Sunday, February 01, 2015

Sunday Salon - 2/1/15



If you are interested in other Salon posts, visit the Facebook page to get links. The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

Life:

My goodness the past two weeks flew  by!

Last week, I was glad when the weekend finally ended, and a long weekend to boot!! The week was exhausting (putting in those overtime, UNPAID hours is a bitch!). And this week, Monday was a mad rush to get enough work done that when the Blizzard2015 hit, all hell wouldn't break loose at work if we missed a day or two. And, with a grant due Thursday and a faculty candidate visiting my department Thursday and Friday, that was quite a lot!

And boy did that storm hit! I won't bore you with pictures, but we got 30 inches! Thankfully hubby was wonderful and kept up with the snow blowing and shoveling so I could sit around and read and love the kitties. And, now they are predicting another foot tomorrow!!! Oy!!

Talking of the kitties, the last week was very stressful kitty-wise (our first week with them in our home). After several days, we started to seriously consider taking them back...not because we didn't want them, but because they didn't seem to want us! They were refusing to come out from under the bedside table and, more seriously, refusing to eat!  Five month old babies must eat!

We texted the adoption team and they told us to squirt baby food into their mouths. So off to Stop 'n Shop I went to get baby food (never, ever thought I'd need that!) and an oral syringe. They hated it, of course, but it worked!  The second night I did it, I also offered them their preferred kitty food...and they ate it! Considering the options, I don't blame them...have you ever smelled turkey and gravy baby food?!? Blech!!!!  Since then, they have been eating aggressively. Score one for Gerbers!


Though they still spend a lot of time hiding, Paris (above) is a total love-hog. She is just all over you when you start petting her, snuggles and purring. She is finally coming out willingly (only when my husband comes in the room of course) and will fall asleep with me on the bed. But the minute I leave the room (even to pee) she hides...

Geneva is still hiding most of the time. We have to drag her out to interact with her (which the adoption folks said we should do) or to feed her (we have to feed her separately or Paris eats her food). But, she is beginning to come out in the morning on her own...before I get up and moving. Last night, I caught her sleeping on the bed with me and Paris, booya!  And she is purring and enjoying the love we give her. So, I do think we are doing the right thing and moving the right way!

We are definitely over the moon with these girls and are so very thankful we didn't have to take them back!

Blogging:
I took part in the National Readathon Day on the 24th and got quite a bit read. I was able to finish off The Book Thief, which was excellent, and was able to put a dent in Almost Perfect, by Diane Manning.

I also just finished Sam Harris' memoir, Ham, which was very entertaining.  I look forward to telling you about it!

Today will likely consist of some couponing during that crazy ball game no one in my family has any interest in seeing and picking a new read for the week. Are you planning on watching the game, or reading your way through it?

Have a great week!

S




5 comments:

Erin @ Paperback Stash said...

Aw, sorry about the kitties. So stressful when the animals are sick.

I had a lot of fun with the read-a-thon as well, got a lot of reading done.

Alma Reads said...

Aww, your poor little kittens! They sound like they were really shy :) I'm glad they're settling in now, and I'd never have thought of baby food! I'm so thankful I didn't have that problem when I got my dog when she was a puppy - I would have panicked so badly!

My SP

Katherine P said...

I don't even know what that much snow looks like and I'm pretty sure I don't want to know! Glad you're making progress with the new kitties. Sounds like they had some past stresses. They're so pretty though and hopefully they'll get past their shyness soon and will be comfortable. Have a great week and stay warm!

Steph from fangswandsandfairydust.com said...

As a Mainer we're in the same boat. Or snowblower, so to speak. A new kitty is always an interesting time while you are introducing her to her new forever home. My post: http://fangswandsandfairydust.com/2015/01/shadow-in-summer.html

Kristin said...

Aw. :( I'm glad to hear they are eating and coming around to your guys. I'm sure they just need some time to adjust.
Kristin @ Book Sniffers Anonymous