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Fata Morgana
2008-05-08 13:59
odds, ends, and odd ends -- kittens, house, summer
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To the surprise of (probably) nobody, we've decided to keep two of the kittens we were fostering. The third will be adopted by a friend. Unfortunately, one (Wakko) has been sick this last week -- clearly in pain, cries out sometimes, very lethargic, slightly distended stomach. They've been dewormed, so it's not that. She's been back at the SPCA for several days now as they (very slowly) run various tests on her. (We were mistakenly informed she was a boy when we got her, so her name isn't very apt anymore. Anyone have ideas for names for two sister cats? Dot could keep her name, but Wakko needs to change.)

I love my house, though I've been so busy with work that I still haven't had time to deal with the garden. My poor tomatoes are wilting in their six-packs on the back steps and the lavender is not looking very alive these days. I tried to set up an automatic sprinkler system but the connector leaked enough that I turned it off to conserve water. Most of the Jewish Luau housewarming decorations are still up inside. We've discovered that the living room windows aren't well-suited to DDR, but their rattling does make the game seem more exciting.

This summer, I'll be attending a research workshop in August and have been shortlisted for another (which will announce the final attendees May 23) in July. I'm both ecstatic and terrified. At the very least, I need to make more progress on this OLPC project so I have something to present! I'm also planning to attend Burning Man for the first time, after holding off for the last nine years. (I've actually camped in the area on multiple occasions with my family, though.) In between all of this stuff, I'll be interning again at Nokia Research, with a group that has grown substantially since last summer. I'll need to be very proactive in planning my project so that I can actually get something done in the limited time I'll have!

Despite the mountain of work I'm buried under right now, I find myself discussing trips and interesting destinations with my housemates and others. Wanderlust calls ...
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aepfelx
2008-05-08 23:11 (UTC)
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Anyone have ideas for names for two sister cats? Dot could keep her name, but Wakko needs to change.)

Dot & Dash?

(FWIW, Russian folklore has it that cats respond much better to names that have sibilants in them [s,sh,ch]. Can't claim any controlled study of this, but it has certainly seemed like it from my limited, biased experience)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2008-05-10 23:26 (UTC)
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Unfortunately, one of corpsefairy and starchy's friends beat us to that! I kind of want to go for it anyway, though.
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guardmisfit
guardmisfit
2008-05-09 00:10 (UTC)
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My dad has twin cousins named Dot and Diane :)...

Or you could name them after reindeer... Dancer and Prancer? :)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2008-05-10 23:26 (UTC)
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Samba and Jive? ;~) Samba as a cat name is taken, though ...
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Sam
etler
2008-05-09 00:55 (UTC)
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Probably not the best idea but of course the inner geek in me instantly thought "oh, dot and com!"
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2008-05-10 23:27 (UTC)
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Ha! That was one of the first suggestions -- that and Slash and Dot. ;~)
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greenexecutive
greenexecutive
2008-05-09 01:24 (UTC)
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Hello Nurse!
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Liz
stellae
2008-05-09 02:55 (UTC)
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Rita! After the singing cat from the same show... ;-)
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trouble at home
troubler
2008-05-09 06:06 (UTC)
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maybe we'll cross paths at Burning Man! Matt will have graduated and I will have passed quals (hopefully) so we will finally be able to go..
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2008-05-10 23:28 (UTC)
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Perhaps we could even contrive to cross paths -- it'd be great fun to hang out with you! Do you know who you'll camp with?
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josephhall
josephhall
2008-05-11 04:05 (UTC)
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dot... and slash.
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Rebka
svenof9
2008-05-11 08:34 (UTC)
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tally so far: dash, slash, com

add to the list: polka! but i do like dash and slash so much ;)
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Fata Morgana
chimerically
2008-05-17 01:37 (UTC)
Polka
Ha! I think Vynce suggested that one too. :~)
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