April 20th, 2006


Madonna's Wrong...

I love Spring. There's just something refreshing and motivating about it. Between the budding trees and the *warmer weather, Spring is very uplifting for me. Plus getting up at 4:50 a.m. for my workouts is a lot easier this time of year. Typically in colder times I'll either feel like hell for the first 20 minutes or oversleep altogether.

This morning everything was just nice and tranquil. And returning home from the gym to see this little guy sitting in my neighbor's window totally made me smile:

Yup, that's a cat from that white (+1) litter. It's amazing how fast the time has gone by. This feels like only yesterday somehow:

A few minutes later I went back outside to put a bag of trash in the can and saw that his sister was in the window instead:

Madonna's wrong. Time does not go by "so slowly."

Back in my own house, the circus continues. Regardless of whether or not I get up early for the gym, Billy ensures I'm up no later than 6:00 a.m. He's somehow developed this routine where he jumps up on the bed, walks up on my chest and puts his face close to mine. If that doesn't work, he drops to his side and rolls over onto his back while still on me. And if I still ignore him, he does something he knows I will flip out about: he climbs the bed's headboard and claws at the window blind's drawstring. The second I sit up and yell "Billy!," he jumps back onto the bed and rolls over, looking up at me with wide little cutesy eyes.

The reason I get crazy about the blinds is because they're very expensive and he already punched little claw holes into them. It's not that bad, but I don't want him to make it worse. He knows it... such a little clever brat.

When I feed the little monsters their breakfast, they don't all eat together. It's typically Mia, Billy, Sadie and sometimes Cora. I put out 5 bowls of wet food, yet everyday Billy and Sadie insist on shoving each other out of the way so they can each eat out of the same bowl. Observe:

They do this every single day. Even if more than one bowl has the same flavored food, Sadie shoves Billy's head out of the way with her nose and Billy pushes her with his paw:

Usually at some point during this exchange, Mia will grow bored with whatever dish she's eating from. She then kicks Billy and Sadie out of their bowl. They don't object because, well, Mia's the ruler of the house. Do they stop their tussling? No. They simply take it to another dish:


Speaking of Billy and Sadie, they're now reunited with their brother Jeffrey. He had been adopted with Jack by a family that's friends with Tina. I'm not going to bother going into the details, but their excuse for giving him up was so pathetic and selfish, it seriously made me very angry. (I'm mad just thinking about it, actually.)

Anyway, Tina and I retrieved him this past weekend. The poor guy was so confused and talked non-stop the whole way home:

I was really worried about how he'd adjust to everyone and vice versa. He had been gone since mid-December. But less than 24 hours later they were the Three Musketeers again. They stick very close together and are very affectionate with each other. Needless to say, I'll never separate them again.

And that brings me to Ginny and Toby:

I really doubt the likelihood of us keeping her. She attacked Tina yesterday and also beat up KC, Spaz and Jeffrey. We'll give her a little time after Toby's weened, but our house is full enough without a hostile, aggressive feral cat.

In other Mothering News, KC and The Twins are doing well. Like Toby, they're growing rapidly:

This picture cracked me up. I took it as she was looking at her nose:

Tina and I are looking into options for finishing the attic or the basement in the near future. We really could use the extra living space. It's not too terrible now, but still... having one of those areas finished would be nice.

Wow, I don't know how this became a Cat Report. I had only intended to write about my neighbor's cats in the windows, ha! Oh well, now you know.

*"Warmer weather" is a bit of a joke. In New England, it's warm today, but could very well drop to the 30's between now and mid-May.
Boxy Brown

You get what you pay for...

This can't possibly be a shock to anyone:

O&A To Replace Roth?
April 20, 2006
By Mike Boyle & Paul Heine

Are David Lee Roth’s 15 minutes of CBS Radio “Free FM” fame almost over? According to several published reports it is, and his widely rumored replacements, XM Satellite Radio’s Opie & Anthony, are all but signed and ready to roll as early as May.

The Wall Street Journal reports the duo, whose terrestrial radio career went up in flames in 2002, is “in the final stages of negotiation” of a multiyear deal that would allow them to continue on XM and promote the satellite radio service on a CBS Radio version of their racy talk show.

Roth has described his own program as “bland and painful.” Based on early ratings, listeners appear to agree. He replaced Howard Stern in seven markets in January, when Stern began a new 5-year deal at Sirius Satellite Radio.

I knew I couldn't have been the only one who thought having David Lee Roth as Howard Stern's replacement was a dumb idea.

But even more baffling is the fact that they're going to have XM's Opie and Anthony fill the slot with a cleanly edited version of their XM broadcast. CBS must be really desperate because this will be a blatant plug for XM Satellite Radio, yet they are currently suing Stern for promoting Sirius while he was on terrestrial radio.

What I'm most curious about is how the Catholic Church is going to take it. After all, if you remember, Opie and Anthony were banned from public radio several years ago after they staged a stunt where a couple had sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral. I can't imagine people are going to keep quiet about that.

By the way, I love the whole "Free Radio" campaign 92.3 in NY has going:

Hahaha! You get what you pay for.

So basically they're saying "Free = Crap."

I'm so glad I spent the money on Sirius. Howard and his team are as hilarious as ever and I love that they replay older episodes throughout the day when they're off the air. I'd be pissed if I bought XM and then found out I could get the content for free on regular radio. Plus I already get a bunch of XM music channels with our Direct TV anyway.

"Ice Creeeeeeam!"

Embarrassing Moment of the Day:

Participating in a conference call in my home office with all the windows open when suddenly an ice cream truck comes down the street.

It stops in front of my house and starts blaring the WORST electronic version of "The Pink Panther Theme," followed by an equally grating "La Cucarocha." This naturally is followed by a chorus of "Ice creeeeeam!!!!" by about 10 shrieking kids that are running to the truck.

I do not have a mute button on my phone.

Thankfully no one said anything. There was a brief pause, but the call continued. (I had run to my bathroom on the other side of the house until the dreadful noise went away.)

I was tempted to make like The Simpson's Crazy Cat Lady and throw Ginny at the driver.

I'm starting to think she might be on to something and is just misunderstood...