Thursday, March 16, 2017

Life lately

I feel like showing up here and talking to people is helping me feel better or more like myself, so that's what I am doing today. Hello.

I haven't been exercising consistently, when I do it's nothing to write home about. I've been eating like crap. I've been breaking out like I'm 15 again. Those things might be connected. I'm living in a basement with 3 cats, a million boxes and no sunlight. I miss having my own space to watch Miss Fisher's, or my own kitchen to dirty and clean how I please. I miss the bathroom being right there. I miss taking a bath every night. I miss knowing where anything is. I miss not smelling or hearing my cats use the litter.

We got that house I mentioned earlier in the month. Well, our offer was accepted and we are doing the whole back and forth with the repair requests (nothing big or anything to make us run screaming) and appraisal and all that fun jazz. Trying not to get my hopes up too much because you know, shit happens, but hopefully we will be in a house again soon, and it will be this house.


Louisville does a parade for St Patrick's day - as I imagine most cities do - but ours has a special place in my heart because 5 years ago, I said to KC 'hey, you remember how you broke up with me? That was stupid, we should get married and get 3 cats' and he said okay*.

So we try and attend the parade each year so we can say yay, go us for getting back together. And drink. Of course.


*story embellished a little/changed completely.

Lastly and clearly most importantly, I bought a $3 toy off amazon and Millie has been seen playing with it, multiple times. Millie does not play with toys. So if you have cats, you should get this toy.


I do not like when people say offline instead of online. As in, I bought this offline. I also hate when people call any pasta spaghetti. KC will be like 'spaghetti tonight' and I get home and he's cooking penne. Not spaghetti, bro. He only made that mistake once (or really, 10 times, he thinks I'm being ridiculous).

Spaghetti is my favourite kind of pasta. His is rotini. Yours?

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  1. That pasta comment is great. I am so with you on only spaghetti being called spaghetti. Hope everything goes well with the house. My exercising has not be great recently either + all the bad food you mention. I can definitely tell it's taking a toll! Hopefully we both can get back to it!

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  2. Spaghetti is my favourite too although I also really enjoy spaghettini which cooks quicker ;) I hope you guys get that house!! It's hard to feel unsettled like that. I was doing really well with winter running but now I haven't in about 3 weeks. There's no real reason for it (although it has been super cold and icy) but just feeling lazy. Your cats are so adorable and I enjoy seeing how cute and fluffy they are online because cats make me so sneezy (unfortunately!!).

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  3. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you about the house! I remember how stressful that time was and knowing at any moment it could fall through. Luckily it didn't for us and I hope it doesn't for you either!! I hate when people misuse offline as well, and my favorite pasta is probably linguini!

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  4. The kitties are so close to their sunroom! Fingers crossed for all five of you! Bauer doesn't play with toys really, either, but he loves these plastic spring looking things that I think I've posted about before (but maybe I'll include it in my list post since it's been a while...) but I may add this to my next amazon order. I mean... $3?? Keep us updated and I hope you continue to feel more like yourself as time passes!

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  5. I hope that everything goes well on the house!! I bet it'll make a world of difference to be in your own place again.

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  6. Hope all goes well with the house! I love the sunroom. Happy St. Patrick's tomorrow and enjoy the parade!

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  7. LOL, I think the spaghetti thing would bother me too. I'm going to say Angel Hair is my fave. Great to see you back here and glad it's a little therapeutic for you. Hope all goes well with the house and that you and KC have a great time reminiscing at the parade!

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  8. Hi friend!

    Happy to hear your offer was accepted! I know how things can happen though, so I'll just cross my fingers it all unfolds as it should :)

    I always think of you and St. Patrick's Day since hearing that story! And agree with you, I use the proper name of the noodle I'm cooking. My favorites are rotini/rotelle and farfalle.

    And that offline/online thing bugs me so much! It's like they're trying to use the "I bought it off some guy at the docks" but doing it wrong and speaking as if "line" is a place, which is the only way that would make sense, except they're still doing it wrong because then it would have to be two words, not offline.

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  9. congrats on the house and fingers crossed that it all works out! xoxoxo

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  10. Ew. I don't know that I've ever heard someone say "offline" like that but now it's going to annoy me... Also, we had ONE toy ever that my family cat would/will play with. It's a red and white octopus-like thing (similar to what Millie has) and Rascal carries that thing all over the house. Ha.
    Also, also- spaghetti is a specific pasta. Totally with you on that.
    Good luck with the house!!

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  11. omg the spaghetti thing made me laugh, that would make me sad too because I love spaghetti more than any other pasta, haha. Congrats on your offer being accepted-- hopefully all of the back and forth stuff goes smoothly so you can close and move in soon & hopefully the gorgeous sunroom will make up for these past few months of less sun. It looked like you guys had so much fun at the parade, and I love the memories behind it- what a fun day to celebrate :) so happy to see your post today!

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  12. Thanks for the cat toy recommendation. I don't have a cat but my friend does so Christmas present!
    Completely agree on the spaghetti thing, drives me bonkers. Just call it pasta if you want to be generic.

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  13. PENNE IS NOT SPAGHETTI. I love spaghetti but I love most pastas...penne is my least favorite.

    Fingers crossed for smooth sailing to close on the house. Shit does happen, been there a few times, and it is agonizing waiting for it to be sorted or watching it crumble while people ask you questions you don't know the answers to (no, Felicia, I don't know what's taking so long. Leave me alone to cry quietly in the corner!) so like you I try to ride it out until it's signed.

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  14. Ohh I have to say fettuccine is prob my favorite - but when I'm baking like a casserole, I like penne. I hope nothing falls through and that ends up being YOUR house! :) :)

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  15. Congrats on the house! Hope everything goes smoothly. I'm a macaroni fan myself and I also love shells... small pasta equals less messy to shove in my big fat mouth!

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  16. Crossing my fingers for the house!! I can imagine how frustrating that is. Omg this half Italian girl cringes if all pasta is called spaghetti. Right there with ya on that one!

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  17. I like linguine the best. It's a nice mix of fettuccine and spaghetti. I LOATHE angel hair because it just tickles my throat and gags me. NOPE NOPE NOPE.

    YAY for a house with a fire place! Fingers crossed for an easy signing and as few complications as possible.

    Offline/online makes me crazy too. Just say "I bought it from Amazon", not that hard.

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  18. I love all pasta. And not to sound ridiculous but my favorites are the spirals and I have no idea what they're called.

    Hope you are out of the basement into your own home soon!

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  19. I like different pastas for different things... but I make a mexican bowl dish that I use quinoa pasta with instead of trying to put it all in a tortilla when I know its going to roll out - Ricky will call it Chili every time. I want to punch him in his face over it. That's how livid I get.
    I thought of you when they were talking about the parade on the news :)

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  20. I love fusilli the twisty kind. The little bows are also cool though. I would never say spaghetti to mean penne. Spaghetti is a pain to eat, takes forever and I always end up splashing tomato sauce on my white top, since somehow I always seem to be wearing white whenever I end up eating spaghetti! Hoping everything works out with the house! And hope you have a fun St. Patrick's day! I'll be going to the local Irish pub here :)

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  21. Ooooh congrats on the house! I mean I don't want to jinx it though so I'll shut up about it now. Everything crossed though.

    Some people call all pasta noodles as well, and that just blows my mind. Things have names for a reason. Use them! I think my favourite pasta is farfalle but I haven't been able to find them gluten free yet so no farfalle for me. All gf pasta is fusilli so I'm bloody sick of fusilli.

    People at work here use 'offline' to mean 'not in this meeting' eg if someone is rambling about something irrelevant, someone will say "shall we take that offline?" meaning, let's talk about that later so I can tell you what an idiot you're being in front of the big boss. Drives me nuts. Is that a thing in the US/Aus or just here?

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  22. I am still so excited for you and the house!! Hopefully it all works out. I am laughing at your embellished story. And yes to not all pasta being equal!!! Penne is not spaghetti. It never will be spaghetti. Like pepsi or dr pepper is not coke its soda. Everything in the south is coke and that drives me nuts!!!

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  23. I hope the house works out! I loooove the sunroom.
    For all my life growing up I referred to pasta as noodles. Then in my early 20s I had this boyfriend who told me he thought saying noodles was low class and I should say pasta instead. Obviously that pretentious jerk didn't last long (although longer than he should have) but to this day I still always say pasta. Although I have reclaimed Noodle as my nickname. (It was one of the funny nicknames my dad had for me as a kid.)

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  24. Fingers crossed so hard for you, lady! Stuff happens but I hope this is your happy house ending. I know how it is, so hectic and stressful but whatever happens you will find the home for you I know it.

    Not spaghetti bro, love it! And love the story embellishment, haha.

    I've been lax on my food, ugh and my face is no happy. WAH!

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  25. Who says spaghetti to generalize all pastas, there are so many variations!! How cute about the parade tradition, I've been in the past, but have no plans to celebrate this year really. Fingers crossed everything works out on the home front...I know how stressful it can be. We aren't living in a basement, but staying with my in-laws hasn't all be unicorns and ponies. There are sometimes where I just am so frustrated because I just want our own things and our own space. I know in time it'll come to us, but it's frustrating waiting.

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  26. My exercise regime, while never stellar, has been nonexistent. First, it was too rainy and cold for the pool. And now they are working in that area so the pool area is blocked off. People, work with me here! :D I love the St. Patty's story - embellished or not. I have lived in a basement apartment and know the lack of sunlight can be a serious issue. Not sure if it is possible, but try to get 15 minutes of sunlight each day (without sunblock) to help keep your Vitamin D levels okay. And that may also help with the mood too. :D And I love all pasta but please call it by its proper name. And congrats on the house. This is one with the sun room, right? The cats will love it. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly and your way!

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  27. I don't think I've ever encountered someone saying "spaghetti" instead of "pasta"! That's kind of hilarious to me.
    Also NO YOU DID NOT BUY THAT OFFLINE. So agree.
    Yay for the house! Hopefully everything goes as planned! I've been eating like a monster lately too. Need to fix.

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  28. I pretty much like all pasta except bow ties. I hate those.

    My dogs play with the cat toys so the cat is all snotty now and won't play with any. Fine. Suit yourself, cat.

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  29. I'm pretty okay with any pasta other than whole grain or gluten free or whatever. Just give me straight up pasta! LOL @ your embellished story! Already added the toy to my Amazon cart. Our boy has an April birthday- though last year I got him one of those cat subscription boxes and I don't think anything will top that. He went HAM over all the stuffs.

    The town where I work did away with the St. Patrick's Day Parade because it's a college town and people would just get ridiculously wasted and there was a lot of falling over, peeing in the streets, and general (unsafe and utterly over the top) debauchery. But then the local bars created Lepre-Con, a Saturday 2 weeks ago where everyone dressed like leprechauns (much like Santa-Con around Christmas) and continue to drink ridiculous amounts.

    Fingers crossed that everything goes well with the house and you'll be living in it soon!

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  30. I think spaghetti is my favorite. I mean when I go all out I really like the sampler platter to eat over a couple meals, lol. We're getting ready to move in with my parents, adding a bedroom onto the extra large dining room and OMG I'm excited to save money but dreading not having personal space! Crossing fingers for the house and totally getting that cat toy for Izzy! We got her the Yeowww! Catnip and she loved it for several days, success - because she, too does not play with toys.

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  31. Your house is cute. Hang in there about living in the basement. We lived in our friend's in-law apt for 5 weeks before we moved into our house. I had a 3 month old baby, a cat & a beta fish. We made it work & I had a few things with me like plants & candles, so that helped it feel more like home. I think my cats would love that toy.
    http://therantingsofadramaqueensmum.blogspot.com

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  32. Oh I'm hoping all works out with the house! I'd be crawling out of my skin not being in my own space. Even saving all that money. Still. That whole st pats parade story sure is interesting and I feel like there's more. No? Haha! I don't think our town has a parade so you should party enough for the both of us!

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  33. Having your own space is so important for general well being. Hooray for the new house!

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  34. Fingers crossed for you that the rest of the home purchase goes smoothly and QUICKLY! I can only imagine at this point, you just need your space and to be settled somewhere with boxes unpacked. Great that you and KC got to go out and celebrate a little tradition you have in your relationship and you look fab in the photo!

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  35. I didn't even know calling pasta "spaghetti" was a thing. That's abhorrent. Lol

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  36. YAY for the house! Crossing my fingers everything goes as planned! It drove me crazy not to have my own space for about a month while we lived with my parents in between apartments, so I can't imagine doing it for as long as you have. I've never heard anyone call just any pasta spaghetti. That would drive me crazy.

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  37. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly with the house. I can imagine you're feeling cramped by now!

    Yes, only spaghetti is spaghetti. But in German all pasta is Nudeln and noddles are also Nudeln, which totally confuses me! I like all pasta but we mostly have penne or spaghetti. I love lasagne but it takes sooo long!

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  38. Fingers crossed for you with the house girl. I can only imagine how difficult it is living in such tight quarters with no sunlight. And when I was reading the store about St. Patty's Day for you I was like "aww" and then I literally laughed out loud when I read "story embellished/changed completely" You crack me up! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  39. Oh I hope you get the house girly!! Keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you all. I have never heard of calling pasta spaghetti but that would drive me crazy. I also go nuts when people call sauce gravy. It's not gravy it is sauce. haha Have a great weekend Pretty Lady.

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  40. I hope you get into your house soon - I know how it feels to not be in your own space and feel like you're sort of walking around making sure you don't mess anything up but not really relaxing so you're just tense all the time!! hope you're able to enjoy St. Patrick's day! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  41. crossing my fingers for you with that house!! the negotiation process can be a pain but it's worth it in the end if you get the house you want! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  42. Bowtie pasta. Always. Followed by rotini. Mr. Sass calls anything vaguely mexican tacos. We'll have enchiladas - oh, tacos for dinner again? Umm NOPE. ENCHILADAS. BOY - I do NOT even know how you order things at a restaurant. We have words, use them!

    And I'm exercising cautious excitement about the new house!

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  43. I know where you're coming from with feeling like crap and living in a basement. We didn't quite live in a basement, but living in the spare bedroom at my in-laws for 2 months was rough. I'm holding out hope that you get that house! So exciting.

    The offline thing! HA! Why do people do that?
    And no... Spaghetti is a type of pasta. Silly people.

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  44. fingers crossed for the house! it's so weird and uncomfortable to be living in that in-between space, but i'm sure it'll be worth it when you get into your new home!

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  45. Sending you good vibes and crossed fingers for everything with the house to work out! It looks great! :) And totally agree with you on the pasta comment ;)

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  46. My husband calls every pasta macaroni. It drives me insane!! Call it by the name on the box dude, macaroni is an elbow noodle only!! I hope everything works out with the house, it is so cute!

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  47. Fingers crossed for the house! Yay! Congrats! I hope you're out living it up at the parade today. :)

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  48. I feel for you. I've been living in a basement with most of my things boxed up for 4 years (the housing market here is INSANE). Fingers crossed it all works out!

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  49. Hooray for getting the house!

    And the spaghetti issue I feel is an America vs the world thing because to Jesse "spaghetti" = bolognese and I'm like "no, it's SPAGHETTI bolognese". He even calls it "spaghetti sauce" and I'm like "if you made a sauce out of spaghetti, that would be weird". And don't even get me started on the fact that Americans often call spaghetti "noodles". SO confusing.

    I like penne rigate - as in penne with lines on it because then all the sauce sticks to it :P

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  50. I'm sorry you haven't been having the best time lately. I honestly feel like 2017 has started off kind of rough for a lot of my friends! Living in a basement doesn't help anything, and I hope you get that house soon!

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  51. I wish you all the best on the house. My favorite pasta is fettuccine.

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  52. I hope all works out with the house and all the repair shite.
    My fave pasta is the supergreens kind right now. Yep, I'm a nerd. Lol

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  53. Hoping the house comes through for you and you're back in your own space soon! I'm glad you've had an easy place to stay though...like, you weren't forced to rent somewhere you hated, you know?

    Bucatini is my favorite. Tell KC that pasta has different names. I'd get super excited for spaghetti or bucatini, not sure much for rotini.

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  54. Keeping my fingers crossed the house works out for you! And I'm SO with you on pasta and spaghetti being totally different things, haha. You're not alone!

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  55. Crossing my fingers for the house! I know how difficult it is to live with in-laws and not having your own space!

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  56. I really hope that house comes through for you and things are better soon! Greg and I have been living in a cramped up space and while it's not the same problem, I understand the need to move. We are doing the opposite right now and moving into my mom's house so we may feel the same way soon! Luna never plays either, so clearly I should get that toy for her. I mean, she plays sometimes if we play with her but Boba generally steals the show.

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  57. LOL on the pasta... but I get it. ;) Ummm... not sure my favorite. I like Orichette. I like all pasta if I'm being honest. Good luck on closing on the house! I can relate to not feeling like I can find anything, though it's getting a bit easier. The bigger problem will be unpacking later and being like WHY DO WE OWN ALL OF THIS CRAP?! Ugh. Maybe I'll donate it all! Seriously looking into this cat toy next time we order... good cat toys are the best! That's cute about the parade, we try to go to the one here every year too, we were often on spring break in college during st. patrick's day so we were out of town. We just took the whole day off this year. It was nice! Xo - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  58. Sending you all the good vibes on the house. It's sooo cute! Also, I love bowties and I'm seeing that people hate them in the comments... I don't get it. They are my favorite :) Although, no pasta is bad.

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  59. That's so exciting that y'all put an offer on a house! The worst part is always the wait until everything gets finalized. And it annoys me when people don't use words right either! Chris always says Costcos instead of Costco like "I'm going to Costcos do you need anything?". It drives me nuts because he's only going to one, and he knows it drives me nuts and yet he still says it!

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  60. Sending you so many good house vibes. You are well overdue for your own space!

    And same re: spaghetti. If it's not spaghetti, don't call it that. If you don't know the name of it, just say pasta. No, I haven't thought too much about this, why?

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  61. Haha! The pasta comment reminds me of how my mom calls all tampons "Tampax" ... No. That's a brand, mom. Tampax is a brand. I think penne is my favorite pasta, but my bf likes spaghetti, too. That's so exciting about your move! It sounds like you need it!

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  62. I hope you are in your new house SOON! Hopefully everything will go smoothly!

    And girl, I'm with you on calling pasta by the right names! I love most types of pasta, though. :)

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  63. Angel hair pasta is my fav. Yay for getting the house. And oh my gosh I HATE when I can smell/hear the cats using the litter box. I always ask new people who come into the apartment if they can smell it. I get weird looks but thankfully the answer is always no. #catladyproblems

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  64. Fettuccine is my favorite and Cory does the same thing! Can't wait to hear more about the house!

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  65. LOL at the spaghetti conversation. Funny story for you: one of Jim and mine's biggest "fights" was over spaghetti (YEARS ago). He was cooking actual spaghetti and I commented that it didn't look like he had made enough, so he went and added more UNCOOKED spaghetti to the already half cooked spaghetti. I was like YOU CANT DO THAT! Now it will all be different firmnesses. The next day he sent me a picture of Guns N' Roses 'The Spaghetti Incident?' album cover and now we laugh about it all the time.

    TL;DR: my fav pasta is a tie between plain spaghetti with butter, and bowties. Maybe fusilli.

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  66. You are right about spaghetti.

    I'm glad you'll be home soon :)

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  67. If you tell me you are making spaghetti, then I expect spaghetti. Yum.

    I hope that everything works out with your house and that you can move in soon!

    -Lauren

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  68. okay. i am rereading the language of flowers by vanessa diffenbaugh because it's my month to choose the book for the book club i'm in, and this is one of my favorite books because it's BEAUTIFUL and heartbreaking and gut-wrenching and all kinds of wonderful things... and at the moment, i'm smack dab in the middle of the gut-wrenching period, so i'm feeling EXCEPTIONALLY sappy.

    also... i met the only man i've ever loved on st. patrick's day, and fucked things up with him quicker than victoria (the gal whose plight is wrenching my gut at present) fucks things up with grant (the guy she loves who's thoroughly in love with her) and so incredibly irrevocably (because that man didn't love me, and i was a goddamned schmuck for falling for him in the first place...) anyway...

    "5 years ago, I said to KC 'hey, you remember how you broke up with me? That was stupid, we should get married and get 3 cats' and he said okay"

    i get that you've altered this story of yours, but i so needed to read it right now, especially since yall made something good happen on st. patrick's day, a day that i've loathed.

    seriously, it made me SO happy to read that bit of text. thanks.

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  69. also my favorite is chicken spaghetti
    http://www.smartassdirect.com/2014/03/chicken-spaghetti-one-my-mama-makes.html

    and if you feel like reading that book, here's what i posted about it after having read it the first time:
    http://www.smartassdirect.com/2013/02/the-language-of-flowers.html

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  70. I've missed you in this space friend! But happy to have that cat toy rec! ;-)

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  71. Yay for the house! I hope things are moving along well! Soon enough you will have your own space! Fingers crossed! I'm not a fan of spaghetti noodles for some reason. I like alfredo noodles more. Weird? I also like the veggie penne noodles. Even Remi will eat them, that's impressive.

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