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Thursday, November 2nd, 2006
1:42 pm
Yes, it's cheesy...
but it's fun, too!

Thursday, August 31st, 2006
11:25 pm
We're engaged!!!
I know... I know... I never write... but this warrants an update even when I never post in my journal!

Jesse proposed to me tonight and I said yes!

Here are some pictures:

My beautiful engagement ring

And the official picture from the jeweler.

It's an antique ring from the 1930's. I love it!

We went out to dinner afterwards. And toasted a lot!

After dinner -- newly betrothed. Doesn't Jesse look wonderful? I love him.

It seems impossible to call everyone tomorrow, so if you see this and I haven't called, please call me. The whole thing is overwhelmingly wonderful. As silly as this sounds, thank you for sharing this with me, even over the internet. My friends mean the world to me and I want you all to get to share in the amazing happiness that life has just brought me.

Current Mood: elated
Tuesday, February 14th, 2006
1:11 pm
Happy Valentine's Day! (Yes, You Too!!)
Hi Everyone,

It's my annual-ish update! My goal for the year is to make sure that anyone who doesn't have a "significant" other around knows that someone loves them and is thinking about them at Valentine's Day. If you're close enough, I have chocolate for you. If you're not, well, I thought this antique postcard was pretty awesome.

I'm trying to do a better job of keeping in touch, so drop me a line if you want!!!

Love always,
Wednesday, October 5th, 2005
10:55 pm
Yes, I only post about once a year. And yes, the last three have been memes. But... this one's awesome.

You are Form 5, Dragon: The Weaver.

"And The Dragon seperated the virtuous from
the sinful. He tore his eyes from his sockets
and used them to peer into the souls of those
on trial to make a judgement. He knew that
with endless knowledge came endless

Some examples of the Dragon Form are Athena
(Greek), St. Peter (Christian), and Surya
The Dragon is associated with the concept of
intelligence, the number 5, and the element of
His sign is the crescent moon.

As a member of Form 5, you are an intelligent and
wise individual. You weigh options by looking
at how logical they are and you know that while
there may not always be a right or wrong
choice, there is always a logical one. People
may say you are too indecisive, but it's only
because you want to do what's right. Dragons
are the best friends to have because they're
willing to learn.

Which Mythological Form Are You?
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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
1:39 pm
What color am I?
It's funny. I take these quizzes and don't usually post the results because they're just for amusement. However, I loved the description this gave of me, so here you have: What color am I?

you are cyan

Your dominant hues are green and blue. You're smart and you know it, and want to use your power to help people and relate to others. Even though you tend to battle with yourself, you solve other people's conflicts well.

Your saturation level is very high - you are all about getting things done. The world may think you work too hard but you have a lot to show for it, and it keeps you going. You shouldn't be afraid to lead people, because if you're doing it, it'll be done right.

Your outlook on life is very bright. You are sunny and optimistic about life and others find it very encouraging, but remember to tone it down if you sense irritation.
the spacefem.com html color quiz
Monday, July 21st, 2003
11:29 pm
Addendum to the Update: More Food for Thought
I came across this article while surfing this evening: http://www.politechbot.com/p-04973.html

I thought it might offer even more comment-fodder. What do you think?
7:52 pm
Weekly Update: HTML, FLUTD and Ethical Insurance Dilemmas
Well, it seems silly to have a journal and NEVER write in it, so I thought perhaps I would do a Monday update. This might be the only Monday update or it might become a weekly thing. :)

It seems possible that I might even use this as an opportunity to improve my very weak html skills.

Let's see:

This is big.

This is bigger.

This is biggest.

One fish,
Two fish.
Red fish,
Blue fish.

Well, wasn't that fun! Aren't you glad you wanted me to update my journal, justnathan ?

I've spent the day learning about pet insurance. I'm honestly amazed at how tempting it is to try to defraud an insurance company.

Here's the story. My cat, Euphrates, has developed struvite crystals in her urine. This is a form of FLUTD (feline lower urinary tract disease) that is caused by urine that is too basic. The treatment is fairly simple at this stage -- she just has to eat prescription food that helps acidify her urine. This was diagnosed about 3 months ago. However, my other cat, Tigris, is not supposed to eat the prescription food because it can make her urine too acidic -- which causes a different kind of crystals to form. I tried to feed them separately, but it was impossible to feed one type of food to one cat and another type to the other. True to Murphy's Law, each cat liked the food that she wasn't supposed to be eating better than the food that she was supposed to be eating.

I spoke to the vet and decided to just try them both on the prescription food for three months. Euphrates stopped peeing on the bed (which was what sent us to the vet in the first place) and everything seemed okay. Except BOTH cats had lost 3/4 of a pound when we went back for a 3 month checkup. Now some of you may have 20 pound cats and this wouldn't be a big deal, but my kitties are little (7 & 8 lbs) and that's a lot of weight!

In the meantime I'd done some research and discovered that there's food that has a buffer (instead of a acidifier)that is okay for both cats to eat. The vet is now more worried about the weight loss than the FLUTD, but one of the cats has started peeing on the bed again, so I'm worried about both. I've gotten this new food (which, of course, is expensive) and the vet visits are costing me an arm and a leg ($100+ every time) and the vet wants to have a one month checkup now. (More money -- ack!!!)

This prompted me to look into pet insurance. However, much like many human insurance policies, most of them don't cover pre-existing conditions. This means I'm basically screwed with Euphrates. I'm worried that Tigris may also have a problem now (since I think she's the one peeing on the bed now...) but I'm going to try to get her pet insurance before she has any pre-existing condition diagnosed. This bothers me, since I feel like I'm sort-of defrauding the insurance company. I keep trying to convince myself that this is okay and that I shouldn't screw myself just to be honest...but I'm having a hard time with that. I'm typically a very ethical person and I find it troubling that I so desperately want to justify this behavior.

All of these insurance companies estimate that FLUTD can cost up to $2,500 a year. Now typically that includes surgery, which my kitties won't have to have since we diagnosed this early enough, but still, it's a lot of money for a graduate student! I don't feel poor most of the time, but faced with these constant, expensive vet visits with few positive results (plus the cost of dry cleaning my comforter all the time) and I definitely feel like I ought to shell out the $20/month for insurance.

At least one of the insurance things I looked at might cover both cats, so I need to make some calls tomorrow during East Coast working hours, so hopefully my ethical dilemmas will only be a thought exercise. Keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm interested in all of your thoughts about the whole thing.

Wow, I just re-read this entry and realized that it's not much of an update about my week. Hopefully, it's got some good comment-inspiring stuff in it. I think I'd prefer to read that anyway, if I were you!


PS. I'll put pictures of my kitties up as soon as I figure out how to do that on LJ. I know -- that's what you've all been waiting for!

Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, July 14th, 2003
4:40 pm
This is my journal.
baronmind wants me to have a journal so that I can post comments non-anonymously in his journal. So, here's my journal. One day maybe I'll write in it... but I wouldn't hold my breath yet. :)

Send me email if you want to talk!

Current Mood: amused
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