How We Met – Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! ¬†Now it’s time for a love story. ūüôā

Nick and I met in 2008. ¬†I don’t remember the exact day or even the season when we met because at that time I didn’t know he was the one. ¬†Actually, I didn’t know he was the one until years later.

This is the only photo we have from around the time that we met up until we started dating. ¬†Picture quality on phone’s has really improved over the past almost decade!

In 2008 I was in my first and second years of college and was still hanging out with a lot of my high school friends.  I had a few different groups of friends that overlapped a little in high school.  After graduating, I re-connected with one of the people who was also in a few of the different groups of people I hung out with.

When we reconnected, he had a new group of friends. ¬†I started hanging out with all of his new friends when I went to hang out with him. ¬†This worked well since they all shared an apartment which they called ‘the fortress’.

One of the roommates was Nick. ¬†He was a nice guy but at the time I was very focused on school and was so far away from considering dating. ¬†Not long after, everyone moved from the fortress and my high school friend and Nick no longer lived together. ¬†Nick and I had become friends while he lived at the fortress and we hung out on our own from time to time. ¬†Usually because I broke a computer and needed it fixed. ¬†ūüėČ

Over the next five years, we hung out off and on when our schedules aligned.  Nick is the only one I keep in touch with from the group because everyone moved out of state.  Nick also moved out of state when my high school friend moved and they lived together all the way across the country.

I remember right before he moved.  I finally had finished school and had just bought my house.  I had a good job and for once considered myself to be stable.  Even though we only saw each other every once in a while, I felt quite bummed when he moved out of state because I was just learning that I had feelings for him.

I decided to go with the old saying and let him go do his own thing and didn’t tell him about my feelings. ¬†If we were meant to be, when the time was right, we would be together.

A while after he moved we started video chatting almost daily. ¬†We would also play a game similar to Risk on Google Plus Hangouts. ¬†Nick never let me win. ¬†During these chats, I knew my feelings were growing stronger for him. ¬†I watched as he dated different girls just waiting for the right time for us to be together. ¬†I knew that the next move in my life would be to settle down and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t rush anything.

You know that giddy feeling you get when you talk to your crush? ¬†I had that every night when we video chatted. ¬†One day, I finally decided to tell him how I felt. ¬†I wish I could say I vividly remember that day but I don’t remember a thing.

I convinced him to come and visit me around Christmas time in 2014. ¬†I knew that it was make or break it at this point because friendships don’t usually last if the relationship idea is thrown around. ¬†You either start dating or lose touch. ¬†Luckily, a few weeks later, he packed up everything he could into his car and drove across the country. ¬†He’s been with me ever since. ūüôā

 

 

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Best Cat Litter and Litter Boxes

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I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while now but something very odd has happened. ¬†I love the Omega Paw self cleaning litter box. ¬†This litter box is so easy to maintain and you don’t have to scoop! ¬†I used this litter box for years with multiple kittens. ¬†I did notice though that this litter box works best with Tidy Cats clumping litter. ¬†The Tidy Cats Litter didn’t stick to the bottom of the box as much as other litters did.

This bathroom is such a hit that there wasn’t a line outside of the bathroom. ¬†There was a line in the bathroom! ¬†When I had four kittens in my home, I had two of these and one Automatic Litter box.

I used the Nature’s Miracle litter box for about six months. ¬†I noticed once again though that the litter I used with it needed to be Tidy Cats. ¬†Even the Nature’s Miracle brand litter didn’t work that well with the litter box. ¬†The only thing I didn’t really like about this box is that the automatic cleaner was so loud!


Something very odd is that my newest little kitten member is unlike any of the other kittens and doesn’t like something about either the Tidy Cats litter or having a roof over his head in the bathroom. ¬†I’m working on trying to figure out which this is and hoping he stops peeing on my carpet before we move into the new house.

I decided to buy a cheap IRIS litter box and some Cat Attract litter to see if I could solve the problem. ¬†I believe Benji doesn’t like Tidy Cats. ¬†He no longer pees on my carpet downstairs but I keep smelling urine upstairs. ¬†I am now using the IRIS litter boxes on both floors.

So, ups and downs. ¬†I now have to scoop the litter instead of using the Omega Paw. ¬†And I’m trying to find the best odor eliminating litter that is easy to maintain.


And now for some cuteness!  My kittens favorite toys ever are Nerf Darts and Ping Pong balls.  Not even cat toys!  Of course, their next runner up is anything small with cat nip in it!

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