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Miko’s Monday: Growing up with pets + Wine for kitties

Growing up, I’d always wanted a pet – a cute, furry, warm-blooded pet. The small fishbowl containing two goldfish did not count – I couldn’t pet them, I couldn’t cuddle them, and they had no personality that I could discern at 6 years of age.

Apparently my memory can last at least 24 hours – not just 3 seconds!

I would’ve wanted a dog to play with and to walk. A cat would’ve been nice to pet and cuddle. Even a hamster would’ve been fun to hold and nuzzle. But my parents said that if I wasn’t responsible enough to clean my room, I wouldn’t be able to take care of a pet. So the responsibility of the pet would fall onto their shoulders and my sister and I were already enough of a workload.

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Mishmash of tidbits

So many little things I want to talk about – here’s a mishmash of some of my favourite blogging topics all in one post.

1. Art on MS Paint

I’ve been working on my poster presentation, and I prefer having diagrams and images on all of my powerpoint presentations rather than blocks of text. I’ve always hated siting in lecture where the prof reads off slides filled with rows and rows of text. Why bother lecturing? I could just read it on my own – don’t waste my time and put me to sleep.

Here’s one of the diagrams I drew on Microsoft Paint – pixel by pixel. No tablet, no PhotoShop. Time consuming, but oh-so-satisfying, because it is completely personalized for me, by me.

Wow, the resolution is terrible as a jpeg. It looks so much nicer as an original Paint bmp, but WordPress won’t let me upload bmp files 😦

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Miko’s Monday: Why pets make your life better

A bit of a rant today.

I hate it when my friends cancel on me.

Don’t get me wrong, I understand when something important comes up. Like having your relatives over for a surprise visit. Or suddenly your mother gets angry with you. Or your dog got hit by a car. Or you have to take your grandpa to the hospital.

And once in a while, it’s okay if you forgot that you had a huge assignment due the next day that you haven’t started, or that you didn’t finish your work in time before our date.

What I don’t like is when you make a date with me, then cancel a few hours before. Then you change your mind and decide you can afford meet me after all. Only when I show up at your door, you’re in your house-clothes and tell me you have too much work to do.

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Miko’s Monday: Napping in my Boss Chair

Exam tomorrow; no time to blog 😦

The only two exciting things today:

  1. Received my dark brown Stingle boots!
  2. Glymm box shipped out today 🙂 (read: about beauty boxes)

Other than that, I have an unpleasant workload coming up… which I am not excited for. Better not cut into my blogging time too much.

Wish I were as carefree as Miko…!


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Miko’s Monday: When we first met

I don’t know how old scrawny little Miko was when I’d first met her. But she was all eyes, with little else other than the tiny pricks at the end of her paws:

Interesting fact: Apparently all kittens are born with blue eyes – most of their eyes change colour as they mature. Miko’s have long since turned green.

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I need a Japanese cookie recipe translator, please!

Recently, my friend Tai had been working in Hong Kong for 8 months. He picked up a gift for me because he knew I had a cat, and this had caught his eye:

Kitty-shaped cookie cutters! They are super cute and I couldn’t stop fawning over them throughout the two hours after he’d given them to me.

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