We interrupt your regular broadcast due to a terrifying realization…

…That the cats are creepily accurate feline reflections of Boyfriend and I.

The female is:

Thinner
Lighter
Neater
High-strung
Overly Sensitive
and Prone to Poorly Timed Fits of Affection

The male is:

Bigger
Darker
Sloppier
Laid-back
Largely Unflappable
and Prone to Napping in Unlikely Places

I sense a cosmic conspiracy of Berúthiel-esque proportions. One of these days, Boyfriend and I will simply be replaced by the carefully disguised doppelgängers, and no one will be the wiser. Not even you. The white cat, Mingo, will continue writing a column on all things Eastern European for GlobalComment, occasionally interrupting herself to inteview people far more interesting than she is,  or else to put up rants on this blog. The brown cat, Fanty, will prowl the exciting world of venture capitalism and watch cooking shows in his spare time.

Boyfriend and I will, in the meantime, be trapped in some spatial anomaly. I can only hope that the spatial anomaly in question comes equipped with a Playstation 3 and a shelf of decent science fiction. And sofas. And maybe a Snow Cone machine. A Snow Cone machine isn’t too much to ask for being trapped in a pseudo-scientific disruption of the space-time continuum.

Spring comes to my household

it's the time for PDAing all over the place
it's the time for PDAing all over the place
the time for lounging regally in what remains of the flowerbeds
the time for lounging regally in what remains of the flowerbeds
the time for tasting tasty evergreens
the time for tasting tasty evergreens

And mostly the time for Natalia to drink coffee in the yard, whilst wearing a set of out-of-season “ho ho ho” pajamas in pink and white, and watching the cats as they watch the bugs (no picture is forthcoming).

70’s Era Porn Set Blanket Attacks!

The following home video is dedicated to Anna.

Note how Fanty isn’t terribly  perturbed by the maraduing blanket, but the mobile phone I’m recording him with is pretty interesting to him. The power of Nokia technology – even cats get it. On one level or another.

Anyway, I do have more important things to blog about than my cats. And will be getting to them. Uh, sometime.

… In which Natalia joins the feminist dog uprising

Good idea, Renee!

Like Jill, I can’t exactly look after a dog right now. But I have always been a dog lover. I grew up with a Doberman, Joy, in the house, and that dog was responsible for many great deeds, including saving my mother from an attacker on the stairs of our old building in Kiev. I’ll never forget the day that Joy was put to sleep, after a long and illustrious twelve years with us. I was in my freshman year at university, and I sat on the steps of the East Campus Union building, crying in the winter rain. I had been seriously depressed in the months following that day and, curiously enough, my depression started to get better on the day that Joy left us. It was as if in departing, she took a small piece of my excruciating sadness with her. Sounds pretty maudlin, but that’s how I have always viewed it. I can’t explain it any other way. It would have been more likely for things to have started to get worse, but they didn’t.

After graduating from college, I adopted, along with my boyfriend, a lovely stray named Zara. We had to give her up when moving to the Middle East. It sucked, but she has a good home now, and that’s what’s important. I couldn’t imagine her in the urban jungle of Dubai, living in a high rise, and I can’t imagine her now in Amman, in our tiny apartment.

I know that if I have a future, dogs must be in it, though. For reals.

Here is a picture of me and lovely Zara:

"stop hugging me, woman, and let me go after than damn tennis ball!"
"No time for love, Doctor Jones! Let me go after than damn tennis ball!"

I don’t have any digital images of Joy on hand, but will have to scan them in the next time I am back in Kiev.

Of course, the timing of Renee’s post is especially ironic for me – since we took in two fat kittehs on the day that she published it. We have named them Fanty & Mingo and really hope we get to keep them (there is some weirdness with their original owners at the moment, since we got them from a person who, the original owners had assumed, would keep them forever). Here they are, in all of their lazy, imperious glory:

Um, please ignore the ugly bedspread. It came with the apartment and it's purely there for kitsch factor. I swear. Really. I do.
Um, please ignore the ugly bedspread. It came with the apartment and it's purely there for kitsch factor. I swear. Really. I do.

Cats are certainly more low-maintenance, though they never seem to think of themselves as anything other than high-maintenance. I suppose this is why we love them. In his book, The World Without Us, Alan Weisman has a few great asides on cats (he’s talking about how they destroy songbird populations – and I agree that it’s an important topic, especially for anyone who thinks that letting pretty kitteh roam outside is perfectly harmless) – among them the notion that they have “trained” us to take care of them.

Weisman’s right. 🙂