My Placement Test

Hello friends!

I am here today with great relief, a weight off my shoulders, and floating on Cloud 9, because I took my placement test this week!  It’s over.  *throws confetti*

In my “What’s Up Wednesday” post, I mentioned the test was the biggest thing I’ve been dreading.  It’s been about a solid three weeks of studying, nerves, doubt, panic, and more.  I hate feeling so nervous about something that I’m unable to enjoy anything else until that event is over.  Other than the past three weeks, it’s also been a solid six months of underlying apprehension since I decided to go to college, knowing I would have to take this test.

For those of you who don’t know, I graduated from high school about 4 1/2 years ago.  If I had gone to college full-time right after high school, I’d already have my bachelor’s, lol.  Better late than never, right?

When I quit my job back in June, job hunting showed me just how much employers don’t want to hire anyone without a college degree.  There are numerous reasons why I’ve decided to go to college now, but the lack of inclusion in the job force was certainly a motivation.  I also absolutely love learning, and I don’t just want to stop at my high school diploma!  I still have to work full-time, but I’m starting with taking one class at a time.  Even if it’s slow progress, it’s still progress.

So, back to the placement testing.  I took the ACCUPLACER at the college for the math and English sections.  Again, math and I get along just as swimmingly as oil and water, so I expected to not do well.  That’s okay, because the whole point of the test was to place me where I should start.  I didn’t exactly want to do well if it meant being placed in a class beyond my skill.  I definitely don’t want to drop a class, or try to push through and fail.

English is my best friend, so I wasn’t very concerned about it, other than the essay portion.  I don’t mind writing essays at all; the part that made me nervous was anticipating the unknown prompt.  I was scared the prompt would regard something I didn’t know much about, which would have made it infinitely harder to come up with sources, proof, or logic for my argument.  The day before the test, I reviewed my essay writing technique and practiced with the outline and everything, which helped build my confidence.  You guys, I totally lucked out with the prompt.  It basically wanted me to write on whether or not I believed fiction books can teach values and helpful life lessons.  I nearly giggled when I saw the prompt because it literally couldn’t have been more perfect for me, a bibliophile.

The best part (other than it being over, lol) is that my scores are so much better than I could have hoped for!  If you don’t know, the essays are graded on a score of one-eight, with eight being perfect.  I got a seven!!  I was shocked!  I love writing, but I was still intimidated before the test because I had reviewed their standards of grading each essay score, and they seemed harsh.  I was hoping for at least a three, so I am ecstatic.  My reading comprehension score was also two points from perfect, which made my day.  I’m definitely not trying to sound braggadocios or anything…I’m just ridiculously excited since I haven’t been in school for 4 1/2 years.

As for math, I placed way higher than I expected.  There were two sections: Elementary Algebra and College Math.  There were plenty of problems I didn’t know in Elementary Algebra, so I was stunned when I finished it and they moved me onto College Math.  Students have to earn a high enough score on Elementary Algebra to move forward.  I practically didn’t recognize anything in the college math section.  Like, they had entire words over numbers as fractions in the algebraic equations.  I was lost, haha, but that was okay because it just means I need to learn it.  That’s the whole point of college anyway. 😉

Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure I placed higher than I should have.  On the test,  they don’t have an “I don’t know” option, so when I had no idea, I just chose the first answer.  (And secretly hoped it was wrong, so I didn’t place higher than I should.)  I have a feeling I accidentally got more correct than I should have, and therefore placed higher.  It makes me laugh, because that’s what any student wants on a test, but not a placement test!

According to my math results, I placed high enough to only take one math class for my degree!  That’s amazing to me.  With my dislike of math, I almost feel like getting a tutor and struggling through.  As long as I pass, I don’t really care.  Getting math out of the way sounds fantastic!  But then again, I don’t want to start something I’m going to fail, and I’m certain I didn’t know enough math to place that high.  I should probably start about two classes lower to work my way up.  I suppose, though, deciding all of this is why my next step is meeting with an advisor!

My husband was so proud of my test scores that he took me out for lunch afterwards!  It was such a nice surprise.  He let me choose anywhere I wanted, so I picked Pato Thai–a delicious thai restaurant downtown.  I love their sushi, so we got their crunchy roll, which had crab, cucumber, shrimp tempura, and other ingredients I can’t remember.  😉  We also ordered Pad Thai with shrimp.  I got a Dr. Pepper and hubby tried their Mango iced tea, which was amazing.

All in all, I’m just so happy it’s done and now I have a plan for where to start!  All I have left is meeting with the advisor, registering for class, and getting my student ID.  🙂

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

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Super Easy Poached Eggs

I have always loved poached eggs.  I order them at restaurants whenever I get the chance.  For the longest time, though, actually cooking poached eggs was a vast mystery to me.  I loved these eggs that came out soft and perfect, with runny yolks and set whites, but the cooking process was beyond me.  It seemed like this style of eggs was only something expert chefs prepared.  Something I could manage at home?  Pssh.  No way.  I have never known anyone who’s made them at home, and some places like IHOP don’t even serve them.  The cooking process was obviously complex and not to be dabbled in.

I am happy to say I was definitely wrong.

A little while after we first got married, I attempted making Eggs Benedict.  I saw a recipe for cooking multiple poached eggs in a muffin tin.  Fill the muffin tins with water, crack the eggs in, bake until set.  Easy!  It turned out all right, but the eggs kind of soaked up the water and they ended up more set than I like.

A few months ago, though, I came across a life hack on Facebook that blew me away.  It absolutely revolutionized this process and I now prefer making these poached eggs more than fried.  It’s so quick and easy!  I’m pretty sure you guys will love it, so I wanted to share.  Here’s a screenshot of my Facebook post with the “recipe.”

Anyway, today’s post is a short one.  I’ve been wanting to share the recipe for a long time, but I just haven’t gotten around to it.  If you try this, please let me know!  I’d love to know what you think.  I have noticed the cooking time varies due to our older microwave, so just judge how long it might take to cook the whites of the egg.

Enjoy!

Until next time,

-Tialla ❤

 

What’s Up Wednesday | Nov. 2017

I’ve seen several bloggers participating in “What’s Up Wednesday” posts and I love them, so I figured, why not make it part of my blog too?!  The only difference is almost everyone else posts theirs the last Wednesday of the month to link up with Shay at Mix & Match Mama, and while it makes total sense to link up, my OCD is begging me to do it on the first week of the month.  So here I am, and happy November 1st!

If you don’t know, “What’s Up Wednesday” is basically just a fun recap on what’s going on this month in my life!  I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

WHAT WE’RE EATING:

I try to mix up our food as much as possible, and I rarely repeat a recipe.  Our staples are definitely ground beef and chicken, but I like throwing shrimp, meatballs, ribs, drumsticks, or kielbasa in when I can.  This week is a variation of Italian (homemade pizza), Asian (shrimp fried rice), Mexican (fajitas and huevos rancheros), and classic American (biscuits & gravy).  Regarding desserts, I made these pumpkin snickerdoodles on Saturday, and they are phenomenal cookies.  They stay soft and are mouth-wateringly delicious with white chocolate chips.

Photo Credit: Sally’s Baking Addiction

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

This is probably weird, but to be honest, I’m reminiscing about before August, when I had to take a ridiculously strong antibiotic–to which, it turns out, I’m slightly allergic.  I’m upset the doctor prescribed it to me because there was no reason I needed that strong of an antibiotic.  My body still hasn’t recovered from the damage it incurred.  I’ve been sick in various ways since then as it wiped out all the good bacteria and is still preventing them from creating new strains.  I experienced a range of awful side effects, and some still continue, and may continue for months according to the fine print.  I was on the antibiotic back in August and I’m still taking like 4 billion probiotic cultures a day to fix the damage it wreaked on my system.  So, beware of Clindamycin, my friends.  It’s not friendly.

Again, I know this is weird to “reminisce” about, but I feel like this is just life sometimes and I truly do miss how I felt before the antibiotic caused so much damage.

WHAT I’M LOVING:

Everything autumn.  Halloween, leggings, sweaters, boots, hot drinks, colorful leaves, the brisk air, fall baking….  I could go on and on.  The beginning of October felt wonderfully like fall with a huge temperature drop and trees bursting with color.  The sudden transformation felt as if we turned the page to a new chapter.  Unfortunately, around the second week, summer decided it wasn’t done yet and the temperatures soared again.  They haven’t quite gone back down yet, but I’m still choosing to love everything about the “season” of fall anyway.  It’ll be winter before we know it!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Going on as many adventures as we can! This past month we had fun with the Snowbowl Sky Ride, got our very first tattoos, put up Halloween decorations, made Pumpkin Juice, explored the decorations around our complex, watched Halloween movies, got over (rather, we’re getting over) a flu bug from my husband’s work, continued to enjoy our weekly Tuesday night class, and more.  We also just invested in a rowing machine, so it’s been awesome working out at home.

WHAT I’M DREADING:

I’m currently studying to take a placement test at our community college.  I have always had a really hard time with tests, so I’m very nervous.  Math and I don’t get along well.  The worst part about it is I can learn the math and understand it, but I always forget the formulas and draw a blank when I need them.

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

Other than getting settled at college to take classes in January, I’m working on my novel!  This has slightly been put on hold right now when I realized I needed to study math for the placement test to refresh my memory, but I’m biting at the bit to get back at it.  I love the story and I can’t wait to polish the first draft!  Unfortunately, the writing juices in my brain feel painfully sluggish, so I’m at a loss for how good this will truly turn out.

My husband snagged this picture of me while I was editing one night. 😉

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

The holidays!  I absolutely cannot wait for Thanksgiving and Christmastime!  It’s literally the best time of the year, and I’m giddy just thinking about how close it is.  I am ecstatic for Christmas and everything that comes with it!

I’m also very excited because I just got another job!  For those who haven’t been following my blog very long, I had two jobs at the beginning of the year and had to quit one in June.  I’ve been looking for another since then, and I finally found one.  I will be a content writer for a company called Textbroker.  I’m both very excited and nervous about starting!

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

Watching: “Glee.”  I started the show in 2015 and still haven’t finished it, so hubby and I decided to crack down on it within the last month and finally finish it.  Not only do I want to finish the show to see the ending, but I’m also nervous Netflix will take it off since it’s been on there a while.

Reading: “The Invisible Library,” by Genevieve Cogman.  It’s different than my typical style, but I’m a bibliophile, so anything about books and librarians is perfect for me!  It’s intriguing, and if you love books, you’ll enjoy it.  I haven’t had much time to read lately with studying for the placement test, but I’m trying to get through it as fast as possible to make my Goodreads reading goal this year.  I’m a slow reader, so I pledged twenty books this year and I’m currently three behind.  I don’t mind being a slow reader since I feel like I absorb more that way, but I’d really like to finish this challenge!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

The pop hits station on our cable, lol.  I put that on everyday during work, so I typically just listen to whatever they play.  However, my get-ready music has been unashamedly my Disney Pandora station for several weeks, and I’m also loving whatever I can catch of Taylor Swift’s new album, “Reputation”!  It’s so good, you guys.

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Mostly leggings.  I really can’t resist them when they are on sale, and the sales are everywhere right now!  I especially love the ones with cute prints, though not necessarily seasonal because I’d like to wear them whenever.  I recently found a suede pair and a plush pair and they are amazingly comfortable.  Ooh, also, on the first of October I like to do a little shopping annually, and this year I bought two pairs of 50% off “super high-waisted skinny jeans” at Kohl’s.  I have been wanting high-waisted skinny jeans for a while, so these were a steal.  You guys.  I never knew how much more comfortable they were!  I am completely sold on them now.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

Sleeping, lol.  Truly, I’m not quite certain yet.  For several weeks, Joshua & I have wanted to try a new hiking trail, so we might do that.  I’ll also still be studying arithmetic and algebra to keep my memory fresh for my placement test.  (I cannot wait for this test to be over.)  We have church on Sunday as usual and we always do the music, so we’ll be preparing for that on Saturday.  Also, I will be working on Sunday afternoon like always, and we will go grocery shopping Sunday evening like always.  We are creatures of habit, lol.

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO *THIS* MONTH:

Basically everything I’ve already mentioned, haha.  Thanksgiving, getting my placement test out of the way, meeting with a college advisor to create a game plan, starting with Textbroker, and enjoying fall!  Also, hopefully getting a lot more editing accomplished on my novel.

Oh, and it’s Zelda’s adoption month!  The 26th will make a full year since she became part of our family! ❤

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

I’ve been getting a lot of books and movies from the library.  On my last trip to the library, I checked out a book for my husband, but when I looked at my account online, the book isn’t listed.  This has never happened before, so I’m not really sure what to do, other than call them and explain what is going on.  The detectors didn’t even beep when I walked out, so I have no idea how this happened, haha.

That’s it for “What’s Up Wednesday”!  I hope you enjoyed it and that I didn’t drag on too much.  Until next time!

-Tialla ❤

Halloween Decorations!

I want to share with you all how Joshua & I decorated our apartment door and porch for Halloween!  I’ve been meaning to post this for a couple of weeks since we totally decorated the last week of September.  I’m sure our neighbors couldn’t tell we were excited for Halloween at all.  What can I say, I love October and getting into the holiday mood, and Michael’s had decorations 50% off, lol.

We bought a glass lantern with a fun skull design, a little plaque that says “Come in and sit for a brew,” and an ornamental stack of books that totally gave me a Harry Potter vibe with “Curses,” “Spells,” and “Potions.”  Actually, all of the props felt like Harry Potter inspired to me and that was definitely intentional.  😉 #Potterhead  We’re nerds, and I feel like Harry Potter-anything is always acceptable.  In fact, I just made Pumpkin Juice last night using this recipe and it was beyond tasty!  I was pleasantly surprised because “pumpkin juice” doesn’t necessarily sound appetizing.  I figured, though, it had to be since the characters were always drinking it!

We also picked up three pumpkins on sale and wrapped fairy lights around the middle one.

Halloween was only something my parents let us celebrate for a couple of years.  When I was about seven or eight, they decided to no longer do anything with Halloween, and they would even turn the lights out to avoid anyone coming to the door.  They didn’t want to celebrate Halloween because it was such a “dark” holiday, yet we always spent Halloween in the dark to avoid it.  #Ironic

Anyway, my husband and I both enjoy Halloween.  It’s fun and I get super excited once October 1st hits.  Time to enjoy the creepy things, the freaky things, dress up and for once in the year not take things so seriously.  2015 was my first time watching The Nightmare Before Christmas & The Corpse Bride, can you believe it?  Also, Halloween is like the epitome of “let’s celebrate everything Harry Potter,” which I’m always down for!  We also ordered from Amazon a Harry Potter sign for our door and it’s perfect.  We love it so much, we are considering keeping it up all year after the holidays.

Since we started dating in 2015, our tradition has been to watch “The Corpse Bride” on Halloween night.  This year, we seriously considered handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, but then we realized we have class that night, which doesn’t get out until 9:15 PM.  We will just celebrate around class with watching The Corpse Bride as soon as my hubby gets home from work (early mornings means early evenings, yay!), with glasses of chilled Butterbeer in hand.  (Totally making this recipe.  I’ve never made it before so I don’t know what to expect.  Have any of you made it??)  We don’t have costumes for class unfortunately (#thebudgetlife), but it will be fun if anyone else dresses up.

Of course we had to get the $1 decoration tape for “Keep Out, Haunted House” and “Zombie Zone.”  It doesn’t go with the Harry Potter theme, but I like it regardless.  We wrapped it around our door as you can see in the above picture, and also across our window.  This picture was hard to get because we have trees in front of our apartment and in one way or another, there’s always shadows.

In case you can’t tell with the shadows, we hung a broom on the window trim.  I think it was initially intended for a witch, but it also goes with our Harry Potter theme.  I wrote “Firebolt” in gold Sharpie and drew the Deathly Hallows symbol on the handle to give it a little something extra.

All in all, we are really happy with how our decorations turned out!  Our apartment complex is having a decoration contest, so it’s been a lot of fun walking around and looking at what people have put up.  I don’t think we’ll win any prizes, but it has still been fun to decorate!

What are you doing for Halloween?  Going to any parties?  Are you dressing up?

Have a spooktacular holiday! 😉

-Tialla ❤

Soulmate Tattoos

Two weeks ago, my husband and I got matching tattoos on our arms!  After researching and asking around, we settled on Birch Avenue Tattoo, which is praised all-around as the best tattoo parlor in Flagstaff.

Before I get into the actual story, I want to note that yes, Joshua & I are Christians, and we are okay with tattoos.  I know a lot of people, especially Christians, have problems with tattoos and that’s okay.  We just happen to like them.  🙂

Joshua and I have both been interested in getting tattoos for a while now.  I hadn’t seriously considered getting one until Joshua & I started dating, and after we got married, I had hoped to get one for my 21st birthday.  I was going to get a paw print on my leg in memory of my sweet dog who passed away in 2014.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make it work due to not having the money, so we put it on the back burner until we could allot funds for it.

I’m not sure when it dawned on us, but at some point in the last few months, we thought it would be pretty cool (and sweet) for our first tattoos to match, as well as to get them at the same time to share the experience.  It took us forever to settle on the design, size, and placement because I’m extremely picky when it comes to ink being etched into my skin for the rest of my life, lol.  It needed to be something I really wanted, something that felt perfect; a design meant to capture our marriage.

As you can probably imagine, it took a lot of searching “couple’s tattoos” to find it.  😉  This is what happens when you have OCD and you’re unfortunately a perfectionist.

Joshua had a far easier time deciding, giving a few suggestions and then trying to help me narrow down what I wanted.  He was much more easy-going with the whole process than me, haha.  Finally, after months of searching, contemplation, going back and forth, etc, we finally found the design.  A few more conversations decided how we wanted to customize it as well as the placement.

We settled on two hearts joined by a cross integrated in the heart pattern, with the verse Matthew 19:6 written inside the bigger heart.  If you don’t know, the verse says:

“So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Mt. 19:6, ESV)

When we showed up the next week at our consultation appointment, our tattoo artist easily went with our ideas for the design, but then asked us if we wanted to do it that day.  Though I was excited, I was completely shocked, because I was not emotionally prepared to permanently change my skin that day.  Even though I wanted the tattoo, it was still overwhelming to suddenly know it was actually happening and my skin would be forever altered.  I don’t know if this makes any sense, because I still wanted the tattoo…it’s simply that, for things like this, I have to emotionally prepare myself.  Without being mentally prepared for going through with something big, I tend to get overwhelmed.   That’s just who I am.

We went ahead with it, because we knew we wanted it, we were there anyway, and he had an opening, so it didn’t make sense to come back another time.  Also, parking is terrible downtown with exclusively parallel parking, which meant we’d already hunted for a spot and fed the meter.  If we could avoid coming back again anytime soon, we would.

After we filled out our paperwork, confirmed the design with our artist, and agreed Joshua would go first (I was still freaking out a little bit), we headed to the back.

Joshua actually had an easy time with the pain, barely wincing and talking through the whole thing.  It didn’t bother him very much and he made it look quite doable.  In half an hour, it was done and looked incredible!  He was (and still is) so excited about it.  I’m pretty sure it made his week, if not month.

When it came to my turn, unfortunately, I was caught off guard because the pain affected me way more than Joshua.  I’m still surprised because generally, I have a higher pain tolerance than him, since he has zero pain tolerance.  (Or at least that’s what we thought.)  Yet, I had a pretty hard time with the pain.  You know how it feels when hot oil in a pan pops, splattering your skin?  That’s how it felt to me, except constantly.

It wasn’t fun, but in retrospect, I can say it was worth it.  It didn’t last very long, only about twenty minutes, and the permanence of the design is definitely worth it!  Even the first week of tenderness was worth it, and seems comparatively short when looking back on it.

We love them.  It was so nice to experience it together!  It really warms my heart to think about how we not only got the same design as our first tattoos, but we were there for each other when experiencing it for the first time, and we’ve been able to support each other through the healing process.

We are already looking forward to our next tattoos, and we’re pretty sure we want to make it a tradition to get our future tattoos together, not the same designs, but at the same appointment to make it just as fun.

Until next time! 🙂

-Tialla ❤

Snowbowl’s Sky Ride

Joshua had a four-day weekend this past weekend since he works at a school and they were off for fall break!  Personally, I never knew fall break was a thing, but I was also homeschooled, so that’s probably why.  😉 Either way, four days off meant lots of fun for us!

We aren’t morning people, so our excitement toward days off always centers around sleeping in.  We plan adventures for the rest of the day too, but the most welcome part is getting some extra sleep.  (No matter how early we go to bed during the week, it just doesn’t make a difference in the mornings for us.  Yay for the weekend!)

This is how our weekend schedule looked:

  • Friday: The Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Sky Ride
  • Saturday: Tattoo Consultation (post soon to come on that!)
  • Sunday: Church & work (for me)
  • Monday: Hiking, pizza, & Dancing with the Stars.  (Anyone else watching this season?!  Can we just talk about how Victoria can dance when she can’t feel her legs? #Mindblown.)

Today I’ll be talking about our adventures at The Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Sky Ride!  First though, I want to mention that our Monday plans didn’t work out, because Sunday night I got an awful blistered cold sore, which made me feel miserable.  Instead, we slept the day away, made French Toast Casserole, did homework for class, showered, grabbed Starbucks and pizza for dinner, and then watched DWTS and The Good Doctor.  (Also an incredible show so far.  I am loving it and Freddie Highmore is a brilliant actor.)  FYI, don’t drink caffeinated Starbucks at 8 PM.  We basically didn’t sleep that night.  Yay for more coffee the next day, lol. 😉

We started off Friday with donuts.  Sometime after we first got married, we discovered the joy of getting donuts on the weekend, and now it’s one of our favorite things to do (and the hardest thing to say “no” to when I’m trying to eat healthier/watch calories).  My favorite donuts are apple fritters and we discovered that our grocery store bakery also has blueberry fritters, so I decided to try one.  They are still good, but not as good as apple in my opinion.

Anyway, Snowbowl is a ski lodge here in Flagstaff that also offers scenic sky rides up the mountain during summer and autumn.  I always love going on the chairlift in autumn because of all the changing leaves and beautiful colors.

Being on the mountain is breathtaking, especially when coming back down.  The view is expansive and it feels like we can see all of Arizona.  In a fairly childish way, I always feel like I’m flying because the trees are at a steep angle on the mountain slope, typically putting us above them.

My poor husband doesn’t do so well with heights, but he still came with me, which melted my heart.  I made sure to encourage him by letting him know at the highest point, we were only fifty feet above the ground.  If we fell, at most we’d injure our legs right?  That’s at least what I told him, and it seemed to help him relax a little and enjoy the ride more.

When we were getting on the chairlift, I was pretty nervous because I read it was supposed to be “winter-like” conditions with strong winds and 20 degrees Fahrenheit at the top of the mountain, and I had left my jacket in the car.  Turns out, the top was actually warmer than the ride itself, with barely even a breeze, so it worked out!  Coming down was colder due to riding against the breeze, but it was tolerable when I cuddled against Joshua with his arm around me. 😉

The elevation at the top of the mountain is 11,500 ft, and even though I’ve lived in Flagstaff at 7,000 feet nearly my whole life (therefore, my lungs are accustomed to breathing thinner air), I still felt the effects of far less oxygen.  It wasn’t anything major, I was just trying to read a lookout sign aloud and ran out of breath within basically one sentence, lol.

Joshua and I had a good laugh about it and discussed our differences with how  he didn’t get cold at all on the ride (he’s from Alaska, so he’s accustomed to the cold), but I had an easier time at the top of the mountain (because he lived in a sea-level valley in Alaska and I’ve lived in the mountains).

We both took pictures of each other at the top and since we aren’t photographers in any sense of the word, we are both dark against the background.  Oh well, it’s still a fun memory.

I was kind of hoping some of the people sitting at a picnic table nearby would offer to take our picture together, but no one did…they just watched.  I guess I could have asked someone, but I always feel like I’m inconveniencing them.  #ShyPeopleProbs

I realized just now that I didn’t get any pictures of the actual autumn trees with the changing leaves.  I was pretty nervous about dropping my phone on the ride, so I suppose that’s why!

The rest of Friday continued to be fantastic.  When we got back down off the mountain, we ordered takeout gyros from a Mediterranean restaurant called Pita Jungle, stopped home to drop off some things, then picked up sodas and enjoyed a Friday movie night at Joshua’s parents’ house.

Do you have any kind of sky ride or scenic chairlift near you?

-Tialla ❤

Carpet Repair

Back in my post introducing our fur-baby, Zelda, I mentioned a post would soon come regarding how she tore up our carpet.  I completely forgot I had mentioned that until I recently read through the post again.  So, friends, let me tell you about what our adorable baby girl did. 😉

This cutie?

We adopted Zelda at the end of November, and we soon discovered she did not like it whenever we closed the bathroom door.  Note that we live in a studio apartment, so the bathroom door is literally the only door in the apartment to separate rooms.  Anytime we closed the bathroom door with her on the outside, she scratched at the carpet and tore at it relentlessly.  Somehow, in her cat brain, she thought she could dig her way through?

Damage soon began to show on the carpet, so we decided to bring her into the bathroom whenever either of us showered, but she wouldn’t have that either.  The moment she realized she was “trapped,” she would yowl without end.  Turns out, Zelda needs her options.  If she’s in the bathroom, she wants out.  If she’s outside the bathroom, she wants in.

Unfortunately, her behavior continued even if I barely stepped into the bathroom to pee, so within just a couple of weeks, our carpet at the door was ruined.  This kitten.

-_-

We tried stopping her in various ways, such as yelling at her, spraying no-scratch stuff on the carpet, trying to glue it down, but to no avail.  Once her mind was set, nothing was a match against her claws.  The carpet wasn’t even just unraveled–it was unraveled and separated from the padding below.

Thankfully, we at last found a makeshift solution with a thin enough rug to fit under the door to cover the carpet.  The rug worked to prevent further damage, because she just tore at it instead of the carpet.  We didn’t really know what to do with the existing damage, and we planned on re-signing our lease for the year, so we put it on the back-burner.  Wasn’t that what our pet deposit was for anyway?

However, with August came some major issues with our neighbor (who has continually given us issues since we moved here in July 2016) and we requested to switch apartments.  At that point, we focused again on the carpet damage and brainstormed solutions.

After looking into what our pet deposit covered in our lease, we found out we were indeed responsible.  Apparently pet deposits are simply to allow the animal in the apartment, not any damage from the pet.  It sucks–and I know that’s just life as a renter–but I would like to know the purpose of the pet deposit then.  Why charge $500 when it doesn’t go toward damage?  Basically, I found out that if there’s damage, they keep the $500 and then additionally charge us whatever it costs to cover damage repair.

Anyway.  Rant over, lol.

We hired an awesome carpet repair place–Northern Arizona Carpet Repair & Cleaning.  They quoted us an exact (& very reasonable) price ahead of time just from the description and photos.  The owner himself came out to fix the carpet, and threw in the metal divider free of charge just for giving them an honest 5-star review.

It was such a relief to finally have the carpet fixed!  We ended up not switching apartments, but we are glad the carpet is repaired anyway because we are planning on moving when our lease is up, so it’s one less thing to think about then.  We are extra watchful of Zelda now, and though the issue has faded since we put the rug down, when it gets colder, she will just have to deal with being trapped in the bathroom during showers.  I would much rather deal with her meowing & crying (and I’m sure she will eventually adjust) than have carpet damage again.

This cat has been crazy.  We’ve had to change the litter box twice–from using liners to without, and from a regular litter box to a huge bin because she kept peeing over the edge.  We changed her litter because she is messy and doesn’t cover her litter when she goes to the bathroom, so it smelled to high heaven with just normal litter.  She tore up the carpet, chewed through fairy lights decorating our “bedroom,” and chewed through our Christmas tree lights.  She also jumped on my lap when I was taking a drink of water once and rammed the glass into my tooth, chipping it!  Dental work fixed it, but it’ll never feel the same.  She also broke one of our drinking glasses by knocking it off my dresser.

The negatives don’t outweigh the positives, though.  It’s just part of having a pet.  She consistently melts our hearts daily.  She’s our baby girl, she’s adorable, she loves to cuddle, and she lights up our home.  Our sweet Zelda can be a brat, but she loves us and she is precious to us.  She’s hilarious, adorable, and sassy.  A dog could easily cause just as much damage.  It also majorly helps that by now, she’s matured and we’ve adjusted to each other.

How could this sweet thing cause such trouble? 😉

Have you ever had any pet damage like this?

-Tialla ❤