Monday, July 24, 2006

A sick cat makes for a shitty day

This morning I woke up and had to walk to work instead of bike, due to a flat tire. No big deal, walking takes roughly the same time as catching the bus (because of the route they take) so I figured I would enjoy the morning sunshine. My plan was to pick up a tube at lunch so that my bike could be ready for tomorrow.

Shortly after arriving at the office, my wife called and informed me that one of our cats was sick. We keep two of them in a rather large pet cage overnight, and well, there was shit all over the bottom of it. To top it off, we didn't realize this at first, so we had two cats with shitty paws wandering through the house. Needless to say, my wife was busy washing the sick cat and mopping the floors. The cage made it outside for later.

My wife also informed me that the other cat just happened to puke up the world's largest hairball on my side of the bed. If she wasn't already busy enough, now extra laundry got added to the list, along with another cleanup. The only good news is that Louise slept most of the day away, which made cleaning up much easier than doing so under constant pug scrutiny. (Read: "Louise! Get out of that! NOW!")

Later, when I was home from work we discovered that the not-sick cat also had some more shit on her, and needed a bath. This turned into a game of 'catch the unwilling participant,' starring said cat. Of course, the unlucky winner was me, since I caught the cat, and it was just simpler and easier if I proceeded to carry her off to the bathtub.

Let me just say that this cat reacted poorly in the tub.

There were howls. There were mad attepmts to flee. There was much shedding of fur. At one point she may have even been foaming at the mouth and at no point was there ANY cooperation from this cat. She was not pleased. When the ordeal was done, my wife swooped in with a towel, deftly wrapped the cat in it and carted her out of the bathroom. Net effect: my wife, the Hero in the cat's eyes for rescuing her from the torture treatment, me the evil torturer who shall not be forgiven (at least for the night - this cat doesn't hold much of a grudge, luckily.)

Anyway, as I type this out, all of today's little disasters are behind us and while a little tired, I'm hoping one day we can laugh about it. I'm sure some of you are laughing already.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Been a long time

I wish I could say I was busy, and that was why I haven't updated in a while. Well, I sort of can - here is what has been going on with me lately:

- I got the vinyl floor glued in the entranceway. Now all that is left is installing some trim - for that part of the house. This is a good thing though, as we went an entire week with the piece of vinyl laying on the kitchen floor (it was stored in a roll, and this was an effort to un-curl it. Mostly successful, too.)

- The Dragon Boat races are here in Vernon once again. I blogged about it last year, and we will head down to the beach again tomorrow. The only problem with that beach is that we can't bring Louise. But then again, she would just get overheated anyhow.

- I have been revisiting some old video game classics. Well, classic games to me, at least. I installed Hitman: Codename 47 today and also dusted off Thief II. I'm doing this because they are about the best games I can expect to run on my home computer.

Oh crap, I forgot to call the cable company and cancel our service. We talked about it a few days ago, and decided that we weren't really watching TV anymore, so why pay for it? I find we download and watch way more content, or just spend time on the computers instead of the tube. I'm sure there will be more on this later, as it happens (and more importantly, as I start suffering withdrawl in September when the new shows start.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Lobster nite

Tonight's supper should be extra tasty.

Lobster will be served.

I can really wrap it up there. I like lobster - a lot. If you read this, you already know that. I'm already preparing the neccesary defenses to keep the cats away from my plate.

Now as for the picture, it's a freehand doodle I did after browsing to the lunch at the village blog. Over there they pointed out a neat little site that simulates spilling oil paints. Gwilli was bright enough to figure out a way to 'break' it, which I have used here. What he did was to right click and choose zoom in. At this point, the website stops drawing with heavy strokes, and only uses a thin line instead. Go ahead and try it - clicking changes colour, and otherwise you cannot 'lift the pen', so to speak.

On my picture, you can see the big black splotches that were created before I zoomed in/out. Also, I tried to sign it at the bottom. Didn't work so well, heh. But go ahead and TRY to draw a better picture.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Canada Day

Today is Canada Day, and it also happens to be the anniversary of our wedding. (It's been six happy years, thanks for asking.) This year gone by marks only the second time since we were married that we did not move. However, in place of moving, we had a steady stream of renovation work to do.

Of course, tonight we will go out for a nice meal at the Phoenix. It's a steakhouse, but the menu is varied enough that we can both find something tasty to eat. They also have fantastic deserts, so I'll have to save some room when eating my main course.

Of course, one advantage of having our anniversary on Canada Day is that there is usually fireworks that night. While Vernon might not be the largest city around, they will have their own display at 10:15 pm. As for the photo, it's a random one I scooped from the internet - if you recognize it as yours, congratulations, it was the best looking one in the bunch served up by Google.

Anyhow, have a happy Canada Day, everyone.