Thursday, October 29, 2009

I'm ready for my close up. . .

We are in the midst of a large winter storm and I am stuck at home because I can't get out of the driveway. (Well, to be honest I can get out of the driveway, the road is too slick for my poor little rear-wheel drive truck to get any purchase on so I sat there and spun my wheels. I had to get help from the people across the street to get back in the driveway so I wasn't in anyone's way.) I took this opportunity to get some product pictures taken and do some housework. I was also lucky enough to get this fantasic picture of Toffee while she was sitting on the table looking out the window.


Sunday, October 11, 2009

Well that was quick

The firstbig snow hit Friday night and Saturday and we ended up with around 6 to 7 inches. It's supposed to warm up again next week, but I'm thinking this may be a sign of how the winter is going to be. I'm kinda torn, on one hand I hate dealing with this kind of weather (especially driving in it) but at the same time we're just starting to come out of a drought so we really need this kind of moisture.

Friday, October 02, 2009

Friday night kitty picture


Some people go out and party on Friday nights, me I stay home and surf the net or play games. Oh and as of tonight post cat pictures on my blog. This Whiskey trying to help with product pictures again.

And yes I do have a lot of pictures of her mainly because she stays in one place and let me click away. The other cats are much harder to photograph, Cami and Rogue are too curious about the camera, Damian and Storm are a bit too jumpy, and Toffee moves around too much. The two worst ones though are Cleo and Scooter. Cleo insists on yelling at you if the camera out, even if you are using it for something else. I have to do my best paparazzi imitation and use the camera on my phone to even hope to catch her, and even then I get one chance. Scooter is just hard to take pictures of, if you aren't careful and get reflection from his eyes you get a picture of a demonic pile of black fur with ears.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Random thoughts from the last two weeks

-Toffee has settled in really well, even Storm the grumpy cat gets along with her. No mutual bathing yet.

- No one in the house, human or feline, was quite prepared to have a kitten around. She is a little bundle of energy and speands a good chunk of her waking hours, racing around the house, playing with toys (rabbit fur mice are her favorite) and attacking anything that walks by. Thankfully the older cats have all taken it in stride and will even play with her.

- I'm doing more canning this year and it has left me in awe of what Grandma did. She used to can two types of pickles, relish, beans, peas, corn, whole tomatoes, tomato juice, pears, peaches, apricots, and several types of jelly and jam. I can't even imagine doing that much and she did it every year.

- When they say to pack the jars when canning tom atoes, they mean to really pack the jars.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

New member of the family

(Please excuse the blurriness, she doesn't stay still for long so it's hard to get a good picture.)

Her name is Toffee, she's around 6 months old, very curious, completely fearless and quite a character. She's been with us about 2 weeks now and so far she's settled in pretty well with the other cats.

I think this means that I'm definitely a crazy cat lady now.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Stirring things up

*Throws open the door to the blog and accidentally kicks up a huge cloud of dust. Retreats coughing and sneezing and waits until the dust settles back down.*

No lame excuses this time, I just have to accept that I'm not good at this blogging thing and update when the mood strikes me. (And I think I did the lame excuse thing over on my project blog, I'm trying to cut down on the excuse thing so if you want a lame excuse check over there.)

Uhm, let's see. . .nothing huge and earth shattering here. I think we've moved past 'still winter' and are moving into summer, but I could be wrong and there's another blizzard out there waiting to bury us. If it is it will wait until the AC units go up because that will create the maximum amount of chill here in the house. Of course at this point I don't think I'd complain too much, the living room has finally dropped down to 79 F and it's 10:30 at night. It's been unbearable in here during the day and that makes it nearly impossible to do anything. All I want to do is sit around trying to catch a breeze.

Oh, and I'm doing the Twitter thing now too, it's over on the right tool bar there if you're interested in more of my weird random thoughts.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dispatches from the migraine front

I saw the doctor again last Monday and the news there was iffy. It was my third appointment there (my rheumatologist is also at the same clinic) and my blood pressure is higher than it should be and Dr. A feels like it is contributing to the headaches so I'm now on a beta blocker which should help both. I felt a bit sorry for him because he rather hesitantly mentioned that we probably needed to discuss my weight at the next appointment since that could be be affecting my blood pressure. He relaxed a lot when I mentioned I knew I needed to lose weight and it would be good to discuss. I can't imagine how many people have gotten upset with him when he's brought up the weight issue. I guess it's good that I realize I'm too heavy, but at the same time I've been too damn lazy to do much about it. I think I need to take this as a wake up call and get my lazy butt back to the gym.

Overall this whole migraine experience has been an interesting mix of good and bad. On the good side I'm not taking antibiotics when I don't need to, and it helps to know that the headache will pass in the next couple of days. I've also done a lot of reading on migraines and know a lot more about them than I did going into this. On the bad side, I don't like knowing that one is going to hit me, plus some of my precursors suck. I can live with being irritable but the cognitive problems and feeling like I'm freezing are hard to take. Also, I'm starting to feel like a hypochondriac because I'm trying to pay close attention to what is going on with my body so I can tell when a migraine is coming on. It's breeding a bit of paranoia, I spend a lot of time wondering about every little thing that happens with me. I'm hoping that levels out soon, I don't want to become obsessive about it.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Gratuitous cat pictures

Taking product pictures can be a frustrating project because the cats insist on being in the middle of things. Half of the time it's because they have to see what I'm doing, the rest of the time it's because they want to get close to the window which invariably means they are sitting right where I want to be setting up to take pictures. This weekend I did a set of pictures and had to shoo Whiskey out of the way several times. I knew she had stayed nearby but I had no idea how close by she was until I finished the pictures and looked to my left and saw this.

I love the nonchalant pose, I almost expected her to look over and say "Oh, hello. I had no idea you were there." The frightening thing is that it is one of the better pictures I have of her mainly because I was set up for product photos.

The next picture has a bit of a story too. One of the big bits of news from the end of last year is that we replaced our old TV and got a flat screen TV which meant we had to get a different entertainment center. Storm had taken to sleeping on top of the old entertainment center and as you can see she is registering her displeasure at the loss of her napping spot.


At one point she was curled up and laying up there and I realized that if anything broke she would come crashing down on me. . .

Friday, January 16, 2009

Square peg

Back, many moons ago, I realized that I didn't fit in. The weird thing is that no matter what I did, whether it was wearing it like a badge of honor or reaching a somewhat sullen level of acceptance I was never really truly comfortable with the idea. I realized last year at my 20 year class reunion that I'm finally comfortable with it but never really thought about why. I think I've finally figured it out, I've accepted the idea that no one fits in entirely anywhere. There are places that we fit in better than others but there always going to be some way that we don't quit fit. It normal, since it is a side effect of people having different interests and perspectives, and it's completely OK.

I may be wrong about all of, which wouldn't surprise me at all, but it made my reunion a bit less boring so I think it works out in the end.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Bad Taste?

Another long gap in entries, and I guess that's just the way this works for me. I'm not terribly surprised, I've done the same thing when I tried to keep a diary.

My most recent bit of news is that it appears that a good chunk of the things that I thought were sinus headaches were actually migraines. This means a couple of things, the first being that it means I've taken a bunch of medication, including antibiotics, when I didn't need to which I'm not happy about. It's meant that I've had to wean myself off one of them and I don't like the idea that I've contributed to the misuse of antibiotics. I know it isn't my fault, and that migrains are frequently misdiagnosed as sinus headaches but it still bothers me. The second is that I've had to play detective and figure out what the causes of the migraines are. So far I know that the main triggers so far are my period and pressure changes. I think that big shifts in my sleep patterns may be another one. Thankfully caffiene does not seem to be a trigger and I have found that if I have some at the right point it can reduce the intensity of a migraine.

I also get to have a prescription for a medication that is a migraine interruptor. As with all my medications, I go out on the internet and check out the warnings and side effects before I get it filled, and it all seemed pretty standard. The medication came with a patient information slip and because I'd checked out side effects already I didn't look at it closer until recently. Along with having side effects that match up with the symptoms of a migraine it also had a huge list of potential side effects, including a few that I have no idea how to interpret.

One is dream abnormality. I'm not sure about anyone else, but my dreams are generally pretty strange and chaotic so what would constitute dream abnormality, maybe a dream about an ordinary day at work?

A second interesting one is inability of the tongue to move. I'm not even sure what to think of that one. Is this actual paralysis of the tongue or is it stumbling over words like you're drunk?

The final interesting one is bad taste. As someone one the snopes messageboard said this is really ambiguous. Does it mean you get a bad taste in your mouth, that you yourself taste bad, or that you sudden begin to want gold lame flares or to put in multicolored shag carpet?

So far the medication has worked well and no serious side effects yet. I'm watching out for a sudden desire of tacky knick kncaks and an interest in polyester though. . .