Life update--unintentionally very long - 1370°C
Sep. 29th, 2006
11:52 am - Life update--unintentionally very long
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.
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.