Thursday, January 29, 2009

Snuggling On A Cold Night

On cold nights, Ramsay just loves to cuddle up with Indiana. I'm not exactly sure when they got so close, but they sure do love to cuddle.



Well, Casey completely has the doctor stumped. He is still running a fever, but he doesn't really have any other symptoms. They gave him a flu swab, but he tested negative. The doctor noticed that he had a couple of infected cat scratches on his hand, so he thinks that he maybe has Cat Scratch Fever (...cue song...) The doc is stumped, because he's really not showing sure signs of that either. All we know right now is he definitely has an infection somewhere. They did a lot of bloodwork, and we should have some of the results by tomorrow afternoon. The rest, we'll have by Monday. Everyone keep a good thought.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Oh No!

Earlier this afternoon, Casey was complaining that he was dizzy and REALLY cold. He took a short nap, but woke up with a horrible headache. He has felt poorly all evening. His headache took on a life of its own, and then he complained about being hot. I went and got the thermometer and took his temperature. I was shocked at the reading! It was slightly over 102! The scary part is he took some Tylenol about 45 minutes, before I took his temp. The weird thing is, other than his dizziness complaint, he has no symptoms. The only thing I can figure is maybe he has an inner ear infection. Either way, it looks like I'll be off from work again tomorrow. I'm going to drive him to the doctor's office.

I LURVE this!

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Mental Health Day

You ever have one of those days, where you're really not good for yourself or others? Yeah well, I've definitely had one of those days today. So much so, that I took the day off. I just didn't feel like dealing with myself or others. It started with the frustration that was yesterday. I chose a good day to take off, too. The weather has been crappy, and I have everything done around the house. Most of the day has been spent vegging on the couch and sipping coffee out of bigc mugs over at my Mom's. I'm feeling a little more grounded this afternoon. I'll be fine tomorrow. I just needed some time to be with myself in the quiet. It also helps to have a big puppy pile on you too.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Fast Days

Why does it seem that the days go by so fast this time of year? I'm looking SO forward to spring and summer. I just love those long days. On my days off, it seems the days go by so fast. I haven't gotten much at all accomplished today. Casey, Mom, and I had breakfast together this morning. Afterwards, I went to the Rec. Center and swam laps. Now, I'm just sitting here killing time surfing the net. Maybe, I'll get more accomplished tomorrow.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

And We Think We're Cold!

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2009 Book Review: #4

What I Saw And How I Lied What I Saw And How I Lied by Judy Blundell

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was a real page turner! I read the whole thing in less than a day! There were SO many twisty, unexpected turns...but expected all at the same time. If you like historical settings, mystery, and a touch a romance, this is a must read.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

2009 Book Review: #3

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This tale of a once abandoned kitten that not only changed a small town librarian's life, but the life of the entire community and made waves around the world is a FANTASTIC read! Every aspect of this book interested me. Two of my favorite things, libraries and cats! The story is SO touching and SO very typical of small towns. You can't help but laugh and cry.

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Yes, I Bought Into The Idea

After months of avoiding it, I've finally joined Twitter. You can follow my updates over THAR in the sidebar. Feel free to follow me!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Oh Skunk!

It has definitely been a strange day! I ended up taking the day off, due to a skunk! Fortunately, there was no tangle with the dogs or cats. Everybody was inside at the time around 9:30 last night. The dogs just started going CRAZY!! As it turns out, a skunk had gotten underneath our house and sprayed. The smell was horrible, and the dogs barked all night long. Needless to say there wasn't much sleep last night, so Casey and I both took the day off. I finally got to sleep around 5:00 a.m. this morning.

After I had a good, long sleep I felt much better. After lunch, I went to the Rec Center and had a nice long swim. I came back home, took my shower, and fixed me some leftovers. Casey is in his culinary class tonight. So, I'm just lounging and fiddling on the new laptop. I think I might read a little, before bed. I just hope tonight isn't nearly as eventful as last night!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Newness

Our brand new micro laptop arrived today. I'm actually typing my first blog entry with it now. Even though it's tiny, the resolution is great. The built in speaker isn't too shabby, and it's super fast. The only thing that I'm getting used to is the new keyboard. It's just a tiny bit smaller than a regular laptop, and sometimes I hit buttons and don't know what I've done. It was super easy to set up, and super easy to use! All that said, I LOVE it!!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Book Review 2009: #2

Inkheart (Inkheart Trilogy, #1) Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just couldn't put this book down! What's more irresistible to a librarian than a story about books, book repair, and people that love books! This was a very fast paced story that kept me riveted the entire time! I just hope that the movie they are doing is as good.

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I took my birthday money and ordered myself a new laptop. WOOT! Our laptap at home is a certified antique, so this will be a welcome change. I got the Acer Aspire One Intel Atom 160GB. It's one of the mini laptops. It weighs only 2.2 lbs., so it will be great to put in my backpack and take to class with me.


They were out of the blue, so I got the black instead. I am SO excited!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Snowy Day

Since today was MLK day, Casey and I were both off from work. We slept in YAY!! When we got up it was snowing. For quite a while until early afternoon, it was pretty steady. The yards and the rooftops had started to turn white. I still had several errands to do, so I threw on my coat, scarf, and gloves and headed out the door. I always love being out in the snow, as long as the roads aren't bad. I had gotten so cold while I was out, that I was REALLY sleepy after I got warm. Casey had made some homemade chicken and rice soup, so after a big bowl of that, I had a nap. By early afternoon, the snow had stopped and the sun was peeking out. It's really too bad. Since it lasted most of the day, I was hoping for a measureable snow just once this winter. Oh well, I guess I can keep wishing.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

More Motivation

I'm happy to say that I've been a little bit more motivated today. When Casey and I got up this morning, we went over to have morning coffee and breakfast with Mom. After I got home from there, I got my swim bag together and headed for the Rec Center. I had a really nice swim today. It ended up being much warmer than they had predicted. It almost felt like spring. The sun was streaming through the pool room windows, so it was really nice. I got in 1500 meters this afternoon. I did forget to see if they would be closed tomorrow for MLK day. Maybe, maybe not. We'll see. I'm going to try and settle down to read for a while tonight. I'm sure that the puppies will be happy to help me hold down my grey blanket! I hope that everyone has a great holiday tomorrow!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Snuggle Up!

Even though it was a little warmer today, it was still cold. Cold enough that I took refuge on the couch with my blanket all day. Indiana and Shingo kept me company snuggling with me all day long. I spent the day alternating between reading and watching movies. My guilty side says that I shouldn't have wasted all that time today. But isn't just so good to snuggle up on a cold winter day?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Paws For A Cause: Spay/Neuter Clinic 5k

The Bedford County Spay/Neuter Committee is holding Paws for a Cause, a 5K Run and Fun Walk, on February 21, 2008 with proceeds going toward the building of a spay/neuter clinic in Bedford County.


Registration forms and maps of the course are available at:


Bedford County Animal Control

205 Lane Parkway

Shelbyville, TN 37160

Phone: 931-685-1130

FAX: 931-685-1227


Michael Gregory

Brenda Goodrich

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Raising Money for Best Friends Animal Society

Best Friends Animal Society has joined with Neko Case to raise money for the sanctuary.

The critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, whose last album Fox Confessor Brings the Flood has sold more than 200,000 copies in the U.S., informed us that she and her record label, ANTI-,would donate $5 for every blog that posts the song and $1for every time a user of iLike adds the song to his or her profile.

The song, from her upcoming album Middle Cyclone, is now available for free. Click here for instructions on how to add the song to a blog and to add the song to an iLike profile. This fundraiser runs until February 3.
Of course, I have to do my part! So here it is. The new song, People Gotta Lot A Nerve, by Neko Case. I really like it!

People Got A Lotta Nerve - Neko Case

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Extreme Cold Weather Tips for Pets

WOW!! It's REALLY cold outside today. Even though we are able to bundle up and stay warm, our pets need special considerations during the extreme cold. Things you should consider, especially if your pet stays outdoors: Make sure your pet has fresh, unfrozen water available. Using non-metal food and water bowls during freezing temperatures, so pets don't get their tongues or mouths frozen to the surface. A dog house or shelter that faces away from the wind. Extra blankets or hay inside shelter/dog houses. During extreme cold, if you can, bringing your pet indoors for the night. Check out other COLD WEATHER TIPS from the ASPCA

WOW!! It's C-O-L-D Outside!!

Even here, we're in the deep freeze. It was 9 degrees this morning with a wind chill of -2. AND, I'm in the warmer part of this artic chill! I really need to move to Florida!! WAAAAH!!! Here's a little something to warm your hearts this morning.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

First Book Review of 2009

Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine.

Lord of Misrule (The Morganville Vampires, Book 5) Lord of Misrule by Rachel Caine

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was FANTASTIC!! It was fast paced and exciting from page 1. I can't wait for the next book in the series! If you like vampires and strong characters, I highly recommend the Morganville Vampires series.

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Weekend Wrap Up

First, I want to thank everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a terrific birthday. Casey took me to Red Robin for a great burger. Dinner was fantastic. I especially liked the strawberry lemonade. Yummy! Afterwards, we walked over to the mall and shopped a little bit. I saw a lot of ok stuff, but nothing that I really liked. When we got home, we stopped by Mom's. She gave me birthday money. WOOT! I still haven't decided what to get with it yet.

Yesterday, Casey and I worked in the house all day. We are doing some rearranging in order to move our stuff into the bigger bedroom. We are taking everything out, in order to repaint and then move in. We made a lot of progress, but we still have a long way to go.

I guess that I'd better head to bed. Work tomorrow. I'm going to go curl up in bed with a good book and the puppies. Night all!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Good Days

Today was one of those really "Good Days". A day where everything just falls together. Everyone was in a great mood, the sun was shining, and my day started out with a brand new book that was brought to me. It was good, despite the fact that nothing really extrodinary happened. I hope that my birthday tomorrow will be just as good.

I spent most of the evening talking with my very best friend, Barbara. Today is her birthday. It's a funny story. She and I met, when we were twelve years old. But, I think we had been destined to become best friends from the start. See our mothers shared the same hospital room, when we were born. She beat me by a few hours though. The same year that we met and became close, her family moved. It didn't matter. Distance did nothing to our friendship. Now, she lives in Lewiston, Maine, and we are as close as ever. That call really made my day! We've had a long standing tradition, to always talk on our birthdays. Since flying from Maine can be a bit tricky in the winter, we've decided to get together on our half birthdays and celebrate together in June. I sure hope we keep that plan!

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Back To Normal

Well as of yesterday, the holidays are officially over. I'm just a little bit bummed. I was enjoying a life of leisure. I miss getting to sleep late and do exactly what I want. In other ways, I'm not. I'm kind of glad to see all of my friends. I will admit to feeling much better resuming my old routine. I'm also feeling better getting back to my workout and running schedule. I guess that time has to move on, with or without me. I might as well go along and enjoy the ride.

BTW, I've updated the blog look. Let me know what you guys think.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Saturday Chores

Today has been spent mostly doing chores. After Casey and I had coffee with Mom this morning, I took her Christmas tree down, packed up all the decorations, took all the other Christmas stuff down, and got it all packed away. Then I came home and took all of our Christmas stuff down and packed it away, including the outside decorations. While I was doing all of this, Casey was hard at work reorganizing the kitchen. While we didn't get to do anything really fun today, we were productive. I love finishing big projects. Tomorrow is regular housecleaning.

Hopefully after cleaining, I can go swim laps. I haven't gotten to swim lately, because of the new pool drain law that went into effect last month. The lap lanes at the Rec Center are closed, until their new drain comes in. They do have a couple of lap lanes down in the other end, and hopefully, I'll get a lane tomorrow. I'd also like to ride my bike, but we'll have to see how much it rains tomorrow. I guess I'll wait and see what tomorrow brings.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year 2009!!

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful kickoff to 2009! Casey and I rang in the New Year pretty low key. We got Chinese takeout and stuffed ourselves. Around midnight we cracked a bottle of Reisling and toasted in the New Year with the Zoo Crew. I have some pictures that we made last night to upload tomorrow. BTW, all of the Christmas pictures will be uploaded tomorrow as well. Anyhoo after the New Year ring in, we called it a night about 1:30 a.m. Even though it was VERY low key, we had a GREAT time eating Chinese and watching movies.

This morning, we got up and went over to Mom's house for breakfast and coffee. This afternoon, we've done some more strenous lounging and watched more movies. In just a few minutes, we are going over to my brother's for a traditional New Year's dinner. We need all the luck we can get people...

Tomorrow, our holidays are officially over. It's back to work for both me and Casey. And so it goes... Everyone have a terrific New Year's night!