HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!

Essy turns 12 today!!! LOVE YOU MAMA!!!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY! At midnight Essy got: A  giant mouse bigger than she is, a mini mouse (filled with catnip) that she loves and rubbed her face all over, lots of treat food and a dipping of deli ham!  XOXO!

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Papa

I am starting a family project.  Every time they visit me, I will do a series on them at that time in our lives.  I realized I have hardly any pictures of my family and that saddens me. So, here is the first part.  My father came to visit me in December and here’s what was seen.  I like how it came out.




Click here to see the whole series.

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Dog's day verses Cat's day

Usually when any member of my family forwards me emails,  I don’t expect anything amusing.  Usually it’s a picture of the American Flag or someone thinks that forwarding this email to 1,000 people is going to win them 5 bucks.   But when Dad  forwarded me this, I thoroughly enjoyed it, mostly because it’s true.

Excerpts from a Dog’s Daily Diary:

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary:
Day 683 of my captivity:

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.  The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the floor. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. The audacity!  There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.  However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies."  I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.  Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my  tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking.  I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.  I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges.  He is regularly released -and seems to be more than willing to return.  He is obviously retarded!  The bird has got to be an informant.  I observe him communicating with the guards regularly.  I am certain that he reports my every move.  My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe…….for now…

Dog’s day verses Cat’s day

Usually when any member of my family forwards me emails,  I don’t expect anything amusing.  Usually it’s a picture of the American Flag or someone thinks that forwarding this email to 1,000 people is going to win them 5 bucks.   But when Dad  forwarded me this, I thoroughly enjoyed it, mostly because it’s true.

Excerpts from a Dog’s Daily Diary:

8:00 am – Dog food! My favorite thing!
9:30 am – A car ride! My favorite thing!
9:40 am – A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
10:30 am – Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
12:00 pm – Lunch! My favorite thing!
1:00 pm – Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
3:00 pm – Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
5:00 pm – Milk bones! My favorite thing!
7:00 pm – Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
8:00 pm – Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
11:00 pm – Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

Excerpts from a Cat’s Daily Diary:
Day 683 of my captivity:

My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.  The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the floor. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am. The audacity!  There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event.  However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies."  I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.  Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my  tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking.  I must try this again tomorrow — but at the top of the stairs.  I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges.  He is regularly released -and seems to be more than willing to return.  He is obviously retarded!  The bird has got to be an informant.  I observe him communicating with the guards regularly.  I am certain that he reports my every move.  My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe…….for now…

Now I know why parents confuse kids names..

Current Family: Pamela, Matthew, Essy, Xanadu, Birdhead, Wubba, Green
Birdhead, Clone, Clone’s Clone, Pink Bunny, Grandpa, Grandpa’s Brother,
Big Papa, Me-Maw, Lion, Robot, Boop, Boop#1, Boop#2, Boop#3, Boop#4,
Boop#5, Boop#6, Boop#7, Boopaloop, Octopus, Octopus’s Sister, Octopus’s
Tree, Crinkles, Pink Luggz, Mr. Sunflower, Mr. Bear, Taz, Mr. Fish,
Ho-Oh, Jabba, Weed, Love, Hoo-Hoo, Jolly, Jolly’s Brother, Frog Mask,
Suicidal Snowman, Home Depot, Snake, Christmas, Lil Jolly, Frosty, Icey
Jolly, Mini Jolly#1, Mini Jolly#2, Mini Jolly#3, Big Pink Luggz, Tiger,
Rhino, Monkey, Panda, Panda #2, Lion, Purple Luggz, Big Purple Luggz,
Frog Rug, Mr. Monkey, Mr. Purple Monkey, Mr. Blue Monkey, Happy Feet,
Pumpkin, Mr. Kiss, Gizmo, Panda, Taxi Bear, Black Meowza, Snowball,
Cuddles, Ralph, Grandpa Mars, Pillow Head, Mr. Pillow, Ham-Ham, Spotted
Boop, Turtle, Evil Turtle, Turtle #2, Koala, Quacks, Shark, Jolly Girl,
Pink Ninja, Giraffe, Pink Meowza, Turtle #3, Littlefoot, IheartNY Frog,
Turkey, Ladybugs, Prince Frog, King Frog, Frog Sponge, Fish Sponge,
Nickles, Boopalantern, Crab, Big Octopus, Halloween, Pumpkin Head, Pink
Peep, Boo, Froggy Girl, Furry Friends (#1, #2), Blue Peep, Pup-Pup,
Charlie, Lil Man, Troll, Cat w/ Mask, Ribbit, Sleepy Bear, Sylvester,
Izit, Izit#2, Pink, Pup, Starbucks Ghost, Pumpkin #2, Bookmark Frog,
Frog Puppet, Jo, Cuddle Frog, Glow Warm, Wage, Judy, Green Blanket,
Myrtle, Yoshi + Untitleds.

The Passion of Joan of Arc

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I just watched Dreyer’s "The Passion of Joan of Arc" for the first time.  I’m completely in awe.  Awe in that I will never create anything remotely close to the magnificence that this film is.  If I can one day have  .05% of the talent that the production had on creating this film, I will be amazed (and thankful).    You all must watch this, I am so serious.  And you  must watch the Criterion Collection version that is accompanied by Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light, an original orchestral work that was inspired by the movie.   It’s so good that I’m not going to try to find it illegally and download, I am going to buy it (on ebay, but still).   You will absolutely be amazed! You will stare, be overwhelmed and have constant goosebumps throughout.  We will never have cinema like this again…

Plot: The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D’Arc
(1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and
d’Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell,
and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate
her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber
and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a
cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to
recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she
explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at
Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the
protesting crowd.

Update: Here’s the full version but there’s no soundtrack.. so I suggest watching for visual amazingness, but you must see the one with the orchestra score!


Broccoli Casserole

I made this the other night and it was pretty delicious.  Personally, I would suggest not using as many crackers.

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Ingredients:
2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
8 ounces processed cheese food, shredded
1/4 pound butter
32 buttery round crackers, crushed

Directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.  Place broccoli in casserole dish and cover with cheese.
3. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter; add the cracker crumbs and stir until evenly coated. Sprinkle over cheese.
4.  Bake for 30 minutes.

Credit: Allrecipes

You also might get felt up…

… but it’ll totally be worth it! Is anyone going? I’m not. I fear human contact like this, but if you go.. do have fun and hug!

"Sunday, January 28
Giving out Hugs
at Union Square
Park South (Manhattan)
2p
free

About
the only way you’re going to feel better about what you did to yourself over the
past two nights is by hugging miscellaneous people freely today. Join all your
hippy friends in Union Square at 2p, and let the good vibes flow."