Sunday, February 28, 2010

Happy Bunday!

Oh, I can't resist those cute bunny feet:

You can also see Daisy's new bed in this photo. She loves it never uses it! Typical bun.

Cutie with a shedding line. She's a little annoyed by the flash interrupting her relaxation session. :)

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Design Star

For those of you following along in a feed, like Google Reader (which rocks!), just wanted to let you know that the ol' site has gotten a new background! And it is soooo pretty/fun/energizing! Yay!

Much thanks to ACE, whose shabby blog inspired mine. :)

Happy Caturday!

Here are the weird things that the furkids have been up to:

Using the wall to prop himself (Okay, this is not new :)

(RightHand took this photo, for the record)

Nice tail hook, Gatty!

Just looking precious. Good that cat is boooteeefull!

Hiding from Daisy

Looking (but not being!) innocent :)

And escaping in the nick of time...

Hope your furry friends were also weirdly entertaining! 'Til next week...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Foto

I was actually only really intrigued by one picture this week. And it's super cute:

See if any others catch your eye here.

Now Who's the Biggest Loser?

If you watch The Biggest Loser, and, well, even if, like me, you don't, please click on over to About-Face, and read this brilliant, brief essay about fitness guru Jillian Michaels.

I have been wanting to try her 30 Day Shred workout, but no longer. I didn't realize how deep the irresponsibility ran, and she's not getting a dime from me.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I Want to Put a Ring on This

Regret For Sure

One of my favorite new blogs to peruse is Regretsy, a website that showcases Etsy attempts gone wrong. Way wrong. (Or, as they say, "Where DIY Meets WTF" :)

Not long ago, I happened upon something that made me literally LOL. ROFL. ROFLMAO. And I knew I had to share it with you, dear readers. You're welcome, in advance. :)

You see, I believe that someone put an old sweater on their legs and tried to sell it as a new fashion statement. And, as great art forms do, it inspired much imitation, which the poor, unsuspecting artist might interpret as flattery. Flattery this is not. Hilarity; yes, it is that:

Click here, if you dare, to see more.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Blogger About Town

I may have been on a bit of a blogging hiatus through December and January, but I managed to stay connected to the blogging world in some meaningful ways that I'd like to share with you.

First, GIVE ME YOUR BLOOD!!! Okay, actually, give Manic your blood!!! Okay, really actually, give the Red Cross your blood!!! Okay, really actually truly give someone in need your blood!!!! There we go. :)

All of that is to say, drop what you're doing and enter the Third Annual MaNiC MoMMy'S Virtual Blog for Blood Drive Challenge!! Find all of the rules here and see yours truly's entry here!! And just because I am THAT mean, here are the yucky ew blood pics of my FIRST EVER blood donation:

It was a bit hard to smile

Seriously? You're taking my picture? Not saving me?

This pic makes me fainty

Oop, no, there we go- this one's way worse! AIEEEE!

I wanted a picture including my ring- is that weird?

Ugh. Still feeling queasy. On the up side, I learned that I'm A Positive. On the downside, that's one of the most common and limiting types (to give and receive). Laaaaame. On the upside, RightHand and I have the same blood type. SWOOOOON. Now we can truly save each other, give each other life, [insert something else sickeningly sweet here]. And oh yeah, I may have saved some lives. :)

In all seriousness, GO ENTER NOW. There are awesome prizes, and normally I would hide the contest away so that I could win them ALL myself (teehee), so you KNOW this is important. Don't like needles? Neither do I. Don't like blood? Pretend the tech is Edward and he's all dreamy and sucks your blood or I-don't-know-what-I'm-only-at-the-beginning-of-the-second-book-and-yes-I-know-that-means-I'm-behind-the-entire-country-on-this. Do it! For me! For you! For them!

Secondly, and certainly not leastly, send a postcard. See, this task is even easier! Would I ever ask TOO much of you, dear readers?

So, apparently there is a blogger named Anissa who suffered a stroke. I had never heard of her, and then her name and plight were EVERYWHERE (at least in the blogosphere). And I hate to admit this, but I was, well, nearly annoyed. Me reading along: "Haha, funny story, funny joke, Anissa woman, blah blah blah blah...." I would skim over what happened to her, feel slightly sad, and move on.

But the posts continued pouring in, continued mentioning her. Everyone is special, and I do truly believe that. But all of this attention made me realize that yes, this particular woman is definitely special, has definitely touched many lives, to inspire such love and connection.

And that's when I happened upon the The Postcard Project for Anissa. Another post, yes, but I read and scrolled down, thinking I wouldn't participate, and then I saw this:

Anissa Mayhew
860 Johnson Ferry Road 140-184
Atlanta, Georgia 30342

Johnson Ferry Road.
I live(d) not 5 minutes from that road. She is one of us. She could be us, she is us, she could be me, my mom... It all came together. I wish I could say I did something profound, something that cured something, something that changed the world. But the truth is, I just mailed a postcard. This postcard:

Maybe you could, too?

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Happy Bunday! (Or Not...)

Daisy didn't get her photo taken this I the worst bun-mother ever? :(

Instead, here is the lovely sparkly balloon that I bought myself on Valentine's day:

Ooooo, sparkly...

And the innards of the lovely spinach quesadillas that my lovey made me from The Grit cookbook he gave me:

All was well...and then... of course... Royal Fluffy Tail singed himself on our lovely candles!!

But he was okay and right back into mischief, as always...

After Daddy comforted him. Awww.

And then we ate cupcakes. Yum. The End. :)

Happy Caturday!

RightHand and I had quite the treat last week. We got to visit one of the kittens from the litter we rescued and raised!

The kitten formerly known as Butterfly (and a female!), he was the loud mouth that cried so loudly that my friend went to investigate and then called me. Without him, we wouldn't have our own precious Royal.

He's so grown up and FLUFFY! (And apparently we can't take a still shot of him to save our lives. But you get the idea- he's handsome!)

So happy to see this guy!

He was so good and didn't squirm a bit through all of the hugging :)

I could tell RightHand was pretty excited and wishes we didn't give up this sweet boy!

He has a bit of the classic Siamese crossed eyes- awesome!

"It ain't easy bein' handsome"

Hope your furry friends are enjoying their happy endings, too! :)

Friday Fotos

Barely a week back and I'm already late with things...sigh. I'm counting on things to be different after graduation. Please, dear God, please.

Without further ado, here are my favorite photos from last Friday. Click here to pick yours!

So fascinated by space and all things related. I think it's human nature...

I love this unexpected shots. It takes real skill to see how this shot would work out.

Precious; maybe the good ol' days aren't so gone. ;)

Aiiiieeeee. Reminds me of Atlanta last Friday...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chain Letter

Sometimes I meet people with a smile and a "Hello!". And sometimes, it's just through faceless correspondence...

February 17, 2010

Dear Neighbor,

I am writing out of concern for your dog’s welfare. I have noticed that he is often, if not always, chained to the tree in your yard, with sparse shelter and rare social interaction.

You may not be aware, but chaining as a means of confinement has been illegal in Athens-Clarke County since November 7, 2007. Section 4-1-2(b) reads, in pertinent part:

It shall be unlawful for any owner of a domestic animal to chain, tie, fasten or otherwise tether the animal to dog houses, trees, fences, vehicles or other stationary objects as a means of confinement except that the animal may be temporarily confined by a tether.

The best environment for dogs is to live in the home. If this is not possible, ACC Animal Control recommends an outdoor pen, with proper shelter, food, and water. Finally, if you feel that you cannot properly care for your animal, you may want to call the Athens Area Humane Society at 706-353-2287.

I hope that this situation will be remedied in the next few days, or ACC Animal Control may have to be called on behalf of your dog.

Thank you.

Was it too lawyerish? I'm losing the ability to tell. But I simply couldn't sleep without pointing them to the right provision of the municipal code!

On my way back from class later that afternoon, the dog was no longer outside. Let's hope this is a happy ending. :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

P.S. I Love You

P.S.- Happy Valentine's Day.

V-Day: It's like freakin' Christmas around here. :)

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Bunday!

Daisy has decided that she loves us. Realllllly loves us.

Here she is licking my bed where I sleep, apparently a sign of affection:


And here she is licking RightHand's toes. Double Yum!
(Apparently it's a high honor to be physically groomed by a bun, so I ordered him not to move, lest he offend her.)

And for dessert, she really enjoyed his sweaty running gloves (and we caught Royal in a naughty act, as usual):

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Happy Caturday!

Well, things are still rockin' along in the kitties' worlds...

The brothers have really bonded

Realllly bonded. Awwww.

Too cute. ::faints::

The calico is still craaaazy.
(Here you can see her bare pink belly. The vet says she pulls her hair out as sort of an OCD thing. Because of course my cat would have OCD.)

"Mooommmm! Stop embarrassing me!"

But she and new baby brother also bonded. Awww. :)

He wuvs his sister! (I know, you're gagging. Sorry!)

But my heart really stops when all three of them hang out together:

On the couch...

(Pants) On the ground...

And in the chair...

And even synchronize their paws! :)

'Til next time...Kisses to your furry friends! :)

Friday, February 12, 2010

Southern Snow

The rain boots are being used as snow boots...

The stores are out of bread, milk, and red velvet cake mix (Dammit!)

OH YES!!!!



My calls were obviously answered (you're welcome!):

The beginning...

Just an hour or two later- woohoo!


Love this tree

My poor car...

And later...

Kitty print!

Royal and Daisy loved the snow!

A quick kiss!

More kitty paws! Royal thought the snow was something to be pounced upon and attacked. My cute little mama's boy! (We have video of it somewhere, but I can't find it. Hope it recorded!!)

Pouncing. And finally- the one medium where the black cat will actually show up in a picture!

Daisy preferred eating the snow off of the railings.

And tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum were their usual scaredy-cat selves. Scared of the snow? No. The bunny? Oh yes. She chases them around, fur flies, and hisses are doled out. We're working on it.

Dang. Maintaining the image of a big happy family is so hard when I'm always telling the damn truth.

Anyway, happy snow day!!! :)