I had a weird cat day with Shadow, yesterday. Seriously weird cat day.
It started out at breakfast time.
I woke the kids and started them on getting dressed, then went into the kitchen to let the dog out and start warming their breakfasts.* Shadow decided to follow right at my heels, and thumped the dog when she asked why (seriously--dog leans around my legs to just LOOK at the cat, and the cat slapped the dog on the nose). Then stuck to my heels until I dropped a bacon crumb to get her to get out from behind me so I could step back without fearing stepping on the cat.
After I dropped the kids off at school, I got sat down at my desk, pulled up the current project, and started to get to work. Shadow got...squirrelly. She dashed from the laundry room through the kitchen, dining, and family rooms, then around the corner into the library where I was working, past the kids' homework table, up onto the boy's office chair. Then across the table to where Cricket (the other cat) was sitting in the open shelving between the library and family rooms. Sleeping. Peacefully and inoffensively.
And Shadow...got offended by this for some reason, and bopped her on the head. Not once, but three times.
Which, of course, scared the wind out of Cricket (I heard her fart from across the room), and made her fall off the shelf. I don't think she landed on her feet in the family room, either, judging by the scrabble-thud.
Then she decided that she wanted a lap. Like right then.
Or so I thought.
I had my ergonomic keyboard in my lap, headphones on, working. And then suddenly, when I moved my hands away to get a drink of coffee and stretch, I wound up with a keyboard full of cat, and half a page of EVERY KEY mashed at least once. EVERY key. INCLUDING the number pad keys.
I picked up the cat, deleted her masterwork, then moved the keyboard and held her for a while. Then put her back down, and tried to go back to work.
Nope. She was back in my lap before I could pick the keyboard up.
Okay. Pet the kitty some more, and scratch her and tickle, to get her to go away because she's revved up and ready to play.
So I got up and went to go get some more books out of the garage. There are holes in my bookcases where I've moved inappropriate-for-kids books out of the library into the bookcase in the bedroom. The kids are almost 10 (next month is the imp's birthday), and almost 8 (two and a half more months for the pixie's birthday). They're getting interested in science fiction and fantasy, respectively. So they raid my shelves (Oh, John Ringo, NO!!**) when they get bored with theirs.
Shadow followed me. And refused to come in when I did.
So I shut her out there for a few minutes. In the dark. Started organizing books in the bookcases in the living room. Went back out to try to get the cat in.
She was sitting on the bottom step in the garage, head cocked, watching the door. And did the funny silent meow kitties do when they know they're being naughty.
I left the door open and walked away. Called.
And she damn near took my feet out from under me, charging past.
So, I sat back down and got back to work.
And wound up having to delete ANOTHER half-page of gibberish when she jumped up and flopped on the keyboard again.
At that point, I gave up, moved the keyboard out from under the cat, and started doing other things (math things regarding last month's pitiful take from Kindle, and household budget work) that didn't require both hands and the keyboard in my lap. Because the cat wasn't moving. She'd conked out.
I wound up getting up about half an hour later to get more water, and set the cat down. When I came back, she'd gotten up in my office chair and was defiantly curled up in it.
It wasn't my lap she wanted. It was the chair.
So, I moved myself and my laptop back to my recliner, and let her have it. And got some work done. Not as much as I wanted, but better than I'd hoped.
That wasn't the end of the cat-weirdness for the day, but that, I think, is enough to be going on with.
*One child eats french toast sticks and bacon for breakfast every morning; the other eats egg muffins (let me know if anyone wants the recipe) with salsa and bacon. Takes about two minutes, total, to warm up breakfast for them, and half an hour for them to eat it.
**I've removed the Paladin of Shadows books from the library the kids can access...Hamilton's Anita Blake series, some of Heinlein's books (including, but not limited to, most of his Lazarus Long books), Carey's Kushiel series...and the list goes on.
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