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  1. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Yep, cats. Snip has decided that she now wants Lily's sleeping spot on my bed, next to the pillows on the alarm clock side. So Lily is now sleeping in the living room, and I'm getting whacked in the nose (with claws) when the alarm goes off in the morning.
  2. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Lily's blood test results are in, and the iodine worked, hooray! Now she just has to gain another half pound or so. Next thing will be kidney disease, but that's in the very early stages and the vet and I both agreed to do nothing about it until after February and the three-month post-iodine blood test. Besides, feline kidney diets are low protein, and that's counterproductive when you want to put weight on a cat.
  3. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Lily has her one-month post-radiation blood draw tomorrow. The last time the traveling vet saw her, she was a hyperactive cat skeleton with fur on it. Now she looks like an actual cat, so I hope the test results agree that the treatment worked. If so, I can take all the leftover pills down to the drug disposal box at the police station, and the Radioactive Cat Saga will be officially over with.
  4. Our work emails are first_last@school. Somebody with the same first name as me started working here this fall, and I keep getting email for her because people stop typing after the first name and the system auto-fills with my last name because it comes before hers in the alphabet. I wouldn't mind so much if she didn't work in the Dean's office, because I keep getting important email that isn't actually for me.
  5. Pet Peeves

    OW. Smacked my elbow on the desk so hard that something three feet away from my elbow fell over. I'd like to know who suddenly raised the desk two inches as my elbow was coming down.
  6. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Lily's home! She came upstairs at roughly 40 mph last night and Snip promptly ate her dinner for her, so everything's back to normal, pretty much. And the radioactive iodine worked, because she's less hyper than she was and she's putting on weight. She's still on the skinny side, but she's not painfully skinny. It's only me and the cats, but it's a family, and it feels a lot better to have it all back together again.
  7. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    She's home, and has decided that I'm still me, so she's mostly OK with being in quarantine. Still not eating a lot, but drank all the broth out of a can of wet food and wanted a couple of fragments of cheese when offered. Hopefully she'll get the idea and eat the rest of the wet food before tomorrow.
  8. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    I'm actually glad I didn't get pictures of Lily, because they would have made me feel worse than I did already! I dropped her off at 8:30 Tuesday morning and it took me until about 6:30 Tuesday night to stop feeling guilty about it.
  9. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Lily comes home tomorrow morning. She pretty much stopped eating as of Wednesday, because she hates the hospital so much. She hasn't held grudges much, but if she's ever going to, I wouldn't blame her for doing it now.
  10. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Fortunately the apartment below mine is empty, so I can keep her in a bedroom down there while the other cat lives on the second floor with me and the dog lives on the third floor with my landlady.
  11. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    Lily finally has a date for radioactive iodine treatment, since we have now determined that she doesn't have a UTI. She turns into Radioactive Cat on November 13, comes home from the hospital on November 17, and goes into quarantine downstairs for two weeks. I decided that 20 minutes of me per day and confined to one room for two weeks was better than 20 minutes of strangers per day and confined to a cage.
  12. NFL Thread

    They painted the Rams end zones over the USC end zones. The midfield graphic looks awful too.
  13. Gratefulness and Smiles

    I failed to get my open water scuba certification this past weekend, partly on account of too much unfamiliar rental gear. Neoprene floats quite well, and so do I even without the neoprene, so I couldn't get underwater. BUT, when I got home I had a very nice email from the dive school's training manager that basically said "That must have sucked for you, I'm sorry, come to the shop and we'll make a new plan, please don't give up!" I went today and we made a new plan that everybody's happy with (basically, I'll get all of my own neoprene gear that fits properly, and play with it in the pool all winter, and go for certification again in the spring), and I got to play with the operations manager's dog for ten minutes besides, so she was happy too.
  14. Pet(s): Photos & Discussion

    The only time I had to give Snip liquid medicine, I had figured out that if I scritch her under the chin for long enough, she absolutely has to yawn afterward. So I scritched her under the chin until she yawned and then squirted the medicine into the middle of the yawn. And for some reason it actually worked.
  15. Pet Peeves

    I can't think of the phrase I want, and it's driving me crazy. My inner Victorian is having a well-bred fit about the number of things I've had to do at the bottom of the dive well without a mask on, and it's harrumphing about how you'd think people were losing their masks all over the place, but that's not the phrase it wants. (Of course, the driving me crazy is balanced by the thought of Victorians in tail coats and corsets and scuba gear, which is making me laugh.)