So, yes... I have a lot of news. Some of which is super secret...
But the HUGE, hot off the press news is...
OK, brace yourselves....
I'm getting a CAT!
OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG, OMG!
YES, a real, living, breathing, fluffy companion!
I grew up with cats in my life. They were around me everyday, up until I was 17 years old. So I've had 3 long years of being Cat-less.
Ever since moving to London last October, I've found myself becoming miserable and lonely in my flat by myself. But I don't crave the company of people. I'm very much an introvert, which doesn't mean I'm shy (a common misconception); I'm a very confident and expressive person when I'm around other people... but it does mean that I can't be around people all the time, as it makes me extremely uncomfortable. I like my time alone, and my space... I have to escape.
I was curious how I would cope in my new flat. It's the first time I've ever been totally alone. I mean last year I was away from home, living in student halls, and had my own room to escape to... but still I had flatmates around me. A flat to myself sounded absolutely perfect... But after seven months of living here... I feel a bit too alone, and I get stressed easily.. but It's not more contact with people I'm craving, because I have my wonderful boyfriend Ash, and all my friends at uni, and that's PLENTY for me, heheh. So what was my problem?
The problem is, because of the nature of being an Animator, I spend most of my time working, staring at a screen. It stresses me out because I don't know when to stop. I can't chill out, because I'm at my desk constantly. Usually, to relax, or have some fun, I'd play video games, watch a film, read... the usual... But I feel so guilty whenever I do it now. I feel like I need to keep working, and can't switch out of this mode. It's exhausting my mind and body, but because there's no one here to tell me to stop working, I don't. I have no other priorities.
I feel like a cat will help keep me sane, to sit on my lap while I work, to provide a distraction for me to play with, to have a strong loving bond, and to have something to look forward to when I get home.
I was considering it in the first month of moving in, but decided I needed time to settle in completely, and also, I needed to check with the property managers and my landlord that it would be ok to have a cat.
I had a discussion with them both last week, and they both are absolutely fine with it.
Also, Ash is EXTREMELY kindly offering to look after the cat if I have to leave for more than 24 hours. Plus, my dad is happy for me to bring my cat with me if were to stay with him for a while over the summer.
So, it's happening!
I want to get a kitten, and was thinking possibly a pedigree. I had initially always dreamed of having a spotted Bengal... but I also love Oriental looking cats... But I'm also being drawn to helping out the rescue cats and kittens... So we shall see!
I'm in touch with my local cat shelter, I wanted them to check my place out, just to make sure it's ok for kitties to live in. They suggest to get two cats, so that they keep eachother company whilst I'm at uni. I mean I'd be away for max 8 hours, only 3-4 days a week... but they said it might be easier if I had two, because I wouldn't have to rush home, and worry about my kitty being lonely. But my flat isn't huge, (I need to get a tall and exciting cat tree) and two kitties will be double the expense on food and litter etc, a week... So there's a lot to consider.
But it means I'll be able to do loads of life drawings, and real photography... Which will be extremely handy for the secret project I'm working on
But anyway...I'll be sure to keep you updated!
OH GLOB, I'M SO EXCITED!!!!