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Monkey on your back? Kitty on mine...

Friday, November 18, 2011

I've written before about the crazy -- yet still sweet and affectionate -- cat my roommate and I adopted. Miss Kitty has begun a new habit this week. Now, instead of a monkey on my back...I've got Miss Kitty!

It's actually a very pleasant situation. I would imagine it's like getting one of those massages where someone walks on your back, but it doesn't crush you, and then once she lays down it's a combination heating pad and massaging chair (she purrs the whole time) -- and sometimes a kneading massager when she flexes her little paws!

I think this is a response to my being out of the apartment for 14-16 hours at a time this last month. She's used to being spoiled rotten and petted and played with a lot more than that!!

Today, I went to put together this blog (FINALLY have a day off!) and she climbed right up into my lap. She's laid on me, she's laid on the laptop, and now she's laid right on top of both of us at the same time!

Once she had gotten her fill of petting (FYI, took almost half of V for Vendetta for THAT to happen), she curled up on the couch beside me.

I started to pet her while I browsed the pictures, and tried to decide what kind of an update I should give (her triumphant victory over the refrigerator, hiding in new cupboards, defending the apartment from marauding leaves) and she wrapped both paws around my hand and wouldn't let go.

Now, she's curled up on the back of the couch behind my head -- but I'm not allowed to go unescorted...not even to the bathroom. Someone's definitely having separation issues! She's definitely getting a lot of attention today! :)

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KAYOTIC 11/23/2011 8:30AM

    too cute!

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    That sounds like my kitty, Pokey. Her preferred spot when I'm home is wherever I am. My SO says he thinks she'd crawl right in my mouth if she could - okay, that sounds gross, but it looks like you get it!

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GMO_JEN 11/19/2011 2:41AM

    She is such a sweetie!

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IGSBETH 11/18/2011 9:39PM

    What a sweetie!

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STFRENCH 11/18/2011 5:07PM

    Aww, so sweet - she's missed you :) xx

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SPAYYOURCAT 11/18/2011 4:55PM

    AAAAWWWWWW! emoticon

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KISSFAN1 11/18/2011 4:30PM

    So sweet, got to love those kitty cats who are so affectionate. Almost every cat I had as a pet was never a lap cat. They were all too crazy and wild for that, so enjoy yours. :-) emoticon

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MRE1956 11/18/2011 3:11PM

    Such a sweetie!

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APIRLRAIN888 11/18/2011 2:15PM

    Awe cute

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The Return of the Kitty

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

I've been blogging so much about P90X the last month, I thought I should let you all know that Miss Kitty is alive, well, and up to her usual mischief!

She's started playing with the feathers in my new wall art/headboard! It's a bit distracting when you're trying to sleep to have a cat jumping over your head and batting at the feathers!!

And she's taken to my laptop in a major way! She likes to guard my laptop -- from me -- and she defends it with teeth and claws! And when she's not getting enough attention, she climbs right on top of it.

She's also starting to climb higher than the tables and chairs. She now likes to lay on the refrigerator. The first time I walked into the apartment to find a cat yowling above my head, I almost jumped out of my skin!!

She's also getting more playful and creative about getting attention. She loves to lay on my roommate's hamper to get more attention, and she plays with all of the shopping bags, even the reusable green totes!

Ah, the wonders of having a pet! She's a very loving and cuddly cat, and I really love having her in the house! If you have a cat, tell me all about him/her!!

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STFRENCH 10/10/2011 10:26AM

    How could I forget to comment on this most delightful blog?!

I'm loving Miss Kitty - I don't understand it when people say cats are boring... They can be such characters! :) xx

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OUBACHE 10/5/2011 8:11AM

    I'm a crazy cat lady. I have 4 cats and love them all. I especially enjoy how each cat displays his her or her own personality. Sadly, none of them come close to taking the place of my Siamese cat, Ozzie, who went to cat heaven 3 years ago. He was my devoted and special lap cat, and I had him for 16 wonderful years. Sometimes I'm tempted to get another Siamese cat, hoping it will be similar in personality to Ozzie, but then I come to my senses and realize our home is already at cat-pacity! Four cats is more than enough for me to feed, vet, and worry about!

Watch out! Cats are addictive and it's hard to have just one!

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DUSTYGIRL25 10/4/2011 11:05PM

    So cute! She must love the warmth from your computer.
Thanks for sharing your very sweet kitty pics.

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    Love it

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    Too cute :)..thanks for sharing. emoticon

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IGSBETH 10/4/2011 4:18PM


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NICKI109 10/4/2011 3:11PM

    Aw, I love your kitty. Looks like the ones I grew up with. My kitty, Jake, lives with my mom because my hubby is allergic to him. He has an attitude problem, and when he gets mad at my mom, he walks around the house and opens every cupboard door he can find, bathrooms, kitchen, even the ones up high in the kitchen. FUNNY!

I love that your kitty knows that the computer is what is getting attention and sits on it to make you divert attention to her. Cats rock (although I now have 2 dogs, shhhh, don't let my cat know)

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CATLADYX8 10/4/2011 1:25PM

    I have 8 indoor cats!!!!! The youngest is a little over a year old and he is a hoot! He is still very playful and loves to get up on the shelf of the headboard of the bed at night. He sticks his feet through the scroll work and bats at the other cats and sometimes at us! Then he jumps off and bounces off our stomachs. Talk about a wake-up call!!! All my cats are rescues and they make wonderful pets. I love them all.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 10/4/2011 1:21PM

    I have two brothers that look just like her. They are four years old and are still full of piss and vinegar, especially in the middle of the night. They love sitting on my laptop too. Their names are Jack and Edsel and I love being their mom!

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LAC936 10/4/2011 1:19PM

    Whew! Glad the kitty returned. I have two of my own that are tabbies and know the mischief they get into.

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APIRLRAIN888 10/4/2011 1:18PM

    awe so cute

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DEBBIEG8S 10/4/2011 1:17PM

    Love Miss Kitty...she is an older version of my kitty, Squeek. You can see pictures of her on my blog "I told you there was a kitten on the keyboard." Squeek is only about 8 weeks old as far as we can tell and just starting to act like a cat.

Your pictures are better than mine but quite similar in subject matter. LOL.

Have a great day and a better tomorrow.


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The Treachery of Images

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

"Once I saw world and thought exactly meet,
But only in a picture, by Magritte."

~The Human Condition by Howard Nemerov

After I read this line years ago, I got interested in Magritte's work. And this interest took on a new twist this weekend! I was talking to my mom and one of her friends/co-workers, and we were sitting in the lounge staring at a blank wall. They told me they were waiting for a jumbo flat-screen TV for their students, it was going to take up the whole wall.

I said: "Instead of encouraging them watch TV, you should give them something to really think about." They said: "Like what?" I said: "Put up The Treachery of Images." They said: "What's that?"

What is it? It's a painting of a pipe, with the words "this is not a pipe" beneath them.

They both laughed when I told them, and joked about the irony. And it hit me, that's not irony, those are words to live by! That image might be a perfect representation of a pipe in one moment in space, from one angle, but it's not the whole thing, it can't be touched, or smelled, or tasted!

To all my Sparkfriends, remember that those pictures you have on your pages are nothing more than images of you, not the whole you! I wasted too much time in my past avoiding cameras, hiding pictures, missing out and not capturing precious moments because I was afraid of my image. But that's not all I am, and it's not who I am....never forget that you are more!!

In honor of my latest epiphany, I have decided that I will try to capture more of my life, so that I will have the images to provoke memories. Here is the first: a picture of me with my two best friends over Labor Day weekend.

Yes -- I'm wearing my glasses instead of contacts. Yes -- my hair is up in a very messy mess instead of styled. Yes -- I'm wearing a big baggy hoodie. Yes -- my face is bare and free of make-up. So what? I'm not a supermodel, and this is closer to the real me than any of the pictures where I'm dressed up and my hair is done!!

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SM-ARTGIRL 10/4/2011 5:36PM

    Wow! This is one of my favourite blogs ever!
Thank you so much for your insights.
I read this to my nearly 7 yo and he insists that, indeed, "this is not a pipe" - " Maybe it is a bubble blower?"
We had an awesome discussion on lived experience and watching.
Off now to bike ride to the farmers market.

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IGSBETH 9/13/2011 9:51PM

    I love this blog!

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EILEENV3 9/13/2011 6:52PM

    I never understood the comment below the pipe. After you explained it, it made so much sense.

Thank you for sharing your insight & your picture. Loved both.

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 9/13/2011 4:14PM

    I love this blog! You are right on, pictures are just a moment in time and they do not tell the whole story.
I'm glad that you posted your picture here with your friends. That is what life is all about. If we all wit until we are perfectly "made up", there probably would not be too many pictures of ourselves.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/13/2011 12:41PM

    woohooo love your blog! and you look GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
come join my watch me shrink.... i never took a single pic bef spark. i still don't have real world pic... but with each pic here, i am closer to accepting my 3d me

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Reminder to stay grounded from my BFF

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

My BFF moved back to the states with her new hubby about a week and a half ago, and they came to see me over the holiday weekend. There was a part of me that thought it would be just like old times....we'd hit a few dance clubs, bars, drink a lot, sleep past noon. You know, the old college days.

I guess we all have to grow up!

On Saturday, we went to Adelino's (only tapas place in town). We ate a lot of good food, drank a great bottle of wine, and chatted a lot. And of course, reminisced about the foods we used to eat.

Eating back then was, well....atrocious! We had an open campus lunch in high school, and every day we would go to a very cheap Chinese buffet or to Mad Mushroom pizza. We'd haunt the coffee shops on campus, drinking about a gallon of milky chai apiece, and then we'd go to the Purdue union (back in the days when they had a real pool hall) and munch on nachos or more pizza and guzzle red cream soda while we played.

Living in the Netherlands and having a hubby that cooked was what turned her eating habits around. She laughed when I told her I made everything (even marinara) from scratch now. Three years ago, when she left for Amsterdam, I was still in my whole "I'll never cook, that's so antiquated and anti-feminist" stage. Even when my friends and I got together in the kitchen, it was boxed mac n' cheese (which I usually burned because I forgot about it) and pizza rolls.

I hadn't really thought about how much my diet had changed...or how much my habits had changed. I knew I was eating healthier, but I had never realized just how bad I used to eat!

We also talked about exercise. Moving to Kentucky from Amsterdam, my BFF was used to walking, riding her bike, or taking the train everywhere. Not so much where she is now. She was complaining that she was starting to get lazy, since she never walked anywhere and didn't even own a bike (they bought new stuff when they moved back here) -- luckily for her, our other BFF from high school owns a bike shop here in town!!

She asked how I exercised, and said it was "obviously working." Coming from an August where I was working all the time, pretty much didn't exercise or cook any of the fancy, gourmet dishes I used to cook, I laughed and said thanks. Her response: "You were always skinny in high school, but you didn't have those kind of muscles back then!"

Who, me?

All this time, I was worried about the fact that I weigh more now than I did back then. I was worried because my cup size had gone up, and I was worried that my metabolism had slowed down and I wasn't losing weight as fast as I used to.

We all grow up, though. And I grew into someone who takes care of herself, has muscles, cooks healthy and gourmet foods from scratch, and at the end of the day loves herself and her life!

My friends are lucky, they've really grown into the same type of people. They eat healthy, they exercise, they take care of themselves. Far from our usual routine back in the day, on Sunday we took a hike through Happy Hollow park, then walked around campus for a few hours before heading over to the pedestrian bridge. On Monday, we grabbed a couple of coffees from our old haunt and played with my other friends daughter (who just turned 1 year on Sept. 4!!), and just talked.

When my BFF was packing up the car and getting ready to leave, I asked if she had had fun, seeing as how we had a pretty slow and lazy weekend. She told me that she had slowed down too, and that the lazy weekends are the ones where you really get to know each other. E.g. -- I had never known before that she was allergic to bananas and melons. We never really ate healthy food back then.

It's good to stay grounded as you grow into the person you want to be. Remember where you came from, visualize where you're going, and love yourself every single step of the way, even on the hard steps. There are times when it's easy to feel like you're losing ground, or at least not gaining ground....and those are the times to get together with old friends and remember who you used to be!!

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    Great blog. It is funny how it takes meeting someone from way back to find out how much we've changed. emoticon

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    I just have to say... Go Boilers! :)

Congratulations on living healthier and on reconnecting with your BFF. Friends totally rock, especially when the friendship can evolve along with the people in the friendship.

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    Sounds like a great visit and some great lessons.

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APIRLRAIN888 9/7/2011 12:34PM

    Woohooo yes change for the better

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FITJANE6 9/7/2011 11:52AM

    Great weekend! It's awesome to catch up with old friends, and even better when they share a healthy attitude towards life!

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IGSBETH 9/7/2011 11:32AM

    What a great moment for reflection!

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    Loved this blog! After seeing some old friends over the weekend as well, I, too, was realizing that we and our friendships are getting better all the time. We're still silly and do a lot of laughing, but it's no longer from a barstool or a booth at Pizza Hut! We talk about our last victory at the doctor's office and what our kids are doing, instead of whom we're dating and what party/concert is coming up next. LOL And congrats on knocking your old friend out with your tough, sassy self!!

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Bad day turns around!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Yesterday, I was having one of those days. You know what I mean -- you feel fat and bloated, you're freaking out about the zit that appeared on your chin once you were in the office (where you don't keep a cover stick), you brought a salad for lunch but your co-worker ordered pizza and you're fighting the temptation to have just one slice!

I kept trying to talk myself up, and pull myself out of it. I didn't completely succeed, but I also kept myself from eating that pizza by telling myself I'd regret it at the hot yoga class I signed up for --only to get a call that the class was canceled! I kept myself from completely giving in and just having a miserable day right up until 5 or 5:30, when I finished up a meeting on a very low note. But at 6:00, I finally left the Indy office knowing that I had to do at least a couple of hours of work when I got home (which wouldn't be until 7:30) -- and I was slumped and trudging when I left. I knew I had to work very late the next day too, and I was mentally giving in to a horrible Wednesday.

On the hour and a half long drive home, I decided that I was not giving in! I was NOT letting the rest of my night be ruined because of one bad day, and I was not having a bad day tomorrow too! So I called up my parents, told them that I had some work to do still but I wanted to have dinner out. I had resigned myself to the inevitable and comforting Taco Bell, and the guilt that comes after, so getting someone to go out with me was a good first step.

After dinner, headed to the office and finished up the last of my work. Then, with 20 minutes left before the mall closed, I decided to treat myself! I wanted to get a new top to wear the next day...which is already starting off as bad as the other, so the special treat is helping me keep my spirits up somehow!

I found a pair of white slacks for $10, and a gorgeous blue-violet top for $6. Whole outfit, under the budget I set for myself! I was practically skipping out of the store!! Big deadline today, extra work tonight, and an even bigger deadline on Friday -- PSHAW!!

So even though I'm literally the only one in the office today, I dressed up, did my hair and makeup (which happens maybe once a month when I have an important meeting, so if any of my co-workers decide to actually come in today, they'll be shocked!) and I'm ready to face the world! I really suck at those bathroom-mirror photos everyone else seems to be so good at, but here is me smiling through another long day!

Sometimes one little thing is all it takes to head off a bad day before it starts!

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OUBACHE 9/1/2011 12:32PM

    You look great!

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STRAYMONET 9/1/2011 12:10PM

    There's nothing like shopping and finding a great bargain to boot to give us girls a boost!! Awesome attitude adjustment with the dinner choice and how to turn it all around! Looking forward to trying it on my next rough patch!!
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    Gorgeous girl, gorgeous outfit, GORGEOUS ATTITUDE!! I love reading your blogs!

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APIRLRAIN888 8/31/2011 9:54PM

    woohooo beautiful!

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    Lovely outfit :) emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 8/31/2011 2:31PM

    Beautiful outfit and pic! Keep the great attitude!

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BRAVENEWGRL 8/31/2011 11:59AM

    I love retail therapy!

Awesome job turning things around!


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ABISMITHY 8/31/2011 11:31AM

    Great outfit - you look fabulous! Great bargain hunting too! I'd love to go shopping with you!

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IGSBETH 8/31/2011 11:20AM

    I'm glad your day got better, and I love the outfit!

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CASILAYNE 8/31/2011 11:13AM

    You look way gorgeous!! Way to turn a stinky day into a great one!! You're so inspiring! :) :)

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KAYOTIC 8/31/2011 10:19AM

    Great pick-me-up! What a great bargain, and way to get out of that negative spiral, turn it around and create a win! emoticon

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DEB2013 8/31/2011 10:10AM

    Wow, you did great and you look great. Now that is fortitude. Congrats emoticon

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