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Revenge of the Kittehs

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Last week the Kittehs got their flea meds put on them. They were not happy, given that they view this activity as a "dog thing" which obviously does not apply to the more highly evolved felines.

Usually they find a way to exact revenge within a day. This time they waited, likely to plan something especially appropriate for the level of indignity they felt they suffered.

Because I, of course, found a way to make it worse.

I went grocery shopping on Saturday and picked up some more canned cat food. They eat dry on a daily basis but twice a week or so they also get canned food. I only looked at the brand and not the actual specifics of what was in the cans.

It was the pate style.

Oh, the horror!

The Kittehs do not care for pate. The Kittehs were not pleased.

For some background perspective this is what the Kittehs were like when they were just kittens :




Now you're all going "Aaawwww, how sweet!"

Appearances are deceiving. Turtle is a dainty Princess with a Diva complex, very demanding. She is small...but mighty. Rocky has the personality her name suggests; she grumbles & is feisty. Gandalf is very affectionate...until he decides not to be.

Their personalities shine through :




For their vengeance they decided that they would practice their hunting skills...while I was sleeping. Hair, toes, hands, fingers...basically everything was fair game. When I wasn't being attacked they chased each other up and over and under and around the bed.

Kicking them out doesn't work well since Gandalf knows how to open doors and there is no lock. And at 2 in the morning I wasn't up to moving furniture to block them out. Which wouldn't have helped anyway, nor would locking them in another room, because they would find other ways to exact vengeance (I know this from experience).

Eventually they decided to sleep...and the rest of their evil plan almost worked. I frequently wake throughout the night and every time I do and turn over I adjust for where they are at so I don't squash them. So last night they just kept migrating a little closer and a little closer...until I woke up to find myself on the edge, ready to fall off.

Sneaky little Kittehs.

I just hope that tonight they feel vindicated with no further need for revenge.

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ILOVEMALI 11/14/2012 12:21PM

    I am laughing!!!

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MCJULIEO 11/14/2012 11:49AM

    That urrping in your shoes thing, that's really a low blow...

But they sure are cute when they're young!

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FROSTY99 11/13/2012 9:43PM

    I know who rules your house-the evil kitties! They are too cute to be called evil. They are just too funny and I bet you don't make that mistake again!!!

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SEXBOBOMB 11/13/2012 8:35PM

    "The Kittehs do not care for pate. The Kittehs were not pleased."

My Kittehs are standing with your Kittehs.
Solidarity, yo!

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/13/2012 8:21PM

    Remember.....dogs have owners.....cats have servants.....

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JEWELMAKER1 11/13/2012 3:17PM

    I have 7 of the little bast...ah darlings. Yeah, they find all kinds of ways to let me know when they are not pleased. They too get dry food daily, and wet canned food and Friskies Party mix also known as cat crack. Even the dog is hooked on them!

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MRE1956 11/13/2012 3:05PM

    Personalities notwithstanding - they're *still* *CUTE*!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 11/13/2012 2:48PM

  That's a scary bunch! Hope you have some catnip bombs to roll out while you run.


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DOGSTARDADDY 11/13/2012 2:46PM

    Evil kitties...

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NAYPOOIE 11/13/2012 2:26PM

    You got off easy.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/13/2012 2:22PM

    Sooo cute. Yes, cats are a trip! Very interesting purrsonalities.

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ALICIA214 11/13/2012 2:13PM


Cats Rule. emoticon emoticon emoticon Poor you!!!


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Monday, November 12, 2012

Today a coworker asked how was my weekend and if I did anything in the area.

I responded "Le dimanche j'ai couru 15km".

See, I'm learning French! The grammar is the somewhat easy part, the vocabulary is hard.

Anyway...translated what I hope I said was "On Sunday I ran 9 miles (about 15 kilometers, my brain just does not want to work in metric).

Now, to me at this stage, 9 miles is not really a big deal. I've run 6 half marathons and done some 15 - 16 mile runs (OK, I've done 2, but that counts as some). 9 miles is...dare I say...easy?

Well, easy if it does not include the hill "Kill Me Now", the next street over from mine. I really dislike hills.

Back to my story.

My coworker's jaw dropped. Literally. I know that's a common saying but his jaw literally dropped open.

He was very impressed. And then he wanted to know why so I explained about training for the marathon and the other races I have done and my training plan. And we had a good talk about running and goals.

But it made me stop & think about how we begin to take things for granted.

Today, to me, a 9 mile run is normal, not really a big deal. To someone just starting out running, or who doesn't run at all...9 miles can seem impossible. I remember my first reaction to the possibility of thinking about running a distance longer than involved a lot of swearing and threats against myself if I were to even consider the possibility of considering longer distances.

And now here I am, training for a marathon.

For a long time when I first was training in karate earning my black belt felt like an impossible goal. It was something I dreamed about but for a time didn't really think I could do.

Then I did.

And it is STILL a big deal! emoticon

But you know what I mean. Once you incorporate fitness and nutrition into your normal lifestyle, once you make goals and put into action plans to follow and start achieving those goals, once you push on to the next achievement and keep racking them up...

You lose sight that what you've done is actually pretty awesome when you think about it.

And it doesn't really matter what those goals and achievements were. They don't have to be so major like a marathon, or being an Iron Man...or even a Black Belt. Having goals, working towards them, achieving those goals and constantly working to improve already puts you so far ahead of the average person that they can't catch up.

Or so they think,.

Until maybe a chance conversation over morning coffee sparks the thought that they too can become one of the elite...someone who can make and realize his or her own goals, whatever they may be, instead of just coasting through life without a purpose.

Here is where I'm supposed to say that now my coworker is starting his own running plan, and joining SP, and that our morning pass the time talk has changed his life, etc.

He's probably not and it probably hasn't.

But I gave him something to think about.

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GINIEMIE 11/13/2012 6:44PM

    I think that when you have accomplished certain things, it is good to share with newbies. Especially if you do it in a conversational way as you did. You've planted a seed. It's up to him to go with it, or another person will come along and add a little fertilizer or water.
Time to wait and see if the seed germinates.

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CK-DUBYA 11/13/2012 12:02PM

    Nice! It is great to put things in perspective and see how far we've really come. There aren't a whole lot of people who can look at a 9 mile run and say "Sure, I do that all the time!"

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TRI_BABE 11/13/2012 6:59AM

    Great points. I remember when a co-worker asked what I did last weekend, and I said I ran a 5K race. He stared at me in amazement and said, "You ran 5,000 miles??" I was speechless. I was like, really??

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FROSTY99 11/12/2012 10:45PM

    I am glad you enjoy running. I don't think it is something I will ever do. I enjoy walking so will continue with that but you should be proud of all you have accomplished and just maybe your co-worker will decide to become a runner-who knows.

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IMPROVINGME 11/12/2012 5:55PM

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ILOVEMALI 11/12/2012 5:10PM

    9 miles. My jaw dropped!!

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ANDY_54 11/12/2012 5:01PM

    I was thinking about this the other day. I'm back to running, but beginning very slowly. To me 3 miles is a very big deal, LOL. 26 miles and some change is the stuff of dreams! What I think is going "slow" may be going really fast for someone else. Like the saying goes, "it's all a matter of perspective". And I wish I could say it in French emoticon.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/12/2012 4:59PM

    Shiny! Keep it up! :)

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SEXBOBOMB 11/12/2012 4:40PM

    That's terrific, FFK!
(And hopefully he'll take it back to The Rest of the World Headquarters and inform them that not *all* Americans are fat and lazy!)

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MCJULIEO 11/12/2012 4:16PM

    Oooh La La!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/12/2012 3:09PM

    Such a terrific blog. Yes, I'm voting for it. When I visit your page, it is so inspiring. You never know where that seed you planted in your co-workers mind will go. Even if he becomes more active? Do you generally find more or fewer people into fitness there, I wonder.

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CODEMAULER 11/12/2012 3:08PM

    "But I gave him something to think about."

AND did so in French!


Your point is well taken. In the summer I ride my bike - most mornings - 17-22 miles. Most people don't believe me when I tell them that. For me, the distance isn't the challenge... it's getting it done, and home, and cleaned up to get to work on time.

Some goals never change, LOL.

But it's always worthwhile to look back and appreciate the journey taken to arrive at the current location.

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CHICCHANTAL 11/12/2012 3:05PM

    I love it when I tell someone something about me and you can see their jaw dropping and they reassess their view. I am up to 9 miles walking, but dying for the day when I can start running at all. I'd love to run even half a mile. I need to lose about another 70 pounds before I even dare think about it. I go on holiday to bits of France where there is not much public transport and as I can't drive there are lovely areas I've never seen. Well when I go next year, I'll be walking to places I've always wanted to see, and back.

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The Path Not Taken

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Morning Mile route in Amsterdam took me right by this forest path....but I learned my lesson from my misadventures a few weeks ago and stayed on the paved & lighted route. No exploring for me!

And now I have an even better reason not to go exploring through the forest while running \9on a road through farmland) I heard shots fired; a few days ago in one of the fields behind my house I also saw a kid out with his dog and a gun shooting a rabbit.

So not wishing to accidentally wind up shot, stuffed and roasted on someone's dinner table I've decided to curtail my forest explorations, deliberate or accidental.

For today's run I remembered to take my personal phone to get some pics of the area I now get to run through (which is very unlike the subdivided strip malls and traffic of where I lived in MI).

This is the Jesus on the Hill I mentioned in a previous blog. It is across the from the local cemetery.

The view from the cemetery

The Wall of Straw I mentioned in that same previous blog is now gone to wherever straw walls go. Instead there are these giant piles of some sort of root crop that snake their way along the farm roads. They are mounded like some sort of ancient earthworks.

A horse pasture along the way. There were donkeys too.

A view of the road through the trees, just before leaving the farmland and entering my neighborhood.

A memorial for 2 people who died fighting the Germans in WWII. You see these memorials all over the the country. It is on a road that gets maybe a dozen cars a day, out in the middle of nowhere. You come around the curve and it is just there.

The river I tried to follow home a few weeks ago when I got lost.

Another memorial in Coudun, the village before mine (Coudun is at the bottom of the hill, Giraumont is at the top).

The main drag in Coudun.

Today's long run was 9.09 miles, I finished 3-4 minutes ahead of my target pace. And that included hills sprinkled throughout the run, and the Kill Me Now hill right at the end, which is the street next to mine. I am SO glad I live on my street and not that one! I thought the Never Ending Hill of Death was bad until I "ran" up Kill Me Now today.

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ILOVEMALI 11/12/2012 12:59PM

    I want to be running with you!

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INIT2LIVEIT 11/12/2012 6:58AM

    It is beautiful! Might be a good idea to get one of those bright orange reflective vests for your runs in to the path/woods. That way you will never be mistaken for dinner... ;)

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FROSTY99 11/11/2012 11:33PM

    I so look forward to your blogs-you entertain me, amaze me and I just love seeing the pics. How beautiful the country is - I am sure you are enjoying the scenery.


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MCJULIEO 11/11/2012 11:25PM

    Potatoes?? Turnips? What are those things anyway???

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ALLISON145 11/11/2012 7:58PM

    Wow, so beautiful over there!

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GETSTRONGRRR 11/11/2012 3:47PM

    Very cool pictures!

So are you in Paris or Amsterdam....I've lost the bubble on that one

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ALIHIKES 11/11/2012 1:01PM

    Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing! Really enjoyed reading your blog.

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IMPROVINGME 11/11/2012 12:57PM

    I don't run, but that would "almost" make running enjoyable for me, too!
Thanks for giving us a photo view of all your beautiful places to see.

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DETERMINED_ME 11/11/2012 12:23PM

    Sounds like a great run (besides the gun fire). Love the pictures, thanks for sharing!

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DAWN14163 11/11/2012 12:16PM

    A beautiful route, well done on a good time too! My husband works in Haarlem - are you anywhere near?

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LODYANGEL 11/11/2012 11:36AM

    Stick to the paved routes!! It's deer season!!! Today would not be a good day to explore in the forest.

Beautiful pics. I often take my camera out on excursions with me too. emoticon

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KALIOPPE 11/11/2012 11:32AM

    Lovely walk! :) Glad you are having a great time and getting the exercise in too. emoticon

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CODEMAULER 11/11/2012 11:08AM

    You are spoiling us with so many awesome photos; thank you!

The run sounds like it went well. I'm glad to see your routine fitting so well in the new surroundings!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/11/2012 11:01AM

    You did GREAT!! These pictures are just awesome.

Go on with your bad self!


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SUNSHINE99999 11/11/2012 11:00AM

  Wow, nice pictures and well done. I wish safety for you. Blessings from Oregon.

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More Amsterdam Pics

Saturday, November 10, 2012

There is a big square in the center, Dam Square. As we were going through there was a bagpiper playing and a comedian starting a street show:

Some canal pictures :

My daughter :

The Pot Museum :

On our way home we stopped at a rest stop / McDonald's and so literally dozens of loaded down cars, all with "Amsterdam-Dakar" on them. Apparently this is some sort of challenge, to drive from Amsterdam to Dakar on 500 (I think, the web site did not translate well to English). This is one of the vehicles, I think it is the Team Bagels4Africa2. This year there are over 80 teams participating.

Highway art (this was actually quite some distance before reaching the city ) :

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GINIEMIE 11/13/2012 6:50PM

    I've been to Amsterdam airport, we drove in a horrendous rain storm from Bruxelles because the first leg of my trip was canceled. I did not get to see much. I enjoyed your pictures. Maybe next time I go to Belgium I'll make a trip there.

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DAWN14163 11/11/2012 12:18PM

    I love Amsterdam - and I've seen that funny red statue!!! Great photos.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/11/2012 10:20AM

    Beautiful pics. Thanks for posting. My fave places there were Anne Frank House and Van Gogh Museum. Your daughter is beautiful. What a fab adventure!

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DOODIE59 11/11/2012 1:19AM

    Wow! Lucky you:)

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FROSTY99 11/10/2012 9:57PM

    Thank you for sharing your photos. Makes me anxious to do some more traveling, except mine won't be in a foreign country-don't know if we will ever leave the country again with DH's multiple health issues-probably not the best idea. However, talking with friends about a trip out west this summer.

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ILOVEMALI 11/10/2012 8:38PM

    I've done so little traveling! How fortunate you are! Enjoy every second. xoxo

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SAFARIBABE 11/10/2012 7:41PM

    Amsterdam is a great city! The Dakar races are famous! There's a different one each year. Usually the cars get sold at the end for chairty. I've always wanted to do one but can't find anyone adventurous enough to drive with me that far! LOL

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IMPROVINGME 11/10/2012 5:52PM

    Great photos! Had to chuckle about the Pot Museum.

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CODEMAULER 11/10/2012 3:51PM

    I never get tired of seeing the canals; thanks for sharing these photos!!

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The Start of the Morning Mile

Friday, November 09, 2012

I mentioned before I signed up on Nerd Fitness for the Morning Mile Challenge.

Last week Thursday was a holiday in France and I had Friday off work to make it a long weekend so sort of on the spur of the moment I decided we could go on a short trip & we chose Amsterdam.

Here is what I got to see on my first few Morning Miles :

The Trees Have Eyes:

A Marina across from the hotel:

Flowers along the path:

The beach:

The water:

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MCJULIEO 11/12/2012 3:22PM

    Such great documentation of a terrific trip! You GO, girl!

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IMPROVINGME 11/10/2012 5:51PM

    How great to be able to visit Amsterdam!
Great views for your Morning Mile!

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ILOVEMALI 11/10/2012 4:11AM

    Love the photos!

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CODEMAULER 11/9/2012 8:30PM

    We've always stayed in town when visiting Amsterdam. Your photos are lovely and have me thinking about our next visit!

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SEXBOBOMB 11/9/2012 4:41PM

    My favorite city! Hope you didn't make it out of there without getting a shwarma fix -- nevermind rijstaffel -- Amsterdam's got the best shwarma in the whole wide world!

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FROSTY99 11/9/2012 3:53PM

    How wond-erful for you to be able to go to Amsterdam. Enjoy all the excursions you can while you are there. I know when my brother was in the military and stationed in Germany he was able to go and see a lot and even took our father for several days when he flew over to visit with he and his family.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/9/2012 3:53PM

    My dogs would love me if I did this...but it is in the 20's in the cold for me. Need to think about it!

Thanks for sharing!

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KALIOPPE 11/9/2012 3:44PM

    Looks like a great time! Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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