Friday, March 28, 2008

More Mabel

7:30 a.m. / 07:30

This week has been all about Mabel. Perhaps some people are tired of hearing about my cat, but other than going to work and other day-to-day routine, my week has really revolved around Mabel because of her surgeries. Last night she had me worried because it looked like she had spent the whole day while I was at work washing the area on her tummy that's stitched up because I wasn't here to tell her not to. I thought I might have to take her back in today, but it looks a little better this morning and she's certainly acting fine. She's sitting complacently in the papazon chair right now, which is a little odd, but she seemed more like her self when we first got up this morning. I kind of like that I get to hold her pretty much anytime I'm not doing something like dishes, laundry or eating, but it will be nice to see her running around all crazy again. That's when I'll know she's really feeling better.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mabel Is Home

11:30 a.m. / 11:30

Mabel is home now. I'm pretty sure the wrong doctor took out her front claws (and spayed her), but she seems to be doing well. She's calmer and sleepier than normal, but that's expected. She's asleep here on my lap. She was purring, but I think she's really asleep now. I've held her almost since we got home, around 10:45, but soon I'll have to go to work. I think Mabel and I are in total agreement for maybe the first time-- that was rough, we're glad it only has to be done once, and isn't it great that Mabel's home now!

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Absense Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

10:59 p.m. / 22:59

It's actually true sometimes. Mabel has been really rotten* the past few days, but tonight she's staying over at the veterinarians' office and I miss her and I'm a little worried about her. I'm wondering if I stood up for her properly today. She was originally scheduled to be spayed yesterday, but I called a week ago and told them I had made a decision on de-clawing-- that I wanted to go ahead and do it, but I wanted a specific doctor who's supposed to be really good at it (she was actually recommended by one of the other veterinarians in the same office). They said Tuesday is her surgery day, so Mabel's appointment was moved to today. When I took her in today, a doctor who was not the doctor I requested saw her. I'm wishing I asked if he would be doing the surgery, or if the other doctor would be doing it like I asked. It'll probably be on the paperwork tomorrow when I pick her up, but then it will have been done and what point will there be in fussing? I'll be pissed, but they can't re-do a de-claw. I haven't been feeling great about having her de-clawed, and knowing that that particular veterinarian was supposed to do it was one of the only things making me feel better. Anyway, I'm going to be glad to have her home tomorrow and I hope all of this won't be too traumatic for her. She was shaking when we first got in the office today, but she'd calmed down by the time I left. I'm being silly; she'll be fine.

*rotten = hanging from the living room curtains, fighting me when I unhooked her from the curtains and unrolling the toilet paper in the bathroom when I put her in there for a few minutes to chill out, plus other miscellaneous mischief

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Note On Biblionetworking

12:01 p.m. / 12:01

This reminded me that I have received invitations from several people at different times to join GoodReads. I've always ignored them. I just wanted to say it isn't personal, it's just that I'm already using LibraryThing, and I figure that's enough. There's a link to my LibraryThing library on the sidebar with images of three random books I own.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter

10:08 a.m. / 10:08

I'm not really sure where this originated, but it's one of my favorites from a set of Easter funnies I got in an e-mail a few days ago.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Adventures All Over The Place

11:30 a.m. / 11:30

Where to start? I suppose I'll just go chronologically.

Okay, I try to be vague about where I live, but it says right at the top of my sidebar that I live in Indiana, so unless you're oblivious, you know that much. It rained a lot in much of Indiana this past Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as other parts of the now-soggy midwest. So far it hasn't affected anyone I know (except for evilducky and her ever-flooding basement), but there is serious flooding going on around these parts. I myself live in walking distance of a sizable creek, but where I live there is a levee, and so far it's doing a good job, but I can freak myself out if I think about it for too long. I am very thankful for the levee, though. A lot of the flooding areas are along the same creek, but in newer areas where people started building without extending the levee.

Wednesday morning while the rain kept coming, a man came to check around my stove for gas leaks because I've smelled gas in the kitchen a little every since I moved in. He found a small leak and fixed, because well, that's what you do with gas leaks, but he acted like it wasn't really a big deal. It's true that everything worked fine before; I could cook without blowing up the house. However, I do not smell gas anymore and I just feel so much better about using the stove.

Thursday was a big day in Indiana. As flood waters continued to rise, Senator Hillary Clinton arrived to campaign. We're all very excited that our primary is actually going to matter this year, at least for those voting democrat. I'm not sure if our (many) local republicans like John McCain or not, but he's who they've got. So, Thursday was a big night for watching the television since there was major campaigning going on right here in my very own state, but later I boiled eggs to dye.

While the eggs started to heat up on the stove, I got into the drawer where I keep kitchen towels, etc. I'd always dreaded this drawer, because bending down to open it, I could not ignore the gas smell. The gas smell now gone, I was able to open the drawer without any nightmarish ideas of what might happen if I didn't remember to have someone look at the stove soon. But then I opened the drawer and inside were potholders and an oven mitt that are not mine. I was feeling very Twilight Zone-y until I remembered that the stove guy took that drawer out, and these probably belonged to the previous owner and had fallen back behind the drawer. So it all made sense in the end, but seriously, do you know how weird it is to open a drawer in your house, where you live alone, and find stuff that you've never seen before?

Because I hadn't had enough excitement, I had to screw up making hard boiled eggs. I won't go into why I thought they were done, but I did. I decided to dissect one just to be sure, though. I placed a paper towel on the kitchen counter and proceeded to roll the egg on it while applying pressure. The egg was not done; not at all. This resulted in my smashing a raw egg with my bare hand on a paper towel. Say it with me now, DISGUSTING!

On Friday, I took the eggs to work and dyed them on my lunch hour in the room that's normally used for story hour. It's a pretty safe place to make a mess. One of the bookshelvers had never dyed eggs before, so I wanted to do the dying at work so she could see and participate a little bit. It all went pretty well except another shelver tried to hide the eggs and I might have offended the vegan shelver.

I was curled up in bed this morning around 1:00 a.m. just dozing off when I heard sirens. Then there was a rushing sound, which might have just been a plane flying over, but I also heard a loud crash. In my half-asleep state, I though maybe a plane had crashed. But, no there really weren't enough sirens for that. Something was going on, though. The sirens seemed to have moved on, but there was a faint flash of lights on my garage. I decided to get up and look out the front window for more information. There was a total circus going on out there on the cross street just down from my house. I called evilducky, who lives near by because I though the sirens might have woken her up anyway. Alas, I woke her up. I haven't seen anything in the news saying what went on, but it must have been a chase gone bad, because I could see a wrecked police car.

So, those are my adventures.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Signs Of Spring

1:08 p.m. / 13:08

Driving to work this morning, I noticed that two of the 12 - 15 potholes I drive over / around on my way to work have been filled. I just thought, "Glory be! It really is spring!".

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Cat Owners Aren't Supposed To Have This Problem

7:33 a.m. / 07:33

While I slept last night, adorable little Mabel got into the paperwork left on my desk and chewed the corner off of my mortgage statement; the part of it I have to send in with my payment.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Just Because

7:40 a.m. / 07:40

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

10:44 p.m. / 22:44

Please enjoy these hilarious videos. If not; kiss me Irish arse.

Friday, March 14, 2008


2:00 p.m. / 14:00

Mabel is hard to photograph. She is in almost constant motion, and when she does decide to slow down and take it easy for a little bit, she's usually on my lap. She's lived with me for very nearly a month now, and I have finally managed to get a few pictures of her.

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

When I'm Not Blogging

9:06 p.m. / 21:06

Things I've been doing while continuing to neglect my duties here, even after I said that was over:

Saturday, March 08, 2008


6:05 p.m. / 18:05

I have internet service at my house now! I can get back to posting regularly... or my own special version of regularly, which isn't actually all that regular, but still more frequent than I have been posting for about the past month.

My little cat Mabel is purring on my lap as I type. I'll have to post pictures of her very soon. Hopefully I'll aslo be posting a few pictures of my little house. You must see the cow wallpaper in the kitchen before I take it down. Actually, I'm kind of getting used to it. It's amazing what you can learn to ignore. I still plan to take it down, though. I already have the cream paint for after it's down and everything.

So... I guess that's it for tonight.

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