What a week. And it’s not even quite over yet.
There’s the new cat. He’s a little lovebug, let me tell you. If nothing else, I have gotten a ridiculous amount of cat cuddling this week. And though I am nearly finished with the second sock I’ve been toiling away on, it’s kind of difficult to manage it all when your little kitty keeps attacking your yarn and launching his little fishy smelling face straight into yours with a “purr”! The same day we brought home Jasper, Paul brought home a new car. In fact he was gone all day driving out to pick it up. Sunday was fully devoted to grocery procurement and cleaning.
By Monday I was allowing for full cat interaction, hoping Jasper’s introduction into the general population wouldn’t cause too much fur to fly. So far, it hasn’t. Sushi has yet to venture back into my bedroom but for the briefest moments to scarf down some kibble. I had to move a litter pan into the hallway to avoid problems there. She’s pretty much been herself otherwise, though her eyes widen as big as saucers when she catches a glimpse of Jasper, and she runs for the relative safety of under Neve’s bed. Milo seems to be in denial. He has been slowly ambling about his normal routine, very very studiously avoiding “seeing” Jasper. It’s hilarious to witness. You can almost see his thought bubble: if I don’t see it, it isn’t there. Jasper doesn’t seem to care whether they interact with him or not, as long as he can run around and eat and poop whenever he wants. Considering he’s been at a shelter in a cage for several months, I can’t say I blame him.
Monday he went to see the vet. I brought my mother to help with Oona. Thank GOD. We were there for forever and a day (seriously, when I die I am convinced that should I end up in limbo it will smell of bleach and dog and have bad fluorescent lighting). The cat Did. Not. Like. It. But, he got his de-worming that I asked for as a precaution, they checked out his sneezing but could find no evidence of any problems, and treated him for fleas. (I also got two extra doses for Milo and Sushi, just to be safe. Yes, I am paranpoid, but thoroughly so).
The real drama on Monday was being pulled over by a state trooper whilst at the Dunkin Donuts drive – thru. I kid you not. He had passed me on the highway and by the time he turned around to find me I was ordering my coffee, so he decided to POUND ON MY WINDOW. Lovely. There’s nothing less embarrassing than being in a busy drive – thru with lots of witnesses and having a large cop pound on your window and tell you to finish your order and pull to the side, all because your inspection sticker expired 9 days ago. Ah well, that is simply how my life is.
Tuesday Emily had after school chorus immediately followed by Girl Scouts so I was once again driving aforementioned uninspected van and praying not to be pulled over yet again, because even though at last count there were no less than SEVEN other cars in my driveway, the only one driveable and legal (sort of) is the van. If that is not a sad statement, I don’t know what is. Anyway I took my life into my hands and brought Neve and Oona to the grocery store while Emily was at the meeting, and remembered that it’s never a good idea to take a child who does not excel in listening to me to the store. She also pointed out to me that it was “inappropriate” for me to allow her to watch Chowder (a funny cartoon we all enjoy) because one scene shows a woman made out of ice cream, and there is a suggested shape of bosoms.
Wednesday I conquered the laundry mountains of doom. Truly. It’s all done. How? I was exhausted, and I am pretty sure that my washer, dryer, and garbage cans were as well. Still, I had to drive out to two different locations to pick up the Girl Scout cookies that had arrived for both girls’ troops. I also spent a lot of time chasing Oona. She inexplicably and suddenly developed a taste for the little rocks in the large potted plants in the sun room. I guess they must taste good with the cat food she seems to have such a fondness for these days.
And then came this morning. As I watched my kids run for the bus (Emily loping rather awkwardly and ungracefully in her thick white athletic socks and slippery black patent leather clogs that she can’t quite keep on her feet, her hair an abject failure despite brushing) I felt a could finally find some relief. I had some minor projecs to tackle today (cat litter, sink full of dishes, fix shower organizer that somehow fell and exploded all products everywhere for no good reason) and then there was nothing else major to worry about. I could enjoy a mostly decent house, a half day for the girls tomorrow, and a long holiday weekend.
Then I discovered Milo lougning in plain sight in Neve’s room. Odd, thought I to myself as I wandered over to him and nuzzled his cute kitty face. He lifted his head slightly and nuzzled me back softly, breaking into his trademark “insta-purr”. And then, he sneezed fully into my face. And then he did it again. And then he snorted, and began making the unmistakable “I have a bad cold” noises. And by the way, Jasper is still sneezing, too. So it’s bck to the vet tomorrow morning. Just another instance of “things can’t ever just be boring and normal here”. Because if there had been no real ramifications of inserting a new cat into the house it would certainly be a sign of the coming apocalypse. Nothing can be easy. Not here, no way. I need a nap.