Diane’s word for the week is hoodwink, which means “to deceive by false appearance.” While she still loves Steve despite his determination to disobey her and Zach, she does feel as though he deceived them. But no matter how difficult he is to train, she’s still extremely fond of her big blue boy. And he certainly is big now, having gained at least a pound and a half since they adopted him nearly two months ago.
“At the shelter, he was such a cute and sweet boy! He absolutely hoodwinked us.”
Jasmine’s word for the week is stultify, which means “to cause to appear or be stupid, foolish, or absurdly illogical.” Jasmine doesn’t do anything in particular to make Steve look like a fool, but just existing in a way that doesn’t lead her to almost fall off the windowsill turning around is enough. Because Steve is clumsy and Jasmine is very much stable, she makes him look even clumsier.
“He may be able to beat me in a fight, but I stultify Steve just by sitting near him. It’s pretty great.”
Steve’s word for the week is insouciant, which means “free from concern, worry, or anxiety; carefree; nonchalant.” Even though Steve isn’t the most balanced cat in the world (and is fairly far from average), he certainly has cat nonchalance down when he makes a mistake. He goes beyond simply acting as though he was trying to groom himself—he’ll sprint off instead and act like he meant to start zoomies.
“If you just act insouciant, nobody will know your paw just slipped! It’s perfect.”