A day in the life of AtariCat

Note: AtariCat is a small, fluffy, grey tortoiseshell cat with brown, tan, white and black markings.
The Cat Palace is a large red scratching post with a box in the middle and a platform at the top for her to sit on.

What does AtariCat actually do all day? I decided to follow her with my camera and check it out!

Sit on me

A very blurry photo of AtariCat lying on my chest with a paw on my face
The day begins with me, happily sleeping. AtariCat uses this opportunity to wake me up by sitting on my face and demanding pats.


Atari Cat lying on a tiled floor against a wall.
Once I’ve kicked her off the bed, AtariCat find a nice, secluded place — preferably the middle of a walkway — to lounge in.

Sit in a box

AtariCat sitting inside a plastic bag inside a cardboard box.
When she’s had enough of lounging, AtariCat likes to find a box to sit in, preferably one with plastic inside.


AtariCat sitting on a tiled floor, eating from a large white bowl. A small silver bowl filled with cat biscuits is next to her.
All that lounging and sitting in boxes has sure worked up an appetite! Time to eat some delicious chickeny biscuits!

Demand pats

AtariCat sitting on a leg, getting pats.
Don’t sit still for too long: AtariCat will take this as an opportunity to ask for more pats, heaven help you if you refuse.


AtariCat curled up on the top of her Cat Palace, one eye open.
She’s had enough pats now, and probably bitten wherever she demanded them from. Now she takes a break, lounging some more.

Attack inanimate objects

AtariCat batting at a gum nut on the carpet. She is motion blurred.
What can I say, it was looking at her funny.

Glare at Amiga

AtariCat is sitting on her Cat Palace. Amiga (large, short-hair, orange and white tabby cat) is on the floor next to a triangle, grey scratching post. They are looking at each other.
Whether he stole her toy or just wants to walk past, AtariCat will find a way to glare at the other household cat, Amiga.

Demand pats

AtariCat is curled up on her Cat Palace. A white hand with a purple sleeve is visible patting her.
The encounter with Amiga bruised her delicate ego. Now AtariCat requires pats.

Go for a walk

AtariCat is wearing a black harness and lead. She is standing on a brick path, looking through a metal fence over a balcony.
Fresh air, sunshine, what’s not to love? Shell beg to be let out, then promptly roll on the floor and spend an our lying in the same spot.


AtariCat is stretched out on a green and white striped doona.
She’s found a new spot: time to do some heavy-duty lounging!

Hide in a bag

A paper Colorado bag is on a tiled floor. You can see AtariCat’s back end and tail through a hole in the bag.
Of course you can’t see her!

Drink from the bathroom tap

AtariCat is leaning over a white sink with a silver tap.
If you want to brush your teeth or wash your hands, you’ll have to wait. Cats get priority.

Play with paper

AtariCat sitting on a tiled floor, on top of a plastic bag, inside a rip in some butcher paper. She is looking at the camera.
Even more fun when you have plastic bags too!

Demand more pats

A close up on AtariCat’s face, and a finger scratching her.
She’s quite a demanding cat!


AtariCat asleep on the couch, her head on an iPad. There are socks on the couch.
It’s been a very busy day. Now AtariCat gets to relax and have some well-earned sleep.

– Pharaoh Signing Off


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Look! Kitten!

AtariCat (grey, small, fluffy, with brown, tan, white and dark grey sploches) lying like a sphinx on an open MacBook.

– Pharaoh Signing Off

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Conversations With A Child

Child: *does the toilet dance*
Me: Do you need the toilet?
Child: No. *continues dance*
Me: Are you sure you don’t need the toilet?
Child: Nope. *keeps dancing*
Me: How about I hold your toy until you’ve finished on the toilet?
Child: Ok! *runs to the toilet and barely makes it in time*

Some days, all you can do is laugh ^_^

– Pharaoh Signing Off

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A Resolution List You Can Take Home To Mother

It is the end of Gregorian Year 2010, and the start if Gregorian Year 2011. It’s not my new year, but that’s beside the point.

It seems that now is the time for “New Year’s Resolutions” once again! How many people actually do this?

According to Internet Advertising, everyone! Everyone wants to be slimmer! And thinner! And better!

Actually, no.

No, I don’t want to try that diet pill. No, my resolution is not to look slimmer “for him”. No, I don’t think that particular food will significantly reduce my anxiety!

But there is push-back! For example, the HAES movement has going New Year’s ReVolution! It’s a wonderful place full of body love and Fat Acceptance resources. Check it out!

This list is a diet free zone, a The Secret free zone, and a self-hate free zone (and please keep comments the same).

In Gregorian Year 2011 I Resolve To:

  • Read as many books as I can, because I love reading.
  • Rest my feet in a foot spa full of LUSH goodness as often as I like.
  • Eat fruit smoothies all through summer. Yum!
  • Finish my diploma. Only six months left!
  • Keep up my driving lessons. Because I don’t suck at driving!
  • Ignore the voice in my head that tells me I’m not worth it/good enough/pretty enough/smart enough.
  • Learn more Auslan. Maybe sign up for an Auslan course.
  • Surround myself with love.
  • Remind my friends repeatedly and often that I love them. And tell them why I love them.
  • Sing and dance when I get the chance.
  • Have fun with my kids, and treat them as people because they are.
  • Be silly.
  • Be Awesome

What are your goals for Gregorian Year 2011? Share them here! Share some body love resources! But please keep this page diet free and shame free.

– Pharaoh Signing Off

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So I’m On WordPress Now

Welcome to my WordPress blog! I have imported all the posts from my old blog, and the content will be similar.

While I’m still working things out, please use this as an open thread. If you have any comments about the layout or theme, suggestions for my blogroll or just want to say “hi” to get yourself out of moderation, please say something.

New commenters are automatically moderated, but once you’re approved you can post without delay.

I’m also writing a new Comment Policy. Any links to good comment policies would be really useful.

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Mango Rum Cocktail

I had a dream about a cocktail.

Take half a mango, juice of one lemon, shot of spiced rum, and ice. Blend. Drink.

What do you think? What would we call it? I dreamed about it being part of a Monkey Island game, so it should be called something piratey.

– Pharaoh Signing Off

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An Ethical Formula Company

I have often wondered what an ethical formula company would look like. How would they advertise? What would they sell? What would they recommend?

So I’ve decided to write the FAQ for an ethical formula company. I have called it Unicorn Tots Formula Company. Add what you like in the comments.

What is the best start a baby can have?
Unicorn Tots recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of your child’s life. We also recommend continued breastfeeding for at least the first two years of your child’s life.

I can’t/don’t want to breastfeed, what can I do?
If you cannot breastfeed, have low supply, or do not want to breastfeed, you can get breast milk from a milk bank. [details of milk bank]

I have low supply, should I supplement with solids or Unicorn Tots formula?
Solids should not be introduced until your child is six months old, and then only in small amounts. If you are having a problem with supply, contact a Lactation Consultant at [details].

Can I get a sample of Unicorn Tots formula for someone else?
We don’t give out formula samples, and would not recommend giving samples to new parents.

What other things would an ethical formula company do? Throw out your ideas!

– Pharaoh Signing Off

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