There are times that Cody and Dakota catch me completely unaware, and have me laughing, often when laughing is the thing I need the most but am the least likely to do.
A few days ago I was feeling incredibly stressed. I had a number of things on my mind, I couldn't focus, couldn't concentrate on work that I needed to get done, and I seemed to find annoyances and distractions at every turn.
Dakota was having a bark-a-thon in the living room, Cody was circling, pacing and whining in the kitchen for food, having just eaten a mere five minutes earlier. I couldn't make a move in the kitchen without the gray- striped- eating- machine- with- feet pleading for just another morsel. His pitiful cries and facial expression were reminiscent of the movie "Oliver" ...
I thought I would lose my mind!
Mind you, I was attempting to work in the kitchen, as I am doing now, when I could have easily moved into my office, which is where my work SHOULD be done. That would have been too easy.
After numerous and unsuccessful attempts to stop the barking boy-wonder in the living room, and trying to ignore the pleading face in the kitchen that screamed, if-you-don't-feed-me-soon-I'm-gonna-die, I had had enough.
I ripped the laptop cord out of the wall, grabbed my coffee, editorial calendars and a host of other "necessities" and decided that the ONLY place I could go that would offer any semblance of peace and quiet would be, my office.
A food obsessed cat and a dog who loved to hear his own voice, would soon be on the OTHER side of my door while I would revel in the sanctuary that is my office.
I plopped my laptop and supplies on my desk and began straightening up in an attempt to bring some balance and quiet to my world.
I lit my salt lamps and aromatherapy candles and breathed a sigh of relief. I
I breathed an audible sigh of relief.
Alone at last, silence and calm were FINALLY MINE. I would, at long last, be able to get something accomplished.
Or so I thought...I turned towards my desk and something caught my eye......I shrieked to my husband..."OH NOOOOOOOOO!!!"
"What's wrong?" he yelled from the living room.
"Come and LOOK!"
Just when I thought I was BLISSFULLY ALONE, THIS is what I saw:
Sitting on top of my desk, behind my files, with a face staring at me as if to say, "So? You thought you got rid of me? I will NOT be deterred, you are MINE Woman, ALL MINE. Now BRING ME FOOD" was Cody!!!
I had forgotten that the door to my office holds a CAT DOOR at the bottom. I might have wanted to be alone but Cody would have NONE of it.
I looked at him and laughed myself silly. It was the BEST gift he could have given me that day.
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