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The future   Leave a comment

After a few serious conversations, James and I have reached a compromise: one cat, once I have a full-time job.

It’s the “full-time job” part that’s frustrating. I have no control over it. Literally no control. As in, there are headlines all over North Carolina reading “NC Teacher Assistants once again rally for jobs” “500+ Teacher Assistants could lose their job in two weeks” “Teacher assistants once again criticize NC legislature for budget delays”

North Carolina is not a good teaching environment. I’m considering just dropping the dream altogether. I won’t drop Latin, obviously (obviously). There’s a community of Latin hobbyists out there, learning it on their own. I’ve dipped my toes in it a bit. Maybe in the future I can pursue more Latin formally. Heck, with the right career, I could even pursue a Ph.D. in Classics. Who knows? Only time will tell.

I’ve been brushing the dust off a few other career ideas. Namely, Library Sciences and Bookkeeping. I think the next step for me is to apply to Wake Technical Community College. Maybe I’ll sign up for an entry-level course in database management (or computer sciences or something?) and in Accounting, and see which one I take to more.

I would also enter as a transfer student from Northern Virginia Community College, which is weird. It’s been so long since I’ve been a starter student.

Looking at the options, I would probably take Basic PC Literacy (for accounting) and CIS 110 (for database management) or something.

Honestly, in this area, getting involved with technical stuff is not a bad idea. I might be able to spin it into an entry-level job at one of the important companies on Research Triangle. Then I’ll be the breadwinner and I’ll be able to get two cats!

This is all just an extended way to say that compromise is terrible and I should get a cat now anyway.

Posted August 19, 2015 by agentksilver in Uncategorized

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“If you’d like to meet him, I’d be happy to bring him to you. I have a couple weekdays off this week.”

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okay calm down there Hancher take a breath and explain

Jonathan’s foster mom emailed me back about an hour after my last post! She wants me to meet Jonathan!

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Posted August 17, 2015 by agentksilver in Uncategorized

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Even just the idea of getting cats has made me more focused. I’ve paid all my bills and cleaned the bathrooms since I’ve decided that I want to get cats. I’ve even picked out what cats and I want and have contacted their fosters. The only thing stopping me now is that I don’t have a Yes or a No from James.

Ever since I read Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell I’ve wanted an orange cat named Jonathan and a grey (or black) cat named Mr. Norrell. So I went and found cats that looked like that.

Here’s my Jonathan, currently called Ringley:

ringley

Here’s his description on WCAC’s website:

Dude… I am so handsome I just can’t STAND it. Don’t you agree? But these good looks didn’t come easy, you see. My foster mom can explain all that to you, but for now, let’s concentrate on ME. I love to play. My favorite toy is a spring. Oh, and zip ties! Next is my love of Temptations cat treats. Seriously…. they are better than sliced bread. I love to cuddle with my foster mom at night, and maybe get some wrestling in, too. She is such a great play partner. She said something the other day about me maybe not being the best for a home with small kids because I like to play hard sometimes. Wrestling is the BEST! Mom says I have excellent litter manners. And I only sharpen my claws on my cardboard mat. …So have you decided you want to meet me yet? That’s what I THOUGHT you said! Send an email to the shelter to connect with my foster mom so we can hook up and chill. Cuz I’m already neutered, chipped, up to date on my vaccines, and ready to roll! See you soon!

So obviously I contacted the foster with more questions about his health. Apparently when they found him (as a stray), he was underweight and had some sort of fungal infection. They have since cleared it up, and his hair has regrown (and he’s gained weight). His ears are still hairless though.

But he is just the most handsome, personable guy, and I’m so glad we could get him all fixed up so he could show that personality to others.
If you’d like more info, let me know! I’d love to hear about you and the home you’d provide if you are interested in him. And thanks so much for your inquiry!

I responded back two days ago, but I haven’t heard anything since. I’m not sure what to think. Maybe she didn’t like my description of our house? Maybe it was sent to a work email and she’ll reply on Monday? I don’t know. I’m not going to stress, because, again, James hasn’t agreed to this. Although we’ve talked several times.

Mr. Norrell is currently called Boris. (Norris? Hahaha)

Boris

Boris is a very beautiful black and white cat, who is also very timid. His desire is to hide but he has been coming out more and more, to play with the other cats. I’m trying now to spend more time just petting him, so as to not overwhelm him. I would suggest Boris be in a house with another cat. He’s still fearful of people but seems to enjoy having other cats around. He does ok with my dogs, but they are laid back and don’t really have any interest. Boris needs a family willing to give him time to learn to trust. Are you the right family to help him?

It took two days for the foster mom to respond to my email.

I believe Boris came into WCAC as a stray. I’ve had him in foster since March. Initially, he was so scared, he would just pancake to the floor in fear. Over time, he now seeks out attention. Loves to be petted and rubbed but still does not like to be picked up. He loves other cats and dogs but will run from sudden movement or strangers. He has come a long way and really wants my attention. I do think he needs to be in an adult/older teen home. He loves to be petted and will play with you but can be a little rough in play. Working on that. No health issues. current on shots, neutered, and microchipped.

I responded a few minutes ago with a description of the townhouse. So…? I don’t know. I can’t help but feel like if I have two cats who play rough, one gregarious, one shy, then best friends will happen. As long as I introduce them slowly.

Oh, I hope James makes up his mind soon.

Posted August 16, 2015 by agentksilver in Personal

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The age-old enemies   Leave a comment

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Okay, so when three different people who never communicate send you the same video within 24 hours, it’s time to address something. I know that when most people I know see anything related to lizards, especially bearded dragons, they turn to me. But this is another level entirely. This…this…

I can’t tell which is funnier: the kitten’s multiple cartwheels or the bearded dragon just sitting there at the end, all alone, clearly thinking “What? What did I do?”

All of these people have sent it to me in good humor, because they are intelligent people who understand that the unnaturally adorable kitten was never in danger. From a lot of the comments that I’ve read, on youtube and facebook, other viewers are under the impression that the cat was in danger the whole time, and that the cat was fleeing for its life. Well, it was fleeing for its life, because cats are stupid. The bearded dragon was never going to hurt the kitten. The bearded dragon can’t hurt the kitten — beardies fight by tail-biting and trying to sit on each other. Mostly the sitting part. Whoever sits on the other is the bigger, badder lizard, and so the weaker lizard better leave the badder lizard’s territory lest his tail get all kinds of messed up.


via Wikipedia

This is the bearded dragon’s fighting face. It’s kind of adorable. The bearded dragon’s name comes from that “beard”, a gigantic jowl under the chin that they puff up when they’re ready to fight. It’s meant to make them look bigger. They also puff out their skin and stand up on their legs in order to seem bigger.


via David Kleinert Photography

The reason why their fighting stance is to look bigger is because they don’t really want to fight. They’re actually kind of pathetic. Their claws can scratch, but they don’t break skin. They don’t have teeth or venom. They’re pathetic in a fight. No, their fighting stance is designed to stop a fight before it starts. That is probably why their fighting face is so endearing to humans. Lookit the lil lizard trying to look tough!


You’ll also notice that at no point in the video does either lizard ever whip out this face. The lizards remain calm and collected the entire time. When the one lizard does feel threatened, he simply walks away. He doesn’t even run, just walks. The other lizard takes a few steps towards the cat, and then another few steps. The kitten freaks out, but part of the humor is that the reaction is entirely over-the-top. The lizard shows no sign of wanting to fight, and even if the lizard did want to fight, the kitten has bigger claws and a faster reaction time.

Here is a video that went viral for a while that was a much more accurate depiction of cat/lizard relations. The lizard might be mildly freaking out, but makes very few signs of it — those signs are easily interpreted by the uneducated viewer as a sign of enjoying the cuddling. The cat is entirely in control of the relationship. Absolutely no one would see this video and think the cat is danger. Cats are more powerful than bearded dragons. Even kittens are more powerful than bearded dragons.