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Open Thread for Personal Stuff, December 2014 Cat Tree Edition

At We Hunted the Mammoth headquarters, the tree is already up.
At We Hunted the Mammoth headquarters, the tree is already up.

An open thread for personal stuff, continuing from here.

As usual for these threads: no trolls, no MRAs, no I’m-not-really-an-MRA-buts, don’t be mean.

 

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thebewilderness
6 years ago

IIRC the character she plays is 16 in the book.

Myriad
Myriad
6 years ago

May not even be the encephalopathy. My husband nearly knocked/kicked a couple of ICU staff to the other side of the room when they started to wake him up. Took them a couple of tries until they were fully ready to deal with the overly physical response.

Yeah, that was part of it. They tried to wake him up every couple of days with that response too. It was not until the put in the tracheostomy tube in and PEG tube that they were able to wake him up without him going ballistic. They kept him in 4-point restraints the whole time to keep him in the bed. The delusions and hallunations he was having we’re quite extreme though. I have to say the ICU and the step-down unit staff were awesome. He had a 24-hour sitter as well because he was trying to get out of bed and remove tubes. They put him on anti-psychotics and within a few days he was totally normal.

I’m sorry you had to go through that too, Mildlymagnificent. I hope your husband made a full recovery.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Dormer was right to so. The scene that was filmed is really strong. It’s creepy and it shows Margaery being manipulative and seductive but it doesn’t cross the line. Ser Pounce, the kitty who used to be my avatar also puts in an appearance and that’s very important.

Sometimes less is more.

There’s also the fact that there isn’t any sex between those two characters in the books. Book Tommen is only 8. People are whining just because they apparently wanted to see Dormer’s boobs. They can’t just look at the scene from season 2 where she was topless? Or just Google “naked breasts” if they want to see boobs so bad. It’s a television drama, not a porn.

I can’t believe people are upset about this. I found myself relieved that didn’t happen when I watched that scene. I’d have been pissed if it did happen.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

Late to the thread again, but;

@ amandajane5 – Happy birthday! I’m so sorry that your brother is an ass, but so glad that you are away from him. I understand about not wanting to be the one to call him in, too, so I’m also glad that you have at least one good friend to help you! Yay for friends!!!!

@ Johanna Roberts – I have no practical advice to offer, but I’ll send you cyber-hugs if you want them. <3

@ Dawn Incognito – I hope that the vocational counsellor helps! Singing The Messiah sounds amazing!

@ baroncognito – An ECG will only look abnormal if you've had damage to the muscle of your heart. If you're 'just' having angina, you will have a normal ECG until you actually infarct. Please follow up with a doctor. I'm not sure where you are, or what health care looks like there, but it sounds like you might need more follow up than just an ECG. Please don't start any exercise regime or anything too radical until you're worked up fully. (side note; my mom had angina for 18 months before she had an angiogram and they did a bypass 4 days after the test. She had major blockages, but was incredibly lucky in that she did not have an actual heart attack. The angina was just a warning, but the actual heart attack never came)

@ Myriad – It's pretty normal, IME, to feel numb after trauma like you've just been through. Hugs, if you want them!

@ mildlymagnificent – I'm so sorry that your husband went through that. And, on behalf of my profession, I'm so sorry that you had to deal with twits in scrubs. But, I'm very happy to hear that you got a good nurse at the end. Hope your husband is all better now!

Katherine XII
Katherine XII
6 years ago

I’m trying not to be afraid of things anymore.

As a woman (with activist inclinations) going into game design, eh heh… these past couple of months have been pretty rough on my nerves.

The internet seems like a scarier place than ever, but I know I need to learn to navigate it if I’m going to realize my plans to improve the world ^.^

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Here’s a great article that honors the Ecole Polytechnique massacre by highlighting a bunch of Canadian women in science. It also doesn’t even mention Lepine by name which is great.
http://space.io9.com/these-women-have-done-incredible-things-for-science-in-1667901793/+rtgonzalez

Amnesia
Amnesia
6 years ago

Life’s going pretty good for me right now, minus the loss of Niko. No more soul sucking coworkers or douchebag regional managers who don’t have the moral fiber to be honest about why they’re firing me, thankfully. Now I’m working as a custodian at a blessedly secular private school, mostly waging wars against ants/cockroaches in the locker rooms and scrubbing toilets. The people I deal with on a regular basis seem to like me and my work just fine, and they were totally understanding during my debilitating month of catlessness.

Minako is pretty much over her sickness, which means she’ll probably be spayed later this week. I got her using the litter box in a day and she’s not scratching the furniture or messing with anything she shouldn’t be. So good. Much proud. πŸ™‚ Vaguely considering doing some fostering sometime in the future, but for now, Minako’s just fine and dandy.

The Fluff Compels You

Kat
Kat
6 years ago

I was like “oh I won’t post in the personal thread coz nothing bad is happening” and then I remembered that I could post about good things…duh…

My partner and I recently agreed to change our relationship dynamic – it was always a ‘maybe’ because neither of us have been monogamous successfully before, and recently I’ve been feeling like I’d like to date and meet new people. Talked it through with J, agreed on rules and protocols and such, both of us feel good about it. I had my first date yesterday and it went so well! Ok, the buses made me incredibly late and I got off like half a mile after I should have and had to walk there in the pouring rain without a hood and looked like a drowned rat. But other than that it was the perfect date. It was with this incredibly beautiful non-binary person, and we got along so well. The conversation was interesting, the pauses were natural, I did not make a fool of myself, it was super mutual…I’m really excited about it! They say they’re really looking forward to doing it again. :3 Yaaay. J is away from home tonight but I can’t wait to tell him all about it when he gets in tomorrow. Sadly he has ‘hand foot and mouth’ – who ever heard of that? But I’m really worried about catching it since it’s the end of term i.e. coursework submission week and I cannot be sick! So I’ll have to tell him all about it at some distance. :p

sunnysombrera
6 years ago

So I sold my N64 bundle thinking that it was worth less than I originally thought but after yet another calculation I’ve found that I fucked myself out of Β£50 by not selling things separately. Considering that the thing has a degree of emotional significance to me and I desperately need money at some point I’m going to cry a bit over the loss of cash.

Inez Milholland
Inez Milholland
6 years ago

OH MAH GAWD re the GoT thing. The scene between Margaery and Tommen as it aired this season was more than enough. It gave just the right hint of massive creepiness and exploitation without being explicit. When Margaery cooed at Tommen that her visit was their “little secret” I nearly barfed into my popcorn. I can’t believe people would want to see more. Sickos.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Just found this pic: 1620s French doublet at the Metropolitcan Museum. Is this not the most beautiful garment?

http://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/ci/original/DT6130.jpg

Katherine XII
Katherine XII
6 years ago

Ooooh, pretty!

The fluffy arms are my favorite part ^.^

On a black background it’s kind of ghostly looking though.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Katherine, it is rather!

Here’s the duc de Montmorency wearing a similar one:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d5/Henri_II_Duke_of_Montmorency_1595_1632.jpg

thebewilderness
6 years ago

baroncognito
6 years ago

Thanks everyone.

I’m planning on seeing a doctor as soon as I can get an appointment (When I called in November, they didn’t have any appointments for new patient exams until January). I’ll ask about the gallbladder and possible angina then. In the mean time, I’ll pay more attention possible other causes for the heartburn. When I assumed it was a symptom of heart failure, I never really paid attention to what else I’d been doing that might have caused it.

I haven’t started any new exercise routines; I started walking about 40 minutes a day a few months ago, I’m just going to keep up with that for now. The dog enjoys it too.

That said: since I’m only 34; I’m not a smoker; I don’t drink often; my cholesterol, blood sugar, and chest x-rays were normal; and the x-rays didn’t show anything, the doctor said that I should follow up with my primary care physician, but she didn’t believe I was having a heart attack then and I’d be fine going home and getting to sleep.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

OMG kittehserf! That is gorgeous! I wouldn’t want to wear it myself, but I could watch other people dressed like that all day. πŸ˜›

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ baroncognito – I really hope everything is OK.

PSA time – please assume that I (and every other internet rando) am full of sh*t, medically speaking. In no way should any comment board be taken seriously in regards to medical or health care advice, or replace a face to face consultation with a licensed health care provider. I really am a nurse, and have been for a while, but you would be foolhardy to take my word for that. Also, I am totally not qualified to diagnose people over the internet!

In my own defence, I just kind of panic when people start talking about chest pain.

kittehserf
6 years ago

grumpyoldnurse – isn’t it just gorgeous? I wouldn’t want to wear it either; those things were not light, they had pieces of card and canvas stitched into them to keep their shape, and what’s missing from this one is the high, stiff collar that came right up to the jawline – it’s what kept the lace bands sitting properly.

But that fabric, that exquisite work, the look of the whole thing … if you click on the picture you can magnify it and see the chain stitching on the braid, the tiny cuts in the silk where it was pinked, and just think what that all looks like life-size, over a fine linen shirt, and with beautiful lace finishing the picture…

baroncognito
6 years ago

Ellesar, I’m having no trouble with the the everydaysexism project site that came up when I did a good search for everydaysexism.

Sunnysombera, sorry about your N64. I hope you can play the games you were fond of on other systems at least.

Grumpyoldnurse, point taken. I imagine that the internet can be annoying to health care providers at times.

kittehserf: Yeah, it’s a really nice fabric, I imagine that a vest could take a lot of those styling cues and look really good. (but I can’t imagine what it would look like if you had the sleeves of the shirt you were wearing underneath it rolled up to the elbows.)

kittehserf
6 years ago

Oh lor’, sleeves rolled up under a doublet would be the pits! XD

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

@ baroncognito – Thanks for understanding! I just don’t want to mislead anyone, or set you up for embarrassment with your GP because I misunderstood something you said or I failed to ask the right follow up questions!

Either way – good luck and best wishes! πŸ™‚

Dawn Incognito
Dawn Incognito
6 years ago

@baroncognito, as the daughter of a healthcare provider I can assure you that patients found ways to cause annoyance well before the internet πŸ˜‰

(My favourite was the kinda stalkery one who found our home number and called at all hours.)

Best of luck to you! Chest pain can be caused by lots of weird stuff but always best to check out the ticker and hopefully rule out problems there.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I’m pleased to report that Dracarys is feeling better. She’s still sneezing a bit but the frequency has gone way down since yesterday. She’s also no longer lethargic.

Unfortunately, Darrow sneezed a couple of hours ago. He hasn’t done it again since so I’m hoping it’s just a fluke and he isn’t getting sick too. He’s more finicky than Dracarys and I’m not as confident that he’ll eat and drink properly while sick like Dracy did.

I’m still baffled at how Dracarys could have caught a virus when both she and Darrow are indoor cats and never interact with other animals. The only other cat I’ve even touched the past couple of weeks is my dad’s cat and she isn’t sick.

kittehserf
6 years ago

WWTH – glad to hear Dracarys is getting better!

If it was a flu virus, it’s pretty easy for cats to get them, according to my vet. They don’t need to go out or have contact with other cats; they get it from us. The virus is hardy enough to be passed via human contact, ie. cat – human – human -cat. Passing someone whose cat has the bug is enough. Fribs has had a touch of the flu the last couple of weeks. I’m the only member of the household who goes out anywhere, and I’ve had no contact with kitties when I have, so I must have picked it up from some other Furrinati servant.

tl:dr Like cats always make so clear – it’s All Our Fault.

saphy
saphy
6 years ago

@ kittyserf

I can pass flu onto my fur-babies???
Oh gods now I feel mega guilty because I am pretty sure a few of them have started sneezing since I got ill…

kittehserf
6 years ago

Cat flu, saphy, not human flu! They’re different viruses.

saphy
saphy
6 years ago

@kittyserf

So we can be carriers of the cat flu virus?

proxieme
proxieme
6 years ago

Hugs to everyone who needs them, no hugs to those who prefer their personal space πŸ˜‰

Our big news is OHMYGAWD WE JUST GOT A KICK-ASS FIREPLACE INSERT!!!

We had a very lovely but almost completely useless pass-through fireplace. We’re slowly replacing our houses’s original windows (early 60s single pane) and decrepit insulation as funds permit, but those + our attempt at frugality = strategic use of space heaters in the kids’ rooms when occupied + wearing layers and freezing everywhere else.

But this!
ERMERGERD!
It has a catalytic converter, an adjustable intake (they call it “heat control”, but it just acts to moderate the air intake/burn rate), and an adjustable fan.

This is like heaven.
It’s inching up past 70 right now in the living room (it’s usually around 60 – and that’s after the heat’s kicked on) and the heater didn’t have to engage all night (we had a very solid fire established when I threw a big, knotty log on and dialed the flue and intake all the way down before bed, and there were still embers when I woke up).

So, YAY!
We’re on a few wooded acres and have multiple downed trees (and some near the house that we need to take down) as well as some well-seasoned wood, so we’re set on “free”/low cost heat for awhile πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

The cats are happy – they usually burrow into our beds and snuggle the winter days away in the blankets, but they’ve been lounging on the living room couches giving us blinky eyes whenever we pass.

And that’s my big news.
I’ve officially reached the stage in my life in which major appliance purchases are a HUGE THING.

But, c’mon – WARMTH!
After the past few winters, this is sort of fantastic.

mildlymagnificent
6 years ago

Winter warmth! Happiness. For you anyway … we’re lining up for a long hot summer here.

(I don’t really know how hot it’s likely to be, but the place is so dry there’ve been a few fires well ahead of the usual schedule.)

mildlymagnificent
6 years ago

Hah! Dry. I just checked on the details of a fire several kms away from here. Yet another fool using an angle grinder near dry grass started the damn thing. So far it’s burnt out 170 hectares – that’s 420 acres for those still using old money.

I reckon there should be some kind of ban on outdoors use of the rotten things for the same period as the usual fire ban period.

Katherine XII
Katherine XII
6 years ago

Whelp.

I just learned that my grandfather died.

I don’t feel anything yet, but I probably will later.

Anyway, I might be away a couple days. I dunno.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

I’m so sorry Katherine.

I think it’s pretty normal to feel shocked and numb for a little while when someone dies. That always happens to me too.

Take care.

grumpyoldnurse
grumpyoldnurse
6 years ago

I’m very sorry for your loss, Katherine.

mildlymagnificent
6 years ago

So sorry Katherine.

Sometimes we’re surprised by our reactions. You can still be shocked even with no surprise at all. And numbness is often the first reaction in any case, expected or not.

Take care of yourself.

Arctic Ape
Arctic Ape
6 years ago

Condolences, Katherine.

saphy
saphy
6 years ago

Hugs on standby for when you need them, Katherine. <3

katz
6 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear that, Katherine.

Puddleglum
6 years ago

So sorry for your loss, Katherine.

Myoo
Myoo
6 years ago

My condolences, Katherine.

Michelle C Young
6 years ago

Whoops! I posted to the wrong thread. Sorry.

Michelle C Young
6 years ago

Oh, Katherine, I’m so sorry!

Don’t feel bad about not feeling bad, right now. When my aunt died, I didn’t really feel it, until it HIT me a year later.

Humans are weird, like that.

You grieve in whatever way works for you, OK? Including not at all. It’s alright, and don’t let anyone else tell you how to feel or respond, or when to do it. We are not machines, and our emotions cannot be put on a schedule.

Do you want hugs? I’m sending internet hugs your way. Just duck, if you don’t want them.

marinerachel
marinerachel
6 years ago

Terrible news out of Canada. There has been a diced onion dispute at a Saskatchewan Tim Horton’s. In anger, one disgruntled customer threw a harmless snake at the employee:

http://globalnews.ca/news/1714538/snake-thrown-in-tim-hortons-after-diced-onion-dispute/

What a sad day for Canada.

Puddleglum
6 years ago

My fav link of the day (well, it was yesterday but I didn’t see it til today), all about the joy of ggator’s new ‘op’, and how well it’s doing.

http://www.themarysue.com/indie-devs-nope/

Puddleglum
6 years ago

@marinerachel, I read that this morning, and all I could think was how grateful I am that I no longer work at a Timmies.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Katherine, I’m so sorry.

Proxieme, whoot!

Saphy – yeah, that’s the impression I get, and I know my kitties could only have picked up cat flu via me.

Michelle C Young
6 years ago

So, I was brushing my teeth, and I bent over the skin to slurp up some water and rinse my mouth, and my kitty jumped onto my back and…

settled down for a nap!

I wish I could have gotten video.

kittehserf
6 years ago

ROFL oh Michelle, that’s priceless!

Kitties are Teh Evil.

cassandrakitty
cassandrakitty
6 years ago

The sled dogs can be great with cats, my old friend’s Malamute would let the neighborhood kittens use him as a climbing frame and swing on his tail.

kittehserf
6 years ago

Oh, if only there were pics of that!

Apparently Tally acts like a cat, having been raised by them. I don’t know what huskies’ usual postures are like, but that paws-folded thing looks very catlike.

Her humans are gonna need some big boxes. πŸ™‚