Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday Mishmash

My cats are weird.  Henry and Kip do not get along.  Well, it's Kip who gets all agitated.  Henry could care less.  The other morning, I was lying in bed (I was not being lazy - it really was early)(Jeff had gotten up at 4am to leave for an out-of-town job)(no one would willingly get up at 4am, right?) and I heard Kip yowling and hissing at Henry.  When he wouldn't stop, I finally got up to separate them...and guess what?  Kip was on one side of our dining room window, and poor Henry was on the other side - yes, HE was outside.  Kip just doesn't like him, and that was not in my plans when we adopted both of them at the same time, from the same cage at the animal shelter.  Companion kittens/cats, that's what I was going for.  More like Cain and Abel is what I got.  Anyway, they make for fun photography subjects - here's the latest:

Henry in his favorite spot - Paco's chair:
Time for a little grooming...
But not if you are going to watch me, lady!  Sheesh - can't a cat get a little privacy?!?

And then there's Kip, who never met a ladder he didn't climb:
Partway through our family room project - inspector Kip was on the job!
Seriously, I know this is what he's thinking!
Harder to tell, but he's on another ladder - this shot was taken in 2006.  Kippers loves it when we paint the house - it's laddertime, baby!

In the interest of equal time, here's Paco:
His bed isn't enough - now he needs my new throw!
Such a sweet face - how could I deny him anything?


Recently, I won a giveaway from Rachel, who blogs at Losing It!  The prize was winner's choice of a spice blend from Savory Spice Shop - one of her favorite places to find inspiration for cooking.  She is a newlywed, and they gave away spice blends as wedding favors - cute idea, right?!  Anyway, I chose Spiced Vanilla Bean Sugar, which I'm going to try in my granola (instead of using brown sugar).  Rachel also sent some Baker's Brew Coffee Spice along with a recipe for Caramelized Coffee Spiced Chicken - sounds good and pretty easy to make (a big criteria when it comes to me and cooking, lol).
She also threw in a couple of extra goodies - check out the cool test-tube packaging!  These will be fun to try next time we fire up the grill.

Thanks, Rachel!


Finally, I leave you with this video - $hit Women Say to Personal Trainers.  Max found it - I died laughing when I watched it.   Also, I think I owe Brad, my former trainer, an apology...


Have a great weekend - we are off to Ikea (yet again) to hopefully get the wall/TV system for our family room...should be *fun* as it looks like they are having a huge event - ack, crowds!


  1. I'm pretty sure Paco gets the prize for time spent on your blog...equal time my butt ;-)

    But, yeah, he's so cute, I wouldn't be able to resist him either. Henry and Kip are also cute. Your animals certainly have personality!

    Thanks for the shout out! Maybe it will help with readership :-)

  2. Okay Rachel, after I'm finished here I will pop over to your blog :)

    I'm a dog person, but you know that already and I love, love Paco. I couldn't resist him anything with a face like that.

    But Kain and Abel are cute too!

    Have a great weekend Shelley, good luck at the Ikea trip.

  3. adorable pets, and I loved the video that was pretty funny.

  4. I love the 2006 pic of Kip on the ladder. It is amazing! Also, the sh*t girls say videos are really funny. You should watch the sh*t girls say to gay guys. Very on point!

    Have a great time at IKEA today. I love it there!

  5. Oh dear. That video slayed me... not that I heard myself in any of that nosireee notatall.

    Totally stealing and posting on FB. Totally.

  6. The video was so funny. Love the pet pics. The cats are hilarious! Cain and Abel....too funny.

    Have a great weekend. Hope you find the wall unit of your dreams.

  7. That video is awesome Shelley! I was laughing so hard! Great way to start my Friday!

  8. That video is hillarious, but scary ... I think I've said pretty much everything at one time or another. Ouch!

  9. The cat stories are hilarious! And I've never seen a cat climb a ladder--that is amazing.

    Sophie SWOONED at the close-up of Paco. She made me print it out and put it up on the wall of her bedroom (crate) so she could dream about him each night.

    Oh, furniture shopping does sound fun to me. I'm in the mood to make a few changes around here!

  10. I can't get too many pictures of Paco!!

    OMG, that video killed - especially the wine part :D And pretty sure I've said to myself "I can have that bread - I'll work it off tomorrow!

    Happy Friday!

  11. Awww...dang...this post makes me miss having a pet around...of course, with our seasonal lifestyle and that the national park service doesn't allow seasonal rangers to have pets, it isn't an option for us.

  12. Yay for the kitties! More!!!

    Was Kip the one with the broken hip/pelvis? Climbing ladders after all that?

  13. Okay, is it sad that Paco's "bedroom" is nicer than mine??? :) Love the color/pattern!

    Have a great weekend, Shelley!

  14. That video is friggin hilarious!!

    Love the Paco!!

    Why do kitties like high places so much? Just so they can look down on us I guess. :)

    Have fun shopping!!

  15. We have two dogs that don't get along very well. They are half brothers and I had really hoped they would be close. Love the pet pictures :).

  16. Hi Shelley. I have to "awwww" at all the pet pictures. Soooo cute. Sorry Kip and Henry don't get along. Guess they really are like siblings!!! KIDDING!!! (well, sort of...sure seems that most folks have one or two siblings who can upset the whole family apple cart!) Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!! Pats and scratches behind the ears to all.

  17. Hello. I'm new to your blog and enjoying it, especially the pics of your pets. I was stunned when I saw the pic of Henry. He looks just like my Samuel, who we lost in November. He was 16 years old.

    Anyway, look forward to reading more of your posts. I am also a runner who has struggled with recovery from foot surgery. It is difficult, but you will get there.

  18. Oh, that video was hilarious! Thanks for sharing.

  19. that was funny.. (the video).
    I came across your blog when I was reading a few for a support group to loose weight.

    I loved your progress pictures and I feel really hopeful. It is the third time I am trying and when I reach my goal I binge my way back to fat land.

    I will see your pictures and take some of mine as well to keep at it

  20. HAHAHAHAHA, the cat on the ladder!!! Kip, you are hilarious.

    Love all the animal photos. Pets are just weird, man. Mine too!


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