Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Curried Advil Soup/

Since Rufus has been so loving today, I thought I would post a more flattering shot. (In honest-speak, that translates to "a blurry shot in which his stomach is not featured too heavily".)

What a beautiful day in Toronto! It is sunny but not too hot (I can't stand the hot weather -- Vancouver and England are more my scene because I adore the rain) and the frantic Torontonians seem to be moving at a slower pace than usual today. I also ACTUALLY went to the gym today for the first time since 1982. (That might be a slight exaggeration -- I think it was some time in June.) Based on my impressive athletic diligence, the cost of the membership generally averages out to about $120.00 per visit. Excellent. Or should I say..."Ausgezeichnet." Did I spell that right? I hope so. It's the only German word I know, so I'm parading it around recklessly. One of my friends just moved to Berlin, so I sent him an "Ausgezeichnet" as well. Wait! I also know "Hauptbahnhof""Eins".

I used to speak French, Spanish and Italian (I even TAUGHT Italian at one point) and now I barely speak English. The other three languages have just evaporated from my brain. It's very depressing. I'm hoping that all the Stargatonians (that's a new one!) from other countries will send me the odd SIMPLE comment in another language so that M. and I can waste more time translating them and learning a little something in the process.

One of my goals in life is to speak four languages well enough to have a conversation in that language with someone over the age of three. My mother lives in Italy and during one of my visits (before I took Italian lessons) this tiny little boy came up to me and started speaking. I couldn't understand a word he said and it actually made me feel like this toddler was cooler and smarter than I was...which was most likely true, but the point is: I want to be able to travel and communicate with people properly, not to feel like I am terrified of butchering their language. Living in Montreal for three years really helped with my French, but it's still not great and I get very shy about actually using it.

Thanks again for all the comments. I just have to say that the picture of the other orange and white catzilla "living in New York" IS Rufus. Now it's all coming together: He eats a generous portion of his weight control, so-pricey-it-must-be-made-of-gold cat food at The Loft, makes sure I've gone to sleep, sneaks out with his silent declawed paws, hops on the red eye flight to New York, eats another several bowls of food at his alternate American home, drags his over-stuffed cat body onto another flight home, tiptoes back in and ends up on my bed where I last saw him. As he so frequently does, he gives me an unmotivated bite (to distract me from his mysterious absence during the night and from the dark furry circles under his eyes) and begs for food. And so the cycle continues. Just think...all I had to do to catch him red-pawed was start a blog!

Um...I'm an ulcer rebel, by the way. I had two real coffees today and one decaf. And yesterday I had a beer. I'm doing brilliantly. I might as well go home and make a curried Advil soup. The thing's still an improvement! That's not a very good sign, is it...



Blogger Anise said...

Go you, you peptic mutineer! And look at it this way - with a cat as portly as Rufus, who the hell is ever going to try to break in, for fear of being eaten? ;-)

6:29 PM  
Blogger dd said...

so you like speaking french !! it's great, i'm french ^^

donc je vais parler français *lol*

trop mignon le chat !! et c'est cool j'adore aussi la pluie (I love rain ;)). c'est pour ça que le canada, l'irlande et l'écosse sont des pays que j'adore ! et je désespère pas de vivre un jour au canada. c'est mon rêve ^^ mais je parle pas encore assez bien anglais pour ça :s

so a little english lol! i like your blog very much ! it's unique and excellent!
you seems very *sympatisch* (lol german word ;) )

i'd like to speak italian me too but i never have time to make that *sad*

so is STOP lol

have a good day ;) in france it's the night ^^ (00:32 AM)

bye, dd

6:39 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

Awwwwww, kitty love. Aishiteru Rufus!! Looks so much like Misty in that shot. ^_^

Wow, so it's not just me who has the forgetting language problem, huh. I used to be fluent in French and German as well as able to hold a conversation in Japanese, but now I can't do any of it. I thought it was the meds. Glad it isn't, somehow.

You'd love it here in England tonight. It's pouring down with rain, the fine kind. I went out for a walk in it for an hour, even though it's after dark. All the snails were enjoying the weather. I like to watch them. :)

O-genki desú ka?

6:45 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

Every cat has a dozen homes, and he starves in all of them, no matter how big he gets.

Really. I know it's true. Just ask them.

6:57 PM  
Anonymous milenaa said...

Das Bild von Rufus ist echt süß! Wie alle anderen Stargate Fans freu ich mich auch auf 'McKay and Mrs. Miller'. Viele Grüße aus dem verregneten Deutschland!

7:00 PM  
Blogger Elandria Lore said...

Awww, look at how cute he is. Honestly, there aren't many things that are better than a fluffy, overweight cat purring loudly next to you. Especially when you don't have anything to do except curl up, drink coffee and watch the rain:)

And I know how you feel about languages. I've never been very good at them, and I've envied people who can, not only learn many languages, but *remember* them, which is key. I took Spanish all through high school and all I've got left is a couple of throw away sentences that, more often than not, have an English word that's slipped in there too. *sigh*

Well, good luck on the gym thing (I never really got the hang of that), and the ulcer thing (cause that is not at all of the good), and I hope you enjoy the rest of your beautiful Torontonian day.

7:15 PM  
Blogger Addie said...

I have managed, in my short 21 years of life, to learn and forget no less than 3 languages (hebrew, yiddish, and the requisite Canadian french). Now all I can do is count and ask for the bathroom (and even that I don't do with any grammatical correctness). After 8 years of hebrew immersion classes, I forgot it all within a year. I have a friend taking one hebrew class at York who knew more than me by the end of the first week. You on the other hand are probably exagerating and speak fairly well if not fluently.

7:16 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Languages are a great thing to learn, unfortunately, I just havent set aisde the time to do so myself.
Its especially rough when relatives visit and dont know english, and they try to have a conversation (usually something about not seeing me since my baby days...), I need someone to translate for me...its kinda sad.
Guess I know what I should be doing instead of

And I think Rufus looks very sweet and content in that picture - not overweight at all!

7:18 PM  
Blogger Nightsister said...

If you want my rain here, I'd gladly trade for some sun, which I haven't seen since Saturday. :(

I also know some foreign (not-English) phrases, but unfortunately they are not fit for, um, "delicate" company. On the other hand, I can curse like a sailor in three languages!

Seriously, if you ever find yourself wanting to make little old Japanese ladies fall down in shock, let me know. :)

7:39 PM  
Blogger kiffle said...

I knew it had to be something like that. No wonder he doesn't answer to "King"; I'll try Rufus and see where I get with him.

7:41 PM  
Blogger Jessie said...

I don't speak English, I speak Southern. Think Jeff Foxworthy meets Brett Butler (comedian, not sports person). So, I figure I'm bilingual. There's English and Southern.

*grins* The only thing I can remember from high school Spanish was "Yo tengo un dolor de cabeza" and that means "I have a headache." Oh! and "Igualmente" which I used to say to the girl behind me when we had introductions since we shared the name Jessica. Shortcuts are bliss, especially when the teacher can't fuss at you. After all, he taught it to us.

I have no idea what you said in German, though. Failed that class pretty quick. And am very jealous you speak (spoke) Italian, even just a little.

I'll trade places. You come to Atlanta and I'll take your cool weather. I promise we'll trade back...eventually. Just so stinkin' hot right now.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Becky S said...

Very flattering picture of Rufus! But be careful that he doesn't realize you know his secret life - he may try to get his kitty revenge on you.

I think it's great you are working on learning different languages. Just remeber to watch out for 'American'...we kind of corrupt a lot of beautiful words.

Please be careful with the ulcer. Not fun in any form. All of us would hate to find out your health went downhill. We like you too much!

7:46 PM  
Blogger elfgirl said...

I envy your weather. I'd even go so far as to say I covet it. The southern US is not my ideal climate.

I like your goal of being bascially fluent in four languages. I'm going to have to learn (at least) three languages for grad school, and I came up with the clever idea to help along the learning process by posting entries in each language. I'll get around to starting that any minute now. (In my defense, one of the three is Irish Gaelic which I once saw described as a language for which spelling and pronunciation appears to have been decided upon by two separate committees, divided by some deep fundamental differences.)

A good German word: schadenfreude. Not a bad song, either.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Very cute picture of the cat, my old roommate had a cat that looked just like him. We named him Snarf, we also found him abandoned and declawed. Probably not the best idea for weight loss but my cats are fit now that we have a dog to chase them.

Just wanted to tell you the "Stargatonians" in Indianapolis are excited about the movie, and of course this week’s episode.

7:51 PM  
Blogger salivia_baker said...

Jup you spelled the german words right *thumbs up* ("Ausgezeichnet" is btw the word Mr. Burns from The Simpsons always says in the dubbed version... I think the english word he says is "exellent" ..not quite sure about that and I'm to lazy to look it up^^ ask your brother *lol*)

oh I could give ya many german words...

Einen simplem Post willst du? Ich versuche mein bestes, aber ich schreibe normalerweise immer sher komiziert. Eine sehr schöne Eigenschaft der deutschen Sprache... ok manchmal^^ Zumindest kann man neue Wörter kreiren indem man zwi bereitsexistierende Wörter nimmt und sie zu einem zusammenschließ. Da gibt es ein nettes Zitat dazu: "German is basically a Lego language -- just take word blocks [...] and smash them together"

A nice word is also "Springteufel" (Jack in the Box).

I actally admire everybody who learn languages exspecially hard ones like french or german.
If have any question about german I'd like to help (if I can). Sometimes it doesn't even make sense to natives^^
I always use this online dic if I need words. could have a look around and search for funny/cool words yourself
oh my sister loves "Weltherrschaft" because it's so much cooler to say (like Pinky&Brain) to say "wir werden die Weltherrschaft an uns reißen" then "we will took over the world".. pff... that's not that impressive ;)

8:06 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

Ah, nadie ha escrito nada en Español. Yo fuí a Toronto en 1990. Ese año fue un verano muy caluroso! Yo esperaba el frío canadiense, y nada. Mucho calor! Me gustaría mucho volver a Canada, es un país muy bonito.

There ya go, some Spanish! I'm really enjoying your blog!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

I really dont know how anyone can live without coffee... the stuff is wonderful!

And as far as the fat cats go.. they are the coolist! I had one... his name was Scodos (which is the Biblical Greek for Darkness... I didn't name him.) The poor thing ended up with diabetes. Since we didnt catch it in time, he ended up with Liver failure and had to be put to sleep.

Speaking of Greek... I actually know some (but not much) Antient Greek. I would for a sentence, but there are some crazy verb and noun forms that makes it difficult.

But it's cool that you know French! and Italian! And speaking of German.. there is one web site I found that had these cats chanting in German. I have no clue what they are saying.

8:55 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

"curried Advil soup"

why not whip up some Motrin stuffed jalepenos w/espresso chipotle dip?

I had to give up caffeine when I was pregnant (imagine hearing you must stop your daily 40oz of Mt. Dew cold turkey, followed immediately by "we also think you should gain about 40 pounds over the next few months, as well." My nausea and lightheadedness had nothing to do, that day, with morning sickness.

Of course, as the pregnancy progressed, my child's personality asserted itself via various attempts to evict internal organs that were just getting in the way, starting with my gallbladder.

Let's just say that,when your gallbladder goes, so does your ability to digest anything with any sort of fat content...unless you are into deep, gnawing pain and Demerol.


Anyway, I agree with Jesse/comments about the whole English vs. "southern" language divide. It didn't help that I grew up with a mother with an avid fondness for PBS aired "Brit-coms" and Masterpiece Theatre, still have trouble with the "proper" pronunciation of words like "laboratory" and "adjective," and have been asked, not two blocks from the Mississippi hospital where I was born (in the town that I did not leave until I was 21), "You're from up north, right?"

bleedin' hell.

Some days I am temped to tell people that I am not a native speaker, but learned after I moved down from Canada, eh.



9:11 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

A friend of mine went on one of those mission trips to Mexico, to help build houses, after about a year of Spanish class. She liked talking to the six year olds, because their vocabulary was about on par with hers.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Cyn said...

It was finally sunny here in NY after three days of rain. Huzzah!

Wish I could help you with the language thing, but my Spanish only amounts to "chicle in la boca" and "cierra la boca" -- neither of which are particularly useful. Other than American English, all I've got is conversational Mandarin if you want to learn that. Eh, can't read it though. Best of luck with your language learning, though! There are lots of Gaters who are multilingual who will be able to help, I'm sure.

9:37 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Hmm...there's something very italian sounding about "Stargatonians"...

As for "Stargatites"...I dunno, greek maybe? (Ive never heard greek spoken tho)

I wonder in how many "languages" you can name Stargaters? Have fun!

10:15 PM  
Blogger crownglass39 said...

Aw! Such a sweetie with the pink nose and pink toes.
I swear BobaCatt sneaks out at night and goes to the deli. We've figured that he and our other cat Zuckuss gang up and one steers the car while the other one works the gas and brakes.

It's the only explanation since occasionally we'll find random things in the house that neither of us purchased.

Sorry to be writing in your journal without introducing myself. I'm Elona *waves hi*. Can't help you with the languages. I learned Russian but forgot all but curses and speak halting Klingon.

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Katya said...

There's a wide variety of languages spoken around my house—enough that I sometimes have a hard time remembering whether the word I'm using is the right one for the language I'm going for.

My ex is fluent in German, my daughter in Spanish, her girlfriend speaks Japanese, and once upon a time I was pretty good with French. The result is a polyglot's nightmare. *g*

11:21 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Your cat looks very comfortable (and tubby). Mine isn't at all fat, but he's very muscular, especially in his chest. In fact, he just grabbed my hand and pulled it towards him, to scratch his chin. He's so strong!
I understand about the language thing. I took Spanish in high school, and German in college. When I was in graduate school, I wanted to take some more German, but realized that I couldn't remember any of what I had learned as an undergrad. I tried to teach myself Greek once, but it didn't take. Now I just speak Advanced Math, and beginning Astrophysics (I'm kind of a nerd though). I've been reading a lot of Jane Austen lately, so I'm learning some semi-old English. Does that count as a foreign language?

11:27 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

In my 28 years, I've managed to learn and forget 3 languages as well. Some English words remain, but in ever decreasing numbers...

Somehow, the foreign numbers are still in there and can be reeled off at any time. It beats me why you learn them first anyway.. how does that possibly help me?... er parlez vous francais? moi? non ... un deux trois quatre cinq...that's all I've got and I'm stuck in here in Paris and need to get to.... nope my brain is not helpful. Actually I believe it's quite lazy. Ach, what can one do?!!

I love the rain and I love the sun (though not too hot!). Today it is supposed to be sunny and 21C but instead, it's blowing a gale. grrr...

hmmm my gym work has slowed down lately too but thankfully my visits haven't added up to $120 a session yet. I used to pig out on chocolate (I've banned that now due to a major weight gain!!) and thanks to the gym (now less 11kg) I'm back to what I weighed in high school. (amazing!) But now, don't want to go anymore... but will anyway!

You know I think you're onto something with that cat. Certainly the alternate american family a very real possibility. He did try very hard to hide it in the most recent photo though... gee I know that feeling!! lol. He's just gotta try and wear the right colours and strike up a flattering pose for the camera... ;)

take care

11:30 PM  
Blogger b said...

wubell, ubi cuban spubeak ubin thubis wubone, thubat ubi luberned frubom zuboom...

andway isthay unway, athay iway earnedlay umsay-airway elseway.

i can remember little things like je parle un peu francais, but it is not true any more! i cant sprechen sie deutsch any more either. a broken brain is like that. :(

but whatever they called that language on zoom and pig latin? THOSE i can handle. :)

ufusray isway eryvay ettypray.

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I couldn't disagree more. I like it hot and humid. Unfortunately in Connecticut it's only that way for about 3 months a year. I'd move down south, but hurricanes scare me.

11:46 PM  
Blogger OldSchoolKlingon said...

"Curried Advil soup"

Um, eeew. Don't sweat it, 3 coffees is nothing. Not compared to the hardcore addicts.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

I would have to agree with Addie, up above, that her hebrew sucks =P Seeing as I attempted during our vacation to teach her and her younger brother some, and it evaporated from their brains rather quickly, anyways:

שלום! שמי ויקטוריה.נאים מאוד! מה שלומקה היום?

hopefully that actually shows up, if not what it said was:

Shalom! Shmi Victoria. Na-eem Ma-od! Ma Shlomeka ha-yom?

(hello, My name is Victoria. Nice to meet you! How are you today?)

I didn't get to enjoy the weather today (also, in Toronto), something my body thinking that whenever I have a few days off in a row (due to the gods ruling in my favour) and it deciding to get sick. *sigh* Such is life.

(aussi, je parle petite francais, j'etais dans francais 'extended' en lycee elementaire et jr high, mais maintenent? Baah, mon francais SUCKS)

12:19 AM  
Blogger Rebeccasaurus said...

Well my favourite french sentence in year 8 and 9 mandatory language classes was je ne sais pas as I used it frequently :)

1:07 AM  
Blogger Flo said...

since languages are welcome, here it goes:

french first : bonjour mademoiselle. votre blog est génial et j'espère qu'on continuera à avoir des nouvelles de votre vie au loft régulièrement, c'est un vrai plaisir de vous lire.

portuguese now (ok, i'll only try): bom dia menina. o seu blog è fantastico and espero que a gente ficara com notìcias suas de vêz em quanto, è un verdadeiro prazer ler os seus posts.

i could try german but it's far away now (i'm so sorry of that, since i think it's the best language in the world and no, i'm not german but french!)

keep posting, it's a delight! *hugs to you, R and M*

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

Hello !!!

Encore un message en français pour que vous puissiez vous amusez à traduire !
C'est également un de mes rêves de parler plusieurs langues et je crois que je suis en bonne voie pour l'anglais (deux semaines à Oxford cet été, épisodes de Stargate en VO !). Mais bon il me manque encore la pratique quotidienne ! C'est pour ça qu'un autre séjour à l'étranger va s'imposer...mais bon les études d'abord (ah le droit quand tu nous tiens !):P ! Je comprends aussi l'allemand, un peu le russe et le patois vendéen ! lol !
Si tu veux parler en français en direct avec quelqu'un tu peux aller voir mon blog ! J'ai également une adresse MSN pour les conversations en direct !

So now in english : Enjoy the translation !
(the translation is on my blog, don't cheat just check ! )

3:15 AM  
Blogger Vive les Unas said...

Hi !! You want fan from all over the world to speak their language ? Welcome in hell^^

Donc bonjour. Eh oui, je suis française, et malheureusement pour vous j'écris dans ma propre langue, enfin, j'espére que vous comprenez. Ainsi donc vous parlez quatre langues ? Je suis très impressionnée ! Je ne parle qu'un peu l'anglais et très peu l'espagnol et...le chinois. Triste, n'est ce pas ?
Au passage, j'adore votre blog, varié, très drôle...vous pourriez en faire une série télé !!
Bonne continuations, mes encouragements pour vos interdictions "café/Advil/chocolat" ! Et euh...FFFDH POWAAAA !!


4:49 AM  
Blogger Arlessiar said...

You love foreign languages? Oh I like that, as I'm very fond of languages myself. Not that I speak so many (only German, English, a bit French and a bit Danish), but I love to discuss languages, where they originate from and the etymology of certain words, where the similarities between languages are, idioms and sayings - I think that's pretty interesting. :)

Seeing the word "Ausgezeichnet" in your blog made me smile - and don't worry, you spelt it correctly. You asked for a sentence in another language - I saw that you have quite a few fans from Germany who wrote something already! :)
Here's another one, I try to keep it simple. ;)

Danke, dass du diesen Blog schreibst, und dass du uns so viele interessante Dinge aus deinem Leben erzählst! Ich wünsche dir und deinen Freunden viel Glück und Erfolg - ihr seid echt eine lustige Bande! Und Rufus ist einfach nur süß!

I will repeat the last sentence in English: Rufus is simply sweet! A really cute cat!

So your friend moved to Berlin? Lovely city, my second favourite city in Germany (Hamburg is my fav). The atmosphere there is great. This city is scarred and yet very beautiful and alive, full of memories and history, but modern and open too. I don't live that far away from Berlin, so I go there sometimes and I always have a good time there.
"Hauptbahnhof", hehe... Looking for more German words? Did David Hewlett tell you about the "awesome postcards"? "Awesome" is "großartig" in German. :)

So you have an ulcer? That's why you're not allowed chocolate and coffee then? That's bad, hope you're better soon!

Have nice day! We have lots of rain here. Lots and lots of rain. Maybe you should visit your friend in Berlin. :)

Bye, A.

4:54 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I know small amounts of German, Indonesian, Spanish, Swahili and Esperanto, but not enough to be of any use.

Although, should you ever wish to abuse your boss or otherwise complain about work in a fluent stream of Indonesian, I can totally help you out.

5:11 AM  
Blogger sueKay said...

Aw he's adorable!!

I'm afraid I can't help you with languages. I'm barely bilingual myself (Scots, English and a smattering of German)!

5:35 AM  
Blogger BorgTeddy said...

Hi Kate :)

That's a cool picture of Rufus.
I don't think he looks overweight at all. I think he's the perfect catshape. Once I figure out how to link to pictures here, I'll get some pictures up of my kitties.

You also reminded me that I should probably go to the gym also, since I am paying for it and haven't been in ages. I should probably get something more for more for my money except the membership card.

And now for the language part.
I speak Dutch (obviously,since I'm from the Netherlands) English. And my German is well enough to have a conversation with someone else.
I'm trying to learn to speak French again,wich will come in handy when I visit my friends in Montreal again.

This next bit will be in Dutch.
Happy translating.

Als je van regen houdt,zou je nu in Nederland moeten zijn. De maand augustus is de natste maand ooit.
Tot nu toe heeft het elke dag geregend.

That's it for now.
If you like to know if you got the translation right or if you would like more Dutch to translate, let me know.


6:02 AM  
Anonymous Cypher said...

Who's a cute little fluffy--well, maybe not little, but definitly cute! Wonderful picture of your cat.

As for're not alone. I took two years of French..barely remember it (I remember more Latin, which I only took one year). Thanks to all the anime I watch, I can say a few phrases in Japanese...but on the whole, I'm afraid I'm stuck speaking English.

(Which, of course brings to mind the old language joke? Do you know it? "If a person who speaks two languages is bilingual, and a person who speaks three is trilingual, what do you call a person who speaks one language? An American!" Hahaha! ...yeah, I know, it's not funny because it's true.)

6:09 AM  
Blogger dutch_eowyn said...

Oh cool! Another Dutch person commenting. You know what, I'll continue what Chantal started:

Door een lekkage regende het bij ons gisteren in de woonkamer... Ik kan je garanderen dat zelfs een regen liefhebber als ik dat niet kon waarderen!

6:37 AM  
Anonymous Aniko said...

So you would like to learn languages? What about a quick first lesson in Hungarian? ;)
Usually the first thing my friends learn is "a férfiak disznók" which means "men are pigs". People kinda like how it sounds I guess ;) They also like to learn "az ajtók záródnak", which comes from the Budapest subway, meaning "the doors are closing". Also, Stargate is "Csillagkapu" (so you can tell David you know something about SG that he more than likely doesn't;)).
Hi is "szia" which pretty much sounds like "see ya", so Americans can think that everyone here speaks English... not.
What else, that could be useful? Oh yes, "kávé" means coffee ;)

6:44 AM  
Blogger Red Phoniex said...

Sorry, don't speak any other langs apart from English and that's just barely ;)

Tried French and German, couldn't pick it up at all. Glad to hear you like England, you really didn't want to be here when we had that heat wave the other month if you like the rain. The roads were melting it was that hot.


7:32 AM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane said...

Hallo! Ich sehe, dass die Anderen gerade auf Franzoesisch, Deutsch und Nederlands geschrieben haben.

Ich bin Englaenderin, aber auch Lehrerin fuer Franzoesisch und Deutsch.

Here are a few "handy" German phrases for you if you ever visit your friend in Berlin:

- Meine Katze ist dick (aber suess).
- Stargate Fans sind die Besten!
- Leider darf ich kein Kaffee trinken.
- Vielleicht ist es Ihnen noch nicht aufgefallen, aber ich bin ein sehr arroganter Mensch, der gerne mal davon ausgeht, dass alle seine Pläne funktionieren!

(Sorry, couldn't resist the last one. If you understand it and get the joke, then kudos to you!)

Alors, tu (est-ce que je peux utiliser "tu"?) parles le francais? C'est bien ca, parce-ce que je connais plein de gens qui habitent (ou habitaient) en France (ou Quebec) et parlent qu'une seule mot en Francais... "bonjour".

7:32 AM  
Blogger charlotte said...

i wouldn't worry about it love! AS The french say- 'we're all going to die, so make a nice f**king cake!'- moral of thi go girl eat curry and drink da beer!

8:09 AM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

È meraviglioso leggere il vostro blog. Così gatto bello! Ho dimenticato il tedesco, ma il miei marito ed io parlano italiano accanto all'inglese.

8:33 AM  
Blogger M said...

Cute pic of Rufus! He looks like he's enjoying the high life :)

I used to frequent the gym, but only for classes. I hate the threadmill and doing anything else. I swim if I want to exercise but that's about it!

Ooh, at least you can speak other languages! I've learnt a couple but unless I use them, they all evaporate.

As they say in German,

9:13 AM  
Blogger apban said...

"(In honest-speak, that translates to "a blurry shot in which his stomach is not featured too heavily".)"

I'm sure your brother would love pictures of him to be taken like that =)

I did Spanish at school but alas failed. I'm always impressed by people who can speak more than one language. Did you learn French because you lived in Canada, or was it just an interest??

I do intend to learn Italian as I do plan at some point in my life to go there and I'd rather attempt to learn there language than do the English thing when in another country, which is just to just shout alot and speak slowly.

With you on the rain and winter is better than summer. Nothing like that feeling of wrapping your duvet around you on a cold morning =)

9:14 AM  
Anonymous omglawdork said...

I, too, would love to be able to travel without butchering other people's languages. Between myself and my husband, we have Spanish fluency (mine, rapidly deteriorating), and basic reading skills in Arabic and Russian (his). He also speaks a darling mix of Yankee and Southern, whereas my first language is Texan. Like Southern, it is definitely more than a dialect. We also speak legalese, such as it is. ;-)

I love your blog - it's fun to read about life in the great frozen north (anything north of Oklahoma). :) Thanks for posting so often!

9:50 AM  
Blogger Cindy Abby said...

I have some kind of fascination for foreign languages too. Most people say I'm lucky to be French because I'm familiar with all the grammatical stuff in some languages. Thus, it's been easier for me to learn languages like German or Russian. :)
Anyway, enough talking about me... The pic of Rufus is great. It's always a pleasure to read your posts; thank you so much for updating your blog so often!

11:10 AM  
Blogger valderys said...

Mein bootlemous ist vershtopfung. This is my only phrase of German - sadly mis-spelled I fear. But I learnt it many years ago and it has stood me in good stead.

'My wombat is constipated.'

There. I defy anyone to come up with a more useful or practical phrase to know!

11:35 AM  
Blogger Emma said...

The heatwave we had in the UK last month was the best summer weather we've had in years. It's now back to the traditional rain/flash floods, the grass is green again rather than yellow and there's still a hosepipe pretty much as it should be once more.

Good on you on the language thing. I spent 5 years taking German at school and I can just about muster up an introduction and count to ten, which will obviously prove useful...oh and I also know that durchfall is German for having the squirts...equally useful.

12:04 PM  
Blogger Jane Jordan said...

The only usual modern language I know is Norwegian (Ancient Greek and Latin probably don't count!)

Hei hvordan går det?
is useful
and all important
Jeg vil gjerne ha et glass øl.
Jeg vil gjerne ha en kopp kaffe
for when you don't have the ulcer!

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J'habite Montréal et la température est superbe aujourd'hui. Comme toute bonne Montréalaise, je parle le français et l'anglais en plus d'une troisième langue. Il se trouve que mes parents sont chinois, alors j'apprends cette langue aussi. Par contre, je n'ai pas le clavier d'ordinateur qu'il faut pour écrire quelque chose dans cette langue. J'ai aussi appris l'espagnol au secondaire, mais j'ai tout oublié. C'est des choses qui arrivent, eh?

C'est quand même drôle que je n'aie pas encore laisser de commentaire dans le blog de votre frère, alors que c'est par là que j'ai trouvé le vôtre.

Sur ce, je vous souhaite une bonne journée.


12:44 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Toronto is a beautiful city raining or not. I spent a week over there last year, most of it at Kensington market, and out on the islands getting a bit of a tan! Yes, the sun was shining!!

"Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?"....I think thats all you need to know *g*

"multumesc" = 'Thank you' in Romanian

"Noroc!!" = 'Cheers' in Romanian...followed by a swig of 99.999% proof Plum Brandy and a swift journey to the floor.

Thats all the Romanian I can remember.....probably something to do with 'Noroc!!'

Any chance of persuading your brother to make 'A Cats Breakfast'. Not fair that Mars is hogging all the fame! LOL

2:11 PM  
Blogger RankNFiled said...

Good for you for going to the gym. When I was injured in the Army I couldn't do my regular exercise, and now that I'm out I have to force myself to work out. It's a pain, but if you can make it part of your weekly schedule and force yourself to do it, it gets easier. of course, if you're like me, I can always find an excuse to get out of it, lol.
Rufus looks so adoarble in the pic! You just had a bad angle last time, lol.
As for the languages, I used to speak Russian and Japanese pretty well, but alas all that is left is a few remnants. I did pick up a few Korean words when I was stationed there, and my friend from Afghanistan is teaching me Farsi.

Russian: Zdrastvoitere. Kak voy poshiviatere? Menya zavoot______ (insert name here).
Translation: Hello. How are you doing? My name is______.

Japanese: Kyo wa atsui des ne? Hai, so des.
Translation: Today is very hot, isn't it? Yes, it is.

Korean: Komsamnida, adashi!
Translation: Hello, grandfather!

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Alasse said...

Learned some very important phrases on a trip to Austria (bahnhof was one of the them but the little pic of a train was a dead give away)
Parkplatz, "ein bier bitte" and meerschweinchen (guinea pig) No wait, the meerschweinchen was later on a friends blog. *shrug*

In Irish I can say "failte" (welcome) and "Slainte" (literally health, and what one says when lifting a pint of Guiness)

Hmmm, sensing a theme here...

6:05 PM  
Blogger Liloow-Vena said...

Oh My God! i've just read the comment of dd and she wrote also at midnight...

You'll think that all the frenchs live the night now.... But actually it's because we are on holydays!! (which finish in few days)

Personnaly, I don't really like cats; because all my neighbours' cat comme in my house... and I don't really like animals...
And I don't like rain either... except when it's hot. Try to make camping(i don't know if it's an english word) under the rain: it's the hell!!!!

well i'll go to bed.
Did I already say that in another comment?? sorry I don't remember!! It's my age.. no i'm not so old!!!


6:37 PM  
Blogger Simona ^-^ said...

hi kate, I hope your ulcer recovers soon.
i'm content that like to learn new languages, I unfortunately speak only Italian (since i am Italian) and a little English, but I love to travel and to be able to communicate with persons of other countries and for this i enrolled to the university of languages.
your cat is beautifull, patience if it is a little outside shape, mine two cats was also a little in overweight but from when I have also a dog in house keeps itself in shape “plaiing” with him.

windshieldbug excuse me but your Italian is a grammaticale nightmare!

Simona ^-^

ciao kate, spero la tua ulcera passi presto.
sono contenta che ti piaccia imparare nuove lingue,io purtroppo parlo solo italiano(dato che sono italiana) e un po' inglese, ma adoro viaggiare e poter comunicare con persone di altri paesi e per questo mi sono iscritta all'università di lingue.
il tuo gatto è bellissimo, pazienza se è un po' fuori forma, i miei due gatti erano anche loro un po' in sovrappeso ma da quando ho anche un cane in casa si tengono in forma "gicando" con lui.

windshieldbug scusa ma il tuo italiano è un incubo grammaticale!

Simona ^-^

7:16 AM  
Blogger omgwtfcori said...

something simple? from my country? Uuuuhm.... well you already now ausgezeichnet ... so .. err how about das ist klasse? or Meine Katze ist süß *gg* lol yeah...

7:43 PM  
Anonymous LN said...

Hoces jos jedan na bosanskom? Evo ti malo komentara.

10:39 PM  
Blogger Rox said...

I started learning English in the second grade, but I have to admit nothing helped me as much as Cartoon Network did. As far as learning new languages goes, watching TV or reading newspapers in that language works best for me. Of course, there's nothing as good as living in that country :) I spent three months in Germany nine years ago and I was almost fluent... then I left and forgot everything ^_^

If you know Italian, Romanian should be quite easy :)
And now my Romanian bit:
Poate intr-o zi o sa veniti si la noi. Tu si Rufus :)

10:55 AM  
Blogger vecturist said...

Rufus looks like a sweetie! Recued animals are the best - my own cat came from a high-kill shelter - poor thing had been abused by at least one owner (didn't have him treated for ear mites so his right ear is crooked) and he'd been returned to the shelter by a previous owner becaue he was too shy.

He's been in my life for almost seven years and countless moves across the US. He's still a little skittish around new people (although I have learned that anyone he will willingly approach is a good person), but there are days he thinks he a dog: likes to chew on shoes (luckily it's only flip-flops), chase his tail, and considers any food that falls or if a plate is put on the floor is his, especially Chinese takeout. He's also an extremely good alarm clock (unfortunately he doesn't understand weekends)!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Danielle the Paranoid Android said...

I'd say that coffee is worth the pain of an ulcer. Then again I've never had an ulcer so I am probably talking out of my ass.

2:43 PM  
Blogger Pavlova Lamington said...

It's kind of sad, I've forgotten practically all of my high school German except for the little comics in my year 7 German textbook... probably because all we did in year 7 German was roleplay out the same comic over and over again. (NEIN, MEIN HAMBURGER!)

I also know how to call myself a refrigerator, which should be helpful if I ever go to Germany.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Lt.Col O'Malley said...

Your cat is very cute.Ouais vraiment un beau chat.Your blog is cool like the blog of your little angry gnome brother

4:21 PM  
Blogger ShipperFey said...


Estou um pouco atrasada, mas queria adicionar um comentário em Português. Português é a língua oficial do Brasil, aonde eu nasci. Também falo inglês fluente e entendo grande parte do Espanhol, Francês e Italiano.

Você é super engraçada e divertida!

6:27 AM  
Blogger Lady Niko said...

Hey Kate -

You need to come to St. Louis to meet my A&P teacher and have him take you off all the meds your doctor probably put you on for the evil ulcer. :) (The ironic part is that my teacher, Dr. Keith Duguid, is originally from Canada!)

He understands all about the evils of ulcers & such - we just went over this in December. (Another student at my school, in the Medical Assistant program, was takling about how her dr said she wasn't producing enough stomach acid, but still put her on antacids, and said to not eat any acidic foods at all! A classmate and I both told her, "You need to go talk to Dr. Duguid!")

And, if you come to St. Louis, you can come get a massage as I will be a nationally certified therpist within a couple of months here! :)

I speak German, but it's very rusty as I haven't had much chance to practice it in the 10+ years since I left CMSU. I was a German major there, but left after becoming very disenfranchised w/ the school. :p

Rufus can't nearly be as bad as LC - he's a foot high, (about 15 CM?) at the shoulder and from the tip of his tail the to the tip of his nose he's close to a meter in length! He weighed like 23.7 pounds the last time I had him at the vet. :)

How is Martha doing post surgery and how is Rufus with his touchy stomach?

Good luck with the search for a new apartment - I find myself looking to do the very same thing now, because hauling a 37 pound massage table up and down the steps of my current apartment is just not really wise! (I also want a place where the roof doesn't leak too! :p)

4:41 PM  

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