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It's Been A Week

In that it was seven days - seven days which contained Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, and the Lunar New Year.

These are some favorite days for me. I do love Valentine's Day. I have a wonderful wife and we always enjoy our "date evenings." We went out for sushi at our favorite place and while things were tense, they were good -- until we got a call from Barb's brother, that her sister had taken a turn for the worse. Worry and tension changed our outlook of the evening.

I completely forgot Tuesday was Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler. No beads, no purple-and-green shirt, no cake. Just... worry.

And I'm sure pretty much everyone who reads this also reads Barb's journal, and know that her sister, a courageous and wonderful person, managed to hold on until Wednesday, when she finally lost her battle with colon cancer. Tension broke, to be replaced with mourning.

Thursday the Year of the Goat began. Gong xi fa cai. I have at least been wearing red, in the hopes that this year will bring us some prosperity, because the Western year 2015 has, so far, not been too great.

Friday we got the unexpected news at work that one of our co-workers (who's been in my unit since around 2003 - I trained him) passed away suddenly, which was a shock. I can't claim that I always got along with him (I think his extreme Mormonism sometimes put a wall there), but he was a member of my team, and he was a kind person. I have a couple of little cat figures he gave me over the years.

This morning we realized that the boy cats are bullying the Little Bit (one of Barb's mom's cats, who has come to live with us) and keeping her from the litter box, so she's been peeing in the closet. Damn it. Well, that lead to about four hours of concentrated closet cleaning this morning, which has resulted in a coffee table covered with books we're donating to VNSA, two bags of clothes and shoes headed for Goodwill, and a much cleaner closet. It did annoy the cat, though, and she disappeared completely for the rest of the day, not to be found anywhere, until about a half-hour ago when she magically reappeared. No clue where she could have been hiding.

Now I sit with my head completely clogged (not sure what's in bloom right now, but it's killing me), exhausted, watching the Oscars on tape delay, since I had to go drive a U-Haul across town for some friends. I took some decongestant and antihistamine, and hopefully that will help.

I tried to write a short story today, inspired by reading Neil Gaiman's Smoke and Mirrors short story collection. I never have had the knack of short story writing, but I keep trying.


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Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:07 am (UTC)
Seems like you'll need to put a litter box in the closet for the time being. Poor Little Bit. What a mess.

Sinuses. I hate them. Plus I have no decongestant, only antihistamine, and I can't get any from Walgreen's because the pharmacy is closed and I have to sign that my one box of Wal-Zyr-Dryl will not be used to create drugs. Argh.

Many hugs, hugs, hugs.

You can write short stories. I have read them. Go for it!

Trying to decide whether I should buy Trigger Warnings or see if I can get it from the library or something. Hm.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:28 am (UTC)
Yeah, we did that.

She's quite the crafty one, she is.

Punish the allergy sufferers, it's easier than actually finding the guilty. :P

I may have to get Trigger Warning. I've read only a few of the stories in Smoke and Mirrors and they are amazing.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:34 am (UTC)
All I wanted was one lil' box of antihistamine/decongestant... (whine)

The litter box may be too distant for her comfort range just yet, with all the other critters coming to see what she's doing. Also...has she ever had to deal with a cat door before?

I also need to read Smoke & Mirrors. That may be one Lee has sent me. Right now, though, eyes all hurty from sinus headache. So much for Benedryl. Time for a hot shower and ibuprofen. Stupid pollen.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 04:51 am (UTC)
It's a hole in the door, no cat flap there (Cairo wouldn't go through it with the flap there). She's been in there, she found the food almost immediately.

There are some wonderful stories in Smoke thus far. (I was going to use the initials, but suddenly realized what they are...)

Feb. 23rd, 2015 05:00 am (UTC)
Ah, that tricky Neil Gaiman!

Hopefully the other critters will start letting her alone to do her business. Then again, Quantum still wants to watch Nano, but she's secure enough to tell him off.
Feb. 23rd, 2015 02:21 pm (UTC)
Hugs for mourning, illness, and difficult cat days. Hugs in general.
Feb. 25th, 2015 01:48 am (UTC)

Thank you, sweetie!
Feb. 24th, 2015 01:42 am (UTC)
I hope things get easier on all fronts. And I'm glad you guys had Valentines Day before the hard stuff. *hugs*
Feb. 25th, 2015 01:49 am (UTC)
Thank you! *clings*
Feb. 24th, 2015 06:00 am (UTC)
I am really sorry for your losses, both Barb sister and your coworker

if you find something that takes the pee smell out let me know because 3 years later all I can smell in here is soul's pee

good luck writing a short. I just smashed another one into some sort of shape
Feb. 25th, 2015 01:52 am (UTC)
We pulled out the old carpet (which is a drastic step, but the bedroom closet is the last place that carpet still exists) and used the Simple Green odor eliminating stuff; it works pretty well, but yeah, it's HARD to get that cat pee smell out of things if you don't remove them completely.

I really suck at shorts. But I did start hearing a potential YA/gay story in my head, which is outside of my usual zone...
Feb. 25th, 2015 03:59 am (UTC)
Yeah that's not an option for me. But it is what my brother had to do at his place.

I'm not great at them either to be honest. Oh cool, well at least I can help you with markets
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