here kitty..kitty..

yes, the title will throw you off for those who follow this blog but don’t know me especially since I rarely even blog about animals. For those of you who know me more personally, know of last night’s unanticipated occurrence and are going to shake your head , facepalm and say something along the lines of  “just get over it”.

For those of you who do not personally know me, you must know that I love all animals big, small, fat, thin and so on and so forth. I always have been and will continue to have a soft spot for those creatures furry, soft and cuddly–But this was taking it to a new level.

I have rescued a baby bird from a fallen tree, fed it worms and took it to the vet to recuperate. I’ve lost count of the number of turtles I’ve stopped my car for and helped cross the road, also causing a bit of a backup and very angry drivers. There’s been one time that I walked around my neighborhood and knocked on doors to get a canine friend back home. All in all, this one was relatively new seeing as those of the feline kind, do not appeal to me very much.

Now, don’t get me wrong cats are great and all, but their ungrateful little personalities and lack of obedience are what puts me off completely. Hence why canines are this gal’s best friend. anyway enough stalling and on to the story!

Last night as my dad was taking my canine buddy Dash out to do his business, he came across a small cat–or might I say the cat came across my dad and decided to follow him. My father reacting quickly, put Dash in the house and knocked on the glass door to get my attention. Once I noticed him, my eyes fell upon the small calico behind my dad and my dog with his tail straight up not letting it leave his sight from behind the glass door. My reaction– the obvious, a bunch of  “awww’s ” and “how cute!”
he said it was following him and had come from absolute nowhere. It had a small white collar with no tag– later discovering it was a flea collar– so there was no way I was going to listen to my dad’s orders and just “leave it alone”.
I put on my coat and jacket, closed the door behind me and walked outside to meet my dad in the parking lot where my dad was walking towards his car, the calico following close behind.

I asked if we could keep it for the night as it was going to snow the next day and it was too cold of a night for it to be out and the blatant answer came.. “No” ..and no amount of “pleases” and puppy dog eyes would change his mind. Instructing me to leave it alone, he hopped into his car and left to run some quick errands, leaving just me and the calico– alone.

I called my two aunts, one who lives in Ohio and loves animals as much as I do, and one that lives nearby, saying she couldn’t take it in either.  Sitting on the curb, the cat jumped on my lap and got comfortable, which left me with one last choice.

I called A.

His mother and I also share an undying love for animals, thinking of the cat, I thought I would give it a try and asked him to ask his mom what was the likelihood of her sheltering a lost cat for the night.
15 cold minutes later and 15 warm -in the car– minutes later both of his parents arrived, at around 11pm may I add, to rescue my new friend.

His dad was not the happiest about it, but his mom jumped to it and held the small feline in her arms. She even ran to the store and got kitty food and liter. We agreed on putting up found flyers around my neighborhood and hope the owner turns up. If not– well I’m not too sure…

but here’s a few pictures of our new friend “Benny”, short for “Benadryl” since both A and his dad seem to be allergic to cats..





My dad has given me the title of this cat’s guardian angel. how rewarding!


Spring Break

hello everyone!
Hoping that your Monday is going well, despite the horrid cold front–that is once again, making it’s way through the east coast. Now that I’ve finally had some time to sit in front of my laptop, I can tell you about my adventurous spring break!
(Except, not quite)
Due to my responsibility of being a mom, I’m limited to certain “adventures” that I can partake in, but nonetheless my week was a good one.

My spring break started off great with going to watch my favorite artist over in DC, Ellie Goulding. She’s a mix of electronic/dance with a softer genre and I do recommend checking her out!
I stood in the same spot for about 4 to 5 hours with my sister but I can truly say it was worth it, Ellie was simply phenomenal, we were even pretty close to the stage making the experience a unforgettable one. The aftermath of the show, for lack of a better word, an extremely frigid one.

Yes, on Sunday the 16th of March we had one of the bigger snowstorms we’ve received from our hormonal Mother Nature this whole winter. Not only that, but due to my parents’ love and worrying tendencies, we were stranded outside of the venue for an approximate hour and twenty minutes. thank you Echostage for your warm hospitality. (Ha! I’m punny and sarcastic!)

It was snowing, hard and we were covered in snow within minutes.
I was grateful for bringing a jacket and glad that I had more common sense than most of the teenage girls who showed up in heels and mini dresses, brrr.

I’m guessing they don’t watch the weather channel as much as I do.

So we stuck around with 30year-oldesque women who were inebriated and very much amusing until our mother arrived to pick us up.

Did I mention both of our phones had lost all battery power?

It also took us about the same time we waited outside for us to get home. Normally we would’ve arrived after a 45 minute ride, but again, Mother Nature has been quite PMSy this winter.

That was quite the adventure.

Now Monday was pretty boring as I did nothing, so we’ll skip the average day and stick to the rest of the week.

On Tuesday, the “bae” as my peers like to call it, an acronym for “before anyone else” or also known as “significant other” came over for a few hours and spent time with Cody and I, later tagging along to get materials at Michael’s craft store. Where we got craft paint for a small stool I wanted to decorate to help Cody reach the bottom story bathroom sink. (whew what a mouthful)

I then painted it on Wednesday, with a “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” theme in which I can boast about because it’s quite adorable.

Here is a four-sided picture of the crate


Later that night, once Cody was put to bed, I went over to A’s house and played video games, ate dinner and watched a movie. Which was later repeated on Thursday and Saturday. Except Saturday, I did some homework and took a nap.

On Friday, I was over at my boyfriend, A’s house again and got a migraine, unfortunately, but he’s wonderful enough to make me food and headed out to meet my best friend for her birthday dinner.

It was fun watching her have her first official drink at a restaurant and also enjoy the company of some new and old friends.
It’s always fun to be surrounded by people your age when your best friend is your 3year old toddler (hehe!)
After the dinner, A and I went to watch the new movie Divergent (which was really good, although a few things were left out from the novel), his mom and dad met us there to watch it with us, which is always interesting!

Finally, Sunday was a well spent day with family relaxing at home, trying out a new Korean restaurant and getting shampoo at the mall.

Overall spring break rating 4/5 stars.
I think I’d much rather spend time with people I care about than wake up hungover with strangers.

But that’s just me!

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon! it’s back to school tonight for me.

Thank you for watching!

This post is nothing but positive don’t let my attempt at incorporating sarcasm into the title of this blogpost fool you, even if it’s not fooling me. But it’s actually not a negative action that I’ve noticed when I’m out and about with the offspring, well, here it goes.

Today was my typical stay at home mom/ student/ young mom and whatever other labels I fall under. I woke up, made Cody’s lunch while my mom gave him breakfast, I prepared his backpack and stroller following up to where I walk Cody up to his bus. He rode the “elevator” up to the bus and left with a smile on his face.
Once my mom left for work, I began the chores that I’m required to do and studied while doing so, including making the beds and picking up whatever is on either my or Cody’s room floor, tidying up around the house and keeping the kitchen not a disaster. I continued reading over some notes because I–thought– I had a sociology exam today (which I did not) and headed for a shower.
Yes, the nice “more than 15 minute” showers I’m only able to take when Cody’s at school or at his dad’s for the weekend.
Had some breakfast of Nutella and strawberries and studied some more. Headed out to get Cody from the bus
Medicine, naptime
Etc etc.
But today’s adventures were different because we were able to go to the park today, and only having one hour before I had to leave for class I went anyway, because that’s what supermom does right?
His little face lit up walking into the park and was so excited, that’s what makes it worth it.
Now, going back to what I said earlier, I’ve noticed that while out and about with Cody, people tend to stare, not always but just sometimes but more than usual when I’m helping him walk.
honestly, it’s a little intimidating to be watched but I don’t focus on it. Almost always, they’re watching Cody, and luckily they’re not giving him degrading or looks of disgust. They’re usually smiles and eager faces with waves and “hellos” that make Cody bashful and stop in his tracks.
This is where I wonder what they’re thinking. Not because Cody is a little different from his peers but just the two of us as a unit.
Maybe some quirky, enthusiastic young mom trying to encourage her child to do her best, or maybe just that Cody’s cute. Either way, I get an audience from time to time and although it feels weird to be watched, I’m glad people are seeing Cody as the little person he is instead of for his condition.
This gives me hope for the future that people may see him more as Cody and not “disabled”, because he does his best everyday to improve no matter how hard the challenge.
In which by the way, he did, because he walked a very good portion of the time we were there, especially up the stairs to get to the slide.
And truly, I’m happy having Cody just the way he is, he’s happy and funny and he’s loved. As long as that continues then I will remain happy.

Goodnight everyone

While the boy is asleep…

I just wanted to quickly update about Cody’s progress while he’s taking his afternoon nap.
Lately, I’ve been noticing a lot of new behaviors and small actions in Cody that are both exciting and frustrating. As most things go, I’ll start with the positives, Cody is not only smart, but cunning too. In the car on the way to eat, he took his gloves off.

Now I know how that sounds…
“Great! My kid’s been doing that for eons!”

Well, seeing as Cody is–presumably- left handed, his use of his right hand is limited, especially in heavy winter gloves. What he did is something I feel older children might do because it requires some thorough thinking. He took his left glove off with his teeth continuing the action by taking his right glove off with his left hand.
I was ecstatic, maybe I’m overreacting but it’s simply amazing how he wanted to independently do something he would typically ask for help.

Have I mentioned how he can call different family members on Skype via iPhone/ Samsung gs3 I kid you not.
He goes to the Skype application on my phone, located on the second panel and top right box labeled “Social” taps on the app, followed by the person and finally to the top right pressing “Video Call”
All by himself.

It’s truly fascinating how their little minds absorb and pick up information so quickly.

Not only this, but while he’s held, he helps with the action or activity that you’re doing. Some examples:
Opening cabinets, the fridge, pouring liquids (with assistance), closing the microwave door, pressing buttons, and his favorite: putting things away. But really the list goes on and on.

Just to think that although his body does not function typically, he makes it work no matter how difficult.

He’s one determined, tenacious little boy