Because You Need a Good Cat Update

You don't have to admit it out loud--just know that I know you do.

So, The Cat in spite of about a month of reduced steroid dosage still acts as if she hasn't eaten all day, when in fact she ate ten minutes ago.

She is still enjoying her catnip square that she pulled out of the shipping box, and often sleeps on it as her pillow.

After today's litterbox usage FAIL--and subsequent carpet cleaning, exasperating litterbox change (larger box does not fit in kitchen sink anymore!)--I plan to try the Tidy Cats Breeze system.  I mean, The Cat does (pardon my frankness) whiz gallons and doesn't do a whole lot of Number Two if her meds are working correctly.  (Improving her aim might be another challenge but we'll see.)

And then last night she did something SHOCKING.

I've been talking about the free food extravaganza I've been having lately--well, a family gave the faculty free lunch on Thursday and there still were leftovers even at the end of the day Friday (so that was two free lunches!), so I got the last two little roast beastie sandwiches and bagged a few sweet peppers to go with them.  Got them out for dinner last night after a trip to the gymEven though the sandwiches were loaded with sweet peppers and a touch of horseradish, The Cat was highly interested.  She was thrown a couple little scraps of meat just to help me eat in peace. .

. . . then in a split second, she dove into my plate and snatched a fallen piece of sweet pepper. *crunch, crunch!*

YIKES. I watched her nervously for the rest of the night, but no ill effects.  

Except maybe laser eyes.


Jack Frost Be Nipping at Everything

It was 11 degrees when I drove in to school this morning.  Yesterday it was something like 18 degrees, and I had to stand outside in it so I could direct the students into the building.

More cold tomorrow, and possible SNOW on Friday.  Winter--we weren't expecting it!

Speaking of unexpected, cold things (like how I did that?), a shipment of a week's worth of vegan meals showed up on my (metaphorical) doorstep a few days ago.

Yeah, I really did just type that.

Let me give my lovely blogreaders some background: In late August, I'd purchased a Groupon for a week's worth of prepared vegan meals.  I did it partly out of curiosity and partly out of convenience--not having to deal with the whole "Am I allergic to something in this?" routine.  So I used the Groupon voucher at the website a little later, and I got a notification that the meals would ship the week of October 10 or something like that.

The promised date passed, and nothing.  Every time I called the customer service number, I got the "we're currently closed" message, even at times they were supposed to be open.  I tried sending emails.  Finally, I went to their "customer service forum" (Really? A forum?) and saw other people had the same complaint.

So towards the end of October, I wrote to Groupon to request a refund.  The next thing I know, I'm getting a shipment notification from the meal place.  It arrived, it was O.K., it wasn't anything I'd order again, especially not at full price.

Imagine my surprise when, two weekends ago, I see a shipment notice email in my inbox.  It was no spoof/phishing email.  The company doesn't have my credit card information because I used a voucher; however, I did double-check to make sure I wasn't charged.

Well, after the box o' frozen meals showed up, I immediately threw everything in the freezer and sent an email to customer service letting them know I had not placed an order.  No response.  Not surprised.

Now I'm eating for free (blueberry oatmeal! "ocean medley" stew! snickerdoodle cookies!) and I have no idea how that company makes any money.

Maybe it's cosmic compensation for having to stand outside in the cold.




Getting Back Into the Present

Here are the few (few!) things you need to know about what happened in the past month:

1. The items I mentioned that were stolen from the library's display case here were recovered.  It took a ton of publicizing, and it pretty much was a case of "I thought they were part of the 'Free' table."  So that was good news--too bad I didn't get to notify the cute police officer.

2. Christmas Eve was a fun time with my Dad's side of the family.  My cousin's little daughter decided I was her BFF and led me around the house by the hand.

3. Christmas was fairly quiet, owing to the fact that Older Brother's family was all sick, so it was just us grown-ups--and I use the term loosely.  We got giddy over the Talking Mistletoe (he's a little pervy) and flying superhero monkeys, and a discussion involving school safety made My Maiden Aunt throw a hissy fit and declare she was leaving.  And then left an hour later.  I just kept on drinking my coffee.  Oh, and I was spoiled with presents--always good stuff from the parents, and I don't know how Younger Sister found soft cotton knit pajamas pants when I've been looking forever.  And she passed along my wish list to YSBF who gave me six of these. (Five are currently in my fridge.)

4. I was starting to feel a little run-down after Christmas but I made it to see the doctor I see for my anemia (good numbers!) in Jersey and did a little shopping.  Found a Hallmark store with the ornaments all on clearance, so I treated myself to a couple of Hoops & Yoyo ones (English and Spanish speaking)

5. Spent New Year's Eve at one of those urgent-care offices just trying to get a doctor to see me for the three-day headache and fever I'd had.  Four hours until I was seen, because there was only one doctor--a very nice Jewish one who sang "O Holy Night" to me.  And then prescribed ten days of antibiotics.

Now, I'm back at school, running around like crazy, as usual.  Trivia benefit season has started, and as of last Friday night, I have one win.  It was fun, raised money to help teach technology/engineering to students at my former high school.  Oh, and I got to talk to my former Algebra teacher.  "It's been a million years," she said.  She's still got that dry wit.

Also, I got brave and made a facebook page.  Not quite sure I understand it all--for example, I can't figure out how to "friend" my own sister--but that can wait.

She's playing around in the snow not far from Liverpool.

I hope I also get to go somewhere fun this year.

And The Cat?  
She's been making herself useful as the Keeper of the Bacon.



Posts Forthcoming

Getting over a really bad sinus infection, school's been super-hectic, and we finally celebrated Christmas with the little ones yesterday.

Yup, yesterday.

And I have some thoughts on the New Year and all that stuff as well.

But just know for now that I'm not dead.  (I felt as if I were on New Year's Eve.) Oh, and neither is The Cat.  So both of us are accounted for, at present.

Stay tuned!