Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Wrapping Presents (With a Cat)

Why Kittymas is SUCH fun...

1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present.
2. Go to wardrobe and collect bag in which present is contained, and close door.
3. Open door and remove cat from wardrobe.
4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper.
5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard.
6. Go to drawer and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc.
7. Lay out present and wrapping materials on table, to enable wrapping strategy to be formed.
8. Go back to drawer to get string, remove cat that has been in the drawer since last visit, and collect string.
9. Remove present from bag.
10. Remove cat from bag.
11. Open box to check present, remove cat from box, replace present.
12. Lay out paper to enable cutting to size.
13. Cut the paper to size, trying to keep the cutting line straight.
14. Throw away first sheet because cat tried to chase the scissors and tore the paper.
15. Cut second sheet of paper to size by putting cat in the bag the present came out of.
16. Place present on cut-to-size paper.
17. Lift up edges of paper to seal in present, wonder why edges now don't reach, and find cat between present and paper. Remove cat and retry.
18. Place object on paper, to hold in place, while cutting transparent sticky tape.
19. Spend next 20 minutes carefully trying to remove transparent sticky tape from cat with pair of nail scissors.
20. Seal paper down with transparent sticky tape, making corners as neat as possible.
21. Look for roll of ribbon; chase cat down hall and retrieve ribbon.
22. Try to wrap present with ribbon in a two-directional turn.
23. Re-roll up ribbon and remove paper that is now torn, due to cat's enthusiasm in chasing ribbon end.
24. Repeat steps 12-22 until down to last sheet of paper.
25. Decide to skip steps 12-16 in order to save time and reduce risk of losing last sheet of paper. Retrieve old cardboard box that you know is right size for sheet of paper.
26. Put present in box, and tie down with string.
27. Remove string, open box and remove cat.
28. Put all packing materials in bag with present and head for lockable room.
29. Once inside room, lock door and start to re-lay out packing materials.
30. Remove cat from box, unlock door, put cat outside door, close door and re-lock.
31. Lay out last sheet of paper. (Admittedly this is difficult in the small area of the toilet, but try your best!)
32. Seal box, wrap with paper and start repairs by very carefully sealing down tears with transparent sticky tape. Now tie up with ribbon and decorate with bows to hide worst affected areas.
33. Label, then sit back and admire your handiwork, congratulating yourself on making good of a bad job.
34. Unlock door, and go to kitchen to make drink and feed cat.
35. Spend next 15 minutes looking for cat, before coming to obvious conclusion.
36. Unwrap present, untie box and remove cat.
37. Retrieve all discarded sheets of wrapping paper, feed cat and retire to lockable room for last attempt, making certain you are alone and the door is locked.
38. At time of handing over present, smile sweetly at receiver's face, as they try and hide their contempt at being handed such a badly wrapped present.
39. Swear to yourself that next year, you will get the store to wrap the darn thing for you.



Victor Tabbycat said...

Mom's laughing so hard, her eyes are leakin!
But what about the two cat version?

Anonymous said...

He, he. Hilarious.

Gemini said...

Momma says that's why she doesn't use paper--she uses fabric. We can't tear that up and she gets it cut 'afore we can do anything. I still like to play with the strings though!

Beau Beau & Angie said...

Thanks for the warning before I let the furkids near the presents.
Beau Beau & Angie's Mom

Derby said...

That am furry funny and TRUE!

Ayla said...

LOL. Now I know why the Mom orders presents on the internet. She's trying to keep us from having all the fun.

Janine said...

Hilarious - and I agree with the commenter about a 2-cat version!

Millie said...

Oh this is SO funny. The Lady appreciates it all the more because Gizzy loves to lick scotch tape. The sticky side.

Beau said...

mom laughed so hard her eyes leaked water!

The Meezers said...

mom laughed so hard she almost snorted oatmeal out her nose.

Anonymous said...

My mommy had a real good laugh at this post.

one of us said...

Mom thought that was so funny she laughed all the way through. We always like to unwrap the presents right after they are done to see what is inside. Then Mom gets to practice her wrapping skills by wrapping them all over again. ~Merlin, Shadow, Ko ko

Anonymous said...

LOL! My human mom really enjoyed this post. Too funny! :D

George, Tipper, Max & Misty said...

Very funny! With 4 of us here now, Mom has to do wrapping in the guest bedroom while we stand outside the door and scratch & meow at the top of our lungs! She can only manage to get 2 or 3 presents done before she gives up!

Anonymous said...

Momma laughed so hard she snorted koffee out her nose, that was funny to us. Thanks for visiting our blog.

Scooby, Shaggy & Scout said...

Don't forget the part about trimming the cat hairs off the sticky tape.

Luna said...

Pray for mom. Thank you.

Karen Jo said...

Oh, that was very funny. It is also very true.

Jenny Ryan said...

Oh, so true!!

Thanks for the laughs :)

Anonymous said...

wow, mine just always used to park herself on the paper, no matter what. Thanks for the smiles