Friday, August 19, 2011

say hello to kettle

Fall semester has started, I've snagged a new part-time job, autumn is approaching, and we've brought a new member into our little family.

Meet Kettle. He was living in the crawlspace at a friend's house, and I just could not let him continue living out his life that way. I instantly connected with him (he kept staring intensely into my eyes and wouldn't shy away from me until I just just too close), and I knew I had to bring him home. It took hours but we finally caught him using some tuna fish and a kitty crate (I felt awful trapping him that way but I knew it was for the best). I had discussed it with Hans and we both agreed that we could either keep him or take him to a shelter to be adopted and either way he would stand a much better chance in the world than if he kept on living in that crawl space.

He seems to have had very little contact with humans so he's extremely skittish, but he is warming up really well to Hans and me. He was making this extended, high pitched little meows that sounded just like a teakettle going off, so Hans dubbed him accordingly. We like the alliteration of "Kettle & Kenya" and we're hoping they'll be pals (which is doubtful: Kenya is a demon).

He has a vet appointment tomorrow and I'm crossing my fingers he's a healthy little boy. Kenya and Phoenix have all their vaccines but we're still keeping him quarantined in the bathroom until we've had him checked out. I'm trying not to get too attached to him because even if he is perfectly healthy, there is the chance that Phoenix and Kenya just won't accept him and we'll have to find him a new home. But who am I kidding, I am totally in love. I'm just happy knowing I'll be changing his life for the better no matter where his final home is.

As far as we know, he has a good many brothers and sisters who are still living in the crawl space, so if anyone in the Atlanta/Woodstock area would like to adopt a precious little kitten, let me know!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

obtaining my leg lady

This is from a few weeks ago, when I had the itch to get some new work done and I just couldn't resist. Drew Mitchell at Stoneage Tattoo in Georgia does all my work.

Friday, August 12, 2011


I should not make puns.

An octopus painting I did, which hangs in our dining room being all tentacled and bad ass.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

joining the august break

I've been a busy bee and I'll probably get a whole lot busier with fall semester starting up next week (eep!). Life has been throwing obstacle after obstacle my way and the blog has taken a backseat, so this will be a great way for me to carry on with posts through August. I swear one day I'll have enough time to really get this thing off its feet. But for now, August Break 2011, here goes!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

dog adventure

When I'm not home, I can often be found out in the wilderness with my dog. If I could, I'd spend all my time going on adventures with her. She's such a great companion. Off the leash she stays right by my side, or else runs a little bit ahead and then waits for me to catch up. She's such a mama's girl.

I have a goal of taking better pictures while I'm out on these adventures, but I'm usually too busy jumping in a river or walking treacherously over a gap across a fallen tree. So for now here are some cell phone pictures of a recent romp at a park with Phoenix and her BFF Kota.

Kota loves swimming. Phoenix on the other hand likes water but hates swimming, so that's why she's sitting like a goof with only her front paws in the water (since these pictures were taken, though, she's started begrudgingly swimming with me). I love this particular park because it's got all these broken old structures (part of a mill or a dam?), miles of woods to explore, and swimmable "lagoon" sections of the river.

Oh, and yes, Kota and Phoenix are black and white on purpose.
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