Any pause by cute kittens is good right? I went on a lovely summer vacation to Norway 3 weeks ago and when I got back to my place I found a mama and her kittens.

After some debate the mama and her surprising five kittens (we thought there were three) came to stay with us. The mama turned out to be feral so she was trap-neutered-released (tnr is a great program) and the five kittens learned to be kittens with me. Kittens in the wild born to a stray or feral mom are by default feral.

Strays used to be owned by someone and can become another person’s pet. Feral cats are wild and cannot. Feral kittens with some TLC can be awesome housecats.

The first week I spent trying to home some and making sure they all got out of their feralness. It’s really time consuming but so rewarding. There were 9 cats and a dog in my place, it was definitely crazy for a while. The kittens were seven weeks which is a key time to help them to become sweet housecats, (up to 8 weeks is best, 10 is hard but doable). Second week was more socialization with my animals (after their vet check) and more adopting.

Kitten One!

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Named “Dark tabby” was independent and docile. Was the first to find a home.

Kitten Two!

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Nicknamed “Light Tabs”. The cutest of the litter went to go live the life with my friend in the country.

Kitten Three!

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Nicknamed: Runty. Tiniest of the group, but biggest eater. Loved to pad when petted, even on her back.

Kitten Four!

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Nicknamed: Shy Girl. Softest belly, would fall asleep on me. It was super hard to see her go.

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Just look at that derpy belly. Kittens lay the stupidest ways.

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The two ladies together. I wanted to keep them both.

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The two ladies and Olaf all in one kitten bed.

Kitten Five OLAF!

Kittens wander into our house. Usually they stay. Olaf has decided to stay.

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This is Olaf. He likes warm hugs.

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Catching him mid yawn made him look so derpy. Oh derp-laf

He also likes to climb around, burrow, bite (teething phase) and in general be a kitten. He’s very independent which with 3 other cats and a dog, was essential. House is doing fine, but I will miss all those kittens running around.

They grew from 2 lbs to 3 lbs! It was half their body weight, and became so big so quick! Such cuties.

I definitely want to foster for a shelter, hopefully next year. Shelters get so full up during the summer, it’s prime catting season and ONE non-spayed female cats can breed 60+ kittens a year!! Please spay and nueter your animals.

side note: For non-cat people I know holding them by the neck in some photos seems crazy, but it’s called scruffing. It mimics what their mama does and makes it safe for me to handle them also makes them feel okay with me especially when they were in a new room for photos.

Kumamon has taken Japan by storm. He was originally the winner of the 2011 mascot contest and since then has become wildly popular. According to wiki “His success at the contest caused Kumamoto to gather ¥11.8 billion (US$120 million, GB£79 million, €93 million) in merchandising revenues for the first half of 2012”. When I went to Kumamoto in 2013 he was was everywhere in the city.

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I wasn’t a big fan when I first saw him, but all the cute ufo catcher toys warmed me and then when I actually went to Kumamoto I was impressed by how much he was there and smiling. I think the statues and good are really cute. I got my friend the Kumamoto ramen since it’s a bit famous and my man a mascot t-shirt because it was a bit too cute.

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Liz Lisa (リズリサ) has done a pen and pencil collaboration with Pentel brand Sliccies (スリッチーズ)[katakanaized it’s like 3-cheese *sideeye*].  The Liz Lisa pen and pencil are well priced at 210 yen ($2.30) and the pencil case sets are 750 yen ($8.00) the additional pen inks and erasers are 105 yen.

Liz Lisa you kawaii crack.

Do I have a pen drawer full of unused pens because I just e-mail or text everyting? Absolutely. Do I buy the Liz Lisa x Sliccies pen collection? Of course I do. Sucker

Liz Lisa this season especially has tried to reach out to a younger audience of high school girls.

//siderant//It’s even seemed sized most of its clothing down from a Japan M to a Japan S. Hips may not apply. The whole concept is crazy to me because it’s often a mix of ages when I go in and the Liz Lisa in store events definitely bring out a large age mix. //siderant//

But they’re definitely targeting high school girls who can’t stick out much in uniform choices, but can definitely be cuter than you in pen and pen accessories.

Liz Lisa x Pentel Sliccies Line-up

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Liz Lisa has put out a series of 5 colors each with different designs. They’re all available in pen, pencil, eraser, refill pencil lead and pen case set. The sets all come with a pink pencil case. Liz Lisa makes your “School life more fun”  :hearts3:

The pens are the old-school style of pens holding 3 pen colors. Sliccies gives you the option of .3 .4 .5 size pen widths in a bunch of different colors (see in-store display pics below). They say the collaboration is “gentei” (seasonal) but no idea when it will stop being in stores. Judging by my hunting around the pen case sets are super popular.

The internet has let me down on where to buy them on-line. Amazon JP and rakuten JP (link, link) both offered them from sellers but both have sold out

Sliccies Liz Lisa Pen Haul

I got the Mint Green Pencil Case set and Pink Pen. Also 4 refill Sliccies pen bits in baby pink, black, navy and purple.

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Liz Lisa x Sliccies Pencil Case Set

The set comes with a pen (empty), pencil (filled), pencil lead & case, eraser and pink pencil case (all color choices came with a pink case).

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 Filling your Liz Lisa x Sliccies Pen

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Sliccies has around 13 color choices and 3 pen sizes. I chose baby pink in a .3 mm (finest point) pen.

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Once you tear open the package you have to remove the rubber stopper at the pen tip.

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Then untwist and insert. It’s super easy!

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Ta-Da baby pink pen  :bow:

Liz Lisa x Sliccies In Store Pics at Kobe Tokyu Hands

I bought my Liz Lisa pens and pen case set at Kobe Tokyu Hands. They’re also available at LoFT and other supply stores in Japan. They are not available at Liz Lisa stores or on-line from Liz Lisa. Sadly this is where I have to say I cannot find an on-line store that’s not sold out of them. :sweatbubble:

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I have to say I absolutely love this collection. My only regret is not buying another pencil. Maybe one in blue. I love that beyond their “gentei” I can still use all the pens and pencils I bought because the lead and pen ink is replaceable. I may not use writing tools so much now in our tech world, but when I do admittedly it’s nice to have something cute.

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Someone was peekin’ while I was bloggin’

gyaru popteen cafe in lalaport chiba

Popteen Cafe (ポップティーンカフェ) is a partnership with the super popular dessert chain Sweets Paradise (スイーツパラダイス).  Sweets Paradise is an all you can eat system (tabehoudai) that specializes in desserts, but has sandwiches, salads and pasta as well. There’s only one and it’s all the way in Chiba LalaPort, which is about an hour and a half from Shibuya. Alice, Lucie and I went to see what the hype was about and stuff our faces with sugar.

Popteen Cafe in Chiba LalaPort Mall (site). Middle schoolers and up 1,280 yen for 70 minutes. Uniforms are designed by former Popteen model Okarie’s Ank Rouge brand.

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Their selling point is crepes and pancakes. Pancakes are such an extreme food boom in Japan right now. New pancake places pop-up everyday! Aren’t their special pancakes quite a site? I was full but had to still get one. I especially enjoyed the milk tea, that’s special to this Sweets Paradise location and a big boom among teens.

It was tasty and I was glad to say I went, but an hour and a half away was a long way to go for cute pancakes.  :sweatbubble:

Want more? Video of the grand opening event  and blogged about on Cupcake-Gal