Sunday, March 23, 2008

They're baaaaaaack!

Enjoy your peeps without guilt, cavities, or a blood-glucose spike. Check out this year's Washington Post Peeps Diorama Contest winners.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Holy holy week, Batman

I've been much in need of cheering up lately, and have found some welcome hilarity on the Washington Post's website. They're holding their annual Peeps Diorama contest, and the slideshow of last year's winners is a real hoot. I'm reminded of a grad-school acquaintance's annual Easter Jell-O creations: the only time I ever saw one in person, it was a Jell-O rendition of the parting of the Red Sea, with Cool-Whip waves and some kind of action figure dressed up as Moses. (Mike, Don, Sarah--what were some of the others?)

All I know is, one of the things that's gonna get me through this last week of classes before spring break is knowing that next Sunday I can see the winners of this year's diorama contest. And maybe the Easter bunny will bring some Peeps of my own to start drying out to be crunchy and ready to eat around, oh, Memorial Day. However, I won't be doing any cooking with them.

Friday, March 7, 2008

Best cat ever

That Lucy was destined to be my cat, there can be no doubt. On the sunny June day in 1987 that my friend Kate took me to her aunt's farm in Danville, Ohio, to see the kittens that had been born to one of their barn cats a couple months earlier, I picked out a different one to take home. As I recall, it was an adorable little black and white ball of fluff, but it was feral enough to run under a bush when we tried to catch it.

"No problem," Kate's aunt said. "I'll round it up and bring it over later." At that, we went back to Kate's parents' farm for dinner, after which the aunt showed up with...a brown, stripy kitten with no tail.

"What happened to the black and white one?" I asked, not wanting to sound too disappointed.

"Oh, I never did find that one, but this one was right out in the open," she replied, depositing the impossibly tiny creature in my lap, where it promptly curled up and fell asleep.

That was nearly 21 years ago. Lucy was born on Easter in 1987, and almost made it to Easter 2008. She saw me through half my life: the end of college, more years of grad school than I care to admit, nine different apartments and houses, many bad relationships and one good marriage, two cross-country moves, and every other major (and minor) event of my adult life.

She was a rabble-rouser; a stubborn, spoiled brat; too smart for her own good and too sweet to let go of. She lived a good, long life, and died a relatively peaceful death. And I'm glad she's not in any more pain and confusion. But christ almighty, I'm heartbroken and I know it's only going to be worse over the next days and weeks as I wait for her to come up the stairs in the morning and she doesn't, or expect to find her curled up on the corner of the couch when I get home from work, and she isn't there.

But nobody wants to read a maudlin, sentimental blog about someone else's dead cat (however much I'd like to write one). Instead, I'll just say a public thank you to her here for her companionship, her spirit, and all the other gifts she's given me over the last two decades...including making it easy to know when the time had come to see her out of this world and into the next.

Vade in pace, sweet thing.