I’m sorry, but not surprised, to inform you that we will be more or less bad bloggers from now on and until Mom has survived the Exam Season. We need her for computer access and her photography skills (it’s hard to snap the picture and be in it all at once, at least without opposable thumbs). We’ll probably do the occational post and comment, and we’ll read quite a few blogs when Mom needs a break. We just won’t be very reliable and will seem absent. Mom will have exams on June 3, 4 and 8. Two exams will be on the 8th, actually. And she’ll have to write and hand in another paper that is part of her grade and hand it in by the 3rd as well. So she’ll be a leeetle bit busy. But we’ll be back.
We’ll do plenty of snoopervising Mom (and each other).
The cat tree has a really good vantage point even if I don’t manage to climb all the way to the top.
Mom had to work yesterday, but today she’s just going to stay home! Yay! It’s also nice and sunny, allthough there seems to be clouds gathering so perhaps we get some rain later. (A nice cooling rain wouldn’t be a bad thing, it’s gotten warm here. Fast!)
Here’s a little to cheer up your Thursday! And since there’s nothing other than “aww’s” that go along with these pictures and Mom and I are in translator mode why not tell you that the Norwegian word for Thursday is torsdag. Tor = Thor, the norse god s=the possessive s and dag = day which means that according to its name today is Thor’s day.
Today we are a tired bunch. Mom’s been trying to write her theoretical translation essay. She’s been able to squeeze out about 1500 semi-coherent words and is giving up for now. The theoretical part only counts 30% so why does it have to be so much harder? BOL! I’ve been helping all I can muster of course, stepping on her books, taking a walk on the keyboard, whining to go for walks, demanding food, looking unhappy when all I got was kibble? (I cannot understand why the lady still tries to make me eat meat flavored corn flakes from time to time! She mumbles stuff about having to eat what we’ve got left.) You get the idea…
Last night she was so tired she was in bed just after 8 PM and slept to 9AM today (not counting two trips to settle the cats fighting around midnight. Not bad fighting, really, she just didn’t want any kind of fight of play fight while Hyssy’s cuts were so fresh), wonder if she’ll last longer tonight. Hee hee hee..
First of all! We’re so touched and thankful for all the offers to help Mom! The blogosphere really is the best. She just got her assignment a couple of hours ago and is about to start writing. She took Hyssy to the vet today to get his man-parts cut off. Poor guy. He’s all wobbly on his feet and sleepy from the surgery. Virus didn’t like him at all when he got back and hissed and growled at him. Please keep your fingers crossed that he gets a grip and treats the poor little guy better once he wakes up properly! Mom’s locked him in his carrier to sleep off the drugs so he’s comfy for now.
I gotta go help Mom, perhaps we’ll post some pictures of the little surgery victim later today.
Edit: Here are a couple of pix! When you’re all knocked out from the drugs it’s nice to have a warm brudder to sleep next to.
Hi guys! Today is our Constitution Day! So we’re celebrating wearing our flag ribbon. Actually we’re just relaxing today and won’t be doing anything furry exciting.
On a completely different note. Mom is going to write a very important paper this week and wondered if any of our so called “native speakers” of American English would concider giving her a hand and reading through her translation (on Tuesday or Wednesday)? It’ll be 1-2 pages so nothing big, mainly to see if anything isn’t making sense. If you’re willing to help please e-mail her at aneATwhipmopsDOTnet (just replace with the apropriate symbols) or leave a comment with your e-mail addy.
We really have been pretty much MIA lately, at least partly because we’ve had some Internet Troubles. And Mom had another essay to hand in yesterday so not much time to play with the computer and wires hoping to fix it. But looks like she fixed it now. Paws crossed.
We’ve got some silly and yummy stuff to share with you for later. But first here’s the reciepe for what Mom made as a treat for herself and auntie Anna today. They had Thai curry (with free range chicken) and brown rice and then Lemon-poppyseed cupcakes. They are furry yummy. Since there were no chocolate I got to taste – so this I know for sure.
Here’s the recipe if anyone wants to try. They are simple and yummy. Mom doesn’t bother with the frosting. She’s not to big on frosting (or dressings or sauces or.. see a pattern here?), but she made it once and it tastes nice and tangy. It’s from the BBC Good Food magazine and you can see it with the furry cute picture and efurrything here: http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/470636/lemon-and-poppyseed-cupcakes
Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with cupcake or muffin cases. Mix the flour, sugar, lemon zest and poppy seeds together in a large mixing bowl. Beat the eggs into the yogurt, then tip this into the dry ingredients with the melted butter. Mix together with a wooden spoon or whisk until lump-free, then divide between the cases. Bake for 20-22 mins until a skewer poked in comes out clean – the cakes will be quite pale on top still. Cool for 5 mins in the tin, then carefully lift onto a wire rack to finish cooling.
To ice, beat the softened butter until really soft in a large bowl, then gradually beat in the icing sugar and lemon juice. Stir in enough food colouring for a pale lemon colour, then spoon the icing into a piping bag with a large star nozzle.
Ice one cake at a time, holding the piping bag almost upright with the nozzle about 1cm from the surface of the cake. Pipe one spiral of icing around the edge, then pause to break the flow before moving the nozzle towards the centre slightly and piping a second, smaller spiral that continues until there are no gaps in the centre. Slightly ‘dot’ the nozzle into the icing as you stop squeezing to finish neatly. Repeat to cover all the cakes, then top with sugar decorations or scatter with sprinkles.
Oh – and let us not forget a picture of ME to make your Friday perfect.
I can help with the baking, too!
The downside is that afterwards you have to take a shower…