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Oh Mondays…

You might think Mondays are just lovely, but I’m here to tell you, I think Mondays inherently suck. Case in point:

I had a migraine coming on last night, took my meds — that worked just peachy — yet Monday morning I feel the migraine coming back. Might need to take another dose.

I was awakened before the sun was even thinking of getting up to the Big Black Dog not making it outside in time. He’d missed his late night walkies due to migraine noted above. I paid double for that lapse, and had to do a load of laundry (dog bedding) at 4am.

I tried to sleep a little later because of migraine and early morning laundry, but could not because of 1) sirens, 2) phone calls, 3) acorns hitting the roof and air unit like little bombs, and 4) cat scratching at the door, which led to the BBD pacing around and looking for breakfast.

Got out the left over lasagna to take for lunch, and lost a good chunk of it when it fell off the flipper I was using to get it out of the container and landed in the floor. The BBD appreciated the extra breakfast; I got annoyed, as I had to change clothes since the lasagna hit my pants on the way down. Looks like I have another load of laundry to do.

Not the best way to start the day, especially Monday.

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Books Read – August

I decided to try something different to keep track of books read — list at the end of the month, with commenting optional. I’m doing this more for myself to see how much I really read, so feel free to ignore these posts. I may be getting together a reading database, but I don’t have time to do it now, so this is the alternative.

August was good month for reading, apparently. I remember finishing:

  • The Vampire Academy books (Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Shadow Kiss, and Blood Promise) by Richelle Mead (really liked them, so I’ll read the others when published)
  • Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning (planning on re-reading the series again — 4 books so far — to see if a theory I have about one of the characters fits, so you may see this again next month)
  • Evermore and Blue Moon by Alyson Noel
  • What Happens in London by Julia Quinn
  • My Soul to Lose and My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent
  • Turn Coat (Harry Dresden series) by Jim Butcher
  • Bellwether by Connie Willis

Still in the process of reading probably 4 other books.

So, 13 books in a month, which is decent, I guess. I’ve been known to knock out a book a day, and read as much as 5 or 6 books in a weekend, so 13 in 31 days isn’t all that grand. Still, I’m reading a fair bit along with knitting almost daily.

Of note, the majority of those books were read on my iPhone using the Kindle app. Also, I appear to still be on an urban fantasy / YA / romance kick. I have nonfiction in my TBR stack, but I just never seem to get around to it. Might be because I read so much for work.

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Yep, I’m a Dog Person

I like cats, I really do. You may disagree with me after reading this, but I stand by my statement.

I’ve been adopted by one Mr. Kitty recently who just showed up on my patio earlier this month. I think I’ve gone out of my way to be a good animal person. While I haven’t let him in the house — allergies and such — I’ve fed him, provided shelter, gotten him a tag so he would no longer be “lost”, and given him affection. I’ve even planned out next month’s budget to include a visit to the vet to get neutered and vaccinated. How’s that for being a responsible and loving to animals?

I mean, I cleaned up after his midnight feast on a cute little bunny that used to live in my yard. That’s got to count for something, right?

I’ve overlooked the hot and cold affection. I and the Big Black Dog have overlooked the “I’m the center of the universe when I’m around” attitude. But you know what? I don’t think I can overlook the inherent cruelty of a cat.

I know I’m going to piss off cat lovers for saying that, but I think I need to say it. Some of my favorite people and friends are cat lovers, so I’m not baiting them for any reason, only stating this because I feel I must.

I get the whole predator thing. I really do. I majored in Biology after all. So when Mr. Kitty left only bits of Cute Little Bunny on my patio, I mourned a bit for the Cute Little Bunny that I will never see again hopping in my yard, but shrugged it off as Nature doing her thing.

However, when I just saw Mr. Kitty on my driveway acting odd, investigated, and found him playing with a mouse, well… I’ll admit to being disgusted. The poor little mouse was squeaking as Mr. Kitty batted it around like it was a toy. It’s one thing to hunt and eat prey, it’s a whole other thing to torment a creature to death for fun.

And yes, I know dogs can torment and kill small animals, but really, how often does that really happen with a dog? I can’t even begin to imagine the BBD doing something like that. He’s more likely to be afraid of the animal than do anything to it. Well, unless he stepped on it or something. He’s a big dog after all.

Cats tormenting mice? There’s even a phrase for it — “playing cat and mouse.” About the only thing the BBD threatens is a bag of treats or a bowl of food.

When it’s all said and done, I don’t want a cat. I just think that I’m better off not having a cat.

Kind a relief to admit to it. I do love animals, including cats. As long as they are someone else’s cat.

Guess that makes me a dog person.

I think I’ll go steal some kisses from the BBD and give him some treats he doesn’t need. Mr. Kitty I’ll leave outside to his “entertainment”.

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My Latest Cat Drama

Last night around midnight the Big Black Dog had to go outside, so I just opened the back door and let him do his business. In my sleepy haze, I didn’t notice for about a minute that something on the patio had captivated him. Mr. Kitty had left a “present” near the door, and it was not pretty. If you are even a bit squeamish, avert your eyes and stop reading now. For those brave enough, view the carnage and imagine my horror.

It took a few moments for my brain to figure out what the hell was on my patio before I tried to drag away the BBD. My first thought was that something dreadful (like a coyote) had happened to the kitty, as there were tufts of fur all over the place, along with the innards. Then Mr. Kitty came out of nowhere and tried to trip me up. I looked him over, didn’t see any damage, decided I couldn’t deal with this in the dark and half asleep, grabbed the BBD, and went to bed.

This morning I checked hoping that I had dreamed the whole thing, but nope — body parts still on the patio. I’m guessing it was all that was left of a cute bunny, probably a baby, that used to live in my yard. Mr. Kitty was not as excited about breakfast as he usually is, so I take it he was still full from his midnight snack.

I will admit to some fascination with what was left behind. Is that part of the ear? The stomach? Intestines? Should I worry that there is more hidden away somewhere?

Using my mad skillz as forensic scientist (okay, so I’ve read about it and watched CSI), I deduced that it was indeed a rabbit, based on rabbit droppings nearby and the “om nom nom nom” bites taken out of my basil just inches away. Oh, and the little bit of leg that is very rabbit-like.

Still, could have been a squirrel, in which case I wouldn’t feel so bad. Squirrels are just annoying. Bunnies are annoying too, but they’re cute about it.

I cleaned up the mess and got ready for work. I left home with the BBD sleeping in his bed and Mr. Kitty hanging out in the weeds next to the patio.

That’s right, I still fed and cleaned up after this cat that just showed up in my yard earlier this month. He’s not mine. Not really.

Yeah, I know the only thing keeping me from adopting this cat completely is a trip to the vets for vaccines, a check up, and neutering. Stay tuned…

I eat bunnies for my midnight snacks.

I'm a cute little killer kitty. I eat bunnies for my midnight snacks.

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Knitting Update (#6)

nomad tiffany

I finished my latest project: the Nomad Hat and Scarf. Here you see it modeled by Tiffany, one of the lovely ladies in my knitting group.

Yarn: Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky, color #552, 3 skeins with some leftover

Needles: size 9 DPNs and size 9, 10, 10.5, and 11 Addi Natura circular needles

This project was relatively quick, and I learned how to use double pointed needles, so yay new skill! The pattern was pretty straightforward. I did the first 10 rows of the scarf on 10s, which was a little different from the pattern, but I didn’t have 10.5s on hand and didn’t want to stop knitting.

I liked how it turned out. Very soft yarn, pretty color. There was some debate in the knitting group if a tassle (hanging down) should be added. Since I do have yarn leftover, I might try it and see how it looks.

Next up: Every Way Wrap (at least that’s the plan).

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Vanderbilt_Gold

It’s nearing the end of summer, which means all the students are getting back to school. Since I work at and live near Vanderbilt, I can always tell when the students, especially undergrads, are back in town. Here are some observations:

  • Pajama bottoms become acceptable clothing in public.
  • Places are packed at lunchtime. Like yesterday at Provence — my knitting group meets there on Sundays at 2, and there was a long line and it was difficult to get a table. Looks like we’ll have to find an alternative location during the school year.
  • It’s impossible to shop at Target on the weekend because there are so many people there.
  • Lots of good looking young adults in tricked out Jeeps, BMW and Mercedes convertibles, and various luxury cars.

Some of the overheard conversations and comments are hysterical. I’ll have to document them sometime.

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Last night I was one of the lucky ticket holders sitting in the Belcourt Theatre in Nashville (from where it was broadcast to over 400 other theaters across the country) to see the Rifftrax presentation of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Here are some thoughts on it.

It was awesome, better than my expectations, and I had high expectations.

I wish I could remember all the really funny stuff. Guess I’ll have to buy the Rifftrax when it comes out. One thing I do remember: “Hi, I’m Bob Executive. Where is business?” Hee!

Plan 9 From Outer Space is a truly awful movie. Hilarious in its awfulness, true.

The crowd was definitely skewed to males — I noticed a line outside the bathroom before the show, and was happy to realize it was for the men’s bathroom. There was only one woman waiting in front of me in the women’s bathroom. Lots of fanboys.

Jonathan Coulton is a cutie, and has brains. I felt like swooning. 😉

As funny and fun as the event was, I kinda missed seeing the silhouettes of Mike Nelson and the robots on the screen. (I know, Rifftrax is not the same as MST3K.)

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