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.