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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sstoj
sstoj
14 years ago

CAT CAT CAT

kristylynne
kristylynne
14 years ago

Can I say the cat and ham are tied?

diane
diane
14 years ago

I’m going with cat. How did you get Cat to stand on the scale?! Impressive!

velocibadgergirl
14 years ago

I’m voting for Cat, because cuteness has to count for something. Also, because my cat is deceptively heavy and I suspect Cat is employing the same strategy.

Bumbling
14 years ago

Gato!(Cat)

Elisha
Elisha
14 years ago

Ham!!

Merry Christmas!!

Christine
14 years ago

Ham FTW!

Also, I LOVE that shot of Cat. So unfairly being asked to share her weight with the world.

Renee
Renee
14 years ago

I’m going to go with the cat.

Sara
14 years ago

HAM! Heh.

Liz
Liz
14 years ago

Ham!

biodtl
14 years ago

I think it’s probably the ham, but I WANT it to be cat, so I am going with CAT!!

gina
14 years ago

Damn! My old info was in there is completely outdated, so again: I think it’s probably the ham, but I WANT it to be cat, so I am going with CAT!!

Gilly
14 years ago

Ham!

Meli
Meli
14 years ago

Totally the ham. The cat looks rather fit, actually.

Lorraine
Lorraine
14 years ago

Definitely the cat!!

Mel
Mel
14 years ago

Cat…

…because, look at that ham…there is some freaky evil face on that ham! I was going to say that it could be the image of Jesus or Mary and you could sell it on Ebay or some shit, but since it’s in your house I’m going with Zombie!

Merry Christams to you and yours….and all that!

Lindsay
14 years ago

I’m going to jump on the HAM train. Those ham bones are heavy.

Tammy
14 years ago

I’m guessing Cat weighs more. He looks a little on the hefty side, and cats tend to be deceptively heavy.

Meagan
14 years ago

Ham!

maureen
maureen
14 years ago

I’m going to go with cat.

Merry Christmas Eve to you and your family!

chraycee
14 years ago

My! What a large ham you have. But I’m going to pick CAT in this instance.

Tia
Tia
14 years ago

Well crap, I totally was going to go with the ham until I read all the comments and gosh I’m really just not sure now. I have absolutly no supermarket deli experience so I guess it’s the cat. But you did throw in the little comment about the scale only weighing in pounds so it must be a tie.

I look foward to reading your posts everyday. I click you before I go to the gossip sites! I truly hope your Christmas is everything you hope it to be and more. My family will be snowed in for Christmas this year and I have to say I’m not that bummed about it. Lots of food and lots of play. That’s a gift all in its self! Happy Holidays to you and your family!!

JenniferB
JenniferB
14 years ago

Cat — no question! Cat even seems to know it and looks a bit nervous at you, over the shoulder there. ;)

Emily
Emily
14 years ago

Ham, hopefully…yum, ham.

Rhi
Rhi
14 years ago

You’ve inspired me to try and get my cat to stand on the scale.

I’m guessing CAT.

Robin
Robin
14 years ago

Cat!

shannon Dowdell
14 years ago

HAM

Fran Gee
Fran Gee
14 years ago

Cat! I love your boys!

Ham
Ham
14 years ago

HAM.

Kris H.
Kris H.
14 years ago

CAT!

Victoria
14 years ago

I say CAT! :)

Merry Christmas. Hope everything works out family wise. We’re maybe not going to see all of ours either :/

Elaine
Elaine
14 years ago

I will jump on the CAT bandwagon. Merry Christmas, and may you and your family, especially the travelers, be safe and happy!

Denise
14 years ago

Cat FTW!

Maria
Maria
14 years ago

C.A.T. cat!

Dawn
14 years ago

CAT! They can be deceptively heavy.

Samantha
Samantha
14 years ago

. . .Ham?

Barbara
Barbara
14 years ago

The darling kitty.

thejunebug
thejunebug
14 years ago

CAT!!!

In my house, the ham weighs more, but only by .8 lbs. ;) (11 lb ham, 10.2 lb cat!)

Adrienne
14 years ago

Ham!

Nicki
14 years ago

Hmmm, that ham looks solid! I’ll guess the ham!
BTW, Dylan looks SO CUTE in that hat!

Wendy
Wendy
14 years ago

Cat.

Christine
Christine
14 years ago

CAT. I’m guessing you’ve got about a 14- or 15-pound cat there? (I love big cats. I had a 20-pound cat once. When he sat a certain way, he looked like a Thanksgiving turkey with fur.)

Catherine
14 years ago

Cat. They wear their weight well, especially those outfitted in all black.

punkkitty
punkkitty
14 years ago

Cat i think.

Harvest
Harvest
14 years ago

Cat all the way :)

Jamie
14 years ago

I’m going with Cat.

Sharon
Sharon
14 years ago

1. Black is always a slimming color.
2. I believe that Cat, although appearing less dense than ham, if she’s anything like our black cat, may be denser.

Therefore, I vote for Cat.

Vicki
Vicki
14 years ago

Hmm, who knew that a Cat vs. Ham contest would receive so many guesses? I’m #297!! I had a deceptively LIGHT cat, unlike many of the responders, so I’m going HAM!!

Julie
Julie
14 years ago

I say cat. My cat looked heavy and was sooo…definitely cat!! Merry Christmas.

Jenn Bo
Jenn Bo
14 years ago

The cat weighs more, dispite the solid look of that hunk-o-ham.