8.23.2012

having a purpose.


(what i've been looking at. instagram: rinserepeatblog.)

Just a word to the wise: Don't adopt a teeny, orphaned street kitten unless you have the ability to drop off the face of the planet for two weeks to feed him every two hours, coax medicine down his throat and chase him around to ensure that he's not falling off/choking on/bumping into/dozing off/crawling under every unsafe item in your home.

Should you choose to accept this challenge, expect all of the aforementioned things to happen...every single hour. Also expect that your teeny treasure will declare your laptop Public Enemy #1, prancing across the keyboard and turning everything you type into:

seryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy766666666666666666666666kkkkkkkkk////////

So, let's hope you don't have any ultra-important online communication awaiting you. ;)

Thankfully, I've had nothing better to do over the past 14 days than to act as a kitten shield and feline pillow, watching TV or reading a book while Lucky awkwardly sprawls across me rendering me unable to move more than two inches without waking him. And it's been a total joy. He's needy, but you know? It's nice to be needed, to feel like I have a purpose. Even if that purpose is something as silly as keeping a teeny baby kitten alive...a kitten that no one really cares about except Gabe and me...it's therapeutic.

Purpose is something that I've lacked since my move to Kuwait (more here), but taking the last few weeks to just...unexpectedly disappear, to be mostly silent...to travel, to fall in love with this teeny, tiny thing that needs me has been beyond therapeutic. It's that ol' thing where you think you're saving someone, but in reality...that someone saves you. And yeah, for me that "someone" is a kitten. Silly, but true. And even if I temporarily set aside writing and keeping up on Google Reader for two weeks to figure this out...the kitten snuggles are a nice pay off. :)

But I'll say this: Gabe and I are the most nervous pet owners alive. Because Lucky started his time with us by, oh...almost dying....every sneeze leads to no less than 17 Google searches to make sure he is healthy. This baby kitten is enough for our delicate nerves, and we've been routinely swearing off having children for the next five ten eight years. Okay, exact number of years is TBD. But...no kids for many, many moons.

Cross my heart I'll be back on Monday (with a 100% kitten-free post about Rome...finally!). Gabe came though with a ridiculously huge kitten playpen, so I can finally use my laptop, take a few photos or work on a craft project without worrying about Lucky getting into trouble. I'm so jazzed to be back here regularly, like a normal human being who writes a blog in a foreign country so that her friends + family know that she's still alive. ;)

Thanks for sticking around, even if I've been a bit scarce!

25 comments:

  1. Awwwww, I love love love lil Lucky =) Glad you have each other!!

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  2. What a little cutie! I'm glad that you found him and that he was lucky enough to find you and Gabe. I'm also glad that he's giving you a renewed sense of purpose. I can't even imagine how card it must have been/be moving halfway across the world! I love seeing his pictures on instagram. Keep them coming! :)

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  3. Lucky seems perfect for you guys! Glad to hear from you again though. ;) lol!

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  4. So sweet, he's adorable and I always love your photos. Glad to see you back around and kitty posts in my opinion are always welcome :-)

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  5. He is so cute Bethany! Lucky is so blessed to have made his way in your life!

    Glad to hear you will be back in blogland again :)

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  6. I've sorta been dying without you. And no adorable syringes filled with icing will bring me back to life.

    Well, maybe they will. I do love icing. But anyway, that cat, or that Meow as Gabe would say, is too presh for words. I think he's the perfect match for you right now and you for him. Fate! Destiny! Other things!

    Miss your face :)

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  7. I cannot get over his adorable-ness. I think it's the ginormous ears. Or just the fact that he's the tiniest kitty ever! Glad you guys found each other :)

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  8. So sweet! I know exactly what you mean about purpose. Last year I was unemployed for 6 months and getting my new puppy was the perfect way to feel like I had a purpose. I know he was put in my life for a reason.

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  9. being a mom is such hard work. he's adorable!

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  10. Awwww, he's a cute little guy!

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  11. I don't think it's silly AT ALL that you have felt purpose in taking care of Lucky. He's a precious baby and it's so sweet that you two have saved him :) Keep up the pics, lovely!! x

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  12. Such a cutie, that kitty is so lucky to have you guys. Sometimes we just need to switch off and concentrate on simple things like kitty cuddles. Cannot wait to read about Rome!

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  13. so sweet that Lucky came at the perfect time in your life :) hooray for purpose! but also hooray for husbands taking care of business so that you can get back to your somewhat normal routine too :)

    i'm excited to hear about Rome!

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  14. such alovely purpose you got there!

    currently i´m taking care of three stray kittens (mama cat and to little ones) who adopted me a couple of months back and live in my garden now.

    i love them to pieces and when they disapeare for more than half a day i start to really freak out - so I KNOW what you´ve been through so far and what will come... i can´t think of winter... they are so shy and will never come into the house and it´s going to be freezing...

    all the best to lucky and his lovely mum!

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  15. This sounds familiar! I've spent the weeks since I moved being needed by my puppy. He may be a fluffy white furball with teeth but he is still a dependent wee baby in need. They really do save you. Glad to hear you'll be back round soon!x

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  16. Such a beautiful post. I love how you mention 'saving something only to realize it's saved you'. The pictures you've posted of Lucky are amazing and I look forward to years more. So glad he's given you the purpose you've been needing here in Kuwait.

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  17. Lucky is SO. DANG. CUTE. I'm also massively impressed that he's not afraid of the camera! Anytime I pull mine out, Chloe goes running across the room to hide as if it's the worst thing in the world. Love it!

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  18. Oh my !! Thanks for posting your instagram username :) i just scrolled through your pictures and they are too cute, expect tons of --> ♥♥ your way ;D I'm also so glad to see you back, i've been going to your blog almost everyday to see if you had updated, haha i love your blog that much. So glad to have you back!

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  19. I'll always stick around to hear what you have to say, dear friend. So glad you've got Lucky to give you a sense of purpose when you're so far away from home.

    Oh, and I can't wait to see those Rome photos!
    xoxo

    PS: Hope you got my thank-you email about the Run for the Cure. You and Gabe made me cry.

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  20. I love that your little kitty is bringing you so much joy!

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  21. Aww adorable photos! I've been checking and rechecking to see if you posted anything because your blog is my top fav. lol hope all is well over there in Kuwait. your such a strong person to of done such a move. looking forward to your next post!

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  22. I love how you write...I so relate! Glad you found lucky and glad you have a companion. A move like this is so hard and it's just nice to have a sweet diversion like this. Be well my dear! Xo

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  23. I'm fairly certain that everything that little guy does must be adorable, even when it's naughty. Such a sweet face!

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  24. What a sweet kitty! And Rome looks amazing; I'll definitely have to put it on my must-see list!

    (Just checking, did you get the email I sent to you a couple of weeks ago? I had some ideas for places you might like to check out. Hopefully you're liking Kuwait a bit more now!:))

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