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A year older

So today I turned the big 3-0.  I woke this morning with more melancholy than cheer.

It might have been that I am overcoming the after effects of a friend hangover after spending four great days with friends in San Antonio and their teeny baby.

It might have been that it had been a week since I got to see the baby that holds such a big chunk of my heart these days.  (This was luckily corrected with a lunch date.)

It might be that I am feeling guilty for having boarded the cats for the first time over the long weekend.  After the great Quincy debacle of our last vacation, we didn’t want to leave them with a cat sitter and risk another random escape.  After five days at the kitty inn (cats only, no dogs allowed), however, Muffin has lost a ton of weight.  She’s all bones right now.  She’s eating and seems to already be filling back out, but I feel bad about the stress it caused her.

It might be that my birthday is on a Wednesday and, really, who wants their birthday to be on a Wednesday?

However….

If I look at things with even just a smidgen bit of perspective, I am pleased with where I am at thirty.  I am living a much happier, more fulfilling life that I might have predicted.  I never expected that I would actually get to go to college, especially a college like Reed.  I always knew I had the grades to get into college, but I was never convinced that the finances would be there to make it actually happen.  The same goes for graduate school.  I can still remember how elated I was to find out that you do not have to pay (and in fact get paid) to go to graduate school in the sciences.

Growing up I didn’t think I would ever get married.  I never expected to find someone that would love me and the family that comes along with me, idiosyncrasies and all.

What I’m trying to say, I suppose, is that I am thankful for all of the unexpected delights, big and small, the last thirty years have brought with them.  Happy birthday to me.

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In my role as Guest Blogger for Periodic Mumbling, I think it is important to try to stay within the themes that have already been established. Reading through the blog, it seems that these themes are: knitting, cats, craftiness, and flowers. I’m going to have to stick with the subject of cats due to my lack of experience with any of the other themes. In this post, I will outline a fun, cat-based project that you can work on while your spouse is away.

How to Rename Your Cats

This simple project requires only perserverence and time. Don’t even try it if you have less than two weeks available. Here is how it is done. Simply refer to your cats with their new names for at least two weeks. Make sure you don’t slip and use an original name; this will result in a cat that answers to the old AND the new name, thus chaos will ensue. Meet our newly named cats:

Salt

Salt

Pepa

Pepa

You can use these names as well. If you have three cats, consider naming the third Spinderella, then you’ll have the entire 80’s/90’s hip-hop supergroup Salt-N-Pepa. Other potential new names: Ludacris, Eminem (could be for one or two cats), Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five (six cats only!), and Roland. Be careful not to “Push-It” too far.

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