but i'm trying to get it done early this year, before it becomes a critical situation. so i am trying to place an amazon order today with gifts for one of my nieces, my nephew, and at least one of my sisters.
last year, i had the idea to get my sister kelli a locket. see, i like lockets. i'm a sentimental person. plus, i think i've watched 'a fish called wanda' a few too many times.
so i spent hours and hours, both online and at the mall, trying to find the perfect locket: silver, tasteful, and within my budget. finally, i found it. it was something like $80, which is on the high end of what i spend for my sisters for xmas, but it was perfect, so i bought it. excitedly, i sent it to wisconsin. "she can put a little picture of kyle inside!" i thought.
i never heard from her on whether she liked it. i think i got the obligatory thank-you when i talked to her on the phone, but certainly.. well, i definitely think i was more excited about it than she was.
so now, here i am, trying to find a gift for that same sister, on amazon. i saw these god-awful necklaces on amazon (well, i mean that one on the left for the most part) and thought how funny it would be if i got her THAT. i'd get the same thank-you and she'd probably wear it as often as she wears the locket, plus it'd be a lot less time investment for me. also, it would be funny to think of the look on her face when she opened it.
A chick who lives in Onalaska (which is more or less
Amazon page here. It’s about her "childhood in small-town
I gotta see this book.
yesterday, chris & i took sebastian for a jog. as i am not up to his regular 8-mile jogs, i turned back halfway in. since sebastian also cannot do 8 miles, he turned back with me. it was the sweetest, saddest thing; sebastian stopped running and started whining when we turned around. chris hid behind a post and i picked sebastian up so he would come with me. a half block later, i put him down and went to fix his leash and he started whining again. amazing how loyal and loving dogs are.
we came back by way of the beach, which was really awesome but really tiring. sebastian loved the sand, though. two big dogs were running on the beach, unleashed, and tried to give my baby a hard time. i was not impressed and ended up smacking one of the dogs and plucking sebastian up from in between the two so they would stop harassing him. poor guy.
last night, chris had a friend visiting from out of town. jim lives in the phillipines but his dad lives nearby so gets to south florida every year or so. we took the boat out to charley's crab to meet up with dean & gang, had some drinks, ate some shrimp, came back here, went out to our place, then came back here to start a fire. that was nice.
we shared our drinks with the dogs, and this is the result. three dogs, passed out by the fire. it was adorable.
i really could not think of a better subject line.
so what have i been up to?
wednesday i worked at one of the stores, which was kinda fun. it's certainly nice to get out of the office, and the vibe at the store is always pretty good. i worked up a sweat helping out in the bakery and, the rest of the time, wandered around and tried to look useful. you gotta give those people a lot of credit. we people with office jobs have a pretty cushy day, even if it's just a moment to breathe here and there. an email from your sister. a few minutes to make a cup of coffee. you don't really get that luxury working at lots of places, though.
thursday i went to do the cat thing at petsmart in the morning, then chris & i went to patty's for thanksgiving dinner. unfortunately, due to the fact that i am horribly allergic to animals yet spent my day 1) cleaning cat cages and hugging the cats inside, 2) giving the smelly puggles baths, and 3) tending to the bunny rabbit - well, i wasn't feeling so hot. it was like having thanksgiving in wisconsin! so i squinted my way through dinner, then we came home. we had another thing to go to, which i told chris he was welcome to do without me, but he chose to stay in instead. we're old, ya know. 8 o'clock seems very late when you're old. so instead of drinking our way through another dinner, i took a looooong shower. he made me tea. we ate pecan pie. i fell asleep watching happy gilmore.
yesterday, hmm.. well, i bought some mangos. went to the bookstore. chris had an emergency to tend to at work for a little while, but couldn't drive 'cause of an eye exam, so i drove him there. went home to love on my kitties. we ate mexican food. after dark, we went on a long boat ride. he let me drive, which was fun. then we started a fire.
today the weather is nice. 78 degrees! warmest it's been in a while. i think we're taking the dogs to the park later.
the picture here is outside of chris's bedroom window. see, he has these wall things.. walking around out there one day, i realized that, save for two small gaps, the whole front of the yard was enclosed, thanks to the walls. i think the walls are there for privacy - you can still see outside, but the walls block the view inside from the street. i mentioned it'd be a great place for george the bunny to run around, so last weekend he enclosed the gaps. i brought the torts over last tuesday and they escaped the cold weather outside in a cardboard box in chris's guest shower. now that it's warmer out, i put them out there with george. it has to be, oh, ten times bigger than the enclosure they have at my house, so they're probably enjoying themselves. and it has lots of hiding spots. lots of bushes to tuck under. lots of places to feel safe. it's great.
the best part is, now the front room and bedroom windows look out into the enclosure, so you can see the bunny hopping or bjorn stomping around when you look outside. :)
that's my update. very ex-citing, i know.
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Aww. My poor girl. We stopped by there Sunday. I held her for a few minutes, feeling her purr and telling her I missed her. Man, I hope she finds a new home soon. I'm bringing a nicer About-Me sign with me on Thursday morning. Hopefully marketing will come to our rescue.
It's so cold here! Like, 59!
I'm in bed right now, wearing a shirt, sweatshirt, pants, socks, two sheets, and two blankets. I hate being cold. How the hell do you people up north do this?
Balu is dogsitting this nice big dog named Bosco. Of course, this means the cats are again avoiding the house, less than a week after they were lucky enough to be rid of Oreo. So tonight I had to walk each of them back to my bedroom, where I am keeping their food and a litterbox. So both of the cats are in bed with me, something that hasn't happened in a good three months. I also brought the tortoises in - they've spent the past few nights in the bathtub - and they're in bed with me, too. Under the covers.
I really wanted to go to Chris's tonight. I talked to him on the phone and, when I lamented that I didn't know if I had a comforter clean (I still don't think I do, but I found an extra blanket), he said I was welcome to come over. And I really want to; I like being with my boy, especially on a chilly evening. But I think, with the dog here, and with Oreo just having left.. well, I think the kitties would appreciate a nice night in with their big, human space heater. So I shall suffer at home for them.
In Floridians-are-crazy news today, they had the air conditioning on at work today. It was in the freaking 60s outside. Agggggh. And they tell me to not run my space heater. Oh, yeah, okay, I'll get right on that. (Ha!)
Isn't he adorable? He likes riding in the car. I was disappointed I didn't get any pictures of his ears flapping in the wind, but it's hard to drive and snap pictures at the same time, if you keep Getting in an Accident off of your to-do list.
And had to laugh: "So it COULD be worse."
Please note that the entire left side of this white car has turned black from the exhaust.
I wonder if it's time for Florida to start requiring emissions testing...
But they are again two HAPPY cats, so that's good.
Oreo got spayed yesterday, went to PetsMart after hours last night to recover and today will be up for adoption! She is going to HATE it in the cage, but it needs to be done. I just hope she finds a loving home right away.
I need to make up an information sheet about her this weekend and bring it in.
The volunteering is so rewarding. Two of the really sweet cats are going to a new home, pending adoption approval; that news made me so happpy last night! Dawny and the cat in the cube whose name I don't know. They are both adult cats, both well past full-grown.. I was worrying about their chances for a new home. I have to stop worrying so much; it seems most of these cats get new homes! This is proof.
They were the ones that, last week, I was inspired to make up little About Me signs because they were both so darn sweet but both too shy to request attention from people coming by. I doubt my bit of marketing actually helped get them homes, but it just is cool that the two of the four I was concerned so much about last week ended up being the ones that got the good news this week. :)
I also had to set out a live trap last night for the cat that got out of its cage and has been LIVING IN THE PETSMART for the past month. They leave out food, water, and a litterbox. It actually uses the litterbox! It likes to hang out behind the aquariums. I kinda hope we don't catch it; I think he's enjoying himself. :)
10:30 and i just walked in the door.
what i have accomplished since work:
- two previous blog posts
- happy hour with the pictured ladies. 1.5 beers
- food run at whole foods
- pick-up of oreo from home, where i tried to let kitten see that oreo was leaving by holding oreo's carrier up to kitten's face. oreo hissed and batted at the carrier door. kitten jumped back and ran away. typical.
- drop-off of oreo at animal aid, accompanied by massive amounts of guilt and affection; i'll see her tomorrow, and then bring her to petsmart during my volunteering shift to put her up for adoption. the animal aid people are so good to me
- much love to a little adoptable dog named taco at the shelter. i smelled like dog afterwards, but it was worth it
- wal*mart to buy stray cats' food and cheap toys for the petsmart cats, where i was literally one of three white folks in the whole store
- amusement in the hair products aisle at a sign that read: PLEASE DO NOT OPEN HAIR! yes!
- feeding of strays, with a stern warning to the mamacat there that she had better not THINK of getting knocked up again - she's getting fixed hopefully next week
- this blog post. for which i am sure you are grateful. ;)
time for a little shower & a lot of bed!
i don't often ask my readers to speak up - but can you on this one? please?
i've been invited to go to a black tie charity event on the arm of my lovely chris this saturday. i can figure out the clothes, but what to do with my hair? i have super long hair. i can't do much with it.
i tried to put up the sides last year for this holiday party. it kept coming out of the barrette, so this is the only picture i have of me with my hair back.
what to do? help!
i'm getting pictures this time. last time i got purdied up, somehow the whole night went by without me documenting it.
raw foods. you heard about 'em?
i read about it a long time ago. there's this whole movement of eating raw foods rather than the cooked ones we're used to. it would seem that there is a belief that once food is cooked over 117 degrees or so, the nutritional value and necessary enzymes are killed.
so anyway, the more i read about it and the more i thought about it, the more it made sense. and even if the 117-degree thing is off.... eating raw foods has to be a healthy way to do it. after all, what are they? vegetables, fruit, and nuts. some raw foodists incorporate raw seafood and dairy products as well. (some people may do raw meat, too, but i don't really want to think about them.)
i figure if i do a meal or two a day, i'll be happy. the bonus is that, the way i eat raw, it basically ends up being vegan too, which is something i had been intending to do, at least part-time, for years. the only animal product i had yesterday was a bit of organic raw cheese on my (sprouted bread) sandwich (the bread tastes just like bread normally does, it's just better for you! and more expensive!). same thing today. oh, and some half-and-half in my morning cafe.
i definitely don't plan on becoming 100% raw, but i think 1-2 meals a day is an attainable goal. it seems like such a healthy thing to do.
glaser farms organics makes it easy - they're here in south florida and make sunburgers, raw fruit pies, and little snacks that are sold in refrigerated cases in whole foods markets. you'd swear the fruit pies were sugary or SOMETHING, but they're 100% fruit with crushed almonds & dates for a crust.
so anyway, this was my afternoon snack: starfruit. was walking back to my desk and thought, "wow, this is like a piece of artwork!" it looked even better before i gave away a couple of chunks. i was compelled to take a picture.
in health news, i've also cut out my daily diet mountain dew. soda isn't good for you, even the diet stuff. and it doesn't taste good. so why the hell was i drinking it? well, now i don't. today i had a green tea instead. it ain't as tasty as a nice sugary coffee drink, for sure, but it satisfies that afternoon urge of taking a break to get something to drink. and it's good for you to boot!
for more info on raw: http://www.living-foods.com
the dogs appreciated it, too. :)
see the laser pointer on the little table there? the dogs ate it that night. yay, dogs are smart!
sly and his bf were visiting from baltimore, so chris took them, patty & i out in the ocean on the dirty b. we were going to dive - the ocean had been glass in the morning - but the water wasn't quite as flat by the time we got out there. i jumped in to scout the situation and the viz was crap. also, we would've had to use too much precious gasoline to find reef. so - next time!
yesterday we three went out to eat and i saw my old boss, diane, and her husband. that's the second former boss i've seen in a week! and it's not like i have all that many! very strange; i think i have to stop hanging out in e. fort lauderdale so much. it totally threw me off, though. i saw this woman every weekday for years, and then not at all for a couple.. so strange to see her walking up the sidewalk.
then last night after dinner, chris & i went on a little puttering-about on the boat. the intracoastal at night is just so pretty, with the calm water and all the lights reflecting off the surface.. so nice.
not much else - it was a quiet weekend. put george the honey bunny in his outdoor run for the first time - he stayed out all weekend. took gretchey on a spaz-about (i'd call it a jog but that's not quite right) yesterday. she may be a spaz, but she's a good personal trainer; i'll give her that. she got me running a lot faster than i normally do. we also went to the ocean, breaking some sort of city ordinance, and gretchey got to swim a little bit. it was cute. :)
so, yep, pretty nice weekend.
just got home from my cat shift. i am going to clean the kitchen floor and go to bed. i'm tired. so i should go do that now. but, since i'm tired, i am procrastinating. by wasting time online. i'm smart, right?
i like my kitty shift. tonight one cat went home, so that was good.
one kitty is super, super scared. she sits on the floor of her cage and scoots her head under her bed, so she's hiding. if you pet her, she likes it, but she's just so scared until you do.
so tonight, i took this tent thing i bought for them at wal-mart.. more like a pop-up cube thing.. and put a comfy smooshy pad at the bottom of it and put THAT in her cage. i left one of the open sides facing the cage door so people could see her. she hopped in that and seems to like it; she probably feels a lot more secure covered up on all sides, even if she has a couple of open windows.
so yeah, i like going in and doing this. i let some cats out to play and throw toys everywhere for them to bat around. the other cats, i try to make life in a cage for them as good as it can be. an extra rug to lay on for the old persian kitty. a fresh towel to hide under for the scaredy cat. a fresh mousey for baxter, who loves toys. a belly rub for good old dawny (pictured). hugs & chin scratches for everyone.
anyway, i guess i should go clean the floor now.
Got me a good night of sleep last night – fell asleep halfway through the first Law & Order!
At around 4 a.m., Oreo hopped out of bed and excitedly ran underneath. Then I heard a squeak.
So, yeah, apparently there was a little rat in my bedroom. City folk, don’t worry – I mean the cute kind. The kind that makes its home outside rather than in the walls of a tenement.
I had to hold Oreo back to keep her from pouncing it. She obliged but you could tell she was about to LOSE HER MIND. I tried tossing her out my bedroom door to attend to the rat, but she sprung back in before I could even close the door. Into the guest bedroom she went, then I had to figure out how to get it out of my bedroom. It seemed impossible. After all, I had a queen-size bed’s worth of space for it to hide where I couldn’t reach it.
But I caught it! I think it helped that it took a while.. after 15 minutes of trying to coax it into a (very shallow) box (as it was all I could find) and having it hop back out, all at arm’s length, I think it figured out I was somewhat less of a threat than Oreo. The box seemed to become less and less of a bad idea. So finally, as it sat on the edge of the box, I tossed a shirt over it and grabbed its little body through the shirt. Set it in the box. Closed the flaps. Released it into the bushes outside.
I was pretty proud of myself, though. I may not be a crocodile hunter, but catching a live rat without harming it or myself felt like an accomplishment! :)
you know what that means! law & order night!
what's sad is that the cat folks asked if i'd want to do tuesday nights too. i said that i thought it would probably be too much to do two nights a week, which really is 90% of the reason i said no. but that other 10% was definitely concerned about my law & order viewership.
i got a journal tonight. that's always one of those things i mean to do. and i've tried it in the past.. but, well, it seems that one chooses dramatic times in their life to begin a journal. reading over trivialities and woe-is-me entries from times of perceived crisis gives me a tummy ache, so i've tended to scratch any journal i've started.
for a while, i was writing little 1-3 line day summaries in my daily calendar. i did that for a long time, actually. that was kind of a nice idea. you know, the kind of thing that was interesting to flip through a year later. and a bit eye-opening as well. i was pretty shocked when i pulled out my 2004 calendar and counted no less than 10 "WORST DAY EVER"s.
but anyway, i really do enjoy REMEMBERING things, and it seems that CRS (Can't Remember Shit, a Squid-ism) has afflicted me early in life. at this point, it only affects me when it comes time to find my keys or remember why i got up from my desk at work; the good, bad, and important things lodge themselves pretty well in my brain. but in any case, i was thinking it'd be nice to remember lots of little daily joys that will no doubt fade from my memory in a few years..
the blog is great. great for remembering when things happened. great for summing up my weekends for a later chuckle. how many people can tell you what they were doing on the 3rd weekend in july of 2005? i can! [click, click, click.] i was marveling at newborn kittens! :) and i went to a bachelorette party!
but, yeah, public forum and all, i keep this pretty general. so, a journal it is. i hope life has settled into something that is comfortable enough that everything i write in there now won't give me a tummy ache if i read it in a year. instead, i hope it just makes me smile, much like looking over my blog does.
in other news, britney filed for divorce from kevin! yay!