Some times, her need for routine is less desirable. Like when summer vacation ends and all of the sudden alarms are being set again and I'm leaving the house every day.
Soth has been unhappy because I'm not home to refill his food dish every couple hours. All summer, he's been getting lots of tiny little meals (mostly because Barley will help herself to his food if I turn my back on her). When I have to leave for several hours at a time, he gets one big meal instead. I wasn't surprised on Monday when I came home to a mountain of cat barf--probably a combination of my greedy little guy being overexcited about such a full dish and gobbling it down all at once and of being stressed that I was gone so long.
Soth's also taken it upon himself to make sure I remember that I have a bed time. As I've been lesson planning, he's been lounging on top of the papers I need.
And working his way across the couch and sprawling on the computer if I don't get hte message quickly enough for his liking.
Between planning, grading, and teaching (which is exhausting after several months off and leads to napping)--plus Mother Nature deciding that she didn't want us to miss summer altogether and sending heatt and humidity our way--it's been tough to find time to get in our normal mileage. We did manage to get 24.08 miles this week, but it didn't seem as easy as usual to get our normal 3+ miles a day. I'm not a morning person, so we've been trying to squeeze it all in one evening walk and with the days getting shorter, we haven't gotten the full 3 miles every day, but have had a chance to make up for it on other days. Despite the struggles, we've still had a chance to get some nice walks in this week.
Barley's been a good sport and she's trying to embrace our new routine, but she is back to following em around every time I move and when we're resting (or in my case, planning lectures), some part of her has to be touching some part of me.
It's going to take a little while, but I'm sure we'll be settled into a new routine before we know it. Hope that everyone has a happy Labor Day weekend!