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Really… Our cats are not spoiled… Part 4

Back in 2014, we moved and did a huge renovation on the new house (You can see portions in previous posts). Since we were doing some additions, we had the option to install a dedicated cat door into an exterior wall so that I could eventually add a big catio instead of the small, window units that I had made at the old house.

Fast forward 5 years and ta-dah! We have a big catio!

I sort of skipped to the end with that picture, so here’s a summary of the process, along with some tips and strategies that I used while building it.



POV video from the back of an eagle flying through a mountain range near Chamonix, France. Wow.

Ron Perlman is awesome!

Ron Perlman, the actor who played Hellboy (and a myriad of other makeup-intensive roles), got decked out in full Hellboy regalia and visited a boy for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. How cool is that?

Ron Perlman visits Zachary

Spiral cut hot dogs?

Yes! Here’s how and why!

I’m SO doing that this weekend.

Cute Overload

Red Panda video courtesy of Felicia Day…

Underground Skyscraper

Underground Skyscraper - "Earthscraper"My weekly StumbleUpon email presented me with this link to an article about an underground skyscraper concept from a Mexican architecture group. It has everything from museums and retail space to apartments and business offices (at the bottom because “that’s where business do their best work.”)

Umbrella Corporation reference, for the win!

There are some other great pictures of the design at the link above. Intriguing, to say the least.

Alien Rescue!

Megan and I did some LEGO stop action work yesterday. And when I say “work” I really mean “play.” It was a good project for the first day of summer.

The Greatest Show on Earth

circus01 This past Sunday, May 31st, Lori, Megan, and I went to the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey circus. For Megan and me, it was the first time ever. Lori had been to one before, but it was so long ago (and so far gone from memory) that it didn’t really count, so for all practical purposes, it was the first circus for all of us.

It was Barnum’s “Funundrum” show and it was spectacular. At one point, I looked over at Megan and she was sitting there with her mouth hanging open in amazement. It was awesome.

One thing that was really surprising to me was that their clowns were not creepy… not even close. We’re talking less creepiness than even Ronald McDonald, and he pretty much sets the standard for non-creepy clowns.

There was so much going on all the time that it was tough to actually take pictures and watch at the same time. It was also hard to take pictures at all because nothing ever stops moving and the lighting is usually a bit low. I managed to do okay, though, and got some decent shots.

That said, here’s a link to my full album of shots.

Tassimo Coffee Maker, FTW!

Bosch Tassimo Coffee Maker

For an anniversary present, Lori got me this single-serving coffee maker by Tassimo (made by Bosch) that uses T-Disks to brew up a single cup of coffee.

The brewing process takes about a minute (if that) and, with the Gevalia disks that I have, fills up my travel mug perfectly with great coffee.

Since Lori usually likes her coffee a little weaker than I do (and sometimes likes flavored coffee, which I tend to find nasty for the most part), I rarely drink coffee at home, letting her have control of the main coffee pot and occasionally breaking out my percolator to make my own coffee.

But now she has effectively stopped my whining with this machine. There are dozens of coffee choices, as well as tea, hot chocolate, lattes, espressos, and cappuccinos available for it, so theoretically, I could have a different type of coffee every day of the week.

…at the touch of a button. w00t!

The Cuddle Recliner!

We just purchased some new furniture this past weekend and my favorite piece is now comfortably situated in front of the big TV just inviting me to come watch movies until… well… until I fall asleep, actually.

Here it is, swamping Megan in its giantness.

The Cuddle Recliner

It’s doubly awesome (no pun intended) because it will easily hold two people (hence the name), so now when Megan and I want to watch My Neighbor Totoro again, we don’t have to fight over who gets the comfy chair.

The only problem is reaching the remote on the side table.