First of all: Miral is still at the VET and REALLY needs purring - see Kattenpraat for updates. They are very worried....
And lots happened while we were first in Ireland and then in the Jacuzzi - so we are trying to catch up!
First the awards:
Charlie presented Karl with the TOTALLY HIP BLOGGER AWARD! Here she is in her own words:
"I would like to thank the totally hip, coolest and funnest cats, who were super-quick with the photos, goodhumoured and loads of fun to be with in blogland (I look forward to more!): Karl, Ruis, and Asta! You are the very first recipients of the TOTALLY HIP BLOGGER AWARD! Now you must pass it on to three hip bloggers to perpetuate the spirit of hip-ness, for which, if you need any help, you can refer to Zaphod Beeblebrox, who said, "I'm so hip, I can't see over my own pelvis!" Congratulations!"
Thank you so much Charlie, what an honor! I like to pass it on to Mike, Faz, Cecil
wildcatsthree presented us with the "Wonderful Site Award" This award was created by Gentle Annie, who has her own website with beautiful pictures and poetry about pets and life that's worth checking out as well. Here they are in there own words:
"These crazy cats have a real knack for entertaining their visitors; their world cruises, gala events and special effects that their "servants" create are legendary. If you haven't visited them before, we highly recommend you stop by. You'll be glad you did".
We are tickled pink! Thank you so much wildcatsthree for giving us this great award!
We would like to give this to the Cat Blogopshere, the wonderful site that brings our community together!
Now the games!
Skeeter tagged us for a meme. Here are the rules:
1. Pick up the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people and post a comment to Empress once you post it to your blog so “I” (empress, not us) can come see!
The book is "Biological Exuberance" by Bruce Bagemihl
"In most respects, by trying to answer the question "Why do some animals engage in homosexual behavior?" scientists have simply found an opportunity to continue many of the same homophobic attitudes documented in the preceding chapter (while ignoring the biases inherent in such a question in the first place).
Significant numbers of zoologists are willing to concede that same-sex courtship, copulation, and pair-bonding are indeed "sexual" or "homosexual" activities.
However , they commonly propose alternative explanations for these behaviors premised on the notion that this activity is still in some way "anomalous" or "aberrant."
We tag Rascal, Mozart, Jazper
The Meaouwy Troops tagged Karl for the middle name meme. Here are the rules:
1. You have to post the rules before you give your answers,
2. You must list one fact about yourself beginning with each letter of your middle name. (If you don't have a middle name, use your maiden name or your mother's maiden name),
3. At the end of your blog post, you need to tag one person (or blogger of another species) for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged.)
The problem is - I do not have a middle name! So I decided to use the opportunity and GIVE myself a middle name - made up from the facts about myself! Here are the facts:
Determined, not stubborn
A very dedicated caretaker
Not a morning cat
Intelligent beyond measure
Just a bit fastidious
Dadaaaaaa: my middle name is Danijev. O well. Never heard of it either....
Now we just have to find a last name for me, hahahahahahahahahahahahha.
I tag Dragonheart, Annie, Nelson, Isis, Jake, Eric, Veronica