FishDreamer scribbles: Seeking Serenity Online

Sunday, 8 May 2005

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We had a bad night Friday. Some of you may know our cat has been sick. We took her to the vet last week, and her kidney function is impaired. They're not sure what all is wrong, but for now she's on antibiotics and renal health food. She's okay, and just like last time once she got hydrated she improved rapidly. So it was very upsetting and bad that on Friday night we had somebody else's cat sneak into our living room and get into a fight with her. She's okay, but she got bit in the neck and we're watching that really closely. The blood on all four of her paws belonged to the other cat, as did most of the fur. But she had a good puncture wound, and she bled all over.

It was hard to sleep that night. Mr D had her curled up next to him on the bed, and I kept checking to make sure she was still breathing. I pet her very softly and got her purring a little, and eventually I went completely to sleep. She got up and went to her favorite sleeping spot sometime late in the early hours (like around 5). I'd set the alarm to make sure she got her antibiotics and breakfast on time, and I sat with her for an hour in the morning. She's okay, but I'm still upset. And actually, now she's upset because the back door hasn't been open since.

Mr D took this opportunity to poison all the dandelions in the yard, and I'm sure if that cat comes back and gets sick from the fertlizer/poison, he won't be upset. I will, but the likelihood of it happening and me knowing about it combined is pretty slim. I don't know whose cat it is, it hasn't been around that long. I've chased it off before, but never from inside the house. I wonder if its owners noticed the scratch marks. I know Tygg got it, her paws were spattered in blood and it wasn't hers. I just hope that's enough to keep it away.

So that was the start to our weekend, and why I didn't finish updating on Friday. On Saturday, I slept in and relaxed and read - I finished I'm Not the New Me by Wendy McClure. It's good. I like how real it feels, not in a bland boring everyman kind of way but rather as an honest account of one woman's life. It's not really about weight loss, that's just the framework and the way she became known. (Pound is her website.) She herself wasn't what I expected, but I enjoyed the book. It made me sad, and it gave me food for thought about my own life. I like that.

I'm now reading Betsy Lerner's Food and Loathing, which is a memoir about her struggles with fat and identity growing up. Combine these two with one more (maybe Frances Kuffel's Passing for Thin or Caroline Knapp's Appetites and I've got a book bundle. It's very interesting to see the themes, the way things change based on the age of the memoirist, and how things overlap or not between the authors. I wouldn't really put Wendy's book in with the other three though, because it's not really about weight or weight issues.

I would put I'm Not the New Me more in with Why Girls Are Weird by Pamela Ribon, and the Mimi Smartypants book. But I haven't read those, so I'm not sure. (For those playing along mostly off the internet, Pamie and Mimi and Wendy all have very popular websites, and their books are at least in part based on what they wrote online.)

I've got a good four books going right now, which is why I definitely had to pick up John Fowles' The Journals on Friday. I had no idea he was publishing his journals. This covers 1949 to 1965, which includes his time at an English school on a Greek island. At least part of my favorite book by him (The Magus) comes from this time, so I am very excited to read this. I'm thrilled, I love his work and now I get a chance to read the behind-the-scenes stuff.

Autobiography is one of my favorite things to read, much more so than biography, so when I saw the book I knew it was the perfect present for myself. I'm sure you'll be hearing about it as I read.

And with that, I think I will go pick up the Lerner book and read some more. Have a great week, everyone. Things are feeling pretty good, for the most part. I have hopes for a really good week ahead. Busiest ever as I usually get in May, but all good. Good thoughts for the kitty's improving health, if you don't mind. Thanks!

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