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oh, to be like the cat.

20 Apr 2012

we have this routine in the mornings in our little home. not one that we decided on, but that has just happened over time. the cat loves to play early in the mornings… which we don’t really like, since she wants us to play with her and we’re still trying to squeeze in a little more bit sleep. so, we ignore (as best we can) her cries and her little paw pokes to our faces. we try to forget the fact that she’s running like a wild animal from room to room, just dying for someone to get up and play with her. but we don’t budge. we pull the covers up tighter & pretend to be asleep – hopefully actually falling back asleep.

fast forward about an hour, and our alarms go off. we usually give ourselves a little time to drink some coffee & read the newspaper/blogs in bed. but, still, the cat is unsatisfied. she keeps jumping up and talking to us, moving from room to room, not sure what she wants to do. and then, we get up and the cat is satisfied to follow us around a little bit as we get ourselves ready for the day. but, soon, in the midst of our morning preparations, we realize that the cat is no longer with us, no longer following us. where is she? yep. she’s now in bed. ready to take a long, cozy nap. usually crying for someone to lift the covers so she can snuggle under and have a relaxing morning.

i wanna be like the cat. after i’ve had my coffee and caught up on some news, i wanna snuggle back down under the covers, perhaps not to sleep, but to enjoy a lazy, relaxing morning. writing, reading, creating, even working some (maybe).

today i most definitely don’t want to get out of bed. it’s raining & snowing (april weather in sweden still remains to be optimal). it’s gray. my coffee is yummy. the cat has now made herself a little cozy spot beside me. everything feels good right here. i wanna stay. i don’t wanna face the weekend. well, part of me does, but the other part of me doesn’t. i’ve got a lot to do tonight, tomorrow, and sunday – job related. i am preaching for the first time in 4 years on sunday, and organizing a bunch of youth to help lead the service at church. i feel ok & excited about getting to preach, and yet overwhelmed at the same time… wanting the next 48 hours to just disappear and for everything to be over so i can breathe. not a good attitude, i know. but, even though i know that everything will be fine, i still am filled with anxiety and fear of the unknown. it’s always easier to breathe in the middle of doing something difficult & of course, after it is finished. but, before… that’s the time that will drive you crazy.

and on top of that, lina is gone this weekend for her work. she’s leaving in about an hour and will meet me at church sunday morning. thank goodness i have the cat (crazy as she is) to keep me company, calm me down, and make me laugh.

so, yes. in my dreams i could climb back into bed and stay there. with my little family. just us. here. all day.

whatever you face today, i wish you energy in the midst of it. and some rest for your soul later on. remember to take care of yourself, to make some time for just you.

peace and love, dear readers.

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  • Reply southernhon 20 Apr 2012 at 11:59

    Our cat can’t stand it if one of us is out of bed without the other. Cats are funny creatures, aren’t they? (yours is cute, by the way)

    • Reply liz 20 Apr 2012 at 17:06

      Cats are so hilarious. Ours is the queen, and she knows it. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. 🙂

  • Reply Tracy 20 Apr 2012 at 12:32

    My cat would watch me with the paper (it was spread across the kitchen table) & he would simply wander over & lie down right there, covering the story I was reading- lol…He looked a bit like your little sweetie in the photo, btw~

    You’ll do fine on Sunday- congrats!

    • Reply liz 20 Apr 2012 at 17:07

      Tracy, haha!!They do the craziest things… it’s all about them. And thanks for the vote of confidence!

  • Reply Natalie Alner 20 Apr 2012 at 13:53

    I always have this weird thought that my cat owns me. I imagine her going to cat meetings and discussing with the other cats her human and the troubles she faces with her strange habits and the inability to see clearly in the dark.

    Sending you support positive thoughts for Sunday but you’ll be fine. All you need to do is be you. 🙂

    • Reply liz 20 Apr 2012 at 17:08

      What a fun picture you just painted for me! And, I agree with you. I am certain that Zola knows that she is in charge. Hehe. As for Sunday, thank you for your thoughts and encouragement. Much appreciated.

  • Reply Ginger 20 Apr 2012 at 14:12

    I’m so excited for you for Sunday! I know you’ve been looking forward to this for quite sometime now! You are going to be great 🙂 Try to fit in a few cat naps this busy and exciting weekend 😉

    • Reply liz 20 Apr 2012 at 17:09

      Ginger, thank you for that positive spin on everything & for reminding me that I am really excited to be able to do this again! I needed that! I’m get in a nap tomorrow, I’m sure. 😉

  • Reply Laura4NYC 20 Apr 2012 at 16:50

    Hi, that sounds like an eventful weekend! Do you preach in English or Swedish?

    I love the cat picture! <3 wish I had a pet of my own to share my life with.

    • Reply liz 20 Apr 2012 at 17:22

      having a cat is so, so wonderful! and i’m gonna preach in swedish… gaaahhh!! 😉

  • Reply nicolehandschin 20 Apr 2012 at 18:06

    I agree on all accounts. I wanna be a cat x

  • Reply Faster Britt 20 Apr 2012 at 22:02

    Det var kul att vara med på tonår ikväll. Du förklarade gudstjänsten så bra för ungdomarna och gjorde dem delaktiga. Det kommer bli kanon på söndag. God bless you!

    • Reply liz 21 Apr 2012 at 09:25

      tack så mycket för ditt stöd! ja, det bli bra. jag ser fram emot! kram

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