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18 November 2008

Not much to report today, sadly, and not a whole lot on my mind that I can expound upon at great length.  I woke up feeling lousy, and spent most of the day either in bed or on the couch, though I did attempt to get some work done on a couple of Christmas projects.  Mina staged a three ring circus in order to cheer me up.  It mostly consisted of heroic leaps between pieces of furniture, and also her knocking things over.  I appreciated the effort.

Walk for the Animals

In a little over a week, Shane and I will be participating in the Animal Welfare League of Arlington‘s annual Walk for the Animals. The Animal Welfare League is where we adopted Mina, and where we took Sid when she was too sick to wait for the vet. We’re walking and raising money in honor of Sid, who we miss dearly, despite the wonderful friend we’ve found in Mina.

I’m not going to try to do some hard sell here – but if you’re so inclined, I’d love to have your sponsorship for this walk. They’ve set up a super-easy donation page, which lets you do all the donating online – no need to send me money, etc. There’s no need for us to even know where it’s coming from. My fundraising goal is $150.

Thank you for your support!

A New Day

I would be lying if I said I was anything other than really, really sad right now. SB and I have spent the last two days – the last two and a half weeks, really – trying to keep busy and cheer each other up and avoid looking at all the spots where she loved to sit or sleep or absorb heat. She was so small – especially at the end – but her absence is enormous and tangible in our little apartment. I know it will get easier, and in some ways I think it started getting easier yesterday when we left the shelter, if only because we could stop worrying AND grieving AND hoping AND making decisions and instead focus on our grief and our memories. I put her tag on my key ring so that I’ll have a reminder of her every day.

Earlier in the month I made my resolutions for 2008, but I’ve since revised them somewhat. I haven’t checked last year’s list to see how poorly I did (and it was poorly), but I’ll do that soon. My list for 2008:

1. Read two books for pleasure each month.
2. See 12 movies in the theatre.
3. Take a trip west of the Mississippi (and also west of Iowa).
4. Go to Bonnaroo or Coachella.
5. Put $5,000 in savings by the end of the year (sub item: and leave it there).
6. Finish Couch to 5K and run a 5K.
7. Continue weight training and do an unassisted pull up.
8. Finish my CAS.
9. Get published.
10. Find a church.
11. Reconsider therapy and/or medication.
12. Beat SB at Zooloretto or Alhambra.
13. Finish 2007’s Bond-watching resolution.

I guess most of these are more like action items than resolutions, but that’s probably better anyway. I really enjoy checking things off lists. A final item:

14. Bring a new friend into our family.

We don’t want to replace Sid, but there’s a huge gaping hole in our lives without her, and we don’t want Basil to forget that other animals, especially other cats, are nice. Things feel oddly off balance with just one.

Sid is gone

We took her to the animal shelter this morning because we couldn’t get in to see our vet until Thursday. She had basically stopped eating and drinking, and the color of her urine indicated that her kidneys were shutting down. She was falling when she tried to get onto or off of things, and was doing a scary panting thing whenever we picked her up.

Everyone at the shelter was very nice and gave us as much time as we needed before, during, and afterwards. They had to give her a tranquilizer because she fought them for the injection, but after that she could barely hold her head up. We pet her and comforted her until she was gone, and then held each other and just sobbed.

Sid, wherever you are, we love you very much and are so grateful that you shared our lives, even if it was just for a little while.