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30 May 2008 @ 01:21 am
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I was going to post a long and involved post asking why all the Worldcup palaver turned into such sturm und drang, donder and blitzen, Grumpy and Sleepy, but then the Monster kitten spent the last five minutes playing splashies with her water bowl and now I have two little cats sitting on my feet drying off in front of the heater.

And it occurs to me that rather than getting to the heart of why so many of my lovely friends were so drained by Worldcup (I was in the group drained before postings, as opposed to the group who lost the will to live during, who should not be confused with the mods who are even now forming a support network), what I really want to do is hire an aeroplane, jet round the world, pick everyone up, and bring you all here to play with the cats.

 Bugger tea and Xanax, there's nothing like a kitten nomming on your toes to make the world seem a more pleasant place.
 
 
 
not your typical annihilatrix: Angst: *hides*furiosity on May 30th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
why
THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!1 HARRY/DRACO.


Cats >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> everything else.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 12:58 pm (UTC)
*Scares cats with laughter*

Well, yes, I suppose gay porn can be a matter of life and death.

These two have been taking a correspondence course in cuteness while I have been at work. I have to buy a new camera so that I can film Monster's water exploits and share them, OH! the hilarity!
waterbirdwaterbird on May 30th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
I'm waving furiously, hoping you don't miss me as you fly by because I really, really need to play with cats!

To be honest, I have been so stupidly busy with work and stuff in RL that I missed most of the upset during HDWC ... then again, I was so drained by the time I submitted my fic, that I was sort of happy to have the RL distractions.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 01:13 pm (UTC)
I'm pointing you out to the pilot right now!

You and I were in the same group; I watched the emotions explode in several directions and all I could think was "How do any of you still have the energy for this?"

[Aside for kitten playing: did you know that many shelters have casual programs where you can come in and play with bored animals? The home that we rescued Monster from has a day a week where local kids are welcomed in for supervised kitty play, adults are allowed more often.]
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goddessrissgoddessriss on May 30th, 2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Yey for cats!!! I can't move my legs at the moment because my cat is asleep on my shins. Serves me right for lying on the sofa, I suppose! At least she's nice and warm, as it's a horrible, cold, wet day here. Love the English weather.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
It's a horrible cold dry day in Sydney. Ironically, I moved out here to get away from the rain for a bit; it's been pretty much constant drought since I arrived.

Many cheers for cats, even when they render us immobile!
parallel parking prodigy: angsty dracoempress_jae on May 30th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
the interesting thing is, it wasn't just the writers, artists and mods who were drained during WC. i think all of fandom (writers, artists and readers alike) felt the strain. we can now all breathe a sigh of relief and have a glass of wine or five together. :)

oh and kitties!! when my kitty used to nom on my toes, i'd pick her up and nom right back on her paws. she'd look at me like, wtf?? :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 01:32 pm (UTC)
I'm in! WC did actually drive me to drink, which is a rare occurrence these days, but the horror of meeting deadline had me so wound up on coffee that my beloved broke out the gin.

And, HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! Monster's little brain would explode if I did that.

She has a great cute trick where she jumps onto my shoulder for a cuddle, but will be so overwhelmed by happines once I start tickling and patting her that she forgets to support her own weight and just flops over. Now I support her, but I received some very dramatic shoulder and breast scratches before I worked out what she was doing.

Cookie, of course, looks at Mon as though she is an idiot, and at me as though she thinks less of me for putting up with the kitten.
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Vaysh Swiftstorm: never immunevaysh on May 30th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
You know the saying: If everyone had a cat in their lap, there'd be blissful world peace and happiness. :-)

For the record: I never felt drained by hd_worldcup. But then, Sparta's never far from my mind ;-).

Berlin weather is clear blue skies and mid-summer temperatures.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 01:49 pm (UTC)
It's that Teutonic toughness, spurred on by your regularly spectacular weather. That and the frequent male nudity one encounters in Berlin (at least, one used to, I hope that hasn't changed!)

I think that the cats exude pheromones so that we calm down and are more susceptible to demands for food. And tummy rubs.
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Not Quite Donne: cho omg stfu hornqdonne on May 30th, 2008 02:28 pm (UTC)
I have my theories as to why, but I won't bore you :P

I think this sums it all up, and combines the two themes of your post:
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 02:30 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Perfect.
rickey_arickey_a on May 30th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC)
:) oooh love kitties
I decided I would just keep watching the Discovery Channel's I Love the Whole World commercial until all the icky feelings went away.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5BxymuiAxQ
and then repeat to myself that I can't not make other people behave like grown ups 5000 times over and over in my head ;p

Now I'm off to E's class to help - we're all making tie-dye shirts today, Woot! - now that's fun
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 30th, 2008 03:54 pm (UTC)
Good call! In all directions! What a great ad, especially the Massai and the giant squid! I'm off to bed and then rowing tomorrow, where people acting like idiots can be splashed.
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i can see your house from herewho_la_hoop on May 30th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
*wants to come pet your kitties and play with you in the sunshine* :)

I'm feeling pleasantly fest free right now - and bemused that I now feel the urge to write pages of fic, even though that's what I've been doing pretty much constantly for the last billion years few weeks.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
It is sunny again, though cool, but cool is 19 deg C, so not that bad. You'd be very welcome!
Shivshiv5468 on May 30th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
But I don't like kitties. I prefer puppies.

Is that a cue for more angst and woez?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2008 04:30 pm (UTC)
No, because you may always substitute puppies for kittens.

My actual kitten thinks she is a puppy, she runs through the house dragging her favourite fluffy toy on a stick and string, then comes and drops it at my feet before looking up at my hopefully.

The older cat just looks at her, aghast, and makes mental notes for a spot of re-education when we are out of the house.
Leochileochi on May 30th, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
Hear, hear ;;;^..^;;;
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHA! See, you're always sorted for good kitty cheerfulness, I have followed your lead!
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m. something-or-otherspacefragments on May 30th, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
i haven't even read most of the fics D:
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2008 04:36 pm (UTC)
Me either, I think I may be approaching halfway. Sigh.
the center of the room and beyond: blue veil by the brill merrycontrarysnottygrrl on May 31st, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
wc angst is sooooo last week. current clusterfuck is the lj election (though fandom totally won, but death threats? come on).though i agree with empress_jae about everyone being effected by the wc

and kitties are totally the win. ♥
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2008 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm a week behind in my life. I'm only watching Eurovision now. LJ, why do you always turn to the crack rather than the kittens? And not the good kind of crack ...

Monster has just done a drive-by cheek lick. She wants something ...
Meredythmeredyth_13 on May 31st, 2008 07:31 am (UTC)
How did Snow White manage to stay a virgin while living with seven men for so long?

The dwarfs were all fucking dopey.

*puts hand up for ticket*

Actually, tonight I have two 9 month old Bengal cats going cheap. Hell, I'd pay someone to take them. Conversation is one thing, non stop vocal tantrums is something else entirely. *glares*

*hugs*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 31st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
That's just terrible ...

You will be on the Brammers jet. And your kitties can come and visit to see if they pick up any good habits. Aside from over-wakefulness and one with a water fixation, tese two are pretty perfect.
cloviss on June 1st, 2008 06:26 am (UTC)
kitten
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 2nd, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
Re: kitten
I cannot get the damned thing to download! But WHAT a mental picture! Cheers dear!
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some kind of snark faery: humour (sirius is dead)shyfoxling on June 2nd, 2008 03:10 am (UTC)
BUT I HAVE NO KITTEN! O NOES!!!

Yeah, I was burnt out on HD Worldcup like um... three weeks ago. I am still going to read the stuff I have left in my folder, because everyone likes comments even if I can't vote, but... yeah.

Sleepy Happy Grumpy Dopey Sneezy Bashful Doc.

Wow. Why do I remember that particular order from a TV commercial eons ago...?
blamebramptonblamebrampton on June 2nd, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
The same reason that I remember Simon and Garfunkel; things take up residence early and Refuse To Leave! Good call on the comments, it's true, they never come too late.

Do you know anyone with a kitten you can borrow? Mine is asleep on my foot right now, and it is very restful.