Day 38 – It’s good to be me

Every once in a while, circumstances allow us to be outside of ourselves, forcing (giving us the opportunity?) us to pay attention to things outside of our own little world sphere.
I spent today and this evening with some family I’ve not seen for a while. An aunt and uncle, married for 40 years, renewed their vows in a beautiful, simple ceremony. They are so happy.
While I’m still single (and I’m OK with that), it is nice to see examples of marriages that are successful. It seems like there are fewer and fewer these days.
It seems each day, or week, or month I’m made more aware of my blessings, and I’m so grateful for that. I did nothing to deserve what I have. But I sincerely appreciate it.
So even though I complain, I know I have more blessings than ever. I’ve realized it’s not so bad to be me.

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Day 37 – Another one bites the dust

Well, it happened again: I neglected to post last night. In my defense, choir practice went way past 9 p.m. And I didn’t get home til 15 or so minutes after that. Then there are the girls to greet (which, of course, involves kisses and cuddles and little squirming bodies), night clothes to change into, 5-15 minutes of TV to watch (I know, BAD UV!) in order to wind down (that’s just how I roll, folks), general tidying to do, and then of course the nightly jig I do with my younger cat getting ready for bed. So when there are fewer than 30-45 minutes between the time I get home and the time I need to go to bed, my brain fizzles out anything that is not vital to cats and the next morning’s major chore: getting to work.
On a side note, I have gone all week without coffee, and so far, so good. I was a little sluggish mid afternoon the past few days, but it’s been entirely manageable. I’m now only drinking tea and water (I didn’t entirely cut out caffeine for a specific purpose, and still may have coffee in the future as a treat, but I was beginning to associate “morning” and “work” and “awake” with “coffee,” and that was a little bit scary). Oddly enough, though, the tea I currently drink is mugicha, a Japanese barely tea (it’s drunk in other parts of the world, too). When I first tried it, I have to admit I couldn’t make up my mind as to what I thought about it. It wasn’t the tastiest thing ever, but it didn’t make me barf (my word for humans regurgitation; my word for the kitties, as in everything, is tinged with more than a hint of babyish language: “barfies.” I don’t know why it’s plural. That reminds me: I’ll have to do a post on my “kitty talk” soon.). So – mugicha – it tastes pretty OK. Now I make it by the potful and drink through an evening and the next morning. (The teapot is beautiful. I bought it a few years ago. It’s from Nigella Lawson’s kitchen line.) So tea and water, yep.

Do you have any “special” words that are blog friendly that you use with your children or pets?
What’s your favorite type of tea? Or are you a die-hard coffee drinker?
Do you have a special teapot that makes you happy when you use it?

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Day 36 – Kitty kats

Today was another so-so day. Not wonderful, far from terrible. I realized earlier this evening that though I’d been writing posts and submitting them via my phone, I’d saved most of them as “draft” and thus they would never show up here on the actual blog. What can I say? I didn’t find or search any specific directions for the WP client on my phone. I think I prefer to learn on my own, by doing. But I think I am getting the hang of it.
OK. I do know something I’d like to write about. I have two cats whom I adore. The older one is slightly chunky, and very docile, relaxed. The younger, smaller one is the complete opposite. I am someone who takes my responsibility as their caregiver very seriously. The only thing that will separate us permanently is death or an Act of God (natural disaster, etc.). So getting rid of my girls is not and never will be an option.
The younger one has boundless energy. I engage her at least once per day by throwing an entire deck of playing cards (she likes to catch them, and sometimes brings them back to me), their soft toys, and Da Bird (link to come). But this little pest really, really gets on my last nerve and makes me lose my cool. I have to get her (read: chase her down) and put her in the bedroom, away from myself and the other cat, since that’s the only space with a door that I have (besides the bathroom, and it’s too small and I’d never shut my cats in there unless I was in the process of moving or something similar). Sometimes she’ll remain in there for 10 minutes, sometimes for 2-3 hours. This is appalling to me, and it breaks my heart. I even have to shut both cats out of my room at night because the younger one is so rambunctious: plays with the blinds, wants to chew on cords, climbs on everything. Now she does settle down after a time, but when I go to bed, I can’t wait for an hour or so before she does. I need sleep. But it breaks my heart that we don’t have that time together. Sleeping at night in my room is something I know they like.
So, without listing every single thing the little one gets into and does, and given that getting rid of her is not an option, I still want to cry. I love my girls with all my heart. The older one is “fine.” The younger one, not quite 2, is generally well behaved. It is just when I’m home in the evening and then again when I go to bed that she really frazzles my nerves.
I know one main reason for this: lack of play time. Though I do play with them at least once a day, it is obviously not enough. They are both indoor-only cats, and that, too, will not change. But now that the weather is getting better, perhaps I could take them out more often in their pet stroller (yes, I have one). That’s not exercise, per se, but it is stimulation that I know they love.
I would appreciate your prayers for my continued patience with this little one, as well as any suggestions. Thank you!

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Day 35 – Reconciliation

Tonight was our parish’s Lenten communal reconciliation service. I am reminded each year of this beautiful rite, and it is always a blessing.
Peace to you.

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Day 34 – The mystery caller

Today at work, with less than an hour til the end of the day, I got a phone call. It was the “Unknown Caller” so I didn’t answer, as is my habit. I checked the voice mail and it was from a prospective employer.
About a month ago or so, some friends nd I went to a local career faire. I dropped off a few resumes, and nothing came of it. Or so I thought. I will return the person’s call tomorrow morning. The call is just to “answer a few questions,” so I do not expect any inquiry for employment. But still… this entity wouldn’t bother calling if they weren’t at least serious about finding out some specific information regarding my education, abilities, or other qualifications. So we shall see. I’m curious but have no expectations of any kind. I’m learning the hard way that while it’s good to be positive and upbeat, it’s perhaps healthier and easier on your heart and immune system to not have too many expectations. This does depress me, but the alternative is worse: getting stuck in some airport and spending far too much on a one-way ticket.

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Day 33 – Back to it

This morning’s service was the last of the Scrutinies for the Elect before Holy Week officially begins next Sunday. I enjoyed it, but it was a little long. It reminded me of the process I went through a few years ago.
As for regular life, it returns tomorrow. An early appointment, work, a lunchtime walk, and then home to my girls.
I also didn’t want to let today’s post end without mentioning today’s historic vote in Congress. People have strong opinions on both sides. While I’m not sure the bill was the best way to address this country’s health insurance problems (and there are MANY), I honestly think that something had to be done. And knowing our history, the likelihood that the debate would be as heavy as it is now soon after the failure to pass a type of health care reform is, unfortunately, very low. So now, at least something has been done. The debate can never go away again. But now, rather than debating IF it should exist, we can, as a country, debate the type of reform we (will) have, as well as adapt it to our own flavor of “universal” health care, whatever that may be.

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Day 32 – Friends and such

Last night at a friend’s house, I had a nice “homemade happy hour.” We all agreed to bring items/ingredients under $10, and we all enjoyed some really nice fare with wine or champagne, and of course good company. We want to do this more often, to save money mostly, but also to make sure have some enjoyable, social down time since we all work together.
Needless to say, I got home barely by midnight and collapsed into bed (after taking care of some ants), not to get up until after 10 this morning. So the blogging- didn’t get done.
But today I enjoyed some more time with these friends, am now doing some laundry, and will join them for a walk in just a bit.
More tomorrow 🙂

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