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Juliet Landau Started Following Me On Twitter

May 6, 2016

Juliet Landau started following me on twitter.

On the morning of March 26, I woke up to an email from Twitter informing me that I had a new follower. Of course, I get these types of emails every so often but I never dreamed it would be the talented Juliet Landau.

Who is Juliet Landau?

If you don’t know who Juliet Landau is, the simple answer is that she’s an actress. However, Miss Landau is not just a stunning television and movie actress, she is also a producer, director and former professional ballerina. Furthermore, Miss Landau has garnered praise and awards for her work in the theater, as well as voice over work in video games, television and features.

Despite being in a number of films and television shows, Ms. Juliet Landau will always hold a special place in my heart for her beautifully creepy portrayal of Drusilla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as I’m sure she does in the hearts of every other geek and slayer out there.

Not going to lie, I geeked out majorly when she started following me. And I continued to geek out for days and even weeks afterwards. Now, I’m not saying Miss Landau herself started following me and it wasn’t some intern running her social media accounts. But I like to think that she came across my Twitter profile and thought “I need to follow this awesome person and her amazing cats.”

 

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Homemade Taco Seasoning

April 25, 2016

Homemade Taco SeasoningHave you ever taken a look at the ingredients in prepackaged taco seasoning? If not, then you really should. It is filled with unnecessary ingredients, like sugar in various forms.

Why does taco seasoning need any form of sugar in it? If you have never watched the documentary Fed Up, you really should. It divulges into sugar and the food industry’s role in adding it to everything possible.

It really is an eye opener, and this is coming from someone who loves their sweets!

The ingredients needed to make homemade taco seasoning.

Anyway, making your own taco seasoning not only gives you complete control over the ingredients, which means no more added sugar or potentially harmful preservatives, but it is cheaper in the long run when you buy the spices in bulk.

I started making my own taco seasoning mix about a year ago when me and my husband did the Whole30 program for a month. And, along with checking labels and trying to avoid things that have sugar in it when it really shouldn’t (like fresh chicken breast, yes, a lot of companies add sugar to their “fresh” raw chicken breast), making my own seasoning mixes have been one of the few habits we kept.

Taco Seasoning Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Directions:

  • Step 1: Mix all ingredients together and store in an airtight glass container.
  • Step 2: When ready, use about 2 tablespoons of the seasoning mix per 1 pound of meat.

That’s it! Pretty simple, great tasting and doesn’t contain potentially harmful ingredients.

Tips: If you notice that the seasoning mix is a bit on the spicy side, I would suggest reducing the amount of crushed red pepper since this ingredient can be a little hot for some people. My best advice is to experiment and taste the seasoning as you go along. You may find you want more oregano and less salt, and that’s okay. This is your seasoning mix so you should have it the way you and your family like.

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My Birthday Weekend

April 15, 2016

The 11th was my 36th (shit, I’m either getting old or already old, take your pick) and last weekend (the weekend before my birthday), the husband and I took a mini vacation to the Waterfront/Pittsburgh Pennsylvania area to celebrate. We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott at the Waterfront for two nights (Friday and Saturday) and came home Sunday.

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We selected a suite with a whirlpool in it because, who the hell wouldn’t want a whirlpool in their room!? It was such a nice touch to be able to relax in the whirlpool before bed.

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We had a wonderful time relaxing, eating too much (Red Robin is now my most favorite restaurant ever! Unfortunately, we don’t have any close by) and window shopping.

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The only downside to the weekend was the weather. Cold (in the low 30s), snowy and extremely windy made walking around the Waterfront shopping center horrible. But besides that, it was a near perfect birthday weekend!

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Did I ever tell you…

March 23, 2016

That my 18 year old daughter has taken up the guitar? I don’t think I have, but it really shouldn’t come as a surprise since her father is rather musically inclined and plays multiple musical instruments, including the guitar and piano. A little over a month ago, after searching locally with no avail for a guitar that called to her, we drove a pretty good distance so she could look for one at a rather large music store located in Parkersburg. After looking through all the items they had to offer, from the fender bass pickguards to the tambourines, she chose an Ibanez, while her father picked up an Epiphone Les Paul Custom Pro.

After about a week of playing it, however, she decided that it just wasn’t the right fit for her. Luckily, the music store where she purchased her guitar has a 14-day exchange policy that allows you to exchange or return the items for any reason what-so-ever. They want to make sure their customers are completely satisfied. So we made the hour and a half trip back down to the store so she could exchange it. And after a few hours of trying to find the right guitar for her, she decided on a Gibson herself. She’s actually pretty good, I’m not just saying that cause I’m her mother, especially when you think that she has only been seriously trying to learn the guitar for the past few months. She has, however, “played” with a guitar since she was a wee lassie.

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Chronic Urinary Tract Infections

March 14, 2016

Urinary Tract Infections and the size of cat pee clumpsThat picture to the left there is a clump of Nefarian’s pee.

Yep.

I’m sure you’re wondering why I would take a picture of one of my cat’s pee clumps?

Well, when you have a cat that has chronic urinary tract infections, seeing him go into the litter box and peeing that much will fill you with joy and relief.

See, Nefarian has been battling a rather nasty UTI for the past 2 months. Nothing that he has taken has seemed to help much at all. When he starts to have a urinary tract infection flareup, he will only pee a drop or two and will mrrrrow (its how he meows when he’s not feeling good) throughout the day and night when he tries to pee. And if you have ever had a UTI then you know that it’s not pleasant and poor Nefarian is probably experiencing the same discomfort that we do when we’re dealing with a urinary tact infection. So to say I was excited when I saw him step into the litter box and pee that much is an understatement. I was ecstatic! The past few days, he had seemed to be in a better mood but I didn’t want to get my hopes up that the UTI was finally going away. And I’m still a little worried that it was just a fluke and his symptoms will return in full force. If they don’t, then I’m laying all the credit at the feet of UroMAXX Urinary Tract, Kidney & Bladder Formula.

UroMAXX is a supplement-like liquid that is given once a day and has a lot of positive reviews online. In fact, vets (including our own) often recommend it for chronic urinary, kidney and bladder infections. Nefarian has been taking UroMAXX for almost 3 weeks and no, I wasn’t paid or compensated nor did I received a free product for this post. I talked with a vet and did my own research to try to find something to control his chronic UTIs.

With that said, it has only been 3 weeks and I am not 100-percent sold on the UroMAXX yet (I don’t want to get my hopes up just yet). I do, however, hope to God that this stuff is working and Nefarian’s infection is going away. I will happily give this supplement to him everyday for the rest of his (God willing) long life if it helps keep UTIs at bay.

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Making a Murderer

February 24, 2016

Making a MurdererMy husband and I started watching Making a Murderer the other day. And we only have 1 episode left. With him working 10 hour days, 5 (sometimes 6) days a week, it can be a bit hard finding time to watch all the things we want to watch together.

Anyway…

I know the documentary is rather one sided and I already read about all the information that the doc left out. And when I heard what he did to that poor cat (dosed it in oil and threw it in fire), I’m not going to lie, I wanted him to die a slow and horrible death. But how the county acted just pisses me off like you wouldn’t believe. I was shouting at the TV. How could people who we are suppose to trust, who’s job is to uphold and follow the law act in such a disrespectful and unlawful manner. It just boggles my mind.

At the moment, I think Brandon is probably innocent and I’m not sure whether or not Steve Avery killed Teresa Halbach. But that doesn’t really matter since I am 100-percent sure that the police planted evidence and because of that, he deserves another trial with that evidenced thrown out. And that is a complete shame since that poor young women’s death is overshadowed by the complete lack of justice and pure assholeness (that’s a word, trust me) that the police department showed.

If he did murder Teresa Halbach but is allowed to walk free because of the planted evidence and then he murders again, then every single law enforcement officer (or anyone else that had a hand in planting the evidence) should be held accountable for that new death.

Steven Avery’s new lawyer has taken to Twitter to not only vocalize his innocence but to also hint that they know who the real murderer is and will be working on getting Steven out of jail. I thought that Steven Avery’s brother-in-law, Scott Tadych, may have had something to do with it. That guy just rubbed me the wrong way and seemed rather suspicious. But I also think that Teresa Halbach’s ex-boyfriend or her roommate could also have had something to do with it. Their actions just seemed odd to me.

Have you watched Making a Murderer? Do you think Steve Avery is guilty?

 

 

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Valentine’s Day 2016

February 15, 2016

I hope y’all had a happy Valentine’s Day. We actually celebrated Valentine’s Day on Friday because Mike had to work Sunday. We went up to Petco to get my Valentine’s Day gift from him, a cat tree. I have been wanting a cat tree for our kitties for a while now but always put it off for one reason or another. So I was extremely happy to finally have it. And all three cats are enjoying it. Especially Nefarian and Widget. Jedi, who will be 10 years old this spring, isn’t as excited about it as the other two. He’s more indifferent. He will lay on it here and there but is more content sleeping on his blanket beside me. Nefarian and Widget, however, love it so much. It was definitely worth the price tag and I am so happy that Mike got it for me.

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