May 25th, 2007


Luckie in a Box

For the last few days, the piggies "temp box" -- where I stash them when I clean their cage or, in this case, take them out to meet neighbors -- has been lying around in the living room. It's a cardboard box that at once point was filled with Subway tomatoes. It's got a hay-covered dishtowel and some piggy poopies in there.

Anyway, Luckie seems quite fond of this box, sitting and sleeping in it no matter where I put it -- on top of the table (where she's not allowed), on the windowsill, wherever. She doesn't seem to mind getting covered in hay and hay dust. In fact, I think she likes it, just like she likes lying in Abbie & YinYang's cage. I think this is her way of being an urban barn cat perhaps?

"This is my serious face."

Meanwhile Honeykin (yeah, one of her nicknames) has been so cute all night. She's still got that playful kitten quality and is pretty easily amused. She's been acting a lot nicer lately, which I swear comes as a result of the Sofie drama. I do hope she'll keep the sweet attitude over the weekend while I'm gone. The last time I was out of town (Christmas) seems to have been disastrous and it's taken five months for her to learn to trust me.
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Ready, set, Montreal!

Thanks to a really late night followed by work this morning, I've managed to get the worst of the mess in my house cleaned up. The main room is all picked up, dishes washed, pets' cages clean, pets' food and water filled, all my laundry has been washed, most of the laundry put away, bathroom picked up, and the bed has *sheets* again. Also, my bags are packed. There's still a lot more to do, including putting away the pile of shoes and boots and attending to the tons of papers and bills lying on the dresser and desk here... but that can wait, since at least now it doesn't *stink* in here and I can walk across the bedroom on the actual *floor*. Meanwhile Luckie's sitting on my suitcase and being generally clingy because of course she *knows* I'm going. Aw, kitty.

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So it's around 10 and Caleb and I are safe and sound -- very much so -- here in Montreal. It's *so* nice, with a bit of all the good stuff, which together makes something amazing. The food, the architecture, the sophistication, the arts scenes (gotta love good street violinists), and I swear even the street people... are just delectable! Our B&B, The Simone, is also great, very cosy, comfortable, perfect service, good room, outside terrace for breakfast with a buffet featuring the (for Caleb) all-important croissants.

We arrived around 4:30 and got through customs etc. around 5, when we got a private bus service to downtown. Regular public service is down, so it was extra crowded on board and the highway traffic was bad too. We got to the Simone around 6:15 and once we'd settled, went for a nice walk, where we were stunned with the wonders of the city. For dinner we found an Italian place in the old city that was rather empty but actually quite good, then we roamed around the oldest parts of the city for a bit and found some a shop that specializes in pastries, gelato and maple syrup. We got yummy gelato. We took a long walk back here and dropped by the corner supermarket, which is trashy but lovely because oh, we can make a nice dinner here (we can use the kitchen except at breakfast).

It's about 80 here today and this place doesn't have AC so it's rather sticky but hopefully if I take a shower before bed and we keep the window open a bit, I'll be able to sleep. (I've never been able to sleep in summer w/o AC. I can sleep and be freezing, but not be hot.) Anyway, looking good....