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Baby is at the emergency vet tonight.

I fear my Baby is dying.
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Baby Bear has diabetes.

...it's so rare in ferrets, that he's only the third that his vet has ever seen (and she is by no means a spring chicken).

Aaagh.

Jan. 4th, 2010 04:47 pm
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Sven's dead.

I have absolutely no luck with fish.
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Terra is dead.
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Terra.

Mimsy. Mommy kitty. Miss Thing. Skeletor. Skelekitty. Old Fat Mom Cat. Yoda Cat. Yowling Cat. Ter-ror. Mims. Ter. Ter-rooming kitty. Little Miss Pokey Feet. Queen Terra. Cranky. Mimmer-girl. Mom-cat.

Last of the Old Guard.

Our family loves nothing more than to give our pets nicknames and Terra is no exception. The last of the old guard, the final pet of my childhood. Outlived Rachel the dog and her son Tiger. There have only been five years of my life with which she has not had a part of and they were the first five. Cranky as hell but sweet. I picked her out of a litter because she was the most colorful, hence her name, Terra - mottled grey, white, and tan like the earth.

Only five years that she has not seen me through. Twenty long years of life and they were a good twenty. Saw us through four moves (Syracuse to Philadelphia, NY to outside Philly, PA to Fort Belvoir to Manassas Park). Gave us kittens - gave us Tiger. Provoked laughter, tears, anger, and most of all love. Saw me all the way from elementary through college and now beyond. Used to be a fifteen pound porker and now she's barely a negligent weight on my chest.

I fully expect to make a post in the next few days with just the words, "Terra is dead."

Merry fucking Christmas to me.
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Eight inches of snow and counting. We're expected to get something in the range of 15 to 22 inches before it's all over.

And I'm stuck here with a cold. And very little cold medicine. I slept for twelve hours last night and the cold and the wet make me want to sleep some more, but I think I'll stay up for a bit so my schedule doesn't get completely screwed.

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Last weekend I went down to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach - Williamsburg to sing at Bruton Parish (which was lovely, if fraught with mistakes; I choked on some food two hours before the concert and had a catch in my throat the whole time) and I spent the night at the Lord Paget hotel. Sadly, I had a room next to Becky's and I got to listen to her bitch about everything that went wrong in the concert, bless her heart.

The next day I went over to Flo and Sam's and spent the day with Flo and Karlene. We hung about the apartment watching The West Wing (one of my favorite shows of all times), before we decided to head to the outlets. On the way home from the outlets we stopped at a ginormous Yankee Candle Store and managed to spend quite a bit of time there without actually sniffing their currently available scents. We did, however, take a look at their clearance room, the candy shop, the general store, and the year round winter holiday scene. It was built on the inside to look like a small village - I think it would be a fun place to go whenever it's really crappy outside just to have something bright and cheerful to go to.

After an amazing curry dinner cooked by Flo (which was awesome and delicious) we headed out to Busch Gardens Christmas Town (? - WETH it's called). That was fun, if a bit cold. My parents were there as well but we didn't actually see them while we wandered around. Turns out that in Germany you could buy real Wassail in a very lovely glass mug instead of just hot chocolate in a decent plastic one. Oh well. Very few of the rides were open, but Darkastle (which actually scared me, but it was a lot of fun) and the bumper cars were - something that I've never done before. So on that cold, wintry night I bumped people's cars and had an all around good time smacking the hell out of ten year olds in their vehicles. >:D

(Unfortunately, I did manage to hurt my neck to the point that by Monday I couldn't move my head well enough to drive safely, but still I had to go pick up my ferts and go to the dentist and finish shopping and then Tuesday was work and it was even worse until I remembered that I still had percoset and mega doses of ibuprofen from the root canal so I took some and by Wednesday it was much much better.)

After that we wandered around and saw the sights of the various countries. We watched the awesomely funny Tannenbaum show in Germany (I have no idea why we found it hilarious, but watching the lights on the tree and the surrounding areas was pretty funny). We drank our hot cocoa and listened to a man with an accordion sing Christmas carols, and took the train ride and all around had a good time. The last things we did were a) start a trend of standing on chairs next to the heat lamps and b) eat funnel cake. Sam apparently never had funnel cake before but since I made it to 25 without riding on bumper cars, I do not judge.

After that we went home to watch more TV until it was time for bed. (At which point I got a spectacular nose bleed, and Karlene had me shove q-tips up my nose and then she promptly laughed. Okay, it was pretty funny.) Once that was over, we went to bed, and I slept like the day.

Then Karlene and I drove down to Virginia Beach where we went on this tour of historical houses in the area. Karlene kept mentioning that she had never even knew that most of the houses were there. I didn't either, to be honest, but then I don't know much about Virginia Beach beyond that there's a) a beach, b) friends of mine live there, and c) Busch Gardens isn't too far. Unfortunately by the time were we getting close to done, my stupid digestive system kicked in and I started having a hypoglycemic attack. Flo's admittedly delicious breakfast did not tide me over and we missed lunch due to the tour. :( So, I was a bit cranky (sorry Karlene) by the end. And since some of the houses were privately owned, I didn't feel right taking pictures beyond the outside of the house.

After, I went to check in at my hotel then met with Karlene and Jessie to eat some Greek food. (It was delicious. I love Greek food and we don't have a Greek-only restaurant near me (it's Italian/Greek food), I'd have to go into DC, which just ugh, sometimes.) After an evening of good conversation and food, we all headed our separate ways and I went back to the hotel and watched a special on the wild pig/boar epidemic in the US before crashing hard. Goddamn I love king size beds. A drunk guy tried to get into my room that night and we lost power at some point, but over all it was nice experience.

When I woke up I took a walk along the board walk/beach for about fifteen blocks. My original intent was to go to the Old Coast Guard house, but that didn't open until noon, and I was to be having lunch with Jessie and Karlene, so I didn't get to see it. Oh, well, there's always next time. It was drizzling when I started my walk, and on the way back it was out and out raining, so I got a little soaked. I went back to the hotel to dry off and watch a show about the presidents of the US (when I got home Travis was watching the same special, which made me laugh) before heading out to lunch. If I have one complaint about Virginia Beach it's this - they know that they are at or below sea level in some places, why in God's name are their roads so damn prone to flooding? Shouldn't that have been a consideration when constructing them?

After a delightful lunch it was time to head home. Man, I wish I could see them more often. I need to make an effort to get down there at least once year. Maybe that'll be a life resolution, or something.

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When I got to work on Tuesday, big developments happened in the office - Mark had quit, so we shuffled our desks around. I got his old desk, but I'm not sure if I want to keep it because I don't get as much work done back there. But it's nice to not have people walking behind me all the time (I hate that). We also had won a new contract, and I was one of the people who is included on that contract. My one substantive contribution was not to use the red folders (we're processing case work for the Wounded Warriors and instead use purple (i.e. purple hearts). The red would've been too gauche.

AARRGH.

Dec. 5th, 2009 01:10 pm
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Godfuckingdammit.

Our concert got rescheduled for next week because of the measly bit of snow we're currently getting. Next week is when I'm supposed to be going to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach.

Well, I'll still be going to Williamsburg and Virginia Beach, I just might not be able to stay as long as I would have liked.

I'm so angry right now I could spit.
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AKA "The Best Damn Chocolate Cheesecake EVAR"

1 3/4 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup of butter, melted
2 4 oz packages of Baker's German Sweet Chocolate, divided
2 eggs
3/4 cup light or dark corn syrup
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 2/3 teaspoons vanilla
2 8 oz packages of cream cheese, cubed, softened

Pre-heat oven to 325

Combine chocolate graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter in 9-inch springform pan until well mixed. Press onto bottom and 1 1/4 inches up side of springform pan.

Microwave 6 oz chocolate in bowl on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring halfway through heating time. Stir until complete melted. Place eggs, corn syrup, cream and vanilla in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. With blender running, gradually add cream cheese, blending until smooth. Blend in melted chocolate. Pour into crust.

Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on wire rack. Cover; refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Just before serving, melt remaining 2 oz of chocolate and drizzle over top. Garnish wish raspberries, if desired.

Makes 8 servings, but can easily feed 12.
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So one of my teeth did end up needing a root canal. Ugh. Believe me when I say they are no fun. Take care of your teeth, y'all. The past few months have been no fun in this regard.

Because of the root canal they gave me a prescription for Percoset. I don't understand how people can become addicted to this stuff - all it makes me feel is tired, dizzy, and sick to my stomach. Double ugh.
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OK, peeps, here's what I've got so far:

Dec 10 - Williamsburg, sing prettily at Bruton Parish Church, eat dinner at with Chorale (unless I get a better offer :D ) at...some restaurant I can't remember.

Dec 11 - sleep in, eat breakfast, check out a bit of the Burg, roll out after lunch to be in VA Beach by three-ish to check into La Quinta Inn & Suites on/at/near? the Beach. Afternoon pretty much free after that.

Dec 12 - sleep in, check out old Coast Guard House/Museum, eat lunch somewhere, afternoon/evening pretty much free. Maybe the Aquarium?? IMAX?

Dec 13 - sleep in, check out, hang around the Beach for a bit, head home, be home before too late cuz I gotta get up at fuckin' 4:30 the next day for work. Woe.

All plans are not 100% finalized, excepting the hotel check in/check out times. Hope to see you all there!
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4 Tbs flour

2 Tbs Sugar

2 Tbs Cocoa (unsweetened)

2 Tbs oil (veg or canola)

2 Tbs of water or milk (I always use milk)

Pinch of salt

about a 1/4 tsp of vanilla

Mix well in largish mug and nuke the sucker for about a min or until cooked (takes mine about 2 minutes)

Found on teh intarwebs, by anonymous. Must try, sounds delicious.
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Anil is dead.

It was no real surprise for me to learn that, the man had pancreatic cancer. I just wish I hadn't learned of it months after the fact. Though he was a micro-managing boss and a little crazy, I genuinely liked the guy. I would've liked to say goodbye.

More than anything, I would've liked to have gotten over my bitter anger and hurt sooner to reach out to him one last time before his death.
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Saw two horror films in the past two weeks, first up Zombieland. One word: AWESOME. Hilarious and gross, good pacing, a couple of things I didn't like about it, but overall it was great. There's a surprise in the middle that just makes this movie gold. And the rules were great. Kinda my fitspiration for the zompocalypse.

Paranormal Activity: Predictable. But FREAKY AS ALL HELL. Travis wasn't scared by it (he did, in fact, laugh right at the end and said, loudly, "SHE COULD EVEN BE IN THE THEATER RIGHT NOW." And all I could say was, "SHUT THE HELL UP." In a really shaky voice. Ugh. Waaaay better than The Blair Witch Project but just as predictable. Have these people never seen horror films? Seriously?
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I was dicking around with a journal I've owned for almost four years now (journals are wasted on me, I almost never write in them). Not really don't anything important, just a bit of free writing and sketching.

I flipped through it a couple of times, re-read the entries I made in England for my Japanese class and took a look at the sketches and notes strewn through out the rest of it. And try as I might I couldn't remember where I had picked up this journal. It was pretty to be sure, but not really to my taste.

I was going to put it up to pull out one of my writing journals when I accidentally flipped it open to the back instead of closing it. On the back panel there was a small note that said, "A Note from Lois: Hi... Remember me? I want you know you are missed!"

Lois, wherever you are and even though you'll probably never read this, yes, I do remember you and I miss you too. Thank you so much for this gift. It certainly brought a smile on my face to see your hidden message.
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And let me tell you, he's got many names right now.

My tooth hurts so much that not only does my jaw ache, my tongue hurts, my ear hurts, and my eye is starting to throb. GAH.

The Aleve. IT DOES NOTHING.
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Right to Bear Arms: Daily Chart

Not having rigorous gun control isn't working in the US. People argue for it and against it, and what have you, but still, we see a lot of gun violence here. Why can't we give toughening our gun control laws a try? Seriously.

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Also, date didn't pan out - we had fun, but just didn't really connect. Besides, the man had shrimp scampi after I had already told him I was allergic. 9_9 Uh, yeah, no, dude. Fail.

^__^

Oct. 7th, 2009 08:57 pm
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I had so much fun tonight! :D It's a pity I have to get up early in the morning, now, though, because I have to give Vincent his medicine every eight hours. So, I have yet another 4:30 wake up call tomorrow. Ugh.

But yes, fun date.

Urgh.

Oct. 4th, 2009 07:48 pm
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Crowds + sunlight + being bored all day = cranky Heather who gets a migraine.

Stupid sunlight allergy.

Yatta!

Oct. 3rd, 2009 09:55 pm
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I have a date Wednesday! :D

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