29 February 2016

Taking a Leap to WordPress

Wow. This feels strange. It’s like starting fresh, starting something totally new. I’ve been eyeing out WordPress for a while now, toying with the idea of moving away from Blogger. I tried WordPress this winter for a school project and liked the way it felt. So, Noshoes has moved. The new address is: We'll see how I get on with it.
Noshoes started about two years ago, when I stopped contemplating blogging and decided to finally do it, to step out if my comfort zone. It has never become a big blog, but it has grown extremely important to me. Last night I decided to take another big leap, and I honestly feel a bit nervous. I wanted a change and there really is no time like the present. Let’s see where this next chapter takes us, shall we?
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25 February 2016

(Feline) Asthma Attacked

Well that was a long hiatus. Among all the stuff I was going on about in my last post, our lives suddenly changed. About a month ago, our cat Wilma started coughing a lot. She has a long coat, so she's always coughed a bit now and again, trying to get hair out of her throat. This was different. It was a wheezing, dry cough. I was really anxious and scared for her.

We took her to the vet and she told us that it sounds like Wilma could have asthma. She ran some blood tests and took a couple of X-rays just to be sure it wasn't anything more serious. Thank goodness it wasn't! We were sent home with an asthmatic cat, antibiotics, and cortisone tablets.

The first few days were rough. Wilma wasn't used to taking all kinds of medication and resented us for stuffing pills and liquid antibiotics down her throat twice a day. As if that wasn't enough, Wanda (our other cat, Wilma's sister from the same litter) was acting really aggressively towards her for a good couple of days.

Cats rely a lot on scents, so when Wilma didn't smell like herself, Wanda didn't even recognize her. She started hissing and growling whenever Wilma was anywhere near her. It was heartbreaking to watch, because the two of them have always been like peas in a pod. I usually take them to the vet together to avoid situations like these, but this time it wasn't really an option. No amount of rubbing Wanda's smell on Wilma helped. We tried to reintroduce them through a crack in the door, but Wanda wasn't having it. It took a lot of time and patience (which I lack, let's be honest), but slowly they became accustomed to each other again. Now they act like nothing ever happened, which is such a relief!

Wilma has been eating cortisone tablets for three weeks now and the coughing has stopped completely. We are gradually reducing the dose (according to the instructions our wonderful vet gave us) and seeing what happens. In the next month or so, we're planning on purchasing an inhaler and slowly introducing Wilma to it. It would be nice if she learned to live with an inhaler, since it's better if we can get the cortisone straight to where it's actually needed: her lungs.

If any of you readers have any experience with feline asthma, I would like to hear your stories (not the horrible, scary, negative ones, please). We are really new to this whole asthma-business; neither of us suffer from it or have family members who have it, either. Have any of you taught your cat to take an inhaler? I would love to know how you and your cat managed it!
Best friends again

A plethora of medication

Wilma, the little patient
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1 February 2016

Catch Up!

It never ceases to amaze me how big of an impact being ill has on my schedule. Everything goes topsy-turvy if I miss a couple of days at school and work. So much catchibg up to do! I missed three days last week and have been busy with a lot of stuff I should've done during those three days. Studies, work, home stuff... There's so much laundry that our hamper is not even visible anymore!
I have a couple of posts waiting to be finished. They'll be coming you way asap, or at least as soon as I've taken care of all the boring stuff that needs tending to! ;)


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16 January 2016

Just a Few Kind Words

You have nice handwriting. You did a really good job. I was impressed by your answer. I like your backpack.

Have you ever stopped to think about how much power a few little words can have? These past two weeks I've had a couple of compliments from unexpected sources. Just a couple of kind words and my spirits have been lifted for the remainder of the day! :) Think about the way you felt the last time someone said something nice to you. Maybe you could do the same for someone else?

Actually, maybe you could start with yourself? If you've read my part from New Year's Eve, you probably know that one of my "resolutions" was to stop treating myself worse than other people. This is one of the things I'm doing to reach that goal. I know it sounds silly, but you should give it a go. You are not selfish or cocky if you say nice things about yourself. In my opinion it's just another way to take care of yourself. It does wonders to your self-esteem, let me tell you! :)


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11 January 2016

Balance is Key

It's been a little over a week since I posted anything. What a week it's been!

A few weeks before Christmas a colleague from another team at work asked me if I had time to take part in a project they were about begin after the holidays. Of course I said yes (because I basically suck at saying no to anything). So, the Saturday after New Year I headed to work cheery and not knowing what was in store for me.

I won't tell you exactly what I did, for obvious reasons, but it basically involved moving a _lot_ of data from excel-files to our system. By hand. I ended up working on the project for ten hours a day on average, apart from Wednesday. It was tedious and tiring, and most of my colleagues were on the verge of a nervous breakdown at some point.

I, on the other hand, coped pretty well. I got into a strange flow, actually. I had a gazillion cups of tea, listened to some music and typed like crazy. And suddenly it was four, then six and then eight o'clock. And there was much less data to be transferred.

I noticed that I enjoy having a clear task to perform in a certain amount of time (the job needed to be done by today and we finished on Saturday). I wouldn't want to do something like that every single day, but it was nice to have a bit of a change. And I now know that I never want to be one of those career people who work twelve hours a day every day of the week. I value my free time too much.

Although and perhaps because free time was really limited this week, I wanted to make the most of it. I'm beginning to really understand how important it is to have balance and to be present. Balance truly is key!

To relax after my insane working hours, I've been working out at the gym and doing yoga (with Adriene, on YouTube. You should try it too!)) and it's been wonderful. If a year ago you said that soon I would be itching to get to the gym, I would've laughed. I've also done some crafting, trying to finish a couple of small projects that have been taking up space in our living room. Anybody else have a problem with unfinished projects that clutter up your space? ;)

Speaking of space, we also went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Smooth transition there. Yes, I hadn't seen it yet. Yes, I'm a huge Star Wars fan and have loved the films since I was a kid and was superexcited to see it. I just don't understand the whole fomo-thing. I'd rather go watch films at my own pace, when the first hype is over and there is less people and more room in the theater.


I guess what I'm trying to say is that life is good. Busy and challenging, but good. Especially because winter finally came and it's not dark all the time thanks to the snow!

How has your 2016 started? 

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