Lifestyle: Introducing Aurelian

Auri is the youngest of the Bunch. She still has that puppy energy, which mommy and daddy try to wear out before bedtime. Auri loves to chew everything in her path so footwear, wires, and furniture needs to be protected around her.

Auri does not have long hair like Tesla so so does not require as much grooming. She has been healthy since we have gotten her and hopefully it stays that way for a long time.  

Auri likes to think she gets along with everyone, but is quickly starting to learn that she is the low dog on the totem pole. Mordechai tolerates her, Tesla will play with her and Cheeto tries to bully her. We shall see how this all plays out!

Lifestyle: Introducing Cheeto

Cheeto is a princess in her daddy’s eyes, to everyone else she is a bit of a troublemaker. Energetic and loving Cheeto loves to play, eat and cuddy. She purrs so low you can hear it from across the room, it sounds like a little motor boat. 

Cheeto is long haired just like Mordechai, but unlike Mordechai, Cheeto is a neat freak. She is constantly trying to clean everyone and everything, I feel like she is constantly judging me about cleanliness. Cheeto is also a perfectly healthy cat!

Cheeto acts like a princess around everyone, her favorite person is her daddy. She doesn’t let anyone push her around and bullies Auri any chance she gets. Mordechai doesn’t let her get away with it thought and will clop her one if she gets too out of hand. 

Lifestyle: Introducing Tesla

Tesla is our lovable cuddly bear. I’ve mentioned her a couple of times before and she is nothing but an absolute doll. 

While being a total cuddle bug, she loves to play more than anything. Her favorite games are Tug of War and Keep away. Her stamina is not the best but her adorable personality makes up for it.

Tesla hates baths, but she behaves at the groomers. She gets groomed every couple of months and looks like a brand new dog after.

We learned at a very young age, with Tesla that she suffers from a variety of allergies. She cannot eat any poultry, grains or really anything good.  She is also allergic to grass…

Tesla has one dog sister and two cat siblings whom she adores. Her eldest sibling Mordechai, does not play as much as she likes, but she doesn’t mind. Cheeto, on the other hand, loves playing and Usually takes Tesla on a wild goose chase. Auri is a bit hyper with Tesla, but Tesla is learning how to play with Auri

Lifestyle: Introducing Mordechai

I think I have mentioned Tesla before but since I am not longer writing on Barking up the Tree and will start writing about my pet adventures here I want to give all my pets a introduction so you can get to know them. Mordechai is the oldest and therefore should go first! Warning: Pic Spam Ahead!

Mordechai has an extremely calm and easy going personality. He is one of the most friendliest cats I have ever had.  He does get anxious however when he goes to the vet, his absolutely least favorite place in the world.

Mordechai loves to burrow under the blanket and cuddle.  This usually results in a paw to the face when he decides to do this. It is gentle though no claws! He also has a knack for climbing and can be spotted sleeping in high places. He also really likes laying on shoes and clothes.

Mordechai is my 10 thousand dollar cat. He has had a quite a bit of health problems, none of which he is a fault for. This is what stemmed his fear of vet. He has prevailed though and has seemed to prosper despite this.

Mordechai has long hair grey hair with stripes. He loves getting brushed so his long hair is not a problem to groom. He likes to groom himself though and gets hairballs. Sometimes he does get some poopie bits stuck in his long fur and neither of us like when that happens.

Mordechai is very tolerant of his siblings.  Despite being the oldest of his siblings he still has the energy to play. He can be seen most mornings chasing Cheeto around the house.

Mordechai likes to groom his siblings and is learning to get along with Auri. His favoritesibling is probably Tesla as she gives him his space and cuddles when needed.

 

Lifestyle: Life Update

Yes, I am getting white hairs. While I have been getting white hairs for a while, it seems different somehow. You know what they say, pluck one and two more take it’s place? well it seems to be true. Maybe it’s because I am in my 30s now but I just let them stay now and try to own it like I wanted them (no idea if I do yet).

I also was accepted into a internship program, which excites and delights me, but also makes me apprehensive. It is at a coroner’s office and while I don’t mind being around dead bodies it does give me pause because I am unsure of what I actually will be seeing. Plus, being an intern at 30 is a bit weird but that is what happens when you don’t have the money/ability to get loans after high school. It’s something I have to accept, although the feeling I get when I see people who already have the careers they want (and are younger than me) is ugly and I hate it. I will just take it as a lesson learned.

In other news however, I have been trying to get out more. Going to open air markets, farmers markets and just trying to have a positive outlook on life because I need a change to my mentality and unless I do something things wont change.

What have you all been doing?

Music: Bands I can always listen to!

One of the (only) things I have in common with my dad is my love for music. It was one of the only ways I could really bond with him, and even now at 31 years old it is one of the things I can talk to him about. Below is the list of bands that no matter what decade, or how old I am I can always listen to. 

The Beatles

John, Paul, George, and Ringo are the core 4 and the first band crush I ever had. Their songs evoke every emotion I have and no matter what mood I am in The Beatles will always have a song for it. 

Elvis Presley

This hip shaker would always have a special place in my heart. His music is fun and ageless. A Little Less Conversation was one of the first songs I remember singing with my dad, so maybe I may have a bit bias to it and him. 

Coldplay

I don’t know what it is about Coldplay that makes me just absolutely love them, but I do. Every song just reaches my soul and makes me feel something. Plus, Chris Martin smiling just makes my day.

Sublime

Growing up in California by beachside in the 90s, of course, I listened to Sublime. So naturally now, living in Idaho I can’t change any song that comes on by them as nostalgia hits and I do get a tiny bit of longing towards the coast. 

Iron Maiden

Yes, I can be a bit of a metal head and I even went and watched them live. One of the best concerts I have gone to hands down. The music is amazing as well as the lyrics to all of their songs. Also the voice of Bruce Dickinson just may be my absolute favorite.

A Day to Remember

Another band whose concerts I make sure to go. The love for the band is one of the first times I actually felt a connection with my husband, so much so that we used one of their songs for our first dance.

Lifestyle: Early Morning Hikes

I can’t sleep in anymore, it is a proven fact. So instead of sitting around on my butt, I decided to be active. So loading the dogs and my husband in the car we set off for an easy hike. The trail we went on was only 2.7 miles so if we added it up we only hiked 5.4. It’s been almost a year since I’ve hiked anything so we took it slow since we are trying to get into the groove of it.

While the scenery was not much to look at, as it was mostly hills with bushes, it was really the cool fresh air I was breathing and the conversation that was the main focus. Just taking time out to enjoy nature and the simple things in life is what makes times like these special. The only time I had my phone on me was to quickly take these pictures and then I just put it away. I almost snapchatted, but I decided not to. I just wanted to live in the moment and enjoy. I did a post on Instagram but that was much later.

Sometimes we need to remember that there are simple things we can do to make ourselves happy.

Lifestyle: Weekend Traditions

Since moving to Idaho we have tried to make our new house feel like a home. It’s just my husband and me, so we try to make each other feel special. In order to do so, we have adopted a couple of traditions to make sure we don’t get homesick. Some we do together, others we do separately.

Saturday Morning Breakfast.

This is a huge breakfast that we make and eat together. It usually involves coffee, pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Sometimes we switch it up with some bagels and lox, pastries, or a quiche. We always eat together though, with no phones around and talk. This is the most important part.

Taking the dogs for a long walk

Now that we have Auri it’s really hard for one of us to walk the dogs. Auri is still a puppy and not used to the leash so she ends up winding it around the person walking her. This annoys the walker and Tesla, our other dog. We make sure that after breakfast we make time for the dogs as well. Taking them on a long walk around the neighborhood gives us a chance to go out, explore our area and exercise the dogs.

Taking time for a bath and audiobooks

I am not usually a big fan of audiobooks, but I am a huge fan of baths and reading. I don’t trust myself not to get the book I am reading wet so turning on an audiobook is the next best thing. The bath usually consists of a bath bomb, bath salts, or bubbles (because you are never too old for bubbles!). This is a time I have for myself, no cats, dogs or husband. Just me relaxing. Trust me it is great for your mental health.

This list isn’t very long but it is something we do every weekend that is sort of becoming a tradition.  Do you have any traditions you do on the weekends?

Let’s Make Friends Update #2

Another week has past by and I am here to update you on how my friend making process is going…

Slow.

That seems to the word of words for this process. I know that it would be long and drawn out before I can meet and make anything resembling a friendship but an impatient person! Why can’t I just have a BFF overnight! Let me let the rational side of me take over before I start crying and kicking up a tantrum on the floor.

GirlFriend Social

so DB has not gotten back to me since my last update. She is currently having some personal issues so I understand if she doesn’t have time to talk to a stranger. Right now I think this is going to go no where, but I will stay positive that and hope that when she solves these issues we can continue to talk again. HF and I have been texting back and forth trying to get to know each other. We have some things in common, but it worries me that she seems like a huge health nut and I’m over here trying not to spend all my time thinking about nachos… They say opposites attract right?

HEY! Vina

I’ve ran out of people to match with, which is really disappointing. I also only matched with one person and she hasn’t tried to even contact me at all. It does say that 5 people are saying ‘Hey!’ but I cannot view who they are or know who they are because of how the app works. So disappointing. I keep checking another week before dropping this app.

Girlfriend Circles

I still think this site is a bit weird to use and much more of a networking site rather than a friendship finding site. I haven’t used it much, but I won’t drop it yet until I have actually tried to use it to find friends.

I have found 2 more apps to try making friends on

Patook

Unfortunately this does not have too many people in my area but it is easy to use. How it works is if you want too skip people you swipe them over (yes kinda like tinder) and if you do you like them. This is better than Hey! Vina because you can see who has liked you and if you want you can like back! Woo!

Bumble BFF

Most people know Bumble as a dating site, but you can also use it to find friends. This has been the most successful friendship app I have already been matched and have started conversations with a couple of people. I won’t share anything yet, because I want to see who lasts and who gets voted off the island… wait this is not survivor. I don’t even watch that show. The one thing I don’t like about Bumble is that if your matched you only have 24 hours to start a conversation or respond before it expires. That is a little weird and makes me nervous.

Let’s Make Friends Update #1

So I wanted to make sure I keep you up to date on what’s happening in my quest for making friends. I want to bring you all along for every step of the way.

First things first, I dumped FriendMatch. While they had a lot of people to choose from they didn’t have very many in my area. In fact there was only 3 and they weren’t really in the area of Idaho that I was in. So while that could have turned me off the the whole experience in general It actually spurred me to find another site and I did.

Hey! Vina

Hey! Vina is a mobile app that is pretty easy to use an reminds reminds me of tinder in the sense that you swipe if you want to skip. They also have quizzes you can take that determine your friendship personality. It’s been pretty fun so far. There are a couple of things I don’t like. First if someone sends you a “hey!” you can’t see who it is unless you send them “hey!” as well, so if someone likes your profile you don’t know unless you like them back. Another thing is that if you do match with someone they immediately encourage you to meet in person. I don’t know about you all but I want to get to know someone before meeting them.

GirlFriend Social

I’ve actually have had some success on this site. There’s two potential friends that I am talking to now. The first I will call DB. DB is having a bit of a tough time right now, and laid everything out in our first message to each other. It is somewhat refreshing so I don’t get any surprise drama, I decided to stick around in case she needs a sympathetic ear. The second one I will call HF, we have some stuff in common and although she is a bit older than me and a bit spiritual I hope it works out. HF actually gave me her phone number so I am going to try texting her today (not call, because who does that!).

Girlfriend Circles

Is still a little weird for me to use but the users are all very responsive. Hopefully I can find some people in my area. I find the site a bit tough to navigate through but I hope I will get used to it. Besides people responding to my posts I have not really gotten to know anyone personally. Hopefully this changes or it is cut from the list.