Thanks to Maggie the kitten, I have learned a new euphemism: "sanitary clip."
I have never had a long-haired cat before, and the kitten is definitely of that variety. In fact, her tail and haunches are so relentlessly, enthusiastically fluffy, I have taken to calling her "Little Miss Sparklepants." I'm not sure why, but it seemed to fit.
Unfortunately, the other night she had a litterbox issue that changed her name to "Little Miss Stinkypants" (and perhaps you can use your imagination to fill in another word that begins with S and combines easily with "-pants").
I attempted to handle this matter myself, but I needed at least two more hands to get the job done via washrag and scissors. It didn't help that Maggie thought the whole ordeal was a delightful game and reacted by clawing and biting my hands in a playful manner.
She's cleaned up now, but she also goes to the groomer tomorrow for a (ahem) sanitary clip.
Meanwhile, I keep thinking of existential Henri, Le Chat Noir. If you don't already know of him, you probably should remedy that.
Usually it's a point of pride for me that I don't mind knowing the ending of a book (or at least the basic plot line) while I am reading it.
Sometimes friends will try to be coy with me, with the adult variation of the classic elementary school book report cop-out: "If you want to know more about this book, you'll just have to read it." I always reply honestly and vehemently that knowing the ending doesn't "spoil" a book for me. I'm an English major, for goodness' sake! I like reading the critical work beforehand!
But I have to confess: I am (still) reading Angle of Repose and as I get closer and closer to the ending, I keep remembering the words of an English professor friend, who said it was one of the most tragic and devastating endings he's ever read. That's high praise, sort of - but I just can't get it out of my mind.
As the book turns darker and darker, I am wondering what the ending could possibly be. The endings I can imagine all seem rather conventional - love triangles and layered stories of past and present woes and disappointments often lead to murder, suicide, and destruction in various other forms. I can't imagine any other outcome besides something bittersweet, at best. And I've been warned that the actual ending is much worse.
I suppose I could relieve the suspense by reading ahead, or by reading some reviews and finding out what happens, but that seems like cheating somehow. I just don't want to do it, and rob myself of the full impact of this slam bang finish that's just 100 or so pages away.
I'm trapped, then. So I'm just reading as fast as I can.