Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Defeat-For the Moment

Nora has won and I am defeated. The great cat toilet training experiment has come to a sad end. She simply refused to cooperate. As soon as I made that first small hole she refused to pee in the container and peed on the floor instead. She would still poop in the container but not pee. That defeats me. Cats are not like dogs. There is no guilt one can work with. "Bad Cat!" does not cause any shame. Dogs are Catholics, cats are Pagans. But I have not given up entirely. I will try again in a year or so. Maybe she'll be ready then.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Still Solid

Remember what I said about finding a space? Forget it. One of the other tenants has recklessly decided to expand her business and has taken it. I was going to be angry with her and break out the doll and pins but then I decided that maybe she saved me. Obviously the space was all wrong and the universe has saved me from an egregious error.

On the plus side I have not melted away. It was a very real possibility yesterday as the temperature soared in The Hole. Also, the cats have not expired. They persist in running about like mad things even though it is so hot that they have to stop periodically to pant. You know it's hot when the cats are panting.

I know what you're thinking. Why doesn't she just get an airconditioner? I'll tell ya. First, I don't like the things. They make the air all dry and stale tasting. Plus they suck up electricity and dump hot air out into the world which is hot enough. (Remember, I am a bleeding heart, tree-hugging, pinko liberal). Then there's the fact that I have only two windows in the main room. A big honkin' air conditioner would cut off a lot of light that I need. Lastly, one sill is already filled with plants so if I stuck the A/C in the other window the cats would have no where to sit where they could see out into the world and they do like doing that. I suppose I could take it out each fall and put it back in the summer but that's a big pain in the butt and where would I keep the damn thing the rest of the time? So, we all have to get over it, there will be no A/C at Chez Sheep.

In further news I am having acupuncture treatment for my carpal tunnely hand and my stressed out ankle. It's quite interesting. I have had only one treatment so far and my acupuncturist thinks I'll probably need 3. (I'm having one today) Not too bad. He also prescribed some herbs to soak my sad parts. They are kind of a smelly concoction, especially with the vinegar that gets added. When I did my first soak Nick hissed at the bowl. But it may be doing some good. It's hard to tell. I suspect it will need more time. I will keep you posted on progress. The herbal pharmacy that he sent me to was fascinating. It's in Chinatown and is filled with all sorts of interesting things. They use these great little hand held scales to weigh everything. I might have to get one.

From cooler days:

Monday, July 17, 2006

I'm Still Here

It's been a while since I've written but don't worry, I'm still here.

I gave my notice at The Pit on Thursday. A lovely feeling. Though there is still a lot of work to do and it is the tricky kind. The store manager and I have to create policies for everything in the new store. We want to make it as idiot proof as possible. We expect opposition and I suspect I will have to do some yelling. Might be fun.

In business news I have found a space for the business. It has it's pros and cons but I think the former outweigh the latter. It's really cheap. And the neighborhood is cool (though far from me). And the leaseholder seems sane. And it's an artists space so if I want to do some manufacturing I can. It is only semi-private but that may be all to the good. I was a little afraid I'd go for days without speaking to anyone. I like my alone time but there's a limit. This way they won't find me talking to the walls.

In weather news it's supposed to hit 100 degrees today. The Pit is going to be almost unbearable. Will someone call in a bomb scare? Please?

Here for you is an expressive face: