Marianne Elliott is a writer, human rights advocate, and yoga teacher. Trained as a human rights lawyer, Marianne worked in New Zealand, East Timor, and the Gaza Strip prior to her time in Afghanistan, where she served in the United Nations mission (2005-2007). Her memoir Zen Under Fire, tells the story of her work in Afghanistan and the toll that work took on her and her relationships.
“Shall we make a new rule of life from tonight: always try to be a little kinder than is necessary.”
- James Matthew Barrie
Frances is really busy today so she asked me to fill in. I’m glad she did because I want to tell you all what happened this past Saturday night. Frances was busy cooking, and I decided to do a little web browsing on her phone. That’s when I discovered what her last Google search was; how to make a cat like me.
Frances thought I didn’t like her. Silly Silly Two Legs. That’s when I decided to do something a little special for her.
Later that evening everyone was sitting at the dining room table. Just so you know, everyone includes: my Master, the Young Master and his girlfriend The Fair Maiden, and of course – Frances.
I hopped into my Master’s lap for a cuddle, and then I walked right across the table and sat in front of Frances. I gave her lots of purr action, special nosy rubs and let her stroke my tabby coat all she wanted. Frances was so happy her eyes were sparkling. That’s when I decided to really give the Old Girl some real joy by wrapping my tail around her wrist. Can I tell you how cute Frances thought that was? Silly Silly Two Legs.
I do like very much Frances. Seriously girl do you think I would pose in a derby for just anyone?
Frances says I’m one totally toasted kitty today. I say just a bit blissed out.
Know why? Frances bought me not one, but two catnip loaded toys today. And I haven’t had a bit of the old nip in years!
It all went down like this. Frances wasn’t around for three whole days. When she returned I decided to give her a bit of a greeting, so I met her at the door, escorted her to her chair, and gave her two leg rubs. She thanked me profusely, as well she should, and told me she loved me. Her exact words were I wuv wuv wuv the kitty. Goofy, huh? Two legs can be so silly!
So she’s sitting in favorite chair telling my Master she got me a giftie. I just happened to be under the dining room table, so I could see Frances taking something of her backpack.
That’s when the tantalizing scent of nip began drifting toward my quite attractive little pink nose. There was a small pillow and a ball.. I cuddled up with the pillow first, and then chased the ball about for a while. Before I knew it I was drooling and needed just a bit of lie down.
Be back soon.
Decided I needed some me time, so I had a yummy Indian buffet lunch at the Sapphire, and then headed for my beloved AMNH.
The view from my bench – pretty awesome, huh?
Puddle pic taken across the street by Central Park.
Park entrance at Columbus Circle.
I love my mobile phone camera.
Just sitting here in the Museum brings back great memories from childhood & parenthood. So soothing.
Let get moving before I fall asleep on this bench. LOL, next you know I’ll be having my own Night at the Museum Adventure.
Frances decided to take a few pics of me after breakfast, and I got a little curious about her camera phone. Nope, no little creatures in there. Guess it’s just magical like the TV. I still check behind the TV a lot to see how all the people and animals and things get in and out, but there’s no door or anything. Mysteriousness.
Everyone else has to get up pretty soon, so they can pile into the car and go to the mountains. I try to stay away from the car. Cars takes kitties for shots. Just typing those words makes my tail bristle. The calendar says I am due for my rabies booster very soon. Definitely not happy ’bout it, but I’m gonna be very brave.
Wow there’s a lot of snow outside. And Frances says she’s coming back with lots of pics for us to share.
So come back soon.
It’s round about midnight, and I am just back from the movies – Zero Dark Thirty. Excellent film. What would I have done differently? Cut it by about twenty minutes, and give the leading lady a signature outfit/look.
Just threw a load of laundry into the machine. I want to get everything out of the waytonight, so I can get out and take some photos of all this snow.
This beautiful fir lives in my friend’s front yard. It’s between 75′-80′ tall. The lower branches are 20′-22′ long. This morning even I was enchanted by all the white wintery wonderousness. And you know what I usually say about snow; it belongs on mountaintops, Christmas cards, and in the movies, but not where I have to walk! But hanging out in the ‘burbs seems to be softening me up a bit.
The second month of the new year is nearly half gone. I have been so busy since Christmas. One more fairly large project to complete, and then things will be a bit calmer.
Finally got a ticket to then she fell. It an immersive theater experience I have been wanting to experience since summer 2013, and come March I finally will.
Taking this Tuesday and maybe even Saturday off. Definitely going into the city; Madison Square Park is on the list, as well Barnes & Nobel bookstore, and maybe another movie.
Okay, time to check on that laundry.