October 5th, 2005

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Kitty fun

While I was eating breakfast just now, Luckie decided to jump in the piggies' cage. "OK," I said, "let's see what happens." What happened was that Luckie turned into some kind of cat-guinea pig hybrid. She batted around the carrot-hay cube treat, ate timothy hay, drank out of the water dispenser, and rolled around in the Carefresh litter. She also squeezed into Abbie's little "cabin" and had fun attacking her own tail. Abbie watched this for a while but then went into the main "cave" area to spectate from afar, as Luckie's antics were a little too boistrous. Crazy cat.
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Day of animals

So today I had what for me is a pretty "athletic" day -- biking, walking, out of the house. Heck, any day my pulse goes over 65 is pretty exciting!

Today was my third or fourth time volunteering for Atlanta Humane Society working on their Mobile Adoptions van. I really, really enjoy it. This time, though, instead of meeting the bus out at the pet store, I biked up to the shelter, because this time the bus was going out to a shopping plaza out by North Lake Mall in Tucker. So I biked up there (two miles) and then spent around a half hour helping Kristen, the mobile adoptions coordinator, get the animals (5 dogs and 4 cats) into the bus . Then we drove up there and set up shop from 11 to 3.

I walked and/or played with each of the dogs at least twice and each cat got 2-3 cuddle sessions. I had some favorites today: Luckie Girl the mutt and Preston the black & white shorthair cat. There was more "traffic" there than at the location I'd worked before, but sadly we didn't have any immediate adoptions. We had a couple of people who were very interested in Preston and a couple interested in the black lab puppy we had though. In any case we did our bit to educate people about the humane society and pet adoption.

We packed up around 3 and headed back into town. I helped Kristen put all the animals back, then looked at the cats. I would love to volunteer in the cat room too. Finally I biked home, which got me sweating big time since I was getting tailgated by a MARTA bus.

I'm now home and in a mood to do work and snuggle with the kitten.
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Baby has a nap

Unsurprisingly, I just fell asleep for an hour or so. Luckie fell asleep on the chair nearby.

This afternoon, around 1, I was out with a dog and had the definite feeling that if I were at home, I'd be going to bed. Only the absence of a bed deterred me.

Feeling refreshed, I'm ready to take on the world!
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N.O. Dream

Last night, amid a lot of stops and starts, cat messing with me, etc., I had *another* dream about New Orleans!

This time I dreamed that I went down for a visit not by myself, but with madame_mercredi, marchenland and yakalskovich. I think we took a bus there and were going around as a group.

This being a dream, the New Orleans we were visiting wasn't the real city, but an imaginary city I've dreamt about before, only adapted to play the part. There was indeed a river, but instead of the city being flat / below sea level, the city was built up above it. There were beautiful homes, apartments, churches, marketplaces, etc., all lined up by the side of the river, only with huge stone staircases, terraces, etc. going up from the river, so everything was 50 ft. up. Sort of like Savannah actually, only with a higher bank and fancy stuff on the river, rather than warehouses, shops, former slavemarket, etc.

I remember walking along the "riverwalk" with those friends of mine and madame_mercredi and marchenland making observations on how things had changed and also on their memories of the city. One thing that surprised us was that certain areas had already been picked up and there were just a few branches lying on the sidewalk. Some people in a Spanish-style apartment house were hanging out their wash to dry. They were happy to see us, saying they'd been so lonely.


Meanwhile, I just heard this NPR interview with a lady from New Orleans determined to get her house back and build back her life in New Orleans. She is VERY determined, because she lived in a housing project 11 years before being able to buy and fix up her home and she says she can do *anything* with God's help. And I cried when she talked about how the last time NPR caught up with her, somebody heard her talking about how she couldn't find her mother and called her. She vowed to get her mama back. I cried. Anyway, if you are in need of emotional carthasis, here's a link to the audio.
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Internet Friends

If there is at least one person in your life whom you consider a close friend, and whom you would not have met without the internet, post this sentence in your journal.

[You know who you are.]
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Cat and Camera

I just took some pictures of Luckie -- and then a did a couple of videos. Afterward I was looking at the vids on my camera and decided to let her see. Well, Luckie was very interested in the "very, very small cat" and pawed the viewscreen several times before jumping over the camera and trying to rescue it from inside the little silver box :)

I'll post the pictures and vids soon.
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Ganked from marchenland

These are interesting questions, at least to me.

1. Name someone with the same birthday as you?
Carl Yastrzemski. (Also, so I learned via Wikipedia, Tori Amos.)

2. Where was your first kiss?
In my friend Teresa's living room. And yes, it was Teresa.

3. Have you ever seriously vandalized someone else's property?
I was *there* when some friends of mine left a bucket of chitterlings in somebody's attic, in summer, on purpose. But personally vandalize? No.

4. Have you ever hit someone of the opposite sex?
In self-defense, yeah.

5. Have you ever sung in front of a large number of people?
Yeah. Also given speeches and conducted workshops.

6. What's the first thing you notice about the preferred sex?
I prefer both men and women. For women I definitely notice the boobs first. For men it's their eyes and whether they're really looking at me or just my boobs.

7. What really turns you on?
Architecture. Especially Art Deco.

8. What do you order at Starbucks?
There are lots of other options for me to go to, but when I do go, it's almost always a frappuchino, no matter what time of year.

9. What is your biggest mistake?
Not sure. At times I think following Caleb down to Atlanta was a big one but on the other things a ton of wonderful things have come out of that, none of which I regret.

10. Have you ever hurt yourself on purpose?
No, although I constantly make life difficult for myself.

11. Say something totally random about yourself.
I regret selling my CD of Aerosmith's Pump in college and want to get another copy.

12. Has anyone ever said you looked like a celebrity?
Had a teacher who said I looked like the Statue of Liberty :) Other than that, I've been told I look like a movie star or celebrity, but nobody specific, just somebody very glamorous.

13. Do you still watch kiddy movies or tv shows?
I watch a lot of animal and pet shows on Animal Planet and I can happily enjoy shows like "Teletubbies" and "Boobah" for their bizarre qualities.

14. Did you have braces?
Yeah. For many, many years.

15. Are you comfortable with your height?
Yeah. I love being tall. It's a big part of who I am.

16. What is the most romantic thing someone of the preferred sex has done for you?
Hmmmm... Caleb and I are basically platonic but we have had many, many romantic moments. I wish I could name just one but I'm blanking. He can be incredibly sweet and charming when it suits him.

17. When do you know it's love?
When I spend more than a minute thinking about somebody.

18. Do you speak any other languages?
Yes. German. Plus a tiny bit of French. And my Latin pronunciation is excellent.

19. Have you ever been to a tanning salon?
No f'in way.

20. What magazines do you read?
Preservation, The Sun, National Geographic.

21. Have you ever ridden in a limo?

22. Has anyone you were really close to passed away?
Only my grandmother.

23. Do you watch MTV?
Except for the occasional adventure in snarkiness, no.

24. What's something that really annoys you?
People driving alone in really large vehicles.

25. What's something you really like?

26. Do you like Michael Jackson?

27. Can you dance?
Oh yeah.

28. What's the latest you have ever stayed up?
Around two days. This was in conjunction with flying overseas and having an 8-hour layover.

29. Have you ever been rushed by an ambulance into the emergency room?
Never. I have spent very little time in hospitals, thank God and knock on wood.

30. Do you actually read these when other people fill them out?
Like marchenland said, if the questions are interesting.
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I just proved to myself that I know all the words to the Beatles' first album, after singing along. In honor of that, the lyrics to one of the world's greatest songs about oral sex.

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