Whew… well it’s obvious… with the official first day of Fall come and gone, Autumn is well and truly here now, and with the return of chilly nights and colorful leaves the local colleges have been filled to the brim with eager new students yet again. Sigh…. It’s a given then, that my workload at the restaurant has increased and with my sweetie also feelin’ the extra load at her job as well, it’s definitely taken its toll of my free time of late. Still… an unexpected day off has provided me with some leeway to attend to all my personal stuff… such as finally paying a bit of long overdue attention to things here at the “Litterbox” and at least doing a quick Diary post to make things look a wee bit busy hereabouts…
So… what’s your Favorite Catgirl Princess been up to these last few weeks then? That’s easily discovered, o’ Gentle Visitor, just “Read On” and find out!! 😉
“What?” you say… “No new Review yet?”… Yes… yes… I have been watchin’ movies of late. Although not as many as I usually mange to squeeze in. Given how busy our respective schedules have gotten these last couple weeks, it seems any mutual time off I’ve gotten has become “quality time” for Carolyn and I to share together rather than my usual “me” time. Ummmm… sad to say (for this movie obsessed lady, anyway…) most of that “quality time” has been filled with plenty of other things than “Movie Nite cuddle time”. Stuff like early morning walks, coffee time at the corner shop before work most days, the odd luncheon together at our favorite bistro when either of us can steal away from work to manage it, and in the evenings either a few hours at our favorite nightclub for music, dancing, drinks, and fun with our mutual friends. Given all that, I can’t really complain tooooo much, I suppose. 😉
And I expect to have a couple of Reviews ready to go soon. Some will be courtesy of my sweet wifey… who scored a nifty lil’ gift for her favorite kitten at the college last week. Yep, while passing through the Student Union to grab a sandwich on her lunch hour she was lucky enough to find some of those vendors who sell stuff to the students all set up at tables in the lobby, one of which was selling used CD’s, old records, and yes…. DVD’s. Pawing through the pile, she found a bunch of them all bound together with rubber bands, no clue what they were, but they all had cover sleeves featuring vintage Japanese movie posters filled with samurai and swords and all the titles in lurid Kanji script… and “some pretty geisha lady with a sword” as she put it. Four discs… all for a mere 20$… how could she pass that up knowing me and my crazy movie tastes?
Well…. turns out she really scored “Big Time” on this deal. Unknown to her… and I’m assuming the guy selling the DVD’s was clueless as well… these turned out to be all four of the “Blind Swordswoman Oichi aka the Crimson Bat” films made by Shochiku in the late 60’s and early 70’s starring Yoko Matsuyama!! Uncut… in widescreen format… and with pretty darn good selectable English subtitles. Don’t know where these originally came from or how they found their way to our local college rummage sale day… but they are factory produced DVD-R’s and definitely “grey market” discs, made with love by someone who cared enough to do the best job making them they could. Oh yes…. sometimes the “Movie Fairies” smile on a certain Catgirl Princess.
Now getting these was a nice surprise… but the very notion that my sweet Carolyn actively went looking for something for little ol’ me on her lunch hour was the thing that touches my heart the most. It’s another example to me of just how much I’m always in her thoughts, and why she’s filling mine more and more as our lives softy grow and entwine so sweetly together with each passing day we share…. ❤
This of course gave lil’ ol’ me the perfect “excuse”…. (as if I actually need one to spring something sweet and romantic on my dearest…) to come up with something to give her in return. Yep. Just what had to happen. 😉
First up, I planned a nice intimate dinner for us…. cooking is always something I like doing for Carolyn and something I know she appreciates. I had some hot, spicy kimchi…. some boneless pork chops… and enough other ingredients to come up with something exotic and yummy for us to share (Yes… yes… recipe to follow soon I hope…)…. but…. somehow that wasn’t gonna be enough. It didn’t feel “special” enough. So I plopped down on my stomach on the couch with Carolyn’s laptop balanced on the end table to do some surfing… trying to spark my lil’ brain and come up with the one thing that would make an evening juuuussst right. And then….. trying to remind me it was lunchtime, Ting-ting chose that very moment to hop down off the back of the couch onto my shoulders, chirp her little ‘meow’ in my ear, and then scamper down the length of my back to go flying off my butt towards the kitchen. “Surprise!!”
Right then… a wicked lil’ naughty idea popped in my head, fully formed. A sexy lil’ surprise that could be all Carolyn’s and Carolyn’s alone. 😉
Now to explain this, you have to understand that another of my goofy quirks is a certain distant fascination I have with tattoos. I’ve always thought that tattoos are really pretty… well… Ok…. at least some of them are. The really nice ones I mean, that are artistic and well-chosen… with an exotic sexy flair that suits the person wearing them. Those ones…. And I’ve seriously kind of always secretly toyed with the idea of getting one myself. Yep. Then the whole idea of the needles… the pain… and the absolute “permanence” of them triggers that sensible inner kitten of mine and I chicken out. But… then I see another absolutely pretty and amazing one on somebody and the envy and that secret “want” to go crazy and “go for it” rears its head once more. Realistically, though, I know in my heart it’ll never… ever… happen. Nope. No tattoo for Miyuki…
Carolyn knows this of course… the way she knows most of my deep dark personal secrets and desires. Being my bestest friend in the world for years and years as well as my lover and spouse has given her an insight to the goofy workings of my lil’ head the way nobody else has. However… with a lil’ creative thought, that also means there was room for a sneaky surprise for “Lil’ Miss Knows-Me-So-Well”. 😉
Luckily for me, I happen to know there’s a henna artist working here in our town, dividing her time between some afternoons at our beauty salon and at the tattoo parlor down the street from my restaurant doing Mehndi for some of the students and more adventurous ladies hereabouts. Her name is Anjali and she’s the wife of one of the associate professors at the college. I was pretty sure she’d be able to do the job I had in mind… Oh yes, indeed. 😉
Now… just what I had in mind was admittedly a bit different from the mehndi designs she usually did. What I wanted was a sexy lil’ design featuring a trail of tiny little cat paw prints starting on my neck, right behind my right ear beneath my hair and running down across my back along my spine to a lotus blossom just above the cleft of my buttocks. Something tiny and exotic and mixed with the swirly paisley Hindi style designs I knew Anjali would be able to do serious justice to… a “secret little trail” that nobody would even notice… not even Carolyn… not until she found them when we were alone sharing a little “playtime” after dinner. (Eeeeee!! I’m such a naughty, naughty lil’ kitten at times!! 🙂 )
I was a bit worried that Anjali wouldn’t want to do the design for me, but Sam told me she was a very open minded lady and that, from what she had heard, this wouldn’t be a problem. Still…. since I’d spilled my plan to her, I twisted Sam’s arm into coming with me to get it done. Never hurts to roll with your homegirl to do stuff like this if you are a nervous and slightly paranoid lil’ goof like me… Hehehe!!
I made an appointment with Anjali… nervously explained my ideas and was rewarded by an amused, shy little smile that told me she was definitely as cool as Sam had led me to believe. She sketched out some examples for me to look at and it was some really amazingly pretty work!! Far better than I had imagined. We worked out a price and she told me she’d get the design ready and set up a time at the tattoo parlor that would work for me around my work schedule.
It took most of a Tuesday to do, but it came out awesome!! The design itself wasn’t super intricate, but a lot of my time was spent letting the henna sit on my skin doing it’s thing. Anjali had her own private nook at the tattoo shop, and after she got it done, she popped out to see another client, returning now and again to check on the dyeing action. Sam hung around and kept me company till it was ready, bless her lil’ heart. She got a kick out of it, and I think it really touched her to be the only person other than Anjali and Carolyn to have seen it all.
Once we were done, and I got dressed, it disappeared… hidden away from the world, waiting for Carolyn to find it. You can’t see it at all…. not unless you get really… really close. Even then you have to look very closely when I turn my head to even catch a slight glimpse of it under my hair. Now that my hair has grown out a bit, it was easy to braid up and toss forward over my right shoulder hiding even that much from view.
That evening, I think Carolyn knew something was up. She’s so in tune to me and my moods that it’s awfully hard to fool her now, even when I try my hardest. Dinner was excellent… I pan seared some thin cut boneless pork chops and covered then with the kimchi and some green peppers and onions to bake in the oven, I paired them with some fluffy couscous, chickpeas and lentils and it worked out great. We cleared up the table, and I think Carolyn expected we’d watch some movies and maybe have some flirty, “sexyfuntime” to top the evening off. Hahaha!! She wasn’t too far off on that, at least. 😉 ❤
We usually spoon on the couch for movie time, with Carolyn lying behind me playing “big spoon” and Ting-ting on the back of the couch above us, a couple of drinks on the end table and maybe a big bowl of popcorn nestled against my tummy within easy reach. I caught her by surprise though, by quickly slipping up onto her lap as soon as she sat down, straddling her to bring us face to face, my arms slipping loosely around her waist, and giving her a long, lingering kiss that told her it definitely wasn’t going to be “Movie Night” after all. Oh, no, no, no…. 😉
A few more shared kisses and soft caresses and Carolyn let her lips drift across my cheek and down my neck, and that was my cue to turn my head “just so”, letting her find the start of the henna behind my ear.
“Miyuki!! Sweetie? What the heck? You actually got a tattoo!!” She was totally caught by surprise. I almost broke down laughing, as I explained it was only temporary, and I told her she’d better get a really good look before it went away. If she really wanted to, that is….. 😉
Oh yes…. she most certainly wanted to. I’m happy to say she took her sweet time following that design, kiss by kiss, alllll the way to its end. The rest of the evening? Let me simply say… “and a good time was had by all”. It’s still there…. fading a bit now… but it still makes my sweetie flash me her crooked lil’ smile every morning when she sees it. Yep. My very own flirty, teasing “Good Morning” for my dearest loving wife…. and worth every penny I paid to get it. Priceless….
So. That’s what I’ve been up to of late. You can definitely see that I’m enjoying becoming “an old married couple”. Those of you with a love of your own know what I’m feeling. I apologize for my absence here of late… and I hope to remedy that in the next days or so with a Review of Carolyn’s DVD’s and maybe some other films as well. Till then… all my best!!