Day 5: Still Not King.
As you might have guessed, last night was the latter. Let me tell you, waking up repeatedly in a minor panic from 5am to 8am was a blast.
It was a good weekend, all told. NYE madness at mindways and keshwyn's domicile was a blast. (Ok, everyone, count down the seconds as we watch the staticky and blurry I-think-that's-the-ball drop. ;) Was a particularly nice surprise to see mephron, who I had no idea was going to be in the state, let alone in Somerville, that night. I guess I missed another memo. And I once again got stomped by other ninjas (ninjae?), so it appears 2004 will be much like the year that preceded it. :)
Thursday felt like Saturday. Friday felt like Saturday. Saturday, much to my surprise, still felt like Saturday... and most of it was spent either sleeping in or at the Milford Humane Society, as frozencapybara made the 45-minute trek southwest for our first of (hopefully) many volunteer stints at the shelter. We were there for about four hours, most of it spent cleaning up for and feeding the not-yet-socialized semi-feral cats in the back rooms. As much as the more socialized "front room" cats are fun to be around, I think I prefer spending time with the semi-ferals. It's very rewarding, to me, to see one of those cats (especially the ones in the "B Room", the ones least trusting of people) come up to me and pet them a little bit, or even just let me get close enough for them to hesitantly sniff my hand. It's very slow progress, and I suspect I could do this for a year and most of them still won't trust people very much, but if I can help them take even a tiny step closer to getting out of those back rooms and into a good home, that's worth the effort to me.
The trick will be finding the time... I think Saturdays are the only days we'll be able to volunteer (due to time, distance, and work schedules), and even those will be sporadic. But, well, it's better than nothing.
Oh, and you should have seen Taichou after we returned home. He sniffed at frozencapybara very suspiciously, for a good long while. ("HEY! You've been playing with OTHER CATS! I bet you even FED them! Why do you hate me?" :)