Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Moving and the pets

So, which pets are coming with me...

Kokopelle

He's coming.

Beka and Sabine

When I got these two I fully intended to bring them with me when I moved. Unfortunately, I was suffering under the delusion that I would be able to find a place that would have neither of the following rules:

1) No rats, and/or
2) No more than two pets.

One cat plus two rats would equal three pets, and there's no way to get around the rule of no more than two pets. Either way, I can't bring them. Well, unless I smuggle them in, which a coworker suggested. Call me goody-two-shoes, but I'd rather not go breaking rules like that.

When I got the girls I signed a contract stating that I would give the breeder the option of taking them back if I found myself unable to keep them. I regretfully told her about my circumstances, and suggested that my mom could keep them. To my intense relief, the breeder agreed to that solution.

I won't be able to see Beka and Sabine daily, but at least I'll still see them when I visit home.

Socks

Technically mine, but he's not especially attached to me. He's a geriatric cat and the last time we moved he wound up catatonic, and I'd rather not put him through that again. Mom and I talked about it a few years ago, and we agreed that he'd stay behind when I move out.

This is probably a good thing, because Kokopelle has taken to tormenting poor Socks.

Saphira

Dad's cat. No more need be said.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Moving out

Finally finally finally FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sorry, did I get a little overenthusiastic? Gee, I wonder why...

I've managed to save up a bit of money since starting my first full time job this year, and started looking for apartments earlier this month.

I looked at one place on my birthday, but wound up in a bad mood as a result. It turns out that I don't like it when someone tries to talk me into getting an apartment on the spot that I'm not so certain about.

The second place was a little on the expensive side.

The third place just didn't feel right.

But the fourth place...I liked it. The manager told me that she'd hold it for me until noon the next day so that I could think about it. But I didn't even have to think about it that long, and decided after a couple of hours that I wanted it.

Before anyone with a good memory points out this fact...yes, it is true that my job is a temporary one. What I'm hoping is that I'll be able to get another job lined up after this one ends. And if I don't...well, the lease on this place is by the month, so it's not like I'd have to break a lease. Although moving back in with my parents would be very annoying, to put it extremely mildly, after finally living on my own.

More details to come.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Apparantly, I'm evil

When I was little I chewed on my parent's special edition copy of Tolkien's The Hobbit. I shared this fact with a coworker today and she said "People have been killed for less."

A minute later she said "The fact that you're still giggling isn't making you seem any less evil."

Yes, twenty years after the fact and I'm still laughing.

Oh, did I also mention that I developed a good taste in books when I gnawed on that novel?

Yes, this English major is evil. Very evil indeed. Bwahaha!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Review: The New Death and others

Book cover
I got a request from an author to review a book. Since this book is in my favorite genre and he would give it to me for free, I couldn't resist. FYI: I am not getting paid to write a good review.

The book in question is The New Death and others by James Hutchings, and it is a collection of short stories and poems. They are mostly dark fantasy, and all of them fun. I've even gone back to reread a few of them.

If you like fantasy, you'll probably find something to enjoy in this book. It has a variety of material, from good witchy stories to commentary on modern culture, stories about various gods such as the goddess Fame, tales of love gone wrong, and even some good stuff for us cat lovers. I have a suspicion that Hutchings likes cats. Oh, and there's even one good story whose ending is a very nice pun that left me in a fit of giggles. But you'll have to read the book to find out which story it is.

I will admit that after the first short story, which blew me away, I found Hutchings' writing style in the next few stories to be a distraction. That was probably because it reminded me of another author, but as I kept on reading I stopped making comparisons because Hutchings' writing style is definitely his own. And when I reread those stories during which I had been comparing Hutchings to Terry Pratchett I couldn't find anything to complain about.

Perhaps my favorite stories and poems in this book are those which are commentary about both modern culture, and about some of the stupid things have probably done all through history. Those are the kinds of stories/poems which you read once, pause to think, and then reread. They include one about our our materialistic world (poem "Law and Justice"), one about why it might be better to not be famous (short story "Fame's Beloved"), and one about how we are often our own worst enemies (short story "The Enemy Within"). There are many more than just the three I've shared here.

The New Death and others is a very good book, and I definitely recommend it. And as I said, it has something for just about any fantasy lover.

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If you want to read more of what I write about books, head over to my booky blog: http://saritaslibrary.blogspot.com/

Comments

I must say, I'm somewhat impressed with the number of comments that I got on my last post. If only most of them were actually relevant to the topic, and weren't trying to tell me how to get more followers or trying to advertise something. There were so many of those that I actually lost count, and am now even more impressed with the Blogger spam filter.

FYI, I also consider comments consisting only of "Very interesting post" and a random link to be advertising in disguise, and therefor spam.

That's not to say that I mind off topic comments. They just need to still be relevant to the blog, or some form of genuine communication that's not trying to sell me something.

Anyways, thank you to Toriz and Debra for sharing comments which were actually relevant to the post and this blog. :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Joining the discussion

So, I'm joining the conversation about whether women should be allowed access to birth control. In particular, the pill.

Ignoring the argument about whether preventing a pregnancy is ethical...the pill is used for birth control, but it also has other uses. As a teen I used it for acne. (It worked wonders too! It removed a pair of impressive miniature mountain ranges from my cheeks.) I know another woman else who used it to prevent hormonally induced migraines which plagued her every month.

I'm sure that I've known many other women who have used the pill for non-contraceptive purposes, but that I just never knew because I never discussed it with them. Hey, how often do you wander up to a person and ask "So, what meds are you taking and what are they for?" But I do know that it can be used to regulate crazy menstrual cycles and heavy periods.

Why remove a medication that has such excellent uses, of which contraception is just one of the things it's good for? If you really want to ban it, then let's also ban alcohol! After all, some studies have shown that even a couple drinks can cause miscarriage...and therefore might be used to intentionally get rid of a baby. Oh, wait, but that's getting into the argument about abortion, isn't it?

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I'll try to return to blogging regularly, and on non-political topics, soon. I try to avoid politics on here but got irritated enough that I had to share my own comments.

By the way, you should have seen some of the reactions I got as a teen when I was complimented on my improved complexion and asked "What have you done to clear up your acne?" One woman in particular was quite horrified to hear that I was on the pill, and her face at the moment of comprehension is a fond memory of mine.