Archive for April 2011

Weight Loss

April 7, 2011

Thanks to my gracious neighbor, I was able to weigh Tiger Lily. As a family member said upon first seeing her 2 years ago,  “Oh, I see you have a double wide.”

But I am happy to report that Tiger Lily now weighs a mere 14.5 lbs, down from 18.2

Weight is such an unkind instrument of measurement. Having always carried an extra 10 (if not 20) pounds and fantasizing about losing weight, I now find myself in the startling and curious position of being too thin. When someone who doesn’t quite measure 5′ tall loses 30 lbs in one year, the result is not flattering. Why is it that I used to feel guilty about being a size 10 or 12, but I now feel guilty about size 0 being large on me? Ah, vanity, thy name is (cultural conceptions of beauty for a) woman!

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Learning to get along

April 6, 2011

Here we have Tiger Lily, the top cat (literally and figuratively) and Ralph, the subordinate. They are obviously learning to get along. How does one learn to subordinate when appropriate and how to assert one’s agency, when appropriate? I’m still working on that one. What do you think?

Cat hair on the back of the couch

April 3, 2011

Why is it that no matter how often you vacuum it up, no matter how committed to cleanliness you are, cat hair never goes away?

Reminds me of the proverb from the Christian bible that says “Where no oxen are, the crib is clean; but much increase is by the strength of an ox” (Proverbs 14:4). To translate for me it reads: “Where no cats live, cat hair is never a problem; on the other hand, the increase of love in my house with cats is worth the price of vacuuming cat hair.”