We got a kitty!

Yayyyyy! Look who’s posting again! It’s Dr. Potassium! That’s right! I am (unofficially) a doctor now! I need to edit my thesis and turn it in to get my diploma and officially become a doctor but the hardest part is over! Whew… it’s been an insane few months, you guys. INSANE.

But let’s save all that insanity for another post because today we have much cuter things to talk about! Cobalt and I got a cat and named her Tarantula (really, are you that surprised?)!!! Look at this adorable little puff.

So a few weeks ago when I was feeling really stressed out from all the craziness that goes into writing your thesis and then having to make a presentation to defend your thesis, my friend Titanium picked me up and we got coffee. It was great because we went up into the mountains above Boulder a little and sat on a rock overlooking the city. So pretty. As we talked, we decided that petting kitties at the animal shelter could make the end of our coffee time even sweeter! So we headed to the Boulder Humane Society to check out all the cats. They’ve seriously updated the cat area and now instead of rows and rows of cages, there are big rooms with tons of toys and shelves for the kitties to hang out and play/sleep all day! Titanium and I went into the “playroom,” the biggest of these rooms, to play with the kitties there. We met each of the cats there, including one super sweet but super skinny orange and black kitty. After we met all the cats, we sat on the bench in there and Miss Skinny came over and hopped up on the bench with us. Titanium put her on my lap where she proceeded to fall asleep! Awwww….

Soooooo I pretty much immediately fell in love with this cat and asked the Boulder Humane Society if I could put a hold on her so that Cobalt could come meet her the following day. However, we ended up having to wait almost a week for Cobalt to meet her because the Humane Society wanted to monitor her eating and make sure she was generally healthy before they released her. They finally determined that she was going to need some dental work done before we could take her home but that we could come in and see her before then. We got that news the day I defended my thesis which meant that my family (my Mom, Dad, sister, and sister in law) was in town! So the next day we all went to the shelter to meet our potential kitty. Cobalt fell in love with her too so the day of her dental surgery, we went to two different pet stores to prep our house for our new little puff and then we brought her home the next day!

I think Tarantula is feeling quite at home here now. She’s already looking a lot healthier and she is practically inhaling her food. Plus she loves snuggling and purring. At first, she was super distressed when Cobalt and I weren’t both in the same room but now she has calmed down about that. Awww yay! She also loves to look outside windows and has commandeered almost every window in the house for her personal viewing (downstairs in the morning, office after dinner, bedroom at night, etc).

Hey human! What are you doing outside?! Come inside and pet me!

In case you are wondering where the name Tarantula came from: one time, Cobalt and I went to go play with kittens at the local Petsmart. There was this adorable calico kitten named Tarantella but Cobalt and I read her name wrong so we kept calling her Tarantula! From that moment on, we vowed that one day we would get our own Tarantula (read: a cat named Tarantula, not the spider, much to Cobalt’s disappointment) one day. From the moment our Tarantula fell asleep on my lap, I knew she was purrfect. :D

Tarantula says “Stop talking about me and come cuddle with me!”

Finally, today is my mom’s birthday! Happy birthday Mom! What a great day to start posting again! :D I’m going to try to do twice a week but we might have to wait a little for me to work my way back up to that… Hopefully I’ll post on a semi-regular schedule again though. I’ve missed you guys!

Now it’s your turn: tell me about your pets. Tell me your favorite story about when you first got your pet! If you have a kitty, is she/he an inside/outside cat or just an inside cat? I grew up with mostly outside cats so it’s been fun learning how to have an all indoors cat. :D

The Book of Mormon and Tacos!

Well on Wednesday night this week, Cobalt and I got to continue our tradition of seeing a musical every year. Last year we saw Next to Normal and two years ago, Cobalt didn’t live here yet so I saw Legally Blonde with my friend C. Legally Blonde is very silly and Next to Normal is very serious so if we continued with this pattern, the musical this year needed to be a funny one. So we went to see Book of Mormon. We were apparently quite lucky to get tickets because it is only here for two weeks and it sold out in a few hours. Luckily for us, back in March I got the e-mail from the Denver Center for Performing Arts saying that the tickets for the Book of Mormon were on sale and Cobalt and I were able to maneuver through the epically slow and overpopulated website and get tickets! Yay!
We started out our evening in Denver by meeting up with our friends J and K for tacos at Pinche Tacos. This restaurant sells ritzy street tacos, which I’ll admit is a bit odd for someone like me who grew up eating actual Mexican street tacos. They were very good though and it was kind of like sushi happy hour where you get a list of all the possible tacos and their various prices (ranging from $2.95 to $4.50 each) and you just check off the ones you want. Cobalt and I each tried four different tacos. Yum. Here’s a picture of our awesome friends pre tacos…

Then we headed to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts for the show. We got there pretty much in time to find our seats before the show but I snapped a few pictures first….

When we bought our tickets, we were in such a rush to actually get tickets that we settled for the ones in the balcony. We had never sat there before but it was kind of neat. You are waaaaaay up in the rafters and your seats are so high off the floor of the balcony that there is a little bar for you to put your feet on – it got a bit uncomfortable in my fancy wedge sandals though… I wish I had worn flats. Anyway, the show! It was funny but also terrible in that South Park kind of way that I am sure many of you are familiar with. Sitting in the balcony, we had a great view of the stage which made it awesome to watch all the dance numbers. The songs were very typical Broadway type songs… except there was more than once where the F bomb was dropped in the middle of some happy musical number… which was kind of startling at first even though we expected it. All in all, I think it made for a very amusing evening and I am glad we got to go. :)

Anyone have a favorite musical? I think my favorite is Wicked… or the Phantom of the Opera (my first musical ever…). Or a recommendation for next year’s “serious” musical? OR Anyone doing something amazing this weekend? :D