Mutts n' More

A Random Collection of Fur-Covered Happiness

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You've happened upon a place filled with animals so cute and furry (or not) that they can brighten anyone's day. Their stories are often touching or inspirational and are sure to make you realize how important the animals in your lives are. Enjoy!

If you're looking for something a little more real and down to earth, then stay and read about the life of a lesbian couple with 14 furry and scaly kids who are just trying to make it through life's craziness together. It has its ups and downs and twists and turns but one thing's for sure: it's never boring!

Santa Pup

I know, I had plenty of time to post today and awesome things happened today (I finished my psychology degree!) but since we got less than 3 hours of sleep and I worked hard at work (imagine that!) so I didn’t feel up to writing anything. I’m tired and I hurt. But here is a photo I took of Spunky last Friday.

Ho Ho Ho! That Treat Was Good!

Mmm, Cookies and Milk!

He was pretending to be Santa. And what a cute one he makes too! Good night all!

Also, I say this post counts as being written on December 15 because it started then and I’m not asleep yet so the day hasn’t changed. ^_^

Nikons and Dog Noses

Last night was long and boring. I tried doing all the research for my paper which I absolutely hate. Didn’t end up finding much since Nikki and I both spent about an hour trying to figure out if Science was paginated by volume or by issue. Did you know that there even was such a thing as different styles of pagination? Did you know that APA citations are different depending on the type of pagination? I know, I wish I didn’t know either. How dull is that? And yet it’s up there, wasting space in my head. I suppose, though, that since I also have most of the FreeCreditReport.com songs logged away in there too, I shouldn’t really be complaining. “F-r-e-e that spells free, credit report dot com, baby!” Anyway, I digress. So last night Nikki stayed up late helping me but still went to bed before me. Well when I finally got to bed I decided to wake her up with a barage of questions about her snake and then decide to let her sleep again. Only that doesn’t last long because I once again realize that my carabiner is missing and it upsets me. See, my carabiner is my good luck. I found it when I was on a summer trip in Colorado and while I could never use it for climbing since I don’t know if it was dropped, it has actually become part of my wardrobe. That’s right, it resides clipped to my pocket and it has very seriously been there since my sophomore year of high school. I really do think of it as my good luck so now maybe you’ll understand why I was so upset that it had been missing for going on a month now. I don’t know why it got to me so bad last night at around 1 in the morning, but it did so up I got to look. Poor Nikki woke up and tried to help me find it. Through some looking back on when I thought I’d lost it (around the time of the drag show) I finally managed to locate it in the pocket of my khakis which I had never checked because I forgot they existed. Now why did I tell you this story? I don’t know, because it’s important to me. And because I was keeping Nikki up in the wee hours of the morning before she went and took her final this morning at 8 am. Oops. Sorry baby!

Anyway, I was going to tell you about our adventures in ferret medicine but since I took up so much space blabbing about my carabiner, I’ll save that for tomorrow. Suffice it to say that I would so much rather give a ferret a shot than try and shoot even 0.5 mL of bitter tasting medicine down his throat twice a day. And today is only the third day out of 14. Joy.

Right before work I decided to pull out and play with our new camera. We were both so excited as I took out the 18-55 mm lens and clicked it into place, slid the battery into place and configured the clock on the camera for the very first time! Then in went the memory card and it was pure excitment. Heh, LS read the rather lame directions every step of the way – did you know when you take a picture you should take a stance with one leg slightly in front of the other and then push the little button to make it take the picture? Amazing! *shakes head* Anyway, it was so cool. Okay, the first pictures we took will never be seen by anyone because a Nikon is not made to take self portraits by holding the camera out at arms length. Yeah, I won’t even describe how awkward we looked. BUT! The next picture I took was of Spunky, then Akima, and Zane, and Merlin. I was so amazed at how sharp these automatic everything pictures were turning out that I ran about like some giddy little schoolgirl snapping off shots of everyone. Oh man do I love this camera!

I then took it to work where my first big panic-attack-that-can-only-come-from-a-brand-new-expensive-toy occurred. See, I was going around and taking pictures of the dogs when I had time because I want great pictures of all these great dogs that I’m going to miss so much. At first I was doing awesome and got a bunch of pictures from the playroom dogs without any mishaps. Oh man did I get some good ones! But then when I was trying to get a picture of this beautiful, old German Shepherd owned by a co-worker, he turned his head suddenly and slimed my lens with his nose! Oh no! I like tried to wipe it off but it was too gooey and then I ran into the back to try and call Nikki because I was so worried I had just ruined my new pretty. Of course, I was overreacting, but wouldn’t you? She called me back and I cried at her (not literally) about how I had already messed it up and she said she didn’t know what to do. But my baby is such a sweetheart, you wanna know what she did? I was in the back wiping down the cabins when she appeared around the corner with lunch, a drink and the lens cleaning kit! Isn’t she the best? The only problem is that the solution sucks. It leaves streaky residue on the lens. More sadness. It’s okay, though, because we tested it and it doesn’t even show up on the pictures I take. *happy dance*

After Nikki left I sat at work alone and actually worked on my paper. I got 2 pages worth of introduction done, too! Yes! Go me! It still needs work mainly because I didn’t cite anything. Yeah, I’m doing it all backwards. I wrote what I want to put based on the knowledge I already have since I just pick up random tidbits of everything and now I have to go out and find places that say those things so I can cite them as my sources. *raised eyebrow* Yeah, that’s just how I roll. My parents helped me find a bunch of articles though since they have access to the DuPaul and Harvard databases so hopefully I can get that done tomorrow. Then I have the conclusion. One step at a time. I can do this.

After work Nikki took me to Walmart so we could get new cleaning solution for my lens. Walmart didn’t appear to have any but after much searching high and low (and around and around the same small section of store) we found a pen type deal that has a retractable brush, a spray top and a nice cloth that won’t leave fuzz all over the lens like the crap thing I got with the camera. It made me happy because I saw one when I was researching our camera and thought it was cool. It’s like spy gear for my Nikon! Dun dun dundun dun dun! Okay, I’ll stop there. After that we came back, stuffed ourselves with all sorts of good food and digested over an episode of Charmed. Now we need to do the whole ferret thing and then I need a shower and Nikki needs sleep. So much for packing – and my dad is going to be here in 3 days! >_< Good night all!

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You thought I was going to forget your cute thing, right? Nope. It’s Wednesday, too! Here’s your video!

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

*dances around in her chair to the Kool & the Gang song in her head*

So today is an absolutely marvelous day! You know, that’s a really funny word. Anyway! You want to know how my day began? Well, I was woken up at (*checks phone*) 8:03 this morning by a phone call from the president of Northland College. You want to know what she told me? She said that she was very proud of me for sticking with my capstone even through all the adversity surrounding it. Don’t know the story? Here’s a brief synopsis: no matter how hard I tried to find a way to get my capstone done and change my psychology minor to a major, the school blocked me somehow. First it was the teacher, then the dean then it was the registrar telling me to pay for the class for a third time which would have come to a whopping $1300! Obviously I don’t have that, but I’ve been working with the teacher and completed my experiment on the dogs at work in the hopes that I could find a way to get the class paid for. That’s pretty much the story thus far (though with tons of ups and downs thrown all around in there). So she tells me she’s proud of me and – THAT SHE’S GOING TO WAIVE THE COURSE FEE FOR ME! So all I have to do is kick myself into gear, get my paper written, make a powerpoint and poster and present on Friday and I will have completed my undergraduate education! YES! So I can not screw this up. I need to get to work on finishing my paper and fast! I can do it! And isn’t that an amazing way to wake up? I thought so!

Onto the next super awesome, amazing thing of the day: WE FOUND SOMEONE TO SUBLET THE ENTIRE APARTMENT!!! That’s right, the day after that woman said she couldn’t and Nikki was crying because she was so upset – we got someone to take it for sure! You want to know who? My boss! Seriously! I walked into work and started chatting about how the woman we thought was going to take the place called and said she wouldn’t so we didn’t know what we were going to do. My boss casually asked some questions about the place and then said that if the people that came to look at it tonight didn’t want it that maybe she would take a look at it. I told her she could look at it whenever she wanted because we have no idea how long it would take them to make a decision. So then I go in the back and clean a bit and then I come back out and she asks if we can go look at it right then! I semi-panicked because Nikki had planned on getting off work a little early to clean for the people coming at 7. That, of course, meant that the house was pretty much a total mess. I asked her if she could look beyond the mess and she said she could so off we went! Man, I was so worried she was going to take one look at the piles of crap and leave but she looked through everything, asked questions and just like that we were headed back to work. I told her some about our utilities and cable and then we sat in silence for a bit. Then she said “Well. . . I’ll take it.” And I just stared at her for a moment and was like “Really?” And she said YES!!! I wanted to just squiggle and squirm in my seat! When we got back I asked her again if she was sure and she assured me that she was! So I ran into the back and called Nikki right away. Now I’m the sneaky sort so I just nonchalantly told her that she should message the people coming to see the house and tell them not to come. She said “what?” and I repeated myself and said there was no need for them to come. Another, trying-oh-so-hard-not-to-get-excited question of “why?” “Because Cyndi’s taking it!” So then Nikki was off crying again but this time it was because she was so happy! Just like that we had our apartment problem solved! I was so happy that I went around and did a ton of cleaning today!

So you know how trouble comes in threes? Well I’m guessing that blessings do too because we had one more really happy thing happen today – MY CAMERA CAME! I checked the tracking at work and found out it had been delivered so I called Nikki and she rushed over there to pick it up before the post office closed. Then when we got back home I rushed right to the box and we unpacked everything right then and there in the middle of the living room floor. Nikki took a video of me opening everything and oh man – it is BEAUTIFUL!

My Nikon D80!

My Nikon D80!

It’s so perfect and shiny and black. And the lenses are amazing and my hard case looks so professional and, and, it’s just awesome! I am SO happy! I got an amazing package and an amazing deal too!

Look How Much I Got In My Package!

Look How Much I Got In My Package!

I was feeling bad about the money I spent on it but now that I can look at it it just makes me beam with pride. I love getting new gadgets and this one is so cool and can be the beginning of something big for me and my family! If I can get this pet photography thing going, it could help so much with our dreams of taking care of our family and taking care of the world as a whole (as much as we can).

So that was my day! My wonderfully positive day. Now it’s time for all of your dreams to come true! It can happen. We still have a ton of work to get done in a very short amount of time but we just have to keep plugging away and we’ll get it all done somehow. You can do it too! Just stick to it! And since you all have been so supportive of us during this difficult time, I hope you know that we’ll be here to send you good thoughts and be someone to listen to your problems and try and give you inspiration. Really, we’re here for you!

If Looks Could Kill. . .

If Looks Could Kill. . .

Haha, this is from the other night when we picked up boxes that turned out to be quite large. Heh, so we had to shove them in back and they took up pretty much the entire seat so Spunky was squashed against the other side. He pouted so bad! And after this picture I tried to get a picture from the other side but he refused to look at the camera because he was so indignant. Man, what a hilarious pup! Good night everyone! I hope something good happens to you very soon!

Big Relief, Big Letdown

Today has been up and down and up and down. I think that’s the rhythm of my life – actually, everyone’s life – but perhaps the two don’t come in such rapid succession. This morning I got up and went into the living room and was going to work on my paper. Well, that didn’t happen because I went over to check on Drake and there was explosive diarrhea on the floor by their cage because he had overshot it. I cleaned it up as best I could and then pulled him out to check on him and he drooled a bit which I had read was not a good sign when combined with other symptoms. So I put him back and do more searching online and read things about how since ferrets are so small they can dehydrate very quickly and it can be a major problem. So I start to worry again and call the vet to see when the next appointment would be. Well, it was today at 10:30. I kind of wish it had been tomorrow or the next day because then I would have had more time to think about it. I called my mom and a co-worker of mine and they both said I should just try to rehydrate him with chicken noodle soup or pedialyte. Then in a few days I could see if he needed to go in or not. Well, Nikki came home and I told her I wanted to take him then changed my mind then changed it back again. I was so worried about spending even more money and I knew that the were going to gouge us with the prices because that’s how the damn vets work up here. The only cheap one doesn’t take new patients – awesome. Everyone I know is at the cheap place but me, even though I have tried more than once to get in. So I’m worried about money but I’m also worried about Drake. I can NOT lose another ferret right now. Not any kid, obviously, but Jingles’ death is still too close and too painful for me to even bear the thought of losing Drake. Not that I think he’s on death’s door, of course, but I’m certainly more prone to overreact right now. So both of us went back and forth for a bit then decided to just go and jumped in the car and went. This meant that I was going to have to be late for work but they knew so it was okay. So we get there and tell the vet everything we know and she takes a stool sample, an ear gunk sample and palpates his abdomen. She tells us his left kidney feels enlarged. Why? Please not something serious! Then she leaves and we sit there for 20 minutes before she comes back in. Right away she says “it’s all good news”. My heart jumped and I instantly felt better, even though I know there is still more to worry about. It turns out our poor boy has Giardia. How insane is that? He also has ear mites. I have NO idea how he can have ear mites because all the other animals seem to be fine. Still, we have enough Tresaderm to treat all the animals so we’re going to do it. Actually, as I think of it right now, Spunky has been itching his ears a lot more than usual lately but I cleaned them maybe last week and he didn’t have the typical dark, crusty stuff that is generally associated with ear mites. Maybe that was just the beginning of the infestation? As for the Giardia, Drake is on antibiotics twice a day for 14 days – as if we didn’t have enough to do for the next 2 weeks. It makes me feel so much better that it’s something we can treat, though. Like Leigh suggested in her comment to Nikki’s blog, we’re going to be watching Nate but he hasn’t been showing any signs of sickness at all. If he is sick, all it costs for the antibiotics is $6! But I’m thinking he’s going to be fine because he’s younger and healthier and apparently most animals can tolerate some Giardia in their system without it being a problem. I’m guessing Drake’s immune system just dropped (he doesn’t tolerate winters and the stuffy house that accompanies it well) and allowed the protozoa to get out of hand. So all in all this is good news but we still have the mass around his kidney to worry about. She wasn’t able to tell if it was the kidney, something in his intestine or some sort of foreign body. I’m not sure how Drake could have eaten something because he stays in the room with us and he’s only ever drug things around the room, not tried to eat them. I’m hoping we can hold out on getting that looked at until we’re out of here – whenever that may be. While we were there I also mentioned the lump on Spunky’s lip, hoping she would just look at it and she did. She thinks it’s probably mouth warts, too so that’s a relief. We’ll see how it develops over the next few weeks and I’ll keep you updated. So we get out of there after spending $130. Yeah – panic mode again. I have second guessed myself so many times today I can’t even begin to guess at the number. Okay, now don’t think I’m a horrible mother – of course Drake’s health matters to me – but I’m stuck with the stress of needing to make sure I have enough money to care for my ENTIRE family, which is a huge responsibility. I know people may get mad at me and say I shouldn’t have pets that I can’t afford to pay for but I usually take very good care of them. It’s just harder when money is tight and they all seem to be getting sick at once. It happens to people with human children too, right? Anyway, the reason I was second guessing everything is because I know that they overcharged me for everything so it kinda makes you mad, you know? Taking care of people and their kids shouldn’t be a business! Why do people even become doctors or vets if they care about money more than the lives of their patients? It’s such a screwed up system! *ends rant* Anyway, we spent $130 *cringe* and then went to my work about an hour late. At work we gave Drake his first dose of the bitter antiobiotics which he mostly coughed up and splattered all over Nikki. Tonight we’re going to mix something tasty in with it to make him more likely to swallow it all. So there’s the end of that story.

Work went pretty smoothly. I found the time to work on the results section of my paper and I think I’m pretty close to having it done. Then I really need to work on the introduction (my least favorite) because Nikki needs to return the library book she borrowed for me. *sigh* We’ll see if I can somehow get that done tonight. I’m supposed to send my paper to my dad and aunt to have them look it over. I also want to talk to my professor about the specifics of the t-test he ran because I don’t know exactly what to say about the p-value and all that crap. I took statistics and did okay in it but I can’t remember any of it. I hate math. Anyway, today there are no dogs boarding for the night and so far there aren’t any for tomorrow either. So I may not be working on Wednesday, which I don’t like because we need money but it would be nice to have that day to cram in any last minute paper writing and to continue getting our house packed.

Anyway, we came home, opened the ferret food that FINALLY arrived, then went to go get boxes at the school. Then we were going around doing last minute house fixing up type things when the woman called. Nikki’s face dropped and her voice quivered and I knew. We’re back to having no one interested in the house. I guess she can’t afford to live here alone. Nikki went off and cried and I just sat here being numb and trying not to let it bother me. Maybe we’re just not supposed to leave here. The thought makes me really sad because I really want to leave. I was talking to my grandma yesterday about all the fun stuff we’re going to do together when we get there. Now maybe that won’t be happening. We are so looking forward to this and I don’t know how to handle the fact that we could be stuck here in the cold, dark winter for months to come. I don’t see how we can find someone at this point. Any college kids would already have contacted us because they’re all leaving this week. I don’t know what other type of people would be interested. I try to tell myself that it’s my fault for believing that our housemate would hold up her end of the bargain. I should have known better. I guess we were wrong for not looking sooner because she kept telling us she didn’t want to live with strangers. I tell myself it’s my fault because otherwise the anger will overtake me again and I don’t need to add that to my list of reasons why I probably have high blood pressure at this point. I’m trying to roll with the punches. I’m trying to stay positive. If we have to stay here then there must be a reason. I don’t know what it could be but I have to believe that things happen for a reason. I want to go home. I really do. If I thought about it enough I bet I could burst into tears and cry for a good, long while. But I’m not going to. I’m going to be the strong person that my family relies on. I have to be. I want to be. I will take care of my family no matter what happens because they are my world. I just wish I could have my dreams too.

After all of that, I know you’re needing a good, cute picture. And I just took some perfect ones while writing this post. You know how much the kids mean to me and Nikki but this shows just how much they mean to one another as well.

Aww, Cute Boys Sleeping!

Aww, Cute Boys Sleeping!

Merlin Loves Sleeping With His Spunky!

Merlin Loves Sleeping With His Spunky!

I hope those pictures made you smile! The sight certainly made me feel better.

Our Big Scare

Today was. . . okay. Good and bad. You know, like most days. We woke up around 10:30 but lounged in bed until 11. I like being lazy again. And lots of the sleep is very good. So yeah, we didn’t do much cleaning or packing before 2. We got distracted thinking about the dinners we were going to have for the next week. Nikki joined this site that helps you eat healthy and stuff so she was throwing out ideas and I just pretty much agreed that it all sounded good. I hope these meals help and make us healthier! Anyway, we tried to eat a good breakfast and then I packed some of Nikki’s pottery. The rest I still have to find a good box for. We pretty much just straightened and cleaned litter and such to make the place look as nice as possible. We started watching Happy Gilmore and waited for the people to show up. They were late and it didn’t seem like they were showing again so Nikki called them and they said they were coming.

Then we had a scare. Nikki told me to look at Drake because he was throwing up. I looked at him and he was gagging and puking up the cat food he’d just eaten. I know ferrets aren’t supposed to have cat food because there isn’t enough protein in it but that’s basically just long term problems. I ordered my ferret food a long time ago but it hasn’t arrived yet and we ran out of the Walmart food so I thought it would be okay to give them cat food for a day or two until their real food gets here. Well then here’s Drake throwing it all up and then he looked really woozy. It really freaked me out because he’s gagged before when he got some food stuck in his throat (or to the roof of his mouth) but he’s never really thrown up. The only ferrets I’ve had do that before were dying. So I pulled him out and he was SO lethargic and was almost limp in my hands. I was panicking big time, and as I’ve said before, I’m not much of one to panic. I held him and Nikki looked at him and I tried giving him a banana chip (they love the things) but he didn’t want one. I then offered him some ferretvite which he took so that made me feel a little better. Then Nikki suggested I put him down and I did and he started crawling along his belly like his legs wouldn’t work. At that point I was about ready to burst into tears and wanted to call my mom to cry to her but the people were coming so I stopped myself from doing it. But I was truly terrified. I’m not ready to lose another ferret. Drake is my boy. I’ve had him longer than any of the other animals I have currently. It was scary. There’s no other way to describe it. After a bit he started running around and then he’s been acting normal since. I gave him a banana chip and he took and ate it. Right now he’s running around the living room with Nate and they’re chasing Merlin and playing in their tunnel toy thing. Just right as I was writing this, though, Drake looked like he gagged a little and was drooling a bit. Please let our boy be okay. We just need to get the hell outta this stupid house with the mold and out of Ashland in general. I can’t stand it here anymore. I want out NOW!

So the people finally showed up and the guy was nice. The woman is clearly socially awkward but it really wasn’t that bad. They looked around, thought it looked nice, liked Spunky and thought the ferrets were cool. The guy really seemed to like the whole place. The woman was super excited (well, as much as she could be) about the huge basement because right now she has to rent a storage unit for her stuff. So we’re hopeful. We answered all of their questions and we were all friendly so I think it helped. The woman called a little bit after they left and asked to see the place again so she’s coming tomorrow night at 7. I’m hoping that’s a good sign. If you knew you didn’t want a place, why would you go back, right? Wish us luck!

After that we went to Walmart to get food stuffs for our meals this week and ferret food for the boys since I’m NOT going to risk giving Drake any more cat food. It started snowing when we went and it’s cold and it’s nasty. Okay, on the way back it was a nice, fluffy snow which was pretty – but still cold. But it gave me a thought that I told to Nikki but I think it’s something I should post here. See, we know that every single snowflake ever is completely unique. There are none other like it in the world – never have been and never will be. But do we really thinkk about that most of the time? No. We just brush them off of our car like they’re nothing but a nuisance. I wonder what other special things we take for granted as humans. I’d guess a lot. And that’s sad. We should all learn to stop and take in just how amazing our world is. Of course, that does not mean that I don’t still want out of this cold weather. So much for waxing philosophical, huh?

Anyway, when we got back we had lunch (at 4 something) then worked on packing. I realized that I hadn’t completed many of my goals for the day so I packed our medical supply type things and then we went and worked in the bedroom and packed up a whole bunch of clothes. I just have some pants to pack because I have all my polos, nice long sleeve shirts, and extra T-shirts packed. And I put my socks and other things in bags so when we need to go, they’re already packed – does that make sense? We still have lots more to do, though. Nikki has a ton of clothes. We need more boxes – lucky us we get more tomorrow so maybe things will go faster after that. I hope so. I feel good but I never got around to working on my paper this weekend so I really, REALLY need to start concentrating on that. I’m getting nervous – about everything. Keep sending us good thoughts – we can do it!

And now a cute picture of Spunky that we took on Friday at work.

Merry Christmas From Spunky!

Merry Christmas From Spunky!

This was set up at work to try and earn money for the therapy dog group up here but hardly anyone showed up – sad. But we got a picture of Spunky with Santa and the tree. I tried to take several of him but unfortunately they all turned out blurry except this one! We got one from them printed out but I wanted to make Christmas cards for grandma (my mom) because she adores Spunky and other people. Does this one look okay? Man, so much to do. Gotta pack, do paper, check on the kids, get my car fixed, take care of my ticket, and get presents for people?! Man, the list just gets longer and longer! Help!

And with that, I say good night and good luck to all of you on your many projects this holiday season.

Miss Priss

Wow, I can’t believe I’m still awake. Today was so loooong! Seriously, I did not want to get up this morning and when I started work I was SO tired and SO grumpy. The dogs made me mad and I was gritting my teeth so tightly I think I loosened them a bit. >_< I had planned on saying I was feeling sick (which was true, but I’ve never left because of sickness and I wasn’t too bad) and seeing if I could go home but I just stuck it out. I didn’t even leave for lunch. So I worked nearly 12 hours today. I did it. Go me! I just wanted to stay to make us money so we can have a better life. It took its toll, though. I’m like the walking dead. Heh, like Nikki’s recent post. Anyway, work was ok. I tried working on my paper but it didn’t work. I got McDonald’s for lunch, though, which was cool. I was so hungry I actually finished all my food. I know, nothing special for most people, but ask Nikki and she’ll tell you how little I eat at a meal. I just eat little bits all day long. Anyway, we had pictures with Santa today to raise money for the therapy animal group here but practically no one showed up which is sad. Umm, I have no idea what to say now. Nikki made us nummy Totinos pizzas and I’ve been useless since coming home. I took a shower but that’s about it. Nikki’s been so good and I’ve been nothing. Blah. And my hands hurt so bad. They are disgustingly beyond dry. My right hand is the worst, probably because that’s my dominant hand and therefore is out in the cold and in the chemicals (including bleach) more often. Nikki takes good care of me and puts lotion on them everyday but it’s still horrible. My hands are red and my right hand will sometimes just sting even when I’m not doing anything with it. It’s bad. And I don’t know how to fix it. Not that you needed to know any of that.

No, you’re here for the pictures, right? ^_- So I know everyone loved that last one but I’ll do you one even better!

What a Priss!

What a Priss!

Do you see that look he’s giving me! What attitude!

Some Like It Hot

Today flew by, just like all the others. Really starting to freak out. And I can’t think of anything to write. K1 days always make me like this. I can’t think or type. And I was pretty useless today. Nikki did so much good packing and I did next to nothing. Okay, this is waht happens wien I dont sorrect my typing rightnpw. Looks like I’m drunk, doesn’t it? I’m not. I’m just extremely tired. And out of it. And tomorrow I have to go to work at 6:30 and I won’t get home until after 6 and then I’ll be all alone because Nikki is doing a night scenario in the FREEZING COLD! She has cold induced asthma and her teacher knows that! That’s such bull! She’s just getting over her last sickness and now she’s gonna be knocked right back down onto her butt. It’s not fair! We have things to do! Stupid piece-of-crap class. She’s not going to be a search and rescue person! *growl* Oh, we took my car into the repair place today which is good because I was beginning to freak out about time. Still, there are many things happening right now! Most you already know – my paper, packing, blah blah blah. But I also ordered ferret food a long time ago (Nov. 26th!) and it only shipped out yesterday! My ferrets are totally out and I don’t want to buy more Walmart food since I know this is coming. It’s frustrating. Wanna know what else is frustrating? My camera, my beautiful, wonderful, expensive, want-to-hold-it-now camera hasn’t been shipped yet either. I want it! And it needs to get here before we leave! It’s being sent to the school – this semester is over next Friday! Nikki says the post office at school will stay open into the week after that but it’s seriously got me worried. My camera! Help! Random thought: I like House. And I should be doing more. And I like Italian ice. It’s good. Yay Michael Phelps! And Will Smith. Watching the Barbara Walters thing on the 10 most fascinating people. She really does talk funny like Kathy Griffin says. Anyway, I should get to work. Tomorrow there will be no time for anything. I hate Fridays! It’s not supposed to be that way! Umm, yeah, this is a really bad post. I’m sorry. I’m gonna go try to help Nikki. She’s so good! And how many times have I said Nikki in this post? Lots! I love her.

Ooo! Awesome quote! “I used my female reproductive organs to become a father.” ~Thomas Beatie, the “Pregnant Man”

Anyway, here’s what you’re really here for – Spunky in wigs!

Oh No! I Couldn't Possibly!

Oh No! I Couldn't Possibly!

*grins* He’s so much a diva! He really, truly is!

Too Cute!

Today went by way too fast. It really sucks. I had to waste so many hours at work when I needed to be here packing. We have people coming to look at the place and right now we can’t even walk!!! How is this supposed to happen? No matter how much we get done, there’s still too much left. And the house just keeps getting more and more messy! Two of the closets are semi clean but that means that all the things that were in them are now scattered around on the floor! How can trying to be organized be so messy? I’m trying to keep everything together with like things and trying to go so far as to write on every box and bag what’s in it. And my mom suggested putting stickers on everything and numbering it and making a master list on my computer about what’s in it. Good idea, and we’re gonna try, but that means even more to do! AAAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!! So yeah, sat at work and wasted my day. Okay, okay, I was actually good and after I was the only one there I pulled out my laptop and worked on my research paper. I got my methods section done which, when formatted correctly, came to be just under 2 pages! Awesome huh? My paper has to be at least 6 pages so that’s a nice chunk. I’m still avoiding the intro like the plague but I need to stop doing that since it’s the hardest for me. I hate researching. I already did the experiment. Why do I have to go find other people’s work and tell you about it in my own paper? Gah! So stupid and a waste of my time (of which I have none). Anyway, work was okay. Some awesome dogs were there today (Tazz, Reggie, the Twins, Belle, Tutty, Stella, Bubba, all of them!) and I’m really starting to realize how soon I’m going to leave them. It’s enough to make me cry (I already did one night last week). I love these dogs. I really, truly do. I can fall in love with animals fast and this is going to be so, so hard on me. Oh man, new subject. So after work we went and picked up boxes at the school and then it was off to Walmart (after leaving the poor, mistreaed pup at home for more room). Turns out he could have come because the people at Walmart forgot to leave us boxes. Great, we were counting on those. Still, we got packing tape, garbage bags (for packing, not trash) stickers, and some cloth for the inside of the bag Nikki’s knitting. Then we came back and Nikki made food and I, well, I made a huge mess. Why can’t this just be over with? Why does me trying to pack make everything worse? I’m trying to be good! And it’s turning out bad! HELP!

More Mess!

More Mess!

This is what happened AFTER we worked for a couple hours! Why? What am I doing so wrong? Oh, and if you look really hard, you can see a puppy in the back, being dwarfed by the massive pile of crap in front of him. >_<

Now we seriously need some cheer up time. And, I know you want to see that last picture of Spunky modeling over Thanksgiving break, but today is Wednesday! Which means you get a video! Because I had time to do it again! Yes! So here is a video of Merlin when he was a kitten. And it looks like he’s bugging the crap out of Spunky, but don’t be fooled. Spunky loves his kitten!

Get Down Tonight!

So someone on Facebook just updated their status about how they were happy about Christmas break – IN 10 DAYS! I am so freaking out! How can we do all this with just 10 days left? That’s write my paper, pack everything, move, show the house, take care of the mold in our house, get my car fixed, take care of my traffic citation, take care of getting my capstone approved. . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In other recent news, I contacted the health department today to see if they would come look at the mold in our bathroom because I thought that might be a way to get out of our lease. It was actually a cool story because towards the end of our conversation the woman said “Do you work at the kennels?” and I said “Yes.” and she said “Hey, this is Barb, Tazz and Bubba’s mom.” Since I haven’t introduced my work dogs yet, I will just say that Tazz is my absolute favorite dog. I love that boy so much! So yeah, small world, huh? It sure proves how many people you can meet because you take care of their dogs. Anyway, I’m not sure if we’ll have to go that route because 2 people have inquired about our place. One is a girl from school that we know. The other we have no idea about but she called and wants to look at the whole place so we’ll see. So yeah, we still have no idea what Wendy is doing but it doesn’t matter. I called the landlord (And he answered! Apparently he just refuses to talk to or return Nikki’s calls) and he told me that if Nikki and I find replacements that we make an addendum to the lease that says that those people are now responsible for our part. In other words, if we find someone to take our places, then even if Wendy up and deserts the place, we won’t be held responsible. So that’s good. I’m trying to look up about things. Maybe it’ll work out. Makes me feel bad about feeling down – does that make me a bad person? Am I allowed to moan and complain and feel like the world is against me sometimes or would a good person not do that? *sigh* I just can’t help it sometimes. Anyway, we need to pack and I need to write and I don’t know which one to work on first. And I have a huge list of things to pack but I still freeze when it comes to actually packing them. It’s things like this – huge projects – where my ADD really kicks my butt. I have no idea how to overcome it, either. If someone tells me what to do exactly, I can do it, but other than that I pretty much have a panic attack and do nothing. Then I feel like a completely useless piece of crap which never helps. It’s horrible! Here’s hoping I can get the ball rolling. Please, please happen! Let us get this all done! Oh, and if you think I’m exaggerating on how much we have to do, well…

It's One Great Big Mess!

It's One Great Big Mess!

I swear to you that we do not try to be messy people. Now we will never be the immaculate sparkling white floors and counters type people. I’m not that crazy about cleaning. But we hate how disorganized everything is. Still, we can’t seem to help it. This place is tiny and we have next to no furniture. It’s hard to keep things off the floor when you only own 2 bookshelves, 1 computer table and an entertainment center. There’s no place to put anything! It’s hard to keep things nice and neat when it all has to be crammed onto tiny bits of shelf and still spills over onto the floor. It sucks.

So you want some more laughable Spunky modeling? Good because that’s what I’ve got for ya’!

Spunky, Queen of Disco!

Spunky, Queen of Disco!

Great, isn’t it? We’ve got one more to go and I saved the best for last. Don’t forget to come back and look!

I Got You Babe!

Since the next 2 to 3 weeks are going to be super stressful/hectic/busy I’m trying to think of ways to still provide amusement without having to spend the usual hours it takes me to actually write these posts. For part of this week I’m going to be posting pictures of Spunky modeling that we took over the Thanksgiving break. I’m hoping they cheer you and me up. Right now I’m about to have a meltdown because there is WAY too much to do. I have to write my research paper, make a poster and give a presentation by the 12th. We have an entire house to pack and we have no boxes and I have no idea where to start. My car is busted and must be fixed by the time we leave. I have to deal with fighting a traffic citation. I was on the phone again today for over an hour trying to confirm my camera order and trying to fight off the guy making offers to me trying to convince me to buy an extended warranty. I’m still trying to find a way to not have to pay for my capstone. I hate winter because it is cold and dark and makes me very, very depressed. We have a mold problem in our bathroom which is quite possibly the cause of Nikki’s headaches, sinus infections, muscle aches, coughs, and fevers. Awesome. Of course, maybe none of this is a problem because maybe we actually won’t get to leave here. Why? Because of our stupid housemate who has sat on her butt for 6 long months just leaving us high and dry when she knew that we’ve been planning to leave this whole time. She complained about us finding replacements because she doesn’t want to live with strangers but also complained that she couldn’t look for anyone because she has no friends. So what? Make some! She just sat there, knowing that this would screw us over beyond belief and she doesn’t care. She even went so far as to inform Nikki that we have to pay even if we don’t live here – as if we didn’t already know that! *wants to strangle her* If we don’t get to leave then I don’t get to go be with my family that is missing me just as much as I’m missing them, we don’t get to go somewhere where we don’t have to pay rent so we can’t save up more money to move to Austin, I have to keep working minimum wage, Nikki can’t take the classes she needs and therefore won’t graduate, and we will be stuck in this miserable, freezing winter. So yeah, no matter what happens, I am stressed, angry and absolutely depressed and broken. I don’t know how I can keep doing this. I just want to curl up into a ball in a deep, dark whole and disappear. I seriously just want it all to end. Wow. Writing this has made me feel so much worse. Great. I can’t get depressed. I have to be the one that takes care of everything and everyone. I don’t have time to have feelings.

And this is an absolutely horrible post. I definitely need to change the description of my blog. It’s not all happiness and cuteness. It’s real life with some really adorable furballs thrown in there. And here is your furball for the day. Yay?

Spunky as Cher!

Spunky as Cher!

That’s gonna have to be enough to get me through to tomorrow. Maybe it’ll be brighter? Here’s hoping!