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Sophie's been pukey and behaving oddly and then was off her food for a day or two, so it was off to find her a new veterinarian. And the local animal hospital seems very good. We took Mici in for a checkup a few weeks ago to one of those cat clinic places that had loose cats roaming all over the waiting room, and that's just my Sophie's worst nightmare, so no "cat clinic" for her.

Soooo...checkup, blood test(s), urinalysis, blah blah blah...$239.00. Less expensive than the vet in Fairfield.

And I tell myself I swear, if she's come this far and is all clear of kidney disease,
diabetes, and other common kitty diseases, I am taking her to get her thyroid radiated, or as Chris says "Nuke her! Nuke the b(*&^!" Because my Sophie is not a pleasant kitty at times. And the hyperthyroid is, I think, making her more aggressive.

Tests back tomorrow.

Oh and of COURSE my kitty made the vet tech bleed. That's my girl.
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How did I NOT know about this? So I was flipping through some channels last night (confess to being more focused on Gossip Girl) but caught a bit of the SC Chronicles, just long enough to think "gee that chick's look is totally inspired by Shirley Manson" and I read today that it WAS, in fact Shirley Manson. SO COOL!

Kinda like when I went to the movies a couple of weeks ago and saw a French film called "Tell No One" (terrific movie, BTW) and had the passing thought "gee that French actress looks like Kristin Scott-Thomas" and of course it was.

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Someone whose opinions and tastes in these things usually jibe with my own insisted I read these girl-loves-vampire books. And I said "blah blah blah read it/seen it all before" but okay.

And there is absolutely nothing in it that's very original. I felt like I'd read it or seen it all somewhere before. And I still couldn't put it down.

And then (where have I been?) "oh, there's a movie, too?" I quickly got all caught up on the movie (and other assorted fandom weirdness) online and it looks like they're gonna knock it out of the park.

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What a freaking PITA to get to New York City from my new home, but I knew what I was signing up for. It was hot and humid, in that way only NYC can be and I remembered being 25 and totally underdressing (in every way) for work on days like today. Went to a meeting in the West Village and then met a friend for dinner in Bryant Park. On the train home now. Good times. :) I'm gonna crash when I get home. Getting old(er) sucks.
Current Location:
metro-north, harlem line
Current Mood:
nostalgic nostalgic
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Anybody else here feel like they post less to LJ because they are posting mini-updates to facebook all the time? no? just me? ok then...

Apparently, at the new house, I have to fret about my cats being eaten by coyotes, foxes, and now big nasty hawks. I thought I lost Mici on Saturday, but she just disappeared for two hours and came back FULL of burrs.

I finally got all my stuff out of Fairfield on Saturday as my tenants were coming in and planning their colors and such. I feel (so far) lucky to have these girls as tenants. The place will look 10x cuter than it did when I lived there. They're totally planning it out and their parents bought them brand new furniture from Lillian August, for pete's sake. So it *seems* like they are settling in for a good while. Yippee yi yay, as this allows me to keep the place until the market comes back.

I feel out of sync and out of sorts, though, not being fully settled here yet. Everything still in boxes, joints and back still tweaked from all the moving and lugging, not all the services are up yet. TV is on his list, I did everything on my list. High speed internet coming this week, right now I am on an air card and it is dodgy and slow.

There are three yoga studios within a 7 mile radius of me, the best one being just about 3 miles away. I'm going tonight, and signing up for a 20-pack.

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AMAZING. No more knock down drag out brawling, no more pukies, no more peeing outside the box, these two cats are behaving exactly as I expected them to now. Avoiding each other, choosing separate corners, and occasionally growling and hissing in passing.

Comfort Zone Plug ins more info

These are a boost to Feliway spray. Comfort Zone plug-ins are most ideal for cats who are fighting and not getting along. Comfort Zone alone may not stop inappropriate urination but we have seen that when you install one or two in each room where there has been a spray/urinating problem this usually works wonders in addition to Feliway spray. 


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The movers came
The movers left
And now I don't know where anything is
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I came back to Connecticut off a 5 day business trip in VT and MA last night, and spent last night at the new house. I'd attempted to move Sophie over there for C. to take care of while I was gone. That's another story. She's back with me in Fairfield for the next few days until I move.

This morning a freaking hawk or some other giant bird of prey flew smack into our huge bedroom window. The window survived, the bird stunned itself, hopped around a bit on the ground, and flew off after a few minutes. Freaked me the hell out. May need some decals or something for that window if that happens often. 

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Here's how it works:

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline (or change the color of ) books you LOVE
4) Reprint this list in your blog so we can try and track down these people who’ve read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

The premise of this exercise is that the National Endowment for the Arts apparently believes that the average American has only read 6 books from the list below. Six? Only six? A good number of these were covered in my high school English classes. I'm surprised at some of the books I haven't read.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare

15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell

42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold -
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker

73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt (ooh! ooh! See icon on this entry for crop of the cover of the book! I am that much of a dork!)

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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Reins and Reigns. Both are totally mis-used all the time, and it ticks me off.

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