This has been a busy week or two! Very, very busy. Work and everything else has just been pretty crazy for both Mike and me.
I’ll start with the stuff at the top of my mind first.
I didn’t get Piper as a kitten, so I have never had any idea when her birthday might be. I always called her my little Halloween cat since she’s all black, though, so I kind of said that her birthday was Halloween.
A month or so ago we turned one of our armchairs upside down on the floor to put felt feet on the bottom of it and Piper ran underneath the upside down chair and absolutely loved it. She was so disappointed when we turned the chair right side up again. This gave Mike cause to think about ‘hidey-holes’ and after some time thinking, he came to the conclusion that what Piper needed was a teepee. I was skeptical especially when he pointed out a giant one built for a 10 year old that would never fit in our living room without being the major focal point, but Mike continued to do his research and he ended up finding a place on Etsy that custom makes pet teepees. Mike emailed back and forth with them about getting a solid black teepee with a solid black fleece cushion inside (Piper seems to know that she’s black and she likes blending in, so she always likes hanging out/in/around black things.) Her teepee arrived in the mail today and Mike did the minimal setup work.
Did Piper like it?
(Mike says she looks like a Jawa from Star Wars. I looked them up, and I think Piper is WAY cuter than Jawa. He also says she looks like some kind of dark fairy nymph from an old fairy tale.) Basically when Piper is in her teepee and her eyes are closed I literally cannot see her in there. It’s Piper’s perfect hidey-hole!
Last Friday night after work Mike and I went out with some friends to Toulouse Petit. I had heard of the restaurant before, and it was rumored to be very nice, but we had never been there. Somehow we almost never get to Queen Anne, the neighborhood the restaurant is in. The restaurant itself was lovely! Dim lights and lots and lots of candles! In fact a couple hundred tea light candles were mounted on the back wall, and they looked amazing! I speculated on how long it might take the servers to light those each evening, but the general consensus in our group was that multiple people probably did it and it probably didn’t take that long.
We really didn’t dress up for Halloween. I was all ready to go as a dark fairy (having bought a costume last year and never having worn it), but Mike was unsure. And by unsure, I mean he really would rather have done almost anything in the world rather than dress up. I suggested he could go as Steve Jobs. That seemed like an easy costume since it’s basically a black turtleneck and jeans and Mike already has the brainy look going for him. But Mike wasn’t into that. Then, to compound to Mike’s uncertainty about dressing up, we were invited over to the house of some friend’s on Halloween. I was excited to see them, but we weren’t going over for a Halloween party… we just went to hang out. No costume required. Or even expected. So what I ended up doing was dressing up in my dark fairy costume Friday night (Halloween Eve) when we went out to dinner so that at least I could get a little mileage out of my costume. I wasn’t prepared to be the only person in the restaurant who was in costume (come on people… it’s HALLOWEEN EVE! Where are your costumes??). What was worse is that, for practical reasons I decided not to wear the wings of my dark fairy costume (because it was cold outside and I couldn’t put on my coat if I had the wings on… funny how none of my coats accommodated wings with a three foot span) and apparently the wings “made” the costume. Without them I was a woman in a short, black, lace-y dress and dark eye make-up. I got complimented by two of the waiters on looking nice, but no one knew I was dressed up for Halloween. So that whole trying to dress up for Halloween was kind of a bust. Next time I’m wearing the wings even if I freeze.
What else has been going on?
Mike has been doing landscaping. Lots and lots of landscaping. Last Sunday he was outside most of the day ruthlessly rooting out weeds and laying down wood bark chips to keep the weeds from returning (or at least returning as fast). It was basically pouring rain all day Sunday so he was working outdoors in the rain, the wind, and the dirt all day. He did take a couple breaks to enjoy the seasonal oatmeal stout from Fremont Brewery.
If it had been anyone else I’m sure they would have gotten a cold, but Mike doesn’t really get colds. I think he’s had three in the entire time I’ve known him (12ish years). (Speaking of time going by… Mike and I will be celebrating our three-year wedding anniversary in a little over a month. Talk about time flying!)
We also went to a garden nursery to get some new bushes for the landscaping. I was only so-so interested, but they did have an amazing holiday section! It was basically like a Christmas winter wonderland.
Mike would have liked to recruit me to work on the landscape, but I had CSA produce to cook (*whew*… lucky break!), so I stayed indoors and cooked up homemade meatballs and a giant pot of vegetable soup. I’ve discovered that the real secret to using up CSA produce is to make everything you’re going to make with your veggies and then throw the rest in a pot, simmer it for three hours with vegetable stock and plenty of fresh chopped basil, and you’re golden. It’s like the perfect “catch-all” plan for other vegetables you may not know what to do with. I also roasted up a brightly colored pan of root vegetables, golden beets, red beets (which have a fancier name, but I can’t remember what it is), yams, potatoes, and carrots. Plus plenty of thyme. I think thyme may be the secret to taking beets to a palatable level.
On Halloween, as mentioned, Mike and I went to some friends’ house. They had just bought a new home, and we got our first chance to see it. It was beautiful and I loved the work they’d done decorating it! Of special note: they had a pantry. That’s right… a specific walk-in closet-ish area full of shelves for food. Ooooooh! Loved it!
And their pets loved Mike. It was so cute!!
Possibly of interest: I’m now a sub teacher for Bala Yoga in Fremont and will be sub’ing my first class on November 29th. I’m also a sub for a gym nearby. How exciting! In addition to teaching at my corporate job, it looks like I’ll have some studio experience also.
Lately Mike has also been doing touch-up painting around our house. Piper loves it when Mike paints because he brings out his work light which emits a ton of heat.
I’m actually loving running in the cooler weather! The days are all cool and cloudy.
Piper’s enjoying the few rays of sunshine we’re getting these days. She’s been a little quieter and more thoughtful. I think she’s mentally gearing up for the colder, shorter, darker days of winter.
Also, if you love cats, here are some of the rarest breeds of wild cats.