Wednesday, September 21, 2011
It’s sunny, it’s rainy, it’s sunny, it’s rainy . . .you get the picture.
Yesterday was busy. Worked with the students, got some of my own work done (but not enough, never enough). Drove to Sandwich to pick up the book they had on hold, but it wasn’t the one I actually needed; however, I found a bunch of other ones. Found a Cornish hen for Friday’s celebration. An evening meeting was cancelled, which meant I could relax. Spent some extra time on the yoga mat, instead.
And, of course, I have to spend a certain number of hours in the day trying to convince Iris and Violet to accept Tessa. My little diva brats are being kind of a pain. But, it’s been only about a month, and it usually takes about four months, so I just keep working. Everyone gets lots of individual attention, and I also try to get them in the same space being quiet together, rather than them chasing her or her growling at them. There’s plenty of room for everyone, both physically and emotionally, and I want them all to get along. Tessa’s a lovely little cat — sweet, friendly, smart. I don’t want her to always be afraid they’ll attack her. We’ve made progress, but not as quickly as I would have liked. This is when we really miss Elsa and Felicia, who would have gotten it all sorted out pretty quickly. Felicia was all, “I’m in charge, as as long as you acknowledge that, we’re good. Now, let me teach you all the things you’re not supposed to know.” Elsa was all, “Aren’t you cute? Let me give you a bath.” Considering how quickly the twins were accepted into the household when they were kittens, one would think they could pay it forward. I’d get another kitten to be friends with Tessa, but the lease only allows for three cats.
We’ve figured out the workroom situation, though. Violet sits in my lap when I’m at the computer. That’s her spot. Has been for years. Tessa now hides behind the screen of the laptop, with occasionally an eye or an ear coming into view, which Violet pretends she didn’t see. ‘Cause if she doesn’t see her, she doesn’t have to do anything about it. Iris sits on a nearby worktable. Sometimes Tessa pops over the top of the computer and watches, upside-down, as the words are formed on the screen, which is pretty darned cute. So at least we’re getting to work-room detente.
Last night we worked on all sitting on the living room couch, watching TV together without hissing, spitting, or growling. We managed fifteen minutes, which is the longest we’ve gone yet without chaos.
Tessa, that little monkey, slipped out when I was watering yesterday. She didn’t try to run away; she just wanted to play in the mums. I finally caught her around the side of the house under the rosebushes. Glad she’s micro-chipped, but still — too dangerous for her to be out. I haven’t been able to get her into the harness yet; if I can, I’ll take her on the deck with me, harnessed and leashed.. I took Iris out a few weeks ago — she wasn’t sure she liked it. She was a bit scared, and howled, but she was also interested. Tessa really likes to be out (she was a stray once), but it’s too dangerous here.
Getting some decent work done on THE SPIRIT REPOSITORY, which is a relief, although it’s slower than I’d like. Percolating on the Harpy book. Some day it will have a title, and I’ll be so pleased!
Not happy with the latest assignment from Confidential Job #1. It’s over 600 pages, and the first 23 were flat, telling-not-showing narration. But, it’s the job, so it will get done.
I hope to get my hair cut; it’s kind of driving me nuts. And then, I’ve got another long day at the computer.
Thanks for the suggestions re: the eyes. I think 12-14 hours a day staring at the screen, dealing with student work is most of it. There are days when I have to turn around 24K just in one class, and then switch over to the other class and keep going. I may have to up the fruit/vegetable intake to adjust. I’m pretty careful about my sugar intake, but I may be ingesting too much starch, which breaks down to sugar, so I’ll do some adjustments. And maybe do some chamomile compresses a couple of times a day. Or eyebright.
Hair salon, and then back to the page.