House: Pyper Approved!

Pyper loves our new home! The funny thing is at the apartment, she loved her scratching box and tunnel.  She hasn’t touched either since we’ve moved into our house.  Next Sunday will be a month since we moved! Instead of a screen in the front door, it’s just glass, which works out perfectly.  When either of us get home, Pyper will run down the stairs and sit in front of the glass door and look outside at the birds, bugs, etc.  At night, Pyper will jump up high to try to catch the bugs (which are outside.)

Pyper also loves our windows.  The majority of our windows are really long…about a foot or so off the ground.  They also have decent-sized windowsills for her to lie on.

Categories: Home,Pyper

Goodbye 2010…Here’s hoping for 2011

2010 has certainly had its ups and downs and I’m looking forward to see what 2011  brings.  There was too much sadness and stress this year.  I’m really hoping 2011  brings happier and calmer times. 

Something I’ve been trying to do is to be positive and look on the bright side, even if it seems difficult.  Therefore, I’m compling a list of things/people/etc. that I’m thankful for. 

1.My husband. I have absolutely no idea what I would do without him.  He’s always there to comfort me and listen (when I need someone to talk to.) He is awesome at helping out around our home.  We make a good team and have many of the same interests. I can be my complete self and act stupid around him and not worry about what he thinks.  I love being able to come home from work and relax on the couch with him and watch a show.  I’m tempted to say he’s the reason I’m able to keep a positive outlook on things.

2. Pyper.  Although she’s a brat, she can pretty much make me smile even when I’m in a bad mood.  She’s crazy, funny and weird and I love that about her.  For example, this morning before work she was running around like crazy!! And now she’s sleeping on the stove. lol.

3. My family. This includes my immediate family, extended family and in-laws.  I love that we’ve been spending more time with my relatives and have gotten to know them better, thanks also paritally to facebook.  Now being married for over a year, I’m really beginning to realize how much my parents have done for me for my entire life (can’t even imagine how they kept everything together once they had us!)  I’m also feel very lucky for having in-laws that I get along with and enjoy spending time with.

4. My friends. Even though I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like (thanks to life), I’m still really thankful to have them in my life.  

 5. My job.  I love my job and my class is awesome.  They make me laugh by the funny things they say.  I’m also just thankful to have a job. Oh, and Kyle’s job too.

6. My health.  Enough said.

There are more things I’m thankful for and help keep me thinking optimistically and positively, but that’s enough for the time being.

Categories: Home,Life,Pyper

Pyper Likes To Eat

Her full name is Pyper Callie Bisignani.  Footnote: Callie was my first petwho basically lived for food.  Pyper carries this name in not just in honor, but in spirit as well.

For example, Pyperpurrs twice a day, breakfast and lunch.  She only meows when I am loweing her food bowl on to her placemat.  Yes, you read that right, herplacemat.

Pyper has shown a great interest in a variety of food, including Hamburgers (specifically Burger King), London Broil, Jade plants, and Marinara sauce.  We’ve seen her head in the measuring cup after measuring Milk.  And tonight we just spotted her licking clean the bowl used to make the Penne with Vodka Sauce.  She also doesn’t shy away from Macaroni and Cheese and will literally climb up your leg if you are holding Turkey.

In fact the only thing I have seen Pyper not like is Lucky Charms – with which she batted it under the refrigerator and we have yet to see them since.

Categories: Plants,Pyper

Pyper Eats Plants…

Kyle and I need no help at all when it comes to killing plants, but Pyper has decided otherwise.  She’s been eating our jade plant (the one we got the night before our weddding.)  We had the jade plant on a shelf in the living room and it was doing OK (for us taking care of it!) Pyper has recently discovered she loves to chew on its branches.  There are only two options for a new location for the plant: In a cabinet or outside.  The jade plant needs sun, so the cabinet is a no….and who would put a plant in a cabinet to begin with? So the jade plant is now outside on the table….I think it’s probably still too cold for it to sit outside, but the only other alternative is to have Pyper continue to chew on its branches….

The plant looks pretty pathetic.

*Picture to be added when my laptop cooperates.

Categories: Plants,Pyper

Crazy Cat

We should have changed Pyper’s name to Crazy Cat, but yesterday we bought her a collar and name tag with Pyper written on it, so it’s official;  We’re keeping her name. :-) I love the name Pyper, but Crazy Cat would have been a better fit!

We determined Pyper is about 10 months old, give or take a few days.  She came from a foster home with a group of other kitties.  She was rescued from a kill shelter in Newark in February.  She loves our home.  She has literally explored EVERY inch of our apartment.  Yesterday morning I was putting my contacts in and she jumped up onto the bathroom counter.  She explored the bookcase (not as interested in it as Elroy was!) Pyper wants to go on the balcony terribly.  On Saturday night Kyle and I decided to grill hot dogs for dinner.  Pyper sat in front of the door, trying to claw and climb at the screen door.  Then on one of these beautiful afternoons, Kyle and I sat outside for a bit and Pyper sat at the screen and tried to get out. 

Pyper will literally follow us everywhere almost all day.  I’m so happy we adopted her, even if she’s a bit of a handful.  She loves food. Last night she actually licked some spaghetti sauce from Kyle’s plate.

I’m sure Pyper thinks we’re trying to starve her (which I can ensure you, we’re not!) I’m taking her to the vet on Tuesday morning, so I’ll have to remember to ask about this.  Since day one, Pyper loves our kitchen counters.  I’m not a huge fan of her walking around the counters.  She jumps on them mostly when we are preparing food or if we’re getting something to drink from the fridge.


Did I mention she also prefers tap water over bottled water?

 We have learned we can’t keep things in the sink.

Anyway, I researched online how to discourage cats from walking on the counters and one of the methods I found was the aluminum foil method.  Our kitchen counters are COVERED with foil. 


Cats aren’t supposed to like the way foil sounds or feels.  

 Pyper has jumped onto the counters since they’ve been covered with the foil and all I have to do is walk in the kitchen and look at her and she’ll jump down.  We can tell she isn’t happy with the foil, but she still jumps up!


Apparently, she really wanted to check out the pot from the sauce that was soaking in the sink….it made us do this.

The past few days, Pyper was joined me for lunch at the table as well.  Pyper will also try to join us when we’re eating dinner in the living room….hence the spaghetti sauce from last night.

We’re going to try this method for a while and see what happens over the next week or so.  Our counters look pretty ridiculous, but if this works, it’s not a forever thing anyway.  Pyper can’t control herself with food at all.

Categories: Home,Pyper

So excited! Great last few days!

So although the purpose of the blog is for “funny” stories, I’m going slightly off track for this post. 

The past few days have been awesome! It started out last Wednesday (March 31); it was the last day of school before Spring Break and also my and Kyle’s 10 years….dating anniversary, being a couple anniversary? Not sure what you want to call it now that we’re married and have a new anniversary.  It seemed weird not to celebrate March 31 considering we have since 2000, so we went out to Outback for a delicious meal.

On Friday afternoon Kyle and I drove up to Newton to meet with our photographer from our wedding to start the process of making a wedding album.  We chose the design, color, etc.  Since we got home, I’ve been going through all of our wedding pictures and deciding whic ones I NEED to have in our album.  It isn’t as difficult as I thought it would be.  The most difficult part is looking for a variety….making sure I get enough pictures of just us, me getting ready, our bridal party, family, etc.  So far, so good.  Hopefully by tomorrow night we’ll have all the pictures chosen and I can email our photographer and let her know we’re ready.  She said it’ll probably take about a week or two for her to design the album with the pictures we chose.  Once she’s finished, we’ll OK it and then send it onto the company who makes the album.  After then, we’ll have to wait about a month to a month and a half until the album is ours!!  Looking through our pictures have made me really miss our wedding day.  It was one of the best, if not the best, day of my life.  I loved being surrounded by our friends and family, wearing my dress, and becoming a wife. :-)

Kyle and I decided to look at kittens at PetSmart on Saturday afternoon.  We decided it was definitely time for a new kitty.  It has been just about 2 months since we had to put Elroy to sleep.  The apartment has been so quiet without him.   Now we have a beautiful 10 month old kitty named Pyper.  She immediately felt comfortable in our apartment.  She has explored EVERYWHERE! Pyper loves to eat, look out the windows, play and…did I mention eat?? Pyper began the first night sleeping on the recliner, and at some point during the night, came up to sleep with us.  Last night she was on the bed all night.  My track record hasn’t been great with cats, but I’m more hopeful about Pyper.  She seems like she’ll be around for a while.  :-) I thought it would take me a while to fall in love with Pyper, but it happened when we got home from my parents last night.  Kyle and I have taken so many pictures of Pyper in the last few days.  I can only imagine when we have kids (still a few years away!!) how many pictures we’ll take of them!

The latest great thing about the past few days is that we just bought tickets to see Bon Jovi and Train (Train is the opening act) in May! They are opening up the new Meadowlands Stadium.  I am beyond excited! I’ve seen Bon Jovi in concert once, but it was few years ago.  I am super excited to see Train…I’ve never seen them.  We are sitting so far away, but I don’t think it really matters for concerts.

Categories: Other,Pyper