Friday, July 26, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Nothing but Cute

Hey Everyone.  I was off last week in that I was trapped up in the mountains on a work retreat.  3 days of corporate "fun" and team building exercises.  I would have cried but that would have defeated the purpose of pretending like I was having fun for 3 days.

But now I'm back.  And I don't have a theme animal.  What I do have is a bunch of disgustingly cute pictures that have come my way over the last few weeks.  Most of them are animals we have previously done so this is kind of a "Best Of"

OMG Otters.  Seriously.  Can I have one?  Look at the little fingers!


Baby Elephants. BTW....Where do they get those HUGE Soccer Balls?


Squirrels.  I still think they're adorable.  And these two look like they're smooching.


OMG look at those little blue feet!  Where was this photo when I did the Funky Birds Post?


It's not Fluffy Cat Belly but OMG, pink baby Corgi belly!


This guys is what a Teddy Bear looks like in real life.  I want to cuddle it!
If only they stayed this small.  BTW....munchkin cats and munchkin dogs exist.
Why don't munchkin bears exist yet?  God, it's me Ashley.  Can you get on that?


This is just cute.  And tough guys with kittens?  Works for me.


I actually wrote about Pets and Bathroom Privacy a LONG time ago.
Difference is that my cat would find a way to open the bathroom door so he could curl up in my pants.
Creepy?  Kinda.  Cute.  Yeah.


I don't don't even have words.

I love large dogs that think they're small.  



Cheers,

Ash

I did a Fluffy Thing Friday dedicated to Porcupines a while back.  This is officially the cutest thing I've seen in a while.  I mean OMG the little squeeks.  Too cute.  Especially when he wraps his little hands around her finger.


Monday, July 15, 2013

The Apartment Conundrum

OK so one of the buildings I have been waiting for finally has an availability.  On paper this place is great, great size, great price, great location.  Great.

In reality the lobby was great, the laundry room was great, the elevator was great, the apartment was pretty great despite some basic housekeeping issues but then again, a single guy was living there. 

What wasn't so great?

Ceiling tiles that were so waterlogged they were buckling and covered in black mould.

Mould?

Really?

We're not talking a coffee stain here.  We're talking MOULD!!!

That shit is serious. 

And the fact that they're not addressing it, is serious as well. 

I was shocked.  Based on the condition of the building it was so out of place.  I mean seriously out of place.  But mould doesn't grow overnight.  Well I guess TECHNICALLY it does but you know what I mean. 

Why aren't they dealing with it?  How long has it been like that?  How come none of the people on that floor are doing anything about it?  What does that mean in terms of them dealing with other issues?

There's another building with availabilities that I've been waiting for but I can't get anyone to call me back.  That place is just as good on paper and could be better if there isn't a similar issue on the same level as Mould.

What do I do?!?!

Cheers,

Ash

Friday, July 12, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Not So Common Birds Before and After

Has anyone else noticed that baby birds are kinda funky looking?  I mean they're nothing like the beautiful colourful creatures they later become. 

So today I though I'd do a little birdy before and after.  Well technically an after and before.  You'll see what I mean.  But with some not-so-common birds.

Like....

The Emu.  Kinda freaky looking right?


But aren't they adorable babies? 
 

Like seriously. Adorable.
 

 
And who knew this gorgeous Flamingo.
 
 
Started out like THIS.
 

Kiwi!!  Btw...I would NOT want to be pecked by that beak.
 
 
But Baby Kiwi!!!  So squee.

 
Cheers,
 
Ash
 
 
I caught this video a while ago and almost died laughing.  One this cat is adorable, two he is totally freaked out by this bird.  If he could say "WTF dude" he would.  You can tell by how he's backed himself up against the wall.  Too funny.
 

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

I Don't Even Have a Good Excuse

I realized the other day, that I haven't posted anything but cute pictures in a few weeks. 

I'm not even commenting on people's blogs as often as I used to. 

And I've been horrible with keeping in touch with people.
I haven't emailed a few friends of mine in what feels like weeks and I think another friend has been waiting for me to call her back for like a month.

I haven't even been going to my book club.

This year started out pretty well.   I was doing the whole therapy thing, and although I wasn't thrilled with my therapist, I felt like I was making progress.   Then the fire happened.

That whole situation was pretty shit but I got moved back in with my parents and therein lies the source of the problem.

My parents live pretty far away from where I work so I've been dealing with a 3-4 hour commute every day.  In bumper to bumper city traffic.

It means that on a good day, I'm getting up at 5:30am.  On a morning where I have to be in the office for 7am, I'm getting up closer to 4am.  It's not fun.

Did I mention I'm living with my parents?

I mean there are perks, like pancakes and dinner that I didn't have to cook myself.  But there are also some serious drawbacks.  Like total lack of privacy.  When you're super tired from a long day and you come home after dealing with 2 hours of insane traffic, the last thing you want to deal with is a parent bombarding you with questions and generally stressing you the fuck out.  Part of me just wants to go home, eat cup-of-soup and then hide in my room with a book 'till it's time to go to bed.  As it is, I come home, eat something, tidy up and have a shower and then it's pretty much bedtime anyway.  But I feel like I need to be sociable with my parents while I'm there.  Which means family dinners and rehashing my day whether I like it or not.  Now the family dinners don't bother me but my mom typically doesn't understand my introverts need for alone time.  And I feel guilty that I need to isolate myself from them sometimes.

Part of the problem is that I'm so exhausted I can't find the energy to actually interact with people.  I make it through my day at work and when I'm done? Stick a fork in me, I'm DONE. 

The other part is that I'm used to having my independence.  I'm not used to having to call home to let my mom know when I'll be in for dinner.  I'm not used to having to explain myself when I go out.  Don't even get me going on my mother telling me it's late and I should go to bed ( I wish I was kidding but I'm not).

I'm the one on the right.
The other day I was having a horrible day at work.  I had a splitting headache.  Work was crazy, I didn't have time for lunch and I just wanted to go home.  But I didn't want to go to my parents house.  I wanted to go HOME.  But I don't have a home.  And it's depressing.  I've been searching for an apartment and I've found 5 or 6 buildings that fit all my criteria but none of them have availabilities.  I'm paying off my student debt which is awesome but the longer I'm "homeless" the more frustrated I'm becoming.  I miss my privacy, I miss having my stuff around me, I miss being in the city and having the freedom to do what I want.  But most of all, I miss having a space to call my home.  Because honestly? My parents house doesn't feel like home to me anymore.  I feel like this awkward squatter that's living in my childhood bedroom except that it's not MY bedroom anymore because my stuff is in boxes and my mom  redecorated a few years ago.

So to say I feel a little lost right now would be an understatement.

The funny thing?  I had been considering breaking up with my therapist for a while.  When the fire happened I called her and told her what was going on.  She was OK with me postponing my next appointment till things got settled.  When I had to move back in with my parents, I emailed her to update her and again she was understanding.  And that's it.  She hasn't emailed, or attempted to follow-up with me at all and honestly I'm going to just use it as the "break-up" that was already coming.  But seriously, one of your patients loses their home and is forced to move back into a difficult situation and you just fall off the face of the earth?  Thanks.  Nice to know she cared.  Oh and the few neighbors I had that I saw socially and talked to all the time?  Haven't heard from them despite the fact that they knew I was evicted.  Nobody's reached out to ask if I've found a new place.  Nothing.  So I feel like I've fallen off the face of the earth and nobody gives a crap.

Worst of all I feel like I have absolutely nothing to bitch about.  I mean yeah, I lost my apartment but none of my stuff was damaged.  Yeah I'm technically homeless but I've got my family and a roof over my head.  A lot of people have a lot of bigger issues to deal with so I feel guilty for feeling sorry for myself. 

And on that depressing note....





















'Cause that's just adorable.

Cheers,

Ash

Friday, July 5, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Animals in Clothes

The fact that I haven't tried to dress my cat up in baby clothes yet is actually kind of a miracle. 

Well Jasper, after these pictures, your days are numbered.

Now I don't know why us humans feel the need to do this to animals.  And honestly?  I don't care.  Because it's awesome.



That is one chubby cat POURED into those jeans.


Katie look! It's penguins wearing little sweaters!


This is actually the pic that started it for me.  I saw this a while back and just melted.


OMG.  
One that is the itty bittiest little bunny EVER and two, it's wearing a little diaper and baby bonnet.
How disgustingly cute is that?


Yeah this cat just looks THRILLED.  

I'm guessing you have to cut a hole in the butt to fit the tail through?


Not only is this poor dude in a cone.  But look what his humans have done to him.

He looks so resigned.


You totally know I'm going to buy a cheap baby onesie and try to stuff my cat in it right?

Pics to follow.

I may or may not lose a limb in the process.

Cheers,

Ash

Speaking of animals wearing clothes, has everyone seen the videos of dogs walking like a spaz while wearing those little doggy booties?

You're in for a treat.