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shopaholic, and pictures

I went to the Five and Below. I figured it would cure my shopping fever in one of two ways: either I would be able to purchase some small but useful thing at a nominal fee and thus feed the beast, or I would find everything such horrifically garishly abundant crap that I would decry my entire career as a compulsive consumer and never want to contribute to the culture at all again ever. It kind of did both. I got a brown satin purse for five bucks and I hate everything. Win-win!

Itunes has decided the Play Count file is corrupted and asked me to run chkdsk utility. I did, and this changed nothing. Now it won't update the ipod. WHY GOD WHY.

This animal, right here, produces stink in such quantities as cannot be measured. You can tell which one it is by the expressions; one nods in shame, and the other looks on in horror.

Here, Jack demonstrates the stink button. Press the head, stink comes out. Actually, I take that back, you don't have to press anything. It just happens at regular intervals.

Here is what the table looks like at Thanksgiving in the Swartz household! Behold its fanciness!

During Thanksgiving vacation, dad showed Jack how to use the fancy knife sharpener. No one was harmed.

And finally, A pomegranate on the branch.



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Dec. 8th, 2004 10:35 pm (UTC)
Where is there a 5 below? I admit, I've been faintly intrigued.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:39 pm (UTC)
It's in the Laurel shopping center near the Lowe's and Best Buy. Don't go. It's full of utter crap. I wish I could report otherwise. At the least I was hoping to find some little boxes for things like office supplies - they had some, but they were ugly crap. AND overpriced. Yes, overpriced at the 5 below.

And god knows where and under what conditions all this junk is made.

Alot of it seems directed at the teenage girl market. Like, Claire's and Icing castoffs.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
There is also one at Arundel Mills.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
what kind of cat food do you use? my cats are on wellness and their litterbox now smells like flowers. ok, not really, but it has helped A LOT!

oh, it looks like it is pretty pricey, but they eat less so you use less.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
I have to feed him Hill's z/d low allergen diet because he's all allergic and stuff and will get sick if I don't. This shit is $45 for a ten pouind bag.

But I am growing to love this cat and he's a part of the family now and I couldn't face the rest of my life returning him to the shelter and I knew what I was getting into...

What brand is wellness?
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:49 pm (UTC)
this stuff is great. no cereal filler, no meat bi-products. whole meat, whole fruits, whole veggies and rice. the cats eat better than i do. heh.

check out the website and then maybe ask your vet. it's supposed to be good for pets with allergies:

Dec. 8th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks!! I will check it out, and ask the vets in my office.
Dec. 8th, 2004 11:07 pm (UTC)
So far it looks good - it uses only chicken protein and the Hill's uses chicken protein! I could only hope to find something that doesn't make him sick that also doesn't result in the stink.
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
Seconded, Wellness is a good brand. :)
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
have 3 cats. two cats: unstinky. one cat: very stinky. who knows, mang.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:56 pm (UTC)
In my medical opinion, the only possible cure is a fecal transfusion.
Dec. 10th, 2004 07:30 pm (UTC)
I'd pay money to watch that.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:51 pm (UTC)
It's funny, Bettie definately has more of a stink factor than Benji. It's not gas just her poo poos which she doesn't cover. Benji doesn't cover his either but for some reason they don't smell. I'm so worried that some potential buyer will be looking at our condo and she'll decide to drop the bomb.
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
Yes - Nicolas is eating this same food and his poos don't stink as much. The do stink more than they used to, but not much. He is polite and covers them up too. I noticed his breath stinks more on this food too. :(

Perhaps if you know a buyer is coming you can starve her! Oh wait. :P
Dec. 8th, 2004 10:59 pm (UTC)
What is it with these second hand cats that dont cover their poos? That is definitely the one stink-element that can be pinned on "the new guy." I have been trying to talk him into it by grabbing him and holding him over the litter pan when I bury it with the scoop. I don't htink he's gotten the idea yet.
Dec. 8th, 2004 11:18 pm (UTC)
Generally refusing to cover the poo is a sign of dominance behaviour. In other words, "I am so mighty my poo shall remain uncovered for all to know I have staked my claim here."
Dec. 8th, 2004 11:20 pm (UTC)
Actually that would make sense, since he also jumps on Nicolas and bites his neck.

CRAP. I did not expect the new cat to totally dominate the old cat.

Also, Jack and I should have known this from reading Life of Pi.

So Jack, your new job is to take a crap in the litter box and not bury it to show your dominance.
Dec. 8th, 2004 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'll get right on it!
Dec. 9th, 2004 01:41 am (UTC)
*dies with laughter*
Dec. 9th, 2004 05:27 pm (UTC)
You think that's funny...
When we first got out dogs, they didn't want to pee outside, at all. After several days, Fil was *this* close to going out there and peeing himself to show them where to go.

And we regularly growl at our dogs and stand over them on all fours to assert our dominance. It's pretty funny.

PS Sorry for dog intrusion into the cattiness. ;)
Dec. 9th, 2004 02:54 pm (UTC)
I think we are having the same issue with our cats. Macavity seems to always be using the litter box. I think Grizz is leaving her poo uncovered to show Mac who is the alpha-cat.
Dec. 9th, 2004 02:41 pm (UTC)
Oh hey, that makes sense! Sort of.

Scully hardly ever covers hers any more, though she used to. When I first got her and for the first two years of her life we had a non-covered, old fashioned litter pan. When I moved to Laurel I got a covered one. Scully used to like to do her business, then step out of the pan, reach back in and cover. Once she had a high-walled covered box, she gave up covering for the most part.

Oz must be terribly submissive. I swear he gets in there, does what he's gotta do, then proceeds to move THE ENTIRE CONTENTS of the litter box over his one little mess. No smell, but man when he gets into a covering frenzy in the middle of the night he sometimes wakes me up with his noisy scraping enthusiasm.
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