Monday, September 28, 2009

Fight On!

Being that I'm a sports fan you'd think that I've been to many sporting events right? Well I've been to a baseball game, and well yep that's it. No basketball, no hockey no soccer. Just baseball. Granted baseball is my favorite sport, but I'm always looking to expand my horizons.

Well I got the opportunity on Saturday night to go to a USC football game. For free. Yes those really are the best kind. Robbie got 3 free tickets so Robbie Jimmy and I headed down to the Coliseum.

Now, I'm not going to pretend to be the biggest USC fan. I liked them in the early 2000's but in more recent years it just seems like the kick the crap out of everyone and I'm one who roots for the underdog. But jeez going to a USC game can make you change your mind if that's the case.

We arrived at the Coliseum around 6:00 or so, with just enough time to take in the sites. And boy were their sights! So much food, so many people, so much maroon and gold. We got into the stadium and I could not believe where our seats were!

It was like we were on the field! We ate and cheered and yelled o plenty. I think I heard the USC fight song about 100 times. Or more. I went in being so so about USC and came out a fan! In that kind of atmosphere you can't help but get swept up in it. Of course they won (no surprise there) so the whole place was having a great time. I'm not sure I'll ever make it back to a USC Football game, but I hope I do because I had a great time!

Ok so I thought I was going to go a whole blog without talking about my cat. But I can't, I just love her! Everyone else talks about their kids and well I don't have one of those right now so here is the latest with Mitzie:

Looking at the picture below you'd think she was desperately trying to escape the clutches of my friend Tessa! But she's loving this. If you put her on her back and start rubbing her chin and neck she does this. She stretches out until she looks like super kitty trying to fly away. She is such a nut!

Monday, September 21, 2009


We've had Mitzie for a week now. It has been mostly fun, but jeez it's like having a furry child sometimes! She is feeling more comfortable at home and has started doing some strange things. She gets under her cat bed and pushes it around the house for example.

I kept seeing her bed in strange places and couldn't figure out how she was doing it. Well now I know.

Her toys kept disappearing too. She has this mouse that makes noise when she bats at it and one day I heard it under our bed. I looked under the bed and it was like a mountain of toys! So that is where they all went...

She has figured out how to open doors if they aren't closed all the way. I guess it was only a matter of time until that one happened. She has learned to fear the squirt bottle and knows that means she is in trouble. I just show it to her and she runs off and hides.

She follows you around all over the house. She likes to be around people. If there is no one in a room with her, she will find the room you are and come join you. I do like this quality. The last thing I wanted was a cat that hid under the bed all day. The kind where the only way you know they are even still alive is if you see food missing from the dish and poops in the litter box. What’s the point of even having a pet then?

On Saturday I started on the long yet rewarding road of attempting to train her. Yes you can train cats, just like you train a dog. We are working on the command "come", so she will come on cue. Next is to "sit".

It's the same basic principal, you use food to get them to do what you want. Then you reward them. Well she comes just fine when she knows I have treats. She comes before I even have to say come. Yesterday she did actually come when I told her to without treats.

But then a few hours later I told her to come and she looked at me and ran off. Hmmmm... Guess she may not be the kitty phenom I hoped she would be. I am bound and determined though so eventually she will come when I say!

She has decided that we should wake up at 7am everyday. As you can imagine, this pleases Jimmy immensely. She doesn't meow or anything ( she still doesn't make a peep) but she starts rubbing her little kitten body against my head until I pet her. If I pet her she will lay down and be fine. If I don't pet her she will go between me and Jimmy until one of us gives in and pays attention to her.

All and all she is still a hoot and completely entertaining to watch. I love her to death, but if she thinks I'm never sleeping past 7am again she has got another thing coming!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Exciting News!

It's been a while, and I have some exciting news! No, I'm not pregnant. I've noticed whenever I tell someone I have news, or ask them to "Guess what?" they think I'm pregnant. Nope, not today.

We did however get an addition to the Cuillard family. It's a girl! She is 3 months old, 2.5 lbs and completely litter box trained. Yep, I got a kitten!

Welcome Mitzie Leanne Cuillard (yes I give my pets middle names)!!

After 8 months of convincing, my fellow housemates finally agreed to let me bring in a pet. Jimmy and I went to Petsmart on Saturday and there she was ready for adoption. I fell in love immediately. We brought her home and she didn't make a peep, which is the opposite of what every other cat I've had has done in the car.

We've had her for about 3 days and so far so good. Ok so when she is in the litter box she flings litter everywhere. And she thinks everything that moves is a toy. And she goes to the bathroom more often than I thought physically possible for such a tiny body. But she is so funny I could watch her for hours. She sleeps through the night without any howling and instead of coming home to an empty dark house after work I come home to a dark house with an oh so excited to see me kitty.

Robbie pretended not to like her at first, but I think she is growing on him. I hear him playing with her and laughing at her when she does crazy kitten things. Whenever he comes downstairs she follows him around like a lost puppy.

In a couple of weeks I'm going to put her in a harness and take her outside (she won't be outside without supervision, too many coyotes and such around here) so that should be interesting. I'll be sure to take lots of pictures!

Ah the joys of being a cat mom again.