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I always thought short hair cats were self cleaning, when it came to hair (litter and hairballs, not so much). But come summer, I end up with handfuls of hair whenever I pet the furry hoarde. I have bought brushes previously, but the kitties hate them. Finally bought another, with softer bristles. It does not pull out as much hair, but kitties seem to like it. I can even brush bellies.
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While trying not to freak out. I have 8 pages of a 10 page paper written (by loose def of 8), and all that is missing is Analysis of results. Because I don't have any, because the model isn't working yet, even though it is written. And I have to slap together a powerpoint.

So we weighed the cats. This is about a week into their diet/exercise plan. This is on a crappy bathroom scale, so take with a grain of salt.
Barry 18-19 lb
Lju 14-15 lb
Grok 10 lb
Grep 6 lb
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There is something about cats and underwear. I've gotten out of the bath more than once to find Lju walking around with my underwear around her neck. My sister's cat Sexy used to drag her underwear around the house.

I put my clean clothes away yesterday in preparation for laundry today (as it is finally not supposed to rain). I apparently had not closed my underwear drawer, because I found Grep crouched above it when I went to bed. Upon looking into it to close it, I realized there were only a few pairs left. Then I looked down. Grep had fished more than 30 pairs of underwear out of the drawer and dropped it next to the dresser. That cat needs a hobby.

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Nov. 13th, 2006 08:27 pm
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The urge to not do what I need to is strong this week. I should grade tests. Or sleep. Instead..

Funny Cat Captions
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From the description of our farm cats' special brand of cat food:
"For non-producing adult cats whose appetites exceed their energy needs. pH balenced."

Yep. That describes my cats. Though Lju is out in the back yard on a harness.
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Who have litterbox issues. Drippy litterbox issues. In my couch. Needless to say, she is now locked in the bathroom, and might be taking a vet trip. Not fun.
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I'm a crazy cat lady. Seven.

House cats: 4
Grep - Otherwise known as Sweetpea, PTSD survivor
Grok - Her saner sister, an almost perfect cat
Ljubljana - Alpha Kitty, snuggliest to me, prime bitch to others, Lou to her friends
Niobrara - Ultrabeige, Ultralaidback, boyo has more nicknames than a cat should

Outdoor/Shed cats: 3 ([livejournal.com profile] lawnchair claims they're not our fault)
Sid Vicious - Punk got tamed! Now answers to Sidney.
Maggie Mae - Teenage mommy kitty, very wierd vocalizations
Clementine the Cockleburr - cuteness, my ray of sunshine, almost free of fleas

Umm... how am I supposed to drop everything and flit off out of the country like this?
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It is possible to have to much of a good thing. Last time I went grocery shopping, during a fit of Magic Bar-craving, I found Hershey's Special Dark chocolate chips on sale. I got two bags, and ended up with one free after the machince scanned them for the wrong price. When I made my Magic Bars, I also ended up using more than a can of sweetened condensed milk because I have an open one in the fridge (started for the Honey Walnut Shrimp, also used on cut up fruit with milk). A bit two much sweetness.

But you know what I can't get enough of? Pettings of the kitten. Spent half an hour with microcat on the lawn, letting her run and attack. Occationally I groomed her with the flea comb, which she hates. So sweet.

I'm going to post Mom's recipe for Scalloped Corn, so I don't loose it again.
Scalloped Corn
1 (15 1/4 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (or 5 ears of cooked corn)
1 (14 3/4 ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8 ounce) package corn muffin mix
1 cup sour cream (or half a c sour cream and half a c of brie cheese that needs to be finished)
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar (or more, might as well use that bit of mozz before it goes bad).

preheat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix,
sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake
for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with
cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let
stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.
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Somehow in the last few years I've gotten afraid of writing. It has gotten worse this summer, partially because I'm not worried enough about the consequences (lack of grade). Again, I'm caught in the trap of being so afraid of something small I don't do it, and become more afraid. Or is it guilt.

I don't want to give up yet. I've accepted that I might take more than two years to finish this degree, and started to make half hearted crazy plans, like biking to the Pacific Coast along the Lewis and Clark trail. It works, because our lease is for a year, then open ended. I wouldn't wan to start biking in the summer, so I might as well wait to the next spring. I don't know if I'll still want to do it in a year and a half, but for now it is where my mind wanders when I don't want to think about my current issues. Kind of like touring the world was when I was on the ship. That plan turned into my three month backpacking trip. Except [livejournal.com profile] lawnchair is interested, or at least willing to humor me enough to discuss alternate routes (over the Rockies into the Snake River Plain and following the rivers to the ocean is a bit flatter overall than L&C routing, but need to investigate more maps first).

But today's topic is writing because I haven't been. I have this crazy plan that if I make myself blather on LJ I'll be willing to write a proposal. Or at least able to.

I find it interesting that I'm so reluctant to write at a time when most of my LJ list is writers (published and fanfiction). I'm starting to think about style a lot more than I used to. I haven't had to much because I entered college able to write well enough to get A's, and as a science major did not need to get any better. Now I have to because more is expected of me. My shorter work is fine if I tweak it, but I'm in to much of a hurry for longer stuff. I just want it over with, and do not revise enough.

Part of it is that I'm ashamed of my voice. Well, both of them. I can not stand to listen to my voice recorded, and refuse to record answering machine greetings. Which is odd, because I like my mother's, but cannot tell them apart unless I know who spoke. Singing is worse, for I cannot carry a tune.

As for my writing voice, it seems to casual. I love lots of clauses, and have a comma addiction (let us not get into my paranthesis issues). Puctuation is instinctual to me. If I work at it I can remember the rules, but I prefer to just get it all down. At least I am good about using active voice in my scientific writing (or so I was told by a classmate in Volcanology).

Well, at least we know I'm not going to play at the favorite pastime of heavy readers, writing fiction. After years of complaining about have no plot ideas, I have one. I've been nuturing it for five years now and started to write it at least three times. It should be my favorite pretty writing length, a novella.

More musings later. I want to chat about pretty writing vs. fun reading soon. Meanwhile, I shall delve back into my current comfort read, "Price of the Stars". Starship pirates, crossdressing to hide from your family's enemies, revenge and mages. All my favorites at a pace that doesn't let me stop, especially because I know there's a good part coming up.

Oh, and kitten is doing well. She's in a tub in the shed, we visit her several times a day. She has helped us tame her mother, who now loves to be petted. Lawnchair is working on weaning, by feeding her gooshy food in canned milk in the evening. She laps for about a minute, then Maggie finishes it. We aren't sure on a name yet, and usually refer to her as the MicroCat. Possible names include Cerebral (she shakes a lot, sometimes I get worried), Clementine (Oh my darlin'... and she's orange), or Cockleburr (kitten claws can cling like nothing else). My current favorite is Clementine the Cockleburr, and shortened to CC(like cubic centimeters or the first cloned cat CopyCat).
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So this morning I was curled up in bed, reading, when [livejournal.com profile] lawnchair comes in saying "We have a problem."

Scary words, I know. And then he shows me ball of fluff with beady eyes (picture will be posted as soon as I find my laptop - EDIT here are some photos.). Then he stops speaking rationally - something about on the back porch. So I start wondering about kitten milk and if the vet is open. Apparently my first reaction is to assume that the kitten was abandoned on our back porch. We went down stairs to the back porch and found a Sid and Maggie Mae. lawnchair fed them while I put the kitten in the tub with blankets. He went to work while I went into the kitchen to watch. Maggie eventually came onto the porch and started to nurse. Mystery solved. Apparently she didn't have a miscarriage, just a small litter. Kitten appears to be 3.5 weeks old, female and white with orange spots.

Now the problem is how to handle this without Maggie freaking out. She's left the kitten on the back porch, which is nice for socialization and taming purposes. Except Maggie isn't particularly tame, and has only allowed me to pet her once (unlike her brother who has decided that pettings lawnchair is great fun, though he won't let me pet him). She runs whenever people are around. But we use the back door to get in and out of the house, as there is no key to the front door (it just locks you out when you shut it). I wonder if I can get her to follow if I move the tub and kitten to the shed?

Also, it is naming time. Suggestions?
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Ok. Sulked all day. Not necessarily the best idea, but.. I wanted to. Contemplating finding a cheaper dentist to do the rest of my teeth. And one that doesn't try my honesty (fun incident, after finishing the assistant hands me a cost breakdown of further fillings and the increased cost of this visit (>$600) and go to pay. Receptionist enters it into the computer, and tells me I owe $128. I look confused. She starts adding up for me, looking at me like I'm whiner for making her add it up. I foolishly explain that it should be higher, and she goes, oh.. and looks at the rest of the page. No honesty discount. I just made my bill go up by $500 by being honest. I've never felt so miserable for pointing out a mistake. large part because she didn't acknowledge that I just saved them from a $500 billing error in their favor).

Ok. Stop dwelling. News item of the day is Rhode Island passing a bill requiring cats to be spaid/neutered or have a breeder fee. Definately more workable in a small populated state like RI. And farmers are exempt (all two of them). And subsidies for the poor. But what about "wild cats" like Sid and Maggie? Could we be fined for them? Hmm...

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