¡Viva la Revolución!

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.”

~ Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games

For me, 2011 has been the year of post-apocalyptic and dystopian future fiction.  I have quickly learned to love this particular genre after a few great novels captured my heart!  Recently I also found out that one of the stories is being made into a movie!  This news made my day and the trailer gave me chills!

The Hunger Games – Official Theatrical Trailer

I cannot wait until March!

If you haven’t heard of The Hunger Games, it is the first novel of a dystopian, science fiction trilogy by Suzanne Collins.  I have heard the books described as fantastic, breathless, compelling, and brutal.  They are all those things and more, and I can’t recommend them enough.  Here’s the blurb from Goodreads.

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister’s place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before—and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that will weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Hunger Games books are not the only post-apocalyptic novels I am in love with though!  I am very excited about Jacqueline Carey’s sequel to Santa Olivia and hoping for news of a third book in Maria V. Snyder’s Insider series.  Click on the photos of the book covers below for more information:

I foresee my self re-reading these novels again soon!

“Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.”


Tie Dye Tuesday

I have been pretty distracted lately.. Totally forgot to post something meaningful yesterday!  Here are some cute picture to make up for the brain lapse: 😉

Some “older” shots of my nephew Tommy from September, when he was a few weeks old.

Buried Treasures

As you can probably tell, recently I have been sorting through all the photos and videos on my computer and I rediscovered some of my “home movies.” 🙂  Most of them aren’t worth much to anyone besides me, but here are two more of Squirt that might be worth watching for my cat lover friends out there:

In this first one Squirt shows off the trick he taught himself.  For some odd reason, for a few months the floor in that particular room was hot lava as far as Squirt was concerned.  I would have to carry him in and, if he did have to touch the floor to get out of the room, he would jump and run like his tail was on fire.  It was very weird, and to this day a mystery.  After a month or two everything went back to normal and he stopped performing this particular trick in favor of simply sauntering out though.

A bit of back story on the next video.. I was attempting to teach myself how to crochet and Squirt thought the yarn that I was working with was just the neatest thing since sliced bread.  Having just recently installed a ceiling fan in our bedroom I came up with the genius idea to tie a piece of yarn to one of the fan blades!

I looks like I am getting to the bottom of the barrel now, but I will have to see what other buried treasures I can find to share with y’all 😀

Exhibits A & B

At this time, I offer into evidence two videos, becoming exhibits A and B…

These videos, captured by our witness, Rori, show proof that rats and cats can in fact coexist peacefully! 😉

Plainly, you can see that the rats weren’t very concerned about Squirt being there.  Squirt was more afraid of the girls than they were of him.  He really just wanted to eat their food!

Then, and now, these videos totally made my day 🙂

Furry Friday: What’s in a Name?

Today I have a few Halloween out-takes to share with you. 😉  I know Halloween is long gone, but these pictures crack me up!

Also, the other day felinepaws4thought asked me how my kids got their name.  First up, Ash…

Ash came by his name partly because he is gray, partly because Chris’ favorite band at the time was From Autumn to Ashes, and partly because I was desperate to give him a name so Chris and his former roommates would stop calling him “Money!”  Honestly though he rarely gets called Ash.  His name minds as well be Boodie, especially since that is what he responds too.

Squirt on the other hand actually came with his name… His foster mom came up with it and it just kind of stuck.  I tried to think of something more dignified, and he almost became “Salem,” but Squirt suited him better.  Once again though, if his name was actually what I called him most, his name would be Weinie.  (I know.. Instead of finding him a more dignified name I gave him a more ridiculous nickname.)

Unlike his older brothers, I am pretty sure Emperor Titus McGee somehow managed to pick his own name.  After taking one look at him I just knew he was either going to be Titus or Tyson.  I deliberated for all of 30 seconds and decided that Titus just seemed right.  It didn’t take much longer for me to decide that he needed a middle name.  For one I have this weird thing for names or nicknames having to end in an “E” sound.  Also, he is a bit of a naughty boy and it sounds more like I mean business when I am shouting “Titus McGee!” 😉  (McGee came about because I started calling him “Guerrilla” for his warfare tactics. That turned into “Magila Gorilla” which turned into McGee.)  I know that I have mentioned it before, but the name Titus really does suit him.  I am truly convinced that he thinks he is an emperor!

Last but not least is my prettiest princess, Pippi Marie.  Like Squirt she had a foster family before her and I met, but unlike Squirt the name they gave her didn’t suit her at all.. It was Yolandi.  Similar to how Titus got his name, Pippi’s name just kind of popped right into my head, and with her it happened before I even knew she was going to be mine.  I was at home, walking up the stairs in fact, thinking about the cute little cat I met at work and what a pip squeak she was compared to my boys and I instantly knew her name was Pippi.  (I did also consider Ziggy because of the white zig zag she has on her back leg, but Ziggy just didn’t sound right compared to Pippi.)  Her crazy antics earned her a middle name as well and I just really liked the way Marie went with Pippi.  (The name Marie has good vibes for me… Everyone I have known with the name Marie is awesome!)

So, for anyone keeping score, you can probably see that I tend to call all my fur kids names that rhyme (since they all end in an “E” sound)… Boodie, Weinie, Titus McGee, Pippi Marie (cats), Ani (“Annie”), Ali, Kati (“Katy”), Mali, Luci, Migi, Mimi, Aggi, Inki, and Curli (rats.. not all at the same time 😉 )