I've started a new job that is all sort of kicking my ass, so I've had no time to do anything entry worth. Instead, I present you with a wicked picture, taken by my brother last summer.
I don't know what about this blog intrigues me more: the food or the story. You have to start reading the archives from the beginning in order to understand what she's talking about.
I guess a little cat update is in order. This has not been a good week in the rappyhold, but we're doing ok-ish.
Schnitz continued wearing the collar until yesterday, at which point I had to remove it because we had a Kiwi emergency. When I came home yesterday, Kiwi's eye was kind of red, and it looked scratched. I assumed Schnitz did it to her while they were playing, but she seemed ok, and I was planning on going to the vet on Friday anyway, so I didn't make much of it. I did notice that her sneezing, however, had become a little more frequent, and again, was going to bring it up to the vet.
At around midnight last night, I caught sight of Kiwi just as I was headed to bed, and her right eye was completely shut. I went to investigate, and when I opened it, all I saw was blood, and something that shouldn't have been sticking out, sticking out. I obviously freaked out, because she kept sneezing and swatting at it, so I immediately removed the collar from Schnitzel and put it on her, placed her in her carrier, and engineered another sock bandage for Schnitz. I then hopped in a cab and went to a veterinary clinic that's open overnight.
The vet was operating on some poor, three-legged dog, but he came over just to take a look and said not to worry and that he could fix this. I was of course convinced that she had actually scratched her eyeball out, but this was luckily not the case. He gave her a numbing shot, which she took like a hero, and then we waited for about 15 minutes for him to finish the operation.
He then looked her over, and gave her an anaesthetic, which pretty much put her out. Then he did stuff that's too upsetting for me to recount, but it was all good. While we were waiting for the counter-anaesthetic to take effect, he helped me trim her nails, which was a huge help. Of course, much easier to do when the cat is out cold, but I'll have to brave doing it to Schnitzel, because she's ripping me to pieces. Then for some reason, I nearly passed out. I think I was just a little overwhelmed at that point, and very tired, and I hadn't even seen the bill yet, which turned out to be atrocious.
Anyway, the eye thing isn't the only problem, but he gave me a cream treatment for that. Then he prescribed a liquid treatment for the sneezing, and gave me some antibiotic pills for her to take. She also has some sort of fungus, which, using my crack deduction skillz, I've derived is what the sore(s) on Schnitzel are. He gave me a wash to treat that, but only for Kiwi, so I'll need to get more to treat Schnitzel as well.
So yeah. That's quite the medical clinic I've opened at home :). Each of them has a bunch of treatments I need to apply, but they're taking them like the brave little soldiers that they are.
I had to leave Kiwi in her carrier overnight, which she did not take well to at all, so suffice it to say, I got NO sleep at all last night.
I was really worried this morning, as I started a new job yesterday, and could hardly call in and say my cat was sick, so I had to leave her. My concern was that she had managed to remove the collar twice this morning, and the entire day at work I had movies running through my mind of what she'd do to herself while I was out. I literally ran a kilometer from the bus to get home quickly, only to find that her eye looks MUCH better, and that both of them are in good spirits. Of course, I had to spend some serious time looking for both the collar and the sock, as they managed to lose both, but neither seems worse for the wear, and they're back to their regular fighting tricks again, kicking each other's ass.
So yeah, I'm a little exhausted now, but I'm really optimistic that they'll be just fine.
Poor Schnitzel :(.
She has this thing where she suckles on things (mostly her sister), which heewee suggested (and the vet affirmed) stems from being separated from her mommy too soon. Anyway, I came home Wednesday and found her literally eating her own tummy, where she had this awful sore. It was really quite scary, and there were no vets open nearby as there was a holiday. Heewee walked me through making her a sock bandage, which didn't stay on for very long, as she's an active little kitty. Later on I had to McGyver something a bit more sturdy. Now, I know it's horrible to laugh at your own suffering little kitty, but it was kinda funny, so here is the evidence.
Anyway, today I bought a carrier and took my cuties to the vet, and she fitted Schnitz with a collar, which makes her look even more hilarious, but is really kind of sad, because she keeps running into things. The vet said Kiwi is in great shape (other than a potential fungus thing on her tail), but that Schnitz may have some sort of viral thing on her jaw, for which she gave me antibiotics. Poor sickly little kitty :(.
On a good day, Israelis honk their car horns incessantly as some sort of statement on the road. On a bad day, Maccabi Tel Aviv wins the Euroleague basketball championship, and Israelis honk their car horns incessantly in celebration.
It is so awesome living right by a traffic light, y'all.
Hypothesis: Unemployment is less costly than employment.
Experiment: Partake in a day's work.
Total Income: 182NIS
150NIS - Locksmith, having locked self out of apartment with keys on the inside
18.40NIS - Four rides remaining on prepaid bus pass, lost on way to bus
10.40NIS - Bus fare in lieu of prepaid bus pass
10NIS - Approximate increase to electric bill due to lights being left on all day in apartment, having locked self out of apartment with keys on the inside
Total Expenses: 188.80
1. I'm an idiot.
2. I need chocolate
I had a rather spendy morning at Ikea today, and my apartment already feels completely different. I only got a couple of bigger pieces, and a bunch of little stuff. That little stuff sure adds up, yo.
I got the FORHOJA cart for my kitchen, which is all kinds of awesome. I already put my toaster oven and (attachment-less) mixer on it, as well as my pots and pans. It's also nice not to have to use my stove top for storage. I plan to add a paper towel holder on the underside of the countertop, and may put hanging hooks on the other side to hang stuff on it. I'm actually impressed that this piece is made of wood, rather than fiberboard. A note to Ikea: I really shouldn't have to use sandpaper on your furniture to make their assembly possible.
I also got the LOKKA table, which is wicked cool. I've got it wedged in the corner right now, and will be mostly using it as a desk (yay for laptops!), however, it opens up into a square table, which can seat four people.
I got 4 of the BYGEL hanging rails. They're supposed to be used in the kitchen to hang other kitchen accessories on, but I'll be using them in the bathroom, to hang towels, kind of like a ladder. I could have gone for the rails specifically meant for that purpose, except that if they're labeled for the bathroom, they cost 4 times as much. Rappy am smrt!
I also got a bunch of other crap, because this was Ikea after all. For the kitchen, I got a colander, a set of three covered
bowelsbowls, and a dish rack. For the bathroom I got canvas storage containers, which are pretty cool. They come in 3 different sizes, and I was able to split up all of my personal care/grooming products into a logical division.
In short, my apartment is starting to look like a grown up lives in it.
In cat news, my cats continue to be the best thing ever. That's Kiwi on the left, and Schnitzel on the right.
The scene: Rappy sits in the back of a cab, which is stopped at a traffic light. The driver rolls down his window and signals to the driver next to him.
Driver: How are you?
DNtH: Good, you?
Driver: Good, good. Are you still teaching?
Driver: Well, it was good to see you.
Driver: See that guy? If you have any problems with my driving you should take it up with him. He was my driving teacher, 13 years ago.
Rappy: Hmm. I would, except for, y'know, the part where I'd have to sift through all that dust to get to where you left him.
Ok, that last part mayb have been in my head.
Ok, my cats are totally spastic. They gave me quite the show this morning from 6:30 until about 8:30, but then I sat down to watch Gilmore Girls and The Amazing Race, and they just sat in my arms and watched with me. I think they have a little crush on Rory Gilmore.
The hunt begins
Conspiring to protect their kill...
Back away from our mouse, beyotch!
So today I crossed three more items off of my 101 List.
25. Get a cat [Completed (x2) 4/05/05]
26. Name it Schnitzel [ibid]
Or And Kiwi [ibid]
I owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Tzvika and Moran, from whom these lovely creatures came to me. I promise to take excellent care of them, and if it's half as loving as your treatment of them, they'll be the best looked after cats ever.
And here are the first of what will doubtless be ENDLESS pictures. They're kind of fuzzy because they are constantly moving. Except for the 1/2 hour when they were all but passed out around my friend.
With an utter lack of irony, Schnitzel shows affinity for my cookbooks. The big yellow one is called "How to Cook Everything". Tee hee.
Earlier they were busy destroying my lovely Turkish pillow covers (now stashed away in the closet)(I need to buy them tassles to play with). Right now they're both sleeping under my arm, one on top of the other.
Cross your fingers for me, because I'm waiting to hear if these two ADORABLE things are still looking for a home. They are a few weeks old, and some guy found them in the street and took them in, but his other kitties don't much care for them. I am clearly meant to have them, as I somehow stumbled onto this guy's blog at about 4am this morning, and I NEVER read Israeli blogs.