Thursday, September 04, 2008
  the joys of pet ownership, etc.
today gretchey ate four little toy mouses. four. i saw her chewing on one, and told her to stop ruining all of the cats' toys, and then... gulp. i went to find the other three to put them out of harm's way and they were gone. dear lord. i also got them a catnip ball (yes, a catnip ball! made of pure catnip!) and it too is MIA.

this reminds me of a couple of weeks ago... we were driving back from key west and chris was talking to patty on the phone. i heard him say, "she did what? rolled on a dead crab? from the pool?" then: "and then buddy ate it?" maggie smelled so bad that when i went to pick her up, she was in a crate. apparently she was doing the maggie-licking thing, only instead of leaving just saliva, she was also leaving a horrendous dead-seafood smell on everything. including arms and necks and other dogs. dear lord. oh, also, by the time i arrived to patty's, gretchey had also found the remains and also took her turn getting stinky.

what is WITH DOGS?!

also, other news: i am switching my major to english. as long as i am not grossly misunderstanding something, that means i will finish in the spring semester. the summer term is my insurance, in case i can't get everything in next semester. THAT is why i am suffering through this starting-at-8-a.m. schedule this term, to make sure i really can get done. i didn't think i would finish until the end of next year, so i am EXCITED. i feel like i've been going to school forever (which i have). now, an end is in sight! and the english classes are so much better than the teaching classes. i had to do both for the english ed. major, but i have MORE english classes now... that is good. the prospect of just one semester to go after this had me bouncing around for days. (now i have to go knock on some wood, since my advisor appt isn't until october, so can't confirm my calculations until then.)

:) :)

also - the other two kittens are doing good. they love maggie, and she sits still while they crawl on her. it's mega cute. maybe i'll get pics tomorrow, since tomorrow is a no-school day.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States


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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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