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2/15/20
I should probably update more frequently - but I'll wait. Things going well with boyfriend - say it louder for the people in the back! - and we are off to Vermont today for a few nights. Remember how back in 2011, I said I'd never come east in the snow? I lied.

2/7/20
So the psycho mama cat that I've been fostering went to a new foster home today. She went nuts and clawed me in the face (again) this morning, and that was the last straw. My BOYFRIEND (say it louder for the people in the back) is coming out on Tuesday, and I don't want the foster to stress him out or vice versa. Mama cat was snuggly and friendly for the past few days but she flips so quickly into attack mode. I feel horrible about giving her up, but I need to do what's safe for everyone. I think my resident cat crew was stressing her out, too, so she'll be calmer with the other foster.

In the meantime, where can I get a pirate eye patch before work tomorrow? The first time she got me was on the forehead, that was two weeks ago and is healing up, the scratch is however in the shape of a lightning bolt. Very Harry Potter. Today's claw hit close to my left eye, and my eyelid is swollen and red. I look like I ran into the wrong end of... well, a fractious cat. Taking two antibiotics (and a probiotic), pain meds, ice, and listening to the cast recording of Hamilton. I"ll live.

I just hope I don't look like complete shit on Tuesday.

2/5/20
Happy birthday to my LITTLE brother, Peter. Now I feel old. And I'm sure Mom and Dad do, too. Jeez.

I can't even begin to talk about how disgusted I am with the current political situation. It's just... ugh. And once Trump is out of office, the landscape and people in this country that support him will still exist. I just don't get it. My feelings: treat everyone equally and fairly, don't do stupid shit, and stand up for what's right. Be respectful and decent.

2/3/20
Ten years ago, Mom and I planned a trip to Paris. And because of the volcano in Iceland that disrupted travel plans in Europe, we had to cancel the trip. Ever since, I had wanted to make the trip. So after I moved back east, we planned our Paris trip.

We went - we ate - we walked - and had a fantastic time. We also happened to get there the day before the massive national strike started, which affected transport within the city and country. Just our luck. But if the strike hadn't happened, the guy next to me on the plane home wouldn't have been in that seat. He was only on our flight because he missed his flight the day before because of the strike.

And thus begins our story... my advice is: always talk to the cute guy next to you on the flight. We hit it off immediately, and exchanged facebook info. Started texting each other, got to know each other etc. He's French-Algerian, lives in France, works in IT, does not want kids - and loves cats - in the States for two months visiting family. Now since Kansas (where his brother lives) is boring, I invited him to spend a weekend in NYC with me. We (ahem) hit it off again and had a wonderful weekend. Partway through it, he said he wanted to see me again, so we planned a trip to Chicago over my next weekend off. It was cold and snowy and he got a tire blowout on the way from KS to Chicago, but kept coming. And partway through THAT trip, he said he extended his stay for another month. I immediately extended an invitation to stay with me in Port Jervis and he immediately accepted. So he arrives next week and will be here til March 3rd.

I'm not sure if it's love or infatuation or something else entirely, but I've never felt so completely in tune with someone before - and had it reciprocated. Of course, after three weeks of staying together here, we could completely hate each other. Fingers crossed that it really works, tho.

2/2/20
Oh hi!

So... big changes! I did indeed move back east. In the summer of 2018, I was really homesick. Part of it was missing the East Coast in general, but after Uncle Peter died, I really wanted to be closer to my mom and aunt. So I did some house hunting, flew the cats to chill with my family (Marvin, Claire, Rocky, Angel Eyes and Onyx are with me, plus two (Ray Ray and Bunny) that I rescued after I moved; Claude is with our friend Fred, and Frank went to live with Kati in New Hampshire), loaded up the U-Haul again, and moved to Port Jervis, New York. The Arizona house sold two months after I moved, two nerve-wracking double mortgage payment months.

I miss Arizona like crazy, but I'm happy to be back in NY. Even with the snow. I bought a snowblower. I also bought a lawnmower, and then hired someone to come mow the lawn.

I'm working fulltime evening shift at a skilled nursing facility in Milford, PA. Port Jervis is right on the border where NY, PA and NJ meet, and I have my nursing license in all three states. I like where I am, but evening shift is the worst for having a personal life! I work a double shift every other week, which lets me have a three-day weekend every other week as well. That was my request when I took the shift, and I've been able to do some roadtripping with those long weekends. Been up to Vermont a few times, to Philly and Lancaster, and of course into the city.

I haven't seen my girlfriends as much as I'd like to, but we all grew up and got lives somehow.

My house is fantastic, a three-bedroom little Victorian with a nice front porch and a decent-sized yard. One of the big trees in the yard came down in a thunderstorm, so I'll replace that in the Spring. There's an attic (with nothing in it because I have nothing to put up there!), a full basement that doesn't leak, and a detached garage. Downtown Port Jervis is walkable, and walking distance from me, with a few restaurants and shops, nail place, post office etc. Mom and Aunt Linda are across the Delaware River in PA, and the 24-hour grocery store is there, too. That's nice to have, especially working the 3-11 shift. Midnight grocery shopping is blissfully peaceful.

In the house, one of the bedrooms is already a fulltime cat foster room, because of course I immediately hooked up with the local TNR woman, Jill, to do some trapping and fostering. Right now I have a cranky mama cat and her six newborns up there. She scratched me pretty good right across my scalp and forehead, so I'm enjoying some Augmentin time this week.

Part of the reason I haven't updated in forever is that I'm on Facebook (catseurat) all the time, micro-updating there. But I recently realized that I'm having memory issues with when I did things or with who, so I figured I'd better start writing here again!

More tomorrow... including the story you've all been waiting for. I'm in love!

-catherine

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