Goodbye 2018 It's Been Swell

Monday, December 31, 2018

What a bittersweet year 2018 has been. I mostly looked like Stitch here when I wasn't smiling for a camera. I lost my job, but then found an even better one. We lost a great friend/squad member, but continued to grow some amazing friendships. My dog passed away, but Mary's dog has adopted me and always makes sure I'm okay. Mary's brother passed away, and Mary and her family are still mourning his genuine life. I trooped a lot, made people laugh and smile, and I was brave. I smiled through a lot of tears, and have been spending a lot of time healing from past trauma.
I'm really hoping that 2019 will be a little more gentle.

I used Snapchat a lot, and Instagram story. I love filters and the cat ears are my favorite! I'm still on Facebook, but it's hard to keep up with people especially because of the dumb algorithm. I even jump on my old Tumblr from time to time and Twitter always seems to be a good old faithful place to see what’s happening in the world. All other new social media platforms seem to come and go. 

Anyway, here are some of my favorite pictures from this year. I have so many that I love that it was hard to not post 100 pictures on this post! So I tried to narrow it down. Some are professional, most are just cell phone pics. I'm more into making memories these days then trying to be a super model. 

My 37th Birthday dinner.
Dinner after celebrating the life of Mike King. This crazy bunch misses you so much Mike. Jonah selfie.
My son turned 18 and my daughter turned 16 in 2018. They are my world.
Kylo ren and Rose at a baseball game. Photo Courtesy of Hayes.
Even the bad droids can be good when you reprogram them.
Boston Comic Con-Colleen as Wicket and Jen as Rey.
Fireworks after the Lakemonster's game in Burlington, VT. I think Hayes took this one too.
Does this really need a caption? The bottom two poses were on accident. The top was on purpose. LOL
Ashley and Hayes got hitched. Photo cred to Catching Fireflies Photography.
Me and my favorite Wookie. Via: Benn Robbins Studios

Herbert made a little friend.
At a bar somewhere in Maine for Ashley's Bachelorette weekend. she danced on stage that night.
Via: Katie F's Phone
Halloween at The Eco Leahy Center
NEG Garrison's Crazy Asians, I think Benn took this with his phone. LOL
Bring your Porg to work day. AKA Halloween.
Via Katie's Phone again. *wink* Halloween night when we scared the shit out of people on Chruch Street.
Ashley and I from our road trip to Buffalo, NY.
Instagram Selfie
Snapchat Selfie
My daughter took this one while we were shopping!

Forgive me if I don't give you proper photo cred. Just shoot me an email and I will add you.
Let's see what 2019 has to offer.

Happy New Year!



Tuesday, December 18, 2018

If you're a regular here on Eeka Cupcake you would know that I do a little post called Currently. In fact a lot of bloggers do. Feel free to copy my currently topics and do your own! I actually love going back and seeing my old currently posts just to see how much I have grown or changed since then. You can also visit a couple of my posts here: Currently and Currently . It's one of my favorite posts to do and I hope to do a lot more in 2019.

Current Hair: Natural w/Blonde Ombre
My hair is actually my natural color that fades into a blonde ombre. I did a poll on Instagram to see what color ombre my followers liked better and it was kind of close, but more people voted for pink! I love having pink hair so I will be coloring my ends pink again. I will most likely dye the top portion black again too.

Current Mood: Over-it
It's Christmas season and I can't help but feel over a lot of things. I try really hard to get through Christmas with a smile on my face, but Christmas for me is filled with more sad memories then happy ones. Last Christmas my ex-mother-in-law ruined Christmas for my kids so much so that this year my daughter said that Christmas is just sad. Trust me I try really hard to make it great for my little family, but if you think about it, a lot of people have turned this holiday into something it isn't. I'm hoping this year's celebrations will be better. I've cut a lot of toxic people out of my life so it should be good. Fingers crossed!

Current Procrastination: Submitting My Poetry To Publishers
I received my first real rejection! How exciting right? Though it has caused me to procrastinate on submitting to other publishers it's kind of exciting to hear back from a publisher. I know that as an author we live in a world of rejection and criticism, but it still gets to you a little, ya know? Don't worry I haven't given up. I will hop back on the horse and ride it into the sunset. Wish me luck!

Current Movie: Anxiously Waiting For Aquaman
Anyone else ready to see Jason Mamoa soaking wet? I know I am! I don't think I've ever been this excited for Aquaman ever. He is very different in the comic books for sure! I love me some Mamoa. I got to do a photo op with him at Boston Comic con this year and he held me in those big beautiful arms! I hate how I look in this picture, I wasn't ready and they just took it and rushed us out, but for one minute I got to be near him. Geez that sounds very stalker-ish. Ha!

Current Fandom(s): Star Wars/Harry Potter/Disney Princesses
I think I will always be all about these 3 fandoms. I really want to start some other projects that aren't Star Wars related. Or maybe even do a crossover? I know I'm going to work on a casual Mulan, but I also want to do a Belle cosplay. Not the big ballroom one, but the blue dress that she wears in the village. I'm currently working on a Princess Leia and one of my friends is building an R2-D2. I would love to have these completed around the same time!

Current Book: 300 Writing Prompts
This book is awesome! I was innocently walking around Target minding my own business and there was this gem sitting on a shelf. I look at a few pages and fell in love. I love random writing prompts and it helps so much with writing block. I carry this little book with me everywhere. It lives in my star wars back pack. I use it a lot at work in between calls and when it's slow. I also love that I have to write in by hand. I know we live in a digital age, but there is nothing like good ole fashion pen to paper. It's so satisfying!

Current Obsession: Trader Joe's Snacks
I have been a Trader Joe's patron for the last 15 years. I fell in love back when I lived in Laguna and shopped at the one in Laguna Hills, CA. When they opened a store here in VT I finally felt complete, not to mention we finally got a Target too! Anyway, Trader Joe's has some of the yummiest snacks and gluten free items on this little planet! I can always stop in and grab some GF cupcakes or cookies and I'm never disappointed. Somehow I also save a lot of money shopping there. I pay half as much as I would if I were to shop at Shaw's. Plus the atmosphere is always pretty awesome. The people who work there really seem to enjoy it there.

Current Truth: Nothing is Permanent
Maybe love is? I like to hold on to the mysterious notion that maybe love would survive, but nothing is permanent. I have been surrounded by a lot of death in past couple years where it has me questioning my own mortality and the ideas of death. I try really hard to live my best life even with all the challenges I face, but losing a loved one is always hard regardless. Feelings are permanent, suffering is not permanent, people aren't permanent. I know it sounds bleak but these are also some of the very basic teachings of Buddhism too. I've decided that I need to get back into my practice because it has been awhile and I feel like this is a topic I really need to meditate on.

Current Love: Sleep
Lets hear it for naptime! Hooray! I never get to take naps anymore. Booooo. I went and got a dumb grown-up job that doesn't have a naptime. Though when I'm home I love taking naps. I also love sleeping. I have some pretty amazing dreams that are lucid. It feels like I live two separate lives. If you even get a chance to try lucid dreaming I highly recommend it. I mean who wouldn't want to control their dreams? Especially when you can make anything happen.

Currently Looking Forward to: Road Trip To Kentucky/Holiday Party With My Squad
We leave tonight to head down to Kentucky! This snuck up on me very fast. I'm not even packed yet, which means tonight I will be panic packing. We have to take My partner's little Mirage which is pretty small but amazing on gas! The teenagers might be a bit cramped in the back. In fact my son is so tall that he will probably sit in the front seat. Believe it or not it gives us some great bonding time.  Being all smooshed together for 18 hours can be family magic, at least for us! Ha!

I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! Stay warm and safe out there if you are traveling to see friends and family. Eat, drink, and be merry! And do not talk politics, trust me.


Lost In Drafts - I Love My Cats

Thursday, December 13, 2018

I was scrolling through my old posts and found that I have quite a few posts sitting in draft mode. I've been feeling pretty nostalgic lately so I think until I have them all updated I will start a series called Lost in Drafts.

This post was started back when we first moved back to Vermont from New Jersey in 2015. I edited it a little bit, and tried not to cry when I got to the bottom where there is the cutest picture of my late beautiful Petunia (who passed away this last summer) cuddled up with Cupcake. These two use to cuddle all the time. This was also written during a time when I had 5 cats. When I was going through my divorce Leaf and Doc went to Ohio to live with my ex, so I no longer have them...

I Love My Cats
As you know, or don't know, I have 5 cats. Yes you read that right, five fur balls of love. It's been a while since I last posted about my cat love and I'd love to show you all how everyone has been getting along since Leaf and Doc have joined our family.
Hanging out in the windows is everyone's favorite...all day! 
Raja is the baby and loves water! She loves getting in the shower with you too.
Doc loves hanging out with my daughter on her bunk bed.
Here is Mr. Kovu looking handsome even in an unmade bed.

Our furry family is like any family. Different personalities all wanting to be loved. These guys all hang out, play together, and eat together too. Leaf loves to bathe everyone! He has even tried to bathe Petunia. Cupcake is the only one who sleeps with Petunia.  
Petunia is the one who is always protecting her pack of 5 cats. I think it's really sweet. Cupcake is curled up with her here. Petunia has raised her since she was a kitten and I'm pretty sure she thinks she is her mommy.
Having a lot of fur babies is hard work but I think the only complaints I have are cat litter and 3am play time. it's very common to hear something falling and crashing! For the cats we 3 huge litter boxes that we scoop twice a day. Oh! I also forgot about the hair...soooooo much hair!

Casual Rose Day

Sunday, December 2, 2018

After seeing all these Disney Princesses and their casual outfits I thought I would do a casual Rose Tico. I was suppose to go troop a Make-A-Wish event today, but I wasn't able to make it due to the weather in Vermont on Hoth. I already had my wig on and ready to go and I didn't want to waste an opportunity for  pictures. so I threw together this outfit. I'm wearing a t-shirt that says: Crait - Salty Place, Sweet Escape. I think it's pretty spectacular. I also have on a my favorite porg necklace.

After running around outside like a weirdo in freezing rain, I came in for lunch. I had left over hibachi salmon. Could I be more stereotypical?  What can I say though? I just really love fish and rice and it was so delicious! 

Oh! Before I forget, I also got an Ewok Onesie! I ordered it two months ago and I thought the maker was never going to send it and it finally arrived this morning! Can you tell I'm excited?
I told everyone I was just going to wear this for the rest of winter. No one thought this was a good idea. Adults should be allowed to wear onesies whenever they want. Kids shouldn't be the only ones allowed to have fun, or be comfortable. Oh well.