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Sunday, September 24, 2006

Rainboots and bars

I've been going through orientation almost non-stop! I've been to 3 happy hours (including a cockroach incident). I've been to a minority grad student potluck. I've learned that crazy things can happen when you teach in classrooms (an example given by our teacher: someone in her class interrupted her lecture by standing up and screaming, "YOU WILL NOT TAKE THE LORD'S NAME IN VAIN!"). I've learned I really really like the 16 other people in my psychology cohort.

I've also learned that I really really need some waterproof shoes and cute jackets to help me pass the winter away. I say this now, even though this past weekend was GORGEOUS. Earlier in the week, we got a taste of gloomy, wet, Seattle. All the Seattlites said, "that's it! No more sun. The rain has started." It freaked Clara (my new best friend, and fellow bay area gal) and me out. So tell me folks, which rain boot do you like?

$20 at target

I like the red one
$38 Overstock

I need cute happy clothes to keep me going this winter. Clara already suited up and donned this cute pair earlier this week!

from target

I tried going to Ross, but alas, I didn't find anything I liked!

I ended up coming home and buying this coat in teal:

I'm not sure how I feel about the buttons though.

Classes start on Wednesday! I'm still trying to comprehend that I'm entering graduate school--that I'll be here for at least another 5 years of my life! Man!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

kitty update

My house is a kitty pharmacy.

Nikko is has two antibiotics, nose drops, and an anti-inflammatory.

Asha has eye drops and some sort of supplement.

I'm going slightly insane trying to keep all the medicine bottles on the counter straight for them.

So, Nikko's scope procedure went 'ok.' They didn't find any foreign object. It took the full 30 min so it cost about $600. They did find a huge hard plug of mucus which they have now biopsied. Yup, they were able to grow some things. They now think that he has something that sounds like a rhinocerous... I think it's rhinosinosomethingorother. Apparently most kitties get feline herpes as kittens, and some cats it affects the mucus lining/membrane stuff more than others. So he'll be more prone to URIs, etc. They're seeing if they can aggressively treat it over the next six weeks (hence nikko's kitty medicine cabinet).

Asha apparently wanted to join in the fun. I came home a couple days ago and her right eye was shut. I finally got sick of ervy calling her 'pirate kitty' and shouting 'Aaargggh' at her when he looked at her. So I took her into the vet with Nikko. The doc checked out her eye and didn't see anything under any of the lids. He then added that flouresence to her eye, and we took her to a dark room. There you could see this 8mm diameter spot on her cornea. It probably is also feline herpes related (although apparently not from nikko because they're not transmittable that way?). Anyhow, since there are no blood vessels to the cornea, it wouldn't heal on its own. So we have to keep her eye dialated, and a bit numb. She also has to wear one of those neck collars so she doesn't rub her eye. She is one unhappy kitty right now.

I guess the move really did put some stress on the kitties. It probably made them more susceptable to herpes flare-ups.

Oh, did I mention I also have been sick the past week? It's really fun having sinus pressure and not being able to hear out of both ears :(

Anyhow, I can't remember if I've posted this pic before, but I like it anyway. So I'll post it :P

As requested, here are some pics of my apartment before we brought our mess in :) Someday I'll clean up and you can see how we set it up.

notice the big double doored fridge! Our freezer is sooo big and empty! Behind the counter (near the chair) is our nice gas stove and above it is a nice vent hood! Adam if you come here, you can sit at the counter/bar, and we can make mac and cheese and pass it to you RIGHT THERE.

Living room/dining room

I don't have pictures of either bedrooms yet. I'll wait till I clear up.