Thursday, April 23, 2009

Carolynn, our wallaroo translator, has been here about a week now. She hasn't taught us much about Australia or Kookaburraton yet. She claims that she needs to settle into the rhythm -- become a part of the family first. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that's working out so well.

Her first move was to try to become something of a nanny for Elaine. I liked the idea, and her assistance did make it easier to finish editing "Otters In Space" and write a good cover letter for it. However, Elaine really isn't willing to accept the authority of a fuzzy marsupial, barely taller than her. Every time Carolynn tries to help Elaine with something, Elaine just shouts her new favorite word, "Self!" Meaning, of course, that she wants to do it herself.

After Carolynn gave up on the nanny idea, she tried bonding with the dogs, but... Well, I'm not completely sure how it happened, but let's just say that Trudy and Carolynn are about evenly matched in a boxing match. Dale tips the scales.

So, now, Carolynn mostly sulks around with the cats. Theresa, who's always cold, hides in Carolynn's pouch, and I think Heidi's taking lessons on being a kangaroo. She's always been a versatile cat.

Well, at least one of us will be prepared for our new life in Australia...

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