So here’s a little something that can hang upside down, per your request. In this case, it’s a baby possum, because the large ones are freaky looking and scare the crap out of me. There used to be one that appeared on our doorstep when I would take Phineas out for a walk, and then scuttle away like a huge awkward rat. It was disconcerting. Philippe thinks they’re cute at any age, but I still contend the older ones are creepy.
Apparently, it’s a myth that these little creatures sleep upside down because their tails, while strong, really wouldn’t hold them up very long. A fat possum wouldn’t last more than a couple seconds before plummeting to the ground. So there you have it. Myth debunked. And now that you know, you won’t be kept up at night worrying about it. So, you’re welcome.
I decided on the cliche title because things have been getting pretty busy for everyone during the holidays. Also, because cats are usually the star of this little motto and I thought it was time to let a possum take the stage for once. This time of year, while super fun, requires a bit of extra effort with all the holiday gatherings, baking, and of course, shopping!
When I came downstairs this morning, Philippe told me to wait on the stairs as he was shopping for one of my gifts. This reminded me that I’ve purchased exactly nothing yet, and have just made little lists in my head. Which don’t count as actual gifts apparently. People say, “it’s the thought that counts” but nobody actually means it. They always want something, and they don’t want it to be something stupid and awkward.
Philippe is always so good to pick things out and buy them promptly, while I usually wait until the last second and binge shop in wild desperation. All the ideas I had in my head spill out and I get distracted and then have an even better idea that requires twice as much to ship in order to have it arrive on time. Each year, I vow to myself to plan ahead only to disappoint myself yet again the following year. This is another of those years.
I hope you’re all enjoying your weekend, and are better prepared for the upcoming holiday. Unless it’s not one you celebrate, of course. Either way, wishing you fun times in the days ahead, because, well, every day should have a little fun in it!
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