Friday, November 29, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Goats!

I know that Goats aren't traditionally cute but the last few years it's become popular to have Pygmy Goats as pets.  Come on, we've all see the YouTube Videos of them jumping around.

I mean for a furry little garbage disposal they are pretty cute.









OK does anyone use Argan Oil in their hair?  It's pretty awesome.  But do you know where Argan Oil comes from?   Basically the Argan tree grows in Morocco and the Oil is harvested from the undigested pits of the fruit that is left behind in the poop of goats that climb the trees and eat said fruit.

Let me repeat....it's harvested from goat poop.  No joke.  I'd love to meet the guy who thought, hey, let's crush the goat poop and make an oil vs just picking the berries off the tree and taking the pits directly from the poop.

And goats climb trees?

WTF Nature.


Cheers,

Ash



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What's With All The Babies?!?!?!

4 girls that I went to High School with have posted in the last few weeks that they're pregnant. 

For one of them this is their first child.

For two of them, this is their second child.

And for the final this is her THIRD CHILD.

I'm 29 people!!  These girls are 29 and 30.  And not only are they married but they're popping out kids at an alarming rate.

Don't get me wrong.  I'm not against the notion of having kids.  I just can't wrap my brain around being a mom 3x's over at the age of 29. 

This has nothing to do with the fact that I'm single.  It has nothing to do with the fact that I'm terrified of being a mom in general.

It's just that I can't comprehend being pregnant for a little over 2 years once you combine it all at this age.  That's a lot of morning sickness!!!

Am I the only one that's freaked out about this?

On top of the current pregnancies, 6 other girls I know have had babies in the past year.

I have a cat. 

Cheers,

Ash

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

A Mini Staycation

I took a little mini-vacation last week.  If my vacation you mean taking 2 days off to go to the bank (I needed to formally change my address on some of my accounts), the doctor (usual check-up), get my drivers license renewed (Woo hoo, I am officially 29 in my photo for the next 5 years), do some Christmas shopping (the rest is either handmade or going to be ordered online) and NOT wake up at 5am (this was the best part honestly).

It's all about perspective.

#10 will always be MY Doctor

I had a very productive day on Thursday while I got all of that done.  And then on Friday I did a whole lot of NOTHING.  Oh and I mean nothing.  I read (fluffy Chick Lit).  I watched TV (Doctor Who marathon in prep for the 50th Anniversary....and how EPIC was that?!?!?!).  I knitted (back to the handmade craft thing for Christmas).  I played with my cat (because he's my furbaby).  And I did it all in PJ pants (because why the hell NOT). 

Don't judge me.

It was fantastic. 


And it was exactly what I needed.

I had been battling a cold for a few weeks that refused to either go away or become a REAL cold.  Work had been insane, my boss had been crazier than normal.  I needed a break.  And I got it.

Cheers,

Ash

p.s. I didn't do a Fluffy Thing Friday while I was off so here's some cute stuff that has come across my desk in the past week.

Baby Moose!  LEGS!!!
 


Tongue!


Servers do always manage to ask this the second you put food in your mouth. 


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

RIP eReader

*sniff*

I have some very upsetting news.

My eReader died this morning.  My trusty friend and home of my books.  My companion on the train to work and when insomnia has sunk it's claws into me.  Endless supplier of entertainment.
Kobo Aura

You shall be missed my old friend.

On a more happy note, I ordered a new eReader.  It's got a pink back, longer battery life and double the capacity of my old one (my old one held 1,000 books and I had cracked 860 so YAY for 3,000 book capacity with room to expand).  It also has a built in back-light.

I actually got a solid 2+ years out of my eReader so I more than got my money's worth out of it considering I read 2-3 books a week.

My first eReader died because my cat broke it but that wasn't a horrible thing because it was one of the first models to come out and had no features at all.

And can I mention YAY for next day delivery?  It should be here tomorrow.

Cheers,

Ash

Friday, November 15, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Happy Animals

I like to think that all animals out in the wild, doing their thing are naturally happy.

I get that it's probably not the same way we feel happiness but I like to think so.

Like, in my heart I like to think that my cat is happy.  He's fed, he's warm, he has toys, he gets cuddles and he purrs constantly.  I'd like to think that all means he's happy.  Not secretly plotting my murder, although if he runs in front of me while I'm walking up the stairs again I may change my mind.

That being said.  Although animals may not "smile", sometimes it really looks like they do and hopefully that means that the following, are a bunch of happy animals.









And on the flip side we have....


Still adorable.  But in a grumpy way.

Cheers,

Ash

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mind Over Matter

This morning I work up mentally charged and raring to go.

I have a full day ahead of me in the office with a pretty busy schedule and for once I had slept well and was totally up for the challenge.

And then I got out of bed.

Do you ever have those days where your mind and body just aren't on the same wavelenght?

I slept well but clearly I slept awkwardly because my neck is killing me.  I've got a bit of a headache and it feels like every injury I have is aching.

So while my brain is all "Hell yes!  Let's do this shit!"

My neck is whimpering saying "But it hurts!  Want a heating pad!"


And then the rest of my head pipes up and says "Quit your yelling, and can you turn the light off?"

Then so it doesn't feel left out my ankle starts complaining "I want to go back to bed.  The floor is cold and I'm feeling all stiff and achy."

Bitch bitch bitch.  That's what my body is doing today.

But I'm armed with Ibuprofen and Coffee.  And now that I'm up and going all is well.

But seriously.  Why can't my brain and body just get along?

Cheers,

Ash

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Organized vs Productive - A Personal Balance

Once a quarter our company does a half day or full day training session.

Sometimes it's job related and the sessions revolve around research techniques, topics that relate to our industry or general buzz word kinda things that we need to deal with....professional development, feedback training, social media monitoring, millennials, BIG DATA!!!  Stuff like that.

But every once in a while they toss something at us that is more personal in nature.  Or stuff that's more geared towards that wonderful work/life balance thingy that people keep mentioning.  This year the company is taking this "Whole Person Develompent" approach.  They want to hold seminars and training sessions on topic that will help people not just in their professional life but in their personal lives as well. The goal is to have activities based on Physical Health, Mental Health, Social Health, Spiritual Health and Emotional Health.

The other day was the first of many of these "Whole Person Development" sessions. It was on Productivity.

Personally, I consider myself a productive person.  And part of that productivity goes hand in hand with my organizational skills. Ok, so I have a teeny bit of OCD.  But that's actually helped me professionally.  I live by my to-do lists, my color coding system for paper files and guess what? My electronic files and email is just as tidy.  Do you know what that means?  It means I work more efficiently.  I don't waste time hunting for things I need to do my job and it means on any given day I know exactly what I need to do.  And I LOVE crossing things off that list.

But it made me think.  Productivity and Organization don't necessarily go hand in hand.  I mean you could
spend HOURS organizing your email and electronic files and at the end of the day, all you've accomplished is that you've organized your files.  One of the people in this training session said that he likes to have his Inbox down to 20 emails or less by the end of the day.  Great goal.  But he said that he finds he spends more time focusing on getting it down to that arbitrary number than doing things that are truly productive.  So for him, his self imposed system is a distraction.

And this made me think again about having OCD.  And that fine line between your OCD being just part of your life and OCD ruling your life.  And yeah, it's a very fine line.  I've never been the type of person that has to wash their hands 4 times or flick a light switch off and on 6 times before leaving a room or extreme OCD quirks like that.  I'm the color coding, alphabetizing, likes things to be straight kinda OCD person.  You know the kind who will dump an entire sock drawer out because things are looking a tad messy.  Is that entirely productive?  Not at all.  And guess what?  Technology is one of the biggest detractions from productivity.  Say it ain't so Pinterest?!?! And apparently multitasking doesn't actually work because you're not putting 100% of your effort and focus into any one task.  But I'm getting off track.

It all goes back to the idea that the two ideas are connected.  Can you truly be productive if you're not organized?  And on the flip side, can overly detailed organizational systems detract from your productivity?

Cheers,

Ash

If I got anything out of the seminar it was the Pareto Principle aka. The 80/20
  



Think about it.  It how often to we spend large amounts of time on things on minor tasks?  And the 80/20 rule applies elsewhere.  We wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time.  In business, 80% of sales come from 20% of your clients.  And in general, you get 80% of your joy out of 20% of your daily interactions.  

Friday, November 8, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Are You Mocking Me?

This week's post is actually a spin-off of last week's "Cat Haircuts".

While I was doing my image search, I came across a bunch of funny grooming pictures that I just HAD to share.

I fully admit that when I'm having a stressful day in the office, stuff like this makes me giggle.

Notice a trend?







For anyone who has a cat or dog, go out and get yourself a Furminator.  No joke, every time I comb Jasper, I pull out enough to make a mini-Jasper because this brush is fantastic and gets down to the undercoat vs. just grabbing the lose hairs on the surface.

I'm typically very skeptical of Infomercials because typically the products NEVER work the way they're supposed to.

The Furminator WORKS.  Every time I comb him, I'm convinced he should be bald by the time I'm done.

Cheers,

Ash


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Daylight Savings Time + My Cat = I need a nap

It's pretty common knowledge that babies and animals don't understand the concept of Daylight Savings Time.

I've seen a bunch of posts on Facebook this week of parents griping that their infant won't let them sleep.

Well I don't have a baby.

I have a Jasper.

Last night, my adorable furry demon decided that he would wake up around 3am.  Run around like a little psychopath on Red Bull and "sing the song of his people" at the top of his lungs. 

Till about 6am.

And that's when I snapped.

He was knocking things over, making racket and wailing.  He's not sick, he's no injured, we played before bed, he was groomed and then we had some cuddles before I went to sleep.

The only explanation I can come up with is that the clocks changed.  I mean it's not a full moon.  He's a fixed male cat so it's not like he can have PMS. 

Bottom line.  I'm TIRED.


Ironically, the only way I was able to calm him down and stop the howling was to lock him in my bedroom with me.  Then he turned into a purring little ball of affection.

And that's when my alarm went off.  So if I fall asleep at my desk today, you know why.

Cheers,

Ash

Friday, November 1, 2013

Fluffy Thing Fridays - Cat Haircuts!

I have a short haired cat, so thankfully (in Jasper's opinion) he's never had to have a haircut.

Secretly, I wish he was a long hair cat just so I could do THIS:


So pissed off.  But so cute.

 
 
Love that they left the cheeks floofy.
 
 
 How cool is this?!?!
 

Cheers,

Ash