Saturday, May 14, 2005
  to this.
and this was over the course of 10 hours or so. :)
he has been named elliot. i figured it was about time to show some respec' to the fine people at law & order. after all, they have given me a good six years of obsessive television entertainment. so new mr. kitten has been named after the fine detective elliot stabler of law & order: special victims unit. funny, considering i have often thought of naming my kitten olivia (his partner, olivia benson), but i'm not sure if i'm ready to have cats with, you know, "cleverly" connected names. olivia is a good name, though, isn't it?
anyway, back to elliot - he actually seems to like being held sometimes. i got purrs already! sometimes you can tell he's just waiting for you to let up a little so he can dart, but other times i don't even have to hold him. he just sits there and blinks while i rub his cute little head and big satellite ears. his little teeth stick out of his mouth! he's a total batcat.
so yeah, last night i was at the sink and i saw a black moving figure out of the corner of my eye. it was elliot! coming out to sniff the big plant! the kitten hissed him back under the bed, so i figured that was the last of the activity for the night but was so, so proud.
a bit later, i was playing with a new toy and the kitten. left it on the ground when we were done. from the next room, i heard bells. went to look - elliot was out and playing! so he had a grand old time last night, whomping mousies and biting string. he's not scared of the kitten, either. it takes a good five hisses before he runs away. go, elliot! :)
he still doesn't like it when i catch him and he still spends 99% of his time in hiding, but these were BIG, HUGE STEPS.
anyway, i think the key to all this was loving and petting and reassurance. also, i gave him tuna two nights in a row. :)
Yay! It's nice to get to see a full body shot of Elliot as well! He's very cute!

Sorry about your tire, but glad it got fixed!!
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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