Saturday, 18 November 2017

Sunday Post 78, It's Monday, what are you reading? 63


The Sunday Post - a chance for a chat and catch-up with other bloggers - is hosted by Kimba, here: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Let's see. I have a Sophie update, here: http://lifetheuniverseandcats.blogspot.co.nz/2017/11/dear-sophie.html and I hope you will all understand why I don't want to go into it again.

That happened on Monday, and on Monday night I spilt sauce on my wrist from the crockpot so had to go to A&E. Bandage on till Thursday. I went to the doctor on Thursday to get the dressing changed, and the burn had virtually disappeared. Which was good, because it means I don't have to go back to get the dressing changed again.

What else. Work is going well. I'm apparently done with the induction phase (yay) but still in limbo for a bit because work needs to install new desks. So I'm nomadic for a few more weeks - lol.

Our Sky (cable) was cut off because I fell too far behind on the bill - it's good to be working again but it's going to take a while for everything to stabilise. (And by everything I mean money). But it's been ... not terrible. I read two books this weekend - lol. We have Netflix, which is awesome, and mostly I want Sky back for recording purposes anyway.

I'm on the hunt for crockpot recipes/ideas because working 9-6 means my shiny new slow cooker is going to get a work out.

I have a couple of posts done and lined up - a short reviews post, and, finally, an awesome ladies post that I'll hopefully remember to put up this week.

I'm still reading Relics by Tim Lebbon, and I started The Heiress Effect by Courtney Milan today as well.

I think that's all I have for now ... how about you? What are you reading? How's your week?

Friday, 17 November 2017

Dear Sophie

We adopted you from the SPCA nearly five years ago. You climbed up on to my shoulder, and, I like to think, chose us.

You were tiny, eight weeks old, black and white, and you looked like someone had spilt a bottle of black ink down your front.

You did all of the normal kitten things - playing, pouncing, sleeping ... but as you grew, we realised we had a rather ... unique cat on our hands.

I don't know if it was that you never learned how to meow properly, but you sounded exactly like a seagull. You were scared of everything, and when you went outside, you did nothing but hide until we called you back in, and you would loudly proclaim your distress at the OUTSIDES until you got back inside.

Even though you only ever went outside voluntarily.

You were not a traditional lap-cat. You did, however, crave attention, and somehow worked out that one way to get that attention was to land on a human and start chewing clothing. We never could break you of that habit.

One of your favourite spots to get the attention you believed was your due and right (and it was), was on my desk, between me and my keyboard, so I often had to type or game with my arms carefully stretched around you. For you, this was the best of all possible worlds. Attention, a place to stretch out, AND a human to inconvenience, all at once.

Playing Dragon Age now just won't be the same without you. I'll be able to reach my mouse, and see the keyboard keys, and not have my arm scratched, or my cardigan slobbered and chewed on.

I can't imagine it.

Week before last, you were in pain. On the Thursday night, you growled if we touched your stomach. J took you out to the emergency vet, who gave you painkillers and sent you back home.

By Saturday you weren't eating or drinking, and we were worried but more, "how much will this cost to make you better" worried and not, "I hope this isn't life or death for you" worried.

The vets admitted you, and did x-rays, and took blood samples. You were constipated. Uncomfortable yes, but surely an easy fix.

Last Monday morning, the vet rang as spawn and I were leaving for school and work. "Oh, good," I thought. "She'll be ringing to say we can bring Sophie home." You had perked up the day before, and starting eating.

But. It was not the conversation I ever imagined having. The vet was calling to say that you had passed away just that morning in front of her - unexpectedly. I was in shock, and went on autopilot, so I could get through my day. I called J at work to tell him, let spawn's teacher know that he would likely have a rocky day, and asked the vet if they would do a necropsy so we could find out what happened.

Dear Sophie, you had a twisted intestine. With the best will and most amazing vets in the world there would have been nothing that we - or they- could have done for you. It's a rare condition in cats, Sophie, and you were most certainly a rare cat. Scared of everything, and not quite sure HOW to cat, but you were loving and sweet in your own weird way.

There is a gap on my desk where you should be right now, rolling around and squawking at me if I dare to move the wrong way, and there is an even bigger gap in the centre of my heart where your spirit lives now.

The cold consolation with your cause of death is that I'm not left with any "if-onlys". Taking you to the vet earlier wouldn't have helped, nor would any level of attention or care we could have given you changed this outcome. It's not something that will show up on an x-ray, dear Sophie, and I am very, very sorry.

You should have lived to be old and curmudgeonly, taking your rightful place on my desk, between me and my keyboard for many more years, but it was not to be.

Know that, wherever you are now, Sophie, I will miss you forever. Even as I'm sitting here typing this out part of me is waiting for you to jump on my desk and insist I make room for you.

I will always have room for you.

Rest well, Sophie. Rest gloriously.

You were loved.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Sunday Post 77; It's Monday, What are you reading? 62





Well, that was quite the break, wasn't it? Completely unintentional. Moving on.

The Sunday Post is a chance for a chat and catch-up with other bloggers. It's hosted by Kimba, here: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Let's see ... I've been in the new job for about three weeks now. So far so good. I'm still in training, which is reassuring to be honest. It's very different from what I did before, and getting my head around completely new work and work practices is going to take time. Luckily the company recognises that, and lets people learn at their own pace. With, I believe, a polite push now and then when needed.

What else has been happening. Work ... um. We're all still settling into a new routine, I think, as J and I are both working fulltime for the first time at the same time. Spawn struggles with it a bit, as he's going to after-school care for the first time, but I think he'll adjust and be okay. I make sure I talk to him when he's looking a bit down, and try to make sure we do something together at the weekends if possible.

As a surprise last Saturday I took him to see Thor: Ragnarok, which was an excellent choice - lol. The movie was great, great fun and Taika Waititi's Kiwi sense of humour was all over it. Highly recommend that one.

My reading has been a bit rocky, but I did read Down Among the Sticks and Bones yesterday, the second book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire. It was really, really, really good. I loved Every Heart a Doorway, but Sticks and Bones was GREAT. I'm trying to get into a more regular reading pattern, but I'm not going to stress. I'm massively behind on my Goodreads goal and I'm probably not even going to hit 50 books for the year, but these things happen.

Right now I'm reading Relics by Tim Lebbon, a kind of urban fantasy/crime thriller. So far so good.

We had a scare with one of the cats last week as well - Sophie suddenly started acting growly and strange. J took her to the emergency vet but they essentially just gave her painkillers and sent her home. She wasn't eating at all so we took her back to the vet on Saturday morning - and she's constipated. They admitted her to get fluids in to her and to take x-rays and bloods, and she's blocked up the poor thing. She's still there, but hopefully we can bring her home tomorrow.

What about you? What's been happening? What are you reading?

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Readathon - opening meme

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
New Zealand


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
I'm hoping to make a large dent in Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Potato chips, om nom

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

One husband, one son, eight cats. Many many many many many many books

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I always say I'd like to get more reading done, rather than getting distracted - lol.

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Sunday Post 76; It's Monday! What are you reading? 61


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and a catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, here: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

As you can see by the complete lack of content here, I got exactly 0 blogging done. That's zero. Zip. Zilch ... well, you get the idea.

I meant to - I meant to research my latest awesome lady, and review a couple of books, but ... I did not.

Last Sunday, one of our cats, Snowy suddenly spiked a bad fever out of nowhere. So J took him to the emergency vet, and they couldn't pinpoint what it was. They gave him jabs for antibiotics and painkillers and sent him home. I watched him pretty closely the next day, but he wasn't getting any better. So, on Tuesday, it was back to the vets. And the vet raised the possibility that it could be FIP, which isn't curable.

I am normally very careful with my cats - I get them desexed, and vaccinated ... and while Snowy was desexed, somehow his vaccinations fell through the cracks, which is why the vet raised the possibility of FIP. So I spent a lot of Tuesday on  pins and needles waiting for the blood test results.

Thankfully, it wasn't FIP. Like. I was so damn relieved. I've had a cat with that before, and it's an awful decision to have to make. Anyway. They kept him in overnight then, because he was dehydrated and the fever was still high. He turned the corner overnight at the vets and got so bored he chewed out his dripline.

So he came home on Wednesday with painkillers and antibiotics and - so far - seems to be fine. Once I start working, I'm going to put some money aside for the vaccinations. I never would have forgiven myself if we had lost him because I was forgetful.

Also spawn was home last week, and is home this week as well because of school holidays, and somehow last week got away from me entirely.

I don't have anything much planned for this week; just dropping off my contract at the new office and doing some research for both my awesome ladies post AND for new shirts. Because I've been working in a fairly casual job outfit-wise for the past 20 or so years, I pretty much dress like a university student. However, that's not going to cut it in this new job. I have skirts, somehow, but I need new tops, so I'm going to do some online browsing and some secondhand shopping when spawn goes back to school next week.

As for what I've been reading ... I got The Girl With Seven Names out of the library again as an ebook and actually finished it. It was a fascinating read and I'm hoping to get a review up this week.

I also read Working It by Christine d'Abo, a really cute M/M romance. It was just what I needed after The Girl With Seven Names. So, fingers crossed, I'll have a couple of reviews this week as well as the post on Wang Zhenyi.

So, what about you? What are you reading? How's your week?

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Sunday Post 75; It's Monday, What are you reading? 60


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, here: https://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Okay. Up first. *Clears throat*.

I GOT THE JOB.

The one I interviewed for a couple of weeks ago.

Well, actually, I didn't get THAT job, but the hiring manager said I interviewed so well, that she offered me one of the other positions that they had coming up with the company. So I start on October 24.

And, I have to tell you, it is a GREAT relief. I still have some battles - mostly related to childcare since J and I will both be working fulltime and I likely won't get paid till about three weeks in.

BUT.  A JOB. I HAVE A JOB.

I have three weeks to work out the rest and surely in three weeks I can come up with something.

What else. As you can see, I got 0 blogging done last week, despite having good intentions.

Something, something good intentions.

But on Wednesday I worked at the paper I proof pages for sometimes for a few hours, and Wednesday is also quiz night (we won) and on Thursday I volunteered for a school trip, so blogging took a bit of a back seat.

What else.

I finished season three of Hannibal and GGRARRRRGHHHHH. That means, it was great. Like. So great. And gory and horrific, but mostly great and I wish there was a season 4.

Up next is season 4 of Game of Thrones as I slowly and surely catch up. I'm also reading book 4 but I'm not very far in because I keep getting distracted.

The Girl With Seven Names came back up on the library's ebook reserve list, so I'm back into that one again, and I also started Contact by Carl Sagan, which I'm greatly enjoying so far.

I'm still doing the #30daysofreadathon challenge on instagram, and seem to be sort of keeping up with it so far.

It's school holidays here now - spawn has the next two weeks off so I expect we'll be doing some hanging out before I become a salaried person again in a few weeks. He's excited about me starting work because he believes it will lead to him getting Lego Dimension packs - lol.

The library is having its annual sale to cull withdrawn books, and I'm planning to take spawn to that on Tuesday. I fully expect I will come home with books, even though ... I don't need more books.

I think that covers the highlights.

What about you? How's your week? What are you reading?

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sunday Post 74; It's Monday, what are you reading? 59


The Sunday Post - a chance for bloggers to have a chat and catch-up - is hosted by Kimba, here: http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/ and it's Monday! What are you reading is hosted by Kathryn, here: https://bookdate.blogspot.co.nz/

Let's see ... I actually managed to post a mobile game review last week, for Gordon Ramsay's Dash. I also did a bit of research and started a post on my next awesome lady - Chinese astronomer Wang Zheyi. I'm hoping to get that post up this week.

I had my job interview last Tuesday, but I don't know anything yet. The woman who conducted the interview has some personal stuff going on, but she did let me know that I had interviewed well. Hopefully I'll know something by the end of this week.

Other than that ... I went pub quizzing with my quiz team on Wednesday, and we came third, which was nice.

I got some stitching done on the project I'm doing for my friend who is going to police college next month. I'm hoping I'll have it finished by the time she graduates next year. I also embarked on season 3 of Hannibal, which I didn't finish when it was on TV, so I'm hopeful this time around.

It's spawn's last week of school before two weeks of holiday, so I'm mentally preparing myself for that - lol.

I'm still reading The Girl with Seven Names, though I've paused it for now - the ebook was due back at the library, and now it's on my hold list. I need something short and fun, I think.

What else. Oh! It's the 10-year anniversary of Dewey's Readathon next month: http://www.24hourreadathon.com/ and in celebration, there's a 30-day challenge, which I'm doing on instagram. Here are the prompts, if you want to play along ...
I think that's all ... what about you? How's your week? What are you reading?