Sunday, December 4


Sylvia the cat earned herself a new nickname today, Hillary. She has a penchant for walking all over my keyboard when I leave the room. Today, when she did that, she deleted all of the emails from my inbox. Of course, they just went to my trash folder, so it's not like they were gone forever, but I'm not sure I recovered everything that required a follow-up. I really need to remember to close my laptop when I leave the room!

Saturday, November 26


Another year, another Thanksgiving. It was looking a bit touchy this year, with Jake's surgery. But, he felt well enough to travel (mostly, I think he didn't want to miss out on dinner), so we went to my in-laws' house for dinner on Thursday. It was a doggy kind of Thanksgiving (my favorite kind). They have two dogs and Brian's sister has two, so there were plenty of dogs to go around.

Other than that, we haven't done anything to speak of over the break. I have all of these things that need done, but despite being home, I can't seem to accomplish anything. I think it's partly because I'm tired--I didn't get much sleep earlier in the week. And, I'm still sick--day 26 for those of you who are counting.

One thing I did do was my Christmas shopping. I started it yesterday and wrapped up this morning. It used to be my goal to be done with the shopping before Thanksgiving, but my new thing is to do all of my shopping Thanksgiving weekend. I still look for ideas throughout the year, but I bookmark them instead of making the purchase. We really have no storage in our house, so this works out well.

As for Jake, he's doing a lot better. He's already gone to PT twice and did especially great yesterday. He was feeling so good last night that he wanted to go out with his friends, but it's still a little early for that.

Wednesday, November 23

the surgery

Jake's surgery was yesterday. Things went well. He's in a lot of pain, but is doing better than I expected. Now, comes the hard part--he will be in physical therapy for a bit and won't be able to return to full activity until next summer.

Sunday, November 20


Brian was easier to convince about the cat thing than I would have originally thought. So, I sent my application in to the Humane Society of Somerset County and we picked up our new cat yesterday afternoon. She is a mostly white calico and her shelter name was Callie. We're calling her Sylvia. Jake came up with the name because he liked Silvio on the Sopranos.

Sylvia was spayed a few days ago, so we have not introduced her to the general population just yet. We did briefly introduce her to Buster this morning and she promptly swatted him on the nose, so now he's terrified of her. Lizzy would just chase her so no introduction will be made with her. For now, Sylvia has the back half of the house to herself. Once her stitches heal and she can make a getaway, we'll open the house back up and let the animals figure it out.

Sylvia is Jake's cat, so all of her stuff is upstairs in his loft. Though, as it turns out, Brian has quite a sweet spot for her despite not wanting to get another cat. In fact he proclaimed, "This is the one!" when he met her. She was the first cat we looked at so none of the other ones stood a chance.

Saturday, November 19


In my previous post, I thought my chipmunk post was missing, mostly because I thought the title was chipmunk. It turns out that it was entitled thief. Crisis averted. I will chalk this up to the fact that I'm on day 19 of my illness and haven't had a decent night's sleep all month. I guess I'm not technically sick, but I still have some lingering effects from the cold--namely, slightly stuffed nose, blocked ears, and a cough that mostly manifests itself in the evening, hence the lack of sleep. I'm starting to wonder if this will ever end.