About Us

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I say us because there is usually a cat involved. And they are great contributors of the works that are shown on this blog, therefore they deserve to be included. Although they get their very own page...

I am a few years shy of 30 (that sounds scary when I say it that way). My husband, Kevin, and I recently moved to Austin, Texas from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. No, we did not live in an igloo and hunt polar bears year round. This only happened during the winter. Just kidding (before PETA hunts me down). Kevin got offered a job here and we were both bored of Winnipeg after living there most of our lives so we made the giant move in one month. My parents still live in Winnipeg, as well as my oldest brother and grandma and a bunch of family. My other brother lives in Gatineau, Quebec, literally minutes into the Quebec side. He shares his house with Trink and Tula.

I'm nuts. Disregard my brother in the background.
Kevin and I both love animals, particularly cats. Well, my whole family loves animals. (My dad loves goats. How weird is he?? And fruit that most people would never consider eating). But I REALLY love animals. I read about them for hours, just fascinated by their lives, behaviors, physiology, everything.

Anyway, Kevin doesn't blog. He's busy with his job and doing very productive things that I am terrible at. I don't have a job right now but I'm looking!! On a spousal visa, I can't work so I have to have a job offer before my visa can be reclassified.

I have a Master's in Microbiology from the University of Manitoba. Which is where I met Kevin, not surprisingly. Our labs were joined by a door that was always open and he was always coming to visit. He did his PhD in Microbiology. I didn't continue with research because it's tough to find a job for two PhDs in a small-ish city. Plus, I was sick of school. Although I did try my hand at accounting (fascinating topic, terrible to have to take the courses).

I went to school for years but it was only half bad because I got to use stationery and pens! It runs in my family. My dad's side, actually. My grandpa loved pens and other weird gadgets, and so does my dad. And my cousin. However, no one else seems to truly appreciate the fun and beauty that is stationery. My dad likes to buy pens and then give them to me. This sounds wonderful, doesn't it? Except he also likes to buy things in large quantities. Like 30. Do you know what it's like to have 30 fine-tipped gel ink pens? Do you know how hard it is to use up that many pens?? I can't complain though. He has good taste. I have taken to fountain pens recently. They are works of art.

I'm also very eco conscious. I am alarmed by the amount of waste we as a species produce, and how little we seem to care. I believe what goes around comes around, and we're going to regret it eventually! In the meantime though, I do what I can to go green. This includes recycling everything that I can, having reusable bags on me at all times, using biodegradable plastic when necessary, carrying tupperware with me when we go for take-out, and carrying my own ketchup for my fries. But I won't preach about it. I just hope that others think about what they're doing and how they can reduce their negative impact on the earth. That being said, I love gadgets so... I really have to talk myself out of them most of the time. I've gotten pretty good at that.

I am a nerd. I have great friends. I sort of knit. I have extensive worldly experiences/life experience, resulting in my moderate awesomeness. I journal, color, draw, and sketch (not well, mind you). I trip on invisible rocks. I have no dehydration resilience. I am, in fact, rather lame. I usually cut my fingers if I attempt cooking. I am fascinated by a lot of things (usually shiny) or with interesting textures. I love running, swimming, piano, music in general, microbiology in a clinical sense, anatomy, and taking pictures of my cats. Or anyone's cats. I cry when someone's pet dies.

This blog will mostly be reviews of pens, stationery, office supplies, gadgets, talking about my cats, reviewing cat-related products, and rambling snippets of my efforts to go green. I hope you enjoy! Maybe you'll learn something, or maybe you'll just find something funny to read. Maybe I'll be so awesome, I'll make your day, your week, or your year. Who knows?! That's a lot of pressure.

Also, this page will probably change because I get bored of the same thing really quickly. And I will remember things I should have put in but forgot to. I'm fun that way.

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