A friend sent me this a while ago, and today I felt like posting it. After all, I finally figured how to post videos a few weeks ago.
I think it's a fairly accurate representation of what my life is like. The creator (http://www.simonscat.com/) has a number of videos that similarly capture the inexpressible joy of cat ownership: http://www.youtube.com/user/simonscat. Okay, now that's it's uploaded incorrectly, I realize I don't have the power to get a video in the correct format on this computer. I'm leaving it there anyway as a testament to my attempt, until I can get it fixed. Until then, just follow the links above.
In Dinah news, she continues to delight with her feline quirkiness. Her favorite thing to do is to chew up headphones that haven't properly been stored in a drawer. She has been known to attempt to open a sliding drawer to get at headphones she knows are inside. She is nothing if not single-minded in hunting down and destroying them. Ear buds will be completely chewed up to the point that their tiny innards are splayed in a totally unusable mix of wires. Larger ear phones will mostly just get a thorough licking. I don't know why she does this, but it seems to also extend to ear plugs which we can no longer keep in the house.
I took her to the vet this week for her yearly check-up. The vet was someone filling in, who was much more of a salesman than her previous vet. He immediately detected a potential tumor while feeling my cat's, admittedly rather larger than it should be, belly (she's in the process of losing 2 pounds--but she doesn't like to talk about it). He asked to do an x-ray to double check. I'll admit, my first reaction was to want to ask "wait...how much?" But then, even though I was somewhat mistrustful of this new guy, I didn't want to be the jerk that let my cat's tumor go undiagnosed because I'm cheap. So one $95 x-ray later and we were able to see that what he'd thought was "maybe a tumor" was actually just a kibble baby. I guess because he thought we should get our money's worth the doctor was insistent about pointing out all the non-tumor-things on the x-ray. "See...that's some food...and that's also food. That right there is some fecal matter. This larger area down here is more food." Ah yes, money well spent.
This is basically her life. That, and apparently, eating her entire day's allotment of kibble right before I come home to take her to the vet.