Monday and Tuesday are my weekend. That’s when I try to do as much in two days as humanly possible. And I start to stress out. Weekends aren’t supposed to be stressful, but when I signed up for a Ph.D. program, I gave up anything that might be called leisure time. I had coffee, real coffee, Monday afternoon.
It was kind of an accident. That all important word DECAF was left off my order with the barista. I realized it before I actually drank said coffee, but I had one of those “What the hell!” moments and down went the delicious beverage.
So here I am at 4 in the morning on Tuesday, my brain on fire. Not good for my beauty rest, but I am getting things done!
The other human in the house is sound asleep. The dog here with me on the couch is snoring. Two of the cats are hiding from me so they can sleep. My only friend at this hour is a 19-year old cat who I bottlefed when she was a newborn and posibly thinks I am her mother. She loves me unconditionally.
You might ask, why am I doing this to myself? Back in the day, if I was awake on my weekend at 4 a.m. I was probably having what I thought was a good time and not remembering it later. I don’t miss those days, believe me! Being a vegan teetotaler graduate student working at an animal shelter might not sound like the good life to many of you, but it’s turned out to be the ideal life for me. As long as I stick to decaf! I suppose I could just become an early shift barista since I am awake, but I am not anywhere close to the the level of hipster required for that.
These days, I dream of book caves and animal sanctuaries, not of wine cellars.
There’s something magical about the combination of cats and books. Cats can make reading hard sometimes, but they just want to know what the book is about!
Throw in coffee (or tea, if you prefer), and you have the makings of a perfect day.
Why are cat cafes becoming so popular? Yep, you can have your cats, coffee, and a place to read all at once.
My particular favorite is Cat Town Cafe in Oakland, California.
Given these ingredients–cats, coffee, books–I have the makings of a perfect day at hand! Plus it’s raining and I have nowhere I have to be, making the day even that more magical. So I am going to enjoy what’s left of my weekend in the best way possible. But first, I am going to add naps to that essentials list.
I hear there’s even a pillow to help me out with that.
If only I could get the dog to stop snoring. I could try this trick:
This may be the current popular image of a sleeping beauty:
But this is the best I can hope for:
And this is what I am more likely to get:
Reminds me, add chocolate to that list, please.