Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Overstimulated Kitties, Little Miss Neurotic, and the Letter P

The cats got a bunch of new catnip toys for Christmas. They are officially overstimulated. Did I mention that many of these toys are filled with catnip? Good times...

Little Miss Neurotic (Moxy) has licked herself a bald spot between her shoulder blades that doubled in size overnight. That earned her a trip to the vet today, and got me out of work early -- just before they brought in a patient with active tuberculosis! I'd call that perfect timing. I'd rather not be exposed to TB any time soon. The Moxinator got herself a round of antibiotics and a cortisone shot. We'll see how it goes with her. If she won't leave it alone, we may be pulling out the e-collar. The horror.

Thanks to Kat, I've got another meme to do. This one is the “Brought to you by the letter…” game. I'll let Kat tell you how it works:

"You leave a comment on this post, and I’ll assign you a letter. You write about ten things you love that begin with your assigned letter, and post it at your place. When people comment on your list, you give them a letter, and the chain continues on and on."

Kat assigned the letter P, which turned out to be harder than I thought. But it all worked out. Here are ten things that make me happy AND start with a P.

Physics - I liked it enough to major in it three times and to make it my career.

Planets - I don't know how anyone can look at the Voyager or Cassini mission photographs of moons and planets and not be in awe. Or how about Saturn, eclipsing the sun with the night side illuminated by its own ring system? Wow.

Pandora - I've been exposed to dozens of artists and hundreds of songs through Pandora in the last year and a half. In that same time period, I discovered exactly one new song by hearing it first on the radio (not counting NPR, which is also a decent source of exposure to new music, especially on the NPR Music website). Pandora is by far the most effective way to find new music that you'll love on our blue planet's world wide web. By "new", I mean new to me, not necessary a recent recording.

Pinot noir - I like almost all of the red wines. This variety boomed in popularity after being favorably mentioned in the movie Sideways. It's a good movie, but don't take every line in it so seriously. I still drink "fucking Merlot". Seriously.

Peppercorns - the finest of the seasonings. My favorite. Freshly ground (coarse, of course) pepper will perk up any dish.

Peaches and pecans - that's Georgia food, y'all. There is nothing like homemade peach ice cream on the 4th of July. Except maybe a big slice of pecan pie.

Planting - I love gardening. From picking out the plants to getting my hands in the dirt, there is no better way to ground yourself than plant and take care of a garden. Can be herbs or veggies, a wild cottage garden or a small container garden. I will always have a garden of some sort.

Paul Johnson - Georgia Tech's first year football coach who made football on The Flats fun again, PLUS he beat Georgia for the first time in what seemed like forever. Superman wears Paul Johnson pajamas.

Photography and Photoshop Elements - I've always enjoyed photography. I may have gotten this bug from my Dad. Now I have his old cameras, along with a small collection of vintage models that are fun to play with if you can find the film. Digital photography makes it easy and cheap to experiment and try new things. And since I got Photoshop Elements, I can rid my photos of many of the flaws and limitations of both camera and photographer. And maybe even make some art. Or lolcats. There is room in my life for both...

PDM - saved the best for last! He puts up with my crap AND he cooks for me. Plus there is that crazy little thing called wub.


Dianne said...

Perfect pile of P's ;)

poor Moxy! perhaps show her the collar and she'll get the idea

Jennster said...

NOT fair, cat blogging with a meme attached to it! poor kitty cat! Poor poor Moxy. Great job with the letter P.

Beth said...

I love your Meme. I learned new things and wasn't bored. Sorry to hear about your latest round of kitty troubles. I've never had my cat to the vet for an emergency visit. I really hate my vet though so I'm glad of that.

magnetbabe said...

Agreed on most everything in your meme (don't know much about GT football, and while PDM seems like a nice enough guy...)!

Poor Moxinator. Did the vet give her any chill pills with the antibiotics?!

fermicat said...

Dianne - she doesn't appear to have messed with it today, so maybe she's off the e-collar hook.

Jennster - I only count it as catblogging if there is a photo.

Beth - it was an appointment made on short notice, but not like having to take her to the emergency (after hours) vet. If you hate your vet, you should find another one. Glad to hear the meme didn't bore you.

Magnetbabe - you'll have to take my word for it on the coach and the old man. Moxy received a cortisone shot, which did in fact chill her out by removing the itchiness. Poor girl.

LL said...

I can't believe you still put up with those things...

And I hope GT whoops up on Duke tonight... cheer hard for it.

Jennster said...

fermi- there is a picture of the abadonned pups up, well a few of them!

BUT BUT...it SHOULD count as CAT BLOGGING. Still, unfair, YOU know we are gonna read at the edge of the seat about the cats!

fermicat said...

LL - been cheering hard, but Tech only looked good during the 1st half. Our poor free throwing percentage is going to doom us to lose most of our conference games.

Jennster - Friday is coming soon. :-)

Jeni said...

Much as I personally dislike the majority of the memes -just can't ever think of a darned thing to say in them -I really admire any blogger who can do them and do them justice too.

Hope the meds help Moxy get better so you don't have to get that collar out. That's gotta come under the "cruel and unusual cat punishment" heading.

tiff said...

Way to go on the Fotosohp change-up and not getting stuck on "words that sound like they start with p" only.

Poor kitty - here's hoping the e-collar remains a threat only.

Red said...

were you ever gonna call anyone out on this MeMeMe?

fermicat said...

Red - alas, it seems that there were no takers for a letter.