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Marmalade, but not the kind you eat on toast


Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:57:51 AM

There have been developments! Small, fuzzy, marmalade ones, in fact!

Specifically, there is a very adorable cuddlebug of a 3-month-old orange & white tabby, currently going by the name of something that I can't remember, but who will be Mollie when she comes home with us on Tuesday. Today she is still at the APA, being spayed. God, I wish I had the presence of mind when we were looking at her on Saturday to take pictures - honestly, she's adorable. And talkative! Not whiny-siamese talkative, but happy "Hi! Play with me?!" talkative. The more I think about her, the more excited I get.

We'd gone in looking for an older cat, 1, 2, 3 years or so. They had a fair number, but nobody (literally, nobody) would wake up and even come to the cage bars. I feel sort of guilty - maybe we could have tried harder? but the supposedly-gentle 3-year-old that we tried to play with first would only hiss and scratch at the APA staff member. There was a beautiful 2-year-old long(ish) haired tabby that was an absolute sweetheart, but her previous owners had given her up because of "problems with other pets," and we had no idea what that would mean when we get the dogs this fall. Better safe than sorry, unfortunately.

Choosing a cat was trickier than I thought. I mean, what I -want- is Jessie (my cat from home, who is still [miraculously] living with my parents), and I can't have her. Whenever I looked at another cat, I was wondering whether she would like to eat pretzels, or lick cream cheese off of my finger, or climb the "stairs" on the chimney, or snuggle up on the couch when I was reading. It doesn't do any good to wonder these things, but I couldn't stop. Being almost on the verge of tears while looking at perfectly happy cats is a bit disconcerting, and I'm sure it puzzled Dan to no end. It's part of why we ended up with Mollie, actually... a cat who is curled up and sleeping doesn't have much of a chance to show any definable characteristics or personality, so they kept getting imprinted with "Jessie-replacement" in my head, and then I'd get sad again. The kitten actually talked, and wanted to know whether we could get her ball out from under the water dish where she'd batted it, please? She didn't make me feel guilty.

Mollie apparently likes to scratch, and the staff recommended that if we didn't want to declaw her (which I will not do, under any circumstances) we should keep her nails trimmed short. They're already trimmed, and I'm totally fine with doing that. She won't tear up the furniture, or the dogs, or us, and she's not defenseless. A perfect compromise!

There will be pictures. Oh yes. There will be pictures.

Also this weekend, Dan and I put up a new garage door opener. This was more of an undertaking than I'd expected - I thought he was exaggerating when he said it would take most of the day, but we got started around 1 and didn't finish until almost 8pm. There was a quick trip out to Lowe's in the middle there, but it couldn't have taken more than half an hour. My arm is aching - I can't imagine what he's feeling like - but hey, we did it!

The opener that we replaced must have been original to the house. It was a Genie "Automatic Garage Door Opening Mechanism" or something of the kind, in that puke yellow-green color that everything from the 70's seems to be (see: the tiling in the kitchen). The new one, on the other hand, is all stainless and dark blue, and has all those qualities most prized in garage door openers. Efficiency, quiet, and did I mention quiet?

One down, one to go... the second one will go much more quickly now that we're not total noobs.

We filled up the van with all the trash which moving into a new house seems to generate, including the boxes from the grill and lawnmower, not a few pizza boxes, &c &c. The garage was getting full, weekly trash pickup was -not- going to want to take all of that stuff, and so Dan's boss came to our rescue when he offered up his dumpster. I can't properly express how good it feels to be able to see that corner of the garage again... it's gotta be a 'house' thing. Like suddenly understanding why your mother always told you to "Shut the door! What, were you raised in a barn?!" These things take on a more immediate meaning when leaving the connecting door open between the house and 30-degree garage all day translates directly to one's electric bill.

Still to do: wire up the surround sound, run cable into the master bedroom, hang the ceiling fan in the office, build the garden.



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