Piper 1999-2016

Yesterday, August 16, we said goodbye to Piper, a.k.a. the #fakecat.

Piper 1999-2016

Piper 1999-2016

She was my constant companion for 17 years. I got her as a stupid 20-year-old university student who had no business getting a cat on her tight budget. (People used to joke she ate better food than I did and there were times when that was probably true. Good quality food was cheaper than vet bills.) But someone in my apartment building had a cat who had kittens and two were unclaimed. I fell for the little fluffball at first sight. She was the best free thing I ever got. 

Between my student years and working from home for over a decade, we had a lot of togetherness. I was her person. Lee, who invaded her world and moved in when she was 9, was a close second. (He would say she tolerated him well enough but he didn't see her face when she heard him put his keys in the door when he got home from work.) 

She was cat with strong opinions about everything. She did not like people wearing shoes in her house. She loved cheese and for a long time we though that was the love of her life until she discovered roast chicken. She liked fuzzy blankets and capes and stealing the couch pillows. She occasionally tolerated Kit-Cat's visits but really only after Cat gave "us" that fuzzy cape. 

She was a traveller. We lived in Montreal (she's a Montrealer) and Toronto before settling in Ottawa. She summered in PEI and had long weekends on Lake Champlain in Vermont. (She did not like the lake. The lake was scary.) She travelled by planes (terrifying), trains (tolerated), subways, transit buses, and automobiles. 

The house we bought in Ottawa was her favourite. There were lots of windows to watch birds and heating vents to lie on. We bought her a bed that we were certain she wouldn't use and it and the back of the couch became her two favourite places to watch the world go by. Between naps, of course. 

The last photo

The last photo

Her all-time favourite thing was the heated floor we installed in the master bathroom. Over the last few weeks she spent more time hiding in there, away from us. It was sad, but I'm glad she had a place that made her feel safe and that the heated floor provided comfort. It was where she spent her last hours in the house. 

About 2 seconds after the bathroom was finished, she took up residence. That was her spot. 

About 2 seconds after the bathroom was finished, she took up residence. That was her spot. 

I had no idea what a gift I was getting when I picked up that ball of fluff 17 years ago. 

Piper, thank you for growing up with me. We learned a lot together. Thank you for letting me be your person and for adopting Lee when I decided I wanted to keep him. Thank you for the love, cuddles, and headbutts. 

You were loved. I hope you knew how much. 

Currently, April 19


Watching: Nothing at all because Lee is on a business trip and I'm having a tv-free night. 

Reading: Wildflower by Drew Barrymore. 

Listening: To The Milk Carton Kids latest album and trying to decide whether or not to but tickets to see them when they come to town this summer. (Probably.) 

Wishing: A thousand and one wishes about all the different things. 

Wearing: Not my summer clothes but soon... 

Dreading: The chaos of having new windows installed later this week. 

Anticipating: Having new windows actually installed. (Hey, home ownership is like that.) 

Thanking: The looming window installation made us clean out the basement. You do not want to know how many empty boxes we were storing for absolutely no reason. As you can see above, Piper was being very helpful by being right in the way. 

Plotting: All of the things, most of which will never come to fruition. 

Pondering: Why is it is so darned hard to remember to do something three times a day than it is to do something twice a day? 

Craving: Reece peanut butter eggs. We're almost out. I'm rationing them. 

Making: Really awful watercolour drawings. 

Eating: Chrissy Teigen's vegetarian tortillas stew from Cravings. Easy and quick pantry meal. (Especially if you are too lazy to fry tortilla strips, though it must be said it's better with them.) 

Loving: Sunshine. 


Spring Cleaning Your Social Media Accounts

I didn't really intend to spring clean my social media accounts. It started simply enough. I was clicking around on things on the internet, reading all the things as I do, and a link led to another link, which lead to another link, and the next thing I knew I was looking at my social media accounts with a new perspective. 

Am I enjoying the platform? Why or why not? What did I want them to do? Where they doing that? Why or why not? What changes did I need to make? 

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Pinterest: This all started with a Pinterest tips post about deleting pins. It's something I've been hearing pop up more lately but I hadn't read seen much about why people were doing it. After reading this post I dove in. I deleted pins. I deleted boards. I did all the things. It felt good. Really good. 

Facebook personal account: I keep the number of Facebook friends I have small. Abnormally small, even. Facebook didn't really need much clean up, though I did discover a few people deactivated their accounts. It wasn't surprising but still a bit of a bummer. 

Facebook Sassymonkey.ca page: It's fairly new so there's not a lot to do there to be honest. I'm sure I could but I'm okay just bobbing down the lazy river for now. But I share awesome links there so if you are not following the Sassymonkey.ca Facebook page, please click over and like it to get the good stuff. 

(I am thinking about changing the cover image but I think that means I also want to change my blog header image but if I'm thinking about it I might want to change the blog layout and I'm just not ready yet.)

Twitter: This was a big one. I don't think I've ever gone in and did a true clean up since I first created the account in 2007. I know I've popped in a few times to clear out a few eggheads from closed accounts but a true clean up? Nope. I had 9 years of accounts to go through and I've worn a lot of different hats that resulted in me following different types people. I really didn't need to be following the same accounts I followed 9 years ago, or even 5 years ago. 

I did have some lists set up, but as a whole I wasn't enjoying Twitter very much and hadn't for long time. I found it easiest to go in and one huge sweep. It took awhile. I am liking Twitter waaaayyyy more now because I'm actually seeing stuff I want to see. I might go back in and delete some more stuff in a month or two. 

LinkedIn: I actually updated my account recently so I mostly just had requests to approve. 

Ello: Remember when it launched and we all rushed to get in, spent three days there, and then never returned? I deleted my account. 

Goodreads: This was the biggest pain in the rear. You can only remove one person at a time and whyyyyyyyyyyyyy Goodreads? But again, this was pretty easy to choose who got unfriended. (I'm looking at you authors who only use the site when you have a book to promote. I know what you are doing. I get it. But I don't like it.)  

Blogger: Waaaaayyyy back in the day, when I first started blogging, I started on Blogger. I thought I had killed those sites years ago but a friend was going through her blog archives, found a link, and discovered they were active (though they really didn't have any content). Not any more. I deleted them.

Wordpress: After Blogger I moved my blogs to Wordpress.com, then self-hosted Wordpress, and now I'm living it up on Squarespace (and loving it). I received a comment notification for Wordpress.com so I went in, cleaned up some stuff, and made those blogs private. Some links are still hanging around to those blogs around the internet and I'd rather they go to a private blog than to delete them so someone else to swoop in and make it content other people don't want to be linking to. 

What's the biggest lesson I learned from this? It was something I already knew.

Quality matters way more than quantity. Everywhere. Always. It's not about more or most and social media is a far more enjoyable place when you are honest with yourself about what you want and need from it.