Jessica is cruel… yanking you guys around like that. Rest assured that if/when we are expecting a HUMAN CHILD we will tell most of you personally before announcing it on the internet. Here’s the photos. Our boss really likes cats, and was really excited about us getting a kitten because it meant that when we leave he’ll get to keep her. He came this close to getting an additional one for himself, but at the time couldn’t figure out how he’d convince his wife that they should have two cats now and then three cats when we leave (they already have one of those puffy, snobby Persian ones named “Du-du,” which they shave in the summer).
This kitten has no name. Pet names work like this: the two giant pandas that China is giving Taiwan are called Tuan-tuan an Yuan-yuan, because tuan-yuan means “reunion” (apparently Taiwan is not going to accept them). The cartoon internet police characters that used to be on China’s Google search page were called Jing-jing and Cha-cha, because jing-cha means police. The affective names for family members are all double syllables like that (Baba, Mama, Ge-ge, Di-di, Jie-jie, Mei-mei for father, mother, older and younger brother, older and younger sister). Some of the cats at the place we got ours from had names like “Fluffy-fluffy” (barf!).
We’re leaning toward Cho4-do4-fu3, which would be “Cho-cho” for short (meaning: “Stinky-stinky”), but we’d love some suggestions.