Many names

These are the names I call my cat:

Cat sitting atop bookcase, staring into ceiling light.

  • Dixon
  • Dixie
  • Dix
  • Cat
  • Kitty
  • Kitty Face
  • Kitty Butt
  • Dixie Face
  • Dixie Butt
  • Butter Bean
  • Butt Bean
  • Butt Face
  • Kiska (from the Russian киска, meaning “kitty”)
  • Kiska Face
  • Kiska Butt
  • Butt
  • Bunny
  • Bunny Butt
  • Zayats (from the Russian заяц, meaning “hare” or “rabbit”)
  • Zai

This list has been seven years in the making.

But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

— T.S. Eliot, “The Naming of Cats”

Life is all aglow

Last weekend, I went a little crazy and decided that it was a good idea to spend all of Sunday cooking. I decided to make 9 dishes that I would refrigerate or freeze and use throughout the week for dinners and lunches:

Alex and I have been enjoying the fruits of my labor all week! (And continue to do so, in fact. There are plenty of leftovers that will probably carry into the next week.) It’s super satisfying being able to come home after work, choose an entree, and have it ready to eat in under 10 minutes. It’s also been nice not having dinner leftovers for lunch the next day. (As they say, variety is the spice of life!) However, it was slightly annoying spending hours at the supermarket and then many more hours on my feet in the kitchen. It did free up my time in the evenings, though, to make desserts. And, man, I love me some desserts! (My current favorite is the raspberry peach cobbler from Isa Does It. It calls for frozen peaches and raspberries so you can have this wonderfully summery dessert even in the middle of a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad winter.)