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Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in My Life | 8 comments

I know I share a plethora of cat pictures on Instagram, but it’s time to actually meet the 4 legged occupants of this household.


Helo04Helo was our first. We got him at the same time as Brambles who sadly had a fatal disease and we had to put him down after just a few months. It was heartbreaking. But Helo was my cat. When we went to the shelter to get them, he was the one amongst a pile of sleeping kittens who got up and came over to the cage door to great me with a giant purr. It was love at first sight for both of us.

Helo03The name Helo (pronounce heal-o) is from the television series Battlestar Galactica (portrayed by the very sexy Tahmoh Penikett). I just thought it would make an awesome cat name, and it totally does. He is possibly the sweetest cat I’ve ever known. You just look at him and he starts purring. As a kitten he would sleep on my head at night, purring like a motorcycle. He unfortunately grew out of it, and graduated to sleeping on my legs instead. The kitten has since stolen me at nights, so I’m thankful he still chooses to come sit on my lap while watching television.

His quirks include running to the bathroom if you so much as make a move to look like you’re getting up to go to the bathroom, cause he loves to drink from the tap. He likes to chew on hard plastic (watch out laundry baskets!) and will dig his claws into your legs for attention.


Garrus03The middle child. After losing Brambles I was worried that Helo would be lonely, so we made the mistake decision to get another cat. Long story short, we got him off of a random person on craigslist for $5. We’re pretty sure they lied about his age and that he was a lot younger and shouldn’t have been taken away from his mum so soon, cause that boy has some serious issues. He had a weird oral fixation for a little while where he would knead and suck on fabric. He put several holes in the armpits of Zack’s shirts.

Garrus02Garrus, being Zack’s cat, was named after Garrus from the Mass Effect video games. We call him our cranky old man cat, cause he’s constantly whining and when he’s not in the mood, he will just his at Oswin. He used to be our ninja cat jumping fearlessly through the air catching flies (he was freakishly good). Now he just slinks around the place. He has the attitude that he really wants love and attention, but just won’t go and seek it out from us. Love me, but don’t love me.

His quirks include eating plastic bags. I do not joke. Leave a plastic bad lying around and you will find it missing it’s handles. We’ve since learned to not leave them lying around. He loves lying in front of the heat vents and sitting on the windowsill.


OswinOswin aka “Tiny Cat” is our latest addition and star of my Instagram feed. Oswin almost didn’t come home from the shelter with us the day we went to get our third cat. She was the first one I picked out. I wanted a girl and a long hair and she was one of only a few, and I thought the grey was just adorable. She was so timid as I held her. She wasn’t trying to get away, but she also wanted nothing to do with me. I adjusted her a little and cuddled her a little closer to me, and she it was like a switch had been flicked, she was suddenly purring and nuzzling into me and I was in love. It was an indicator of the next couple of weeks. She would be terrified and hiding, but the second you touched her she was a cuddle monster. She would just crawl all over you, purring, trying to nuzzle into you as much as she could. Like Helo, she became my new head sleeper.

Oswin01Oswin (pronounced Oz win) got her name from Doctor Who. Oswin was the Dalek version of Clara that we first met. I’m not a huge Clara fan, but I loved the Oswin character in that first episode. And again, I thought it would make a cool cat name… which it does! She’s the crazy bundle of energy in the house that the other cats love about 25% of the time, and hate the other 75%. She’s my best friend. She’s constantly on my lap. She’ll come into the computer room while I’m on the computer and she’ll jump up and sleep in my lap. Cutest thing ever! She’s not as cuddly as she was as a kitten, but she’s still 100 times cuddlier than the other two every have been combined. She will rub her face affectionately against yours, and she actually likes being picked up. She will start climbing up your leg when she wants to be held.

Her quirks include the cutest little squeeky meow ever. She goes crazy when you give her canned food, she loves you when you get out of the shower and tries to dig herself into your towel. She will carry toys around in her mouth. She’ll have a toy of the week that goes everywhere with her, and she will usually bring it up on the bed with her in the morning and drop it on top of me.

Side note: As cute as kitten Oswin is, I think Garrus was the cutest kitten ever:


So these are my furbabies. I’d share a pic of all 3 of them together, but I don’t think such a thing exists. They don’t understand the concept of cuddling each other.

I’m linking up with TexErin in Sydnland’s Meet the Felines Link up! Go check out her adorable cats (also a 3 cat household!)

feline link up

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The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Books, Reviews | 6 comments


“The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook”

Published March 24th 2015 by Quirk Books
Amazon | Goodreads

Hard-boiled breakfasts, thrilling entrees, cozy desserts, and more–this illustrated cookbook features more than 100 recipes from legendary mystery authors. Whether you’re planning a sinister dinner party or whipping up some comfort food perfect for a day of writing, you’ll find plenty to savor in this cunning collection. Full-color photography is featured throughout, along with mischievous sidebars revealing the links between food and foul play. Contributors include Lee Child, Mary Higgins Clark, Harlan Coben, Nelson DeMille, Gillian Flynn, Sue Grafton, Charlaine Harris, James Patterson, Louise Penny, Scott Turow, and many more.

Disclaimer: I am not a good cook. I’m one of those lucky people who has a husband that cooks dinner every night (feel free to cry of jealousy). I’m not necessarily a bad cook, I’m just what I call a bit “flighty”. I may forget to read the entire recipe through before I start and not see that I was supposed to save the egg whites I just tossed away, or that I was supposed to drain those beans first. And sometimes I may just forget to add water to the boxed cake recipe…. ooops.

RecipeBook01When Quirkbooks sent me a copy of their latest recipe book I decided it was time to change my horrible cooking history and actually make dinner for my husband for once.

“The Mystery Writers of America Cookbook” is a great compilation of various different recipes for both the accomplished cook and, well, the not so accomplished. There are easy recipes in there for every day dinners and some that are a little more in-depth if you’re a bit more adventurous. Inside you will find not just dinner recipes, but breakfast, appetizers, soups & salads, entrees, side dishes, desserts and even cocktails. Each author’s recipe begins with a small introduction from the author detailing the dish’s origin and gives a little blurb on the bottom about each author.

Not only is the book filled with lots of delicious sounding recipes, but it’s of course filled with some gorgeous food photography that will have your stomach growling.

Enchiladas For my first recipe, I went with L.J. Sellers’ Chicken Enchiladas. It was a simple recipe that not even I could screw up (although I read through the instructions several times to make sure I was doing it right!). As delicious as they look, they were even more delicious to eat and I will definitely be making them again. I think the only thing I’ll change next time is to buy some spicier green chilies, cause I like my Enchiladas spicy!

And because I was feeling ambitious I also decided to try one of the desserts. I went with Lois Lavrisa’s Cozy Southern Chocolate Chip Pudding Cake. As much as I wanted to try Mary Jane Clark’s Sinfully Delicious Siesta Key Lime Pie, I decided I would go with something my husband would actually eat (lame, I know).

Desert03I can’t even tell you how fat I was already getting just by looking at the ingredients I was adding. This recipe is not to be made while on a diet (well, just don’t eat anything else all day), but look how yummy it looks! the batter tastes awesome if you’re wondering…

This is meant to be cooked in a bundt pan, which I don’t have, so it cooked a little uneven. But it was still Amazing with a capital A. Heat this baby up with some vanilla ice cream and you’re in heaven. So the only thing I’d change about this one is to actually cook it in a bundt pan. This will definitely be made again.


Overall I’m 2 for 2 on this one and there are many more recipes I’m eager to try (I’m looking at you Zillion Calorie Mac & Cheese!). It’s definitely a great recipe book if you’re looking for a great variety of recipes and for that little bit of quirk. Only thing I’d like to see in the book would be some nutritional information for each recipe, but then again, I’m probably better of not knowing.

EDIT: Totally forgot to mention that there’s a recipe in the book by Richard Castle which I think is just hilarious.

Thanks to Quirkbooks for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Saturday Roundup #2

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Lists, Saturday Roundup | 3 comments

Here’s my latest roundup of things found around the interweb…

Saturday Roundup

• Erin from TexErin in SydneyLand will be hosting a cute Meet the Felines link up this coming Thursday 16th where everyone shares their adorable cats. I’ll be joining in on the fun!

• Jessica’s Google Diary for Anna and the French Kiss is really cool. She shares the real places, books and people found in the book.

• If you’re looking for some fun posters, I really love the dftba poster store. There’s a good mix of posters, a lot are John Green quotes, but there are some geeky Doctor Who, Harry Potter, etc posters. And there are several cute bookish ones too. I actually have a couple on my wall (which I’ll share when I eventually get to showing updates from my computer/craft room). They’ve got lots of fun stuff in the rest of the store too (totes want those LBD DVDs).

• I love this DIY barn door Jenna Sue recently shared on her blog. I wish I had somewhere in my house where I could build one of these (also check out the rest of her blog, her house is gorgeous and I’m envious of the laundry room she’s building).

• I think this one made the rounds a little while ago, but I love this buzzfeed article of bookish jewelry. I’m not a huge Divergent fan, but I really love the bird necklace (the Harry Potter Time Turner necklace is also pretty awesome).

Hope everyone’s enjoying the weekend!!

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I Have a Problem

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in Books, Lists | 7 comments

A book buying problem that is. But you already know that. I guess it’s sort of a good problem to have. There are a lot more expensive things I could be spending my money on.

A few weeks ago I posted an instagram picture showing that my bookshelf is now over capacity:


What you don’t see is the couple of large piles I also have stacked on the floor… anyway. I approached Zack with the idea of buying some bookcases and making an entire built-in bookshelf wall. He said that would be too expensive, but we can make one. (insert much arm flailing). My husband is the best. Although really he’s enabling me because soon I’ll have so much shelf space I’ll just have to buy more books to fill it, right?

Anyway, here are some books I’ve gotten lately…


“Deerskin” by Robin McKinley is a paperbackswap.com grab (side note: they now charge 49c per book). I believe it was Kel who recommended Robin McKinley to me, so I’m looking forward to trying some of her books.

“The Room” by Jonas Karlsson is a review book I got. Again, me trying to broaden my horizons. This seems to fail half the time, so we’ll see.

(the rest are all bookoutlet.com purchases, my biggest weakness)

“Once” by Morris Gleitzman has been sitting on my to read list for a long time. I read a lot of his books as a kid, and this one has won awards, so I have high expectations.

“Linked” by Imogen Howson I just found while browsing book outlet and it was cheap, so why not?

“Shutdown” and “Override” by Heather Anastasiu are the sequels to the book “Glitch” which I recently read. I’ve decided that I need to stop waiting so long to read sequels because I forget half the stuff that’s going on. while “Glitch” was just an ok book, I’m ok with paying $2-3 to read the sequels.

“Without A Summer” and “Glamour in Glass” are sequels to “Shades of Milk & Honey” by Mary Robinette Kowal. I really enjoyed the first book, it’s basically an Austen novel, but with magic. But I was horribly disappointed in the ending (I still recommend it though). The second book was alright, and I’ve just started the third which I’m liking a little more so far.

• “The Storybook of Legends” by Shannon Hale was obviously purchased because I will read everything by her.

“Shades of Earth” by Beth Revis is the final book in the “Across the Universe Trilogy”. It’s a great series, I highly recommend it!

“Starters” by Lissa Price was just one that I found while perusing bookoutlet.com (I swear they should pay me for how much I advertise them). It was probably added to my cart to make the $5 shipping worth it. I don’t have any high expectations or anything, but it sounds interesting enough.

I’m a bit behind on these book haul posts, I still have a large pile to share. Ugh… I’m so weighed down with book buying guilt! I’ll have to do another no book buying month.

Anyway, happy Friday everyone!! Any exciting plans for the weekend? I’ll probably paint a cabinet, how exciting!

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I Want All The Things

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Lists, My Life | 6 comments

Woot! It’s my Birthday later this month!

So here is the obligatory list of all the things that I want. Both realistic and unrealistic… but mostly unrealistic

1. Canon EOS 5D Mark iii

This Camera. Want. So. Bad. It’s only $3000. I’m sure someone will get it for me.



2. Battlestar Galactice The Complete Series on Bluray

I need to rewatch this series and I refuse to do it unless it’s with my own blu ray collection


3. Books! Books! Books!

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.


4. My Student Loans Paid Off

You know, I wouldn’t mind making those payments so much if I was actually using my degree.


5. EVERYTHING in Target

That store just keeps getting better. I miss my 10% discount.


6. European Vacation

I want to go all the places

Europe Travel

That’s about it. Besides of course world peace, and figuring out what I’m doing with my life… I wouldn’t mind winning the lottery either (without having to buy a ticket of course!).

Let me know in the comments what’s the first thing you’d buy if you won a million dollars. Mine is probably the camera (after paying off the loans of course!).

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