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Open thread for personal stuff, like if there’s a cat always sitting on you

BFFs, or cat tyranny in action?

By request, a long overdue open thread for personal stuff! No trolls.

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Jurgan
3 years ago

Are shameless promotions okay here? I’m mostly a lurker and only occasionally comment, so if this is out of bounds, please delete, Dave.

So this happened:

https://twitter.com/umbralDescend/status/1122813033355587586

This terrifying ghost (“Gaysper”) was quickly adopted by a number of people as an LGBT icon, and several said they wanted a wearable version. My wife has a button-maker, so they quickly set up a way to buy Gaysper buttons on their Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheArtClosetPins

bluecat
bluecat
3 years ago

@ VP – Yay (does little dance!) All the hugging well deserved.

@ TB Tabby – goodness there are some strange world-views out there.

@Opposable Thumbs. I’m so sorry to hear that. May her memory be a blessing. Oh dear the dog… a terrible worry! All the best to you and yours.

moregeekthan
moregeekthan
3 years ago

Only an occasional poster, but I did want to share that my girlfriend is graduating from seminary this weekend. Moderately on-topic, because her cat does indeed like to sit on her for extended periods. (and occasionally sits on me as well)

@VP – so glad to hear that!

Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
Weird (and tired of trumplings) Eddie
3 years ago

@ VP:

Great on the test results!

@ TB Tabby:

I followed the FSTDT link… it looks like someone was doing maintenance in it and left it in some kinda code mode…. That or the web site was built by a spam bot.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

Thank you all for the good wishes!

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

My cat is not much of a lap cat, but sometimes she’ll lay on you.

@VP glad you got good news back!

@Visc you’re the best cat mom. All the hugs.

@Katamount could be allergies. Laying down tends to cause the fluids to pool up, so when you’re upright again they have a chance to drain and you feel better after a little bit.

Moggie
Moggie
3 years ago

Airpunch for @VP, chaste hugs for @Viscaria and @opposablethumbs.

@Katamount:

Man I’m tired. Damned spring colds. Maybe I have allergies or something. But the congestion only lasts the morning then I’m usually okay no matter if I’m inside or outside. I don’t get it. Just hate feeling this way in the morning.

Dust mites? If you can afford it, try replacing your pillow. Wash your sheets at 60 degrees. Get one of those mattress protectors which bags the whole mattress.

Dust mites are nightmare fuel.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
3 years ago

Thank you, bluecat – and all my best to you too, and to mammotheers dealing with whatevery (sic) things youall are dealing with :-s

cornychips
cornychips
3 years ago

@katamount

I have HORRIBLE allergies. I live in central Texas where its either pollen, grass, OR MOLD all damn year long. I used o have to walk with a mask and would get hives going outside to check my mail.

Allergy shots have helped my pollen and grass problem, buuuut mold still fucks me up. I had to buy a heavy duty air filter to sleep next to so that I was only breathing purified air. I still get congestion in the mornings, but its nothing like to disgusting hacking mess I used to suffer through.

These are hella expensive, but they also filter out ammonia, city pollution, VOCs, etc. And they are ZERO maintenance.
https://austinair.com/

Then again, Moggie is very right about the dust mite problem. Good luck,

Violet the Vile, Moonbat Screech Junky
Violet the Vile, Moonbat Screech Junky
3 years ago

@VP Brilliant news!

I have a cat shouting at me whenever I’m at home, usually about food or treats or going outside. Sitting on me, sadly not so much; he’s not much of a lap cat. He prefers to sit by himself, on top of his cat barrel, and judge me.

In bad news, I have exams upcoming AAAAaaaaAAAAAaaaAAAAA

In good news, I’m about to go for my intermediate belt in karate and there is a hot new boy in the class. Sorry, I mean an attractive man (I have proper huge slightly obsessive crush and am reverting to about 14).
Am plotting how best to get to know him. Current plan is:
1) ask whether he wants to be added to the karate whatsapp group which we are all quite active on. This should hopefully lead to finding out more about him, and will also genuinely be a nice thing to do as we let each other know when classes are cancelled on there etc, so tbf he needs to be on there and it is not at all a pretext to get his mobile number. But of course it does give us the chance to text should he be open to that
2) find out whether he has a girlfriend/is straight/is interested in sexual relationships
3) flirt outrageously if answers and observations line up (and if it is clear he wants to be flirted with and wouldn’t rather just be left alone to learn karate, which to be fair is a possibility)
4) ????
5) NEW BOYFRIEND

Foolproof, right?

So yeah, those three things are pretty much what is on my mind right now. Hope you are all good. xx

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

Wash your sheets at 60 degrees

Was trying to decipher what difference the angle at which you wash sheets could possibly make. Might need more coffee.

Katamount
Katamount
3 years ago

@Moggie et al.

I’m going to the doctor’s office Friday for a long-overdue checkup and I’ll ask about getting an allergen test done. I’m a stomach sleeper so my nose is near the pillow when I sleep. *shrug* We’ll find out.

kupo
kupo
3 years ago

Side note: the property manager sends out fear mongering emails each year warning us about the May Day “riots” (peaceful protests) and my coworkers are worried about coming in now. ?

I hope they hug* Bezo’s balls** like they were planning to last year.

* The event to bust them was taken down for violence, so they went with a different approach

** His balls are these:
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Cats In Shiny Hats
Cats In Shiny Hats
3 years ago

My cat apparently sulk-curls until I get home, and then becomes a purr monster of great lap sitting.

Moggie
Moggie
3 years ago

@kupo:

Was trying to decipher what difference the angle at which you wash sheets could possibly make. Might need more coffee.

“Instructions unclear. Now pinned under washing machine”

I also don’t mean Fahrenheight, because that would be silly.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
3 years ago

@cornychips

I had about 5 years before I became susceptible to cedar fever. 😛

contrapangloss
3 years ago

Yay VP! I’m really glad to hear the test results came out well.

I’m going to run out again, because I have my capstone design report for the damned window press of doom due in eight hours.

On campus, precisely so my parent’s cat CAN’T sit on me, because that isn’t conducive to typing at the speed required.

Scanisaurus
Scanisaurus
3 years ago

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Button
Button
3 years ago

My cat is no longer always sitting on me. We had to put her down. 🙁

Katamount
Katamount
3 years ago

*finds Doors Open Toronto list* Ooooh, the Masonic Temple is open this year! It’s quite the history that building has. It acted as a Concert Hall since the 1930s and in the 60s became one of the hottest venues around, taking on the name The Rock Pile as it featured performances by Led Zeppelin, Zappa, The Who, Jethro Tull, BB King, and Chuck Berry to name a few. It was sold to CTV in the 90s, who in turn sold it in 2012 to a tech firm that keeps the place up, preserving the original hand-operated elevators and the main stage.

S. P.
S. P.
3 years ago

The news from me is:
1) I finally had the nerve to formally come out as nonbinary to my family and have started using my chosen name
2) My gf of 10 years proposed to me a few weeks ago
3) I’m anxiously waiting for news on a possible new job

So it’s been a very nervous yet hopeful April.

Rabid Rabbit
Rabid Rabbit
3 years ago

@Scanisaurus

Ha! I like it.

Admittedly, I don’t tend to watch war movies, so my ability to test them is limited. Would Downfall count? And if so, does it fail the test because of the one brief shot of a topless woman? She’s not a named character, just an almost-background part of a scene establishing that there’s drunken debauched partying going on, and it’s really a very quick shot.

I suppose there’s also an implied rape threat at the end, but it remains implied and nothing happens. And honestly, in the context of what the Soviet army did in Germany at the end of WW2, that’s downright miraculous.

Lurker LXVII of the Chattering Class
Lurker LXVII of the Chattering Class
3 years ago

@Jurgen

Haha, that is the cutest thing ever! It looks like the ghost of the old Apple logo. Sad that the original intent behind it exists, but mega-cute.

@Scanisaurus

I really like your art style. Sadly, my favorite war movie, Hacksaw Ridge, fails the test for having no woman who significantly influences the plot. Or at least, none of them do unless you count influencing the male characters to do things which change the plot–but I rather suspect you meant direct agency.

Cyborgette
Cyborgette
3 years ago

@Scanisaurus

That comic is fantastic, and waaaaayyyy on the nose.

Edit: reminds me of Kameron Hurley’s essay on a similar subject, which has probably been linked here a bunch of times. But for anyone who missed it:

http://aidanmoher.com/blog/featured-article/2013/05/we-have-always-fought-challenging-the-women-cattle-and-slaves-narrative-by-kameron-hurley/

tim gueguen
3 years ago

I have no pets to tell cute stories about. These days I get my live animal fix from encounters with the local jackrabbits. They’re all over the place in Saskatoon. And some of them seem pretty smart. Monday morning I ended up walking 15 or 20 meters behind one. He’d stop for a bit, then start off again, probably to keep me a proper distance behind him. He finally decided to cross the street, which had quite a bit of traffic. He stood up on his hind legs for 10 seconds or so, then crossed only when it was clear no traffic was nearby.

One this morning didn’t seem too concerned with me when I stopped about 3 meters or so away from him. He just kept chewing the grass.

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