Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Invasion of the Kittens: Day 2

Well, yesterday was less interesting.  Orion and Meryl only tussled once.  No cat blocked me from my bed.
 Misty was even more shy and skittish around the cats.  (I think she got swiped at).

Yay for things being uninteresting!

I think the only excitement that we had last night was when Misty got into the cat's dishes!  She had some wet cat food for a snack.  *facepalm*  I mist remember to close the baby gate.

Today I'm off of work, so the to-do list is HUGE.

  • clean the kitchen
  • clean the bathroom
  • find my caches of junk and make them go away (or pack into a box)
  • and LAUNDRY
All that, and I need to fit in a work out somewhere.  I think it will be an indoor workout.  It's raining!

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and honestly... tomorrow includes cooking and taking things over to the new house.  I'm hoping for three trips!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Invasion of the Kitties: Day One

Our friends went out of town this week, so we're watching their cats.  We've done this before.  No big deal.

Well, yesterday was fun...

it all started at 6am.  The kitties were dropped off.  One of them hid under the bed, while the other hid in her kennel.  Misty decided to try to play.... there was a lot of hissing and growling.  (Who knew cats could growl?)  Misty though this was playing.  Lyra (the cat in the kennel) didn't.

So I went to work, leaving the dog kenneled and the cats to their own devices.  When the Spousal Equivalent came home, our cat met him at the door MOST UPSET!  over the course of the night, we found out why.

A few times, Meryl (our quiet, calm cat) would walk down the hall, or go to her favorite perch.  And Orion (A larger male cat) would be there, hissing and growling and ready to tussle.  And tussle they did.

The kicker was at 10.  I wanted to get into the bedroom.  But Orion was sitting on the latch of the baby gate.  Which was quite an impressive feat in and of itself.

Orion:  *hiss*  *hiss*  *loud growl*  None shall pass!
Me:  Excuse me?  I'm not a Balrog.  Let me in.
Orion: *growls louder*  *hisses some more*  You heard me!
Me:  *gets the squirt bottle*
Orion:  Oh yeah?
Me:  *squirts him, with a light, gentle mist*
Orion:  I've been burned with acid!!!  You'll pay!  *hides under my bed*
Me:  *tries to get into bed*
Orion:  *claws at my ankle*
Me:  Oh no you didn't!!!  *squirts the bead skirt*
Orion:  NNNOOOOO!!!  *goes to hide in the window*

Let's hope today will be less adventurous.

And I hope that Lyra comes out of hiding.  She must think we're mean!  I can Imagine what Orion is telling her!

Monday, November 25, 2013

It's cold enough to freeze your Winnebago!

Somehow, winter is upon us.  There was a 70 degree day last week.  Today, it's 30.

This weekend was spent packing.  I packed books, and clothes out of my dresser.  The Spousal Equivalent and I stopped at the Liquor Store to get boxes to pack his books.

This exchange happened:

SE:  Hey, do you have any boxes that we can have?
Liquor Store Guy:  *Evil grin*  how many do you want?
SE:  How many have you got?
LSG: We can fill your car!  Pull around back!

And we did.  The car was FULL!!

We then brought the boxes home, making our house vaguely look like a game of MineCraft.  But the books are starting to get packed.

I even made a to do list for this week.

This morning, while it was 25 degrees out, I went out to run.  I made a little miscalculation.  I had plenty of cold weather layers on my top.

And yoga pants on the bottom.  Not even full length pants.  My yoga pants stopped about mid-calf.  I came in when I stopped feeling my feet.

Then my friends showed up.  We're cat sitting for a week.  Which in and of itself ins't anything big.

But the dog was NOT PLEASED!!!  There were friends in her house!!!!  and they won't play!!!!  Food bowls were moved.  Gates were put up.  Cats were hissing.  Our cat headed for the hills.

Yes.  Typical Monday

Monday, November 18, 2013

We have some progress!

This weekend marked the first carloads of stuff that traveled to the new place.

Most of our stored stuff is over there.  And most of my books are in boxes now.

Until I ran out of boxes.

But the orders for the moving of the cable, and the returning of our current washer/dryer have gone out.  And this is all starting to feel real!

I have made a schedule of what I want to move and when.

The boxes are being filled and labeled.

It's not long now!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


I adored the book.  I've read it three times and have listened to the audio book twice.

And it's going to be a movie!!

I have some things to say:

  • I'm rather pleased with the casting.
  • I already see evidence of changing some plot around.. we'll see how it pans out.
  • That was some weird bait and switch, showing her in her aptitude test, then switching to (presumably) footage of her fear landscape!
  • I pictured Dauntless headquarters as being less... rubble.
  • They are obviously introducing you to Jeanine Matthews WAY earlier than in the book.  Like she's doing Marcus Eaton's job of giving the speech at the Choosing Ceremony
  • The zip line!!
I'm also interested to see how a book written in a rather tight first-person voice will translate to the screen.  I thought that they were pretty successful with The Hunger Games (which had a similar issue).

Is it March yet?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Well that was unpleasant

Sunday morning I took the puppy and went to the park to do my weekly run/walk.

I was doing pretty good until the 5th mile.

See that?  Not bad!

But on Mile 5, my left foot started to hurt.  Something was wrong with my toe.

Somehow some sand got into my sock.  It settled between my big toe and the next toe.  A large patch of skin on my big toe was rubbed off.  I did the next half mile in a fast hobbling step.

Though, despite the injury, I managed to completely kill my step goal.

I also brought home a very sleepy puppy.  She had a great walkie!  But on her little legs, I imagine it was like a marathon!

The bad news part of all of this is that the scale was seen an upswing.

I usually have a weight gain about this time (thanks to my monthly visitor), which is rather frustrating.

Well, off to run again tomorrow

Monday, November 4, 2013

My brain just doesn't work today

So, after signing my lease this weekend I must admit that my mind is wandering.   it's currently this vicious cycle of:

  • listing all the things that have to be done
  • wondering if the current apartment people will charge us outrageous fees
  • hoping that the fact that we were never charged a security deposit will bite us in the butt (I have a feeling that it will)
  • thinking of all things that need to be acquired (3M Command products, new tires for my car, a washer and dryer)
  • wondering where we'll get the money for all of this
  • applying for (and being denied) credit, so I can buy some things....
  • learning that the term "pre-selected" is a bunch of crap and the helpful woman at the bank lied to me.
  • learning that the Best Buy card that I got is a sham... but will let me buy a washer.  and only a washer... and has an annual fee
  • again stressing about the packing and cleaning
  • Afraid that no one will help us move, forcing me to miss my December 8th race
  • going online to look at things I can't buy and will never afford.
At this point I want to hide under my desk.

Is it Christmas already?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

We're Moving!

Now that notice has been given, and leases have been signed I can spill the beans.

We're moving.

Next month.

The day before my big race.

It's terrifying, but also exciting!

We're actually moving to a place that has all of my minimum requirements:  At least two toilets, a fenced back yard and a front door that doesn't open into a hall.  We're actually going from a two bedroom/ one bath apartment to a three bedroom/ bath and a half townhouse.

I'm thrilled!
Now comes the hard part.  Packing.

My plan is to start now.  I want to go through every room, every closet, every shelf.  I want to toss what needs to be tossed and donate what can be donated.

After that's done, and the books are boxed most of the flotsam in this apartment will actually be taken care of.

Now all we need are people to help us move the furniture.  And that is always hard to find.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Not the way I wanted to start the day.....

This morning I woke up to Jarvis's voice telling me that I had email.

Well, I did.

6 emails from my bank that my card had irregular charges on it.

Oh, did it ever!!  11 charges from 5 different places in 5 different states.  None of which I did (mainly because I was asleep at the time).  I called the number on the email and confirmed that yes, I didn't make those purchases.  But I noticed something while I was looking at my account.  The bank had already reversed those charges.

I wasn't out money!

But that did mean that I needed to hit the bank.

By 9:30 I was driving to work with a new debit card, and some cash to hold me over.

And I think I'll obsessively look at all of my accounts now....

There's been a lot on my mind, and I didn't need something like this!  Let's hope the weekend will dry out, because I need to get  run in.