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Archive for June, 2010

Laptop Replacement

Posted by thearrow on June 27, 2010

It doesn’t seem like I have much to write about these days other than Jinks and biking, does it. So, pardon my pajama, please, but I thought he was utterly adorable here. His visits are always triggered by the fact that I’m on my laptop, which he’s very eager to replace. My lap isn’t even big enough to accommodate him, so his butt was hanging over my right side. Luckily, I had my phone close by and could capture the bliss.


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BP Spills Coffee

Posted by thearrow on June 24, 2010

Here’s a clip that made news on the Associated Press:

It’s funny, no question about it, but I can’t even laugh when every day on TV I see the ever increasing, long-lasting damage BP has inflicted on an entire ecosystem and a large number of people, with no end in sight.

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TGIF Peanut Butter Cups

Posted by thearrow on June 18, 2010

Reese’s peanut butter cups are supposed to come out in a dark chocolate version, so, hit by the Friday afternoon slump, I went to get some. This is probably my favorite guilty pleasure snack. Couldn’t find the dark chocolate, so I take it they’re still teasing us with ads before the roll-out. Sigh.  I got two packs of the regular ones and went around the office to offer my colleagues some sugar lift-up. With the exception of two people, who probably refused them for health reasons, EVERYONE else was happy. Which made me happy 🙂

Another way for me to battle mid-afternoon blah is to try new nail polish colors. I go to CVS (a convenience store and pharmacy chain) and try to find a new color I like. I must have over 10 colors by now, some of them never used. But I never get tired of it.

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Elizabethan Kitty

Posted by thearrow on June 17, 2010

Very royal and full of himself, and also in the throes of pleasure when scratched in the right spots. He had a little growth removed a while ago and he had to wear the lamp shade (as I call it) so that he wouldn’t mess with the stitches.

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Not the Best Dieting Strategy

Posted by thearrow on June 9, 2010

Watching a Jamie Oliver show on the Cooking channel while eating dinner. I ended up eating a lot more than I had planned. It doesn’t help that their slogan is “Stay Hungry” either. My appetite has grown, too, recently, and I’ve packed a few annoying pounds I haven’t been able to shake off yet. I suspect it’s all the biking I’m doing, clocking at 26 miles (40 km) a day. It might take a lot less than one hour and a half each way and less effort if I had a road bike but my budget doesn’t agree with getting one. The earliest that can happen is next spring.

I sure hope I’ll get back to my normal weight way before then, though.

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Pets and Relationships

Posted by thearrow on June 3, 2010

I just stumbled on this on the New York Times:

What Pets Can Teach Us About Marriage

“Do you greet each other with excitement, overlook each other’s flaws and easily forgive bad behavior? If it’s your pet, the answer is probably yes. But your spouse? Probably not.”

How true. No matter how upset we are, we always have a kind word for the dog or the cat. A really valuable lesson to take in our relationships.

And here’s the column of the researcher behind this: Can Pets Improve Your Relationship?

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More Memorial Day Pics

Posted by thearrow on June 1, 2010

The album is at And here are some favorites, in addition to the pic in the previous post, which is the absolute favorite.

I have to say, though, that the fascination with skulls (which you’ll see in the album) of people who have stared death in the eyes is puzzling to me. I can’t quite wrap my mind around it.

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