Reactions to declawing

July 29th, 2014, posted in Cats

After Kiesha died, I adopted BrieBrie and Phaedra fron Cat Angels rescue.  The two kitties have had their challenges, but for the most part they are very sweet. When I adopted them, I signed a contract stating I would never let them be out door cats or have them declawed.

Last night, I started watching a video about one vet’s fight against declawing cats. I couldn’t even get through the credits. I had to shut the show off.

Why would anyone mutilate a cat’s paws like that? If you have cats, then you adapt or teach them not to do things by providing alternatives that are more appealing.

It was very depressing. I went upstairs and played with the cats as therapy.

Size comparison

July 27th, 2014, posted in Cats

Briebrie is almost exactly twice as big as Phaedra. Here they are both sleeping in the same sink.

Pain in the butt continues

July 19th, 2014, posted in General

I’ve been going to the spine orthopedic specialist regularly since my tailbone started hurting in April. He did a series of injections on either side of my tailbone. Initially, the injections seemed to help a lot, but the past several ones didn’t seem to make a noticeable difference. (My chiropractor making sure the tailbone was in alignment often helped more than the injections did.)

During the visit today, the doctor used acupuncture. First time I’ve ever had this done. I don’t like needles at all and yet, to try and resolve the tailbone issue, I’ve have regular injections and now acupuncture. The needles were on either side of my tailbone and then on several locations down the back of my legs. The needles were electrically stimulated for 20 minutes.

I was very surprised. The acupuncture really seems to have helped. Enough that I’m considering riding again, even lightly.

Talk Nerdy To Me

June 30th, 2014, posted in Geekitude, Music

This nerdy parody of Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty To Me” is so much better than the original. Between this song and the music videos from Jonathan Coulton and The Guild, it’s a pretty good playlist.

Lyrics

Get nerdy wit me…
Tell me what game that you get on, is it COD or EVE?
What kind of class do you play girl, in an RPG?
Cuz I know what them elf girls need, from WOW to M.E. (Middle Earth)
Im goin 30 hours online straight now…
You make it hard to leave

HOOK
Been to Middle Earth, do you speak my language?
Your elf ears don’t need explainin
All I really need for you to do is…just … please
Talk nerdy to me

Get nerdy wit me
You name all twelve of the Docs, I can’t resist that
And what’s the core in your wand? I think that ours match
Cuz I know, with me, you’d get sort, Durmstrang to Hogwarts
Im pretty sure, on me, you’ve cast a curse girl, the imperius one?

HOOK
Been to comic-con, hope you speak my language
Your Harley Quinn don’t need explainin
All I really need for you to do is…just … please
Talk nerdy to me

Bridge:
Uno, met a girl at E3
Dos, she wanted all my XP
Tres, My 64 makes her want me
Cuatro, Oooohhhhhh (vocal run)

(back ground shout: “One Ring!”)

Rap Verse:
Up, up, down, down, forward, back, A, B
You don’t need a cheat code, girl to get with me
Just add my clan tag, bring your high K/D,
Cuz the headshots we’ll be makin will be toppin the team
Or Magic the gatherin, Deck on Deck,
You like Twilight? Ya, I aint touchin your neck
I got nerd friends, but they’re friends with respect
I can call up Iron Man without breakin a sweat!

And I wanna hear your issues, ya, Im talking about your comics,
Cuz the fact of the matter, aint no girl badder than a girl that talks on electronics,
And for us to get along just tell me Lucas got it wrong,
Cuz clearly in Star Wars the first shot was made by Han. (Snap!)

HOOK
Love the Enterprise, now I speak the language
Your warp drive don’t need explainin
All I really need for you to do is…just … please
Talk nerdy to me

Vocals: Keith Evans
Rap: Keith Allen
Lyrics by: Keith Allen

2Cellos play AC-DC’s Thunder

June 13th, 2014, posted in Music

Love watching talented musicians play, especially when they have a great take on a classic rock song.

Phaedra takes over the world

June 1st, 2014, posted in General

Or as close to it as she gets. She’s now coming out to meet me or at least watch me whenever I enter the bathroom. She isn’t hiding behind the toilet any more. She purrs and plays regularly. She even comes up to me now and follows me around when I bring in her food. Her confidence has improved a lot over the past few weeks.

All with this very high pitched kittenish squeak of a meow. So very cute.

BrieBrie meanwhile has thoroughly settled in. She curls up next to me on the bed and (usually) lets me sleep all night. The nights when she plays too hard I end up sleeping down stairs. She rips around the room, jumps up on the bed, jumps over me (usually, some times she launches herself off of my legs), and then rips around the bed again to repeat the process. She is just so cute it’s impossible to be angry with her at all.

I haven’t introduced the two of them yet. I am taking things very slow and easy. I want Phaedra to build up more confidence so instead of running from BrieBrie she’ll be able to sniff noses. Hopefully, at least. BrieBrie is twice Phaedra’s size and a little territorial.

Still no riding

May 24th, 2014, posted in General

Pain in my rump is still there. It’s gradually getting better but I am not able to sit long without the donut pillow. I can sit for about 20 minutes without one now, up from 10 minutes. I suppose that’s an improvement. It’s a long way from being able to ride, though.

I’m still seeing the orthopedist. Next appointment coming up for round three.

Update on the new kitties

May 10th, 2014, posted in Cats

BrieBrie has been coming around and is so friendly now. She hears my voice and comes out from under the bed and plays and talks. She’s adorable. She has discovered that the red laser fairy is her friend and she lurves it.

Phaedra is a lot more reserved. She doesn’t come out for me and she usually hisses at me a few times when I first come into sight. I’ve been working with the people from Cat Angels to try things that might help Phaedra. I’ve had her in the second bedroom upstairs. Currently BrieBrie in my bedroom and Phaedra in the second, separated by the bathroom. My “case worker” from Cat Angels suggested giving Phaedra a smaller space like the bathroom. Okay, so then how do I move her?

Phaedra solved that question herself because I found where she had been using one of her bed areas instead of the litter box. I cleaned up the area (arg, very frustrating) and scheduled an appointment to make sure she didn’t have a urinary tract infection. She was not happy with me taking her to the vet, but she turned out to be very good for them. The vet said that Phaedra’s urine was very concentrated and to try to encourage her to drink more.

When I brought her home, I moved her to the bathroom. She has a bowl of tap water, a fountain with filtered water, and a bowl with filtered water. I changed her litter from the pine pellets stuff to Cat Attract kitty litter (which has a guarantee that your cat will use the litter). She seems to be feeling better and has been a little more relaxed.

Imagine my surprise, when she started coming out and purring more for me.

Pain in my rump

April 28th, 2014, posted in Horses

I bruised my tailbone after riding back in the beginning of April and I’m still not back in the saddle. It’s driving me a little crazy not being able to ride. We have had some beautiful weather that is perfect for riding.

But I’m stuck. The orthopedist was finally able to see me. He said that my back looks good overall. I’m in good shape. So we decided on injections near the tailbone to alleviate any swelling and help things return to normal.

I go back in two weeks for another check up. We’ll see how this goes.

New refrigerator

April 23rd, 2014, posted in General

The lovely new refrigerator is here! It makes such a huge difference in how the kitchen looks. The house is so much quieter too, without the rattle of the other machine’s motor. It will be interesting to see what happens to the electric bill now.

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The old Whirlpool beige refrigerator.

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The lovely new GE refrigerator

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Interior of the new refrigerator. So pretty!

A hearse ran me off the road

April 22nd, 2014, posted in General

I have this lovely new car and it seems like fewer people see the Veloster than the Tiburon. The strangest part was today’s activities: two cars, one on the way in to work and one on the way home, almost ran me off of the road. Well one actually did run me into the shoulder.

Here’s where it gets strange.

A brand new hearse ran me off of the road on the way to work this morning. I was at the Airport exit on 40 in the far left lane. Hearse merged from the right lane over into mine right next to me and ran me into the shoulder. I almost lost control of the car, regained it. And kept going. The driver was going about 85 or 90. He didn’t stop coming into my lane even when I honked repeatedly.

So yeah. That happened.

And then, on the way home tonight, a painting company van dashed out into my lane in front of me. If I didn’t hit my brakes, I would be in the hospital now.

Ice Age in the refrigerator

April 21st, 2014, posted in General

My 32-year old refrigerator is dying a sad death. The freezer’s frost is creeping into the refrigerator compartment. There is a six inch frost ledge. A bottle of juice at the back of the top shelf has most of it’s cap covered by frost. I couldn’t easily move it. This frost is also melting and dripping water.

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I spent the better part of the weekend online reading reviews and going to the regular stores (Sears, HH Gregg, Best Buy, Lowes, Home Depot) to see what was on sale. I found a GE Artistry refrigerator at Home Depot that was in the display / open box area. It was only 10% off, so I asked the manager if maybe a little more could be taken off… and well, turned out it could. BUT. I’d have to pick up and install the unit *and* get rid of my current unit. (New units include delivery, installation, and haul away of the old unit.)

The manager was very nice and said he could give me 10% off of a new model for “customer satisfaction”. Turns out that there was also a special deal on that model so the total deal was 20% off.

I was shocked at how large and how expensive most of the refrigerators in the store are. My current refrigerator is 29 inches wide, 30 inches deep, and 65 inches tall.

I had to wander back to behind all of the expensive display units and try to find something that would fit. Half of the units that I was interested in were unmarked, didn’t have prices, or sizes on them. Sales people at Lowes were unhelpful. Home Depot people were great. HH Gregg people were helpful but … pushy. Sears couldn’t find any one to help.

My current refrigerator is a Whirlpool, and it’s had a good life span. My parents had a side-by-side and a French door model. Didn’t care for either of those. Couldn’t fit pizza boxes into the freezer side. (Funny what is important to college students.) I haven’t had a bottom freezer unit before. This will be an adventure.

I really liked the way the GE Artistry looks, and the discount managed to bring it down closer to the price range of the other units I was looking at (okay, still $100 more but better).

Any way, it arrives on Wednesday.

Roku and Plex streaming

April 13th, 2014, posted in Geekitude

Last November, I got fed up with Time Warner being inconsistent in their offering prices. I was told when I moved from the apartment to my house that I could keep my old plan. Great, that worked. Except when I got my first bill, i ended up with a total that was three times the amount I had been playing at the apartment. I called Time Warner several times and each time I was given a different story. Suffice it to say, that I canceled the cable subscription and kept only the high speed internet. (There isn’t another option for reliable high speed internet except DSL.)

I bought a Roku, subscribed to Netflix and Amazon Prime, and haven’t looked back.

A friend of mine gave me a video that I was watching on my little Windows laptop. An 11-inch screen isn’t exactly prime viewing. On a hunch, I figured that there had to be a way to stream from a PC to a Roku. There is a streaming media server software called Plex that allows me to stream the videos you gave me from my Windows PC to my Roku. I’m currently watching Game of Thrones on the TV by streaming it from my PC. How cool is that? There are free and subscription services. I’m only using the free service.

There is a version of Plex available for Mac, Linux, and Windows.

This is really cool.

I love the Roku.

Making cardboard dungeon tiles for gaming

April 2nd, 2014, posted in Gaming

A friend of mine sent me a link to DM Scotty’s channel, the DM’s Craft. He shows how to make all sorts of dungeon tiles with paint, cardboard (!!), hot glue, and patience. They look really good!

There is a video that shows how to make crypt and cemetery tiles. That will be useful for the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay segment of Gathering Storm that deals with the Garden of Morr. I wouldn’t do an entire map for Warhammer, but I think the area where the boss fights take place would be cool.

This will be fun!

Pain in the butt after riding

April 2nd, 2014, posted in Horses

After riding yesterday, my tailbone has been very sore. Sitting hurts. Riding is out of the question. This is unacceptable. I am so tired of not being able to ride consistently. I’m going to see my regular doctor and hopefully get a referral to an orthopedic specialist.

This sucks. I’m tired of riding and then having a pain in the butt, feeling well enough to ride, and then riding… and having a pain in the butt again.

I’m off of riding until this is resolved. No more relapses.