I Fought the Felines …

and the felines won.

We made it to Florida safely. There are certain things I end up doing upon arrival because my wife’s parents aren’t as clean as they could be. I already cleared the lint trap on the dryer and removed stuff from the cat litter box. Cat owners, I don’t know how you stomach the cat box duties on a regular basis, but thanks for staying on top of it. We’re currently up watching tv as our bed sheets are in the washer. They reeked of cat piss and poo. Not that we don’t love cats and all, but when you’re pregnant the smell of cats can be too much to stomach. The house cleaner does show up tomorrow so this should improve the overall cleanliness level of their crib. (notes: while typing this entire post, Hudson, their cat kept ramming his nose into my forearms)

Our inflight movie was the recent Rocky Balboa flick. I was sort of hesitant to watch the movie, but was pleasantly surprised by the movie. The plot really isn’t about boxing more than it’s a relationship movie. I know when you’re on a plane, most movies seem much more captivating. Against all odds, this final Rocky flick faired pretty well.

I almost forgot to mention a woman a row behind us was actually in tears as our plane took off in Seattle early Thursday morning. She hasn’t flown since 1995 and is terrified of planes. Her dad was sitting next to me and his wife was next to their 25 year old daughter. I guess I just don’t get what’s so terrifying about airline travel. The tears streaking down her face almost made me cry.

I kind of feel like I’m at home blogging since I’m using my father-in-law’s MacBook computer. It’s very similar to the iBook of ours, with a nicer screen and a funkier keyboard. Oh, the power supply is a huge improvement over the one for our iBook.

It sounds like Friday will be all about spoiling the future granddaughter. It’s really nice to see how excited they are about the girl growing in my wife’s belly. Okay, enough nonsense for this post. Have a swell weekend!
TODAY’S RULED OUT BABY NAMES: Marriot, Delta, Beatrice, Fifi, Brenda, and Hariet.


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Seattle native, discovering life! I like ice cream, cold cereal, and The Amazing Race.
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48 Responses to I Fought the Felines …

  1. mez says:

    I saw Rocky recently and was also surprised. It wasn’t great but it was pretty good and hey..it’s Rocky, everyone loves Rocky!
    I’m a bit worried about the head-butting cat!

  2. kirk says:

    You can’t trust cat people. Wait a minute. I’m a cat person.
    I got Stranger than Fiction, Casino Royale and the unwatchable Night at the Museum. Rocky might be on the ride to Chicago.

  3. Amanda says:

    I’m glad you both got there safe and sound! And it sounds like Mrs. L will get properly spoiled by the soon-to-be grandparents.
    I hear you on the cat stuff. And I have a cat. I refuse to have my house smell like “cat.” She doesn’t get free reign of the house when we’re not home or in bed, so that helps.
    I loved Rocky Balboa and I even cried a little while watching it.
    Have a wonderful trip! Hopefully your cleaning duties are done now.

  4. Chris says:

    Make sure your wife stays away from the cat box – they are a no-no for pregnancy.
    I recently switched to using one of the automated cat boxes and they work quite well and require far less maintenance.
    Enjoy the restg of your trip and take some time for yourselves.

  5. Mone says:

    I dont like cats in houses. We have cats, duh, we are living at the farm over here, but they stay outside to catch some mouses.
    It gets to my stomach if the catlitter smells and the owners dont take good care of it, and I’m not pregnant. I could just puke from the stink.
    Enjoy your time 🙂

  6. justrun says:

    Eeek, that cat stuff has got to be challenging!
    I saw Dream Girls on my last flight. It was a good distraction from the snoring guy next to me.

  7. egan says:

    Mez – the head butting cat and I have a profound relationship. I have pictures to prove our love. Yeah, Rocky was a pleasant surprise. I have to give Stallon mad props.
    Kirk – that’s right, you’re a cat person. I think many that read my blog are cat folks. Since we don’t have any pets, it’s a bit of an adjustment.
    Amanda – do you as a cat owner think you house smells like a cat? I know many cat owners that don’t think their house smells like a cat and you walk in and it’s so overwhelming. Changing kitty litter is no fun. Don’t say anything, but I almost cried during some of the “son” scenes. I’ll keep you posted on the cleaning duties. Spoiling is a good thing.
    Chris- we’re acutely aware of how bad those boxes are for pregnant women. That’s why I had to clean it out. Fun times.
    Mone – yeah, the smell of litter boxes isn’t so appealing. I really don’t mind cats too much as a lot of the issues have more to do with overloaded litter boxes. We will enjoy.
    Justrun – we didn’t have any snorers thankfully. The guy next to me smelled like he chewed tobacco. You know, the mint smell doesn’t really cover it. I played too much baseball not to recognize that stuff. Meow.

  8. furiousball says:

    Be sure to keep your wife away from those cat boxes – toxoplasmosis is fo real.
    I love my cats, but yeah the cat box…not so much.

  9. Amanda says:

    Sometimes I do think it smells like a cat and we go into a frenzy to rid the house of the smell. Our allergies make us very sensitive to the smell and I’ve had people sans cats assure me that it doesn’t smell “cat-ish.” My SIL wouldn’t step foot in my house if it did smell, and since she has then I feel comforted that I’m not one of “those” people. Oh, and the “son” scenes were where I got teary-eyed, too. Got your speedo on yet?

  10. egan says:

    Furiousball – exactly, this is why I have been washing my hands over and over again. I had to clean the cat box because it was full and the cats decide to mark their territory anywhere else. I can’t blame the cats honestly.
    Amanda – I’m glad you don’t think it smells cat free. Your SIL is keeping it real so you don’t have to worry about us non-pet owners. Yep, the son scenes almost got me weepy.

  11. Tall Chick says:

    That stinks (ha!)about the reekiness. Blech! Though Hudson sounds like a friendly boy at least. >^_^< My in-laws' cat is the cat from hell. And you know how I love my pussies, so that's really saying something.

  12. Tall Chick says:

    Someone foced a bootleg DVD of Rocky on me but I’m kind of expecting it to look like Mystery Science Theatre 3000 so I haven’t watched it yet.

  13. egan says:

    Tall Chick – yes, I know how much you love the real pussies, meow. It’s not cats that kill people, it’s the owners.
    Tall Chick – bootleg movies suck ass. My brother gave me a Star Wars bootleg version once and it was unwatchable. Plus I don’t want to support that crap.

  14. Tall Chick says:

    Yeah, same here. A lot of work goes into making a film and they deserve the royalties!

  15. CSL says:

    I like cats, but I hate that cat smell houses seem to get. And I’m allergic, which doesn’t help. Hope you have a great day buying for daughter-to-be.

  16. Tall Chick says:

    I think one of my favourite baby accoutrements was our Boppy pillow. 🙂

  17. egan says:

    Tall Chick – glad you feel the same way. Especially with your little cameo appearance on that movie you showed us. When does that documentary flick come out?
    CSL – there seem to be many cat owners who are allergic to cats. I guess I don’t understand why someone would own a cat when allergic to them. I’m showing my true colors. Aw, daughter-to-be has a nice ring to it.
    Tall Chick – the Boppy and The Snoogle. Have you heard of the Snoogle? It rocks big time.

  18. Tall Chick says:

    Never heard of the Snoogle (which I Googled – cool!) though I had one of those looooong pillows and used it like that. Looks like Boppy has branched out, too. This is the kind of Boppy I meant.

  19. naynayfazz says:

    Cleaning cat poop isn’t great but I would much rather do that than clean up baby poop. Do you have cats?

  20. nessa says:

    I like cats, but stuff should not smell like cats or their piss.
    Have fun; )

  21. Amanda says:

    I would have never thought I would see Egan’s blog’s comments be overrun with comments about cats. How does this make you feel?
    I know I have a cat even though I have allergies because I need pets around me. When I’m upset or not feeling well, my cat just lays on my tummy and sleeps and purrs and there is something about that feeling that makes me calm down that a person can’t do. Does that make sense? Maybe not… Having a cat was a big concession for Mr. ARM, but now he’s possibly more attached to her than I am.

  22. meno says:

    I make my daughter clean the cat box, that’s why i had her.
    Plus they mostly go outside.

  23. caro says:

    Tell me about the cat poo…Wouache!(gross) To answer your question: Ti-Buck was my stepdad’s nickname.

  24. patches says:

    The concierge tends to litter chores daily. I’m not saying the house doesn’t smell like cats, but the Missus has gone to great lengths to prevent it. Private litterpan and dining facilities, weekly vacuuming of furniture.
    You are real trooper to clean after someone else’s pets when you don’t have any of your own. Mrs. Lessinges is a lucky lady.

  25. Amy says:

    Cat box duties aren’t that bad. My cat is 17 and I can only remember 2 or 3 times her crap made me gag. I clean her box at least twice a day and I use the clumping litter with deodorant. Believe me when I say the deodorant makes a HUGE difference. The part I can’t stand about cleaning up after my cat is when she pukes. Now that is torture!
    If I invite the two of you for a visit, will you clean my house too? My floors always need mopping, and I don’t like to dust or clean windows.

  26. Rachel says:

    I don’t ever scoop the cat little box. I get regular litter with the odor control. I line the litter box with a plastic liner and then put the litter in there. I change it 2 x’s per week. I close it like a trash bag and take it out.
    It is so worth the extra $5 per month for liners to not have to scoop that crap.
    Plus the regular litter is cheaper.
    I used to want the automatic litter box thing. I am over that now.
    Right now I would like to get one that is covered. Just have to remember to get it when I am at the store. I forget.
    Oh…when I was pregnant everything smelled disgusting. Garlic, watermelon, meat, any animal. Seriously, the only aisle in the store that I liked was the cleaning product aisle.
    But then I chuffed for 6 months. Lost 40 pounds which was great but being sick all day every day wore thin.

  27. Terrifying about air travel? You mean, aside for the possibility of being hijacked and flown into a building?

  28. egan says:

    Tall Chick – The Snoogle is truly cool. It’s great everywhere, the couch, the bed, in a MINI. Yes, we have registered for a Boppy. We may have picked one up today, I can’t remember.
    Naynayfazz – nope, I don’t have cats. My wife is highly allergic to them, but many of our friends do. At some point, you don’t have to clean up for a baby’s poop. Indoor cats, that’s another story.
    Nessa – can you tell me how to make that happen? I want to know how you don’t make things smell like a cat. Just wondering, is it really possible?
    Amanda – this is a very intriguing comment of yours. I get the comfort they provide, I really do. I guess if I was allergic to milk, I wouldn’t drink it. However, that’s not the same since we’re talking about an animal. Nah, I don’t mind chatting about cats for a post or two a year. Meow.
    Meno – no, not one of those outdoor cats that poops in our yard. Are you one of those cat owner’s that has no idea where its cat poops? I’m exercising restraint right now. I still think you’re swell.
    Caro – cat poop is lame and the piss is no better. Merci pour la clarification avec Ti-buck.
    Patches – I got to do what I can to keep the cats from relieving themselves on the guest bed. I guess you could say she’s lucky.
    Amy – see, there’s the difference. The in-laws here in Florida are not good at cleaning the cat box. In fact they aren’t good at cleaning at all. Therefore it’s ten times worse. Imagine a cat box that gets cleaned 3-5 times a month with two cats, then you might get the point. Keep in mind we never have to deal with pet droppings and that’s why it’s a bit worse. And then there’s the pregnancy thing where you can smell chocolate from eight miles away. I will gladly clean your house, if it’s needed. I might even do it in my Speedo.
    Rachel – ha, I love the pregnant olfactory comments. My wife already had a sensitive nose before pregnancy, now it’s even more tuned. Chuffed? What’s that? See you have good kitty litter box habits. Not everyone does.
    Malnurtured Snay – are you kidding me? Yes, those two incidents happen often. It’s much more dangerous to get in your car and drive down Interstate 83. Are you really worried something like that might happen while you’re on a plane? Huh.

  29. Katyc says:

    There exists a cat litter made out of recycled wood shavings and ever since we’ve used it our litter box has been incredibly smell free. This from a person who has dealt with litters all her life, trust me on this one – sans smell. I found this an amusing topic from someone about to be innundated with stinky diapers, say, oh for the next 10 years 😉

  30. egan says:

    Katyc – 10 years? What kid has dirty diapers for ten years or wears them for that long? I did see the wood shaving kitty litter at Whole Foods. You amuse me.

  31. Amanda says:

    We pet owners are just weird. Because I’m with you about the milk stuff (semi-lactose intolerant here…see why I can never eat as much ice cream as you???) and anything else one may be phsyically intolerant to. I’m allergic to smoke, so I make sure I stay away from cigarettes as much as possible and I sure as hell don’t smoke. But I take my allergy meds for my cat. I’m glad you don’t mind talking about kitties for a post….I’d stop if you didn’t like it.

  32. CSL says:

    Congratulations, Egan you’ve won a Thinking Blogger Award here (I know, you’re on vacation – but these things have thier own timetable.)

  33. CSL says:

    Hmm, didn’t seem to want to give the link, so I’ll out it in like this: http://csl-tangentialthinking.blogspot.com/2007/03/id-like-to-thank-my-co-stars-my.html

  34. logo™ says:

    I am a sympathy crier sometimesso Im glad she was not on my flight.
    Glad you are having a good time, well,the cat pee thing is not cool.
    My mum in law’s pad is like that, eow.
    Im about to sympathy cry for YOU now.

  35. Airam says:

    Hope you’re having fun! Sorry my comment isn’t much … my mind is mush.

  36. Katy says:

    Hm, just figured that you (or rather, the mme. ) would just keep pumping them out for awhile is all 😉

  37. The Grunt says:

    That’s what I got from Rocky Balboa as well. Not the best Rocky flick, but miles better than the latest ones prior.

  38. Pink says:

    fear of flying – well sometimes its just the fear of being trapped – claustrophobia or an add on to agoraphobia (the part about being trapped). With any phobia, I think its the fear that the fear is going to drive you crazy – that you’re going to lose control and so if one loses it and they’re trapped in a plane – there’s no escape.
    Then again…there’s also the fear of dying.
    Welcome to FL!
    (I cry when I leave Vancouver too)

  39. Amber says:

    Have a great time on vacation! 🙂
    PS: Fifi? I didn’t realize that was a name for a person. I was given an in-depth description of what a “fifi” is and how it’s used for masturbation purposes with men, haha. Probably a good thing you ruled that one out!

  40. Candy says:

    I found no nonsense in this post!

  41. Tall Chick says:

    You must be having fun. 🙂 So tell us all about it.
    I saw teeny tiny baby girl shoes today and had to resist the urge to buy them and send them to Baby LesSinges. ^_^

  42. egan says:

    Amanda – yeah, I definitely don’t mind talking about cats on my blog. They sure are cute and have provided me with plenty of entertainment while here in Florida. Don’t worry, I’ve been eating plenty of ice cream while here.
    CSL – thanks for the award. That was a very thoughtful and considerate post of yours. I like discovering new blogs. Florida says hello.
    CSL – I got the link and enjoyed the post very much. Thanks again for the award.
    Logo – yeah, sympathy crying over cat pee is totally acceptable. I hope this woman will conquer her fear of flying. It’s much more dangerous to get in your car each day. Cat pee stinks.
    Airam – I’m sure your mind is mush as you’ve been studying heaps for your little exam. Best of luck with all of that.
    Katy – well we’d like to adopt at least one child so that would dramatically cut down on diapers most likely. But yes, there could be one more child. Meow. It’s hard not to type meow with this post.
    The Grunt – I don’t think I’ve seen a Rocky movie since Ivan Drago. This one was good and showed some heart. It actually grows on you a bit.
    Pink – I see the trapped on a plane bit. I suppose if you’re highly claustrophobic that could complicate things. I guess my thing is it would be nice if she didn’t freak others out by her tears. Hey, are you currently in Florida?
    Amber – Fifi? Yes, can’t any name be used for a child? I mean really River, Dweezil, Moon Unit, Paris, Zsa Zsa, etc. I’ve never heard of this masturbation thing you speak of. I’m off to research this.
    Candy – ha, you’re very funny. (now clarify your comment)
    Tall Chick – we have loved the baby spoiling. It has been very cool so far. Damn, it’s very tough to avoid the cute baby gear.

  43. Candy says:

    Clarify? I was just being a brat because you said “Okay, enough nonsense for this post” and I had nothing worthwhile to say.
    So I’ll continue being a brat and make an emoticon: :p

  44. celeste says:

    aww, I feel for that poor girl. I hate flying, and always have to restrain myself from screaming “stop! let me off” mere seconds before take-off.

  45. egan says:

    Candy – aw, I see. I just wasn’t sure exactly where you were going with that comment. I’m learning to love emoticons.
    Celeste – hey, just curious what it is about flying that scares you the most Celeste. I want to get inside the mind of the woman that was on our flight. Thanks in advance for sharing.

  46. Cake Lady says:

    Fear of flying is just a control issue. I am a control freak and even though you don’t see the tears coming from my eyes, they are there in my heart. It pounds so hard during take off that I swear I could have a heart attack. I just know that if they would let me sit up there with the pilots, so I could see for myself what was going on. I’d be just fine.

  47. Tim says:

    Dude, fifi is my mom’s name! Well, it’s Phyllis, but she’s having the gandkids call her fifi.

  48. egan says:

    Cake Lady – so am I safe to assume you do all the driving when you go out? That’s a rather large control issue too. I think all those buttons in the cockpit might scare you even more.
    Tim – Fifi? Man, I guess it has to be a nickname to someone. It’s nice and easy for the grandkids to say.

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