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  1. Speaking of commercials with cats in them, I hate the Subaru commercial with the cat on top of the car. The scream when it falls off the hood is a stock "unhappy cat" noise (like a Wilhelm Scream for cats) but it sounds like the cat is in pain. Subaru should stick to dogs.
  2. Last weekend I got my open water scuba certification. The last dive on Sunday was for fun, and we were out in Rockport, MA, messing around in the boulders. My instructor scared a lobster out from under a rock and he came shooting straight at me (tail first, which is how they swim) so I reached out and grabbed him. I let him go because we didn't have a lobstering license and he was too small to keep anyway, but let the record state that I have caught a moving lobster, 20 feet underwater, by hand. Let the record state also that my instructor is scared of lobsters and was mightily impressed with me.
  3. I am grateful for having a washing machine that's a year older than I am (I found the receipt last night; it cost $250 in 1976). Because it's so old, it's repairable. It needs a new pump and a new belt, but I don't need a whole new washing machine.
  4. Snip was called Fajita by the MSPCA, but it didn’t suit her at all. They told me she came in on a Mexican-food-themed day (Nacho, Fajita, Margarita, etc.).
  5. I have to admit, I giggle at the Domino's ad where the guy catches an errant frisbee and throws back his pizza box, because I can see myself doing that. Gross motor coordination is not my best thing.
  6. Teva is making its original design sandals again. Those were the ones I could walk miles and miles in without getting blisters. So I bought two pairs, and am wearing one now. The straps aren't stiff, so they don't rub, and they don't touch any of my current crop of blisters, of which I have six. My feet are very happy and the sandals from two years ago, which gave me the six blisters, are going in the trash.
  7. For some reason I have never been able to figure out, Snip walks out of my bathroom on three legs. Only the bathroom, and only 95% of the time (if she REALLY wants to be on to the next thing, whatever it is, she'll forget to limp), but the rest of the time, she holds up her left front leg and hops out. The instant she hits the hall, she's back on four legs.
  8. Franz Joseph Haydn is driving me insane. My chorus concert was on Saturday, and it was Haydn's Seasons. The Autumn section includes a drinking song with a horribly infectious rhythm, and it's been stuck in my head for two weeks now and shows no sign of leaving.
  9. @Bastet Thank you! Now I know why Lily was so frantic and confused when she came home from the hospital post-thyroid. They'd given her an appetite stimulant because she wouldn't eat.
  10. The music from the Modelo beer commercials (which the internet tells me is a remix of music from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly) has leaked over into a LL Bean commercial. What I want is for it to go away, not be overplayed even more than it already is!
  11. All the K-12 schools called off yesterday because we were looking at 10" of heavy wet snow ending right at rush hour. Most of the universities called off either yesterday or early this morning. The state offices delayed two hours. My university sent out four emails reminding us that we are open for normal business today and anyone who can't make it in on time must contact their supervisor.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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