Funtimes with Friends: Katoomba Visit

After all the clamour of Christmas and New Year a bunch of my friends and I decided to take a long weekend holiday. After some confusion with booking accommodation we all piled into cars and made our way up to Katoomba and stayed at ‘Alta Mira’, or as we liked to refer to it, ‘Casa del Fiesta’ (it means castle of dreams). The house was amazing, with a ridiculous shower that looked like it came out of a steampunk catalogue, so many rooms that I kept worrying I’d get lost, and an impressive garden.

I brought my camera with me, and took photos of… plants, mostly.

(clicking on the photos will bring up bigger versions, by the way)

 

On the Sunday most of us went for a walk to look at the 3 Sisters, and I took photos of… plants, mostly. I feel like there might be a bit of a theme here. It was a gorgeous area, and interesting to explore the bushland rather than just sitting around the house or looking at shops. It also was really sunny and hot, and I was not the only one who got sunburnt that day.

We also had a frequent visitor named Shinto, who seemed pretty interested in the inside of Alta Mira, and getting pats from us, and generally being completely adorable. The other cat visited occasionally and the two of them had a fluff-off; the other cat was obviously older and had no time for Shinto’s attempts at intimidation.

Everyone agreed that it was an awesome weekend, and that we should do it again. Maybe next time I will take photos of something other than plants and cats?

Upping my Denim Jacket Game

I have owned a denim jacket for a while now and while I quite like it and it is more versatile than I expected, sometimes it feels like something is missing. The best course of action seems to be to get some sweet patches to sew on it and make me even cooler than I already am.

So of course I went onto etsy and had a look at what was there and I found a bunch of patches (and one pin) that I obviously need to buy.

 

It seems that I have 3 main themes when it comes to choosing accessories: skulls, cats, and feminist  messages. At least being predictable when it comes to these things makes it easy to buy presents for?

Now I have problem that I don’t know if all of these would fit on my jacket – and if they do that might be a bit overkill. Time to buy a new jacket?

 

Poor Nedface

Out of the two cats Scout is the nervous one. She runs and hides whenever someone comes to the door (which is a good way to tell when the delivery guy has arrived), wanders through the house meowing when she can’t see us immediately, she even puffs up and growls at Ned on occasion, even though they spend 90% of their time in close proximity. If anyone was going to get a condition that is generally related to stress it would be Scout.

Instead it’s Ned. Silly purring bouncy Ned, who doesn’t understand when other cats are angry at him. He’s the one who has been having to go to the vet lately. Continue reading “Poor Nedface”

Grown Up Life

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I keep meaning to update this more regularly, but at the moment it just feels like all I’ve been doing is working and watching Korean tv shows, which isn’t that interesting to talk about.

Getting used to full time work is something that is taking a while to adapt to. I am ok with getting up and going to work every day (although now that the mornings are getting colder it’s more of an effort to get out of the nice warm bed), it’s just that I feel like life is kinda passing me by. During the week our day consists of getting up, going to work, then relaxing in the evenings before going to bed and repeating the process. Then on the weekends we just want to relax, which means sleeping in and hanging around the house. At most we will go to a cafe for lunch and have a bit of a wander, but that’s about it. I always wonder how people can have interesting lives while working full time; do they just have really packed weekends?

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That being said, the past few weekends have been slightly more interesting than usual. Last weekend was Mother’s Day, and because Ben’s Mum’s birthday was then too, we had a big lunch in Newtown with Ben’s family, his sister-in-law’s family, and my family all there. It was the first time Mum and Ro saw Ned in person, and he was suitably cute and endearing. Scout hid under the bed the whole time they were here. We had Thai and Mum got to put some faces to names that I have mentioned in our talks. She also got to show off her new car, which was suitable new and fancy.

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This weekend was also exciting because we went to Marrickville for the first time since we moved to Stanmore, and we’ve also started letting Ned outside for a little bit. He has a collar now (which he hates) so I’m a bit more willing to let him wander without strict supervision. I still worry about him wandering off, but I just didn’t want people to think he was a stray because he’s still pretty small. Scout seems to get a bit confused about Ned when they’re outside; twice he went up to her and must have caught her by surprise because she puffed right up and tried to fight him. I don’t understand how she didn’t recognise him, seeing they’ve spend every day together for the past month.

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He is such a photogenic cat. I busted the good camera out for the first time in ages and all the photos I took came out nicely. Now if only he wasn’t so bitey.

Family Addition

I have some exciting news that I have been meaning to share for a little while now. I wanted to wait until I was sure about all this before letting everyone know about the newest member of our family, but now that he seems to have settled in it seems like the time is right.

Everyone, meet Ned:

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Ben and I have been talking about how we felt bad about Scout being at home all day by herself, and trying to work out whether we could get another cat to keep her company while we were in this small apartment. I follow the Cat Protection Society on facebook, so I get updates when they have new cats up for adoption, and fell in love with another ginger cat, Timmy. It was just before pay day so we didn’t have enough money to adopt him, but Ben agreed that Timmy was super cute and would probably get adopted quickly. A few weeks ago I looked at the cats again and saw Timmy was still there. Ben agreed to go visit CPS that weekend, which I took to mean “we’ll get a cat” and was super excited about it.

 

We actually didn’t end up getting Timmy in the end. We looked at the kittens first, just in case, and there were two gingers that I was interested in (I have had my heart set on a ginger cat for ages; when we got Scout we actually went to look at a ginger who was way too excitable for us) so we chose one to give a bit of a cuddle.

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As soon as I picked him up he started purring so loudly, and snuggled up into my neck. Ben an I cuddled him for a little while before going upstairs to the adult cats to say hello to Timmy and see if we liked him more. He was cute, and friendly, but my heart was set on the kitten, who didn’t even have a name at that point. Ben agreed, and we took him home straight away.

 

He is the most laid back cat. We put him in a carrier box and he just purred the whole way home; we pick him up and are silly with him and he doesn’t mind at all. Scout grumbled and swiped at him for a few days and he just kept trying to be friends. He has a kitten’s arrogance which was exactly what we needed. We knew Scout would try and put up a fight, but that she’d also give up quickly enough if the other cat didn’t seem to be reacting to her threats.

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And that’s how it is! Scout has begrudgingly accepted the fact that Ned’s not going anywhere and now plays with him. She even tries to clean him at times, but he has no time for that when there’s running through the apartment to do! He has a lot of energy, which I had forgotten about since Scout had calmed down recently. He plays with anything, but especially loves scrunched up paper and will carry the paper balls around and throw them for himself. He is much smarter than Scout, but also a really persistent little thing; we will constantly whack him or move him when he’s doing something he shouldn’t and he just keeps going straight back to what he was doing and doesn’t seem to register that we’re angry at him.

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So that’s our exciting news, a new kitten baby! Hopefully I’ll be able to take more photos of him, but at the moment if he isn’t asleep he is constantly moving so it’s hard to catch him in focus.