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2009-12-07 09:53 am
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The rains have come...
Six months since the last time we had rain. There is nothing better than going to sleep to the sound of rain and waking up (in a nice dry, warm bed) to the same sound. The hillside will soon be bursting into a lovely green-gold color that will cheer the spirits, even as we wonder if this is the year it will come sliding down on top of us. Two seasons here - Fire and Mud. But how lovely to have the water back!
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2009-06-24 08:32 pm

X-posted to my LJ - regarding my beloved and terribly old kitty

How do we decide if it's time to put our dearest furry friend down?

He is 19. He is blind, unable to walk easily, can no longer use the cat box, still enjoys his food heartily, has very labored breathing and has lost scads of weight. Tonight, we came home to a completely craptastic bathroom, covered in cat scat and pee, all of which he had been stumbling through repeatedly. The ensuing bath was not at all dignified, nor did he appreciate being blown dry.

We have ceded the bathroom to him for the last 2 months or so since that is the space he chose when he could no longer see. When he began to decide that he no longer appreciated his personal, CLEAN cat box and would come out to pee and poop in the living room or hallway, we started to close him in. He does get cuddles and chats and scritches and responds as warmly as he ever has to them - many purrs, through which he can barely breathe.

Am I keeping him alive selfishly because he is truly one of those special cats? Am I even thinking of putting him to sleep because I don't want to deal with incontinent old friend? I can't figure this one out and could use any advice you've got.

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2009-05-18 10:18 pm

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Just getting started...
jimpage363: (Got slash?)
2009-05-18 07:13 pm
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WIP notice

Per Claudia's request, I am posting regarding my monstrous and unfinished HP piece, "Lest I Wither". It's not that I have abandoned it - exactly. It's more that I have no idea where it is going and can't even recall if I ever had a clue. This is the fic that taught me never to post a WIP. I am sorry to those who are hoping that I will update it soon. Friends, I see no updates in the foreseeable future. Forgive me!
jimpage363: (Do not fuck - Gibbs)
2009-05-17 04:21 pm
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Ok, who here is surprised?

Your result for The Social Persona Test (What kind of man/woman are you?)...

The Rarity (QTAF)

Quirky Traditional Alpha Female

You have an unusual and unbelievably precious combination of traits, especially in a woman. Not only are alpha females extremely rare, but traditional ones with nerdy/geeky interests are even more scarce. Unlike the other types, I can't give you a description because I'm not sure if you actually exists. I know this is not a compatibility test, but you are the girl of my dreams. (Assuming, that is, that you are also in your twenties and live in New England). Please, oh please message me!


You are more QUIRKY than NORMAL.

You are more TRADITIONAL than LIBERAL.

You are more DOMINANT than PASSIVE.

When picking a date, consider: Lord of the Misfits (QLAM), The Late Bloomer (QTAM), The Snowball's Chance in Hell (QTBM), or The Manga Geek (QLBM).

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jimpage363: (Genjii)
2009-05-11 01:56 pm
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My little cat, I think...

...is queer.

That is to say, he is now eating chick starter feed.
jimpage363: (Calvin- Gah)
2009-05-09 11:48 am
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A brief update

I fired my secretary on Tuesday for cause. Now everyone can't wait to come out of the woodwork to tell me how she was badmouthing me. Why does no one ever think to share this useful information when it would still be useful? Now it just makes me feel stupid for ever trusting her or treating her kindly.

Of course, loving confrontation as I do, it's thrown me off all week long. Which is silly, really, but there it is.

On happier fronts, the new chiropractor seems talented and will be helping enormously with the back, I think. The chicks are happy and healthy and learning to use the little roosting ladder the Husband built for them. The striped moggy keeps trying to get into their container and play, of course. He is demonstrating a pretty high degree of ambition and diabolical planning ability; thank God he hasn't got an opposable thumb. We have tickets to a fun concert held in honor of one of my good friends here and the morning off tomorrow. Some inspired sprawling is the plan for the rest of the day.
jimpage363: (clover)
2009-05-04 05:11 pm
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We have chickens!

New baby chicks - an obvious triumph of optimism over experience.

jimpage363: (Boston)
2009-05-04 11:16 am


Haiku2 for jimpage363
and we stashed the
luggage with the bell captain
and went back to sleep
Created by Grahame
jimpage363: (Earth)
2009-05-01 06:13 pm
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Work Update

On advice, we will wait until early next week. Yay. At least I feel like decisions have been made and am far less upset about it now. Still unhappy that it has to happen, but at least the decisions are made.
Thanks for the support, friends. It really has helped!
jimpage363: (Bite me lips)
2009-04-30 11:16 pm

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Well, today sort of bites. I have to fire my assistant and likely let go another employee. And I just LOVE confrontation so. Or, to paraphrase a conversation the Husband and I had today:
The good news is, there is no fecal coliform bacteria in our water supply. The bad news is, that WAS the good news.

But I have managed to move down the scale from "Distressed" to "Grumpy", which is an improvement.
jimpage363: (Bunbury)
2009-04-29 11:51 am
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Quick check in

I did manage to tear myself out of bed, despite the curled up and snorfling husband, the curled up and snorfling kitten on his hip and the curled up and purring black cat on mine. I went for a walk with my friend, L, and we had coffee and talked about all sorts of important and gossipy things.

She has been through the WLS two years before me and she knows exactly where I am now. I am so successful that I am testing to see if I can screw it up. Not exercising, not eating enough protein, really fighting myself to take my vitamins and meds and generally testing all the limits I can. Despite myself, I continue to lose weight and am now below 170.

Writing is going fairly well, if oddly. I seem to be coming up with short bits and spurts, sometimes poetry, sometimes prose-poems, sometimes just slash stories. I suppose it all counts, although what I intend to be writing for writing group, my murder mystery, is stubbornly stalled.

In other news, I have an inuksuk! A tiny little desk-sized inuksuk. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] imkalena!
If you don't know what one is, as I did not, here is a sample picture.

Needless to say, the kitten thinks it represents a challenge!
jimpage363: (fiddlehead)
2009-04-28 09:47 pm
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jimpage363: (Got slash?)
2009-04-28 07:09 pm
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I have been podifc'ed

[livejournal.com profile] kinseyx hath podfic'ed me. He's got a nice, lightly accented voice that reads especially well for the Dreams series which is told from John Doggett's pov. It's an interesting experience to hear my stories read by someone else with the intonations and emphases that they choose. It is also a serious ego-boost. Hooray for Amplificathon which insures that no sightless slasher will go unserved!
If you're interested, you can find them here.

In Dreams (#1)
Begins Responsibility (#2)

Thanks, SK Lee!
jimpage363: (cat-lion)
2009-04-27 06:08 pm
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A quick gloat

To adopt the style of LOLcats, a website and style I do not care for but which is curiously apropos,
I can has leather jeans!

Thanks, Jude!
jimpage363: (Ani Ohev Goyim)
2009-04-23 01:22 pm

Is it still antisemitism if...

...I can prove that most of the problems in my life are caused by the Jews?
jimpage363: (Daria - Sick Sad World)
2009-04-16 08:29 pm

Great quote

From Abney Park band-member: "Is it still on fire? Do NOT put it on if it is still on fire."
(I figure she has been dating this guy a LONG time. He was "punking" a jacket over a hibachi in the back yard.)
jimpage363: (Boldly go)
2009-04-16 08:56 am
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(no subject)

This morning, I am off to see my surgeon for my regular check up. I am looking forward to this! It helps that he is adorable, of course. 116 lbs down, 20 to go!

Then I have a private adult Hebrew student and a quiet day of meetings with my rabbi and cantor and an attempt to get all my stuff done. I'm actually looking forward to this; part of this could be that I have NO evening meetings tonight. I NEVER have a free Thursday night, so it feels like a snow-day.

Off I go with my heating pad, my coffee and my husband - talk about a trio of security items!