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4/22/15
So Rescue Kitty is a boy. I know, I'm as shocked as you are. So his name is now Claude. Claude the Biscuit Maker. I took him to the vet for his microchip and vaccines, and - still thinking he was a girl - was chatting with the vet (different vet than had seen him last time). She lifted up Kitty's tail to do the rectal temp, and was like, "Oh! I think she's a HE!" He's neutered, and of course since I thought he was a girl, never thought to look any closer. Whoops.

This weekend is Pirates vs DBacks. And the starting catcher for the Pirates? My future husband Francisco Cervelli. I totally splurged and bought a ticket down behind home plate, so I can ogle him up close. It's a good thing Chase Field has a retractable roof, since me+Friday+baseball... rain.

4/15/15
Can't believe the Matawan house will be sold next week! I'm waiting for Mom to send pictures of the empty house. So now I get to impose on Tesse when I go home in November, since Mom and Dad are both moved out of the area. I can't wait to see Mom's house in PA, either, looking forward to seeing it in her style, not Grandma's.

I'm working Friday evening shift in exchange for tonight off. So instead of sleeping all day, I made some awesome-smelling bath sachets with the stuff I bought in Prescott (lavender ones and orange-ginger ones), which means it's almost time for a long soak in the tub.

After the Yankees game.

Little Princess Petunia the Biscuit Maker is becoming more social, and her bite wounds are healing up nicely. I need to find her a home before she moves in completely.

4/12/15
I took advantage of two entire days off in a row (I worked the eve shift on Wed instead of the overnight, so I had off all day Thurs and Fri) and went up to Prescott. Stayed at a really nice B&B a mile from downtown. I had no plans at all, so the first day I spent wandering around downtown and doing some shopping (awesome apothecary, bought lots of dried herb-y stuff to make bath goodies), and Friday I went up to the Grand Canyon for the day. Some day I want to stay overnight in one of the cabins right on the South Rim. I would totally get early to watch the sunrise.

Drove back Saturday morning, went back to bed, and went to work Sat night. That worked out really well.

4/11/15
My entire tax refund went towards paying off my credit cards. Not having a paycheck for a month did me in, but I'm back on track now.

4/3/15
I am such a slacker! Queen of procrastination!

Mom came out for a week, and we had a great time. We drove up to Prescott, did some shopping, wandered around the model homes in Verrado, hung out with Eve, went to a Spring Training game (tho not the one we originally planned to go to, because it rained that day - yes, really, rain), saw Les Miserables at the dinner theatre up in Peoria, and generally just had a good time.

I picked up tix to see Hamilton in November (and am actually jealous of my friends who are seeing it off-Broadway). Haven't booked the plane tix yet, but it's on my to-do list. Being financially prudent for a while, because changing jobs left me without a paycheck for a month. So I'm in not-spending mode right now.

But I did do my taxes today! Also procrastinating. TurboTax says that I did my taxes last year on April 3rd, so at least I'm consistent.

I put out food for the neighborhood cats on my porch. That's how DH wandered into my life - he was eating, I went outside, and he was friendly. Usually strays will run away when a human approaches. So anyway, Tuesday night around 1am, I looked out the window and this gorgeous Maine Coon cat was out there, noshing away. I went outside, and she came over when I called. And holy cow, something had attacked her and left a wound on her right flank. We do have coyotes and stray dogs, so who knows what it was. I hate that people abandon their animals. Hate. Anyway. I brought her into the guest room and set her up with food and a litterbox, and then I took her to the vet Wednesday morning as soon as they opened. They kept her overnight, gave her a crew cut (funniest looking thing ever) and cleaned up her wound. She also has a puncture on her neck, the little thing sure is a survivor. So I'm going to keep her for a few weeks until she's all healed up, and either find her a home or bring her to the Humane Society. Such a cutie.

-catherine

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