Work was exhausting… and I need a beer.
Having a day off, a co-worker on vacation, a new computer system to master, and a boss who’s got short timers syndrome equals a lot of work in a short amount of time.
As I sit down to relax on the couch, one of my cats jumps up on my lap which means he wants to curl up and let me pet him for a while.
At first glance one would think this could be very comforting to me, but in reality it can be a pretty disturbing experience.
That’s because it also means he wants to curl up in a ball and succle himself… yes I said succle himself.
It’s one of those moments when I have to stop and think…. seriously? Is this is my life?
This has been a habit since he was a small kitten, my only guess is that he was weened too early.
I thought he may outgrow it, but he’s a year old and its still happening.
Most days I let him do it, it’s not hurting anyone, and I feel it’s probably very comforting to him. Quite frankly it’s also exhausitng to try to keep him from doing it.
But today it was different, the succling sounds were extremely loud not to mention disturbing, and I just couldn’t take it. It was absolutely disgusting.
So I put my hand over his belly to force a barrier between it and his head and he stopped.
Then he stood up, and I continued to pet him, hoping it would somehow appease him and the succling feeling. Just when I thought I was making some progress, slowly his head started to fall and for a brief moment I thought he was relaxing… that I had won, just this onece… and then I saw his head take a turn toward his lower belly and toward the succling region.
Another defeating moment for the day, but at least I have a few furry friends to keep me company and comfort me after a long day, even if it does come with a rather disturbing habit.
Oh and for the record, I know I mentioned cats… plural.. and that means two, and no more. They are brothers and they keep each other company when I am at work or on vacation, and I refuse to get any more for fear of being the crazy cat lady.
As the day draws to a close I am also finally planning one of those trips I’ve been talking about.
In a few weeks I’ll be heading to the northern California wine country for a few days and absolutely can’t wait.