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Last day of 2009

December 31, 2008

On this, the last day of 2009, I made two trips to the vet and two trips to the pet store. My pets have become high maintenance.

I took Orion to the vet because his stomatitis is back. That's really, really bad mouth sores. Poor little guy... his mouth bleeds, and he never complains. Internet research told me that I might have to get all his teeth pulled behind his fangs, but the vet said we can try to manage it with antibiotics and steroids.

I took Ripley back for a followup after his urinary blockage last week. I just wanted some peace of mind before the holiday tomorrow by having the vet do a look and feel. I've been hypersensitive about him. All he has to do is make a small noise, and I freak out that he's having more problems.

I decided to put them both in boarding this coming weekend while I go celebrate a late Christmas with my family. Orion can only eat soft food and is on meds. Ripley just needs someone to make sure he's going to the bathroom and take care of him quickly if he's not.

The pet store visits were for Mini Jumbones for Lily and another cat carrier. Kennels and carriers are 20% off at Petsmart right now. I already knew the Petsmart I usually go to didn't have the Jumbones, so I went to a different one. The different one had the Jumbones, but not the carrier I wanted. So I bought the Jumbones there and went back to the other one for the carrier.

Now I'm settling in and watching some football. Tonight I'm rooting for Pittsburgh, Vandy, Kansas and LSU. Or as my friend, Crabapple Lane Rob would say, "Geaux Tigers!"

Happy New Year, y'all!

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Merry Christmas Eve

December 24, 2008

This will be the first Christmas I've spent away from family since I was born. I won't miss out on Christmas dinner, though. My friends Spike and Cliff have invited friends over tomorrow evening to share in their Christmas.

Here's a picture of me with my Mom when I was a kid. I remember most of those ornaments on the tree. Especially the gingerbread houses.

Mom and me sitting on the floor in front of the Christmas tree

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Mr. Ripley is back home

December 24, 2008

Mr. Ripley Stickertail is back home to celebrate Christmas with me and Orion. Lily's at boarding because I had to pay for it whether she went or not due to high demand over the holiday, and she likes it there. So the cats and I are having some quality time together.

Here's one of the first things Rip did when he got home. Eat!

Ripley eating

He kept going under the bed like he was going to hide for a while (who could blame him!), but then he'd come back out shortly after. It wasn't long after the following picture that he started biting at his red bandage of courage letting me know it was time to remove it.

Ripley lounging around on the floor

Messrs. Ripley and Orion will be changing to prescription food over the next week or so. Something that will help Mr. Ripley's bladder stay unblocked. I'm sure they'll adjust fine. They've never passed up a meal since they adopted me and Lily.

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My cat has a bladder infection

December 22, 2008

Ripley has a bladder infection. The last time he had one, I didn't realize it until he woke me up one morning crying in severe pain. He had been licking himself periodically, but I didn't think anything of it. I think he almost died because of it. Now I know the early signs.

So I'm taking him to the vet tomorrow. I'm sure the vet will give me medicine to give him. So now comes the stressful part. I'm supposed to go to Houston for Christmas. I can't give my cat medicine and go to Houston at the same time. If the medicine is once a day, I can go for an overnight visit and be back in time for the next dose. If it's twice a day, I'm in a pickle.

I'll know more tomorrow.

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Just Some Stuff

December 21, 2008

  • First day of winter. That means the days start getting longer, right? So in six months, I can get up when it's light and leave work when it's still light? I can't wait.
  • I'm eating bread and butter pickles and drinking spiced tea for supper. Buckeyes and white-chocolate peppermint snowmen for dessert. Maybe some dobosh torte later, too. Ah, Christmastime.
  • I watched some movies this weekend and aborted some, too. I aborted Just Friends which I had forgotten I'd aborted before. I also aborted Dream Girls. As much as I love Jennifer Hudson, I can't stand people bursting into song in lieu of a spoken conversation. The movies I got through were The Human Stain and Knocked Up. The former was one of those indie movies I'm glad I watched but don't care to see again. The latter was one I probably could have lived without, but seeing three freaks from "Freaks and Geeks" in the same movie was fun. I sure like Seth Rogan.
  • The spiced tea I'm drinking was concocted by a coworker. I think I know which coworker, but I'm not totally sure. We put stockings up on our cubicles Dec. 1, and the coworkers have been sneaking things into them. The spiced tea was a small tupperware-like container containing sugar and spice and lotsa of stuff nice that dissolves in water to make a tasty warm beverage.
  • I only have a day and a half left of work before Christmas. I hope it's quiet, and I can catch up on some things. Like organizing my e-mail. It's a disaster. I need to write some procedures, too. Normally, that would be a yucky job, but finding some quiet time to sit and think and write procedures sounds like a dream.

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I'm #3! I'm #3!

December 20, 2008

Independent artists submitted 17 songs for Coverville Idol: Squeeze this year. Listeners were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite three, and my song came in third. Yay! Honestly, it was a total shock to be in the top three. If you like Squeeze or even only remember that one super popular Squeeze song, I recommended downloading the podcast and listening to all the covers. Then go to the virtual tribute album and download your favorites. The tribute album will only be available for a limited time due to licensing issues.

My favorite track is "Hourglass" by Lucky & Generous. A couple other favorites are "Goodbye Girl" by Zapruder Point and "Slap and Tickle" by MC Slap & DJ Tickle. And then ask me on another day, and I'll call a different one a favorite.

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Coverville Idol Featuring Me!

December 9, 2008

Coverville podcast Episode 532 features Coverville Idol which features a song from me! Brian Ibbott invited indie artists to submit Squeeze cover songs for the show, so I recorded "This Summer." One of the cool things about Coverville Idol this year is that all the songs are available for download on a Squeeze tribute album page in addition to being heard on the podcast.

Plus... you can vote for your favorites! Scroll to the bottom of the Squeeze tribute album page for a link to the voting.


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Procrastinating and Lunch with Brian

December 7, 2008

I was thinking about procrastination today, and how, in a weird way, it's productive for me. When I procrastinate one thing, I get something else done. At home, I procrastinate something by cleaning the house or working on a Web project. Like during NaSoAlMo, when I didn't feel like doing music, I worked on building galleries of vacation pictures. Or yesterday, when I didn't want to put my new songs on my song blog or put up Christmas decorations, I worked on the Lunch With Brian Web site. Odd.

As a result of yesterday's procrastination, I finished developing the Lunch With Brian Web site. It's mostly a blog about lunches with my friend Brian plus a page with the "Lunch With Brian" song. We have plans to make some lists of great Austin restaurants, too. Should be fun.

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CD Baby Shipping Instructions

December 6, 2008

I love CD Baby. I ordered CDs from them this week, and in the shipping instructions, I asked if they would put a smiley face on the packaging. An excerpt from my order confirmation:

Order # 4478124
status: paid

#### ORDER # 4478124 ######

Will you put a smiley face on the packing slip or somewhere on the packaging?

This is what I got:

Smiley face on outside of CD mailing box

The CDs I ordered are Wheel of Style and Bushsongs from One Black Lung. Wheel of Style has 22 songs on it! I'm looking forward to listening to them.

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Finished NaSoAlMo with time to spare

December 2, 2008

I finished my National Solo Album Month (NaSoAlMo) album, "Dead BBQ Grill," on Saturday night, a day earlier than the deadline, and spent Sunday working on my Web site in anticipation of releasing it. When I say "working on my Web site," I mean doing maintenance on the whole thing (not just the music related bits). But I think that was pure procrastination because once I finished the album, I kinda wanted to put it behind me since it had consumed me for the month of November. Read: I didn't want to talk about it.

Kim Novak's Dead BBQ Grill Album MP3s I plan to do a wrap-up post to talk more about the individual songs and the process, but for now, here's Dead BBQ Grill in all her glory. Or most of her glory since the Squeeze cover song I recorded isn't available. You'll have to listen to the Coverville Idol podcast later to hear that one. I'll let you know when that's scheduled.

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