Category Archives: I will always remember

Happy National Pet’s Day Snickers!

In honor of National Pet’s Day today, I thought I’d share the story of how Snickers and I became a family.

I never had a cat for a pet growing up — growing up in a superstitious household, cats were always viewed as sneaky creatures that could bring bad luck. We always had dogs. I never had a chance to really get to know a cat growing up, so never really thought too much about them.

In 2005, my grandmother died. She was more than a grandma, she was my mom — my primary parent for pretty much all of my childhood. When she passed, I felt incredibly lonely. I hadn’t realized until after she passed away that I relied on her so much as a confidant, a beacon, a counselor… It was scary not being able to find comfort in anything. That’s when one of my coworkers (Ranika – if you’re out there, I can’t say thank you enough) told me about a nonprofit for homeless pets that she was supporting by fostering cats.

At first, I was like, “Cats? Ugh! No way”. But she convinced me to go with her to visit the animals and reserve judgment until I spent some time with the kitties. So I went and that’s where I met Snickers. At the time, he was a wee kitten and still needed a bottle to eat. He was in a bag with three others and as soon as he saw me, he jumped right on to my shoulders. It was love at first sight.

Through the years, Snicky Snack has brought love and comfort to both me and my close family members that were equally suffering from the loss of my grandmother. All of the superstitious, anti-cat mantras completely vanished the moment everyone met him (even my uncle who is a sworn dog person loved to wrestle with Snicks and let him bite his callous hands). I don’t know if Snickers saved us from our grief, perhaps we saved ourselves. But what I do know is he reminded us about the importance of life moving on and when it feels like life can’t go on, it’s okay to snuggle with a cute cat until those feelings pass.

Thanks Snickers, Snicks, Snicky Snack, The Pie for being the most adorable, moody, hungry, impatient, talkative, nonchalant, did I mention adorable (??) cat a girl could ask for. I love you.

Antigua

I know I’ve been away for a while now folks. But, let me rub it in a bit — Antigua was fantastic. A much needed break from the madness that is NYC dwelling. Great times with new friends and relaxation by the bucket full.

Some things that came to me during my time in Antigua:

  1. Life is too short not to enjoy sunshine
  2. There is nothing that a few rum punches and a game of f- the dealer can’t cure
  3. The ocean is massive and will kill you
  4. There is beauty unlike any other in the ocean
  5. It’s okay to eat mac&cheese and rice&peas in the same meal, stop counting carbs
  6. Everyone should own a large soaking tub, there should be a law for this
  7. Re-applying sunscreen after snorkeling is critical
  8. Reading all 3 books in the Hunger Games Trilogy back-to-back can be done in less time then you think. Always have a back-up magazine
  9. Pack bug spray
  10. Being happy is worth it. Find out what will bring contentment and joy and just go for it – professionally and personally

Wishing you all a little bit of Antigua today and always.

RIP Whitney Houston

I don’t know why the loss of Whitney Houston hit me so hard. Don’t get me wrong, it is always sad when someone dies young. But the news of her passing somehow hit me like a ton of bricks. I still remember, like it was yesterday, my grandmother taking me to the movie theater  to see The Bodyguard. I was 10 years old, and was lucky that day because my grandmother could not find a babysitter so I got to go see my first Rated R movie. In that dark room, for the very first time, a song, a beautiful voice gave me goose bumps.

I went home and borrowed the cassette tapes from all of my friends (who probably stole them from their parents) and I listened to Whitney Houston songs over and over again. I sang out loud tell my belly ached. Rarely are there people who can touch your life yet never meet you in person. Whitney Houston was one of those people for me.

Momma Whitney, you will be missed.

I Believe In You and Me 

I believe in you and me
I believe that we will be
In love eternally
Well as far as I can see
You will always be the one…
For me
Oh yes you will

And I believe in dreams again
I believe that love will never end
And like the river finds the sea
I Was lost, now I’m free
Cuz I believe in you and me

I will never leave your side
I will never hurt your pride
When all the chips are down Baby
Said I will always be around
Just to be right where you are
My love
You know I love you, boy

I will never leave you out
I will always let you in boy
To places no one’s ever been
Deep inside, can’t you see
That I believe in you and me

Maybe I’m a fool
To feel the way I do
But I will play the fool forever
Just to be with you forever

I believe in miracles
And Our love’s a miracle
And yes, baby you’re my dream come true
I was lost, now I’m free (oOh Baby)
Cuz I believe
I believe in you and me
See I was lost, now I’m free
I believe in you and me