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* Would anybody be even remotely surprised if this were true? And the answer to this question posed by some small businesses in Minneapolis. NO!

* Palestinians dress as Na'vi to protest Israeli barrier.


(opens mouth to say something)


Sorry, I got nothin'

* It's been one month since the earthquake in Haiti. The rainy season is fast approaching, and now Haitians are being told that they're no longer getting the tents they were originally promised. Now, they're being given one piece of plastic per family until they can get them more permanent building materials starting May 1st. That's right. ONE PIECE OF PLASTIC. IN THE RAINY SEASON.

* Since I've been so talented at screwing up my knee in the past, I am now the expert on knee injuries. My father-in-law called me up and asked about where he can find a knee brace. I'm also taking him to a doctor's appointment later this afternoon.

* There's nothing like petting a cat that's been sitting in the warm sun. Cosette was basking in a patch of sunlight, so I joined her. The sun felt good and the kitty's fur was nice and warm. Kitty snuggles!

* I took [ profile] doomsey's dad to the doctor's office. I brought my German textbook with me to start learning some more vocabulary. Said doctor is friends with my family; she went to [ profile] doomsey and my wedding. Anyhow, when she came out to the reception area to talk, I mentioned that I was studying another language. She boggled at how many languages I know, then she told me that I should consider working for the government. Then, after the doctor's office, I took my father-in-law to the drug store to find a knee brace. The one that I had brought over turned out to be too small.

* Tonight, we had John and [ profile] emygination over for dinner. We were talking about recipes over the chocolate bread pudding I had made last week, and at some point, I decided to show them my great-grandmother's recipe book. Everybody thought it was amazing. They were particularly amused by some of the recipes and ads dating back to the 1920s and 1930s, which had been clipped out of the newspaper. One of these days, I should scan everything before the pages start deteriorating. I'm also considering posting links to some of the recipes.

* Now this is just plain ridiculous. (Swiped from [ profile] doomsey)

* Ouch! (Also swiped from [ profile] doomsey)
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* Bwahahahahaha! (Swiped from [ profile] pisica)

* Awww....poor kitty!

* Finally! I just managed to accomplish one of the Special Missions on Ghost Trappers, which is a Facebook game for those of you who are curious. It's taken me for-freaking-ever to finish one of those!

* Tigers becoming extinct in the wild. So sad. (Link swiped from [ profile] rm)

* I want one! *snerk*

* Dropped off my "emergency crutches" at my in-laws' house. My father-in-law slipped on black ice at work and twisted his knee. Now, I hope I won't need them in mean time. (And yes, I have emergency crutches because I am a klutz).

* Picked up two books I've been meaning to read from the library today: Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger and The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.

* Remember how I used to say that Cosette was a seat thief? In other words, whenever I got up to get something, I'd come back to see that she was sitting in the place I'd currently vacated? Well, now when I walk back into the room and say, "You stole my seat," she gets up and gives it back to me. Such a strange cat....
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Because I had been sick last week, I had a lot that needed to get accomplished today: tons of laundry, grocery shopping, and a bunch of stuff for work. Well, I did okay on getting that all accomplished. And then, I managed to slam the tip of my pinkie in my car door right before I had to unload groceries. Words can not express how painful that was. I think I spent a minute or two with my head up against the back of my car getting my happy thoughts back. I still can't use the finger all that well. For one, I think I lost feeling in it. (I'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. If I've lost feeling in it, that means that it can't hurt, right?) [ profile] doomsey seems to think that I might have pissed off a nerve. I hope it gets better soon. In the meantime, writing, typing, and knitting is going to be a bit awkward.

And this one is for all the bird people on my friends list. It seems that we have a hawk living in our backyard. This is the second time I've seen him in a week. This was the same guy that I missed taking a picture of last week because I was still figuring out how [ profile] doomsey's camera worked. Anyhow, this time, he let me take a ton of pictures of him. I got a couple of really good ones, one of which I'm going to use for my picture of the day project. It was kind of amusing actually. I always thought hawks were shy, and would take off as soon as they saw you. This guy hung around and watched me take pictures of him. It looked like he was just as interested in me as I was in him. Maybe he had been in captivity for awhile and thought I was going to give him a handout? :)

Click here for picture )

So...what kind of hawk is he? Red-tailed hawk or Cooper's Hawk? I could never really tell the difference. Also, because I'm seeing him around a lot, do you suppose he's building a nest in my backyard? This would be a good thing because that means that he'll keep the squirrel population down. Too bad he wasn't hanging around last year when we had a family of squirrels living in our attic. We really could have used him them. I'd much rather have a hawk around then rats with tails who cost us money when we have to hire someone to extract them from our attic. (We could have done this ourselves, but [ profile] doomsey didn't want to go climbing around on our roof to fix it, and I couldn't because I was still on the blood thinners).

Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!Adopt one today!
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I meant to post this for awhile, but I never got around to it. I think the anxiety meds are kicking in because I'm starting to feel a little bit calmer about what happened last month. Another source of anxiety was that my legs and thighs always get sore, and every time I feel a twinge in them, I worry that I'm developing another clot. Last Wednesday, my doctor gave me some measuring tape and taught me how and where to measure my legs if they're sore and I think I might have a problem. If it is a DVT, then the circumference of my legs should start to increase. After it gets past 1cm, we'll start keeping an eye on it. So...this helps me be a bit more objective about things and keeps me from freaking out about every pain and every bump that I get on my legs. I still keep an eye on things, but it helps take the pressure off.

Also, I've been feeling a bit better ever since the doctor upped the dosage of Advair. I was taking about 100/50 mg, but she increased it to 500/50 so I don't feel so oxygen deprived. The cold weather, on the other hand, is still kicking my ass. Yesterday, I was able to go to Trader Joes with [ profile] doomsey. Today, I went to Office Depot to get transparency pens (because they don't carry them anywhere else. *glares at CVS and Dominicks*) and Dominicks for more groceries. I got kind of pooped out at Dominicks and had to ask one of the baggers to help me load the stuff into my car. I also made a quick stop at the library to return some books, but I used the book drop and didn't get out of my car for that. After I got home and put the groceries away, I collapsed in a heap upstairs with [ profile] cosettemonster. I was very tired, but I'm sure [ profile] cosettemonster appreciated the company.

[ profile] cosettemonster is doing a bit better today too. On Saturday, she was in pain and she cried a lot whenever she shifted position or started to walk. She did it a little bit on Sunday, and I haven't really heard her cry at all today. She is still limping though. I talked to the vet, and she said that keeping her confined to one room was a good idea. That way, [ profile] arwenmonster doesn't harass her and there's no chance of her pissing off her leg some more by going up and down stairs. Her jumping on things is also a no no. Fortunately, she hasn't really attempted to jump up on something on her own. This afternoon after my shopping, I picked her up and put her on the bed, and when she wants down, I pick her up and put her on the floor. If she's still limping by the time her pain meds run out over the next few days, I'm going to have to go back to the vet and pick up some more for her. Poor kitty. I hope she gets better soon.

Let's see. What else? On Friday, [ profile] doomsey and I watched The Golden Compass (which was so-so) and This Film Is Not Yet Rated (which was hysterical). On Saturday night, we had dinner with [ profile] emygination and then we watched Juno, which was also very good. also looks like I have a new show. Tomorrow night, Season 2 of Jericho begins. *bounce bounce bounce* I watched the first season and decided that I liked it. Yes...I know...I probably have a lame taste in tv shows, but it's different and I still like it. *raspberries*


Jan. 6th, 2008 01:57 pm
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Long story short, I went to the doctor on Wednesday, and she seems to think that I messed up the tendons in my foot. It's going to take 4-6 weeks to heal. I'm also back on anti-depressants because I broke down in tears in the doctor's office. Whatever.

Today is not a good day. It must be pretty damp outside because my foot hurts like a motherfucker. Since the ibruprofen-like drugs that the doctor prescribed don't seem to be doing shit today, I poured myself an apple cider mixed with rum. It tastes a little weird, but oh well. I'm also hoping it will help loosen the muscles in my neck since they're a little bit sore and stiff too...or maybe make it so I just don't care.

*yawns* I think I'm going to watch more episodes of Lost and/or Supernatural. I think reading is out today since my neck is kind of sore and I don't want to end up with a headache...
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It's barely two hours old and 2008 sucks already...

Around 11:30 or so, the foot I messed up started to get really sore. When I went to head upstairs at about 1:00, I noticed that I had a really hard time walking. I could barely make it *to* the stairs let alone up them. Then, I took off my sock and noticed that "the impact area" from the canned peaches was swollen...a lot. When we got home, [ profile] doomsey found my pair of crutches and I'm using that to get around. Taking the weight off of it helps. It wasn't like that when [ profile] doomsey and I had left for the party. It was only a small bump...and by that time, the accident had happened two hours ago. That and I was actually able to get around on it with only a little limp. The only thing I can think of is that I did something to aggravate it and didn't realize it.

I'm worried. From all of the swelling, I'm starting to think that I have a chipped or broken bone. I don't know. I'm going to put ice on it tonight and see if it gets any better. If not, then I guess I'm making a trip to the doctor on Wednesday...

I know I'm going to get shot for saying this, but it's *really* not a good idea to put a can of peaches horizontally on top of something so that it rolls off and hits random people on the foot...

Edit: Well...I just had a crying jag. I haven't been able to get a break since early July with sprained hamstrings, sprained necks, sore backs, and now an injured foot. God dammit! I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!


Dec. 31st, 2007 04:35 pm
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This afternoon, I had some canned peaches fall on my foot today. Things would be a little less painful if I had gotten the blunt end of it, but oh no, things can't be that simple. I got the sharp edge right on the top of my foot. I have a small cut and a nasty bump there. It hurts like hell and I'm gimping around. No Dance Dance Revolution for me tonight, I guess.

Oh...I was also kind of miffed at the person who I was trying to get away from when the canned peaches fell on me. Said person was bugging me when I told them to leave me alone and that I didn't want to argue anymore. I opened up the basement door to run away, and that's when the can fell off the shelf on the other side of the door and conked me. Said individual (who had also rearranged that shelf the day before) almost got the can of peaches thrown at him...


Dec. 12th, 2007 11:11 pm
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For those of you who haven't heard, it appears that Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers. :(

In other news...

Back massager...must...use...
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Today definitely qualified as a bad day. Things were going well until I was just about ready to leave for work. I walked upstairs and noticed that [ profile] cosettemonster was limping again. And, yet again, she was favoring the back paw that has a chipped bone in it. This morning she was walking around normally (she started getting better a few days after she first injured it), but now she looks like she's back at square one. She must have strained it again jumping up on something. I asked [ profile] doomsey to check on her and give the cats some food before he went to anime night, and he noticed that she was hiding behind the couch. He said that he had to poke her to get her out so she could have some food. Hiding is not a good sign. It means that she's not feeling well. Tonight, when I got home, she came out from behind the sofa to greet me (because I'm her mommie). I gave her her pill (aren't I nice?) and then gave her a little bit of food since she's supposed to eat with the medication. I talked to [ profile] emygination this evening, and she said that I should leave a message with the vet and see whether she wants us to wait a few days to see if she gets better or to bring her in again. I really worried that she's going to have to have surgery. I'm going to be a basket case if it's determined that that's what she needs.

The day goes downhill from there. I ended up leaving later than what I wanted for work because I wanted to make sure things were okay with [ profile] cosettemonster before I left. As I said, I noticed she was having problems right before I was supposed to go. Next, I'm on the expressway and some idiot leaves a large plastic bag fall out of their car or truck. It drifted into my lane, but I couldn't avoid it since there were cars on either side of me. I thought it was going to end up stuck under my car and that my car would smell like burnt plastic for the next couple of weeks (that happened to me several years ago). What happened was that the stupid bag ended up wound around my side mirror so that I couldn't see out of the goddamn thing to change lanes. I tried to open up the window to remove it while I was on the expressway, but the damn bag started flapping in the window, and I was afraid it was going to start flapping in my face and obscure my vision if I opened the thing any more. That was even more dangerous so I closed the window and put up with the goddamn bag until I got off the expressway (I'll tell you...other cars were leaving me a lot of room!). Then, I stopped and took the damn bag off. I still have it in my car if you want a souvenir! Actually...scratch that...I think I'm going to light a fire and burn it.


Cat torture

Nov. 6th, 2007 11:10 am
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Since [ profile] cosettemonster started getting barfy on Sunday on the Clavamox, the vet switched her to a new medication that is supposed to be easier on the stomach. She's supposed to take one and a half pills once a day. I had a hell of a time getting her to sit still to take one and a half pills as well as her pain medication. In fact, she spit one of the pills out and I had to hunt her down and make sure she took it. It took a couple of tries! I wonder if I can give her one pill in the morning and one pill at night to spread the torture things out a bit more so she doesn't get fed up and struggle as much.


Nov. 1st, 2007 07:01 pm
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I took [ profile] cosettemonster to the vet today. She looked at her knee and noticed that it was swollen and sore. She took X-rays of it and they were inconclusive. She thinks, at the worst, she's got a chipped bone and / or a torn ligament. At best, she got bit pretty bad in the leg. She noticed that [ profile] cosettemonster did have the start of an abscess there. She gave me some antibiotics and some pain meds for her. I have to bring her back in a week so they can do another X-ray on her. If she's doing better, then it's probably just a bad bite. If she's not better, that means that she's got other problems and that she might need knee surgery. Poor kitty!


Nov. 1st, 2007 12:59 pm
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This morning, I heard [ profile] cosettemonster and [ profile] arwenmonster fighting upstairs. When I got upstairs, I noticed that [ profile] cosettemonster was favoring her back paw and she was holding it a bit out from her body. The way she was hobbling reminded me of what I used to do when I messed up by knee. She also looked like she was struggling to jump up onto things. My poor baby!

Yeah...this is going to be a shitty day. So...[ profile] cosettemonster has an appointment to see the vet this afternoon. I iced it for about twenty minutes this afternoon. It must have made her leg feel better because she was purring and head-butting the ice pack.

[ profile] arwenmonster is spending some time downstairs today. I think they both need some time to cool off.
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Today, my knee is doing a bit better...probably because I stayed off of it this weekend. I think the Tylenol is also working. No sooner do I have one problem somewhat licked, than another shows up. For the past few days, I've been having problems with allergies. This morning, I woke up to a nasty asthma attack. I spent the greater part of the day feeling like my lungs were filled with cotton.

*looks up at the sky and shakes her fist* Damn you! that I got that out of my system... On Saturday, [ profile] doomsey and I finished watching Season One of Doctor Who. This means that I get to ask [ profile] judygs if we can borrow Season Two from her. [ profile] doomsey and I also watched Sicko last night. I have to say that what some of the HMO's are doing-- namely denying people coverage when they have cancer and desperately need treatment-- is despicable. I wonder how many people they have managed to kill that way. I think the movie made me more convinced that we do need socialized health care like what they have in Canada. Yes...we'd have to pay higher taxes, but we wouldn't have to pay for insurance or medical bills that insurance won't cover...
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Dear [ profile] cosettemonster,

You are a sweet kitty and I love you a lot. Thanks for snuggling me those two nights when I was all hurty and not feeling well. I really appreciate it. There's nothing like listening to a cat purr in your ear to help you fall asleep. Also, thanks for spending time with me downstairs when I was trying to do laundry and not having a good time of it. You usually don't spend a lot of time downstairs since it's [ profile] arwenmonster's turf, and I'm grateful that you decided to come down and keep an eye on things.

[ profile] nekosensei

Bored Now

Jul. 13th, 2007 12:16 am
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I talked with the doctor again today, mostly because I wanted to find out how long I should be taking all that ibruprofen. It turns that I should have been taking it for only seven days. I guess I ended up taking it a little bit longer than what she intended. Heh heh. She also told me to use a heating pad and to wear a knee brace.

Oh...and she says that it's going to heal in six weeks minimum. Nice.

You know...when I tore the ACL, at least I feel like I could get comfortable. Lately, no matter how I sit, I feel this stretchy kind of pain in my hamstring.

I'm not going to my mother-in-law's work picnic. I want the weekend to put my feet up since I'm on it way too much during the week. I always feel sore when I come home. I don't want to be somewhere where I can't put it up and get comfortable. And I don't particularly feel like being social. All I want to do is read my books and knit.


Jul. 6th, 2007 02:04 pm
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The laundry is downstairs and in the washer. I decided that giving the laundry baskets the old heave-ho down the stairs wasn't a good idea since the Katuba is hanging on the wall by the stairs. I was afraid of knocking it off the wall with a laundry basket and having it break on me. Instead, I went down the stairs backwards step by step and leaned on the laundry basket. That worked. I damn near stepped on [ profile] arwenmonster since she thought it would be cute to sit on the stairs. I swear...that cat is as dumb as dirt.

I'm wiped. I think I'm going to spend the rest of the day on the couch downstairs.


Jul. 6th, 2007 12:05 pm
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I desperately need to do laundry. Does anybody out there have any ideas as to how to get laundry baskets down two sets of stairs on a bum leg? Right now, it looks like the best option is to chuck them down the stairs and hope they don't bang into anything too important on the way down. Then, I can hobble down the stairs, pick them up, toss them down the next flight of stairs, and then drag them to the laundry room and put them in the washing machine.
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Last night, I was in a lot of pain, probably because I was on my knee too much. The back of the bad knee hurt like hell, and I managed to make my other knee sore by trying to drag myself up the stairs in front of my house. I was not a happy camper, and complained whenever I had to get up and move somewhere. I ended up not going to bed until late because I didn't feel like dragging my sorry ass upstairs. [ profile] cosettemonster must have figured out that there was something wrong because, when I finally made it to bed, she decided that I needed extra special attention. She usually sleeps at the foot of the bed by my feet, but last night she wandered further up the bed and curled up beside me. She kept purring happily until I fell asleep. What a sweetie!

Last night

Jul. 4th, 2007 12:07 pm
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I had a pleasant evening last night. I got to sit on my butt and do nothing. [ profile] doomsey went to the Bang! Bang! concert I couldn't go to (in other words, he got out of my hair), and I sat around and finished my book, watched Edward Scissorhands, and saw the third episode of Air. As for Edward Scissorhands, I'd never seen that movie before (neither have I seen The Nightmare Before Christmas) and I decided that that was something that had to be remedied. All in all, I thought it was a good movie. By the way, is it me, or does Johnny Depp get cast as a freak pretty often? I'm thinking Benny & Joon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Corpse Bride. Ohhh...I just looked him up on imdb and noticed that he's playing the leading role in Sweeney Todd. I had no idea they were making that. Hey...and it's being directed by Tim Burton. Sounds like I'm going to have to see that one...

As for Air, I've only seen three episodes and I'm not sure what to make of it yet. As people have tried to tell me before, it looks like it's going to get weird pretty fast.

Oh...[ profile] doomsey got back late yesterday evening, and when I woke up this morning, I discovered that he brought back Bang! Bang!'s most recent cd. Whoo hoo!

I think [ profile] doomsey wants to leave for the party soon, but I'm sitting on my butt for awhile. All I did is make guacamole and take a shower...and now I hurt...
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1. The human Christ: the search for the historical Jesus by Charlotte Allen. [I forget this one. Ancient history interests me, but I thought this one was a little on the dry side.]
2. Lisey's Story by Stephen King
3. Orientalism by Edward Said
4. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb
5. The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
6. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
7. Language death: The Life Cycle of a Scottish Gaelic Dialect by Nancy C. Dorian
8. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
9. The Inferno by Dante Alighieri. Tranlated by Robert Pinsky.
10. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
11. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson -- Although this is classified as fiction, the events this book was based on (and many of the comments in quotation marks) are true. One man organized the the Chicago's World Fair, which opened in 1893, to celebrate Columbus' discovery of the Americas. His World's Fair was meant (and did) eclipse Paris' World Fair and the Eiffel Tower. A new structure, known as the Ferris Wheel, built by an engineer from Pennsylvania, was a part of the fair. While another man built a "White City," another man orchestrated the death of many, mostly unattached women, in a castle he constructed for this purpose in Englewood. The guy was obviously a sociopath since he had no feeling of remorse and he viewed people as things to use and dispose of at his whim...

[Note: Being a gimp sometimes has its advantages. Until I can walk better, I can sit around reading books and watching anime].


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