To Sleep Alone / Dormir Solo

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NOT ONLY DOESN’T Moose (the cat) like to sleep alone, he doesn’t even like to BE alone. When we’re not home, he probably drives his brother, Dudo, crazy (we hear it often enough when we ARE home and have stopped paying attention to him). Dudo is a bit more independent.

If we’re in the living room, Moose is in the living room. Kitchen or dining room, same thing. If I’m on the terrace taking pictures, Moose is right by my side. When we’re in our separate offices on opposite sides of the apartment, he’s back and forth until he wears himself out. When he finally settles down, it’s halfway between so he can monitor us both. And he always greets us at the door when we return home.

At night he drives us crazy until we get in bed. And then he’s in heaven. He’ll spend most of the night crushed against San Geraldo. If SG moves, so does Moose. On rare occasions he’ll settle next to me, but I move too much. San Geraldo will lie awake for hours to avoid disturbing Moose.

I just sat on the kitchen floor next to Moose and petted him while he ate. He commands me and, yes, I’m trained. He’s now finally in bed for a siesta with San Geraldo — after checking with me twice to see if I would join them.

San Geraldo is tucked under the white comforter alongside Moose; those photos were all taken with flash in the dead of night. And that’s me almost out of the pink Calvin Klein briefs; they came in a multi-pack, so I wear them. But not usually on days when anyone but San Geraldo might see me in them.

Click the images to get closer to Moose. He’ll be so grateful.

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A MOOSE (EL gato) no solo le gusta dormir solo, ni siquiera le gusta ESTAR solo. Cuando no estamos en casa, probablemente vuelva loco a su hermano Dudo (lo escuchamos con bastante frecuencia cuando estamos en casa y hemos dejado de prestarle atención). Dudo es un poco más independiente.

Si estamos en la sala de estar, Moose está en la sala de estar. Cocina o comedor, lo mismo. Si estoy en la terraza haciendo fotos, Moose está a mi lado. Cuando estamos en nuestras oficinas separadas en lados opuestos del apartamento, él va y viene hasta que se agota. Cuando finalmente se tranquiliza, está a medio camino para poder vigilarnos a los dos. Y siempre nos saluda en la puerta cuando volvemos a casa.

Por la noche nos vuelve locos hasta que nos acostamos. Y luego está en el cielo. Pasará la mayor parte de la noche aplastado contra San Geraldo. Si SG se mueve, también lo hace Moose. En raras ocasiones se instalará a mi lado, pero me muevo demasiado. San Geraldo permanecerá despierto durante horas para evitar molestar a Moose.

Me senté en el suelo de la cocina al lado de Moose y lo acaricié mientras comía. Él me ordena y, sí, estoy entrenado. Y ahora finalmente está en la cama para una siesta con San Geraldo, después de consultar conmigo dos veces para ver si me uniría a ellos.

San Geraldo está escondido debajo del edredón blanco junto a Moose; esas fotos fueron tomadas con flash en plena noche. Y soy yo casi sin las braguitas rosas de Calvin Klein; vinieron en un paquete múltiple, así que los uso. Pero generalmente no en los días en que cualquiera que no sea San Geraldo podría verme en ellos.

Haz clic en las imágenes para acercarse a Moose. Él estará muy agradecido.

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Too Many Cooks

I’ve been at it again. Cooking almost every day now. San Geraldo, not to be outdone, cooked up a big pot of chili while also baking four loaves of Brown Sugar Banana-Date Bread. Show off!

I had to clean up after us both. Take a look at the photos and tell me who YOU’D rather clean up after. (I’m not asking who you’d rather have cook for you!)

Chef San Geraldo

I FORGOT TO TAKE A PICTURE OF THE OTHER (EQUALLY BAD) HALF OF THE KITCHEN
THE FIRST TIME I’VE EVER HAD TO WASH A CANDLE.
(“SOMEONE” MIGHT HAVE CONSIDERED MOVING IT BEFORE HE COOKED.)

Chef Mitchell

THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN COOKING WITH EVERY DAY.
BELGIAN CHOCOLATE PROTEIN POWDER.
THIS IS THE MESS I MAKE.

Click here to see the complete, page-long recipe for San Geraldo’s mess (the banana-date bread, not the chili). See below for my neat and complete recipe.

Mitchell-is-Moving’s Super-Delicious Braun-Blended Gourmet Belgian-Chocolate–Flavoured Whey Concentrate Protein Shake

Step 1: Mix 1 scoop of protein powder with 200ml (6.7628 US fluid ounces) of semi-skimmed milk (or water).

Don’t make it easy for the clean-up woman (or man)…

Kid Brother CatSkype

Ah, our brilliant cats. When Dudo and Moose see me setting up my laptop computer for Skype, they know I’ll be talking with Uncle Chuck (The Kid Brother). And they know that now when I talk with Uncle Chuck, they get their treats. I place the laptop on the kitchen floor so The Kid Brother can visit with the boys while they eat. He loves it.

(CLICK ANY IMAGE TO FEEL THE LOVE.)

At first the cats were a bit nervous about someone inside that box talking directly to them. Now, they know the presence of Uncle Chuck means good things are coming their way. Moose peeks at the screen before turning his back to eat. Dudo checks in regularly and then, when he’s finished, steps in for a closer look.

MOOSE (FOREGROUND) EATS AND RUNS.
BEFORE LICKING UP THE FINAL BITS, DUDO STEPS OVER TO SAY “GRACIAS.”

Uncle Chuck doesn’t let me move the laptop until the cats are done and gone. Then he’s willing to talk to me again… But mostly about the cats.