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Saturday night we went to the moves to see Up. We both enjoyed it - though I still prefer Coraline if I had to make a choice, which I don't! We got to see the 9/15 pm session so no yelling kids, just a few smartarse teenagers but fortunately, they were a long way back.

Before the picture, we went out for dinner. There were a couple of new restaurants along the Parramatta restaurant strip, so we chose one of those. We decided early on that they must have had a cafe and decided to upgrade an it was his grandmother doing the cooking and the emergency relatives hauled in to help wait tables. We weren't far wrong - but it was his mother doing the cooking. :) Ok, the waiter amy not have been a relative, but as it was his first night, he certainly didn't know what he was doing and as there was no drinks menu, he couldn't even tell us what beer they had. That said, the food was quite good and there was a lot of it.

Some of you may be wondering how the two cats are getting along. The answer seems to be - it depends. They are getting used to each other and they don't usually fight as such, but they're both still a bit jealous of any attention the other gets - actually, Errol is most jealous, I don't think Stupid cares as long as he gets some as well. They have the very occasional hiss at each other, but not all the time so I think they're working things out.

The scary bit? Well, we're thinking of buying a new house or doing a knockdown and rebuild where we currently live. Either way it will be a big financial commitment. And yes, I know we just recently had the kitchen renovated, but there is so much that still needs doing and it will still be too small. Now that S has a permanent job (or at least as permanent as they get these days) and as we've been together now for quite a while, we're actually going for a joint mortgage. So we spent Saturday looking at houses for sale and Sunday looking at project homes. Not to mention the time I've spent on the internet researching stuff.

We actually found a house we liked on Saturday. Had a lot of room and heaps of under house storage. Fortunately a bit out of our price range or we might have been tempted to offer on it there and then. We're still thinking of it, but I doubt that they'd accept what we're prepared to offer.

Since then, we've been running the numbers and I think that it's actually cheaper for us to demolish and rebuild than to move - just not as convenient. On the other hand, you get something closer to the house you want. On the other other hand, you have to live in rental accommodation for some indefinite time. On yet another hand, transport is more convenient if we stay here... Sometime soon we'll have to make a decision one way or the other, but not tonight.
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Furrdinand (aka Stupid)
Originally uploaded by elissande
Another update - this could get to be a habit - or not.

Anyway, here's a photo of the little tom that turned up on our doorstep trying to steal some of Errol's food. Obviously, we had to start feeding him as he was skinny and told us he was positively starving! as he didn't look completely grotty, we thought that he might have a home somewhere, so we put a collar and tag on with my mobile number and asking if we were feeding their cat. Turned out we were and I had a chat to the person who had never had a cat before and wasn't aware of the need to get them desexed, vaccinated etc but said she'd do it. Oh, they didn't buy him, so it's not that a seller was negligent. They just started to feed him when he came mooching around.

Stupid kept tuning up on our doorstep and, one day with a hurt paw - and still not desexed. With the paw, we felt a rip to the vet was getting urgent, so I called the lady again. Turns out he hadn't gone home from about the day she rang - possibly partly due to the paw, but maybe because we were feeding him sufficiently. He's the feline equivalent of an 18 year old boy and is thus a pretty bottomless pit - hence the reason we called him Furrdinand the ferociously famished!

Anyway,after one lacerating incident (S, not me) we eventually got him to the vet. We had to lure him into a trap normally used for feral cats, but it went alright from there. He's now desexed, vaccinated, microchipped, dewormed and deflead (ok, we did the last bit ourselves very early on).

He's very friendly and we're currently going through the joy of getting two cats to coexist. I actually think that Stupid wants Errol to be his mother. Errol's not sure what to make of it all. There have been no fights, but a lot of jealousy - mainly on Errol's part.

Now I guess I need to contact the lady who first started feeding him. He seems to have settled here and we'd like to keep him - and they haven't been anxious enough to call and enquire about him - but still.

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Apr. 26th, 2007 03:25 pm
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Hoiked from [livejournal.com profile] electricant

Yes, it's marketing for a movie (which won't be out until December), but it's fun, and it keeps giving me cats.

I did it twice and got two different outcomes. I've put one in as changeable and one as not.

Mouse over to activate. You can have input to change Elissande's Daemon.

Corinna's Daemon )

Elissande's Daemon )
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Following on the cat theme, I’m not sure whether to be amused or aghast hat the cat reality show. I also wonder at the presumption that if a cat is sweet it doesn’t have a personality.

Also whether the winners are actually the ones that get to go to good homes rather than the one that ends up working for the company.

Later update:
More info at this site.

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