Yep… It’s lil’ ol’ me again. I know… I made some real efforts to get more active last month during our “Thrilling Adventures!!” review marathon…. and I really, really wanted to keep the momentum rolling, but…. all my Gentle Visitors know just how scatterbrained and easily distracted I can get at times. Especially this time of year….. Yep that’s right. With the return of more seasonable weather, I’ve fallen victim to my usual bout of “Spring Fever”. However… with the way the temperatures keep veering wildly from freakishly chilly to almost summery warmth, it’s been anything but a typical Spring hereabouts. Me? I’ve been alternately full of boundless crazy energy and then hit with some serious blue bits of melancholy. Mood swings? Yep… Neko’s got ’em… ohhh… and a nasty Spring cold too. Dang it… 😷
But… a day to myself… (and a nose chock full of gooey snot…) has slowed me down enough to do at least a quick Diary post to remind my regular visitors that I’m still with you. So… if you wanna share some more of the details of my goofy Life, you know the drill by now…. 😉
“But…. Miyuki?”, you ask, “What the heck does any of this have to do with “Magical Girls”?” Shhhhh…. Don’t worry… I’m getting to that. 😉
Now where was I? Oh yeah….. Spring. Gotta say so far it’s been a fairly mixed bag here at the apartment. If this is gonna be the way “Global Warming” plans to treat us each Spring ’round these parts from now on, I can’t really say I’m gonna be a fan. Plainly put, our weather has been atrocious. I’m used to the slow steady way that Winter loses its icy grip as the days grow longer, the winds blow warmer, and Spring gently asserts itself. At least that’s always been my experience. Up till now. Now… it seems… Mother Nature has pretty much lost the cheese right off her cracker and betting on what’s going to happen day-to-day weather-wise is less certain than it’s ever been. Ohhhh… and as far as I’m concerned… that truly sucks.
Not only has the weather gone all flakey and strange, but it’s messing big time with this wee lady’s odd metabolic rhythms too. I’ve always been sensitive to seasonal changes, reacting to the return of warmer times with my ordinary bout of Seasonal Insomnia and restlessness. This year… with the days staying cold longer, it’s pushed that back several weeks. Till now. Worse… With the seesaw of conditions being like they are, I’ve also been experiencing things in a very uneven way. Sometimes I’ve gone a couple of days all hyper and revved up only to crash with fatigue and listlessness with a downturn in the weather. I just can’t seem to get synchronized.
As always… when I’m up and filled with energy… I’m practically bouncing off the walls trying to do things to wear myself out. It was during a couple of days of that when found myself filled with the desire to do a bit of “Spring Cleaning”…. at 2AM in the morning… while my sweetie snoozed away in our cozy bed.
Seemed like a good idea at the time. I mean, when I’m twitchy and unable to sleep, I have a tendency to roll and roam around in bed if I fight it and try to simply sleep anyway. I don’t really get any rest… and usually if I don’t just get up then and there, I just end up waking Carolyn and ruining her sleep too. Nope… not something I like to do to my poor sweetheart if I can avoid it.
But…. what to do with myself at that ungodly hour of the night? Can’t really sneak out to the living room and watch TV unless I want to risk waking her up. No getting up and going for a walk…. Carolyn was horrified to find out I did that once last year while she was sleeping. The idea of me wandering the dark streets at that time of the night… alone… made her very upset and I had to promise her not to do that ever again. She’s probably right. Personally I’ve never been afraid to do it… but realistically it’s probably not a smart thing to do in a town with a couple of colleges and several thousand relative strangers.
OK… OK… well then, how about some light aerobics? Yeah… bouncing around the living room with my mp3 player listening to music… like that wouldn’t wake her up. Sigh…
So… also that pretty much leaves out playing with my nocturnal companion, Ting-ting as well. She’s pretty much game for it, mind you, but even as tiny as she is…. scampering about chasing a toy always sounds like a stampede in the wee hours of the night. Ooooohhh… and she’s pretty vocal about it too. Unlike my kitty Goober, Ting-ting likes to make the most adorable meowing lil’ chirps to let you know how happy she is to be playing. Cute during the day… pretty darn annoying at 2AM.
Trust me. Sitting quietly in the dark is impossible for me when I’m so darn wired. No way… no how. So… that left me with the idea to slip into our spare room to finally do something with some of the old boxes of stuff I store in there. Old clothes… boxes of books and magazines… boxes and boxes of my DVD’s… my camping gear… and… waaaay waaaay in the back corner… my old cosplay stuff from back in college.
Yep. You, o’ Gentle Visitors, have heard of those boxes… the ones filled with all my old costume stuff, wigs, props, and makeup from conventions and Halloweens of old. Yep. I certainly have quite the collection of junk in those boxes…
You know both Neko and her goofy imagination love nostalgia. Those boxes were just the ticket to keep me amused, digging through them and having a nice lil’ bout of “remember when…”.
I unearthed those boxes, one at a time, and quietly hauled them out to the living room to have a peek, just for fun. There was some stuff in there I hadn’t actually handled for 20 years or so. Like my ninja suit!! (Yes… I admit it… this wee Catgirl does have a snazzy black hooded ninja outfit. And some nunchakus… And… I’m smugly happy to say… it still fits even now. So there…). My “Indiana Jane” ensemble… which I’d had out a time or two for Halloween since I first put it together back in college. Along with some nice army surplus stuff I’d forgotten I even bought… just the ticket for something WW2 inspired should I ever want it. Nice….
Several wigs…. including a nice long one the length of my hair the way it was back in high-school. Definitely something I might want to use sometime for a bit of fun sometime. (That one was promptly wrapped in a fresh plastic bag and moved to a nice hatbox to go in my closet… Who knows? 😉 )
One nice old flower patterned kimono I hadn’t worn since my senior year in high-school. Ha!! It also still fit!! With some nice sandals and other accessories, it’s got possibilities. Fold that up carefully and set it aside….
And…. waaaay… waaaay in the bottom of the last box, in an old shoebox, something I’ve been looking for a while now. My very first Nekomimi ears and tail! The very ones I wore to my first anime convention back in my freshman year. I’d almost given up on these as lost and gone forever…
These were the “ears and tail” that got me my nickname!! I’d worn them along with a glittery tiara, fairy wand, and ballet tutu to be a generic “Magical Girl” for the convention. Yep. One look at this petite lil’ Japanese girl in costume with kitty ears and tail, and all the anime nerds in my dorm promptly started calling me “Neko-neko”, a name that stuck long after that. They meant it to be “Here, kitty, kitty…” but somehow it got turned into the only Japanese word some of them knew… “Here, Neko-neko…”.
Finding those old ears tickled me to no end. Naturally I just had to run into the bathroom and put them on. Just to see how they looked… Honest. Ummmm… and as long as I had them on, it’s only made sense to put the belt with the tail on too. I mean… they’re a set, right? And hey…. the wand was right next to them…. 😉
Wearing them again and seeing myself in the bathroom mirror, they really brought back some nice memories. Of all those heady, scary first few months in school when I was a newly grown girl on my own for the first time ever and well before the nasty meltdown with my ex, Michael that ended my college dreams. At 42, I do look a bit older… but surprisingly not all that much.
I suppose Ting-ting was fairly confused by mommy’s weird midnight “transformation” into Catgirl… but my “tail” was perhaps the most intriguing of my crazy “new look” for her. It’s hypnotic swaying back and forth from beneath the bottom edge of my pajama top was apparently too much for her to resist… and one pounce later she tore the pink ribbon bow off its end to go tearing away into the living room with her ill-gotten prize in her mouth, me in hot pursuit.
Only to practically run over my sleepy-eyed wife on her way to the bathroom. Yep. Me… a supposedly stable, mature, “grown-up” woman dressed in only her panties and a flannel pajama top, wearing a tiara, fluffy cat ears & tail, and wielding a magical toy fairy wand. That certainly woke her right up…. 😉
I nearly knocked her right over… and we ended up in an awkward hug right there in the doorway. One look at me and she burst out laughing. “Miyu… you never told me you secretly moonlight as a crazy tooth fairy…”
She laughed again… and so did I, apologizing for waking her up. She swore I hadn’t… that she’d just woken up all on her own with a need to pee. Which she soon did, shooing me out of the bathroom to find Ting-ting and rescue my ribbon while she took care of that distraction.
“Can’t sleep again, lil’ kitty?”, she said when she came back out. “I think I can find something to tire you out… if “Magical Kitten Miyu” is in the mood that is…..”. With a playful tug on my “tail” she headed back to the bedroom with a “come hither” wiggle of her finger and her crooked little grin. Oh yes…. my “Magical Catgirl Senses” were certain she did have an idea or two… and my intuition is never wrong. 😉
Hehehe…. and she was right. Carolyn used a few of her own “Magical Girl” powers to find a way to burn off some of my silly energy in a way that left both of us pleasantly exhausted in an hour or so… just in time for the sun to peep over the horizon with the dawn… ❤ Thank goodness we both had that day off…. by then I really needed a nice snuggly nap. 🙂
It’s spontaneous fun little times like this that make me so glad I have my darling Carolyn in my life. She’s not just my wife… not just my lover… she really is my best friend. Someone who actually thinks my crazy whimsically flighty side is fun to be around… not just something to be tolerated. She constantly tells me I keep her young… and very, very happy. Something that knowing makes me deliriously happy too. 🙂
So then, that’s my current “Life”… Along with the nasty head cold I picked up in the last couple of days… Hopefully it’ll pass quickly, and things can get back to normal once my annual bout of the “crazies” subsides. By then I ought to be back on track, and if there are any “Movie Fairies” that want to smile on this wee lady, maybe I’ll even get back with a Review by this weekend. Keep your fingers crossed… it could happen. 😉