the cat’s toy

December 31, 2008

Tossed a little toy mouse I got for the cat for Christmas–it slid across the floor and startled her at her waterbowl. Turning to look at me with a surprised meow, I explained “yeah…it’s your mouse.” (stupid, sure, but whatever).

Seeing her ignore it, I stepped around, put some stuff in the trash, then reached down and picked up the mouse to move it…and the cat meowed and swatted my hand.  Took me by surprise–didn’t think she was in a playful mood (she rarely is, usually she’s in full-on cuddle-mode or sleep or peeing on the floor). Tossed it across the floor and she chased it, put her chin on it, and proceeded to rub it across the floor herself.

And it seems like one of those “moments.” Just seeing her enjoy this simple little toy.



December 29, 2008

I really need to establish and then maintain a list of back-issues that I’m interested in.

Went to a comic store today for the final day of an “end of the year sale,” in which all back issues were anywhere from 25% to 90% off. Still missing a couple issues of Robin between 112 and 120, but darned if I can remember WHICH couple. Plus, there are–I know–a number of other “runs” with a few holes to be plugged (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight 1-80ish, Green Lantern 90s series 1-50ish, Batman: Shadow of the Bat, Incredible Hulk 400-465ish, etc and so on).

Wound up getting a couple issues of the “Merdude &” mini from the Archie TMNT line (apparently signed by Dan Berger?), cuz I do want to complete my Archie TMNT collection.

Picked up Kingdom Come #4, completing the singles in my collection.

Nabbed Green Lantern vs. Aliens 1-4, as that’s a story I’ve been interested in for quite awhile (and furthering my quest to read all of the DC vs. Aliens and DC vs. Predator or DC vs. Aliens/Predator stories).

Finally, picked up Astonishing X-Men #3. This was the final issue of the mini-series from late summer/early fall 1999, wrapping up the “The Shattering” story where Xavier disbanded the X-Men, and featuring the “death” of Wolverine.  I’d picked up the first 2 issues as they came out, but this third issue sold out before I was able to get a copy back in ’99, and has eluded me for 8 years or so–I’d held off buying it before, waiting for a sle like this one.

I’d actually forgotten what enjoyment can be found hunting for specific issues.

Bored with Fish Wrangler…

December 28, 2008

I joined an app on facebook called ‘Fish Wrangler’ on November 9th. Got hooked in fairly quickly, all the more with a friend also playing.

But these days, I find myself really bored with it. I only catch the same 8 or 9 fish ALL. THE. TIME.

And it’s not something I am gonna have as my focus every moment I’m at a computer.

And with not even being able to SEE descriptions of other fish due to my “low level” and the massive amount of points needed to “level up” (pole, yourself, boat, whatever) and all that…

I’m bored.

They oughtta add a lot more fish, and/or subvarieties of existing fish….keep it more interesting. I don’t care if I catch a 6oz Cubey or a 9 oz Cubey….a Cubey’s a Cubey.  Bah.

Booking Through Thursday: Wintery Books

December 25, 2008

Booking Through Thursday

What I want to know today is … what are the most “wintery” books you can think of? The ones that almost embody Winter?

Offhand, not very many for me.  The one that first jumps to mind for me in association with the word “winter” is Dragons of Winter’s Night, the 2nd book in Weis & Hickman’s original Dragonlance trilogy. Related to that, I can also associate the fourth book–Dragons of Summer Flame–with winter solely on the fact that I read that book in the winter of ’95-into-’96. (For that matter, Weis/Perrin’s The Doom Brigade, which was a Christmas gift from my parents Christmas 1996, and which I read within the first couple days).

There’s the Ice Age trilogy from the Magic: The Gathering series (The Gathering Dark, Eternal Ice, and The Shattered Alliance).

Also, as referenced by the original poster for the topic–Helprin’s Winter’s Tale–is a good one to note, though I’ve not read the entire book yet.

EDIT: how can I forget Jenkins’ Midnight Clear? I haven’t read the book (shame on me!), but I did watch the movie…and assuming the book to be better than the movie, it’ll be a great read, and is certainly one TO note. The movie was quite moving.

“Weep Not For Me”

December 24, 2008
Christy sleeping under rocking chair

Christy sleeping under rocking chair

Weep not for me though I am gone
Into that gentle night
Grieve if you will, but not for long
Upon my soul’s sweet fight.
I am at peace, my soul’s at rest.
There is no need for tears.
For with your love I was so blessed,
For all those many years.
There is no pain, I suffer not
THe fear now all is gone.
Put now these things out of your thoughts
In your memory I live on
Remember not my fight for breath
Remember not the strife
Please do not dwell upon my death
But celebrate my life.

~ Constance Jenkins


December 24, 2008

Last night, I dug through a couple of recent shortboxes and pulled out a bunch of particular comics.  With several events recently concluded or nearing their end, I figured it was time to bring ’em all together. (That, and I plan to loan some to friends, particularly the craptacular Secret Invasion from Marvel–as I’ve begun saying, “Friends don’t let friends buy Secret Invasion.” (they will, however, let a friend read it so they know WHY not to buy it.)

Collated Secret Invasion, all my Final Crisis issues/tie-ins, Batman from/including Ressurection of R’as al Ghul to present (RIP/Last Rites), Superman (& the Legion of Super-Heroes, Brainiac, New Krypton), the “Thy Kingdom Come” saga in Justice Society (10-current, annual #1, Kingdom specials), plus the Green Lantern issues since Sinestro Corps wrapped up last year.

Point of this–in addition to loaning comics–is to try to re-read stuff myself. I’m curious if Batman RIP will make any more sense reading it straight through rather than with (a) month(s) between issues. Also curious at reading some of the other series straight through in a sitting instead of across half a year or more.

I’ve got today off work since it’s Christmas Eve. However, I’ve been up since my usual time for getting up, thanks to an itunes “radio” channel I was listening to.  A song came on aparently called “Mean Kitty,” and it was quite amusing to me. Checked YouTube for anything on it, and discovered that’s actually where it originated–this guy made a music video about his “mean kitty” (turns out kitty wasn’t mean, kitty just wanted attention). And there’re quite a few follow ups. Needless to say, I blew nearly an hour and a half goin’ through the videos ‘n such.

I miss Christy. Though we had a close call with her several years ago (told she’d be lucky to make it two weeks), we got 3 more years with her. And because I personally didn’t really SEE her sick, it never really hit me what it would mean to really lose her.

And yet I’ve tried to brace myself for losing Kayla for years now–she’s 18, which is PHENOMENAL for a cat, especially when I’ve been stuck on a stat from years ago that the average cat lives 7-12 years. And Kayla’s got her share of health things such that I have no illusions of having more than maybe a few more months with her. But in that morbid, NOT-wanting-it-to-ever-have-to-happen way, I’ve “expected” her to go first. And then to go from one day Christy’s sick to a coule days later she’s got leukemia to a couple days later she’s GONE….and leaving her laying where she was, not picking her up, not holding her, simply telling her “don’t die….” and trusting that I’d see her a few days later…

Well, it’s Christmas Eve. Sure doesn’t feel like it.

Maybe it’ll set in later.

12 weeks

December 18, 2008

It’s been 12 weeks today since losing Christy.

She was our younger cat–‘only’ 13 1/2 years old (Kayla–our older–hit 18 about 2 1/2 months ago).

Seeing what losing her has done in me….makes me fear all the more what losing Kayla will do.