I have a bad case of wanderlust!

I am one of those people that gets tired of things easily. I hate having the same decor for too long, I hate wearing the same clothes too many times, and most importantly I hate being in one place for too long. Since it isn't practical to move every 3 or 4 months I focus my energy on traveling and exploring new places that aren't nearby. I recently took a trip to Bloomington, Minnesota to check out the Mall of America. I decided to drive the almost 14 hours there...I will explain why in another post later on. As far as the mall goes, it was neat to see but not some place I could visit all the time. After all, it is just a mall. The first full day there I was very overwhelmed. I had the MOA app on my phone but who wants to stare at a tiny map the whole time they are walking? I wanted to experience everything. I checked out a couple of stores and had to go back to my hotel room to change....it was so hot. I read this information before my trip but I didn't think it would be so bad. I felt gross wearing jeans and a t-shirt. The ceiling is glass and the 97 degree sun was beating down on the interior. With so many people in there moving around it just doesn't make for the most comfortable experience. The second day I made a plan. I studied the map, figured out where I wanted to go, and planned the best route. The mall is 4 floors and I believe they say each floor is just over half a mile around. With over 500 stores you can easily feel anxious not knowing where to go or which way you came from. Some stores, for example Bath and Body Works, have more than one location in the mall so you get confused. Overall it was a good experience, something I can check off of my bucket list. Would I do it again? Possibly in the future when/if I have a family. It is definitely a great place for families as there is lots to do for children of all ages.

I stayed at the Radisson Blu Mall of America. It is actually attached to the mall so it was very convenient. I never had to step foot outside if I didn't want to. There was a hallway on the second floor where you just walked right into the mall. That was the best part. The hotel was super clean and modern. I stayed in a standard room but was very pleased with it. You got to park for free, there was a refrigerator, and they provided 2 complimentary bottles of water. Most hotels don't give you water so that was nice. The hotel staff was very professional and polite. I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to visit the mall.

I don't want to make this post a novel so I will leave it at that for now. If you have any questions about the mall or hotel please don't hesitate to ask. I am happy to share more of my experience. Thanks for reading!

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XOXO,

Jo

 

Meet my cats!

As the name of my blog so obviously states, I have two cats. They are my children!! Lily is a Calico that I adopted from the Clarksville Humane Society just over 6 years ago. She was 2 years old then so she is 8 now. She is part feral so she is very weary of humans. It wasn't until recently that she finally started letting me snuggle with her...although she freaks out if I make any sudden movements. Lol. Calicos are super moody and particular. She is no exception.

Geno is the cat in the first picture. He is a short haired black cat. Most people are afraid of black cats because they think they are evil but Geno is the sweetest, goofiest cat around. As I type this he is chewing on the straw on my drink...guess I won't be finishing it. I adopted him from my vet's office, Oak Grove Animal Hospital, four years ago. He was just a tiny little baby then and I chose him because he was the wildest one of the bunch of kittens they had. I don't have kids but I feel like he is like a toddler. He doesn't wipe his feet when he uses the litter box, he likes to drink out of the toilet, he eats any and every kind of human food, and he has an obsession with knocking things off counters and tables. Does it sound like I am complaining? I swear I'm not. He brightens my day and always makes me laugh.

My cats have the biggest personalities and such good hearts. They comfort me any time I am down and I don't know if I would have made it through this past year without them. I am a big believer in adopting your pets since there are so many out there without a home. I have always loved cats too. I believe they know the true me and can sense B.S. from a mile away.

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about the two lovely fur babies in life. If you have any questions about Oak Grove Animal Hospital (Dr. Bell is amazing!) or adopting animals don't hesitate to ask!

The Crazy Cat Lady,

Jo

I can't believe I'm admitting this...

So I started this blog just over a year ago...this is my first post. Yes, I am a procrastinator. I have told myself nearly every week since starting this blog "Tomorrow I'll write a post.", "One day I will have everything perfect and ready for the world to see.", or "I'm not sure I can do it. Maybe I'll just take the site down." I have used every excuse in the book. I started this blog to have a creative outlet since I was going to school at the time for Graphic Design. I have since graduated with my Bachelor's Degree and am excited to share my work. But now I have a completely different reason for having a blog. I don't just want to share my work. I want to share my life. Almost a year ago my marriage fell apart. I moved out of my home in July of 2015 and just recently got divorced in April. It was one of the hardest things I have ever been through. There were days where I didn't know if I would make it. Now I am stronger, gaining my confidence back, and making new friends. For now I just wanted to say hello! I hope to post once or twice a week starting out since I work about 50 hours a week. I want to share all kinds of content and hopefully inspire others with my work and my words. Thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe to my newsletter for updates!!

XOXO,

Jo