unico_love: (red rose girl)
Day 25 – A first
This summer was my first time having birds overnight, let alone for months -- cockatiels and finches. It was nice getting to socialize with them and give them head scratches. It was nice to hear them sing. However, they were a lot of work and could be awfully loud, so I have learned I am not a bird person (at least for pets that I personally have to care for). I do love them, though! Genny is so sweet!

30 Day Meme List )
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I miss my father. That probably doesn't make a lot of sense, since I have PTSD due to him, but there were a lot of good times with him -- especially before he got totally crazy. Even after he got totally crazy he had his good times. He used to be close to our cat Riff Raff, a big semi-feral black cat. Riff Raff would yowl and rub against my father's legs as my father stood in the kitchen, listening to the radio and drinking beer. I guess those weren't fun times *for me*, but I find the fact that my father liked a cat to be endearing. We're also planning to go to Disney World (hopefully September, but possibly August so my brother can go to culinary school in the fall). My father always took us to Disney World. I feel guilty that the last few years we went I was cold to him and refused to ride with him and even convinced him not to go on a ride with us once. What he did was wrong, but he was mentally ill... I know he really did love all of us.
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Today while on our way to do errands Michael and I found a timid, scared looking cat sitting right by the busy road. We stopped and picked her up and went to the nearby animal clinic to see if she was microchipped. She wasn't. They took down the cat's information in case someone called. The other clinics are closed now and Monday we will call them all (and Animal Control) to alert them to the found lost cat. She is tan and brown stripes with white patches and blue eyes. She is very docile, purrs, likes to be held, etc. She looks well-fed and well-groomed. She is clearly a pet and not a stray. Michael is putting up pictures of the cat with his phone number around the area we found the cat. My mother won't let us keep her at her house:( Mrs. Bates already hates other cats (and misbehaves because of it). We can't take in another cat. Our house is too small, smells like cat, our current cats don't behave, and we don't have the money. It's hard enough affording three cats. I'm hoping the owner shows up; otherwise we may have to take her to the no-kill shelter near where Michael used to live:( Though I do think she'd be adopted quickly because of her looks and gentle demeanor.
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Today at 8:30am Mrs. Bates was taken by my mother to be dropped off at the groomer. I was worried they'd say her matts were too severe and we'd need to take her to the vet to be groomed (way more expensive). I also worried they'd say she was matted because I let her get fat and I was irresponsible with her, so I really didn't want to go there. I was still really tired when it was time to pick her up, so my mother went alone and just wrote out one of my checks (we're both on the account).

Mrs. Bates didn't like the bathing so they skipped that and just shaved her down. She was very noisy, as usual, with a raspy whine, but she would be quiet as long as her nose or head was scratched. The groomer really liked her and said she would take Mrs. Bates if ever we didn't want her. She didn't try to bite or anything. The groomer said it's difficult for cats to groom themselves in the area that was worst on Mrs. Bates and she didn't say Mrs. Bates was too chubby. In fact, shaved down she doesn't look fat at all. I've been thinking she was overweight, but she probably isn't right now. When I took her to the vet last year the vet didn't think she was fat, but I still thought she was. Though he did think Bunny was fat, which I don't believe. She's a very long cat and her tummy droops a little, but her sides are quite thin.

I will have to take a picture of Mrs. Bates shaved down.
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Today I took my cat, Joey, to the nearby groomer to get his claws trimmed. He was very scared of the dogs and was much more well-behaved than with the vet. The groomer said he was a Maine Coon! Nobody ever told me that before. From what I've read his behavior is very Maine Coon-like (a lap cat, very tolerant of being picked up in all different ways, purrs loudly and like a chirp, very affectionate, etc.) I have to try to brush my cats daily to prevent them from matting or shedding as much. Mrs. Bates is very matted. I may take her to a veterinarian to get groomed. I don't know yet.

I was a bit on-edge earlier and was making Michael anxious with my anxiety, so I took a Klonopin. I feel better now. I've been reading a lot of today. I might do a tarot reading soon and hopefully tonight we will be going to the Japanese Marketplace. I want to get a sandwich there:-) Maybe even two and I will bring one home... I still have extra cash left from our trip to San Francisco.

Tonight Michael and I will watch the anime version of "The Tales of Earthsea." I read the books and liked them well enough. The writing style wasn't the most interesting to me, but I liked the ideas and themes actually in the book, though.
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Yesterday was our last day in San Francisco. We checked out of the hotel a little after 11am and left our luggage behind the desk so we could go to Fisherman's Wharf. We went to the aquarium, which was nice. Moon jellies again! And we pet the string rays. We returned there later in the day. We walked up and down the wharf, taking pictures, and looked in various stores. I bought myself a pair of lavender lounge pants because they only cost $10 and the ones I do have and wear to bed have holes in them from the cats' claws (mainly Joey's). There was a store called "Fairy Tales" with lots of Amy Brown and Jessica Galbreth prints and fairy figurines. I was very tempted to buy many things, but they were fairly expensive and I don't have much room for more collectibles. I did get a small migraine after the aquarium -- headache, lightheaded and dizzy, and severe nausea. I took 8mg Zofran and still felt nauseated for hours. It was also very sunny and hot, which wasn't helping. I wore a sweater and was sweating like crazy. We ate breakfast at a doughnut shop and lunch/dinner at In-n-Out Burger. We saw the sea lions one last time.

Then we headed back to the hotel and they called a taxi for us. It was kind of expensive, but worth it. My feet were really sore, I still didn't feel well, and it was crowded. We were at the airport a long time and I read and tried to sleep on the floor. Our flight was at 11:55pm and full. We couldn't sleep on the airplane (I never can). Michael's OCD was pretty bad starting when we got to the San Francisco Airport and was bad at O'Hare when we went to get our luggage (which took awhile). My mother arrived and took us home and we went to bed. Mrs. Bates seems to be feeling better for right now.
unico_love: (childlike empress)
Today was a pretty good day, though right now I'm quite depressed, partly because I didn't buy more water for my cats and partly because Mrs. Bates still doesn't seem to be feeling well. She seemed to feel fine yesterday, but we think she's constipated again... And she only wants to eat the dry food, not the wet, which makes her more constipated.

Today Michael and I woke up early (after going to bed very early) and we took the bus to Japantown. There were performers all throughout the day for Japan relief and we donated some money. Also there was a garage sale nearby for Japan relief and I bought a used copy of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame on dvd. Michael bought a J-pop cd. Japantown was much cleaner than Chinatown, but things were also much more expensive. There were lots of neat stores, though! I had chicken teriyaki and rice for lunch. It only came with chopsticks, which I don't know how to use, so I think I used them upside-down and sometimes I just resorted to my hands:P In an anime store Michael bought us a not too expensive stuffed Totoro. He also bought me a little zodiac dog figurine (my Chinese zodiac animal is a dog) and a little print thing that has Japanese characters and the English translation under it -- it says "Dreams come true." There were a variety of sayings or words to choose from.

We also ate chocolate-filled tai yaki (a fish-shaped pastry) from a stand. It tasted like chocolate chip pancakes and was pretty good. Later while exploring the outskirts of Japantown we shared chocolate frozen yogurt (there was no vanilla and I wasn't sure I'd like the "original" flavor, though we should have tried it).

The bus ride back to Fisherman's Wharf was quite crowded. Afterwards we bought Michael and his mother sweatshirts similar to the one I just bought yesterday. Then we went back to the room for a little bit. Then we went to Fisherman's Wharf again and walked down the streets, ate dinner at In n' Out Burger (which we don't have where we live), and we walked further down the wharf where you could see Alcatraz well. We forgot the camera, though, after returning from Japantown (where there are cherry blossoms in bloom!), so we'll go by the wharf another day and take pictures there. Michael and I walked through some of the surrounding streets, browsing, and we bought sliced pineapple and watermelon from Safeway (a grocery store). The staff of the hotel just brought us up a refrigerator free of charge so we're keeping the fruit there. Michael was going to buy me Ghiridelli dark chocolate filled with mint or raspberry filling (we also passed the Ghiridelli building/restaurant on the wharf), but I decided I would rather have fruit instead. I'm still quite full, but will eat more of the fruit for breakfast. Tomorrow we plan on going to San Francisco Zoo. I think I'm going to get ready for bed now.
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Partly taken from an email about today so far:

Church went well and Michael's OCD was fine there. During the offering they played a Tchaikovsky piece:-) I love Tchaikovsky. Next week the sermon is supposed to be on Transcendentalism and Buddhism and I desperately want to go, but Michael will not be here to take me. I asked my mother to go with me and her first response was "no" because she "didn't want to." It really upset me because I hardly ask her to take me anywhere and it's only about 15 minutes away and this is a one occasion thing. Finally she said maybe she will drop me off. Then the following weekend I will miss church because we will be in San Francisco. I'd rather not miss church two weeks in a row:-/

The Pet Expo was fun, but very overloading due to the crowds. It was nice to see all the animals and pet them. I cried a little because so many were up for adoption and needed homes. If I could afford it and knew I didn't have to move into an apartment soon I would have probably tried to adopt another cat or even a dog. They were all so cute. There were rabbits, a guinea pig, and sugar gliders, too. Michael really wanted to go to the Pet Expo, but didn't think I would be willing to go this year since I have a bad memory of it from last year, but Michael really wanted to go and I didn't want him to be sad so I said I would go. I'm glad I did. I get lost very easily, so Michael led me around the huge building. I bet he will be leading me around the streets of San Francisco, too. I get turned around easily. Oh yes! And a cockatoo sat on Michael's shoulder and said "hello" twice:-) He can also say "hi" and "I love you." It was really cute.
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1. Browsing Target (tempted to buy a dress and Jenga)
2. Michael buying me a maple cream chocolate (yummy!)
3. Watching Care Bears
4. Reading Vampire Diaries The Return: Midnight and A Field Guide to Otherkin
5. Making it back safely and seeing my cats

Note: Mrs. Bates seems to be constipated. She's the one pooping everywhere. I'm going to just give them wet food and water and see if that helps, otherwise we will take her to Michael's vet after his car is fixed.
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My mother says I wouldn't like Texas -- or at least not the parts they went to (including Houston). But the area they were at had been hit by a hurricane a couple years ago, so that could be part of why there were so many stray, wild animals everywhere. There was a black labrador with two puppies that were going into the remains of a house and the full-grown dog/mother was snarling and barking at my mother and her boyfriend even when they weren't at all close and were walking away. My mother said if she could have she would have taken in the puppies, even if the mother, if the mother wasn't acting so "nutty."

Seeing all the street dogs and cats reminded her of Mrs. Bates, who was also a stray we rescued while traveling. Mrs. Bates was very good with humans, though. She had obviously been a cat with a home as she was spayed and declawed when we found her. She would meow a lot and we first found her begging two men for ice cream at Dairy Queen. She was very friendly and just wanted food. We thought she was a kitten because she had a very short, small build and was severely underweight (she weighed about 4lbs at the time). I convinced my mother to let me take her and she went crazy for my ice cream. She dove for it. She had PTSD, though, and was severely afraid of feet (she would attack them) and would hide from men for years. It seems likely that a man used to kick her. She's over all that now, though.
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Two Pictures of Me and One of Mrs. Bates )
unico_love: (Unico)
I slept a super-long time again. Now I'm waiting for Michael and his friend Dan to arrive so we can go to Chicago today. Then I will spend the night at Michael's house and tomorrow after his dentist appointment we will come back to my house and I will go to volunteering orientation with April for the no-kill cat shelter. Hopefully I arrive back home before April gets here, but she could at least get my mother to let her in my house if I have to come home later than when she will be able to be dropped off. Michael has a bunch of library books for me to read and I want to read more of my Borges Collected Fictions book. I haven't read it in a long time. It's not so hot here today. I'm babysitting my mother's dog because she's gardening and the dog was getting neurotic. Bunny is scared of him and is spending most of her time high up where the dog can't get her (though the dog just wants to be friends). So far my mood is fine today and I'm looking forward to spending time with people.
unico_love: (Amalthea)
Joey kept waking me up early this morning by knocking stuff off my nightstand. He does that when he wants attention. This time he knocked my glasses/glasses case somewhere I couldn't find it. I can't see well at all without my glasses, so I was feeling along and just couldn't find it. Finally, back in bed, I ran my fingers along a side board, by my mattress, and I found my glasses/glasses case in the cracks. I was very glad. I was too tired today to go to the farmer's market with my mother and brother, but they brought me cookies. I will probably see April and Phil later today. I also intend to finish reading Prince Caspian today. If the library is open tomorrow I'd like to go.
unico_love: (Unico)
Cat Pictures )

Good Day

May. 3rd, 2010 06:30 pm
unico_love: (Unico)
Today Michael and I went for a bike ride and I feel better knowing I exercised a decent amount today (though I will do stretches, etc. again tonight). I'm reading and watching more X-Files. My mood has been good. I think my natural mood is a bit elevated, but because of my bipolar it often sinks very low or my obsessions turn bad which makes my mood sink very low. When I have more positive obsessions (like in high school), even when things around me aren't great I'm still happy. I know I'll still be sensitive about a number of things, and I still have triggers I want to avoid, but I feel very determined to stay focused on happiness and accomplishing what is important to me. And every day I must remind myself that the only person I can change is myself, so I have to find ways to be happy that are based on things I do or ways of thinking I develop. I also went to the pet store today and got "Felidae" cat food instead of "Evo" cat food because it was much cheaper and "Felidae" is a good food, too, and my cats love it. They don't seem overjoyed at the expensive cat food I got them that's pure human-grade meat. I don't know why.
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Today Michael and I went to a cat show and it was nice to see all the cute cats. I picked up a volunteer form for a nearby no-kill shelter. My allergies to animals are so much better now (possibly due to Singulair) and I had no reaction to the cat show even though a few years back stepping into such a place gave me bad asthma and hives all over. I'm most interested in interacting with the cats. They had a cat there that recently lived to be 23 years old! I also bought a couple cans of wet cat food that is made with human-grade meat and no fillers. I will see if my cats like it and, if they do, look into buying more. I plan on buying Evo dry food soon and it would be good to have a nice wet food, too. My mother thinks that some wet food is good for the cats and I think they were doing better when they had both dry and wet food, so contrary to what my vet said, I've started giving them some wet food again. I wish I had enough room to foster a cat, but my house is very tiny. The cat show was fun, though:-) I learned about Munchkin cats. I always just thought they were fat with stubby legs, but the one I saw today was tiny and looked like a kitten. I have to start brushing my cats' fur daily. Mrs. Bates, though short-haired, is getting lots of mats. I tend to overlook brushing them because Joey, my long-haired cat, has such thin, silky fur that it rarely mats.
unico_love: (Unico)
Today my mother checked Joey's ear again and she said the growth definitely doesn't look larger, it might actually be smaller and looks like it's starting to fall off (which would explain his ear scratching a couple days ago). It is teardrop-shaped with the thin part attached to his ear's skin. The vet said only to take him in if the growth gets larger and I imagine cancerous growths usually don't just fall off. I really hope he's okay and I don't have to take him back to the vet. I'd consider getting his teeth cleaned at Michael's vet's office, but that wouldn't be as expensive or as big of a deal as if he needed something removed and biopsied.
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Good Photo of Bunny )
unico_love: (Unico)
Today I took Bunny to the vet. There was no charge because she was a rescue cat! And I didn't have to pay for the fecal sample ($24.50) because my appointment counted as a referral from my mother. So I have a $.50 credit actually... The doctor and my mother both commented on what a good disposition Bunny has. She weighs a lot more than I thought -- over 10lbs! She looked so tiny to me at the shelter and here compared to my cats. But I think Mrs. Bates does have a very small frame, she's just chubby for her frame (but she was far heavier when I had her on the meat-heavy, human food grade cat food -- she would eat every 10 minutes then). Bunny is longer and leaner. Also, although Bunny looks orange with my mother's camera, she is recorded as being buff/white. She is a very faded orange shade with light brown mixed in. Her fur sheds as white.

The one bad thing is that Bunny has a virus and she might have picked it up at the shelter. However, the vet thinks she's already almost over the virus (which has symptoms like sneezing and her third (bottom) eyelid showing a bit more). I have 4 antihistimine 1/4 pills to give her and I may not have to purchase extra antihistimines because, like I said, the vet thinks she's almost over this virus, anyway. Neither of my other cats are showing signs of illness (no sneezing or anything). It was really, really hard to get Bunny to take her antihistimine today -- even coating it in butter. My mother doesn't think Joey's growth looks any larger, so we will still wait on that. If it does increase in size I will take him to Michael's vet for a check up and then the surgery and teeth cleaning (I assume).

I also filled out my microchip information for Bunny today and that will go in the mail tomorrow. I bought cat litter today (that's always difficult for me, because I want to use non-clay litter but the pine kinds I've used make my whole house smell; I don't remember why I switched away from Swheat Scoop... It's kind of expensive, but it's better for the cats than clay litter). I also saw the Felidae food I used to feed my cats (the human grade meat food that made Mrs. Bates really fat). I also saw Evo right next to it. I will probably buy a big bag of Evo once I get low on cat food, but I'm going to have to find a way to keep it up high so the cats can't get into it, yet I can still scoop it out, and put them on a more regimented diet so they don't eat too much like Mrs. Bates used to. I already give my cats distilled water to prevent crystals in their urine/bladder and because we don't have good tap water, so that seems in order, at least.

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