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Animal lover, numbers nerd, CPA. Writing on various topics including animals, personal growth, soul searching, entrepreneur journey, and some comedic relief.

Hold on to your seats folks, I am pretty exciting (sarcasm)

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I chose this photo just as a placeholder until I found a photo of myself. They are few and far between as I have never understood the selfie craze, and I avoid cameras whenever possible. Then I wrote the subtitle a few days later — “hold on to your seat folks,” not even realizing this cat is holding on to his seat! I took that as a sign and also wanted to share because I found it to be such a crazy coincidence. So, I hope some of you are out there saying, “Whoa, that’s so weird!”

I was able…


I thought I was in Bloomingdale’s, not a cannabis dispensary

Photo of a chic cannabis dispensary
Photo by Jan Zwarthoed on Unsplash, edited in Canva

I don’t usually fall for marketing tactics. At least, I don’t think I do. I’d like to believe I am more self-aware to know when someone is trying to trick my brain into thinking I need something.

Although, it could just be that I am cheap.

Well, I fell for it yesterday. I didn’t even recognize that I had been “tricked” until hours after leaving the cannabis dispensary. Come to think of it; I realized it once I was deep in thought after consuming one of the products they convinced me to buy.

I mean, there was a freaking piano…


Anecdote | Humor

The cat’s out of the bag

Cat with eyes closed and both opening, appearing to be laughing
Photo by Amir Ghoorchiani from Pexels

Harley’s pupils darted back and forth. It was almost like her brain was vibrating. She stared out the window, but I could tell she wasn’t really looking at anything. It was like when someone stares off into space, lost in a daydream.

I tried to snap her out of it, but she was completely oblivious to me. I called her name and waved my hand in front of her face, trying to elicit some sort of response.

Nothing.

My attempts at snapping her back into reality went unnoticed by her. She continued to drift away to some other galaxy.

It…


The clock is ticking louder every day.

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A few years ago, I asked my parents if they thought I would make a good mother. My mom said, “Sometimes.”

My dad was a little more forgiving and casually said, “yeah,” in a less than convincing way.

Not exactly raving recommendations.

I can’t decide if I want kids.

You may be thinking that Mother Nature has already made that decision for me. They don’t call it a “geriatric pregnancy” for nothing. Yes, that is what they call it when you are 35 or older and pregnant— geriatric! When I hear this term, I think of drinking Ensure and playing Bingo at the senior home, not being…


Animal Advocacy | Perspective

They’re family too

Gray and white cat looking laying down looking at the camera
Photo by Author (Hog aka “Hogman”)

When my cat died a month ago, I was totally devastated — and still am.

He was essentially my child.

When I would pick him up, he would literally grab on to me just like a toddler would, sucking on my shoulder and leaving a huge drool mark. I could walk miles with him just clinging on to me like that.

After his passing, to say I was heart-broken doesn’t even begin to explain it. I didn’t leave my bed or couch for a week. I cried until I ran out of tears and my heart ached.

I still feel…


Why is a religious belief different than any other belief?

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Let me start by saying this article is not a pro-vaccine or anti-vaccine rant. There are plenty of those to go around. And I consider myself to be somewhere in the middle. I understand the stance of “anti-vaxxers,” even though I hate that term because everyone who doesn’t want this particular vaccine gets that label even though it’s rarely accurate. And I also understand the people who are angry with these so-called anti-vaxxers.

I would make a horrible lawyer because I tend to see both sides of everything equally.

This article isn’t even about how I feel about mandating the…


Maybe it’s time to take the focus off of consumerism this holiday season

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“Is there anything people can do?”

The seriousness in which George Stephanopoulos posed this question made me chuckle. I mean, seriously? What are people going to do? This isn’t exactly life or death.

I even wondered if George was thinking to himself, how ridiculous. One day he is interviewing the President about the war in Afghanistan. The next day he has to talk about a Lego shortage as if they are on the same level of importance.

The answer was to start your holiday shopping early. Surprise, surprise. Black Friday will now be in September. …


And that’s enough for only one day

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My friend just told me he would be staying on the twelfth floor of a cruise ship.

The twelfth floor?!

That might not come as a surprise to you, but I have never been on a cruise ship before. I have never seen one up close or in-person unless it’s miles out to sea where it looks like the size of an ant. If you had asked me, I would have guessed that a cruise ship has maybe four or five floors, not twelve! And that isn’t even the top floor. …


4 practical things you can start doing today to eliminate debt

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With the click of a few buttons, I paid off the remaining $938 on my home equity line of credit. It’s official — I am debt-free except for my house, which has a mortgage of less than $50,000.

It is an amazing feeling. Finally, after years of living under credit card debt, auto loans, and home equity lines of credit, I am free! In all fairness, it won’t be 100% official until the bank no longer owns a portion of my house, but having all that other debt gone is a weight off my shoulders.

For some, $87,317 in three…


We have been bamboozled into consuming more than we need

Marketers are sneaky. And we are easily fooled.

There are some things we have adopted in society that we don’t even question. But, in reality, they were the results of clever marketing developed decades ago.

Myth #1 — You must change your car’s oil every 3,000 miles

Sure, you can do this if you want to make the oil industry even richer. It’s certainly not going to hurt your engine to do this, but it’s not necessary. Looking in your vehicle owner’s manual will most likely instruct you to change your oil every five thousand miles. In other words, the oil companies are trying to take an additional 67% from you.

The…

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