Better Late Than Never

September 21st, 2007
From Audrey 8/29
From Scooper 9/1
From Audrey 9/21

I am terrible! I’ve gone almost a month since last posting pictures - so here are three sets of pictures for your viewing pleasure. The first set are the last set of pictures I took before heading back east for Labor Day. The second set are of Scooper, my mom’s cat - he’s a wonderful kitty, but, well, a bit stupid. He hasn’t figured out how to chew yet. He’s 11. And he poops in the TV room at mom’s for no obvious reason. And he *screams* for food, but if you give him too much at once, he’ll just inhale it all and vomit it right back up again. He’s like a goldfish crossed with an infant. But he’s cute, so check out his pictures. Lastly, there’s the third set, the pictures I’ve taken in the last couple weeks, since returning from Massachusetts. So enjoy all the pictures!

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Spidercat, Spidercat…

August 24th, 2007
From Audrey 8/24

So Audrey’s been playing out in the airwell some lately, and a few days ago, after I closed the screen door to the airwell, she bolted up it. The picture above is actually from the later stages of the climb - she’d already started backing her way down. Now I’m careful not to leave the glass door open enough to let her climb up that high when the screen door’s shut.

Some of the later pictures come from yesterday, when Audrey was freaked out and hiding under the loveseat for an hour. Here’s an email I sent to a friend, with the subject “Audrey is having a terrible, very bad, no good day”:

It was fine at first - I found a way of sitting that provided her with a curve to curl up in between my hip, the couch, and the laptop, and she liked that very much. Then she dozed off on my arm during a meeting, which is always nice. But then there was a growly noise that started coming from the airwell, something engine-ish, or mechanical. It got louder, and louder, and Audrey bolted - she’s been hiding under the loveseat for the last half hour or so. I took pictures of her under there - she looks very sad. It turns out there’s a guy on a ladder blasting the walls of the building next to mine with a high-pressure hose, scraping off pigeon crap, pigeon nests, and at least one dead pigeon (I swear I saw two fall!). And it is *loud*. And the guy is just outside my window, and no part of the apartment is quiet. Even the other airwell is loud. In addition, the screen of my window is now getting covered with pigeon yuck. And I’m afraid that this is going to drive the pigeons off for a while, cutting down on Audrey’s entertainment. Stupid cleaning people.

Some context - I’m talking about my other airwell, the big one between me and the building next door. It’s a favorite hangout of pigeons - in fact, there was a dead pigeon right outside my bedroom window for a few months. Kinda stinky. The walls of the other building were positively covered in pigeon crap, feathers, nests, etc, along with at least one dead pigeon in a cranny. The water-blasting went on for a total of like two and a half hours. Audrey was not happy, though I did eventually coax her out from under the loveseat with the cat dancer and treats. And now opening a window onto that airwell smells *terrible* - unsurprisingly, considering that the air there is now filled with disintegrated pigeon leavings. Anyway, all the pictures are here - enjoy!

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My Kitten, She Has Teh Wums!

July 13th, 2007

Yeah, ew. Audrey was napping on me while I was working (as is becoming very, very normal for her) when I realized there was some random white gunk on my arm, which had been supporting her butt. I looked closer, and realized it was *moving*. Eww. Google did its magic for me, and I’m now fairly sure it was a tapeworm segment. Disgusting, but treatable. We’re going to the vet in a few hours anyway, so I’m glad I found this beforehand.

Also, I really need to upgrade my wireless router - because Audrey’s getting into nibbling on the ethernet cord while I’m working. I need the high bandwidth for my VOIP stuff for work, and my 802.11b router just ain’t doing the trick for that, hence the wired connection. I think it’s time to buy an 802.11g router so that I can ditch the ethernet cable and cut down on the number of possible cables for her to bite on/play with/etc.

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