Monthly Archives: February 2013

Furry Friday: The Foreigner

This past Christmas one of the girls I work with needed someone to watch a kitten for her while she went out-of-town.  No one else could do it, so I volunteered to babysit him for a few nights.

He was such a cutie with his floofy old man ears but also such a whiney baby! 😛

They ended up naming the little guy Bill 🙂

He almost made me want a floofy, tabby boy of my own!  😛

135 Seconds of Awesome

Lately I have been getting to spend a lot of time with my favorite guy, my nephew Thomas.  Not only am I his favorite aunt, I am now also his favorite babysitter 😉

Thomas is growing like a weed and absorbing everything around him like a sponge!  It is amazing to watch him experience all types of new things, process them, and figure out how to repeat or copy them.  He is even starting to get the hang of repeating things he hears.

I am admittedly biased, but Thomas is really rather awesome.  Recently, I even captured some of that awesomeness on video!  Here are the three best and most recent videos of him:

In this first one he practices saying “uh oh,” “get down,” and “cuckoo” 😀

http://youtu.be/g_6i05IijZY

In the next one I managed to distract him from the iPad for a minute to get him to copy me 😛

http://youtu.be/F5Jb9Yjliko

And this last one is of his first, hands-on experience with a puddle 😉

http://youtu.be/rTUhWRG1JPs

I suspect that this videos will continue to make me smile for a very long time, but I can’t wait to capture even more videographic evidence of how amazing and awesome he is 😉

Meaningful Monday

Holding on to my Broken Heart by Jaime Best

“Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn’t it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up. You build up all these defenses, you build up a whole suit of armor, so that nothing can hurt you, then one stupid person, no different from any other stupid person, wanders into your stupid life… You give them a piece of you. They didn’t ask for it. They did something dumb one day, like kiss you or smile at you, and then your life isn’t your own anymore. Love takes hostages. It gets inside you. It eats you out and leaves you crying in the darkness, so simple a phrase like ‘maybe we should just be friend’ turns into a glass splinter working its way into your heart. It hurts. Not just in the imagination. Not just in the mind. It’s a soul-hurt, a real gets-inside-you-and-rips-you-apart pain. I hate love.”

~ Neil Gaiman from The Sandman, Vol.9: The Kindly Ones

Sidenote: If I had the extra cash I would be so very tempted to buy the original from the above photo.  Jaime Best has some amazing artwork available on her website. You should check it out! 🙂

Furry Friday Failure!

Oh goodness!  It seems I totally forgot to post anything for Furry Friday!  To make up for my epic fail I have a few more pictures than usual though and a short synopsis on how the cats did in my car for 40+ hours! 😉

First a couple of Squirt in the car during our very long, cross-country, drive.  I ended up doing a combination of keeping the cats in their carriers and letting them out of their carriers on harness and leash.  I didn’t have a whole lot of room in my small, 2-door car, so this worked out pretty well for us.  When I was driving they were in their carriers, but when my dad was driving and I could supervise them I let them out on harness and leash.  During one really long stretch they even used the litterbox in the moving car!  Honestly, they both did better then I could’ve hoped for.  A little crying and whining, but mostly they just slept and hung out with me when I was playing passenger. You could still tell that Pippi mostly hated the whole ride, but by the third day Squirt was riding in the front seat like a pro, looking fairly comfortable with the situation, and even looking out windows.

Once we got here and got Pippi out of the car she made herself right at home though!  Of the two of them she also gets along fairly well with Thomas.  Squirt… Well.. Not so much.  He hisses and growls at Thomas anytime Thomas gets to close, but he has plenty of spots to get away from Thomas and I never leave them together unsupervised either.  He is running away less and less though, so it is a work in progress 😉

Since I have been back in South Florida I have been sleeping on a twin bed… It is usually just Pippi and I in bed as Squirt generally chooses to sleep in his own bed on the floor.  I never realized exactly how much room one tiny little eight pound cat can take up though!  This bed is not really big enough for both of us, but I suspect I would end up sleeping on the couch before I would ever kick the cute and furry little princess out of the bed!

Pippi just can’t fathom why I would ever call her a bed-hog… It has nothing to do with the fact that she always chooses to lay across the bed this way so that I am squished up against the wall 😛

It must be rough being such a pretty, pretty princess… Requires so much beauty rest and attitude! 😉

The Littlest Sister

“If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child.”

~ Linda Sunshine

I know that I have mentioned it before, but in case you missed it, I am the oldest of five kids… Three girls then two boys.  I know all about sisters!  In any case, Erin, the middle child but the youngest of the three girls, turns twenty-six today. (Man I feel old!)

I think she had the biggest blue eyes of any of us as a baby.

And a mischievous smile 🙂

She was even Deedee from Dexter’s Laboratory one year!

Now she is a soldier in the Army who we are all very proud of.

She is in fact stuck at a training exercise in the desert today.  I hope she has a great day anyways!

Happy Birthday Little Sister!

(Sidenote: Look at that giant brick of a phone on the desk behind Erin! 😛 )

 

Meaningful Monday: A Poem

“Walking, working, barely breathing

My thoughts, far away

Heart aching, mind racing

Sleep does not come easily, nor last long…”

~ Peter Winstanley

Also, for anyone who is wondering, the cats and I got to Florida safe and sound, although I have no desire to go on such a long trip again any time soon!