Including the kittens, four cats have occupied this house with us. Maggie was already seven or eight when we moved in, so, while she was very curious, she didn’t necessarily try every possible thing out. She was also well behaved to a fault. Eddy joined us as a kitten, and has always been a bit wilder.
In any event, by the time Beso and Luna joined us, we felt we had a pretty good idea of everything a cat could get into in this house, and every trick they might try. Now that I see that on my screen, I see how silly I was.
Luna, in particular seems to figure out all the interesting spots. First there was our unfinished basement. She figured out how to get up in the rafters. She taught Beso, and they taught Eddy (remember: Eddy lived here for seven years before the kittens moved in, and never tried such a thing). I’ve been trying to get a picture of that for a post…
Her latest trick was one that she just started a day or two ago: walking along the rail at the top of the stairs. Maggie, Eddy, and even Beso haven’t tried it. She seems to be able to balance perfectly up there, but she scares the heck out of me and my wife. I think we recall a less-than-graceful landing.
We went to my in-laws for Thanksgiving, leaving the kittens overnight for the first time. A cat sitter made a visit, but Eddy, Luna, and Beso were in charge. Nothing too bad…except…
Eddy has never done that. Such mischief seems to be more of a Luna thing, jumping into places and gaining access. However, Beso is definitely more food oriented. The cat sitter put whatever treats were left into a more cat-proof container.
One of my contributions to Thanksgiving.
I was having a discussion on Twitter with other fountain pen users. There was a general sense that fountain pens don’t work well with Moleskine notebooks. Note the bleed-through. A fountain page was used on the pack of the page scanned (where you see pencil).
I tend to think of it the other way around–that it is a failure of the paper Molskine puts in their notebook.
I keep a journal in a Rhodia Web Notebook (“Webbie”). I’m about halfway through it, with the first entry dated September 29, 2010. I write all sorts of things, including quotes. These are either somewhat inspiring, amusing, or simply make me smile.
I thought I would share them. The date represents the day it was written down. I’ve linked to sources where possible.
9/30/2010: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah, while the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” –Hillel
10/15/2010: “Science is like sex. Sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.”–Commenter on IO9
11/10/2010: “I’m an American, and we don’t let ignorance stop us from forming opinions.”*–Dan Savage
12/21/2010: “We’d never get anywhere if some of us weren’t impatient and ungrateful.” — Farhad Manjoo
2/13/2011: “Don’t lament so much about how your career is going to turn out. You don’t have a career. you have a life.” –Dear Sugar
4/1/2011: “I couldn’t get used to the way the disposable poly pen shat pasty ink onto the slick machine-made paper.”–Neal Stephenson, Anathem
4/21/2011: “When you eliminate the life that is killing you, you save your true life.” — Dr. Bernie Siegle
6/6/2011: “Here’s why I envy bike manufacturers: when asked ‘what do you do?’ they can respond with a straight face, ‘I make fun.’”–Patrick Brady, Red Kite Prayer
7/1/2011: We have to let go of the notion that for Apple to win, Microsoft has to lose. we have to embrace the notion that for Apple to win, Apple has to do a really good job.” –Steve Jobs (1997)
7/8/2011: “Luck is an accident that happens to the competent.” –Albert M. Greenfield
7/13/2011: “Top tip for dealing with failure: set a time limit on mourning.”—@terreece
10/1/2011: “Integrity is doing the right thing when no one else is watching.”–via @ichadman
11/2/2011: “I firmly believe that someone who’s being a dick about something is obliged to be a logically consistent dick.”*–Dan Savage
11/10/2011: “Fairy tales don’t tell children that dragons exist…Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be slain.”–via Post Secret
Do you have quotes that inspire, amuse, or make you smile?
*Link may be NSFW.
Yes, she put her head in my shoe.
Yes, she’s a strange cat.
Somehow, this didn’t publish…