I noticed a tabby from the neighborhood sitting in my neighbor's yard on Saturday. Look at me, sitting there. Then it went to run away and seemed to be trying to pick something up to take with it. I went over to see what on earth he was trying to prance away with and found.. a snake.
Only Mark told me it wasn't a snake. It's a lizard. A glass lizard. With no legs. Big fat tongue. Very cute. :)
Just bathe your cats.
Despite the $35 Frontline, I keep spotting fleas on my kitties. So before I gave them their next treatment, I decided I'd bathe the kitties and go over them with the flea comb.
Elliot: Was better than expected, even tolerating the post-bath blowdryer, but turned into a big, shivering pile of cat. He laid on his side when I put him there, stayed on his other side when I flipped him, and even seemed to cooperate when I was combing his little legs for fleas. After, I brought him into my bedroom. As I turned to leave the room, I turned around and said, "Hey, Elliot!" as I often do. He jumped off the bed and scooted under it. Hmpf.
Kitten: I was expecting to get some type of permanent scar from bathing Kitten, but she handled it surprisingly well too. She was scared of the water, but dealt with it, and also cooperated with the blow-drying. (Fluffy wanted NOTHING to do with the blowdryer and would have taken off my arm had I not let him go.) After the bath, I stood up with her and held her to my chest as I reached for the towel. She was clinging to me like a scared child would. Ahh, the guilt!
But now they both look beautiful and smell like baby soap and now have at least a few less fleas. Actually, the problem was much better than I had thought it would be; my Thanksgiving kitten was covered in fleas, so combing him down after the bath was pretty gruesome, but I only found a total of four or so fleas on both of my cats.
And both cats were sleeping with me this morning when I woke up, so I guess they don't hold a grudge. :)
her pics are amazingly interesting.. LIVING in ANTARCTICA. you gotta be a masochist for that.. but it results in some awesome & penguin-y pictures!
they make them handgun-sized!
i figure it will come in handy in traffic and also in situations where i'm really, really mad and feel the need to do something. like when my old neighbors were shooting doves during the hurricane. or last weekend, when some little punks were throwing rocks at the pond coots and ended up hitting one. i had to go confront them and make sure they understood that, at least in one girl's opinion, harming an innocent little bird makes you a really pathetic man. but if i'd have had a bb gun, i could've REALLY proved a point - see how it feels?
so is this crazy talk? :)
hey, this kid could totally be the king of the hill kid if he were just blonde.
apparently they eat parrotfish in seattle. bad!
sorry i been quiet. these be tryin' times right about now.
Yay, I finally got on the water this weekend. It was very chill.. Except when we dropped the can of pringles and a rescue effort was put into place. Then later we saw 3-4 dolphins, which we followed around the bay for a bit. We got very close to them with the boat.. So, so, so cool.
i got dawny's gift today! yep, my birthday was january 23, but i won't complain, seeing as how i just got what i'm giving alli for christmas (2005) in the mail yesterday. :D
anyway, lookee, an ecosphere! i mentioned it ages ago on the blog.. she took note! i also had it on my google wishlist. i'll have to modify that, because i know y'all are rushin' to it and now you'll be stuck buying me the $500 dive computer. thank you, dawny! it's awesome! i don't even have to lie: i love it! what's really funny is that dawn was saying she thought of something to get me and she hoped i liked it and, if i didn't, i'd better lie. my mind wandered to the ecosphere.. but then when i was at her house, she quickly closed her closet door and said i shouldn't look in there. so i assumed it was in there, whatever it was. wrong!
it's really neat, this little globe. i have four little shrimps, too, but i cannot manage to get a picture of them as they are way too fast and, when i finally succeed at capturing them on, um, card, they're just a blur. so you will just have to trust me on this: i have four shrimp. i offered the naming rights to alli for her work fundraiser, thinking they could hold a raffle, but she passed, so let me know if you can think of anything. one's really big, and that's about the only distinction between any of them. oh, one has a bit of the green algae hanging off him. he can be greeny until it falls off, i suppose.
this weekend, i'm going sailing AND diving for the first time in months. and i actually have monday off, so maybe there'll be more diving then. yay! :)
today was absolutely gorgeous & perfect. let that continue through the fin de semana, please!
every once in a while, i suggest a video. now i suggest beyonce's "check up on it." the song is infectious.. and the video? well, if i were a boy, i would so have a crush on ms knowles. launch.com. go there.
This reminds me of the long-legged spider currently living in my bathroom. I don't see him much, but sometimes get to rescue him from the bathtub in a panic after I turn the shower water on.
This pic was sent to me by Balu, who wanted to assure me that my cats were well occupied while I'm away at work, since I'm often calling them jerks as I'm walking out the door, jealous they get to sleep the day away.
Let's see.. Okay, my trip home:
I was happy to get to spend some one-on-one time with Kyle on Friday. When they're that young, it's hard to feel like you're getting any quality time with them.. they're a tornado of activity. But having to feed and dress and bathe and entertain him all day, that did it. He dragged me down on the bed to nap with him. Snuggled up happily with me. Would threaten to leave the bed every time I had to get up. Cried when I left the room from that point on that day.. :) (Not that I'm happy he cried, but I certainly felt special for a bit!)
That night, Dawny & Shannon & I went to see Vance Gilbert in concert. I luck out with getting to see Vance.. he was in Chicago the same weekend as me just before I moved to Florida, too. Now in La freaking Crosse the weekend I'm home for the baptism? Weirdo. We were a few minutes late getting out of the house (duh) so we had to wait until Vance finished his first song to sneak in. I was wearing my toque. "Nice hat," Vance said as I snuck through. It turns out my second-grade gym teacher was sitting in the front row with a toque 50x as goofy, and he had been picking on her from minute one of the show. Vance was great, and I highly recommend going to see him if he's ever nearby: VanceGilbert.com - go look! Dawny didn't know of him before the show and now she's a convert, as are her mom and baby cousin.
During the break, I heard a voice say my name. It turned out to be Ms. Garland! Yes, newspaper advisor and high school English teacher. It was great to see her again, and such a lucky break. She has my email address now, so maybe I'll get a Ms. Garland email sometime soon. :)
The girls and I went out for a couple of drinks after the concert at the Casino on Friday night, one of the only quiet bars we could find. I have to say, being cold has its good points: "home" (whether it's Kelli's or Kamille's that's temporarily acting mine) seems all the more cozy and going out for a drink takes on another dimension when you're ducking out of the cold to get there. So that was nice.
Now that we're all 28, we didn't last long in the bars.. I was probably the deciding factor there, but I didn't want to be out too late (I gots little ones to enjoy there and don't want to sleep in too much), so we went to Country Kitchen for a late dessert of ridicu-large chocolate cake and two hours of talking. Nice. :) By the way, Shannon, in case you forget again, I'm memorializing it here in the blog for you: Mike! His name was Mike! Oh yeah, La Crosse has a Hooters now. Woo-hoo, I bet my brother-in-law is happy.
Saturday.. mostly a blur.. a big, lazy blur.. It's easy to be lazy when you have a lump of baby that will happily take residence upon your chest and doze the day away. That Macy honestly just cannot get any cuter, with all that bubbling and cooing. Now, the mustard poop I could go without.
Sunday was the baptism. Me, in a church! Weird! I was approving of the service, wherein the pastor encouraged people to improve their lives by letting go of old grudges. I tried to forgive my mom for my various grievances, but was unsuccessful. I love her as she is now, but I can't lament the fact that we're not closer.
We saw eagles on the frozen Mississippi on the way home from church and turned the car around to get a better view. There were four or five and they're HUGE and BEAUTIFUL. And were probably making the flock of ducks swimming around in the freezing-cold water (how?) very nervous.
There was then a big family get-together of eatin' and present-openin'.. then I changed into as many layers of clothes as I could fit on me and spent the rest of the day snuggled up with Macy, Amanda, Kamille, and combinations of the three.
Monday, my last day home! Noteworthy bit is that we all went to Chuck E. Cheese, and Dawn brought her little cousin Madison. Then Dawn & I went to the bookstore and, where else, Wal*Mart. Spent some quality time in the driveway (well, on the street) and got home at 1:30 a.m... then I watched a movie.. asleep at 4, back up at 7.. ugh. Needless to say, when I got home last night at 6 p.m., it was more or less straight to bed.
Amazingly, I had a good time and I could have easily stayed longer. I'm very comfortable & at-home at Kamille's place, understandable since I used to live there. The cold only really got to me a couple of times, and I had a bit of cabin fever by the end, but it was all good. Maybe I can visit again this summer, to try to keep my Aunt-Stacey memories fresh in Kyle's & Macy's heads. Spend some time with my lovely sisters. Ahh, why does my family live so far away?
Mm, okay, I think that covers it.
Actually, it doesn't. I have been having such a bad year with pets.. Both the birds I had left died while I was away. #1 got attacked by a neighbor animal somehow, Balu informed me via voicemail during my trip. They'd been outside for two months with no incident, and then as soon as I leave.. bam! When I got home, I asked which was left. He said neither; the second died yesterday morning. I'm not surprised; they were a couple. That was my big heartache about the first one getting attacked.. I'm not exactly emotionally attached to the parakeets, but I felt horrible that one was living without the love of its life. The second probably died for that very reason. So now I am a birdless woman. What a weird feeling. Webster died of old age earlier this year and I gave Kili to a pet-sitter/vet office worker last week to keep her birds company, since I wouldn't make Kili live alone but I didn't want to take on another 15-year-lifespan noisemaker. So yep, birdless.
And now Macy is baptized. Hmm, I think that's about it. Also, it's cold here. 12 with the windchill. Twelve freaking degrees. And me in a skirt.
I found this pic on Kamille's computer. Look how skinny I was!
I've had a few comments since I've been here that I look better now than I did last time I was here (this pic). I do not agree.
a few pics!
i'm actually having a pretty good time. dawny, shannon & i saw vance gilbert last night (www.vancegilbert.com - highly recommended) and went out for a drink & dessert afterwards. oh, we're such old folks.
yesterday i spent the entire day alone with kyle. he likes me!
this house is LOUD, so i can't really write.. wheee...
Yep, heading home tomorrow. When I checked their weather this morning, it said that the temperature was 30, but it felt like 10 with the wind chill. Uhh. I haven't been in anything less than, say, 45 since.. Thanksgiving 2004. And that's the way I like it. (And mind you, 45 is only in the dead of night here when we're going through cold spells, and you know very well I ain't outside for that.)
They have snow, though. More snow tomorrow. And Friday. And Saturday. I can't remember exactly when I last saw snow, but I think it was probably in 2003.
But anyway, I'll be around.. and posting pictures, I'm sure -- Kamille has DSL. Yay! :)
The cat mama sent me an updated pic of my boys. How cute are they ??? And they look nothing alike! Look how big Thor is! :)
I'm willing to bet Tarzan is his dad..
isn't alli a sweetheart, making sure my body parts are all well adorned? :)
it seems like every time i go to the young circle dunkin donuts (that one you took chris to, bethy!), i always manage to spot a weirdo. a picture-worthy weirdo. today it was a woman that was.. oh, i dunno.. 55 or so? dressed as if she was 16. she had a white gypsy skirt on, with a white hippie top with sequins.. a jean jacket over it.. big hoop earrings.. then purple socks & high-heeled wooden sandals. seriously, the lady thought she was 16. i sat there and said a little prayer that i grow old gracefully, accepting my age along the way.
as i walked out, i realized that i was wearing a nice, black work dress.. and bright blue crocs. (i brought other shoes to work with me but have yet to have a reason to slip off these comfy ones.) i was probably someone else's weirdo sighting for the day! :)
Pics are up from Bill & Susan's wedding!
The day was rainy and cold.. considering the day before and the day after were gorgeous, that seems a little unfair. But, in true style, it turned out to be a really nice time. It even cleared up long enough for the newlyweds to get their pictures taken on the beach. :)
Anyway, enjoy the pictures..