Thursday, December 21, 2006

I've been thinking about this Groundhog Day quote since watching the movie again

"When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn't imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter."

I'm considering having a Bill Murray movie night with three of his lower-profile movies from the late 80's/early 90's: Groundhog Day, Scrooged, and Quickchange. They're great movies and people don't watch them very often.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Bad Neighborhood

I forgot to mention this before when we were going through our series of vet visits. The veterinary hospital's door, in addition to the usual "Office Hours" and "No solicitation" also includes "No Concealed Weapons."

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Tomato Based

I've noticed a trend in the last two poems I wrote. Here are the titles:

I Spilled Sauce on Myself Again
The Pizza Experiment

Let's hope this disturbing trend does not continue, because then I'll be writing about

Spaghetti
Chili
Gazpacho
Ketchup
Lasagna
V8

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Matt Parkman

I saw my mailman for the first time yesterday--he looks like the cop from Heroes.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Poetry on the brain

I keep a food diary. A couple days ago, I was planning what to eat for the day, and I was zoning out when I wrote it. Later I looked at the diary and saw I accidentally wrote "poetry" for a snack.

Monday, December 11, 2006

As far as I'm concerned, snow no longer exists

Since I moved from New Jersey, I've only lived in warm places (California and Texas). Last time we visited NJ (last Christmas), we went to the grocery store, and while we were checking-out, I thought the store had surfboards hanging on the windows. It took me a minute to realize they were sleds (the long flat plastic ones do kinda look like surfboards).

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Whew

We got some great news yesterday. We got a call from the vet saying that Dinah was going to be okay after we had a health scare with her. She had some routine blood work before they were going to spay her, and they found protein in her blood. The only thing that this could really be a symptom is a horrible, incurable, untreatable disease FIP. It is a really bad disease where the cat gets a common, harmless virus called the Corona virus. A lot of cats have this virus and it doesn't cause any problems for them. Sometimes (not often), the Corona virus mutates into FIP. The disease goes into the cat's organs, and the cat's immune system attacks its organs because the disease is in there. We were devastated when we found out.

The vet sent the blood to another (more advanced) testing facility to double check, just in case her results were wrong. We were waiting for a week, and really resigned to the fact that she most likely was sick (It seemed pretty unlikely that there was a lab error). The vet called us with the results yesterday that the original lab work was wrong. Dinah is totally fine! I feel like the luckiest person on Earth after hearing this. They are going to test her again just to make sure she is okay, but the vet said her equipment isn't as good as the advanced lab, so their results are most likely correct. What a relief! She is such a sweet kitten, and it was heartbreaking to think she wouldn't have a full life.

I am so happy that I want throw a party. I want to write a song. I want to take a photo of Dinah and photoshop a tiara onto her head.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Good news

I was really happy to find out this weekend that Stirring is taking two of my poems. One ("The Suitor") is in the December issue (it is up now), and the other ("Aerogel") will be in their January issue.