But I didn't bring her home. Instead I talked my mother's ear off all the way home about how it was like when you date someone who seems so perfect and list-checking-off in every way, you WISH you were passionate about them, but you're just NOT. I thought she was a great, great cat, probably perfect for our family, but I didn't feel like I couldn't leave the shelter without her.
And we are NOT having more than three cats, so I thought I'd prefer to leave the Third Cat position empty, in case I encountered a cat I felt I couldn't live without. It's fun to acquire a new cat, and our current cats are ages 1 and 2 so it's likely to be a LONG TIME before we replace them (just did math: HENRY COULD BE OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL OMG)---and we just got them in the past year, so maybe it would be nice to spread out the cat-shopping fun a little. But I also feel a little weird and regretful about it: we could given that great cat a home, but chose not to because of a weird and misapplied dating analogy. It helps that our shelter is no-kill AND has a high turnover: she WILL be adopted, and soon, just not by us.
I used that trip to the shelter to motivate myself to get rid of four more kitchen-trash-sized bags of clothes. (Connection: donation dumpster at shelter.) A lot was Henry's outgrown stuff, but there was also a bunch of clothes I bought for Elizabeth that she just Won't Wear, and I might as well pass them on to a little girl who Will. And some curtains I've saved for over a decade because they were perfect in our apartment even though they don't work in our house. And five pairs of rain boots that are too small for anyone who lives here. And several pairs of near-new shoes that kids didn't like/wear for whatever reason. And a long skirt I think of myself as being just about to wear, but I don't wear it, EVER. And two pair of wide-legged jeans I trip in. And some shirts the bigger boys are wearing that were a good deal but I don't like them; they'd be fine as handmedowns, but I DON'T LIKE THEM, so I'm not storing/saving them and then seeing them again later. And about six pairs of brand-new jeans I bought for Elizabeth before it turned out she wears jeans about once a month. And some baby blankets.
Henry, encountering a slice of turkey: "Is this fish made out of HAM?" Meat education fail.
I dreamed last night that I was in labor, but it was a pleasant dream because it was labor as I'd IMAGINED it would be (tight squeezing pain over entire tum area---like a Braxton-Hicks but with pain) rather than as it actually WAS (internal small-focus stabbing-knife-gas-pain-type feeling), and I felt like I was handling it.
Driving home from the library, THREE people are lucky I'm such a