Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cat-it-tude

I'm in a questioning phase of life right now.  Maybe this is because I feel overwhelmed with work and study and gardening and family obligations.  I seem to have very little time for making art and/or writing.  Doesn't help that I have a new, young neighbor that doesn't understand the niceties of living in a quiet, working-class neighborhood.  Two all-night parties in one week = a very cranky neighbor woman.  (Last night, I called the cops.  A first for me.)
We also have two darling kittens and the homeless kitty mama that we're housing until we can find them homes.  So we're doing the "Stray Cat Strut," continually.  Stressful on us, more stressful on our existing pets.  It helps  to think of this:

So what does all this mean?  Is this my new normal - warp speed with no down time?  Or, do I need to develop a new pattern of living so that my needs get met along with everyone else's?
 
- Jane Austen
 
I know that "selfish" is not a negative.  It means I'm taking care of myself, first.  Which gives me the energy, and the interest, to take care of everything else.  
 
More of this attitude, please.
Oooh, Oooh, Oooh, Oooh,
Black and orange stray cat sittin' on a fence
Ain't got enough dough to pay the rent
I'm flat broke but I don't care
I strut right by with my tail in the air

Stray cat strut, I'm a ladies' cat,
A feline Casanova, hey man, thats where its at
Get a shoe thrown at me from a mean old man
Get my dinner from a garbage can
Yeah don't cross my path

I don't bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alley looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night
Singin' the blues while the lady cats cry,
"Wild stray cat, you're a real gone guy."

I wish I could be as carefree and wild,
but I got cat class and I got cat style.

I don't bother chasing mice around
I slink down the alley looking for a fight
Howling to the moonlight on a hot summer night
Singin' the blues while the lady cats cry,
"Wild stray cat, you're a real gone guy."

I wish I could be as carefree and wild,
but I got cat class and I got cat style.

1 comment:

  1. I've gone through times like that where I've been absolutely swamped with obligations and other people's expectations. It's exhausting! But eventually, things have gone back to normal -- either on their own, or with a little push.

    I read a book on academic writing a few years ago, and the author gave some advice I think can apply to anyone who creates -- he advised setting aside an hour every day for writing. An hour with no interruptions, no phone calls, no email, no obligations but putting words down. He said it should be treated like a real appointment -- taken seriously and not missed.

    Of course, with kitties, this can be easier said than done. ;) But your work is awesome, so I hope you can carve out some time for it!

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