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It feels like a Monday

1. My nose is totally clogged up. I want to climb back in bed. Who needs to finish laundry, mop, clean bathrooms before they create new lifeforms when you can sleep and be lazy? *raises hand* Oh, that's right, I have to do those things.

2. In WHEEE! news, today and tomorrow are my son's Science Fair proposal days. Note to new folks: Science Fair is my Graceland. It is my Woodstock, my Manolo Blahnics, my [insert your greatest love] here. My kid has the following ideas (one of which was inspired by me, the other by a cool program on NPR yesterday:)
  • molecular engineering, we're not sure which bacteria we can engineer, though. I'll need to get on the horn with the Science Dept. at Southwestern to see if we can use their lab.
  • converting the house to human generated and solar energy. This one will require the most materials, but that might pay for itself if we can actually get off the grid. With five people in the house pedaling a bike... It's feasible.

This ain't yo daddy's science fair.

3. I baked two loaves of bread yesterday after a summer-long hiatus from my weekly baking. I'm down to 1/4 of one loaf. Looks like the family missed proper bread.

4. I want to lose my office furniture and streamline it. No more things on carpet, I want everything up on the wall. Floating table, floating shelves... And my butt would prefer a drafting table, I think. I'll still have a chair, but I love standing up more than I love sitting down.

5. About a year ago (I think) we found an orange tabby that was SO CUTE. Little tiny baby with white boots. Wandering around the neighborhood, meowing. We took it in, promptly named him Fred Weasley, and then discovered that he had a chip. Called the owner, turns out he lived a few doors down, and when I asked him to describe the cat (I wanted to be sure it was going to the right owner, after all) the man was surly, told me to "shove the cat under the back gate" and hung up. Guess what teenager cat was hanging out in my garden? Oh, and those neighbors MOVED LAST SPRING. I'm trying to lure Fred (lol) to my porch so I can check and see if he's been fixed and maybe integrate him into my cadre of animals. I HAVE A SICKNESS, OKAY? (And if he's not been fixed, he's going to Feral Friends where they will do it and notch his ear so anyone else who finds him will know he's been fixed. At which point we'll change his name to George Weasley. Hahahaha.)

6. In case you've not seen it, you should as it's hilarious. Hitler Finds Out Obama Will Address School Children.

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furikku
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:19 pm (UTC)
My last science fair project was abusing Twinkies. Your kid's ideas are much cooler.

Man, who gets a cat that they don't care about chipped?!
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
Abusing twinkies? What, did you eat Ding Dongs in front of them? Call them shapeless tubes of chemicals? LOL!!

I KNOW, RIGHT?! And the guy was such a jackass when I asked him to tell me the sex of his cat when the vet gave me his info (my vet found the chip and gave me the info.) WTH.
furikku
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
I tested how they survive against immersion in water, blowtorch, and being exposed to the elements. (The latter was the only thing that destroyed them, on account of "the elements" including raccoons. Got some cute pictures out of that one. :3)

Man, some people... -_-
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! That's awesome!
beadattitude
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
That second one is SO COOL.

Oh poor Fred. I hope your cat charming is successful.
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:39 pm (UTC)
Wouldn't that be terrific?! Think about how much you could save on electricity... And we belong to a co-op here, so if we produce more electricity than we use, they BUY IT FROM YOU. Awesome.

(Although it should be noted: I'm hoping for the molecular engineering one, if only because I did that one myself back in my high school career.)

So far no go. I'm about to enter Phase 2: tuna can.
entrenous88
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, I hope you get to keep the orange tabby! He sounds adorable, and like he needs lots of good lovings to make up for his craptacular past owner.
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Do you remember me telling you about him? He's all shkinny legged and lean and totally needing me to hug him and rub him and call him George.
entrenous88
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Yes! I remember his owner being kind of awful, but yikes, I didn't remember how awful (his whole shoving the cat under the cat thing, what an ass).

I feel like he would prowl around and learn to hunt from Darth Anne and then nap with Hope all slitted-eyed and zen. <3
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
I know! Who says to shove a kitten under the gate? And if he didn't know where we lived and who we were, I wouldn't have given the cat back that night. >:(

Awwwww, that's just what's happening, too! Except that Darthanne is also sleeping and zen because she is turning into an older lady and sleeps a bit more now. <3
enigmaticblues
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Fred Weasley (or George!) is an awesome name for an orange tabby. I hope you can integrate the poor little guy. I share your sickness on that front, as I'm not sure I would have given him back. *is evil*

And that video? BWAHAHAHAHA!
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
AGREED. Today is garbage truck day, so there's too much noise and I think it's keeping Mr. Tabby in shrubbery at the mo'.

Wasn't that awesome?
halfmoon_mollie
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
I hope you keep him. The world needs more kitty people like you and WAY fewer than S***ty ex-neighbor. Fred/George would be lucky to belong to you, and I hope you lure him in.

Sigh.
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
I hope so, too! I'm a caftan and pair of house shoes away from being a crazy cat lady.
halfmoon_mollie
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
if I owned my house, I'd be right there with you.

turnonmyheels
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
I hope you get to keep Fred George.

Also,

your science fair SCARES ME with is insane crazy GENIUS
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
ME, TOO. Kitties = <3

Dude. I'm fair to mediocre at most things I attempt in life, but when it comes to Science Fair, I'm the freaking Hermione Granger of Getting It Done Well. Hee.
adarraliselle
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
Hi there! I just started to read your journal a bit ago. :-)

Those sound like awesome science projects! I wanted to give a word of warning regarding the solar cells. I had a group of undergraduates working on solar-powered energy in my lab last year, and the cells are extremely fragile. About 60% of the solar cells they ordered were shattered in the mail. They can get kind of pricey when you have to order double.
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the heads up! I had planned on driving in to the city to get them at a supply store that carries them, so now I know that I will to spare my son the grief.

And welcome aboard! Be prepared for absurdities. ;)
brunettepet
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:50 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness for the "cold snap," right? I, too baked bread this weekend because it was only 96° and what's a gal to do when The Cubs are on, iron?

The Fred Weasley story just makes me sad. How can people abandon their animals? You don't have a sickness, you have compassion.
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 03:55 pm (UTC)
We didn't get any kin dof drop in temp here, just some awesome humidity. Bleh. I want my cool(ish) weather back!

I was just shocked when I realized who was napping under my Japanese maple this morning. Esp. when I remembered the grief the owner gave me, and my happiness at seeing moving vans at their house a few months ago. (So this little guy must be a scrapper like my Darthanne, because he's not thin, just lean. Very glossy coat, too. Bunnies, methinks.)
halfmoon_mollie
Sep. 8th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
"everyone who voted for Obama, leave the room..."

thanks for the laugh, I certainly needed it.
ipnotika
Sep. 8th, 2009 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh, George! Do not worry -- he has already (re)found you, he just needs to believe it's HIS idea to move in with your family. ;)

I had a similar situation with a neighbor's dog. Sweet dog, very clever, kept jumping the fence. I now have no problem whatsoever ringing his doorbell in the middle of the night when I find doggie running in the street. Grumpy man in tighty-whities vs. dead dog = not a hard choice.

I'm not "allowed" in adoption areas (pet stores, fairs, whatever) because I will always find the sorriest, least likely to be adopted babies and cry and beg to take them home. I should totally wear a muumuu and stick the cats under it and take them home and hubs would never notice, right?

And science fair FTW!
stoney321
Sep. 8th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
You and me both with the not allowed in adoption centers thing. I WANT ALL THE BABIES!!
mumsisdaughter
Sep. 8th, 2009 06:18 pm (UTC)
Wonderful video! Thanks a lot. I get the sneaky suspicion though that the humour would be lost on those it is lampooning. I like the irony of Hitler opposing Pres. Obama, after seeing crazies defacing his picture with a Hitler moustache in recent weeks.

Yay for pussy-cats, even if they're not officially yours. Cats choose their own homes usually. Maybe they took Fred with them and he's spent the intervening time travelling back to you! Cats can 'home' as easily as dogs and have been known to walk over a hundred miles to get home. One in England returned to his old home after 4 years on the road. He obviously did not recognise the new territory as his own and set off. Luckily, the folk who lived in his old home knew where his family lived and contacted them and they were reunited. I bet you keep Fred/George.
may_lyn
Sep. 8th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
i'm way past having kids in science fair age, but last year i did do the tabulating on the regional science fair. i had so much fun! there ARE smart and good kids out there...sometimes we forget.
ateenwriter
Sep. 8th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Kitty! He sounds so cute :) Reminds me of my cat Crookshanks
minstrel666
Sep. 8th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
I like how in the video the subtitle "An enlightened population of critical thinkers to question us." comes over "Der Krieg ist verloren" - "The war is lost".

Remember to capitalise your noun wann du German speakest.
a2zmom
Sep. 9th, 2009 12:44 am (UTC)
Do I see an Intel science project in the future?
kseenaa
Sep. 9th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Thats just not right to treat a cat like that. :-/ I hope you can keep him. :-P
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