Friday, June 23, 2017

Getting My Cuddles On At Cat Cafe Madison

I've always loved and wanted to own a cat (or cats) as far back as I can remember but sadly due to my mom being highly allergic and being allergic myself, that particular life goal has not yet happened. I still keep hope alive though!

That means when I happen to come across any sort of cat they automatically get all my brimming-over unused kitty-cat loves and affection. Let's be honest, even if I did achieve my dream of owning cats, I'd still fangirl at any sort of four legged furry creature that crosses my path.

But in the great words of Sophia Petrillo, I digress. When a friend and I headed up to Madison for the Spring Polish Festival earlier in April and decided to make a day of exploring the area, what immediately came to my mind but Cat Cafe Madison!

Took a trip to #Madison and discovered Cat Cafe Madison, a cafe where cuddling with the over 20 cats is encouraged! #travel #Wisconsin

I'm not sure how I came across Cat Cafe Mad initially but I do remember several months back finding it and becoming smitten like a kitten with the whole idea of it.

I don't make it to Madison that often (the last time was back in 2011 when I was still seeing a homeopathic doctor in the area) so the knowledge of this furry paradise just sat on the back burner of my brain until this particular trip. It also helped that my friend Alisa of is a huge cat lover, too!

Monday, June 19, 2017

12 Things I've Learned When Dealing with Chronic Pain

Pain is a strange thing.

Growing up, a certain amount of pain is as normal a part of our childhood as breathing is. Much like breathing, pain is involuntary and inevitable. We get sick, we break bones and skin knees, we get shots. And lets not forget not just the physical pain we experience but the emotional pain as well.

As children we sometimes don't know how to deal with the physical or the emotional pain we go through. Normal reactions are to panic, scream, and cry; maybe sometimes even lash out. We're scared because we don't know what's happening, we just know it's not a pleasant feeling and we want it to stop immediately.

The older we get, the more we come to understand pain a little bit more, the types of things that cause it, and we have more of a grip on how to manage it. For example if we break another bone, experience has taught us that we go to the emergency room, the doctor sets the broken bone, gives us a cast, and that cast is on for 6 to 8 weeks (or more) depending. Perhaps we're sick with the flu, we're prescribed and take our medication, a few days pass and we get better and then we move on lives.

Chronic pain isn't even on our radar so nobody tells you when you're a kid, or even an adult for that matter, that there is so much more depth to pain than we initially realize.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Dzień Dobry: Madison's Polish Heritage Club Spring Festival

A little background about my lineage. While I know I have a wee bit of Irish in me along with German and maybe one or two other things (I really don't know that much about my ancestry), I know without a single doubt in my mind I'm VERY Polish.

When I say I'm very Polish, I mean my paternal grandparents, lovingly referred to as my Babcia (grandmother in Polish) and Dziadzia (Americanized Polish pronunciation for grandfather) actually migrated from Poland in the 1950's. My father and both Ciocias (aunts in Polish) grew up in a Polish speaking household and thus, my sister and I grew up with a lot of the customs and learning a little bit of the language.

Thanks to my good friend Alisa of, I was able to reconnect with my Polish girl roots and attend Madison's Polish Heritage Club's Polish Spring Festival earlier this month!

Friday, February 3, 2017

My Depression Struggles & Finding Joy: The Happiness Perspective Book Review

Disclaimer: I received a copy of The Happiness Perspective by Diane Wing to facilitate this review on Kay's Adaptable Adventures. All opinions are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service as your results may vary.

How do people find #happiness and, more importantly, keep happiness? My review of Diane Wing's The Happiness Perspective touches on my personal struggles with #depression and how happiness IS attainable!

Author: Diane Wing
ISBNN-13: 9781615993208
Page Count: 132 pages
Publisher: Loving Healing Press
Release Date: November 2016


Happiness is not just another emotion and state of being that most individuals find unachievable in this day and age of violence, illness, constant go-go-go and stressors, but a conscious and subconscious choice people can and do achieve as hard as that is to believe. Throughout The Happiness Perspective, Diane Wing (author of Thorne Manor & Other Bizarre Tales, Trips to the Edge: Tales of the Unexpected, and The True Nature of Energy) beautifully outlines just how people can realistically achieve this tranquil state of being by compiling different ways to help you transform your daily thought processes, patterns, habits, and behaviors so you can experience greater happiness and peace of mind in this crazy world.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Eat What You're Craving: A Lesson in Choosing Happiness

With Christmas come and gone it tis the season to start seeing peoples' New Year's resolutions posted here, there, and everywhere, one of the most popular being giving up all things sugary and fatty and hitting the gym.

Those who have followed me for quite awhile know that I'm not a big fan of making resolutions when the new year looms near; I feel if you're going to set a goal for yourself why not do it ANY day of the year instead of waiting until the end of the year for a 'new start.'

That being said however, I'm on a reading kick lately and I recently read something in a young adult book called Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter (second book in the series) that made me really stop and think. The characters were at Thanksgiving dinner with all sorts of traditional Thanksgiving foods spread about. Along with a single bowl of spaghetti.

"You did all of this?" I asked.
"Everything but the spaghetti." 
"Which you have because...."
"Of my rules. I only eat what I'm craving and I was craving my dad's spaghetti."