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It's where all my friends live.

Winter's finally here; the days only get up to 20, maybe 21 degrees, and the nights are down to 10. It's sunny most days, and lunchtimes will often see me sitting outside in a t-shirt. While the damp and lack of central heating means that 10 degrees is something you really feel, I can't complain about the days. I'm fairly sure I've seen more sunlight in my six months that I did in several years in the UK. I highly recommend it.

In the absence of friends, Will and I are powering through The West Wing. Neither of us saw it first time round, because, as we came to realise pretty early in season 1, we're bloody idiots. We're now up to the part of season 3 with Winnie Cooper in it. No spoilers please! The downside is of course that in the real world, the US president isn't actually Martin Sheen, or Aaron Sorkin for that matter. Stupid real world.

We also have our second kitten. This is Taala, a six month old grey tabby Maine Coon.

And here's a photo of Elska with her eyes open, cause they're so beautiful, even if the cat herself is being inelegant.

We had some hissing and fights in the first two weeks, but the two of them are getting along well now. Perhaps a bit too well, with Elska sometimes nuzzling Taala's belly for milk... I'm a bit worried we've got some weird feline psychological disorder going on here, but Taala accepts having her nipples licked until she's soaked quite happily, so I leave them to it. What goes on between two consenting cats...

I am LOVING having cats around again. They're a pain but being pinned to the couch by two sleeping cats is a pretty good feeling. Taala's going to be a giant, she's already 3.5kg and normal adult cat-sized. She has a very owl-like turn to her head when something catches her interest. Elska is simply the easiest bounciest most malleable kitten you've ever met.

Unfortunately my solution to the "but they don't match" issue was rejected. We won't be getting another two kittens any time soon.

Date: 2012-07-25 05:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jhaelan.livejournal.com
Ded of cute... those two are awesome :)

Date: 2012-07-25 09:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Agreed sir. I am the luckiest!

Date: 2012-07-25 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ivory-goddess.livejournal.com
in the real world, the US president isn't actually Martin Sheen

Pretty sure it's not too much of a spoiler to say that in Season 7, however, a major character is based on Obama - before he got to be where he is today!

Date: 2012-07-25 09:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Wow, that will be interesting! Can't say Obama's really behaved quite as Martin Sheen would (though I appreciate he's in a hard place).

Date: 2012-07-25 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scatterbeetle.livejournal.com
Oooh, kitties. I'm a little bit (read: shitloads!) in love with Taala. Oh dear...

Also, The West Wing is next on my radar.


Date: 2012-07-25 09:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com

In other words, good call, it's well worth it.

Taala will love to meet you next time you're up, I'm sure.

Date: 2012-07-25 08:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] makyo.livejournal.com
We're now up to the part of season 3 with Winnie Cooper in it.
I never saw The Wonder Years so I didn't know who Winnie Cooper was until I saw The West Wing and read a few Wikipedia articles about the various cast members. It turns out that she (Danica McKellar) has a mathematics degree and coauthored a paper with a fellow student and one of their professors, and has since written a few books encouraging girls at primary and secondary school to succeed at mathematics. Which is pretty cool, I think.

I really liked The West Wing, and it's probably about time I watched it again. Sorkin's later series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip was also pretty good (although the comedy-show-within-the-show isn't very funny from what we see of it) and I hear good things about his new series The Newsroom.

Date: 2012-07-26 02:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
Oh, that is very cool, I didn't know that McKellar either (or indeed, had even remembered her real name until you said it).

I haven't heard of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip bore, I'll check it out. I want to watch the Newsroom for the same reasons (heard good things), but I'm not sure I can deal with two lots of Sorkin's rousing speeches all at once.

Date: 2012-07-25 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] despina.livejournal.com
Jamie's mum has two Maine Coons (matching ones! Though one of them is near-feral and the other is a total softy so we mostly just see him), and OH MY GOD THEY ARE GIANT. As you have a 'normal' sized cat too you'll notice it more. I sort of get used to them, what with the dogs and the kids and stuff, and then see them next to a standard cat and realise they are really huuuuuge. Ah what beautiful cats you have! I haven't ever seen eyes like Elska's before, they are magical.

Date: 2012-07-27 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
We were shocked when we saw how big Taala had grown when we picked her up; in about 6 weeks she'd doubled in size. And she's the runt of the litter...

Date: 2012-07-25 07:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixandrea.livejournal.com
Gorgoues kitties!! :-D I wish Ziggy would let us have another cat. Not that he's not (more than) enough, it's just that, as you know, you can never have enough cats... ;-)

Date: 2012-07-27 01:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nisaba.livejournal.com
you can never have enough cats...

My argument exactly. Weirdly, not everyone thinks the way we do.

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