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Alethea & Athena
Reading Hamlet last night might be helping 
18th-Jul-2016 05:34 pm
kitties
Somehow our timing got a little strange, so we need to have dinner in a little while, but it would be early to have it now, but we don't have enough time to work for a CD unless we want to get really hungry. So our options are to work for a short tracklist (namely, our Noragami character songs), or take a break and update LiveJournal. As you can see, we opted for the latter.

Things are actually looking pretty good as far as work is concerned. There's a good chance we'll be working on this until bedtime, but that's only because we're stubbornly insistent on at least finishing the second draft today. But best of all, I feel like we've been doing a pretty good job with the dialogue, which makes me feel a whole lot better about life.

In the meantime, there have been goings on involving kittens. I mentioned their visit from two nights ago. Well, since then they seem to have developed an intense curiosity for our apartment, because Page asked to go outside again last night, and no sooner had I opened the door than two little feline faces were poking through it from the other side. It was getting late and we wanted to go to bed, so we decided to shoo them back out and close the door, but then Page stood by the door and meowed at me to get my attention. Maybe I'm just not that open-minded, but the only possible interpretation I was able to come up with is that she wanted me to let the kittens inside. I went to the door, and she braced herself. So I'm pretty sure she's still not a huge fan of the kittens, but she was willing to go outside her comfort zone and deal with them for whatever reason. I don't know if it's because she wants to make friends but is afraid of fellow members of her species like us, or if she senses how much we like the kittens and wanted to let them in for our sake, or if she sensed how badly the kittens wanted to look around and couldn't say no to a small child. Whatever the reason, we let the kittens in.

Page was pretty good about it. She positioned herself in the hallway, effectively blocking the path to the bedrooms, and any time a kitten got close she would meow at them until they went away. She even started hissing once, but then she seemed to catch herself and was more careful after that.

As for the kittens, they were all over the place. And they brought a friend from the neighborhood, a more adult black cat. They just wandered around exploring and being generally very cute, until eventually Page decided she had had enough, so we started wrangling kittens to send them outside. They were surprisingly reluctant to go.

Page asked for us to open the door again this morning, and she actually got to go outside for a few seconds before the kittens noticed the open door and came over for another look. But Page seemed less happy about it this time, and we had stuff to do, so we gently turned them away and returned to our breakfast. That's when there was suddenly a kitten face behind me. I was sitting by the window, and suddenly bam! kitten face. We don't know how she got there, because there isn't anything by the window that she could stand on to make her tall enough. We can only guess that she jumped and then clung onto the windowsill or the screen for a few seconds before she fell back down. And we have to wonder: are they that curious about our apartment?

Anyway, the neighbor once asked if we knew anybody who could take in a kitten, and I didn't volunteer immediately because one, I didn't know if Page would like it; two, we're not sure if we can afford another cat right now (especially if we have to pay more pet rent); and three, if we can afford another cat, we don't know if we could afford three other cats, and we're not prepared to think about their inevitable breakup. But we're going to have to start thinking about it eventually...unless we decide we can just adopt them all after all. But we don't have time to consider these matters, because we have deadlines.

Today I'm thankful for making good progress on Noragami that I feel pretty good about, Page being kind enough to let the kittens visit for a while, getting to take a nice long break for dinner, the knowledge that eventually this trial will pass, and kitten faces in the window. (Never have I felt this icon to be more appropriate.)
Comments 
19th-Jul-2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, I love that icon of yours :D Wait, so if you adopted one kitten you'd feel compelled to adopt its sibling and their mama? Is that what you're suggesting here? Wow... that would be intense. Good luck making your decision!! And in the meantime keep enjoying the kitten visits and distractions :D

(i enjoyed this post's subject line and that it only related to a couple sentences of the post itself, while the rest was about kittens.)
20th-Jul-2016 04:27 am (UTC)
Oh, oops. Did we forget to report our discovery that there are actually three kittens? We never see the mother anymore, so we assumed she had kind of wandered off or something (blame Bambi the book for that impression of animal mothers), but then we saw her on the neighbor's patio just today. Anyway, since she's not constantly with the kittens, and they do always show up together when they're exploring, we hadn't considered adopting her. But Page was clearly not happy with kittens this morning, and other things popped up, so we haven't thought about it much today. And we did overhear the neighbors talking in a way that made me think they have a handle on it, so...we'll see. We have more pressing concerns now.

(The funny thing is I wrote the subject line after I made the whole post, so you can tell what was taking up more space in my brain.)
20th-Jul-2016 04:51 am (UTC)
No, I don't recall hearing of a third kitten!! Oh so many kittens!!!

Sorry about the more pressing concerns, though. It never ends...
21st-Jul-2016 01:05 am (UTC)
Fortunately, things are looking a little less doomful today.
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