dancing reminded me that I haven't posted any updates about my cats, which are apparently the most important thing I could talk about right now (which is probably true).
It only took a few days for Werner and Fiona to start getting along with each other, and within a week they were even sharing the same surface. They're still not QUITE sleeping together, and Werner doesn't seem to want to play with Fiona, but Fiona's a bundle of infinite chaotic energy and these days Werner would rather just hang out and chill.
Having Fiona around does make Werner a lot less neurotic, which is good. So even if they're not doing anything together (and they might be when I'm not around — it's possible that when I'm home they both would rather spend time with me than with each other) it's still had the desired effect of making Werner generally happier, or at least less difficult.
Fiona seems to be of average intelligence for a cat (whereas Werner is some sort of feline super-genius with an obvious level of self-awareness that most cats simply do not possess). Like Werner she likes having constant attention, and vocalizes quite a lot. Unlike Werner she'll actually associate with strangers who come by.
She's also a lot more brash and curious than him; we've had a long-running thing where she tries to trick me into letting her out and behaves as if that's just the natural order of things. For example, Spud and his family were over a week ago, and when they headed out the door, Fiona followed them with a "oh I guess I should be going too!" demeanor. And of course every time I open the door to go out (or come home) she tries to escape, but she doesn't run out, she just sort of saunters. So far she's only made it into the hallway before she gets confused about where to go next, at least. (Also, she's microchipped, in case she DOES somehow manage to get out.)
She's also spoiled rotten already. It's amazing how quickly she went from "yay I have a new home!" to "GIMME TREATS!!! I want what you're eating! PLAY WITH ME! Where's my toys?!" princess mode.
She also loves to play with her toys a lot, and ends up hiding them in weird places. Every few days I have to remove a cache of toys from under the oven, and I suspect there's quite a few behind the washing machine (which isn't easy to get behind). Fortunately I have a lot of them.