Sunday, October 28, 2007

how I like to torment my cat:

1. make the bed over top of her so that she has to wiggle out from under the blankets on her elbows. She looks like a spice worm.

2. make that kissy noise with my lips that means "I have something delicious for you" and then when she comes running, deny I ever did such a thing.

3. set the alarm clock to buzzer, so that she goes from deep sleep to airborne in 1.5 seconds, which is pretty impressive at 6:00 am.

4. laugh at her when she gets her head stuck in the yogurt container, or when Eva drops ice cream on her, or when she misses the counter when she tries to jump up on it.

Besides being an evil pet owner, I have also finally posted my book review for Summer of My Amazing Luck by Miriam Toews over on the Fall Reading Challenge blog. If you would like to read about this book, feel free to head over there.

By the way, have you been to the Fall Reading Challenge blog lately? Holy crap, are there a lot of book reviews already posted over there! Billions and billions. Okay, maybe I exaggerate, but
there are a lot of fine reviews in many different genres, so if you are looking for reading list ideas, that's not a bad place to start.

I have only finished three books myself. And one of them was only 40 pages long. And I am still trying to get around to reading Friday's newspaper. I am unworthy.

20 comments:

John Mutford said...

Ahh, a fellow cat torturer!

Heading to your book review right now!

Bubs said...

Thanks for telling us about that book challenge blog! I read your review, and wish I had the ability to put together writing like that. I read a few books a month, and all I can usually say when I'm done is "that was good" or "I liked that" or "that was kind of boring."

I have two terriers, and they're almost as much fun to torture as cats.

Karen said...

Dune cat - too funny. Another fabulous review from Barbara! Yay. And the length of the book doesn't matter, remember. At least you read it. And no, the newspaper STILL doesn't count...

1 month left to go. Think you can squeeze in one more for us?

Dale said...

You are worthy by virtue of your cat torturing ways. I love your reviews of anything so I'm off, like a cat from a counter she almost made it to.

jim dandy said...

Torture ideas were nice, however I am too well trained to start any radical changes in my behavior. My cat anticipates my every move. I like to think that ours is a symbiotic relationship, but she knows that I jump at so much as a needy glance from her direction.
Still...it wouldn't hurt to "spice" things up a bit, eh? haha

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

That cat will get you one day.

Allison said...

I love your torture techniques, especially the number two, evil genius I tell ya!

Heading over to your review...now.

JustRun said...

Poor cat, how humiliating. :)

As for the books, anything I read now that isn't text just makes me feel guilty. Maybe next round.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Once you kids get too old to torture without them giving as good as they get, we are stuck with the family pets, John.

Terriers would make excellent victims, I think, Bubs, they get all excited over not much.
I wish I could read a few books a month! Maybe if I didn't just read in bed at night, ie 2 paragraphs before I am sawing logs.

I'm pretty certain I can, Karen. I'm currently reading Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Punk, but if Fight Club comes in on my hold, I'm switching.

I can see you now, Dale ever so gracefully clicking over onto the Fall Reading Challenge blog, stopping only to flick your tail haughtily and glare at the bagel lady.

Oh no, I hope I haven't inadvertently jeopardized your relationship with your cat, Jim Dandy. I would hate to be responsible for any ill will in your home. And you know the cat is always going to win.

She gets me pretty much on a daily basis, Dr M, I'm just trying in vain to regain some footing.

That one is almost too easy, Al and I try to keep it to a minimum, as it is too easy. Besides I might need to use that some night when I want her to come in the house and I need something to entice.

Don't use your sympathy on her, Justrun, she's well ahead in the torturing department. That's an old cat trick, sort of the way dogs use the big sad eyes.
Aww, I wish you had time to read for fun. Textbooks can be a little lacking in that department.

Beth said...

My older cat would so kick your a** for f*cking with her. Nobody messes with Maggie. Otto, on the other hand, would take it and still give kisses.

Now I'm off to join Mutford for your book review ...

mellowlee said...

bwwwwwwwwwwwaaaahaaahaaaaaa! Excellent ideas on how to torture da kitty!!!! I think Loki has some payback coming his way *G*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Aren't cats funny how they can react so differently, Beth? Sputnik actually takes this all with surprising good humour and forgiveness, provided she continues to have the lion's share of the bed at night.

Don't tell Loki it was my idea, Mel. With the look on his face in the last picture you posted, I sure wouldn't want him to come gunning for me.

BeckEye said...

I don't like cats, which makes torturing them all the more fun.

justacoolcat said...

Isn't it the best when they try to jump on something and miss or fail? The look of failure and humiliation on their furry little kitty faces is priceless. Are we evil?

Deb said...

cats torture us, so why not?

thanks Barb...just checking in and, as always, you've provided a much needed chuckle. Have been busy, so not much time to "visit"...things should be calming down soon.

:)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Niiiice, Beckeye! What are you like around babies, then?

We are evil, Just A which is what separates us from the apes. I do feel badly when an older car does the leap and miss thing, imagining myself having to order a wee wheelchair for the beast.

Good of you to come visiting, Deb. I know you've got your plate full right now. Hang in there, hon.

Evelyne said...

I guess that I could also be called an evil pet owner. But my cat loves the alarm clock buzzer it means that she will finally get some attention. And I like to put treats on their back or their head and look at them trying to find where it is...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Evelyne, I'm shocked! You seem so nice! But that is a great torture method. I laughed and laughed.

Hot Lemon said...

I don't know what the hell you wrote about, I'm still laffin' over the Dunecat...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I love that Dunecat macro, Hot Lemon. Cats really are born to be macros, aren't they?