Happy Gotcha Day, Sugar!

It’s time to celebrate one full year of having my cat, Sugar! I don’t think I’ve shared the adventure of the day I brought her home yet!

This is the very first picture I took of her on the way back from the shelter. My hands were shaking so hard and I couldn’t figure out how to make the camera work!

After years of contemplating and imagining bringing a cat home, it finally felt like the right time to do so in the winter of 2018. I had been poking my head in on local cat adoption websites waiting for the purr-fect meow-tch! On April 18th of 2018, I went to the Winnipeg Humane Society to meet a little tiny fluff named “Gooey” who caught my eye! She was the only female kitten at the shelter at that time (in a litter with some hilarious brothers named Huey, Dewey, Lewie, and Stewie!)

Let’s just say that day ended up being a little wild! Another couple in line next to me was discussing her, and my heart never felt like I was in such a race in my LIFE! Fortunately, the adoption agent working with me typed just a little bit faster, so I was first to get in to meet her (just so you know: that couple ended up adopting another super cute cat so really everyone wins!) When I did get to see Gooey for the first time, it was probably what people feel like in romance movies – I think I probably had literal heart eyes and my future flashed before me! Even my Dad, who has always claimed to be profoundly “I don’t even want a cat in the same room as me!” was completely smitten.

But of course what’s life without more craziness?! I was SO ready to sign my life away and turn into a doting kitty mom. But then found out that there had been a mistake… Somebody else had already tentatively adopted her – but they still had 24 hours to decide if they were going to go through with it. My heart was crushed! I was put on a waitlist just in case the other person decided not to go through with it (but all I could think was who in the world would ever decide not to adopt her?!) I went home trying not to cry and think about how there were a ton of other cats that needed homes too. But of course still crossed every finger and toe I had just in case!

Fortunately, sometimes miracles DO happen! A couple of hours after meeting her at the shelter, I was out for a run and got a phone call (very odd for me to get a call, and even more so to stop and answer it!) The person on the other side told me there was an error – and Gooey was mine if I wanted her! There was no “other person”, it was an input error! If I wanted her?!? My running app shows that is my fastest kilometer back EVER haha. Then basically the rest of that day was a blur! I decided to call “Gooey” Sugar instead, and the little sweetie immediately fit right in to my life!

It’s truly astounding that I’ve spent 365 days with her – like I mean the earth has gone around the sun a full time, and what was once a little squeaky kitten is now VERY loudly meowing CAT!

It’s kind of weird to think back ten or even twenty years to when I was BEGGING my parents for a cat of my very own and how I imagined cat mom life to be. I can definitely say that this is even better! Here’s to many many more years with this sweet girl!

Just a spoonful of Sugar! 4 months vs. 14 months!
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31 things that made me feel lucky in March!

Wow can you believe it’s the END OF MARCH?! This month really has just zipped by. Going to try a new blog feature ~ a happy wonderful thing that happened for each and every day of the month!

  1. It’s officially SPRING!
  2. Warm weather is here
  3. Days are getting looooong and bright!
  4. Snow is (almost) no longer here!
  5. Finally got a crown on my chipped tooth and it looks AMAZING
  6. Spent a lot of time just relaxing with family!
  7. Took a couple of days off of work
  8. …and didn’t even feel bad about it!
  9. Started training to run the full marathon (takes place in June)!
  10. Ran 21.1 kilometers (a whole half marathon) this morning and it felt great.
  11. I’ve been spotting a bunch of deer and geese on my runs! Definitely missed seeing these guys!
  12. Enjoying exploring new places with just my feet!
  13. Started drinking far more water (still need to cut the Diet Coke a bit!)
  14. Baked a lot this month
  15. Made homemade pizza as well
  16. Thank goodness for all the running because my appetite is wild and I love it
  17. I also cleaned out my freezer finally and it’s so roomy in there now! Hurrah for adulting!
  18. Stopped watching the news obsessively (still aware, just don’t need it affecting my whole mood)
  19. Got lucky with some good thrift hauls!
  20. Including some new Hello Kitty plushies (can never have too many friends ;))
  21. Started a toy Instagram and I’m really enjoying posting on it and meeting new folks!
  22. Bought Bob’s Burgers on DVD and have been binging like mad
  23. Also getting back into video gaming!
  24. Spent most of yesterday playing Pokemon Pearl
  25. Video games and geekery is inspiring a lot of my crafting lately – I created some Mario felties and Animal Crossing felties and blogged about them
  26. Bought the materials to start perler beading
  27. Successfully put up the canopy bed in my bedroom!
  28. Which means another room in the dream house is done (one room left to go!)
  29. My cat lets me sleep through the whole night! 🙂 (knock on wood with this one!)
  30. So yes, a busy month and definitely no boredom here!
  31. My schedule for April is even more jam-packed, and I’m excited to get going!
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Pink house tour! My sweet dreamy bedroom!

Nothing like Springy weather to really motivate you to CLEAN the cave you’ve been stuck in all winter! I spent last weekend pushing furniture and cleaning up the condo and for the first time I really feel like the vision of my place is coming true!

I moved my computer out of my bedroom and into the living room, and with all that extra room I finally got a… bed!

Say WHAT?! I’ve been sleeping on a futon for the past SIX years (it seemed like an awesome thing to do in my early twenties!) My first night in a bed was surprisingly comfier than being stuffed into the edge of a lumpy futon! I even FINALLY got the canopy I’ve had for ages up and it looks majestic in here! Anyways, without further adieu, please take a look at my oh so organized pretty in pink bedroom!

All this bed space to spread out is Sugar approved!
Super happy to finally have room to spread out some of the collectables!
Gotta say this is my favourite corner! Got everything I need within arms reach!
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Today is your lucky day! ♧ St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! Rainbows, chocolate coins, and good luck galore! I’m not Irish, but it’s just a fun day to celebrate SOMETHING even it’s just because you can!

This years’ celebrations fall on a weekend so there’s lots of time to throw together a super fun party (I’m celebrating with my cat so there’s no excuse!)

I completely forgot to pick up some Lucky Charms ~ so I made my own (sort of – they’re probably not AS tasty!):

They’re after me Lucky Charms!

Everything – the bowl, spoon, and marshmallow charms (no cereal bits here either ;)) – is completely made of felt with stuffing on the inside. It’s nice and squishy so I may never get it back from Sugar! Yes that’s also a leprechaun hat you’re spotting!

I also made a tasty shamrock shaped pizza:

Obviously pizza is not very Irish, but jalapenos are playing along with the green theme! You could also try green peppers, avocado, or even rainbow vegetables to try to find the pot of gold at the end!

This awesome and very easy recipe comes from good ol’ Good Housekeeping – which you can find here!

How else to become absolutely giddy as a leprechaun?!

♧ Add a dash of green dye to your morning cup of milk or evening bevvie!
♧ Or maybe a dash of Bailey’s Irish Creme in your coffee or hot chocolate would pick you up 🙂
♧ Add some rainbow to your eyeshadow or nails as rainbows scream St. Patty’s as well!

And remember to wear that green so you don’t get pinched 😉

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Feltie Friday: Animal Crossing plush!

For the past couple days I’ve been busy working on some mini-plush based on my favourite video game series of all time: Animal Crossing!

What’s not to love about a world where you can become best friends with sassy purple cats and t-shirt wearing alligators, send refrigerators through the mail, and pay off the mortgage on your own home whenever you darn well want to (or not)?!

I created three of my favourite villagers: Bunnie (my all-time favourite since 2002!), Cookie, and darling Rosie (who left my village a few months ago and I’M STILL CRUSHED) and some of the other things that you’ll encounter around town. Even that damn dreaded pitfall.

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