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Cat Attack!

Ready for the onslaught? I love our kitties!

Haha – We stuck a dangle-feather-toy on the window with a suction cup and the ferocious OneTwo ripped it down in a matter of seconds. Rawrrrrrr! What a tough lil Mama’s Boy he is.

Hmm, I just realized that most of these photos are of OneTwo. ThreeFour, we need more pics of you! He’s a bit more independent than OneTwo, but he still needs his lovins, and he can be quite photogenic. Let me dig up an old photo…

Aw, there’s my handsome little man. He loves looking out the window so much that if we don’t keep at least one of the blinds raised slightly, he will climb through them so he can have an unobstructed view. At our old place, we had plastic taped over most of the windows, and he would chew/claw a corner open so that he could hop behind it and sit on the window sill, happy as a clam.

Okay, sorry to those of you out there who don’t like cats. Maybe now you do! Honestly, I was NOT a cat person until I moved in with these guys. They’ve certainly won me over. More than that, really. I just love them to pieces and I can’t imagine our little family without them.

Mi Barrio Mexican Cantina/Restaurant

Mi Barrio Mexican Cantina in Grant Park, on Memorial Ave., across from Oakland Cemetery and down the street from Six Feet Under – truly has some of the best, home-made/authentic SouthWest Mexican food in Atlanta. The GOOD stuff that you would have at any family gathering if youhave any hispanicheritage in ya,and live in Arizona, New Mexico or Texas. Well – actually what you have here is a better version of the good junk you can get at any of the ‘-Bertos’*Mexican food shacks back in Arizona.

And the rambling begins.

If you have only one cat, I kind of understand letting it go out and about outdoors. Especially if you’re not home all day, or just too busy to hang out with your cat all day. It kind of comes back to having only one pet (cat or dog) that you leave at home all day alone. It’s just kind of sad. Especially when you could get two and then they could at least entertain each other when they wanted to, as opposed to one pet just zoning out on nothing – unless they actually like to be completely alone. I just think about if we only had one cat and not two – but I’m just going on about nothing really because some pets, just like people, want to live alone.

But for the sociable ones, like our cats – being alone all the time would suck. Especially since our cats actually like each other (most of the time) and play and fight and sleep next to/on top of each other/with us. But what am I going on about? I don’t know, I’m just waiting for the laundry to finish.

Warm, golden chips + good salsa are a requirement for a good Mexican restaurant right? – even if we try to not eat them – when you get a bad set of chips or salsa before you meal, it just starts everything off on the wrong foot.

I know we mention some blog(gers) quite regularly, so I figure today I’ll mention our friend YogaGirl! She used to work hardkore in a lab and then she started teaching yoga/fitness part time and then she quit her lab job and became a master instructor of all things fitness-class. I ‘met’ her while she still lived in Houston and then she moved to Oregon a few years ago with her husband where they do A LOT of house remodeling – so much so that her blog is about half fitness and then half HGTV. Still. I’ve known her since back when I had a blog @, and then through all of my different incarnations of MarkRoX. Fortunately, she’s relatively slow to update her links and she kept me listed during the months(years) where I would stop blogging and just kind of do nothing online or off. (Is there life offline?)

So. I’ve been in school for a while now (this round) and I’ve been thinking about the whole idea of pulling an ‘all-nighter’ and how, I haven’t done one of those this time around. I mean, sure I’ll stay up late to finish a paper, or the ‘participation posts’ (it’s online school – and um, well, it’s at least a degree) but I haven’t had to pull an all-nighter. I suppose that’s because I also don’t have real tests. They’re all take home. So there’s no need to really ‘study’ in the same manner. And even then, everything else? It’s just measuring the hit I’ll take (10 points off for each day late) and how much I’d rather be sleeping – mostly when it gets past midnight, sleeping is worth more since I still have to go to work the next morning.

My Chimichanga (and I know, they don’t really have these things in Mexico – but thank god they do in the border states – because damn, a fried burrito? Genius.

I LOVE the fact that I finally bought a replacement laptop battery for my larger HP laptop – now it functions as a laptop again and I can take it places since the battery holds a charge now. Now if I could only get the USB ports repaired and actually connect things to it…

*-Bertos’ mexican food shacks are these things we have in Arizona where basically, you take some sort of small rundown food spot (often times in a strip mall) – add a window for people to walk up or drive up to and order – and just keep it open 24 hours day, serving the largest burritos possible and other magical mexican foods back in the hole of a kitchen that barely passes the health inspections – and the food is probably better for it. Of course, you don’t have to listen to us, remember we LOVE street food and everything that that entails (the mystery, the dirty, and the fact that many people won’t touch the stuff.) Oh, and they all have a naming convention of where, you can choose anything you want in front of the ‘Bertos part, but you MUST have the Bertos in the name. Some examples are FiliBertos, RigoBertos, JuanoBertos, MarkRoXBertos…

We have boxes, and now we’re fighting the urge to just let a Sunday afternoon slowly ease away like it should – without too much trouble or work… but we all know that’s not what we should do. So. Like the list has been saying to us for the past week – Laundry, Packing, Cleaning, Packing, Homework, Packing.

Monday Night Genius (meandering)

So while Leah is at the hospital waiting for her mother to get out of knee surgery and generally making sure she’s alright – I’m at home – or rather, I’m at Dancing Goats Coffee bar just around the corner from our house.

It’s too hot in our house to really stay there (unless I wanna hangout all night in the bedroom – but there’s no cable tv in there) so I’m out and about for a quick hour to cool off before I get back and hangout with One-Two and Three-Four.

Plus, I made this genius break through in some production metrics/trend forecasts that I’m building – so I feel all genius now – but that’s one of things I really like about my job – they let me make these things that allow me to feel genius (even if they’re actually elementary concepts in my statistics class – but the application to real life is sometimes trickier than text book.

Yesterday, we had a good Sunday morning breakfast on the patio of this place:

It’s actually across the street from where I sit now at Dancing Goats and just next door to Watershed. But we went there for one reason and one reason alone – they have beignets. Again, there are a few places here in Atlanta that do a decent job of making them while there are none in Phoenix (I’ll stop bashing the food scene in Phoenix someday – I will…)

Everyone keeps saying they’re like square donuts…but they’re better. They look like this:

Well, that’s what they look like after I bite into one. They actually looked like this on the plate:

According to Leah, these were pretty good beignets – that’s chocolate sauce there, but just think if they had Nutella! That would’ve rocked even more – but no.

We also had a crepe/omlette which was quite nice – and even though clouds started rolling in – it didn’t start raining so they kept it a little cooler than it otherwise would have been. Everyone that morning was out on the tiny patio with us, watching the people walk by with their dogs.

No, we have a question for anyone in Atlanta out there reading this (come on! both of you!) – we always see a huge line outside of Taqueria Del Sol – and the place isn’t small so there’s a good amount of seating, but people STILL pack this place and line up outside – why? We’ve seen the menu and it’s… alright, it doesn’t even really have that many options. What’s so great about this small chain of mexican restaurants?

Oh. Last night we also met up with Leah’s friend Lauren – she’s the Maid of Honor in our wedding and we got together to go over wedding stuff like dresses and junk – so you know I was totally, totally… semi bored.

See how intensely they’re studying that wedding magazine? Ha! Well. It was still nice to see Lauren (she lives up in the crazy city of Baltimore) ’cause she’s quite awesome – like all of our friends that we hang out with.

And still – new class starts tomorrow, more school, and I think I’m going to need to double up my schedule so I can finish sooner. Couple that with my semi-lousy attempts at learning Chinese + Business Analysis junk I’m trying to learn for work + moving + working out (so i don’t get huge from all of this food we keep taking pictures of) + saving money… and ummm… well at least we take lots of pictures so that we can remember everything we’re doing.

Actually – we’ll be honest with you… WE LOVEOUR BLOG. Seriously. We’re this blog’s biggest fans! Every morning it’s like… let’s update ourselves on our own lives ’cause man, we do fun things! – and I don’t always remember what we did until I check our blog and it REMINDS us! You’d think that it wasn’t US who was doing all this stuff.

But it IS nice to have even the small post with the photos – because I have hundreds of photos that I rarely look at in the files on my computer and for many of them, I don’t get the same feeling/experience/nostalgia as I do from even the short time that we’ve been posting on here… hey, it’s kind of like that effect that you get from having a j0urnal eh?

Brilliant. AND we even post practically everyday – much to the dismay of casual readers who visit once a week and have 9 entries with 8 photos each stretching their browser window down about 10 feet. Of course if you simply subscribed to our RSS feed your life would be that much simpler – just give in – do it! 🙂 No really, we’re amazed that anyone’s signed up, and to them we thank you! Because ummm.. it’s fun? Well, clearly this isn’t a proper blog that’ll attract thousands of hits a day since most of the time we just post what we do – but again, we’re happy that our Friends and good acquaintances read – and we read their blogs. So if you have a blog that we read – keep writing and do it often gosh.

Still. It’s Monday night, the house is a mess and I need to clean up. Four more days until the weekend but I have a feeling this week is about to go really fast… not sure why, and maybe I’m wrong, but maybe I’m right!

It was my brother Ryan’s birthday yesterday. He turned 26 – AND he finally got on Facebook! Now I can… aw nevermind, I don’t really use facebook. This picture was earlier this year when it snowed here in Atlanta. Like my hat? It’s Leah’s.

And now.. I have to get back to the h0use and AT LEAST wash the dishes – so here are some pictures of One-Two and then Three-Four. They’re the best giant house cats we could’ve ever asked for.