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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The seventh thing my Christmas bonus got me for is
Mittens and Gloves

Knitting on the Edge


FIIII-BERRRLYYYY KARMA!


the new Golding Spindle


another sweater of Cascade


a sweater's worth of Cascade


and a letter expressing their thanks...

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I'm making this bonus go pretty far - combining it with my varsity shopping skills, and a few gift certificates here and there.... It's been really nice for that past few days being able to say "hmmm... can I afford to get that?" and have the answer be an exuberhant YES!

I did come up with an idea this morning, and I'm documenting it here, so don't everyone run out and patent it at once. Coffee dispensers at gas stations. I don't want to run inside and wait in line for just coffee if I could have paid for the gas at the pump. And I don't want 86 bazillion gas-station-paper-coffee-cups in my car. So I figure they have a little dispenser right by the pump, and I could use my own cup, or pay an additional charge to use one of theirs, and they charge me by the amount of coffee dispensed while I was pumping. It can be added right to the tab there. Yes? (okay, so I had to walk across a sloppy wet cold parking lot this morning. What can I say, inspiration strikes in unusual places)

When I got home in the bitter cold last night, I opened the door and was nearly flattened by two cats. Trevor is rambunctious. I'm used to him pushing the rules. Aslan, however, is normally immaculately mannered. I'm pretty sure some feline-currency exchanged hands (paws?) at some point to cause enough distraction for both cats to rush the door at once. It was about ten degrees out, and Aslan's no fool, so he didn't even make it to the second step before turning around and going back in. Trevor is obscenely stubborn (okay, he might have inherited that from me) and ran off into the dark. Oscar was literally bouncing off the door to his bedroom where he is locked during the days inside, and so I went and put him on his leash. He immediately went outside, found Trevor and herded him back into the house. It wasn't quite the crouching down low thing that Austrailian Shepherds do, but it was definitely herding. Both cats were reprimanded, for my own benefit, certainly not theirs. They are cats, after all, and guilt means to them what talent does to Anne Heche.

When GB came home, Aslan stood out the counter yelling at him. Normally a greeting is given, and then we can all go about our lives, but this time Aslan would not give up, just kept yelling. Finally, GB went over, looked him in the eye and said "I know you went outside."

Aslan stopped yelling, turned around and walked away with that "Well, fine then." attitude that every cat co-habitator knows well.

Well, fine then, indeed.

6 Comments:

Blogger erica said...

I'm so glad to read that your cats do the same things mine do. As soon as we acknowledge that yes, we are in the presence of greatness and we know it (George's presence that is) then he's fine.

Love reading about your cats because I completely identify.

erica
http://erica-lee.org/knit/blog/archive.html

11:50 AM  
Blogger purlewe said...

ah yes. cats. They are loveable curmudgeons. love the image of oscar herding. lehnen has the markings of a border collie and sometimes she acts too dog for her own good. if we could only make her work for her food. Cats are funny creatures. My cat needs to be held when you come home. only for a minute, but it is a reassurance thing. if you don't do it you get quite the loud discussion on what a bad mommy you are.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey.
Yea for Oscar's big brother instinct! He wants his sibs safe & warm for sure!
XOOX,
Marfa

3:06 PM  
Blogger vi said...

do I detect a trace of thaddeaus in that thar Aslan?
hmmmmmmm
we always let them think they could explore while DH was just outside the door with a water pistle.
also we tend to take them out and plop their little warm butts in a nice slushy icy puddle in the worst weather.....
that usually gives them a healthy respect for the doors
windows however are another story

9:41 PM  
Blogger ann said...

I love your new drop spindle --- it is so charming!

7:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all of your bonus treats - glad that the items acquired are as wonderful as the bonus itself. I really like the mittens on the cover of the book - maybe the Stef/Harlot mitten bug is biting me too, now! And since a Borders gift card is burning a whole in my wallet right now, I see the possibility of a shopping trip on my lunch break taking shape.

Shelia

8:06 AM  

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