This is what I have been doing for the last two days.
The body is finished. Sadly, the "loose" bind off is looking a little bit wonky, the whole thing seems a bit loose down at the bottom (sort of regretting actually following the pattern instructions for switching to a larger needle after the waist), and something is going to need to happen with that curly neck. Maybe blocking will help? I am going to continue to be in denial so I can complete the sleeves. For now, here is a really cute cat enjoying couch cushions sans covers (they were in the wash).