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I need to find a new food for my cats. The two places locally who used to get the food they were eating (Royal Canin's Sensible Choice) can no longer get it, and my kitties still need to eat. It needs to be chicken/rice type food and free of fish...and I don't have the time I use to to go and read labels and compare. Naomi just won't put up with that.

I might try Nutro Naturals because the local feed place can probably get it for me, since he stocks Nutro, but I don't know. It would be easier if I thought I could cook for the fur beasts, but creating a balanced diet for indoor cats isn't something that I have the time to do right now.

Ah, fur beasts.
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If I had to sum up today...

I had to clean up dead baby lizard.
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After the battle of Nap, which finally culminated in nap winning, even if nap won in my lap, the cat decided to climb onto the kitchen counter where he isn't allowed. And if I got up and moved the cat, I'd wake the napping baby. So I left the cat alone, misbehaving (and he knew it, too) and decided nap was more important. Until the cat decided to attack my plant, at which point the idea of cleaning potting soil off the beige chair won. So we tried Nap in the swing instead and it didn't work very well.


And the advice part-

Does anyone know what the appropriate kind of gift to give for a Christening is? We have one on 8/24.
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My apologies for the poor quality-they're taken with the camera phones
I am a helpful cat:

meow )
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I've taken to using this as a spot for just dumping things...I save them up and then make posts that are a collection of all the various things that have been going on.

Things like the weird dreams I've been having-most of them are about places that I used to have to go, like junior high school, where I had to talk about the people I had crushes on back then, or high school where I forgot my locker combination. And then there was the airplane dream. No one needs to tell me that the airplane dream was a birth dream....I dreamed about airplanes, on the ground, rolling through tunnels and into hangars that were smaller than their wingspans. Yeah, that was a birth dream.

There was the strange experience this morning. I got up and got out of bed and heard noise. Before I went to the bathroom or brushed my teeth, I went to investigate what it was, thinking that Cayne had left the TV on or something when he was getting ready for work, only to discover Cayne sitting on the couch watching TV-about an hour later than he usually leaves for work. I asked him what he was doing, and he responded "Sitting on the couch." I asked if he was taking the day off from work and he said "No, it's Saturday." I reminded him it was Friday and he looked shocked. He scurried off, got dressed very quickly and sheepishly headed in to work.

We got the second trimester screening results back-this looked at the risk of Down's Syndrome-1/3000, Trisomy 18 (Edward's Synrome)-1/10,000 and Spina Bifida-1/1600. That of course still means that there are plenty of other thing that could go wrong, but at least that's somewhat reassuring.

We bought a chair last arrived the other day and is in a box in the living room, on it's side. It will probably stay there until we figure out what to do with the two chairs it's replacing (one spot is getting a chair, the other is getting a new filing cabinet, but I need to decide if I'm going to Freecycle or Craig's List or what with the old chairs.) But the box is right where a coffee table would go if/when we buy one for the living room. And it's become a hot spot for cats to nap in lately. I wonder if the same thing would happen with a coffee table.

The craving for salty foods is going to drive me crazy. I really wish I could cut back on them, but I can't get enough pickles. I'm going to go open another jar when I'm done with this post.

I hope the writer's strike doesn't mean that the new shoes I like on TV disappear. Not much in the way of new shows that we're watching, just Big Bang Theory and Chuck, I think. And on the subject of TV...NBC Universal has been going on and on this week about all sorts of environmental stuff. They also sent correspondents to the Equator, the Arctic Circle and Antarctica. And my first thought when I heard about this was "I wonder if they accounted for the environmental impact of moving crew and equipment there, and what they did to balance it."

We've both been reading Scott Westerfield's books-in particular the Uglies series. I finished the first one about a year ago, on one of our winter trips, picked up the second one months later and caught the third one on a remainder table at Borders recently. They're adolescent fiction, so they're quick reads, but they're pretty good. Someone at Border's suggested them to me last year. I gave Cayne the fist one when we were traveling recently and he liked it, devoured the second and third within a matter of days, and insisted on having the fourth one, which had just come out in hardcover, and between a coupon and a sale, it was reasonable. The third one felt unevenly written, but the fourth one, the writing has gone back to what we expected, but the concept is really interesting. I'm enjoying the concept of a reputation economy, though I'm wondering how different some of that is from the way adolescents currently live today.

And the links, since I collect them.

This one talks about post partum sex...someone fears that her vagina will be too loose after giving birth. And also on the subject of vaginae, [ profile] slinkr pointed me at The New York Times on the word Va-jay-jay.

This one (text follows behind the cut) is about a woman who was asked to cover up or leave Universal Studios because she was breastfeeding. (The end result, by the way, is that Universal apologized to her, because Florida law allows her to breastfeed in public.)

The Cut )

There's also Abstinence Doesn't Curb Teen Sex

Read about how abstinence fails )

Has anyone looked into Sony's Digital Book Reader? Despite his hatred of Sony, [ profile] zedrikcayne has suggested that if I want one, I should get it. I haven't really investigated it much yet, but the idea of being able to read while nursing late at night in the dark if I'm awake, for example, is kind of appealing. It's bigger than a Palm, which is also appealing, as I've always found reading on my Palm screen rather irritating. Does anyone know more about it than I do?

We're also starting to shop for cameras-it's amazing what's become lumped in with "baby expenses" even though they really have very little to do with the baby. The two things that first come to mind are more life insurance and the camera. We're looking for a point and shoot, throw into the diaper bag kind of camera. I bought Mom a Canon of some variety last year, and the camera that I'm replacing (nothing wrong with it but the LCD screen is shot, and frankly, the cost of the LCD replacement isn't worth it) is also a Canon.

In case you haven't read about it already, comment editing is in place for paid users. Can't edit a comment that's already been replied to, but it was nice when it helped me correct some bad HTML today.

Okay, that's enough. It's time for pickles.
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[Poll #945178]

and frustration regarding fertility treatment )

The cat knocked over the lamp last night. I don't know how he did it, and nothing broke, though somehow the shade came off. (I don't know where the finnial is.) What's even more baffling, is that Cayne slept through it. The lamp was on his side of the bed. I woke up when I heard the crash though.

Can't kick this headache. Yesterday it felt like a sinus headache, today it feels more like a migraine, but without some of the other migraine stuff (light sensitivity, for example.) A bit bummed cause a friend had to cancel his work-trip to Orlando, so I won't get to see him for dinner this week.

Cayne is (and by extention, so am I) stressing a bit over the timeline of immigration stuff. We know we can claim back time that was spent in Canada-I have reciepts from the last two trips we took, which gives us about four weeks of time, but it's much harder, I suppose, to document the time that we spent when we drove up there. Though since we tend to use credit cards when we're there, rather than cash, perhaps that's sufficient documentation. We spent about ten days at the end of 2004, and about a week in August 2004. I'm sure there was other time that Cayne was there that he could claim back.

Must go find copies of labwork before endocrinologist appointment on Wednesday. Please hope she looks at my symptoms and numbers and says "let's try something" and not "sorry we can't help you." I would really like to try and treat the seemingly-sluggish thyroid, finally. I've only been asking for years.
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We visited Sceince North the other day, we've played a great deal of Euchre, and relaxed a lot. Tomorrow is shopping in the AM, then a quick lunch, then I'll meet his Mom and sister for our annual movie outing (we pick a chick flick and go see it together, just the three of us, though if his other sister were around we'd invite her to join us. It's kind of become tradition.) Then, we'll come home, hang out here, have supper with the parents, and [ profile] zedrikcayne and I will head over to his sister's place for more cards (and if they're up, visiting with the niece and nephew.)

I'm feeling less crazy here than last year, probably just a combination of being more used to my in laws, and knowing what to expect. That, plus having internet access, I think has made things a bit easier. I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed again though.

I'm peeved at the pet sitting company we hired though. We met with a sitter, and as I understood things, that one sitter was the one responsible for caring for our animals while we were gone. Today, while eating lunch, Cayne and I got a phone call from a different sitter, who explained that the first sitter had some "family problems" and wasn't working for the company anymore and that new sitter was taking care of our cats/house. Fine...things happen, people quit/are fired. And while I'm not thrilled about a relative stranger in my house in the first place, I'm less thrilled about a total stranger (even a bonded and insured one) being in my home. Especially when my introduction to this person is a phone call askig how to administer medication to my cat.

Other than that, and more serious than previous mumblings about moving to Canada for a while, that's all from here. Time to get under the covers and out of the cold.


Sep. 26th, 2006 05:59 pm
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I'm feeling very blue today. I'm not sure if it's the weather (grey and rainy, alternating with bright, sunny and hot) or hormones (off the pill about two weeks) or something else.

Maybe it's the fact that it's almost October, and I want to be drinking hot tea, and pulling out my favorite sweaters and watching the leaves change colors, not drinking sweet tea, being cranky because none of the stores carry shorts down here at this time of year and it's silly to carry wool sweaters when there's not much need unless one is travelling, and thinking that it might finally get to be cool enough to enjoy our back yard.

I'm feeling like a bad poly-partner lately, or a bad social worker, or both. I'm not sure which. And I might write a filtered post about that later. It involves relationships, neither of which are/were mine...although the result of one did have quite an impact on my life, it wasn't anything that I did, and that lesson took a long time to realize.

Our new kitchen table arrived last weekend. It's not the table I wanted, but it will do. It's nice enough.

My in laws are coming at the end of October. I don't complain much about them, because generally we're all fine together, but they're irritating me with this trip. We invited them for our housewarming (which is October 28, in case anyone wants to come) and they said they were coming. Only now they want to come on the 25th and leave on the 28th, so somehow, in the middle of prepping for our first big party, they're going to be here, and while they're content to just sort of hang around and relax, it also means figuring out things like taking them to the airport on the morning of the party, when we really need to be here getting ready for things. I need to start sorting out the menu-if I need to try out any new recipies, I have time to do it.

And then there's my Mom. Who just took in five ferral kittens, bringing the current total in the house up to eighteen. I think she'll give at least two of them away, possibly three depending on how much she can socialize one who has been giving her trouble. But that's not what's weighing on my mind. Mom, as much as she wants grandchildren has been pushing me to wait. She's doing it because she's worried about my health, which is fine and reasonable and all that, but, at the same time, I saw the doctor at the beginning of September, I'm not doing anything I'm not supposed to be, and no matter how firmly I say to her, "thank you for your concern, I'll take it under advisement, but the doctor seems to think it's fine" she won't be convinced, and the more firm I am about it, the more I stand up to her, the harder she pushes, and the more she tries to start a disagreement. She has a hard time respecting the boundaries I set about my life, and that's uncomfortable for me. I'll keep setting limits as best I can, and if it results in fighting with my mother, so be it. We'll fight, I'll get upset, and rant about it, I'll cool off for a few days, she'll cool off for a few days, and we'll apologize. It's not the cycle I'd like to be in, but conflict resolution in a calm and rational manner is not the way my mother deals with me, no matter how much I try. It's not what I'd deem unhealthy for me right now, but it's not the way I'd like to conduct things. I think she's gotten better since I got married, though.

I've been on the metformin for a couple of weeks now and have been discovering the foods that it makes it hard to eat (white bread and potatoes, so far, though there are others that I've been afraid to try and eat because I'm not sure I want to deal with the insane sleepiness coupled with the yucky low blood sugar feeling that sometimes comes with making mistakes.) I'm not willing to give up entirely white bread or potatoes, but I'll have to be extra careful about when I choose to eat them. Despite some minor food issues, I feel incredible. I feel better than I have in a couple of years.

Money of course stresses me out. We're getting new cell phones shortly, which means figuring out what to spend and what I need/want in a phone. Cayne will choose the phone most like his current Nokia brick that he can put his own ringtones on. I'm not sure what I want, whether I want a Treo or something similar, or something simpler. (We'll get the phones from Verizon Wireless, because they have a plan that's reasonable for calling to, and in Canada, so if you want to make phone suggestions for either of us, go for it.)

And, we're getting to the point where purchasing a car is becoming iminent. We're hoping to hold out at least til tax time, and see what we can put together for a downpayment then. It's quite complicated to figure out what we can afford, what we want, what makes sense. What we want is something larger than what we drive now in a TBD affordable price range (monthly payment plus insurance) that will fit car seats easily, and is comfortable for both of us to drive. What I'd like is something smaller than the Impala wagons that my Mom drove until I was in college, but that still has station wagon or minivan type cargo space.

Maybe Cayne will do the taco dance when he gets home, and cheer me up.
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Each time I build a new box to begin packing it, Widget Thunderpaws climbs in and inspects it before I put things in it.

And sometimes, I get both of them...

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We're rather convinced that Widget Thunderpaws needs more stimulation. Or more precisely, more toys. And while we're quite happy to play with him, and we do, I'd like to add some things that will challenge him, but that don't necessarily require constant human interaction (like the laser pointer, or the foam disk shooter.) We're thinking about a Buster Cube, a fish tank (I think he would enjoy watching the tank, quite a will end up being a large tank, with a really good lid, and well, I've wanted one for a while anyway,) and I'd love to find something in the style of a Jolly Jumper, that goes in the doorway and sort of bounces as he swats at it. (I've had a toy like that before, and I haven't seen it, so I'm trying to come up with a way to mount things-sort of like a suction cup, so I coud mount new elastic on it easily , but I want something that would mount better on the wall than a suction cup.)

Any other toy suggestions for a sort-of-smart cat who like to manipulate things with his paws?
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I woke up in the middle of the night and really needed to pee. So I untangle myself from my blankets, and go to the bathroom. While I'm doing that, Widget Ferdinand Thunderpaws came bouncing into the bedroom, in the way that only kittens can. He climbed up into the bed, and cuddled into the blankets. I returned to the bed, got comfortable under the covers and tried to go back to sleep. Widget begins gnawing at my toes, so I push him away from my feet and shift a little bit to make them harder for him to get to. So the little brat climbs up on my back, and decided to bite my butt instead.
I think I shoved him off the bed at that point.
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Or at least that's what the new vet, as recommended by the maintenance guy here, seems to think has caused his current bout of conjunctivitis.

Beta and I checked out the new vet this morning, and I liked him the way I haven't liked a vet since I was on Long Island. He was competent, and very cost conscious, and answered questions. He was talked about preventive medicine, and we discussed some naturopathic methods for dealing with the cats if it turns out we have something viral that's going around the cat's eyes, which he says often work better than what he could prescribe.

We talked about the kittens, and when they should be spayed/neutered. He wants to screen the cats for Bartonella (the bacteria that causes cat scratch fever) first, and treat them, so I'll run them over for the blood draw soon-though he says "Oh, there's no charge for the office visit, I just take the blood, and have you ship it to the lab, because if you send it to the lab directly, it'll cost about $30 but if I send it, my lab sends it ot to another lab, and charges me another $75." Um, wow. That's really nice of him.

Beta should be fine in about ten days.
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Beta Cat appears to be sick...there's something funny going on with his eye.

I'll have to take him to the vet in the morning, but in the meantime, please think healthy-kitty thoughts for him.

(His eye is swollen and oozing, so I suspect it's pinkeye or something like that.)
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If you haven't already seen it in everyone's LJ, Cats In Sinks

Oh the hurts.

I giggled at it and two kittens appeared at my feet. They've explored the bathtub, but we might have to ask them to check out the double sink in the kitchen when the camera turns up...

To do...

Aug. 3rd, 2005 11:31 am
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I need to find us a vet, because the Thunderpaws twins have to go get the last of their shots for a while. The only Orlando communities I've found on LJ suck though. I might just take them to the Cat Hospital of Orlando, which I've seen.

I need gym clothes. I have no idea where mine are, nor my sneakers, so I'm going to go get some, since I'm fidgety and it will help me feel less so. We need to get our act together and actually join the gym across the street so I can get the rest of the stuff I want, like the water classes, but I can go downstairs and hit the treadmill or the bike for now.

I need to bake cookies for Cayne's office. No explanation needed.

And do more unpacking. Anyone wanna come unpack with me?


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