Saturday, September 09, 2006

Catching up

Bob's at the lake this weekend, so it's just the kitties and me. I've got a cold -- Bob had a cold, then bronchitis, and as careful as he was not to give it to me, I think it was inevitable -- so I haven't been sleeping very well, and I kept waking up all night. Dinah was right beside me every time I woke up, but Pyewacket wasn't in bed, and I wondered where she spent the night. I thought maybe she was in her little bed in the hall (she lies there when Bob throws her out of his office for being annoying). But when I got up to go to the bathroom, I found her:

I went back out in the bedroom and got my cell phone, which I keep by the bed if Bob's gone, and took her picture. Dinah used to pull my towel down off the rack and sleep on it. Pye would see her do it, and she'd try, but she just couldn't get the hang of it. But after many attempts, she finally figured it out. I'm not sure why it's so appealing--wouldn't it be more comfortable on the bed rather than on the bathroom floor? It's probably just the novelty--kind of like camping out.

Friday night's my television watching night, although I watch USA, and they have that weird schedule where the new shows are on in the summer, and from now until the first of the year it'll be repeats. But it's still nice to look forward to Friday nights -- I picked up Chinese food at the grocery store kiosk (sweet and sour chicken, noodles, and crab rangoon) and ate in front of the television. When I finished eating, I knitted for a little while. It was getting late, and Pyewacket needed cuddling, so I put the knitting away and let her climb up into my lap (yeah, she climbs rather than jumps), and she settled in.

In fact, she got really relaxed. I wished that my camera was within reach, but it was in the other room. I did have the cell phone next to me, though, so I tried to capture the scene. It was difficult, though. This is the best I could do:

Crazy cat.

Random stuff

David sent me a copy of his new CD, Songs for the Siren, and it's amazing! It's a bit harder-edged than some of his other recent stuff, more rock, I guess, but also with some Tex-Mex influences--lots of energy, and really wonderful. He has a few clips up at his MySpace site; I imagine he'll put up more in the coming weeks.

Amazon won't have it until October, and then at a crazy import price, but David has some now. If you like his work, I'd grab one while they're available.

I keep thinking, where did the week go? And where did the month go? In fact, where did the summer go? I've been working a lot, both at work, and at home. Last weekend I put up a new redesign of Bertrice Small's website, with a new focus toward fantasy:

More random stuff

Remember little Arni?

I don't want to go into this too much (for one reason, it's not my story to tell, and for another, I'm sure there will be a lawsuit over it), but he was being boarded while his owner was out of town, and the people caring for him let a Great Dane into the same space he -- this little, 4 pound dog -- was in, and the Great Dane picked him up like a toy, dropped him, and he died. Poor Arni.

And one of Bob's brothers had a heart attack last week, but he's okay. He has a lawn service, and he was out mowing a lawn when he started to feel badly. He got to his truck and cell phone and called 911, but couldn't talk. Fortunately another lawn care guy was out and saw him, and came over and took the phone, and told the emergency people where to come. Later, Bob and his dad went out to pick up the truck and equipment, and found that this guy had loaded the truck, picked up the equipment, and had it all ready. Talk about your random acts of kindness.

Anyway, he's out of the hospital now, and doing fine, thankfully.

What a week.

Okay, I guess that's enough for today. My battery is running out (I'm in bed with the laptop), and I need to go out and see if I can get my oil changed. More later, maybe.

Oh -- one more. Dinah always gets short-shrift because it's hard to take good photos of a black cat. But here she is, lounging on the bedside table next to me:

That isn't water in the water bottle among the hair clips and zinc lozenge wrappers, but green tea; have I mentioned that I'm currently addicted to Lipton Green Tea to Go? I'm scared to death that they'll stop making it, so every time I'm at the store, I buy more. I've been drinking gallons of it lately, especially since I started getting the cold. I thought maybe it would help fend it off, and it's one of the few things that have tasted good to me lately.

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