Monthly Archives: January 2012

Where ya goin’, Duncan?

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You look so determined.

You look so determined.

Adam and I were talking and all the sudden Duncan trots toward and quickly past us.  Not like a gallop sprint somewhere or a slow saunter, but a determined and focused jog.  Was he coming to see Adam?  Or me?

No….he was just running kind of fast but not actually fast to his favorite chair spot where he promptly plopped down and stared at us.  He’s doing it right now, actually.  I am looking at him and not the keyboard while I try not to break his gaze.  …I just won.   Actually he gave me that cat slow blink and I just stared back like a jerk.

If only I were making this stuff up. But I’m so glad I’m not.

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This is the stuff my dreams are made of.

This is the stuff my dreams are made of.

Firstly, so sorry about no updates for the week.  We were on a bit of a vacation.  And it was awesome!  But that’s why I was busy.

Secondly, this story happened when we were on vacation.  We were sitting in the airport about to board when I see a lady carrying a case with something white in it.  I hope my hope of hopes that it was a cat and not a silly little dog, though either would have amused me.

As we get on the plane I start checking out where to sit (Southwest, you know) and I see not just a cat in a carrying case but a cat on a cat bed on a lady’s lap.

I almost peed myself.

I asked Adam before we got on the plane if we could sit next to the cat (no, I’m not making that up  for humor here)….but alas, there was only the middle seat empty so we couldn’t.  I totally should have ditched Adam for the cat (no offence, Adam!).

Unfortunately, my glance from a distance was the closest contact I had with the somewhat-ugly-smushed-face all white cat but at least I got a cattoon out of it.

I wish I had the time or cared enough to do my nails because my cousin has some really cool ideas to try!

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So I have been peepin’ on my cousin’s blog and she kicks butt for cool ideas and has what looks like incredibly patience and skills for detail.  Above is just one of the really cool things she posts.  So if you want cool ideas for painting your nails, check out her blog Mixed Mama!

Plus, here’s a picture of me if I decided to do my nails.  I would be proud and sassy.  It would not make me look like I have monster hands, which unfortunately this drawing kind of does, haha.

Purty

Purty

You know, it’s just a Shetland pony driving a car.

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Just cruisin'

Just cruisin'

So I totally apologize for not having drawings the last week but I seriously have not sat down on a couch since Tuesday.  We have been doing house stuff galore and I ended up taking a 4 hour nap today because of it.  Can a nap be that long?  Or does it have a new name once it’s been longer than like an hour?  If you have any ideas about the name, you let me know.  Otherwise I’ll just call it a long-nap.

Anyway, I really wanted to do a drawing today but have no juice to get my creativity going, so I asked Adam for help.  He told me I should draw a Shetland pony driving a car.  I kind of suck at driving cars so I had to crop it, haha.

So I might have a new hobby. And it’s kind of more like manual labor.

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I'm ready for you to make me smell less disgusting.

I'm ready for you to make me smell less disgusting.

It’s true.  We got a house!!!  It’s our first home and we’re excited…and a little poor.  And the new house is actually an old house that needs some fixing up.  Oh, and it smells like a nasty wet dog peed on itself and rolled all over the carpet for a year.  So we have to clean that up.

But, a little TLC comes with a price to pay, namely time.   So, please forgive me if in the coming weeks I am a little lax in my posting but I will putting my talent to good use fixing up a bungalow for us to live in.  I’m on my way to not being a basement troll anymore!!

Here is a sketch of our house getting excited that someone will love it again!  I think I’m going to think of a name for our house.   Do people do that?  I mean, I know people name them like “Sunset Manor” but I was thinking of a person name.  Like Edna.  More on that later.

Please call him Mr. Duncan now.

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Forget a regular collar!

Forget a regular collar!

I decided that instead of a regular collar Duncan should wear a tie everywhere.  And then he can be a business man (business cat?) since he’s already wearing a tie.  Or maybe a lawyer.  Whatever brings in more money is good for me.

Adam likes new wearing new accessories.

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It looks sooooo good on him.

It looks sooooo good on him.

So I have a horrible secret to reveal.  I cause my husband gratuitous injuries.  Not like in a secret abusive relationship way, but either directly or indirectly, I cause Adam injuries on a fairly regular basis.

For example, this weekend we decided to try cross-country skiing because the park system had a rental for boots and skis.  Sounded awesome.  So I got him to try it with me.  He hasn’t ever skied but decided to give it a shot.  Well, in seriously the first 2 minutes of having his skis, on he fell and twisted his already sensitive knees.  Like a trooper he kept going and did that again at least 5 more times.

THEN, the next day he was out taking the ice off my car.  And he poked himself in the eye with the ice scraper and we had to go to urgent care for 2 hours.

This was just this weekend.  I can’t even count how many times I’ve accidentally (yes, ACCIDENTALLY) poked him in the eye or hit him in some way.

So either he is a big ol’ wimp or I might be a sociopath.

Why are flat-faced cats so ugly they’re cute?

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Mrow

Mrow

So I’ve been drawing on paper while I wait for my stylus to arrive and I kind of like it more.  Except for the scanning.  I don’t know why but I seriously hate scanning stuff – for some reason it just irks me.

So anyway, I got a kitten daily calendar (go figure, right?) and there was a pair of goofy looking flat-faced cats that cracked me up.  So here they are.  🙂

I give you a video of a speed climber.

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Info first, video second…

Adam and I were looking at YouTube videos of speed climbers to see them their climbing superpowers.  Seriously, that’s ridiculously impressive.  So anyway, we click on this one….and I about died from laughring (laugh-crying).  Mostly the music made the whole thing.  And the intro text in the video. You might not find this hilarious, but I totally did.

A new year, and a malfunctioning drawing tablet, so you’re stuck with this “cattoon.”

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Just hanging out with the cats.

Just hanging out with the cats.

So my dumb ol’ drawing tablet stylus is still broken and I had to order one from Amazon.  Boo.  But at least I’ll soon be able to do better digital drawings than I did today with my mouse.

What is this, you ask? I’m sitting on the couch, making a dumb face, with the “cats” sitting behind me.  I had to add this whole description because Adam said…”Huh?  What is that?  Why are you making that dumb face?” when I showed him.

Thanks.

I just decided to do a stupid picture of myself and do something funny with it.  So there you have it.  Plus, I’m too lazy to do it in pen and then scan it.  I don’t know why that whole scanning process drives me nuts.

Drumroll please…………….TADA! Today is ONE FULL YEAR OF NOTACRAZYCATLADY!!!

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Sorry for all the caps up there but I AM EXCITED!  This marks the end of the first year of notacrazycatlady and also the conclusion of my post a day challenge.

For those of you from the beginning, you know that I have boldly accepted the challenge (from WordPress.com and I suppose myself) to post every day.  Now, being that I am a teacher and don’t always have free time on my hands (ok, that’s a huge lie) and have gone on some vacations and whatnot, this proved to be a bit difficult sometimes.  But I loved challenging myself and have made some great strides in my cattooning.

Poor Adam had to deal with me jolting out of bed at 11:30 more than once or sitting on my phone trying to get a phone cartoon done when we were out with friends when I forgot that I had a post to complete.  And despite all this, he surprised me today with THIS!!!

Anniversary Surprise

Yes, that is a two-pound resealable bag of Twizzlers

All his favorites!

All his favorites!

Yes, you saw correctly.  My man got me a bottle of champagne, a two-pound bag of Twizzlers, and a hand-crafted, hand-selected anniversary picture of his favorite notacrazycatlady cattoons.  This might be better than our real anniversary!

Now, don’t think this means that notacrazycatlady is kaput.  I will be posting at least 2 times a week, if not more.  I just don’t think the everyday thing will happen.  It was a great experience and I love creating something every day, but with the Etsy store and the fact that thinking about posting everyday sometimes made me cry (not really), I will be trying to test out a few more new adventures.  But keep on checking back, because I’ll be here!

As a bonus treat today, I will share with you a little something Adam and I did on our honeymoon.  This was pre-notacrazycatlady but post-me-starting-to-cattoon-a-lot.

meow

meow

We got matching Duncan and Smudge tattoos.  Yes.  Yes, we did.  And we call them cattoos.  Well, I don’t know if he does, but I do.

Now this kind of looks like it sucks.  And it was supposed to be a little “sketchy”…not like sketchy sketchy, but like a sketch.  It’s all mellowed out now and blended nicely.  This was literally the day after we got them.  Yes, Adam has the same cat tattoo on his ankle, too.  I’ll spare him the embarrassment and just use my leg instead, ha!

Thank you to all you not crazy cattoon loving fans, friends, and family and I look forward to sharing more cattoons and stories with you in the future and hearing you share your stories with me, too!

Man I love Jimmy Johns

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Yay!!!!

Yay!!!!

So I had a lovely time with my grammy today.  She lives like 10 minutes from work so I stopped by to hang out for a bit and we went out for a bite to eat.  I introduced her to Jimmy Johns and we both got my favorite…the Beach Club.  Turkey, provolone (I think), lettuce, sprouts (yum!), avocado spread (double yum!), and no mayo.  Soooooooo good.   My love affair with Jimmy Johns is on-again, off-again and began in college.  I know it’s not the best food around but dog-gone-it, I love those subs.  And the chips.  Mmmmm.  Gram loved it too.  And we love each other.  So it was a lovey day!

True story.

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Kazaam!

Kazaam!

Does anyone else have the problem where they believe their couches to have some sort of magical powers?  It’s like as soon as I sit near/on one with a moderate amount of relaxation, I’m immediately cast under its spell for a minimum of an hour, usually 3.  What the heck?

True story.

Hey weird little dog with four…um…three legs.

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Oh, hi.

Oh, hi.

So browsing Reddit, as usual, I come across this little dog named ChaCha (awesome…I love it) who has three legs.  The owner decided to outfit with another one.  Sort of….

But this pup was so cute that the creepiness of a misplaced baby arm just seemed to meld with the cuteness of the doggy and make it at least 1056% cuter.

Do you like shopping on Etsy? Check out my new shop!

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Check it out!

Just click the cattoon above to check it out!

So I’ve decided to open a store on Etsy!  Check it out!

Right now I have some baby onesies but I might be branching out to whatever floats my boat, so to speak.

Here’s a sample!

Animal trip onesie

Animal trip onesie

Monster onesie
Monster onesie
Dino onesie

Dino onesie

Photobomb!

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So I took this photo on our honeymoon in Maine and I decided…you know, since I’m not a crazy cat lady….that it would be fun to pretend the cats were there, too.  Since Smudge loves to get in the way of things he is photobombing a lovely shot of Duncan dipping his toes in the ocean.

It’s a cat in a basket!

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Yum!

Yum!

I really hope Jimmie Chew doesn’t get sick of me drawing pictures from his blog, but I just love them.  They crack me up.  Here is a basket chewing cat cattoon.

On another fun note, in just a few short days (10 maybe?  I can’t recall) I will have posted a blog post everyday for the last year.  Woo!  So even though it’s 2012, this is the finale to my postaday2011.

Thanks to everyone who follows along with me on my somewhat ridiculous cattooning adventures.