Katniss and her side chick: The Album

The other day was my roommate/best friend’s (Crystal) birthday. She has a love and hate relationship with my cat, Katniss. Crystal is allergic to Katniss but since Katniss was there first so Crystal takes allergy meds to cope with it. Katniss is pretty much infatuated with Crystal. She like to be around her, gets upset if she goes out with friends and doesn’t come home until morning, and cranky if she doesn’t give her attention.

Sometimes I like to capture the both of them when they are hanging out together or dedicate a song from Katniss to Crystal. Of course this is purely for my own amusement. I joked with Crystal that Katniss was going to make Crystal a cd for her birthday. Crystal thought this was just a joke but oh no, this really happened. I present to you Katniss and Crystal the album!
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The inside has a picture of the two, happy together on the couch. On the side is a “for when I” list from Katniss to Crystal. The “for when I” list matches with the song list on the back cover.

Katniss’s “for when I”                                              The Song

1. For when I know you’re coming home              Drake – Hold on

2. For when I close my eyes                  Lana del Rey- Dark Paradise

3. For when I need love         Tokio Hotel- Love who loves you back

4. For when I am clingy             Disclosure- Latch

5. For when I feel you pet me           Snoop Dogg- Sensual Seduction

6.  For when I waste time with you                Foster the People- Waste

7. For when I miss you                               Blink 182- Miss you

8.  For when I mess up                      Puddle of Mudd- She hates me

9.  For when I wait like a statue               Audioslave- Like a Stone

10. For when I am in the corner        Robyn- Dancing on my own

Crystal and I also call Katniss potato since she’s brown and chubby so I put potato records as the record company. Crystal laughed pretty hard at that. All in all as much as Crystal didn’t want to fully appreciate this gift, she enjoyed it and I got a kick out of it too haha!

What is home? photo 101: day 1

“Make yourself feel at home”, is what we tell people when they are a guest in your house. I’ve never felt at home in the sense of this is my hometown since I’ve moved so much. Home isn’t a physical place to me. Since I’ve battled depression a majority of my life “home” certainly wasn’t a mental state of being for me.

I consider home to be when I feel peace and happiness.  Although I have a family that cares about me home is not with them. I have a boyfriend that loves me but home is not fully with him either. Home is where unconditional love is and although my boyfriend and my family are great home wouldn’t be nearly home for me without my cat, Katniss. She is simply the best little fluff ball and always puts me at ease when this world feels like too much.

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One day I’m hoping that home is within my own mind but as I continue to work on that, for now home is where the cat is.

“We ain’t letting no snow stop us.”

C.S. Lewis once said, “Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”  I have been fortunate enough to encounter less than a handful of people of whom I felt we have known each other our whole lives when it’s only been a few years one being my best friend/roommate Crystal. We have never stated that we are best friends but I’d like to think it goes without saying. She’s one of the only people I know that truly understands how seasonal affective disorder and depression can be hard on a person. We are pretty much identical with our ways of thinking although sometimes when she’s being pessimistic then I’m the optimistic one and vice versa. I guess that’s how we keep the balance in our friendship. We also have had many times when we would say “I thought I was the only one! ” but now we pretty much just say “girl you know I know”. We also have an unspoken judgement free friendship which is great.

Pizza is the one food item that no matter what the reason is we will both pretty much say yes to in a heartbeat. The love of pizza is so strong that Crystal has told me that if she were to die in the apartment because I made her laugh while eating or drinking something; to order a cheese pizza with jalapenos and place it next to her lifeless body. Is this a bit much? Maybe, but it’s how we work so of course I’m going to do it. Also. I can’t go against a verbal contract, my conscious won’t allow it.

The pizza love is so strong that we went into a snow storm to get some. When I realized how bad it was snowing I asked her if we were still getting it and Crystal basically said yes. She is from Chicago so the snow never bothers her anyways. Oh no, I can’t let the freaking Frozen song get stuck in my head, must resist! Anyhow, when we arrived at the pizza place the guy checked our pizzas and noticed that Crystal’s didn’t look great and made her a new one but let her keep both. It was the first time I can honestly say I was upset with how nice my pizza looked.

*Here are some texts we exchanged before ordering. Enjoy!

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Strip club turned coffee shop

A coffee shop that use to be a strip club? My friend Crystal and I decided this year we are going to discover small businesses in town that we’ve never been to. Our first stop was a coffee shop called Sacred Grounds. We would have never realized it existed if it wasn’t for yelp mainly because it’s in an area that we don’t frequent.

I’m easily amused by anything that’s cute, not overwhelming, and makes you feel at home.  When you first walk in you are on the coffee shop side and if you want you can walk to the dining area, we stayed on the coffee shop side. Crystal ordered a coffee and I got the milky way. I don’t like the candy bar but I loved this drink!

Crystal left to go to the bathroom after she ordered which left me alone waiting for my drink. Crystal likes to jokingly say that I make a friend everywhere we go which is kind of true I have to admit. While waiting the guy making my drink (the manager I believe) told me about how the coffee shop use to be a strip club but it was bought to by a church and made into what it is now. You do see the religious aspect everywhere in the building. The table we sat at had pages from the book of John on it, there were crosses, a jesus sign, and other things that were either from the bible or correlate with Christianity.

The manager also told me that they have signed bands typically from Nashville that play every month. So we decided one day we would have to check one out. Crystal and I found a table (the book of John table) that was in a corner up the stairs. We loved that table because we could see everything, feel like we were in our own v.i.p. area and there is a lampshade made out of bottle caps beside our table. I know that amused me like no other. Even if you aren’t religious you can’t deny how great this coffee shop is once you’ve been in it unlike other coffee shops there was a sense of calm in Sacred Grounds.

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