these are our silly pets. but, only half of them.
it’s really nice that it’s light out after i leave work, and after this weekend, it’ll be light longer. my time in the winter always feels more fleeting. especially around the holidays, when it’s shared with many others.
next week, it’s supposed to hit 50°! it’ll feel good to be able to bike to work without layers and layers and boots and covering every square inch of skin.
work is going okay. the big project that was supposed to launch last week didn’t, and one of our developers has a health issue so he resigned. it left a couple of the senior devs piled upon.
we took merle and burnie to the vet last weekend, and were told that merle has luxating patella in both legs and one of them is worse and she’ll need a $1,200 surgery. :/
i keep meaning to catalog and participate in cool tools’ what’s in your bag? series of posts. it’s a feature on his site, reminiscent of timbuk2’s whats in your bag and part of the every day carry phenomenon. the difference between cool tools and the other sites is that they’ll give you $100 if they feature your bag; and my bag is nothing if not featurable.
i started a list of components and quickly became overwhelmed with the thought of pulling everything out of the pockets in order to photograph, and then putting it all away, back in the right spots.
in work-related news, i’ve been made project manager for one of our design-firm clients and it’s gotten me a little stressed out (among other personal issues). new projects/situations usually do this.
i’ll leave you with a photo of merle. she did this to herself.
time is fleeting.
the summer flew by almost without warning. our second csa came to an end recently. i still have purple potatoes to use up. hopefully they’ll stick around until thanksgiving cuz i want to scallop them.
jones is getting more and more grey around the face. nora’s lips are getting just slightly more old-lady-dogish.
winter has finally arrived, it’ll be a high of 29° today and there’s a light dusting on the ground.
my biking to work hasn’t been too much of a pain yet. other than the fact that i’m more sweaty when i get to work than i was in the summer. lots of layers.
last winter, i had thought of making some sort of wool “skirt” to wear around my pants because my thighs get cold. mom gave me her snow pants, but this skirt-thing would be handy for when it’s not really that cold out. maybe we’ll have to stop at joanne fabrics while running errands this weekend.
i can’t believe it’s already friday!
i met with a friend about his website last night, so i get to work on that soon. i’ve been toying with the llc idea. need to talk someone about how that works with quarterly taxes, business checking accounts, etc. maybe i can get myself one of those fancy new macbooks and write ‘er off!
anyway, today, i’m well rested. after wednesday night’s lack of sleep, last night was a welcome change. i did wake up a couple times, but no more than “average”. it’s okay, though. we’re getting into the habit of getting merle outside at least three times a night between the two of us.
on monday night, i woke to a feeling of wet at the foot of the bed. it was obvious that merle had relieved herself. i got up, smacked her on the behind (not very hard) and said, “no peeing on the sheets!” she looked up at me from the closet (where jones sleeps on a dog bed) with these huge, watery eyes and her tail down. i felt terrible immediately but didn’t want to give in. i laid down with my towel between me and the spot and fell back to sleep. an hour later, i woke up and tried to coax her back into the bed. she didn’t budge. around 4:30, when the birds start, i heard her whine. i got up to let everyone out; she went immediately.
after we came back upstairs, she got in the bed and we seemed to have formed a mutual understanding; if i wanted her to go outside, i had to let her outside (duh!), and if she wanted to be let outside, she had to tell me about it.
it’s been working out so far.
one thing i have noticed this week, that i’m not a huge fan of, is that my capacity for short term memory has decreased drastically in the last four days. i’m forgetting things that should not be so easily forgotten. i’ll be keeping a close eye on this as my mental abilities are one of my stronger points and that’s a feature of myself that i’d like not to lose.
speaking of, i’m starting chapter 2 of my shorthand book over; i find the repetition helps.
i think he’s realized that merle is staying and he’s taking it out on the living room rug… i woke up this morning around 4 and went downstairs to attend to some business and was greeted with a terrible stink coming from the front of the house… :(
apparently, between my leaving for work today and matt getting up, he did it again.
i can’t remember for certain, but i think he might have done this a couple weeks after we got the cats and then stopped.
i guess we just need to send him outside more… and i should make a better point to give him attention. he’s my baby boy and he’s probably feeling kinda shitty (no pun intended) about the growing pack.
this time, i mean it.
we got another dog last sunday.
she’s so tiny, that it’s kind of like another cat, except she needs to go on walks with the rest of the pack.
we met merle about four years ago, when matt’s rutledge st roommates moved out to travel the world. merle moved in with her mom and immediately liked me; i have a video to prove it.
so, when alice posted on facebook that she needed a new home for merle, i had a hard time talking myself out of it. she’s pretty happy about it, too.
i lament having to sit/stand at a desk and stare at a computer for most of my waking day. sometimes, i wonder where i went wrong, passively deciding my future. i blame past me for not thinking ahead very well.
matt has been going a little overboard with magic card purchases, so i had to indulge him a couple of times over my holiday. i don’t know who writes the descriptions of these things, but sometimes the grammar makes it unclear. so i had to get the advice of a friend on this one.
more of nero hanging out:
and one more of nora after i asked her something of great import:
so, after i win the lottery (that i don’t participate in), i’ll pay off all my debt and do whatever i want for pleasure and money.
yea, i’m a day late, but i was avoiding my computer until the last possible moment.
my lower back is already tense and tight after a day at work (i just had a week and a half away). i spent a lot of my holiday with matt, friends, family, the dogs, getting food, making food, sleeping in. it was great.
here are some moments from the last week or so:
nero holds his paws in the cutest way. i think it shows whether or not he’s comfortable.
i borrowed the hobbit from a friend, and matt said it had to be seen on a tv, not on the little laptop. so he pulled his great big tv upstairs and we hooked everything up. this resulted in huge hobbitses.
jones and nora were being particularly cute one morning, waiting for me to get up.