Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Separated at birth?



I know, I know, it's a little far-fetched... but the association popped up immediately in my head. Must be the "proud-parent-syndrom", hehehe ;p

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Foggy



I had forgotten about this photo of Santa Monica beach taken back in May, from the wheel on the Pier... I love the foggy atmosphere and dull colors.

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Another cute puppeh


I've been taking pictures of dogs ready for adoption to help a local rescue group called Happy Ending Rescue. They fly dogs from dog farms (where they are raised for their meat) and shelters in South Korea, and bring them to California to find them good homes.

They happened to have the cutest, sweetest puppy in store this morning, so I thought I would show her off - let me introduce Creamy:



Creamy is looking for a good home to vent her puppy energy... one with another dog to pester would be perfect, but hey, she will study all reasonable offers :)





A shout-out to www.happyendingrescue.org!

Monday, September 01, 2008

The Cutest Dog in the Whole Wide World


I found out about this adorable creature completely by chance on Cute Overload the other day, and have been compulsively checking her happy owner's Flickr page ever since... I can truly say this is the snuggliest, cutest, most snorgleable pup I have ever seen.



How can you resist that fox-meets-puppy face? You can't, it's as simple as that. Bobisbob, her owner, is an awesome photographer too - I never get tired of his landscape and animal shots.



ME TOO WANT WANT WANT A FOX PUPPY! NOOOOOOW!



Now if you want to melt to goo, go check out Bobisbob's page http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobisbob


Pffrrrrrrrrrrt!

King of the Puppets



King Wicket and his loyal subjects.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Little Devil




Now, who chewed a hole through the bag of litter last night, and spilled it all over the place?
Who broke into the closet and stole the Da Bird toy, to dump it by the bed?
Who brings me a pillow every morning as a breakfast offering?
Who chewed through the bag of treats and scarfed them all up?

Not Chewie. Of course not. How could she?

Evening in the 'hood



K-town isn't all that bad when you look up instead of down...

California Love...



Spéciale dédicace Lucy in Paris :)

Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Zombies are taking over!



I feed them only the best, purest radioactive food.
Can you tell?

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Dare I...

... to post this impossibly long, but also impossibly uplifting text, that a dear friend just forwarded me?

Answer is: yes.
Those who, put off by the length, decide to ignore this, will miss out on a good dose of stark optimism and sound advice.
Those who feel brave enough to read on... let me know what you think!


www.tomkenyon.com

By Hathors, July 20, 2008 - Paros Island, Greece

We wish to discuss several aspects of human psychological response to the planetary and inter dimensional changes that are now taking place. Sensitive individuals are the most prone to these types of responses, yet they are also showing up for those who are spiritually unaware and primarily focused upon material reality.

What we are describing is a global sense of hopelessness, bordering on despair for some individuals; a sense that there is nothing that one can do to change the course of events. For some this leads to a type of depression, a lack of motivation; and that which gave life meaning, purpose and joy, now seems empty.
For others it is a sense of being extremely disconnected from their lives, as if they are watching a movie. They go through the motions of living a life, but their hearts are not in it. For others who are consciously connected to the web of life, the loss of species, the destruction of the eco-system is especially difficult to contend with. For those who are focused primarily upon their material reality, the 3-D life they live,these times are increasingly anxiety provoking for the financial concerns that we predicted some time ago are now upon you, and they will only worsen.
In addition, the evolutionary and catalytic waves from deep space that we have mentioned before continue to escalate. Those who attempt to control you through economics, politics and religion are finding it increasingly difficult, yet they are strengthening their efforts, and some individuals aware of these tensions feel caught in the middle.

For, indeed, from the standpoint of time and space, you are caught in the middle. You are caught in the middle of the tensions between evolution and devolution, spiritually speaking. You are at the center-point of time and space. This is an energetically intense place to be and from the standpoint of the soul, or the spark of consciousness that you are — your inter dimensional reality, or however you wish to describe this to yourself — these are potent, powerful times.

From our standpoint there is nothing that an individual can do to prevent the dissolution of that which needs to be dissolved. The planetary changes are upon you. If you are able to take collective and individual action, some of the more intense forms of destructive change can be mitigated or lessened. But some of them cannot be stopped, or to be more accurate, we would say that it is improbable.

Your opportunity as a soul — as a spiritual being living a human life — is to navigate through these changes in ways that strengthen you and lift you upward, even as those around you seem to spiral into negativity, despair and acting out of their self-destructiveness. As you look to the human collective and see the self destructiveness, the stubbornness to change, the tendency to stupidity, look also to yourself for these seeds are within you as well.

We have given previously our views of what your near future will unfold, and we shall not describe them again. You can look to the archives if you are interested. What we feel most important to convey at this time is how you must find the spiritual courage to rise up, as many around you seem to be falling. And by falling we mean specifically moving into lower states of spiritual quality.

How do you navigate your life through a sea that is filled with fear, hostility, paranoia, constraint, lies, and manipulation?

The journey of an Initiate, which is the path of living upward in consciousness, regardless of the spiritual lineage or ways of describing it, is quite simply the passage through the eye of a needle, or the eye of the storm.

Let us use the metaphor of hurricanes or cyclones — for they shall be increasing in number and intensity. If you are at the edge of the storm you are exposed to the
destructive power of the wind and water. But if you are in the eye of the storm, it is, paradoxically, calm. You can see the edge of the storm in a circle at the far horizon, but in the center, all is still and calm.

This center point of the storm is what you must find in yourself, from our perspective. This is the path of the Initiate, the spiritual master. There is no one who can teach you this. There is no one who can save you from the storms that
are upon you, and by this we mean both the external storms of your weather, your politics and your economics, as well as earth changes, but we also mean the internal storms, your psychological and emotional conflicts, as you live in the midst of a world that is dissolving into a new world that has not yet become. There is little solid ground here and such states of recognition are anxiety provoking for most humans.

Most of you have not learned how to dance with chaos in a gracious manner, but don't be concerned about this. For soon you shall have many dance lessons and opportunities to be at peace with the partner of chaos, the swirling uncertainty.

In these times it will be easier to surrender to the downward spiral than live upward. And yet, living upward in consciousness is why you are here in this time — from our perspective.

There is a battle taking place on earth for your very spirit, your heart and mind. We have talked before about the nature of this manipulation and so we need not discuss it here. Again, we refer you to the archives if you are so interested. The
essential point we wish to make here is that this is a time to rise upward in yourself, to take the high spiritual ground, to find in yourself the spiritual courage to not succumb to the downward spiral, to find a way to live upward in
yourself even in the midst of increasing chaos, difficulties and seeming disasters.

We say seeming disasters because interdimensionally, the events that take place in your life, such as catastrophes, storms, famine, loss of jobs, and so on, are multi-dimensional in nature. Certainly from the localized space of your being that is locked into time and space, your embodied self, these events are very difficult to deal with, and are catastrophes of varying degrees. But from the standpoint of your interdimensional self — your soul, the spark of consciousness, however you
wish to describe it — these events are opportunities for immense growth and acceleration of spiritual evolution.

It is not the situation that you find yourself in that binds you, it is how you view it that imprisons or frees you.

And so in whatever situations you may find yourself in the coming years, we say to you there are many doorways to freedom in consciousness. Some of these doorways will involve interacting with those around you in new ways — stepping out of the box of perception you have been sold.

Some of these doorways will be finding a common ground with those whom you might call your enemies. Some of these doors are personal and are simply the space of a new relationship between you and your interdimensional realities. Some of these doors will lead you into interaction with the problems of this earth, of humanity, discovering new ways to solve problems that are outside the constraints of your current thinking, and some of these doors will lead you beyond earth, into other
spiritual realities. The doors you choose lead you into new destinies.

If you continue to use the doors that have been given to you by
your culture through their lies and manipulation, you will participate in a vast catastrophe. But we wish you to understand clearly a phenomenon of creation. The doors you open will lead you to a destiny that is unique, even if many around you enter through other doorways. In other words, do not buy into the mass hypnosis of what door you should open and enter through.

What we mean by the door of mass hypnosis is that those who wish to control you through economics, politics and religion, do so through subtle and not so subtle suggestion. It is not for us to say to you which doors you should open, for that is your task as a spiritual master, but what we can say to you is the obvious.

Each door leads to a unique destination, or destiny, and you can choose doors that lead you into joy and happiness, even as others are choosing doors that lead them to despair and sadness. Again, it is not the situation that binds you; it is your perception of it.

Let us get a little more concrete here. Let us say that you have lost your job, the source of your income. This is a very challenging and anxiety-provoking situation. Panic is one of the doors that are available to you. Blame is another door that is
always available. Curiosity as to what might open next is also a door that is available to you. If you choose the door of curiosity, you open yourself to new possibilities. You will then have not shut your consciousness down into the lower vibrations of panic, anger and blame. They may surface from time to time, but if you keep your focus upon curiosity regarding what chaos will bring you next, you can discover new solutions to your problems in a much quicker way.

There is a tendency for human consciousness to repeat old patterns; this is based upon expectation, which is a form of memory rooted in the illusion of time, as you perceive it. It is possible to cut through your perception of time and accelerate to solutions to problems faster than would normally take place, but this is done through the door of consciousness that only you can open. It is done through both personal intent and action.

We realize that there are many levels of understanding on the part of those who read these words. The challenge for us is to communicate something that will be practical for all of those reading this. Some of you already know exactly what we are speaking to, and know that there are doors within you that you can open that will lead you to higher destinies, fast resolutions to problems without getting bogged down like many of those around you. Some of you think and feel that you do not have the right for happiness or freedom of mind and heart, while others are suffering and imprisoned. But we say to you that the greater service you can render to your follow humanity, is to free yourself from the imprisonment of limited consciousness, for then you can interact with others in new ways, and through those interactions new doors can reveal themselves.

And so when you find yourself disheartened, disillusioned, disconnected, and with no desire for your life, realize that you have simply wandered through one of the doors of your own consciousness, and that there are forces who celebrate your apathy, for then you are more easily controlled. In these moments of recognition that you are in a lower vibratory expression of your potential, seize the moment, step out of that doorway into another.

Now, the difficulties that some of you may be experiencing may seemingly preclude any choice in your outer reality, but we say to you that the power of choice resides within you, regardless of the conditions you find yourself in. In the most
difficult moments, when all doors seem closed to you, when there are no options seemingly available, we have a simple suggestion. It may sound trite and too simple, but it is simply a leverage point. For all that is required to change a situation is a small movement in consciousness, and then as you build upon this movement, vast powers within you are released. But until you have movement within you, of some kind, nothing can change.

And so this is our suggestion for how to create a small movement within you when everything else has failed. Even in the midst of personal torment, external difficulties, whatever presents itself to you as the difficulty, find something to
appreciate.

It might be as simple as that you can breathe, or if your breath is constrained, when you can take a breath, you appreciate the breath. Or it could be appreciating a color in the sky or something that made you laugh. What is important here is that
when all options are closed, if you find something to feel appreciation for, no matter how small, you have created a small movement in consciousness, and with that movement great things can unfold.

We sense that some of you will ride through these storms that are upon you, the winds of change, more gracefully than others. But even you, who consider yourselves to be spiritually evolved, may be challenged from time to time as the old world dissolves into something new. And we sense that some of you will be caught in the grips of the chaotic times, and it is our hope that you will recall this simple suggestion, and remember to find something to appreciate, and with that movement in
consciousness you will find new doors to open.

We hold in our hearts, our minds, a vision of great new realities for you and your human family. May it be so. May you make it so.

- If that's not inspiring, then I don't know what is ;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Inspiration...

For whomever feels overwhelmed, oppressed, depressed, tiny, stuck in a situation too big and too nasty for us small specks of dust... there is inspiration to be found.

This is a very uplifting and thought-provoking blog, with contributions from a bunch of very talented authors. I highly recommend it to treat acute cases of over-pessimism ;)

An extract to get started...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Monday, June 23, 2008

Attempts in black and white


Spent ten minutes lying down on the floor of my balcony bugging Mew and Chewie today... My neighbors must think I've finally lost it completely!



I'm pleased with the results, though :)



Yawning Central (i.e. You Boring Camera-Wielding Human)


I'm with you, girl!

This what Chewie thinks "helping your human focus on work" means... How am I supposed to refrain both from fondling that paw, and from grabbing my camera every two minutes to try and capture the cuteness?! Eh?!



Needless to say the translation didn't go too fast, that day :p

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Soon

Soon... I'll get my life back. Hopefully.
For now, all my free time is being consumed by my brain-hungry translation, and trying to deal with crazy California heat. Stupid state, I WANT RAIN! RAIN! RAIN! NOW!

No kitty pictures today. I have a few that might turn out neat, but I'm too pooped to put them on right now... so tomorrow or over the weekend.

Hope everyone is well and enjoying themselves.
Spéciale dédicace Ben: j'attends toujours ton démarrage de blog, de pied ferme!!

>..<

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Don't ask me...

... why cats are such weird animals.

Look at Mew. She looks perfectly normal, just yawning at the perspective of a very long day made of naps and fly-chasing and staring down other cats from the balcony. So normal.


But can a cat really be normal?
Nope.

Normal things cats do that humans find odd... the start of a very long series!!

Odd Behavior #1 : Biting your toenails.




With gusto. Repeatedly. Til human begins to feel worried and checks paws, expecting to find mangled stumps instead of perfectly normal toes.


Odd Behavior #2 : Chewing on windows.


Preferably freshly painted.
Vigorous and systematic shooing away was ignored, as were my numerous lectures on the toxicity of cheap paint used by cheap owner to resfresh this particular window. Luckily, the feline rebel consented to compromise and just rub against the paint without eating it. Phew.


To be continued... very soon!
Feel free to contribute ;)

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Non-cooperative cats


Chewie and Wicket have decided that passive resistance was the best weapon against their camera-wielding human... They now officially fall asleep as soon as they see the dreaded Nikon, and totally refuse to cooperate. From kitty to heap of soft, purring fur...



It's already hard to get good shots of a black cat in a dark apartment... Chewie is not making it any easier!!


- Hmmmm? Did you just say sum'fin?



Sunday, May 25, 2008

Just a teaser...



Haven't had much time to play with the camera lately... busy translating Grand Guignol plays into English... about thirty more to go! It's fun but very demanding...

So here's a picture of King Wicket of the Meatloaf, showing off his mane, and his ear-tufts.
This cat is the softest, purriest, and also heaviest living pillow we ever had :)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

A handshake of carbon monoxide

Been listening to oldies over the past few days, and it struck me that Let Down and No Surprises really are some of the saddest, most depressing songs Radiohead ever wrote... They still wring my insides every time I hear them. And I've been listening to them again and again and again lately. Ca fait du bien là où ça fait mal, comme un Synthol musical.

For those who have been living under a rock for a long time and would not know about these songs, here is a chance to catch up ;)

Let Down

Transport, motorways and tramlines,
Starting and then stopping,
Taking off and landing,
The emptiest of feelings,
Disappointed people, clinging on to bottles,
And when it comes it's so, so, disappointing.

Let down and hanging around,
Crushed like a bug in the ground.
Let down and hanging around.

Shell smashed, juices flowing, wings twitch, legs are going,
Don't get sentimental, it always ends up drivel.
One day, I'm gonna grow wings, a chemical reaction,
Hysterical and useless
Hysterical and let down and hanging around,
Crushed like a bug in the ground.
Let down and hanging around.
Let down, let down, let down.

You know, you know where you are with,
You know where you are with,
Floor collapsing, falling, bouncing back and one day,
I'm gonna grow wings, a chemical reaction,
Hysterical and useless
Hysterical and let down and hanging around,
Crushed like a bug in the ground.
Let down and hanging around.




No Surprises

A heart that's full up like a landfill,
A job that slowly kills you,
Bruises that won't heal.

You look so tired-unhappy,
Bring down the government,
They don't, they don't speak for us.

I'll take a quiet life,
A handshake of carbon monoxide,
With no alarms and no surprises,
No alarms and no surprises,
No alarms and no surprises,
Silent silence.

This is my final fit,
My final bellyache,
With no alarms and no surprises,
No alarms and no surprises,
No alarms and no surprises please.

Such a pretty house and such a pretty garden.
No alarms and no surprises,
No alarms and no surprises,
No alarms and no surprises please.



You guessed it, misery LOVES company...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Kitty cats - part I


So I'm back and still adjusting... feeling a little homesick, especially missing my darling little Assia... I apologize to all my dear friends back home whom I have left without any news at all. I just can't find it in me right now to communicate, just like I could not say goobye... living in denial, I know :/

On the bright side, the Fantastischen Vier have been very friendly ever since I came back, and are always happy to provide comic and purring relief whenever I'm home with them. So here goes for a few pics of the terror sisters:

Mew hears dead people...

Nomming the catnip mousie (cause for picture number one?!)

Entertaining Isis...

If cats had a myspace page...

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Assia


Voilà ce qui explique la raréfaction du temps passé dans la communauté virtuelle... je papouille, et promis la semaine prochaine je reviens un peu!

Saturday, April 05, 2008

New camera


I finally received my new camera, a Nikon D40 and its basic 18-55mm lens... I haven't had much time to play with it yet, but I already love the couple of test shots I took of Isis and Mew.


Can't wait to try it out more :)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Yummy yummy in your tummy (not mine!)

I was reminded of this wonderful video on a French forum, and now I feel obligated to post it... for all the junk food fans (if there are any left):



MIAM!

Iron and Wine

Just thought I would mention one of my favorite artists, for once: Sam Beam, the man behind Iron and Wine. I have been listening to his stuff so much lately, and it's so beautiful, it feels unfair not to share with those of you who don't know about him yet! ;)

Sam Beam is a true gentle soul, a whisper in your ear; a soft, mellow voice and a gorgeous acoustic guitar. Words of hope and melancholy, of the beauty of simple things. So uplifting, yet so poignant. You finish an album with the thought "wow, we need more people like him"...

He has a new album out, called The Shepherd Dog, but I wanted to post the lyrics to one of my favorite songs of his, from the album Our Endless Numbered Days.


- Passing Afternoon -

There are times that walk from you like some passing afternoon
Summer warmed the open window of her honeymoon
And she chose a yard to burn but the ground remembers her
Wooden spoons, her children stir her Bougainvillea blooms

There are things that drift away like our endless, numbered days
Autumn blew the quilt right off the perfect bed she made
And she's chosen to believe in the hymns her mother sings
Sunday pulls its children from their piles of fallen leaves

There are sailing ships that pass all our bodies in the grass
Springtime calls her children until she lets them go at last
And she's chosen where to be, though she's lost her wedding ring
Somewhere near her misplaced jar of Bougainvillea seeds

There are things we can't recall,
Blind as night that finds us all,
Winter tucks her children in, her fragile china dolls
But my hands remember hers, rolling around the shaded ferns
Naked arms, her secrets still like songs I'd never learned

There are names across the sea, only now I do believe
Sometimes, with the window closed, she'll sit and think of me
But she'll mend his tattered clothes and they'll kiss as if they know
A baby sleeps in all our bones, so scared to be alone...

- Iron and Wine -

http://www.ironandwine.com/
http://www.myspace.com/ironandwine

Go check him out! Lots of live music available for download!

(photo from the wonderful lyrics website www.alwaysontherun.net)

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Scottish Wildcats

Click here to visit the Scottish Wildcat Association website


A fascinating species, on the verge of extinction... The website is very instructive, and the cats truly gorgeous and awe-some.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Chomp chomp chomp





I wish I could make longer videos with my crappy little camera... I could have had one instead of those two.

Anyhow... whoever said cats should eat kibble?!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Cadeau de Noyel



Magnifique cadeau de ma Môman pour Noyel, fraîchement arrivé de ma Normandie natale... j'aime!!!


J'ai dû entendre cette phrase au moins 100 milliards de fois au cours des dernières 28 années ;)

Allez donc visiter ce site somme toute bien sympathique... une initiative rigolote d'une bande de Normands: http://www.heula.fr/

Friday, January 04, 2008

The Holidays are over...



Chewie finds it very hard to be back to work.
Poor thing...
*sigh*
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