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Scene 1:

Me: *madly types away on her computer*
Cosette: *jumps on the table*
Me: *flips through German textbook*
Cosette: *still sitting on the table*
Me: *doesn't find the answer and starts scratching her head*
Me: *looks at the cat* You don't know so happen to know what the past participle of laufen is, do you?
Cosette: *blinks*
Me: Yeah...I didn't think so.
Me: *goes back to typing away on her computer*

Scene 2:

Me: *tapping away on the computer*
Cosette: *plunks herself down the German textbook*
Me: *goes to use German textbook and realizes that there is a cat on it*
Me: I need to use my book...
Cosette: *blinks*
German textbook: *still being sat on*
Me: Please?
Cosette: *gives the human a kiss on the nose*
Me: Okay...maybe I don't need it that badly.... <-- Yeah...I am so whipped. :)
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And...I got bit by the insomnia bug last night. This time, I woke up sometime after 4:00 and couldn't get back to sleep. After tossing and turning for a bit, I picked up my pillow and some blankets and headed to the couch downstairs. Surprisingly, I was able to get a bit more sleep. I'm finding that, sometimes, a change of scenery helps when I'm having trouble sleeping. And the good thing about the basement couch is that it's cooler down there and I don't have the husband or the cats poking at me.
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Imagine that you are turning right out a parking lot onto a busy road. There's a lot of traffic, but you think you can squeeze in when a nearby light changes red. No worries, right? Wrong! Before the light changes, an old geezer in a big honking SUV-- a Ford Expedition, no less-- pulls up next to you and completely obliterates your view. And since it's a busy road with heavy traffic, it takes him for-fucking-ever to turn left. Yeah...that is a major pet peeve of mine. And even worse, these assholes don't take into consideration that a) they're bigger than you; b) they're obstructing your view; and c) you were there first, thank you very much. They just pull up beside you and then pull up all the way to the road so you can't see a fucking thing.

Seriously dude, take your goddamn gas guzzler and cram it up your ass, why don't you?

Okay...Link time! I've been saving these guys up for a while. Some of them are probably old news. Sorry! Just haven't had the time!

- Why cats will never be able to take over the world (Blame [livejournal.com profile] popfiend)

- Sci-fi meets high fashion! - This recent fashion school grad from Columbia College also so happens to be a big Star Trek and Doctor Who fan. Can you tell? (Swiped from someone on [livejournal.com profile] geek_girls_anon I think)

- Some sad news from a day or two ago. Anne Frank tree toppled by high winds and rain

- Ten things I know about the mosque by Roger Ebert. I pretty much agree with everything he says except the iman's choice of location may not have been such a hot idea bit. Muslims as well as Christians, Jews, Atheists, etc. died at Ground Zero. I see no reason why they can't build a mosque near there. And wasn't there an Islamic Center at that location before the World Trade Center fell anyway? Sorry, I don't see what the big deal is about...other than many of my countrymen are as xenophobic as all get out. (Link via [livejournal.com profile] ladyfox7oaks)

- Some people on Facebook set up a page petitioning that David Tennant carry the 2012 Olympic Torch dressed as Doctor Who. For those of you not familiar with the show, Doctor Who carries the 2012 Olympic Torch in the episode "Fear Her." I think this is an awesome idea and I would be very happy to see this happen. (I forgot who posted this link. Sorry!)

Lovely

Aug. 21st, 2010 10:43 am
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I was finishing up my breakfast and surfing the web, when I heard Cosette jump up onto a dining room chair and immediately let out a distressed yelp. I think she pissed off her knee again because she's walking a little bit stiff-legged. Also, when I tried to get her to jump up onto the dining room chair next to me, she didn't want to do it. She would put her front paws on the chair, make like she wanted to jump, and then decide not to. It ended with her looking up at me, sitting on her hind paws, and moving her front paws up and down. In her idiolect, that means, "I want something, but can't get it / do it myself. Can you do it for me?" So, I picked her up and put her on the chair. And yep, that's what she wanted because now she's sitting on the chair and asking for pets.

On the bright side, she doesn't appear to be in any more pain. She's walking around fine, albeit a little stiff-legged, and she's not making any more distressed noises. It's just that she doesn't want to jump up onto anything. For those of you who have just friended me in the last few months, one of Cosette's many health problems is that she's got a bone chip in one of her knees that occasionally get aggravated and another chip starting to form on her other knee. I've taken her to the vet before, and there's nothing they can really do about it short of surgery, and they're reluctant to do that because she has so many health problems. Fortunately, it's one of those things that, if you give it time--and when it's really bad, pain killers-- it will get better on its own.

Oy! My poor lame kitty.
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I got to Willowbrook, and they told me that they didn't take house sparrows, but there was a place nearby that did. I figured, okay, I can do that. They offered to take her in back to see how bad her injuries were, so I took them up on it. They came back with bad news. The bird was in the process of dying (most likely from some kind of head trauma) and it was highly unlikely that she would make it to the other place or that the other place would be able to do anything about it if she did make it there. They told me that I could try to take the bird there if I really wanted, but really the best thing to do was to euthanize it. I told them that I trusted their judgement on the matter and let them euthanize it. Bummer.

I guess I'm not all that surprised. It was sitting quietly when I checked on it at nine o'clock last night, but perked up when I put more food down. It didn't show much interest in flying away and it looked a little unsteady on its feet. And when I looked at it this morning, again it was sitting quietly. I kind of poked at it to get an idea of what kind of shape it was in, and it didn't respond much, just blinked up at me. Still, I was hoping that it had a chance because it did live through the night after all. Oh well. At least it had food and a quiet, comfortable place to spend its last hours.

So yeah...this seems to be the usual outcome whenever I get a sick / injured bird. I'm starting to think that, if they're too hurt to fly away in a couple of hours and they don't have any other visible injuries, then they're generally not going to recover. Brain injuries? Yeah...not so good. I'm still not sure whether I'm going to try to do this again in the future. Am I giving them any comfort or am I just prolonging their suffering by taking them in? What do you guys think?
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And the answer is.... )
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This morning, I get to play Schrödinger's bird. Is it alive? Is it dead? Nobody knows!

And come to think of it, why did Schrödinger have to cat a for his little experiment? Cats are hardy. If you put a cat in a box overnight, chances are that it will still be alive in the morning...unless you poison it. Now, birds. That's a different story. Just put a sick birdie in the box, leave it overnight, and I say that he has a 50/50 chance of making until morning. No poison required!

So. What do you think? I leave it up to you. Is it going to be alive when I wander out there in a few minutes?
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My next-door neighbor's kids found an injured sparrow late this afternoon. They can't keep it because of their dog, so now I have it. ([livejournal.com profile] doomsey volunteered me because I'm the animal person). Oy! Anyhow, I explained to them that wild birds taken into captivity often die of shock, so don't be sad if he doesn't make it. Harsh, but better to be upfront. If somebody had told me that before I took in a certain fledgling back when I was a kid, I think it would have saved me a little heart-ache.

So...now Mr. Bird is resting comfortably in a box out in my garage. (I'm not bringing it inside in case it's sick. I don't want to expose myself, my husband, or the cats to anything). Mr. Bird also has some food and water. The little guy looks hungry because he started chowing down as soon as I gave him the food. I watched him for about five minutes while he was eating and then picked him up and took a closer look at his legs and wings. It doesn't look like anything is broken, so honestly, I think either he ran into something and stunned himself or he's sick.

I tried calling Willowbrook Wildlife Center, but they closed at five. I think, what I'm going to do his hold him over night and, if he makes it until morning, hand him over to the specialists at Willowbrook when they open at nine.
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Hey! I meant to write this post several days ago, but time kind of got away from me. Thanks to everybody who commented on this post earlier in the week and helped me figure out which picture of Cosette to use for the paper. I ended up using Picture #1. The photograph came out in today's local paper. I may have snagged a few copies. :)

One of these days I'm going to have to scan the picture and post it here.

Also, thanks you to the many people who congratulated Cosette on her winning the pet of the month and commented on how pretty she is. I meant to thank you individually, but yeah, this week has been INSANE.

And now it's time for a random link dump.

Scientists speculate that they may have found rock formations on Mars that contain fossilized early life. The rocks themselves contain carbonate that, according to the article, is what life eventually turns into once it's buried. Fascinating stuff. It's unfortunate that they're not going to be able to land any vehicles there for several decades because of a combination of uneven terrain and budget cuts at NASA.

Guillermo del Toro announced that he is going to do a screen adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. James Cameron is going to produce it and supposedly this movie is going to be in 3D. Muwahahahaha! (Via [livejournal.com profile] popfiend)

Lastly, this cat macro from icanhascheezburger amuses me. The expressions on the two cats' faces are priceless!
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This morning I got a phone call from my vet informing me that Cosette had won Pet of the Month. Every time I go in there, I enter her name in the contest and this time she won. Part of the package is that she gets her picture in the paper and a little blurb describing her.

So...dear friend's list, this is where I ask you for help. Which picture should I submit?

Pictures Under the Cut )


And here's the little description I wrote:

"When I went looking for a cat 14 years ago, I didn't pick Cosette out. She picked me. I opened up her cage door and she jumped into my arms and my heart. I named her after a character in the musical, Les Miserables, because the white stripe running down her nose made her look like a sad orphan.

Cosette is fond of tuna, catnip, and long naps in patches of sunlight."
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Me: *yawn*
Cosette: *yawn*
Me: *yawn*
Cosette: *yawn*

Yeah...I guess it's been a long day.
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And in that last LJ post I made, I meant to say that I saw three young raccoons blinking down at me, not three squirrels. That's what I get for posting late at night. :P
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* Yesterday afternoon, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to see the play, "The Sins of Sor Juana," at the Goodman Theater. My in-laws really liked the play and told me that I was going to enjoy it, but neither [livejournal.com profile] doomsey nor I were very impressed. I think part of the problem is that I'm familiar with her history and her writings and I didn't feel as if the play really did her any justice.

* After the play, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went down to 79th Street to get dinner at Yassa, a Sengalese restaurant. I ordered what I always get when I go there: Maffe. Yes...it is that good that I only order that and nothing else when I go there. *drools at the thought of eating her leftovers Wednesday night*

* My crappy neck muscles have been triggering more headaches / migraines. I had another one last night and wasn't able to go out on my walk.

* This evening I went for my usual walk and saw what I thought were three squirrels climbing a tree. The thing is, they were a little bit too big to be squirrels. I turned on my little flashlight-- great for avoiding skunks and getting hit by cars in general-- and saw three young raccoons blinking down at me. So cute! Too bad I didn't have a decent camera.

* Speaking of walks, I'm down between 15 and 20 pounds thanks to all the exercise I've been getting. Whee!

Reposting this here because Twitpic is being flaky:

Cosette likes to sit with her paws crossed, just like a little lady...

Cut for image )

Link:
Here's an article on how the Cajuns living near the Gulf have been affected by the oil spill. Very sad. (Link via [livejournal.com profile] rm)

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* Work has been a pain in the neck...literally. I had a horrible migraine triggered by my pissed off neck muscles on Monday. (My neck has been screwed up ever since I got a neck sprain in 2007). I spent most of the afternoon laying on the couch downstairs being hurty and sick to my stomach. Needless to say, I didn't manage to get out for my walk that evening. :P

Cosette is on Adequan for her arthritis issues and it's been working for her beautifully. She's much more playful and you can tell she's feeling better. I'm almost tempted to ask the vet and my doctor if I can start taking it for my neck. Or I could just say fuck it and shoot myself up with some of it and see what happens (it has to be taken subcutaneously). Hey...they say some athletes use it for doping so it has been used in humans before (not what I would use it for doping, but if it lets me read for long stretches of time like what I used to do, that would be awesome). And, apparently, Adequan acts a lot like Heparin so it would help with all of my clotting issues too. And no, I won't actually do this, but right now it's looking so so tempting right about now.

Or maybe I should suck it up and start taking glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate....

* It's going up to 92 degrees today. That is pretty damn hot.

* My second cat, Arwen, has a lump on her back. I guess I'm going to have to take her to the vet in August to have things checked out. That is going to be nicht gut because she acts like a hellcat when you take her out of her natural environment (aka our house). The vet and the techs have to handle her with welding gloves. She's not their worst patient-- their worst one managed to bite a tech through the welding gloves-- but she's pretty damn close.

Hmmm...now the question is, which vet in that practice am I going to subject her to?


* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey has been talking about pestering some friends and finding out whether they're free this evening. My reaction? Meh. We're going to a play tomorrow, and I don't feel like doing much of anything today. We've had a lot of weekends this summer where we've been booked solid, and for me, that tends to get draining after awhile. Yeah...I'm such an introvert. I think I'm going to do some reading and then see if maybe [livejournal.com profile] doomsey wants to watch the rest of Torchwood's "Children of Men." We have about three episodes left.


Links:
* Jewel goes into undercover into a Karaoke bar and starts singing her own songs. The results are epic. (Blame [livejournal.com profile] doomsey)

* Commercial done for a library using the same style as the Old Spice commercial. Hilarious! (Via [livejournal.com profile] happyfunpaul)
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Lately, I've been taking my three to four mile walk at night because it's too frigging hot out during the day. The only problem with that plan? Skunks. For some reason, this neighborhood has a lot of skunks. And this evening I damn near got skunked. This is the third frigging time! Of course, it didn't helped that this thing came out at me from the shadow of a tree...and I was being blinded by the lights of an oncoming car at the time so I didn't see him until I was damn near on top of him.

So anyhow, I see a black shadow come out from by the tree and pass within inches of my right leg and cross the sidewalk behind me. Um...why did it come towards me? You'd think that it'd either hear me or see me coming and hide. As soon as it passes me, I let out a startled gasp. I turn around (and I'm still moving because there's no way in hell I'm gonna stop!) and I see it standing on the sidewalk behind me all puffed up. And I could have sworn that it hissed at me too. The little shit.

Well, if I show up to work one day smelling of skunk, everybody'll know why...

[Edited to add: I think I'm going to have to be more careful on that stretch of road. It doesn't have any street lights].
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Hey! I've still been so busy that I've been finding a hard time to post. I'm still reading my friend's list and making comments when I get the time.

So...here's some of what's up with me.

Cosette's appetite has been a bit off for months now, and she's losing some weight here and there. She hasn't been throwing up like she used to, and she's still showing an interest in food because she comes up to me and starts begging when it's dinner time. She just doesn't hoggie doggie it down like she used to. While we were in San Francisco for a wedding, [livejournal.com profile] emygination, who had been baby-sitting our cats, remarked that she didn't think Cosette was eating enough on Friday. Fortunately, her appetite picked up on Saturday and Sunday. [livejournal.com profile] emygination thought that it might have been because she missed us, but [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I talked about things while we were in San Francisco and we decided that it wouldn't hurt to bring her into the vet again and have things checked out anyway.

So...I stuffed Cosette into her crate Thursday morning and trotted off to the vet's office. She decided to take another X-ray because she hadn't had one done in awhile. She pointed out that one of Cosette's kidneys are shriveled, which is not a surprise because she does have kidney issues after all, and that her intestines looked big. She doesn't know if it's a gastro-intestinal problem set off by the kidney issues or something more ominous such as cancer. She told me that she'd do an ultrasound, but it only detects advanced cases. She also doesn't want to do an intestinal biopsy because of all of her health issues. So...we don't really know which of the two things it is. Honestly, I'm not too worried about it right now. I doubt that it's cancer because the vet has been saying for several years now that her intestines are big or feel full, which back then we used to chalk up to her eating too much. And, as I said before, she has the kidney issues and that could be causing the thickening of the intestinal walls. If, by any chance it does turn out to be a slow growing cancer, well, she's just turned fourteen years old this month. She's had a good life. I'd hate to see her go, but, you know. I don't want to put her through any treatments that will make her miserable.

The vet also noticed that Cosette has bad arthritis in her spine and that she has about two areas where the disc space between vertebrae is thin. She thinks part of Cosette's change in appetite might be caused by pain and that's what we should treat first. I'd also like to point out that occasionally during the day, I pick up Cosette's food dish and put it in front of her wherever she's sitting...even if it's on the couch much to [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's chagrin. She doesn't refuse to eat. Instead, she goes "oh hai! there's food here," and will start eating some of it. It's quite possible that her not eating could be caused by the fact that she doesn't want to physically get up and go to the food dish because her back is bothering her.

To treat her back trouble, the vet prescribed her 24mg of Adequan once a week. She did take this drug in the past for arthritis in her back and knees, but had to go off of it because it made her stomach problems worse. She doing much much better now that she's getting 10mg of Pepcid a day so I don't think it's going to be a problem. I gave her her first shot on Thursday morning, and I noticed that she was eating more Friday during the day so I think things are looking somewhat hopeful with that.

Also, and don't laugh at me, I have to take Cosette to an animal chiropractor to have her back adjusted. My sister-in-law has done this with her animals, and she says that it works beautifully. The only problem is that I just have to find the time to bring her in. The chiropractor is only available 8 to 5 on Mondays at the vet's office I go to, and unfortunately, I work most of that day. I could probably make it if I went early, but I won't be able to do it at all during the fall though because of my work schedule. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey offered to take her in on Mondays. I suppose it would work, but she's much better behaved when I take her for her appointments. Alternatively, I could see what the chiropractor's schedule is for Tuesday, Thursdays, and Fridays. The only down side is that I would have to drive out to whatever animal hospital he is at that day. I left a message on the chiropractor's answering machine explaining everything, but haven't heard back from him yet and probably won't hear back from him until Monday.
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This past weekend ended up being a bit more challenging than what I expected.... )

Yay! I finally finished updating my LJ. (does a happy dance)
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I wish life weren't so crazy busy that I can sit down and read my LJ. Unfortunately, I've only been able to read things here and there when I get a chance. If there's anything going on with you that you'd like to share, drop me a note in the comments.

What I've been up to )

Hmmm...this got kind of long. Maybe I'll write about what went on this week in another post.
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These past two weeks, the city has been working on installing new water mains on our street so it's been noisy and sometimes dusty here during the day. This morning, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey woke me up to tell me that he had found a flyer outside our door saying that they were shutting the water off during the day today. I had...oh...five minutes to take a shower before they cut the water. The city must have put the flyers out last night, but between all the confusion with me staying at my parents house until late and [livejournal.com profile] doomsey meeting me out there for dinner, we missed it. Also, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I usually go out back door so occasionally we miss flyers placed on our front door.

So...I scramble out of bed to take a shower. And was it a close call! The water ran out while I was brushing my teeth, which turned out to be not that big of a deal.

After feeding the cats and eating breakfast, I decided that I should get out of the house for awhile since the water being off was going to get annoying fast. I decided to go to the zoo because I wanted to pick up my member t-shirt (the coupon expires after a certain date, and I wanted one goddammit). I was also considering buying an over-sized t-shirt to use as a night shirt. The one I use now is holy. And by holy, I don't mean that it was blessed by the pope. It's full of holes.

A little before ten o'clock, I packed up my camera and headed out. I got my membership t-shirt and managed to find a cheap, oversized t-shirt to use as a nightshirt. Seriously, with the discount from the membership, it was only eight bucks: I would have paid more at Kohl's, which was where I was originally planning to go.

When I got what I came for, I ambled around the zoo for a couple of hours. The new Great Bear Wilderness is awesome! My sister and I are taking my nieces there in two weeks, and let me tell you that they're going to love it. They have this cool area where you can watch grizzly bears and polar bears under water. I snapped a couple of pictures of a polar bear diving under water. I'm going to sort through them and see if any of them turn out any good. If they do, I'll post them. Also, the wolves were active so I'm sure I got some good shots of them.

And here's a random conversation overheard at the zoo:

Father: (sees a male seal on top of a female one) Hey! That's what Hunter does!
Mother: No, that's not what Hunter does. They're wrestling.
Me: (thinking to myself) Yeah. Uh...huh.

What can I say? I guess they were just feeling frisky....

I also ended up chewing out some random kid today. The zoo usually have geese and sea gulls ambling about the park, and today I caught a couple of kids chasing a goose and her goslings. One of the kids managed to separate one of the goslings from the group and start chasing it. The poor thing was clearly terrified so I told the kid to knock it off. Dang...too bad none of those kids got bitten. They would have deserved it.

Towards the end of my stay there, I had a hot dog for lunch and then, because it was warm, I grabbed a smoothie. Then, I made my way back to the car. The annoying thing was that, as I was driving home, my eyes got irritated and they started to water. I had no idea what set that off. I must have been allergic to something. I was afraid that I'd have to pull over for a few minutes (that's how bad it was getting), but I managed to stick it out. I wonder if it was something in that neighborhood that was bothering me.

Finally, I made it back home and the water was back on. So, thanks to the water being turned off, I got out of the house and had a nice day for myself.
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I survived wrangling kids today. It was fun, but also very tiring. Oh...and at one point, I entertained my nieces by showing them baby animal videos on YouTube. They asked me to play this one at least fifteen times. I don't know why they thought it was funny, but they did. This one is my favorite. So cute!

It turns out that I don't have to babysit tomorrow because my brother is going to be there to help out. That's a big load off since that means that I won't have to wake up at the ass crack of dawn again.

Okay...time to fall over now.

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