Excepting a few short outings here and there, I’ve basically been holed up in my house since last Wednesday. That’s a long time to be stuck inside a less-than-2000-square-foot space with unlimited access to baking supplies. Totally unrelated piece of trivia, did you know that it’s possible to gain five pounds in a week?

I would have thought that being housebound this long with the kids would have made me Homer-Simpson-something-something crazy by now, but it’s been . . . well, I do so love to complain, but truthfully it’s been kind of nice. Really nice, actually. The boys seem to have reached some kind of awesome stage where they aren’t so enormously different in ages and abilities, and I keep catching them just sort of contentedly hanging out. I can’t quite describe how it makes me feel to see them playing together or listen to Riley’s happy chatter interwoven with Dylan’s babbling. There needs to be a whole new language for that sort of joyous, heart-expanding goodness; it eclipses all things.

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Before this snowbound business I had been feeling kind of sad about Dylan, about how he’s growing so quickly and entering into the realm of knowing what he wants and not being afraid to complain about it, often at ear-splitting levels. Where did my good-natured little baby go, I kept wondering, but oh, he’s still here. It’s easier to see it when life isn’t so rushed, that’s all. When we don’t have to run around all crazy in the morning getting everyone out the door, when evenings aren’t a stressful mess of hurried meals and tired kids and exhausted parents.

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My mother and aunt were going to come for an early Christmas last Saturday, but we had to take a snow check. Now it’s unclear whether JB’s parents will make it, they’re battling their way up I-5 but last we heard they were in Salem and going about 30 MPH. We may be on our own for the holiday, and while that’s a bummer, we’re certainly not the only ones — I have coworkers and friends all over the place here in town whose family plans have been completely derailed by the weather.

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We remain optimistic about the possibility of hosting a big family meal, though, and have picked up our Giant Hunk O’ Ham. No matter what, we’re certainly not lacking for food around here (see also: five pounds). And thus it’s time for that classic holiday game played throughout many cultures this time of year . . . CAT OR HAM?

Which weighs more, our cat?

Or a bone-in ham?

The rules are simple: you place your guess in the comments, I’ll randomly pick a winner from the correct guesses, you win an Interesting Prize.

You should know that 1) we did get Cat to stand on the scale with her full weight, and 2) my scale only measures to the pound.

CAT?
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OR HAM?
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** Comments closed! CAT OR HAM data being compiled now . . .**

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Erika
Erika
13 years ago

CAT!

Jake
Jake
13 years ago

MoFo, please. It’s the HAM.

Emily
Emily
13 years ago

How much does evil weigh? Cat.

biscuit
13 years ago

Man, this is quite the election. . .

Although I think they will be neck + neck with weight, I’m gonna have to place my ballot in the . . .

CAT box.

erin
13 years ago

HAM. Totally. ham. (sorry, Cat.)

jenny
jenny
13 years ago

totally ham. totally!

carrie
carrie
13 years ago

ham, but only slightly.

Sally
Sally
13 years ago

HAM. But maybe that’s just because I’m so hungry right now.

karen in AK
karen in AK
13 years ago

Assuming Cat has recently left you a horked-up surprise in your closet, I’m going to go with HAM!

Mari
Mari
13 years ago

Tough one, I’ll bet it’s close but I’ll say CAT

April
April
13 years ago

I’m going to go with Ham.

Casey
13 years ago

Ham.

Kristen
Kristen
13 years ago

I’m going with CAT!

Nikki
13 years ago

Ham!!!

Kimbo
Kimbo
13 years ago

I will guess: CAT.

Also, the picture of the snow are beautiful, and I am jealous.

Kim
Kim
13 years ago

I say Cat!!!!

Amy H.
Amy H.
13 years ago

ham our cat is looks about the same size and color.

beth
beth
13 years ago

That depends on whether the cat has also had unlimited access to baking?!
So I guess cat.

veralynn
13 years ago

Cat could totally eat a bone-in ham. Cat wins.

Anonymous
Anonymous
13 years ago

Okay, first of all yes I do know that you can gain five pounds in a week because I have. What’s with all the eating and stuff?

Your photos of the recent snowfall are beautiful, and so are your kids. The families displaced by weather during the holiday season however, totally sucks.

I’m putting my bet on CAT.

Happy Holidays to you and your family Sundry!

SJ
SJ
13 years ago

Hi, my name is doofus. I’m the anon commenter above who forgot to put in their name information.

It’s all the eating I’ve been doing, I swear. I’ve lost my brain.

Michelle in Maryland
13 years ago

Cat. For reals.

catherine
catherine
13 years ago

is there a bone in the ham?

Stacy
Stacy
13 years ago

Ham.

Cat would like a piece of that Ham with just a bit of brown sugar and orange juice glaze, and then to take a swat at Dog for even thinking about taking her piece.

Fay
Fay
13 years ago

ham ham ham.

michele
michele
13 years ago

Cat. Also, beautiful pic of bird.

Bishop
Bishop
13 years ago

Cat – because I once owned a fat cat.

Emily
Emily
13 years ago

Bone-in ham for the win!

Carolyn
13 years ago

Ham

Rowen McKenzie
Rowen McKenzie
13 years ago

Cat- well, at least my cat…

mnerva
mnerva
13 years ago

Oh, Cat for sure. I cheated and looked at the Martha Stewart recommended allowances for ham. L, I want to wish you and yours a very wonderful and happy holiday. Thanks oh so much for providing such abundant entertainment and enjoyment over these many last years. You’re the best.

H
H
13 years ago

C-A-T Cat

laura
laura
13 years ago

i’ll go with the cat. thanks

Philos
13 years ago

Poor Cat looks abashed: “You… you think I’m fat?”

Cat seems to be about the same size as my cat, so I’d guess Cat is around 11-12 pounds. The Ham is harder, especially as a couple people mention having 12-lb hams of their own that look smaller than the pictured Ham, but I’m going to rely on my old supermarket deli experience and guess that Ham is around 8 pounds. Consequently, Cat is heavier than Ham.

Kate
Kate
13 years ago

I vote cat. Although the ham is certainly quite large.

kali
13 years ago

my cat looks to be similarly sized, and he’s much heavier than I’d imagine a ham would be. I go with CAT.

squandra
squandra
13 years ago

Ham?

Lily
13 years ago

I say cat.He certainly took his time with the baking supplies.

Rachel
Rachel
13 years ago

Gosh, what a tough one. My brain hasn’t worked this hard in awhile. I’d say cat.

I hope Xmas works out for you. Happy Holidays!

Chaya
Chaya
13 years ago

Cat, because I’m getting too grossed out to think any more about the bone-in ham vs. bone-in cat choice.

bouncy czech
13 years ago

cat

Ellen
13 years ago

Which weighs more, evil or pig fat? Wait, pig fat is evil…

Evil!

I mean…I too believe it’s a tie.

Miellyn
13 years ago

Oh, the ham, definitly. Cats are way more hair than body…

Amy
Amy
13 years ago

I’ll go with cat. They can be deceptively big. I’d wager that the cat weighs more than our chihauha (he’s only 10 lbs). Your boys are adorable and I would love to know where you got the hat Dylan is wearing, it is too cute. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and are able to spend it with your extended family. I am missing all mine that are in Seattle. All that snow… how I longed for that as a child.

Anais
Anais
13 years ago

Cat is so adorable.

I’m going with HAM.

Barbara
Barbara
13 years ago

ham, though I’m sure the cat is a ham at times!

Jen B
Jen B
13 years ago

Cat for sure!

Squeeky
13 years ago

I’m going to have to go with HAM. Cat just looks too svelt.

JennyW
13 years ago

My cat Gyro could be Cat’s twin, and he weighs 18 lbs… but I’m afraid Cat still appears bigger than him. I’m really not sure how much an average ham weighs, but I still think Cat has it beat, bone or not. And we all know cats don’t have bones since they turn to a puddle of jello when you try to make them do anything. Like not napping on the dining table.

Joanne
13 years ago

Ham