Tag Archive: animals

The Faucet Affair

I have created a faucet lapping monster.

Hans has always been weird about the bathroom.  He will sit outside the door while I shower and talk to me.  He will come in the bathroom and try and drink shower water off the floor but I don’t let him since its a shower floor which is gross.  And he is terribly afraid of a flushing toilet.

Well, lately his relationship with the bathroom has changed ever so slightly.  He has decided that he is giving up the gross life of post shower water for a cleaner more luxurious lifestyle of straight from the tap water.  I know many cats love this little source of hydration, but Hans had never showed interest before last week while I was getting ready for bed doing the nightly routine of teeth brushing and face washing.  Now he is like this addicted monster.  Any time I go into the bathroom he dashes in and jumps up to the sink and starts lapping at the faucet waiting for me to turn on the water.  He’s so silly.

Also, side note:  in order to get Hans in the smoothest way possible he needs to be wearing a collar and tags and such.  Well, he has never had to wear a collar before as far as I know.  So I got him one about a week ago to help him get used to the idea.  So far he just sits trying to chew it off.  It’s not too tight or anything he just really hates it.  He looks ridiculous trying to tear at it, but I am more afraid hes going to hurt himself.  Oh well, only 2 more weeks until we are home sweet home Stateside.


Herr Von Mouseman

With the rain and the lack of things and stuff I present you some pictures of Hans.  He leads a hard life you know what with all the cuddling and sleeping and stuff.

Sometimes he totally serves his purpose like when he swats flies out of mid air and then eats them.  A total win for me.  I really hate that I don’t have a screen on my window…none of the windows in my building do…I totally don’t get it.

Then he licks his lips like it was the tastiest thing ever. weirdo.

annnnd sometimes he just lays around watching me like a creeper.  The worst is when he sits on the cabinet tops and literally just stares at me.  I didn’t get a picture of that though.

Kitten attack!

Eileen’s mom found a kitten in the trash covered in ants and dust.  She took it home and cleaned it up.  It still has an umbilical cord attached and its eyes are closed up tight.  Basically it is no more than 3 days old.  She took it to the vet and they said it was good and strong and gave her instructions on how to care for it.

She needed Rachel and I to baby-sit for a couple of hours today and I couldn’t help but take pictures.  Srsly it is soooo small.  it has a tiny cry and drinks from a tiny bottle and has the tiniest little paws.  I wish I could keep it and care for it but A, if it died I would be devastated and B. I think my parents wouldn’t be pleased with me bringing home two cats.  Also, if it has a sickness I don’t want Hans getting sick and stuff.

it was no more than 5 inches long and just so sweet. It has this cuuuute little lion face and I just kept wrapping it up like a little burrito and rocking it and cooing at it….so basically it was a real little baby for me hahaha.

and to give you some perspective here is a picture of Rachel holding it earlier.

lion face! It’s nose almost seems too big for its little face.

and now for a Hans picture.  He is obsessed with bags.  He loves them paper and plastic, big and small alike.  Makes no difference to him. Tonight I look over and he is sleeping in this bag. He’s so weird sometimes.


Sir…no name

I have decided I want to rename my new kitty. Lately I have just been calling him Sir. I want his name to be Sir…something awesome. I am just not always very good at thinking at awesome permanent things.

Anyway I figured you all should get a little update on my new friend. He had a bit of trouble adjusting at first but now we are pretty settled into a nice routine.

He has a pink yoga mat he uses as a scratching pad. Luckily he doesn’t really scratch anything else anymore except me occasionally if he gets spooked while sitting in my lap.

He likes to play with boxes and in suitcases and he loves to hide under the bed.

he also loves to lounge in this one spot next to the table. The heating is in the floor here so I am not sure if that has something to do with him always picking the same spot or not.

and today I caught him mid yawn.

and then he gave himself a little bath

and he bites his nails. It makes a terrible sound.

Sometimes he is ridiculous. For instance, he loves drinking the water out of my basil plant cup. I am trying to root it and doing pretty well with it, but the cat keeps drinking all the water even though his water bowl is just across the room! I don’t get it.

and then if I am laying in bed on my computer or reading a book he feels the need to sit riiiiight on my chest. like so:

and I will have to be like…hey I cant seeee….so then he just lays down and we make it work.

He sleeps with me at night now. At first he was batting me awake with his paw every couple of hours but now that he is adjusted he stays under the covers til he wants to slink awake. Sometimes I will not be able to find him and then see this little lump shift under the covers and sure enough hes all snug like a bug in a rug and looks at me like “lady can’t you see I’m sleeping? Put the covers back down.” so cute.

He also doesn’t like my camera very much. He looks at it and then goes away. I’m sure he will get used to it in time. And right now fat cat is all sprawled out letting me know it’s bed time.

He even covers his eyes for dramatic effect I am convinced. Either way it is nice to come home and have him want to cuddle and wake up and want to cuddle and to keep me company on days like today when I have a lot to do in my apartment.

Now I just need to name him…

Super Saturdays

Today has been an exceptionally good Saturday.

First, when I woke up I got to just lay in bed and talk to this cute kid I know named boyfriend which was nice.

Then I had a knock on the door and my friend Eileen was here. She had left her computer charger at work and I don’t have a cell phone yet so, she couldn’t tell me she was coming over. So I was in a hurry trying to get out of my pjs and pick up my apartment.

Then the real fun began. Eileen came over for lunch because she heard I was going to attempt for real doenjang jiggae. I used this recipe and went to work. Eileen brought the rice since last time mine got so burnt and she was also kind enough to bring some delicious fruits. I might be in love with hard persimmons, which are still not tomatoes.

So I cut, sliced, chopped and boiled this beautiful pot of soup:

and we dined in style of course with my ridiculous plastic dishes.

Eileen is also a very straightforward person, therefore when she said to me “this is really good.” I knew it was really good. I had a Korean stamp of approval! 🙂 We even ate two bowls. I was pretty ecstatic.

See its good 🙂 so all you stateside folks you better bet this will be coming to your kitchens when I get home and I cook for you…and I do mean you mom.

Then after our yummy lunch and fruit I shared with Eileen one of my favorite things I brought from the states and that I have been saving. I cracked open my dark chocolate orange, and of course she loved it. Also, we were treated with amazing homemade chocolate chip cookies by a very nice guy.

While we were eating I had nice new friend show up. Meet Zeus:

he is 3 years old and beautiful. I was really hoping to get a kitten, but he needed a home and I wanted a furry cute tiny to love.

He is beautiful. and so far he has been hiding under my bed. He came out for a few minutes and was sniffing around and let me love on him, but when Rachel came and knocked on my door he dashed back under the bed and hasn’t been heard from since. I know he just needs some time to adjust.

Anyway, after lunch Eileen suggested we go on a walk. It was a pretty nice day out despite the rain that was around this morning. So we bundled up and started walking. Then she suggested we go visit her mom. I love her mom she is always so nice to me whenever I see her. She owns a salon so we went to go see how things were going and to get a cup of coffee. We also did our nails which was fun because I am now very sparkly.

But it gets better her mom as a ton of wigs in her shop, so we had lots of fun trying on all sorts of styles.

Then her mom sent us for dinner. I guess Eileen doesn’t come to visit her at work often so she gave Eileen some cash and said I had to try chicken. Korean chicken is aaaaamazing. So they take normal fried chicken and put this sweet and spicy sauce alllll over it. so amazing. so good. 🙂

I am going to go see her mom in about a month to get a haircut I think. I want to start off the new year right, and her mom does a good job. She is a lovely lady who looks 15 years younger than her age. She gave me awesome hair treatment stuff and put some apple essence stuff in my hair that makes it healthier I guess.

Then we walked home and Eileen went on her way.

It is nice to be making real friends here and knowing that there are people here who are genuine and amazing people. I am really glad Eileen likes to spend time with me. 🙂 She also has a lot of patience with teaching me Korean culture, history, and language which I really appreciate.

Happy Weekends.

My adventures in Dangdaemun

So before you get cute pictures of my students, and because for some reason my computer is not cooperating with uploading photos to my computer, you get to read about the rest of my adventures in Dandaemun.

Apparently this is a shopping district that is full of Japanese people. Koreans really still hold a grudge concerning Japan so my students were like “oh teacher. Why you go there? So many Japanese.”

Anyway so this area as you know felt really seedy to me. No one gave me the heads up. Last night my friend Sara said “oooooh yeah I meant to tell you that it wasn’t as seedy as it looks.” haha well now I know.

So of course if you know me well it will be no shock to you that I managed to get lost. I swear I tried to remember to walk just straight. That way I only had to walk straight back but I got distracted, another no shocker, and got off my path. And those little back maze like streets all look the same.

Well I walked towards a main street and I knew I was doing this by heading towards big buildings haha great system, right? Well I came out and looked around. Definitely not the same place I had entered at, but I could just follow the subway exits back to where I needed to be. Then I really paid attention to where I was, and suddenly all of the shops were showcasing aquariums and then the further down I walked I started seeing more than just aquariums, there were animals. everywhere. Apparently I was in the pet district.

I got to see a whole array of things that I wasn’t sure why anyone would want as a pet. For instance, meet this nice squirrel.

Literally there were turtles, chickens, birds of all kinds some of which I had never seen the likes of, dogs, fish, ferrets, hamsters, gerbils, peeps, you’ve already met the squirrel, and then there were these little guys.and everything was kept in little metal cages. Even the dogs and cats. Now really most of these animals were crammed in with many other animals or in spaces much too small and not really conducive to comfortable living for them. So really I wanted to get a little crazy and just set them all free though that would save nothing and most of them would just die.I am not even an animal person. I have no idea where these emotions were coming from.

Now I am still thinking about these poor little tinies. I still, 4 days later, am fighting the urge to go and save them, or at least one. I am trying to talk a coworker into taking another.