Friday, May 26, 2006

I have willpower, oh yes I do.....

...I have willpower, how about YOU?! (heh ... aah, those Friday night high school football game flashbacks. They just hit you unexpectantly, no?! :))

So, look what I managed NOT to buy at the store today? How's that for some willpower?!

I mean, come onnnn. Not only pink gardening hand tools, pink shears, pink clogs, pink gloves, and a pink kneeling pad .... but a pink gardening hose too!!!! What's next? .... I'll be able to pass up a preoffered slice of chocolate cake?! (okay, okay, okay ... now I'm just talkin' crazy. I know! But really, look at all that Pink-ety Goodness!!!!! Just cracks me up!)

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Holy Cow! ... Is that KNITTING I see??

By Golly ... that IS knitting! And yes, it's another bunny! But this time I'm attempting to knit it using only DPNs. The pattern calls for the use of TWO circular needles here ... but really, this DPN thing is awesome!!! Not only are the needles easier to juggle, but there is NO purling involved! All just the knit stitch for the body of the bunny! Can I BE any happier?? :)

Oh, okay ... I COULD be happier if y'all could figure out a way for me to marry the new American Idol champion, Taylor Hicks! ("Soul Patrol! Soul Patrol! Soul Patrol!!!") Cuz I luvs him!!! What a sweetie, eh?! And I am down with the soul! (and the George Clooney look ain't so bad either!!! ;)) So if any of y'all out there in blogland know the man, would ya hook us up?? Pretty please?! Okay, thank!

Here's another pic for you! Found this while wandering a garden store yesterday. Is it just me or is "Golden Showers" not the BEST name for a rose bush?? (or for pretty much anything really?)

Emma checking to make sure I'm not making any changes to her garden that she doesn't approve of.....

hehe. That pic just cracks me up.

Look at how pretty this bracelet is!! Ms C just sent that to me as a gift*!! Unfortunately, I wore it today to work and broke it before I even got my jacket off! And I just received it last night!!! WAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! (*sob*). BUT ... Ms C said just to send it back and she'd fix it for me! YAY!!!! Thank you, Ms C! Sorry about that! Damn jacket! Shouldn't have to be wearing a jacket to work this late in the season anyway ... dang it! :)

And last but not least, here's a link to a funny comedic dance video! You know, in honor of the new American Idol-style dance competition that starts tonight (what??) :)

*hmmm. I tell the woman she's the only one I'd go gay for and she suddenly starts sending me gifts of jewelry. Co-ink-y-dink?! I don't think so!! :)

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

I SWEAR I'm not gay*!

So my friend A and I went to the Jo Dee Messina concert Saturday night out in Lincoln City!

Now I'm not a huge country music fan, though I have gone through phases in which I've listened to some. The last time being ... oh ..... 10 years ago?? But when A invited me to this concert I recognized the artist's name and knew there were at least one or two songs from way back when which I liked.

So off I went. Because really, who am I to turn down a concert? I just love me the live music!

[Now this blog post is going to be slightly different then my past ones .... because this one requires audience participation. Are you ready?

Okay, at certain points while reading this post, I will request that you repeat the mantra "Kat is not gay*, Kat is not gay*" out loud. Got it? Good. Here we go.]

So Jo Dee Messina, folks ....... (*insert mantra here*) is HOT! That chick has been workin' OUT! Check it out.........

I took that photo during the show and I tell ya it simply does not do her justice. So you'll just have to trust me on this.

I just (*insert mantra here*) loved her body. She's 36 and lean and definitely well-toned. And I found it refreshing that she looked so great
and yet wasn't your normal Celebrity Stick. The woman had curves and (*insert mantra here*) in all the right places!!

So I found her to be motivating. Which is a good thing. Because I tell ya, looking at some of the supermodels or anorexic celebrities simply depresses the hell out of me.
But Jo Dee's body seems to me to be a body which is attainable for your Average Jo (heh). I mean, I'd have to work loooonnng and hard and give up every and all foods that I like in order to look like that ... .but I betcha I could. (I don't betcha I WILL though, knowing my lazy ass self ... just sayin'!)

But I liked more than her (*insert mantra here*) perfect little body. I really liked the way she dressed too. She had on a pair of hip, low-rise jeans which showed off her flat yet well-defined abs really well. And I tell ya, that tank top really show-cased
(*insert mantra here 10 times*) her "girls" absolutely deliciously (that's right ... I said "deliciously"! What of it??! :))! You go, Jo Dee!!!

PLUS, that woman is just cute as a button! And dang funny. A great storyteller. An entertaining dancer (in a good way ... not in a facinating "car wreck" kinda way). And just a sweetheart to boot!

Oh, and not to mention a great singer/songwriter and just so, so nice! ;)

I mean, get this ..... with all the hundreds and hundreds of concerts I have seen, I have never, ever seen an artist who comes out for the second set and opens the show up for requests. That's right ... she just talked to the audience and let folks pick the songs they wanted to hear. And then proceeded to play like 8 or 9 requested songs! How awesome is that? Granted, this was a smaller venue then I normally see shows at, but still .... just the chatting away with the audience was awesome!!

AND ... folks kept bringing things up to the front of the stage for her to sign. So while she was chatting in between songs she'd be signing items for folks!

How cool is that??

Yeah, I used to think
(*insert mantra here*) Angelina Jolie was the hottest woman alive .... but now I think Angelina's got some competition. Because (no, no really ... please *insert mantra extra loud here*) not only do I think Jo Dee is sexy ... she'd be the type of girl I'd marry.

Okay, now please excuse me while I log onto some porn sites and stare at naked men! :)

*"not that there is anything wrong with that!" ;)

Friday, May 19, 2006

Back by popular demand.....

Well, actually, back by the grumblings of only one (very occasional but still loyal) blog reader (hi B!) who says he is tired of entries about knitting and/or cats! (as well as the blog's pink background, but we won't go there! ;))

So, just for you B, a little Craigslist personal ad bashing!

Hello, my name is not important… - 39 [perfect! You show much potential ... let's read!]

Reply to:
Date: 2006-05-19, 5:38AM PDT

I’ll get rite to the point. I am well groomed and good looking! And smoke!........

[blah, blah, blah! I just liked that "And smoke!" had an exclamation point like that was one of his best selling points! hehe]

Are you the one that can survive my massive checklist? - 29 [gee, and folks think I'm picky! Take a gander at this!]

Reply to:
Date: 2006-05-19, 5:16AM PDT

Here's what I'm looking for. Does this sound like you?

Cute upturned nose
Artistic flair
Joie de vie
Rolls your R's
Likes holding hands
Never played backgammon
Your mom was a novelist and amateur archaeologist in Fiji
Your dad was a Moroccan ambassador
Allergic to cats
Five feet four inches tall
Doesn't like pizza or biscotti
You're good at fixing things up (I think that's oh-so-sexy)
You're strong and capable of playing the princess in shining armor
You can climb trees
Wicked grin
A high calorie skin color (honey, chocolate, salt water taffy)
You don't eat marmite before kissing
Falls for wimpy absentminded guys
Intelligent and easygoing
Looks surprisingly good in a mumu
Born in the sign of Libra, Nautilus, or the Dragon
Not afraid to talk about difficult subjects
You're proud to be a primate
You have a great sense of humor
Have the ability to enjoy acting stupid without getting drunk
Comfortable in high society
Uses the Mona Lisa approach to criticism
Adept at peeling grapes
Good at singing
Likes to make up stories
Innie belly button
Can walk like a lioness when you feel like it
Too cool to use craigslist

[damn, now if only I didn't eat marmite before kissing! Ah well]

hey - 41

Reply to:
Date: 2006-05-19, 3:46AM PDT

I m sitting here with my cat Zeta on my lap, thinking maybe there are things to make me more complete.
Quick fuck, small talk, in and out, is that all in life ? Pehaps not. Or is it all cash? I've got enough cash to cash you out. Lets hip those hipsters out.

[huh?????? I'm going to need the Cliff Notes on that ad I think!]

Analingus... – 40 [enough said. Not even reading that one. NEXT!]

looking for a lady that dosent mind diapers - 28 [as in, "wearing them". NEXT!]

never had sex look to start - 20

Reply to:
Date: 2006-05-18, 9:05PM PDT

all girls all ages

[uh yeah. If y'all believe this guy has never had sex, I’ve got a bridge to sell you! ;)]

Loser #1, Loser #2, and Loser #3!

Old, decrepit, retired
This will not work! - 27

[love the positive thinking there, guys!]

And last but not least, I was going to bash this ad.......

In town for a few days. Hard body and very attractive - 29

Reply to:
Date: 2006-05-18, 10:03PM PDT

I'm just looking to go out and have some fun bar hopping or something. I'm 6' 195lbs and very nice. Just want to go out and have fun after working all day. I come to PDX quite a bit. Nice weather today.


....until I saw the picture!

Hot damn, is all I'm sayin'! Now excuse me while I go work on composing a reply email!! ;)

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Are you kidding me???

(*pats down pockets and looks around*) Hello? Toto? Isn't this The United States of America in the year 2006?? What the HELL is going on around here??? Did someone slip me a mickey and take me back in time a couple of centuries? Cuz this ain't funny.......

Missouri Town May Evict Unmarried Parents

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

This also explains a lot!

Apparently I've been going through life at the wrong gate! Who knew??!

*thanks to A's single friend D for this photo taken at the Oakland Airport!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Random Friday

First off, how cool is this bracelet!?!

I asked my friend Ms C to make a bracelet that I could give to my friend K for her birthday. I requested one with purples (because K LOVES The Purple) and told Ms C that K is a shaman and that I believed one of her spiritual guides* to be a bear. And this is what Ms C came up with!

Isn't it awesome! Y'all should check out Ms C's products page. (Only errrr .... don't get too attached to that last one on the page......

.... because it is MineMineMine! :) We're just going to switch** out the charm. Ms C said she ordered up a knitting one. How cool, huh?!)

So how wrong is this?

I'm commuting into work this morning and spot this crane driving down the road.

For those of you who can't read the very blurry logo (sorry ... I was driving, it was early, and ummm ... there had been NO caffeine yet at that point! ;)), the logo reads: "Just like Viagra .... We get it up for you."


My tax dollars at work!

So I've discovered that Oregon has a funky way of wasting my tax dollars! See this Oregon Department of Transportation workerbee sitting here in this pic ...

.......I believe their job is simply to guard that offramp ALL day! Ya know, to warn the other ODOT workerbees via radio on the off-chance that some idiot driver misses all the Road Closed signs, barrels through the cones, weaves around the road closed barriers, and continues driving until they get to the part of the road where the road work is actually being done. (now I'm sure this COULD happen ... and maybe upon occasion it does .... but really ....what's the frequency {Kenneth} (*snicker*)! )

Now I understand that for safety sake some kind of Idiot Alert could be a good thing. BUT ... could this not more efficiently (and cheaply???) be done by having a temporary yet reusable device put on the road right there that would sound an alarm to the folks below if a car passed over it? You know, think like those hoses that you sometimes see on the road that counts the cars that pass over it. Or maybe something even more portable like those spike strips the police use (minus the spikes but with a pressure sensor). I mean .... come onnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn! That has got to be WAY cheaper than paying someone for 8 hours of work plus bennies, day after day after day.

(alright all you liberals ... bring it on! I know you're going to take issue with this. Just let me preemptively say that creating jobs can be a good thing. But really .... based on what I've gleaned so far, I'm completely and utterly unimpressed with this one.

Some idiot plowing through the cones is just too random! Use the pressure sensor method for that and have this person doing something else ... ya know, like picking up all the litter, or filling the gagillion potholes. OR if for some reason they have to stand guard there ... at least give them some yarn and knitting needles so they can knit for charities!!! Just please, for my tax dollars ... let them be doing something a bit more useful!!)

* I know. First with the Feng Shui talk ... now with the Spiritual Guide stuff. Y'all are thinking I'm losing it, aren't ya?? :)

** Ah yes. Ms C LovesLovesLoves when you say "I love it. But could you try it with this bead here moved over two?" And then after viewing the picture of the changed bracelet, saying "Okay, can you move it back?? But how about if you swap it with that bead there instead??!!" (hehehehehehehe .... sorry Ms C!)

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Free Katie, Tom ... just Free Katie!

Ah, sometimes the smallest things bring me the greatest of joy! I'm not sure that this should humor me as much as it does .... but there ya go!

Check out this link of Tom Cruise showing up at a Red Carpet Event in a 1.3 million dollar car! Too funny. I have NO idea why the doors would have been locked for what was surely a 2 minute drive for a simple photo op. Unless ... perhaps he was scared Katie would try to escape??!! (just sayin' is all. Rumors COULD be true!! ;))

[update 5/12/06 9:40 am: Sorry folks. Looks like Tom (or his people) got to the video folks and the video has been pulled. Just know it was a flippin' hysterical video of Tom pulling up at a red carpet event in a fancy-schmancy car, walking around to the other side of the car and trying to suavely open the door for Katie. Only the car door is locked. And locked. And locked. He keeps trying but she apparently can't figure out how to unlock the door from the inside (or is REFUSING to unlock the door from the inside ... who knows?? ;)). Until finally, (and I'm talking an excruciatingly loooooong time with the cameras flashing all around) Katie sheepishly steps out.]

AH HA!!!! (*slaps forehead*)

I have FIGURED IT OUT, people!!!! It all makes sense now, that it does!!!!!!!!!! Whoo hooooooo!!!!

So I've been kinda concerned about this Long-Term Single Thing I've got going on. I mean, WTF?? How hard is it to really find that one person that just makes you the happiest you've ever been AND who puts the toilet seat down?! Right? Can't possibly be that hard .... I mean, so many other people are hooking up just right and left! So what gives? Why not me?!

Well, I'll TELL you why not me! I was sitting in a Feng Shui lecture last night (don't ask) and the instructor was discussing the Bagua Map. To those of you unfamiliar with the Bagua Map, check out this link here.

Now that whole Love And Marriage area .... yeah, that's my junk room. A spare bedroom I haven't really decorated and to which I keep the door closed! Always! Yeah, tell me that's not significant, people! I mean, how's that Love Energy supposed to flow with the door closed!?!

So I ran home last night, flung open the door and set a pair of candles in there (that area should have symmetry, things with pairs). SO BRING ON THE LOVE, Oh You Gods of The Feng Shui!!!!!!!! ;) (of course, apparently pink is the color of choice in that area so uhhhhh .... that may take some doing what with that room currently being blue. And uh ... the clutter isn't good either. But ya know ... it's a start. Right!?! Maybe I'll get a date at least out of the changes I made! (who me?! An Instant Gratification kinda gal?!! Pshaawww!! ;)))

Anyway, I'll let you know how it goes! If something shakes down then maybe I'll start figuring out where to move the kitty litter boxes. Because apparently they are currently shitting on my wealth and prosperity! (Damn cats!)

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Perhaps Shoe Whoring runs in the family?

Or perhaps it's simply contagious? I don't know.

All I know is that my baby CJ loves her The Shoes! Just like her mama! (what?)

I mean, just look at that happy face!

Of course, her kinda "shoe love" is a wee bit different than mine! Because when I say she "loves the shoes" ... I mean that she "LUVVVVVVVVVVVVVVSSSSSS (*wink, wink*) the shoes"! ... (if'n you know what I mean).

Oddly enough, she only likes the stinky ones too. So I'm thinking this old pair of sandals of mine are finally getting a bit ..... errr ... ripe, shall we say? Because normally she doesn't like my shoes and must wait til some unsuspecting stinky-footed guest comes into my home and makes the mistake of taking off their shoes. And oh boy, are they ever in for a surprise when they do.

But finally, a pair of my very own to provide my kitty with the ultimate happiness!

Here she is demonstrating her Stinky Shoe Courting Ritual...

"You will be mine, you Luscious Leather Vixen!"

And after the courtship dance, she gets right down to some outright molestation...

"Ah yeah, that's some good stuff!"

Until finally, she is done ... and enjoys a cuddle with the one she loves!

"Would you happen to have a cigarette?"

I know, I know .. some of y'all are going to think she's crazy. But not me. Nosireebob. And that has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that I had the urge to do the same to a pair of shoes that Buck was wearing on Sunday. Nope. Completely unrelated! She's just not crazy! Simple appreciates the shoes, that's all. So move along ... nothing to see here! ;)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Cinco De Mayo Groaner*

Most people don't know that back in 1912, Hellmann's mayonnaise was manufactured in England. In fact, the Titanic was carrying 12,000 jars of the condiment scheduled for delivery in Vera Cruz, Mexico, which was to be the next port of call for the great ship after its stop in New York.

This would have been the largest single shipment of mayonnaise ever delivered to Mexico. But as we know, the great ship did not make it to New York. The ship hit an iceberg and sank, and the cargo was forever lost.

The people of Mexico, who were crazy about mayonnaise and were eagerly awaiting its delivery, were disconsolate at the loss. Their anguish was so great, that they declared a National Day of Mourning, which they still observe to this day.

The National Day of Mourning occurs each year on May 5th and is known,
of course, as Sinko de Mayo.

* y'all can blame ...errr, I mean thank...Buck for this one! ;)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Your mama warned you about these guys!

There is rioting going on in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico this week! Bad, bad, bad stuff.

And all because the police tried to arrest a few people. Here are some blurbs from the article:
"Fifty police officers were injured, 11 seriously, state Gov. Enrique Pena Nieto said, and dozens were arrested."

"mobs of protesters burned tires on a main road and lobbed stones and gasoline bombs at some 400 policemen. Rioters kicked and stamped on two apparently unconscious policemen."

"A 14-year-old boy was killed in the rioting and some reports, denied by the government, say a police officer also lost his life."

"During the chaos, angry demonstrators cornered 11 policemen and took them hostage."
Crazy stuff, right?!!! Bet you're thinking, "man, who were the police trying to arrest anyway? Members of the drug cartel?? Or of the Mexican Mafia? How about escaped prisoners who were in for murder? Or tripped out druggies? Gang members even????"

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Wrong on all counts.

The police were merely trying to arrest some .... are you ready for this? .... no, no really, you need to be sitting down for this.......

..............flower vendors!

That's right, you know, those folks who sell flowers along the roads.

Yep. Ya just don't fuck with the notoriously fiercesome Flower Sellers ...... known for carrying concealed thorns without a license. Just what was the po-po thinkin'?? ;)

My favorite blurb in the article is:
"... police, backed up by low-flying helicopters, over-ran roadblocks set up by the demonstrators, who were demanding the release of flower sellers..."
hehehehehe. I mean, I know it shouldn't be funny ... but damn! Flower sellers???

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Man the battle stations, I think we've been hit!

So I come home after a wonderful evening last night spent with a friend cruising around town in his Ferrari (yeah, life's rough, right?) and am getting ready for bed around 11:30 pm when I suddenly hear a very loud continuous noise in my house. Very loud. Not stopping!

Ruh-roh, right?

So I do a mental Cat Check. Ya know, to figure out if one of my cats might be the ones causing the noise. But no, CJ is in the bathroom with me watching me remove makeup and I had just seen Emma in my bedroom attacking imaginary objects (best just to love her and not mock her "specialness").

This doesn't bode well. Because ANY noise in the house not made by me or the cats is generally NOT A GOOD THING!

I quickly head off to the kitchen to investigate and find water just GUSHING out from under the kitchen sink. GUSH-ING!!!! The floor is already covered and I look over to see CJ frantically donning her life jacket and screaming "everyone to the life rafts ... we're going downnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn!" (she was so!)

I open the cabinet doors and the water spray coming off the pipes just makes me shut the doors right back again! I take half a second to panic ... realize there is no-one near enough to call to help me with this because the house will surely float away before anyone can get to me... then grudgingly decide to put on my big-girl pants (which in this case was to take off my pj bottoms and slip on some jeans) and try to remember where the blasted water turn-off is. I think it's under the front of the house somewhere but then think "HEY ... but the toilets have those water shut-off valves right behind them .. perhaps the sink does too?" (yeah, I know. I should know this stuff ... but there ya go).

So I open the cabinet doors again but just can't see in there well with all the water bashing about! But I know I have to do SOMETHING ... so I kneel down and blindly reach in there hoping to feel a valve somewhere. And I DO! Whoo hoo! I manage to turn it and turn it and turn it until finally I get the water slowed down to just a small arching stream. But the valve doesn't seem to want to go anymore ... cuz each time I really try to put some oomph into turning it more water seems to start leaking instead of less. And with the house being so old I'm thinking any more oomph and the whole thing comes off and starts gushing again and then where would I be? Drowning in my own kitchen because CJ took the only life jacket!?! Right? Not a good option.

Now completely drenched, I stand back up and think .. "now what? What would a man do?" And then it comes to me .... DUCT TAPE THAT BAD BOY!! (right?)

Only I can't find my duct tape anywhere (I SWEAR I've bought some .... but it must be hiding out with my two bras which have just recently gone missing) ... so I grab up my painter's tape and slosh back through to the kitchen sink. Only the painter's tape doesn't create any kind of seal ... but at least it directs the leak downward and I am able to prop a flower vase against it to catch the water while I grab some towels and start trying to mop up the deluge.

Unfortunately, the pipe is still leaking hard enough that the vase fills every two to three minutes. Which I can then empty into a bucket I have but which means my hopes of creating some temporary solution til morning ain't working.


I need to call someone. But who? 11:30 at night on a school night ... not good.

So I call my friend D's house because she's a night owl and I'm hoping her husband J (who is an EMT) is working in my area and can swing by. Or at least offer some advice. Because I know he knows plumbing.

But as my luck would have it, J answers the phone!!! Whooo hooo! I tell him my plight and he says he'll be over in 30 minutes (it will actually take him about that long to drive to my place ... curses that most of my friends don't live by me ....and my neighbor who I may just have imposed on for this is out of country this week).

But how absolutely SWEET of J, huh?!

Anyway, I take those 30 minutes to mop up the majority of the water on the floor ... while still continuing to empty the flower vase every couple of minutes.

And then J gets there!!! At midnight! With his tools! Whooo hoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course, he just walks in, takes a look at the leak, and turn the valve harder til the leak stops. (oops). Then tells me to give him a spare house key and he'll get the replacement part today and fix it properly while I'm at work! HOW NICE IS THAT, PEOPLE?!

Man, I just feel so lucky!

Lucky, first off, that I was home when it happened! Because if I hadn't been, that would have been bad, bad, bad, bad, BAD! The amount of water that gushed out in the 10 seconds or less it took me to get to the leak was phenomenal!

And I also feel very lucky that I felt I had friends I could call on at that late hour. And that are willing to help like that!

Blessed, blessed, blessed!

AND ... to top it all off ... I now have clean kitchen floors!!! Whoo hooo! (amazing what a little water and some mopping can do .... who knew?? ;))

Now if I could only get the cats to stop singing their raucous rendition of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" all would be good!! ;)

Monday, May 01, 2006


Okay, here's hoping life settles down a bit this week so we can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. ;)

But for now, I'll try to fill you in on some happenings and share some pics:

My Queen of the Night tulip:

One of the tulips in my yard. Oh so pretty.

The Devil In Disguise*:

Yeahhhhhh, don't let the cute face fool you, peeps....she's evil, I tell ya ... evil!!!

This is Penny. We've met her before. I spent last week dogsitting both her and Friday at my house ....


... ya know, with me and two cats.

Uh yeah.

Which is normally "okay". But Penny has picked up a new habit since last I dogsat. The habit of needing to pee during the middle of the night. EVERY NIGHT.

T1 tells me this is a new habit of Penny's now that preggers T1 is up umpteen times a night herself.

Which makes sense, but still doesn't help get me some sleep. Cuz getting up each night at o'dark hundred hours ... when I normally only get probably 6 1/2 hours of sleep a night on average ANYWAY .... really makes for too little sleep.

And when I say "o'dark hundred hours" ... I'm talkin' "o'dark hundred hours!"

Night 1: 2 a.m.
Night 2: 3 a.m.
Night 3: 4 a.m!!!
Night 4: 4 a.m!!! (that threw me too ... my logically minded self thought 5 am for sure!)
Night 5: 3 a.m!
Night 6: 2 a.m!!!


So last week was NOT a good week to know me. What with the lack of sleep, the stress of the office move ... and of the dogsitting ... AND with major PMS .... uh yeah .... I'm surprised I still have a job!!! And friends!!! ;)

More grumpiness:

Of course, I wasn't the only one grumpy last week. Check out this puss.

One grumpy kitty

CJ can be pretty stubborn and hated giving over the house to the dogs so she found a way to stay IN the house ... and yet do so safely. So she took to the tops of the kitchen cabinets. I was just impressed that she can still get her hiney up there. It's quite the leap from the top of the fridge.

BTW, I just realized she's now 16 years old!!! As of today (I THINK May 1st, 1990 is when she was born. I was there ... but ya know ... did I or did I not correctly remember the date? Who knows). So y'all, feel free to wish her a happy birthday. I would myself but ya know ... I'm not THAT crazy. (yet!) ;)

Speaking of CJ:

I never figured out how to collect that urine sample using the complex puzzle of the syringe, eggroll holder and baggie. So I resorted to taking her into the vet on Saturday and they were able to magically retrieve one.

Of course, I say "magically" because they did it behind closed doors. One instant, no urine sample. The next ... voila! ... we have urine sample.

But I'm thinking CJ wasn't thinking it was oh so "magical". Especially because when I got her back she had the look of being quite ... oh, what's a good word to describe it? .... violated! But she's a trooper. A couple of hours curled in the fetal position on the shower floor wailing "oh the humanity" and a few pounds of her favorite roasted turkey later and she was right as rain! :)

Book Reviews:

So I've finished a couple of books lately.

Last night I finished The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice (though written under the pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure). Some might call it "erotica" ... and at times I might call it "erotica" ... but really, most of the time I was just wondering how the hell folks come up with shit like that. I mean, it's almost scary what comes out of some author's minds. (think Stephen King)

Speaking of which, someone loaned me his Cell: The Novel. I haven't decided yet whether or not I'll read it. I simply don't like being scared ... and some of his stuff ... GAHHHHHHHHHHHH! :)

I also finished (and yes, I realize I'm the last person ever to read this) James Frey's A Million Little Pieces. I found it quite interesting learning about the addictive process. But perhaps knowing much of the story was fabricated I wasn't as enthralled as Oprah said I would be. Still a good read.

One I would highly recommend is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Very, very tragic in places but simply an excellent read!

Sister Visit:

So last night I dragged Buck up to Centralia (about an hour and a half north of Portland) to meet up with my sister A and her boyfriend for dinner. A lives in Denver but was in Seattle just for the weekend. The dinner was great! We met up at this Mexican food joint right off the freeway up there where their "grande" margaritas are truly "grande". (and apparently all for just 65 cents more than their regular sized margaritas!!!).

So A ... thanks for taking the time to drive down! I had so much fun. It was great to see you guys and really ... we need to get together more often. Which would be a lot easier if'n you were to move to Portland! Just sayin'! (Come onnnnnn ... it would be great!!! :))


And last but not least.............

Kitty Porn:

Emma ... caught in the act!!

So there ya have it. A run-down on the latest happening around Katville! Hope y'all are having a great Monday!

*sorry, T1 ... but it's true.