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Long overdue - I've been meaning to make a master fic post for awhile now, and tada! Here it is! :) Please let me know if any of the links are glitched up, or any other errors. Sticky post, so it should stay at the top of my journal.

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Flu shot

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Did my part for herd immunity on Friday by getting my flu shot - usually I feel scrungy, kind of tired and achy for a couple of days, so I try to time it for when I have a few days off in a row. This time I was dizzy for half a day after - that's a new one! Got out of the car to run some errands and felt like I was going to either pass out or go floating up into the stratosphere, kind of alarming. But I was still breathing fine, so gamboled that this wasn't one of those Severe Reactions and carried on - it passed and just felt lightheaded and a bit spaced out the rest of the day. Then got the usual tired and achy yesterday, but fine today.

Getting used to being without dog - it's less an open wound in my heart and more a well-bandaged one, only hurts if I poke it. Thanks for all of the kind words, everyone <3

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Rest in Peace, my goofy girl

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Kettle had a relapse over the weekend - turned out to be a spleen tumor causing intermittent internal hemorrhaging. If it had been benign, surgical removal could have given her a few more years, but when she was on the table they found it had spread extensively, just too small to show up on x-rays yet, and I made the decision to let her go. My heart is broken, but Iike all of us who love our fur kids I knew this day would come, I've walked this road before. There is comfort in knowing she didn't catch a weird skunk disease, that there was nothing else I could have done, and that she ended her days a little weak and wobbly, but in very little suffering, still happy to sniff the wind and shove her head under my arm for ear scritches and gobble turkey deli slices and bark insistently and drag the evening caretaker at the vet outside because no way was she peeing anywhere but the grass, heck yeah! My carpet already seems too clean, sadly lacking its usual black lab sheddings. She was a very very good dog, and her happy goofy doggie smile will be in my heart always.

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Sheesh

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Sweet googly moogly, crazy week! My car seems to be developing transmission trouble, but the transmission guy is completely swamped and can't take a look until some time next week. Transmission stuff isn't usually cheap, ack. Luckily between mom and brother, I think I can borrow cars to get to work and grocery in the meantime. I also got a citation from the health department for my brush pile in the back yard, of all things. It's not a HUGE brush pile, maybe 8 ft diameter, and I keep it for wildlife habitat, like all my "make your backyard a wildlife habitat" books say to do, but I've read rants from people who try to fight the health dept. on this kind of thing and they usually don't win. I have a feeling someone called the health dept on my neighbor who has dragged an entire very large downed tree to their backyard (hooked it up to a pick up truck and dragged it from the front yard - rather ingenious, I'll give them that. I was waiting for the rope to snap and the ambulances to arrive) along with a couple of junk cars, and they saw my brush pile and decided to cite me while they were at it. I just don't have time to haul it out by the Oct. 8 deadline they gave me so I'm paying a tree service a bucketload to clean it out. Maybe I'll get some free mulch in the bargain if they chip it all up though, so there's that.

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*swoon*

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Tipped off to this one by another LJ friend - I side-eye the whole "catch girls with pick up lines" dealie, but...yowza! I can totally picture Sideswipe or someone daring Optimus to say these and Opt is like, oh yeah, it is ON, and says them all to Sideswipe, with conviction and Sideswipe ends up going rather weak in the knees XD (Peter Cullen HOW CAN YOU BE SO ADORABLE I CAN'T EVEN *flail*)



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I'm such a rebel

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Things sure are definitely not!boring at work - not sure if I'm going to end up being commended, reprimanded, or both! As my most excellent immediate supervisor says, if you're not in trouble, you're not doing your job, lol. Between long work days and critter care when I get home, I haven't had much chance for niece-cuddling - hoping to remedy that this weekend a bit :)

Squirrel and opossum babies are getting big, Jazz-the-skunk is hanging in there. She's still not using her back leg but at least she's eating again. Vet is finally convinced that her difficulties are not a slipped disc or mechanical injury, but more neurological - possibly a long-standing protozoal infection like toxoplasmosis, which can cause encephalitis-type symptoms (and would explain why she was initially blind and deaf as a baby but got her hearing back). She's on two antibiotics - amoxicillin, which she loves, and clindamycin which she drools and shakes her head and refuses to swallow, apparently it's gruesome stuff. I've been spending a lot of time mixing it with various substances to try to get her to take it the last few days - the winner might be peanut butter/maple syrup/puppy milk/moistened catfood slurry, delish!

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Hello still alive!

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I meant to post pictures from my birthday not-my-park trip and squirrel babies and such, but the new updated LJ app on my phone seems to be missing a few things. Like a post button? I can "add" but that just seems to save the post draft - so far it hasn't actually posted anything. Unless there's a time delay or something. In which case there will be four or five test posts appearing at some point.

Busy busy week - the only thing with an extra day off is trying to cram all the work that didn't get done that day into the rest of the week. Then new baby squirrels, one of whom was in really bad shape and didn't survive, but only after two days of nursing him along. All the other wildlife babies are doing great though. Jazz-the-skunk not so much - seems to have some sneezy-respiratory stuff going on and isn't eating much at all, so moved her vet appointment up to Monday instead of Tuesday to get that checked out. She still isn't using that back leg any better, either, hrm.

In better news, baby shower for sis-in-law today! Final countdown to niece arrival, which is looking closer to early October rather than mid-October. One of the party activities was decorating plain white onesies with fabric markers - I made a tadpole one ^^

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Signal boost!

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Originally posted by eerian_sadow at post
In the fine tradition of my birthday curse, my father hit a deer this morning on the way to work. The one working vehicle at our house is now non working.

We really, really need help. Without repairs and another car, dad and I will both lose our jobs.

This is my car fundraiser, please help financially if you can, or share/blog/tweet/etc if you can't. Please, I'm begging.

http://www.youcaring.com/other/help-jeni-get-back-to-work/219912

this originally came from my Dreamwidth account! http://eerian-sadow.dreamwidth.org/

43!

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Today I am the Answer +1, w00t! \o/

I thought I was going to have to work the whole weekend, but my coworkers and boss conspired to give me two days off in a row (on a super busy weekend, and I think my boss will be putting in a 12 hour day) and they surprised me with cupcakes and a card after my volunteer training on Friday. So that was kinda awesome of them. Whatever soul-crushing shenanigans my particular institution gets up to, I do have some really marvelous folks that I work with, must remember that.

Yesterday, unfortunately, was mostly taken up by running poor Jazz-the-skunk to the vet. She was dragging her right hind leg Saturday morning - nothing on X-ray, vet thinks some sort of muscle strain, although I have no idea where how or when she could have hurt herself. It's far too similar with what happened to Stella-the-skunk for my comfort; I really hope I haven't discovered some sort of weird "sudden skunk paralysis" virus or parasite or something. Jazz also has some bad teeth, and will need to go in in the next few weeks to have those removed - hopefully I can get that covered by donations at work because ouch, my pocketbook!

Today, though, I shall do something fun! In between baby wildlife feedings! Five late-season squirrels and three opossums, but they're all stable and fat and healthy, so mom and I should be able to take off after the 11am feeding and back by 7ish, and they'll be fine. 7am feeding has been crossed off the list. I think the plan is to head to a park (not my park, a different park, yep) and go picnicking and hiking. For fun! *sproings around* I bit the bullet and updated my phone to the new weird 7.2 (I'd been running 6.0 on my iPhone, but my apps were starting to glitch out, including the LJ app). It's weird, and really I liked the old format better, but the photo posting from the LJ app should work again, so pictures shall be forthcoming.

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Nature by Numbers

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Found this via one of my coworkers - song is great for meditative hula hooping! Which I have gotten out of the habit of, and I really need to get back into. I keep getting wibbly at the dragonfly ^^




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