cat cat cat cat cat!

ramona is napping at the moment, but when she wakes up, we are considering the possibility of taking a family trip to the humane society to see if they have a cat we want to adopt. !!!

charlotte died more than a year ago, & i think jared & i are both starting to feel like we are ready for a new cat. there are a lot of considerations: ramona isn’t old enough to know not to play in the litterbox. what happens if jared gets some weird fellowship that funds him to do research for a month? we were planning to go on longer-term research trips like that as a family, but if we have a cat, do we bring it with us, board it, find a long-term cat-sitter? what if we inadvertently adopt a crazy cat who wants to jump up on the table during dinner, or one that attacks my sewing table & scatters straight pins all over the floor? if we have a cat, we won’t be able to sleep with the bedroom door open anymore, since jared doesn’t want cats on the bed. & if we do end up moving, it will complicate the house search, trying to find a place that can accommodate both a baby & a cat.

there are a lot of downsides. but when i pitched the cat adoption idea to jared this morning, he smiled the smile of a man who actually kind of wants a cat.

we had originally been talking about waiting until ramona is old enough to be reasoned with as far as the litterbox goes, & maybe even old enough to help choose a cat. so, maybe like three? but hopefully by the time she’s three, we will have a new baby in the family, so there goes that idea.

yeah, we are tentatively talking about starting to try for a sibling next winter. which reminds me of a funny story. over christmas, we were asking some friends about their baby plans. they’d been talking about having a kid for a while, so we asked if they had a game plan yet. they were like, “yeah, i think we’re going to start trying this year. like…in the spring, i guess? late spring? like, maybe may? i think mid-may?”

finally, i was like, “stop! this is not something we need to synchronize our watches over!” i mean, it was getting so specific, i was just waiting for them to be like, “well, we’re planning to go out for thai food at 7:30pm on may 16th & then we’re going to take a walk, & then we’ll go home & fertilize ourselves an egg! so, we’re looking at maybe 11pm?” which was hilarious, but also distressing. (mostly hilarious.)

so, jared & i are thinking maybe 10:07pm on march 6th, 2015?

ramona is awake! time to go the humane society! yay yay yay yay yay! stay tuned for me being filled with regret over the fact that i made myself responsible for another living creature when i am already routinely overwhelmed by being responsible for a baby. a baby that is now tall enough to reach the knobs for the burners on the stove. she doesn’t know how to turn them on…yet. i’m sure once she has a cat to conspire with, i will be reduced to a hysterical sobbing ball in the corner by 4:30pm every weekday.

ps–i am transitioning ramona to a sippy cup instead of a bottle at naptime. today was day #2. both days, i had to put her in her crib awake & let her babble herself to sleep, but it was a successful endeavor both days, & ramona napped for at least two hours. so that’s awesome! if this keeps working, she’ll be down to just one bottle a day.

pps–this week i am starting work on amy butler’s “honey bun pouf”. there is nothing about that name that does not make me uncomfortable, but if it turns out all right, i will have a comfy pillow to sit on while i’m playing with/reading to ramona. a comfy & attractive pillow, i hope. the pattern calls for “six coordinating fabrics,” & i selected six fabrics on the internet & ordered them from hawthorne threads. it’s a little dicey because i am relying on pixels to tell me that these colors/designs look okay together, & maybe they’ll be terrible. maybe they will clash with such a subtlety that it will especially maddening. i chose two prints with a large bird motif & someone already told me the birds were too big in scale & looked “wonky” with the smaller complementary prints i chose. i disagree: i intentionally chose very large prints to create contrast with the smaller prints. but maybe i’m wrong? it wouldn’t be the first time i combined prints that wound up hurting my eyes.

Published by Ciara

Ciara Xyerra wrote zines for the better part of two decades. She has a brilliant & adorable preschooler named Ramona & sews as much as she possibly can. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas with her boyfriend. She enjoys catching up on "The New Yorker", meatball subs, keeping it cranky, intersectional post-third wave feminism, dinosaurs, & monsters. If you have nothing nice to say, she recommends that you come sit here by her, so you can say not-nice things together.

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