Sunday, June 26, 2011


OMGWTF?!!? THERE IS WATER COMING FROM THE SKY!!!!! Run for your lives!

[ETA: And now it's dry again. Man, that was scary for a few minutes there.]

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Who Washes The Washmachines?

This morning a cat threw up on top of my washing machine. All over the top of my washing machine. To the point where some of it apparently dripped down around the side of the lid and into the washer. I have cat vomit in my washer.

There are days when I really think I should have just gotten a hamster.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Feets, Don't Fail Me Now!

You know you live in Socorro when: you spend two and a half hours in the car for a 20-minute doctor's appointment.

Well, on the upside, there now exist plaster casts of my feet, which I'm sure will someday be enshrined in a museum. Possibly the Museum of Cryptozoology. And in three weeks or so, I will have new shoe inserts, custom molded to fit my weird-ass feet and will hopefully be well on my way to pain-free pedestrianism.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Why? Because We Like Him!

Speaking of Mickey -- since I was in my last post -- Mom sent me some more pictures of him the other day, so I figured I'd share:

Look at him! He really did turn into a cat!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

'Nother Batch Of Random Links

BBC Confirms 'Doctor Who' Won't Have A Full Season In 2012: I've read several articles about this now, and I still don't understand exactly what's going to air when, but I suspect that may be because the BBC hasn't entirely figured it out yet.

Rejected Father's Day Cards: Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Astronomer: 7 TV scientists that even real scientists approve of: I don't necessarily agree with this entire list, but it's fun.

Shelf-pod: A house where every wall is lined with bookshelves. Let me say that again. A house where every wall is lined with bookshelves. I am feeling a truly inappropriate amount of lust here.

Baby snow leopard triplets debut in Swiss zoo: Adorable endangered spotty kitty cubs!

Simon's Cat in 'Hidden Treasure': Speaking of kitties... I ought to send this to my mom. According to her this is one of Mickey's favorite activities.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Where There's Smoke

So, at this point, it seems pretty much the entire Southwest is on fire. I left my windows open last night, and this morning my living room smells like camping.

Which is not to say that I'm complaining. Hell, I'm just glad to live somewhere that's not being evacuated.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I Know! Let's Make All The DVD Covers As Close To Actual Size As Possible!

What the holy hell did Netflix do to their website?! And how do I make it stop?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

OK, Now Is The Time To Use The Word "Footloose."

So, it turns out that plastic garbage bags aren't nearly as waterproof as you might expect them to be, especially when you slop large puddles of water onto the floor while trying to take a sponge bath. Oh, well, live and learn. It was an interesting experience while it lasted.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Footloose! No, Wait. The Opposite Of That.

Just got back from the podiatrist, an appointment I probably should have made at least five years ago. Fun trivia fact: the angle of a normal person's arch is about 15 degrees. Mine? Is six. As the Mythbusters would say, "Well, there's your problem!" Unsurprisingly, this is a genetic issue, so thanks again, Mom. (All my foot problems come from my mother's side of the family. Both her sisters have had foot surgery.)

Actually, I can't blame it all on Mom. The contributing factors for plantar fasciitis are: aforementioned genetic deformity, being overweight, walking a lot, and wearing crappy shoes. Go me, I'm four for four! It's probably a wonder I can walk at all.

The doctor is going to check and see if my insurance will cover orthotics. I think the policy statement I have explicitly says they won't, but it said that about wisdom tooth extractions, too, and they ended up paying for that after my dental insurer made us submit it there first, so who the hell knows. Maybe I'll get lucky. If not, I'll just have to pay for the damned things myself, because I really want this stupid problem to go away and not come back.

In the meantime, they taped my feet up to relieve my immediate pain (which wasn't all that bad today, anyway) and to give me a taste of life with proper foot support, and recommended some not-very-expensive inserts to be going on with. Which is kind of cool, except that it means I'm not allowed to wash my feet until tomorrow evening, by which point I'll probably have sweated on the tape enough for it to start coming off by itself.

And that was my exciting day. Well, that and running some other errands in the city. I... may have stopped at the Barnes & Noble. Um.

[ETA: Oh, hey, it turns out that while I was on my way home they called and left a message on my answering machine saying that my insurance would cover the orthotics "if they were medically necessary." As opposed to what, I don't know. I mean, why would I want them if they weren't medically necessary? Just for fun? Because they're sooooo stylish? Beats me. But I guess I'll call 'em tomorrow and see about making another appointment.]

Monday, June 13, 2011

This Is What Comes Out Of The Sky, Right?

I have the impression some folks think I'm exaggerating slightly about the complete and total nonexistence of rain in my world. As suggestive photographic evidence, I offer this:

That faint red dot is the sun. It's actually a heck of a lot redder to the eye than it looks in this picture, too. And there's a good reason for that. You see, this is what we have instead of rain. We have smoke. Smoke is the new rain here.

Me, I miss the old rain. Although at least today I can't actually feel burnt bits of Arizona in my lungs, so that's something.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Oh, Hey, I Can Also Talk About Movies.

For various reasons*, movie-going has become a somewhat rare and limited thing for me these days, but I did go out with some friends yesterday for a double-header at the (thankfully inexpensive) local theater. So I can report that, despite being wholly unfamiliar with the comics, I found Thor quite entertaining. Although possibly I was watching it wrong, as I spent most of the movie rooting for the wrong guy. Hey, Thor, at least at the beginning of the movie, is kind of a douche (albeit a pretty one). Whereas Loki is, like, a sensitive, smart guy stuck living on the Planet of the Jocks. Yeah, which one do you think I'm going to relate to?

I can also report that Priest is pretty firmly in "so bad it's amusing" territory. Among other things, I think it may just set some sort of record for number of cliches per unit time. And there are a couple of random fight scene moments that are just hilarious.

* Including, but not necessarily limited to: they're too damned expensive, too many of them suck, I have to go out of town to get any real options, I always seem to end up sitting behind the jerk ignoring the "please turn off cell phones" messages, and the existence of Netflix.

Still Not Blogging Much. But I Have More Random Links!

George Takei vs. Tennessee's "Don't Say Gay" Bill: Just say "Takei!" I love this guy.

Swingin’ physics: A demonstration of how "in simplicity, complexity, and the border in between lies great beauty." Using pendulums. Or, in other words: physics is cool.

Allons-y!: The Tree Lobsters ask, "What would the Doctor do?"

Weight of book collection damaging house: It has occasionally occurred to me to wonder at what point the weight of one's book collection is likely to become structurally unsafe. Maybe this establishes a lower limit.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

June Currentlies

Current clothes: Gray sweatpants, white socks, Rush concert t-shirt.

Current mood: Not bad. Kind of hungry.

Current music: Nothing notable. I've been listening to more random songs and podcasts, mainly.

Current annoyance: Mostly the stupid hours I've been working lately, although at least I'm off today.

Current thing: I'm not sure I've had much of a thing lately. Oh, dear, this may be shaping up to be the most boring Currently ever.

Current desktop picture: It's a rather gorgeous wallpaper inspired by the Doctor Who episode "The Doctor's Wife," but I'm not sure exactly where I got it, so I can't link to it. It's probably spoilery if you haven't seen the episode, anyway.

Current book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8 Volume 8: Last Gleaming, by Joss Whedon, et al.

Current song in head: It seems to be "A Call to Arms" by Mike & the Mechanics, for some unfathomable reason.

Current DVD in player: Nothing at the moment, strangely enough, but I did just finish volume one of Pinky and the Brain as my on-the-treadmill show. (Big shout-out to Captain C!) And, man, I've always thought of that as a smart, entertaining, generally awesome cartoon, but it turns out it's even funnier and more all-around engaging than I remembered. I'm kind of sad not to have any episodes left. Need more DVDs! Narf!

Current refreshment: Nothing. But it may be time for an early lunch soon. Since I didn't have much in the way of breakfast.

Current worry: Bah, I've got more doctor's appointments of various kinds coming up. Those always make me feel just a tad stressed, in a completely irrational way. On top of which, even if you think you're pretty healthy, there's always the chance they're going to tell you something you don't particularly want to hear.

Current thought: There's pizza in the fridge... Is it too early in the day for pizza? If it is, does that actually matter to me, timezone-unto-myself that I am?

Monday, June 06, 2011

Nothin' Since February

You know what I no longer believe in? Rain. I no longer believe in the existence of rain.