My Halloween baby is 6 months (!)

My little baby Buffy is 6 months old, can you believe it?
It feels like just yesterday I could fit her in the palm of my hand
but since then she has become a wonderfully cuddly, curious,
intelligent and strong young cat - with a perfect camouflage coat.

From the very beginning she was great with other cats and humans,
going only in the litter box and eating cat food, so both myself
and the family that found her think she must have had a human home.
(They asked around and advertised but no-one came forward.)

She is very vocal; she purrs, trills, meows and screams -
mostly when she isn't in need of anything, she's just communicating.
The last few days though, she has been making alot of extra noises
and I think it's because she's coming up on her first period in heat.
(I will take her to get spayed very soon!)

It took a while for my boy to warm up to her. I confess, I thought
it would be a bit faster since he loved my old girl cat so much.
But now he and baby Buffy play together every day and get along fine,
and once she gets a bit older she won't go crazy every time she spots him...

 She goes outside for about 15 min every day, but since the weather
has been crap basically since she was born her roaming urges are still mild.
She's curious about the outdoors but it can't beat the dry, warm and safe
life indoors - but we'll see what happens when spring rolls around...

Right now she is stretched out across my lap for an afternoon nap.
Happy 6 months, my little darling!



2016-2017 movie quick hits

I wrote a comment to someone's post the other day, saying that I watch
more movies than any big reader would even have time to read books.
And since I made a new friend who is a film student, this is even more true.
At another time I might feel guilty over my lack of patience
with the written word right now, but well... I just don't :)

And 2017 is an unusual year for me, in that there are so many movies
I'm looking forward to - normal ones and horror movies
- and TV shows! But before I go into all that, here are some quick hits:

 Arrival - Very engaging, but left me kind of enraged.

The Boy - Like previously stated; a rip-off of another movie.

Passengers - Clichéd white people trapped in space, basically.

Before I Wake - Adequate horror, nothing more nothing less.

 Loving - Beautifully acted but very low key, almost slow.

The Girl with all the Gifts - Good but very uneven.

Hacksaw Ridge - Another well acted WWII hero movie.

 Moana - A pleasant surprise, both funny and pretty.

Neon Demon - Slow, stylish, misogynistic confusion.

Suicide Squad - I don't need to tell you, do I..? CRAP.

Sully - The real story is better than the movie adaptation.

Kingsman: The Secret Service - European boy's action dream. Eehh.

Nocturnal Animals - Misleading trailer. Violent and ultimately unsatisfying.

The Purge: Election Year - Turned it off half way through. CRAP.



Bat Fit, part 3 and a second update

The all natural skin care regimen

I read up on coconut oil (which is really a butter in room temperature)
and I learned that the extra virgin eco kind is better for many reasons,
so I got this from my supermarket. It has a wonderful scent and it makes
my skin smooth, and so far the only issue I have is that I feel like eating it :)

Every other day I rub my whole body with coconut oil. It smells much better
than olive oil, but I actually think both of them are just as good for your skin.
For my face I use both daily in a blend, because I don't want to risk getting
black heads (which coconut oil alone is known to sometimes cause). 

Every time I use this new regimen I can't help wondering why I used all these
lotions for so many years. I still have dry skin and have to use moisturizers
several times a day during winter, but why not use ONE. NATURAL. ingredient?
I'm not a new age vegan by any means, but why would anyone not - right..?

The meds/doctors/therapy situation

For several weeks I have been dreading a doctor's appointment
regarding my cervix and HPV. I happened to be just a couple of years too old
to benefit from Sweden's free HPV vaccinations, and I caught HPV when I was
still very young. 5 years ago a careless doctor told me I had "kind of cancer"
and I had a conization. This year I was told I have some cell changes again.

As it turns out, my cervix looks very nice and healthy (my new doctor's words).
But I sat down with her - completely prepared to discuss serious removal
of important parts - and she's like "ahemm, no..? You know, funnily enough, it turns out
you never had severe cell changes to your cervix that time you went in for a conization." 
... what? WHAATTT??? So yeah, I'm apparently good, better than I thought :)

I was gonna write about other stuff today but, as you can imagine,
I'm feeling good tonight and the rest...can wait!



Bat Fit, part 2 and an update

The all natural skin care regimen, update:

Deciding to switch out my entire skin care regimen right when
the coldest and driest weather struck was probably not the best idea.
There was a week when my face felt really dry and coarse,
but I made a facial scrub out of olive oil, honey and sugar
and gently rubbed my face with it three days straight.
Now my face feels like a baby's bottom, and gone are all the blemishes.
No more hydro-cortisone! No more Nivea! No more chap stick!

That's right, all I use is olive oil and natural baby oil (sunflower seed oil,
canola oil and citric acid) and my skin has never felt so good.
The only downside to this regimen is the olive oil scent.
I notice that it really lingers in hair so I stopped using it there.
And use some old clothes right after you slab it all over your body
because it can take an hour or so to really soak in.
My next experiment is to get some extra virgin coconut oil
for my lips, hair and any particularly dry spots. I'm on an all natural roll!

The meds/doctors/therapy situation

My dear dad has been paying for my therapy this last year
but made it clear that he wouldn't be able to continue doing that
in the new year. Luckily my therapist just got signed up with
Swedish 'medicare' which means I will get free sessions until August.
That's a huge load off my chest since I'm still not making any money.

In February I am seeing the doctor about raising the dose of my
anti-depressants. What I have now has been a helping a little bit
but not enough, but it's a relatively new drug and so far she has been
unwilling to stray from the dosage guidelines. Fingers crossed!

 I know that many of you commented on my insomnia in the earlier post,
and wished for me to be able to get off the sleeping pills,
but I honestly don't see that as a realistic goal for me at the moment.
For now I'm just going to try to establish some better routines.

So, how is your Bat Fit coming along?


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