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Life update--unintentionally very long - 1370°C

Sep. 29th, 2006

11:52 am - Life update--unintentionally very long

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Things have been a bit random lately, mostly not in a good way.


On the kitten raising front, both Veruca and Zephyr succumbed to some nasty gastro-intestinal bug (mostly likely a raging coccidia infection) and didn't make it. While Veruca was so tiny that i wasn't attached to her yet, damndirtyzombie and i were starting to think of Zephyr as part of the household, and he'd intended to keep her; so we're both still pretty cracked up about it.

There's definitely something nasty going around in the East Mountains. Another kitten, who was much older (6-7 weeks) died of the same bug last night, and he'd had no contact with my two. However, they had all three been in my Vet Hospital for a good while and had come from the Tijeras area. We've also seen a few adult cats with the same symptoms, but their immune systems seemed to be developed enough to shake it. All three got sick and were gone in a matter of about 2 days. Big parts of me feel that i should have started treating Zephyr for it as soon as Veruca got sick, but she still seemed perfectly fine with no signs of illness...until she wasn't. Next time, i'll know better.


I have two potential job offers from other Vet Hospitals.

After more than a month of email communication, elegantelbow's Vet wants me to come down and see her place properly and do a real interview. The days she needs covered are perfect, and she's not fazed by the fact that i'm leaving town in a few months. The downside is that she's going out of town soon, so i wouldn't be starting that job till after the 15th of October at the soonest.

Also, i threw in an application on a lark at Eubank Animal Hospital, which didn't have a want-ad going, but which i knew was hiring because they phoned for references on a former CCAH employee. I did a very odd phone interview that consisted of the guy asking me things like "So you're comfortable with restraint of cats and dogs?" after i'd told him how many years of experience i had as a Tech and that our clinic did small animals including exotics. He then phoned all of my references. No joke. I don't think i've ever had an interviewer phone even one before. All i could give him were people at CCAH, since my last job was in Dublin and before that, i'd been on fellowship for 2 years. So i gave him a Veterinarian, our Office Manager, one co-worker who is a Tech, and another who's a Receptionist. He talked to all of them, and according to the phone message i got today, they all gave glowing reports which included "we really don't want her to cut down her hours here." Sometime next week, they're going to phone me to come in for a working interview.

By the by, my Office Manager told me the other day that she's almost certain that it's NM state law that a job has to pay people who do working interviews. I find this odd because i'm almost certain that CCAH didn't pay me for the one i did there (though if it was rolled into my first paycheck, i likely wouldn't have noticed...still, they paid the kennel guy who came in last week in cash for his, even though he accepted the job on the spot), and i know that Aztec didn't pay me for the one i did there. I wonder if the interweb knows something about that law.

I'm hoping when i get back to MN, i can get a very part-time Tech job to supplement my grad student pay. I find that being able to do some good in the world (even if the world i do good in is very tiny, albeit fuzzy) significantly improves my mood and self-esteem, even if it ups my stress level a bit.


Squoor! I got a paper accepted to K'zoo. It's for the Women and Devotion panel. In addition to getting to present, i'll get to hang out with the lovely imbrium8 and meghanh and introduce them to K, who's running a session. I'm sure they'll get along swimmingly. Also, i'll get to talk up UMN to them and have them meet my professors, who i'm also sure they'll fall in love with.

This means, of course, that i have to finish the paper ;) But this is right and proper motivation to do so. I've got about 30 tabs open specifically about the topic, and since _goodmanbrown_ can't seem to find my copy, i'm going to have to break down and buy a new edition of Hali Meiðhad so i can re-do all of my research on the text itself, because my notes amounted to things like "you can find this thing you want to talk about on page 30 of your edition." Boy, was that a stupid way to take notes. I wish i could remember which edition i had. It's going to be a good deal of work.

My Photoshop class redux goes swimmingly. My professor even emailed me to say that she thought my posts to the web discussion board were good enough that she was glad the other students got to benefit from them. She had just asked us to find an advert and then talk about how the elements of design in it fit or didn't fit with a description in one of our textbooks about what good design should be. I found an old TRS-80 ad and wrote a quite long critique of it, that i didn't think was anything special. But mine was significantly more in-depth than those the other students did, so that's likely the reason for the compliment.


I'm already getting far too excited about ickle_tayto and nephster13 visiting me next year. Though the visits are quite far off, i'm already planning what to take them to see and do in the Twin Cities. It just seems far too large and spread out a place to really get to show them what's neat about MN without access to a car. Perhaps if finances permit, i'll hire one so we can actually drive out to the woods somewhere as well as get around to the neater bits of the suburbs. Of course, i still don't know how i'm going to scrape up the money to actually get back to MN, but one thing at a time, i suppose.

damndirtyzombie's birthday is coming up quickly. I have one surprise planned, but as some initial gift-plans fell through, i'm scrambling to come up with something nice for him, despite his claims that he really only wants to go out to a nice dinner and spend the evening with me.

It's nearly October! The air is chilly at night, and our landlady has cut off power (a bit prematurely IMO) to the swamp cooler. In just two short days, i can allow myself to start seriously looking (and buying, and putting up) decorations. If anyone wants to join damndirtyzombie and i out at the pumpkin patch to choose pretty orange fruits and then wander through a corn maze in the dark, let me know, we'll be going some weekend day in October. And then costume planning. I'm thinking either evil Helena from Mirrormask or re-visiting my last-year's plan of Amanda from Dresden Dolls. My hair will be quite short by then, though, so i may have to go with something completely different.


***edit***
I realise now that i've written this that it sounds like things are actually quite in a good way for me. But the kitten thing has done my head in enough to have a serious effect on whatever else is going on.

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From:zevhonith
Date:September 29th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I thought about being the dark Queen from Mirrormask for Halloween, but like most of my Halloween ideas, it's too complicated and necessitates too much crap, so I gave it up.

I'm sorry about the kittens. :( I haven't written anything to you or C. because I didn't know what to say, but I wanted to say I was sorry about them.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 29th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, the Dark Queen would require a lot of work. I think i probably already have most of what i'd need to do evil Helena though, which is part of the appeal.

Thanks for your wishes. I know it happens sometimes to little ones like those, it just sucks lots.
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From:pixink
Date:September 29th, 2006 06:45 pm (UTC)
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Poor kitties. :( I'm so sorry about that.

Oo? Oo? There should be birthday beatings for teh Zombie!
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From:pixink
Date:September 30th, 2006 03:42 pm (UTC)
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No, you are a bad, bad Zombie, and must be bludgeoned with a rubber chicken until you come to your senses. Or lose them. Mwhahahaha.
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From:elegantelbow
Date:September 29th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm so heartbroken for both of you on the loss of Zephyr. The loss of any cat is horrible -- but so much worse when you only got the briefest moment with him.

elegantelbow's Vet wants me to come down and see her place properly and do a real interview.

Great! I'm sure you'll like her.

"So you're comfortable with restraint of cats and dogs?"

That seems like an odd question. Surely it's mandatory to restrain cats and dogs when they're in the clinic.

damndirtyzombie's birthday is coming up quickly.

attutle's birthday is Monday. He's been very clear for almost a whole year -- all he wants is pizza. This does not, of course, stop me from wanting to get some other much-more-fabulous gift.

If anyone wants to join damndirtyzombie and i out at the pumpkin patch to choose pretty orange fruits and then wander through a corn maze in the dark, let me know, we'll be going some weekend day in October.

Me! Me! Me! Me! I want to go! Pick me!

And then costume planning.

I just decided this week who I'm going to be for Halloween, but she's a character on a cancelled HBO television show, so I feel confident that no one will have the faintest idea who I am.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 29th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I suppose it depends on the cancelled show. If you managed anyone from Carnivale, i'd know ;)

And yes, you should come with us to the punkin patch. That would be awesome.
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From:elegantelbow
Date:September 29th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
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How about Saturday, 10/14? I'm also open to Sunday, 10/15.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:October 1st, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I'm thinking Sunday 10/22, so our punkins are still fresh for Halloween, but I can be swayed.
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From:imbrium8
Date:September 29th, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC)
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First of all, Congratulations on K'zoo! It's going to be so awesome. Of course, by the time we're there, I think we have to have made our grad school decisions, but that doesn't mean we won't be happy to meet your professors.

I'm still so sorry about the kitties. I also adored Zephyr, and would have done my best to talk Eli into letting me have her, had she needed a home. They were both wonderful kittens, and I think that they were so lucky to have gotten to live with you.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 29th, 2006 07:08 pm (UTC)
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Nod. I'm sure you will have, but that doesn't mean i can't pimp you to re-apply when your grad school of choice turns out to suck ass ;) Ooh, at any rate, if you do apply to UMN and are accepted, they fly you out to do a prospective student thing. And you could stay with me! Hooray for free visits to other states ;)
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From:imbrium8
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, neat - I look forward to a paid visit, if accepted. That'd rock. Can we go to the big mall? :D

Before I forget - I love pumpkin patches, and will do my best to talk Eli into it, but in addition, we're going to go to the Corrales Harvest Festival this weekend in a big group: me, meghanh, probably Eli, maybe my family, probably meghanh's parents, and who knows who else. You should join us, if you're free!
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:30 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, i'd be up for that. But i have to work all day Saturday.
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From:phaedrine
Date:September 29th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Awww, I'm so sorry to hear about the kittens. :( At least they had you to take care of them for as long as they were around.

I love Halloween, but I always, always get stuck on the costume thing. Stupid costumes.
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From:catblade
Date:September 30th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
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I will have a vastly entertaining friiend visiting in October, so would love to follow you through a pumpkin maze in the dark. She's a little (lot) loopy though (without drugs).
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From:ickle_tayto
Date:September 30th, 2006 10:03 am (UTC)
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am getting stupid bouncy excited to be going out to visit you too.. and it's six months away..

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From:_velvetdarkness
Date:September 30th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Sorry to hear about the kittens. One of theses days/months/years must pop over stateside.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:October 1st, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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Yes, yes you should. Once you are debt-free and settled into your new place, i'm sure i'll start bugging you and the furby to come out.
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