April 18th, 2010


Early Morning Ramblings.

It's been way too long since I've updated this, having succumbed to the evils of Facebook. However, being that it's rather early in the morning, I'm not quite up to writing a fully coherent update of things. I'll probably just say a few things about the last few months in rambling passages.

It turned out that Cauchy had intestinal lymphosarcoma. He held on until around Christmas/New Year's, until it got to the point where we had to put him to sleep. One of the outside cats was hit by a car. They're both buried around the same tree as those four premature kittens we tried to take care of, and the one cat that died under the house.

There's now a new outside cat that's been hanging around. The only cat left of the original three had been named "Haus" by some of the neighbors. In keeping with that, Alora has named the new cat "Shed Kitty" to go along with the "House Kitty." :)

We adopted a cat from Kim's mom named "Toughie." He's a butthead of a cat, but may be mellowing a bit (that, or he's finally gotten too frightened of me and the can of compressed air to attack me every time he sees me). Alora likes him, but she still frequently mentions how much she misses Cauchy. I don't blame her in the least, and part of me has strong doubts we'll ever meet another cat even halfway as awesome as he was.

Alora recently had her fourth birthday, and thanks to her, we've started watching movies at the theater again. (Still not very frequently... we've still only seen The Princess and the Frog, Alice in Wonderland and How to Train Your Dragon since she was born. She's figured out how to send me IM messages from Kim's computer whenever Kim has the computer on and has left Trillian running. The messages are still pretty simple, but it makes me happy to see them pop up when I'm at work. Lots of emoticons selected by mouse from the list, along with "i love you" "i miss you" "daddy" "mommy" "alora" "hi", and so on. What she can spell, she spells a lot better than most of the students I taught!

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My dad's mother also passed away in the last couple of months, but it didn't have a whole lot of impact here. She pretty much hated my mother, and I'm sure that extended to my brother and I. Didn't even care to understand that, unlike with her favorite of the grandkids, Kim and I weren't married because of getting knocked up just after high school. She'd certainly argue that point to hell and back.

The doctors believe my mother's getting Alzheimer's. She's been taking Aricept, and seems to be a lot more coherent overall, but she's no longer able to drive. She's been having some motor skill issues, too, which is a bit worrying, since her mother had Parkinson's.