This was probably the biggest month of the year for two reasons. 1: we got the news that we were able to move out in August. 2: I took on one of the hardest/saddest pet-sitting jobs of my life. I should also mention that on top of these two things, I had a pet-sitting job every.single.day of the summer. It was insane. This difficult job was just to help this woman while she went into the hospital for a surgery..and I had to take care of her 6 cats. She never returned. She was in such bad shape she never returned home..and ended up in a facility. Not to mention, her house was in terrible shape, and not a clean environment for anyone or thing to live in. I took care of those cats every day and now was faced with trying to get them homes and looking for shelters. This was the hardest struggle of my year. There were days where I couldn't do anything but cry. I felt so lost with trying to get these cats homes. Her family was busy helping her..so I was the only one who cared for these guys. At the time though..I didn't realize this was going to be such a struggle.
But there were happier moments..
I went to the beach a couple of times..only one of them did I actually wear a bathing suit and got such bad sunburn. I became a fan of going in the morning with Ant and drinking coffee. I usually did this before/after a morning petsitting job.
I also started watching The League..which is one of the funniest shows I've ever seen. I also started The Sopranos. LIFE CHANGING. BEST TV SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN.
We.moved.out. omgomgomg. this day actually came. i was so excited/still am! MY OWN SPACE AND IT'S NICE. AND IT HAS A DISHWASHER. AND PET-FRIENDLY. AND MY FRIENDS ARE GOING TO LIVE ABOVE US?!
pretty damn sweet and i'm pretty damn lucky. what a feeling of coming HOME to your best friend and your pets? So many people had "advice" to give..and how it's going to be weird living with a "guy" and how transitioning is tough. NOPE. NADA. experienced nothing like that..and living with Ant isn't weird at all actually. We had so much fun shopping and decorating. I was looking back on pictures of it today..and it was so empty and now it's filled with wonderful things that make it our home. This really is what it's all about.
I also got to be a part of a flash mob this month! It was for a very special boy's birthday. You can check it out here.
This month was also the start of me having shooting pet portfolio sessions in the studio at work. I got a lot of good practice and took some awesome pics.
The first weekend of this month we celebrated Ingrid's birthday with wine tasting and I also took my first calligraphy class with Kaela. It was also the month that we did our first Fantasy Football league. I was really, really into it...and then I had the worst luck ever and didn't do so well. It was fun though, and made me kind of like football ;)
Ant was in a garlic eating contest...so there's that.
WE ALSO FINALLY BOOKED OUR WEDDING. What a damn relief. I pitched to Ant the idea of having a small dinner for our celebration and using the money to travel instead. He agreed! Yippeeeeeee! June 26th 2015 I will be wifed up.
October is usually my favorite month. I love Halloween and the Fall season. However, this particular year I was so burnt out. I was pet-sitting a ton and still trying to get those cats a home. The woman who owned the cats was able to take one of them. I delivered her cat to her, and the kicker was..she didn't even know the cat was hers. She didn't even remember what cats she had left at home. I will never forget that feeling of what I felt after she said that. Here I am fighting for these cats..and she didn't even remember who I was. Her family really didn't care about their lives either. Ant's parent's adopted one of them. My mom took one, and Liam,(my cat from home) moved in with us. I also traveled to Pittsburgh to deliver one.
Krista called me one day and I pick up and she says "Are you sitting down?!" Which I always take this as she's preggo or got a new bunny. She began to tell me how her friend, Joy was interested in the youngest of the bunch, a beautiful black bobtail named Suki. She was so excited and she lives in Indiana but she was visiting family in the burgh area. I was happy and that weekend we drove to PA to deliver lil Suki. What a wonderful cat. she sat on my lap and purred the whole way. Joy was the sweetest person. I am so grateful for her and wanting and loving Suki.
I did throw my annual ruby-hallowpalooza. It was a good time.
I also said good-bye to The Crushed Olive.
November finally came! THIS MONTH WAS DISNEY WORLD MONTH. It also was the end of the long journey with taking care of the cats. I found a wonderful cat rescue in NYC that strictly deals with seniors. This woman was the most helpful person I talked to in the rescue world. The weekend before I left for Disney, we drove to NYC and delivered Smokey to her. Check out her rescue. There needs to be more senior cat rescues and more people interested in adopting adult cats.
I was SO ready for this trip. Sam graduated with her masters in May and her wish was to go to Disney World. Wish granted!
Ant and I had the BEST BEST time. I laughed, and had fun, and ate such good food. Disney is such a magical place. There were legit times where I teared up looking at the castle or the fireworks.
The holidays were really fun..especially since we celebrated them for the first time in our apartment. We got our own tree and did a fun Chrismukkah card. Ant celebrated his 26th birthday and Sam threw her annual cookie party. Krista and I celebrated our 4th late Christmas eve together. This year we decided to play Sims.
I also have to mention Serial. This was a pretty big obsession of the month.
As I sit here on NYE, I can only really reflect on 2014 and just toast to it. It really was a great year. One of the bests in awhile..and as always, I welcome the New Year with open arms. Tonight I will celebrate with friends and eat some delicious truffle gouda cheese. (pretentious, much?)