Danger of turning into a cat blog, isn’t that right Shelby? – 24th April 2012

Wellity, wellity, wellity. So I was very ill last week. It was easily the worst illness I’ve had in years and I broke my record of vlogging every day for almost a month. I couldn’t get out of bed and didn’t even have the energy to turn on the TV and watch anything. It was some kind of food poisoning, at least that’s the explanation I’m sticking with. I didn’t eat anything fancy but my stomach was in ruins for days. I had to miss 5 days of work which sucked so much. Not only was I feeling like crap, I was unable to work, to earn money, or even knock a few more films off of the list for the Epic Film Challenge. Connie was also a little ill on one of the days so we were both ill at home all day. To make matters worse the moment a barrage of unforgiving, relentless spew barreled out of my throat, my Mum was leaving for 4 days. Which meant I had to watch after all 4 of our cats, make sure they all had their own individual food and water, separating them and picking up all their crap. It was hard to walk, let alone do all that, so it was an awful week that I’m glad is over. Even after I had half recovered my stomach was rumbling non stop for nearly 2 days, one of the most uncomfortable feelings I’ve ever experienced that gradually transitioned from uncomfortable to painful.

Even more annoying than that, I ate nothing for 2 days and very little for the remaining 3. You’d think I’d lose a bit of weight, right? Nah, not at all. Really need to put some effort into doing that myself though, now I can move around normally again. In other news, we got another cat. Yeah. Another one. That’s two that me and Connie now have, plus the 3 my Mum has. Though I’m sure Willow will be gone any week now, she was throwing up blood last night which is a worry. I love that cat and she’s been with us for at least 15 years, and even then we didn’t know how old she was. It feels like it’s going to be here time soon, which is going to be a sad day for me. So I was working last week and Connie appeared out of nowhere, asking if we could get another kitten. Immediately I was skeptical, mainly for monetary reasons, and also because of Lily. How would she take another cat? Let alone one that would be sleeping in the same room as her. Though I had to admit deep down I’d love to have another little kitten again, and I know that it’d be giving the little bugger a loving home.

So I took my break and went up to the pet shop to see a group of black cats with little touches of white. I said I was fine with it and Connie got the cute one with the white whiskers. After debating all night while I was in work, we threw around a few names. I say “we” it was more Connie giving me names and me shooting them down. Like Bella, Luna, Gizmo and a few others. I wouldn’t have minded Bella, and Gizmo was awesome but sounded too silly. When I got home from work I was told that Lily was super offended and being really reclusive. Connie brought up names again and mentioned Shelby, her favourite car. It seemed to fall into place and I liked it, so Shelby it was. It’s different, I like it. If the bad news was Lily was offended, the good news was that Shelby knew how to clean herself and had no problem jumping up onto the bed. When we got Lily, she couldn’t clean herself and we had to wipe her ass every time she took a dump which was a major pain in the…well, ass.

Over the last week Lily has gotten used to the idea of Shelby but still hisses at her if she gets too close or tries to play. It’s going surprisingly well. Meer is a little distant but she always is, Willow doesn’t care and Charlie is fine with anyone it seems. He just continues to have that dopey look on his face most of the time. I have to say Shelby is really nice, when she’s not running around, digging her claws in too hard, jumping all over the place, digging into anything that makes an annoying sound and whining non stop….okay so she’s kind of a major annoyance! However, her soft fur, tendency to cuddle up to you, sit on your lap and purr, kind of makes up for it. Hopefully she’ll grow into it and stay as cute. Lily seems so much bigger now, and grown up. She always stuck to herself but it’s really evident now, and she behaves herself a lot more which is great.

Wow, so this is turning into a proper cat blog. The vlog is also in danger of turning into a cat vlog, one of the recent videos was just cat footage because I couldn’t be bothered to film anything else. Oh well! The new Trials game came out last week too, which has been a major highlight. Trials HD, a game released on the Xbox Live service a few years ago, is maybe one of my favourite games ever. So, long overdue, Trials Evolution has finally been released and improves on everything the first game laid down.

The tracks are now all outdoors and the scope is just fantastic. There’s also online multiplayer action, so it’s just a joy to play. For anyone playing along at home, it’s a 2.5D game, where you ride motorbikes across 3D levels, on a 2D plain. So all you control is the tilt of the bike, and the speed. It’s ridiculously addictive and I’ve already started cementing my place as the new Trials master. What makes the game so amazing is that you can create your own tracks, and the room for creativity is utterly endless. It’s hard to do, but with effort and time, you can create tracks worthy of being in the main game, and sharing them online couldn’t be easier. A 10/10 already for me.

An example of a user created track, and this isn't even pushing the capabilities

In closing, for now, I’ll leave a few pictures. The first is Charlie giving me a “look” after watching Shelby bounce around playing. The second is Shelby the day after we got her. The third is when I filmed Shelby, and Lily creeped up on her from behind the sofa, before noticing I was there and looking at me with the guiltiest face I’ve ever seen a cat have.



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