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Fluffy Thing Fridays – Huskies!!!

Happy Friday everyone!  I speak to you from the comfort of my living room.  Yup, I took the day off work and am catching up on a lot of things.  But before my actual “work” starts, I’m enjoying some coffee in my pj’s and munching on yummy toast with peanut butter.

You all know by now that I love both puppies and kittens.  But in all honestly, I’m not a fan of “toy” dogs.  You know, those little things that you can carry around in your purse?  I mean if your dog is smaller than my cat, it’s not a real dog.  I like real dogs.  Which is why I love my neighbors dog Elsie.  Elsie is a 100+ pound Rottweiler.  And she’s adorable.  And mauls me with love kisses in the elevator all the time.  Being confined in an elevator with a scary biker dude with a huge Rottweiler isn’t for the faint of heart.  But Elsie only wants to kill you with her love.  And her drool.

But speaking of big dogs, one of my favorites is the Husky.  They’re big, they’re smart, they’re cuddly and they’re gorgeous.

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Aww what a cute little badass.

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They make awesome surrogate mom’s.

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They are also silly as hell.

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Yeah, because Huskies are basically wolves.  Which is awesome.  As is this Halloween costume.

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I didn’t know this, but apparently Huskies, if let to their own devices will get into ANYTHING.  They are basically like 80 lb cats.

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Yes, that is a Husky that has climbed a cat tree in order to get a better view out                    the window.

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What?  They like the cold.

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Yes.  Yes I do.

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See?  Silly.

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And if you didn’t know.  Huskies are vocal as all hell.  They howl, they talk, they sing.  And they clearly speak “baby”.

 In case you weren’t already convinced of their adorableness.  Here’s a baby Husky learning to howl.

Your’re welcome.

Cheers,

Ash

Fluffy Thing Halloween – Animals with Pumpkins!

Happy Halloween everyone!

Hope everyone has a fun night and enjoy some adorable animals with Pumpkins.

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I LOVE big cats.

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OMG piggies!

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I know Racoons are a pain in the ass but I think they’re adorable.

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And for some entertainment, check out this video. It’s quite common for zoo’s and sanctuary’s  to give big animals (especailly the cats) pumpkins because they’re not only fun to roll around and play with but they’re tasty and healthy for them.  The are a vegetable after all.

Cheers,

Ash

And here’s Jasper from last Halloween…

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Sometimes Life Just Gets in the Way

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Hi guys,

So yeah, I haven’t been around for a while.  All is well, I just kinda got busy with life!  That and I had some incredible brain fog for a while there due to some Anemia due to Iron deficiency.

So life.  Although by some people’s standards my life is probably a bit boring but in my books it has been fun-filled recently.

I’ve been reading a ton.

Knitting a ton….one set of mitts is done and another green set for a certain blogger *cough Chrissy*  is in process.

I’ve been to movies….OMG guys Gone Girl is amazing!

I’ve been to Birthday Parties…..because you know it’s a party when we break into Show Tunes after a bottle of wine.   And seriously, where has Taylor the Latte Boy been my entire life?

I went to an all night arts festival

I’ve been dominating Pub Trivia with my friends….we totally won again last night.

There’s also been general pub hanging out with friends as well…..including meeting a random dude who was having a Bromance with the drummer of the band and asked me “Isn’t it awesome that at almost 2am we can hear the sound of the ocean?”  I don’t even know if that’s a line or if he was just really drunk…ok I know he was really drunk.  But seriously?

Oh yeah, we also had out little Canadian Thanksgiving which was a fun-filled weekend of Turkey and Pumpkin Pie…..mmmm Pumpkin Pie.   Why do we celebrate it in October?  They say it’s because we’re farther north so harvest happens earlier….blah blah blah.  I say it’s because we just like to distance ourselves from the Americans and their celebration of, ya know….slaughtering the natives.

Then there’s the usual work, cleaning, shopping, going to the gym and attempting to sleep while Jasper goes psycho kitty at 3am.  Ya know, the usual stuff.  Life.

So how is everyone doing?

Cheers,

Ash

 

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A Note on Sleep and Getting Older

aka. why I totally can’t go out late on a Monday and drink.

On the last Monday of every month, my IRL (in real life) Book Club meets for dinner, drinks and chit chat. It’s always nice to catch up with the group and I’m friends with a few of the girls outside of the Club as well.

This past Monday I made the awesome (debatable) decision to join some of the girls at the Pub afterwards for Trivia Night.

As many of you know.  I’m a sucker for Trivia.   What can I say?  I’m a nerd.

Remember in July when I went on that Work Retreat and my team totally won the Trivia Night?

Well guess what?  The girls and I kicked Trivia ASS and won!!!

Some of these girls have been going to Trivia Night every Monday for over a year.  And they’ve won ONCE.  Ashley’s first night?  BOOM!  Victory!!!

You know what that means?  I am Trivia Goddess and if you want me on your team, I accept offerings of coffee and chocolate.

OK onto the sleep and getting older portion of this post…..

I’m an insomniac.  I have periods where I can’t sleep.  And it’s horrible.  So when I am having a stretch of good sleep, all it does is remind me how critical it is for me to get at least 5 hours MINIMUM.  6 is good.  7 is great.  8 is a pipe dream.  9 is like a frickin’ sleep Unicorn.

I typically don’t pull late social nights during the week.  I get up early, I work crazy days.  I’m not one to party till all hours of the night on a Thursday.  Which is what made Tuesday morning so painful.

First off.  Trivia didn’t wrap up till just after 11:30pm.

I nursed a Guinness all evening because I was already tired and had been up since 5:30 that morning.

And then we won.  When you win Pub Trivia do you know what you get?  A gift certificate and a pitcher of beer.  And there was no way I was getting out of not drinking our celebratory beer because let’s face it,  I’m totally the reason we won.  The host came over to chat, we drank (pretty quickly) and I was ready to leave.  It was after Midnight at that point and it was still going to take me half an hour to get home.

Fast forward and it’s 1:20am, I’m home, I’m getting ready for bed, I’ve had my traditional Ibuprofen and Water so I don’t feel like death in the morning and am just settling in when BOOM…..crazy kitty Jasper decides to punish me for being gone all day and night by running around like a lunatic, knocking things over and singing the song of his people.  Till 2am.

Sufice to say, when my alarm went off at 5:30 there wasn’t enough water or ibuprofen in the world to make me feel like a human being.  Yes, I only had 2 beers but after a roughly 19 hour day and 3.5 hours of sleep.  I don’t care how high your tolerance is.   You’re gonna feel like shit.  And shit was how I felt.

The tl;dr version?

I’m getting old.  I can’t pull all nighters and drink anymore.  My cat is evil.  And I kick ass at trivia.

Ever have that moment where you are practically slapped in the face by the fact that you’re getting older?

Cheers,

Ash