thanks Fate Friend for coming with me to make this our 4th Vegas trip together!

So here is to Natisha – Love you!

 

And I can’t forget a few small things”

 

Boo Boo took up the dog bed

The joys of having a different name

 

 

 

Saddest Animal Deaths in Movies

26 Jul

Today I am sad, emotional and in a bad mood.

Sorry

A year ago today my cat died. And this was not any normal cat but a cat who won a battle with a rare heart disease, then got cancer. What are the odds?

We had to put him down which basically felt like I made the decision to end his life. Even though I had an amazing vet who made me feel better about it. He was really sick.

My cat Floyd had the BEST personality EVER! Everyone loved him. He was an amazing cat! If you didn’t like cats before you met Floyd you would after you met him. I loved this little guy so much!

So when he died it was sad and hard – and I am no stranger to death, this was just a little harder for me because he was mine completely.

Floyd – Love of my life. One of them 🙂

And isn’t it the case that animal deaths are always hard for people? Like in movies I don’t care if a human dies, but if it’s an animal I am a crying mess for weeks after the movie.

I know personally if there is even a slight chance that an animal might die in a movie I won’t watch it.

So because I feel like crap – I thought I would make a list of the saddest animal deaths in movies. You’re welcome.

PS – there is so profanity below – read at your own risk.

Artax – The NeverEnding Story

Artax – The NeverEnding Story

I think this scene scared me for life. I was a mess when Artax gave up in the Swam of Sadness, even though Atreyu was encouraging him to keep going. Oh god I am crying now! Fucking Swamp of Sadness! The only thing that saved my childhood was the last scene where Atreyu is riding Artax at the end. Thank god!

Antie- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Antie– Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

I will never look at creamed filled cookies, Legos, ants and scorpions the same after this movie.

Fucking Scorpions! Antie had a hard of gold.

Hedwig – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Hedwig – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Really! Hedwig! Hedwig! He had to die! Like Harry didn’t lose enough already! They had to kill his pet! Ugh! Hedwig was killed during the Battle of the Seven Potters in the movie he sacrifices himself to save Harry (the book is a little different) – the book is worse because Harry has to let the sidecar (which holds Hedwig’s body) go so they can go faster. This is very upsetting to Harry, his friends and the readers. Fucking Death Eaters!

Sam (Samantha) – I Am Legend

Sam (Samantha) – I Am Legend

Like it’s not hard enough being the only living person left in New York but let’s mess with you a little more and infect your dog. The only living companion you have left. Given to you buy your dead child. Let’s make sure we infect the dog and force you to kill her. Then, let’s figure out the cure to the infection days later.

I did ask people if the dog died before I watched the movie so I could prepare myself. It didn’t help when I actually saw the movie. Even though I knew what was coming – I cried in the movie theater with everyone else who has a soul. Fucking Zombies/Vampires.

Mufasa – The Lion King

Mufasa – The Lion King

I say Scar is the evilest Disney villain ever. He kills his own brother! At least the other bad guys are just killing random people!

When Simba crawls under his dads paw – ahhh! What the hell! And then he gets blamed for that death! So sad Fucking Scar. However, I will say Scar gets it worse in the end when he basically gets eaten alive by the hyenas.

Bambi’s Mother – Bambi

Bambi’s Mother – Bambi

This is obvious. But this did traumatize me and probably every other kid that realized what was going on. Fucking Hunters.

Littlefoot’s Mother – The Land Before Time

Littlefoot’s Mother – The Land Before Time

So Littlefoot’s mom is saving his ass and that ungrateful Cera from the Sharptooth. Sharptooth basically bites a chunk out of her back and neck and kills her. Well causes her to bleed out. The last moment between the mom and Littlefoot is so sad, again what crying. Fucking Sharptooth.

Old Yeller

Old Yeller

Again very obvious, but anytime you have to put your own pet out of its misery makes the moment worse. Fucking Rabies!

King Kong

King Kong

You know it’s coming but it’s still so sad. I remember seeing the Peter Jackson version of this movie with my dad – as we left the theater there was this little kid crying on his dads shoulder. Like full on hysterical crying! Totally felt his pain. Fucking explores and Empire State Building!

Two Socks – Dances With Wolves –

Two Socks – Dances With Wolves –

Seriously the army makes Kevin Costner watch as they shoot his wolf! The wolf that stood by him the whole movie (and it’s not a short movie) I remember crying my eyes out when I was little! My grandma covered my eyes for the sex scene but not the death of Two Socks! Come on Grandma!! Fucking Army!

Charlotte’s death – Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s death – Charlotte’s Web

When Wilber is screaming CHARLOTTE!!! It breaks my heart! It makes me cry every time I see it or think about it long enough, I am crying now.

Charlotte’s death was no one’s fault. It’s just the circle of life. Fuck you circle of life and old age!

Ray – The Princess and the Frog

Ray – The Princess and the Frog

This cute Cajun firefly from New Orleans is a hero. Takes on those shadow demons, gets knocked down and then stepped on. Yes people he gets fucking stepped on! This has to be the most disturbing Disney deaths ever! Really Disney!

Obviously I am missing some. I have not seen every movie out there (thankfully) – What are some of the saddest animal movie deaths for you?

And here is to my Floyd!

Floyd in a box

Floyd in bag

LOVE

My Most Favorite Hobby! Reading!!

23 Jul

The one hobby I know I can stick with is reading!

I love reading. And I just read a couple really good books! The kind of books you can’t put down and you stay up really late to read “one more chapter” – before you know it it’s 4:30 Wednesday morning and you know you have to drink a quadruple latte so you make it through the morning and a then grab a Red Bull for lunch so you can make it through the afternoon and come home and keep reading!

I love that feeling.

I had lost it after I read 50 Shades of Crap. I thought I found it with Game of Thrones but the book is soooo much like the first season of the show that I got a little board. Don’t get me wrong – if you have not seen the show read the book. They show did such a great job I am just going to skip the first book (I only got half way through) and start reading the second book.

So here are a couple books I couldn’t put down:

Savages – by Don Winslow

I have not seen the movie but the book was amazing! But isn’t the book always more amazing than the movie? Yes but this book was exceptional because the writing was so different than what I am used to. It really made you think about what you were reading. And not in an annoying way that makes you feel dumb.

This book was fast paced, fun, sexy, crazy, violent and had twists and turns. I fell in love with all the characters and feel like I learned a lot about the Mexican drug cartels.

Number one lesson – don’t get involved in any way with the Mexican drug cartels! Don’t get involved with the selling, distributing or production of drugs and be surprised when you or someone you love get your knee caps shot up!

So, if you need something different, fast paced and crazy to read – I suggest this book.

I am looking forward to reading the prequel – The Kings of Cool.

Gone Girl – by Gillian Flynn

I love anything by Gillian Flynn!

This book however was so good but so frustrating at the same time! I have never hated the main characters in a book so much but still loved the book until I read this.

Both characters are such awful people! I couldn’t decide which I felt sorry for and which I wanted to “win” – I also didn’t know who to believe!

I would say 99% of the time in a book, movie, TV show, competition of any kind – I am rooting for the girl. Call me a feminist I always want the woman to win.

But in this book – it’s the first time I was not automatically rooting for the woman. I really tried to be on her side but she really made it hard.

This book kept me on my toes and made me sad Gillian Flynn only has two other books which I have already read. Write more lady, I love your books!!!

And so will you so please read this book and her other two! You won’t be sorry!