lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
Hi! I may have subscribed to your journal because you wrote something interesting that showed up while I was browsing dreamwidth or reading my network page. Perhaps you're reading this because you think I wrote something of note. Either way, welcome.

I try to avoid hate speech of any kind on my journal. If I slip up and say something heedless of my own privilege, please tell me - in a non-flaming way. These are teachable moments, not times to whack people over the head with a newspaper.

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lizcommotion: Lily (buff tabby) asking for belly rubs on an oriental rug in a sunbeam, whiskers in happy face pose. Head upside down. (cat lily basking icon)
Hey! Partner took a bunch of photos of cats and I finally snagged them from her Smaug-like-hoard and put them on Flickr but I haven't arranged the set yet so be warned the newest ones are all at the bottom. (Well, some of them. There were LOTS and also some duplicates.)

If you want to see them, here is the Flickr set and also I'm putting one of Lily begging here. We taught it to Chance as a trick, she learned it from him, and now she will spontaneously do things like tap your hand with her paw and you look down and she's doing this:

Lily standing on her hind paws and "begging" for food, which is a very effective strategy because it's irresistibly cute.

Her expression says, "Look into my eyes! Please madam, I want some more...I was a poor starving orphan my eyes you can see all the hunger and longing and love of the you have an urge to feed meeee..."


Also, I am particularly proud of this recent tweet of mine, because it makes me giggle:

Cross-posted to [community profile] petographs
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So in raising funds for moving out, I've remembered that one of my grandparents left me their coin and stamp collection. I'm not planning on keeping most of it (although there are a couple of historical significance that I might like to keep as mementos possibly like one of the hyperinflation notes from the Weimar Republic), and now seems as good a time as any to downsize and earn funds.

One thing I do NOT have spoons for is pricing and selling and shipping each item individually or in groups online. Like, nope. Nope nope nope.

Also, as the grandparent is of the paternal line, my dad for ages was all, "nooooooooooooooo you can't selllllllllll it," until we moved, and then he wanted me to sell it *perfectly*, so even though it's mine I'd prefer the sale to be one thing that is a done deal rather than something that happens gradually and can then be pressured to stop. (Because faaaaaaaaaaaaamily.)

That being said, does anyone know anything about bulk-selling things of this nature without getting totally swindled? Would prefer that if there was something of great value, got to actually have some of that rather than the person who bought it a rare artifact and resold it. That being said, some of what there is is rather...hoarder like. I know she would get a roll of new pennies and just keep them in the hopes that they would increase in value,, I dunno if that is even a thing. Look, a shiny mid-century-modern penny!

I personally don't mind valuing things (history geek, natch), but the selling oh the selling I hatessss it.

So I guess my questions are:

(a) what is the best way to assess the value of old stamps/coins? Mine are primarily US but a number of international ones, particularly dating to around the Second World War because a lot of relatives brought things back for her when they knew she was collecting.

(b) once I have an idea of what there is, how does one go about selling things? should I take them to a shop, post a bulk thing on eBay (here's what there is in my opinion with documentation, take it all!), something on a local stamp/coin lover's message board, what do you think?

(c) is anyone here interested in first dibs if I find something interesting? (Interesting not necessarily being something of high monetary value, but also personal/historical interest or connection to a place or time.)

If you know someone who might know something, it is okay to pass this along.
lizcommotion: gif of Kiera Knightley saying, "La, I am Eliza Bennett!" to which Jennifer Ehle replies, "Bitch, please!" (eliza bennett)
I've always thought that people would have to be nuts to live in Midsummer (of fictional Midsummer Murders). Small communities, about three people die per episode, there's four-ish episodes per series, and 17 series so far. That's roughly 204 fictional murders since 1997, and all the British police have done is assign two rather bumbling detectives to the cases. Surely that much of a crime spike deserves a closer investigation...unless it's intentional?

Thus I present #MidsummerConspiracies, or alternate explanations for what goes on there. Feel free to play along.
  • There is a very efficient serial killer there, who likes to kill in a variety of ways so as not to get caught. The police don't notice if the killer takes trophies, and the killer isn't doing it for public recognition or power. Or maybe the killer is one of the cops?
  • It's a complex, multi-year study on how high the crime rate has to be in an area with good schools before the property values drop dramatically.
  • It's a complex, multi-year study on adding drugs (or TOXINS) to the water supply to induce murderous rages over trifling insults in the general populace of Midsummer.
  • Something something Dr Who crossover he's late and the aliens have been getting away with their mind control for far too long. But now, don't worry, the Doctor is here!
  • One of the Doctor's previous companions is trying to get his attention with a weird murder spree, when really she just needs to go to a museum.
  • (Warning: Dr Who spoilers) River Song is practicing for the big day.
  • If everyone had stopped vaccinating their children, this wouldn't have happened. #pleaseknowthisisinternetsarcasm #vaccinessavelives
  • It's like a murder chain letter, and if you don't kill someone when you get tagged then you're the next victim.
  • It is a complex piece of performance art with lots of fake blood, and those who are arrested are let out a few hours later by Agatha Christie. She's waiting to see how long it takes the police to realize what's going on, and also testing out plot ideas.
  • Each episode is actually the same day played over again, and a time traveler has been going back in time to try to create a day with NO murders for over a decade of our time. Unsuccessfully.
  • ETA: It's a Wesen coming of age ritual that involves killing a human *specifically* in Midsummer. Possibly because there isn't a cop who is a Grimm there.
  • ETA2: All the best families have a murderer these days. But only the right kind of murder. Not some silly dust-up over drugs. Nothing so crass. It has to be a gentle murder in a respectable place.
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Found several fun-looking citizen science things in my internet wormhole today:

Foldit! Protein-folding research game

Humans play a game to find the best ways to fold proteins, scientists use the data to program better computer modules which then help with disease treatments.

The Baby Laughter Project
What makes babies laugh? One or more (human) babies required. Hypothesis is that babies laugh when something unexpected happens.

Lots and lots of dog-related citizen science (and one cat one, and some resources)
Things for dog-owners and also people currently lacking their own dog. Like, what do dog barks mean to you? And also playing games with your dog. And fun thiiiings. The cat one is for indoor/outdoor cats, and involves tracking where they goooooo.

lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat lily chance pile-up)
So I'm going to be taking on some new volunteer work for my cat rescue, and I thought I'd maybe crowdsource some info gathering via the hivemind:
  1. Our social media main person is really good with PR, not so much experience with computers...yet (and she has some baggage around computers, so it's sort of like math anxiety, but is good at overall PR strategy stuff). I'm going to be tutoring her some. If anyone has experience teaching non-tech people how to use things like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr or other basic computing tasks, or like web tutorials that are super basic things, that would be appreciated. Preferably like step-by-step, with screenshots kind of things or maybe even video tutorials? Links to very basic how-to's for social media for the newb appreciated, anyway. Also maybe something on basic netiquette and a guide to what leetspeak abbreviations mean.

  2. One of the things I'm going to be working on is posting funny and/or informative cat related things on our social media, as opposed to content primarily about our cats (so people will look at what we post instead of just tuning it out). Do you perhaps have lots of bookmarks of funny cat stories or memes or gifs? Can you send them my way? I would love you forever. Also things like "here is how to do basic cat care" for someone who has never had a cat before would be great. Just know that I will be reposting in a public setting, so if you are uncomfortable with that happening don't send me a picture of like you with your cat or something.
  3. c
  4. There are a number of computer related tasks that our fearless leader is trying to outsource so she doesn't get burned out. Thanks to the internet, these could get done by people who are not maybe you? Do you maybe have time to tele-volunteer for a cat rescue? If so, do you think it would be like an occasional thing (sending cool cat things to repost or reblogging fundraising campaigns or proofreading adoption posts) or something more involved (e.g. our website needs work, though I'm not sure if she's found someone yet)?

  5. We are thinking of doing the occasional focused fundraising campaign for cats with compelling stories and high vet bills. I know GoFundMe has gotten some bad press lately. If you have done online fundraising for pass-the-hat-type-things, what sites have you used and how has that gone? Is there one in particular that you recommend, or one you would definitely avoid?

  6. ETA: Have you ever been an intern or supervised an intern? Any advices on pitfalls to avoid? Best practices?
Signal boosting appreciated. Thank you, oh wonderful dreamwidth hivemind!
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  1. Angsty Poetry or angsty folk music, written in the style of say a high school or college student consumed with their suffering, on the topic of the suffering they endure because their roommate does not help with chores. Possibly this artwork might be scribbled on post-its and left throughout their apartment or dorm.
  2. I just found out that there is a feral cat colony that lives in the ruins of the Theatre of Pompey, where Julius Caesar was murdered. This leads me to wonder...what if the cats had a role in his downfall? What if Caesar's rise to power was because of a deal with cats? What if he betrayed them? What if he made a deal with cat deities in Egypt and then something something Cleopatra? IDK, this needs fleshing out, I just feel that there is so much potential here and clearly the cats are still marking the place of his death with their scent and ownership as a warning to those who welsh on a deal with felines. Ahem.
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This is a somewhat belated signal boost for a still ongoing situation.

[personal profile] erika is moving because her boyfriend is an abusive asshole, and the ex is currently facing court charges for third degree sexual assault.

She is currently moving back in with family, and due to the upheaval is facing reduced hours at work.

Any extra donations you can toss her way would be helpful in funding life.

Still accepting donations. for Paypal, gofundme, and if you have any other way you'd like, let me know. I'll accept bitcoin too, for my anarchist peeps.

In addition, if you or someone you know lives near Iowa City and is looking to adopt two adult kitties, erika needs to rehome them. She had taken in two that a friend could no longer keep, and she cannot bring them to her new living situation because they are already maxed out on cats. I don't know much about the cats themselves, but I am sure she would be happy to provide more details about them via the email above or DM.

Also I am sure further signal boosting and good thoughts would be helpful if you cannot help with the above.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (cat lily chance pile-up)
So my phone camera situation has changed and I have a shittier camera and my partner never has the good camera with her at the good camera taking moments. Clearly it is therefore her fault that we have missed some ideal cat photography moments, but nevertheless I bring some cute cat photos as offerings to the alter of the cat internet. (The slightly blurry ones are on my camera, but still duly adorables.)

Lily the Yogini
Lily on a blue and wuite quilt contorted in a weird pose because she is trying to: (1) wrestle a toy; (2) groom herself; (3) attack the quilt; (4) probably something else too. Her tongue is sticking out a tiny bit.

Here there be cat photos to eat your data plan )

I am being circled by hungry cats because their lunchtime is very soon and they say it should be now. Or maybe like every hour. Or definitely before now.

P.S. My mom seems to have all the good Amelie photos on her phone, which is with her not at the house
lizcommotion: an MS paint picture of someone lying in bed with rainbows outside, words read "no" (hyperbole-depression)
Today I battled traffic for an hour to find out that I need three to four gum surgeries in the next two months to prevent cavities (or further cavities) and root canals and tooth death and stuff. The gum dentist was all reassuring about pain and my potential concerns about the gum grafts, but honestly after my past experiences + chronic pain I am at "meh" about gum grafts. Like if they don't work and are painful and I have complications that drag on and on, then I will be pissed. But if they are an acute issue that prevents other stuff that's temporarily painful? Whatever. Bring it.

Anyway, this is a roundabout way of saying that I'm getting fed up with moar police shootings or How This Neglected Animal Ended Up in Rescue Horror Story or labor rights being chipped away or the same with reproductive rights and...

...basically, I need a reminder that the world is not a giant pile of shit. Or that if it is, it's like fertile horse manure that can be used to grow roses and tasty fucking vegetables or something. IDK this metaphor may have gotten away from me.

So, uh, if you are also feeling similarly (or have contributions!) here is an open thread to share happy stories, random acts of good things, pretty shiny pictures of things you have made or cute animals (preferably cute animals not being tormented but still looking cute plz), sunsets or sunrises, poetry, whatever.

For some reason Spring always messes with my mood, which is maybe more insulting to me because the world seems to be all, "It's spring motherfucker! Look how sunny and bright and flowery we are! We have stolen your soul to fuel our pollen masses! Now you can only sneeze and not smile!" and it seems so contradictory to feel like a gloom ball when it's like a Disney movie outside (well, maybe that's not actually contradictory), but anyway rambling again.

I am learning though that feeling weird/wonky in Spring is actually not that uncommon, so this is also a post if you just need a spot to go, "Me too! I am also feeling weird/wonky/gloom-ballicious!" However, since trying to share generally soft-and-puppy related themed things, if anything is triggering please place under a warning or maybe if someone else has spoons there can be a separate post for general woe-themed things.

signal-boosting welcome, this is an open thread. please play nice.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
Just a general FYI that my compy time is currently limited due to:

1) nerve pain goes AHAHAHAHAHA NOPE to too much hand use, and it's sliiiightly more forgiving if I use an actual keyboard/monitor than a laptop or tablet (where my neck is bent and hands more squished).

2) the primary monitor on our tower computer has not been turning on, and I have not had spoons to troubleshoot and partner has been working lots of hours now there is gardening. Yay for now it is working! but since it's been fixed and then nope'd several times the past couple weeks, I am withholding judgement. (Apparently we may need a new video card with more HDMI ports, different cables, and/or a different monitor to solve permanently which takes time which she is short of.)

3) I could use my mom's computer, except my dad is working out of that office so NOPE (because when he's not working, generally she needs that computer).

I am also somewhat bored out of my mind because having your hands out of commission is for me one of the most annoying body parts to be on strike. Also feet. Which for me are borderline on strike. (Like, I can go on short walks and am supposed to but only after I stretch them out a bunch and roll a tennis ball under them which super hurts and thus I'm like, "I know this will ultimately feel better but uuuugh I hate you plantar fasciitis." Also why getting out of bed is kind of a dare for myself like, "OK yes you can deal with the first few steps srsly." Though, uh, having hungry cats demanding food does reduce the procrastination.)

ANYWAY request goes thusly: activities one can do that require limited hands and/or transportation to places to do them (i.e. pool is a nope sorry; please do not discuss pools with me it's just a Thing due to asshole doctors). Like *I want to be knitting* for copes with all the stress, but until the nerve flare thing goes down that is ultimately a bad idea.

Current activities include:
  • binge watching Netflix (currently so bored of this option)
  • mental exercises such as "spot the historical inaccuracies in this piece of historical fiction" ("Could one grow a second crop of cabbages if you planted them on Guy Fawkes night in New England? Like, could you even harvest them before winter?" "Wait what kind of is that dress made of? OK, yes, she would totally have worn that then as a Loyalist. OK, well played costumers." etc.)
  • random stretching (procrastinating on this one because of initial pain deterrent even though I know later it will usually feel better)
  • some walking (it's more interesting if I *go* somewhere, but driving is also not great atm)
  • playing with cats (with time limits)
  • snuggling cats
  • reading (while I can hold reading materials)
  • endlessly refreshing email and/or websites I read regularly
  • thinking about a potential writing project and debating whether I have the hands to type it and how much I hate Dragon Naturally Speaking, its cost, how I have hated it in the past, and how none of my machines will run it, etc.
  • attempting to keep up with mandatory housework (litterboxes, laundry, toilet bowl)
  • running errands with my partner when she is not working (srsly she has had like no time off since gardening season started, which is entirely her own doing not that I blame her)
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So this is a thing that has been bothering me for awhile and I haven't articulated it in a written way. (Mostly rants to my partner which she has kindly asked me to stop and share with other people, actually.)

I am sick of my fandoms having bad-ass women being the hero, and then the plot goes down a winding path of "and now her uterus plays a central role in how the bad people are going to take her down!"

For one thing, I have enough of that in my day to day life. I am watching some form of escapism, and I would like to dispense with that.
tw: I am sick of rape tropes, so there's an intricate discussion of rape tropes herein. Possibly also metephorical dragons. )
lizcommotion: Lily (buff tabby) asking for belly rubs on an oriental rug in a sunbeam, whiskers in happy face pose. Head upside down. (cat lily basking icon)
So Lily is on Flagyl for her on-again-off-again stomach upset. (Not the illicit people food, as far as we can tell. Not improved by probiotics. If the Flagyl doesn't help, we're on to food allergies fun times.)

Anyway, fortunately she thinks pill pockets are delicious. Chance is also getting (empty) pill pockets, in the hopes that maybe later he will not find them suspicious. *crosses fingers*

The scary thing is that after a couple days on Flagyl, Lily's energy increased dramatically. I am talking going from a cat who likes to play by running after a toy for...well, I've never tired her out after 30 minutes of her having the kitty crazies (with short rest breaks) for FIVE HOURS.

She ran up and down the stairs.

She galumphed through the house.

She pounced on Chance.

She wrestled with the rug by the backdoor (aka her giant kicker toy).

She climbed up and down the cat tree.

She was basically a giant ball of cat energy and slightly concerned.

Because maybe this is a side effect? Maybe she is just feeling better? Maybe she is relieved that my grandma's stuff is not interfering with her kitty crazy racetrack?

Or...maybe the GI issues have been dampening her energy, and her "normal" is five hours of kitty crazies.

*knocks on wood*

So far today she has mostly been sleeping, but she did try to wrestle with my legs under the covers last night. (She doesn't have the best object permanence, and wrinkles or objects under blankets are clearly to be played with if they move at all.)

Oh dear.

Also, partner informs me that the funk we have been smelling around her occasionally is her anal glands needing to be expressed. So either we are paying for a vet office visit, or we are sucking it up and holding our noses and doing that ourselves.

Cats! Worth it, but sometimes tiring and with gross glands.
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
Due to all the snow (or here it's more like snow furor, because it is nothing to write home about unless you are a journalist trying to get web hits I guess), there has been some media talk about emergency preparedness kits and stuff. My brother in law and brother are both big into those disaster kits. My brother in law has a legit reason, because he's trained for emergency response. I think my brother is just into buying survival stuff and without my sister-in-law to keep him in check might end up with some sort of bunker or root cellar full of parachute cord and gods knows what.

Anyway, it got me thinking about other kinds of emergency kits that one could put together that are not all about natural disasters.

I have a box for Brain Weasel Emergencies that has things like pictures of people I love, nice things people have said about me, some really low-key craft projects (think coloring and crayons), lists of people to call and coping mechanisms, etc.

Given the current bought of cold/plague my grandmother has brought upon my house, am thinking when I move I might have a "someone's got a cold" sort of emergency box. It's one thing to know that you have things like cough drops somewhere in a medicine box. But what if you had a box that had a couple cans of a favorite soup flavor, gatorade (or powder that can be made into gatorade), common over the counter medications (cough drops, decongestants, Tylenol, whatever you usually take), your doctor's name/phone and hours, hours and phone for some local urgent care places and a pharmacy, maybe a menu for a local take-out place,  a box of really nice Kleenex that won't make your nose burn after using it…that kind of thing. Not to be opened or raided unless you do actually need it. And then if you are living alone or you and your housemate(s) get hit a the same time, no one is having to go to the store for cough drops when you feel like a literal zombie.

Other possible boxes: chronic pain box (which I would use frequently, honestly). My chronic pain stuff is kind of scattered through the house, but I have things like special bath salts (magic, I tell you); icy hot; topical prescription meds; ibuprofen; hot packs that are the one-time-use kind you stick on yourself. This could also be especially useful if, say, you were going somewhere for a night or just for a longish drive: grab the chronic pain box or travel version, and even if the trip proves a bit much you have things to help you deal. (Whereas usually I have some of my meds in my bag, my knitting which I may or may not have hands for at that time, and have to stop by a pharmacy or gas station which might or might not have what I need).

Lot of government sites also recommend some sort of pet emergency box, which I have though about but am still trying to figure out how to make one my cats can't get into and steal the extra food we have stored. (Seriously, they're good about that.)

Just a thought. Seems like way more useful to me personally than a bag of rations and rope, because if there is some sort of horrible emergency I'm betting the pain stuff I use is going to be super hard to find. IDK, what kind of self-care or "oops I've got to run but I should bring these things with me" kits would you want to bring? What if you had some sort of D&D type bag that could somehow hold a horse and still be carry-able? What if space was more limited?

<---things I find bizarrely interesting. But seriously, gonna make a pain kit. So I don't have to hunt for that shit.
lizcommotion: Lily (buff tabby) asking for belly rubs on an oriental rug in a sunbeam, whiskers in happy face pose. Head upside down. (cat lily basking icon)


The scene: a pink cat bed, placed next to the window, bathed in sunlight. Chance sleeps in the cat bed. Lily sleeps nearby. Mom turns around again and Lily is sleeping on top of Chance; she now has a bed warmer and a sunbeam. Chance's arms (and part of his head) are dangling off the bed as he gives his mom a, "Help!" expression. After mom finishes taking copious photos and enjoying herself, she rescues Chance by giving both kitties treats on the floor so they can re-settle who sleeps where.
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Hiya! Congress is considering an incredibly wonderful (for me! as well as others) piece of legislation. It is not without faults, but basically...

Right now, because I am on Medicaid and other forms of public assistance for disability, I cannot have more than $2,000 in assets or I lose my benefits. If I get married, my spouse and I cannot have more than $3,000 in combined assets or same thing.

So, you know, all the planning for rainy days and stuff? That cannot happen for me unless I break the law and hide money under a mattress or something, which is technically a felony that could land me in jail.

This new bill would allow me to have a special savings account of up to $100,000! Other people could add to it as well! (With SSI they get really fussy about anyone else giving you money because it's considered "income" and they want to dock your benefits and it sucks.) If the money is spent on medicine or housing, it's tax-exempt. When you die, the money in the account goes back to the government.

It has passed the House because something something fiscal responsibility. It is now in the Senate, so please if you live in the US and you have some spare time could you maybe call/write/email your Senators and ask them to pass it? Also if you live outside the US signal boosting would be awesome, too.

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I have limited hand usage so forgive me for not captioning these the way I usually would; I am about to go poop out in front of a TV and maybe fall asleep for a long time. But yay, Chance and Lily cuddling and also TOE BEANS especially for [personal profile] tyger!

Eternal cuteness of Chance and Lily

two moar kitty photos! )
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Our (small-ish) kitty rescue has found forever-homes for 93 cats this year (and there are still a few adoptions pending). ALL three of our foster cats, have been adopted (well, except for Ms. Maddy, who we are currently fostering and leaning ever more towards keeping because she is just that adorable and Chance is moving from hissing stage to meowing to get into her room stage so IDEK. She just. She makes *everyone* smile even though obviously having a gangrenous tail amputated is srsly a justifiable reason for being cranky and hiding in your closet as much as you want.)

Also, Ms. Haley, the Border Terrier we fostered for 2.5 months earlier this year, is thriving in her forever home. She has all the tennis balls she wants, goes for 5 mile walks *every day*, and gets lots of snuggles. So that is also extremely gratifying.

P.S. If you use and you don't already participate in Amazon Smile which donates a teeny tiny fraction of your purchase to non-profits so Jeff Bezos can sleep at night, please consider adding our cat rescue as your Amazon Smile designated non-profit. Totally no pressure, but I thought I'd mention it, because cats. You can try clicking here but if that link is not static then you can go to the cat rescue homepage and click on the left hand sidebar where the Amazon Smile logo is.

/PSA, and sorry to pair it with adorable animal photos but I keep having a cat step on my keyboard and try to steal my tea so it's hard to get one post up let alone two (and I still have to do the cat room cleaning/feeding schedule for the week. Did you know Maddy likes opening all the browser tabs ever?)

Animal Feel Good Photos:

seriously all the animal photos ever of our animals and a bunch of fosters> <a href= )

tw: happy-sad message to Rogue who passed away last year, maybe skip this part if you are teary already or if animal passing is hard for you right now

happy-sad message to Rogue )
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)
So you know how there is talk in US English about "Kitty Crazies"? That thing cats do roughly once a day where they look at you as though they have never seen you before, run around the house, etc?

Well partner's family speaks North African Arabic (also other dialects in other branches of the family). Anyway, there is another name for "kitty crazies". You say that the cat "has tagoug" (Anglicized spelling completely mine because partner is out; note that the correct grammar is not that the cat "is tagoug"). Basically it means that the cat is "possessed" (by a Djinn/demon -- what we call "genies" -- also note that not all Djinn are evil, some are aligned with God/Allah and the evil ones are not; there is a WHOLE area of study around this which not all Muslims and/or Arabs and/or Lots of Peoples I don't have room to specify agree on that I do not even begin to understand so I'm going to stop there). I kind of like this imagery because it ties back to all the ideas of cats and witchcraft and everything. It also kind of explains why cats look so uncomfortable.

Or you could go by my definition, which is that more specific than the "kitty crazies", your cat is just having a short manic episode. (Seriously, not that different from how I feel when fully manic versus hypomanic).

With our dogs, we always called these occasional bouts of RUN EVERYWHERES "racehorse dog" (though srsly they would be really poorly trained racehorses because they did not go in a ring at all). Though once my dog did get hold of the slug trap (which contained beer) and, er, emptied it into his belly before grabbing hold of the container and running round the yard. I think that was a chemically induced racehorse dog. (And don't worry, despite the alcohol/dog poison, he was fine. It was cheap crap beer with low alcohol content, which helped.)

Anyone else have other terminology for such things? Do bunnies have similar bouts of ALL THE ENERGIES? (I'm looking at you for this vital information, [personal profile] shanaqui .) What about other species?

ETA: I wonder if animals have names/thoughts for our shenanigans? Like "omg they are picking out those clothes things again"? Or whatever their idea of our recreational sex is. Or what the hell is the holiday season madness. Or VACUUMING. I mean, basically most of what we do around animals would seem to me to be nonsense to them? IDK. *curious*

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Chance the kitty
Pictured: Chance, an adorable black kitty with green eyes, laying on his side on a blue and white quilt like, "Huh, why are you disturbing me?" Part of the quilt is folded over the lower half of his body

This is why I've been having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. (I mean, aside from the 6 am feeding upon which I stumble back to bed and sleep for a bit longer.) Chance comes and snuggles up next to me with Partner on the other side and I am in a sandwich of warmth and cute cat love and how could I move? Plus when I had a dog I could say things like, "Do you want a treat in the kitchen?" and then he would move and food would commence. Chance does not yet know these words, and so he gives me dirty looks when I attempt to move out from the middle of the sleeping loved ones.Kitty! One photo and an embedded video below the cut )

Oh bodies

Nov. 10th, 2014 01:16 pm
lizcommotion: black cat head poking out from behind a wall (cat hiding)
FWIW, I think I hurt my shoulder playing with cats. I woke up with that horrible, "I slept weird and pinched a nerve," feeling, which I thought was what had happened. Then I went to wave a mouse toy tantalizingly in front of a cat or two and my shoulder went, "Nooooo, there's the pain!"

This is where my frowny face goes.

So, uh, I did play with them this morning because I'd already started and unhappy cats are not pleasant to live with. Amelie went all RUN RUN EVERYWHERE HIDE JUMP BAT RUN on me, which is great. Chance also had a good time. They are good cats.

The other humans in my household better step up their playtime is what I'm saying, because otherwise there may be feline rebellion.


lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (Default)

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