Working all day really takes it out of you. I work pretty decent hours really, but it’s work and sometimes it sucks. I love the drive home because it allows me some time to collect my thoughts and transition my mind from work to home. It’s good to have that 20 minutes all to myself.
When I get home, there are usually two beings waiting for me: Won (my boyfriend) and Chester (my cat). On Mondays and Thursdays Won is in class when I come home, so I only expect to see Chester.
Let me first introduce him a bit. We adopted him last year from the local animal shelter. He’s still relatively young. He’s not quite a year old and we think he was born some time in March 2012. His honorary birthday has become March 1st He is a domestic short haired tabby and like all tabby cats, he has that signature “M” on the middle of his forehead. I’d like to think it stands for “mommy” or my initials We love him to pieces and I think we can both agree that he has added a great deal of enjoyment in our lives. I think there’s a lot less tension and anger in the home and we are more prone to just loving one another
Coming home on a “Chester Day” is always really interesting. Today, he was very, very active. Now, most cats generally sleep during the day and I’m sure he still does much of that, but he also seems to have a lot of adventures that I rarely see when I’m at home.
Here is Chester’s fun day in pictures:
Exhibit 1. He apparently opened the sliding pantry door, which I’ve seen him do, and pulled out every plastic grocery bag from their hiding place at the bottom of the pantry, stuffed neatly into a paper bag. Most of these now have holes on the bottom. Thank you Chester.
Exhibit 2. One of his favorite past times is opening this cabinet door and exploring inside. I don’t like that he does this because he has direct access to the chemicals beneath the sink. He doesn’t seem to get into them and I’ve made it very difficult if he tries by barricading the entrance to the sink cabinet with various superfluous pots and pans. It appears he ventured inside the cabinet today as well.
Exhibit 3. The thing he probably loves most of all in his little kitty world is going into the bathroom, opening mommy’s drawer and pulling out hair ties. This cardboard thing used to be full of newly purchased hair ties. He has managed to pull all 100 off except for two and I reason it’s because he can’t quite get them over that indentation.
Exhibit 4: He has started this new thing where he likes to simply open this box and sniff around inside, never really taking anything out. I think he just likes making sure that the hairbrush is still stowed inside and not coming for him
Exhibit 5: This is perhaps the best of all. I decided a couple of days ago, after buying some new clothes, to donate some of the ones I no longer wear to Goodwill. Without really thinking anything of it, I put the bag on my office chair, thinking I would just get it later when I had a chance to drop them off. Well, I came home today, the bag was on the floor and it was riddled with holes. Hm? How did this happen? There must be a massive rodent walking around my apartment and only chewing giant holes in this one thing…
What’s funny about this is that NONE of it bothers me. I get so bothered when Won makes a mess or leaves stuff sitting around or when anything is dirty. I have a strong compulsion to straighten, organize, and clean. I especially can’t stand it when the counter top is in disarray. Actually, I can’t stand in when anything is in disarray
Nothing Chester does bothers me. It might bother other people, but I just find it all very fascinating and sweet. Even though my house was a mess when I came home, something which would normally bother me quite a bit because of my OCD, I am not frustrated or angry with him because it makes me realize just how incredibly clever this little guy is. He must be rather intelligent to figure out how to open doors and cabinets and boxes.
Perhaps the only purpose of sharing this story is because I love my cat and his antics. I needed someone to share this with, especially because Won won’t be here for awhile
I hope this illustrates that OCD doesn’t rule every aspect of my life and sometimes I CAN let things go!