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maura @ 3:24 pm

It should not be 90+ degrees and 90+% humidity in June.

What’s worse than spending 2 nights (because we started too late for one night) watching a movie that had all of the ingredients to be hilarious but ended up being a total dud? The same PLUS awful-yet-catchy songs that get stuck in your head for days afterwards! That pretty much sums up Music & Lyrics, which we watched last week. It looked so good on the outside: funny cast (Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore) + promising set up (what could be more fun than mocking Wham!?). But something went horribly, horribly wrong with the writing or direction or something because it was just BORING. And the songs are driving me crazy.

The kittehs are great, thanks for asking. But it appears that Mr. & Mrs. Fastidious are having a somewhat rocky transition to kitten ownership.

It’s funny, if you’d asked me a few months ago what housekeeping task worried me re: cats, I’d have said sweeping, of course, because of the fur. But you know, these little guys do not shed so much, and the fur is not bothering me at all.

However, both Jonathan and I are having a hard time with the litterbox. I hadn’t realized that a bit of litter tends to come out of the box when a cat exits (even despite the little footmat thing in front of the box), and am finding myself sweeping the bathroom about 10 times a day. Jonathan’s bugbear is the stinky poop, which he rushes in to scoop the very instant that a kitten has exited the bathroom. We are both freaking ourselves out with the thought of poopecules: the (probably imaginary, but what if not?) microscopic fragments of poop that give us pause whenever a kitten jumps up on the bed or sofa. Quel surprise!

Yesterday was stoop sale day, yippee! We took in a decent amount of cash, and got rid of a ton of stuff between the sale and our now-traditional hauling everything that didn’t sell directly to the thrift store afterwards (nothing comes back upstairs – nothing!). I’m proud of our steely resolve this year: we didn’t even buy much from our neighbors.

This year’s bang-up stoop sale innovation: the quarter bin (i.e. everything in the big plastic bin costs 25 cents) and the free bin (ditto but free). These ended up being a great way to get rid of all of those little toys and doodads (ay dios mia, plastic party favors!), while drawing in potential stoop sale victims. Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

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6 comments on “assorted tasty nuggets”

jonathan (8 June 2008 at 8:11 pm)

Poopecules as they were to known to Democritus, but—as with so many of the disruptions of the early 20th—now known to comprise paired crapitons of complementary spin.

Anne (8 June 2008 at 9:57 pm)

Hey cats, wipe your damn paws!!!

Happy belated! Hope it was great!!!

I kinda liked M&L but I saw it by myself and hadn’t gotten too psyched about it. Later I told Ben it would be a cute date movie & he was like You Watched It w/o Me? But he never did see it, I think I’d sent it back.

We let Max watch Bill & Ted & he was like Um Sure Mom & Dad It Was Funny?! (thinking: what the hek was wrong w/ them in the 80s?)

maura (9 June 2008 at 8:33 pm)

Thanks, and thanks too for the awesome gifts! (Proper thank you note coming, of course.)

Har, I can imagine that Bill & Ted would completely bore today’s hip kids. Right now we are watching I Am Legend (why can we never seem to watch a movie all in one night anymore?). Of course the big thrill are all of the crazy shots of abandoned NYC (and bombed bridges), but I’m finding it strangely affecting, too.

When I can get the Fresh Prince theme song out of my head, that is. Also we decided that Will Smith must just have a giant room full of money, and cracked ourselves up with that for a while. “Oh Jada, be a dear and throw another hundred mil in the money room. But shut the door quick so nothing escapes!”

Jessie (11 June 2008 at 11:43 am)

Re: litter box (and tasty nuggets as a title for a post with cat poop caused some serious cognitive dissonance), we use the pine litter. It still gets on the floor, but it has some real advantages: it can be flushed down the toilet, odor control is good, and it’s much lighter to carry home from the store. Also, it doesn’t get caught in their paws as much, so less tracking outside of the bathroom proper.

maura (11 June 2008 at 6:55 pm)

Yes, only now do I see how the nuggets could be gifted with multiple meanings. We keep talking about nuggets at work these days, as in “delivering library instruction in multiple combinable nuggets.” Yes, I am a nerd.

We’re midway into switching from the cedar to the pine litter as I type. I think we need to move a little faster. The cedar litter smells great but is insanely trackable (think hamster cage). The pine, with its nuggets, seems less so.

And hip hop hooray for flushable litter!

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