Tuesday, October 28, 2008

21st Century Mom Worries

My mom called yesterday to make sure I had assigned her a "good" ringtone after reading about the latest round of ringtone assignments on my blog. Does it GET any more 21st century than that for mom worries?

She hoped it was upbeat. She got "1985" by Bowling for Soup, which I think is definitely upbeat! But she made skeptical noises as she's unfamiliar with the song.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Headless Chicken

I am entirely unsure if I am coming or going. I am working 6 days a week now, and I gave up my one day off this week to (wo)man a booth at the Women's Lifestyle Show.

I feel like I've been down a deep hole for two weeks between the bronchitis (cleared up now!), the doubled work schedule, and the 8 billion other major life events all landing on me at once.

We did finally manage to get new phones, which we've needed for ages (Mr. McGee's wouldn't even hold a charge anymore), so I spent part of my afternoon assigning ring tones to my relatives, which gave me great joy. We haven't managed to make it to PAWS yet and I haven't started laundry, despite my laundry room being all beautifully finished now.

I feel like I haven't seen any of my friends in forever, which bums me out a little.

My primary life goals right now are a) get past the election (soooooo tired of attack ads!) and then b) get to Thanksgiving. I need four days off!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Academic Haiku

Some of my friends and I began, a few years ago, to put frustrations with idiotic situations into haiku. It's amazing how therapeutic it is.

While most of my students remain great, there's a minority this semester who are driving me CRAZY. To that end, I give you Academic Haiku. (They're only haikus because they're 5-7-5; they bear no real resemblance to the other formal structures of haiku.) My favorite is the second-to-last one.

Academic Haiku:

E-mail handle tip:
"sexyboy69" is

Complete text: "dude, what
is that paper for that class?"
No name. You got me!

"I could not do work:
Blackboard broken." "Blackboard fine:
Upgrade your browser."

"You did not post work."
It's right there. Life tip: Before
lie, check evidence.

Screams echo in night:
"Answer my 3 a.m. e-
mail!" I'm sleeping, jerk.

One-hour response on
all e-mail? Your premise is

I cannot answer
your e-mail when I am in
class. I suck that way.

Students cannot seem
to locate staplers, ever.
They need red Swinglines.

Life tip: Do not claim
hospital stay after you
pass me in the hall.

Loving Jesus nice,
but your grade is based on works,
not faith in Yahweh.

Theme threatening prof
with eternal damnation:
Not best strategy.

Friday, October 17, 2008

General Update, Things Have Been Hectic

I have been hassled all week for not blogging, to which I plead guilty. I didn't feel much like it for a couple days after Orange Cat went to the great snugglefest in the sky, and then I promptly came down with a cold, which has now turned itself into a ridiculous case of bronchitis that is making me a very sad girlie. Poor Mr. McGee has not has a wife this week, but an ugly bag of mostly water that keeps him awake with coughing.

So, things that require updating:
Grey Cat is lonely. He gets especially worked up at bedtime, as Orange Cat never missed the overnight nap and its attendant sunggles, so Grey Cat keeps looking around the bedroom and upstairs bathroom to try to find him. He's also been very demanding about attention. I think sooner rather than later we'll have to find him a new feline companion at PAWS (though they totally don't have any one-eyed strays in stock right now).

We received a lot of kindness and support after Orange Cat's death, and I haven't had a chance to respond to a lot of it (what with all the coughing I'm busy with), but we do appreciate it, very much.

I am picking up a few extra classes, to help out a colleague who's off for a little while, so my blogging time will probably be even more scarce for the next little while.

Mr. McGee has finished painted the floor and walls of half the basement. The plumber comes Monday to hook back up my washer and dryer (it is not, sadly, Troy the Cat-Loving Plumber, because he's booked through the end of next week and I am running out of underwear too fast to wait that long, but rather one of his colleagues). So the unfinished, "service" side of the basement can finally be put back together. The upstairs of my house can't go quite back to normal yet, but it can get a lot closer now that I'll have my storage space back!

I also got a very nice shout-out on Consumerist; I'm pretty sure getting a Gawker-network shout-out makes me at least as famous as some minor wannabe celebutantes.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Orange Cat is gone

We had Orange Cat put down this afternoon. He'd been getting weaker since the beginning of the week, and had declined precipitously in the last day and a half. We knew it was time.

It's hard, of course, but he had a good life and it was time to let him go.

The staff at Meadowbrook Vet and Dr. Wulfkuhle in particular have been fantastic through Orange Cat's whole diabetes/kidney failure/etc., and we were glad Dr. W was able to do the euthanasia. It was very peaceful and painless.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

In the Adjunct Office

Adjunct One, muttering: "And grade THAT ... and class NOTES ... and this goes BACK ...."

Adjunct Two: "Your interior monologue is leaking!"

Adjunct One: Brief Silence. Hysterical giggling.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

Calling All Gamers

As regular readers probably know, my husband plays a table-top RPG. Due to the normal moving, changing job schedules, etc., his table's a little thin right now, so he's looking for a couple players to fill it out. It's a group of married, gainfully-employed guys (there's one woman who sometimes plays, but it's not me). They play on Saturday afternoons and it's pretty flexible when someone can't make it.

I know I've seen other local bloggers talking about gaming, so I thought I'd give him a little plug in case anybody's looking for a game. Shoot me an e-mail (top left there) if you're interested!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Gravity Broken: Cat May Not Land on Feet

As if Orange Cat didn't have enough troubles, last night I woke up around 4 a.m. as he is FALLING OFF THE BED. And then can't manage to stand up. I have no idea how he managed to fall off the bed, since nobody was rolling over and accidentally shoving him or anything, but he fell, and our bed is pretty tall, and the floor is wood, so it was a pretty big fall.

He eventually got himself up and is now extremely gimpy in his back right leg, poor thing. We've been carrying him to his usually napping places this morning so he doesn't have to walk far (I even got out of bed to put him back up on the bed), but he is moving himself around to where he wants to be, so I think he'll be okay.

He sat on my lap for a while this morning while I read the paper and I tried a cold pack very gently on his gimpy leg. At first he seemed suspicious of this and kept looking at it and sniffing it, but then he decided he liked the cold and kept leaning into it. Now he's sitting ON it with it under him, which does nothing for his leg but apparently he just likes the cold. He is a weird cat.