We go on vacation tomorrow. It will be interesting because we are joining two other couples on our usual June NOLA trip. One couple, we've traveled with before and know we do well together, but the other couple we've never traveled WITH. We've traveled to see them. They've traveled to see us. And, one member this couple has met one member of the other couple, but it was a very long time ago in a totally different context. Everyone else knows us or are strangers.
But, it's NOLA! How bad could it be?
I am a planner. I normally like to have a rough outline of what restaurants/bars we plan to visit, but nothing else is planned out on NOLA trips. But, since I'm the common denominator with all the couples, I felt that some structure was needed. We were more specific in our restaurant planning . . . and there will be a side excursion that all or any can attend.
But, that isn't what this post is about. THIS post is about how funny the behavior of our household shifts with little changes. In preparation of our travels, half the critters have been taken for boarding. The Old one, the one that pees if she doesn't get a fresh box every day, the one who bullies the other cats, and the one on a special diet are all unhappily at the vet's tonight. This means the remaining cats are on one hand worried it's a matter of time before they get boxed up too, but on the other hand are enjoying less competition of our hands. Also, since the one who pees isn't here, I can open the door to the bedroom. (This winter, the one who pees claimed TWO pairs of my suede boots . . . little troll.) Right now, as I write, two cats are on the bed and there might be one under the bed too. (The last cat is hiding under the kitchen table, hoping that if more cats are boxed up, we will forget about her.)
Oscar the Bold (well, he was bold as a kitten, he's kinda a weenie now) is next to me on the bed. He is waiting for any sort of gesture from me that might be more petting. Pretty much, this is the happiest he's ever been. ON THE BED!!! WITH THE MAMA!!! TWO HAND AFFECTION!!!
Poor Oscar. Maybe he could still be bold if he got this level of attention and loving everyday. Or not.