Random thoughts

I seem to have the attention span of a squirrel these days so long posts are out of the question. So, instead, here are some bite-sized nugget, twitter-like posts. (I have some “real” posts partially completed but just don’t feel like finishing any of them right now.)

  • For the second time in my life, someone actually balked at calling me by my usual name (a fairly common and very benign diminutive form of my proper name) because it seemed too informal — the first person who balked (a potential writing client last year) said his wife wouldn’t like it if he put that name in his phone address book; this time, it was likened to calling someone “sweet potato” or “cutie pie”. What’s weirder is that they didn’t object to calling me by the preferred name when talking to me, but writing it down somewhere made it unprofessional. What planet am I living on?
  • I hate price-gouging international couriers. A friend sent a package to me from the US (a heavyish package, with some moderately rare items in it) priority mail and, because it had to go through a customs broker, cost me $50 plus the GST charges (instead of the $6 plus GST that Canada Post would have charged). It’s my own fault, but I’m still really pissed off.
  • Puking is more infectious — across all species — than almost anything else. Got woken up at about 1am last night (after only having been asleep for about an hour or so so I was all jittery and shaky when I woke up) to the sounds of a cat throwing up. Trying to cough up a hairball but only managing to barf up watery stomach contents. I still had to clean it up and it still smells like puke, even when there isn’t much of it. I was already feeling a little blech and that didn’t help. So I ended up having to fight my own stomach contents for the next half hour until I fell back asleep.

4 thoughts on “Random thoughts

  1. I found a really old cat book recently that informed me that cats actually enjoy throwing up — that it’s nothing like us throwing up — that they seek green stuff to eat that makes them throw up. Since I read this I’ve stopped thinking of my cat’s barf as throwing up. It makes me feel a lot better.

  2. The grass-eating thing is mostly to help them hork up hair balls — I’d want those out of me quickly, too. But what comes up with the hairball still smells like puke (because it is) and it still causes my gag reflexes to kick into high gear.

  3. Usually when my cat pukes it’s right after he eats so it just smells like cat food. It’s pretty easy to clean up most of the time. Just when he went in my closet and puke all over my shoes — that took a while.

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