January 2nd, 2006

ice cream

I did it!

I just baked a perfect loaf rye bread, complete with caraway seeds. This is my second try at it. The first attempt turned out OK, but was too tough or dry or something. This is perfect. It's going to be hard to stick to my diet and not eat the whole loaf, but I will try really hard. At least I can have some for breakfast.

malibran, if you want to try some, it'll be at my house. cracicotus doesn't like rye bread.
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In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, AAAAAUGHGH!

I went to bed late knowing I'd have to get up at 7 so I could get out to Luckie's vet appointment at 9. Little did I know I'd have to get up a lot earlier.

First, a January thunder & lightning storm woke me up around 5. Must've been some whopper thunder to actually wake me up. Then there were police sirens, car alarms, icy rain whipping against the windows by my head.

Then Luckie got up and turned into the Devil. I heard some commotion and realized she was on the table messing with the birds. I yelled at her and she got down. I then opened the door so I could keep an eye on her from bed. Well, she did it three more times. Finally I had to go grab her to haul her into the bedroom for a "time out." She didn't want to be caught, so there I am tricking the cat at 5:30.

I got her into my bedroom and thought she'd just chill out, but no, she decided she was going to keep me awake. Attacked all the window shades, went after the Christmas lights on the window, tried knocking over my books and water glass, got freaked out by the lightning...

Finally, conceding I was going to have to get up, I grabbed her and held her to my chest for some forced affection. She loved it. Sweetheart wants affection and got it, despite the fact I was/am rather ticked off by missing over an hour of sleep.

Now my alarm is going off. Time to get up!


Making my morning better (yeah, right!) is the fact it's still raining. Since I have to do some walking from a MARTA station to the vet, I'm going to have to wrap the pet carrier in a plastic bag. And carry an umbrella. And get soaked by the time I get there.


This is proof that even self-employed people have crappy Mondays.

Luckie's New Vet

Luckie's back from the vet. It was a pain in the butt to lug her over there but the vet clinic I switched to turned out to be really great. The people were all so, so nice and also very thorough with their records, questionairre, etc., just like a people doctor :) She got caught up on various shots and tests she should've had from my original vet, who I now think was less than competent. Luckie hadn't ever had any bloodtests for feline leukemia or HIV or any test for worms, so they did those and, thankfully, she is clear. They also went ahead and did a few tests they needed to do in preparation for her surgery, when she'll be spayed. The whole shabang was expensive, with the regular visit fee and then like 6 tests, but she's all set now and I'm glad she had the blood tests. She was very glad to be home though and gulped down 5 cat treats in a row, probably would've had more if I'd given them to her. Guess the vet made her hungry! Poor dear is now sleeping on a pillow I put by the desk here.

Meanwhile, despite the coffee I got at the vet's office, I am really tired, due to the whole lack of sleep thing. I will probably have to have a quick nap of some kind or I won't manage to get much done. I have a full agenda today!

P.S. Luckie is now all of 7.2 lbs. Gained 2 lbs. since her last visit, back in October.
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Monday afternoon this and that

Had a nap on the couch with Luckie. She's all mellowed out now again, after the pre-dawn craziness and then the whole vet visit.

Meanwhile I decided/realized that since almost everything is closed today, i.e. hardly anybody is working, about half the things I wanted or needed to do today, I either can't or don't need to. However, I still do need to buckle down and catch up with some work, however, so I'll do that.

Oh, and FYI, for those of you who keep seeing my come onto messenger and then leave, it's nothing personal. I'm checking for a couple of specific people but otherwise I don't feel like chatting with anybody, mainly because it'll distract me from work.
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Then & Now -- from thefridayfive


1) What was the first album/CD/Cassette you ever bought?
I'm pretty sure it was a Beatles album, either Revolver or Sgt. Pepper.

2) What was your first fave song?
"Over the Rainbow." For a more pop choice: "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Killer Queen" were two other favs of mine as a little, little kid.

3) Which song gives you that "funny nostalgic feeling" everytime you hear it?
All my tapes of early 90s Euro techno. Lots of other stuff as well, but especially THAT.

4) Name the first concert you ever went to.
The first concert I know I bought tickets for myself was Ani DiFranco, who played UMass my freshmen year of college, right after Puddle Dive came out. Tickets were only $5.

5) What do you consider the worst song of all time?
"Just A Friend," as sung by Biz Markie (sp?). Jeeeeeeeezus. On the other hand, it's really funny to hear somebody sing that bad.


1) Name your fave song at the moment.
Klaus Nomi's version of Donna Summer's "I Feel Love." Not one single word is intelligle.

2) What is the most recent album/CD/Cassette you purchased?
I totally am blanking on this. My financial software says the last thing I got was Kraftwerk's Tour de France album, which I bought in Milan. That doesn't sound right to me, however, since that was way back in July.

3) Which song will you never get sick of hearing?
"Over the Rainbow" -- as sung by Judy Garland only.

4) What is your current fave music video?
"Triumph of the Heart" by Bjork.

5) If you could be a famous music artist, what type of music would you produce?
Bjork meets David Bowie, I think.