Thursday, September 07, 2006

"M"...and a Tiny Angry Gnome Pretending to be my Brother/

I never take photographs. I never have.

Okay, okay, that's not exactly true. I took photographs for about two months when I was ten years old after buying a sassy white Minolta in England with my grandfather, but when I got the film developed (don't you miss that?) the pictures were truly terrible. For starters, they were all of cats. And not just the twenty seven cats belonging to my grandparents...I took pictures of random cats, too. Yup. Raaaandom British cats. Creepy. And what's more, they were all out of focus or appeared to have been taken in the dark. Under water. With something that looks a lot like Tinkerbell somewhere in the shot, usually in front of something important. Let's just say that I am severely artistically challenged (like can't-draw-a-happy-face challenged) and photography is no exception.

And so I return to my point. I never take photographs. The problem is that I keep wanting to post photos (because they're more fun and they take less time than writing an essay about my ulcer-in-training) but I have a limited selection to choose from. So I stole this one from M's desktop! Gee, I hope he doesn't find out. (Hi M, if you're reading this. How's it going? Hope you're having a nice day. Um...I uploaded one of your photos. Hope that's okay. At least you don't have a near-beard in this one, right? It could be worse. You should count your lucky stars. And while you're at it, can you buy some Orangina for tonight?)

The picture above was taken during my whirlwind week of McKay and Mrs. Miller-ing. And I took it (with M's camera). And it has no cats in it. And I don't know if you noticed, but those no-cats are completely in focus, in the daylight, with nothing even resembling Tinkerbell anywhere near them. Nice!

Speaking of cats...the members of PHARK (well, mostly just P and his now-traumatized friend) had a nasty Rufal scare yesterday. (YES. I turned my cat's name into an adjective. YES. I KNOW. I'VE OFFICIALLY LOST IT. I KNOW.) I was out petting other animals at Riverdale Farm (awesome place with happy animals that make me glad I don't eat meat), so Rufus decided that he would take that opportunity to try skydiving. He climbed up to the highest ledge in the loft, got stuck, and kept losing his balance and slipping (thanks in part to the kind folks who decided to amputate his claws). Luckily, P was home creating some filmic work of genius with a friend of his...and they saved the day. If they hadn't been home, Rufus would have fallen twenty five feet, hitting a chandelier, a kitchen table that used to be a printing press (NOT soft), and two metal chairs on his way down. Needless to say, I don't think he would have made it out unscathed. Now I have to lock him in my bedroom every time I go out, so that he doesn't attempt suicide again. I can only imagine the damage he'll do in there. I'm fully expecting to come home today to swear words on the walls (made of little paw prints) and shredded photos on the floor. At the very least, he'll fish some gum out of the garbage can, chew it, and leave little dribbles of it everywhere. (Second-hand gum is his favorite food. Perfect.) Anyway...P is my favorite letter in PHARK today. Thanks, P.

Just to update you: I am no longer dependent on coffee (well...only one a day), I have exercised three times this week (if you count stretching) and my new vice is actually the anti-vice: de-alcoholized beer. If you put tasty stuff in it, it almost tastes good too. (Wow, I should go into advertising.) I have not written a single page of my play yet, but I am going to watch Richard III today (as research -- I swear). The weather is gorgeous (FALL! YAAAAAAAAAY!) and life is fun. It really is.

The very last episode of 11 Cameras is on tonight (7:30pm and 11:30pm in Canada only, on CBC) and McKay and Mrs. Miller is on tomorrow night! Ahhhhhh! Of course, we don't get SGA here, so I won't see it until 2017, but I hope you guys enjoy it. Maybe you could take pictures of the t.v. or something. (That was a joke. Even though I may, possibly, potentially, perhaps, once have taken polaroids of a car commercial because I was in love with one of the actors. Maybe.) After you watch the episode (if you can) go to the Unspun Theatre website and see if you notice any strange coincidences!

One quick thing before I go: MY DAD READS THIS BLOG. MY BRITISH DAD. MY BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED, CAPTAIN VON TRAPP DAD. Just bear that in mind if you're posting a comment that may or may not involve bodily fluids!

Thanks for all the amazing music suggestions, the linguistic challenges, the artwork, the photos and the insight into your lives (even the insights involving bodily fluids!) It's nice to know you(s)! Don't worry, I don't actually say 'yous'.

Pharkitudinally,

k.

72 Comments:

Blogger Jan said...

Poor Rufus-- while he was going through a frightening ordeal at home YOU were out CHEATING ON HIM WITH OTHER PETS! Oh, the bone-deep betrayal!

And here ends a comment with no mention of body fluids. Adieu.

10:15 AM  
Blogger Rebeccasaurus said...

Lol second hand gum :D
Totally cool pic!

10:18 AM  
Anonymous mrsdrhuber said...

Ah, like I said in an earlier comment, it is possible that Rufus needs a cat therapist. I mean, really, now he's suicidal. This is not good. Professionals should be consulted. Just kidding, glad he's OK. In high school, our cat got caught in the chain of the garage door opener as the door was closing. Clearly very traumatic. Especially for my poor brother, who had to get her unstuck and take her to the vet. She lived, but it was close and she was always quite cranky after that. Speaking of brothers and the like, its so nice to see that your family is close and you like your brother and sisters. It makes me feel more normal. Apparently, we are in the minority of people in their 20's who actually enjoy the company (or ridiculousness) of their families! Even their parents! However, I will keep any bodily fluid discussions to myself, in deference to your father. Of course, I'm a PhD student in the field of impact biomechanics, and that often involves distaseful stories about what exactly we are testing. Anyway, I'm glad Rufus is OK, and I hope you are, too.

10:23 AM  
Blogger slodwick said...

I am suitably impressed by your photographic skill! Personally, I find that with enough Photoshop, I can make pretty much any of my ridiculous shots look decent. (My favorite trick? Everything looks classy in black & white. Especially cats.)

I am very much looking forward to your episode of SGA tomorrow night -- and I'm sure you will hear *plenty* of reactions, no worries. :)

10:25 AM  
Blogger salivia_baker said...

I would delet my Blog insteantly if my dad would read it.. luckly the personal stuff is freinds locked and he hasn't a clue about me and my online life (he wouldn't even have one if I woudl talk to him more then 2 times a year *lol*)

Anyway, don't fear abour McKay and Mrs: Miller you could buy the DVDs to see it before 2017.. or just go and snag David's *bg*
well.. or you dowload it ;)
There are always ways to get to see SGA eps before airing.. did I told you that we still are the first half of season 2!?! (sorry, but that bother me, this stupid TV, stupid channels, I really get agressions over this topic.. it's like education systems.. I rteally could freak out about that.) So..luckly I don't depend that much on TV.. hardly watch anything on it (ok..only we have the FIFA world cup here^^ I really would want to have a canadian team in it and it beats the USA *lol* well this time the czech did it.. oh jee too fangirl-ish ehere becaus ethere was a slash FF about that with Sheppard and radek... sorry stoo much SGA in my bllod.. I should stop taking drugs which you can short cut with letters...)

Back to leadership
nice photo. were PHARK compleatly on set? or just MK? (why does that seems like a short cut for McKay? *hides*)

btw you are bad! well in a good way actually.. I get so exiting reading your entries (almost seems you're "one of us" like you would say in the lion king) that I read them so fast that I only get the half of them and have to read them again.

I know I sound a bit scary.. t's just you bright my day and that really mean something. So that's a long and strange way to say THANK YOU SO MUCH! for beeing who you are and do what you're doing :)

10:29 AM  
Blogger Danielle the Paranoid Android said...

Cats seem to be classically trained to try to commit suicide from hights. Which is both sad and funny at the same time.

I can't wait for SGA tomorrow night. It's going to be fab. AbFab. You'll be fab in it too.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Becky S said...

For a person who claims not to take very good pictures, this one seems pretty good. Most people get better at it once they are adults. And poor Rufus! It sounds like he is trying to have a second kittenhood, or he is wanting everyone's attention. I'm glad P was there and hope he has recovered from the incident.

Looking forward to tomorrow's SGA (I don't miss it or SG-1 unless i HAVE to) It can't help but be good. And thank you for all your links. I've taken quick looks at them and will study them in much more detail in a few days when I get some vacation time from work. But I already wish I lived closer to Torono...the plays just look too good to NOT see.

10:40 AM  
Blogger BorgTeddy said...

Hi Kate :)

A great pic again,as usual. :)

And also thanks for putting up a link for the trailer of Warriors of Terra. I really enjoyed watching it and I've put it on my 'movies to see-list'.

At the very least, he'll fish some gum out of the garbage can, chew it, and leave little dribbles of it everywhere. (Second-hand gum is his favorite food. Perfect.)

WOW,I always thought my cat was the only one who ate gum. Maybe it's a Canadian cat thing. :)

Almost McKay & Mrs Miller time.
I think this is the most awaited episode of the whole season.
I can't wait to see it (not on tv since there is no SGA on tv yet. We're getting the first season here on saturday)

I have not written a single page of my play yet, but I am going to watch Richard III today (as research -- I swear)

You've not written anything yet? Bad bad you :p. Have fun watching Richard III. May it bring you lots of inspiration.

Some more Dutch:
kroonluchter - chandelier
keukentafel - kitchen table
wervelwind - whirlwind
dieren - animals
kauwgum - chewing gum
lichaamsvloeistoffen - bodily fluids

10:49 AM  
Blogger klo_the_hobbit said...

Ahaha I'm so glad me and my housemate aren't the only people in the world who take photos of the TV. We paused a Without A Trace DVD and Eric Close looked SO SMOKIN' HOT we couldn't press play again without recording the event.
Ahhhh the difficulties of parents braving the wilds of the internet. I cunningly divided my life into two sections, the bit they can hear about and stuff THEY SHALL NEVER KNOW EVER IN A MILLION YEARS which I post at a completely different site. So far, it has worked like a charm *crosses everything*
Looking forward to your SGA debut! I'm sure it will be entirely awesome.
Also, hello Captain von Trapp Father. In case you happen to be reading this *waves cheerily*
Klo

10:49 AM  
Blogger kouzlo5 said...

Y'know, now I REALLY can't wait to see McKay and Mrs. Miller. I mean, I was excited for it earlier because I love watching your brother and I figured the chemistry between the two of you would be cool. But now I'm watch this ep for YOU. Your posts are always amusing and witty, and even sometimes not about cats. I'm hooked.

And no, this comment has nothing really to do with your respective post. Although this M guy... pretty cute...

...okay, I'm so done. >_< Na shledanou.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Ila said...

Perhaps Rufus falling in love!
Kisses
Ila

11:17 AM  
Blogger M said...

Lovely pic! David looks a little pained... reminds me of an expression that my (todddler) niece wears when she's does something naughty or hmm, when she needs to uh visit the little girl's room! :D

Great to hear that you're doing well with the exercise - I wish I could say the same for myself but alas I haven't been to the pool in a couple of months. It's spring here now so maybe I'll start swimming again soon.

Here's a pic of the pool in summer:
http://pics.livejournal.com/mcalex22/pic/000f31we/

I'm not much of a photographer, unlike my sister, and I blame this pic entirely on the camera; making the colours more vivid!

BTW, I will catch you on SGA this weekend - looking forward to it! :)

11:34 AM  
Blogger brassholio said...

hey kate

I really enjoy reading your blog. It makes me laugh and reminds me of numerous musicians I know and love. Bloody hippies. lol. You seem like such an arteest, (I think thats 'artist' with a french accent??) and so witty. Cant wait for mckay and mrs miller to air tomorrow, I've been waiting for it for ages. How would I get it being all the way in Australia you ask? Dont! haha. Atlantis hasn't even started airing season 2 here yet. Stupid country! Did I say that? *hums national anthem*, how unaustralian of me. (better make up for it) R.I.P Steve Irwin, miss ya mate!

Your poor kitty. I have 2 of my very own, which on occasion annoy the shit out of me but I can't imagine life without them. I hope he gets over his suicidal faze. Maybe the weather is getting him depressed. (I've heard its always raining there in Canada but perhaps thats just another stereotype like the 'eh' thing) no? I dunno... Send him down here and he'll be sure to fry like a...umm....shrimp on the barbie?...I love cats.

Holy crap when I saw a picture of you I honestly thought you were about 23. I read somewhere that you were the youngest and David was the oldest so thats not completely unheard of. I only just turned 20 and my oldest bro is 41.

But yeah, good luck to ya. I think we'll be seeing a lot of you in the near future.

Take care and keep kickin' (br)ass

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tammy Mc said...

It's so good to hear from you again Kate. You have such a way with words and the amazing ability to paint such a vivid picture of any situation. I can just see Rufus hanging on for dear life and the revenge paw print graffiti.

There must be something about that age with kids, cameras and cats. My daughter keeps taking my digital camera and filling up the memory with hundreds of photos of her cat doing cat stuff.

I love the photo even if David looks like he's only 4 feet tall. Of course, that's no fault of the photographer. ;) It's just David being David and that's what we love. Thanks for posting it.

I can't wait until tomorrow nights episode of SGA. I am thinking about skipping our home field football game just for it. I hate football anyway. Watching an episode after it is recorded is not the same as watching it live. I wonder why that is; a mental thing I suppose.

Take care and have a wonderful day.
Until next time.....

11:43 AM  
Blogger Karei said...

Just have a small question really which I've phrased in the form of a not-so-fantastic livejournal icon. I'm also not good at using blogger since I'm a livejournal addict and can't post it so this is the link:

Picture here

*geek* I figure David has spawned ridiculous amounts of these things and clearly you are way cool, so um... yes. Cannot wait for tomorrow's SGA episode. Srsly.

11:43 AM  
Blogger sueKay said...

poor Rufus!

Second hand gum...that's a new one...saying that my dog likes to eat tennis balls so...

You should see my attempts at photography...I go out, take about about 100-odd photographs...out of that, maybe two of them are actually good and get to go online!

Well since you won't get to see McKay and Mrs Miller when it airs, try this site - http://www.stargatecaps.com

It'll probably have screen captures of the entire episode up sometime on Saturday!

If either or my parents were anywhere near my blog...*shudder* I dread to think! lol

11:46 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

So, it sounds like R. had an interesting day. One time, about 15 years ago, and old cat of my sister's was on the roof of the house, and just fell off. I think she was leaning over the edge to see us. She landed on her side, but then flipped over to her feet and walked away, like she was still cool, and all.
That's funny about taking pictures of the TV. I thought about that during an Atlantis episode once, because Joe Flanigan is the best looking man in the universe, but then I found that there are websites that have screencaptures. You can just save them to your computer! Gosh, it's too bad he's married. Oh, wait, so am I. It's a good thing my husband doesn't read this!
So, I've been teaching myself Hieratic, and I thought I'd stump you with some words, but I can't figure out how to type the symbols into the computer. OH well.

11:54 AM  
Blogger BethyNYC said...

I'm going through playwriting angst too, so you are not alone in this! Though just how much research can be done with Richard III is beyond me.

::sending you good writing vibes::

11:59 AM  
Blogger Iona said...

Yay! A new post! I actually did a little happy dance when I saw it. (Don't worry, I do that often.)

Once again, I'll have to disagree with something you said. You may think so, but you haven't lost it just because you make up new words. There's always the excuse that you're a writer. Writers can do that. *g* Besides, you aren't the first one. If I remember correctly, Ibsen put a little barb about the german "tendency" to invent new words into Peer Gynt (I'll have to read it again. I loved that thing when I read it years ago.) So see, at least 19th century caricatures did that before you. :D

And the photo's nice too. I did mention I loved your photos, right?
Also, I don't see how you'd think that taking photos of cats is weird. It's perfectly logical; they're cute. Taking photos of clouds is much weirder ( that was my childhood obsession).

Speaking of cats, happy to see that Rufus is okay after his little stunt. Maybe he isn't suicidal, just adventurous. Which still doesn't mean you shouldn't lock him in your bedroom when you're away. ;) In any case, hooray for P.

Like everybody else, I can't wait to see McKay and Mrs. Miller. Just not on TV. :( I've been a fan of Jeannie's ever since she first got mentioned. I blame the series writers and your brother for that (just in case any of them is reading this, what I mean is: excellent work). Seeing her will be great. Or rather, you playing her. If I only didn't have to wait until 2017 too. :(

I'm glad you like the linguistic challenges. There are many more where those came from, especially from my little obscure language (yes, there are even puzzles that the best grammarians in the country haven't figured out yet).

Finally, not to worry about my comments; the only liquids I talk about are water, drinks and liquid crytals. I just hope my tendency to use a lot of brackets isn't just as annoying. :)

12:10 PM  
Anonymous omglawdork said...

The pictures are hysterical, thank you for overcoming your picturephobia to post them!

I know exactly where you're coming from on taking pictures of random animals. Take heart, it could be worse - I went to the Lake District, and seriously, 90% of my pictures were of sheep. Not the gorgeous vistas, but sheep (they were so cute!). And I was twenty, so I have no excuse.

I hope you enjoy Richard III, even if it is totally anti-York Tudor propaganda and he didn't have a hunchback! Just kidding (mostly), it's a great play, but he really did get a bum rap. I'd love to hear what you think of the play!

Thanks so much for your continued posts - you are such a hoot!

PS - you're braver than I am; I won't even tell my parents the address for my blog. :)

12:16 PM  
Blogger Cassandra said...

Hmm, am considering incorporating "rufal" into my vocab. Sounds rather ominous...

Tell that cat of yours to take care! Nine lives ought to be used for death-by-chocolate and other, more delicious suicides.

Happy McKellen/Bening watching!

12:16 PM  
Blogger elfgirl said...

Poor Rufus. Perhaps he's feeling the pressure of his sudden fame, and is worried about you having enough Rufal(!) material for your posts. Or maybe he decided to try base jumping as a form of exercise.


[This comment was brought to you by the letter R and an amazing lack of bodily fluids.]

12:16 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Strictly speaking I shouldn't be able to get SGA here in the UK either....not till mid Oct anyway....but a broadband connection and a certain citrus sounding file share program means I'm up to date with every snarktastic comment in McKay land. What can I say I'm an impatient bugger!

Poor Rufus, it's a shame that cats never learn from their mistakes. Mine, Henry if your curious, got stuck 25ft up the pine tree in our back garden the first week we moved in, trying to catch a squirrel...he would then sit moaning on the branch till poor old dad got the ladder out. He repeated the process four times before he realized that it was perhaps in his best interest to leave the squirrels alone.

12:27 PM  
Blogger crownglass39 said...

I'm assuming the bodily fluids remark was directed at me.

Sorry about that. My own folks don't ever read anything I write so I didn't even think about that. Also, I don't ever really think of it as "taboo" so much since I deal with it regularly.

My apologies.

12:53 PM  
Blogger geekjumper said...

... People have been posting about bodily fluids?

*pinches bridge of her nose*

I have no words.

1) What I do want to know is how Rufus hauled his plus-sized fuzz up to a ledge. That's pretty impressive, in a disturbingly suicidal way.

2) Fall most definitely = YAY.

3) What, the film version of Richard III, or live? Love the anachronisms in the film.

4) Since I gave you the pronunciation of 'Kate' in Cherokee, may as well go on and add 'David'. De-wi-dv (Daywee-d ... erm, the v is pronounced like 'un' in French). Or, more likely, 'Davy'. De-wi (Day-wee). Nice and twee. ;)

And 'Rufus', would probably be Quu-quu-sa (kwoo-kwoo-sah) - which can be growled ominously, Kung-Fu style, should he trash your bedroom.

Be well, Kate!

12:59 PM  
Blogger dutch_eowyn said...

Heh. David looks like he doesn't have much faith in how the picture will come out. M. (and we now know what that stands for, thanks to the name of the picture) looks like he's amused about the result in advance. I like it.

You have Orangina where you live!! Yum. It always reminds me of sunshine and holidays in France.

I'll never get why people would want to declaw a cat?!? If they don't want scratches on their furniture or something, than they shouldn't get a cat; nails are part of the deal. (I'm all for neutering by the way.)

Oh, and your dad probably already knows about those bodily fluids, I wouldn't worry about that ;)

(I get the message though; we'll try and behave.)

1:17 PM  
Blogger Hatusu said...

Hi Mr. Hewlett! :-)

Kate,
Good luck tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to the episode.
Hats

1:37 PM  
Blogger kittenz2006 said...

Aw, the joys of cats. I suspect this bout of catasuide is Rufus's desperate cry of help for Yes, another cat for company. My beloved but gender confused cat Kittenz got into numerous perilous situations when I first moved, then suddenly with the adoption of some sisters, the suicidal instincts ceased. I don't recommend more than one kitten or cat as additional company, unless you take a large insurance policy out on the loft for damages.
As to watching McKay and Mrs. Miller there is a lovely lady who posted all the new (ie Season 3) episodes of Atlantis on Youtube about a day after they are broadcast. I know it is breaking all copywrite laws but whoever she is;I bless her (and I don't feel too guilty because I actually subscribe to the Movie Network anyway.)Of course, you can simply buy them on itunes.
Sad to say 11 Cameras is coming to an end, very innovative, especially for the CBC. Richard obviously is a fool, not noticing you over Irina (must be a Betty and Veronica thing).
As to cameras, I love them as long as I am not included in any photos. I have managed to pass decades without having a photo taken of more than an inconveniently placed elbow.
Your father should be very proud as he's managed to produce some amazing children. Honestly, that's not just something you'd say to someone's parents to be polite.
As to the big debut tomorrow, "break a leg" or any other body part you chose. L.

1:43 PM  
Anonymous Dso17 said...

Salut !

Contente de voir un autre message de votre part !
Pauvre Rufus ! J'espère qu'il va bien quand même...
J'aime bien la photo; surtout les expressions. J'imagine:
-David: "Aller prends la ta photo, on n'a pas que ça à faire !" (NB: sa première réplique en français !)
-M (il prend un air dubitatif)

J'espère que vous aller aimé Richard III...une pièce de Shakespeare, c'est ça ?
Ah Shakespeare...j'ai été voir une de ses pièces lors de mon séjour en Angleterre, Mac Beth...j'ai rien compris ! Je faisais un effort surhumain de concentration pour comprendre au moins un mot sur dix...mais rien à faire...au final j'étais écrouler de rire et avec mes amis (aussi étrangers) on se demandait même qui était MacBeth. Dépitée, ma famille d'accueil m'a passé le script de la pièce. Tout en vieil anglais... Le mystère s'éclaircissait: c'est donc pour ça que je n'ai rien compris ! Déjà que le vieux français c'est limite...
Bref !
"J'ai bien aimé les costumes" (LA phrase vexante quand on ne sait pas quoi dire d'un spectacle...lol!)

Ah et pour voir McKay et Mrs Miller...moi non plus je ne peux "théoriquement" pas le voir tout de suite. Cependant, allez voir sur Youtube.com environ 28 heures après la diffusion de l'épisode...(mots clés: Stargate Atlantis et triez par dates). Je sais, ce n'est pas bien...mais la passion et la curiosité sont trop fortes !

PS: Encore merci de m'avoir laisser un petit mot...peut-être en aurai-je d'autre ?!
PS(2): Bonne lecture ! ;)

1:47 PM  
Blogger crazymom said...

My cat has had an adventure or two. In the photo he has usurped the dog's bed and is reveling in it. Tuftie spends a good portion of his days outside in good weather, even though it is supposedly illegal to let your pets roam here. Like you could keep a cat in your yard?? If I try to keep Tuftie in, he, um, "marks" all the rugs in the house until I get the message that he's really, really not happy. As long as we let him out at night, he behaves beautifully when he's in. Anyone, at one point he had discovered that if he climbed up the car and jumped onto the open garage door, he could lie up there and gaze on the world from a height. Unfortunately, he couldn't be seen by anyone IN the garage when he did that.

One morning I jumped in the car, pulled out, hit the remote to close the garage door, and drove off. Unbeknownst to me, my poor cat was frantically running along the garage door like he was on a treadmill, trying to keep from falling down the front. He almost made it. The door closed with him stuck over the top, pinched in the midsection. He's not fat, but he's a very large cat, so I don't like to even think about what that was like. Luckily my husband was home, because I was gone for an hour and it honestly still makes me sick to think of him hanging there waiting for rescue. It was only a couple of minutes before my husband identified the source of the wailing and opened the door for him.

Although the vet gave him a clean bill of health and he has completely recovered, he was one sore cat for a while. He laid on the hearth and hardly moved for several days. He has not climbed up on the garage door since, although he occasionally will lie on top of the car.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Nightsister said...

MY BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED, CAPTAIN VON TRAPP DAD.

Oh great, now I'm having visions of David in lederhosen singing "So Long, Farewell" while you fall asleep on the stairs...

PS -- people here say "youse" all the time in my little corner of the world, so you'd fit right in, actually. :)

2:04 PM  
Blogger Sandra said...

Hi Kate,

Aren't cats fun! I have 3 cats and a 4'10" long Iguana that is my baby. We also have living in our house an albino rat (smart animals) and a dwarf Chinese hamster. Pets make life interesting. Maybe David can get you copies of Atlantis. If all else fails I'd be happy video tape it off the TV for you and mail it to you.

Sandra

2:32 PM  
Blogger Flo said...

wooow!! super post... le petit rayon de soleil de la journée (même si ici, il commence à faire nuit). pauvre petit rufus, mon chien virus a aussi essayé de se jeter dans le vide (de la fenêtre du 1er étage quand même!) mais lui, il est un peu débile (mais gentil).

pour mckay & mrs miller, je ferai des captures d'écran dès que j'ai l'épisode. CA VA ETRE SUPER!! vivement!!!

richard III, intéressant... je crois qu'un de mes acteurs préférés a joué dedans (robert downey jr... hum que du bonheur!). personnellement, je ne suis pas vraiment fan de shakespeare (à part romeo&juliette) mais j'aime bien la façon tout à fait exquise qu'il a de tuer tous les personnages. on a lu 'antoine&cleopâtre' à la fac et c'était bien marrant... enfin, les différentes morts étaient très imaginatives!

daddy hewlett parle ou lit le français? peut-être pas... HELLO, SIR HEWLETT... HOW DO YOU DO? (il paraît que les britanniques aiment bien les formules du genre)

bon courage pour la pièce... j'espère qu'on en aura un mini aperçu bientôt! ;-)

2:41 PM  
Blogger mira said...

You'll find that Rufus made little effigies of you and he'll be looking for the lighter when you get home. Er, or is only Southern US cats that use voodoo? On a more serious note, good to hear that Rufus made it through the ordeal unscathed. *sends virtural skritches to him*

Digital cameras are your friend. You can take loads of shots until you get a keeper. Wait, I didn't just type that. Every photo I take is perfectly composed, never turn out blurry. I'm a professional, after all.

Don't worry, you haven't lost it. It's called being creative. At least that's what I tell myself. Often.

2:41 PM  
Blogger Annie said...

MY BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED, CAPTAIN VON TRAPP DAD.

Your dad sounds brilliant because he sounds just like mine. Even though I'm 34 he still treats me like his little angel.

Glad to hear that Rufus got through his jaunt okay. :D

2:43 PM  
Blogger Jen said...

Cats must be born suicidal, I guess they think 'well I've got 9 lives may as well use them......'

My little one, Xena (not the big size-of-a-house one, Indy) likes to climb up on the 20 foot wall in the back garden. Unfortunately once she get up there she has absolutely no idea how to get back down again. So its down to muggins here to walk all the way around to the other side, (which backs onto a graveyard!!) coax her down with a few choice expletives where the wall is only 7 feet high and carry her all the way back home.....

Tch! Cats! *rolls eyes*

Anyway, I've added a little something to the #1 DH Fansite HERE

Hope you like :o)

2:46 PM  
Blogger Sal's Gal said...

Another great photo! David's expression - that is such a Rodney look. "Oh for... fine, just take the damned picture. Some of us have important work to do like, oh, I don't know... saving the city? Again?"

My wife and my daughter have a thing about photographing cats. We until recently had four felines - well, a cat's human knows that really, the cats have you - all named after HP characters. I believe at last count we have close to 1000 digital images of them from kittenhood forward.

...okay, yeah, I took a few of them, too. *ahem*

Glad to hear that R escaped his escapades... that reads wrong, doesn't it? Glad to hear that R is all right. =)

So... I don't think I ever took photos of the TV, but I did once record the "soundtrack" to Grease II by holding my cassette recorder (remember those blocky things with the orange 'record' button in the middle of the big black 'play' button?) up to the TV speaker during the songs.

Huh. I think I'm date-stamping myself with that one...

Thanks for the pics, and the quips, and the new words (Rufal!) and the insight into life as a Hewlett. Your blog is an absolute blast to read.

Hi, M!

Hi, Kate and David's Da!

2:50 PM  
Blogger RankNFiled said...

Lovely picture of David and M, I think you did very well for someone who thinks they're artistically challenged. I know that most of my pictures turn out blurry or out of whack. That's why I got a digital, becuase then I can just delete the bad pic and redo it, without wasting a lot of film.
Poor Rufus, sounds like he was bored and let his curiosity get the better of him. I know that my cats get positively beastly when they get bored.
When I went to Vancouver in March for the Stargate convention (why yes, I am a geek!) they had destroyed the apartment in resentment for my leaving them. I came home to tp all over the floor, the garbage bag chewed through and my yarn all over the floor. That's what I get for leaving my brother to take care of them.
Good work on the exercise! And yes, stretching counts, lol. It does get easier, so long as you try to do something. Good luck with that!
I can't wait until tomorrow to watch McKay and Mrs. Miller. The hightlight of my week!

2:55 PM  
Blogger strivaria said...

Awww, Rufus... good thing your roommate was there to save him. Luckily the highest my adventure cat has climbed was an 'easy' 7 ft built in shelf. The fun part was when she jumped down, and unluckily broke one of mom's glass candle holders. Both cat and mom were fine.

Congrats on the health front... though de-alcoholized beer? Erm.. okay. And yes.. Fall is wonderful! We're starting to get our first taste of it here in south Mississippi which means it's still hot but you can now go outside and not be drowned in sweat the minute you walk out the door.

Oh, wait.. that's bodily fluids related.... 미안합니다 (mi-ahn-ham-nida / sorry).

Too bad we don't get 11 Cameras here in the States, but definately looking forward to your SGA episode tomorrow. Don't worry, screencaptures will likely start surfacing all over the internet within hours of the first showing. *wanders off to bookmark Unspun Theater website for later comparisons*

3:04 PM  
Blogger aurore said...

Yay, a new entry!
Love the guys's faces on the picture. They look so enthusiastic, don't they?
David looks like he's seated on a too hard surface and M looks slightly mocking (he must know about your photographing talents!)

Tinkerbell on your picture? It reminds me of those photographs of the Victorian era, with the English little girls posing with "fairies". And yes, that's totally uninteresting.

Poor Rufus, what a terrible way to try and end his life! He's obviously underfed and unhappy with your. You should have him adopted by a loving French home ;-)

Bodily fluids? I don't even want to know.

I didn't know you had Orangina in Canada! It's been years since I've drunk one. I've discovered Irn Bru this summer and I'm very fond of it thought it's a pain to find it in France.

And… Captain Von Trapp? I was in love with him when I was a little girl.
Did I just type that?

I'm safe with my father. He wouldn't even know how to switch my computer on! And frankly, given his record with "modern" stuff, I'm not sure I want him anywhere near it.

I hope your health will get better and better :-)

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Kliggs said...

Hi Captain Von Trapp Dad! *waves*

ROFLMAO!!!!

3:37 PM  
Blogger C.O.T.I. said...

Hi Kate! For someone who doesn't take alot of photos I think you did pretty well with that one. You got their heads in and everything.
Hello to M! and the P.H.A.R.K (esp Rufus)crowd. Is that how you spell crowd? - doesn't look right), hello to Mr Captain Von Trapp, really cool sister and mother in Italy.And David!
If you are still looking for some good music Ben Folds is great on the piano. David Gray is briliant just for chilling out to esp Life in slow Motion and I was just listening again to the soundtrack for Good Will Hunting recently. I think the guys name is Elliot Smith but I could be wrong. His music is really good too.

Hope to read more soon, COTI.

3:54 PM  
Blogger mhera/lemonchicken said...

Glad Rufus is okay. The things they get into!

This reminds me of a story.
Once upon a time my cat got out of the house and into the backyard. First time freedom, he didnt want anyone catching him and locking him back inside. So, it resulted in a chase around the backyard, until the cat runs through the flowerbed straight into the fishpond! Luckily, it isnt deep, and he jumped right back out, and ran straight back into the house, soaking wet and covered in pond scum. Needless to say, he hasnt dared to venture back out yet!

Congrats on doing well with your coffee prohibition - one a day is still an achievement!

I think I will check out 11 cameras tonight. Ive never seen it, and I wont get a chance to see Mckay and Mrs Miller tomorrow.

Thanks Kate, for being so awesome to take the time to talk to all us crazy Gaters.

4:22 PM  
Blogger valderys said...

Ooh, that brings back memories - how fandom has come on! I'm talking (of course :) about the taking photos of a favourite actor on the tv. God, I did that at least mm-hmph years ago - my very first screen caps! And I had the edges of the screen visible around the developed photo, and I cropped it literally - with a pair of scissors! So, nothing to be ashamed of there, I would say. Hey, you grew out of it - some of us never do :)

4:35 PM  
Blogger Arlessiar said...

Funny pic of "M" and the man-who-might-be-your-brother. And the photo looks fine - well done! No need to worry about your artistical skills when it comes to photographs. :)

I'm really looking forward to M&MM! The long wait is finally over. I hope you'll get a chance to see the ep before 2017. Let's just say, I'd normally have to wait until the end of 2008 to see it. But there's now way I could wait that long...

Anyway, I'm sure you'll find hundreds of caps on the net when the episode aired!

And taking photos of the TV? I felt silly when I did that, but I did it, back when I was a teenager, when there was no internet and thus no easily accessible source for news and pics of the band I loved (and still love) so much - R.E.M.
So I recorded their videos from MTV and took photos of that then. These photos looked incredibly awful, but I loved them then. Still have them somewhere.

Your Dad reads this blog? Ok, no dirty jokes then. :) (Right now I don't even remember a dirty joke...)

My parents know that I have a Livejournal, but they never ever looked at it.
Well, I think they didn't.
Nah, I'm pretty sure they didn't.
Although...
No. They didn't.

:)

5:21 PM  
Blogger Bek said...

Hmmm... a tiny gnome of your brother. They really do make them look realistic these days. Who would have thought it? Geeky garden gnomes will now be bought and stared at all over the world... I applaud the artist. What a masterpiece.

Cat alone in room all day = mayhem. DON'T DO IT KATE!

I'm looking forward to McKay and Mrs Miller also but I going away for about 2 weeks so not sure how I'll go watching that one. I'm sure your blog will become completely spammed with adoring fans... :0 ENJOY!

5:55 PM  
Blogger Cazilie said...

I must agree, Rufus needs a pet therapist :) He should talk out his fustrations rather than clawing them out on walls and you furniture.

w00t for British dads. Though I hide my lj from mine :) Dads online is never a good thing.

Love the photo, more please!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Erynn said...

At last we meet the mysterious "M". I had been wondering if he was James Bond's boss, but apparently not.

I'll be off playing GURPS and saving the world on Friday night, so I won't get to see your ep until the midnight showing, but YAY, and I'm really looking forward to it!

I thought about posting something in Maltese but I couldn't find a word for "bus" in the little basic Maltese grammar I have. sigh I am so deprived.

6:25 PM  
Blogger InkyOrchid said...

I made a verb out of my brother's dog's name: "I was Bobbied." (Bobby likes to take things outside, chew what he can and discard the rest.)

Cats do seem to like the high places. One of the cats I grew up with managed to get herself stuck in the chimney-type thing we had in our house when she was a kitten. I'm still a little hazy how my brother and my father got her out.

7:02 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

Hi Kate,

That's a great pic of M and David. I actually still develop my film. I don't have a digital camera. Of course at times I wish I did, because there are 9 rolls of film waiting to be developed on my shelf. They have been there for about a year now. lol

Mckay and Mrs Miller. I just saw a preview for that and I swear the next 24 hours are going to be the longest ever. I think all Stargate/Atlantis fans are looking forward to it.

Rufus was probably just stretching his muscles. Glad he didn't get hurt. My cat Willow has scared me several times like that. She's always getting into something.

Wow, your dad reads this too. *waves to Kate's Dad*

7:20 PM  
Blogger Shawna said...

You know what? You're amusing. I'm glad I happened up on this blog.

Why does your brother look so unhappy in that pic? Like he's sitting in something unpleasant.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Auliya said...

I started a work out regimen today too! I guess I can't really say I started one if I don't continue it. We'll see what happens tomorrow.

Had to go back and make sure I didn't make any mention of fluids, bodily or otherwise.

Spent a whole two hours outside with my kids...I love Fall too! So glad it is arriving.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Trialia said...

eeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

I'm off down to the West End for most of Saturday to see the musical Wicked, so will probably be too knackered to "acquire" *cough* M&MM until Sunday morning. But I can't wait. XD!

8:18 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

This is going to seem odd... but I atually can take pictures of TV... I have a woderful thing on my computer... A TV tunner.. and I am infact recoding it onto my PC because i have to work.. but I can't wait!

8:35 PM  
Blogger csillamichelle said...

great pic! ;)

i cant believe your not gonna get a chance to see Mrs.Miller! you should ask David to send you a copy! i am sooo looking forward to it!

i would freak out if my dad read my blog. lol. just for the principal of it all hehe.

i never understood the non-alcoholic beer thing. maybe i should try it sometime! now you got me curious! :D

xo csilla

10:20 PM  
Blogger lauren said...

Just on the topic of taking photos of the TV....um. I TOTALLY have never done it. EVER. Promise. But, if I had, it wouldn't have been in the midst of an obsessive squeal-edge with a friend while pausing and making certain DVDs go in slow motion to catch attractive actors (or singers! Robbie Williams has been caught in our midst) licking their lips or moving their hips in inexplicable ways or something of the sort, and then posting the pictures of the TV because, well, why not? It is fun!!!!

It's also fun if you stand next to the TV and have photos with giant faces on it. Or something.

And don't worry if you get the Atlantis episodes in 2017 - here in Australia we are looking to get it on the fourth of NEVER.

11:22 PM  
Blogger Linz said...

The way you speak of Rufus, he reminds me of a cat my friend has. This cat would sit at the edge of the bed or couch while you were sleeping and just stare at you. Then you wake up with a cat glaring at you or right in your face giving you this "look" of doom. Rufus really sounds like this cat.... and happens to even look like my friend's cat Stumpy.

Cats scare me...

Don't leave it in your room all day alone!

11:53 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

I'm so sorry Rufus had this kind of "adventure." He probably got up there and then realized "Oops. I didn't mean to do this, exactly." My mink Tonkinese used to like to "fly" our diningroom hanging lamp, but she has all her claws.

You know, I have friends on LJ who have parents who read their blogs, and still I end up being surprised whenever someone says their parental units read their blog *G*. Probably this is because right up until he died four years ago, my Dad would scrunch up his face and grumble: "Explain this webby thing to me again."

1:39 AM  
Blogger Erynn said...

Both my parents read my LJ, and presumably my brother, who also has an LJ but never posts to it. My aunt reads it too, apparently, as she was a bit put out about something I posted there a year or so ago (not about her, mind).

My mom's in her late 60s and is really pretty wired. She knows her way around the web pretty well and does genealogical research online. Well, that and keeps up with my misadventures. Mom's actually a pretty cool person. Eventually I'll forgive her for moving to Missouri to be near her brother. ;)

2:15 AM  
Blogger GentleZephyr said...

I read your post shortly after noticing that my own feline darling had fallen asleep inside my handbag! Don't ask me why she chose that particular spot, 'cause she's a fully grown cat and my handbag won't fit much more than my purse. All I could see was a pair of ears sticking out of the zipper. Strange little devils aren't they.

4:01 AM  
Anonymous Cypher said...

Kee, love the picture! (And it just shows how much World of Warcraft I've been playing when you call David a "gnome" and all I can think of is "Huh...he'd actually make a good gnome; great stats." ...yeah, I know dorky).

Suicidal cat, eh? I'll see that and raise you my suicidal goldfish. Yup. It wasn't enough for her to simply leap out of her fishbowl and land five feet onto a tiled counter gasping for air, she then had to flop her way towards an electrical socket. Thank God my dad was there to find her (she was literally an inch away from being a fried fishy). Strange behavior for a goldfish (but then, she had just laid some eggs).

And if I can, I'll try and send ya a copy of McKay and Mrs. Millar just so you can see it before 2017. *grins* It's the least we can do for all these amusing posts. I look forward to seeing your Atlantis debut!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

::waving to Kate's and David's dad::

The fact that Rufus climbed so high is probably due to his actually moving and exercising. This is a good thing. Cats like to climb.

However, suicidal tendencies should not be ruled out.

Maybe one of your very artistically inclined friends could build Rufus a climbing tree? That would give him a safe outlet.

And as others have said, iTunes can sell SGA to both US and Canada. You should be able to download it tomorrow. Can't wait to see it!

8:20 AM  
Blogger K said...

Does David ever look "normal" for photos? My BF has the same disorder - can never just stand there and smile.

Anywhos, I'm glad Rufus is OK. My cat is also declawed (not my choice), but she doesn't get much more active than sleeping on a chair. And I'm glad to hear that you're also a vegetarian =D There are too few of us, in my opinion.

And I'd like to offer my condolences on your having to switch to the other "beer". What magic ingredient(s) did you end up using to make it tasty?

11:58 AM  
Blogger windshieldbug said...

Amo quell'immagine!

It's just perfect that you'd post it just in time for McKay & Mrs. Miller tonight!!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Kara McKay said...

Oh, gosh, I'm photographically challenged, too! It really doesn't help that since the last time I dropped my digital camera it's begun warping pictures. Though, some might argue that that gives them an artistic style that my usual picture-taking with functional cameras lacks...

Our cats aren't much into skydiving, but I'll never forget the time Dusty, my sister's first cat, attempted to jump onto the back of her recliner. He'd been in hot pursuit of her ferret, but his enthusiasm outstripped his aim and balance. Instead of landing on the back of the recliner next to the ferret, he hit the wall behind the recliner and slid down. It was like something out of Tom and Jerry!

Kara

2:17 PM  
Blogger chokolat said...

Don't say "last" episode of 11 Cameras, Kate. We are still hopeful of a second season and a cage match between Andrea and Irina (although can Richard really be considered a prize?) It would be a shame for Andrea to go out with her tail between her legs.

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Tracy Jane said...

When I was seven, I visited the isle of man and decided to conduct a photographic study of the different kinds of cats on the island, both "stumpies" and "rumpies". I don't know if you knew this, but on the isle of Man, they have a special breed of cat, the manx. The manx has no tail (or rather only partial tail) and has longer hind legs that allow it to hop rather like a rabbit. Anyway, as a child I was fascinated by these cats and managed to take THREE films' worth of photos *sigh*

As for poor Rufus, the poor, poor baby! The thing is, cats LOVE to be on the highest point of the room, it's totally natural for them. I'm so glad the others were there to rescue him or Lord knows what would have happened!

As usual, lovely to read your entry!

4:39 PM  
Blogger nomidalantian said...

wasn't Captain Von Trapp like Swiss? never mind...

7:53 PM  
Blogger Kara McKay said...

I'm sorry about commenting twice to the same post, but I just finished watching "McKay and Mrs. Miller" with my family and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed it. You were great, and I hope they'll have you back some time!

Kara

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Katie said...

The chap that played your husband looks remarkably like Brendan Gall from UnSpun. Is that what you were alluding to?

5:32 AM  
Blogger Lt.Col O'Malley said...

XD,Rodney is a Tiny angry gnome

4:15 PM  
Blogger Liloow-Vena said...

You're cat wants to commit suicide?? it's very very crazy.... Or it realized the world is cruel for cats. (it may saw something about chineses who ate cat.... I don't know)...

Oh I can't see McKay and Mrs Miller, next year but I was very disappointed not to can... I thought on thi episode friday night in my little bedroom in the boarding-school...

I've to put a poster of SGA in it!!!!! and photos of whisky even if I'm not alcoholic... (not even beer without alcohol: I don't like beer. every time I want to drink one I can't finish it. *that's my life*

I've to say your blog and your cat's adventures miss me during the week... I'm addict to it(and to the series, and tea with milk and coffee even if infact I don't drink a lot of coffee *boulet*)

Anyway... (I've never understood what's this word means but my englished teacher used it about 50 times by hour so...)Infact,not an anyway....
Oh yes!!! The photos!!!
Does David has the sun in his face??? because he has a strange head on the picture... so i thought... *boulet*

byyeeee
L.

4:06 AM  

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