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20 January 2011 @ 08:16 pm
I have been laughing all day ...  
Partly because my flist makes me feel far more normal, in all the nicest ways, and partly because I am all for people sharing random hot men with each other -- you know who you are ;-)

Also because I had an Important Meeting in Finance today. Publishing is weird in that you can turn up for work dressed in exactly the same clothes you would use to front a Leonard Cohen cover band, or to go clubbing, or to hang out with your lesbian librarian friends or one of many other scenarios without any question, because you are A Creative. You can do this on almost every day of the year, save when you have meetings with external clients or with the CEO, when you will suddenly transmogrify into a slickly groomed adult who could easily be mistaken for someone in advertising.

The only other exception is when you go to visit Finance, partly because the CEO has his office right next to theirs, but mostly because you need to impress upon the accountants that you are an entirely responsible and competent person who will only exceed a budget for reasons that were absolutely unavoidable and in the magazine's best interests.

So there I was, heels out of bag and on feet, make-up on, a few curls tonged into hair, leather notebook and Serious Pen, I went and stood in front of my girlfriend for a spot check. She was mostly encouraging, but pointed at my breasts.

'I'm wearing a couth frock!' I protested.

She nodded at me patiently. 'Yes, you are. But it's covered in cat.'

I knew that naughty Monster had been up to something when she came in to supervise me brushing my teeth! Hurrah for trustworthy girlfriends!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Something batty but charming, no doubt ;-)

The cat put it there herself!

Though I did have a friend whose PhD was on feral cat control and who had a cat coat. There were Incidents. I had to talk an angry woman down off the ledge on one occasion by pointing out that he trapped and euthanased very humanely with full support from an ethics committee and that each feral cat killed hundreds of native animals each year. Steady repetition of facts in a calm voice was the key!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
My life is filled with profound weirdness. I call it my peer group ...

And yes, Mon is very sneaky! But not as bad as babies who vomit quietly down people's backs.
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 10:26 am (UTC)
Not sure that's wholly true -- I do these days, and I bet treacle_tartlet does, too!
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
You forgot cuteness -- 'Yes, I have just vommed down your leg, but here are my wide eyes! And now I am smiling!'
17catherines on January 20th, 2011 11:32 am (UTC)
The cat put it there herself!

Beauty without cruelty.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 11:33 am (UTC)
Both my cats believe I look lovely in their hair. Particularly in my eyelashes and up my nose. I'm not sure if I am a victim of their misguided aesthetics or bastardlike sense of humour ...
17catherines on January 20th, 2011 11:46 am (UTC)
Yes, our cats have a similar aesthetic taste / sense of humour.

Though Mayhem will periodically drape herself across one's shoulders and around one's neck, like a particularly elegant live-cat stole. Very classy.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
Monnie likes to drape over one shoulder, which would be more charming if she weighed less than 6kg. And wasn't quite so gassy. But the snurring almost makes up for it!
17catherines on January 20th, 2011 11:49 am (UTC)
Yes, Mayhem weighs about 7kg (she's a very long, tall cat, and certainly not excessively slender), and she could both shed and fart for Australia...

(but so adorable!)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
I feel certain they would be friends. Such a frienship would consist solely of sitting around and eating ... Maybe a spot of ball chasing and water drinking on Mon's part.
17catherines on January 20th, 2011 10:15 pm (UTC)
Sounds about right, yes...
Nennenenne on January 20th, 2011 09:24 am (UTC)
Covered in cat no less. *giggles* A good thing you found out then.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
They are tricksy little monkey cats! And yes, bless my friend at work -- that would have seriously damaged my image!
Hueyphoenixacid on January 20th, 2011 09:33 am (UTC)
Cat fur! How brutal! :P
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 10:11 am (UTC)
She'd finished with it :-P
mrsquizzical: girls dancingmrsquizzical on January 20th, 2011 10:17 am (UTC)
i'm relieved to know that you do, in fact, have a cat...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on January 20th, 2011 10:19 am (UTC)
Two! And Mr Brammers is a sort of Cat Whisperer, so we have dozens of local cats who come running out for a smooch whenever they see us. They decide that I can stay, too, because I have nails.
mrsquizzical: potter fawkesmrsquizzical on January 20th, 2011 10:21 am (UTC)
dylansbuzz: Glorious Me :Pdylansbuzz on January 20th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
I cannot remember the last time I had to dress up for anything, to be honest, but I'm fairly sure that it was probably annointed by one or the other of my rotten girls. :)
Corinnaelissande on January 20th, 2011 02:51 pm (UTC)
The advantage of being a scientist is that you don't even have to dress up for the CEO! Unfortunately, you do have to 'dress' when going to another organisation and doing an audit (quality, not finance). :)

We too have cats that unselfishly want to share their fur with we poor, furless humans. The orange tabby has fur that is noticeable on any colour except orange and the other one has a coat of many colours so she can get you no matter what you are wearing.
down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on January 20th, 2011 03:13 pm (UTC)
My late cat Uther used to greet me when I was dressed for court by leaping on me with muddy paws. It's what cats do!

Hope your meeting went well.
Kerryblazekerryblaze on January 20th, 2011 04:20 pm (UTC)
Ugh. So the Finance thing is international, huh? LOL. Covered in cat!!!
embolinaozembolinaoz on January 21st, 2011 10:57 am (UTC)

As the proud owner of four feline fluffballs (who's annual shedding would probably be enough to stuff several small couches) I recommend carrying those sticky roller things in one's handbag for fur emergencies ;) I'd also suggest avoiding meetings with the finance department, but that might be wishful thinking!!

Hope the meeting was a huge success & three cheers for honest chums!!

Jaeenchanted_jae on January 21st, 2011 08:58 pm (UTC)
No outfit is complete without cat hair. Our cats know this; they simply must convince us of the fact.