Who needs opposable thumbs?

So my 12 year old cat Max has developed quite the obsession with unrolling toilet paper. If either bathroom door is left open too long, it’s almost guaranteed we’ll find a pile of slightly mangled unrolled paper on the floor. He knows he’s not supposed to do it. I’ll be standing at the sink in the master bathroom and he’ll slip in behind and just *stare* at the toilet paper – sometimes streeeeetching out a paw to touch it. “Max…” I’ll say, and he’ll abruptly about face and leave.
Obsessed, he is.

The door between the bedroom and the master bathroom is one of those stupid vertical half doors, with a doorknob that doesn’t actually turn, you just pull it open.

Max has discovered that if he shoves his paw under the right side door and yanks really hard he can open the door whenever he wants to. Which is, of course, in the middle of the night.

Max: 1
Sleeping humans: 0

Old dogs and time

My doggy is getting old. We got him in the summer of 2001 and he was maybe a year and a half to two years old. His sight and possibly his hearing are fading, he’s getting sway-backed, his ridiculous tail won’t curl up any more, and both back legs shake almost constantly, often giving out underneath him.



But he still frequently play bows at us and bounces at us (even though his back end goes sideways sometimes) and he still eats like a horse. He comes upstairs with us at night, though he climbs the stairs very hesitantly. He acts like he wants to jump on the bed, but there’s no way I can allow that – even if he could jump up on the bed, there’s no way he could safely jump down.

It’s just a matter of time, but hopefully he’ll be here with us a while longer yet.

And just because, here’s a pic of our next oldest pet Max. He’s pushing 12 now.



Why am I doing this again?

I’ve just spent an inordinate amount of time going through the last year’s worth of facebook posts so that I can backdate post them here.  I’ve come to the conclusion that most of them should have been on twitter to begin with.  o_O

I probably should just make mostly bullet point posts, except for a few “longer” ones.  I also need to see if I can make twitter play nicely with the ‘blog as well.  That may be trickier.

Truthfully, I should probably forget the whole thing!

13th Anniversary

Tonight was our 13th anniversary! We went to the Melting Pot for dinner – it was exceedingly delicious.

Never would have guessed

In other news, water is wet.

From phys.org:

“The studies, published earlier this year, show that the most likely person to be unfriended is a high school acquaintance.

The most common reason for unfriending someone from high school is that the person posted polarizing comments often about religion or politics… The other big reason for unfriending was frequent, uninteresting posts.”

April blathering

April 7

Brief view from a stop light on the way home. It got a lot worse before we managed to get there…

April 12

Explains a lot.

April 13

Good news: We figured out the best way to clip the cats claws. Do them about 30 minutes after their evening meal.

Bad news: Managed to quick the drama queen’s (Calypso) dew claw.

Bizarre news: She didn’t even flinch. o_O Me, I’m guilt-ridden.

Unrelated news: If you’re going to show off in a (very) beginning programming MOOC, you *might* want to make sure your program works properly before you submit to peer grading. Just saying.

I are grownup

I fixed the back door today! The lock was super hard to lock/unlock and the knob would barely even TURN – which means quietly opening the door so that Jake could chase a squirrel was just not happening. Well, neither the dog nor I could stand for that, so I replaced the whole door knob.

I also have laundry in, because I’m an adult, dammit.

(image from Hyperbole and a Half because she knows, man. She KNOWS.)