On Saying Goodbye, Weeping & Forgetting to Pack!

I'm typing this post with my boy sitting under the crook of my arm, not amused by the fact that my fingers on they keyboard are bumping his precious sleep. This is one of Oscar's favourite spots when he's tired, nestled up next to his momma, half lying across the warm laptop, and swatting my hands with his paws. It's also one of my favourite times; when he's mellow enough to come over and give me snuggles himself.

His purring makes me smile. Kind of like this:



I have the day off work today, and leave early tomorrow morning. The reason I organised this, was so that I can be here when Oscar gets picked up to go to the cattery. J & I always had reserves for what we would do if we were away from weekends, people who kindly offered to cat-sit for us, but six straight weeks of me being away and J not being home, meant that we had to organise something ourselves.

Oscar is off to a farm for 41 nights, where he'll be boarding with other kitties across the summer. He'll have his own pen, which is surrounded by other kitties so he can have people to talk to. I've put his fleecy blanket, and three of his favourite toys into his travel case, so that they go with him and stay with him when he's there. And I've given him far too many hugs for his liking this morning, thank you very much.

It's HARD having to give your pet away to strangers for this long. In the 3 months that we've had him, Oscar has become a staple of the household; so much so that I simply can't remember what life was like without him. He's charming and sweet, he's fiesty and insane, and I have so many scratches all over my arms that I look like I've been attacked by a bear. (Bloggers that I'm meeting, you will be able to vouch for that.) But he's my baby! And I'm a trifle weepy this morning.

I hope he doesn't forget me in six weeks.



P.S. I'm not sure if I'll post again before I go, as the shuttle is picking me up for Heathrow at around 5:30am. But if I don't update again before then, have a safe summer/winter, and the next time you'll hear from me, I'll be in the USA.


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27 comments:

Missy said...

Have an awesome time! Squeeee!

Mick said...

Give those yanks what for Aly!

Have a great time.

Viviane said...

Aww, parting with your pet for so long will be hard, but I bet he will have fun at that farm and so will you, in the States.
And can I just say how jealous I am that you'll be meeting all these bloggers (a few of which I also read)?
Hope you and Kirby will have a blast!

Kirsten said...

Yay, you're coming to Vegas!!!! Email me once you get in the states and I'll give you my cell phone number.

cady said...

i know what you mean. i get sad leaving our cats for a weekend trip. have a fun trip! i wish you were coming to atlanta!

Lacey Bean said...

Yay! Have a safe flight, and I can't wait to hear all about it when we meet!! I'll make sure to bring other New York bloggers! (if you want)

Jamie said...

I am kind of upset that Chicago is not on your list!

Noelle said...

Have a great flight! Meow!

Jessica said...

wow you must be soooo excited! I was still thinking your trip was like two weeks away, and was shocked when I came to your site today ;).
You could come see me when you get to SF but that might be kind of weird because I barely know you :D lol.
Have fun!!!!!!!!

Jess said...

I'm so sorry that it didn't work out for us to see each other while you're here! But have a FANTASTIC trip. And no way will he forget you!

katelin said...

aw yay i can't believe you're leaving already! so crazy! have a safe flight and a great time. hopefully we can meet up sometime this weekend? woo!

Sarah said...

Oscar will still love you when you get back! If he's like our cats, he'll feign ignorance and annoyance with your return presence, but eventually snuggle up to you and try to crawl into your skin with you in order to make up for all the missed snuggles while you were gone.

In the meantime, have a fan-tabulous time! If you're in the Bay Area and have a free night and need a drinking companion, send me a note!

Robyn said...

Hope you have a fantabulous time and manage to find some internet in various places to update us!

I completely understand you not wanting to leave Oscar...when I first went to university I cried when I said goodbye to my rabbit! What a weed. Don't worry, he will most definitely still remember you.

Kristabella said...

Have a great time! Hopefully I will see you at the end of the trip in NYC!

And Oscar will totally remember you when you get back! And maybe he'll have grown out of the scratching stage by then! :)

Erin said...

You are going to have so much fun! I'm so sad that you won't be coming to Chicago...and totally jealous of all the awesome bloggers you are going to meet!

HotBoy said...

Hope you have a great time and be sure to look after my GorgeousGirl ;)

imfb said...

Have a great time!!! Stop in and say hi!

Miss Em said...

How exciting!! Have fun! :D

Lara said...

so, um, we hanging out? when? where? I NEED DETAILS! :-P

kirby said...

BAHAHA. HotBoy posted. Awesome.
ahem. sorry.

SEE YOU IN LA, ALYNDABEAAAARR!!

I'd probably rather be leaving wally with a boarding kennel rather than my parents. But... I'm cheap and my parents are free.

Katie said...

Wow, I am so excited for you!
I know how hard it is to leave your cat behind but he'll be really looked after. We left Puddy at home becuase it was only a week and we had a cat sitter (friend of ours) look after her, but it was still hard knowing she'd probably be searching the house for us, thinking we're playing hide-and-seek or something!

Anyway, I hope you have a fantastic time - no doubt we'll see many photos, yes? :D

Kelly said...

I am so JEALOUS.
Have a fantastic time, and take craploads of pictures so that I can live vicariously through you!!!

(And tell everyone I said hi. If they've heard of me. Heh.)

ashley said...

He's gotten so big! Have a great time. I can't wait to hear about it all. :)

Lauren said...

Have a great time. Btw, that picture is adorable.

Marianne said...

That is such a great photo!! *hugs* to you and have a great time.

Ree said...

I know you're going to meet so many great people here (at least I hope you are). Now, promise me that if you end up stranded close to Detroit, you'll let me know.

HollowSquirrel said...

We'll do what we can! Until then, have a BLAST seeing the states!!





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