the cats

I realize that, considering the new name of the blog, there have been no Jack & Sawyer pictures recently. It’s been mostly school stuff, because that’s what’s been on my mind most these last ten months. So here’s a couple of recent Jack & Sawyer shots of their ridiculous cuteness and antics.


We’ve recently been letting them hang out with us in the office, since they love being with us, and we’re locked up in there so much. They’ve gotten used to settling down somewhere or getting kicked out. But much as we try to keep them off the desk, they just love sitting in this corner between us.

cats on the desk


Sawyer’s my afternoon nap on the days I come home too exhausted to continue.

sleepy cat napping on bed


Sawyer likes to steal our chairs when we get up in the office. We decided to watch a move in the living room and he refused to leave the chair, so Chris wheeled it out so he could be part of the family.

cat taking over desk chair


Then we left it out there for a couple days, which they both loved.

cat taking over desk chair


On days when I’m working by myself in the office, Jack likes to stretch out between Chris’ keyboard and monitor.

cat asleep on desk behind keyboard cat asleep on desk


It’s rare that they’ll both share something–usually Sawyer gets irked and leaves, but the love of the chair draws them closer together.

cats take over desk chair


It’s been getting a lot hotter around here, which means we can usually find this guy napping in the basin sink.

cat asleep in the sink


It really is like having children: they even wake us up early in the morning.

cat waking up owner


When the office gets too hot (the windows let in a LOT of sun, and all our electronics does not help the temp), I bring my laptop to the dining room, and Jack usually cuddles up in my arm while I work.

cat cradled in arms cat cradled in arms


Chris bought some firefly lights and big jars for a wedding show we did in May, and Jack was both fascinated and freaked by the final product.

cat checks out firefly lights


Jack and Sawyer Present: The New Toy

Two things:

1. I got the cats a new toy yesterday.
2. SocialCam now has captioning and music. We’re going to have a lot of fun in videos to come.

And here we go!


1. I just love Sawyer’s awkward pouncing skills. The Little Prince wouldn’t last a day in the jungle.
2. I also love that he catches me videoing him at the end and nuzzles the camera.
3. Techno music makes cat videos much more epic.

February the twenty-second: Leaf Watching

The story of today:

Chris asked me how my day was. I rattled off a list of things I’d done, including tutoring, my CA professional development meeting, what I had for lunch, leaf watching with the cats, working on homework, and taking a nap.

Sometime around 11pm, he was surfing through his Instagram feed and started laughing out loud. “You really did leaf watch with the cats!”He had found the above picture, and was highly amused that this was an actual event I had photographed during my day. What can I say? I liked the colors of the porch, wood floor, Sawyer, and my shoes. Seemed like a perfect photo op to me.

January the tenth (the one with the hedgehog)

Sawyer loves my socks. He’s learned how to paw open my sock drawer and take them out, too, which means we find socks all over the house. Even in the kitchen sink. (Although, technically that was Jack who left it there, since Sawyer can’t figure out how to get up on the counters.)

A few weeks ago Chris I loaned my old roommate Jenna some of our snow clothes for a trip she was taking, and she recently returned everything in a couple bags. Our nosy cats got into the bags, of course, and Sawyer fell in love with a pair of very soft, very thick, very expensive snow socks that were folded inside each other. For about a day, he carried those folded socks around the house, slept next to them, batted them around. I decided he needed his own little sock-sized stuffed animal.

Enter the hedgehog.

Found him at Target the other day. Just about the size of a pair of good snow socks folded inside each other. So I bought him and tossed him in front of Sawyer when I got home to see what would happen.

I think he likes it:

Disclaimer: After the first 45 seconds, it’s much of the same. Please don’t feel you have to watch all the way through. I’m just too lazy to throw this video in imovie and cut it down.

January the sixth

With my new tutoring students, I had to change my schedule up a bit. Now I get out of work pretty early on Fridays, with no tutoring in the afternoons, which is great. I came home, got out the laptop, loaded up my current session (the Moses’/Bishop’s) and turned on season five of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix. 
( I love having HIMYM on Netflix. No changing of disks whatsoever. I could watch six seasons straight through if I wanted.)
Jack was feeling mighty cuddly, and I let him curl up into my arm since he just wanted to nap there. (We usually don’t let them on the table.) 
Apparently Sawyer, who is not normally very cuddly, was jealous of this snuggle session, because this was the scene two hours later:

I was mentioning to Chris last night how much easier Picture of the Day is with two cats. No more trying to made mundane activities or inanimate objects interesting. There’s always something interesting going on with two pre-teen cats.

January the fourth

Not much going on today. Back to school/work. Back to tutoring. Wednesdays are now loooooooong days. Charter school in the morning/early afternoon, immediately followed by language arts tutoring with a seventh grader, immediately followed by math tutoring with an eighth grader (in Imperial Beach). Trying to get home from I.B. at 6:30pm is not so much fun, but luckily I’ve got my ipod loaded with the audio versions of all the Harry Potter books. I love me some multi-tasking, and I definitely don’t have time to be lounging around reading once I get home.

I like this picture of Sawyer. He looks more like the kitten we brought home six months ago, and less like the teenage cat he’s slowly growing into. This look here is one of limiting patience while he waited for me to get him unstuck from the little space he’d crawled into behind the TV. Poor thing couldn’t figure out how to back up, and Chris’ guitar rack was keeping him from just jumping to the ground. When I held out my arms to reach over the rack for him, he literally jumped into them. Love that our cats know when we’re trying to help them and go along with it.

Christmas (with Kittens)

The kittens love the new Christmas tree. You’ll notice that there are no actual ornaments anywhere near the parts of the tree they can get to. Our tree is very top heavy with ornaments.

Sawyer has developed a thing for my socks. He loves pulling open my sock drawer and grabbing the closest sock. Then the next closest sock. And the next. Until he has a pile of socks outside of the sock drawer. But his favorite socks are these Christmas funky colored ones I got from my roommate Jen two Christmases ago. When he gets a hold of one of those, he tugs it around the house with him, and we end up finding it in the strangest places. As you can see, he also likes pulling it up to the bed and cuddling up for a good nap with it.

The kitchen pictures… really have nothing to do with Christmas. I just thought it was funny that I set myself up in the dining room to get pictures of Jack being bad by getting up on the counters. And other places. Have fun playing where’s Jack with those pictures!

You’ll also notice you’re seeing a lot of Green Mouse in these photos. Green Mouse (as Chris calls him, not the green mouse), is the current favorite toy. This is actually the second green mouse. We got a two pack when we first got the kittens, and they liked them enough, but both were supposed to have little bells on their tails that were missing. Green Mouse 2.0 has a full functioning bell, and Sawyer especially carried that thing around with him everywhere he went the first day we brought it home. (Sawyer might be a hoarder, now that I think about it.)

Merry Christmas, from Jack and Sawyer!