Ways in which living with a cat is similar to living with a toddler

Thank you all so much for your love and comments on my post yesterday. I’m torn between feeling glad that I’m not alone in this and feeling sad that magazines and the media have completely skewed our way of thinking of food and calories. I have something a little more light-hearted for you today, so I hope you enjoy it!

If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen the occasional picture of my pretty guy, Merlin. (If you don’t follow me on Instagram, why the heck not?!).

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Some days his pretty is his only saving grace. Truly. I’ve often uttered, “You’re lucky you’re cute” in response to something he’s done.

I’m also fairly certain that he’s training me to be able to one day (maybe?) live with a toddler. (Or convincing me I should stick to cats. I haven’ yet determined which).

1. You pee with the bathroom door open. Now, I’m sure this is likely for somewhat different reasons, but I’m also sure toddlers will likely cry outside the door like the cat. However, I’m pretty certain a toddler won’t hop up on your lap for cuddles while you’re peeing. Maybe.

2. You’re woken up at early hours because they’re hungry. Unlike a Merlin, who tells me this at 5am by jumping on my bed and meowing, I have a feeling a toddler would more likely call out from their bedroom. But what do I know, maybe toddlers also like to hop up on the bed and roll around until you a) kick them out of the bedroom and shut the door, or 2) feed them.

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3. They crawl up your leg whenever you’re in the kitchen. Merlin does it because he wants to be picked up. I think toddlers do it for that reason also?

4. If they eat and then play, they puke. Pretty self-explanatory there.

5. They celebrate poops. Again, pretty self-explanatory. But really, don’t we all?

6. They make up silly little games. Merlin’s current favourite is “I must beat you into the bedroom anytime you walk into the walk-through closet. He zooms past me and jumps up onto the bed.

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7. You’re constantly asked “Why? Why? Why?”. Maybe Merlin doesn’t so much ask, “Why?” as he does chat all.day.long. Yes, it does eventually stop being cute.

8. Forget the actual present; boxes are the best! Put a big empty box in front of a cat or a toddler and I’m sure they’ll be pleased as punch!

9. At the end of the day when they curl up into you and purr (okay, maybe purring is only the cat) everything is right with the world. Whoa. How is that for super sappy? 🙂

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Tell me: What would you add to the list?

Who likes cat videos?!

I realize the answer to this question is pretty much everyone. I mean I’ve lost hours of the day watching cat GIF’s on Buzzfeed, so I’m pretty certain I’m not the only person who loves a good cat video.

Carly requested a video of Maverick fetching, so I did my best to film it, but, like a cat, he wasn’t 100% on board with the whole fetching thing. I’ll see if I can get him to cooperate later this evening, but I’m gonna be packing up my laptop pretty soon to make the trip back to Calgary.

I also have a video of Maverick being vacuumed. As Merlin is absolutely terrified of the vacuum (he hides in the closet if I even move the vacuum, let alone turn it on) it’s pretty funny that Maverick thinks it’s quite possibly the greatest thing ever!

Yes, I know I held my phone the wrong way for both of those videos – I’ll try to do better next time 😉

I’ve spent most of today resting, while I’m feeling pretty good, it’s obvious the race depleted nearly all of my energy reserves, so my butt is firmly planted on the couch at my dad’s and I enjoyed some delish lobster mac and cheese for lunch (that I neglected to take a picture of because I was hangry and needed to get it into my face-hole stat!).

I’m flying home ass early tomorrow and hope to have the recap up for y’all before the end of the week.

Now it’s time to stuff some leftover turkey and pumpkin pie in my face-hole.

Cat Tuesday

I know the internet thing is to actually be Caturday, but it’s Tuesday and my planned post for today didn’t quite get finished due to spending four hours with technical support last night.

No, the problem isn’t fixed.

No, I don’t want to talk about it.

Hrmph.

Anywho, I did manage to pass some time by taking pictures of the items I’ll be posting on the blog – as you can see, Merlin was quite helpful.

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He was also quite fed up with how long it was taking me to get to bed, so he decided to get comfortable and wait for me.

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Stay tuned for a post all about running supplements later this week!

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Food Plan

I never did set any October goals. I was in Yellowknife for work when October rolled around, then I was in Kelowna and now it’s October 15!

Where has the month gone?!

So, instead of setting goals, I’m focusing on being healthy. I previously set a fitness schedule into January and this week I’m also working on planning out healthy meals.

I try and loosely plan our meals before I go grocery shopping as I don’t like buying food that won’t end up getting eaten, so here’s my plan based upon my grocery shop.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
B Toast, PB, banana Toast, PB, banana Toast, PB, banana Toast, PB, banana Toast, PB, banana Toast, PB, banana Toast, PB, banana
L Soup Soup Soup Soup Soup TBD TBD
S Greek yogurt Greek yogurt Greek yogurt Greek yogurt Greek yogurt TBD TBD
D Chicken
Squash
Tofu with veggies Reuben sandwich Sushi (work event) Mexican (date night) Pasta (spaghetti squash for me!) TBD

 

When meal planning I tend to leave our weekends a bit open. I like to grab groceries on Saturday, so our lunches are usually inspired by something I see in the store. We also like to take in a movie on weekends, so we might just grab Subway and sneak it into the theatre.

I believe that well planned meals are a great idea, but I also don’t want to buy a bunch of meal fixin’s and have them go to waste because we changed our plans. (I’m sure the brie and pear sandwich will sneak in for lunch one day this coming weekend).

I’ve also decided to make some changes in how I look at food.

1. No alcohol during the week. Wine/beer will only be consumed on Friday/Saturday evenings (and at the occasional work event).

2. Substitute spaghetti squash for past at dinner time. The Cowboy LOVES pasta and when I’m working on eating healthfully he doesn’t get to eat pasta as much as he’d like, so as a compromise (and so I can still enjoy the flavours that go with pasta) I’m going to eat spaghetti squash and he can enjoy his delicious pasta.

3. Drink. More. Water. MORE WATER. I can tell fall is here because the air is really, really dry. I regularly wake up parched and I think being more consistent in my H2O intake will help this.

4. Limit processed food. In the past, I’d just buy the butternut squash soup I want to eat for lunch, but I really want to know what I’m putting in my body. It may take a bit more prep time, but knowing what I’m consuming is important, so it’s worth the extra effort.

Butternut Squash Soup with Chicken Apple Sausage (adapted from Food Network Magazine)

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I had The Cowboy hack the squash in half for me – you’ll need an extra sharp knife for this!

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Next spend the next 30 minutes chopping veggies.

First, carrots:

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Then celery:

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And finally the onion

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I then layered all the aromatics in a measuring cup

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Then it’s time to tackle the squash!

I cut it into quarters

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and then started peeling away.

It can be a bit tricky, but I try to peel past the green to ensure all the tough parts on the squash are gone

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After all the peel is gone it’s time to start chopping!

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I’m not too fussed about the size of the chop and the squash will soften quite a bit during cooking.

I mixed things up a bit this time and sautéed the squash with some sage to deepen the flavour and help the squash to cook faster.

(Next time I’m going to roast the squash an onion for an even deeper flavour).

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After about 8 minutes I transferred the squash to a bowl, added more olive oil and tossed in the aromatics to soften.

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Once the onion is translucent (about 5 minutes) add the squash, 2.5 cups chicken stock, 2.5 cups water and seasonings (I used salt, pepper and nutmeg).

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Bring up to a boil and cook for 15-25 minutes until squash and carrots are softened.

In batches, blend in blender to make the soup nice and velvety.

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When putting hot food in a blender it’s really (really) important to remove the hole in the blender lid and just cover with a towel while blending. The hole lets the steam and pressure created by blending escape. If you forget to do this your lid might pop off and your kitchen might be covered with hot soup goo.

Once blended pour into containers, cool and pop in the fridge.

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The original recipe did call for adding in chicken apple sausage (sliced) after blending, but I wanted a purely vegetarian soup for this week. If you want some more protein and calories (as you can see, it’s a tad low in calories if you’re eating it alone for lunch) definitely add in the sausage!

I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my soup helper!

Merlin usually likes to sit on the bar stools by the counter and watch us while we clean and cook

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But The Cowboy and I left our drying mats on the counter, so as soon as I turned my back, he did this

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What a turkey!

He’s lucky he’s so dang cute!

Do you plan your meals in advance?

I wanted to let them play

Good Sunday morning!

Happy last day of the Olympics! Will you be watching the closing ceremonies? Are you pumped for the Spice Girls!?

I have a story for y’all this morning.

Yesterday we had a condo showing (yay!!) while I was marking exams and The Cowboy was planning on going shooting with his buddies. Normally in this situation we’d just leave the kitties loose in the condo, but The Cowboy decided he wanted them out. Since we were both going to be gone for so long we really couldn’t leave them in their crate, so he took them to his shop.

To his 2400 sq ft shop filled with nooks and crannies for kitties to hide.

I finished my marking around 8pm, came home and waited for The Cowboy. When he wasn’t home by 10pm I arranged to pick up the spare key and headed to the shop.

After 15 minutes of searching, I found this guy

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I think he was happy to see me.

I continued to search for Merlin for 45 minutes until The Cowboy turned up, then we looked for another hour. Finally at 12:30 I needed to go to bed and we decided we’d look in the morning.

The Cowboy woke himself up at 8 (after going to bed at 2!) to look for Merlin.

When he got to the shop he saw this

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He looks pleased doesn’t he?!

The Cowboy managed to catch him, but he got scared and broke out of the box. He’s hiding somewhere………The Cowboy has been waiting an hour for Merlin to come out of hiding…no luck.

But the dog-cat? He’s been by my side all morning. Hopefully Merlin will let us catch him this afternoon. Silly, silly cat.

Moar Kitties

Lately the ole blog has been sorely lacking in the kitteh department.

Now that the kittens have kind of learned how to sleep (except when we want to sleep!) it’s easier for me to take pictures of them.

When did they get so big?!?!

This blog is now all about my cat

Okay.

Not really.

But expect to see quite a few kitten pictures being posted in the next few days 🙂

The Cowboy agreed to go pay a visit to some kittens to see how he did (plus, all family members have to be present in order to adopt) and his allergies didn’t bug him even a teeny bit!

YAY!

We’re trying to keep him in our bathroom/bedroom as much as possible until he settles in and to minimize the about of cat hair in the house until after the IL’s leave. I’m not even allowed to post him on Facebook until the IL’s leave because we want to keep it as quiet as possible.

He was given the name Ernest when he came in (abandoned by his mom), but The Cowboy and I decided to change it. After tossing some lame names back and forth (Blackie) we settled on Maverick – yes, it was inspired by Top Gun 🙂

He purrs on the entire time he eats…..

…and sleeps 🙂

I may have also convinced The Cowboy to let him sleep in bed with us. Maybe……