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2009-05-11 07:50 am

The Girls


Here Mina is pretending her tennis ball does not exist.

This takes absolute concentration.

Mina IS absolute concentration.

This is why she rules.

And her tennis ball doesn't.

So there.

This photo highlights the difference between Celeste and Mina.

Celeste is crazy blur, focused on her Dinosaur of Doom.

Mina is sniffing a blade of grass.





This is Celeste's face when she wants her toy.

That is Mina.

I love them both very much.

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2009-05-04 02:42 pm

Mina of the woe

Mina's surgery was successful, though now there is a two-inch incision site on her chest and, holy crap did you know how long canine teeth are? Like an inch long underneath the gumline. They showed me her tooth and I was like wow! I politely declined keeping it.

They couldn't find anything on her radiograph either at the shoulder or elbow. The vet is thinking it might be neurological or spinal, so we might try acupuncture.

She is so wonky and groggy right now, it breaks my heart. And when she woke up, she immediately freaked out and started chewing on the bars, cutting her tongue. It bled so much the vet staff thought she had done major damage so she was anesthetized again. I hate that that happened.

It ended up being a $100 cheaper than the estimate, so yay for that. I'll find out about the cyst biopsy in a day or so, keep your fingers crossed.

My mom was kind enough to hang out with me for the day, keeping me sane. I love her.

Anyway, the little pink nose of doom is finally settling into Celeste's bed and might even deign to take a nap. I don't know how people with multiple unhealthy animals deal with this, it just sucks.
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2009-05-02 08:51 pm

MINA IS MY HERO

Had the dogs out for a potty a few minutes ago and the neighbors were out on the porch hanging out. It was dark and I really thought Mina wouldn't want anything to do with them (dark is scary for Mina). But after they both pooped and peed, Celeste made a beeline for ZOMG! PEOPLE WHO WILL PET ME and Mina followed.

Mina's a bit shy, though she's incredibly tolerant and stoic. She was a little nervous about one of the guys, but I was utterly shocked to see her literally plaster herself to my neighbor's brother. She just about fell in love. Her butt was waggling, her tail shaking gently from side to side, and she plastered him with Mina Kisses (tm). It was beyond precious.

Also, cute/weird story from earlier in the day:

I had the dogs out for a potty break. One of my neighbor's approached me and this conversation ensued.

Neighbor (N): Is that a red nose?!?
Me (Me): Huh?
N: A red nose.
Me: Oh, she's a pit bull, if that's what you mean.
N: No, no, no, I mean a red nose. You know, RED nose. I have one, with a red nose.
Me: *gazes fondly at Mina* Well, to be honest, it's actually pink.
N: What?
Me: Her nose. It's pink.
N: I haven't heard of a pink nose.
Me: *shrug*

I used to just say yes to the "is she a red nose" question, because I get it so frequently and "yes" is less taxing on my nerves than a discourse on nose coloration not being an indicator of a separate breed. I feel like I should have Mina wear a sign, "Why yes, my nose *IS* red, do you want a cookie for that observation?" Mina is a pit bull. With a rose-pigmented nose.
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2009-05-02 04:01 pm

CHARGED!

Celeste's obedience class uses clickers, which will be interesting with 9 other dogs in the room all eagerly waiting for their reward after each click.

I have like ten clickers lying around. Mina thinks they're rather silly devices and prefers me to just give her the cookie instead of marking a behavior.

Anyway, the clicker has now been charged for Celeste. She hears it and comes a running, staring deeply into my eyes, glancing suspiciously at my hand for the cookie, back to my eyes, to the wall, back to my eyes. She's an odd one, that Celeste.
rinalia: (Animels - Hummingbird)
2009-05-01 06:32 pm

El Photos





Willow looking noble
WILLOW FOR THE WIN
rinalia: (Animals - Dove)
2009-05-01 10:00 am

Parrots can dance, evidence on youtube

Someone on my friend list posted this video of a cockatoo dancing to the Backstreet Boys. Seriously, this video rules. Watch it. I post it to highlight a recent study that shows parrots and other mimicking birds can actually synchronize with music, that is they can carry a beat or rhythm. And what did these Harvard University researchers use as their data? YouTube videos of birds rocking out to music. :) Good stuff, people, good stuff.





rinalia: (Funny - snarky pig)
2009-04-30 02:17 pm

STOP THE PRESSES

My town has had its first PROBABLE case of swine - oh wait, I mean H1N1 - flu. PROBABLE, people. That's like practically actually having swine flu.

Well, I'm off to purchase a respirator, a haz-mat suit, and duct tape (cures all woes, I think). Maybe a year's supply of chickenless chicken soup. And saltine crackers, because those always go well with chickenless chicken soup. That's a fact, Jack.

That is all, people.

rinalia: (Books - reading in progress)
2009-04-30 08:50 am

April Reads

Read lots of books in April because I don't know why.

21. Simply Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/1/09)
22. Patiently Alice - Phyllis Reynolds naylor (4/2/09)
23. Including Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/6/09)

24. Greywalker - Kat Richardson (4/6/09) - ended up really liking this book (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] yesididit ). Centers around a private investigator who dies for 2-minutes, wakes up and can now see the "grey", a sort-of "middle space" where ghosts and other creepies inhabit. I liked the main character a lot, action was pretty decent, though sometimes the author uses unusual words in places where a "normal" word would do. :)

25. Simply Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/12/09)

26. Poltergeist - Kat Richardson (4/13/09) - 2nd book in the greywalker series involving murderous poltergeists and more vampire action.

27. Dangerously Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/14/09)

28. The Face on Your Plate - Jeffrey Masson (4/16/09) - Crap, I think this is my first nonfiction of the year - how embarrassing is that? Masson is the author of When Elephants Weep and Dogs Never Lie About Love. In this book, he talks about factory farming and, more importantly, our denial when it comes to who our food comes from. There's a chapter on aquaculture, which is great (eels can live for a 100 years, people!) Overall an easy to read, accessible book.

29. Underground - Kat Richardson (4/19/09)

30. Wake - Lisa McMann (4/20/09) - Story of a girl who can enter other people's dreams and her progress in controlling when she enters dreams (sometimes she does it while driving, which can be a bit of a problem). Liked the main character and the main boy character too. Sometimes a bit unrealistic but hey, still fun.

31. Almost Alice - Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (4/20/09)

32. Lord of Misrule - Rachel Caine (4/26/09) - 5th book in the morganville vampire series. I like this series, and I think this was one of the better books.

33. The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman (4/27/09) - Gaiman at his best, I think. Still cannot believe this won a Newberry, it's more of a ya or adult book, imo. Follows story of Bod who's entire family was killed. He's being raised by ghosts and a guardian who can only come out at night and doesn't eat normal human food. Read this book in a couple hours, so enticing was it. :)

34.The Forest of Hands and Teeth - Carrie Ryan (4/28/09) - Trying to describe this book might make it sound campy - it involves zombies, though they're never called by that name. It's a post-apocalyptic world and it isn't a really happy one. Can't say I'm thrilled with the ending, but I liked the character study of how we all react differently to that which threatend our livelihood. I rec'd it...though I warn you, it is not a "let's all hug, make up and go on our merry ways" type of book.

35. The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices matter - Peter Singer & Jim Mason (4/28/09) - This has been on my "to read" shelf for, like, three years. Finally grabbed it and made my way through it. My second nonfiction of the year, go me! Follows the source of three families food and discusses the ethical implications of each one (and the most ethical choices may not be what you think). I liked it, though I'm more of a hardliner and this book is more for the general public, so it was a little frustrating to see them sometimes skirt the issues. Still, lots of good info.

36. Lost It - Kristen Tracy - Holy crap, this is a funny, hilarious book. Follows a Idaho high school junior as she struggles to make it through the year with a best friend who wants to blow up a poodle and parents who have taken to following an exercise guru in Utah. Tess is paranoid that she'll be killed by bears, wolves, elk, moose, or possibly raccoons and she's dating a guy who's biggest dream is to have the gameshow Password revived. Much hilarity ensues, though yes, this is a coming of age sort of book so there are some morals and crap. But with 10x more laughing! :)
rinalia: (Funny - i find you obnoxious)
2009-04-28 08:24 pm

Swine flu the new Belgian coke?

I wonder if this whole "swine" flu business is just like that Belgian coca-cola business.
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2009-04-28 12:33 pm

Mina's hopefully minor surgery

Think lots of good thoughts for Miss MIna. She is scheduled for a cyst removal, radiographs and a tooth extraction next Monday, the 4th.

I'm already worried, bleh.
rinalia: (Funny - haha ur serious)
2009-04-27 09:17 pm

David Sedaris

Went to see Sedaris read in Berkeley.

Waited in line with my friend to get her book signed.

Conversation that followed:

Sedaris (S): Hi, what's your name?
Friend (F): <<NAME>>
S: And your friend?
Me: <<NAME>>
S: Do you want some cookies that a fan made for me?
*F and Me glance at each other*
Me: Um, no thanks. I'm vegan.
F: Me too.
S: *pause* Oh, really? *begins drawing a caricature in friend's book*
Me: Yes, really.
S: *tells us a story about a church in Texas where he 'found' Jesus*
*F and Me cast "huh?" glances at each other*

Sedaris then presents the book back to my friend. He had drawn a picture of Jesus with a bubble that said "I died on the cross for you."

We laughed the entire way back to the car. I mean, did he think veganism was a cult of Christianity? Or that we looked like the  Jesus-types? Or what? It was entirely weird and completely overshadowed his humorous readings.
rinalia: (Funny - Assassins)
2009-04-23 10:41 am

Serious bizness

I've been a bit perplexed as to why a dude who bombed two empty buildings was added to the FBI's list of "most wanted terrorists".

Is it because we need to show the world that we too have home-grown terrorists? Is his vegan diet a threat to national security? Will his capture end the terrorist acts of blowing up empty buildings and cars?!?

I'm not going to argue in support of San Diego's actions - I'm not a fan of detonating bombs, no matter how just the reason behind the act may be (and I do believe fighting against research on animals is a noble cause, don't try to argue on that point with me, mkay). I won't even argue that his actions could be construed as "terrorist" in nature.

What baffles me is who he's being clumped with.

He's on the same list as folks who have:
- hijacked an airplane, killing one person
- killed 19 and injured more than 350 in the Khobar towers attack
- detonated a 1,500 lb bomb and killed 6, injured 1,000 in the 1993 World Trade Center attack
- killed more than 200, injured more than 4,000 in the 1998 United States embassy bombings
- killed 17 american sailors in the USS Cole attack
- started/participated in a jihad movement that has killed hundreds of people

And then there's San Diego who's sole claim to fame is setting two pipe bombs that caused minimal property damage and injured no one.

Yes, he was in the wrong. Yes, it was an illegal act. Yes, it was an act to financially inflict damage on a company. Yes, it was probably an act to frighten employees and researchers.

But should it be the type of activity that warrants being placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist list? I don't think so, and I think, given the egregious acts of violence perpetrated by those already on the list, it's almost laughable that San Diego is included. Almost.

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2009-04-22 07:16 pm

Happy Emo Day!




































Happy Emo Day - I hope it was as woeful for you as it was for me.

Weeping tears of melancholy,

Mina
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2009-04-20 07:27 pm

Frozen grapes, be still my heart

It was 95 F today, which Mina felt was perfect weather for sunbathing out front. Celeste thought she was a silly-nilly for such a notion. Me too, actually.

The heat did inspire frozen grapes and semi-frozen beer which work well in hot weather. So does an avocado sammich with sprouts and vegenaise and lemon juice. Yum.

According to weather.com, tomorrow will be 97 and Friday will be 64. Mother nature loves us.
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2009-04-20 03:29 pm

Mina and Celeste Chronicles redux

Well, I guess it's technically not a redux for this journal since I've neglected posting some of the Mina and Celeste stuff here. But whatever. You'll have to visit their blog to read more, hahahahahaha. HA! That's how I roll, people.


I'm hot
And I don't just mean good-looking, which I am. I mean, it's 94 right now when it's supposed to be 74. This is a picture from 2008 showing how I feel about hot days.

I like them. A lot. They make me smile and I can stretch luxuriously in the grass, bathed in glorious sunlight.

I am a bibliophile
You may not have known this, but I am, in fact, a lover of books. And no, not just books I can eat (according to the minion, that is none).

Here is some evidence of me and my love of books. This is a whole stack of books, and I am ITCHING to dig in and read my little pit bull heart away.

But what is this? I do not have opposable thumbs? These pages do not turn themselves? Wait, I cannot read? What is this tomfoolery?

Woe
This is where I imagined myself today - out in the green, verdant fields gazing wistfully off into the distance.

Instead, I'm sitting behind the minion, glaring daggers as she writes this post for me.

I has the grasses!
Hi everyone, it's me TEAM CELESTE!!!!1!! and I has grasses!!! Here is a pictures of me with the grasses! My most awesomest of sisters says I look like a devil hounds, but I tells her that if I was a devils hound than that makes her a devil hounds sisters!!!! She says I'm not her real sisters, I says the bonds of sisterhoods knows no genetic markers!!

rinalia: (Funny - haha ur serious)
2009-04-17 02:01 pm

EPA, making the world safer 50 years too late

The EPA has just announced something that leading scientists have known for decades: Greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and sulfur hexafluoride are, like, a total drag on our ozone layer and pose (or may, according to the EPA) health hazards.

The agency responsible for allowing factory farms and big-time polluters to keep running our earth into oblivion is now acknowledging that maybe some of the shit these places produces is problematic. Well, thanks, I guess. I'm sure the future generations who won't be here will be thrilled to know that, in our last hour, America's environmental protection agency stepped up to the plate! Kudos.

Here's my little "how you can help" slip-in: Stop eating meat, drinking milk and eating eggs. I don't think you'll find a single more polluting, exploitive and resource-intensive industry. Water use and pollution. Soil degradation and destruction. Deforestation and desertification. Air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Disease, cancer, death. By it's very nature, animal exploitation and abuse. There is my public SAVE MY EARTH service announcement for the day.

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2009-04-15 05:57 pm

Vacaville and the tea party - but WHERE'S THE TEA???

Vacaville is having a anti-tax tea party across the street from me. Tragically, there is no actual tea. I would have attended and cheered rambunctiously had they had tea. Because I am all about the tea, for real.

ETA: Oh yes, they are doing the event in a public park funded by something called taxpayers dollars. And they are having a Fairfield councilwoman speak who's paycheck is paid for by, you know, taxpayers. Ha. WIN!



Vacavillians get down for the anti-tea tax party...or, anti party tax! Something like that.


Every time I read this sign, I keep mis-reading it as "Join the tax death tea party" which I like a lot better than the tax day tea party.

For a few reasons on why I think this whole tax tea part shit is silly, behold:

Tax Day is becoming a day of national protest for groups of angry Americans who are against vague things like "taxes," "big government," and "huge spending." Dubbed "tea parties" by the loose confederation of irate citizens against the previously mentioned acts, these events are planned to take place today in all 50 states in at least 300 locations. While clearly a right-wing phenomenon, many people see these grass roots gatherings as simply the mass outcry of racist, uninformed voters who just don't like Obama. They are ironically protesting the tax hikes that Republican President Bush levied on the middle class while he was in office, while at the same refusing to give the current president's new policies a chance to work.

Read more - just saying.

OR

Before a crowd that organizers claimed was 15,000 to 20,000, but these experienced ex-advance man's eyes saw as about 3,000, a parade of right-wing personalities used tax day to decry taxation, government, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and President Barack Obama with a rally outside California's state Capitol in Sacramento.

The event, like other so-called tea parties around the country, was heavily promoted by the Fox News channel, right-wing talk radio hosts, and the right-wing blogosphere.

America is going socialist and surrenderist. Obama is a Manchurian candidate. Schwarzenegger is a closet socialist. The federal government is both totalitarian and weak - a tough combination to pull off - and the end is nigh.

Read more

Huffington Post has lots of stuff on it. So does Fox, but I will not link to them thank you.

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2009-04-14 08:03 pm

A few flower photos from today

Click to see larger versions.
Flowers thinking of singing a song

The cheese stands alone

Solo flower ahead of schedule