The other reason we needed to go to Target was to see if we could get a new cat toy for Page. A couple of years ago, we got her a wand toy that looked like a string of Christmas tree lights, only the "lights" were made of felt stuffed with catnip. Over that time, it grew to be her favorite toy, and a handy one for when she wanted to play but we had to work--Athena could hold a volume of manga in one hand and the wand in the other. But! as she played with it, Page gradually vanquished all the lights on the string, tearing one off, then another. And finally, last week, she tore the last felt bulb off the string. Now when we wave the toy at her, she looks at it sadly.
Unfortunately, Target did not have another one of the magical wand toy, so we're trying a new one that also has catnip. She seems to like it well enough so far...or she did, at first. It didn't take long for her to start ignoring it, though. But if I remember correctly, the string of lights one took some time for her to warm up to, too. We'll just have to wait and hope, I guess.
Last night Mom came over to drop off some Christmas gifts. We were supposed to forget what the one from her was, but that's going to be really hard, because it's not wrapped. We'll just pretend that maybe there's something else in that TV box. Anyway, it's kind of neat to have gifts under the tree!
Today I'm thankful for having a lovely visit with our mother last night, finishing this week's simulpub, being almost halfway done with that draft we wanted to finish, having a shiny star for our Christmas tree, and maybe having a replacement for Page's favorite toy.