One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


Meet Irish. Our New Kitten.

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Irish our kitten

Let me set the scene. Every night the husband and I veg on the couch after the toddler goes to bed. I plug in the laptop, grab a pillow, place it on my lap and blog away while watching TV. I’m not kidding, this is EVERY night.

Well last night my “leisure” time got a late start after we returned from picking up the kitten. Irish was one of 4 kittens found abandoned and nursed back to health. She’s 10 weeks old, friendly as hell and completely adorable! She immediately fit in to our little family and (as you can see) made herself quit at home. This is the scene as I lower my laptop screen. I think she likes the heat.

The toddler is more then smitten with his new buddy and I couldn’t be happier. Even though I’m allergic I always liked having cats around. I’m just an animal person.

Anyway, today was, let’s just say, stressful. The toddler stayed home from school. He’s had a bad cough for a week now and he’s just off. No appetite, always tired. I think it’s allergies. He’s been miserable.

I’m signing off early, I need sleep and I have to do my push ups!

P.S. YES we ARE Notre Dame people. You other college football fans understand, I’m sure. :~)

Food Points
honeydew 1
Quick Ramen Noodles with Mushrooms 7
rice cake – will post food find soon! 1
Burger on a whole wheat English Muffin and a side of cucumber slices 6
granola bar split with the toddler 1
Turkey "steak" with a side of cauliflower & whole wheat Stovetop 9
a 4 point chocolate chip cookie (ohhh and it was SO hard to stop at 1) 4
pretzels, too many pretzels 5
Total : 34
Nada, but sore as hell from yesterday, tomorrows boot camp and I have a run scheduled for Sat!

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    August 28, 2008

    Oh my goodness, Irish is adorable and that is the cutest picture!!! I love, love, love cats. They are the coolest pets. Congrats on the new addition to your family!


    August 28, 2008

    HI Roni.

    Irish is too cute. So glad to hear “the toddler” is smitten. We had a cat but he passes on almost three years ago. My dd still remembers him and talks about him often. I would love to get another kitten, but I think we will wait until the baby is a little bit older. Thanks for sharing.
    WE ARE…
    …Penn State!!!!


    August 28, 2008

    Them fighting words!


    I used to cheer for PSU, then I met the husband. 13 years later he has me bleeding blue and gold.


    August 28, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    I have been reading your site for about a year now….love it!!!!!!!! I have never commented before until now….We too are huge ND fans…….MY husband eats, breaths and sleeps Notre Dame!!!!!!!!!!!! Love the cats name…of course!!!!! You have been a huge inspiration to me in my weight lose journey and I thoroughly enjoy you and your website!!!!!!!!!!

    LETS GO IRISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    August 28, 2008

    Awww, so cute! My oldest toddler isn’t so fond of cats, but my little one is obsessed! Our poor cat runs whenever he is around. And all he wants to do is lay his head on her like a pillow. She looks just like a cat we adopted years ago who only had 3 feet and was the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen. Just like yours, she liked to sit under the heat of the desk lamp.

    OK, sorry for going on about my cat. Hope the little one is feeling better – it’s terrible you just can’t make it go away, right?


    August 28, 2008

    Soooooooooo cute! She looks so cuddly!


    August 29, 2008

    your kitten is ADORABLE! aw she looks so innocent =)


    August 29, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    Your new kitten is very cute. I wish my kitten liked to snuggle while I was on the computer, but instead she only wants my attention when I am cooking in the kitchen. :)


    August 29, 2008

    Oh gosh, your new cat’s adorable! Why did you name her Irish?


    August 29, 2008

    She looks lovely!!


    August 29, 2008

    Cats Rule!


    August 29, 2008

    adorable kitty!!!!
    Go Dawgs!!!!! Sic’ ’em!!!


    August 29, 2008

    Awww… so cute! I think I need a kitten… my cats are all big and beastly now. Too bad kittens grow up lol

    Go Irish :) First game of the season coming up soon!


    August 29, 2008

    Inny – Irish is the name of the husbands football team.

    Thanks guys, she is a cutie!


    August 29, 2008

    Hey Roni,

    Irish is so cute, I don’t know if your remember me telling you we have 3
    cats, and they are just the best! She will bring so much to your life, I am allergic to cats as well funny enough. Becareful Roni I found it hard to stop at one that is the reason I have 3 LOL.
    I hope your boy is feeling better soon, nothing worse then having a sick toddler.
    Have a great weekend.
    Your Canadian Buddy
    Christine :o)


    August 29, 2008

    Christine is right, it’s hard to stop at one kitty! I used to have cats when I was little, but hubby is allergic, so we’re dog parents now. We have no kids, so she’s our baby. Anyway, Irish is adorable. I was just realizing yesterday that I never saw any pets in your videos or posts, and now you’ve got this little cutie. She looks like she’s adapted well already.

    Have a good weekend!


    August 29, 2008

    She is adorable! I think it is great that the toddler now has a pet and is old enough to understand it all. Too cute! Glad to hear she is fitting in well! If you ever need a cat sitter – we are available Our dogs like cats…now how Irish will feel about them… :)


    August 29, 2008

    Oh I see…*blush* You have to excuse my college football ignorance…


    August 29, 2008

    What a gorgeous pic! Irish obviously become very attached to you in a short time. What a wonderful addition to your family. My kitten is 5 years old now and I miss lap-time.


    August 29, 2008

    kay – so I am NOT a cat person… but this one is pretty darned cute! COngrats on the addition to your family – and so happy you chose to “rescue” this little one instead of buying from a store (oh, don’t get me started!).

    Your evenings sound a lot like ours. Though for us, it is me who is blogging and hubby is surfing the net (we take turns on the computer) for the latest Guitar Hero World Tour rumors… :)

    Have a great long weekend!


    August 29, 2008

    Hi Roni,

    Love your site. Your new kitty is really cute. I love cats but can’t live with them at all as my allergy to them sets off asthma attacks. I hope your son isn’t allergic to the new kitty, you said he hasn’t been feeling well.
    Keep up the awesome work, and thanks for all the great ideas and inspiration!


    August 29, 2008

    Irish looks so sweet….she already loves mommy! :) I love the new addition to your this the only pet you have? I’m sure the toddler will love having a pal around. I had cats but had to get rid of them because the dogs didn’t get along with them..and somehow the cats were the ones to go :( dad won that battle..and now that I’m on my own I could have taken them..booo

    and my boyfriends cat….was the cutest thing he had his cat from the time he was three until this past january and my bf is now 25 so the cat was his “sibling” growing up since he was an only child and they literally grew up together…and was his pal forever..20 something years together with an animal that is a LONG time….which i’m sure will be the case with Irish and ryan….they will have a lovely bond…

    P.S. Go purdue!!! Sorry but thats where I went to college… :)


    August 29, 2008

    roni, i love irish!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sooooooooo cuteeeeeeeeeeeee bless her. :) i adore cats soo much… i had one for 7 yrs…:( can’t get a new one now.. too emotional for that and it’s been almost a year.


    August 29, 2008

    Ah, so you suspect Ryan has allergies, you are allergic to cats, and you bring one into the house. I can see why that kitty is irresistible, but remember, it will grow up into a full fledged cat. I am allergic to cat dander also, and if I am in a house with one for more than an hour, my eyes get red and swell up and itch and then hurt, and my nose starts running, then it gets all stuffed up. It’s miserable. But hey…’s your life….tehehehe.

    Another funny…..for a minute, I thought your upside down apple (from your Mac) was a “puddle” that the kitty made…tehehehehe…..isn’t that funny?


    August 29, 2008

    Your new kitten is too cute for words!
    Thanks for the push ups link. I should do this program! It would help me so much I’m sure!
    Have a great long weekend! :)


    August 29, 2008

    He is adorable! I love all things Irish so the name is perfect!


    August 29, 2008

    what a cutie! So, is Ryan in love with the little furball?


    August 29, 2008



    August 30, 2008

    Awesome kitty! We have four. We started with a stray who wandered up. Then I had always wanted an orange kitty, so we went looking for one. The orange kitty we found had a sister, and the adoption place didn’t want to separate them, so we took both. Of course we love the sister too, so it wasn’t a sacrifice. Then we went on vacation, and when we first arrived at our hotel, we saw this tiny kitten trying to get in the back door of the hotel. We thought he was lost, so we took him in to see if someone was missing him. It turns out he was a stray and the hotel staff had been feeding him. He was too tiny to put back out, so we kept him in our hotel room for the week fully intending to take him to a no kill shelter when we got home. Of course we fell in love with him, and he is now named Quincy as he is from La Quinta Inn!

    I have allergies too. I take Clariton during the day and Benedryl at night. It keeps it under control. Also diligent vacuuming and washing help. I’ve also heard people suggest keeping the kitties out of the bedrooms to help control allergies. Sorry for the long story, but as an English teacher, I don’t know the meaning of short.


    August 30, 2008

    That cat is adorable! Congrats on the new addition to your family.


    August 30, 2008

    Awwwwwww, Irish is adorable! Her fur is beautiful. I just want to pick her up and cuddle her! I love cats.


    August 30, 2008



    Okay, just had to get that in. The kitten is adorable. Have fun with her.


    August 30, 2008

    Too cute! My dog always tries to get in my lap when I’m on my laptop–I think it is the heat. We debated naming our dog Georgia, even though she is a poodle and not a bulldog.

    I, too, understand the college football mania. UGA’s first game was today and I became a football widow once again. (I’m joking–DH isn’t too bad about it, thank goodness!)


    August 31, 2008


    I’m really allergic to cats too, and I have three! I give all of my cats baths every two weeks or so, and it helps sooo much! It cuts down on their dander by 75 percent. If you start giving Irish baths now while she’s young, then it will be much easier. All of my cats dont like it, but they put up with it. My allergist says this is a good thing to do, AND he also says that you develop some resistance to your own animals. So maybe Ryan’s symptoms will get a little better over time. I know I’m much sneezier around other people’s animals. :)

    I hope this helps! If you need bath advice, shoot me an e-mail. There is a suggested technique! :)

    She’s so beautiful. Having her will make all of your lives better.



    September 2, 2008

    Love the cat! My two kitties are so spoiled. They are 4 years old, brother and sister, grey and white. I am a couch blogger too, btw. I catch up on any blogs that I was not able to read while I was at work. Many times if there is a video I have to wait until I am home. My husband enjoys the videos too. Anytime we see a mango in the grocery store he will mimic Ryan and say “My mango! MY mango!”


    September 5, 2008

    Hi there! Newish reader but longtime cat lady here to say congrats on your adorable new family member! And thank you for giving a home to an abandoned kitty!


    November 25, 2009

    Awwwwwwwwwwwwww! Sooooooooooo cute!!!- Pam