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I guess I should clarify now that I’m back on track. Around the beginning of March my two bosses called all of the employees in (all 3 of us) and said that the business was doing shitty. They might have to shut down.
Then they had a private meeting with each of us.
My meeting consisted of me being told that because I was Admin, I was a luxury and didn’t bring any money in.
*Even though I billed all of the clients. And made sure the bills were paid. And rounded up slow-paying clients.*
So because I didn’t technically put in any “billable” time.
I either had to accept the offer of working one to two days a week (NOT POSSIBLE) or I had to find a new job.
So I found a new job.
And I guess I shouldn’t describe it as an animal shelter because technically we don’t have a shelter. But we work with animals and help people pay emergency vet bills and try to keep animals out of the circus, rodeo, etc. That’s probably all I ought to say about it because we all know what happened when I was too forthcoming with job info on my blog.
Now I work with 4 dogs, which is pretty nice. I get to take breaks to pet and walk dogs instead of writing invoices. I can get used to this! I even got to bring the pugs to work with me already. That ended up being a bit much as the dogs were on sensory overload from smelling so many smells from other dogs. Or maybe it’s because Winston peed on 5 things. Either way, I’m glad there’s a carpet cleaner here.

Start Decking Those Halls

Ahhh, now things are looking a little more festive.  The city began decorating on the first of the month, which is a new Christmas record I think for over-eager decorating to induce consumer madness.  The lights are pretty though, and they make a good tether to choke other shoppers with!

“GET YOUR HANDS OFF THAT SWEATER, BIATCH!”

The best decorating I’ve seen so far has been this bus, which I saw while driving yesterday.  I almost crashed into it with excitement, but then I thought, hey, I’ll never see it again if I drive right into it.  bus.jpg

My lack of posting on the weekend was due to Zelda and Winston being sick.  I am pretty sure Winston has a cold, as he sounds like an SUV when he breathes, but Zelda had a more interesting illness that involved vomiting about 20 times in a row until she was shivering.  Not the best way to wake up on a Sunday morning.

She’s okay now, so no worries there, but just seeing your poor little dog heaving up spit because there’s just nothing left in her tummy was painful to watch.  Okay, not nearly as painful as actually vomiting that many times, but I was just left there helpless, trying to hold her as she heaved. 

I’m not sure what brought on the heaves, but I decided that it was time to switch ingredients with the doog food I’ve been making them.  The meals turn out to be really cheap when you cook anyhow, so I figured that paying $3 more for chicken breast instead of beef was a small cost in the grand scheme of things.  Instead of the usual beef, rice, and carrots, now they are getting sweet potato, chicken, and green beans!  Man, these meals sound better than most of the things I know how to cook for humans!

Can I just tell you how weird it is to cook ground chicken?!  It looks like popcorn when it cooks, which is just about the sickest thing I’ve ever seen.  The nice thing is that it doesn’t really smell at all, and there’s pretty much no fat.  BONUS FOR VEGETARIANS WHO COOK MEAT FOR THEIR DOGS!

That was pretty much my weekend.  Cleaning up dog barf and cuddling them after.  Boo!

I did get inspired by Noman’s mom’s post about knitting and went and got myself some bamboo needles and new yarn!  Woo!  I learned how to knit in high school when I was in Fashion Studies, but it was really hard to learn because I am left handed and my teacher was right handed.  It just turned into one confusing ordeal, so I tried on my own to reasonable success.  I haven’t picked up the needles for a long time, but it was really relaxing to get into a grand attempt at a scarf again!  I think I might look into crochet and see if I can pick that up easily as well.  You can make all kinds of crazy stuff when you knit, and I am looking forward to actually making something again, as my art school days have long since passed.  Maybe a trip to Michaels is in store today? 

Can I tell you how much I love the smell of a craft store?  I could work a twelve hour day in a craft store, just based on the smell.  I love the smell of freshly cut wood, crafters glue, fake flowers and potpurri!  Maybe I was a little prarie settler in a previous life??

Maybe I should get an office fish


Who wouldn’t want a little office fish workin’ as hard as I know all of you are (as you read this at work)?

Wait, I kind of suck at taking care of fish. My animals need to be interactive, and I doubt a fish has ever kissed me on the cheek…

They seriously will.

So I was at Petsmart with Steve this afternoon, and there were a few rescue organizations there. One being ARF, the Animal Rescue Foundation, which had several TO DIE FOR little fluffy puppies for adoption, and the other was the Ferret Rescue Foundation. Yes. We have a ferret rescue foundation.
Anyhow, other than the fact that it looked like it was run by a bunch of crazy hippies, they had quite the powerful statement about adopting a ferret over other, more popular animals.
On some of their marketing material it said, “Dogs and cats may win your heart, but ferrets will STEAL YOUR SOUL.”

That’s right friends. This little son of a bitch is coming. And it’s coming FOR YOU!

Seriously though, does a soul stealing rodent sound good to you? You’d think someone would have flicked the red light on that promotional statement, but apparently they were too busy fixing their VW or something…


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