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Merry Christmas, if you’re into that sort of thing!

Getting into the Christmas spirit

And if you’re not, happy Sunday, and happy any other holidays you celebrate around this time of year.

A good day to forget about all the bullshit this year has brought us.

Here are some more cats and dogs celebrating in their own peculiar ways.

Happy day!

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Conan the Librarian
Conan the Librarian
4 years ago

Love these pictures!

The Thousand Cock Stare
The Thousand Cock Stare
4 years ago

Love those pics.

Fortunately, my cat never did anything like that. She much preferred just lurking underneath amongst the gifts, watching everyone and jumping out at the dog.

Cartman
Cartman
4 years ago

Screw you and your trees, you repressive fucking humans.

Hambeast (fan of diversity)
Hambeast (fan of diversity)
4 years ago

We are having cookiemas because Husbeast has nothing he has to do today and I haven’t made cookies yet. I like to have help for the rolled cookies because of my carpal tunnel.

We didn’t have Kidbeast out because neither we nor his mother could swing the (very expensive this year) airfare.

We spent the day with Husbeast’s mom on Friday and had a very nice time. She’s the only family either of us have this side of the country.

So, quiet cookiemas it is! Or it will be once I get enough coffee into myself.

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

Happy (insert festival of choice) from not so sunny Cornwall.

Ironically there were about a gazillion dogs on the beach today but they were all running around behind me.

http://i.imgur.com/YE1JcWS.jpg

Deborah Stewart
Deborah Stewart
4 years ago

MERRY CHRISTMAS!! & HAPPY HANNAKAH!! & A KICKIN’ KWANZA!! & A SECULAR SUNDAY
to all!

What do you want to bet that the dog wrapped up in lights was sleeping peacefully when the two other dogs strung him up in lights? They’re Beagles, a.k.a. Devil Dogs. They’re always causing trouble. That’s why they look so darned cute. There’s no way you can stay mad at them longer than 2.3 seconds once they’ve hit you with those puppy dog eyes. But HOW do they KNOW that? It’s cuz they be Devil Dogs!!

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

Those are good dogs, Bront!

@Alan
KKKornwall

Leftwingfox
Leftwingfox
4 years ago

Merry Christmas here! We’re all gathered at my brother’s place and are spoiling my 17month-old niece rotten. 🙂

Karalora
Karalora
4 years ago

Merry Christmas, David! Thanks as always for maintaining this blog!

I am chilling (in a rare literal sense – it got down into the 30s in L.A. last night) at home. My family obligations for the holidays have already taken place. I’m going to see Rogue One later on.

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

Happy Hexmas everyone!

Roommates and I opened presents last night.

I got a string of Deadpool Funko pop lights for my room, and a Harley Quinn winter hat. The kind with the braids coming down the ear flaps and a pom pom on top. 😀

They also let me pick out twenty dollars in Steam games. It was going to be fifteen, but then they got home last night from visiting Lady!Roommate’s family, and I got them a bunch of stocking stuffers that they really liked and they were like “Okay, you get twenty because you did good and we feel like maybe you deserve a bit more.”

So lol.

I got Tales from the Borderlands (with my Triple Pack that means I now own ALL THE BORDERLANDS GAMES AND ALL THE DLC HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA), Void and Meddler, Rusty Lake: Roots, Shutter, Killer is Dead – Nightmare Edition, Gray Matter, The Blackwell Legacy, Gemini Rue, and Post Mortem.

(Not to be confused with Postmortem: One Must Die, which I played for my channel.)

So yeah, I’ve got a lot of interesting games to play in this upcoming week I have off. : P

hippielady
hippielady
4 years ago

Merry Christmas David! May 2017 bring better things for everyone. All three of my children will be here for Christmas which is a wonderful thing since child #2 lives 12 hours away. Family and friends and good food await us this day.

opposablethumbs
opposablethumbs
4 years ago

Best bit of today: helping Spawn#1 with slightly-tweaked versions of the covering letter for some job applications (a couple of faint-but-what-the-hell-why-not chances at a move up a bit and sideways in the same organisation).

Best bit of not-really-xmas-but-which-is-of-course-at-midnight-on-the-24th-as-any-fule-kno: sharing a present that came in a bottle, and all deciding to re-invent the rules of the card game we were playing, and deciding that the new (slightly tipsy) version was a really good allegory for Brexit: aimless, pointless, feckless and graceless, with nobody able to know what they held in their own hands let alone anyone else’s, and the deck stacked against everybody. It was pretty funny after the first couple of glasses :-s

Tovius
Tovius
4 years ago

In celebration of Catmas, have some Catmas carols:

http://www.sassycats.com/catmas.html

sunnysombrera
sunnysombrera
4 years ago

Happy Christmas. xxx

Quiet day. Mostly ate and drank while at home with the parents. Skyped with my brother who is away in Dublin, watched Lion King instead of Frozen on telly (because the former has a better soundtrack by far and I find Olaf to be really annoying). Back to work tomorrow on time and a half, yay!

rogue angel
rogue angel
4 years ago

I’m single and don’t have any family in the area (or the state), so I’m celebrating on my own. I don’t have a lot of plans, though. Another microwaved burrito? Some Bob Rivers Christmas-carol parodies?

*puts on “O Come All Ye Grateful Dead-Heads”*
*chugs from apple-cider bottle*

Happy holidays/Merry Christmas/have-a-nice-day to everyone, though.

Dan Kasteray
Dan Kasteray
4 years ago

Check this out if you want to watch Santa Clause Defeat the Mongol horde.

bekabot
bekabot
4 years ago

There were animals in the manger, and ever since then, they’ve made great Christmas ornaments.

MrsObedMarsh
MrsObedMarsh
4 years ago

I’m in the car with my family going to my aunt’s house right now! The night before I saw a play and went to a fancy restaurant with my husband. The play was great, the principal actor did a fine job and the creative set design, sound and lighting reinforced the performance. I had hamachi collar (AKA hamachi kama) at the restaurant, which I hadn’t even heard of before last night but found to be delicious. If you ever have the chance to eat it (and you don’t have a good reason to avoid eating fish), do it!

Happy Holidays, everyone!

guest
guest
4 years ago

I like to spend Isaac Newton’s birthday doing intellectual work, so I spent a few hours writing about joint stock corporations (through which Sir Isaac was scammed out of a lot of money, ironically).

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

Happy holidays. I have a roast beast cooking in the pot of crocking, so the house is smelling delicious.

RosieLa
RosieLa
4 years ago

Had brunch, which consisted of many breads, cheeses, quiche, and chocolate. Oh, and orange juice.
We’ll have dinner later, and then I get on a bus to go to my in-laws’ only to have another dinner tomorrow!!
All of the stores are closed, and I don’t have knitting needles that fit this pattern. I just want to make socks.

Hambeast (fan of diversity)
Hambeast (fan of diversity)
4 years ago

RosieLa – I wish I could loan you one of my many sets of sock needles! My chiropractor gifted me his mother’s stash a few years ago and between what I already had and what I got, I have probably six sets of dpns in size 2 alone! I only have socks started on two sets at the moment…

Nequam
Nequam
4 years ago

Ours is a quiet day, but happy. Hope you’re having a happy day too.

Sea Wolf
Sea Wolf
4 years ago

Happy holidays! 🙂

My family and I went to lunch at friends of my parents. It’s such a lovely venue for lunch, with an awning on the deck and a view of the bay and mountains.

Best bits of the lunch: the potato bake, my mom’s gammon with a syrup glaze, and an oozy, Lindt-chocolate-sprinkled chocolate and pear pudding.

sunnysombrera
sunnysombrera
4 years ago

oozy, Lindt-chocolate-sprinkled chocolate and pear pudding.

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We made Beef Wellington which worked out really well, plus pumpkin pie for dessert. Yeah I know it’s a Thanksgiving dish, but we don’t have Thanksgiving here so Christmas time it is!

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

I made arancini and they came out well despite being served at room temperature because it was too difficult to coordinate getting them ready at the same time people were ready to eat. Can’t wait to try them sometime fresh from the fryer.

Paradoxical Intention - Resident Cheeseburger Slut

So, I also managed to do some adulting today and finally got around to ordering some much-needed bookshelves and a nightstand for my bedroom.

And I’m going to make slow-cooker beef stew with dumplings tomorrow as a late Yule celebration. : 3

Chie Satonaka
Chie Satonaka
4 years ago

I’m really upset and don’t know who I can talk to. Just got back from my Christmas dinner with my mom and step-dad. He’s been out of work for a few years, his entire IT dept got dumped and at 60 he’s had a lot of trouble finding something else. He’s spiralled down the alt-right rabbithole of late, and is watching a lot of Youtube videos. Today at dinner he decided it was appropriate to start discussing feminists, how they are taking over society, how men are discriminated against, and also how most rape is a lie.

My parents don’t know I was assaulted as a child. I was so ready to throw it in his face but I couldn’t hurt my mother by throwing it out there so callously. I was abused by my daycare provider. I never told her because I know she would blame herself. But I’m sitting there listening to this man who supposedly loves me tell me that I’m a whiner and a liar, apparently without stopping to even consider that maybe the women in his life have had things happen to them. And I couldn’t get any words out in response. I’m not good at knowing what to say in the moment. So I said nothing.

He kept telling me to “not take it personally.” But now I’m home by myself and can’t stop crying. I know I shouldn’t be this upset but it hurts me to think that he has so dehumanized women that he didn’t even consider the way his words could hurt an actual woman sitting in front of him.

I was able to say that I didn’t think it was appropriate Christmas dinner conversation and I would not be discussing this topic with him in the future. (He waved dismissively at me and said, “Whatever.”) To him, this is an intellectual exercise. To me, it’s deeply personal. What do you guys do when you have family members who say these things? What should I say when he brings it up again?

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@Chie

I know I shouldn’t be this upset

However upset you are is the right amount/kind of upset for you to be <3

Wish I could help you beyond that platitude. Sorry…

sunnysombrera
sunnysombrera
4 years ago

Chie, jedi hugs to you if you want them. I’m so sorry your step dad has chosen this path.

He kept telling me to “not take it personally.”

That’s a goddamn cop out and has been since that phrase was first invented. He rants about women and tells you not to take it personally, yet the source of this rant is his belief that feminists are “discriminating against men” – which he is clearly taking personally. Point this out to him. Ask him why it’s okay for him to be offended at feminists he doesn’t even know but not for you to be upset at his rants against women. If he comes back with “I have no problem with women, just feminists” which is the classic meninist bullshit, ask him how many women does he think are feminists. Remember that MRAs believe feminism is “pandemic.” They tend to assume that any lady who doesn’t agree with their mindset has fallen to the “feminazi liberal agenda” – and that this applies to most women. He will likely start spouting off with similar rhetoric to what I’ve just said. Ask him how he could possibly think that ranting against so much of the “feminist” female population isn’t going to upset you like he gets upset at “male discrimination.” Even if he’s “only angry at feminists” he thinks that it’s enough of a “problem” that most women subscribe to it, and are thus The Enemy. Tell him clearly that this personally and negatively affects you and you don’t appreciate his rants.

He’s going to want to pretend for the sake of the relationship that he doesn’t see you as The Enemy like he does with feminists, that he sees you as “not like them.” But you and I know his problem runs deeper than that. Next time he brings it up you’re going to have to tell him in bold terms that you do not want that kind of talk in your presence. Then enforce some boundaries, then and ever after. Change the subject. Repeatedly. Be prepared to leave the room, even.

Things get more complicated with the fact that he’s in a relationship with your mum. How does she feel about this? This is kind of where I run out of advice ideas: Mammotheers, can you pick up the slack? Also if I’ve said anything above that would actually be unhelpful please correct me. Ta.

Chie Satonaka
Chie Satonaka
4 years ago

My mom kept pointing out that he was the only one “whining” every time he claimed that “all feminists do is whine.” She sets her own boundary of not wanting to talk about it and then simply stops listening. That’s why he started in on me today – I was a “new” audience to his conversation because she simply won’t put up with it.

I think refusing to engage is the answer with him. I can’t try to counter with any sort of facts or counterpoints because he takes that as tacit approval of our “debate.” Continue to declare that it is not a topic I will be discussing with him. Change the subject. I am happy to leave the room – I was hiding in the kitchen today when I couldn’t take it anymore.

Victorious Parasol
Victorious Parasol
4 years ago

I’m so sorry, Chie. What a dreadful thing to have happened.

mildlymagnificent
mildlymagnificent
4 years ago

I am happy to leave the room – I was hiding in the kitchen today when I couldn’t take it anymore.

Get happier about leaving the room. Don’t wait to be upset.
1. Get up at the first sign of shitty conversation. Walk out. Stay out for a few mins. Come back if he seems amenable.
2. Repeat step 1 but stay out of the room for 10 or more minutes before checking that he’s willing to behave.
3. Make your own choice of how many repeats you’re willing to go through with increasingly extended absences, until …

Step 4.
Leave the room. Leave the house. It’ll be awkward beyond belief. Let it be awkward.
You might feel as though you’re hard on your mum. She’s letting him refocus his shitty behaviour on you rather than her for the while. It might be a nice gift/ relief for her, but it’s a pretty shitty non-gift/ stress to you. She’s not making your life any easier.

As for your own history. You don’t have to tell them. (I’d say telling him at the moment would be handing him a potential weapon for later use against you/ mum/ either or both of you even if he seems sympathetic at first hearing.) You, I, anyone and everyone, we are all entitled to be free of this kind of conversational attack regardless of our own personal direct experience of rape, violence or other assaults or attacks.

We don’t have to suffer violation nor violence, nor do we have to tell anyone about it, in order to be issued with our protected from shitty conversation badge.

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

Screw you and your trees, you repressive fucking humans

So, I’ve been gone for a bit. Who’s this new asshole? I’m assuming somebody watched an episode of a cartoon, it blew their fuckin mind, and now they see everything and everyone as PC Principal. Guess I’m asking if this particular troll is interesting enough to bother with. Immediate reckoning seems to a glaring ‘not even remotely’, but I’ll ask anyway

Falconer
Falconer
4 years ago

Happy happy

Merry merry!

@Chie, that’s terrible, internet hugs if you want any.

Ooglyboggles
Ooglyboggles
4 years ago

@Cartman
何だと?Got anything interesting to say?

kupo
kupo
4 years ago

@Axe
Looks like Cartman was stuck in moderation, so it’s hard to say which troll he’s a sock of. We’ve been dealing with the same boring Mick Dash and Miggy socks lately. Maybe Mark, and that one obnoxious one who tries to talk Victorian but gets it wrong dropped by briefly. Mostly they try to be civil in their initial posts, but Cartman apparently has no time for that.

One test of which troll would be to start talking menstruation and see if he starts spouting incoherent insults at us.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
4 years ago

Um, I thought Cartman was just voicing the animals in the photos David posted.
You know, the cats and dogs are all like ‘screw humans and your xmas trees’ ?
Have I missed something?

sunnysombrera
sunnysombrera
4 years ago

Um, I thought Cartman was just voicing the animals in the photos David posted.
You know, the cats and dogs are all like ‘screw humans and your xmas trees’ ?
Have I missed something?

Yeah that’s what I thought Cartman meant too.

Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent + Bard of the New Movement
Troubelle: Moonbeam Malcontent + Bard of the New Movement
4 years ago

@Cartman, if you’re still around

Could you please clarify your statement? People seem to be confused as to your motives. (We’ve had a rash of…less than desirable posters long before I joined, and people can be wary.)

Alan Robertshaw
Alan Robertshaw
4 years ago

I thought Cartman was just voicing the animals in the photos David posted.

That was my take too. Or maybe Cartman is one of the animals on the photos. In which case I for one welcome our new furry overlords. (Hey, if they’ve learned to use computers it’s game over for us)

Megalibrarygirl
Megalibrarygirl
4 years ago

Thank you for this blog. It is important to me, makes me feel less alone in my thoughts and opinions. Thanks to all the mammotheers who comment and commiserate. You are people I’m glad exist in this world. Happy holidays!

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@Mish

I thought Cartman was just voicing the animals in the photos David posted

Ah! In such case, vociferous apologies, Cartman! Saw the nym, connected it with this random thing from a while back, made the leap. My B. Carry on…

Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Agent of the FemiNest Collective
Redsilkphoenix: Jetpack Vixen, Agent of the FemiNest Collective
4 years ago

Mare-y Chrismoose to those who celebrate it; Hoppy Howlidays to all! XD

I spent the early parts of my day at work at my fast-food job. From roughly 8:30am-ish to about 2:30pm-ish it was swamped. Bleh.

Right now I’m at my SiL’s house with her bunch. Once I get my phone charged up, I’m going back to my place to sleep, since I need to get up early again for my job tomorrow. More bleh (on the job stuff, not the family).

On the plus side, I managed to clear enough pidgies to be able to start catching more Pokémon again. (Did the ‘evolve then transfer’ thing with the lucky egg active to get double experience points. Make the transferring stuff slightly less painful to do, at least to me.) (I’m weird; what can I say?)

On the minus side, I was hoping to meet my new grand-nephew, who decided he wanted to be born on this year’s winter solstice than wait till he was supposed to be born in three weeks. Unfortunately he came down with jaundice and is in the hospital, last I heard. He’s expected to pull through and everything, but still it would’ve been nice to see him (and my niece) today too.

Hope everyone has a good holiday, and (air) hugs to those who need them right now.

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
4 years ago

@Axe,

*Axecalibur triumphantly returns to WHTM* 😀
Srsly, good to hear from you, lovely boy xx

Carry on, you say? Oki. So we only do the xmas thing for presents (what more reason do you need?). Us three humans and the three cats spent the day at home (it rained and it was actually not disgustingly hot – ermergerd). We played our brand new game of Cards Against Humanity (Australian edition) for hours, and laughed way more than we should have, which is the whole point.
Then the kid and I had a Terraria marathon that lasted until bedtime.
Meanwhile the kittehs had endless fun with the wrapping paper and boxes. Happy times 🙂

Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
Mish of the Catlady Ascendancy
4 years ago

@Alan,

The furry overlords do know how to use computers. They invented the internet and are basically running the whole show now. It’s in our interests to regularly exclaim over what a great job they’re doing.

Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
Scented Fucking Hard Chairs
4 years ago

http://i.imgur.com/tUEttwt.jpg

(Santa GLaDOS shamelessly stolen from here.)

Shelly Katz
4 years ago

Merry Christmas everyone!

Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
Axecalibur: Middle Name Danger
4 years ago

@Mish
Good to be heard from, my sweet oo

So we only do the xmas thing for presents (what more reason do you need?)

There are other reasons?

it was actually not disgustingly hot

72F high around these parts. Ol Dixie may have stole some of your heat. We’ll give it back soon. Promise

Also, this is random, but anyone else hating the new Google Keyboard => Gboard update. Just got it last night. Doesn’t even have custom themes. And text suggestions are set in stone apparently. Ooh, but there’s a search feature I’ll never use, big whoop

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