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Crazy cat people

We have become crazy cat people.

This was never our intention.

OK, so, George travels a lot. His job description actually states that he be in Houston (or Tampa or wherever else he’s needed) fifty percent of the time, which makes for a lonely Lorenia. We decided to get a pet. We like dogs, but they’re higher maintenance, what with the walking and not being able to leave them alone, and cleaning up HUGE STINKING POOPS, which I would be fine with if George was home more (because I’d totally make him do it) but alone? Not so much.

Enter Leo, stage left.

The last time George had to go to Houston, he had accumulated enough Rapid Rewards for me to tag along free (yay! free stuff!) so we had a friend come over every day, refresh Leo’s water, fill his food bowl, give him love, etc. (Thanks, Rene!) But when we came back, he was positively feral. See, this cat is weird. He’s even more of a dog-cat than any other kitty I’ve had. If you go into another room, he follows you, even if he was asleep, and curls up there. If he can’t see you, he whines. He likes sitting on your lap and having all of your attention. If you don’t give him enough attention, you’re in trouble. He’s very affectionate, and that doesn’t mix well with your Masters going on trips… or with the Female Master who was always at home with you before getting a job because she’s finally getting her work permit, thus leaving you alone for up to nine hours a day.

And so I was able to convince George we decided it would be a good idea to get a second kitty to keep him company. We found an adorable baby, about six weeks old, that needed fostering until he was old enough to be adopted. The plan was to bring him home and take care of him until the shelter people took care of his vaccinations and neutering (we’re not cruel, it’s state law for animals adopted from shelters), at which time we’d be able to officially adopt him.

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We went to pick him up yesterday, and he was in a carrier with his sister, Dreams.

And Tina asks, “Would you be willing to foster her with him until she’s old enough for vaccinations and spaying? We already have applicants for her, so it would only be a couple of weeks until her adoptive family could have her.”

George nodded; he figured he could indulge my kitty love since she’d only be with us a couple weeks, tops. I joked about keeping them both, he eyed me and reminded me our deal was two kitties, tops. I was only joking, anyway, so no harm done.

Until we brought them home.

After half an hour of petting this:

dreams

I tease, “I bet you want to keep her.”

“Do you think they’d let us?” George asked, looking up at me with big, sweet, brown eyes.

I was on the computer emailing Tina before he could change his mind.

The reply:

“OK, so that’s the quickest I have ever seen anyone fail at fostering.”

And so we are now two kittens “richer” (oh, boy) and having fun trying to help Leo adapt to pesky little moving fuzzy toys. He’s thoroughly confused: they’re about the size of his toy mice, but they squeak, try and steal his food, and never stop moving. Poor guy. Let this entry stand, Internet, as proof that I never tried to get George to keep them both, never tried to convince him, and that it was totally his idea. ;-)

P.S. Name suggestions welcome!

September 27, 2009   6 Comments

Zone-friendly pancakes

Breakfast on the zone can get a little boring after a while. Smoothies, cottage cheese and fruit, yogurt and fruit, or omelets and oatmeal every day for a year makes you crave something else.

Yesterday George stayed home from work to take me to the doctor… I have a sore throat and ear infections (yes, plural, both ears). So, since I had more time than usual for brekkie-makin’, I decided to try out a recipe our friend Dee suggested: protein pancakes. After my Whole Wheat Pancake Fiasco of ’08, I think that I didn’t really have much hope of these turning out with any sort of a pancake consistency or any sort of acceptable taste, but they’re as good or even better than regular pancakes. Dee’s recipe calls for four simple ingredients: 6 egg whites, 1 cup oatmeal, 1 cup cottage cheese, cinnamon. I modified the recipe a bit since we have a really tight budget and purchase eggs by the five-dozen for five dollars at BJs and I didn’t want to waste the yolks. I added more oatmeal to thicken them a tad because of the extra liquid the yolks would provide. Without further ado, I present you with this delicious protein pancake recipe.

    Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups oatmeal
  • cinnamon

I put the cottage cheese, eggs, and cinnamon in the blender. Before adding the oatmeal, I put it into the grinder to make it have a consistency more similar to flour. I then added the ground oatmeal, and blended the batter until it had no lumps. Cook on the griddle/pan just like pancakes. They’ll even start to bubble on top the way normal pancakes do when they’re ready to be flipped.

The result? Yummy deliciousness.

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September 2, 2009   3 Comments