When you get a kitten your impulse is, quite naturally, to dangle things for it to attack. This dangling provides endless fun for both people and felines. It should have come as no surprise then, when we installed a Christmas tree and hung a bunch of bright, shiny ornaments on it, that the kitten viewed it as a Major Project. Rose is determined to conquer the tree--strip it of every single ornament and bat those dropped ornaments into corners until she is certain they are dead.
In short, she's really pissing everybody off. She can't help it, her kitten brain and Christmas tree are at odds. Mr. G is especially angry at her and waits by the tree, spray bottle in hand to catch her in the act. Then he catches her and lectures her. She paws his freckled face and purrs. It's pretty adorable.
I cleverly did NOT collect any homework to bring home to grade this weekend. It feels really nice to have a weekend off. A sliver of Christmas shopping got done, a chunk of an editing job, and I (finally!) watched The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel while ironing. For a few hours my life felt like it used to be before I went back to work, leisurely and content.
My nephew who is now in college asked me to knit him a stocking cap with a giant pom-pom when I saw him over Thanksgiving. I haven't knit anything in ages, so I agreed. Today I purchased the yarn and am looking forward to getting that started in the next couple of weeks. In a fair trade, he taught me how to block people's Facebook posts. I'm too much of a weenie to unfriend anybody, it would look bad, right? But there are people I like just fine in person but cannot abide on Facebook--they post politically divisive, fear-mongering or hateful things. Or really stupid things like "Like this if you hate cancer!" "Ten thousand likes and this little orphan with a puppy will get a kidney donated to save her life!" "Share this if you believe in love/Jesus/friendship." "I got Lita Ford! What's your secret rocker chick identity???" It's best that I never, ever see what these people post so I can smile at them when I run into them at a basketball game or in the grocery store. And there are people who post every single photo they ever take of their children. These people take daily, sometimes it seems like hourly, pictures. I try to imagine a life where I'm constantly asking my kin to line up and smile. "Stop eating dinner and say cheese!" "Stop playing your game and gather together--now SMILE!" "Stop playing the snow and let me get a picture of you all together!" Then I wonder what fuels the desire to take these endless pictures and put them out there for public consumption. And then there are the people whose lives appear to be a constant party-party-party. They just annoy the hell out of me because it's not even possible to never have to go grocery shopping or stay home and catch up with laundry. Unless, of course, you are a college kid like my nephew. My nephew, who I am not friends with on Facebook, so I couldn't even tell you if he is annoying or not, though I suspect not.
That paragraph has left me breathless so I'm going to find my size 8 round needles and talk my kids into watching a Christmas movie. Maybe Elf. And I'm not taking a picture of them gathered on the couch together, I promise.
Spill it, reader. Most annoying Facebook posts.