Happy New Year from a Crazy Cat Lady and Her Cats

Late in the hour I decided to commemorate the last day of 2012 by posing for pictures with four very special cats — my family’s two cats and my two. I took somewhere between thirty and forty thousand pictures this year, and what pictures weren’t of dead leaves were usually of them. Not excessive, by the way. I made these pictures sepia, because sepia means Special Memories Forever ™. Happy New Year!

June

June. No really, she likes it.

Maggie. This is as close as I could get her. Look, I'm even offering her alcohol.

Maggie. This is as close as I could get to posing with her. I set the timer for as long as it could go (not super long) and tried to coax her near me. Look, I’m even offering her alcohol.

Stare-down with Rio, the wisest, most beautiful cat that ever was.

Rio — a stare-down with the wisest, most beautiful cat that ever was.

Well, Layla's back end made it into this picture.

Layla. Well, Layla’s back end walking away, but better than good — good enough.

In the end, their portraits were very true to who they were. Layla is the cat version of a horse’s ass, June is sweet and pliable as Play-doh, Maggie is watchful and wise but a little standoffish, and Rio is basically like an honorary human that you can commune with.

Catching up

Since Christmas, my life has been a whirlwind of window frost chronicling, cat badgering, fearless baking, and half-assed crafting and home improvement, I guess you could say. Here is what’s been going on.

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Here's how the bread looked before it became bread. It was a nervous, exciting time that easily could have ended in tragedy.

Yesterday I made bread dough and today I baked the bread. Here’s how the bread looked before it became bread. It was a nervous, exciting time that easily could have ended in tragedy.

Oh, bread.

Oh, bread.

Wow, I made bread. It looked like bread. It smelled like bread. It tasted like bread. I was so proud. I wanted to tell everyone. Now I'm telling you.

When it was done, it looked like bread. It smelled like bread. It tasted like bread. I was so proud. I wanted to tell everyone. Now I’m telling you.

Maggie lies on the floor like she's dead. But she's not.

Maggie lies on the floor like she’s dead. But she’s not.

Here's a little insight int how my life works. About six months ago or more, my mom gave me this The Scream nightlight. Last month I bought new lightbulbs to put in it. This weekend,I finally tested the nightlight. It was just as cool as I dreamed it would be. I wanted to use this nightlight in my second bedroom because there's no overhead light in there and it's always messy and I don't want to trip over things when I'm going in there to turn on the lamp and I especially don't want to be grabbed by the demons that no doubt lurk in that bedroom. This picture is mostly for demonstration purposes, though. I'm not sure I want to have that light on in the room considering that this weekend and weekends past, I have spent millions upon millions of hours applying old, old dry pages from books to cover up the old, old, dry, cracked, buckling, ugly wallpaper that was in there and I'm afraid everything will start on fire. But please do admire my cool fake wallpaper and my cool nightlight.

Here’s a little insight int how my life works. About six months ago or more, my mom gave me this The Scream nightlight. Last month I bought new lightbulbs to put in it. This weekend,I finally tested the nightlight. It was just as cool as I dreamed it would be. I wanted to use this nightlight in my second bedroom because there’s no overhead light in there and it’s always messy and I don’t want to trip over things when I’m going in there to turn on the lamp and I especially don’t want to be grabbed by the demons that no doubt lurk in that bedroom. This picture is mostly for demonstration purposes, though. I’m not sure I want to have that light on in the room considering that this weekend and weekends past, I have spent millions upon millions of hours applying old, old dry pages from books to cover up the old, old, dry, cracked, buckling, ugly wallpaper that was in there and I’m afraid everything will start on fire. But please do admire my cool fake wallpaper and my cool nightlight.

I have been eating vegetables that are roasted because I'm fancy.

I have been eating vegetables that are roasted because I’m fancy.

December 23rd

My north-facing window in the kitchen collects frost like nobody’s business.

This was my favorite picture. Looked most like tree was growing out of the frost.

This was my favorite picture. Why, the tree is growing out of the frost.

It's like layers of hills!

It’s like layers of hills. Like…the Blue Ridge Mountains, sure! They had slowly managed to eat half of my window.

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I wish I could have gotten some closer macros but my camera said no. Still I thought the details were pretty.

I wish I could have gotten some closer macros but my camera said no. Still I thought the details were pretty.

December 18th and 19th: It’s beginning to look somewhat like Christmas

And Catmas.

I am ready to ship June off at the slightest provocation

I am ready to ship June off at the slightest provocation

Yesterday I made festive dark chocolate brownies with chili powder, paprika, cardamom, and cinnamon.

Yesterday I made festive dark chocolate brownies with chili powder, paprika, cardamom, and cinnamon.

The least impressive paper snowflake of the year

The least impressive paper snowflake of the year

Cat ghost

Cat ghost

Red pig and silver reindeer

Red pig and silver reindeer

Smarties candy canes. Kind of good, and kind of gross.

Smarties candy canes. Kind of good, and kind of gross.