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12 September 2013 @ 01:46 pm
Yes, still here...  
Thanks to all of you who voted for me in LJ Idol, and supported me along this last arc. I made it to #7 this round, which was my best finish yet, and wrote a lot of stories I'm really proud of. I'll make a fic page for them in the next couple of weeks, as part of my obsessive archiving...

Let us not speak, though, of how far behind I am in getting the Prison Break/Supernatural fanfic uploaded to AO3. There is just so much of it. Little by little, I suppose. Which is to say, long periods of totally forgetting that it's even a goal. ;)

I need to make hotel reservations for Wincon soon. The plane tickets are taken care of, but I haven't doen the hotel. I'm both looking forward to Wincon, and dreading the fact that I'll be 10 pounds heavier than the last trip (Chicago), which was 10 pounds heavier than the first trip (Los Angeles)! The hunger issue is just a constant battle.

Speaking of which, let's monkey-wrench that ongoing problem: I've started taking antibiotics again for my skin. It clears up the acne pretty well, and after 2 months I stop and things are good for maybe a year before the acne gets chronic again. I need those breaks, partly because long-term antibiotic use just isn't good, and also because it is very hard to work the drug/food/vitamin conflict out. To wit: 1) Wake up and take thyroid pill on an empty stomach. Wait an hour. 2) Take antibiotic. Wait another hour before eating. 3) Eat breakfast (avoiding dairy). 4) Take late-morning meds. 5) Lunch around 12-2, depending on exercise. Better take the calcium pills now. 6) Afternoon snack, afternoon meds. If there aren't too many, take the multivitamin (iron conflicts with calcium AND the antibiotic). 6) Dinner. 7) Snack (Rarely one, because I'm starving much of the evening). Wait 2 hours after last snack. 8) Take the second antibiotic at bedtime, along with remaining meds.

A lot of my protein comes from dairy sources, so the dairy/calcium conflict makes planning even more difficult.

Kitty: We may be getting a new kitty soon! Our choice will sound insane, and it's largely driven by what shorthaired adult female cat at the shelter could be an indoor/outdoor animal. This kitty is 10, and has some bladder issues related to stress (so, she needs periodic meds and care to manage her environment). Her biggest issue would be our other cat, really. But my husband asks, "What makes you think it has to be this cat?" Well... the two people most likely to pick the Charlie-Brown Christmas tree went to the shelter, and had my son gone he would have made exactly the same choice for the same reason. Our family could give this kitty a quiet, loving home, and few people would adopt an animal of her age and her shyness, all medical issues aside. Even as I type this out, it sounds completely stupid. But I still suspect it's going to happen...

All right, back to work. I need to ponder some of the writerverse prompts over the next few days and take a crack at those (and hopefully, my Exhibit A story for my winner, who has been very patient). Meanwhile, blergh...

tidal_race: innocenttidal_race on September 12th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
If you truly have the means and environment to take care of her and want to, I don't see a problem. It's only foolish if you don't actually have the resources. We adopted a skittish cat who showed signs of liking human interaction but needed patience and someone home often...we had that and he's still skittish but he's also a clown and a love bug. The rescue had actually turned down a family before us who wanted him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 12th, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
My husband's concern (which I understand) is that we're finally breathing freely after a solid 1 1/2 years of peeing-related vigilance related to the cat we lost on Easter. She had some late life issues (she was 18 when she died), so we had to keep her in the kitchen/laundry room a lot, keep doors closed, and she had to have a 'babysitter' when she was out in the living room.

He's afraid of having to live like that long-term with a cat that has known problems, which is a valid concern. The shelter believes that if we introduce the new kitty slowly enough and the other cat doesn't hate her, this will go well. That last part is a littly risky. Typically, those things work themselves out and most mellow new cats would ride it out. But a skittish cat... she might never get comfortable.

It's also possible that our existing cat might get along with her better simply because he's already there and there is no question of who the alpha kitty is. Because he came into our house as a kitten, our departed kitty precededed him AND had expectations that he would defer to her. He did not. :O

Skittish kitties would not worry me, if they showed signs of liking people. Some of the best cats I've had are shy around people, but love their own family fiercely. Our departed kitty was one of those. Boy, we miss her!
tidal_racetidal_race on September 13th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
My cat is such a goof. He's super twitchy, but when he wants to be petted, good luck beating him off with a stick. He'll "talk" to you in his little chirps and plaintive meows until you sit down and pay attention to him. Sometimes I swear he's a dog in a cats body. He likes his head scratched and his belly rubbed. My family is particularity good at befriending scared stray kitties.

I can understand the concern your husband has. Especially since there's another cat in the house... I hope some older person who is home and doesn't have another pet comes along for her.
cindy: coming soon - gleetsuki_no_bara on September 13th, 2013 04:41 am (UTC)
i didn't know you were going to wincon! excellent! :D

also, new kitty! potentially! it sounds like at least you know what you're getting into as regards her medical care, which is something.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 13th, 2013 06:34 am (UTC)
Yes, I am going to Wincon! This one is also about as close as they're going to get, I think-- I kept hoping Seattle or San Francisco or Portland might get chosen as a site, but it's been years of middle-country, and Las Vegas is at least only a 90-minute plane flight away... :D
heliokleia: KITTY IC - ANIM - Butterfly-catchingheliokleia on September 14th, 2013 08:25 pm (UTC)
Bless you for planning to take an older kitty with (hopefully not too much) health issues from the shelter home, my dear Mme Venus.

Patience is the magic key, methinks. And if both kitties of the Halfshell Househould have enough space around each other... plus your first cat is a boy (what makes it easier, usually, for both to like each other, IMO) so that all should be fitting conditions for the newest member of the Halfshell Household; don't you think? ;)
*thumbs up*

In any case, I'll be crossing my fingers that all your problems are working out well for you 'n' all your loved ones, my old friend and am wishing you a delightful weekend, after all.
*waves fondly* ♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 17th, 2013 05:49 am (UTC)
We're still waiting to hear back from the shelter. We may not be the kitty's ideal home, because of our other cat, but all the humans have the right environment for her!
Queen of Musicdove95 on September 17th, 2013 02:38 am (UTC)
I didn't even know you still watched Supernatural :)

Or are you going for the camaraderie? :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 17th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
I haven't watched it in years-- I just can't anymore. So it's all about the camaraderie. A lot of great people still go to the con, even those who like me are not really still in the fandom!
Queen of Musicdove95 on September 24th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
So is it just a weekend for getting together and having fun? :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 24th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Pretty much-- a weekend with fangirls, giving you a chance to see old friends en masse. :)