Love & Loathe – 11/11/10


* We had a layoff at my company this week. I survived the cut… this time. But I feel a great deal of compassion for those who were let go, as I will never forget how scary it is to be on the other side of that door.

* Night driving on the freeway. Here I thought rush hour was bad when the sun was out. The time change added a whole new dimension to the 10 million people crammed on a freeway together at the same time.


* I pulled one of the large rocks out of my cichlid tank and replaced it with ornamental plants. The goal being to remove sharp objects from their playground so they stop hurting themselves, but still keep their established territories. Look at me, trying to outsmart the fishies.

* Slasher is going to be OK. He still has some swelling in his urinary tract, so we’re watching him closely. But he is going to be OK. Even though we had a bad experience with the first overnight vet we took him to, we found an excellent overnight care facility for the second night. And now he’s home at nights, just under observation (and med administration) during the day. Thank God for our timing in finding him. Thank God that our primary vet really knows and loves animals. We almost lost him, thank God we didn’t.
Sunday, this is the view we had of Slasher at the vet’s… just his IV’s

Being transported to night care with his bag o’ urine…

* The community pool is still being heated. At this point, I’m fairly certain this is not actually an intended blessing from my HOA. But a blessing it is to me, and I will take it.

* Thanks to Tony and one of his birthday presents to me, the addiction to reign of Pink in my car’s CD player has been taken over by Jewel’s CD, Perfectly Clear. Hooray for musical variety in my life!

One Last Thing:

The other day a co-worker walked by my desk at work and, in a tone of disbelief asked me, “Is that a pomegranate you’re snacking on?”

I responded, “Yes, they’re one of my favorite snacks. I’m so glad they’re in season right now!”

She looked at me weird and said, “Do you eat the seeds?”

I responded, “The arils? Yes. They’re good. Kind of adds a crunch.”

“Oh. I always thought they were too much work because my mom told me to never eat the seeds. She says they build up in your system and make your appendix go bad.” She took a step backward and laughed nervously as if my appendix were going to pop out and bonk her over the head.

This lady has lived 48 years, married, divorced, raised two children as a single parent, holds down a demanding job, and yet has never eaten pomegranate arils because her mom told her not to. Now THAT is an obedient daughter.

Meekly, trying not to laugh, I managed to squeak out in defense, “But… they’re just fiber…”



Filed under Kid Substitutes, Love/Loathe, Money Hump Building

24 responses to “Love & Loathe – 11/11/10

  1. grrrace

    lol @ the pomegranate story. hehe.

    i hate this time change. even if you DO get an extra hour …

    glad you survived the cut… and slasher is doing better πŸ™‚


    • I don’t like driving with all those people on a good day. In the dark, I really loathe it.

      I’m glad I’m still building the money hump. You know what they say, you build it they will come… well, with money, you build it, more people take. If you don’t build it, people still take… I guess. Now that I think about it. Hmmm…

  2. tony

    Love you sweetie, it is great slasher is doing so much better. XXOXXOXOXO :mrgreen:

  3. julie

    you still have a job! yay! πŸ˜€

    man, i had NO idea about the pomegranate “seeds.” i never ate them because i thought you weren’t supposed to (because they’re seeds, not because i was afraid my appendix would blow… LOL).

    i’m glad you love your vet. makes a big difference in your stress level and how much better you sleep at night vs. worrying about your baby in the care of a substandard facility. πŸ˜€

    • Ha! Seriously, you should try the “seeds”… they’re really good and they’re good for your poopy (my standard line) since they’re fiber. hehe

      I think I want to marry our vet… she’s really that good. I think my new standard for the health professionals should be that they make you want to marry them. πŸ™‚

  4. I’ll pray that you continue to stay employed. I’d hate for you to go through that again.

    I would hope that you’re smarter than a fish, but animals can be funny. Also glad your kitty is OK. Poor thing looks pathetic in the crate with all the tubes.

    Either your co-worker is a very good daughter or she has mama issues. However, I think a great costume for next Halloween would be to look like your appendix exploded from eating pomogranates. That would by hysterical.

    • Thanks, really appreciate your prayers … for all the things that seem to be going on in our lives.

      Those fish are masochistic… I have to try and think like abusive fish to outsmart them!

      Yeah, I don’t know what the deal is with her and her mom, but I cracked up over that one! Going as an exploded appendix would be hliarious!

  5. Nina

    Wow. And I always thought you shouldn’t eat the seeds because of the risk of a pomegranate tree growing in your stomach …

    So glad that Slasher is going to be OK, and that your job is still intact. Have a good weekend!

    • No, silly, that pertains to the watermelon seeds… you know, you eat a watermelon seed and a watermelon grows in your tummy? hehe (11 year old giggles ensue)

      Slasher continues to improve, and so far I still have a job. Hooray! πŸ™‚

  6. stacey

    i always heard it was watermelon seeds and then a watermelon would grow in your stomach. so watch out for that! πŸ™‚

    glad slasher is doing better. i agree the vet charges are ridiculous. we had to go through some tough choices with our dog a couple years ago and it just stinks.

    glad your job is still cranking along.

    • Yes! The watermelon seeds are the ones you have to watch out for!

      I don’t know why vet care has to be so expensive… I mean, our regular vet totally earned the $700 she billed, but that other place? Rip off. Total rip off.

      Need to have a job to pay off the vet bills. Ugh.

  7. charmed

    “they are just fiber” That is a classic line if I ever heard one!

  8. Caryl

    I checked out Jewel on youtube. She’s got a good voice, but I thought her “perfectly clear” song on youtube seemed to lack her full potential or something. She sure can yodel though!!
    Love you,

  9. Caryl

    I just watched youtube again with the “Uploaded by molika23”. It was much better, really good even!

    • Jewel has many songs… more albums than just Perfectly Clear. She’s always writing new songs and often will forget ones she wrote, so she actually goes to YouTube to refresh her memory sometimes. So funny!

  10. hope your poor kitty gets better

  11. Glad to read that Slaher is doing better! He is soooo cute! Such a sweet face…! (I’ve got someonme coming every day to give Sweetie his Meds…So I know a little of what you are going through…..) It is so hard when our animals get sick….!

    Your story about the Pomegranite seeds is such an illustration of learning something very young that stays with you—no matter how old you get. This is the seat of all prejudice—including those delicious seeds!

    So good to see your comment my dear, and I thank you for your very sweet words. It was a Highlight for me meeting you and Tony….We must do it again!

    • Slasher does have a sweet spirit, but he sure is a mischief maker when he’s up to par.

      You are so right… we learn things when we are young and often will carry those things right into adulthood. If questioned WHY we believe them, we often won’t know why except it’s what was taught to us. I believe we should all take the time to examine why we believe what we do, so we understand the foundation of it. Not just exclaim “that’s how I was raised…”

      I’m so glad our meeting was a highlight for you, too… I had hoped so. πŸ™‚

  12. I don’t think I’ve ever seen you with a dark background before. At first I thought I was on the wrong site! lol But I like it!

    • ha! Thanks… they discontinued my other theme, so it was change or die, or something. Actually, I’m not sure what the something part of it would have been. Likely, they would’ve chosen the ugliest background without my say?