Life in the Slow Lane

Life in the Slow Lane

Saturday, October 18, 2008

A Cornucopia of Feline Delight

A Cute Photo To Reduce Your Ire

Ok, I am sorry I haven't posted. Very very VERY sorry. But after I spill my brain onto this blog about what has happened over the last month you may regret your recent inquiries into my, Yoshi's and Dexter's well being.

We all all good.

Now that I got that out of the way I'll get into a little more detail.

I've been heinously busy. Partly because I am a terrible procrastinator, partly because I am a good citizen and partly because I need to pay the bills. Against all promises I made to myself, my graphic designer, my family and my friends I once again left the creation of the 2009 Iconic Women By Yoshi Calendar to the last minute. What can I say? I work better under pressure. Just not this much pressure. So it is almost done and will be sent to the printer by next week. I'll be opening up for pre-sales next week as well so you can order the very first copies right away for immediate delivery.

With the addition of Dexter into the mix photographing Yoshi has been a little more difficult. It involves taking Dexter over to my parent's house so Yoshi won't have a grand mal hissy. While more time consuming it has worked out even better as Yoshi loves the one-on-one time and is posing better than ever.

She is so totally and completely hilarious and adorable and I could nom nom nom her to death.

Now about Dexter. He is the cutest, most loving, friendly, happy-go-lucky kitten ON THE PLANET. Without out a doubt everybody who meets him is charmed and smitten instantly. Saying that he is also horribly bad, intentionally annoying, a less than enthusiastic listener, completely lacking in boundaries and manners, clearly not very bright, a terrible farter, and alarmingly destructive.

Yoshi totally hates him.

Her initial curiosity and interest in Dexter was replaced with loathing when he grew bigger and started jumping on her when she was sleeping, looking the other way, eating, trying to poop and minding her own business in general.*

*See above mention of lack of manners and boundaries.

So my day is filled with hissing, growling, spitting, and heartfelt smack-downs. Entirely and totally on Yoshi's part because Dexter just thinks it is all fun and more fun. Did I mention he really is not very bright?

I can say with certainty that I understand why my parents used to get so frustrated when my brother and I bickered because I now experience daily (333333333 TBGE3333333333334 -Dexter intruding on this post) the equivalent of a little boy persistently picking on his older sister. Yoshi has a look that clearly conveys, "MOoooooOOOM! He's looking at me again!"

I am exhausted. I've also taken to yelling, "Simmer DOWN! You guys!"

The futility.

Despite Yoshi's hatred she is actually really happy in general. She is resigned to Dexter's presence and, I think, not as bored as she was. Kind of like the curmudgeonly old lady yelling at the neighbourhood children to get of her lawn. Bitter but fully occupied. I expect that once Dexter grows up and loses his kitteny assholiness they will just sleep the day away in each other's company like boring old cats do.

Random Dexter von Cheddar Stats:
3 1/2 months old
5lbs 11 oz
Meows a lot
Slightly cross-eyed
Eats anything
Drools when purring

  • The Ched
  • Ched Head
  • Sir Stink-a-lot
  • D von C
  • Duuuuude-don't wreck my shit.
  • Little One
  • Grandmaster Dork
As for me I've suddenly become a little more employed. I've started working a few nights per week as the Theatre Liaison of the 110 person capacity theatre that is located in my apartment building. It works out great since if I feel a little panicky or overwhelmed I can excuse myself for 5 minutes chill-out time in my own apartment with my own kitties. I just make sure that whoever is renting the facilities are treating them with respect and are out of there on time. Sweet little gig, actually.

I'm also now part of my building's Resident Council (sorta like a co-op but different) and have taken a very pro-active approach to dealing with various issues with residents and the building itself. This is totally a volunteer situation and waaaay more work that I anticipated. But good work because being pro-active and solving problems makes me a happier camper overall. I'm also on a committee that is organising and participating in a 3 day Christmas Gala fundraiser for our building (to help subsidize rents) involving an art market and cabaret-style entertainment. I am ALSO treasurer for that which is something I've never done before and am a little nervous about. I continue to be an on-call emergency person in my building one week out of every month as well as work a couple hours per week for my dad.

Yikes, right? Busy but that scattered kind of busy.

So until the calendar is finished and all the surrounding press and products (cards and magnets) are completed I am not going to be posting as much as I'd like. Because my Theatre Liaison position is nights and weekends I am trying to borrow an old laptop so on my down time (when the productions are actually going on) I can maybe write a post or two but, in general, expect me to be scarce until the New Year.

Thanks for checking in and being so patient.

And now here are more Dexter photos and video than you can watch in one sitting.

My Own Personal Sistine Chapel

The Snoozen Housen Usurper Laughs Maniacally At His Sneakiness


Faceplant au Cheddar

Savouring The Deeeeelicious Full Footed Bouquet

Taken Just Now


Sharkey said...

Glad to see you (and the kittehs!) are alive and kicking. I think you need to get Dexter a kitten of his own.

That middle video reminds me of "Chah-lie bit my fingah. Ow! Ow Chah-lie!"

spoonleg said...

Oh my gawwwwd how cute is that kitten?! Is he a siamese as well? his mannerisms and (especially) his meowing is JUST LIKE OSCAR as a kitten. Boy, am i glad to be past all that playful, attacking kittenhood. It IS adorable to watch from afar, though. Yoshi looks positively DESPERATE, but you know she loves him to bits and pieces. You're right, once he mellows, they will spend days sleeping and grooming eachother in the sunshine (although Oscar is still territorial over his topmost throne on the cat condo- no Percies allowed!)

So nice to hear your sweet voice, too! Although, it was hilarious to hear you say DEXTER. DEXTER. NO. NO, DEXTER. NO BITING. OW. NO BITING. STOP. DEXTER. NO.

He's a good listener, that one.

here today, gone tomorrow said...

BWAAHHHAHHHAHHAHAHAHAHAAA!!!! *wipes tears from eyes* Oh, you MORE than made up for the long absence! Oh Dexter...

(Ollie does the drooling when being loved up, too. Yuckie!)

operagal said...

I am cracking up at the "oh dear sweet Jesus" comment during the vid.

I can speak from experience - volunteer work ALWAYS takes more time than a real job would.

The upside? Helping, and the fact that after a few years, it gets WAY easier.

I have been doing an event for 7 years that raises $$$ for people and animals in need.

It gets easier.

Anonymous said...

the last video woke up Ruby, Elsie and Nettie the cat

babies are such work!!


lawyerchik said...

Ditto what Sharkey said - glad you and the kitties are alive and well! :) Hope you can take some time to rest and relax a bit between now and the New Year.

The photos are darling, but the videos were totally awesome! Sorry that feet had to be harmed in the making of the videos, but I'm glad all is well now!


JP said...

Hey this post totally made up for the absent Kranki... Well, almost!! ;)

alan said...

Angel just came running from the living room to see what I was doing to that poor kitten...Frankie slept through the whole thing, of course. The furnace is on and he's on the couch directly across from it; the only thing that would disturb him is water!

I'm glad there is a truce of sorts between them now; as you said, much like siblings. Now if we can negotiate one between your socks and Dexter we'll be all set!

A little more employed is a good thing as long as you are comfortable with it all! Being able to take a break at home would be a good feeling!

Very glad to have words from you again!


Ern said...

Awww, he's sooooo cute! He definitely reminds me of my Nudgie, who I still think was part siamese. The meowing woke up our new poochie too. "Who let a cat in here!?"

kalki said...

Yay! I live for your updates. Okay, that is a bit extreme, but I do look so very, very forward to them.

You are doing such awesome things - very impressive. Can't wait for the calendar! And "grand mal hissy" cracked me up.

Squirl said...

The pictures were so much fun. I really enjoyed the videos. Can't wait to get my 2009 Yoshi calendar.

east village idiot said...

Welcome back Kranki!

Glad you and your little cutie pies are doing well!

Julie said...

Holy freaking DRAMA QUEEN!!!

You would think you NEVER fed him before in his life.

lawyerchik said...

'K, Kranki - I ordered my 2009 Calendar!! :) Great work, as usual. Happy Halloween!!

kalki said...

Just ordered my calendar(s) as well!! Truly fabulous work once again. BRAVO, Kranki and Yoshi!

HAR said...

grand mal hissy , my new favorite term.

I will order my cal as soon as possible!!! Can it top last years???

KULA said...

oh the incessant meowing is just so cute! Also, love when you call him by his full name :)

eclectic said...

Hee! Nice to see the family is adjusting to each other...! Great videos! Best wishes on all your busy-ness between now and New Year's. Give Yoshi and Dexter smooches for me, please?

Anonymous said...


That is too funny.