No Katie Here

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters, Family | Posted on 04-04-2009

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In much lighter news, The Girl is in the Pacif­ic North­west! For three weeks! She’s scout­ing col­leges and see­ing friends and so on. She’s already in geo-love after just a few days, say­ing she’d like to live there. Her hosts seem like Very Good Peo­ple, and I hope to meet them when they come to town for Dragon*Con.

Kyoshi is utter­ly uncon­solable, though. He wan­ders through the house look­ing for her, return­ing fre­quent­ly to her door (still closed, and no, I won’t open it to let him in), the front door, every sin­gle window—hoping in vain to catch sight of her. I’ve nev­er known such a one-per­son kit­ty! He does come to me and Sam (a lot), fran­ti­cal­ly at times, and he lets us pet him. But he won’t set­tle in our laps long at all. He has to dash to the front win­dows every time a car goes by, just hop­ing it might stop and dis­gorge the girl. I hope he gets more attached to us by the time she returns. Wher­ev­er she goes to school, though, I think she’s going to have to take the cat with her!

I’m less demon­stra­tive than the cat, but I do miss her. I know she’s with good peo­ple, and she’s hav­ing a great time, and she’s a smart young woman with a good head on her shoul­ders. But she’s my baby and she’s way far away and we’ve nev­er been apart for more than two weeks in her whole life!!!

Ok. I’ll try to rein that back a bit.

Silly Beast

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters | Posted on 21-01-2009

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Oh, for a work­ing cam­era!1

Katie cleaned the top of the file cab­i­net next to my chair with a Method clean­er that is strong­ly mint-scent­ed. Kyoshi won’t let us put the scan­ner there as intend­ed, because he’s lick­ing the cleaned sur­face and rub­bing all over it orgas­mi­cal­ly. (Cat­nip is in the mint fam­i­ly, and I guess this stuff is close enough.)


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Sunday Night

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters, Family, Reading | Posted on 27-07-2008

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Yes, I’m bor­ing. I hate try­ing to think of titles for posts.

The girl is off vis­it­ing, hav­ing left yes­ter­day after­noon. Her cat is fran­tic. He is very much attached to HER, not US. So when­ev­er she leaves the house, he goes nuts, gets ter­ri­bly anx­ious, and is cer­tain that she’ll nev­er, ever come back. He spends most of his time sit­ting in the front win­dows or sniff­ing under the front door, try­ing to detect her return.

Shel­ley nev­er freaked like that, but then Katie vis­it­ed Atlanta once a week pret­ty much every week from the time she was a few weeks old ’til they moved here with me. She knew the girl would always come back. And Shel­ley was with me for a year before Katie was born, and attached to both of us. Kioshi is just a one-per­son cat. I should make that a one-girl cat, as he isn’t big on males at all.

I read the first of Lau­ra Anne Gilman’s Retriev­er nov­els, Stay­ing Dead. Fun stuff, and I think many of you would enjoy it. Then I went on to Twi­light by Stephanie Mey­er. Katie was so excit­ed about it that I had to see what the big deal was. She fin­ished that huge suck­er in a day or so. I took a lit­tle longer, but then I was­n’t the one check­ing the library’s hold queue sev­er­al times a day.

I can see why the series is such a huge hit with some teenage girls, but I don’t think it will car­ry near­ly as much pop­u­lar­i­ty with any oth­er age group or males, peri­od. There’s too much “oh, I’m bad for you” angst­ing from the vam­pire (male roman­tic lead). Seriously–he beats David Bore­anz’s Angel all to pieces on the brood­ing, and that takes some doing.

The main char­ac­ter, Bel­la, is annoy­ing to me because she’s pret­ty damned use­less. She hon­est­ly can’t be trust­ed to walk down a hall­way with no obsta­cles with­out hurt­ing her­self. She’s not cre­ative or par­tic­u­lar­ly intel­li­gent, shows no par­tic­u­lar tal­ents of any sort–a beige per­son, in my mind. What’s there to like?

I took a break and read Curse The Dark (sec­ond of the Retriev­er series) before start­ing New Moon, but I did start it. And damn, it’s even more emo­tion­al­ly dra­mat­ic.

I’m not sure I’ll read the oth­er two books when­ev­er we get hold of them (I’m not sure the fourth is even out yet). I know that Katie will, though. The series isn’t writ­ten bad­ly, but I’m way out of the tar­get audi­ence.

Monday and R.I.P. George Carlin

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters, Education, Family | Posted on 23-06-2008

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I guess every­body has heard, by now, that we lost George Car­lin last night. I’ve seen many arti­cles about him today, but I think Susie Bright did the best job of catch­ing his spir­it.

Today was a very Mon­day-ish Mon­day. I’m grumpy and noth­ing feels right. The girl is off spend­ing time with my fam­i­ly, and I miss her. Kyoshi is utter­ly inconsolable–he’s actu­al­ly mak­ing lit­tle “meep­ing” nois­es fre­quent­ly. For a cat who is absolute­ly silent most of the time, that’s seri­ous. He’s real­ly a one-human cat. That may be part of the rea­son that I’m hav­ing ter­ri­ble kit­ten crav­ings. Of course, I want kit­tens most of the time, but it’s even more so late­ly. And I miss Kar­li, too.

School is over for a few weeks. Accord­ing to the school’s records, I only have two more semes­ters to go. I may need to take a break any­way, as I bare­ly fin­ished this semes­ter’s class­es.

On a hap­pi­er note, Sam made ham­burg­ers after he got home. It’s been a while since he cooked those, and they’re much bet­ter than fast food burg­ers. He’s work­ing on Heart of the Hunter and should have a new chap­ter post­ed some­time this week.

Kyoshi — with flowers!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters | Posted on 07-09-2006

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As you can see, he enjoys the fin­er things in life, like flow­ers. Espe­cial­ly if he’s per­mit­ted to maul them.
Kyoshi sniffing yellow and pink orchids

Kyoshi and Shelley

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters | Posted on 25-07-2006

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Kyoshi and Shelley

Yes, the kit­ten has a name of his own! And he has accom­plished much, as evi­denced by this pho­to­graph. Many a cat has attempt­ed to snug­gle with Shel­ley over the past 16 years since her last play­mate died, but very few have suc­ceed­ed. She has even groomed him a bit!

My heart has been stolen!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Critters | Posted on 14-07-2006

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By a dark, blue-eyed stranger who walked up to me last night. He looked into my eyes and I was gone!

Ninja Kitty

We think he’s about 8 weeks old. He’s very skit­tish right now, pre­fer­ring to stay out of sight and away from Shel­ley unless there’s crack wet food in ques­tion.

Shel­ley is NOT amused.