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i'm Kassandra an oregon girl at heart. recent college graduate. heading off to law school in summer of 2014. my parents are both u.s. army veterans and continue to serve in the military in other capacities. i have four brothers (two older, two younger) and three sisters (all younger). i love each of them for both their individuality and their commitment to the example set by our parents. aside from my family, i have several friends who mean a great deal to me, one as much as my best friend from high school. she's my kindred spirit and i would do anything for her. i would also do anything for Julie, my roommate for three of my four years of college and my best friend; she's amazing and it's wonderful to have shared this experience with her. i'm extremely strong in academics and tend to think of things in analytical terms. i'm open and honest. note: i'm interested in receiving feedback on this blog, but i request that the comments pertain to the actual blog itself, and i do not approve anonymous comments.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

lest we not forget Nikki

in my last entry i talked about missing my family. however, in all that, i forgot someone very, very special to me.

as a 14-year-old pretty much beginning adolescence, my parents presented me with a gift. this was to be my pet and mine alone, the cutest little kitten. black with white patches and the most gorgeous eyes, she won my heart the instant i saw her.

i named her Nikki, somewhat after a friend and because i thought it sounded cool for a cat.

i cannot begin to relate the tough days or activity filled nights when i would come home to relax and before i knew it, Nikki would be laying next to me purring steadily. it's like she knew her role in the family and in my life. everyone has a job and comforting me during rough times is hers. and if i didn't know better, i'd say she is all smiles.

so a question has emerged regarding Nikki. who shall take care of my baby while i'm at school living in the dorm?

this was something i've pondered for quite some time. i've run through them one by one. obviously it's going to be a family member, but whom?

my parents. this wouldn't seem fair to burden them with one more thing about which to worry. although they would do it if asked, i dismissed this idea quite quickly.

Brandon. he'd be great. however, he's a senior and doesn't need one more thing on his plate. additionally, he's already the primary care provider for our family dog, Jasper, so i don't think it would be right to ask him to take care of Nikki as well.

Jessica. she'd also be great, but she's heavily involved in her high school band and other music ventures. some of these take her away from home for a night or sometimes a weekend, so it might not be the best job for her.

Monika. this could be an interesting choice, and she loves Nikki, but i think my youngest sister is probably still a little young for this kind of responsibility.

Keith. my youngest brother is nearly 13 and wouldn't do a bad job of taking care of my baby. he's busy with music and with sports and i don't want Nikki to fall through the cracks of his schedule. i've decided to ask him to act as a back-up to the person i've asked to look after her.

which leads me to ... Angela. i absolutely love this girl and it makes sense that she look after Nikki. Angi is just about my age when my parents gave Nikki to me. most of Angi's activities involve writing and reading which she does at home anyway. yes, Angela is the perfect choice.

i know Nikki is in good hands with her.

~ Kassandra


  1. I love how you went through every member of your family as an option. it is an interesting way for us to see what your family is like. but your conclusion does seem to be the best choice. great job! :)

  2. that's how i do a thought process; go through and look at each option. there was much more to my decision than what i just listed there for each of them, but i think you get the idea. Angi has had some issues over the past few months and i think it'll be good for her to have Nikki. she always was a great comfort to me. important note though, Nikki is still my cat; she's just on loan to my sister!

    ~ Kassandra

  3. I agree that Angi is a good choice. I think that it would be beneficial for her to have a "responsibility" such as Nikki! I'm prtty sure that it was Angi you were telling me about that was having so much trouble with "friends" and such. So I think that this is a perfect way to help her! I know that Nikki will be in great hands! Love you girl!

  4. thanks Nicole; love you too! Angi is doing much better now, so i thought she'd really appreciate the chance to look out for Nikki. i'm happy with the choice.

    ~ Kassandra