had a checkup at the vet yesterday. nothing too terrible, but he’s slipping in a few areas. he’s lost some weight, and he needs oral potassium supplements now. his anemia has also gotten slightly worse so we’ll step up the epo for a while.

so yesterday he had fluids, epo, and potassium and today he’s a new cat. woke me up caterwaulin’, freaked me out but he just wanted his breakfast. his voice has changed in the last year and he sounds like the bastard lovechild of a siamese cat and a police siren. NOT my favorite way to wake up.

i bought a waterproof mattress cover yesterday and i plan to try letting him back on the bed soon. hopefully then he’ll just glare at me when he wants his breakfast.

i finally decided to spring for this expensive memory foam pet bed i’ve been considering. it takes a long time to ship which bothers me; what if the situation with his health makes a bad turn next week and… you know? but whatever. chances are he’ll get to enjoy it and it’ll make him happy and comfortable.

way off my game

first peppermint mocha of the season: tasted kinda off.

totally normal lunch that i have eaten a thousand times before: tasted kind of weird.

headache all day, not affected by caffeine. i never get headaches. unless…

tried four or five times to get the fluids going with moses, could not do it. this has never happened before. i just could not hit it right. i’ll try again later but i might have to take him to the vet tomorrow and have them do it.

damn. am i getting sick? i don’t feel sick, except for the headache. but something is definitely off.

OLD skool

i hesitate to say much about how i came by my old broadcast turntable.

In the context of the desk

suffice to say, it was a very kind gift. i don’t want the person who gave it to me to get in trouble with his boss.

finally it is mounted in my desk, so i can actually use it. J and I did this this weekend. it’s part of my grand plan for the back bedroom.

QRK broadcast turntable

the grand plan involves obtaining an “ART USB Phono Plus v2 USB Phono Preamp”: that will translate the glorious analog of the turntable into zeros and ones that can be fed into my computer.

Top view, no turntable

sweet, ain’t it? i don’t have any pictures with the turntable mounted in it, which is too bad. the turntable itself is a big solid piece of what looks to be cast aluminum.

i’ll be so very pleased when it’s all set up and working.

winter cocktails

inspired by the peppermint stick cocktail featured on a certain food tv “all star” show, i went searching for a recipe. i found one, and i also, TO MY GREAT HORROR, found _this:_

*Kooch recipe*

1 oz peppermint schnapps

1 oz clam juice

Stir ingredients together in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cocktail onion, and serve.

“Clutter is not a gift” – Psychology of Clutter blog

“Clutter is Not a Gift”:

bq. “So, what to do about people who give you things that catch dust or clutter up your living space? Start talking to those people now!”

Fortunately, my family has been gift-list-driven for decades now, so I never get useless items as gifts at Christmas. My mom is trying to reduce down to one household in the coming year, so she wants only things like gift certificates to restaurants and wine– consumable items. J and i tend to keep it very simple, already.

memory diversions

somehow during thanksgiving dinner, mom and i got started on the house we lived in in delaware when i was little. stuart whipped out his blackberry and tried to bring it up on google maps. sure enough, we were soon looking at the old neighborhood, although the blackberry was too painful to really explore things.

at home on the laptop, i was startled and delighted to find that the neighborhood has street view! for people who don’t obsess about google maps, street view is where someone has taken panoramic photos while standing on a street. so you can almost stand there on the street, thousands of miles away.

the street has apparently been renumbered (provided i’m remembering that house number correctly) but it wasn’t difficult to find a house in about the right spot on the street that looks exactly like i remember, except for the color of the siding. CRAZY! i haven’t seen that house since i was in second grade!

thanksgiving weekend recap

wednesday i took the day off and spent most of the day cleaning the house… stuff i do maybe twice a year or so. gave the fridge a scrubdown and really re-stocked the kitchen.

j and the puppy arrived around 10 and i cooked us a nice dinner of teriyaki chicken, rice noodles and green peas. i also introduced j to my current favorite cocktail, _very_ loosely based on the pink pussycat i had at city beverage a few weeks ago. pineapple juice, grapefruit juice, vodka and a splash of grenadine.

i also managed to burn the applesauce that i make every year, which is crazy because i’ve never done that in over a decade of making it. it’s very simple; i use this crazy peeler-corer gadget on some sweet red delicious, then cook them down slowly with cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg.

so thursday morning the mission was to get more apples and get the applesauce made (again) before time to go to mom’s. i woke up groggy and out of it and everything seemed to go in slow motion. we were even caught in the driveway after apples were obtained by a neighbor who wanted to discuss the recent tax revaluation at some length.

i then nearly burned it _again,_ and i’ve now decided that the pan was the culprit. _yeah right, it was the pan!_

applesauce rescued, pumpkin cheesecake lovingly packaged, showers taken, we headed to mom’s for the traditional thanksgiving dinner– turkey, etc. all very nice and no drama or anything. we talked to stuart about life in atlanta being a flunky in a big law firm and studying for the LSAT. he says that studying for the LSAT is making him think differently, he’s becoming more analytical. J and i both commented later that this makes us want to study for the LSAT!

friday we got to work (slowly)… we had three goals: to replace an outlet in the kitchen with a three-prong; to fix my front door so it will close and open without kicking, yanking, and cursing; and to cut a hole in one of my big work tables and drop a cabinet mount turntable in it.

we did all three although as always it took forever for us to get anything useful done.

along the way we decided that the biscuit recipe i’ve been using is too dry; we walked around one of those mixed type planned communities (the kind with houses mixed with condos and apartments); i took J to the char-grill for the first time evah (he said today, “i’ve decided that any time you want to go to the char-grill, that’s okay with me.”)

we also had thanksgiving dinner #2 at d&s’s house accompanied by sarah and georg. after foods s could not resist showing sarah (and the rest of us) katamari damaci which was totally fun, but i still don’t feel the pull of video games (which i never play, oddly, except for Riven way back in the day). still, completely anerable.

this morning we went to watts grocery for a late breakfast. no trouble getting a table despite the dire prediction of an anonymous coward on my livejournal when i posted about our first, thwarted attempt to go to watts. our waitress was awesome, but the hipsterati quotient was almost _unbearably_ high, and our food was good but not amazing. i also had to send my bacon back to have pools of grease removed from it. i like grease, but apparently i have a threshold; i couldn’t bring myself to touch this bacon until it was de-greased. as i said to J, i learned something about myself today. I had (besides the bacon) a waffle, and J had eggs benedict that came with almost plain grits on the side.

we decided that we like piedmont better for fancy brunch. more laid back, and tastier.

so anyway. the boys are on their way back home now, and it’s business as usual here. moses curled up in his post-fluids semi-coma and i’m blogging and nursing cold feet in front of the electronic fire, to the tune of NUMB3RS.

Fast, topless blonde for sale!

2004 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible

1.8L Turbo engine, 5-speed manual transmission

Cream body with tan top and light tan interior.


Fully loaded, 40k miles. 10k miles left on the bumper to bumper warranty which does transfer to the new owner. 40k service has already been performed. Tires only have 3k miles. This car has been extremely reliable and a joy to own.

All records, including original sticker.

This car is so fun, so pretty, and so quick! I hate to part with it. The Monsoon stereo sounds amazing and yes you CAN hear it just fine with the top down! Don’t let the adorable looks fool you– this car handles like it’s on tracks and really moves.

Volkwagen called this beautiful color ‘Harvest Moon’. This color combo hides dirt and stays nice and cool in the summer.

Electric top is extremely fast and easy to raise and lower. You can put it down or up at a stoplight– I have many times!

Extra rear wind blocker included– mounts behind the passengers to elminate mussed hair and makes for a very pleasant drive no matter how fast you go.

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Leather interior

Sport seats with adjustable lumbar support

In-dash cd player

Monsoon premium sound system

Air conditioning

Xenon headlights


Removable wind blocker ($250 dealer option)

Seat warmers

Chrome bud vase, chrome trim rings on reverse lights and foglights

17″ premium alloy wheels

Electronic Stabilization Program

Anti-lock power brakes

Anti-theft alarm system with Immobilizer

Front and side airbags

Automatic rollover supports

Cruise control

Power windows

Lockable storage – trunk, armrest, and glove box – so you can park with the top

down and keep items secure.