Home alone

I'm spending my Saturday night at home alone with our furry family members.

Chris went to his friend's party. I had to stay home because Nika is not yet used to being alone. It's weekend and it's pretty late. She would cry and annoy the neighbors. Actually she is crying now. It doesn't matter that I'm here. She is so used to Chris being around all the time. She doesn't even care about her food now. I think I'll take her for a walk soon. Maybe it will help.

Chris will start working after a week. Nika will have to get used to being alone here and the practicing has already started. We might get a little help from my mom at first. She would come and check for Nika and maybe take her to walk.

Nika has already gotten used to the fact that I'm working, so it can't be that hard. (Or can it? I hope not.)

Today's cat pic

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Cat's Sneeze will be participating in the Blog Action Day again this year

Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world's bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. One day. One issue. Thousands of voices.



Today is Earth Overshoot Day

What is Earth Overshoot Day?

Earth Overshoot Day marks an unfortunate milestone: the day when humanity begins living beyond its ecological means. Beyond that day, we move into the ecological equivalent of deficit spending, utilizing resources at a rate faster than what the planet can regenerate in a calendar year.

Globally, we now require the equivalent of 1.4 planets to support our lifestyles. Put another way, in less than 10 months, humanity will have used ecological services it takes 12 months for the Earth to regenerate.



Ich bin nicht tot

Ich bin nicht tot.
Ich tauschte nur die Räume.
Ich leb in Euch und
geh durch eure Träume.

Michelangelo (1475 - 1564)


Today's cat pic

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Our pet farm

Here are some photos from the last few days.

Lemon pasta with salmon

° 750 pasta
° 2 egg yolks
° 50 g freshly grated parmesan
° 150 ml cream
° zest and juice of a 1 or half lemon
° 15 g butter
° parsley, roughly chopped

Put the pasta in to cook in boiling salted water.

Put the egg yolks into a bowl and beat with a fork. Add the grated parmesan, cream, lemon zest and juice and whisk. You don't want the sauce fluffy, just combined.

As soon as the pasta is cooked, drain it and then, off the heat, toss it back in the pan. Throw in the butter and stir it about. Make sure that the butter melts and the pasta is well coated. Then add most of the sauce and turn the pasta well in it.

Tip the pasta into a serving bowl and add the rest of the sauce, a final smattering of parmesan and some roughly chopped parsley. Serve at once.

I served cooked salmon with the pasta and it tasted excellent. This dish was quick, easy and tasted heavenly.

The recipe is originally from Nigella Lawson and it's called Nigella's lemon linguine.


DnB Podcast with Champagne

Check this podcast out. Track number fourteen is Chris' latest "Divine Inspiration" from his new label Bonafide.


1. Subsid & L-side - Show me the way (Promo Audio Liquid)
2. Decem & DirrrtyB - Hold on (Dub)
3. Cutworks - She is leaving (Fokuz)
4. LM1 & Operon - Crazy nights (Midnight Sun recordings)
5. Eveson - Bluebird (Channel 82)
6. Andyskopes - Bucktown (Jerona Fruits Digital)
7. Edward Oberon - Who are they (Dub)
8. Calibre - Mindprint (Signature)
9. Paul SG & Andy Sim - Desperate Note (Dub)
10.Phat playaz - Lost world (Dub)
11.Flaco - Hooked (Dub)
12.Motta - Desperate luv (Dub)
13.Subway Funk - Minsk city limits (Dub)
14.Champagne - Divine Inspiration (Bonafide Dub)
15.Command Strange - Sunday morning (Fokuz)
16.Side1 & Philly Pee - Never gonna let you go (White)
17.Intelligent Manners - Superbad (???)
18.dRamatic & dbAudio - Endless liason (Dub)
19.Seba - Snow (Hospital)
20.Bungle - Move On (Syntax Audio)

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My new haircut

I'm still feeling ill and bored because I can't really do anything. I should just sleep, but I'm not that tired. My head feels hot and heavy. I'm still feeling feverish. Nika is here with me now. C went to meet with his friend for lunch.

It is really nice weather outside just a shame that I can't enjoy it. These will probably be the last nice days before the real autumn hits with rain and darkness.

Here is a photo of my new haircut. This was taken on the weekend while I was feeling fine.

We have also taken some photos of our little zoo here at home and if I feel up to I'll post the photos here later.


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Having a flu

Yesterday I woke up with sore throat, the day went by in pretty ok condition. This morning everything was different. My nose was stuffed and I felt sick. I had to go to work, because of a meeting with HR manager. I had been waiting for that meeting to get instructions and do final improvements on one of my projects.

Well, the meeting was obviously not that important. "Not that important" is the feeling I'm having from my whole training. The project will not be done until maybe in the end of this year. She had not read the material I had done in like two months ago. The material that she herself asked me to do. Then she noticed that the material was in Finnish and she told me only today that it should have been in English. It's the kind of information that is nice to know at this point, not two months ago. So she asked me to translate it to English. I translated it while feeling totally feverish and finished it just before leaving home.

Tomorrow I'm staying at home and resting. I can't go to work feeling like this. My being there doesn't seem to matter anyway.


Today's duck pic

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Nika's first week at home

The week has gone by really fast. I started my days very early this week by going for a walk with Nika. I arrive from work quite late in the evening, because it takes me an hour to get to work. It's starting to annoy me. In the evening we go for a walk together. In the day time Chris goes out with Nika two times. So she gets plenty of exercise per day.

On thursday I got a new hair cut and now my hair is a lot shorter. I like it, it's much more quicker to dry etc. I have been letting my hair grow for the past five years and it has been a long time since I last time had this short hair.

Now I'm going to get some breakfast and in some point we are going for a longer walk with Nika. We might also get a visitor today.

Yesterday Nika was in Nuuksio during the day. Here are some pics from there.


Rainy Sunday

It's been a busy day with cats and the dog. We have been outside a lot and went also to Marjaniemi for a walk. We just came home from my moms where we had sauna. Kisu met Nika and she was much more nervous than Piki and Pörri. Nika was afraid to come upstairs at first because of Kisu. Finally they both chilled in the livingroom.

Nika didn't go to sauna. She is just figuring out what that is.

We also have a new kitchen table. This is what our kitchen looks now.

Today's cat and dog pic

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Nika's second day at home

Today we went to Oittaa for a walk with Nika. After that we were at my moms. Nika was at home alone. She cried and she ate a little piece from our wooden window shutter. We have to deal with the separation anxiety as soon as possible. Of course she doesn't know us or the place so that can have something to do with it. Before she has not been alone at home, but always with other animals. We can't yet leave her alone with the cats.

Just now Piki came to bedroom where we are with Nika. She knew Nika was in here, but she is obviously curious to get to know her. At the moment she is under the bed observing Nika.


Today's cat pic

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Nika Snickers is finally at home

It has been a long day. We left home 9.15 and came back 18.30. It took really long time at the customs with paper work and stuff. Nika was really nervous at first but calmed down when we went to car and waited there. She has been nervous here at home too. She has some what used to us but still doesn't trust us completely. She hasn't really payed attention to cats. She is some what nervous around them. The cats are in the livingroom now and she has been there too but nothing has happened.

We went for a long walk with her and we are going to make a shorter one now and then it's time to go to bet. She will be sleeping in the bedroom and we will close the kitchen door, so the cats can have their peace in the livingroom.

So far everything is ok.

No pics yet because Chris forgot the camera at home, but some of Russians had camera and she took pics.

Today was my moms birthday and she met Nika also. Tomorrow she will have a party but Nika is still to nervous to attend.

More stories coming up tomorrow.

Good nigth!


Today's dog pic

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One just can't please everyone

The main thing for me is to be happy in my life and with the decisions I make. I can't please everyone, but I have to be true to myself.

Sometimes it might better not to tell some stuff to people, who you think might not understand where you are coming from. Today we got to experience that. The old finnish saying silence is golden suites today pretty well.

I'm pretty hurt, but what can I do.

I won't go in to details with this here, but everyone who knows us might understand when I say few words: a dog, three cats, no children, in-laws.

Well, tomorrow is an exciting day.