Am I destined to cat-sit at the beginning of each new school year? I did last year, and here I find myself doing it again. Both times were for UCLA professors who provided me with extremely comfortable and roomy lodgings, parking spaces, dial-up internet connections, and, oddly, red bedsheets. The cat I’m taking care of is the sweetest little six-month-old girl ever! Her name is Buttercup and she’s curious, active, and not in the least shy. In the one day that I have been here, she has sat on my lap twice, and the second time she even crawled up to sprawl over my chest and shoulder (while I was sitting up, I might add). Right now she’s napping on a folded-up blanket a few feet away from me. She’s excellent company.
Here she is earlier today:
Staying in this apartment is great because it’s spacious and air-conditioned, has a parking garage, and is in the neighborhood I wanted to live in when I was apartment-hunting last year! But the best thing about it, besides Buttercup, is that the professor has a PIANO. 😀 😀 😀 What more could I ask for? A great sheet music collection? Well, she has that too. I intend to learn Satie’s Gnossiennes by the time she gets back next week, even though my piano skills are now nonexistent. 😦
Alas, dial-up makes all internet activities a royal pain, and I’m using the prof’s computer (so I don’t want to download software onto it), so I won’t be on AIM or updating my journal too much. I think. I’m only ten minutes from my own apartment–and I’m already homesick for it, funnily enough–so I might go home occasionally, but I’m not sure I want to be spending that time on the computer. So we’ll see.
First day of school tomorrow!
[This post was imported on 4/10/14 from my old blog at satsumabug.livejournal.com.]