Cats, God and I need a day off

I’m a bit frazzled. I’ve got several real estate buyers in town right now, and I’ve got several web design deadlines in the next two days. Not a good mix. Real estate is this open-ended, lengthy schmooze process. While web design takes total concentration with no distractions or other appointments. I’m seriously considering pulling an all-nighter, I feel like I’m 18 again (and I mean that only in the worst possible way).

My daughter called and said that her agnostic/atheist father had just given her a 40 year old Bible and “how cool is that?” (I’m wondering if he wanted to make space on the bookshelf). And I’m thinking that it’s cool that she thinks that’s cool, because she was not raised with a religion, she was raised to choose her own religion, if she wants to. One of my recent conversations with her involved me reading long passages from the Old Testament to her over the phone and providing my ribbing commentary along the way (there was quite a bit of giggling, especially about not coveting thy neighbor’s ass). Anyway, I think it’s great that she’s think her Bible is cool. Perhaps it’s time for her that grandmother who has a Ph.D in Religious Studies to give her grand daughter a call… Oh Mom?

Meanwhile the next book my Book Club is going to read will be The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever edited by Christopher Hitchens. One member of the Book Club stated that she “didn’t believe in Atheists”, I’m pretty sure she voted against this book, but she lost (we have a very democratic voting system). Regardless of viewpoint I’m sure that book will make for a great discussion. And a great discussion is the only possible excuse for all the wine we drink at those meetings.

Besides musings on God and his lack, and real estate and my lack of focus on web stuff my big thing right now is my cats. Surprised right? Flaco’s death has made me appreciate the living. So I’m trying to actually pet each of the living breathing 9 cats every day. This is harder than it sounds, since several of them hide under beds night and day and only come out for meals. I’m kind of forcing love on them, I feel a bit odd, “you will accept my love, like it or not”. But my eldest and fattest, and probably most frail, Grace, the 17 year old cat that I rescued back in Colorado, is appreciating all the attention. She’s even waking me up at night by purring in my ear. So I think I’m on the right track.

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3 Responses to “Cats, God and I need a day off”

  1. Scott Bulger Photography
    March 17th, 2008 05:45

    Wine or not, anything written by Christopher Hitchens should ensure some “spirited” debate amongst believers and non-believers. Good luck keeping that one under control!

  2. cancuncanuck
    March 19th, 2008 08:07

    Sounds like the book club is going well, enjoy that next book it sounds interesting.

    You’re at an interesting (scary to me) stage right now with the kid, she’s going to be questioning and learning about some big new things as she grows into her teenage-hood. Good luck, I’m terrified of Max’s turn at the teenage bat!

  3. RiverGirl
    March 19th, 2008 08:36

    The intellectual and spiritual work my kid is doing don’t scare me, she’s ready for that kind of deepening. I get nervous about the physical stuff and the poor judgment stuff that you get with teens, like drugs and STDs and driving cars. That shit scars me.

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