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Saturday, February 27th, 2016
11:35 am
The loss of my kitty
Two weeks ago, Film Series : The Cat, informally known as FS, passed away at the age of 19. She had stayed amazingly healthy right up until early last year, when she showed signs of kidney disease. Even then, she had few symptoms until she began to rapidly decline over the last couple of months.

As difficult as it was for the family to face the loss of our kitty, I made the decision not to seek any invasive or uncomfortable treatments that would only prolong her life, rather than bring her back up to a comfortable plateau. When she began rejecting all food, even with anti-nausea medications, the veterinarian and I agreed that it was time to let her go, rather than force feed her or let her starve, and she was euthanized while I pet and held her.

FS was part of my life ever since I graduated college, and every day, I catch myself acting as if she is still there, from not wanting to leave the door open too long in case she is in an escaping mood, to hesitating before drinking from a water glass that had sat somewhere she could have reached and helped herself. I loved her very much and still do. The speed at which she declined was both a blessing, in that there was not a long time period where she lingered before the decision that had to be made was clear; and a curse in that it gave us relatively little time to emotionally prepare for her loss.

My son and I have taken comfort in sharing our memories and in planning a small memorial book to keep with her cremains. He had originally wanted a cat shaped urn for her, perhaps a 'lucky cat' in the Asian style, but decided that the lovely cedar box she was returned in was sufficient. The care and sympathy that the vet clinic and crematorium have both shown has been a kindness to both of us.

Bye, kitty baby...
Monday, September 26th, 2011
7:27 am
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
6:22 am
a mixed victory over packaging...
On one hand, Henry's presents are now sitting on the table with the tree with a velvet throw hiding them as "wrapping". On the other hand, I got them completely unpacked, untangled and in the neccassary case batteries put in. So while the "unwrapping" process may be overly quick for anticiaption, the "getting it out and playing with it" process will be quick and painless....

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
12:29 pm
Ask Dr Live Etiquette... facebook friends
It has come to my attention that about half my facebook "friends" are people I went to high school with, haven't talked to since, and in many cases, didn't talk to much then. I mostly just accepted their friend invitations on the basis that I remembered their names and wasn't sure how much traffic there would be....

I dunno, I'm tempted to do a friend purge down to the people on the list I actually consider.. you know, FRIENDS. Or at least regular internet aquaintances. And purge everyone who does that silly Mafia Wars facebook game. *grump*

Is it rude to drop facebook friends without explaination? Is it ruder to announce a coming purge a couple of days in advance? Exactly how rude (also egotistical) would it be to post an update asking everyone to leave a comment saying in what way they consider themself my friends and purge the ones who say "um, we were in the same junior english class and I always thought you were funny even though I never spoke to you when there was someone more popular available."?

Current Mood: cynical
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
9:26 am
A rare meme post.
If there is one person or more on your friends list who makes your world a better place just because they exist and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, December 21st, 2008
1:23 am
Happy Solstice!
Hope your longest night is bright and full of laughter!

I actually have physical cards this year, though weather and work have conspired with my usual lameness to delay them. As usual I didn't record addresses last year, so those who want cards should give me a reminder address.

And now, off to drive through the snow to my 2am work shift... yeah income, argh not getting anything done this week....

Current Mood: tired
Monday, October 20th, 2008
5:31 pm
possible very tiny silver lining?
As most of you probably know, I'm a great big repressed hippy who dreams of co-housing but lives in a single family with only one somewhat close relationship with a neighbor (who is across the street so we can't even do shared back yard things). So I've found myself wondering... is there any chance that the current economic meltdown might leave the general public more open to the idea of intentional communities, cohousing and co-op-ing, and form a "teachable moment" in which to plant the seeds of more interdependence and less rugged individualist nuclear family thinking?

Well, probably not, but it's a thought...

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, October 7th, 2008
11:17 am
Everyone else is doing it....
...So I'll livejournal on a political topic. But since everyone else has done the presidential election, and I've been weirdly apathetic about it this year (yeah, I don't want another republican administration, I'm voting for Obama, whatever...) I'll comment on the three ballot questions in Massachusetts.
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I don't know why I'm so politically apathetic this election cycle. Maybe I just don't have the energy for it. Maybe I've gotten so cynical I don't think it can matter. Oh well. My big political effort will be getting an absentee ballot so that I can vote even though I'll be in Vegas on the 2nd...

Current Mood: blank
Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
8:57 am
largely unsuccessful heroism...
I tried to save a coworker from a tumbling pile of boxes today, and thought I had largely succeeded (she still got bumped but I stopped them before they actually became a pile of boxes on top of her) then an hour later or so she mentioned that she was having pain in her head and occasionally feeling nauseous and "out of focus". So, apparently I was not fast enough to prevent her from being possibly concussed. :-( Ah well, maybe next time instead of the "push the pile back up into a non-tumbling position" move I should try for "tackle coworker out of the way and be crushed by the whole pile myself" routine. At least they were big boxes of paper towels instead of the smaller but MUCH heavier boxes of laundry detergent a few rows down.

In unrelated work related news, I would like to note that only people actually qualified to manage me should be MICRO-managing me. Random coworkers who have no more time on the job than I do and aren't even as good at it MAY NOT nitpick the way I do my job and try to tell me the right way to do it...

Current Mood: cranky
Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
4:18 pm
My latest imaginary invention...
I need a Present Opening Multitool. It will have :

*A hooked bladed tool designed for cutting injection molded plastic without harming the toy inside.

*Wire cutters.

*A seam ripper for the "hair sewed into the packaging" moments.

*One of those "safety letter opener" jobs (but thin) for ribbons, tape and plastic bands.

*A tiny phillips head screwdriver (with a long thin shaft) for opening battery compartments.

*A tiny pry bar.

Other tools will be added or adjusted during beta testing...

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, August 29th, 2008
9:57 am
Hrm, dragon thing might not work out...
I think my eggs are both going to die.

Adopt one today!
Adopt one today!
Friday, August 22nd, 2008
3:16 pm
I might have a dragon egg....
... hard to tell with that website. Clicky clicky!

Adopt one today!

Wait, I have two dragon eggs! Apparently one of the many notices of "that egg has already been taken" was lying....

Adopt one today!

Current Mood: motherly
Sunday, August 10th, 2008
5:59 pm
Job Poll ?meme?
What is the physically hardest job you've ever had?

What is the intellectually hardest job you've ever had?

What is the emotionally hardest job you've ever had?

If you had to do one for the rest of your (healthy active) life and pretending they all paid the same, which of the three would you pick?

For me :
Physically - probably my current job doing truck unload and stocking at a huge store.
Intellectually - Tax clerk at a mega insurance company, though some of the effort there was enduring the brain numbing tedium and getting all the forms and calculations done.
Emotionally - A vet tech job where I evolved into the default euthanasia counselor for clients.
Pick - The vet tech job. While it got very emotionally difficult, it was also one of the most emotionally rewarding and animal work still feels like "my field" in spite of how far from it I've wandered in my various jobs.

Current Mood: contemplative
Tuesday, August 5th, 2008
12:59 pm
How does one find artistic collaborators?
I have a couple of ideas that I've been kicking around just about forever in a "if I get a chance to run a long term rpg campaign" sort of way, and last night it occured to me that a) they could be combined fairly naturally, one being a setting idea and one a plot idea, and 2) they would in some ways make a better story to share than game to hope others like, and III) it's not really a neatly ending story idea so much as a serial idea so D) it would make better [web]comic than book. Then it occured to me that five) I cannot draw even the tinniest bit, so vi) I should figure out how one who doesn't happen to be pals with an artist manages to convince someone to collaborate on a project of that sort with you.

It probably helps if one has any "cred" in the writing area to begin with,which means I'm prolly out of luck. Ah well, I will continue to develop the idea in a "scripting" sort of way in the hopes of having enough prep done to be taken seriously if I do find someone approachable for collaboration.

Current Mood: artistic
Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
1:01 pm
The "Payback" effect.
I was reading Bridge of the Separator by Harry Turtledove (short recommendation : don't) and half way through, the protagonist (a reasonably interesting though not compelling fellow with a frightening destiny and growing but not understood powers) up and rapes and murders the woman he is traveling with. While his physical attraction for the woman was dealt with earlier, the brutality of the scene comes from nowhere and within a chapter he has essentially transformed from a decent man trying to survive a world gone mad to a sociopathic murderer looking to convince his church to worship their version of the devil since evil is obviously stronger.

It was at this point that I looked at how much of the book remained (half) and the fact that there had been no other point of view character introduced and seriously considered just returning it to the library without finishing it. I ended up skimming the last half, just in case he had a particularly gory and satisfying death scene, but he lives with occasional minor set backs, all of which can be overcome by binding himself closer to the dark lord and killing people. The ending hints at a sequel, which makes me doubt the author's sanity as well as his judgement and taste.

Are there readers who enjoy books where they dislike the main character? What keeps you invested in a story if you don't care whether the protagonist lives or dies (or would prefer he dies and see the remaining length of pages as a depressing indication of how long it might take?) Is this book an abberation for Turtledove or did I just happen to read his two stories with marginally sympathetic protagonists first? *sigh*
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
11:30 am
I miss those wallpaper books.
Looking at crafts to do with the Meatball for fathers day, and I saw one for making woven placemats. They recomended construction paper which would make a one meal placemat, and I thought to myself, "what I really need is a book of wallpaper samples". I thought this because at some point in my childhood, my family picked up such a thing, so "wallpaper" is stuck in my brain as a perfectly reasonable craft supply to have lying around.

I wonder what home decorating places do with their old books of wallpaper, tile and carpet samples when they get new ones. I wonder if they would think I was a freak if I asked them....

Current Mood: nostalgic
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
11:31 am
New AIM....
So a while back my laptop died a horrible death, and I've been using the Hubby's computer. Today I finally got AIM set up on it (it's a new computer for him too) and realized I had no idea of my password and the account was made years ago with a now defunct email addy so I wasn't going to be able to get a new password set up...

So the long and short of it is that my AIM screen name is now the same as my yahoo email address (including the @yahoo.com part) and everyone should drop me a message so I can rebuild my buddy list.
Sunday, June 1st, 2008
11:09 am
Today is Mommy Bodily Autonomy Day.
I have just declared it so. Mommy will not be posed, climbed, pawed at or ordered. Mommy will actually own her own body and control what it does and when it is touched.

Mommy has a weird stomach ache which is obviously making her a little short tempered and prone to speak in the third person.

Current Mood: aggravated
Thursday, March 13th, 2008
12:50 pm
Livejournal for the win!
I got a delinquency notice for jury duty from over 2 years ago yesterday. It's one of those things where I remember I went but could never actually give details of where and when.... Luckily, the entire traumatic day was recorded for posterity in this very journal, and I could flip back through for the correct details to convey to the Jury Commissioner to convince them that while I was late, I was in fact there and as on time as I needed to be.

now if only lj did a backup of my fricka fracka computer!
Thursday, January 24th, 2008
8:49 am
Wacky WoW idea....
The Hubby has gotten me playing World of Warcraft, and while I'm not as into it as he is, I've played it enough to know I need to found my own guild. ;-)

The guild will be named "Tot Watchers" and will be made up of people for whom the game cannot be their top priority every time they are on (and those who are feeling helpful to such players.) When you go on a quest/trip/raid with the Tot Watchers, you let everyone know at the outset what your tot status is, and everyone agrees to stop when someone stops and defend their lifeless husk until they can get back in the game. Maybe we'll design a couple of macros for all the guild members - shouting "Tot Watch!" to let folks know you are going "dead" or a log out with "Emergency Tot Watch!" yell when you won't be back in the game for a while.

Yes, I'm nuts.
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