Thursday, March 26, 2009

Contrary Colorado, Cute Kitties

Remember how, merely yesterday, I waxed rhapsodic about spring in Colorado? This morning, when I got up it was cold and dry outside. 20 minutes later it began to snow. 40 minutes after that there were three inches of wet, heavy snow built up on our back porch, and I stood at our front window watching the snow accumulate on the white-blossomed trees across the street.

My walk to work was far wetter and colder than it had been in quite some time. I held an umbrella over my head, which succeeded in keeping my head dry but the rest of me got quite covered in ploofy (yay! ploofy!) wet stuff. I snapped a few photos to compare with the ones I got one week ago today.

I stepped through the door of work, hands aching in my crappy gloves (the good ones were still in the car from this past weekend's trip), only to find that everyone was being sent home. Apparently, we're supposed to get over a foot of snow today, perhaps even more, and the conditions were absolutely wretched and unsafe and will probably only get worse. I'm the only one who walks to work, so I can still make it in even if there's three feet piled up, but I'm not going to say no to a snow day at home with my husband. One of the two people left at work by the time my hands warmed up to merely uncomfortable kindly gave me a ride home so I didn't have to walk back in the nastiness. There's warm chai in my mug, two cute yet confused kitties winding around our legs, and the ploofs are still coming down outside.

Speaking of cute kitties, here's something I've been meaning to post for a while. Our cats have very different habits and different personalities, and I've caught each one doing something endearing recently.

Case in point: Petra loves to sit in things that are just Petra-sized. A box lid on the floor will soon have a small black and white cat perched inside. This was some packaging that came with the router when we got our very own internets last month, and Petra wasted no time in depositing herself inside.

Loki is our lap ho. He is especially pleased to help when one is using a laptop, and will likely drape himself over both hands and arms, sure his assistance with ball-warming and hand-pinning will be welcome.

Finally, I finally got around to getting their most interesting behavior captured on video. Each of them developed a trick in order to get a kitty treat - neither of them were trained to do so, yet each one does something unique. Dan was kind enough to edit the video down for me (the original had each cat doing a trick and taking a treat three times).

Also, this is why I will do my level best never again to live somewhere with white linoleum in the kitchen. This is what it looks like when it's CLEAN.


Jess said...

I am loving this snow, but only because I work from home. Though on the down side that means no snow day for me.

Monkey McWearingChaps said...

He's still a lap ho? Jealous. My cat only likes to spoon with me on my bed and insist on sleeping on the Other Pillow (like he's my husband or something...gods!).

Petra still has the purtiest cat face I've ever seen. All green eyes.

Yank In Texas said...

Love the kitties! Alex is my cuddle bug and Punk is the box fiend/plop in the middle of the floor kitty. Love Petra in the box!

Cilicious said...

Stay warm, dry and cozy with your cute kitties.
Happy Anniversary!

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

Too cute! If it were their choice, all 3 kitties would still sleep with us. One of them finally gave up for good. The other 2 are hit and miss if they can find a space since we co-sleep with our kids.

Leah said...

This is a weird thing to say, but you sound just like a girl version of Dan in that video!

Dan said...

Leah, you're right about at least the first part.