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The kittens are alright

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For two reasons: 1) More kitties get adopted during the holiday season, and 2) Great folks like the volunteers at RescueCats, Inc. are there to rescue the homeless cats in the community. I had the opportunity to volunteer there this afternoon, and have a feeling I may be going back in a few weeks for a companion when I finally have my own place ūüôā

Talking with the volunteers at RescueCats was an eye-opening experience. Although many times humane societies and dog rescue agencies have a surplus of volunteers, cat rescues have a harder time recruiting and keeping volunteers and¬†soliciting donations. Cat lovers: it’s time to step it up! I can tell you right now that cleaning out the cages wasn’t all that bad.

RescueCats volunteers also stressed the need¬†for¬†stricter statewide spay and neuter requirements. A female cat reaches sexual maturity as early as 6 months of age and give birth to several litters during her lifetime; males, well, you know. If you need even¬†more reasons to spay/ neuter your pet, click here. RescueCats has current photos of all their adorable kitties up for adoption, so if you’re thinking about bringing one home this holiday season, be sure to check out the link above.

The service project was part of the Companion Animal Care class I’m taking as an elective. It’s been very interesting, and I’ll be a little sad when it’s over. Here are some of the interesting tidbits I’ve learned this semester:

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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UGA vs. Auburn: a house divided

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This past¬†Saturday, I was able to experience something I’ve been waiting for the whole time I’ve been in college: an Auburn/ GA football game with my dad, an Auburn graduate. My family finally¬†made the journey to his old stomping ground, where¬†my¬†dad¬†enjoyed reminiscing about the toilet paper tree, eating at Guthries, his old college apartment and, of course, how much he can’t stand¬†Georgia fans (no offense taken, old man).

My mom enjoyed cheering for BOTH teams (well, whatever team was losing at the time). Robby, who wore red just so I wouldn’t be the only one, enjoyed the funnel cake, popcorn, Dip-n-Dots and pretzels from the concession stand. And I enjoyed viewing the game from row 13 of the Auburn alumni section. Who knew they actually sit down for some of the game in the alumni section!?

Now I know the Bulldogs were “supposed” to murder Auburn rather than play barely well enough to win, but I have to say it was¬†much more exciting¬†than watching a runaway game. I was pleasantly suprised at how pleasant the Auburn fans were – they were even good sports about it¬†after they lost. In fact, UGA fans¬†could definitely take some tips from them (there’s a reason for our bad reputation).

Maybe next year I can drag pops up to Athens for the game. Then he can listen to my stories about “back in the day, when I was in college…” Weird.

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Adventures in Wally, er, Disneyworld

The last time I was at Disneyworld, I was too small to ride Space Mountain. All it took to assuage the crying that ensued was a Mickey-shaped ice cream bar. When my little sister and I asked my dad what his favorite ride had been, he said it was¬†the monorail that took us back to the hotel. His answer explains why I haven’t been there in a while.
Luckily, I have a friend that completed Disney’s internship program and now works as a campus recruiter, so I was able to visit the parks this past weekend for free with her family! I¬†had¬†a fabulous time¬†running from ride to ride, watching the shows and parades and sleeping like a baby at the end of the day. Not much seems to have changed over at Disneyworld, and this is both a good and bad thing. Here are some of my humble observations from the weekend:
  • I think it’s great that Disney has always tried to incorporate different cultures into their attractions; a few of my favorites from the recent trip were Epcot’s Food & Wine festival (selling tapas and wine samples for each of the “countries” at Epcot) and the Lion King show at the¬†Animal Kingdom park. But maybe it’s time to update “It’s a Small World,” which neatly places each race of robot child into their respective continents.
  • I love that Captain Jack Sparrow (a hilariously much more realistic robot than the originals) is now incorporated into the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. However, adding Iago (annoying parrot from Aladdin) to the Tiki Room was clearly a mistake.
  • Unless you’re a corn dog enthusiast, there aren’t a lot of dining options in the park. This is especially true for people like me who try to eat somewhat healthy. The lack of¬†nutritional options was very surprising considering Disney’s extremely family-friendly culture. Even walking around the parks for¬†days couldn’t counteract the amount of fat in oneof their $6 hamburgers! But I have to give them some credit — you can now bring your own foods into the park, which is definitely a plus.
  • Interns at Disney take classes on Disney corporate¬†culture, and how I would love to sit in on one! How they get their employees (and most customers)¬†to stay so chipper is mind boggling!
  • Though most of the newer attractions are chock full of shameless advertisements, many of them have educational value. Definitely something to remember when I’m one of those¬†“uncool” moms¬†ūüôā

Now, as for the strange picture above: the ride “Spaceship Earth” (inside the Epcot ball) takes your picture during the ride (judging¬†by my mugshot, I didn’t see it coming). The coolest thing, though, is after the ride is over you’re led into an interactive room where you can e-mail these postcards to yourself. How cool is that?

 

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Top 10 Rainy Day Songs

I am a music addict, and yes, I’ll admit I am one of those kids who may be at risk for hearing loss due to having the ipod earbuds permanently attached. My friends often tease me for having a playlist for every occasion, from “Hwy 316 Mix” to “Tailgating.”

It is another cloudy day in Athens, and has been raining for most of the week. Besides yesterday when I had to¬† hoof it through mudpuddles in heels to go to my client meeting (which went great, besides that!), I generally love the rain. Athens really needs it right now because of the lingering drought, and sometimes it’s just nice to sit inside, enjoy the sound of the rain and listen to some mighty moody tunes.

Naturally, I have a playlist dedicated to rainy days. Now, my taste in music isn’t the most original, but I like to think it’s decent ūüôā Here are my top rainy day¬†10 songs:

  1. Navy Taxi by Kate Nash
  2. Grace by Jeff Buckley
  3. Sparks by Coldplay
  4. Angel from Montgomery by Bonnie Rait
  5. Sail Away by David Gray
  6. Everybody Knows by Ryan Adams
  7. Holiday in Spain by Counting Crows
  8. No Other Way by Jack Johnson
  9. The Story by Brandy Carlile
  10. The Drugs Don’t Work by Radiohead

Know any other good ones?

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