Did you miss Moxie?

Posted by Katie on September 24, 2010
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Moxie spent some time on vacation this summer too.  She came home with fleas.

The lesson I have learned is to forget about home remedies.   Giving the cat a bath is no one’s favorite chore.

Just go to the vet!

The cat came back

Posted by Katie on July 28, 2010
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Dave and I aren’t the only ones who have been on vacation this summer.

The single time we boarded Moxie was for my sister’s wedding almost two years ago.  We did lots of research.  Found a place that specialized in cats.  Paid lots of money.  And Moxie just spent five nights ignoring the nice people who were trying in interact with her and not eating.  When we picked her up, she was the sweetest, most affectionate and loving little house cat we had ever seen, and she spent several full days following us around the apartment crying.  Exact translation, “Mommy, you left me.  Mommy, it was terrible.  Mommy, you left me.  Mommy, it was terrible.  Mommy, you left me.”  Yes, we felt horrible.

With so much travel on our plates this summer, and Moxie’s clear aversion to living in  a cage, we had to find an alternate solution to boarding the cat.  My parents were happy to oblige, and Moxie has been living in Indiana for the last six weeks.

She’s now back in Chicago where she belongs.  She has lost a bit of weight (three story house, with lots of stairs to run up and down) and she is very nice and shiny (lots of people to brush her multiple times every day, plus the raw fish someone has been sneaking her).

Welcome home cat.

Vacation was good.

#97 – Done

Posted by Katie on April 06, 2010
101 in 1001, Moxie / 3 Comments

#97 – Teach Moxie to scratch something other than that chair.

Dave tells me that I should go ahead and count this as being done before Moxie changes her mood and goes back to scratching our chairs.  She’s actually been good lately and is USUALLY scratching the scratching post…like the good cat she is usually not.

The fancy organic citrus anti-scratch sprays that we used religiously on our furniture did not work.  The ugly sticky plastic strips that we used on our furniture did not work either.

What seems to be working in the end is simply moving the scratching post to the middle of the room…located right between our two chairs.  A little positive reinforcement…making Moxie feel like the center of attention…is what she responds to.

Cat hair

Posted by Katie on January 21, 2010
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This is why my work clothes are constantly covered in cat hair.   We found Moxie sleeping on Dave’s clean shirt when we came back to fold the next load of laundry.  Dave put the T-shirt on top of her…funny thing is she actually stayed napping like this for another 30 minutes or so.

Guess Moxie was cold.

#22 – Done

Posted by Katie on June 18, 2009
101 in 1001, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Marriage, Moxie, Relaxation / 2 Comments

#22 – Return to Whitewater, WI for our one year anniversary.

We have been married for a year.

Wait, what?  We have been married for a year???  But, when and HOW EXACTLY did that happen?  No, honestly, we don’t know what we’re doing!  I have nothing profound to say here.  Dave is a patient man.

But not yet mastering the art of married life did not stop us from a good celebration.  We celebrated both Dave’s 31st birthday and our first wedding anniversary this past weekend in style.  We returned to the place in Wisconsin where we got engaged over two years ago.

We stayed at the same B&B.


We took the same five mile hike where Dave proposed to me.


We were pleasantly surprised to see that the exact bench on which Dave asked me to marry him has since been appropriately graffitied.


We won the Wisconsin state lottery.  And then blew our winnings on another lottery ticket.


We enjoyed the nature.



And of course, I got Dave a remote controlled helicopter for his birthday, the only appropriate gift for a 31 year old man and his cat.


And we relaxed.  It was wonderful.

I has been a whirlwind first year of marriage, Dave.  Here’s to the second year being half as hectic and exactly as enjoyable!

Clean house

Posted by Katie on May 23, 2009
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With a marathon of Clean House episodes on in the background for inspiration, today is cleaning day at our apartment.   Laundry is being done.  Bleach is being used.  Boxes are being emptied.  Things are being shredded.  Old clothes are being donated.

Think we should keep the hairy black and white number I found at the bottom of the laundry basket?

Real kittens eat “sea kittens”

Posted by Katie on February 09, 2009
Moxie, Weird / 6 Comments

Moxie\'s dinner

When I bring home “sea kittens” for dinner, Moxie goes crazy.  Her nose starts to twitch as soon as I bring the innocent murdered “sea kittens” home from the grocery store.  And when I open the refrigerator and start to prepare and cook the “sea kittens”, she goes wild.  This is because she likes to eat “sea kittens” just as much as I do.

PETA’s latest marketing attempt has failed on me, and apparently my “kitten” too.

Bad cat

Posted by Katie on January 02, 2009
Moxie / 5 Comments

Cat food

Dave put Moxie on a diet.  Moxie took matters into her own paws…and teeth.

I am the grinch

Posted by Katie on December 21, 2008
Christmas, Marriage, Moxie / 7 Comments

Christmas Tree

My thoughts on getting a Christmas tree – We don’t really need one.  We live in an apartment.  We are not even going to be in the apartment on Christmas day.  This sounds like a lot of work.  We should spend our time and energy on unpacking all those boxes in the hallway, and the living room, and the office.  The cat will knock it over.  We would have to buy lights.  We would have to buy ornaments.  We would have to buy a tree stand.  This sounds expensive.  This sounds like a fire hazard.

Dave’s thoughts on getting a Christmas tree – Santa Clause will not come if we do not have a real live Christmas tree.  We might as well just not even celebrate Christmas this year.

Yes, I know, I am the grinch.

I woke up early on Saturday morning to go out Christmas shopping before the shopping rush.  I came back with a tree stand, a couple strands of lights and a real live Christmas tree.  It’s a little tree.  At five feet, or so, I was able to slide it into the back of the car without any trouble, and just a little mess.

Dave’s reaction, “I love you a little bit more.”

Moxie and I both love the tree too.  It turns out that a little extra Christmas spirit and a little extra marital harmony are both well worth the trouble.