Okay, so I am mostly caught up on blog reading now, and I read on only ONE SINGLE BLOG that Proposition 8 was overturned, so I am mentioning it here for those of you who, like me, get most of your news from other people's blog posts.
In other news, our kitten is still nameless. We have a hard time naming our cats. One of our biggest hurdles is that I really enjoy thinking about and choosing names (duh?), so I don't like to CHOOSE because then it will be OVER.
Also, Paul and I come from different Naming Backgrounds, which is roughly as complicated as coming from different religious backgrounds. Paul's family names their cats based on fur color or Disney movies, so for example a black cat is named Licorice and a golden cat is named Butterscotch, and a cat whose fur doesn't bring a noun to mind is named Milo. I come from a family that names cats using quirky human names, which we then later regret because a decade or two later those names come into fashion and we want to use them for children but now feel like we can't. Examples: Keegan, George, Oliver.
I also want to avoid any name that sounds like it's from our runner-up baby names list, because combined with my well-documented interest in having another child I think it looks pitiful.
Our goal is to instead choose the sort of name that is neither commonly used for people (or about to be) NOR based on the cat's appearance. So Agatha is probably out, but we're considering Marple; and Penguin is out but we're considering Pigeon; and Oreo is out but we're considering Daisy. I consider nickname-names fair game for pets, so Maggie and Bonnie and Birdie and Dolly and Flossie and Gussie would all be fine. But we crossed out Ramona and Eloise and April and Ginger.
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And of course the last three are BOY NAMES, so Paul is not much help. Paul also likes Juniper, but withdrew it when he found out it was thisclose to being on the Top 1000 names for girls in 2009 (and I bet you fifty bucks it makes it for the 2010 list).
So far the kitten is affectionate with people (likes to sit on laps and will hop up), but is standoffish with the other cats. She's not as playful as the average kitten, nor as wild; she walks around like she's a grown-up. Her fur is half black and half white, and she has a tail that is longer and fluffier than I'd expect, almost like a feather boa (who's famous for a feather boa? Mae West? others?). When she purrs, she sounds like she's going to sprain something. I think her face looks birdlike, probably because of her bird-of-prey eyes. Also, she's an Aries and enjoys tuna.
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