The joy of dingleberries

Noticed one while I was brushing the little boy this morning.  Wanted to remove it but figured he'd be seriously pissed.  Must have fallen off when he was napping next to me on the sofa.  Never been so happy to find one as I was today.  Funny.  One day I will miss this.  Treasure the moment.

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claws uncut
cat kneads lap
pierces crotch
scream so loud
drew some blood

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I got a head full of ideas that are driving me insane

Woke up at 2:30 am today. I had actually dreamt about a gargantuan nest egg, which left me thinking about all the things I have in store for the next big experiment: retirement. Books I want to write and other grand aspirations. Usually, dry itchy skin wakes me up in the middle of the night. In this case, I was sitting on $2B (maybe it was just $2M) of unrealized capital gains.

So I'm thinking in bed, and this, of course, is never conducive to falling asleep. One of the consultants I work with is fond of saying, "There's plenty of time to sleep when I'm dead." My unspoken retort to this is, "If I don't get enough sleep, I'll go to an early grave." This guy gets up insanely early to run, and he completed a marathon not long ago. Two of my less athletic colleagues, on the other hand, regularly get to work at 6:00 am, and I get the impression that they get 5-6 hours of sleep. I'm convinced I can pull that off, too. I get up just after 3:00, and incredibly, BK is already up and hunting what turns out to be a small roach. Squish. Brushed and spent quality time with both cats. The best way to start the day. Gonna do an early morning workout (possibly the first one in a year as I had to switch to evening exercise when I started this job) and then make breakfast. Maybe get some reading in. Then hit the grocery store for fruit and yogurt before getting into the office super early. 3:40. Time for push-ups.

Whoa. Been composing comments on news blogs, and it is now well after 5:00. Guess I'll skip reading a book this morning. Less than 5 hours of sleep for me. Should be an interesting day.

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Kitty was a hero this morning. I'm busily taking apart a hard-boiled egg when the little one scurries into the kitchen swatting at something. I look down, and he is chasing a mosquito. I take a few seconds to put my egg down without making a mess, and we both lose sight of the insect. A few seconds later, BK flushes it out from under the kitchen table, and we corner it so that it lands on the island counter. Whap! I'm wearing someone's blood on my palm, and my little hunter enjoys a richly-deserved chicken treat...

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Nice to be back home despite the unpleasant weather. Picked up the little guy from the cat-sitter yesterday morning, and he has been non-stop cuddly and affectionate. Wonder how long that will last...

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Just ready today that Sandra is performing in Dresden, Germany this weekend. Waaaaah...

The mystery of the disappearing whisker smackers is solved.

From: "Dr. Harvey's" <>
Subject: Re: shortage of whisker smackers (fish)?
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 13:59:00 -0400

The company that we got our fish treats from went out of business, we should have the fish treats in two to three weeks. Sorry for the inconvience.
Thank You,
The Staff at Dr. Harvey's

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The little one is getting "altered" today. I'm sure he will be fine. Gonna give him lots of attention and hugs tonight.

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The little guy vomited on the living room rug this weekend. My guess is the toy mouse tail he swallowed shortly before did not agree with his stomach. I was rather distressed and didn't think to examine the contents before cleaning up. Logging this here for future reference.

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A year ago, I would have laughed at this, but now I'm thinking about how to build my own iSeePet. Their demo movie cracks me up! I think this has actually been around for a while, but I hadn't noticed it until I found the AkibaLive site.


A cute shot from this Sunday's Petacular, which kicked off the Macy's Flower Show (click for larger image).

petacular guinea pig

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