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Hello, Lover
March 31st, 2011 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

Come on and set a spell Well, March isn’t going out like a lamb – it’s going out like a fuzzy little kitten! Here in Hooterville, it’s a glorious day. I have the doors open, the cats are nowhere to be seen, and the birds are singing like crazy. A peek at the thermometer reveals […]

My Week in Pictures
March 28th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,Dogs,Weather,Work 5 Comments

At the jobette last Monday, we had a brainstorming session at the Aquatic Center. So basically, we were working poolside (kids kept peering at us through the windows as if we were on display. Look at the grownups in their natural habitat!). The tables were covered with paper, and we had crayons and glitter to […]

March 26th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,Weather 3 Comments

My back yard now doubles as a pond Well, the experiment failed. Or succeeded, depending on how you look at it. The cats all ignored the giant plastic dragon until this morning. I was reading my email and slowly waking up with the help of my close personal friend caffeine when I was attacked by […]

Lost the Battle
March 25th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,Family 1 Comment

Well, Clyde won the battle of the painting. But if Rob has anything to do with it, Clyde won’t win the war. I was awoken by a crash this morning. Not thunder, not hail, but pretty loud all the same. I didn’t even have to get downstairs before I could see what happened. The painting […]

March 22nd, 2011 by suzy in Cats 2 Comments

At this point, I’d have to say that what I hate the most about the time change is not being able to put the kittens outside when I get up. The actual getting up is not the problem. I still wake up before the alarm, only now it’s in pitch darkness instead of semi-light. The […]

March 20th, 2011 by suzy in Weather 2 Comments

Well, the Supermoon was rained out here in Hooterville. It would have looked great, too, since there is no ambient light and on a clear (or even a clear-ish) night, the moon and stars are always bright and seem really close. There also seem to be about a hundred times more stars here than there […]

March 18th, 2011 by suzy in Cats,Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

I was woken at 5:30 this morning by the resounding boom of thunder, so loud it shook the house. The darkness was shattered by lightning, and the rain and hail smashing into the roof/walls was almost as loud as the thunder. The cats were hiding under the bed, and I wished I could join them. […]

March 17th, 2011 by suzy in Family 4 Comments

Rain, hail, and thunder woke me up early this morning. I lay there in the darkness and remembered that it’s Dad’s birthday. He would have been 80 today. As I made coffee, the antique Wedgwood I inherited from him looked on calmly, as it has watched generations of our family for 120 years. My father’s […]

March 14th, 2011 by suzy in Country Life,Weather 2 Comments

Before all the time change madness, it was clear that winter was slowly losing its grip on Hooterville. It was less dark at 6 am, the air didn’t smell like winter anymore, and things had begun to bloom. It’s still raining, which is the number one sign of winter around here, and the frogs are […]

March 13th, 2011 by suzy in Country Life,Dogs,Family 2 Comments

You all know that I loathe the twice yearly madness of the time change, so I won’t tell you again. But I will just say that my body and I are going to know perfectly well that it’s really 5:30 am when the alarm goes off tomorrow. I may finally need the alarm to go […]

March 11th, 2011 by suzy in Family,Weather 2 Comments

Calm seas Last night, I happened to be channel-surfing and came across the shocking footage of the Japanese earthquake. Any Californian feels a certain kinship with fellow earthquake sufferers, and I was appalled by the size of the disaster: 8.9 on the Richter scale. To put it in perspective, the 1989 Loma Prieta quake was […]

March 9th, 2011 by suzy in Dogs,Family,Work 5 Comments

Yesterday, Rob and I car pooled to town together. It was so fun! Unlike most Americans, I hate to drive, so I was happy to hand over the wheel. I’ve always wanted a chauffeur*. And Rob makes interesting company. We also brought Star along for the ride. Sometimes she stayed in the back seat, and […]

Kitten Kaboodle
March 4th, 2011 by suzy in Cats 1 Comment

Snow kitten, February 26, 2011 On Wednesday night, the kittens woke me up around 3:00, racing around like mad and knocking things over downstairs. I went to investigate. Audrey stayed at the top of the stairs, glowering. Maybe she was woken up from her beauty sleep, too. I went into the bathroom and discovered one […]

March 3rd, 2011 by suzy in Friends 4 Comments

Well, break out the champagne and cue up the noisemakers: A is finally out of Intensive Care! After two months! She’s now in what they call the Highly Dependent Unit, which would sound scary if she hadn’t been in the ICU for so long. Anything sounds good after that. Apparently she still has the tracheotomy […]

The Jobette
March 2nd, 2011 by suzy in Work 3 Comments

I know you’ve all been dying to hear about the jobette. It’s been going well so far. Everyone is super nice – very possibly the nicest people I have ever worked with – and they’re always saying how great it is to have me there and thanking me for doing the slightest thing. And I […]

Sunday Dinner
March 1st, 2011 by suzy in Cooking,Family 1 Comment

On Sunday, my family and I finally had dinner together. It’s been a long time. We cancelled Thanksgiving, Jonathan couldn’t make it for Christmas, and somehow we’ve slipped into the new year without dining en famille. It’s been harder than ever to make our schedules match up since I started the jobette. So it was […]