Kid and Her Kitten

20150711_141237The older Lucy get the harder it is to find things we have in common.  Don’t get me wrong, we still have fun, but she is finding her own interests… and they are not always in line with Daddy’s.   When I was offered the opportunity to blog about Morris The Cat  I thought it would be a great opportunity to chat with Lucy about something she likes… Cats!  I have never been a cat person (not only am I not a huge fan, but I’m allergic), but Lucy loves them and she has one at her Mom’s house.

First, I had to explain who “Morris The Cat” was to an 11 year old…  Their website describes him as:

Morris the Cat is known throughout the world as the star of over fifty 9Lives cat food commercials from the 1970s up through today. He gained even greater notoriety when he became an advo-cat for kitty adoptions with his “Million Cat Rescue” initiative, and just this year, he took a trip to South by Southwest as a feline technology correspondent.

I told her he was a famous orange cat from cat food commercials when I was her age.

The idea is for bloggers to post how they and their cats relax… I relax by hanging out with my kids, but I was curious how Lucy and her kitty relax.  After a little bit of confusion as to why a 40 year old cat would care how she relaxed I got some answers from her.  She said that they liked to lounge together and watch TV (which seems pretty relaxing) and that she likes to play “Cat Fishing” (Now this one seemed a little less relaxing)… She takes a stick with a feather attached to a string and tries to “catch” her kitty.

The point to all of this is that 9Lives wants you to know this about Morris:

It’s about enjoying the simple pleasures that let me live well—and helping others to do the same. You may not know this but I was actually a rescue cat in Chicago before I was ‘discovered.’ This year, with your support, I’m donating a million meals to the ASPCA. Every time you tweet using #MorrisFeeds I’ll donate a bowl of 9Lives to a kitty in need. And I haven’t forgotten about my human fans: Go to for a chance to win $300 towards a relaxing getaway… You deserve it!

But beyond the plug, it was a nice opportunity to have a fun conversation with Lucy about a topic she truly enjoys… and I did find out what “Cat Fishing” is! ;)


Irvine Meadows in the rain

Irvine Meadows in the rain

Sunday night my Sister and I tried to go see Third Eye Blind at Irvine Meadows… “Tried” being the operative word!  From what I understand it has happened in over 20 years, the show was rained out.  It was pretty incredible to see the kind of storm we had over the weekend in July… It was a good storm even by normal rainy season standards.  I’m bummed I didn’t get to see the concert…  But I’m sure I’ll have a chance to see Third Eye Blind again, a storm like that in Southern California in July maybe not.

And speaking of music, here’s what I’m digging this week:

Good Old War – “Tell Me What You Want From Me”

Catfish and the Bottlemen – “Cocoon”

Frank Turner – “The Next Storm”

Rock On,  Jack

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