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Monday
Dec282009

Cat #2 - Cheeks

Here's the story of how Cheeks came to live with me. About 7 years ago my boyfriend Jeff and I moved into my co-workers former apartment in a lowrise in Lowertown. Cheeks was the neighbourhood stray, and had been for what we heard was about 8 years or so. One day a woman in the building next to ours was apparently wandering around with a recycling box apparently trying to catch him so bylaw could pick him up, claiming he was spraying in her basement apartment window. The 2 neighbours who had been feeding him found him and got him to the vets where he was neutered and got all his shots etc. Then they came to me and asked me to take him in because their cats didn't like him. I reluctantly agreed. Turns out him and Milo didn't get along so well and still don't. But they mostly keep their distance. Cheeks LOVES being inside, LOVES hanging around in the backyard (with me supervising) and LOVES sleeping in patches of sun and on the heat vents. He is a very VERY lucky cat. We named him Cheeks because he had the fattest face and had huge cheeks. We assumed it was from eating garbage and god knows what, but we learned that this is a trait of un-neutered male cats. He no longer has big cheeks but he learned his name fast so it stuck. He loves Jeff like crazy. When Jeff comes over Cheeks always climbs on him and lays down. It's really sweet. (Check out his Flickr set here).

Friday
Dec182009

House & Home Online TV Show

Lisa of Canadian House & Home magazine emailed recently about the website's new online TV show that features home tours, DIY ideas, recipes and more. Here's a little bit of info from Lisa: "After producing a successful television show on conventional television networks for the past nine years (reruns still air in over 20 countries), our publisher, Lynda Reeves, decided it was time for a change. The new 12- to 15-minute online television show, airing at houseandhome.com/tv, features Lynda Reeves, Suzanne Dimma and other experts from Canadian House & Home leading house tours, decorating lessons, cooking demos, DIY projects, Ask A Designer™ segments and shopping excursions. Shows are filmed both inside the House & Home Media offices in Toronto and on location. Original content is updated weekly, and viewers can subscribe to a custom e-newsletter to receive weekly show updates." I viewed several of the shows and they are awesome, featuring some of my favourite spaces from recent issues. They included this one, the glam loft of designer Sabrina Linn. 

And this one, the most incredible basement renovation I've ever seen (in H&H senior editor Meg Crossley's home). I am totally envious as my basement is a wreck and will likely remain that way.

Tuesday
Dec152009

Cat #1 - Milo

For those of you reading this who may not know me very well, perhaps you are not aware that I have 7 cats. Yep, SEVEN. I was quite happy with 5 (which is still too many) about a year and a half ago, but the last 2 appeared at my new home and I could not turn them away. So I thought I'd do a little intro of each of the 7, and include some of my favourite photos. I'll start with the first one who took over my home.

Milo is the only cat that I did not rescue. My next door neighbour at the time had a Himalayan and I fell in love with it and had to have one. I tried to find one to rescue online but had no luck. So I found a breeder about an hour away, and my boyfriend and I went to pick one out. Once arriving at the breeder's home, I realized that perhaps we were rescuing one after all. The house was insane, a bunch of kids, cats and dogs everywhere (they bred dogs too). We picked out Milo, a blue-point, although we had gone there thinking we'd pick out a seal-point but his colouring was too gorgeous to resist. So he's been with me since about 2002. He's momma's boy. He loves me to death and couldn't care less about anyone else, even my boyfriend. He is pretty small for a Himalayan, and a ball of fluff. It is really tough to get a decent photograph of him, but here are some of my favourites (see more in his Flickr set).

Thursday
Dec032009

Sadly, I'm back from Vegas

I arrived home from Vegas Monday night and have been home sick from work since. Vegas was incredible, and I'd love to visit again. We did alot of shopping, so perhaps next time we'll get the chance to do more sight seeing. My sister Jen's wedding was perfect. I'm so happy for her and her new husband Dave. We had a great time, had the best food, and I loved that it was such a small group of friends and family (about 25 of us). To pass a bit of time and forget the excruciating pain at the back of my throat, I thought I'd share some of my favourite photos (taken by my boyfriend or myself) from the trip.


Monday
Nov232009

THREE MORE DAYS!!!!

Very early Thursday morning I will be heading out to the airport with my boyfriend and twin sister to catch a flight to Vegas. My younger sister is getting married on Saturday there. Which is AWESOME because this means I had an excuse to take a vacation. If I am not mistaken, I have not had a vacation since early 2006 when I went to Puerto Vallarta. I am soooooooo ready to get the hell out of Ottawa for a few days. We will be back Monday night so I will not be on a computer for FIVE whole days. WOHOO!!! I am trying to get some posts done before I go that I can schedule to publish while I am gone. This trip means 5 days away from my 7 cats, and I'll miss them but AH MAH GAWD I will be able to get 4 decent nights sleep where I will be able to move my legs and not get woken at 5 am for a feeding. And I've never been to Vegas so that's pretty exciting. There are of course wedding things going on and a day planned to outlet shop but besides that plans are up in the air. I found an amazing cat-sitter via Flickr whom I had never met in person so we did just that on Saturday so we could get to know each other a bit, she could meet the cats, and so I could give her the lowdown on how to deal with my herd. (Crazy, I know, but she's perfect for the job). And this may mean more vacations in my future!!

Anyway, last night my little sis and her fiance gave us some little Vegas souvenirs for partaking in their big day which was totally not necessary but really sweet of them.

Thanks Jen and Dave and I CAN'T WAIT!!!!