Saturday, January 10, 2009

Recovery Continues...

Not a great deal to report on here today. Cabel is doing as well as can be expected, he's coughing, which is odd, not sure what that's about, may put in a call tomorrow to the U-vets, and he is in a lot of pain, despite the Zombie-state inducing Doggie Pain meds.

Mostly he seems content to sleep, but if I get up, he does too, so I am trying to stay quiet myself, and not move around a lot.

Which means I get to read and watch TV. Did office things earlier, but he follows me, limping along behind, when I am not on the couch and worries I will Go Somewhere leaving him alone and sick. Poor dude. So we be quiet.

Not all bad, I got to see the Animal Planet Showjumping thingie, which was great. (Including Bruce Springsteens daughter Jessica, who knew?) Those people can RIDE, I tell you that.

Also Point Break, a movie I have always loved, but never been sure why.

Cabel is Looking at me, sadly, and it is time for another pill, which has been going better than I had thought, thanks to chicken and cream cheese. And then, hopefully he will do some more sacking out. Woodsman Hans is coming tomorrow so I can have some Bengal time and Riding Time, which is good, as both are sorely needed.

(Venus and Mim do not like this me being away thing. AT all. And when they found out I had left them for a DOG of all things, there little hearts wept. I am going to have some serious making up to do, this I know. Magic, Lear, and Mab were fine, as they don't get to see me as much, and were like, "Hey it's her! Tuna! She rocks" Venus and Mim were much more"Don't think you are getting off THAT easy!!!!")

And finally, This is why we love Eddi Izzard......

Love and Wuunds,
Lorraine

170 Comments:

At 3:47 PM , Blogger vampi said...

oh that notches izzard even higher in my fan worship.


*snugs* and *scritches* poor thing.

 
At 4:03 PM , Blogger FiendOfFur said...

Eddie is one of the greats. I'm waiting for my '09 Izzard calender to arrive, but still have my '04 one hanging up to Miss January, classic.

 
At 4:11 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

poor pup, hope he starts feeling better soon! hope the cough is not of much consequence too. here's to a quiet evening of movies and good reads - sounds lovely!

 
At 4:45 PM , Blogger Annie said...

Hoping you're both staying warm and cozy....Cabal is lucky to have you! Esp. having been reminded today of how horrible some pet owners/caretakers can be.....

 
At 4:52 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Poor puppy. It probably hurts more now that the anesthetic has fully worn off.
Scritches for Cabal and hot tea for Lorraine

 
At 5:00 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

That Guardian article is spot on.

Explains why we're all here everyday and why the first thing I do with my first cup of tea in the morning is check in :)

 
At 5:23 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Eddie rocks.

Poor pupster, with his mournfiul eyeballs. :( Get that coughing checked out. I know in cats it can in some instances mean a heart murmur-- but that's not the only thing it can mean, nor are we talking dogs. So I don't know whether that's a reasonable thing to even consider in Cabal's case. But it's always better to ask the vet than not, it seems to me. Hang in there! You're a good Alpha.

 
At 5:26 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Poor guy. Too bad he doesn't understand when you explain you'll be right back.

*sigh* MiL passed peacefully this afternoon, with her husband and 2 daughters at her side. She'd been unconscious and non-responsive for over 24 hours. Husbeast seems to be ok, but I'm keeping a close watch for moments he needs hugs. He's one of those who are strong until the crisis is over, then falls apart if needed. Not real sure what form "falling apart" will take.

I'm still feeling like death, haven't been able to keep anything, including water, down since this morning.

Geeze, I sound pitiful. The crises can all stop anytime, and we can return to our boring life.

 
At 5:28 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Oh, and Cabel's cough, do get that checked out, it can also be congestive heart failure in dogs - ask me how I know :-( Of course, it's probably nothing or something minor.

 
At 5:45 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Poor thing - it's hard to be a puppy and feel very strongly about things but not understand them.

DataGoddess, I'm sorry but relieved about your MiL, if that doesn't sound callous (it isn't meant to be, I'm just not sure how exactly to express it). I'm also concerned about your virus - not good! Pedialyte, though nasty, is a good thing to try to drink, maybe diluted. Hopefully the bug will pass quickly (the stress can't be helping).

 
At 5:57 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Phiala, your feelings match pretty much everyone in the familiy's feelings on the subject. Some deaths are blessings because the person is no longer suffering.

That's been the hardest part these last few days, knowing that she was suffering (although they kept her whacked out on morphine) and not being able to do anything about it. When she was conscious, that first night in hospice, she expressed a wish for things to end sooner. The fact that she was unconscious the last day+ is also a blessing.

And the black humor has been flying the whole time, including things from her. Laughter beats the hell out of crying.

I may call my doc tomorrow and see about some phrengren, if this doesn't ease up. Part of the problem is Husbeast has it to, is a little more recovered than I am, but I wouldn't trust him to drive right now, either. Hopefully one of us will be up for actually leaving the house soon.

Times like this I'm really glad I telecommute, I can still be sick monday and work.

 
At 6:10 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh, Data, our thoughts are with you! Never easy and being sick on top of that is just BAD. Peppermint and ginger tea for you...

 
At 6:21 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Q -- looks like you will be forced to rest too! I think that might be.good.

Datagoddess -- sucks so much that both you and he are sick at the same time and dealing with his mom'e death. I am sure it is good to know that that part is over. I am glad to here that there has been laughter in the midst of the tough stuff. Both laughing and crying are impotant for our health I think.

 
At 6:25 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Ah Data Goddess- I went through it with my mom.
*hugs* All my best, get some rest. I know when it was over I checked into a nearby hotel (I didn't want to see anyone and slept for about 24 hours straight.
Poor Quichie and Pupper and Oh-so-neglected Bengals.

I third or fourth the calling about the cough, although it can sometimes just be a leftover thing from the anesthesia. I'm sure he's on heavy duty antibiotics in all that medicine, but still- worth a call.

 
At 6:26 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Ricky box comment.

While I am here-- godchild and I hung out this afternoon and coffee stained paper. Great fun. Also burned some edges and corners and and up with fun ideas for what to do with our new found hobby!

 
At 6:28 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

DataGoddess - I'm so sorry to hear of all your troubles. :( Stomach flu is downright evil. 7-up, and just plain old sleeping for about 3 days fixed me up. Not fun, but frighteningly it's preferable to food poisoning. :P

FabLo - do check with the vet about Cabal's cough, but chances are it might be from them putting a tube in his throat when he was under anesthesia. It's normal, but better safe than sorry.

Eddie Izzard IS cool!

 
At 6:35 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

I certainly am learning much about cats from this blog. I had no idea they could have such amazingly different personalities.

Hoping Cabal feels better soon.

 
At 6:37 PM , Blogger bengalgirl said...

The coughing might be due to the tube in his throat. Little Aashi started acting like she had a sore throat, gagging, and finally coughing and I took her in to see my Vet. He said her throat was irritated due to the intubation tube from her spay surgery. She is doing great now, only last 4 days.

I suppose you could try explaining to the "girls" why you are gone but I have found most bengals don't care, you are their servant and their needs come first.

My Vet's office was to clip Simba's claws when he was neutered yesterday and evidently they FORGOT, so I will call to remind them and bring him in for a freebie. He has horrible claws and no way in the world can I hold him to clip. He is a WILD MAN.

Janet

 
At 6:42 PM , Blogger Beez said...

@Aleta

Pirate Maps!

 
At 6:47 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Data -- much sympathy and hopes that you and hubbie are well soon and that the sadness isn't overwhelming, for either of you.

Q -- hoping you get some sleep as well!!

 
At 6:49 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

DataGoddess, I'm sorry things have been so awful for you. It's hard to believe it will all be over at some point (soon), but it will. And the Fiends are here to help you get through it.

 
At 6:55 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Toni - I understand the relief. You and Husbeast will grieve at your own pace, and don't let anyone tell you how to do it. I second the 7-up and crackers. Stupid flu.
Stupid winter.
Stupid death.

 
At 7:02 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

I love Point Break!

"Little hand says it's time to rock and roll."

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger Adri said...

**hugs** to Data Goddess.

I agree in thinking that puppy's cough is probably tube-related, but always better safe than sorry.

Hope everyone keeps on the upswing with recovery.

 
At 7:32 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

DG, my sympathies as well to you and husbeast. and everyone left with a hole where your MIL used to be. Relief for her, yes, but loss for the rest of you. May you soon begin to remember the good times better than this last sad stretch.

And sooner begin to feel better!

 
At 7:41 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Datagoddess, my sympathies, and black humor, and laughing and crying at the same time begins the healing, like beez, went thru this with both my mom and my mother-in-law. Hope you and hubbies' virus eases up, - no more words :( just {{{{hugs}}}}

 
At 7:49 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Oh Beez! Excellent idea!

 
At 8:15 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

{{{Toni}}}
I know from experience how hard it can be to wait for an ill loved one to die. I'm glad that you MiL's death came relatively quickly, though there was enough time for family to say anything that needed to be said. Please know that you, your husband, and everyone involved has absolutely no need to feel guilty for feeling relief at her death. Focus on getting yourself and your husband over the icky virus.

 
At 8:24 PM , Blogger vampi said...

*snugs* where needed

I love how this community bands together. that article about online friends was spot on. i love my online friends. I've had so many great experiences meeting online friends irl. i've lost touch with most people i was friends with in school, but i've had some of my online friends for at least half my life now. granted there is always that possibility of the crazies, but i find it becomes too much to keep up a personality online and hide your true nature. Eventually you are left with kindred spirits.

 
At 8:41 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Vampi, that was really well said. It was only in August that Pete's mum passed on and I still feel pretty numb about it, if I put feelings into words.
I hope that with the stress of the waiting over the bug you and Dan have will go now Toni. Hugs.

 
At 8:45 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

what were they thinking

 
At 8:51 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

((hugs)) to fiends in need. For whatever reason.

I loved the article about online friends too,Vampi. But she spelled it wrong. She was obviously talking about fiends... She even got the brain part right... except we just sniff them!

 
At 9:17 PM , Blogger Na said...

Hey all. Mugs of warm drinks and hugs to all in need or desire.

Aleta, your words reminded me of the Timbuk 3 song, Two Medicines. And I had the same thought as Beez, of pirate maps! Might tea staining works as well as coffee, you think? I might have to buy a cup of coffee special... hee hee. **makes off with activity idea**

 
At 9:18 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Poor Cabal. I bet he would feel a little better if his beloved pack leader was there. But watch out for the two devils at home, they might want to retaliate for your absence...

Data Goddess, sad as the news is it is best for al. Now I hope you too can recover from the flue. Sorrow is never really completely recovered from alas.

In other news, here we are already the 11th (good mornevening everyone) so Happy Birthday Lexocat!

 
At 9:18 PM , Blogger CarolAnn said...

Cabal's coughing may be from the tube that was in his throat for his anesthesia. I would call the vet and make sure, though.

MacGregor had a bunch of Rimadyl following his ACL surgery but sometimes it didn't seem to be enough. After the first week things settled out, and at about 10 days I was having to practically sit on him to keep him still. It took about six months for the surgery to completely heal, but in about six weeks he was tramping around like his old goofy self again.

Good for Eddie!

 
At 9:28 PM , Blogger Na said...

ROFL. My first Eddie Izzard, that was. Going back for more, 'scuse me...

And ticking the email boxy thingie.

But while I'm here, have you all seen Poppet as Death and Poppet as Dream?
Or Poppet as Boss, even? here

 
At 9:34 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Dream is wonderful.

 
At 9:54 PM , Anonymous kali_licious said...

Datagoddess, I'm so sorry to hear both about your Mother in law and that you're both so ill. Peppermint or ginger tea and lots of hugs and kleenex for the both of you.


Poor zombie doggie. Good to hear the pills are going down without a fuss. At least the meds are keeping him from bounding around.
And poor Venus and Mim too, they miss their Mom-time.

Ah, Eddie, he's the best. It doesn't surprise me that he'd do something like that, he's got six, count 'em SIX planets in Aquarius in his birth chart, making him the Uber Aquarius. Aquarians are all about community and humanitarian causes and suchlike.
And I'll stop babbling now, kthanxbai

 
At 10:03 PM , Blogger Na said...

Hi Nathalie! Must be morning there? Will you be going out taking pics some more? :)

I just went back to read the Anna Pickard Guardian Article. Excellent food for thought, the comments included. I wasn't online as much, before falling down the Fiend rabbit hole. It's so much fun in here. It fascinates me, and reassures me maybe, to learn so many people all over the globe are part of the phenomenon. Very interesting. Going off to think deep thoughts... well, no. Maybe just to sleep. But first... facebooking. Ha ha. Actually, on facebook, I have reconnected with several good friends from other eras of my life. That's another positive aspect of online socializing.

 
At 10:04 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Aquarians are the BEST....Weird, but true, they are.

I'm for bed, my loves, me and this dog...

See you in the morning!

 
At 10:11 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Nightey night!

 
At 10:15 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Good night! And Aquarians ARE the best! ;-D

 
At 10:23 PM , Blogger Annie said...

Night....and...I rather like being a Scorpio myself :)

 
At 10:29 PM , Blogger Na said...

'Night, Q.

And thanks for mentioning Eddie Izzard, I <3 him.

 
At 10:29 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Well, I don't know what Astrology books say about Aquarians and Scorpions. But, as an Aquarian, I am surrounded by Scorpions. Home, work, here. I think it's a perfect match! In fact, my workplace was all Aquarians and Scorpions for quite a few years and I love where I work.

 
At 10:55 PM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

Na, your comment about tea staining made me think of what kind of staining could be obtained with different kinds of tea, including herbals. That could be really cool.

And thanks to you all for the thoughts and hugs.

 
At 11:01 PM , Blogger Na said...

Oooh! Nice idea! I have a few different teas here. Hmmm.

 
At 11:25 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I thought my email was quiet, i missed the new post!

I loved Eddie Izzard before, now even more!

Hope cabal's cough goes away.

Hugs to you Toni, even when prepared, you're never really prepared. I tend to laugh and incredibly inappropriate times because that's the way i cope...did you see the Giggle-loop episode of coupling? That would happen to me.

I have some really good friends that are Aquarians...love them dearly.

I'm Capricorn however...2 days 'til my 35th :D Ben told hubby that i should have a coraline birthday and I won't argue! It'll be a late birthday party though, probably at soup night in a couple of weeks. I am expecting a cake with black buttons, thank you.

Bed time...night my sweet (i mean spicy) fiends!

 
At 12:56 AM , Blogger vampi said...

someone on my blog posted this site and it has some cute stuff cat but

 
At 1:32 AM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Toni--hugs and all of that warm comforting stuff....
You are so strong, even when the universe is attacking you on multiple fronts. Good on you, and much love...

Chantrelle--blessed incipient natal day, in case the Internet chooses to deny me access on the actual day (hey, it has happened before and no doubt will again.)

Lorraine--oh, my poor dears! Sympathy scritches for you and your canine siamese twin. Good health to him as soon as possible.

Eddie Izzard is a God. A lesser God, perhaps, but a god nonetheless. I've thought this for years and years, and am EVER so glad to see his meme spread.

All other Fiends:
If I had two skulls to freeze, I'd give you one!

 
At 1:39 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Got home from the studio a little while ago, and am exhausted, but can't sleep. Feh.

Datagoddess, I hope you get some peace as well as rest. Hang in there.

From the Guardian article: "Is it better to meet friends in pubs? While drunk? Are they really much more themselves in that state than in the words through which they present themselves online?"

Obviously they did not know ME very well. ;)

More scritches and hugs to Cabal; poor guy.

 
At 1:52 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

DataGoddess, my condolences to you and Husbeast. I remember all the complex (and contradictory) feelings when my dad died. It took a while to sort through it all. I also hope you start feeling better physically...and soon!

Cabal seems like such a sweetheart and emotes so well in photos (and in life, I would guess). It's hard to hear of him in pain, poor guy. He is SO lucky you're around. Same could be said of more than just Cabal, too.

Um, brain slowing down (am I losing spice?) so I'm forgetting what else I wanted to say. Either that, or I should just need to walk away from the computer already and get to bed.

Need to read the rest of the comments, the Guardian article and the Eddie Izzard story (glanced at it a couple days ago and read enough to agree this is why we love him).

Oh, and I learned this year that the whole Facebook team wishes me a Happy Birthday. Says so right on my home page. Yep, another Capricorn fiend with a firbday today. Will send firbday good wishes to Chantrelle for tomorrow before I forget (no cracks about the aging process catching up with me!)

G'night, Fiends.

 
At 3:13 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Toni, much love and sympathy heading your way. You and family will need to grieve in your own time and your own ways, and I do hope that you will all find comfort in knowing that you were able to be there with her, and that she was (and was able to say) that she was ready to go. I do hope you all start to recover from the physical bugs swiftly, too.

Q - hugs and scritches for Cabal & you - my first thought when I read about the cough was that it was most likely related to the anaesthesia - hope vet is able to reassure, and that C has a good night and feels more comfortable soon.

Eddie Izzard rocks! And I notice that it's only in the news because the guy's father reported it...

Endless Poppets and Boss Poppet - I saw, I lusted, I decided that if I was to come to Fiendstock in June I really can't afford them - but may console myself with a steampunk poppet instead.

Vampi - she probably *did* mean fiends - the Guardian is notorious for it's typos...

 
At 3:18 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

OK - let's try that link again
steampunk poppet

 
At 3:23 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

and I relaise it was Ticia, not Vampi I was responding too. *sigh* And this is AFTER the first cup of coffee...

 
At 4:42 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Yay! Today is cancelled too. I don't need to dig the car out. Hooray! And I get MORE studio time.

My current problem: coffee is done, but I'm too covered in cat to get up and get it. Plus I don't know what I want for breakfast.

The new poppets are awesome, I may finally get some.

 
At 5:16 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Eeeek. But if today is cancelled, doesn't that mean it's now tomorrow, and I'm 4 hours late for work?

 
At 7:54 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Sunday CANNOT be cancelled. Sunday is my day off from doctors' appointments, babysitting, and research. Sunday is a must.

 
At 8:02 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

And we need more of it.

 
At 8:08 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

If I could take a little bit of Sunday into Monday and spread it over the rest of the week like peanut butter ...

 
At 8:18 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Silly Fiends! Snow does not have the power to change the calendar, merely to cover the scheduled activities written there in unblemished white, freeing an entire day for other pursuits.

 
At 8:28 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Sensible Phiala to the rescue!

 
At 9:01 AM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Morning, Fiends!

Ahh, sleeping in is lovely. The cat doesn't think so, however, and has been loudly telling me what she thinks of her food being late.

 
At 9:09 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

Eddie Izzard and poppets! What wonderful images to wake up to!

NPR was interviewing Holly Black this morning, so laying in bed, listening, with a snuggly puppy at my side just makes it perfect.

Chantrelle, that episode of Coupling was hysterical. I laugh at inappropriate times also. Usually while having a big fight with my teenage daughter. Sooo not appreciated!

The Sunday chatter is so fun! :-D

 
At 9:13 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Today is cancelled? Hmm, does that mean I have more time or less? Hopefully it is more time WITH people.

Hans is with Cabel, and he got a surprise when he asked me what should he do with the dog when he needed to go downstairs or outside to work, and I said, uh, you don't....You sit here with him, or he gets up and frets.Here's how to work the dvd player, I am tending the Bengals, buying a bed and will be back as quickly as I can.

Boss or I will be sleeping with him for the next six weeks, and the floor bed is not cutting it.

 
At 9:15 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I was wondering where you had got to and just sent you an email...
Who will stay with Dog while you go and retrieve the boss from the airport?

 
At 9:17 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

6 weeks on a floor bed is not ok...6 days maybe, but weeks! must fix that definitely. How's the cough today?

I wanted the boss poppet, i clicked the link and thought wiser of it before i paid. I'm going to England in March and Fiend-land in June...no $100+ poppets for me!

 
At 9:44 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Chantrelle - you're coming to England in March?? Which bit & how long for? Let me kow if you need a native guide!

 
At 9:47 AM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I'm coming the 10th (well, the 11th when i get there) through the 18th. My best friend is having a baby and due the end of Feb. so we're coming out to meet and help out with the baby. She lives in East Sussex.

 
At 10:02 AM , Blogger vampi said...

so let me tell you the best way of waking up... your boy friend head butting you while you are in deep sleep at 4am. BEST WAY EVAR.

not.

 
At 10:06 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Head-butting is probably less jarring than my alarm clock. I can no longer bear the sound of a school bell. It tenses me severely. Sounds far too much like the first thing I hear in the morning.

 
At 10:08 AM , Blogger Maureen said...

Urgh... the mention of floor bed is giving me a flashback to sleeping on the floor while this floor was being installed. I thought it would be No Big Deal. HA! 2 weeks of torture. *shudder*

I hope Cabal is feeling better.

 
At 10:11 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Boss Poppet???? Who knew?

Boss is driving himself from the airport, his new car was getting some new features, near the airport, so he will go and pick it up and drive home.

Bengals are flying around!!!!! Poor guys. I have been feathersticking and mousie throwing non-stop.

Oh, don't get to broken up, but my fish died. I only had the one, his friends haveing passed on some time ago, don't think it has anything to do with me being away, he was swimming sideways last week, so I suspected his time was short.

RIP Fish.

 
At 10:12 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

Sorry to hear about the fish.

I love fish.

 
At 10:25 AM , Blogger vampi said...

new features?

is he getting racing stripes? i sat in the electric mini at the la car show and i want one so bad. i'm going to resist until they are on the market.

aaww poor fishie.

i have a bruise from the headbutt. he so owes me.

 
At 10:28 AM , Blogger DataGoddess said...

I was going to suggest an Aero bed, but then I remembered Cabal=claws, so that's probably not a good idea, unless his claws are rather blunt.

RIP fishie.

Vampi, was he asleep when he was headbutting you?!

I'm home alone, Husbeast drove to Indy to spend the day with his family. He wasn't going to go because he was worried that I shouldn't be left alone, but I'm fine, and he needs to be with them right now, IMO.

 
At 10:31 AM , Blogger Jess said...

*observes moment of silence for fish*

May his fishy soul be flushed to a better place.

Unblemished white! :D Hee hee, Phiala. It's poetry and it's funny. Your brains are extra-spicy today.

Poor Cabal! Poor Hans! You can't ask a handyman to just sit there.

Ooo, March England trip! Fun stuff, Chantrelle. :)

Vampi, Ouch.

Datagoddess, sending good thoughts.

What a random, out-of-joint comment. My brains are not spicy today.

 
At 10:36 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Jess, my brains ARE extra spicy today, you have no idea! I'll report later, with pictures.

Alas, poor fishie.

DataGoddess, does this mean you are feeling better? *crosses fingers*

 
At 10:37 AM , Blogger vampi said...

yes he was sleep. he rolled over and tried to sleep on my pillow, normally fine, except i was already sleeping on my pillow. he did like a big turn flop onto my forehead. not sure who has the harder head. i'm going to say him since i'm the one who is bruised.

funny fish story. WTF were the tourists thinking?

poor hans.

 
At 10:38 AM , Blogger Ticia said...

The worst bed I've ever slept on was in Austria. It had a horsehair mattress. I felt like I was sleeping on hay bales for two weeks! Let me tell you, once I woke up in the morning, I was off that bed in a second.... No lazy waking up and cuddling!.... Hmmm hardworking country may have uncomfortable mattresses on purpose. My Austrian super athletic stepmom swears by them...

This was supposed to post forever ago! So much has gone on since.. Oh well, thanks blogger!

 
At 10:45 AM , Blogger Jess said...

Hubby once elbowed me in the head, hard, while asleep. I feel your pain, Vampi. Yow!

What were the tourists thinking? Didn't their mothers bring them up right? First rule of fish market: do not mount the produce. Bleah.

Eeewww, Phiala, you haven't been photographing your brains, have you? ;P

 
At 10:47 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Hope Cabal is feeling better.

Happy Firbday, Lexocat!
Happy Firbday to come, Chantrelle!

 
At 10:52 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

"hugging, licking and even riding" the tuna? I bet boss did not do any of this when he did visit. Just had sushi for breakfast like a civilized being.

 
At 11:00 AM , Blogger Jess said...

N. - That's because his mother raised him right.

*nods sagely* ;P

 
At 11:05 AM , Blogger Fluffy said...

Someone needs to warn the Boss not to eat sushi unless it's thoroughly washed before it's sliced. You do not want to know where some of those bums have been...

Also, Lorraine, Go Green - make like a Native American and inter fishy under a rosebush. It will continue The Circle of Liiife.

 
At 11:09 AM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

I actually sleep on a 4-inch-thick futon on the floor (it is a carpeted floor in the bedroom). We gave the bed to the beautiful daughter when she moved from the dorm into a house, thinking we would buy a new bed. We were wrong. It's futons on the floor, oh yeah. So I'd be *perfect* for taking care of Cabal!! :-) Too bad I'm too far away.

Data -- glad to hear that you are feeling better. Hope that trend continues...

 
At 11:44 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I think the funniest line was this one, for obvious reasons...

"A market local official told AFP news agency guards would start handing out strict guidelines to visitors."

 
At 11:53 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Fluffy, I'm not sure they can dig a hole in the ground right now. Even one small enough to put the fish in. Nice thought. :)

The first six years or so DH and I lived together, we slept on a mattress on the floor. The firmness was wonderful, the getting up from the floor first thing in the morning wasn't. Now we sleep on a nice high king size bed on a frame.

 
At 11:54 AM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Poor fishie. It's wierd, becasue I was reading some of the archive today and had just read a post about buying fish, and taking them back because they were dead, then I came back and saw dead fish notification. I used to have fish in the garden, but two of them died after some kids threw soap over the fence,and the last one killed itself a week or so later. I don't have fish any more.

Chantrelle - new baby should be fun, and I'd guess your friends will keep you pretty busy, but if you have time and would like to it would be fun to try to meet up. I don't know East Sussex very well, although my sister sometimes lives on a boat in West Sussex (when she's not living in Turkey)

Futons - I had one when I bought my first house - I'd ordered a proper bed, then the bed warehouse phoned the day I moved in to say their warehouse had burned down so I wouldn't be getting my bed. Friend and I had to make a mad dash to Ikea to buy a futon, as i couldn't afford anything else.

I learned:

1. Futon can be comfortable to sleep on; and
2. If you have only 2 people, and have to put together a bed/futon frame from Ikea it is a good idea to drink the house-warming champagne AFTER building the bedframe, not before.

 
At 11:54 AM , Blogger Lexocat said...

Lorraine, good luck with the bed, bengals, and returning before Hans and Cabal go stir crazy. Sorry about your fish.

"May his fishy soul be flushed to a better place." Ha! Jess, I'm totally stealing this. Though I suppose it's a better fate than being ridden like a tuna (wtf?)

Phiala, can hardly wait to see the work of extra spicy brains...

Vampi, ouch! He SO owes you. Big.

DG, yay for feeling better.

Ticia, you've just convinced me I'd make a very poor Austrian indeed.

Ariandalen, thanks for the good wishes.

Off to buy appliances now. No, really, it's a good thing.

 
At 11:56 AM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

After i return form Portland, i completely volunteer to come sleep on the floor. our guy Cabal will be on the mend, but it will be a far cry from 6 weeks. Sign me up. Drew can take care of Miss Selina Kyle. I am sending you a photo of her highness, I know you miss her. She is the ruler around here. FLings herself right down on Mr. Batman. he just wakes up for a minute and goes back to sleep with her at his side.

Data G, it is a planetary time of change, many lives are winding down, many relationships are ending, many new doors are opening. It doesn't make anything easier, but knowing you are part of the big cycle, makes it a little less lonely. You have my most positive thoughts, lady. & love to the husbeast.
xo
and SUE! i gotta post your adorable snow bunny photo, ***the blogger whip cracks in back ground**

 
At 12:01 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, it was a fine idea for buriel, but we can't exactly dig, and while, when Boss's kids were young, we DID keep a hamster and a guniea pig in the freezer all winter for proper burial in the spring, not sure I am willing to go there. Might tho, it was a good fish. Swam, ate, lurked in his skull cave.

Oh, Happy Day to you Lexo!!!!!!

Kitty, we will take you up on that offer to be sure!!!!!

Please send Selena Kyle pics! I will post her and Batman!!!!!!

 
At 12:03 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Fish...dead...hmmm. Another win for the Bengal/Bee alliance, mayhap?

 
At 12:26 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

I just saw this and thought of you, Lorraine. They have a whole orchestra of it (in Norway).

 
At 12:31 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Nathilie! How cool! Can you translate for us? I need to know. Kind of want one...

 
At 12:36 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Nat-Law, that's great!

for some reason it made me think of the
Helsinki Complaints Choir ... No, I don't know either...

 
At 12:37 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

a violin made of ice. I was going to say cool, but that would be too pun-ish.
Catching up on comments is a nice way to wake up, when you're up ultra early to take car to mechanics.
Now, off to breakfast

 
At 12:45 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

It's the IceMusic Festival of Geilo, in Norway (they have been at it for 4 years now). They do concerts at night in the open air in the middle of winter. And people come to listen to the music because the instruments are carved in ice (but the cords of the violin or on the harp are obviously the real thing). The music is really experimental and improvised because they never know how the cold will affect the instruments (the festival lasts for 3 days. Or nights.) They have horns and flutes (these must be tricky to play and not melt. I suppose in such artic temperature the blown air doesn't stay warm very long but how do they avoid the freezing dampness not to block the pipes after a while?), all sorts of percussions (so fragile!) and also cords. These, like the violin and harp shown on the slide show (the buttons above the picture) are new for this year. One member of the public, interviewed, claims that the instruments are capable of very warm tonalities, despite the fact that the instruments are made of ice.

I keep thinking that the musicians must freeze their fingers off!

 
At 12:47 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I think this must be the
same there can’t be two, can there?

 
At 12:57 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Oh, and just noticed we're on 99 comments. I feel an overwhelming urge to make it 100.

 
At 12:57 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Same guy indeed. Great that they have a sample music file.
That Helsinki Complaints Choir is great! I saw one for Birmingham too but it is nowhere as nice.

 
At 12:58 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Surely someone has recorded at least part of one of those ice concerts. I'm not saying that said person has uploaded it anywhere; I just want to hear it, preferably without going to Norway in the middle of winter.

 
At 1:06 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Of course someone did!

 
At 1:11 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

araindalen - there is an albulm - you can hear samples, here (I think - my connection is very slow tonight)

 
At 1:23 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Did you mean there?
Interesting music. I bet my father would like that.

 
At 1:27 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Bah. It's on amazon. And I'd been doing so well with the whole making links thingy

 
At 1:28 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Been forgetting to ask - Q - how is Cabal? And the Bengal's revenge?

 
At 1:32 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Icestruments. How cool. Who knew?

*marvels*

 
At 1:36 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Thanks for the links, Marjorie and Nathalie! Interesting. :)

DH picked up an old Residents vinyl album twenty-five years ago or so. It is based on Inuit/Eskimo tales and a shaman trying to protect the soul of a child that had died. One of the instruments purportedly used was a frozen dog skull. I haven't listened to it in at least twenty years, mainly because it's pretty disturbing. Maybe I'll dig it out; then again, maybe not.

 
At 1:43 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

I SO want to sing that complaint song...in English...
Thanks much, I've sent it on to a groups of women I used to sing with regularly...

 
At 1:48 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

I love the complaint song! I think the Helsinki one was first, and then they took the same concept to other cities - Birmingham, Hamburg, Chicago etc - I think that they did it by asking people to drop in suggestionst for complaints, and then made the song out of them http://www.complaintschoir.org.

But I think Helsinki is still the best! How else would one learn how to say "It's not fair" in Finnish?

 
At 1:59 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i am so twitterpated. i'm following levar burton!!! i'm such a dork. i was too old for reading rainbow but watched it anyway. <# books, <3 levar burton.


did i mention i'm such a geek.

oh casually mentioned i might go to mn for fiendapolooza 09 and boy was interested too. i guess he is a fiend by proxy, eh?

 
At 2:20 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Hey, I occasionally still watch Reading Rainbow. LeVar is The Man. \o/

My guy is also accompanying me to Fiendpalooza. Nothin' wrong with that. Have we decided on a hotel, anybody? How the heck are we going to meet up?

 
At 2:27 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Absolutely - honourary fiends & fiends by proxy should join the fun!

Hotels - I know Gayle was looking into what might be available and waht it may cost.

Who else is coming??

 
At 2:29 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

NOTE:

We are NOT calling this gathering FIENDAPOOLAZA!!!!!!!!!!!

END NOTE.

Thank you for your attention.

 
At 2:31 PM , Blogger vampi said...

lol!

 
At 2:33 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Thank you, Fablo. :-)))

 
At 2:35 PM , Blogger Jess said...

Fiendstock?

Fablo Fair?

Fiend-Con '09?

;P

 
At 2:35 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

In my head I have been calling it "Fiend Fest" and FiendCon".

 
At 2:36 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

FabLo Fest has a nice ring to it too!

 
At 2:37 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

The Princess of No is pasing through ;-)


Fiendstock?

 
At 2:38 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I know: "Fiends and Beers". (Would Birdchick sue?)

 
At 2:41 PM , Blogger vampi said...

spicy brain stew

i think we need more spicy brains in the title


the fabulous spicy brains?

 
At 2:43 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

For a seriously creative group of people, you are Disappointing me here...

Come up with something new.

I require it.

I have Spoken.

 
At 2:46 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Surely we're inviting the birdchick?

"Fiendstock 2009 - all the spicy brains you can sniff"

(perhaps we can get the hotel to put that on those little boards they have to tell you which conventionsthey have in...)

 
At 2:46 PM , Blogger Jess said...

The Fabulous Fiendy Booze-Up and Bake Sale?

 
At 2:49 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Crushed by the shame of disappointing La Quiche, I leave you all. I'm going to bed. And I'm taking my brand new cold virus with me.
So there.

(I will try to be original and creative in the morning. Possibly feverish with it)

 
At 2:50 PM , Blogger Jess said...

That's it: Fablo Fever '09.

That's what I'm calling it, even if no one else does.

CX

 
At 2:50 PM , Blogger vampi said...

aww feel better Marjorie. is this the great fiend flu of 09? so many of us are sicko this week.

i am decidedly not creative, so i'll stop making up silly names.

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

The Great Fiend Flu of 09.
Transmitted by the interwebs and cured by the interwebs.

 
At 2:53 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Back from mechanics. Something bad has happened to suspension on one side.
Hopefully easily and inexpensively fixed.

 
At 2:54 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

Thanks Vampi. I'm hoping it's just a cold, and may improve with sleep and such. hence the early-ish night. If I don't feel better in the m orning I think I shall stay home, instead of going into work and ending uo really sick in 3 days time, which is what I mostly end up doing.


Good night all

 
At 2:54 PM , Blogger Marjorie said...

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At 2:55 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

You are ALL creative, and I will hear no more talk about it! You just create different things.

And down goes Marjorie, poor dear!

Jess, yr getting closer..Like the bake sale...

 
At 2:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And of COURSE we are inviting the Birdchick. And Horsetrainer Mel.

They will bring Birds and Horses. And I will bring Bees, Bengals and Cabel the Dog.

 
At 3:05 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

FiendFissionFrisson(This probably needs an accent mark somewhere, but I no speak the French.)

Get better soon, Marjorie!!

 
At 3:11 PM , Blogger Adri said...

There should be laws against budget meetings on Sundays.

Now I'm sim-sick from too much Lara Croft afterwards and couldn't possibly come up with a clever name for Fiendcon of Aught Nine.

 
At 3:13 PM , Blogger Na said...

Blogger gremlins ate my comment!

Get better soon Marjorie! So many down with something this week. Thinking about what Kitty said. Also that this was the week that seemed to last. for. ever. and followed the Most Stressful Day of the Year.

Fiend Moot. Fiend Follies. Like the Fission Frisson. :)

We had something nearly a blizzard here today. Very pretty! From indoors, that is. Thinking about baking something, as excuse to have on and stay near a warm oven.

 
At 3:19 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Well, there's always

ConFabulation

or

Fiend Frenzy '09.

Or, since you like "bake sale,"

The Fabulously Fiendish Bake Sale and Animal Convolution.

 
At 3:28 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Of we could rephrase one of favourite sentence starters: "Come To The Revolution -- Worldwide Fiends Uniting '09". :-)

Back to lesson planning...

(Adri, I agree -- no budget meetings ever on Sundays. In fact, come the revolution, that will be one of the first mandates!!)

 
At 3:29 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Though, I suppose some people might say it is the

Fusion of the Fabulous Fiends.


I brought the subject up to DH. At first he winced, then he thought about it when I mentioned we could go to his parents via Minneapolis for a few days. This means there would be four of us in one room; two adults and two under 8.

 
At 3:32 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Oh, Grace, you just gave me another idea!

It's the New Fiendocracy!

In the New Fiendocracy...brownies will be required at least once a day.

In the New Fiendocracy...all brains will be spicy.

In the New Fiendocracy...

 
At 3:34 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Phiala's spicy brains:

I'm 4600 words into the unicorn story (NOT all written this weekend), and I did a bit of weaving.

Very fun, if completely useless and rather insane. :)

 
At 3:35 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Okay, so I was marked by Evil from "Time Bandits."
CX

 
At 3:40 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

I agree with the "insane" label, Phiala. Not that I haven't thought about using sewing thread or anything...

 
At 3:41 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Evil!! Time Bandits!! GOL (giggling out loud)

Very cool, Phiala. Or should I say, very spicy! Weaving -- I envy your skill, in a good way.

 
At 3:44 PM , Blogger vampi said...

oh sorry about blizzards, it's quite fabulous here, do come to la.

what does FiendFissionFrisson mean? i'm a bit slow today. something like fiends exploding thrill?

what about Est-ce que vous vous cerveaux épicés or la réunion de vous a épicé des cerveaux

(pardon the babelfish, i know absolutely nothing about french except what i've learned here)

 
At 3:44 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Ariandalen, eh, sewing thread is EASY. This stuff is tiny.

Thank you, Aglaia. :) Is much fun.

 
At 3:53 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Phiala,
Send a link to the amazing woman who knits the teeny tiny sweaters.....bet she might like some custom dyed microscopic silk....

And, did you see there is a Penn State complaint song video? Decidedly college and rough, but very funny in bits.

 
At 3:57 PM , Blogger Maureen said...

Hm... a Feast of Fiends... could be interesting! Let's see if we can't all channel some energy toward keeping gas away from $4 this summer :P I felt like a prisoner last year.

 
At 4:12 PM , Blogger dabbler said...

Argh...should have said I know this knitter of tiny sweaters from the You tube Coraline videos...

 
At 4:28 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

Phiala, wow, your weaving is really impressive. Marjorie, hope you feel better soon! how is doggie today? has a feindish title been arrived at - we should make t-shirts celibrating this oh so spicy event. Just still scanning comments - oh, poor fishy,and happy bday to Lexo and Chantrelle, i think late for one, early for the other? Data, hope you are feeling a bit better, many hugs still sent your way - Kitty's sentiments were lovely. Everyone has now left for their respective other homes today - just me and rocket and tank, and Quiet. and cold.

 
At 4:28 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

oh phiala - you could weave bee leashes with that oh so fine filament....

 
At 5:18 PM , Blogger Beez said...

FabulousLorraine said:

"NOTE:

We are NOT calling this gathering FIENDAPOOLAZA!!!!!!!!!!!

END NOTE.

Thank you for your attention."



Okay- fine!

FabLopalooza

*runs away laughing*

 
At 5:25 PM , Blogger vampi said...

lol beez, good one

 
At 5:29 PM , Blogger Siri said...

It's very quiet out there, tonight.

Too quiet, some might say.....

 
At 5:35 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Just amused myself trying to find a collective noun for Fiends, and came up with the only possible solution for this set of fiends...A Fiddle Of Fiends.

Doesn't help with naming the get together, but it tickled me.

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Sally, that's PERFECT.

I've been working on a Sekrit Project... *grin* And catching up on email and blog stuff.

 
At 5:39 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I like a fiddle of fiends - I'm not coming up with a clever title for the gathering....

 
At 5:40 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ooohhhh, sekrit project.

 
At 5:42 PM , Blogger Jess said...

I like Fiend Frisson. Does what it says on the tin. So: Fiend Frisson and Bake Sale? Nah. Not alliterative enough. You could say The Big Bengal-Bee Bake Sale, but all the items on the bake sale table would, by extension, have to involve honey. I can't imagine anyone wanting to spend the whole weekend making baklava. What a pain in the arse.

Oh Mister Dalliard! I'm rambling again!

 
At 5:46 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Throws shoe at Beez. And not my Jimmy Choos.

No Paloozaz's!!!!!

 
At 5:49 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Sally, I do believe you've hit upon the appropriate collective for us. :)

 
At 5:59 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

She may have. Tho my fav is still "Murder fo Crows"

New post is up, keep chatting, just move over a bit...

 
At 6:26 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I am reading but commenting has become difficult. Sickness here too. I hope you all are well or getting better. :) Humans and animals alike.

Except the fish of course. If he got better that would be creepy.g

 
At 6:26 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Poor Gayle - you or M?

 
At 6:28 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Ghost Fish, coming to a cinema near you soon.

 
At 7:01 PM , Blogger Na said...

You haz Jimmy Choo's?

 
At 7:07 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Wow...next thing you'll be buying Manolos.

 
At 7:24 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

I am completely braindead from today. Playhouse Disney Live tour...it was as bad as it sounds. How can people be so damn chipper? Ben loved it though.

And then we went to his friend's bday party at the bowling alley. Ugh.
Calgon!!!!

Must see these jimmy choos!! I have some D&Gs and was given a pair of pradas but that's it. I have a shoe problem.

hmm, sorry about the fish, hope the bed improves, i have no creative names at this point....it's almost ben's bedtime....tick tick.

 

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