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16 Reasons You Know You're A Crazy Cat Mom

1. You have absolutely no privacy.

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During the summer of 2017, I went to the local Humane Society and adopted a cute black kitten and named him Sullivan. He drives me nuts quite often, but he also brings me so much joy. Being a cat mom is something I am proud to be.

Here are 16 reasons you know you're a crazy cat mom (featuring pictures of my adorable cat, Sullivan):

1. You have absolutely no privacy.

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If your cat is anything like mine, your cat feels the need to be all up in your business. On the toilet? In the shower? Your cat will be watching you!

2. You have to cat-proof your home.

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Cats enjoy getting into everything possible. My cat particularly likes getting into my kitchen cabinets, drawers, and refrigerator. I have literally had to buy child proof latches because my cat just won't stop!

3. Leave something out?  Your cat will get into it.

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Your cat gets a kick out of doing this on purpose. Mine will look at me while knocking my vitamin containers off the counter. Sometimes he also has fun unraveling a whole roll of toilet paper just because he feels like it.

4. There's cat hair everywhere.

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Vacuums are your best friend when you are a cat mom.

5. Your significant other and your cat battle for your attention.

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You love both your cat and significant other..but if you give one of them too much attention, the other one will try to change that.

6. You always get woken up in the middle of the night.

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Its 3am. You're asleep. All is peaceful. Then out of nowhere your cat decides to run all over the place and destroy everything in its path. Awesome.

7. Your cat is always hungry.

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You just fed your cat an hour ago, but the cat is somehow already hungry again.

8. Your kitty gives you attitude.

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Your cat can literally be sweet one minute, then want to bite your finger off the next. Cats are kind of like sour patch kids: sour, then sweet...then sour again.

9. You always have entertainment.

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Cats do some crazy stuff and are constantly entertaining us.

10. Everyone who knows you knows you're obsessed with your cat.

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You're always sharing pictures and videos of your cat on social media because everything your cat does is cute.

11. Your cat is preparing you for parenthood.

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Cats feel like our children because they are so dependent on us and require a lot of love and attention.

12. Nothing is better than coming home from class or work and having your cat looking out the window waiting for you!

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It is so sweet when your cat acknowledges your presence when you come home.

13. TV time? Yes, please.

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Nights spent watching the latest season of "The Bachelor" with your cat are the best kinds of nights.

14. You talk to your cat like you would a person.

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Frustrated about your exams? Mad at your friend? Excited about some good news you just got? Confide in your kitty for all of your venting and gossiping needs!

15. You always have a nap buddy.

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Taking a nap with your cat after a long day is the best.

16. No matter how much your cat my get on your nerves, you are happy and proud to be their cat mom!

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I love my cat so much and wouldn't trade him for anything!

So yeah, I am a crazy cat mom and proud of it!


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On June 22nd I Celebrated My 22nd

*Insert cliche Taylor Swift song "22"*

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It's about time I turn 22. I've been told that after your 21st birthday, the years begin to fly past you in a blur. I don't know if I agree, but I can definitely say that I don't feel 22. Sometimes I look around at all the people who are freshmen in college, or juniors in high school, and I begin to reminisce about when I was their age. One thing getting older does do is make you a skeptical, cynical person.

I've thought a lot about my birthday as another day that I get to eat cake because let's face it, I'm not really here for anything else, except maybe a shot. I remember celebrating my birthday when I was younger was much different from what it turned into after I turned 20. Back in the day, I would celebrate my birthday with a pool party. Pizza, chips, cake, and soda. A few balloons and candles and that was it. I'd only invite my closest friends and we'd have so much fun.

I miss that kind of birthday. The kind you pick out an outfit for days prior, the kind you get so excited for and can't sleep, the kind that makes you feel special. It doesn't feel like that anymore. What it feels like now is, "welp, there goes another year." This line is also applicable to New Year's Eve, but we'll cross that bridge six months from now.

My birthday is pretty uneventful. It feels like the spark is gone, the excitement is gone. I wish I could feel happy that I'm turning 22, but I also know that it's just a reality that we all get older and things like birthdays begin to feel strange. You're faced to realize that you're supposed to have gained another year of experience and intelligence in the aspects of life, but it's almost like you feel the same.

It's safe to say that this has been a bit of an existential-crisis-themed birthday, but I'm just a little scared of getting older. I think we all reach a point where you realize you aren't invincible anymore. It's time to see what's in store for the future, what your career goals are, where you plan to move to after graduation, how to eat better, and how to feel like you've reached your full potential. It's a bittersweet moment in my life, but I'm ready to see what's next.

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10 Netflix Recommendations

Here are some things to watch this summer that you may have never considered — in no particular order.

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I'm by no means a Netflix expert, but I believe I have some semblance of taste. I often find myself looking for undiscovered gems on Netflix, but they're kind of hard to find for a couple of reasons: 1) People are kinda bad at recommending things. Any list that recommends "Black Mirror" or "Bird Box" as if you've never heard of it before loses all credibility. 2) Movies/shows that are clearly a cut above the other content on Netflix tend to rise to the top of the cultural conversation.

With that said, I will probably put somehting on this list that you feel has broken rule 1. Fine — I get it. I'm not re-recommending the wheel here. Here's a list of ten things I've seen on Netflix before that more people should watch too, in no particular order.

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1. "Boyhood" (2014)

This movie took 12 years to make ... that is absolutely astonishing on its own. In my mind this movie lives up to its perfect 100 Metacritic Score. I can't recommend this personal yet epic film enough. Patricia Arquette & Ethan Hawke turn in two of the most grounded parental performances ever captured by cameras. This is potentially a top 10 movie ever made.

2. "Dark" (2017-Present)

Me trying to figure out where the hell Season 2 of this show is going.

If you like gritty-weird-conspiracy-murder shows then is this the show for you. Heads up, however, this show is best consumed in its native tongue, Deutsch. Just read the English subtitles like a sane person, please. Now is the time to catch up on this peach of a show before Season 2 drops at the end of June.

3. "The Spectacular Now" (2013)

This movie has been doing some serious legwork for Shaliene Woodley and Miles Teller in my mind for like the past 3 years. I seriously wish I liked more of their work the way I love "The Spectacular Now." If you haven't guessed by my previous writings, I'm a sap for love stories of all shapes and sizes. This movie is worth a watch for the Kyle Chandler/Brie LArson bit parts alone.

4. "Extras" (2005-2007)

What makes this show special isn't the ludicrous amount of famous people (unfortunately no Ludacris, though) that make cameos as the complete opposite versions of themselves, it is the constant cast. Gervais' comedy is a unique brand that isn't for everyone, but this is great. Give thanks to BBC that this HBO show is on Netflix.

5. "Love, Death & Robots" (2019)

It was *so* hard to choose a GIF for this show because of its nature. Essentially it's an animated anthology series with a wide variety of themes and art styles that is connected by the over-arching theme of losing a left hand -- I mean, technology. P.S. I will be making a ranking of this shows episodes at some point in the future.

6. "The Keepers" (2017)

This is for the True Crime genre fans out there. "The Keepers" also fills the niche of Church-Conspiracy a la "Spotlight", which is a favorite sub-genre of mine. Amazingly told and beautifully filmed, but be warned: this show could leave you a bit disappointed if you needa happy ending.

7. "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008)

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Based on the novel with the same name, this indie Rom-Com never quite lives up to its potential, but it's a solid movie with Michael Cera — what more could one need? Oh you definitely needed more, how about a small Andy Samberg cameo? Thought so.

8. "The Innocent Man"  (2018)

Oddly enough, this True Crime Docuseries is based on a nonfiction book written by the incredibly prolific John Grisham. What sets this apart from other pulp in the genre are the chilling reenactments — some of the best I've ever seen. We're talking "The Jinx" level detail.

9. "All the President's Men" (1976)

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Honestly it's ridiculous to have this classic, that is almost universally renowned as a masterpiece, appearing on this list. My reasoning is that there is a new generation of people on Netflix that I fear not only haven't seen it, but will never have any interest in this movie (or other classics, for that matter). This movie is a cultural landmark and as we go through a corrupt administration now, it's nice to see how they dealt with it in the 70s. Psst, journalists are heroes. Tell a friend.

10. "The Autopsy of Jane Doe" (2016)

Me and my girlfriend watched this a few nights ago. At least I think it was a few nights ago, I haven't slept since. Director Andre Øvredal is directing the upcoming "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" so prepare for that by watching some of his earlier work.

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