Happy 7th Birthday MIPS!

MIPS Chillin’ Out

Today, January 23rd, is MIPS‘ birthday. He was born around 5PM (EST) on January 23rd, 2001, on the floor of my condo in Toronto. True to his name even today, MIPS is still proficient in Millions of Irritations Per Second with his incessant whining to go outside and play. Also celebrating birthdays this day are MIPS’ brother Placenta Head and his sisters Princess Noki and Rogue. Sadly his brother Cletus never made it as he was stillborn, but that’s fine–we never liked him anyway.

I’ve put together the following video of MIPS’ early years (including a few shots of his mom Tinrib and his siblings). The soundtrack features the classic song “My Toque’s Too Tight” from Drool Puddy’s HundredFootKeepOff (most surprising part – somebody is actually selling a copy of my highschool band’s album after 13 years).



Please use the comments section to suggest what activities and/or food MIPS should indulge in to celebrate his big 7th.


Mips’ big day out

A few days late… but Sunday morning we decide to let Mips out to explore our English garden (translation little cubicle of cement with some overgrown vines out back). One of us forgets to lock the door and next thing we know, he’s off exploring the neighbouring cubicles:


It took a lot of persuasions but Jason manages to drag his ass back into the house. Anyway, mediocre cat story aside, I thought the reader(s) of this blog might appreciate seeing a shot of the back of our house and the random smattering of brick walls that divide up the space:


The Sun is Shining, so what are the cats doing?

Gorgeous weather today!! And yesterday too. Yesterday I went for a haircut, looked at a flat with Jason (it was meh), went to Nottinghill, had brunch (with cocktails!). Then had my cappucino and travel magazine weekend special. I even did a bit of shopping 🙂 Dinner was on the bbq at home and in the evening Jason and I pub/patio crawled. An excellent Saturday.

Today is looking promising too. Look at this weather:


Amazing. And none of this Canadian humidity either!

So… the question I’m sure on everyone’s mind, what are the cats doing?



His harness is hidden with his mad furriness.
Now, where is Tinrib? Oh that’s right… hiding!



Pet #3 (.1)


Roomba’s back! We’re so excited that our new Roomba arrived. Pictured above the new improved Roomba finds it’s own base when low on battery.

A quick rant though.
When we first arrived we wanted to buy a Roomba here in the UK, but were dissapointed to find that they sell for a heafty £170s. Then when we were in Canada 4 weeks ago we checked a few stores with the intention of buying it there, but found that in London Ontario, only the high end ones were being sold, and they were selling for about $400 Canadian. That seemed obscene. Well, after much research we found that we could buy the brand new Roomba for pets online in the states, have it shipped to Jason’s company’s California office, then have
that California office ship it to us here in the UK, and pay duty and yet still end the end pay WAY less than the UK price or the Canadian price. How does that make sense?!

Anyway, we’ve run it every day for one week now and throughly done the carpeted bedrooms and this is the disgusting result:


It looks like a dead animal. Or worse an old man’s toupee.
Either way, I’m glad it’s not in our carpets anymore (I hate carpets). Welcome back Roomba, we missed you.