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"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked. "Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here" (413)813-7036
Stab myself with a needle, again. #cantbetrustedwithsharpobjects
HALP! I have a mom guilt situation.
My mom called yesterday to tell me the job I had previously with her is basically back. It's an as needed thing. She called it an internship, but assured me I would get paid at the end of the call. - Heather
The problem is, Chris would have to drive me 45mins on Monday, I would stay at my parents that night, work Tuesday too, and my mom would drive me back out here (and just over an hour home). - Heather
I hated the job (cold calling), it's a commitment for both me and Chris, it's going to cost gas money, and I'm not happy with my mom because of how she's been talking to me about getting a job. - Heather
The only pro is that I would get paid, probably. - Heather
Thoughts? - Heather
my initial response: do what's best for you and Chris FIRST. everything else is secondary. i think your first responsibility is to the pair of you, not your mom. - Big Joe Silence
Basically, if there's no written guarantee of a paycheck, and it requires an outlay of funds from you, then I'd give that the big thumbs down. Even if pay is guaranteed, if it doesn't significantly cover your expenses (and time commitment,) also a no. - Jennifer Dittrich
Honestly the stress built in in all that looks to exceed the monetary gains unless your mom's got deep pockets. - Steve C Team Marina
What everyone else said. There ain't nothing like mom guilt, but this is a perfect opportunity to establish some boundaries. - Corinne L
I love you guys, seriously. I haven't had any positive thoughts towards this and I feel a lot better knowing I'm not just coming off as a petulant brat. Standing up to my mom for the way she talks to me about getting a job is a long time coming, so it wont be easy. I really hope it makes future conversations smoother though. - Heather
Girl, I was there many, many times with my mom. It took a long time for her to stop haranguing me about jobs - and even when I would be doing well, she'd be full of ideas about where I could work or who might need a good writer. Work on keeping your voice level when discussing job stuff and don't hesitate to hang up if she gets nasty (prefacing it with something like "This isn't up for discussion, mom, I love you, hanging up now"). Good luck! - Corinne L
Moms have a way with presenting something you don't want to do in a way that's almost impossible to not do.
If I end up with a THIRD finger bandaged in the next 48 hours, I will be pissed!
So thankful I wasn't alone in the KICU today, seeing as I only managed to get 3 kittens done in the time she did 11. Arrived late, emergency bathroom break, and sitting in a dark room for a while to combat dizziness/nausea added up to starting a half hour late.
Seriously though, I was just barely useful today. I hope I'm better tomorrow. - Heather
Also, after my shift I got bit by a rabbit. Finger tips bleed a lot. :( - Heather
Owww. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
:( You're a volunteer. You do what you can do. - Spidra Webster
It's hard to remember, but you're totally right. I'm going in tomorrow too, so hopefully I can feel redeemed after a second shift. :) - Heather
Let's see, it's September.... So I only waited 5 months to get a case for my iPad!
I had a dream about the Kitten ICU. I think it was triggered by guilt for not making either shift last week.
I wasn't alone today! The guy who filled in was really nice, he's actually fostering one of the kittens that was in the KICU before. And we finished by 2:30. - Heather
Current YouTube binge: Hula
OMAN I wish I could move like that. - Heather
Imma dance like an uncoordinated duck pretending it's hula for several days now. - Heather
The uncoordinated duck's image will haunt my brain all day long. - Xabaras (G.O.)
So Australia is even crazier than I thought it was? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?! -
So Australia is even crazier than I thought it was? HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?!?!
Yep. Pretty much true. - Johnny from iPhone
It just occurred to me that Hitchcock's "The Birds" must seem like the lamest thing to the average Australian. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I have a magpie phobia after getting swooped quite viciously as a kid. I refuse to walk anywhere in magpie season (and usually a month or two either side) unless I'm carrying an umbrella. - Melly - #TeamMarina
There are birds here with that swooping behavior during nesting season, I forget what kind of bird but there was a big problem with them by San Francisco city hall, used to be reports on the news about it every year. People with bloody foreheads n shit. Haven't heard anything in a while, maybe they moved them away from downtown. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
& this thread cracked me the hell up. What the actual fuck Australia. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
LOL, crazy! Our magpies are so docile. - Jenny H. from Android
@starmama: red-winged blackbirds during nesting season. One nested on a streetlight right outside the staff door at MfPOW. It got me once or twice. Here's news video from Chicago. - bentley
That was them! People claimed there was one bird in particular who was attacking people the most, started calling it Swoopy :-) - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Plovers are little bastards too. - Melly - #TeamMarina
My heart keeps catching in my throat watching that magpie video. - Melly - #TeamMarina
Can I please go back to just shrimps on barbies image of Australia? I guess not. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Home alone.
do the face! do the face! or at least tie some paint cans up to sling at bad guys - Steve C Team Marina
I was thinking more along the lines of salting the doors and windows and finding something made of silver. - Heather
Something CRAZY just happened outside, no idea what. It involved a tree, "whoop whoop" sounds, and angry cats though.
Ugh, I'm so goofy. Simple internet search tells me the "whoop whoop" was probably raccoons. Either a straight up raccoon fight or kits being protected from a cat. YouTube CAN be educational! :p - Heather
I hate not being able to help. I want to... I have the anger, I have the time, I just don't know what I can do.
Took the Amazon box they sent bunbun's litter in and cut it in half to make 2 useful things. One is under the couch so she can't chew on the guts, the other is filled with ripped up newspaper and covering the part of the carpet she's been going after. #LifeHacks
The air conditioning situation in this house has become so annoying to me, I'm dreaming about it.
Also, damn! I didn't know I could be a sassy bitch in my dreams. - Heather
work it girl - Steve C Team Marina
^ lol - Spidra Webster
I overuse the word "horrible" because I can't spell atrocious. Holy crap, did I spell that right?
Just watched a cute little one of these exploring the backyard. The picnic table and hay rack were boring, but the grill! Now that's something to check out. -
Just watched a cute little one of these exploring the backyard. The picnic table and hay rack were boring, but the grill! Now that's something to check out.
I had a chance encounter with his cousin last year whilst working in the front yard. Dude came out of the woods as I was gathering branches I'd cut from a bush. We regarded each other momentarily. He knew he had the upper hand. So did I. Immediately realizing that I could hear my mother calling, or that I was thirsty, or something, I retreated the opposite direction with as much dignity as I could muster. I imagined him barely suppressing a chuckle as he continued his rounds. - MoTO: Team Marina
This, my friends, is how our cat Mittens came to be a part of our household. He was a stray that lived around our porch. We would leave bowls of food & water on the porch for him. In yum, though, one of these critters decided that the bowl of food was for him. We couldn't have a skunk living on our porch, so we finally let Mittens live inside the house. - COMPLICATED MR. NOODLE from WinForFeed
I once had a cat with skunk-like markings, and he had a tendency to freak out my neighbors, who would not take my word for it that he was a cat, unless I went over and picked him up. My neighborhood does have a lot of skunks, though, so it's not a good idea to go walking around at night, unless you keep your keys in your hand and jingle them as you walk. - April Russo
Grossest day in KICU so far. Too much stuff coming out of kittens. I got kitten poop on both hands. x_x
Other than that, I have a new kitty love (Petunia, last weeks crush, is in the adoption center). Her name is Sun and she's a hefty 4lbs, which means she will probably also be a one and done for me. - Heather
VOLUNTEER SHIRT! Now I'm going to be bona fide. *is way too excited about this*
I get it Friday when I go in for KICU. Best Friday Evar! - Heather
$5 cat adoption fee... on the day I volunteer...
The closer Friday gets, the louder my rebellious side tells me that Chris's parents just don't know they want a cat and would be happy after about a week if I brought one home. - Heather
Ooh, don't listen to that side. It'll get you in trrrrrrrubble. - Spidra Webster
Did not bring home a cat, but during my shift (I was the only one there so I spent some time with each cat) I fell in love with 2 more kittens. - Heather
kitties!! i think everyone needs a few kittens - Sir Shuping is just sir
My new favorite is also black and white, but short haired. Her name is Peturnia and she's a nutball. But for a lot of reasons (especially money) I rather get an adult. Kittens are $275 and adults can be as low as $9. - Heather
$275?! Good lord. That's outrageous. - Hookuh Tinypants
Dakin runs 100% on donations, no government assistance, so they do have some high prices. The craziest part is that at 6 months they go from kitten pricing to adult pricing, and people still pay $275 for a 4 month old kitten. Go figure. - Heather
Dakin goes through kittens so fast. It is located in the largest city in the area, which is next to the other larger cities of the area. Lots of cats, lots of people. - Chris Topher
All of the shelters in my area are 100% donations and don't cost anywhere near that. I'm kind of surprised. Perhaps ours have better connections for spaying/neutering and vaccination costs? $60 gets you a spayed/neutered kitten with all its shots and a microchip they implant the day you adopt. Does the cost seem to deter adoptions? - Hookuh Tinypants
They do the spay/neuter in house. They have their own vets on staff for the surgeries. It doesn't seem to deter people at all. Kittens last a matter of only a few days before they are adopted. They are in the building that used to be the MSPCA (MA Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) and I believe they are the largest animal shelter in western MA. - Chris Topher
Yeah, ours are all in house/on staff as well. Odd. But at least it doesn't deter adoptions! - Hookuh Tinypants
Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime -
Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime
""Billions of people rely directly and indirectly on wild sources of meat for income and sustenance, and this resource is declining. It's not surprising that the loss of this critical piece of human livelihoods has huge social consequences. Yet, both conservation and political science have generally overlooked these fundamental connections."" - Heather from Bookmarklet
I bled on the incedent report.
Yesterday, Chris and I were in one of the free roam cat rooms. I had a cat on my lap and she kept putting her claws in my knee. I went to get her to pull back her claws, but she scratched my hand and hissed at me. Silly thing, I bet she didn't realize that means a 10 day mandatory rabies quarantine. - Heather
When she did it, I was shocked. She was so sweet and cuddly. But then I felt kinda bad for telling on her and getting her in quarantine. - Heather
Ralph, my KICU baby is up for adoption. <3 -
Ralph, my KICU baby is up for adoption. <3
What a cutie! He reminds me of a fluffy version of my Livia :D - Jennifer Dittrich
Oh that face! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Every time I pick Heather up from her shifts, I visit the cat rooms...and every time I leave without a cat I am shocked :P - Chris Topher
I really hope we don't go through another quarantine in the KICU, spending nearly a month with the same kittens... I'm so in love with this guy. They also have Chess for adoption, he's the little semi-feral that purrs non-stop when you hold him, and I have a crush on him too. - Heather
African Elephants in Zoos Threatened by Obesity : Discovery News -
African Elephants in Zoos Threatened by Obesity : Discovery News
"Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants in zoos have irregular or no ovarian cycles." - Heather from Bookmarklet
Healthy kittens that don't need to be in the ICU, but have to stay cooped up because of a precautionary quarantine, are INSANE!
I had 3 different cats decide the floor was the best place ever, I was chewed on by 2, had my head batted at by one, almost had a shoulder kitten, and in general everyone was going bonkers. It's like ADHD and cabin fever with claws. - Heather
Oh yeah, the first kitten I picked up... pawed me in the face to say hello. - Heather
But shoulder kittens are the cutest. - NOT THE CRICKET
#ThingsTheyDontTeachInSchool How to write email subject lines.
I read an article... and a half... They were for business people. I am socially handicap. >_< - Heather
Pretty sure the customer service guy at my credit union thinks I'm a total ditz.
It might be because I forgot my password, got locked out of my account, and wasn't 100% on whether or not I knew my account number. >.> - Heather
I never have a clue on bank account numbers but then I too might be a total ditz so you're not in the clear yet. :) - Steve C Team Marina
I keep trying to blame dyslexia, I think it's working. But I still got laughed at. (not in a rude way, more like "oh another one of these") - Heather
I've done that, but when they ask for my account, I always just ask if they'll accept my social. It's far easier to remember. - NOT THE CRICKET
Has anyone begged for item donations from businesses?
Dakin is doing a fundraiser even and looking for raffle and silent auction donations. Since it's not local, it's the only way I can help out. But I've never done this before. I don't know how to figure out which businesses to approach. I can get info materials to do the actual asking, I'm just not sure where to go because everything I think of is local (so not near the fundraising area) or a major chain. - Heather
So I took like 5 minutes and came up with a few things. I hate that I've lived here so long and still don't know much about what's around. Also, the even is called "Mutts & Mimosas" so it feels like it's fancy and the donations should be "nice" things. - Heather
I asked my mom if she could think of any shops she likes out this way. Her first thought? The yarn shop. #knitters - Heather
Heather, I've done this several times for charity events. What's worked for me is going to independent businesses, such as restaurants, cafes, hotel chains, boutiques, groceries, etc. Consumables are always good. - Corinne L
It's really best to visit in person and have a spiel ready for the manager, along with a letter of intent. Much harder to say no when someone's standing in front of you asking for a donation. With restaurants, go right after the lunch rush because otherwise they won't have time to talk to you. Grab business cards for managers/owners if the person you speak with can't make the decision re: donations. - Corinne L
If this event is geared toward more affluent folks, combine several items to make a prize pack for the silent auction. For example: a "Getaway Prize Pack" could include a one-night stay at a high-end hotel with a gift card for a nearby restaurant or cafe and maybe a couples' massage/spa treatment. - Corinne L
Hope that gives you a head start. DM me if you have any specific questions. I'm happy to help! - Corinne L
Brilliant! They're going to email me materials for in person or email once I let them know what business I'm talking to (they don't want multiple people going to the same place). Combining gift cards for nearby places is a great idea. Thanks. :) - Heather
Just snipped 2 (and made Chris snip another) skin tags from my armpit. My armpit is now skintag free and I can shave easier. WOO motherfracking HOO!
Mayonnaise jar..... of mercury.
On the news, a family had to have a hazmat team clean out their house after a "forgotten mayonnaise jar of mercury" contaminated the house. GUYS, CHECK YOUR MAYO JARS FOR MERCURY! - Heather
When I was in elementary school I knew a kid who collected the stuff. His dad had some sort of job where he'd come across it, and he'd save it for him. He had jars of the stuff! He was always a little wacky, I think now it was probably mercury poisoning: - Ken Morley
I remember a couple of times at school when some kid would bring in a little bit of mercury from a broken thermometer. We'd all play with it, rolling it around on our hands. Back then, a broken thermometer was no big deal. - bentley
I remember those days. It was difficult to clean up too. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Chris: Of all the guys on Merlin, I'm going to say he's the most attractive. -
Chris: Of all the guys on Merlin, I'm going to say he's the most attractive.
It's true. - Chris Topher
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