Working in the coroner’s office has a way of making you face mortality. There are just so many ways to die, and to be confronted with it on a daily basis is a hard thing to do.
I wish I could say it gets easier but it doesn’t.
I’m lucky enough to have a great support system, and to be around people that do the exact same as me. The one thing that this internship has forced me to do is find humor again because you need humor in order to do a job like this.
There is also something to be said when you actual hold a human heart in your hands, or pretty much any organ to be honest. The contrast of each organ which each other, and to see it all actually fit in the human body is kinda weird.
My internship ends in December and it is an experience I can say that I won’t forget.
Cheetos is an unusual cat. Not only does she have constant energy, but she sounds like a motor when she purrs. Another thing that makes her stand out from any of the other cats I have had before is that she likes to sleep with her tongue out. I’ve never had a cat that has done that before.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?