Happily Busy.

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when I start searching for the missing Barbie doll and the outfit she’s wearing. Because, you know, Barbie and I dress alike for Halloween day. Thing is, I know I’m not making up the outfit because I have a picture of it. But every year since I moved in 2005, I’ve searched for her and every year I’m disappointed.

Ah well.

At work this week we’re having Halloween Festivities. It’s something our Fun Committee thought up. Starting Monday we get to display a miniature pumpkin they gave us to decorate. I decorated mine Saturday night. I pulled pictures of two of our cats, Ripper and Tug. I love Ripper’s eyes, they are an unusual shape and color, plus I love his masked look. Tug has some hilarious facial expressions and I can almost always catch him mid-meow, so it looks like he’s smiling in some of the pictures I’ve taken of him. With those attributes, I combined the two pictures and drew my pumpkin. I think it turned out pretty well.

Went from this…

… to this…

Tuesday we get to decorate our offices or cubicles; whichever we are blessed to have. I talked Tony into coming by Monday night to help me decorate my office, since he’s the best holiday decorator I know. On Friday we’re having a potluck and “work appropriate” costume contest. Thus my search for the missing Barbie and her outfit. I’ll probably end up using one of my other matching outfits, I always do, but I sure would like to find that missing one.

Fun Committee’s invitation…

This past weekend’s highlights include my battle with a neck muscle that has been giving me pain since Wednesday evening. I’ve been taking two ibuprofen every morning just so I can move it without crying. I have no idea what caused it to start giving me pain, Tony thinks it’s the job and fish stress manifesting itself. Could be that he’s right about that. On the upside of that, though, I’ve discovered that when Tony’s watching a movie, I can lay across his lap and he will give me a neck and back rub. It’s a rather absentminded one, which is to say there’s no real rhyme, reason or rhythm to it, but it sure does feel good.

We had dinner with Tony’s family yesterday to belatedly celebrate his dad’s birthday (his parents were in New York seeing their new granddaughter over his birthday). This birthday dinner enabled us to get our nephew fix, so it was kind of like our birthday, too. Other things I did was make an enormous mess around my desk area — I decided that a corner that had a fake plant in it was wasted space and am in the midst of transforming it into a usable area for files. The only problem with that is, under the fake plant was a dark spot that had a tiny cat bed which was a perfect fit for Snug. Snug rotates his hiding spots and was using this spot right now because he’s getting over a cold. If I had waited another week to do this transformation, he likely wouldn’t have even noticed that it’s gone. Since I didn’t wait, I’ve had to deal with his reproachful looks at me all afternoon after he goes over there and looks at it to make sure it’s really gone. After the fifth check and resulting reproachful look, I started telling him that nothing has changed since the first time he noticed it missing, that I know his memory is longer than a fish’s memory, that his cat bed has been relocated to behind the cat tower, so stop with the dramatics already.

Snug’s former corner:

Now my corner:

Snug’s new corner… nevermind that it looks like a broom closet:

Oh well. I can’t please everyone, now can I?

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0 responses to “Happily Busy.

  1. Caryl

    Poor Snug 😦

    Jeanette replies:
    Now see, I knew you’d take his side! πŸ˜›

  2. Gasp! You moved Snug’s spot??? *reproachful look*

    Love your kitty pumpkin!

    Jeanette replies:
    HA!! You stop with the reproachful look already, missy! πŸ˜›

    That pumpkin turned out far better than I thought it would. πŸ™‚

  3. Brig

    I love the pumpkin! Meow! And how fun is a “fun committee” ! I want to be part of that! Smiles, and hope you find the Barbie outfit! -Brig.

    Jeanette replies:
    You would be awesome on the Fun Committee. πŸ™‚
    (sigh) I’ve looked everywhere for that missing Barbie outfit. Gah!

  4. poor kitty! hehe.

    sorry about your neck pain. i hated when i had neck problems.

    which barbie are you looking for? do you have a pic you can post? πŸ˜€

    that’s so cute that you guys have a “fun committee” hehe… if i worked there, i’d probably be the most boring one there cuz i wouldn’t get dressed up. hehe.

    Jeanette replies:
    The neck pain is a real pain in the neck… hahaHA!
    The Barbie outfit I’m looking for is a long leather skirt & red blouse. You wouldn’t think it’d be so hard to find anywhere, except it initially was on one of those “off” brand Barbie dolls.
    Psshaw… you know you’d dress up. If you worked there, I’d make you dress up. hehehe Oh, umm, it does have to be work appropriate though. πŸ˜›

  5. That’s a totally cool pumpkin. I’d have never thought to do something that good.

    Jeanette replies:
    I know, I had my metallic pens out and everything. When the metallic pens come out, it’s all over…

  6. geewits

    I LOVE your pumpkin! Cats hate change at first but they always get used to it. Storage is alway a higher priority than a silk plant,

    Jeanette replies:
    Thanks… the pumpkin turned out good. πŸ™‚
    I know Snug will adjust and I’ve been over that silk plant for a couple years now… I kept it because it was Snug’s corner. Then I realized, hey, this is my house and I need the storage already!

  7. Neck pain? You didn’t get Viagra stuck in your throat, did you? πŸ˜€

    Kidding. Couldn’t resist. I do hope you feel better.

    I love that kitty pumpkin! You are so clever. I would’ve glued their picture on the pumpkin and called it a day.

    Jeanette replies:
    Har har harrr.

    Gosh, I didn’t even think of gluing the picture on. Heh. Next year…

  8. It’s pretty, but is it a pumpkin carving contest?

    Jeanette replies:
    Thanks… πŸ™‚
    But actually it was neither a contest nor a carving. According to the card, which I had to read three or four times to make sure I got it right, today we were to “display your decorated pumpkin…” and they were the tiny pumpkins, so carving really wasn’t even an option.

    Everyone was all proud of their pumpkins today, it was really cute. πŸ™‚

  9. so… did ya find her yet? hehe.

    that outfit sounds familiar… did you post a pic of you wearing the outfit?

    i wouldn’t even know how to dress in a costume that’s appropriate for work πŸ˜› hehe.

    Jeanette replies:
    GAH! Noooo! Dratted missing Barbie doll!

    I think I did post a picture of it before. But it might have been on Yahoo photos which, of course, is defunct now and I’m too lazy to go hunting it up for you. hehe You’ll just have to imagine it. πŸ˜›

    I guess you could go as something from Sound of Music, like a chair and a pine cone? tee hee

  10. Your Pumpkin is FABULOUS, my dear! Delightful in every way….!

    Poor Snugs. It is hard on our dear pets when we change a sacred place of theirs…I know. Poor Sweetie lost one of his Hidung Places when I “cleaned” it up. He has never been back in it since! Oh Dear!

    Jeanette replies:
    Thank you! I like my little pumpkin, too! πŸ™‚

    I know, our poor pets… we make their lives so difficult, don’t we? πŸ™‚

  11. haha! that would be funny. no one would love my costume but you… and really that’s all that matters, anyway. hehe.

    Jeanette replies:
    At least you have your priorities straight. πŸ˜›

  12. py

    I like the pumpkin you drew! Lovely. Have you considered doing art as a profession one day?

    Jeanette replies:
    Nah… I’m too old to change professions now. Plus, artists starve!

  13. Angi

    I agree the neck pain is from stress, or you can get a memory foam pillow and sleep on it. I couldn’t get rid of the stress, so I got the pillow. lol

    Jeanette replies:
    I have wonderful pillows. I can only imagine what my neck would be like if I didn’t. Sheez. I’m thinking of going back to pokey doctor so she can fix my neck. Uff.