This morning I am admittedly struggling to both stay awake and come up with anything to talk about. I have one cat sleeping on the right side, and the other wanting me to play with her instead of write. Personally I would rather join the right cat and return to slumber time. I had one of those mornings where I woke up thirty minutes or so from the time my alarm was set to go off. The problem being that it wasn’t one of those “wake up refreshed” moments, but instead a “please god let me roll over and go back to sleep” moments. The cat on the left side however wants to play with her new toy. I have talked about Kenzie and her playing fetch with rubber bands in the past… but the game has changed. Last week we had what was supposed to be a sizable ice storm, and in preparation for it I picked up a pair of snow/rain boots for my wife that look mostly like actual proper boots instead of the clunky things we grew up with. They came bound together with a length of the white stretchy elastic cord… and Kenzie has adopted this as her new purpose for being. Much like the rubber band she wants us to throw if for her… which actually works so much better than the rubber band did because firstly it is easier to see, and secondly it has more weight to it and is easier to toss across the room. She also looks absolutely adorable with this big loop of elastic hanging out of her mouth as she bounds back happily to return it to us. We’ve tried taking pictures of this but she just moves too fast for the focus to hone in on her.
So while typing this post I am periodically having to throw the string down the hall outside of my office. She returns it and eventually pesters me to the point that I have to throw it again. All the while Allie looks so blissful sleeping on a blanket I keep folded neatly on my desk to make her a bed. In truth I have two blankets on my desk and there are many nights where I will have a cat on either one snoozing while I play games. The positive thing about the bit of elastic is that while she is obsessed with it, she is not actually bothering Allie our older cat. The funny part about this whole thing is occasionally she doesn’t return to us at all… but instead will put it somewhere nearby but not quite within reach which I can only assume means she is tired of running for the moment. Last night for example there was a period of time where she decided to lay on the string. One side effect of this whole thing is that we have to get the string away from her before bedtime, because she will keep walking back and forth on top of us with the string hoping we will toss it for her. As a result I have started the practice of sticking the string in my pocket before bedtime and then after we have showered and gotten dressed in the morning giving it back to her. She surely knows what is happening but so far has not made too much of a fuss about it.
Luna on the other hand is a completely different proposition. I still have to keep her separated from the other two cats, because she still charges after them whenever she sees them. Breaking up the cats has lead to lots of wounds on our part, and even needing to take my wife to the ER for IV Antibiotics. I have a set of four nasty bite marks on my lower calf that are only now starting to look normal. I have another set on my hand that will likely always be visible scars. Essentially we just need not to introduce them again, and we sorted out pretty early on that we would end up needing to find Luna a new home. However that does not mean I am not spending a lot of time with her, because it has become a nightly ritual of closing off my office and bringing her in while I play Destiny. What I don’t get though… is she sleeps on the exact same blankets that the other cats do… and seems not to even notice the fact that they HAVE to smell like the kitties she is constantly chasing after. On a positive note however we maybe have a new home for Luna, but it is going to be one of those things that takes a little time. Ultimately we wanted to find some place that she would feel happy and safe and be the only kitty. Also I really wanted to find her a home where I could still find out details about her and see how she is doing. When we ultimately have to give her up… it is going to break my heart because we have bonded. However her living in my wife’s office and hanging out with me in mine for a few hours each evening… is not exactly a sustainable solution and is not fair to either of us. She needs a place where she can chill out and snooze in whatever sunny patch she happens to favor that day… rather than being cooped up in a office. Admittedly said office has a big ole sliding glass door and lots of blankets and chairs to sleep on… but still not the optimal solution. I am hoping talking about the potential home doesn’t jinx it.
The other big event happening in my life is that I am starting to stress massively about Pax South which happens next week. I will be travelling on Thursday and then will be there Friday and Saturday, and driving back home on Sunday. I talked about this on twitter with another user going through the same thing… but sometimes anxiety is like this brick wall that hits you from seemingly out of nowhere. I know I will have fun, because I always do… and this year is going to be great given that I don’t have to feel like I am representing anyone other than myself. The first two years I scheduled interviews and was in theory there to cover certain aspects of the con for another website. The problem being that sort of focused what exactly I was looking for… primarily trying to find anything MMO related. Instead with me just representing myself and our podcast… I feel far more open to talk to anyone and everyone, which I know is something I could have done in the past but I guess it just feels different. The problem there however is I have to now muster the emotional currency to get out and push myself out of my comfort zone, and actually pass out business cards and such. I have a massive dose of imposter syndrome when it comes to all of this… because when I hear people talking about “content creators” and “influencers”, it never really feels like they are talking about me. Content Creator has sort of become synonymous with Youtuber or Streamer… and it always feels like no one is actually that interested in us Bloggers or Podcasters. I mean sure I stream and upload videos occasionally… but my primary focus will always be this blog and the things that hang loosely off of it. So instead I am mustering the strength to totally pretend like I am legit and try my best to push through and talk to all the people.