Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Year in Books: 2015 - Part Τρεις

It is snowing like the dickens out there and I am home with the flu.  What a great time to write a post! Please forgive my Theraflu addled brain as I slog through the next 14 books.

Here's to not making a fool of myself!

29.  I am kind of in love with epistolary novels.  This one is part epistolary, part Doctor Who-ish aliens and a whole lotta fun.  The main character wakes up surrounded by bodies with a note in her hand- excellent way to start a book! I loved this book.  What I didn't love was the narrator. There are long pauses in sentences and a whole lot of up-talking. Although she did a bang up job on the individual character voices. It's weird. Anyway, I loved this book so much that I've pre-ordered the second book Stiletto.
4 Stars

30.  I was so excited when I heard about this book and read the blurb. Look at that cover! Bea-u-ti-ful.  Forget it, it has squat to do with the book.  I was soooooo disappointed. I had such high expectations that I was a bit heartbroken that I didn't like it at all.  I found that I disliked every single character and I couldn't give a fig about any of story.
1 Star

31.  "For fans of Sarah Addison Allen" Yeah, that's a big stretch.  I loved that it was set in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow and I do love books with magic in them, it was even set IN a knitting shop! However, I just couldn't quite get into it as much as I wanted to.  I definitely didn't like the ending. The little love story thrown in is sweet though.
3 Stars

32.  Much like the first book in the novel, this was a fun read.  Who doesn't love "tea sodden" historians traveling through time? I definitely needed this one after the last two books that I had pinned my high hopes on had disappointed me.
4 Stars

33.  I think this book was suggested to me because of my lovedy-love of the Flavia de Luce series.  I definitely liked it although I don't remember much about it. What I do remember is that it made me want to really learn how to embroider, even though Callie is railing against "suitable female pastimes" for a young lady during the turn of the century.
3 Stars

34.  A "farmy" memoir recommended to me from Goodreads.  I don't know, I didn't hate it, it was just okay. There were hilarious parts of the book and she definitely doesn't sugar coat anything but the crassness was off-putting. Sure, you can talk about your sheep eating her placenta; it's grody! it's real! it's natural! but the language was boorish.
2 Stars

35.  I picked this one because it's the same author of the Chronicles of St. Mary's but it's a completely separate book. And that's where I failed as a reader.  I kept expecting it to be a book from that series, so for about the first quarter of the book I was in madcap, harried mode and this isn't that type of book.  But it is a good short book.  Historical mystery/romance set in England. If that's your thing, you'll enjoy this.
3 Stars

36.  This one was a Daily Deal from Audible so I snatched it up. I'm glad I did because it isn't a book that would pick otherwise. It's a good book, interesting, heartwarming, set in a small town in the south.  I find religions fascinating, my world religion classes in college were some of my favorites, and this book had me doing a lot of research on Quakerism. 
3 Stars

37.  I had to go back and check my account, this too was a sale item from Audible. I couldn't figure out what was happening in the beginning of the book, there was so much back and forth with a lot of characters being thrown at you. This is one instance where a physical book would've done better because I couldn't flip back and forth to figure out "who that was again?". Very charming with a huge cast of players that once you get down, gets good.
3 Stars

38.  The author, Ariana Franklin, whose other medieval fiction series I loooved (Mistress of the Art of Death), was in the midst of writing this book when she passed away, luckily for lovers of the genre her daughter finished writing the book.  If you love historical fiction, it's a great book. You know how they say you learn something new every day? This book had me researching so many things and Asafoetida topped the list.
4 Stars

39.  Do you know what I failed to notice? That this was the same author as The Wishing Thread. I must have gotten sucked in again by the "lovers of Sara Addison Allen", sheesh, what a chump.  Anyway, there is magical realism/fantasy along the lines of the aforementioned Ms. Allen and then there is this.  The premise is great, the story is told badly and large parts are just silly. I don't know why I gave it the rating that I did, but I'm going to stick with it because maybe I am not remembering a redeeming quality.
2 Stars

40.  A wonderful children's book that I heartily enjoyed. An original story with great suspense, there were many times where I was squeeing "eeeek!" and more than once I thought I had it all figured out, which I didn't.  There are a few times where you could definitely tell it was a children's book but that didn't diminish my enjoyment.
4 Stars

41.  As someone who has professed to adore all things Sherlock, not on a Sherlockian level though, I realized that I am a fraud as I had never actually read any Sherlock novels. In order to remedy that I downloaded this and the second book for our fall road trip to Montreal/Connecticut. It reiterated just how bad a detective I am. I must admit I got lost when the story switched from one continent to another.  I had to check and make sure the iPod hadn't messed up. Fantastic book though, I highly recommend it!
5 Stars

42.  This gem we listened to on our way back home from our spectacular little road trip. And just like the other Sherlock book, this is a great read.  I'm making it a point to make sure I read them all!
5 Stars

The final installment will be coming soon, I bet you can't wait!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A Year in Books: 2015 - Part Deux

Dear Readers,

I solemnly swear that I will never, not ever, judge you or your reading preferences. Heck I don't care if your favorite reading material is the can of Glade in the bathroom- good for you, chemistry! Street signs? Adventurer! Also, you would be a good resource if there were ever a zombie apocalypse. Whatever it is that you choose to read, I hope that you enjoy it and that you don't give a fig what anyone else thinks. I've had a couple of brief glimpses over the last year of book snobbery.  It annoys me that these folks deemed others beneath them based on their choice of books. Pish-posh. Go forth and read what makes you happy!

While on our road trip we listened to Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.  My Beloved hasn't read any of the Harry Potter books, he's seen the movies multiple times with me, and we were on our way to a third visit to Universal Studios, it was high time! Shockingly I haven't read the books beyond the first time (!) when they were released. There is so much that I forgot that wasn't in the movie.  During the 8 day trip our niece decided that audiobooks weren't for her. Teens! What are you going to do with them?!

On to the books!

15.  Historical setting - check.  British characters - check.  Female protagonist, a little mystery and ancient Egypt - check, check, check.  You wouldn't know this unless you knew me in the 90's but waaaaay back in the day I was all kinds of into Egyptian mythology and my first couple of tattoos are proof of that.  Anyway, this book was written in 1975 and I'm not sure how the recommendation came to me and I almost dismissed it based on the title (because I'm a ding-dong like that) but good thing I didn't, it was a very enjoyable book! The author was an Egyptologist and very prolific author of both fiction, this series alone has 19 books, and non-fiction books on Egyptology. I definitely plan on reading more of this series.
4 Stars

16.  Do you love the movie The Princess Bride? Read this book.  I have loved the movie from the moment I saw it.  I've owned it in VHS format, DVD and Blu-ray. I haven't read the book, The Princess Bride, but I do own it, so hopefully I'll get around it sooner rather than later. Have you read the book? This is another instance where I love that I listened to the audiobook rather than read it because all of the actors and Rob Reiner narrate it. So much awesome.
5 Stars

17.  I pre-ordered this when it was announced because it's Neil Gaiman! What I didn't realize was that it was a compilation of short stories. Short stories aren't my favorite because I want moooore! My three favorite were the Doctor Who, the American Gods and the Ocean at the End of the Lane stories.  Why? Because there is already more to the stories. Again, Neil Gaiman beautifully narrates his story and it makes it mucho good.
4 Stars

18.  Hey, guess what I read? A historical novel. Shocking! One of the docs suggested this to me and it took me a long while to get to actually reading it. Beautiful writing describing the Italian Alps and life in small villages there; New York and small town Minnesota during World War I through an immigrant's eyes.  However there were more than a few eye-rolling bits where I found it hard to suspend disbelief and thought "oh, come on now". Yet I am a sucker for scenery so that helps.
4 Stars

19.  Oh how excited I was to stumble over this book recommendation, it had all the markers of a book that I would like.  It was very roller-coasterish for me. I really loved it in the beginning and then, boom! out of nowhere, it lost me due to the implausiblity. Then it rebuilt my interest and I started liking it again, trying to blow off the bad bits, and guess what happened? Out of nowhere the bottom fell out and I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. This book was all over the map for me.
3 Stars

20.  What was this book even about? I was confused and discombobulated throughout the entire book.  I loved Abby and Red, hated her in-laws and have no memory of their children.  I don't know what the point of this book was.
2 Stars

21. A short-story prequel that, you know, I should've read before reading Mr. Penumbra's 24- Hour Bookstore. Regardless, this is a nice little back story of the titular character, Ajax Penumbra, and how he came to own the 24-hour bookstore.
4 Stars

22.  Hey, guess what I read? A book set in the South. Shocker! A touching story told in the not too distant past. It kept me thoroughly engrossed in the story from the beginning and it had a nice pace the kept me listening in the parking lot more than once.
4 Stars

23.  My mother and sister have said for years that this is one of their favorite books and I'm not sure why in the heck it took me so dang long to read it! I have seen the movie, many times, but I just never picked up the book. And, like most book adaptations, the book is 1000x better. One of my favorite parts were the little segues to the weekly newsletters from Dot Weems.
5 Stars

24.   I was asking a friend of mine for book recommendations and she told me  of a book she heard about on NPR during her commute that morning. We immediately got to Googling it and it seems like it would be right up my alley but, meh.  It was just meh.  Unless of course you're really into the East India Company and British occupied India, then it may be to your liking, but it wasn't to mine.
2 Stars

25.  This book was fun. Just a good, rollicking fun read.  A little time travel, a little mystery and some history thrown in there among funny characters make this a great good read! Right after finishing this book I vowed to read the other six books and five short stories.
5 Stars

26.  A good mystery novel for all you mystery lovers out there. I had NO clue whatsoever who the killer was until I was told at the end, a good detective I am not, but that doesn't stop me from trying! I've made it a goal to read one book a year set in Michigan and this one fit the bill perfectly.  Wanna know the cool thing? I know Eric, we grew up two houses down from each other.  He's my fourth, actual, real life, friend who's an author!
4 Stars

27.  Staying on the Michigan train, I picked this book up off my bookshelf where it had lingered for three years. This book was hilarious.  Like, laugh-snort-tears funny. I read many a passage out loud to my Beloved because he was staring at me as I was cackling uncontrollably. But, and it's a big but, and it's why this memoir gets a low rating from me, Mr. Rouse is mean, rude, judgmental and snotty. I don't like petty.
2 Stars

28.  A paperback that I picked up from the library for 50 cents and had been languishing on a bookshelf, forgotten. In an effort to read some of the books that had been in my to-read list the longest, I finally picked it up. I remembering it being okey-dokey. The plot was interesting, some parts were implausible but, it was exciting. I remember thinking that the first half was laid out well but that the end was rushed.
3 Stars

Parts 3 and 4 coming soon to a blog near you!

Friday, February 5, 2016

A Year in Books: 2015

My 2015 goal was to read 40 books and I ended up reading 56.  Granted more than one were short stories but, whatevs, I read 'em.

Tell me, how do you feel about audiobooks? I've had more than one person tell me that I "cheat" when I say that I've read X books because a good majority of my book intake is through my ears rather than my eyes.  Personally, I think that's a load of hooey.  Whether I use my eyes or my ears I am, I can't think of a better word, consuming these books.  I have an 80 mile a day commute and it makes my commute more tolerable. So, long live the audiobook!

Once again I'll give you my blurbby little insight to these books and what I rated them on Goodreads, which you should totally sign up for and become my friend so I get more book recommendations. Okay? Okay!

1.  I got this free from Amazon. It's a short story prequel to Lost Lake which I had read in 2014.  Way to read the description first, Poppy! I liked it, a lot. I wish I had actually read this before reading Lost Lake, I think it would've made reading Lost Lake make more sense in my mind.
4 Stars

2.  You know what I should do, take notes after I read a book so I can remember what I thought directly after reading, that'd be smart.  This is a children's book that I heard about on NPR and added to my list where it languished for three and a half years. I remember thinking that it was okay but it was gruesomeish and not in a Gaimenesque way. Capisce? 
3 Stars

3.  This book was a gift from a friend because I she knows that I enjoy the authors blog.  I don't often read "self-help" type books but, I'm working on that! I enjoyed the book and the fact that the author was very truthful about her own struggles and how she managed to help herself.  Some helpful gems are disbursed throughout that are a gentle prodding, my Beloved even read the spouse part.
4 Stars

4.  I've got three syllables for ya Fla-Vi-a.  I love this book.  No, the whole series.  I read it first when it was released then my Beloved and I listened to the audiobook while we were on our anniversary road trip. This one strayed from the previous books a bit which was to my Beloved a refreshing change and to me a bit rough because the old, much loved characters weren't in the story. But that's okay, we're expanding our world!
5 Stars (of course!)

5.  This book made me crazy.  I started it in 2011 and put it down. I thought that if I bought the audiobook it would actually make me finish it.  There were so many times while driving that I would  be shouting and pounding my steering wheel in sheer frustration. A few things that I do remember that were mind numbingly dumb were a description "his mouthless eyes" (WHAT IS THAT?!?!) and when the protagonist put on her lovers gloves it was erotic. Ugh.
1 Star

6.  Do you know what I love? Osprey. This book had been languishing on my Kindle forever and frankly I forgot about it.  It follows a birder who decides to follow an Ospreys migration. The writing was okay but the birds are amazing!
3 Stars

7.  Another magical Sarah Addison Allen book. This one is a follow-up to her first book Garden Spells.  I really enjoyed this one because you got to see the characters that you loved from the first book years later and more developed. Aaaaannnnd a mystery was solved! Excellent read.
5 Stars

8.  Do you love Temple Grandin? I do.  I've seen multiple documentaries featuring her, I've heard interviews with her and we've watched the biography, all fantastic, but I've never read any of her books.  The narrator did a fantastic job and I really enjoyed the book. Tons of information, a lot that makes you think about our relationship with all animals. Everyone should read Temple Grandin!
4 Stars

9.  I wanted to like this book much more than I did.  I had to delete my previous blurb because I was feeling some kind of way yesterday.  It was all angry and ranty and not at all blurbish. The only thing I can say is Madam Author not everyone can be an elitist foodie.
2 Stars

10.  My Beloved and I listened to this on our return road trip from Savannah in February. For some reason we decided to drive straight through, all 13+ hours... and this book definitely helped the commute pass quickly! This book is set in the present and begins at a funeral where the main character is remembering his childhood. You never do learn specifics about the present time, not even the name of the main character.If you love Gaiman you'll like this book. 
5 Stars

11.  I picked this book up at Kroger as I was standing in line because I don't know why. Maybe because it's set in England?  I seriously need to learn to write down my thoughts directly after reading a book because I don't remember much about this book.  It's a kids book, do you think less of me for reading below my reading level?
4 Stars

12.  Why had I never read this book?! This book is a classic for a reason, it is amazing. I loved it so much that I listened to it twice (Sissy Spacek did a fantastic job!). What else is there to say other than I will probably reread this every year. 
5 Stars

13.  After the disappointment of the other homesteading on a shoestring budget book this one was what I needed. I thought it was funny and the you-can-do-it-too-edness was a good shot in the arm.
4 Stars

14. Depressing.  What a terrifying reminder of the horror that humanity can be.  I don't do well with torture. The historical aspect and the actual writing is what saved it from one star. Also, it's not really about the Hangman's Daughter.
2 Stars.

The next three book posts are going to have to wait.  We're leaving on vacation tomorrow! We're taking our Harry Potter crazed niece to Universal Studios! And, once again, my fabulous mother and aunt are going to house/cat/chicken sit for us.  We are so lucky that they do this for us and they swear it's a vacation for them.  Liars.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What's up for 2016

There's nothing like being ahead of the game!

We did our annual TYOSNYDRT (Tour Your Own State New Years Day Road Trip) up around the thumb of Michigan.  I didn't worry about taking pictures, we didn't listen to the radio once we lost the NPR station we just enjoyed each others company and talked.

We went over a plethora of "What If's" - "What if we...", "What if I...", "What if you..." and we came up with some truly amazing ideas.  We realigned ourselves to what it is we are both looking to do with a fresh new year stretching before us and how we can support each other in reaching our goals.

I am so excited to move forward and work on achieving our dreams, it feels good and right.

Right around New Years there are a million articles clogging up everyone's feeds on resolutions. I do everything I can  to avoid them.  Short of not getting on the internet or reading magazines it's kind of hopeless.  I am a sucker though and being a Potterite I couldn't resist this one: 12 New Year's Resolutions Inspired by HP Characters.  And you know what? I love it.  I love it because it's not about losing weight or remembering to floss your teeth every. single. night.  It struck a cord with me so I am committing to do all of these things. Watch your snail-mailboxes!

The next article that caught my eye and I actually read was this one from The Kitchn, What Pushing the Resent Button Looks Like for Me After a Hard Year.  I had a rough start to 2015 at my job due to office politics and staffing shake-ups, moving to HQ from the comfort of the hospital that I had worked in since 2003 and finding my way at HQ, even though I have worked for the company since 2010. I didn't have any major catastrophes happen in 2015, it just wasn't a good year, it's hard to explain and I'm going to sound fruity but it just didn't fit.  Does that make sense? It felt like a wrong sized dress I was trying on in a too hot, tiny dressing room.  I've hit the reset and am looking forward to 2016!

Last year my word was patience and I feel like I have made great strides.  I still sometimes struggle with it by internally tapping my toe at who/whatever is I'm feeling impatient with but, I don't snap or verbalize my impatience.  Instead I tell myself to shut up and be patient.  It works!

Also in 2015 I said that I would try to:
1.  Say "I love you" more - Success!
2.  Knit more - Fail! I knit exactly one thing which I didn't even FINISH until a few weeks ago
3.  Find something, anything, at least one tiny morsel of happiness in every situation - Success, mostly!
4.  Read more - Success!
5.  Smile more - Partial success, it's hard to judge 'cause are we counting forced smiles?
6.  Blog more - Fail! Overwhelming failure at that.
7.  Be more patient - Success and I will continue to work on my patience!

This years word is: Calm.  It came to me out of the blue, I wasn't looking for a new word, just one day it popped into my head and it's stuck.  So a hundred times a day I say, both out loud and in my head "calm".

Hey wait!
Here's a picture so that when my post pops up there's a picture associated with it and not some weirdo squiggle or just nothing at all. I've been meaning to share this but didn't have a reason to.  Also, it's winter and flowers are a beautiful reminder that summer is right around the corner!
A picture I took in Greece of Bougainvillea.
Isn't it pretty?
It grows everywhere!
Last years motto for our little family of two was: You always, always, always have something to be thankful for.

This years motto is: There are so many beautiful reasons to be happy.

For 2016 I'll continue to say I love you more, read a lot, smile more and persist in trying to be patient. I'll work on actually getting my crafty on and knitting more, I'll solemnly do my best to be a better blogger and I'll add calm.

Viva 2016!

Blurbing: From Scratch Magazine

Meet the Newest Members of the From Scratch Team

Some super awesomeness happened back in the fall.  The fine folks over at From Scratch magazine decided that I was worthy enough to talk to for their blogger profile!

I know, crazy, right?

If you didn't know already I am the Empress of Exclamation Points.  Forgive my early morning eager beaver answers and over use of exclamation points. I should've had my lovely friend Cari, with her awesome editorial skillz proofread/edit my answers!

Here's a link to the the issue and my silliness: My Big Fat Green Life

You should totally sign up for their e-magazine because it's plain old awesome with tons of information (my interview notwithstanding)!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

It Just Gets Away From Ya

Thursday, December 3, 2016
5:19 p.m.

I started this blog post 8ish hours ago.  And all that I came up with was a title.
Proof. Pudding.

Prediction: This is going to take me many more hours to write.  'Cause you know, I have to bake 6 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange at work tomorrow, roast the rooster (we'll get that) for dinner, finish laundry, vacuum the living room and decide how best to get the OhHolyGoodness sized tote of summer clothes downstairs, finally.

HI! How y'all been? It's been typically craaaazzzy around here.  My Beloved and I have been going at breakneck speed since August.

A few days after my last blog post (forever ago in September) I went to San Francisco to scope out and do some training for a new scheduling software. Let me tell you something, those hills ain't no joke! For serious.  You can see them on TV or in pictures but until your Uber driver drops you off six blocks DOWN HILL from your hotel in Union Square and you are wearing dress and super cute wedges and you have to hike up those blasted hills, it's not real.

Then at the beginning of October my Beloved and I took a road trip! We drove to Montreal to visit my dad's side of the family - Instagram pictures for the winny-win!

- 9:26 p.m.
Update: Dinner has been eaten, cookies have been baked and packaged, dishes done and laundry complete.  Side note: Jam Thumbprints - a Christmastime favorite 'round here, impossible to package- let alone cutely.

Tuesday, December 8
- 6:18 p.m.
What in the what is going on around here? Oh yeah, life.  Folks, I can only promise to keep trying; to write this post, to be a better blogger, to carve time out.

Where was I? Oh, yes.  Vacation! My beloved had only been to Montreal once before and that was for my cousins wedding.  He's never done the touristy stuff.  So we went to Notre Dame Basilica, took a horse drawn carriage tour of Old Montreal and would you believe if I told you that our carriage driver is from SE Michigan, only roughly 30 miles away? It is a small, small world! We also went to Mont Royal to the look out and saw all of Montreal sprawling out before us. Beautiful, beautiful.  The rest of the time was spent with family eating food, making food, eating food, catching up and eating.

Looking out over Montreal
Notre Dame Basilica 
Then we wended our way down to Connecticut via New York and Massachusetts.  We had meant to go through Vermont but we took the wrong exit after crossing the bridge.  We were doing it the old fashioned way, using our eyeballs and hastily scribbled directions from the internet because we didn't have internet in Canada so we used the free WiFi at a Tim Horton's.

Guess who lives in Connecticut? My friends from waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the day, Cari & Ken Donaldson of Ghost Fawn HomesteadClan Donaldson fame! We got to hang out with them and their six lovely children for a few days.  They were such great hosts! Ken ground coffee each morning and used his fancy french press to make us coffee, Cari cooked for us- yaay more food!, she took us to Boston to go to the Museum of Science, I went on my very first subway ride, and I'm still alive to talk about it.  Although there was a moment when it pulled up with people jammed in there like sardines, faces smashed against the glass and eyeballs bulging, that I had a wee bit of a "WTF did I let her talk me into?" moment.  But it was fine 'cause all those folks got off the train and made plenty of room for the nine of us.  On our last day there, Cari took us to a fancy New England apple orchard!

I think we all got caught up in the heat of it and even though my Beloved and I had at least two bushels at home from our own orchard, we picked a bushel of Macoun's.  Which is nothing in comparison to Cari's 140 pounds of apples!

Belltown Hill Orchards - South Glastonbury, CT
Apples from our orchard
(and Greek cookies from my aunts!)
Macouns from Connecticut
Apple pie filling ready for the freezer!

Friday, December 11
- 10:37 a.m.

By some miracle I talked my Beloved into taking me to Sleepy Hollow, New York! He was really, really keen on getting home because we had so much to do around the house/outbuildings and really, he wanted to cancel our trip all together.  But seeing as it was was only a few hours from Cari & Ken's house, it was October and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow is my best most favoritest spooky story and my Beloved is awesome like that, we went! We had some (more) awesome Greek Food at Lefteris and stayed at a fancy hotel, Tarrytown House Estate that was hosting a Maserati convention that night, soooo fancy schmoopsy!

Awesome, right? Do you think they're to keep out the Headless Horseman or Zombies?

We took a lantern-lit walking tour of the cemetery! YaaaAyyY!
** I am going to interrupt this blog post**

Dear Y'all -

It is now January 17th.  It's time to kill this blog post, there is no hope of resurrecting this bad boy. I've got other posts to write! So here I will leave it with a photo dump.

So. So. Many. Black. Walnuts.
After de-hulling them, this is our makeshift drying station,
an old screen door on saw horses in the pole barn
The weather was still in the 50's this November
So we delayed full winterization.
We checked on everyone before putting a quilt-box on
It looks like Matilda is doing her job!
November 21st -
The weatherman said we'd get a "few" inches of snow-
My Beloved dragged the snow blower out of the big barn
when the snow reached 6"
I stayed inside and made chili & cornbread for dinner
I stopped measuring at 13" -
We ended up with 16.8 inches!!!
The next morning I huffed it out to the hive to check on the girls
The hive faces ESE
We used straw bales as wind-blocks
After clearing the front of the hive
this little lady flew out and fell in the deep, deep snow.
I scooped her up, breathed on her until she started moving again,
became oriented and then I put her at the entrance where
she toddled inside.
This guy, Darth Vader, was SUCH a jerk.
Like his namesake.
And, like his father, Mercy
he was downright cruel to the hens - then
he started to come after me.
Sayonara, dude.
Padfoot and Darth Vader
I actually cried when I caught Darth Vader
and carried him upside down to the crate.
It didn't matter that he was a jerk.
But I did it.
I cannot and will not put up with horrible roosters.
And I just have to remember:
they had an awesome life and just one bad day.
Okay, now that that's over I feel like maybe I can move on to other posts! I have, no lie, eight drafts!

Viva 2016!