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long time, no me

Jun. 12th, 2012 | 01:08 pm
location: workie
Today Frank is...: nostalgic nostalgic
ambient noise: microwave noise

Gosh lj, I do actually miss you. Getting all misty-eyed looking at my last 50 or so posts. Facebook just is not a good substitute. And now that I've actually remembered my password, maybe I'll come by and visit more often. We shall see.

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gone too soon....

May. 7th, 2010 | 04:35 am
location: bowie
Today Frank is...: crushed crushed

Mitz Harry
August 1, 1995 - May 6, 2010

yard sale kitty, #1 son, beloved companion....

This is one of my favorite photos of Mitz, taken at PetSmart in Silver Spring after a vet appointment about four years ago. I have an 8x10 of this hanging on the wall in the dinosaur den. I will no doubt be scanning in old photos in upcoming days and adding them to flickr. May or may not get them here too.

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There really are no words....

May. 7th, 2010 | 04:26 am
location: bowie
Today Frank is...: heartbroken heartbroken

Some of you got this in email form, since no one really reads lj anymore.

Just want to let everyone know that I had to put my beloved Mitz to sleep a few hours ago. He'd been having trouble for the past ten days, which we learned was severe heart disease (also some liver disease), but he'd been doing quite well since Saturday, including this morning, and he had an appointment to see the kitty cardiologist next week. Things took a horrible turn for the worse sometime during the day though (threw a massive blood clot that blocked blood flow to both back legs) and I pretty much knew when I got home (later than usual, naturally) that I would have to put him down. He was in incredible pain and it was agonizing to see and hear him like that. Easily the worst couple hours of my life, on top of what was already a pretty miserable day (and I'd really rather not dwell on what a shitty day it must've been for him, although you know i'm gonna do that). Kim and Jason were there with me and have been medicating me with booze, cupcakes and ice cream. I've already informed work that I'll not be showing up today and I think Jason is going to call in as well. Dreading going home; there will be some clean-up and two very confused kitties there waiting for me as well as some mental images that are going to haunt me for a very long time. And Mitz will not be there at the door to greet me as he usually is, which is going to be a very difficult adjustment.

Mitz was the one constant in my life through my entire stint in DC. He was there with me through grad school, photog school, real estate school, three moves, quite a few roommates, a firing and an i'm not renewing your contract, three serious relationships and the subsequent shitty breakups, two car accidents, a lot of fun parties including one just for him, quite a few trips up to connecticut until he decided to ride on my head in Thanksgiving traffic on a rainy garden state parkway, a hurricane, several blizzards, two floods, 9-11, IRS woes and "self employment", a friend's suicide, all of the crap going on at home, a cancer scare without health insurance, friends coming and going, a weekend on the eastern shore and a couple in annapolis, the unexpected addition of a stupidly cute kitten to our world, all sorts of other stuff good and bad in the past 13ish years, and of course that fateful yard sale that started it all. Just last night we enjoyed a very serene few minutes with Mitz curled up in my lap and Fraidy kindof on top of him; it was the most peace I've felt in a while. We had another longer moment of bliss like that a couple weeks ago when I had the tent and the air mattress set up out on the lawn and Mitz crawled right in and curled up on my pillow next to my head while I was reading A Walk in the Woods. I shall miss him purring contentedly in my ear and waking up to a faceful of fur. He had a larger than life personality, a little badass, curious, demanding, loved people, and generally wanted to be wherever I was or in the middle of everything. If ever there was a perfect cat for me, Mitz was it. It was love at first sight (for me anyway; it took him a few hours to warm up to me) with no regrets. His absence leaves a tremendous void in my life and my heart. I really have no idea what i'm going to do without my constant companion and for the end to have been so awful for him makes it a million times worse. I am heartbroken, still pretty dazed, and fairly devastated.
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well this year pretty much blows

Jul. 4th, 2009 | 11:53 am
location: annapolis
Today Frank is...: sad sad

another one of my mother's cats died last night. she's down to one. just last year between my mother and my grandparents, there were still four cats at the ancestral manse.
i always thought that missy and mitz were related because they look similar, were the same age, and came from the same place. fortunately i did get to see missy again when i was at home in may. bummer.

missy with her kittens when we first found them in 1996. the gray and white one, monet, died in november 2006. the little stripedy one, truffle, is the last remaining cat. he now weighs something like 20 pounds but he's also incredibly shy so i haven't actually seen him in years.

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Jul. 1st, 2009 | 02:56 pm
location: workie
Today Frank is...: senior citizenish senior citizenish
ambient noise: what is this "podcast" you speak of?

real yahoo headline:

"Walkman Mystifies Teen: A 13 year-old boy tries using the 'antique' device instead of his iPod"

full story here.

best quote: "Did my dad ... really ever think this was a credible piece of technology?"

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bruce is out of the hospital

Jun. 29th, 2009 | 10:27 am
location: workie
Today Frank is...: thankful thankful

since i haven't posted anything of much substance in lj in a while, some of you probably don't know that i know someone who was injured in last week's metro crash. bruce works in the caf at natty and he's a big sweetheart; everyone here loves him even though he hasn't been here all that long, and we're all pretty thankful that he is still with us and doesn't seem to have been severely injured. he was released from the hospital last wedensday. the following is a short video that Channel 9 WUSA did on that occasion.

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easier than a real post

Jun. 9th, 2009 | 11:26 am
location: workie
Today Frank is...: amused amused

thanks to AC360 for pointing me to this gem, the literal version of a song i can't stand, "total eclipse of the heart." hilarious. and i definitely need some hilarity right now. eventually i may post about some of it. but for now you get this:

fyi there are quite a few videos with "literal" versions on youtube.

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from the boy

Jun. 2nd, 2009 | 10:31 am
location: workie
Today Frank is...: cheerful cheerful

pretty awesome cover of britney spears' "womanizer". srsly, give it a listen:


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May. 28th, 2009 | 04:26 pm

the boy pointed me to this today. i think we ought to get it so that we can teach neil patrick harris a few tricks so he won't get bored in his tank all day.


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oh hai, remember me?

May. 27th, 2009 | 10:52 am
location: workie
Today Frank is...: calm calm

so, it's my first day back at the office in a week and a half. two passwords forgotten, one of which still isn't reset so i can't do much at the moment. so i'll update.

spent last week at home in CT with the family. more of a semi-crisis visit than a social call, but i don't really wish to discuss this too much right now. suffice it to say that it was a difficult week.

in the course of doing some major housekeeping around my grandparents' house, i tweaked my back. by the end of the week it was fairly well killing me. returned here sunday night to supportive boyfriend who is full of awesome.

monday was pleasant enough until we returned to my apartment to find it flooded in the memorial day deluge. not good. in fact my entire street looks like a raging river went through and the landlord tells me that much of the front yard was flooded too. they were worried about their side of the basement getting flooded but it didn't occur to them to check on my side. the drain outside my door didn't apparently drain so well this time. so been been dealing with a soggy apartment ever since, or rather my super-awesome boyfriend has mostly been dealing with it and my back.

took yesterday off and slept most of the day in annapolis. my wonderful boy slept in and then went to my place to deal with kitties and mess so by the time i got there, much stuff had been removed and there wasn't much for us to do but wait for the landlord to come home. fortunately there's not much apparent damage to much of my stuff, but there are things in the kitchen that i'm worried about and won't be able to get to for a while because a growing pile of furniture from the rest of the house is blocking it in. my landlord thought that they could just have the stanley steamer guys come out and clean my carpet (seriously? the carpet is *soaked* throughout most of the living room and into my bedroom and i already have a mold issue from water problems i've been having in the bathroom.) and they just about fainted when the stanley guys told them the only option was to replace the carpet and they'd be happy to rip it out (only, nothing else) for the small sum of $1500. so tonight the boy and i will try to move as much as humanly possible into the kitchen. those of you who've been to my place are probably laughing really hard right now. also there will be more people in to look at the carpet. and more discussion of whether it shall be replaced by new carpet or vinyl flooring or tile.

last night my back also decided that i really wasn't in enough physical pain already and it got very bad for a while. fortunately i have some super-strength ibuprofen left over from my foot surgery and that eventually helped. didn't sleep well last night, some combination of it being too hot, having three kitties in bed with me, a bum back, things at home in the back of my mind, and the dehumidifier and three fans running. but today the back does feel somewhat better although walking is a bit slow still.

so i've been busy, and without internet access save for about an hour over the time i've been gone. i haven't even looked at most of my email yet and probably won't for a bit. more pleasant things coming up on the horizon but not sure if i can think about any of that at the moment. really need to track someone down to reset my password so i can get some work done. whee!!!

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