The 54th Deadline: Meet Mango

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The 54th Deadline: Life’s always going to give you another chance if you’re constantly persistent.
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Meet Mango. My new cat.

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I adopted Mango this past weekend, and it’s safe to say I have become totally attached to this ball of fur.

I named her Mango because of her orange/yellow color and because she is so darn sweet in temperament. She follows me around already, meowing at me to pet and love her. She is by all means the ideal cat for someone like me.

I had to mull over the decision to adopt a cat carefully. I don’t make a lot of extra money per se, but I was willing to bite the bullet on the expenses to bring home a feline friend if I found the right cat.

Mango (originally named Ruby at the shelter) was a cat who was surrendered to the animal shelter because she was one animal too many. My guess is she was part of some kind of animal hoarder, but it’s not like she was dragged to the shelter due to behavioral problems.

She has already had kittens before at some point during her two years of age. She was deemed friendly and approachable at the shelter. There weren’t really a lot of negatives to factor in for her.

I ruled out getting a kitten because you actually have to be there during the initial stages during a kitty’s development to make sure they grow up correctly with the right behavioral habits.

I have to work a lot. I have some bills to pay, and though they are not that much compared to others, it still means I have to put in my share of hours each week to make sure I continue to stay afloat. As a result, it would mean Mango or any other cat I choose to adopt in the future would have to get used to not seeing me at home for extended times.

It’s tough, but it is what it is. It can’t be helped.

At least with an older cat, what you see is what you are more or less going to get when it comes to adoption. Mango had the right kind of personality I was looking for: calm, but at the same time she didn’t raise any red flags like she would rip up my stuff when I am not there.

Mango cried out at me during my shelter visits, and she was kind of enough to approach me and let me hold her. Not to mention, she didn’t look like some kind of troublemaker I had to think twice about leaving home alone for long periods of time, which is something that can’t be avoided in my current situation.

Before I knew it, I had already found myself signing the adoption papers to bring her home for real.

Mango so far has been a real joy to my life. Continue reading

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Everyday NhanSense – Day 94

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 94’s Topic: Cats.
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Lately, part of my life has felt somewhat empty, but empty in the sense that I don’t have something to take care of other than myself.

With this in mind, the idea of me getting a cat in my situation has become more and more intriguing.

It’s starting to become an everyday occurrence I think about having a feline friend again to call my own. Ugh, I really want a kitty or two, but I do worry about the finances. If I were to get a cat, I wouldn’t be cheap about the whole spiel either.

I would want to make sure the cat is thoroughly entertained and is comfortable living at my place. I have two whole floors with a bit of extra room, but I would definitely keep the cat(s) indoors out of fear of something bad happening outside.

Obviously, food is something I have to pay for, along with litter and some other essentials. Not to mention, God forbid, my cat(s) in the near future don’t run into any health problems that would force me to go to the vet.

But otherwise, money aside, I think the companionship of having a cat would far exceed any dollar amount I could ever imagine in my current situation. Heck, there have been plenty of days I felt like having a cat to pet would have made my ordeals seem less daunting, putting my mind at ease. Continue reading

Everyday NhanSense – Day 81


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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 81’s Topic: Cats.
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As I browse through more pictures of my cats saved on file, the more apparent my true feelings come to the surface. Simply put, I miss my two babies a lot. Tux and Kuro meant a lot to me. They still do. I raised them since they were wee kittens, bonded with them on a personal level between pet and pet owner, which makes some days over here in this new town feel certainly lonely.

Magically, I wish I could just warp the two over here. But it wouldn’t be fair to the family I once lived with, as they are their cats as well. Sure, they didn’t love these two cats as much as me, but I was moving into a precarious and uncertain situation. The family was kicking me out of their home, after all, so I had to make the hard decision of leaving Tux and Kuro behind as a result.

I wasn’t sure if I could take care of my living situation, let alone adequately care for the two cats the way I would want them to be treated. I didn’t know where I was going to live, if I could get a job that paid me enough to afford rent, food and all the other expenses.

Of course, now that the ship has stabilized, I could probably take care of Tux and Kuro just fine. However, it’s not like I can just waltz into the family’s house and demand to have the two cats to take back here. Maybe in time, I will make an effort at formally adopting the two cats, but that family and I haven’t contacted one another for months.

In this regard, things are awkward between us. I have assumed Tux and Kuro have been just fine without me, so I have to trust that they are being loved. That’s all that really matters to me in this regard, honestly. The two cats were quite happy critters before I got kicked out, so I have prayed they have been still content with their lives.

It’s hard at times, but it’s all I can really do at the moment, aside from the alternative …

I could get another cat or two. Completely new ones to raise and love from the start again.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 19

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 19’s Topic: Cats.
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I miss my two kitties … Tux and Kuro. Like, you don’t even know. It was an unfortunate consequence of my move over to this new town I am living in now – I had to leave my two babies behind.

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As much as I would have liked to bring my two cats with me, I had to make a tough decision about whether I would risk dragging them into unknown territory and if I could practically afford to keep taking care of them.

Ultimately, I made the right move, but it’s still a crappy choice to me nonetheless. In a perfect world, I could have taken my two kitties with me. But alas, life isn’t always fair in this regard.

But again, people don’t know how much I love these two ever-so-cuddly furballs. I was with them the since day one when they were brought home as tiny, adorable and puffy balls of joy who mewed at everything, as they were just always so curious about the world.

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Card Me: Unflinching Courage

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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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Value is everything in Magic: The Gathering. Unflinching Courage gives you plenty of bang for your buck, and it is also playable in a variety of formats if you’re running both green and white in your deck. It is that good.
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Card Name: Unflinching Courage
Mana Cost: 1GreenWhite
Converted Mana Cost: 3
Types: Enchantment — Aura
Card Text: Enchant creature
Enchanted creature gets +2/+2 and has trample and lifelink.
Flavor Text: As Trostani’s influence grew, vitality spread through the Conclave—much to the other guilds’ dismay.
Watermark: Selesnya
Expansion: Dragon's Maze (Uncommon) Dragon’s Maze
Rarity: Uncommon
Card Number: 111
Artist: Mike Bierek

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There are plenty of things to love about this card. It’s a three-mana spell, meaning it won’t break your mana curve as three is very reasonable to come by in any format.

Its effects are all relevant: a +2/2 boost, trample to make sure some damage seeps through and lifelink to build up your life total with every successful hit/block.

You toss this bad boy on any creature to make it into a scary threat for your opponent instantly.

Without a doubt, Unflinching Courage is a straightforward, yet powerful card if your deck runs green and white. Generally, a must-have in these types of decks.

Card Me: Gladecover Scout

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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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When you think of an “elf” in regards to fantasy, many would immediately conjure up an image of the pretty elf stereotype. Well, Gladecover Scout is certainly a pretty elf in her own right, but she is no pushover by any means in regards to Magic: The Gathering.
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Card Name: Gladecover Scout
Mana Cost: Green
Converted Mana Cost:1
Types: Creature — Elf Scout
Card Text: Hexproof (This creature can’t be the target of spells or abilities your opponents control.)
Flavor Text: “The forest is my cover and I hold it close. In such a tight embrace, there is no room for wickedness.”
P/T: 1 / 1
Expansion: Magic 2012 (Common) Magic 2012
Rarity: Common
All Sets: Magic 2012 (Common)Magic 2014 Core Set (Common)
Card Number: 178
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With built-in hexproof, Gladecover Scout laughs at anything that says “target” by your opponent. Spot removal, many burn spells and so much more are almost rendered useless to a hexproof creature. You have to do roundabout methods to deal with anything that carries the hexproof characteristic.

Gladecover Scout is an ideal card to use in an enchantment-based deck.

For example, a powerful card to use is Ethereal Armor to bling out your elf with +1/1 for each enchantment you control and first strike.

Toss in other cards like Unflinching Courage on top of it, and you’re left with a beefy and scary creature for your opponent to fight.

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Card Me: Charging Badger

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Card Me: A favorite hobby of mine is playing card games. There is just something really remarkable about how laying cardboard onto a table can bring people together for lots of fun/frustration. As a naturally shy person in real life, I enjoy how card games can bring me out of my shell for quite the social activity.
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Charging Badger shows no mercy.
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Card Name: Charging Badger
Mana Cost: Green
Converted Mana Cost: 1
Types: Creature — Badger
Card Text: Trample
Flavor Text: “If the hierarchies of nature were determined by ferocity alone, the badger would be lord of the beasts.”
—Anthousa of Setessa
P/T: 1 / 1
Expansion: Born of the Gods (Common) Born of the Gods
Rarity: Common
Card Number: 118
Artist: Raoul Vitale
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Don’t mess with this 1/1 tramplin’ badger. It’s gonna bite your ankles.