thanks chickencat and adrienne!
The playing idea sounds good--except that she's kinda moody in that department. When she doesn't want to play, she just doesn't want to play. Nothing will get her excited. Hopefully she will be in a receptive mood tonight, I am going to try it.
Also it is impossible to calm her down when she is hyper. When she's not hyper, she's all over me, coming to be petted and rubbing her head on my hand (she loooooooves being petted). When she's hyper she won't come near me. How can I get her to calm down once she's in this excited state?
in the past, I've had one shy cat who never made any noise, and one delightful cat who, though playful, would do absolutely anything and everything you told her to do. I've never been in this situation before.