After moving into our new apartment, we bought a few pieces of furniture. Symon liked the Comfy Chair. Here is a post from December of 2012 showing most of our furniture (besides the Comfy Chair and Ottoman we also bought two bookshelves and four nightstands - one nightstand by the Comfy Chair and one nightstand used as a printer stand in the computer room).
In February Steve was moved to the Day Shift at work, which was so much better.
With our new bookshelves, we began unpacking everything from all the clear plastic bins we had been living out of since forever. I had plastic bins from Atlanta, and while in Seattle we purchased over a dozen so we could stack our belongings in the closet of our tiny studio apartment. We kept the bins through Misery and Laurel. Now it was time to get rid of them. We unpacked all our books, which went on the shelves. Steve unpacked all his games, which went into the computer room closet, on the top shelves. We hung up all our coats and other clothing. We left the empty bins in the Free Shed at the recycling center and they never lasted more than a minute before people grabbed them.
February was also when I gave our long under-the-bed bins to a coworker. She drove over on a Saturday to pick them up and it was flurrying snow and I stepped outside with Symon. This inspired the Symon in the Snow image, which I still want to redo with no color.
I make a blog post every year for Symon's birthday - here is Symon's One Year post.
Spring of 2012 is when I trained Symon to walk on the leash and harness. We had some false starts. At my brothers we let Symon out once without a harness or leash. He just kind of poked around until he got spooked and ran up a tree - I panicked, thinking IF HE RUNS UP WE CAN'T GET HIM DOWN. Also, if he ran under the deck we couldn't get him out. He came right down from the tree and we took him back inside. Then we purchased what turned out to be a bad harness. It was recommended by a Petco employee - too bulky and it cinched at the top (she used it and said she had never had a cat get out of it). And a leash with an extendable lead that extended too far. We stopped this training while at my brother's.
When we moved into our apartment, I tried again, but the extendable leash frightened Symon. Finally, I called Petco and asked if they had old-fashioned leashes - yes they did. So we got a regular leash and a cat harness (actually we tried a stretchy harness but he pulled right out of it so I took it back and got a regular harness). Symon quickly outgrew this harness so I bought a small dog harness, with little dog bones on it. And this was the perfect combination.
Symon didn't always like getting into the harness. Often I would have to open the inner door, and he would get up on his hind legs to look out the glass/screen door, and then I could slip on the harness. Sometimes he would bat at my hands with his paws, but he always relented because he wanted to go outside. I posted so many photos on my Twitter from our Walkies. I took Symon out every morning for Walkies and one of us would take him out every evening.
You can see the dog bones harness in the left pic above.
We also trained Symon with treats when we left, to keep him away from the door. So now he waits patiently under the kitchen table for his treats.
I was having a hard time adjusting to our circumstances. I think we were both having a hard time with the fact that we crashed and messed up our lives. I was still working through Martha Beck's Four Day Win book. I ordered a copy of her book Steering by Starlight from Paperbackswap. Steve didn't really like reading Four Day Win but he liked reading Steering by Starlight and we both worked on the exercises.
Thanksgiving of 2012 all three of my sisters came to Bloomington. (These are sister M's photos - we didn't take any with our camera).
They wouldn't come in to see Symon so I brought him out, and sister M. took this photo.
To finish out 2012 a post of my best photos from 2012, including many taken on morning Walkies with Symon.