Thursday, February 13, 2020
Thursday, July 26, 2018
[Two black kittens step up to the microphone]
Merlin: A-*hem*. Is dis fing on? It is? Oh, good.
Ohai, I'm Merlin, and dis my brofur Pyewacket. We's THREE WHOLE MONTHS old, and dat's a longlong time!
Our three sisfurs dat we was borned wif are already out ruling houses. Now it's our turn to take ofur ruling DIS house.
I is da great magician kitty, and Pye here is my second-in-command.
Pyewacket: EXCUSE YOU, I don't fink so! We are equals and we rule togefur!
Merlin: You can be my familiar.
Pye: Yes, I am familiar wif you. You're my brofur.
Merlin: Dat's not what "familiar" means! It's... oh, nefur mind.
Oh, look, bowls of fud! [Kittens run to see and crash into each other]
Pye: Excuse you, I was here first!
Merlin: Were not!
Pye: Was too!
Merlin: I'll turn you into a toad! Hocus Cadabra!
[A pawful of glitter materializes from thin air and drifts to the floor.]
Pye: Cool trick, bro.
Merlin: I MEANT to do that. [washes paw]
Pye: Anyway, your technique's all wrong. Rememfur how they teach it at Hogwart's? Swish and flick, swish and flick. Watch my tail, I'll show you. [swish] [flick] [swish] [flick]
[Merlin watches swishing, flicking tail. His eyes get ever larger until...]
Merlin: AAAAHHHH! GET DA TAIL! [pounces]
Pye: Ow! Hey! OK, if you wanna be DAT way about it, then... [wrestling match ensues]
[Wrestling ball of kittens rolls off and exits, stage left]
The new Royal Felines are currently exploring the basement. They'll stay down here for a few days until they get acclimated; then they can explore the house.
Friday, January 20, 2017
I don't do adult beverages, but I dealt with my feelings today via copious amounts of hot cocoa.
There's only so much depression-relief to be gained from consuming carbs, however. So its impact was, necessarily, limited in scope. Drinking enough hot cocoa to drown sorrows THIS all-encompassing would land a person in the ER.
Thursday, December 22, 2016
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Monday, October 17, 2016
Sunday, September 11, 2016
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
In the same vein, we have Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s quote: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
We can honor the fallen by remembering both these things before we start promoting hostility. Do, say, and post things that bring people together, not divide people or promote hate and prejudice.
May God rest the souls of those who died in the attacks 15 years ago today, and may those who grieve those lost ones be consoled.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Fast-forward to this afternoon, when I got the phone call from the Talent Acquisition department. I was officially offered the position. :) Paperwork will be arriving at my home, and the start date as a permanent employee is August 29.
Thank God! Now I needn't sit around wondering when things are finally going to advance that next step.
It starts with two weeks' vacation. Paid time off. Something I haven't had in a decade. 'Bout freakin' time.
I'm also putting in at least one hour of overtime per day, since I have an absolute BOATLOAD of work that needs to be done. I'm working my rump off, but they keep bringing more paperwork. I'm actually going to ask my manager about the status of getting the ladies who work in the call center to assist with scanning. That was a project that was in the works, but I haven't heard anything about it since Spring. I'm trying to clear the backlog of THREE (related) departments, and management wants to fill the call center ladies' downtime with activities like scanning. Let's just say that now would be a really good time for that process to get rolling. I want this backlog GONE, and I only have ONE scanner that can only go so fast.
Having said that, scanning could turn really interesting Real Soon Now. At the end of August, the hospital is about to transition to TOTALLY new scanning software, which I have never used nor even seen before. "Congratulations, you're permanent; the day after your start date, we're totally changing every aspect of the scanning process you've been using for the past 8 months", lol. I looked through the PDF file with the instructions for the new system, and I already spotted some things to ask my manager about. The new system will be looking for some data items that I do not need to input right now, and so I want to know how to fill those fields properly when the time comes.
Well, one aspect of working OT is that I have to get in extra early... which means I have to get to sleep extra early. So good night!
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Friday, May 27, 2016
Monday, May 23, 2016
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Pull it out and the hole that's remaining,
Is a measure of how much you'll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you'll find that in no time,
Monday, May 16, 2016
Thursday, May 05, 2016
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Sunday, April 03, 2016
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Sometimes, the lesions are small or are in an unobtrusive location. Other times, they're either significant in size, and/or in a really prominent place on the body (like the face). But I realized something a few days ago.
In some of these post-surgical photos where the patient's face is visible, it's clear that the patient is SMILING. I don't mean a great big "taking a selfie at a fun party" sort of smile. It's far more subtle than that, but it's there. When it happens, there's no missing it.
Of course, I have no idea what the person's inspiration is when they choose to smile. Perhaps it's a reflexive "smile for the camera" thing, maybe it's a "BLEEP YOU, CANCER" stance, maybe it's putting a brave face on a tough situation, or it could be relief that the surgery is done and they can move on to the next phase of putting cancer in the rear view mirror. Maybe it's a bit of each.
But when I see one of those images with a smile in it, I have to do a self-evaluation and realize that compared to what this person is going through, my issues are minor. The biggest source of pain in my life right now is that someone hurt my feelings. Do you think, as I do, that the people in these photos (smiling or not) would trade problems with me in a moment? So what right would I have to walk around moping or frowning, hauling a big raincloud above my head everywhere I go?
No right at all.
So don't expect my postings on here, on Facebook, or anywhere else, to look significantly different. I can deal with my hurt feelings without dragging everyone else down. Maybe I'll even smile.
Friday, February 26, 2016
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
I'm a big boy. I'm part Chihuahua and part Corgi, and you know how big I am? Almost as big as a CAT, and cats are HUGE!
Today, I protected the house. It started when Daddy stayed home from work. Then late in the morning, he made me go in my crate. That's unusual, since I normally only sleep in there at night, but Daddy said so, so I went in.
And right after that, there was a knock on the door. So of course I barked Big Tough Barks. And Daddy opened the door and STRANGERS walked in! Two of them! Like they owned the place! So I gave them even bigger, tougher Big Tough Barks, and Big Tough Growls, too.
But that's not the most shocking part. Those two Strangers, they actually TOOK OUR REFRIGERATOR! Can you believe the nerve? They had to wheel it right past my crate to get it out the door, so I gave them my biggest, toughest Big Tough Barks to tell them, "You put that fridge right back where you found it! Right back, do you hear?"
Well, you bet I scared them. I scared those Strangers so much that instead of putting the old fridge back, they immediately brought in a bigger, better, shiny brand new refrigerator instead! And I mean IMMEDIATELY! How do you like THAT? All because I'm big and tough and I told them off like a good guard dog should.
Then after they put the big new shiny fridge in, the Strangers went away. I sure scared them good! That's what they get for trying to steal refrigerators. I bet they'll never try THAT again!
So now we have a big new fridge, and I am Very Proud Of Myself.
Baxter the Brave
Friday, February 05, 2016
This year, it's more like a Bipolar Vortex. Two days ago, the temperatures were above 60F. Today, it's freaking snowing. And sticking (at least on lawns and cars, as I write). What in the blue blazes is going on with the weather this year? This is the most bizarre winter weather I've ever seen.
I just hope it doesn't goof up SEPTA too badly. With luck, this snow will quit long before the workday ends.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Friday, January 29, 2016
Another good thing: GIRL SCOUT COOKIES. :-) Like the ones I'm going to pick up when I go to Joe and Jean J's tonight. (I still work with my deaf-blind friend on Fridays, even though I've been working at my new temp job.) Gotta remind myself to hit the MAC machine before I leave here.