From the monthly archives:

August 2005

Randomness

August 30, 2005

I’m starting to get the hang of this Drupal thing. It’s a very cool CMS and I’m going to stick with it. I know the layout of this site needs some work, but I’m still learning how the themes work. The current CSS fixes will have to do until I have a nice chunk of free time.

The one thing that is seriously irritating me is the fact that the images move the stuff beneath them a tad when you hover over them. Does anyone know how to fix that in CSS? I’m still tweaking the code around to see if any of the stuff I know will correct it. I can deal with the rest of the imperfections for the time being.

Anyway, for a totally random vent: I can’t fooking stand UPS!!!! They need to get their shit together and deliver at different times if someone isn’t there to sign for a package 3 straight days in a row. CATCH A CLUE ASSHOLES – we’re not home, so maybe you should stop by at a later time!!

I think the stress of school and work is getting to me.. I don’t remember being on such a short fuse. Oh well.

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Too Hot

August 28, 2005

Okay, so it’s too damn hot to do much of anything today. Just sitting requires a fan on full blast to feel semi-comfortable. Any sort of movement requires all my energy, so dishes and laundry is something I’m pondering making an iced coffee for.

The hermies are loving the weather, however! Their heating pad hasn’t even been used yet and I have to mist them several times a day to keep the humidity at optimal levels because any moisture is sucked dry by the heat. I took some photos of their crabitat, and have included the best one:

Crabitat

Work was better this week, and I am learning at a fast pace. Even though I love it there, I’ve been pondering taking a leave of absence for this semester. Why? Well, for two reasons: gas prices and the realization that my homework load is going to increase A LOT this semester. From where I live it takes me about 45 minutes to get to the clinic and I drive there and back 4 days a week. I fill my gas tank twice a week now, and at $40 a pop and rising, the price is reaching a limit where it’s not making the drive worth it.

I’ll probably end up dealing with the gas prices and lack of time, because the bottom line is this is a rare opportunity to become an expert at feline medicine, handling and restraining. And, frankly, I’d be stupid to NOT do it.

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Rajiv

August 19, 2005

Today was a very emotional day for me. I worked my normal morning shift at the cat clinic and a very sick kitty came in. His name was Rajiv. He was a regular patient, because of his health problems, and over the weeks I became attached to him.

He was always very sweet and when someone needed to take blood or palpate for a bladder, I was always the tech to hold him. He always cuddled into my arms and loved resting his head on my shoulder or in my armpit.

If you can tell how I’m wording this, you know where this is going.. unfortunately, all of this is past tense. The doctors recommended he be euthanized because of his extreme guarded condition. He was very, very weak and so skinny. He had terminal cancer and was just wasting away.

When it was time to give him the injection, I requested to hold him, but as it happens I was in the middle of doing a viral test for another cat when the doctor had it ready. So, another tech held him and I said my goodbyes. I cuddled him one last time and kissed him on the head. I told him to find Sophie and say hello for me.

He was so weak, he didn’t move at all while she gave him the injection. I sobbed quietly while doing the viral test, watching him from across the room. The other techs just gave me my space. They’ve been there. I knew there would be days like this, but never thought it would hit so hard.

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Hermies Arrive!

August 18, 2005

I finally got my hermit crabs! After weeks of waiting, the supplier I went with got more in, so he sent mine out and I received them yesterday. They arrived in a hard foam box within a cardboard box. Inside the foam box was a deli cup filled with moistened paper towels. And on top of the paper towels, there they were!

I picked them up, took a good look at them to make sure they were okay and put them in their crabitat. They immediately started exploring, so I watched them to try and figure out good names.

Meet Bruce, Sheldon and Kermit!

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