Cat on a hot tin MacBook

Things are ramping up to crazy levels again, at work and elsewhere. Deadlines, side-projects, taxes (I actually managed to file weeks before the actual Canada Revenue deadline, for once!), unconference organisation, blogging, and trying to keep up with the twists and turns of the Canadian election campaign – no wonder I feel like I never have any time to play my violin!

The extra load means bringing work home more often than usual.

Two Macs are better than one! I use one for playing music and other frivolities, and the other for work

I’m actually really productive when working from home. I can play music through proper speakers rather than through headphones, make a pot of coffee instead of just a cup, and escape from the background noise and interruptions that run rampant at the office.

Oh, and I get to hang out with my cat!

She likes it when I work from home. She’s a very social beast. And she is determined not to meet the same fate as my poor neglected violin:

If violins could do this, they might get more attention!

And when there’s no cat on my lap or my laptop, you can be sure there’s one sitting on whatever pieces of paper I’m trying to consult!

The one time I’ve needed to consult it for YEARS... and there’s a cat on it!

Right – just a few more weeks to fit everything into before my triumphant return to Toronto. Better start saving up – every Penny counts!

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Oops, sorry – cat-like typing has been detected AGAIN.

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15 Responses to Cat on a hot tin MacBook

  1. Alyssa says:

    I will never understand the cat obsession of lying on paper. Is it really that comfortable, or do they intuitively know we need to read them and that just won’t do?

    When will you be in TO? We should do a meet-up!

  2. chall says:

    ahh… Toronto, have great trip. Make sure to stop by the important store in Air Canada 😉

    as for cats, I jsut think they know that the world revolve around them so no need to worry about anyone but them. We’re all their servants, right?

  3. Amelie says:

    I think especially when stress levels are rising, working from home is really productive. Don’t have any cats to keep me company though…

  4. I miss working from home. Monkeys daycare is on campus, so if I stay home, he stays home which equal no work done…hopefully.1.5 years from now both kids will be in a daycare close to home so I can work from home 1/month.

  5. Mike says:

    I’m seeing double, and I haven’t even started drinking yet. Guess I’d better start.

  6. Bob O'H says:

    Aaaagh! déjà vu. All over again.

    So, how was VanBarCamp?

  7. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    oh my goodness, however did this happen??!!

    Well done, Ricardipus 🙂

    Alyssa, I’m afraid I won’t be able to meet up with you, as I am not actually coming to Toronto any time soon! If my plans change, I promise I’ll do my best to meet you then! (Can you tell that your comment made me feel a wee bit guilty about the joke?!) Maybe you could try to meet up with Eva instead? It’ll be almost exactly like meeting up with me!

    Chall, indeed! Cats on both sides of the Atlantic are our masters, and we are merely staff.

    Amelie, I totally agree. Cats tend to help with the stress levels, too, except for when they’re deleting files by walking on the keyboard, and ripping your important papers to shreds…

    ScientistMother, yeah, that doesn’t exactly sound like a calm and peaceful working environment!

    Mike, it’s never a bad idea.

    Bob, I spent most of trying to explain hockey to Eva…

  8. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    p.s. I was so distracted by all the AFD fun this morning that I forgot to take my work MacBook back to work with me this morning!

  9. Alyssa says:

    Oh my gosh…I am soooooo confused! LOL!

  10. Alyssa says:

    (Don’t worry, I figured it out. I hate AFD, as I always fall for something…even though year after year I tell myself to never believe anything anyone writes on their blog/Facebook/etc. on that day). Do’h.

  11. Grant says:

    My cat, Aimee, is trying to sleep across my lap and arms as I type, which makes for awkward typing…

    You were saying the cat likes being *on* paper. Mine prefers being *under* it. If I leave a flat sheet on the floor, she’ll slip her nose under one edge, push it up and burrow under, leaving her hiding under a tent of paper. Sometimes the paper tent will shuffle about the room, like a strange turtle.

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