November 16th, 2005

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New Look for My LJ

The other day I saw tharain's LJ and said, "That's it! Finally a style I like!" And so for the first time in 3 years (i.e. ever) I've actually switched to a new LJ style. I just spent some time tweaking the colors and fonts and so on and basically I'm pretty happy with it. If anybody has any suggestions/problems with it, let me know.
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Per thefridayfive...

1) What is your favorite noise to hear?

Thunder.

2) If you could live in any era of time, what would you choose and why?

1920s. It was the beginning of the true "modern" age. Also: Art Deco. True, what came after it was hella depressing, but...

3) You just found $50 while cleaning your house. Where do you decide to spend it?

Same way I spend most of my cash: Going out to eat.

4) What magazines to you subscribe to/read on a normal basis?

Preservation (published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation) and The Sun (one of the most thoughtful mags ever). Recently Delta told me I had to use my SkyMiles for something, so I signed up for 4-5 other magazines. I remember two of them: Wired and W. I love W magazine.

5) If you could witness any event in history, but not change anything about it, what would you choose and why?

1939 World's Fair in NYC. It set up the nation's expectations for the future and wound up becoming reality. Also: Art Deco, Streamline Moderne, wonderful fashions, music, mega doses of propaganda. Just AWESOME.
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*grips waking life*

Rather impressively, I'm still awake, although I did lie down with the kitty a few times. I'm volunteering at the animal shelter today, 1-5 so I have to stay awake long enough to eat lunch at get there. Once I'm dealing with boistrous dogs, I doubt I'll be at much risk for falling asleep.
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Shelter Dogs

Back from the shelter. I walked 15 dogs, near as I can figure! Talk about a workout. Pant, pant, pant!

A few doggy "stories" from the ones I worked with today:

Alexis and Gizmo are two 11-year-old sweethearts who arrived at the shelter after being rescued from Katrina. Their owner died and a friend of the owner got them to Atlanta but couldn't give them the care they need. A man today wanted to adopt Gizmo -- impressive considering her age and the fact she is going blind -- but they have to be adopted together and he already has a cocker spaniel. But such good dogs for an old person or homebody who just wants a dog to be around as a companion.

Buddy is chihuaha/Pomerenian mix who got adopted today! I was taking him out for a walk when a man with the Fulton Sherriff's dept. saw him and immediately fell in love. While he was filling out the paperwork, two other people wanted him too!

Wolverine pulls like a truck. It says "baby" on his description but he is a BIG, strong dog. I put him in the run for 10-15 minutes so he could burn it off.

Walked a dog I somehow know tharain would love. His name is Jasper and he's a bulldog-terrier mix. Not a bull terrier, but a cross of bulldog and terrier, so really scruffy with big eyes and big round head. Alas there doesn't seem to be any listing for him online. I normally don't like terriers, let alone white ones with patchy pink spots on their mouths, but I liked Jasper.

Another dog I liked who's missing is listing is Skitter. I nicknamed him Kielbasa because he's a supposedly a black Corgi/basset hound mix but looks like a black lab with basset hound legs, i.e. a big, thick sausage.

Other notes from today:

  • Had to buy my own leash, since I needed a pull-through lead. The regular leashes aren't secure enough, as the dog collars the shelter has aren't adjustable and often seem too loose.
  • My first two dogs got away from me this morning in the kennel. I'm glad nobody was there to see me sprinting around after eager young dogs.
  • There's a Great Dane there I would've walked except he had alredy been walked once today, which is the usual amount.
  • Puppy poo really stinks, esp. when collected into a large dumpster.
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Zoo Duty

I feel like such a zookeeper today!

1) First it was the dogs at the shelter.

2) Then I came home and ran into my neighbors Sam and Leslie, who have a big black lab named Murph, as well as a brand new baby named Madelleine. Anyway, Sam asked me if I could take care of Murph on Thanksgiving, since they got some kind of last minute thing to be in Miami that day. Since they live just down the hall from me and I love Murph, I said yes. I can't wait to take him to the park and wrestle with him.

3) An hour later we had a homeowners association meeting and afterward I ran into my next-door-neighbor. She's in a new relationship with a new job and feels guilty that her 15-year-old cat is now home alone for the first time in over a year, isn't getting enough attention at all. Would I come over sometimes and play with her, bring Luckie? I said sure. Princess is a black and white shorthair, real sweetheart since hey, she's a spoiled old cat. Plus I could hang out at my neighbor's place and who knows, maybe she has DirectTV channels I don't, LOL.

4) Finally after all this was done, I realized it was time for an across-the-board cage & littebox cleaning. Usually I only have to do one at a time but they all built up and got nasty so...

First it was the guinea pigs cage, which I have to empty of Carefresh, hay and of course those little pellet-like poops they have. I decided to line it with newspaper before filling it this time, as an experiment to see if it makes it easier to empty out. The pigs also got a new cardboard box-house to play in, made from a package I got today. Abbie has been sitting in it ever since I put them back, like it's a little dog house. YinYang just keeps eating the hay.

Next I did the birdcage. I didn't take apart the whole cage and soak it and bleach it and blah blah blah. (Honestly, I rarely do this.) I did replace the newspaper in the bottom, wipe off the bars, and wash off a bunch of the perches. Birds are now in a clean home again.

The big undertaking was doing something about Luckie's litterbox. It has been grossing me out lately and had to be addressed. First I emptied and cleaned and scrubbed and Lysolled it. Then I put in this new liner-system which I hope will work; there's a solid liner and 10 perforated liners, which when you lift them out, sift through clumping litter, so you can just sift & bag it, keeping the good litter. When you get to the bottom, you can keep that litter and then replace the system. That should last 'til like Christmas, especially if I also still scoop. I also added deodoring crystals to the litter, which I doubt will help but it was cheap. And FINALLY, I cleaned up the whole guest bathroom, sweeping the floor, cleaning the toilet, and making it usable by humans again. Luckie came in and inspected it, gave it her paw of approval.
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Luckie is feisty!

So I forgot to say how I brought Luckie over next door to meet the neighbor's cat Princess. Did this before a while ago and Princess hid and Luckie freaked. This time Princess didn't hide, but Luckie was a total bitch, like, "Rrrrrrwar! I am The Cat of This Hall, You Are NOTHING!" It was pretty funny seeing her arch her back, puff up and hiss like a tiny little air leak on a bike tire. Princess is twice her size and over 15 times older and was not impressed by the show. Luckie was running all over going "Sssssssssssssssssssss! I am bigger than you! Really! Fear me!!!!!"