ladylarkrune: (Carpe Diem)
Magikarp died last night.

Some of you know that my parents have a pond in their back yard and there are several goldfish and one huge yellow koi, which one of my friends named Magikarp after the Pokemon and it stuck. Magic was a good fish, if a fish can be good. He came when called mouthing at the surface in anxious anticipation for the pellets of food I or my mother would pour down his waiting gullet. He started as a small koi, no bigger than one of my fingers and grew until he was nearly two feet long. He never had any babies that we know of despite our attempt to find him a mate. However he was a good companion to the feeder goldfish who shared the pond with him. He survived several encounters with a blue heron as well as a scale fungus disease. It was the latter combined with a pond cleaning that doomed poor Magic. We had him for 14 years.

You may think I'm a little strange for writing an obituary for a fish I mean, it's a fish. But honestly Magikarp has been a very big part of my parent's and by extension my life. He's been the only pet that they've really had since we lost Tedi and Dot back in 2001. When I would call my parents while in florida, I would get Magikarp Updates. And this morning as my father was taking me to the doctor the very first thing out of his mouth was "We lost Magic last night." you could tell he was upset and felt a little guilty. For this fish, my father would have assaulted a protected species (the blue heron). So this is my way of remembering the fish that he was.

He was a good fish.

Power Plays

Apr. 5th, 2011 04:16 pm
ladylarkrune: (WTF)
There must be something in the air, my animals normally don't do dominance displays but both Rin and Rikku are asserting themselves.

Rin keeps standing over Pazu and biting the back of his neck as well as doing body language displays - especially around me asserting that I am his human and he resents sharing me.

Rikku, who is 35 pounds and female, is trying to mount Shikamaru who is male and weighs close to 100 pounds. He just kind of looked at her and then settled down into a play bow. Rikku then kept trying to mount and paw at him and he took her head inbetween his jaws and Rikku just growled and he backed off.

I am amused that my two oldest of each type are trying to assert that they are dominant. They are forgetting one very important thing. They aren't the dominant animal in the house. I am.

Snow Dogs

Feb. 3rd, 2011 03:13 pm
ladylarkrune: (Winter Wings)
It snowed a lot.

My parents came over today to shovel my snow so that I am able to open my doors. The only door I could open is the one to my backyard so I kept that in mind in case of emergencies. Work was cancelled from 7pm 2/1/11 until 6:30am today 2/3. This is the first time they've closed for weather in the company's 7 year history. They've closed because of lack of power about 3 years ago (I still had to work) but never because of snow.

So you get pictures of my dogs and the snow.

These were taken on my brand new camera that was my giftmas present from [ profile] bacondreamer. He's a good boyfriend... ^_^

Cut for lots of large pictures. )
ladylarkrune: (Happy Puppy)
No real point to this post but to say that I am writing it with 120lbs of dog on my lap.  Currently both Rikku and Shikamaru are sitting on my lap while I am in My Laptop Chair (Mac knows what this means).  Rikku got up first - because she has always thought of herself as a a lapdog.  Shika got up second because he has the younger sibling jealous issue going on.

Of course Rikku is trying to help me type while Shika is shoving his feet into uncomfortable places - I am apparently not using my right ovary and my spleen is not a necessary organ.
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: What have you done that is ge)
Where does the time go? Really I wonder.

Let's see. End of month came and went with more than it usual craziness. We hit record numbers this month. My department accounted for 3777 repos and we are just one division. The total for the whole company was 9685 repos. That is a heck of a lot of cars picked up. It was a record-breaking month. The reward, we can wear jeans on Friday and they are buying Pizza for the office tomorrow. I laughed. I get to wear what I want all the time (I haven't looked at my work shirts in 6 months) and I can have Pizza when I want it which is about once every 6 months and I got my fill at Otakon.

Moving on, since noone wants to hear me talk about my work unless it is the fun part - like guys running out in their skivvies chasing after thier car at 3am, to Otakon Stuffage.

I am the Section Chief of Human Resources this year. I am working on my budget but I still need to get in touch with a few people. The budget is smaller this year than last so I am having fun with that. But it is coming together. I still need to talk with Hotels, Gofers, and Staf support. I know what Spec Ops needs and I still need to find a new head of that. The search for a Chief of Staff is going well. Hopefully there will be an announcement soon. There is so much stuff to do and so little time to implement it. I wish I could go to the meeting on the 25th but that is not happening.

Writing front. Well I am writing. But it is not on my fanfics. I know bad, Lark! But with everything going on with Work and Otakon I haven't had the inclination like I should. I am probably going to buckle down for NaNoWriMo and do something like "Finsh a story, Yo!" with that month.

Right now I am working on telling some Sims2 style stories. Let me tell you that I have never yelled at my laptop like I have lately. I am doing an Asylum challenge with [ profile] lennoxmacbeth as the star. I like to torture my friends. But this shouldn't be news for you all. ^_^ Here is the linky -- don't kill me because of the crappy picture taking. Although for those of you who play, i dare you to play Spot the Cameraman Mode pictures. They are there. Just not many of them since they cause Blue Screens of Death when I use them too much. Hence part of the screaming. *Begs Mac for an Advertising like banner for the story* You know my photoshop skills suck the galactic muffin.

I still need to mail out the prizes for the Max Challenge contest. But Money is killing me right now. Thank you vet bills.

Speaking of the pets. Rikku is very cuddly needy. She jumps up on my lap while I am working and cuddle sleeps. It is very cute. Shika wants to, but his hip is still bugging him I don't think the weather helps. He is just so happy to be alive that he will bound around the house while being gimpy. I am slowly starting to harden myself to the fact that it is very likely that Shikamaru will not live for very long. I am going to do my best to keep him going and the walks and playing fetch help some. But I think that his hip isn't going to improve and there will be a time where his quality of life is going to deteriorate to the point where it isn't a joy for him anymore. That is the day I am dreading. Until then, he still loves to play fetch and tug the disemboweled remains of squeaky toys with Rikku. He loves her and is currently cuddled against her sleeping. The cats are the cats. Affectionate, easy going, although Rin has taken to fighting with Rikku over who can sit on my lap. He claims he had it first. And he is right since he is the oldest pet in the house.

But that is generally what is going on with me. Today I am going out shopping with my mom at the Asian food store and Farmer's Market. Then later I am heading over to Josh's for Battlestar Friday. But for right now, Coffee!!!! and Dinner.
ladylarkrune: (Happy Puppy)
My dogs are semi-sharing a toy -- a stuffed sheep. Rikku is currently sucking on one end and kneading an old comforter I put on the floor. While Shikamaru is attempting to disembowl the other end. Every so often one or the other will get up and start up a game of tug and growl. It is very funny and very cute.
ladylarkrune: (Choo Choo angry Typing)
Water exercise is not going well.

The teacher has too many regulars who have been coming for years and so doesn't take the time to explain things fully or demonstrate them fully. So I am looking around the pool trying to figure out what to do and then she tells me that my eyes need to going one way or staying on center front. That would be great and all but I have NO CLUE what I am supposed to be doing so correcting what I am doing isn't going to work since I don't know what I doing. Then I have the other issue of that I have been trained as a swimmer. I competed for over 5 years and have been swimming since I was 3. In swimming, they teach you to do the strokes a certain way and I still have that muscle memory. I still can perform a decent backstroke or buttefly technique and when she uses the names of the swimming stroke, my body, my whole body, will autmatically start to do that. Apparently she only wants the arms or shoulders not the marriage of back, hips, hands and neck that I have been taught and has been ingrained into my memory.

She also claims not to single people out when she gives corrections. But twice she has done so in front of the class and while she has apologized for doing so it doesn't make up for the fact that yes I am being singled out in a class I already feel singled out in because of my age. I am the youngest member of the class by about 30 years. The class is made up of people in thier late sixties to seventies and eighties. So I already get a lot of weird looks there.

I have tried to explain this to her especially with the please make sure to fully explain what you want and demonstrate how it is to be done. But she then threw back at me that she has had many of these people in her classes for over 5 years. To me that is no excuse. It didn't help that the first class was cut short by 25 minutes since the lifeguard didn't get there until late. Even this class didn't start on time because of the lifeguard.

But she called my parents' house because she could tell I had questions at class but she brushed me off. I talked to on the phone and felt like I had gotten nowhere and got no answers from her. Only excuses and admonitions to watch my body - you know what I have. I have fucking watched my body. I can't place both my pinky toe and big toe directly on the ground without arching my foot. My feet do not work that way - they never have - flat feet + leg & Foot braces + falling arches = weird foot shape when standing.. For me to put them down that way is for me to twist my foot into a position that is not comfortable and does not promote "perfect posture." She tells me to keep working on it and it will get better. What part of they physically do not go that way does she not get? I am not making an excuse, I have to roll my ankle and arch my foot to get it to go the way she wants. Otherwise just the side of my pinky toe touches the floor not the whole.


As you can see I am frustrated and not happy. My parents are telling me I shouldn't put up with this and ask for a refund since I am obviously not getting anything out of the class. I juat was so proud of myself for doing something positive for my health and to be so frustrated right now is hard. I want to get better and I think that a lot of this will help later but only if the instructor actually instructs. I've already messed with my sleep schedule over this, something that she didn't understand as well. She seemed to think that I should be able to sleep immediately after class and I can't. I cannot sleep until about an hour or more later because of how my body works.

But anyway I should not be in fricking tears over this. I am just that frustrated. It probably isn't all her - but right now I feel that Kakashi the crap teacher of doom would be better. So I don't know what to do. If I should stick with the class or if I should try to get my money back and look at other options.

I haven't been walking with Shikamaru lately either. He is hurting a bit too much and I am letting him recover. On the amusing side, the drug the vet gave him for his pain is the same drug prescribed to me for my phantom gall bladder pain. Down to the numbers on the pills. I find that amusing
ladylarkrune: (Fading Away)
I haven't had a whole lot to talk about. My life is full of boring other than some minor Otakon stuffage and of course my pets.

Shikamaru went to the vet today and is doing fine. The vet wants his muscles stronger in his hindquarters so wants me to play fetch with the dog. That I can do. I am going to use Rikku as my goal. She has leg muscles from hell since she is a springer and a fairly active one at that. The other thing I can do is make him fun up and down the stairs. So that means I get to make more stair trips - something I rightfully worry about since I fall down stairs more often than I like.

The cats are the cats. Both of them have been much more affectionate since Alicia has left. It is kinda weird.

I finally saw Hellboy. Now I get to see Hellboy 2 which is in the second run theater here.

I am thinking of going on a liquid diet (non-alcohol) for a week or two sometime very soon. My body isn't feeling right and may need to give my liver a break. I've already cut pop out of my diet entirely and have been mostly drinking tea, water, and coffee. But still, something isn't feeling right and the last time I did that, my body felt better.

I am mostly recovered from the con plague of doom this year. Still a little throat tickle and cough now and again. But no more hacking a lung up - this is of the good.

I am judiciously ignoring the T.V. lately. I am so sick of the various political ads that it turns my stomach. Even cartoon network is not immune. The joys of living in a battle ground state. And that is all I am going to say about that.

So yeah just general mind dump. Now you get to deal with the textual spew. Aren't I nice?
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: What have you done that is ge)
Being a third shifter I tend to go to bed right after I get off of work at 7am. I do this for a myriad of reasons - to sleep the main heat of the day away, so I can get together with people after they get off of work, so I don't have put up with daytime television, etc.

Well that is going to be changing. I am going to start walking my dogs with my mom at 7:30am every morning. They aren't going to be long walks - my joints can't handle them - but Shikamaru needs to get more excerise than I can give him at home. His hip displaysia is a lot like my arthritis and it should get better the more I exercise him.

Which leads me to my arthritis. As a lot of you know, I have severe osteo-arthritis from my hips down. It was caused initially by my car accident years ago and exacerbated by both my weight and the abuse I heaped on my joints while I was in college. Now I get to try to do damage control. I am over weight and working from home, which is great and all, doesn't get me out and moving around like I should be. So in addition to walking Shikamaru - thank you dog for giving me a reason other than myself to get exercise - I had my mom sign me up for "Gentle Aquatic Exercise" which runs Monday and Wednesday 9:30-10:30am. I am not terribly happy about the times, I wish they were earlier in the day, but I am okay with it. I need to do something to get my health and weight back under control.

I am only thirty-two and some days I move like an eighty year old woman. The water should help with the artritis since it is low impact and the walking, well I will have to walk increasingly longer distances. I am nervous about the winter. Part of my problem with arthritis is if I slip, I fall. I cannot catch myself like most people. I have broken both of my wrists because of this. It is the reason I asked for a railing for my birthday two years ago. I fell in my driveway one day and could not get up my knee gave out and would not work - it was embarassing and sobering.

I need to do what I can to prevent my arthritis from getting worse. These are my first steps but they mean a shift in my sleep schedule which is also going to be annoying.
ladylarkrune: (My Spirit Dances)
I played hide and go seek with the dogs today.

It was fun.

I haven't done this since Tedi and Dot were around. It's still funny hiding in one really obvious place, around a corner or crouched beside a bed and watch the dogs walk around all confused, sniffing frantically, to find me. Then the look of pure excitement and pleasure on thier faces and whole bodies when they find me is really heartening to see. It's even funnier when Rikku finds me first and joins me in hiding from Shikamaru. She just climbs up into my lap and waits. Shika is just a big gallumph. He pounds around with no finesse and when he finds you he is equally exuberant.

Lots of fun.

This is why I keep pets. They keep me young and don't make me feel silly for playing a childish game every once and a while.
ladylarkrune: (Sleepy)
Shikamaru is having a bit of a crisis at the moment.

He wants to cuddle with one of the cats, preferably Pazu, and they just won't lie still so he can. Shika's idea of cuddling is lying against the object in question and putting his head over it like a pillow. The cats aren't going for it. And he is whining.

Rikku is joining him, but she is whining at me. She wants to go to bed, and I am not cooperating. I go through this every morning. She's gotten used to my work's sleep schedule easier than I have.

It is amusing.
ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
It's been a pretty quiet day I've written another 200 words for [ profile] lennoxmacbeth's birthmas fic. I shared some of it with [ profile] vegeta_no_oujo just to get some input. Jack Sparrow is not an easy character to write well. As it stands, the fic is a little over 800 words and I've just reached the first scene break. There are at least two more scenes to be written. Damn me and my plot bunnies all to hell.

I have decided that I hate YIM with a passion hotter than 1000 suns. I am getting so much spam there, that I had to change my contact options. Normally I let people contact me since I am a mod on MM.O and a department head at Otakon. But the Spam is untenable, I hadn't logged in about a week and I had 45 spam messages. That was one too many.

I also have a few pictures to share. )
ladylarkrune: (Skirt)
Our pets are definitely odd. . .

Chippy is the big gay dog -- He enjoys giving head to his brother. He tries to hump the male cats. He likes to wear sparkly bandanas.

Jester is a pervert -- He asks his brother to give him head. He flirts with the puppy. He has tried to hump the puppy. He obsesses over underwear.

Rikku is a bigger pervert -- Tries to hump the male cats. Has had several 69 sessions with Rin (one of the cats.) Obsesses over underwear worse than Jester does. Barges into the bathroom and then tries to sniff your crotch -- it is very disturbing.

Rin makes a big show over not liking the puppy. But actively seeks her out.

I will be posting pics soon of non perverted pet behaviour. I just need to resize & upload them.
ladylarkrune: (Sleepy)
I have not posted in a very long time. I don't know if I can truly explain what is going on with me. But I can attempt to explain it in two words.

Work )

Puppy )
ladylarkrune: (Let the Light Shine)
Day 2 with the flu. I haven't held down solid food for 36 hours but that isn't stopping me from imitating an American Tourist Visiting Mexico. I really hate being sick and I would have thought that getting a flu shot would take care of most of it.

*Grumbles* I want Steak and Spinach and All sorts of things that aren't good for me.

One of our pets is suicidal, we think. Trying to eat styrofoam and orchids and going ot great lengths to get them. I don't know if it is a cry for attention, or if they are really just that stupid.

She's Gone

Apr. 9th, 2002 11:22 am
ladylarkrune: (The Real Me)
Today, April 9, 2002 at 9:35 am Tedi Konecki, my dog, died at the age of 12 years 10 months. She was only six weeks away from her thirteenth birthday. She had battled leg cancer and survived to live another year and a half before a tumor in the third vertebrae of her neck caused her so much pain that she couldn't stand or walk. She was preceded in death by her sister and litter-mate, Dot. Hopefully, Dot will be there to greet her in the afterlife.

Tedi received her name from the cuddly "Teddy Bear" way she used to sit as a puppy. She was just a big teddy bear. She loved to play hide and go seek, go for walks, see what food was on the table/counter, and of course be with her humans.

She will most definitely be missed.
ladylarkrune: (Faye)
This is going to be kinda Random. Just me reflecting really.


I hate mornings. I really do. I especially hate them right now when I have to make a 90 mile commute to go to classes. It sucks. I got up late this morning, so I was late to class. Not a great start may I tell you.


My drive is really fricking boring. At least it is during the day or at night. But at sunrise or sunset the sky becomes absolutely beautiful. There is this cherry or crabapple tree along the way that looks like a Bonsai. Absolutely gorgeous when it is silhouetted against the sky with the sun gleaming crimson behind it. Today I was treated to an extra sight on my trip home. As I drove into Down Town GR, there were literally thousands of birds flying around in unison. I was reminded of a school of fish they were that coordinated. They swooped and dove as one and for me one huge ball then separated into groups of over 200 individuals. It was quite amazing.


I was actually happy with the new Buffy episode overall. Although I really could do without the magic=drugs metaphors. This is not an after school special, people. But Spike was great! Tara was awesome! I hope they finally sign Amber Benson to become a regular. The Halfrek/Spike scene is generating tons of speculation. Woohoo. And I really enjoyed the Clem and Sophie moments.


Reread Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde series. I still love her set-ups for the stories. But I think she ends things a little too quickly after the final conflict and leaves too many loose ends.


My dog is old. Maybe too old. She's turning 13 in May and is completely deaf, has cataracts and has arthritis. She also has survived one bout of leg cancer. But we are finding growths again. We made the decision tonight that we are not going to do anything heroic to save the dog. She's had a good life. But it still hard..


WTF!!!! It costs over 800 to rent a U-haul to move to Florida! Frigola!


Stupid Figure Skating Judges. I am glad their ass is finally getting racked over the coals. And the judging system should be changed.


End random thoughts that I had today


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