Scenic Vistas!

Awhile back, I started a series of things I wanted to do after I moved to Virginia. One of the first places I listed was the scenic vistas on a near by highway. You can read my initial post here.

Every time I’d visit Jimmy down here, I’d drive by a couple of “scenic vista” stops on the highway. I was always in a rush to see my husband (and the cats), so I was never took the time to stop, but they remained high on my list of places I wanted to visit. This was for two reasons: 1) I was glad to be living in a place with topography again (no offense, northeast OH), and 2) I was grateful to be living in a place beautiful enough to have vistas.

Unlike my fellow New Englanders, when I was back in Cape Cod, I loved living in a place that attracted so many tourist. Tourists mean better shopping, more restaurants, and plenty of attractions to visit. Scenic Vistas are a good sign that an area might have some tourism, and I’m so happy to be living in a place like that again.

Now that life is starting to normalize, a bit. We finally had the opportunity to go check them out!


Of course, Duffy came along. His life’s mission is to be in as many travel-related selfies as possible.

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How beautiful is my new home environment?


The stops were pretty quick…not much to do besides look at the pretty mountains and take photos of Duffy. Still, I was very excited to be able to do something fun on a weekend with Jimmy (and Duffy). I look forward to more adventures very soon!


Podcast Recommendation: Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It

I adore Mike Rowe. I don’t necessarily agree with all his politics, but his a fabulously intelligent man with a great sense of humor and an amazing ability to tell stories.

Well, he has a new podcast and I highly recommend it!

You can find them here: if you’d like to listen straight from the website, but I also found it on Stitcher, and I’m sure it is on iTunes as well.

Here’s the official description:

“All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.”

Basically, Mike Rowe talks to you about an interesting thing for 5 minutes. You should give it a try.

Help Expand This Website!

This is just a friendly reminder that I’m setup for donations through Patreon.

You can donate as little as $1 a month. Every dollar is super helpful.

Right now, I am using the free version of WordPress. I’m quickly running out of storage space and I also can’t post videos. I would love to be able to afford an upgrade to the blog that would allow me to post more photos and cat videos!

In addition, I’d love to purchase some additional variations of my blog header (like my Christmas one), and maybe some additional art.

Thanks for reading!



…listening to…

  • Criminal– A podcast about true crime. The stories are from a variety of perspectives, so each episode is a but different.


  • Stardew Valley– Of course! My husband and I are taking turns playing it on my laptop. We decided to spend the $15 as a treat after last week, and to give us something to look forward to in the evenings. It is SO worth it. I LOVE this game and I can’t get enough.



  • Doc Martin (season 5)- This is my second run through with the Doc. I originally watched it when I was living alone back in Toledo. Now, I am making Jimmy watch it with me. It’s a British medical comedy drama about a curmugeondly surgeon from London become the a GP in a tiny town in the country. It’s become one of my all time favorite shows. I love the characters.
  • The X-Files (season 5)- We had started re-watching The X-Files from the beginning last year, but stopped. After watching the recent revival season, we decided to take up watching it again.

…obsessing over..

  • Stardew Valley- AGAIN….it qualifies as both a game and an obsession for me. Seriosuly, folks.
  • Tsum Tsums


  • Programming- My programming class was challenging and took up a lot of time, but it was fun! I plan on continuing to learn how to code in Python by using free exercises online.
  • Beading- I’m making beaded bracelets for my mom’s butterfly habitat that are inspired by the colors of native species of butterflies. I’m learning a lot about beadwork.

I made a Facebook Page!

Crazy Cat Nerd now has a Facebook page….

I’m not sure why I didn’t create one before now, but I was inspired this morning when I wanted to share with you all that Harree was eating pretty well this morning, but didn’t want to make a full blog post about it. 🙂

Also, I can’t post cat videos here…but I can on Facebook!

So, if you want more frequent cat updates, cat videos, or to chat about Disney or The Sims…or anything else I post about, you should follow me on FB! 🙂

Busy Couple of Weeks

Thank you for your patience for the lack of blog updates. These last couple of weeks have been very chaotic and I’ve had trouble keeping up my normal routine.

Since we’re down to one vehicle at the moment, every time I need a vehicle during the day, I need to spend an additional 2 hours in the car dropping my husband off at work and picking him up.

The last couple of weeks have been filled with interviews, doctor’s appointments, vet appointments, etc…and toss on a couple of difficult assignments from my programming class, you have a recipe for me getting nothing done besides the must-dos. I didn’t even get to update my Duffy Disney counter!

Things have quieted down a bit now, and I anticipate returning to a more regular blogging schedule soon.


Lists: Nerding Out About….January 2016

…listening to…

  • No Sleep Podcast– I’m still in love with the No Sleep podcast…much to my surprise…I didn’t realize I could be a fan of horror.
  • Gimlet Media- Also, still love anything made by Gimlet media…and they have new shows on the way.
  • Serial– Serial is back with season 2. Of course I am listening to that!
  • Undisclosed– If you listened and enjoyed the last season of Serial, you might be interested in Undisclosed. It continues following the case, discusses it in more depth, and gives lots of legal perspective. It’s not fleshed out in the nice story style of Serial, and the production isn’t as good. However, if you compare it to similarly not-as-well-funded podcasts, it’s on par. And it’s interesting to see how the case develops.


  • Her Story– Her Story has been sitting in my Steam queue for a little while, so I decided to check it off the list. It’s a very unique game with simple mechanics and a complicated story. You are sitting at a computer from the 90s, and you are trying to learn about a particular case from a poorly organized police database of videos. You can only pull up 5 search results of short video clips using a search bar and keywords. So, the game plays as such: search a word you think may be involved (starting very general and moving towards specific), watch all the video clips, take notes, try to piece together what is happening, write down any words you could possibly search that were mentioned in the clip, repeat with one of your new search terms. It’s pretty fun, and it won’t take you too much time to complete.
  • Journal– I picked this up for super cheap during a recent Steam sale (actually, I had a gift card so it was free to me). It’s a casual point n’click with a touching story. It was very quick to complete. It reminded me of Gone Home.
  • The Book of Unwritten Tales– I’m currently playing this adorable and well-executed point n’ click adventure that is full of comedy and references (to LOTR, Indiana Jones, Harry Potter, D&D). It’s fun and adorable.



  • Person of Interest (season 2)- I previously had no interest in this show, but Supernatural taught me that you sometimes need to watch a full season or 2 before you find a gem…POI was like that for me. Now that we are on the second season, I’ve become attached to the characters.
  • Broadchurch (season 2)- I love David Tennant, British shows, and detective shows…so I adore Broadchurch.

…obsessing over..

  • Tsum Tsums– Sadly can’t afford to buy any, but I play the game and love the ones I have.


  • To Code- I’m taking an online course to learn how to code because it seems like a useful skill to have for any science field. It’s taking up more of my time than expected. It’s also quite frustrating at times, but also very rewarding when actually get the darn code to work!