I always feel a second wind after Monday’s wind up back to work after a fun weekend at home, so thought I’d start an installment of my favorite happenings, ideas, and just what I’m loving to keep you revved up each Tuesday to make it to Friday. Sound good?
You know I’m a huge rescue dog and cat aficionado, having 3 dogs, Spike, Buddy, and Siggy, and 1 cat, Bailey. I have recently applied to volunteer at a wonderful organization in Raleigh, NC called Second Chance Pet Adoptions.
Second Chance Pet Adoptions is the oldest no-kill rescue organization in Wake County. At Second Chance, its mission is to champion homeless cats and dogs who are healthy or treatable in the quest to find their forever home and engage with our community to promote responsible pet ownership-ultimately reducing future generations of homeless animals.
People volunteer to foster dogs until they are adopted, for example this beautiful boy is being fostered right now until his home is found:
I hope I get picked to volunteer but another way I have already helped this organization is by donating to it via my paycheck. As a state employee at UNC Health Care in Chapel Hill, NC, each year we are encouraged to give to a charity via the NC State Employee’s campaign. Each employee can give as little as $5 a month out of their paycheck (or a lot more) to help great organizations like Second Chance Pet Adoptions. So maybe you can’t adopt a pet right now, but you could give a little money to help places like this feed and shelter animals. Wouldn’t that feel good?
I listen to podcasts and have many favorites, especially The Life of Caesar, which via Caesar’s inevitable death (et tu Brute?), has now morphed into the Life of [Augustus] Caesar. Highly recommend but avoid if you don’t enjoy some colorful language.
Another podcast opportunity I’ve been partaking in is free University classes, for example, go to Itunes Store, search Yale University, then look for the Yale Open Courses as these are free! Right now, I’m listening to:
1) Early Modern England: Politics, Religion, and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts by Keith E. Wrightson; and
2) The American Revolution by Joanne B. Freeman. I’m about to start one on The Civil War. You would be surprised, or maybe you wouldn’t, how interesting these courses are. This is free coursework by some of the best institutions so take advantage of it.
My daughter Sara and I were and are obsessed with Gilmore Girls. Many people are because of the witty banter, the love, the fights, it’s just a great show and also derived before the pre-mega popularity of Meghan McCarthy (Did you know she’s Jenny McCarthy’s cousin?) of Bridesmaids fame. She plays Sookie, yes, the original quirky chef and best friend, not a slutty vampire lover.
I meandered upon a hilarious Yale University-based podcast called “Gilmore Guys” where these funny guys who love the show literally go through each show and it’s worth a listen. Hope your week is full of energy and fun! Love, Kathryn (the “Haute Angel”)