Your Web Department". They were suggested to me by Lisa from the Challenge Factory when we met on Wednesday; they offer a "no-code" website service which makes it very easy to use one of their many templates and add all your own content. As my business will be selling content to other people, this shapes up quite well for me. The company is run by Paul Chato, whose name sounded very familiar to me when Lisa told me about this company the other day. There's a good reason for that: Paul Chato is a former member of The Frantics, a comedy troupe from Toronto. I actually spoke to him today on the phone because he saw that I had signed up for the trial and Lisa had told him about me and my start-up; he actually said he was "excited" to see me sign up for the trial today after Lisa bent his ear this week. If things work out he may be able to send business my way from his site or just take me on for some contract work as a content writer, which would be completely awesome. The momentum of this new venture is really quite something right now: today I registered The Grumpy Penguin as a business in Ontario and signed up for a Facebook page under that name. As I've said numerous times before, things are actually happening almost on their own. It's really exciting.
Because the speed of the progression of recent events has been a bit overwhelming, I really appreciate the grounding my little cat, Addie, brings to my daily life. She is so doting and loving and happy to see me that it's impossible to be too stressed. Sarah passed along a cute site to me the other day called "Catbook" (it's actually a Facebook app) and, in particular, a piece there entitled, "How cats display affection". I've mentioned before that Addie isn't a "cuddler" and it took me a while to get used to that; however, she absolutely adores Sarah and me and shows it in many other ways - in fact, almost everything on that list applies to Addie. In particular:
"Most cats who are bonded to their owners will respond with excitement when they hear your car in the driveway, or when you make distinctive sounds (like jingle of the key in the lock) when returning home. If they run for the door when you come through it, they've missed you and are relieved that you've returned safely home to them."
|Addie upon my returning home|
"When your cat rolls over and exposes her belly to you, she is signaling that she trusts you and loves you. Exposing her belly exposes her vulnerability. If she did that in the wild, she'd be toast. She's comfortable enough with you to let down her guard."
|Addie just being Addie|
Oh. My. Goodness. When is Addie not showing us her belly? I have never had a more "supine" cat in my family. It's at the point now that when I see Addie sitting on her belly she looks uncomfortable to me. As of this evening there are 422 (!) photos of Addie in my Flickr account; well over half of them feature her showing some or all of her belly. And it's not a trap, either, despite the warnings of The Oatmeal (incidentally, I bought that poster and it hangs in this room). Addie loves having her belly rubbed, at least for short periods of time. If you use your foot, she'll allow it for a lot longer; I've yet to figure out why. That's when Sarah's yoga classes really come in handy, but I usually have to hang onto an immovable piece of the room lest I tip over while performing this "duty" for Addie.
Of course, the affection indicator on that list that is the most like Addie is this:
"If your cat follows you from room to room and hangs out wherever you are, it's a sign that she's interested in you and wants to be where you are. Some cats who otherwise do not display affection can still express their love just by 'being there for you.'"
|Never very far away|
I think that picture says it all. I spend a good portion of each day in the hottest room in our home, on the computer. Addie rarely spends a moment anywhere else when I am in here, regardless of how hot it gets. No matter how difficult a day I may be having, it becomes so much better when I turn my head and see her there. There are many ways to show affection; Addie's specific actions show that she is as happy with us as we are with her. We're pretty darned lucky, even if I don't get to do a lot of this:
By the way, it was another Friday the 13th today. I wrote a blog piece on the fear of this day back in April, when I was just a blogging neophyte. That was three full months ago and I've managed to write something every single day since then. I'm pretty happy with the way things have worked out. Hope you had a great day; I certainly did!