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With the cat run operational, the cat flap unsealed, and the cat litter prepped and raked into the soil, I've been trying to get the cats comfortable with the new setup. Obviously we'd be idiots to take away the litter trays before the cats are pooping outside with confidence. At this juncture I'll note that this entire entry will NOT be focusing on cat poo, so just skip the next three paragraphs if the poop thing bothers you. :D

So my plan was to use scent as a lure. I waited until Beckett made a particularly stinky contribution to the litter trays, scooped it up with a small shovel I found BURIED in Richard's garden (I know, right?? I was hoping for treasure) and dropped it through the netting (that almost went unimaginably wrong) into the litter-dirt.

Curiously, it's Sawyer who is adapting fastest. He turned up, sniffed the offering, and promptly buried it. Then he proceeded to walk about the place digging various holes, not to use them, just 'cos he seemed to get a kick out of it.

This morning, as Joe and I scampered out the door to work, we spotted Sawyer in the garden again, and watched with baited breath as he dug a small hole, positioned himself, adopted a look of intense concentration, and PEED OUTDOORS. Angels sang. I made a note to apologise to Sawyer for all those times I've told everyone he's "the dumb one". (He still is, but I'm going to be more respectful for a while!)

Onto non-poop-related matters: The Wii purchase has suffered a setback. Joe's weekend Ekka shifts, which were previously going to make him a "thousandaire" (his term), were given to a new recruit who needed the experience. Around the same time, I rang the Gatehouse backpacker lodge at Jenolan to make my booking and was informed that the room cost has DOUBLED since I made my enquiries a month ago. As you can imagine, I'm kicking myself for not scraping together the funds and booking it then.

So the upshot is that the Wii has been put back to early September, as it's all savings and my Jenolan trip between now and then. To make up for lack of Wii, Joe and I planned a weekend of dazzling adventure which, to be honest, is probably going to be a lot more fun and memorable than hours of Super Smash Bros Brawl anyway.

On Friday night we're repeating our Spirit Walk to the old site of Amazons water park, now a bunch of factories which, though less fun, are no less awesome late at night when you're a long stone's throw away from sober. If we can get Sarah Grey to come along, all the better.

On Saturday we're hitting the stormwater drains at Coopers Plains once again, this time with Rose ([livejournal.com profile] rosequoll) in tow. This is mostly because she complained, upon reading the previous entry re: stormwater drain exploration, that nobody she knew ever did awesome stuff like THAT with her, so now we're going to prove her wrong.

Joe has been using Google Maps to chart various things, such as our Spirit Walk route, sites of interest in Brisbane, and entrances and exits to the stormwater drains. I'm not going to link any of those here, however, as he hasn't updated his journal in months and this will give him an excuse to do so. Go, Joey, go! Time is of the essence!!

Saturday night we'll go up to Joey's parents farm, eat his mum's delicious cooking, steal a few pumpkins again and watch some shooting stars.

Sunday we maaaay be going to the Ekka with my dad, if Jeanne gives him the go-ahead... he called before wanting to make plans and I could hear her in the background saying, "Oh, but we've got to do this, and this, and that..." SHUSH, CHATTY MONKEY! ( <-- +10 cool points if you get that reference.)

Either way, we have great plans for Sunday night: along with my gorgeous-boy Hammond, we're going on a tour of the Doulos (http://www.doulosdownunder.org.au/) which is an internationally-travelling library-on-water... basically, an immense old liner which is now run by a charity and travels the world selling awesome old books at great prices. Rosa said she picked up the entire Sherlock Holmes collection for ten dollars. As you can imagine, having heard that, nothing can stop me going to see if I can find the same! Either way, apparently the books are cheap, the tour is interesting and SERIOUSLY, FLOATING LIBRARY? WHY AM I EVEN EXPLAINING THIS?

Today I bought a new, very ancient-looking, very large parchment-style map of the world off Ebay. I also sourced a sheet of cork roughly the same size, and will be attempting to either source some thin MDF, plywood or veneer to use as backing, and possibly some sort of frame just to ensure the edges stay flat and undamaged. Essentially, I'm creating an enormous pinboard map, into which I'll be sticking map pins of various colours as I plot my world domination travels. I figure all up the setup will only cost me about $60 plus my time, which is drastically cheaper than what it would cost were I to have it done professionally.

In other news, Joe got his first real haircut since the Airforce (I don't include the times I shaved him) and he looks hot.

I spent a good portion of the day laughing at the news that when Stephanie Meyer released her final Twilight novel, legions of fans returned it to their bookstores in disgust.
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