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Cute of the Week: Black Cats for Halloween

I kind of am in denial about how fast this year is going, especially now that I only have 13 weeks and change left before becoming a mom for the first time (PANIC MODE, PANIC MODE, PANIC MODE…okay, calm down.)  But anyway, I must accept the passage of time and, delightfully, in this case, the passage of time has led us to Halloween!  Which I love!  So, two weeks ago we celebrated pets who are better at Halloween than me (easy feat) and this week I would like to give a special shout out to black cats.  Long associated with Halloween (and bad luck) they’ve gotten a bad rap in the past.  Hell, even in present day people apparently don’t find black cats as desirable because they don’t look good in selfies?  (SIDE NOTE: WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT OUR SOCIETY AND HOW IT’S TERRIBLE.)

Ugh, anyway, let’s show black cats some love!  Now, I should mention, before we get into the Halloween themed pics, that have a personal stake in changing increasing the black cat love in the world because I have my very own black cat, Calamity Jane.  She loves, nay, INSISTS upon snuggles, is a notorious popcorn thief, and, as I tell her nearly every day, could totally be a plus size cat model:

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I mean, look at that beautiful fur!  That sultry, green eyed gaze!  She’s a beaut.  But anyway, my continued adoration for my own black cat aside, let’s get to some Halloweeny black cats!  I think the thing I love the most about these photos is that they reflect the special sense of betrayal and anger that only cats express when forced into costume.  In fact, you’ll never see a photo of either of my cats in costume because they would murder me in my sleep if I tortured them in that way.  (I have tried and failed to dress both of my cats up.)  But here are some cats whose humans were able to make it happen long enough for a photo (aaaaand probably paid the ultimate price sometime later that day.)  Enjoy!

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“I’m sizing up your weaknesses and preparing my attack as we speak.”

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“How did this…happen?”

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“Really? You think you’ll get away with this? MWAHAHAHAHAHA-” *pauses to cough up hairball* “Anyway, point is, I’ll kill you.”

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“This humiliation will not stand. I have already summoned my cat army. You will not see the dawn.”

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Okay, I’ve made joke “cat thought” captions for all of the other photos, but I genuinely think this cat is about to kill the person taking the photo.

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

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Hello, dear readers!  Today is a fun day in Mean Maureenland – it’s my birthday AND, as of today, I officially have 100 days left until Baby Mean arrives.  (Of course, babies rarely arrive on their exact due dates, but is important for me to mark these milestones because pregnancy lasts approximately INFINITY DAYS and I need to feel like I’m making progress.)  So, huzzah!  Huzzah to me for staying alive another year, and huzzah to baby Mean for growing like a champ and getting closer and closer to joining us in the Land Outside My Womb (which is also the title of an absolutely horrible children’s book I just came up with.)

ANYWAY, weekend!  In honor of my birthday and Halloween, I’m gonna do a fall themed round up today.  Perhaps you are celebrating Halloween a bit early with some parties?  Perhaps you are going out for a hike wherever you are, enjoying the brisk fall weather and crisp, fallen leaves?  Or, you know, if you live in LA like me, you are going to be expending most of your energy denying the fact that is going to be 90 god damned degrees in my neighborhood tomorrow.  BUT WHATEVER, I’M STILL GOING TO PRETEND IT’S FUN FALL TIME.

For example, I’m going to order some of these adorable literary themed tights to wear and ward off the chill in the air!

And maybe I’ll make a version of these cute spider chocolate chip cookies!

Or drink these delicious looking fall themed mocktails!

Maybe I’ll channel my inner Martha Stewart (okay, fine, more like my inner Pinterest fail) and carve or decorate a pumpkin!

And you know what?  Fuck you, unseasonably warm weather, I’M MAKING SOME GOD DAMNED PUMPKIN SOUP.

Anyway, I hope you have a wonderful fall weekend, whatever the weather, and that I can tone down my hostility toward mother nature enough to enjoy my own weekend!  See you Monday!

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Cute of the Week: Corgi Wins the Dance Contest Going On In My Heart

I suppose I should tell you – in my heart, there’s always a dance contest going on.  I never win or participate, since I cannot really dance, so it’s mostly adorable animals and cartoons.   (Side note: just realizing as I’m typing – does this make me sound COMPLETELY INSANE???)  Anyway, concerns about my sanity aside, I stumbled on this video of a corgi twerking to the song Bubble Butt and it is THE BEST, MOST HILARIOUS THING IN THE ENTIRE KNOWN UNIVERSE.

I hope I’m not overselling it.  But that would be IMPOSSIBLE, so I suppose I’m not terribly concerned.  Now, to be completely fair, I am notoriously bad about keeping up with pop culture, so I am not sure if the corgi is really “twerking” here, or just moving its butt in a hilarious and adorable way.  You cooler and younger folk can be the judge of the degree of twerk.  As for me, I’ll just be watching this again, several times in a row, until my stomach hurts from laughing.

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

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I begin this week’s internet round up with a question – how many tabs is too many tabs to be open on your computer at one time?  I have 16 right now.  Between 7-15 is relatively standard for me.  Is that too many?  Is it… CRAZILY too many?  Am I some sort of tab hoarder who can’t accept the fact that I’m never going to read that article about the guy who survived 8 Nazi death camps?  OR, should I actually read that article right now? And maybe you should too???  It is the weekend, after all, and what better time to get in our long read articles we haven’t found time for throughout the week.

So here, I have a few:

First, since I already mentioned it, the BBC article about a man who survived 8 separate Nazi concentration camps.

Also, from BBC, the story of the world’s youngest cryogenically frozen child.

I actually did get around to reading this one, about why white people won’t choose predominantly black schools, but I would like to read it again and share it with everyone I know because it is really, really good and important to think about.

And in my absolute favorite headline of the week, “Have we discovered megastructures built by aliens around a distant star?”  I don’t know, but that sounds freaking amazing!

But perhaps you’re looking for something a little lighter and more adorable than stories about the Holocaust and aliens who almost certainly could destroy us?  What about some photos of dogs flying through the air and looking hilarious then?

And with that, IT’S THE FREAKIN, WEEKEND, MAN.  (I don’t feel like I entirely pulled off the use of that phrase, but it’s Friday and I no longer care.)  Have a great one!  See you Monday!

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Cute of the Week: Pets Who Are Better at Halloween Than I Am

Guys, I have a confession: I am pretty terrible at Halloween.  I have no shortage of excellent ideas, but I have a major shortage of Ability to Put Said Ideas Into Concrete Plans/Order Things Like Wigs, In Advance.  I was Carrie for, oh, I don’t know, three years running?  (Because once you have a bloody prom dress and tiara just available in your closet, I mean, you’re not NOT going to wear it.)   One year I just wore jeans, a black tank top and cat ears.  (I MEAN, JESUS.)  And this year?  Sigh.  Since being pregnant, I have made half hearted jokes about going as Donald Bump, but I don’t really want to frighten anyone (including myself) that much.  I also figured my bump could work well for an Ursula costume, body type wise, but here we are on October 14th and I still have not ordered a wig or have any idea how to make tentacles.  So, I’m guessing I will dress up this year as a 35 year old pregnant woman who has poor costume planning skills?

But!  Do you know who DOESN’T have a lack of costume planning skills?  The owners of these adorable pets.  Let’s celebrate them and their amazing owners, who definitely have their costume related shit together more than me.

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Mean Maureen’s Weekly Internet Round Up!

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Oh good lord, guys.  I am embarrassed to admit how tired I have gotten and I’m only just about to start my 24th week of pregnancy.  :/  So um… only about 16 weeks and 1 day left!  S-I-G-H.  In related news, I have a newfound appreciation for the toughness of every woman who has ever been pregnant, especially those who work much more physical and demanding jobs than me!  But enough about my complaints – as for this weekend?  I just want to meld with my couch and relax.  I have been collecting some interesting or fun things I want to read during my couch blobbin’ – perhaps they may appeal to you too!

First, before I forget, an article about how our digital dependency is eroding human memory.  Or something.  I’ll probably have to read this again.

If you like adorable squirrel pics, this is definitely for you.  (If you think they look like rats but with cuter tails, avoid!)

Also, Halloween is practically upon us!  Here are some feminist costume ideas if you’re looking for some last minute options.  (My faves are 17 and 20!)

Oh, and speaking of the source of my complaints at the top of the blog, if you want an educational GIF (yes, that is a thing that exists!) about what happens to your internal organs during pregnancy, check it!  I keep watching this on a loop and crying out, “but no, my poor intestines/bladder/everything!”

And in maybe the most exciting news, flights to Europe for less than $100 are coming soon!  Well, kinda soon!  2017!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  May it be filled with planning cheap trips to Europe and Halloween costume planning!  Or whatever!

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Cute of the Week: Rescue Raccoon!

Look, I don’t typically think of raccoons as the cutest animals in the world.  Heck, they’re probably not in my top 20!  (To be fair though, there are a CRAZY amount of cute animals in the world.)  But seeing this little raccoon orphan adorably blend in with his family of dog siblings has bumped the raccoon up surprisingly high on the Internal Cute List that is constantly updating in my head.  (You guys do that too, right?)

Anyway, I mean, CHECK IT:

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AWWWWWW!  Typically, I try to keep my Cute of the Week’s to things that have not already been splashed all over the internet, but even though this story has been shared approximately 10 million times this week in my Facebook newsfeed alone, I cannot rest until every living person with eyeballs has witnessed this adorableness. 

Because it is just:

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That:

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Freaking:

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CUTE:

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Okay, maybe that last one is not particularly sanitary.  But still!  Adorbs!  Anyway, have a great rest of your week, everybody, and maybe don’t sample the food at any place that keeps a raccoon as a pet!

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