Introducing: Stella

ImageIt’s only right that my first ‘realpost is about one of the loves of my life – and I should give fair warning now: I love a lot of things; but not all things are my cats!  That’s right, *surprise* I’m a cat lady.  Now that we have that out of the way, meet the littlest meow face of the bunch, Stella.  I got Stella in the summer of 2008; right after I moved to Los Angeles.  I was living by myself for the first time and Sake needed a friend, so I took myself down to a local chapter of the Los Angeles Animal Services to see what I could find.

Now, I’m going to jump on and off of my soap box SUPER quick: Adopt, adopt, ADOPT! There are so many worthy, sweet, smart, cuddly animals at the shelter – why would you deny them the chance at a fabulous life with yourself? You know you’re awesome, now get a pet to prove it! // end rant.

I walked into the cat room at the animal shelter, took one look around and immediately my eyes were drawn to the center aisle – the most adorable bundle of fur was rolling around, screeching with delight as another cat whimsically batted at a toy in the corner.  I turned around to the aide, and before I could say a word – they knew and immediately laughed my way: “You want to see the grey kitten, don’t you?” And oh, did I ever.

Now, I’ve had cats the entire 27 years I’ve been alive – but never have I ever raised a kitten!  Bringing Stella home turned into a glorious challenge, thankfully there’s a book for that; The Cat Biblecame highly reccommended, and I can see why – for cat owners new and young, and for those that just fancy felines – this one’s for you.

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Now, time to introduce the little lady of the house – Miss Stella!

Full Name: Estelle Bearington

Nickname: Stella, Stell, Stellz, Stella Bella Bear, Kitten face

DOB + Age: May 2008 + 4.2 years

Type: Grey and White American Shorthair Tabby

Favorite Place to Sleep: With her head on the pillow and anywhere inconvenient: laptops, keyboards, heads

Hobbies: Knocking lighters off of coffee tables, sleeping like a real person, singing, turning off my alarm clock

Favorite Toy(s): The laser pointer, Sake, paper bags and shoelaces

Pet Peeves: Not being allowed to drink from my cereal bowl, loud noises

Hello, Kittens!

Well, hello hello my lovely readers – I hope everyone is having a splendid Friday!

Time and time again, I start blogs with very narrowly scoped intentions – through the past year, my BlogSpot – which was once my dumping ground for this, that and everything – has become my personal safe haven where I vent about my sometimes interesting anxieties and issues; my Tumblr is now an aggregate of my varied musical tastes and videos of adorable animals – but the one thing that I missed about blogging was connectingConnecting to both my surroundings, my friends and myself.

To me, blogging is cathartic.  It gives me a chance to lay it all on the line and walk away with a new outlook on life; but in a way, my blogging lately has become so segmented – and I’ve been looking for a way to cohesively gel the different aspects of my personality into one stream of consciousness.

So please, bear with me as I get my barrings one more time; there’s so much worth sharing and engaging in, that it’s almost a shame I haven’t created a space like this earlier.  I want to provoke different ways of thinking and provide insight to those who are looking for it; in the past year I’ve become a fan of cooking, DIY projects, photography, and travel.  Add to that my lust for live music, engaging discussions, street art, adventures and my two adorable cats – and this blog will be full of fun for just about everyone.

So sit tight, hold onto those pretty little heads of yours and let’s get down to business.