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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Evening miscellany 
18th-Mar-2010 08:48 pm
Some things can't be fixed
* If I had $450, I could get to irana's service. This is pretty much precisely what Elayna's and my new glasses just cost. Argh.

* Adjusting to said glasses. Mark says it should take a few weeks. Argh.

* Yes I have much argh.

* I did get a nap today, which I'd really needed.

* Oh god my mother needs a punch in the face. Her response to Irana's death? "This is why you need to take care of yourself." Like Irana wasn't? Hell of an assumption. "Tell Adam he needs to lose weight." What? Because of health risks, she says. Adam's diet is not really at the top of my emotional list right now.

* Mom just called back. "I just remembered who she was," she says. "She was the black lady."
Me: "Um."
Mom: "Well, one of them, I guess."

I wasn't even going to call my mother, I'll have you know. Adam told me to. Therefore I blame Adam.

* Okay, a thing what is not argh - I happened to look out my window and see the new neighborhood outdoor cat strolling across the street, and made it downstairs in time to say hi. Lovely small black cat with green eyes; well-fed and well-socialized. Hung out with him/her for a bit, delivering skritches. I worry about outdoor cats. This one didn't have a collar or tags, either. But clearly a pet, not a stray; not scrawny, and clearly loves humans. And other cats, as he/she's apparently friendly with the big orange fella next door; they sniffed each other genially. The orange one could care less about humans, though.

* I am taking it easy, pretty much. My cough came back last night and persisted today a bit. I begged off distributing flyers in South Station in favor of rest, and I'm debating whether I should go out tomorrow night... my body is still not past the pneumonia, and the last thing I need is to end up in the hospital.

* The exhaustion is at least a step up from the all-day sobbing fits and uncontrollable shaking that was yesterday.

* I am cuddling cats and hanging out with Adam and reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray and Dead Matter by antonstrout. That is where I am.
19th-Mar-2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Shira, Nurse Coffeehouse says you need to rest. You do not need to be in the hospital. I give you permission to stay home with cats, books, tea and Adam tomorrow night.
19th-Mar-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I'm not a doctor, but I play one in my dreams, and I give you permission to rest. Second opinions For The Win!

('Course, this can be like Kirk ordering Scotty to relax...)

Feel better.
19th-Mar-2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Regarding pneumonia vs flyers: a hospitalized activist is of less use than a healthy activist. A dead activist is of less use still. You can help the most people long-term by helping yourself short-term.
19th-Mar-2010 01:25 am (UTC)
So that makes three.
19th-Mar-2010 01:26 am (UTC)
My mom does the same things to me. Drives me batshit and then some.

lonelydumptruck breaks the cat-world into two catagories - people-cats and cat-cats.
19th-Mar-2010 02:27 am (UTC)
That's more true than either of you know.

Speaking as the biologist who grew up with cats, some cats don't see humans as 'people'...just mobile bits of the scenery to be avoided or ignored. In a cats world, other cats are people. Humans are 'talked down to' using a range of body-gestures and sounds only used to communicate with them, and not all cats bother. There are also a few humans accorded the status of honorary cat, and treated as equals.

Edited at 2010-03-19 02:30 am (UTC)
19th-Mar-2010 02:40 am (UTC)
19th-Mar-2010 07:15 am (UTC)
Very sensible.

I worry about indoor cats. Outdoor cats need to watch out for some hazards, but have a lot of good health, especially mental health, going for them.

19th-Mar-2010 10:49 am (UTC)
Ours are happy and healthy indoors... Max, in particular, would not do well outdoors, as he's front-declawed (his first owners did that, not us!) and missing some teeth.
19th-Mar-2010 02:59 am (UTC)
DUDE! How does lonelydumptruck have a PIRATE on his little linkything instead of just a blank head?
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19th-Mar-2010 01:51 am (UTC)

-reads the stuff about your mom- -headdeskheaddeskheaddesk-
19th-Mar-2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Just wanted to use this icon on you, Little Sister.
19th-Mar-2010 02:21 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, did your mother carry lemon juice on her? You know, to squeeze on your cuts while you were growing up? Because she really has a knack for making a situation worse. I'm just sayin'...

Cat-friending for the win! I had a sweetie that I wanted to pick up and put in my pocket the other day, extremely friendly if a little underweight, but I wasn't sure if it belonged to someone. As someone who has lost a cat, I wouldn't want to inflict that sort of trauma on anyone.
19th-Mar-2010 02:37 am (UTC)

and sympathetic argh at maternal cluelessness... [your mum sounds like mine]

I don't need to tell you that the pain of loss will, if not lessen exactly, will be more bearable over time.

Oh, and I worry for outdoors cats too. More so now than yesterday. [but 'Song don't read my blog for the reason why until you're sure you can handle another argh! The rest of you please read it!]

19th-Mar-2010 02:43 am (UTC) - mom impression
"Oh, you just had a really upsetting and horrible thing happen in your life? Let me take this opportunity to once again push my short-sighted, self-centered agenda onto you!"

I've dealt with this crap too in the past in case you can't tell...
19th-Mar-2010 10:42 am (UTC) - Re: mom impression
Pretty much exactly.
19th-Mar-2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
*offers comforting things*
19th-Mar-2010 06:55 pm (UTC) - I do not think you can blame
Adam for your mother's batshit craziness.
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