Random Ramblings #10

In last month’s ramblings I told you my husband and I would be traveling to see our youngest son and his wife this month.  The countdown is on!  One week from tomorrow!  Woot!

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On the sad news front, we had put our little kitty Reese to sleep earlier this month.  He had been slowing down and losing weight, but other than that seemed fine.  Then, BAM, his health took a nosedive quickly.  We were able to warn Griffin and Kirsten the day before that things weren’t looking good.  Herb, Josh and I gave him lots of love the night before.  The vet we took him to was wonderfully caring, as well all of the staff.  Reese loved bacon and cheese and sitting in the window watching the birds.  Since my mother-in-law was a huge bird watcher we are pretty certain he is sitting on her lap watching the birdies while she give him all of the bacon and cheese he desires.

Life certainly has its ups and downs.

I can’t tell you how proud I am of my sister-in-law, Kristina.  I told you a few months back that she’s running for Michigan State Senate.  She’s up against some tough competition for the primaries as her opponent has been in local politics many years and therefore has a very recognizable name.  But she keeps pounding the pavement and getting her name out there to speak up for her beliefs.  She must be doing something right because she was included in an article written in Glamour magazine about moms getting into politics in record numbers.  How cool is that?!?

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Oh my goodness, my nephew’s face kills me in this picture!

Have any of you given up the cable/satellite life and gone strictly to streaming?  We’re going to be doing that soon.  Luckily, we are in an area that makes it possible for us to get an HD antennae to get our local channels.  We’re going to be giving Sling a try once we return from our vacation.  Our contract is about up with our cable company so we thought it was time.  We’re very happy with their service but are looking for ways to cut costs.  So we’re going down to internet only and signing up for Sling.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  And if you’ve gotten rid of television service but went another route, let me know what you’re using.  We also have Netflix so that will help supplement.  We don’t watch a lot of shows “live” while they’re actually on, but I will want to be able to see The Walking Dead when it’s on so I’m hoping this works!

Speaking of television, here are some of my favorites lately.  I love the late spring/early summer when there are so many awesome dancing shows on.  Dancing With the Stars had a fun and short season with just athletes as their stars.  I think I kind of liked that it didn’t drag on and on.  But just a couple of weeks after that ended World of Dance was back and then the next week So You Think You Can Dance.  SYTYCD is my absolute favorite!  These are my type of reality shows.  I don’t need the drama and fake fights, I want to see inspirational stories and things that make me smile.

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned it before, but my daughter-in-law is a Grey’s Anatomy junkie.  I’ve lost count of how many times she has watched the whole entire show from the very first episode to current.  It was her go-to while Griffin was in training and she wasn’t able to talk to him or see him.  So I was super way behind on my DVR and for the last two weeks I finally got caught up.  I couldn’t go visit them without being caught up in case Kirsten wants to chat about the show!

This is already getting long so I’ll end it with a recommendation.  Do you know who Alie Ward is?  If not, you should.  I’ve been following her career (I sound like a stalker!) since she was doing cooking/food shows with Georgia Hardstark.  The used to do a podcast called Slumber Party with Alie and Georgia that I absolutely loved.  In the past year Georgia has made quite the splash in the podcast world with her My Favorite Murder podcast, but I haven’t listened to it yet.  (I hear if you’re into weird and interesting murder cases this is the show to listen to, though.) For a few years Alie has been on a Sunday morning educational show on CBS, The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation.  I love that show for being family friendly and getting kids and adults alike interested in science.  She’s still doing that show, but toward the end of last year Alie also launched her own podcast, Ologies.  I don’t get to listen to podcasts as often as I would like, but I am making my way through every single episode of this one.  It’s fun, educational, and fascinating.  Check it out!

Got any podcast or book recommendations?  How about a movie or tv show you would love to share?  I’d love to hear from you.

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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