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08 August 2013 @ 10:21 pm
The Long, Dark, Post-Vacation Malaise...  
I finished both my Idol stories on time this week, thank goodness. The first was the result of some terrific suggestions by alien_writings, and the second possibly the product of free-associating during the 8-hour drive from Eugene to Sacramento.

We got back just after 5pm on Monday. The Whale clearly missed us, even though we've been on vacation many times before (he's eight). Perhaps not having the other cat around made him more anxious in our absence (though he mostly tormented her—and he hasn't mourned her absence). After about two hours, he reached my maximum talkativeness level for a month. God, why is his Siamese half all in his personality? But he has certainly been affectionate.

We were back early enough that I went for a quick bike ride on Monday (and then rememembered that one of the gears is iffy). I asked HalfshellHusband to tighten the rear derailleur, and he wound up unsettling more gears, so the bike went into the shop yesterday. Major work predicted, and they wanted to keep the bike until next Tuesday—way too long. The tech put a new chain on so I could ride today and tomorrow, and we'll take the bike back in on Saturday (the first day they can get to it). I suspect HSH exaggerates my riding, since I always get the "You ride a lot" feedback. I regularly do 75-95 miles/week, depending on whether I ride 3 or 4 days. Is that a lot? I work at a big office with lots of amateur riders. A former teammate used to commute 36 miles roundtrip most days, and do long rides on the weekends. Another felt his 24-mile roundtrip commute was too short, so he also rode at lunch, plus centuries and double-centuries on the weekends. Compared to that and the many diehards I see on the parkway, those of us who ride at lunch are much lower-key. Who knows what constitutes "a lot"?

While in Eugene, we saw Despicable Me 2, which was at least 35-40% minions (i.e., just about perfect). Our daughter does not find the minions funny or adorable, which I don't understand. Plus, Gru running, with the cinder-block body bouncing over the awkward toothpick legs? Hilarious.

We're still getting the house back together post-vacation, and the kids start school next week (yes, already). I'm trying to finish Michael Palin's The Truth before my Amazon VINEs review deadline, and I've read several books since the last update... but enough that I'll postpone that for another time.

Already dreading a bikeless Monday (my longer-ride day). That thing better be ready on time. :(

Trigger Warning: Lifematchboximpala on August 9th, 2013 08:09 am (UTC)
Considering my bike has been moldering on my porch since I moved from Portland to Berkeley six years ago, any amount of bike-riding sounds like a lot.

This is the first I have heard of the Amazon Vines program. I am going to have to check that out!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2013 05:27 pm (UTC)
Awww. Is your bike still rideable, flat tires aside? And some chain grease/etc.? Berkeley at least has less rain, though cyclists may not be as well-protected as Portland (though Portland has really jacked that up recently-- maybe all since you left!) Both have some flat parts that are good for biking, too. The hills? I never touch them. I'm terrible at them!

Amazon Vines is a review program, where they'll send you stuff that you request to review. But they've tightened the rules up so much that you now have 30 days to review the product, so you have to be careful not to get too distracted with other books. Such as, "Hey, your Kindle loan of a Harry Bosch book you've never read is now available!"
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on August 9th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
You lost a kitty recently too? So sorry. Hugs. Yay for Siamese! My daughter just got one. We had one back in the 80s-90s. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
Aw, so your kitty didn't make it? The one that was older and not doing well?

Yes, we lost our older rescue kitty on Easter Sunday, and it was so hard. She was just the sweetest thing-- I wrote an Idol Home Game entry on her.

Now we just have the remaining enormo-cat, the Whale. He is a half-Siamese pound-kitty, and he looks like whatever his father was (something black-and-white, and huge). He's a tuxedo cat, he weighs about 18 lbs (and an ideal weight would be maybe 17.5 lbs at best), and he is a hilarious beast. But primarily, not a lapcat. We need to find another lapcat. :(
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on August 9th, 2013 08:56 pm (UTC)
17 yr old black cat is holding her own. The 15 1/2 yr old one was also failing but not in such an obvious way. She's the one who passed on Monday. Grey kitty is now in mourning and cries for her. It's pitiful. Our Sweeta-Cheetah, a Calico is 16 lbs. she's a blimp. LOL. We have four living kitties and now three in Heaven plus two grand kittens and a grand dog. AW
alien_writings: Glowing Brainalien_writings on August 9th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
I read your first story. :D I'm happy my glowing brain had useful suggestions! ^_^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on August 9th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
It definitely did-- and it usually does! Thanks again for your help there, and for your creative abilities. ♥