Donkey’s Kittens Update!

The kittens are 3 weeks old now! Whoa, time has flown by! Without further ado, here are the babies:

Brown Cheeks-the mama’s girl. Brown Cheeks loves to be with her sister Stripes and her mama Donkey. She’s a bit quieter than her sister Stripes, but she’s a close second in a crying contest whenever her mom walks away.

browncheeks1

browncheeks2

Grey-all the kittens love to cuddle, but Grey REALLY loves to be petted as can be seen in the second pictures below. Grey was the first kitten to stand on all fours.

grey1

grey2

Stripes-aka the cryer-Stripes loves to cry. She’s a very vocal kitten. I can always tell when Donkey, her mom, walks away because Stripes will cry.

stripes4

stripes3

Bagheera-straight out of the Jungle Book. Bagheera is the quiet one. He rarely ever cries. His fur is so unique. He’s black with little white hairs throughout his coat.

bagheera1

bagheera2

Paige’s Summer Book Club: Book Review #4

misadventures

Book: The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl

Author: Issa Rae

1. What made me want to read this book?

I recently saw Issa Rae on the cover of a magazine. She looked great! Happy, energetic, and real are the words I would use to describe her. I’m also a fan of her YouTube series. Once I heard that she had a book out I couldn’t wait to begin reading. I quickly checked it out as an audio book and began listening.

2. Which passages were the most interesting, disturbing, humorous, or sad?

The entire book is humorous and very relatable. One part that stuck out to me was when the author recounted a time when she lied out being able to dance. She lamented over her inability to get her groove on in a hilarious and relatable way. If anyone knows me, they know I don’t know how to dance. I tried once and nearly died of embarrassment, so I could definitely relate to the author’s experiences on the dance floor.

3. What has this book taught me? Has it broadened my perspective on the world or some part of my life?

Reading Issa Rae’s book showed me what life is like for a black woman-not only in Hollywood, but in college, on the internet, and in other social settings. I could relate to her awkwardness. Many of her stories mirrored my own. This is definitely an essential read for anyone who wants a good laugh.

4. Has this book changed my opinion about anything or anyone?

This book helped me better understand the struggles of being a woman in Hollywood. I know several people who strive to join the ranks as actresses and actors, so hearing the struggles and successes of others helps me gain a better understanding of my friends’ dreams and of the industry itself.

5. What is the writing style like? Engaging, boring, easy to understand?

Issa Rae writes with a tone of hilarity that I haven’t encountered in any of the books I read this summer. She is sincere in her self-deprecation, yet points out many important details about the world. For example, at one point in the book the author describes her adventures online in her childhood and high school years. Although she tells a humorous account, she also indirectly points out the dangers of establishing an online presence at such an early age.

Feel free to join me in reading and discussing each book!

Have you read this book and want to share? Feel free to post in the comments section below!

Happy reading!

-Paige

Waiting in line for the restroom and other such stories…

I guess I can say I had a pretty interesting day today. It all started in bed.

I woke up determined to inquire about jobs at local businesses around town. On my way to one such job inquiry, I ran into a family from Long Beach. I met them while waiting in line for the bathroom at Rite Aid. I was already sweaty from the hot weather and was looking for some relief from the heat and my seemingly non-existent bladder when I saw the long restroom line. There must have been five people in line. We made awkward eye contact and stood quietly waiting for the bathroom to become available.

At one point, I was diligently reading a label on the side of a toilet seat riser, learning about the advantages of using a hinged versus non-hinged toilet seat riser, when I heard the women in front of me talking.   I looked up, smiled at them politely and asked if they were going on a trip.  The oldest woman said yes, that they were from Long Beach.

I don’t know why I felt like starting conversation in a Bakersfield Rite Aid bathroom line, but somehow, it seemed important that I learn more about these people. Anyways, they were a nice family, and on my way out I wished them a safe and fun trip.

On my way back home, I ran into a very cheery homeless man. I was wearing a light cardigan and the man came walking down the street calling over to me, “Girl I know you’re hot! I mean I’m wearing a long-sleeve in this weather, but you’re wearing a sweater!”

I turned to acknowledge his comment and he said, “But it’s OK. You’re gonna get there.” To which I replied, “Yep, I’m almost there!” with a cheery smile. It felt good to joke about the heat, dry air, and my cardigan.

Note to self: Use common sense when choosing clothes to wear in hot weather!

Donkey’s Kittens

My mom’s cat Donkey has just given birth to 4 beautiful kittens on August 8th, 2015. I can’t wait to see how they grow and develop their own personalities. I know it seems like a long while before they will be old enough to find homes, but I’m sure the time will fly by quickly. I’ll keep you posted on their growth. For now, here are some pictures of them at 2 days old.

**We do plan on getting Donkey spayed very soon. Needless to say, this was an unplanned litter of kittens.

-PaigeKittens3

Kittens2

kittens1