Tuesday, January 29, 2008

so windy...

today has been kinda strange because it is hella windy. the power blinked out a few times earlier today because of it. and it was trash day so everyone's carts were all over the alley. yay!


Monday, January 28, 2008

sign it's an election year?

was trying to see when the SOTU would be and, um, something doesn't look quite right. heh.


Saturday, January 26, 2008

mark your calendars....

I remember reading an article in the Wilson Quarterly a few years ago about the Mayan Calendar and it briefly mentioned how it ends in 2012. many months ago RTO had mentioned 2012 because it was coming up in relation to something else "end times" related he was looking up. so for a month or two I've been joking about anything being planned past that year being useless. then today the DMN religion section listed this as their "website of the week". so. you've been put on notice. ;D


Friday, January 25, 2008

if you see only one musical disaster movie.....

just kidding. when I have lots of free time, I tend to record more movies, and it's kinda hit or miss. so tonight we watched San Francisco. I recorded it because it looked like an interesting cast and I've been listening to and watching more singers lately. so, interesting movie... not quite a musical although there was lots of singing and then at the end the earthquake hits. it's like it couldn't decide what it wanted to be. I think it would have been better if it had made that decision.


not even close to feedin' time....

sure, but I'm much more important than Tony Romo.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008


Dell Financial Services has been calling us almost every day since last Friday. (they took yesterday off, after calling the house twice on Sunday) anyhoo, it's this annoying automated system at first that says something like, "M.W. Katzen, we want to talk to you about your account, just enter your zip code or SSN" uh, seeing as I don't have an account with them, I'm not giving them my SSN, but then my zip code doesn't match. so Friday, the first time, I stayed on the line and eventually got a person and told them I was a little concerned that they got the name about half right (I would be M.M.), but that I don't have an account with them. ooookay, we'll remove your number. Saturday, I just used the automated system to let them know they had the wrong number. Sunday I waited for a person, was told it was fixed and then they called again two hours later, that person said it would definitely be fixed when the system updated at 9 p.m. then they called tonight. RTO talked to them this time. so I guess we'll see what happens tomorrow.

anyhoo, the other thing is, um, different. RTO's dad is running for public office and wanted a picture of everyone (RTO and brother and spouses and kids) for campaign purposes. I dunno, I'm not crazy about the idea mostly cause we weren't really asked, just told he'd like to do it and would this weekend be okay? (maybe he asked RTO I don't know) anyhoo, it's not like a major thing, not much chance anyone I know would see it, but still a little more publicly political than I like to be, which is not at all if I can help it. I know, I know, it makes no sense, but it's makin' me cranky.

maggie's going back to the vet tomorrow cause I think we'd all feel better if we knew for certain what was up with her. i've been terrible about giving her the antihistamine and she's been coughing even more. *sigh*


Sunday, January 20, 2008

too much excitement for one puppy

so the Evil Fake Sarahk came for a visit tonight with his daughter. (you can read about last night over at Gradual Dazzle) Roxie kept Solveig entertained most of the evening, and now Roxie is passed out on the puppy bed. The rest of us kinda watched the Green Bay/NYG game. (ha! payback's a, well you know)

update: Kevin left a link for pictures in the comments. I'm stealin' this one of maggie and Solveig

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um, hello?

maggie does this almost nightly. she's persistent.

why are you not petting me?


Friday, January 18, 2008

Breaking news!

He has returned!

and there was much happiness in Puppyville!


Friday funny

maybe I am just a little like Hitler. how bout them Cowboys!? *sniff*


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

the end is near....

I saw a writeup of this in the paper. I'm thinking I should never try one, because that would be all I would eat ever again. Chocolate.... with bacon. *drool*


Tuesday, January 15, 2008

here we go again....

I'm finding myself making the "at least I did x" list every day. I'm still on a kind of odd sleeping schedule, haven't been asleep before 4 the past few nights. so, on today's list... rode the bike for about a half hour and made cupcakes (RTO's birthday was yesterday, but he wasn't here) and read the paper. which looking at it now is a step up from, "got out of bed and eventually showered and got dressed". which has been the list the last couple days.

been taking more kitty pictures lately too. NTTAWWT.


Monday, January 14, 2008

i'd be happy if I could just train Carlos not to take my hand off with the treat.

gail posted a video of a cat doing tricks.

that Carlos thing? ain't gonna happen.


Saturday, January 12, 2008

so, I hear there's some football on this weekend....

RTO's out of town, so, um, it's not too fun watching by myself. oh, and RTO gave me a Cowboy's jersey for Christmas. (so I can look just like Jessica Simpson! ha!) but after the first time I wore it, I'm told I'm not allowed to wear it this weekend. *sigh*

so don't call me, mom. I'm not wearing my Romo shirt this weekend. ;p


Friday, January 11, 2008


not to be confused with the kittydumpling.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

little thing

so I've had this wire glued to the back of my bottom teeth since forever ago. (1992 to be exact, when they finally took my braces off. I had them from 7th grade to just before my senior year of high school started maybe a few days after, I don't remember except mom was happy I wouldn't have them in my Senior picture.)

yesterday, I was gnawing on the one lb. chocolate Santa and managed to knock one end of it loose. so I was thinking I'd call around today and see if anyone could fix it or take it out or whatever. but then I'm feeling kind of puny today and stayed home and RTO's getting ready/already left for Ft., um, something in Washington state. anyhoo, so I'm eating my leftover chicken sammich from the other night and the wire came completely off. How out of it am I? so out of it I was thinking, "WHY IS THERE A PIECE OF WIRE IN MY SAMMICH!?... oh, that's mine."

so the whole rest of the day I've been sitting here running my tongue along the back of my bottom teeth and it's kind of weirding me out. I think I'm holding my jaw in a different position or something because of it. it just feels so different. there's still little metal squares on the back of a couple teeth, it's just the wire that was attached to them is gone.



It looks like Purfesser Frisky has died. Laurence hasn't been quite the same since he lost Piper (he even handed off the Carnival of the Cats recently) this year is kicking off with so many "fun" things. ;P

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Wearing Too Much Perfume May Indicate Depression

ScienceDaily (Jan. 8, 2008) — Can’t smell the roses? Maybe you’re depressed. Smell too much like a rose yourself? Maybe you’ve got the same problem. Scientists from Tel Aviv University recently linked depression to a biological mechanism that affects the olfactory glands. It might explain why some women, without realizing it, wear too much perfume.

I don't wear perfume at all, but I have almost no sense of smell. RTO used to get annoyed with me when I would ask him to check the milk. Then one time it was bad and I told him I really couldn't tell, so he doesn't mind as much. except I'm probably paranoid about it, because I can't smell it. so vicious circle. This bit from the article though:

Women who are depressed are also more likely to lose weight. With a reduced sense of smell, they are less likely to have a healthy appetite, he says.

not so much. though it probably has more to do with being inactive. or massive amounts of chocolate when I can get my hands on it.


New Year's left overs.

New Year's Eve, Turner Classic Movies had an Astaire/Rogers marathon. I hadn't planned on watching, but got bored and started watching one and then recorded a few more. so, tonight we watched Swing Time. I think this is the first Fred and Ginger movie I saw when I was much younger. so far, i think it's still my favorite. so I hunted down the final dance number from it on YouTube because I think it's the best. maybe because it's a bit different from the others, not as happy.

skip to about five minutes where the dancing starts if you're impatient. the set-up is she's leaving to marry some band leader. the music covers some of the previous numbers in the movie so it's just that much more sad. to me anyway.


Monday, January 07, 2008


I need to reset my internal clock.

gots to get up tomorrow morning and try to get maggie in at the vet. she's been having coughing fits the last four or five days. it's not going away like the normal hairball thing usually does. I keep telling her that's what we're doing, hoping she'll go, "Oh, well, I better hack this up!" but it hasn't worked. *sigh*

Roxie just killed the pet fountain..... okay, it's all better now. did I mention RTO got them a fountain for Christmas? I guess since Carlos liked drinking out of the faucet and had gotten really annoyingly insistent about it. and the other fun part is RTO was showing me how to refill the reservoir the other day and I'm thinking, "I just pour more water into the bowl" heh.

oh that reminds me, I wasn't sure maggie was going to accept it. because the first few times we put her next to it she would slowly back away from it. but earlier I was watching her drink out of it. I guess the water tastes best at the top of the ramp.


Sunday, January 06, 2008

started listening to Der Freischutz....

and it's nice that I have a score so I can answer the question "is that really ugly sounding people or violins?" it's people going "he he he he he he he he" on the 8th notes. with the violins maybe? I've only got a piano reduction. This recording is from a live performance in 1954 so I'm hearing all kinds of extra stuff. coughing, people shuffling around.

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Saturday recording.....

Gershwin - Arthur Fiedler with the Boston Pops Orchestra: 3 records! with the occasional Peter Nero track thrown in. Lots of overtures from his musicals, Oh Kay!, Funny Face, Girl Crazy, Of Thee I Sing, and more! also some of his less familiar symphonic pieces such as Second Rhapsody for Orchestra with Piano. The most interesting thing to me was orchestral arrangements of his Three Preludes. I think I have music for those somewhere around here. I like them. was just kinda surprised someone thought an orchestral arrangement was a good idea. they weren't bad, just different.

I think the next set in the line-up is Der Freischutz. that could take a while. and then there are several more operas after that.


Friday, January 04, 2008

I'm slow....

got some pics after Christmas

oh hey, is that a camera?

This is my "thoughtful" look.

something about Christmas tree lights makes Carlos very pretty. to me, anyway.


Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The things we do for love...

RTO went all out when he replaced the garage door opener. the new one is super quite, has an outside keypad and a motion sensor that turns the garage light on when you step out there. it also came with a little box you can plug a lamp, or I guess anything you want really, into and you can press a button on the opener and switch it on. so RTO really wanted a lamp for it, because how cool is it that you can turn on a lamp in the house from your car in the driveway? very cool. if you're RTO.

so the floor lamp we've had since we got married has been acting squirrelly and getting worse. (for a long time you just had to step on the switch *juuuust* right, but lately you had to also grab the light bulb and twist it a bit.) so I was thinking this was a good excuse for an IKEA trip.

long story short, RTO had to work Monday and he got home and tried to turn the lamp on and gave me some look so I said, "well, IKEA closes in an hour and a half." and RTO said, "so what are you waiting for?" *sigh*

made the trip to IKEA had an hour-ish to pick out lamps. wound up getting two floor lamps and a matching table lamp for the garage door thingy. RTO was a little cranky about how they all required foofy light bulbs, but also adamant that we not just put the old CFs in them because they would stick out and "How gross is that?"

anyhoo, on the plus side the "ugly craft light" will probably, finally, be moved out of the living room. and RTO has his lamp he can turn on from the driveway.

oh, we also picked up a couple of these anti-slip things to try on the rugs and so far they seem to be working really well. the rug hasn't moved since last night. which is..... unusual, thanks to the critters. RTO tested it by having Roxie run after the squeeky fire hose a few times. no movement.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Hey Lola!

Is it too late to change your wedding plans?


Happy New Year!

we're off to a good start. the heater isn't working. RTO told me Roxie couldn't wait to go outside so she could soak up the sun. she looks so happy curled up on her blanket out there. I may go join her.

Update: It figures....

overcoming my fear of the fireplace is sounding good about now....