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Archive for May, 2011

Geez, it’s been a long time! I’ve been on hiatus for a while, traveling and catching up from traveling…you know how it goes. I was also quite literally herding cats–we spent the Saturday before this last one trapping five feral cats from the colony in our backyard and taking them to be spayed and neutered with a wonderful trap-and-release program organized by the Feral Cat Assistance Program. I’m amazed at the volunteers who work so hard to make sure that can happen, and I’ll be grateful to not have a perpetual litter of kittens in my yard now. 

This past weekend we went to Lub-bock (I will always and forever pronounce it that way in my head) for my sister-in-law’s graduation from Texas Tech. She earned Ph.D. in Technical Rhetoric, so we all now refer to her as “Dr. Jen.” We had a little adventure with a flat tire on the rental car, ate tons of horrible junk food and made sure that we stopped at a 7-11 so we could get a Slurpee (we don’t have 7-11’s in Houston, so we’ve been deprived for too long). Lub-bock leaves a lot to be desired, but I had a good time hanging out with Jamey’s kids and his kooky extended family. 

This Saturday is my birthday, so I’m sure I’ll have all sorts of fun things to blog about next week. But in the meantime I’ll try to catch up for the last three weeks with a very full top 20/bottom 10. Enjoy!

top 20

  1. The feral cats we got fixed last Saturday. They were NOT amused.

    the Feral Cat Assistance Program and Animal Alliance of Galveston County and Kellie Birch, the volunteer who helped us trap all of those cats

  2. good news
  3. mimosas
  4. This infographic from the New York Times about people’s reactions to Osama Bin Laden’s death
  5. volunteers
  6. getting a good night’s sleep
  7. hope
  8. Books by Steig Larsson. I’m in the middle of The Girl Who Played with Fire and I literally can’t put it down.
  9. The Civil War Today iPad app from A&E Networks
  10. Miller Outdoor Theater
  11. Houston Ballet (at Miller Outdoor Theater)
  12. beautiful evenings (ibid.)
  13. the Slurpee
  14. My step-kids. It was so nice to catch up with them this past weekend and see what lovely people they’ve turned out to be.
  15. the song For the First Time by The Script
  16. large hats
  17. Spring dresses
  18. last week’s episode of Parks & Recreation on NBC
  19. My sister’s texts about the funny things her son says. She needs to write a book.
  20. iTunes shopping sprees

bottom 10

  1. I really, really hate mosquitoes.

    &*%# mosquitoes

  2. The jerk who stole Jamey’s sprinkler from our front yard. Who does that?
  3. eye irritation
  4. awkward situations
  5. people who don’t live up to their end of the bargain
  6. flat tires
  7. the economy
  8. re-training my cat to use the litter box
  9. lack of rain
  10. horrible bosses (particularly those of my husband and my sister)
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