Blogmas | Bad Kitty (writing prompt)

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Howdy!

I was really in the mood to write some holiday inspired stories this year as my original idea of double the amount of Christmas albums didn’t exactly pan out, so I thought maybe this would be a better option for myself!

I found this prompt on Pinterest, and the site where you can visit to see more is Holloway’s Hideaway. As a cat owner, I thought this was just the perfect prompt for me to do. Although I have to say, none of our cats (including Oliver) are never inside long enough to take an interest in the actual fully decorated Christmas tree. My sister and brother-in-law’s cats are another story, they came home one night to find that somebody might’ve been stuck some place and managed to take the lower half of the tinsel off the tree entirely as there was a long strand lying across the floor.


They watched endlessly as the family cat began the assault on the newly decorated Christmas tree.

We start our story in a family home out in the country, the closet town is about 15 miles so the people that normally live in the house, don’t get very many distributions unless it’s grunting noises from the cows getting comfortable outside in the stable. Other than that, it’s relativity peaceful.

Tonight is Christmas Eve, and the family has their daughter Karri and her children staying over for the festive time. Bob, the patriarch of the household is the last to go to bed but first he silently checks up on everybody in the guest rooms to see them queityly dreaming away in their beds. He notices that the family cat Bozo has made himself a nice little bed in between his daughter’s legs, which made him smile because he knows how much Bozo misses the family being around the house constantly. After overseeing the rooms, he slowly makes his way into his own bedroom to fall asleep before the real fun begins.

Unfortunately, he made a bad mistake by leaving the bedroom door of Karri’s room slightly open. Bozo wasn’t necessarily getting a good night’s sleep with his former buddy, he was getting popped on the head and at the last, she rolled over both of her legs together in a tight squeeze that caused the cat to snap and start growling at her. At this time, Karri was in and out of consciousness and heard a growl coming from below her legs. She turned around halfway to see a furious cat missing half of its tail. She began to look around the headboard in case there was a bug of some sort and he was warning her about it, but nope. As soon as she made the turnaround, her legs spread apart and the cat took off running out of the room!

Bozo got the entrance of the living room before stopping to lick himself at the tail to make sure everything wasn’t damaged or worse fluffed up more than usual. He thought about trying out the kid’s room but figured that was a death trap waiting to happen, so he decided to stay out of those rooms completely.

Since it would be Christmas tomorrow, the children talked their grandparents to leave the twinkle lights on so that Santa would be see them from the patio doors. Bozo was over nine years old, he’s been around Christmas trees before but for the first time ever, the lights were enchanting to him. They were almost like a siren calling out to him, and once he saw them, he immediately was put into a trance-like state and began to sniff the pines and ornaments from both the past and present. The smells were intoxicating for the old cat, he suddenly lost control of his body and got up on his hind legs and started to pick at the wires of the lights and fluffy strand of tinsel that surrounded the tree from top to bottom.

What puzzled Bozo was the fact that he wasn’t interested in the nativity scene that was about two inches from his back paws. He has a history with rubbing up against them that would result in knocking one or two down but for once he turned his attention to the actual tree itself.

Despite being colorblind he quickly figured out the lights were three wires fused together to create a small but strong band. When he was a kitten, Bob’s children used to feed little Bozo small bites of Twizzlers’ so he mesmerized that twisty pattern and just assumed this was a special treat all around the Christmas tree. He began to chew on the cords and with his sharp teeth made some tiny puncture marks along the bright lights. He wasn’t very interested in the lights themselves, as they were slightly warm on the roof of his mouth, the wires were cool to the touch so there wasn’t anything to worry for that.

Once he realized that he wasn’t able to swallow anything with each bite, he decided to walk around on his back legs to the other side but still the same result happened. Bozo grew frustrated, he hated to be teased with his food, especially his treats so then he became radical with his decision to sit back up and lick the sides of his mouth, all the while still looking up at the tree, contemplating a good spot to try next and he latched onto a spot directly in the middle of the tree, where all of the glass and memorable baubles were placed.

Once finding his prey, he took a couple of steps back from his original position and crouched down to the floor, never breaking contact with his special spot. He was ready and used all of his energy to leap across the room to land at the wrong spot and he realized how bad he calculated his misfortune and when he went to climb the rest of the way, the hook of an ornament stab him in the padding of his right back paw and he let out a high-pitched meow, suddenly spooked he jumped off of the tree for good but not without it falling down with him.

He landed at the corner of the tree so when it fell in front of him, he wasn’t injured by it too much. There were small droplets of blood that came off the bottom of his paw but all the floor contained was a dark green mess with golden-sparkled tinsel and rainbow colored lights that were slightly dimmed as the plug was almost out of its socket in the wall. There was also shattered glass on and underneath the disgraced tree. Bozo was stunned as he just stood in front of him. The puzzled look on his face continued as the family, who were awaken by the sheer thud and glass breaking, ran into the room with their mouths open wide looking at both the mess and the unsuspecting cat at the side.

So what did you think of this? Tell me a story about your cat (or dog) ruining something very beloved to you? How do you keep your animals away from the Christmas decorations in your home?

snowflake

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Nolan Update

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Howdy!

Before I officially begin with this post, I thought I would mention to everybody reading this, to not steal my pictures used below! They’re not yours and if you want to ruin my generosity to freely show him off on here, you will ignore the urge to take the photos! Thank you.

It’s been a long time since I talked about my nephew, the only post I’ve managed to publish is his birth announcement back in July! It doesn’t really seem that long age since that day, but it has! I constantly fight with my parents (and sometimes my grandparents) to stop calling me a “baby” when I’m clearly not one anymore, but I get why they never stopped calling me that because now I’m saying it about him! We all call him “our baby”, which really ticks off my sister and she’ll tell you right off that he’s not ours, he is her baby!

So, knowing I have about four months to get you updated with what’s been going on has been a little daunting for me, because there has been lots of things happening, but let’s start at the beginning, okay?

1st Month:

I have to say, my sister and brother-in-law have been doing a very good job at raising him, since neither one have really been around a baby before. Blondie had never held a newborn before Nolan, so this has been a totally new thing for her, but I think she really loves it! Brandon has really young cousins in his family, but I doubt he’s been up and down throughout day and night because of a crying baby before this!

Unfortunately, my sister gave up on breastfeeding him in the early part of July, because she honestly didn’t feel comfortable and was always worried she wasn’t producing enough milk for him. She really didn’t want to give up and felt extremely guilty but I think she felt better giving him formula and knowing he actually eating well. Although when he is hungry, in the way he cries (and screams) he expects that bottle to be there immediately, and it doesn’t matter who’s around him at the time. There’s only so much I can do to console the little guy, but I did figure out he likes to have his head rubbed, there’s only a 50/50 chance it’ll work but hey, at least I try!

38600263_1050894211753906_3251158598029410304_nThe animals are really great with him. Chipper is very curious and protective of his little brother. The cats are interested in him too, they want to be around and even try to touch him. There’s a cute video of their gray and white cat Gru attempting to pet him on the head and he’s being incredibly gentle, it’s so cute! Blondie and Brandon try to keep them at a small distance so neither one hurt each other by accident.

During the first month Nolan was here, we (my parents and I) were basically fighting to be the first ones to have him when they came down. I always felt that my time with him was short and somewhat shared with other people who came to check on the two of us, but after a while I grew out of that because as he grew and created more facial expressions, there would be someone else to bring out that smile of him. I wouldn’t get him to be happy like that as easily, but we quickly figured out what he really enjoyed while being with me. My bed.

When he was real little, and it was time to switch and let him have some Aunt Meggie time, everybody would put him out on the right side of my bed where I have two layers of velvet blankets and if he wouldn’t roll over on his side on his own, somebody else would, so I could see his little face. He loved being so close to me, and frankly I loved getting baby hugs and giving him kisses on the top of the head too. Everytime they’d bring him and I cuddled up to him in my blanket, I’d talk about all of the animals in the world, plus superheros and the Transformers, and eventually he went to sleep. Sometimes when he’s a bit fussy I’ll sing to him a made up lullaby for him that he just loves and my dad thinks is adorable too!

I think we were shocked to see how fast he started to really discover emotions. We don’t think he was trying to make faces at us, but there were expressions he’d make during that first month that would make great pictures and videos. At this point, they were trying a lot of things to keep him entertained and one of the things he kind of fell in love with was the movie Moana. He just loves the music and would get excited at different scenes and songs. This movie is about the only thing he’ll calm down to, and I think they started it was when they introduced tummy time to him. He was always fussy in the beginning and then he’d hear a familiar song and his mood would change instantly.

2nd Month:

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Despite the fact that he was constantly teething (and still is!) August was interesting because he slowly showed how smart he is, the first thing being how he managed to talk or in this case “sing the music of his people” (cry) his way onto Blondie’s chest day and night. He also loves Snapchat filters, and I know that’s weird to say out loud but this kid loves seeing himself on the screen in different scenarios, like one of his favorites is the “Dog” filter that allows you to have a fake tongue of a dog stick out with the nose and ears. Well, he had finally figured out how to get his tongue out, he’d do it instead! Everytime she told him to open his mouth, he’d stick out his tongue!

One last thing he learned to do was keep his head up on his own. Shockingly, he was already trying this out probably three days after the little dude was born! He was an overachiever as he was rolling around at that time too! Whenever he was doing tummy time, they’d put him up on his small pillow so he had some help leaning up on his arms, but he was still bobbing his head some days, for the most part he’d nod at you and look around the room. I think he really loves tummy time, well maybe for the most part!

3rd Month:

So, this past month has been fairly normal, except for the fact that everybody had been showing signs of allergies and/or sickness, and we having to be really careful with Nolan as we don’t want him to get anything either. No kissing on the cheeks, only on his little hairy head and everybody’s been washing their hands plus using hand sanitizer if they want to hold the kid. I know it’s for his own good so I’m not too bothered with it!

Nolan really likes books now! My mom and I each bought him a book after a visit to Walmart earlier in the month, and we got him a baby book that he can hold in his little hands and put into his mouth to chew on, but it’s a mini fabric number book, that has different animals of the pages. He really loves it! The book I got him is a baby touch and feel type of book, it’s about Baby Animals and on each page has a small portion that a child can touch to feel the various textures whether they’re soft or rough on their skin. I showed it to him while he was in his vibrating chair at the foot of my bed, and he just stared at it as I propped it up on the side. I desperately tried not to drop it while I was attempting to turn the pages in the process. He was so calm and seemed to be really happy too!

41379676_10204657428033710_379528470192979968_nHe has recently learned how to “talk” now! So far he’s favorite word is “nuh uh” and it’s freaking adorable! I swear I even hear him say “mama” every once in a while, but he hasn’t said it on command yet. The day he does say “mama” or “dada” is when we’ll all start crying for joy! He is a storyteller himself, even if you can’t understand him yet. It’s so cute on how he’ll be very quiet and take a big sigh before start talking to you. He seems to love it when papaw (my dad) threatens to ground his mommy, I mean literally, the kid has the biggest smile on his face everytime he tells him that.

I mentioned in the beginning that whenever he is in my room, he is laying out on my bed? Well, by the middle of August, it was too difficult to see his face without him rolling over to where I can’t move him back without feeling like I could hurt him, so I started sitting up with him and now I can really talk to him and if he wanted to, he could watch TV since we usually try to prop him up a bit so he’s not lying flat on the bed. He loves to watch both Tom & Jerry, Paw Patrol, and Bubble Guppies. Whenever the last show is on, I like to say “bubble-bubble-bubble guppies” at a very fast pace which usually makes him laugh at me. We discuss the animals and what they’re doing, and everytime  they have music on, I try to get him to dance or wiggle, he likes to watch me wiggle than do it himself, but I don’t care. I like keeping him entertained!

Recently he experienced a “leap” where he has a growth spurt and gets very curious (apparently more than he already is!) of his surroundings, and I’ve noticed that he’s been watching my arms a lot lately. It’s incredibly tough to explain to a child that small what a disability is; he loves to kick and feel my right hand since it’s lower than my left, but one day when Blondie had a hold of him, he just stared at my hands. He doesn’t really understand why my hand can’t grab him like everybody else’s, but instead of frowning at the Tarzan like movement I do when around him, he smiles his head off. He’s a curious baby that’s for sure!

4th Month:

Since it’s the start of a new month and the fact that he doesn’t really turn four months old until next weekend, I think it would be kind of silly to really discuss his accomplishments for October! I’m sure he’ll do a lot though. One thing that I keep telling him is how long it is until basketball season, because he’s finally big enough to fit in his little Butler Bulldogs onesie! The weird thing about it was my mom also put me in my Butler shirt without knowing he was wearing his too! Of course, the picture was so adorable as he gave a slight smile behind his chubby little hands.

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I do want to end this with an interesting fact about Nolan. When he was born, my sister noticed something about his feet, one both feet his index and middle toes were webbed together. The nurses and his doctor told him that was common with premature babies. Nolan was supposed to be born on July 2nd, but he came on the second week of June instead, so he is considered a premature baby. Everybody has told them that it should fix itself in time but it doesn’t and he’s not able to walk, then they’ll worry about it. So far, nobody in either family has any feet defects, but one of my fellow Arthrogryposis made the point that it could be an effect by AMC itself, but we’re really not sure about it. I think it just makes me him unique, but I still hope he will be able to walk nonetheless!

I think I’ll wait to do my next post probably before NYE, so I can get his Halloween costume and what he wears (and eats, as he’ll be starting on solid foods soon!) for both Thanksgiving and Christmas! I also have another baby post coming as my cousin Kristi recently had her new baby a few weeks ago, so I’ll try to have that name reveal and update on them soon!

So did you enjoy this little update about my nephew? Do you think I should continue these types of posts or not?

snowflake

 

4 Favorite Female Stand-Up Comics

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Howdy!

Since my absence on here, I’ve been finding interesting ways to keep myself entertained, mostly using Netflix to watch various movies and TV shows from all over the world–well actually, that’s a lie. They either based in Australia, England or the US!

For this post, I’m talking about comedy. I’m actually very picky and I’ve found out that in recent years that in every “funny” movie trailer that appears on YouTube, is most likely boring as crap! Bridesmaids was so boring. So because of this, I’m pretty hesitant when it comes to anything in the comedy genre. Now honestly, I think stand-up comics are different; instead of receiving a script for a role, everything is based on their real life. Of course, not everything that the person is saying is completely true, but if they can pull off the joke well enough, the audience won’t really care!

Unfortunately, whenever I go to watch a new (or old) comic special on TV or heck, even on YouTube, I’m actually cautious because of the fact that you have that underling feeling of not knowing is going to come out of that person’s mouth. I’m not highly sensitive to certain words or phrases, but I am concerned whenever a person is up on stage, mocking somebody with a disability of some sort. Luckily, it is very rare for this to happen, but there are a few people I do stay away from because I’ve heard them say something like that in the past.

I have thought about doing a post about my favorite male comics as well, but since my list on the women’s side is so short, I thought it would be easier on me to talk about them first.

Iliza Shlesinger 

I was introduced to Iliza in the same way as another person on this list. I love watching To Tell The Truth on NBC. I am usually more wrong than right, but I still enjoy watching it every Sunday! Anyways, I vaguely remember the episode that featured Iliza, I think she had short hair, and I just thought she was hilarious! I do remember her mimicking a sheep while asking a panelist a question and I thought it was weird but thought it was funny on how normal she would go into it and resume like she never said it at all!

I have successfully watched all FOUR Netflix specials, now that sentence wouldn’t sound so bad, if I didn’t mention that I watched four and a half of them in one month! She’s a fast talker whenever she gets on a certain subject, and as far as her topics, she tends to discuss feminism, friends, and sex. Iliza has a new special called Elder Millennial and she talks about being newly engaged (although now she is married) and the fact that she’s an older millennial. I think this one was my absolute favorite because I hardly had a chance to catch my breath before she would say something else that would hurt me so good.

Tiffany Haddish

I first heard about Tiffany in 2014, when we had the channel Epix in our package. They were advertising Jenny McCarthy’s comedy special called Dirty, Sexy, Funny and I guess I was really interested in it because I decided to watch it the night it came on, and I literally thought the whole thing was hilarious! Tiffany’s section was my favorite, although she was very dirty. Despite the fact that I am mostly afraid of awful disability comments, another one that I don’t like are sexual jokes. So the fact that I liked her enough to overlook that part has always floored me!

After a few years went by, I didn’t really hear much about her until she was in the movie Girls Trip and I remember seeing the trailer for that and thinking that this could be a good one. I also thought that about a similar girl-nights-out film Rough Night too and I didn’t enjoy that at all! Tiffany was really the star of this film but honestly her character wasn’t so out there (even though it was close!) the other actresses, Jada Pickett Smith. Queen Latifah, and Regina Hall were still prominent throughout the film. I thought it was a great comedy!

Ali Wong

To be honest, I hadn’t heard of Ali Wong before I watched her Hard Knock Wife back in June. I literally watched it probably a week before Nolan was born, and I’m not going to lie I was tempted to tell Blondie to watch it, but thankfully a couple of weeks later she finally watched it or caught some of it on YouTube. I recently watched her first special Baby Cobra at the end of July, but I didn’t like it as much as the other one, as she discussed a lot about becoming a mother to a baby, the downside of that and labor and delivery. The story of meeting her friend, who also had a baby, was the funniest thing ever!

After watching her specials, I don’t see anything about her but I know she’s a mother of two so she could be staying at home, not wanting to do any shows at the moment. She mentioned in her first one that she was a writer on the show, Fresh Off The Boat but I don’t watch it and unless she features on it, I don’t want to see it.

Nikki Glaser

I found Nikki through To Tell The Truth like Iliza, unfortunately they were on separate episodes which sucked because I think they’re kind of similar. Iliza’s more animated, whereas Nikki is somewhat laid back, but Nikki is also like Tiffany too, as she tends to talk about sex quite a bit. Nikki is just a unique individual!

What gets me is that I’ve only seen one thing she was in, and it’s a Netflix special called The Line Up where it’s like probably 20 minutes of like seven people up on stage, telling jokes. I loved her episode, but she was like three out of seven people that I literally enjoyed. While I was working on this post, I was actually listening to her stand up show “Perfect” on Spotify. I love being able to do that, although I would like to see certain things like facial expressions. If you’ve never done that before, the most important thing to keep in mind is everything is uncensored, and that’s much better than suffering through Comedy Central and the commercials and beeps!

Oh, and she’ll be a contestant on Dancing With The Stars, she’s paired up with Gleb Savchenko and I’m definitely excited about it. It should be very interesting to say the least!

Honestly, I’ve never been interested in comics that everybody likes, and I don’t really know why, and this goes for both sexes too! I have watched Amy Schumer before, but I feel like she can be a hit or miss sometimes. I have even tried watching her films but sometimes I hardly think they’re funny and it really sucks! I don’t even watch Saturday Night Live either, because I don’t like Tina Fey or Melissa McCarthy (except when she was on Mike & Molly) and again, I don’t know why it happens.

Who are your favorite stand-up comediennes? What made you like them so much? I’m always wanting to discover other female comics, so if you have any suggestions leave them below!

snowflake

It’s A… Round 2!

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Howdy!

Back in February, when I came out with Blondie’s gender reveal, we found out that my cousin Kristi was pregnant with baby #2, so I decided to put both of their surprises into one post, and this is why it was given the title “are there two babies” because it kind of worked out perfectly!

I think Kristi would have liked to find out the sex earlier but she and little Joseph moved down to Louisiana back in early April. Her husband Joe is in the military and that’s where he is stationed, but it’s actually the same place where my uncle (her dad) was first stationed too, so there’s a special significance to this exact place. They have a nice house, lots of room for not only them, but Joseph, and their animals, they have a dog Sage and a cat, you remember Ozzy from our pack, his name is now Bruce Wayne!

And now they’re going to add on to another one!

I should probably shut up and tell you what they’re having, right?

However, I do think it’s fun to keep the suspense though!

Keeps everything interesting….

Okay, okay! You want to know so bad. Well, here you go!

 

IT’S A GIRL!

Yup, they’re having a girl! I was totally backwards in a way! Once my mom told me (yeah, she told me before I could watch the videos of Joseph with his pink fingers!) I was literally having flashback after flashback of how both Kristi and her older brother Chris used to “get along” back in the day!

Anyways, I asked Kristi what made her think that this child would be different, because after her first few doctor appointments, she was telling all of us that the heart rate was higher than Joseph! She also said that she had an awful first trimester, and suffered from morning sickness, and I don’t think she was sick throughout her pregnancy with little Joseph, but in his defense, he kind of surprised everyone because they found out she was pregnant with him after she had surgery on her appendix! They did the Chinese calendar and other gender predictions on Google, which we did all of those on Nolan too (they all said he’d be a girl!), and majority of them said “girl” so apparently they are somewhat reliable!

This might seem pretty interesting, between my sister and I, plus all of our cousins on my mom’s side, there are more girls, but as far the great-grandkids (as my nana and papaw put it!) there are more boys! Kristi’s niece Lynn has been the only girl in that section of the family for a decade now! So there’s a big possibility that she’s excited to another girl in the family too! I was told that they have picked out a name, but will not release it until she is born this fall. I still think the letter will be used in the first name, but that’s just me!

I would like to mention that you may not get another baby post in a few weeks. Since this went up today, Blondie is considered “full term” and if Nolan wanted to come out now, they wouldn’t try to stop him, so with that being said, if there are any other blog posts that talk about my sister being pregnant and she has had him and I’m not changing the layout of those paragraphs. So if you only follow me on here, you may want to follow me on my Twitter or Facebook pages, that will you’re not left in the dark, that and you wouldn’t have to wait that long to hear the news of his birth either!

Hope you all have enjoyed this blog post 🙂snowflake