Monday, January 30, 2012

01.29.12 there's a new cook in the kitchen

Cat reveals her homemade hot pockets to a proud and excited papa. They are biscuits filled with ham and cheese. And for breakfast she made eggs in a nest.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

01.25.12 my kind of assignment

I get cold easily so I was thrilled when I walked into this hot yoga class and the instructor said, "You're gonna get hot." It felt like a sauna and even the floor was heated. It was amazing.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

01.24.12 film paper

I can't believe I haven't blogged about this until now. It's a toilet paper (or film paper) holder given to me at Christmas by Denise.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

01.22.12 lunchbox

I packed my baby's lunchbox with some Indian leftovers from fabulous meals he has cooked over the past few days: chicken makhani, biryani, potatoes and shortbread.

01.21.12 Quelf

Amy broke her concentration and lost a staring contest with Jill while playing a strange game called Quelf.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

01.20.12 Blixie's pawprints

Received this in the mail from Blixie's vet with a sweet card signed by the entire staff.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

01.18.12 I miss my girl

Still feeling a little blech so I'm getting in some couch time. I wish I was cuddling with my Blixie while eating a Reese's.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

01.17.12 a sinus clearer

Pho is my chicken soup when I'm feeling kinda sick.

01.16.12 Remembering the victims

"I thought we were in hell," Sonya M. House told me. The elderly woman was recalling the January 1965 morning when she was at home when a KC135 Air Refueling Tanker nose-dived into her neighborhood. She lives in the same house that narrowly escaped the plane's path. Each year on January 16 a ceremony is held to remember all 30 victims killed in the plane and on the ground.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

01.15.11 playground weather in January

Had fun swinging around like monkeys.

01.14.12 It's a sign

I had a need to hug a kitten so I headed over to the Kansas Humane Society. It was a sweet surprise to find out that the kitties were living in a room named after my friend Diane Lewis.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

01.13.12 the best cat ever made

We laid our beautiful baby to rest at the Bartlett Arboretum and then toasted her with this crazy bottle of Riesling. She was the best.

Here's her life story and a link to pictures of her through the years.

Blixie Green was one cool cat. She was outgoing and greeted most with sweet (and sometimes stinky) sandpapery kisses. People felt special around her. She lit up every room she ever walked into (all five of them in her house).

Blixie was born in 1998 to a single mom in Chattanooga, Tenn. She spent the first six weeks of her life living with her mom and five siblings in a crowded and smelly newspaper-lined cardboard box. She never met her biological father but she thinks his name might’ve been Tom.

Blixie’s biological mom wanted a better life for her baby and gave her up for adoption on Valentine’s Day of that year. She was delivered to the newsroom of The Chattanooga Times and Jaime Green (then Jaime Oppenheimer) immediately fell in love.

It was a Times copy editor who helped name the kitten. “What is this blix I hear you photographers talk about all the time?” Dan Alderman said. “I’ve always thought that would be a great name for a pet.”

Blix is a bright purple chemical used to process films in the days before digital photography. The name stuck and it caught on. Within a week, two other photographers at the paper adopted animals they named Blix.

A year later when the newspaper closed its doors, a new one opened in Kansas. Blixie loved the idea of her mom working at a place named after a bird and was excited about finally meeting her cousin Bentley Neil.

Blixie loved Kansas. She could see forever on the Plains and did so once on the drive into town. She loved the people. She loved the cats a little less. Bentley turned out to be like a mean older brother, always hissing and whining and telling her to get out of his room.

Blixie began studying the culinary arts in her teenage years. Unlike most cats she was and adventurous eater and loved chickpeas, apples and green beans. In 2004 she hosted a chili cook-off in her home. She made T-shirts with her pretty face and bright blues eyes on the front and a quote from her on the back that read, “I like it spicy!” Years later she had a cameo in a video on how to make a beer butt duck – her favorite bird to eat.

She was also the subject of a song written and recorded by The Oppenheimer Bombshells, a pop punk girl group consisting of sisters Lara and Jaime Oppenheimer. “Blixie Lou” was inspired by her pizzazz for life.

Blixie’s world was changed forever on January 3, 2007 when Carter Green came into her life. A few years later he became her papa when he married her mama. He understood her in a way that no other human had before. He says it’s because he speaks cat and believes he might’ve been a cat in another lifetime.

Carter studied Blixie’s speech patterns and the two talked frequently. He started giving her singing lessons after learning that she could sing on-pitch. Another one of their favorite things to do was to walk around the house together with her perched on his shoulder like a bird. In a very convincing pirate accent Carter would say, “ARRRRRRRRR. This be me attack cat!”

When she wasn’t cooking, singing or chatting, she was sleeping. She loved sleeping in boxes, on bags, under blankets and, at night with her parents where she liked to sleep on their heads.

“She was just the best cat ever made,” her mother Jaime Green said. “Carter and I would hold her and wonder aloud how we ever got so lucky to have her in our lives.”

Blixie died peacefully on Friday morning and was buried at the Bartlett Arboretum in Belle Plaine, Kansas. Her family plans to have a stone inscribed with the words, “Blixie – The Best Cat Ever Made.”

Thursday, January 12, 2012

01.12.12 a new view

Courtesy of the very windy Wednesday night we had in Wichita.

01.11.12 Sister Sam

This beautiful bonafide therapy dog accompanied us during our visit with a group of seniors (and a few juniors) at the library. We were talking about a place she knows well, the Bartlett Arboretum.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

01.10.12 the best kitty ever

My sweet baby Blixie isn't doing well and her doctor told us today that she's not long for this world. I'm so happy that I've been lucky enough to share a life with her for the past 14 years.

01.09.12 school lunch

It doesn't look terrible.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

01.08.12 snuggin' with my Blixie

Snugging and learning a little more about my camera phone. I found out that the rear facing camera is far inferior to the front facing one. The quality of this photo is terrible but it's abundantly clear that I love my Blixie.

01.07.12 taking a hot tub

A beautiful January day. This weird weather is messing with my psyche.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

01.05.12 Imelda Marcos' long lost daughter

Photographed my friend Sierra with her ginormous shoe collection. It's hard to believe, but this is only a third of the entire lot. Look for a pic of the entire collection in next week's Eagle.

Monday, January 2, 2012

01.02.12 backyard sunset

Spent the day cleaning, organizing, editing wedding photographs and cleaning some more. Then I realized I hadn't shot anything so I stepped outside just in time to see a nice sunset.