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What a Week!

May 30th, 2013 at 06:43 am

Nothing in particular; just the sum of all the parts. Tuesday was such a *Monday* at work. A Monday with a full moon. At least yesterday was quiet and I accomplished something. Yeesh.

The kids have this and that going on. Dh put together my elliptical and is now putting together his new computer. So today it looks like a computer parts store threw up in my house.

The elliptical is okay. I can see the benefits, and it is thankfully quiet, but doubt it will entice me to quit the gym. I tried... I just don't want to invest the money, man power, hassle and space to get a gym-quality machine. & I won't be happy with anything less. This is making my $15/month gym membership seem extra valuable. So for that, it is all good.

New cat is keeping us on our toes. He's mostly a well-behaved love. Especially since we have so many people and activity to occupy him. (I could see him easily being bored and in much trouble, otherwise). But, he did almost literally kill himself in the blind cords (I have the childproof cord winders and went through checking them all and installing after that incident - just glad he is okay). HE also tried to run off with our thawing chicken the other night. It was pretty frozen still so he didn't get very far with it. Rolleyes He is serving his purpose - more laughter and lighter hearts - has really helped with the mourning process of losing our pet.

This weekend I have an appointment to check out a local boarding place. Since my set point is about $0 - it is $$$$$ - but we wanted the freedom to travel if we picked up another pet, so it is what it is. The place is pretty cheap and close to home (though extremely highly rated).

He is also a total pig; eating me out of house and home - a good match for my children (boy do they all have some metabolisms! - but their energy level at least matches). Though we are going to take him to the vet re: that. I think it's possible could be sign of medical condition. I think it's a little bit of everything (Was probably neglected in the past and hoarding food, plus high energy). BUT, he also produces so much waste - I do not know if that is over-eating or if could be sign of something else going on. We've had him 30 days and he has not seemed to have gained or lost an ounce, but admittedly I am very much monitoring his food. I have still been feeding him well above average. I just wanted to make sure we weren't over-feeding him. We don't seem to be. I suppose I can relax that we are not starving him either. Because like my children, he acts starved when you only feed him 2-3 times what is recommended. Rolleyes

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I am no longer sad we missed Weird Al concert last year for bajillion dollars. We just snagged great fair concert seats for $20 per person. Now that was what I remembered paying in the past. Big Grin

The concert is the day before BM's birthday. !!

BM also got his first two college summer class choices. SO, this is his summer:

**Two weeks of Engineering Classes
**10 Days in London (MIL is taking him)
**Weird Al concert

Does he need anything else for his birthday? Um, heck no. He turns 10 this summer...

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Our own vacation plans?

**Family Camp in late June. This is why I am looking into the cat boarding right now. It's 3 nights, but the first time we have really left him any length of time, so I think it will be a good chance to try out the boarding place. We did not pay anything for camp, so I think it's reasonable to splurge on cat care.

**We are going to do another post Thanksgiving weekend in Pismo Beach with my folks. We had the most amazing time last year.

**Hadn't made any plans yet, but want to do a 9-day road trip in October, now that we aren't tied down with pet situation. Would like to see Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Vegas, Bryce Canyon, etc. I am sure we will narrow it down. Heck, we might just wing it. I LOVE road trips and it's been way too long. So it's bittersweet as to the why we are able to do it, but am really excited about this vacation. I love road trips, but except for Vegas and driving to see family in the mid-west MANY times, I have not seen any of the destinations that I mentioned. I am ready for something new and different. Cat boarding will be a must for this trip.

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The next couple of weeks should be pretty busy with school wrapping up. Summer will fly by with all the activity.

8 Responses to “What a Week!”

  1. rob62521 Says:

    Personally, I don't think $15 a month for a gym membership is very expensive...about 50 cents a day if you use it...economical and you don't have to have exercise equipment at home.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    I've never struggled with the cost, but am struggling with the time/gas/hassle. Really just hoping we get a discount gym closer to home, eventually...

  3. Petunia 100 Says:

    I love road trips too! I have done two separate month-long ones about a decade ago. I am planning to do one next summer and take Mom, because there is so much she has never seen. October is a great month to see desert sites! Hope you have fun.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Your cat's eating habits sound a lot like Kari's. Smile No matter how much I feed her, she still acts like she's starved anytime I go near the fridge (where her food is stored.)

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    @FT - Thanks for the input. I hadn't really thought much about it being the breed, but it seems to be a common trait of the Siamese (now that I look it up). If I realized, I would have had second thoughts. Wink I can't leave out food without him gobbling it all up - so I do have to invest in an automatic feeder. But that should solve most of it. I can ask my parents to pick up cat food for me at Costco, perhaps. Big Grin

  6. PatientSaver Says:

    It's generally said that if you feed a cat a low quality food, it will have to eat more to get the nutrition it needs, and hence, poop more. The higher quality foods like Halo or Blue Buffalo do a much better job of meeting a cat's needs.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    MM - You could also try a feeding ball. I fill one up before I leave for work - that way Kari has to "work" for her food. She really seems to like it. I can relate to not being able to leave any food out ...

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