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This is what happens when Facebook friends tag you on posts from cat rescue groups begging for help with finding homes for FIV+ cats (and you know how I feel about FIV+ cats):

Because things come in threes. #FIV #FIVawareness #FIVcats #FIVpositive #straycat #rescuecat

I’ll have more pictures once he’s feeling comfortable enough in his new surroundings (our bedroom, for now) to come out from underneath the bed. ♥


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Tailspin

I’ve now been Zoloft-free for a month. I made it through the first week of miserable physical withdrawal side effects (nausea, vomiting, headaches, horrid dizziness and vertigo, some insomnia as well as daytime drowsiness), and I made it through the second week of equally miserable emotional withdrawal side effects (I cried over everything from Sia’s latest CD to a tacky worker’s compensation/injury attorney commercial). Weeks three and four have been much more mellow, except FEELING everything again kind of sucks. And, I feel like some of the issues I battled before going back on and sticking with Zoloft are coming back:

My get-up-and-go has once again gotten up and left. Don’t get me wrong – I make it through each day in terms of making sure Dan, the sproglets, the pets, and the house are all taken care of; but I run out of energy and desire to do anything else, even though in the back of my mind somewhere there’s the want and/or pressing NEED to do something.

I like being off of Zoloft in terms of not having the constant mute on both positive and negative emotions, and I especially like being interested in sex and not struggling to have an orgasm (oh, multiple orgasms, how I missed thee!). But now other aspects of my life are suffering. I don’t want to go back on Zoloft…but I might need to. Before I do anything, however, I’m going to make an appointment with my doctor and discuss other SSRIs for depression – Prozac, Paxil, Buspar, etc. If you have any experience (firsthand or even secondhand) with SSRIs other than Zoloft, please let me know! Comment, or email me (x@jenn.nu) if you’d rather keep the conversation private.


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A random thought about the current “trend” at Tomoson

Today’s Tomoson is like 2008’s PayPerPost: the majority of advertisers are expecting everything (Amazon review + blog review + video review + social media promotion) for next to nothing (a product valued, at best, twenty bucks).

Having been a long-time blogger (17+ years) and product reviewer (5+ years) as well as someone who has worked on the other side of the fence (SEO/internet marketing/blogger relations) for the last 7+ years, I understand both perspectives. But in the long-term, advertisers can’t expect quality when they’re doling out mere peanuts for a blogger’s time and exposure on their various online platforms. Likewise, bloggers can’t expand to “land” quality when they’re not willing to put forth a bit of effort. But advertisers, know this: when you expect everything for nothing, don’t be surprised when:

  1. you get crap return
  2. you get no return

Of course, as long as there are bloggers willing to jump through so many hoops for so little compensation, there will be advertisers who continue to ask (and expect) bloggers to do so much for so little.


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Spring forward!

Don’t forget to turn your clocks an hour ahead tonight! You’ll lose an hour of sleep, but you’ll gain an hour of blissful, lovely sunlight!

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5 Tricks To A Stress Free Family Home

Ever have that overwhelming feeling of stress when everything just gets on top of you? Me too. I think we all do from time to time with hectic life schedules and kids running all over the house! A tidy home really does equal a tidy mind. So, today I’ve set my sights on creating a less stressful environment at home. I’ll share a few secrets with you and help keep your house stress free!

When you’ve got little ones, it can be really hard to find the space and time to relax in the house. Clutter builds up and the to-do list gets longer and longer. Here’s how I find a little bit of zen and keep the home as stress free as possible.

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  1. Keep it tidy – This is much easier said than done! But, it really does help to try and keep a tidy home. One trick I use all the time is to tidy every room before I leave it. After dinner, I always make sure the washing up is done and everything is put away. Before bed, I’ll reset the living room, clear away toys and books and give it a quick tidy. Doing little bits every day has stopped it building up and becoming a much bigger problem.
  2. Purge the clutter – When it comes to a stress free home, you need to be strict with clutter. You’ve got to cut those emotional connections to the items you’re never going to use again! Deep down, we all love to hoard old items from our past. But, all they do is gather dust and take up room. Try to make regular trips to charity shops or car boot sales. At least that way it all goes to a good home.
  3. Fix broken things quickly – Things are always breaking in our house. If we didn’t act quickly, it would all build up and the stress would get the better of us! It’s really quick and easy to sort out any minor plumbing or pest problems. There are 24 hour services on call for these kinds of things. Just bite the bullet and get them fixed quickly. They’ll only get worse and cost more later on!
  4. Find a place to relax – When you’ve got a family causing mischief and kids running around, you need space to relax. It’s really important to find that ‘you time’ and get some peace and quiet. Whether it’s a warm bath or a quiet place to read, make sure your home has one. Anywhere that you can spend half an hour to yourself without interruption.
  5. The landing strip – I came across this trick online and it is fantastic. It helps stop bags, jackets, keys and all sorts getting dumped around the house. At the front door, set up a ‘landing strip’. It should have a place for your shoes, coats and bags. There should be a bowl for keys and change. Make sure everything is dumped here when you come in the door. Don’t let this clutter make its way further into the house!

Follow these little tricks and you’ll have a stress free home in no time!


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