Friday Cat Blogging – 13 August 2010

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The first thing Domino did when we brought her home from the shelter three years ago was hop into a bookcase. This is a little harder now than it used to be because she’s a little bigger and the space in the bookcases is a little smaller, but she still manages from time to time. So here she is on Wednesday reliving the glory days of her youth. On the right, Inkblot has decided to steal her favorite spot of morning sunshine underneath the skylight at the top of the stairs, and he’s feeling pretty smug about it.

As for me, I’m heading to the airport to spend the weekend in 90-degree weather in northern California. In the meantime, courtesy of my sister, here’s some Friday Gorilla Blogging, starring Bawang, Bawang’s adopted daughter, and a Nintendo DS. And also, a….

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