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catching up and stuff

by Michelle on June 2, 2010

After such a long blog absence, it’s tempting to try to catch everything up all at once. I’m going to try not to do that, though, because it’d probably be long and boring.

Instead, here’s a very, very short version.

  • House: kind of slow-going since the big remodel in 2008, but some progress has been made
  • Job: very very stressful for a while, now much much better (whew)
  • Health: mostly good (cancer still gone, nothing else major going on), but the last two winters have been very hard
  • Cats: Toby just turned 15 (yesterday!) and has been having some health issues that we’re still working through; we got the kittens you saw in yesterday’s post last December
  • Family: Mom moved back to California and my aunt Patti is looking to do the same; I’m happy for them, but sad that they’re moving away
  • Knitting: I’ve been on a shawl kick all year and haven’t knit much else (six completed, three in progress–I think all else I’ve done in 2010 are a baby sweater–BSJ–and a pair of duck feet)

And I guess, to go along with all the pictures I posted yesterday, I’ll expand on the cat/kitten part tonight.

The kittens are Ross (the dark, fluffy one) and Isaac (the lighter-colored, Siamese mix). Isaac is about 3 weeks older than Ross, but we adopted them together from the Oregon Humane Society in December. Isaac is just over 8 months old and already weighs 11 pounds. Ross is only about 9 pounds, but we think he might end up being the giant of the three because he looks like he’s part Maine Coon. He has giant horseshoe paws, huge ears, and all the fluffiness. He’s also polydactyl, with one extra toe on each of his front paws.


Toby hates them. She co-exists with them fine, though, so long as Ross isn’t trying to get her to play with him. (That’s the main reason we got two at once–so they would play with each other and mostly leave Toby alone.)

Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us when we got the kittens (I’m pretty sure they will forever be “the kittens” even when they’re giant old man cats, haha), Toby was developing arthritis. We eventually figured out that she wasn’t just upset by the kittens and got her to the vet–we’ve been giving her fish oil and glucosamine daily since then and it has made a huge difference. Lately she’s been having digestive issues that we are slowly working through and was just recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. So she’s on medication for that, and we are currently feeding her a bland food diet of plain poached chicken combined with rice in hopes of solving the digestion problem. (I’ll spare you the gory details of what’s going on with that!) We also have her sequestered in the bathroom right now which she isn’t all too happy about, but she’s actually handling it pretty well. And we think she’s improving, thankfully.

So Toby is getting better (and therefore happier), and the kittens–when we aren’t having to tell them to get off tables or stop scratching things–are a joy to have around.

And…I’ll leave it at that tonight. More tomorrow. 🙂

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a new goal

by Michelle on July 1, 2008

I missed posting yesterday because, frankly, I was tired and forgot. Also it was ridiculously hot this weekend, which made me really not want to have my laptop on my lap. (These MacBook Pros are scorchers!)

Saturday, we had a contractor come over to work up a bid for the exterior work we need done on the house. We have two more bids coming in this week, so I’ll wait until we have the info for all of them to post details. I can tell you this, though: it’s going to be a lot of money!

Then I got a haircut, we went to Nik’s Mom’s for dinner, and then over to my aunt Patti’s house for a movie and dessert. The movie was being shown in the backyard, so it was pretty late when we started. We didn’t even stay for the whole thing (fortunately, it hasn’t been that long since we’ve seen it–Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) and got home at 11:30. I know that probably sounds kind of silly–not even midnight!–but we’re used to sleeping roughly 9:30 until 5, and I rarely sleep in much (even on the weekend). Also, I had to be at work early on Sunday.

So…Sunday was a little rough, but work went really, really well.

I suddenly realized a little while ago that tomorrow is July, so I should talk about the July goal I’ve set for myself (which I alluded to in a recent post).

Starting tomorrow, my goal is to take one picture every day. My short-term goal is to make it through July, but in the long term I’d actually like to continue indefinitely so I went ahead and joined the Project 365 group on Flickr.

With the knitting (etc.) and soon the house project, it probably won’t be too difficult to manage for the most part, but I also want to use it as a way to challenge myself to find new and interesting things to photograph. I’m looking forward to checking out the past challenges that have been posted on the group, too.

So I guess tomorrow I’ll be back with a picture to show. 🙂

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thinking about blogging

by Michelle on June 22, 2008

Those of you who check in here regularly may have noticed some irregularity in posting. I started up the new blog in April, was a bit sketchy about posting, but then in May I was suddenly posting every day! June hit, and I’m all sketchy again.

I have made an important (for me, anyway) discovery. Or a couple of them, I guess.

First, something I learned from the May experiment (my unpublicized goal was to blog every day–in reality, I missed two days but ended up with 31 posts anyway due to extra posts a couple of times; I considered the experiment a success): blogging every day isn’t really that hard. Yes, occasionally I ended up throwing up a sort of cheater post but at least I put forth the effort to do SOMETHING.

Second, if I DON’T have a “post every day” goal in my head, it is ridiculously easy to convince myself that I don’t have anything to post about. Seriously, I think of lots of things to talk about (writing blog posts in my head–I’m sure we’ve all been there). But then I manage to convince myself that it’s not worth it, no one will care, it’s boring…whatever. Obviously there’s some self-defeating thinking going on here, since I really do WANT to post.

So. New goal, spoken in public this time: From now on, I’m going to post DAILY. I won’t beat myself up if I do miss a day here or there (so don’t worry that I’m dead or in the hospital or something if I miss one day ;)), but the plan is to put something out here every day.

In July, I think I’ll have another goal to pursue. I’ll talk about that one as it gets closer (it’s something I also tried to accomplish in May, but getting used to posting every day and also trying for the second thing at the same time didn’t work).

On the knitting front, I cast on for a new pair of socks yesterday. Just one quick thing to say about them: Wow, that Kureyon Sock knits up pretty. I’ll post a picture tomorrow. 🙂

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