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Dear friends,

This morning, I am writing to you about my cat.

I could be writing to you about my writing, which has been nonexistent this week, though I am feeling the urge to write something this morning, now that M is off to her brother's birthday party and I've got the house to myself for a few hours.

I could be writing to you about the weather - how we got a snow storm, and I spent an hour outside shoveling heavy, slushy snow from my sidewalks and driveway, cleared the cars, and shoveled a path for my next-door neighbors, since I know this snow is far too heavy for them to deal with.

I could be writing to you about The Artist, which was absolutely marvelous and should win Best Picture at the Oscars and Best Actor for Jean DuJardin (yes, he was better than George Clooney in The Descendants, and that's saying something), with nominations for best original score, best actress (or supporting actress) for Bérénice Béjo, best director (possible win) for Michel Hazanavicius, best costuming, and best set design. Plus some others. Maybe they can give an Oscar to the Jack Russell terrier, too. M and I saw it yesterday afternoon, and it was tremendous. As in "Oh my God everyone everywhere should see this movie, it's so wonderful!" tremendous.

Instead, I am writing to you about Kismet, who has developed a keen interest in studying the finer properties of gravity, as well as examining the mechanics of work, in the scientific term. F=ma, and all that. At least, she appears to taking mental notes about precisely how much force is required to knock a variety of objects off a variety of surfaces and onto the floor. She has twice cleared M's nightstand of all objects, ranging from movie ticket stubs to eyeglasses to metal bracelets to books. She has done the same with my nightstand, and has attempted the same feat on a variety of objects in a variety of additional locations. Despite being scolded roundly on all occasions, she seems to believe that this sort of behavior warrants an award of kitty treats. I can only conclude that she has decided to become a kitty scientist, possibly with an eye to becoming a mad scientist and/or evil overlord.

Do drop me a note and tell me how you are and what you're up to.


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lorrainemt
Jan. 21st, 2012 06:23 pm (UTC)
I was just reading about the Artist this morning and how a theater had to refund a bunch of tickets because the audience didn't realize it was a silent film...and complained loudly during the show. Sheesh. Glad to get your input--sounds like one to see.

It's gray and wet over on this side of the country, and I'm just starting to plan for another Jersey shore week with my sisters in June! Do you have any Brigantine writing retreats planned?

You have a silly cat--perhaps she's practicing for the circus?
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:50 am (UTC)
The Artist was fabulous. There are actually a few parts with actual sound (not just a soundtrack), but it's brilliant. In many ways it's a silent-film version of Singing in the Rain (some of the story line is similar, although this film gets darker in places than the Gene Kelly film).

No Brigantine retreats in the offing - we didn't get there in the fall, and I'm not sure what this year will hold, but I sure hope you get to the Jersey shore again - perhaps we can actually meet up this time?

And you might be onto something with the circus idea . . .
fabulousfrock
Jan. 21st, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Puru does that same thing! I've never had a cat so fascinated with knocking things off of tables and desks... We've lost some pens and USB drives that way...of course, now I'm finding them while moving!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:51 am (UTC)
Pens, chapsticks, USB drives, small tchotchkes, emery boards, tissue boxes, remotes . . . you name it, she'll pretty much try to knock it down.

Glad to hear you're finding some of your missing items - especially those USB drives!
robinellen
Jan. 21st, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Silly kitty ;)

I'm writing some; I'm loving yoga still; I'm working :)
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:52 am (UTC)
I'm glad to hear your news!
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kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
Sumi obviously wants to be a scribe, whereas Kismet is more interested in WORLD DOMINATION! Or, you know, science.

WHY ARE YOU SICK AGAIN?! This should simply not be allowed. Your dog should not be allowed to be ill again, either. I miss you too - and, despite your current sad situation (illnesses), I still believe this will be a good year for you, too. Heck - last year was one of my best years ever, despite getting a divorce and having the worst RA flare I've had since my diagnosis 10 years ago. (*spins around like Buddy the Elf, hollering "I'm in love, I'm in love, and I don't care who knows it!")
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kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:55 am (UTC)
You are very wise in the ways of the (cat) world.
william_e_lewis
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
Georgia on my mind
I wish I had a cat as a diversion! I'm reading grants in Atlanta (and taking a grilled cheese and beer break) and need a break from the mind numbing monotony. Love up that kismet!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
Re: Georgia on my mind
You totally deserve a cat. Kismet is adorable, but troublesome. You'd like her.
jbknowles
Jan. 22nd, 2012 01:05 pm (UTC)
The movie looks wonderful. Thanks for the recommendation.

My sister and I had a cat who caused similar mischief every night. His name was Dickens. Every night before going to bed, we had to "Dickensproof" our rooms. Putting pillows over the dressers so he wouldn't jump up on them. Or stand on the dresser and flip the top open of our jewelry boxes, making them thump thump thump with his paw. He got so bad, we finally had to shut him out of our rooms at night. Then we had to line the bottom of the door with a towel because he would slip his paw under the door and rattle it.

But we still loved that cat to bits.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 22nd, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
Kismet is good at batting toys under the door, then repeatedly banging the door in an effort to retrieve whatever she's pushed under there.

The other night, I heard an ungodly rustling noise in the hallway after I'd gone to bed (I lock her out because of the knocking-off of things, as well as the "5 a.m. is playtime" setting she came with). Turned out she had "caught" a CVS receipt and was running around with it hanging out of her mouth like a streamer. (On the plus side, it was NOT a mouse.)
lisa_schroeder
Jan. 22nd, 2012 03:21 pm (UTC)
Hi Kelly! When The Artist won at the Golden Globes, I thought, maybe I should see that. After I read your brief review, I thought, I really need to see that!

I think if our cat did that, it would drive me a little bit crazy.

My revisions just came for my 2013 YA and I'm a little overwhelmed. So much work to do. But it will be okay. I hope. No, it will be. It is different for me in that it is not in verse. Eek!
kellyrfineman
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
I think you'll enjoy The Artist, Lisa. And yes, the cat does drive me a little bit crazy, but she has other redeeming qualities.

It will indeed be okay. You will totally rock those revisions. Can't wait to read more of your work!
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 22nd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Tux is an evil overlord. Don't let them get together.

Hope things are going well :)
phoenixfirewolf
Jan. 22nd, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Should have used Tux's pic. There we go.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:33 pm (UTC)
Tux is aptly named. Love the white whiskers - very elegant.
barbarabaker
Jan. 22nd, 2012 08:22 pm (UTC)
Jasper loves to wake me up EARLY. If meowing in my ear and pulling my hair with his teeth doesn't work, he'll go to my bookshelf and start methodically pulling things off. Book - bump, beach rock - bump, etc. Drives me crazy, but I love him anyway.
I just got home from a yoga class, and now on to the laundromat.
P.S. could we see a picture of Kismet in action?
kellyrfineman
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Kitties have a way of being completely lovable despite their bad behaviors. I shall try to get a photo of Kismet in action - the only thing is, I'm trying hard to break her of the behavior, so I'm much more likely to holler than to snap a photo!
bogwitch64
Jan. 23rd, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
I went out for dinner with my darling husband and fabulous boys last night, and then we went to the movies. Just the four of us. No girlfriends, no friends. Just me and my boys. It was bliss.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 23rd, 2012 01:35 pm (UTC)
Sounds marvelous. What movie did you see?
poolhallace
Jan. 23rd, 2012 07:51 pm (UTC)
That cat has plans.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
I believe you're right.
fuzzyfostermom
Jan. 24th, 2012 04:25 am (UTC)
This is precisely why I tell everybody who adopts a kitten, "Go home, look around your home, identify everything you'd be devastated to have destroyed, and put it into a drawer or closet now." And why I never want to adopt a kitten again.

Thanks for the review of The Artist. I heard of it for the first time today, and was wondering if it was good. If it comes to town, I'll try to see it in the theater - maybe the local artsy theater will get it.
kellyrfineman
Jan. 24th, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
She is not fond of being sprayed with the squirt bottle, so she has learned to stay down from the china cupboard. Finally. Still, some of the stuff that used to be in it remains tucked away elsewhere behind doors.
fuzzyfostermom
Jan. 25th, 2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I definitely think that hiding things is the better part of valor when there's a kitten in the house.
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