It's interesting how things have changed for me over the past few months. For one thing, I'm keeping my free time freer. Mostly that's because I've found that I need to cook a lot more of my own food, so being home in the evenings is pretty important. Also, I have the two kittens at home right now, so that's a good incentive to spend more time there.
The kittens are doing very well. I decided on their rescue names: Elwood and Jake, the Blues Brothers. They've passed their combo tests and had their first FVRCP shots and "just in case" dewormer doses. I moved them from the basement to my dressing room and after shutting them in their condo cage the first night, decided they weren't in a position to do anything that disruptive, so now I let them stay loose in the room.
They've taken to sleeping in my dirty clothes hamper, thus getting so used to my scent that I've become the kitten equivalent of a rock star to them. Every time I walk into the room, they race up to see me and purr happily. They both eat heartily, use their litterbox like champions, and even let me clip their claws without too much of a fuss. I refer to them as my little marshmallows.
They should be big enough to be neutered in a couple of weeks and after that, as soon as there's room they can be transferred to one of the pet stores that works with my rescue group so potential adopters can meet them. That needs to happen by the end of August because...
I'm going to Sweden for two weeks! My dad's parents were Swedish immigrants but he's never been there, so he and I are leaving for Stockholm on September 1st and returning on the 14th. We have our plane tickets and passports (well, I have my passport and I've shipped off my dad's passport renewal form with all of the extra fees to expedite it). We know someone there who will help us plan our itinerary and lodging. I'm not entirely sure what all we're going to do there (besides fika, because coffee and pastries!), but I'm sure it will be fun.
Beyond that, I'm still performing with my band regularly. We've been booking about two gigs a month and I can foresee that increasing over time. We're still adding songs to our set list and it's been going well.
My new diet is continuing to be just great for me and my husband is now on board with it as well, which makes things that much easier. I got a bunch of fresh produce from a friend's garden this weekend, so I'm looking forward to having that all week. I've lost about 23 pounds so far and, assuming my trip to Sweden doesn't completely derail things, I think my goal of ultimately losing about 12 more pounds is very realistic.
What else am I doing? Yoga. Walking and some running. Role playing board games. Going to movies. Playing with cats. Snuggling the dog. Books, books and more books.
Life is good.