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I'm on the tail end of an all nighter, having been crying on and off all night. I think it's a combination of Moth being gone and other things getting on top of me. Pol woke up at 5am and heard me sobbing. He came up and I cried on his shoulder while he made it all better.

Spice has now been here four-and-a-half days and, while still not entirely relaxed, is becoming pretty mellow about the big scary humans. We took her away from The Best Human Ever. I'm not The Best Human ever, but she's willing to forgive me. Pol is a bit more scary, but she now wanders up to him as a matter of course and follows him downstairs for breakfast, and he can play with her - in fact, she expects him to before and after work now. She's seen much less of Random and is still wary, as far as I know.

She has carried things around in her mouth, but doesn't properly play 'fetch' - things get carried to her favourite disembowelling spot instead. I lost the laser pointer, which is a shame because it was a great source of exercise for her (she's slightly podgy about the waist). Pol's ordered seven more, as well as a box of 150 ping pong balls. My room is covered in screwed up pieces of paper. She gives a high-pitched burbling chirp when she wants to play. Pol is astonished at how quiet she is - quieter still after she removed her collar. I haven't been able to put it back. I can hold her and pummel her but I haven't got four hands and two humans together is far too scary.

She only seems to eat much at once if someone is standing by her. Otherwise, as far as I can tell, it's all snatched mouthfuls. Great for her waistline, I suppose, but I want her to feel comfortable. Pol, watching her, thinks that the tiles are cold and unfamiliar and put her off. She does relax completely when in my room, and I can more or less do what I like with her, although she startles easily. She is very cuddly indeed if I am lying down in bed reading a book.

She loves stairs as much as if she'd spent her entire life dreaming about one day having a flight of stairs all her own, and now she's got two. However, when she runs down them very quickly, she manages to frighten herself and bounces down the last few with her tail bottle-brush fat. Then she bounces right back up them again for the next paper ball.
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Today wasn't bad. I had planned to just immerse myself in computer games, but my wrists are sore, so I've ended up going back to my favourite brain candy, Georgette Heyer. I've spent the day downstairs for once, instead of being in my room. Being downstairs gets a lot done. I did Pol's laundry, then finally got to put the hall rugs into wash, then washed them again in the vain hope that more muck will come out this time. They're now drying. JG came and cleaned and we talked a lot about C, her dog who passed six months or so ago, S, her new dog, and, naturally, Moth. I got a lot out of the visit. I also emptied the dishwasher and cooked myself something to eat.

I had a bath, straightened my room out, had a nap and I've just come upstairs after playing Guitar Hero with Random. I left her merrily playing away, having been be-migrained out of continuing, but I really enjoyed it and I am hoping we can do it again tomorrow.

Pol's away doing work-related stuff and I am missing him rather more than I usually would.

Busy day.

Jan. 17th, 2011 03:41 pm
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I went over to Nottingham at the weekend and saw my family, in stages, then Cwol. I came back to find a book I'd meant to give Cwol, sitting there looking at me. I might ask Pol nicely to take it with him when he drops off my sibling's books. It wasn't the best of visits: everyone was tired and I had the most thumping headache all day, I think because of the extremely wet weather.

Today has been bright and fine, and I've been able to do loads. I tidied the sitting room up. When it's tidy, I want to spend time there, and if I am sitting downstairs, then all the housework tends to get done in the ad breaks. I also cleaned the kitchen, folded Pol's laundry, sorted out the blue sofa as much as it can be sorted out and planted out bulbs. I need more compost.

Now I am upstairs. I discovered Moth still sitting quietly alert in exactly the same place I left her hours before. Even with the strong painkillers, she's clearly reluctant to move much. She's also having trouble scratching herself and walking around on the duvet - her claws catch in the fabric as if she can't quite keep them retracted any more. I put her on the bed and spent a while scratching her head, which made her very happy. She just wandered off for a while and limped painfully back for more head-scratching. I suppose that's me here for the interim then.
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To one who seemed the prisoner of the court.) )
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Love kindled his impetuous desire. )
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And in her room the two together lay. )
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Until he found them, locked in love's embrace. )
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Moth's been rushed to the vet again, but she's now back home and fine. She has a stomach bug. Signs you have built up trust in your pet:
Every day Moth has to have a thyroid pill. This is a recent development and she's been taking them for a week or more. I have to catch her, wrap her in a towel, prize open her jaws and shove the pill down her protest throat, while she does her level best to get out and/or send the pill somewhere I can't get to it. Then, once I am satisfied the pill is down her throat, I let her go and give her a good brush with the rabbit brush she likes so much. If she then spits the pill out, I let her win that round and don't try to pill her again.
She has now started reminding me of an evening that it is time for her pill. She then struggles against it as much as ever, but she doesn't try to avoid being caught or wrapped in the towel.

Since [personal profile] spiralsheep makes me feel I could link to more shiny things, here are some of mine:

The Monster Mine - This is a science fiction story from Project Gutenburg Australia (which is a wonderful site in its own right: check it out. It was first published in August 1845. In it, the writer discusses the future use of 'aerial machines' for carrying cargo overseas, the ubiquitous use of electricity and paper money being replaced by electronic cash. In 1845. Be warned; the writer uses 'natives' and 'ouran-outans' as synonyms.

Bone Crushing Experiments Yield Better Protective Gear features a custom-made machine which whumps bones to see what happens to your skeleton if you're hit really hard. It is something I can see Sherlock Holmes finding very shiny.

Banana Marugoto. It is banana, wrapped in custard, wrapped in cream, wrapped in a waffle. And then sliced.

The Mycroft Poppins Series, Episodes 1-5 The link is to number five in the series, but the first four episodes are linked to at the top. It is a series of pictures of Mycroft Poppins the Magical Nanny looking after Sherlock and John. The word 'cracktastic' springs to mind.
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'What idiocy is this? What selfish pride? )
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(Far more than any other man would do!). )
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You're expert at it! Everyone agrees! )
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Moth has already done the very basic thing of teaching me that, when she scrapes a door, she wants to go out. She's also done the more convoluted thing of scraping a door I *can* see to let me know she wants to go out of a door I can't see. This argues both a grasp of abstract concepts ('a door as a class of objects' as opposed to 'that door in front of me') and theory of mind (working out what someone else knows) which cats definitely can't do.

And she's taught me that when she puts her paw out, she wants her head scratched. This is a new thing, but still nothing that special, if you ignore the fact that she pretty much clicker-trained me with purrs.

Now she seems to have worked out that, if I can't see her paw, she can hit a crackly sweet packet to get my attention, then wave the paw to demand her head be scratched. This could be coincidence, but, given her past achievements, I am not sure.
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My noblemen were under your command; )
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You were my closest friend, my confidant; )
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I've culled all my dullest snails and kept those with lighter or more rufous markings. I'm now down from several hundred snails to about two dozen. Given the sheer number of eggs I destroyed, I'd have had over a thousand within a fortnight. The rotting plants have been taken out, the living plants put back and the tank water is clear again instead of murky green.

More people in my friendslist are dropping Livejournal and switching to Dreamwidth. I gather livejournal have been doing something even nastier with advertising, while Dreamwidth have just brought out a whole load of new features. I do like the way DW ask 'what do you think?' and take it all on board.

The weather continues sunny. It's very, very odd, at least for the North Wet of England it is. We're getting drought warnings. I like having the windows wide open and listening to birdsong all day. It's especially sweet when Moth's curled up under my right hand and occasionally prodding me in the midriff as a reminder to keep stroking her head. Poor Pol is going to be melting.

This article from last week offers a picture of how racism is affecting people in the British workplace today. To quote: Blatant racism is still far too prevalent in the workplace: more than a fifth still said they had been offended by a racial remark in their place of work. Chinese were the most egregious victims with 35% citing an example, followed by a quarter of Pakistanis.
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I've been at home a week. I should only have been home a day, but I ended up not going onwards to London after all. I had a weird combination of ME/flueyness and extreme homesickness. The latter swung it - ccooke and Ruthi are amazingly able to accommodate an MEish and fragile house guest. Even so, I've really mostly been asleep so it's as well I am at home.

Moth's back from two weeks in a cattery. Yet again, she looks slightly healthier than when she went. I'm brushing her more, since I think that must be the key. She's lithely skipping about the place, all grace and fluffy, thick fur and purring. She's making it clear that she loves us very much, but that the accommodation isn't what she's now used to expecting. I should ask them what their secret is, really.

Pol's not happy with the hot weather. He's got a new aircon after the old one died and I am resigned to it taking first place in his affections until at least September.

Oh yes, that's what I meant to do yesterday and forgot - arrange shopping to be delivered today. Oops. If I am quick, that could still happen. And, if I water the strawberries, they might not die.

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