In which the Miaos answer questions and pose some of their own

The Miaos have been tagged by Robpixaday!

Here are the rules.


1. You must post the rules.
2. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
3. Tag eleven people and link to them on your post.
4. Let them know you’ve tagged them!

It’s hard to tell who has been tagged already and we’re not good at tagging anyways… so we won’t tag anyone right now but we will write a series of questions that the Miaos really really want you to answer, in the comments or on your blog or wherever else it is convenient.

Here are Robbie’s questions!

1. What’s your least favorite food or drink and why? This list used to be a lot longer, but being vegan narrowed things down automatically. I was never a fan of eggs, meat, fish, yogurt (and I don’t like the soy yogurt either), or milk. I did like cheese, in fact as a child, it was one of the only things I would eat willingly. I have worked so hard getting over my deep antipathies for a huge variety of foods that have turned out not to be so bad after all. I still can’t stand anything mushy, stinky, or slimy. That is a good description of bananas, though I eat them in smoothies now. I want to love broccoli but I can’t, despite many attempts. I’m not even trying with cauliflower. Borscht from a jar is so disgusting just thinking about it makes me gag.

2. If you could be a literary character for one day, in that character’s world (not ours), whom would you choose? Mariel of Redwall. Or possibly someone from Discworld.

3. What person who was born before 1800 would you like to escort around our world for a week, if you could? William Shakespeare

4. Are you left-handed? Right-handed? Both? Right-handed, but my lefthanded handwriting isn’t that much worse than my right.

5. If you have to go outside in heavy rain when you’re wearing very expensive new shoes and have no other footwear available to substitute, what do you do? My most expensive shoes are my running shoes and my winter boots – and they’re not scared of bad weather.

6. What’s the food or drink that first pops into your mind when you think of your favorite holiday, and why? Yuan xiao (sweet dumplings filled with black sesame or other yumminess) for Chinese Lantern Festival

7. Do you yell at other drivers when you’re behind the wheel? If no, why not? — OR – If you don’t drive, do you ever yell at other people when you know they can’t hear you? If no, why not? I only had a car for a few brief months and I hated every moment of driving. I don’t think I yelled much, but that’s probably because I was holding my breath.

8. What’s your least favorite day of the year and why? Not sure. I think it changes every year.

9. How much starlight do you think you’d need in order to get a star burn? My Miaolings don’t have to worry about starburn because of their fine fur coats.

10. What do you do when you stub your toe so hard that it feels like you broke it? I look for a Miao Brother to snuggle my toe until it is better.

11. How many blogs do you think there are on the internet? There are as many blogs in the world as there are cat whiskers.


1. Who would be cuter in this newsboy hat, Chun or Sprocket?

2. How many bowties does a fashionable Miaoling need?

3. How sad would it be to deprive my Miaolings of a captain’s hat?

4. If my Miaolings went door-to-door in their little berets, how much money do you think they could raise for their bow-tie-and-beret fund?

5. How many toes does Sprocket have?

6. What theme/holiday/etc would to like to see my Miaos do next in their photos? I still need to do a Chinese New Year one, but the possibilities are endless.

7. If you had to be a non-human for a day, what species would you choose?

8. What is your perfect beret color? (Chun is proof that everyone has a purrfect beret color.)

9. Do you drink tea, and if so, what is your favorite kind?

10. Have you ever heard of the Laugh Out Loud Cats? If not, what are you waiting for?

11. How many cat whiskers do you think there are in the world?

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24 Responses to In which the Miaos answer questions and pose some of their own

  1. A fashionable Miaoling needs only ONE bowtie because he doesn’t want to be seen making any particular fashion statement more than once (unless something is fabulous enough to become his signature look, i.e. Chun’s beret).. This means Chun needs an endless supply of scarves, neckties, cravats, collars, bows, etc., etc. Good luck keeping up with that, Littlemiao!

    And I’m with you on the Borscht in a jar.

  2. GanLu says:

    1. i think the newsboy hat would work great for either chun or sprocket. or maybe get 2 of them.

    2. the miaolings, and anyone else for that matter, can never have enough bowties. bowties are cool.

    3. that’s a really cute little captain’s hat! i wish my kibbles liked hats. i’d totally get it. but they prefer shirts.

    4. i think door-to-door soliciting is a very successful way to raise money. usually people give you a penny or 50 cents just to make you go away, but with such cute kitties you could probably get at least $1 per house.

    5. does sprocket have 15 toes?

    6. i have a piece of decor that you could use in a saint patrick’s day photo.

    7. if i could stop being human for a day, i’d like to see what it’s like to be an octopus.

    8. my perfect beret colour is metallic.

    9. i don’t have a particular favourite kind of tea but i really love new blends that i haven’t tried before.

    10. i’ve never heard of the “Laugh Out Loud” cats. i’m waiting for jesus and the kingdom of heaven.

    11. there are as many cat whiskers in the world as the number of angels that can fit on the head of a pin.

  3. Lurkertype says:

    2. Bowties in a rainbow of colors, although of course Chun looks best in light blue and Sprockers in red. I don’t think they need collars, though, just ties. The collars are kind of girly.

    5. 14 toes? 5 on each front paw and 4 on the back?

    6. After you get Chinese New Year done, start planning now for 4th of July. The Miaolings will look good with red, white, and blue.

  4. Mr. Guilt says:

    1. Chun
    2. You can never have enough bowties. Bowties are cool.
    3. I don’t know. Boat captian’s hats when your not on the boat are passe.
    4. Enough to fund their fashion habit.
    5. 15?
    6. I’d say Mardi Gras, but you kinda missed it. I’d say Purim, which is the next best thing.
    7. Fishing cat or snow leopard.
    8. Green (but I’m a guy, and that’s our default answer)
    9. Hot Tea: Not a ton, more of a coffee drinker. When I do, I drink Earl Grey, hot (’cause I’m a geek); Iced Tea: Frequently. Sweet tea, ’cause I grew up in the south.
    10. I have
    11. Domestic Cat Whiskers: Plenty! Wild Cat Whiskers: Not enough by a long shot (especially fishing cat whiskers)

    • Mr. Guilt says:

      It didn’t do my bowties are cool link!

    • littlemiao says:

      Oh gosh, how could I forget Purim? It has been ages since I’ve had hamantaschen. I could take photos of my miaos eating them. Maybe Mardi Gras for next year – your kitties sure looked cute with their Mardi Gras beads. Sprocket wants his own sailboat. Maybe then he can wear his captain’s hat.

      Bowties *are* cool! Clearly my Miaolings need more.

      I wasn’t sure what animal I would want to be for a day, but it would be fascinating to be a snow leopard in the Himalayas.

  5. All I can think of is that I want to be Vetenari! So much fun, benevolent despotism.

  6. Oldcat says:

    Kind of surprised you dislike cauliflower and broccoli so much – try em raw, that’s how I like em. You can dip em in some dressing too.

    If you want an odd tea, try lapsang suchong. It is a smoked tea, the darndest thing. Almost as strange to drink as Canfield’s Diet Chocolate Fudge Soda. It is chocolate with the consistency of cola. It is just all wrong.

    • littlemiao says:

      I will be sure to try lapsang suchong! I’m planning to place an order with my favorite loose leaf company and I was fishing for ideas. So thank you.

      I really want to get over my dislike of broccoli and cauliflower. My mother steamed them and it tasted like vomit. When I was little, I would have to sit in the kitchen all alone for ages because I wouldn’t eat my food. 😦 I know, tragic, right…? I’ve had a couple curries where the broccoli and cauliflower were edible and even flavorful, but I can’t seem to replicate the taste or texture. I don’t even know what they taste like raw.

      • Oldcat says:

        Raw Brocolli has a slight bitter tinge. Cauliflower is ‘neutral’, which is why I was a little surprised at the loathing. If it was all based on overcooked mushy stuff then it is less of a surprise.

        I’ve gotten raw brocolli in the grocery stores’ veggle party trays – raw carrots, celery, broccoli and pea pods with some ranch dip. The cauliflower I’ve had a local bar’;s veggie appetizer platter.

      • Oldcat says:

        I was a lot like you as a kid, (except I wasn’t all that big on cheese). Some tastes were so strong that I was revolted. Egg whites were one of the worst – the taste was so bad that I wouldn’t even hunt easter eggs. The only thing I could stand was eggs so soft boiled that the whites were not white, which disgusted my mom so much she pretty much gave up on me. Since growing up my tastes have faded and I can stand them with no problem.

        I had a change in the other direction…in my 30s beef and melted cheese started to make me throw up – like on the way home from the restaraunt. Beef with unmelted cheese – fine. Chicken with melted cheese – fine.

        • littlemiao says:

          Very interesting about the melted cheese. Hmmm.

          I think I have a mental block preventing me from trying cauliflower (and broccoli too to some extent). As soon as my fingers get near the stuff it’s like an invisible wall appears and I can’t reach it. Must. Try. Harder.

          My mother tried to make me eat hardboiled eggs. One time when I was about eight, I hid one in my pants pocket and my mother found out (I want to blame my brother for telling on me but I can’t remember). I pretended to be really surprised and I tried to blame our cat Semi for putting it there.

  7. Dianda says:

    I love, love, loooove Yuan xiao!

  8. robpixaday says:

    Wonderful wonderful Miao-questions! LOVE those!!!!
    Sorry to be so late arriving; haven’t been here for a while.

    ((((((hugs)))))) about the brocoli and cauliflower. I lovelovelove them after decades of detesting them the “raw” thing helped a lot. When they’re cooked, they’re far far worse, IMHO. When they’re raw they’re sort of sweet in that bite-y way they have.

    And that’s so true, about star-burn. Fur is super!!
    Ha! Shekespeare! YES!!!! Wouldn’t that be super? Imagine what he’d say!

Miao & Purr!

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