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30 January 2014 @ 04:47 pm
things, and, well, things  
There was a leak. Inside. Know how crappy it is when your fridge leaks *inside*? everything gets wet and terribly annoying. I turned, as you do, to the internets, and the internets provided descriptions of what was likely wrong and even handy youtube vids showing someone else doing the repair that needed to be done. With some help from the housemate, who figured out how to unscrew the screws keeping us away from the important parts, I got to defrost the bottom of my freezer and the frozen drainage line, and we now have non dripping fridge!

I know, it's just a little thing, but it's pretty exciting to have at least fixed that without having to resort to a million dollar payment of some kind. Or without having to fork over more money for a new fridge.

Went to a new vet last week! The old one had started to bug me, since pretty much every time I walked in the door with the dog I could be guaranteed to walk out with at least $200 less. And I felt somehow as if the Vet was consistently not listening to me.

So, checked out a new Vet that's close - even their new pet questionnaire was sweet! And the Vet actually sat on the floor *with* the dog the entire visit, talking with me about her history and about what's going on with her poop. And her thought is basically that with all the stress of last year I've basically helped my dog get irritable bowel syndrome. So, dog is now on a chinese herb for calm, AND gets calming chews. The Vet also wants me to consider cooking all of Domino's food. Which, ok, I'm considering, but I'm not gonna do. Because seriously? SERIOUSLY? No, i mean, I love her, but I can only deal with so much. And the diet the Vet wants me to consider is this thing where you buy prepackaged meat, throw it into a crock pot with qunioa and vegitables, and that's dog food for the week: this would be better nutrition than i get and take more effort and be more expensive.

Since we saw the Vet the dog hasn't had intestinal problems, though, so hopefully she'll get through a week without them and I can maybe, maybe, maybe consider the chinese herbs + calming chews a solution.

I'm so ready for a solution.

If not, the good part about the new vet is that I feel like I can go back to her and tell her that it didn't work and not have her prescribe another huge series of tests. She did mention we could go to steroids (which is basically what I used to give my cats for their intestinal problems), though she said it wasn't as effective on dogs as it is for cats.

so far she had a bad morning, but was feeling well enough to eat later in the day, so I'm hopeful!

I follow Jim Hines not because I love his books, but because I love his blog posts - he truly is trying, and I like the way he makes jokes but is not an asshole. So, he wrote this whole "fisk"? (which i don't understand - is that like sporking? i could access urban dictionary but i'm too lazy) of a cranky old SF author's ranting about a young author's proposal that she's going to have a column on non-binary gender SF at Tor.com.

And if you made it through that sentence, go check out the article. The comments are really uneven (like there are some people who seriously do not understand biology, much less what the word gender means), so fair warning.

Jim Hines' Fiskception

Author Alex Dally MacFarlane wrote an article called Post-Binary Gender in SF: An Introduction over at Tor.com, calling for “an end to the default of binary gender in science fiction stories.”

(i won't link to the other guy, because, well, it's way more fun to read Jim Hines quoting him.)

OH, and here's Alex MacFarlane's rant after she read the comments at Jim Hines' blog, which I love.

school is busy and i need to write funding proposals for summer, a presentation draft to send to a professor tomorrow, and i'm going to drive to riverside, sadly, for a local conference tomorrow. the fun never ends. at least the housemate and i made each other dinner this week! (mine was artichoke lemon chicken, and hers was shrimp scampi)

also posted to katekat on dreamwidth | you can reply here or there
Mireille: misc - Mireille butterflymireille719 on January 30th, 2014 10:53 pm (UTC)
I hope the herbs and things help Domino!

And I am girding my loins to go and read the binary-gender stuff, because, well, this has not been a terribly good brain week and I suspect there will be big words. :)
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 30th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
Mir! *squeee*

ok, now that's over, yeah, keep your fingers crossed for me and the puppy. it's been since november she's been having trouble and while i've gotten it to a sort of ridiculous but manageable schedule (she's now getting her regular food, plus this relax chewy thing, then two different chinese herbs twice a day), it basically hog ties me to the dog

and gird your loins for a variety of reasons! but the intro (Alex's) post i think is not so bad - it does do all the complex wording stuff but is short. The other is just one SF author being sarcastic with another SF author being sarcastic, so i think not sooo painful :)
Mireille: misc - fucked in the headmireille719 on January 31st, 2014 12:44 am (UTC)
And you know, once I read the comments on Hines' post (I actually follow his blog haphazardly, as I like some of his books), I found that not being able to brain today is not a problem, as there are SO MANY PEOPLE out there who cannot understand the word "default."
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 31st, 2014 12:55 am (UTC)
i know, right? it's like.... hello? where was your reading comprehension dear angry!commenter ... oh, yeah, it got lost as soon as you decided you were going to put your angry!hat on because someone was talking about non-binary gender. ;)
my monkied brain: wes - bibliophilekatekat1010 on January 31st, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
also, which books of his do you like? i keep meaning to pick up something of his to read because i'm curious about his writing and they sound like they could be fun
Mireille: misc - Mireille butterflymireille719 on January 31st, 2014 07:08 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed the first few books of the Goblin series. Some of his recent stuff looks really good, but my book-buying budget for the past two years has been about 100$ total, so I haven't read them. (I have to get a library card, but I have to find a day Sophie can go with me because when I go alone to do things like that, I always pick the days when the only people working don't speak English and hate people who do.)
Mireille: misc - Mireille butterflymireille719 on January 30th, 2014 11:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, and re: "fisking," which I had to look up too, Wikipedia defines it as "blogosphere slang describing a point-by-point criticism that highlights perceived errors, or disputes the analysis in a statement, article, or essay." Which explains why I didn't know what it was, because I tend to run away from things that describe themselves as being part of the "blogosphere."
my monkied brainkatekat1010 on January 30th, 2014 11:05 pm (UTC)
AH, the blogosphere! thank god i never go there ;)

thanks for the definition though - now i know! :D
Mireille: misc - I do all my own stuntsmireille719 on January 31st, 2014 12:45 am (UTC)
I go there. I just tend to avoid places that *describe themselves* as being there, if that makes sense.
my monkied brain: xander - excitedkatekat1010 on January 31st, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
yeah, it absolutely does!
literate and stylish: wes - still a watchermishloran on January 31st, 2014 03:05 am (UTC)
Don't know if you'd be able to try it but we feed our dog on a kind of 'raw food' diet. We had such huge problems with our last one in terms of allergies and food, when we got Jet as a puppy from the gamekeeper he said he feeds all his dogs on kibbley dried food in the morning and then chicken wings / pieces in the evening. They have just the right bone-gristle-meat ratio, and chicken if UNcooked is really good for your dog, bones and all. Might work out cheaper than buying hokum hippy recipes. But then again, meat is effing expensive, so perhaps not. We tend to pick up chicken carcasses from the butchers (it's a case of finding a butchers that does them, as they don't tend to advertise as they're all the bits of the chicken that don't - but can, for stock etc - sell), and it's much cheaper than buying actual meat. Just requires resolve when hacking them up with a massive carving knife. Because, yes, dogs are omnivorous, but really those canines weren't meant for chewing up carrot... is the idea, I think.

Mind you, if the herbs work, they work! :)

Might check out the links tonight if I have any brain space whatsoever.