The Rosie Bee

Starring Grizzy and Sophie

Tidying up and mystery kitty

I think a theme for this month will be “Waaaait! Slooow dowwwwn!” Work is really busy right now and so are things at home. (Lots of birthdays and some upcoming travel.) Still, I’m trying to focus on my goal of getting organized. I haven’t make that my official goal this year, but now I have. 2018: The Year I Get Organized (hahaha).

Anyhow, I’ve mentioned before that the spare bedroom is the catch-all room. Countless times I’ve said “I’m going to clean it this weekend!” and I don’t. It struck me that instead of saying I’m going to clean it–the whole thing–I need to break it down into tasks: cleaning off the dresser, cleaning off the desk, cleaning off the bed. It seems when I tackle one thing, like the dresser, it stays clean.

Last night I cleaned off the bed, which has previously been home to a few piles of clothes, and you wouldn’t believe how much lighter and how accomplished I feel. It feels good to be more organized (although that room is definitely a work in progress).

And now for something totally different…

Last week my mom told me a new cat came up to her back patio. She said it was a sweet orange tabby with a partially black ear. She gave him some food and said if he came back she’d take him to the humane society. He was so friendly, he needed a home.

A few days later I scrolled through Facebook and saw him!

Orange tabby from my parents' house

The mystery kitty from my parents’ house.

The local humane society posted he was found on my parents’ street, was scared but very friendly, and “If you know me, call…”. I hope he get adopted soon. The funny part it, he looks so much like our now-passed cat Bob (or “Loo,” as I called him). Bob had frostbitten ears, too, so the resemblance is striking.

It makes me happy that my parents were able to get him and take him to the humane society, where he had a chance of finding a happy forever home. In fact, I wonder if my parents will adopt him…

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January recap

Here we are, another month has gotten away from me. I’m trying to do a summary of “what I did this month” to keep me on track, so without further ado:

  • I didn’t spend a lot. My ultimate goal was to have a “no spend” month. I want to save some money, travel a bit, and be more conscious of what I purchase (and what I use). I’m tired of feeling like I have so much but yet I have nothing to wear. :p

    So…this month I bought a going-out/work top, a cardigan sweater, and a pair of boots. All were on sale or clearance and two were tried and tries–essentially pieces that I wear a LOT and love, just in different colors, so I know I’ll get a good amount of use out of them. It feels really good to step back and be more aware of what I’m purchasing. I think I enjoy the stuff more, too.

  • I also bought a yoga ball chair for home. Again, a tried and true because I’ve an identical one at work. I love them.

  • I got sick. The good news is, I was only sick for about two weeks, as opposed to last year when I was sick for about six weeks. I think my small changes are adding up!
  • I started limiting inflammatory foods. Ever since I was a kid I would have these patches of dermatitis. They would come and go seemingly at random and sometimes they would get pretty big and/bleed. It was gross. Well, now they are popping up in greater numbers. Normally this isn’t a big deal; it’s winter and I have dry skin so I expect it. But lately they’re beyond a little dry skin patch. They’re cracking and the cream I have isn’t working so well. I got a new prescription–$96 with insurance!–and was told my other option was steroid shots that stay in the body three months.

    Steroid shots!! For dry skin!!

    That’s when I decided a dietary change is in order. My derm said that like gluten and other inflammatory foods can trigger this, especially if people have autoimmune issues (like hypothyroid). So, I’m cutting out gluten and incorporating more greens, veggies, and things like coconut oil. We’ll see how things are at the end of this month.

  • I started knitting my first sweater! I am taking a sweater knitting class. It’s a challenge, but it’s also a lot of fun. I’ve been worried about the cats trying to play with the yarn but they’ve been really good, just sitting next to me or sleeping nearby while I knit.

  • Been picking up more freelance. I can’t wait to pay off my final student loan this year, yahoooo!

    In other news, last night I cleaned off my desk so once again I have a dedicated writing spot! ::throws confetti:: Meanwhile, here is a picture of Sophie chilling out as a knit:

    Sophie kitty relaxing on the back of couch with a Christmas blanket under her

    Sophie watching me as I knit. I haven’t wanted to put away the Christmas throw blankets yet. 🙂

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