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We’re Moving!!!

Our Sassy Cat Chat blog is moving up in the world to an official dot com website.

You can expect all the same great things from us, just in a new place.

The GREAT news is that Sassy Cat Chat packed most of you up in our suitcases and you’re already following us in our new home.  YEAH!

 

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Thanks so much for following along with us as we grow!!

XX

 

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Easter’s On It’s Way

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It’s time for Easter Baskets full of chocolate and colored eggs.  This is me as the bunny!  Many years ago I worked for a photography studio that had a contract to do all the typical holiday photos at the mall.  We were short on people to don the E.B. suit so I took a few rotations.   The costume was hot but wearing the big floppy suit was fun.

 

 

 

This week was a busy one for me!  A few Doctors appointments and lots of errand running around.  I feel like I’ve been on the go a lot but very little has been done.  I had to get some allergy testing done.  This is never a fun thing.  I was stuck 23 times and hung out at the Dr. Office for 4 hours.  What a day.

I’m hoping for an uneventful weekend!  Simon and I took a short walk in the stroller this afternoon.  He was a bit cranky today but a lunch of tuna seems to have made him happy.

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In book news, two new goodies came in the mail this week courtesy of publishers/authors.  I’m already halfway through The Little Paris Bookshop.  I like it so far.  It published this past Tuesday so it’s available to pick up right now.  Fragile Brilliance looks promising but has been added to the TBR pile for another time.

I’m expecting some more books in sometime next week!  So much for that time-out and no more books for a bit!  Good thing summer is just around the corner!  I read a lot in the summer as a way to enjoy the weather.

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

XX

 

Crack Rack Day…

Somehow I just realized that this post from last week never updated to the blog.  So here is last weeks lost post.

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Yesterday, my little corner of the world had its first Crack Rack open.  For those unfamiliar, this is the fond nickname loyal shoppers have bestowed upon The Nordstrom Rack store.

I can say that I attended the grand opening day. I can’t say I was crazy enough to stand in an over hour long line (at one of three registers) to purchase anything.  There was a stupid amount of people there and I am not the most patient shopper – especially clothes.

To all the moms and nannies I ask a public service:  Please, please stop carting baby strollers into packed stores!  This includes any opening day events or Black Friday shopping.  OMG I was bumped and run into so many times I felt like I needed to be wearing combat gear!

I understand people with children have to shop and drag the kids, but good lord.  Timing people!!  Who would even want to slug kids in that mayhem?  Needless to say all the kiddos were THRILLED to be looking at women’s clothing!  Not so much.

My weekend plans are reading and finding something to do to enjoy the warm weather.  I think a stroller ride is on tabs for this afternoon for Simon.

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The hubs is planning a date night.  We are going to dinner tomorrow and he’s picking the place.  I always have to pick so I’m excited to go wherever he chooses.

 

 

That’s all for me – hopefully I’ll be back from the weekend with book reports!  The pile continues to grow!

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Are You Green??

76e69083b1256b4d1770d69c8f2f8abaAre you wearing green today?  I am disgracing my hubby’s Irish-ness by not participating in St. Pat’s Day.  I can’t say he cares too much.  I don’t do green.  Green is NOT the new black.

I do think all the St. Patrick’s day “stuff” is cute, shamrocks and pot’s O’ gold,  but this holiday is really one that just whirls by me without a thought.

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If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I have to confess that I’m a procrastinator.  A big one.  If something hasn’t started causing me to panic and pull out my hair in impending doom then it just isn’t worth doing yet.

I purchased a white board to mount next to my desk.  I thought that a visual way to keep my lists of book tasks would keep me on target.  I underestimated myself.  I simply keep adding to the lists and watch them grow.  I need an intervention.  I’ve had to put myself in book-time out again.  No new books until I get some more reviews done and make some progress on that TBR pile.  I’m beginning to accept that this is just the life of a book blogger and reviewer.  The pile will always be there.

Simon and I had a lovely stroll today.  I think some chilly weather is headed our way next week so we took advantage of today.  We took a longer walk than usual and he did well.  I’m trying to build up his tolerance to a decent walking distance.  He’s just such an on the go guy that an hour in the stroller is taxing for him.  But he’s happy to get out and see the sights and smell the smells.

Yesterday we practiced relaxing on the deck.  I’d love to be able to have him lounge outside and read with me.

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Have a Happy St. Pats celebration!  Drink a green beer for me…

XX

 

 

A Reviewer’s Dilemma

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Being a book reviewer and blogger is no doubt a fun hobby for anyone who loves to read and share opinions.  I’m lucky enough that some of my reviews even appear in a newspaper.  But sharing your opinions about a book does come with a down side – or at least a lingering question…

When faced with writing a review about a book you just didn’t like – what do you do?  Write an unfavorable opinion or just let that book fall off the map and pretend it never happened?

For any responsible reader/reviewer this is a dilemma.  Sometimes it’s easy to forget that, no matter how much you disliked a book, that it was someones hard work that you are challenged with giving an opinion of.  Someone agonized over each page.  To summarily dismiss it is  harsh – especially when, at heart, it’s merely YOUR opinion.

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That book you hated?  The one you trashed completely? Well, someone else loved it. That’s also hard to swallow as a reviewer.  Hating something that others found a lot to love about or vice versa.  We just can’t fathom everyone won’t feel the some way we do about a book.

Regardless of your love or hate for a book, I think it’s most responsible to share your opinion. You can’t love everything you read.  I try to give the benefit of the doubt and hope others will like what I just could not.

Be charitable and give that extra half star in your rating.  Don’t lose sight that someone worked very hard on that novel you may wish never landed in your pile.

May you find some love for all the books you read!

XX

 

 

Warm Weather Week

 

Break out the sunscreen folks!  The sunshine and warm weather has finally arrived!  I snagged some time in my favorite place and am all the better for it!  There are very few places that I would rather be than in a beach chair with a book soaking up some sunshine.

In my back yard or in the sand by the ocean it really doesn’t matter much.  I love to read while I bake in the sun.

I also used the nice afternoon as an advantage and took Simon for a little walk in his stroller.  He loves to ride and chat away at the birds and squirrels we encounter.  He’s such a funny little guy.

However, he wasn’t so funny this morning when he knocked my just made bowl of fresh fruit on the floor.  A giant mess and no lunch for me!  This instigated the gin and tonic I took outside with me. He really is cute but such a total pain in the ass some days.

No news is good news and luckily I have little to share these days.  Here’s to smooth sailing and a warm spring!

XX

 

 

Bike Day

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My fan bike arrived today!!!  I ordered this about a month ago, it was back ordered.  It arrived today several weeks ahead of what I had planned on.  Yeah!  Sooner is (usually) always better.

I can assume my superhero pose (Thanks Dr. Amelia Shepherd).

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I put the bike together by myself! It really wasn’t that hard and the directions were pretty clear.  I’ll have the hubs give everything a final tighten down when he can.

This project is rated  middle-finger.  One middle finger since I didn’t have to curse once or throw ANYTHING in frustration.  The hardest part was getting all the parts out of all the packing and tape.  I had the whole thing unpacked, built and cleaned up in about an hour.  Then I took a 41 minute ride to a Grey’s Anatomy episode on Netflix.

This week my goal is to play catch up!  I’ve got reviews piling high and books stacking up fast!!  I need to buckle down and burn through some of my to-do list.  It’s getting Serious!

Hope your week is off to a great start!

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