For the most part, Tooki (my cockatiel) has been really good. Given how chaotic my apartment is right now, that's quite a miracle. Unfortunately, tonight he's been quite whiney and really triggering my misophonia big time. I think he's bothered by the sound of crinkling paper. (Is it possible for an animal to have misophonia?)
Although it'd be easy to put in my earplugs to block out his whining, I turn the situation into something positive by taking a break from packing now and then to cuddle with him. I think the break is good for both of us. Not only does it give me a breather to figure out my next item to tackle, I can tell he is comforted by it too. No sooner do I take him out of the cage and sit down with him on my chest, within a minute or two he's already closing his eyes, beak tucked into his back feathers, and standing on one leg - his normal relaxed sleeping position. The only problem is that I don't want to wake him up, yet I have to keep packing.
(Sigh) At least this is the last big crunch. As soon as the movers are gone tomorrow, I'm going to take a LONG nap (if not go to bed early altogether) so I can hit the road early on Tuesday. Google shows a couple of construction areas on the way to Vegas, so I'd like to leave early enough that I can get to the hotel in Denver not too late and get a good night's rest before the last leg of the journey.
To be continued...