Operation: Make Zen Happier is in full effect. This was taken a moment before Zen pounced like a kitten on her new catnip jellyfish. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: Zen gnawing.
Zen needs a heated mat and a portable radiator these days. She was born in Alabama and anything other than a tropical climate is too cold for her old bones. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the tumble-dryer.
Zen wants to cuddle. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: ugh. Just ugh.
Zen was sitting so prettily that I tried to take her photo. At the last second, she reached for me. All things considered, I’d rather have the kitty snuggles than the photo. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the kettle boiling.
I’ll be hiding inside for a few days while I recuperate from the cold that finally won. Zen is helping by performing quality assurance testing on the radiator. If you haven’t read Naomi Kritzer’s wonderful story, “Cat Pictures Please” already, I highly recommend it. Writing from: my sickly … Continue reading Day 281 of Project 365: Cat pictures, please.
Today I made vegetarian mole chili, cornbread, and raw chocolate chip cookie dough bites. Tonight I am full! In the wee hours of the morning, Zen heaved herself up the stairs not once but twice because FunkyPlaid and I were too asleep to pay … Continue reading Day 276 of Project 365: Sunday cooking.
It’s autumn, all right. Everyone in this house is feeling sick and/or chilly, and Zen has claimed her spot next to the portable radiator. Time for more sleep. Writing from: my study in Portland, Oregon. Listening to: the ending credits of “Zootopia”. Cute film.
Zen is teaching me how to relish my three-day weekend. She is really good at recharging. Writing from: my study in Portland. Listening to: “When You Wish Upon a Star” by Cliff Edwards & Disney Studios Chorus.
Nearly twenty years ago she crash-landed on Earth. I couldn’t pronounce her alien name but “Tazendra” works all right. If I promise to fork over the food she begrudgingly allows me to cuddle her for a few minutes at a time. It’s a good arrangement. Writing from: my … Continue reading Day 250 of Project 365: Me and my alien.
Like many pet owners, I have a million nicknames for my cat. I have so many nicknames for Zen that I rarely call her by her actual name. Currently the frontrunner is Chimichanga. She resembles a deep-fried burrito, no? N.B. The Wikipedia entry for “chimichanga” is unexpectedly and delightfully … Continue reading Day 240 of Project 365: Pet names.