Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Happier Post, In The Morning No Less!

Well, no, now that you ask, I do not know what Venus is after, or why Mim is sniffing her butt while she does it...They're Bengals, if you ponder long enough, you may figure out why they do the things they do. Or you may not. Generally, there is a weird sort of logic to it.

They are unhappy this morning. They got "Heart and Livers" for second breakfast. And did NOT like it. See? I can understand THAT. I Gave them to King Lear the Huge, who will eat ANYTHING, (Because he is HUGE, not fat, HUGE) and opened some Beef Feast for Venus and Mim.

(Indulging them? Surely you jest!)

I'm not very good at shooting horses yet, (Ok, that came out strange) but here's Dimil, called Dim, all wet and soggy. People at the Barn seem to like his new name, but mostly they call him "SpotImeanDim" which comes out kind of funny.

I'm still riding Maisie, and doing well at it. Skittery horse. A window was open three days ago, which was, apparently VERY SCARY, and now she does her Skittery Maneuver at odd times when ever she goes by it, remembering. I mean, it could come open again at ANY moment.

Today is important in that it is DAY SEVEN of my new diet and workout program (can't spell "excersize" in ANY way that spell check will recognize, if anyone knows, tell me) meaning tomorrow is Weigh Day. I'll tell you more about it later, if it works, but it is sort of based on an idea of "Eat Less, Move more". And the concept that if you eat more fruits, veggies, lean meats cooked right, and do NOT eat half a stick of butter on your pasta, followed by 3 or 4 cookies, every night, you may well drop a couple pounds a week.

I know, a fad, you say, will never work. If it was THAT easy, everyone would be doing it. We shall see.

That's mostly it for me this morning, wanted to move on, but first to thank you all for the love and support the last few days. It meant a lot.

Love and Light,


At 08:37 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I think Venus might be looking for one of your special "mousies"...

At 08:37 Blogger Phiala said...

Bengals and horses and diets oh my!

Sorry, couldn't resist. I'm in the coffeeshop catching up on some reading, you see, and... well... drinking coffee. Lots of it. Possibly even too much.


Nick's two-step diet plan:
1. Veggies or salad first.
2. No matter how much you want seconds of the main course, you must wait 10 minutes after finishing firsts. Usually by then your stomach has caught up to your taste buds and you don't want any more.

Works pretty well.

At 08:42 Blogger DataGoddess said...

Venus is looking for any treats you might have stashed in there, like steak. Because you never know where steak might turn up!

Was Dim out playing in the snow?

At 09:08 Blogger Ani said...

Good morning! Just leaving a hello before I head out. Sounds like the riding is going great, Q--can't wait until you can take Dimil out!

At 09:19 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Great pictures. The slight blurriness of the first one of Dim makes him look all mysterious. And the purse deep dive is just plain cute.

I mean to join you in the FIT next week. Still recovering from the past couple of months. I slept almost all this weekend. So I need this week to grocery shop and next weekend to get stocked up on already made good food. If I start without that, I'm doomed by the second day (ask me how I know). The "move more" part is even harder. Walking home from work just never happens. Will try walking to work instead.

Work beckons now. Another pile of resumes to read. This time for a one-year cataloger. Part of the "OMF we got the grant!" shuffle.

At 09:47 Blogger Marjorie said...

I'm starting on the 'eat less, move more' plan just as soon as I get past the 'cough more, breathe less' plan I seem to be stuck with right now. I have had to admit that I don't seem to be beating it alone so am going to be seeing the Dr this evening & asking for antibiotics, which I hate doing.
But happy Bengal & Horse pictures cheer me up no end.

At 09:47 Blogger Jane said...

Open containers are like catnip - must always be investigated and gotten into. Never fails.

Weight Watchers works for me and I think it's because the detail work of counting food points pleases my accountant's brain. And writing down everything I eat. Amazing how that shows you what really goes into your mouth!

OSS - and quite right to plan ahead. Spur of the moment food is not usually the best :-) For taste, maybe, for health, maybe not.

Calvin at vet...waiting to hear why he has gone downhill so quickly in the last day or so. Hoping it can be fixed.

At 09:54 Anonymous Anonymous said...


something Bengals gets lots of! You never know "what" she heard moving down there in the depths of that bag, she'll get it tho! and defend her human. ^_^

Eat less, move more; worked for me. Course i had all kinds of stress too. Dropped 24 lbs. in 4 weeks and am not intending to gain it back.

Of course now i get told by an old school chum, "you used to have a nice ass, now you don't have one" told her it was nice to know that she was checking out the rearage and that "yes" i DID still have a nice ass, just my jeans are all TOO big now! and when you buy from thrift stores it takes awhile to find jeans that fit. ^_^

hears hoping everything evens out and is less stressful smooth sailing for all! Dimiel looks like he's enjoying his bath!

At 09:54 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Because of my first day of substituting yesterday, I started on the "King Cake and home-made chicken tenders" diet. I don't think this will last long.

I'm hoping I'll have enough time to walk to the coffee shop down the street today before class.

At 09:56 Blogger fairbetty said...

Yay for Dim and becoming a more proficient rider. You're going to be great.

At 10:00 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Jane - All my best wishes to Calvin and his persons!

At 10:13 Blogger Erin Underwood said...

Good luck with the diet! I think you might have found the secret to dropping a few pounds. :-)

I wish I could find the secret to keeping my Will Power going strong.

At 10:25 Blogger vampi said...

i'm going on a cruise in march, so i'm trying to eat less. the move more is a bit of an issue with work , but i am also doing some of that as well.

At 10:39 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Taking our kitty to the vet today for his checkup and a bath. He's 19, every trip to the vet is a bit nerve wracking.

You know what is a good way to move Lorraine? Hula hooping! I do believe there's one at the big house ;-)

OK, must start the day....after refilling tea cup.

At 10:53 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Well, that didnt' go well. Attempt one at getting the cat to take him to the vet went: run, hide, run other way, hide, stop, look at me and pee on the floor. Little shit. Will try again in a bit.

At 11:06 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...


Poor kitty. Now he knows something's up!

At 11:42 Blogger Chantrelle said...

OK, I won the battle w/ my 11lb, 19yr old cat but just barely. Once I had him in my arms he succumbed. I do feel sorry for him, he's just scared. I bribed him with treats and scritches.

At 11:54 Blogger spacedlaw said...

I wanted to share a link a friend of mine sent me.
This painting is in the museum of Shanghai. It was made during the Northern Song's Empire (1085-1145). It's over 5 meters long and only 25cm high. You can move alongside the action by moving the cursor and they have added little movies to illustrate some of the scenes (accessible by clicking on the squares).

At 12:02 Blogger Lioness said...

I don't know about that wacky diet. Let us know how it works out for you.
It is always nice to hear about the riding progress. When do you think you will be riding your Very Own Horse? ( I think the 18th C writers were correct when they capitalized whatever was important.)

At 12:02 Blogger Lioness said...

oops. Tickey box

At 12:10 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Someone ralphed up a hairball on my recliner. It was not black hair. I wonder who it could have been...

At 12:28 Blogger Marjorie said...

Love that painting, Nat-Law, thanks for the link!

At 12:43 Blogger AletaMay said...

Oh Nat-Law that is soooo cool. Thanks for posting. Also... did I see some of your work at AFPart?? V nice.

An open window can be very scary. One never knows what may come in, or go out. I understand this fear. Love the horse tales.

Moving more and eating healthful food is a good way to live whatever one's size or shape.

At 12:43 Blogger Jess said...

What does it say about me that the first thing I wondered about that picture was why Mim was sniffing Venus's butt? No, don't answer that.

(Actually I read somewhere that they possibly do that to find out what the other cat's been eating-- i.e., if there's any new, good source of food around.)

Yeah, that half stick of butter on the pasta thing is a problem. Butter and parmesan on pasta is fantastic. I also have this problem with omelettes. And cheese. Love cheese.

Do walk everywhere, though, not enough to get back into half the clothes in my closet. Need a more serious Movement program.

Nathalie, that is amazing! Oh, man: if I had my way, the Night Garden site would look like that. This is why I keep asking if anyone knows any flash animators. Not that we can afford to commission a flash animator. :D

Hey, kids (and that also means all you new kids): speaking of Night Garden, if you haven't been getting the messages that have been going around, and you want in the loop, let me know. For some reason it looks like only about half the people on my list got the last thing I sent around; I have no idea what's going on there. Damn this newfangled "E Mail" technology.

At 12:43 Blogger Jess said...

aaaaaand ticky

At 13:11 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Dude, this sucks. I had a wedding booked for a sunday in August and the bride just emailed me to say they split up for now! He's not ready for marriage. That's the first time I've had this happen since I started officiating. I've had a few couples divorce over the years but I haven't had a cancellation pre-wedding. Poor girl. I need to send her the deposit back.

At 13:37 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Mostly butter followed by cookies isn't good, and so healthy substitutes are not all that faddish.

Glad you are having a lovely time with the horses.

At 14:38 Blogger ariandalen said...

Dimil looks happy in your photos. :)

"Eat Less/Move More" really does work, though if I eat more food and less junk that works, too. I've found that, for me, accountability is a big factor in sticking to a "fit" program. I'm a member of a community on LJ where I have a weekly check-in. I started in August, and since then I have increased my physical activity, begun eating at least one fruit per day, begun pre-planning at least one meal per day, and as a result I've lost 15 lbs. Has it all been down? No; there have been losses, gains, and lots of staying the same. I report it all, and none of the people in the community does anything to undermine me, or anyone else. I got the idea to make eating at least one fruit a day from one of the other members, and it helps keep me from reaching for candy/cookies/junk.
For physical activity I started with walking for 30 minutes/1.5 miles per day, 5 days/week. That fell by the wayside when it got cold. My husband found a really good stationary bike in December, so I started riding it for at least 30 minutes/day, 5 days a week. We got Wii Fit Plus for Christmas, so I've been using it or the stationary bike for the last month. I like the bike because I can read and exercise at the same time. Wii Fit Plus is just fun, plus I can record any time I ride the stationary bike in my Activity Log. :)

At 15:19 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Only the vaguest of possibilities for now, but there is some potential for me being in Pittsburgh October 20-22. Would PA Fiends be at home around that time, should such a wonderful thing come to pass?

At 15:32 Blogger Laura B said...

Here for the ticky box since I seem to have missed the last couple posts...

Nice pictures, too.

At 15:34 Blogger Phiala said...

OSS, that's a definite maybe. But if you do come, I'll try very hard to get out there!

At 16:13 Blogger Jess said...

OSS: Well heck, we live here. So yes. :)

At 16:40 Blogger Siri said...

Spent the afternoon making soup for a soup supper tomorrow night - weary beyond belief - there's a reason I'm not a chef.

Starved, just starved, but don't want to eat a thing - been around too much food today. What to do what to do....

Crumpets and peanut butter sounds right.

At 17:09 Blogger One Sock Short said...

Well, Jess, I figured it would be just my luck if that were the one week you would be away. Now crossing even more fingers.

At 17:38 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Still working.

Thought you should all know.

I can tell you miss me.

At 17:48 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Aghhhhh, the moving painting gave me vertigo until I worked out how to stop it scrolling...magnificent work or art though.

Between you and my niece going on a trail ride on the weekend I am really itching to go for a ride. OMG, I just worked out it has been 30 years this year since I was last on a horse. How did that happen?

Jane, hop Calvin improves rapidly now they know what's happening and Chantrelle, that you survived the vet visit.

At 17:49 Blogger Dragonsally said...

and no, I am not hopping until I hear how Calvin is...that would be hoping. Damned disobedient fingers.

At 17:52 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Kitty is home and as morose as before the vet visit so no loss there ;-) He's always been a curmudgeon, now that he's 19, he really is.
They did blood work since his kidney function seems to be decreasing and he's lost 2lbs. Not really a surprising turn of events at this age. This is his usual facial expression. Harumph.

Of course we miss you Lorraine!!

At 18:00 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Cos so many of us love Torchwood and The Doctor, I just have to point you to this
Just watch John's reactions - gorgeous.

At 19:18 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


But I don't think I am yet DONE for the day.

There is no DONE. Only Zul.

At 19:23 Blogger Chantrelle said...

Ben apparently watched Ghostbusters twice this weekend while we were in San Francisco. I couldn't complain, i love that movie!

At 20:25 Blogger Jess said...

OSS - Well, to be honest we usually don't plan that far ahead. We barely plan for the weekend. :D But I can say with 97% certainty that we'll be around, especially now we've been warned.

Ghostbusters III will happen at some point in the not-too-distant future, I hear. What that gonna be like? They are the ghosts?

At 20:32 Blogger Siri said...

Chantrelle, my BFF, who teaches second graders, would say that looks just like her perpetual frown face.

She's been using it a lot recently. Did Q & I mention the blizzard yesterday, that no one in my state predicted?

I look just like that cat!

At 21:35 Blogger Procrastiknitter said...


At 21:53 Blogger Dallas D said...

Regarding the open window....
do read Temple Grandin's books Animals Make Us Human and Animals in Translation. I forget which one addresses horse and cow reactions to things like the window - or a reflection - or a shirt or blanket thrown over a fence. Horses are her most favorite animal. Both books are fascinating.

At 22:25 Blogger Ms T said...

Hah! And I'm reading this just as I'm trying to persuade myself to go the gym.

Which is all of 5 minutes away.

And my gym gear is sitting right next to me. :)

Maybe I'll just do a little cardio...

OSS, I know what you mean about having to lay in the pre-prepared healthy food. As soon as I get too tired, all my good intentions fly right out the window. Of course, they might find it a little more difficult to take flight I didn't face 3 pizza places, a hamburger place, a fish and chip shop, and a dairy (erm...convenience store?) right next to my home bus-stop!

At 22:39 Blogger Ms T said...

And in case anyone has formed any false impression from my last post, I should add that I am no delicate, sylph-like creature. I've just moved from being a complete sloth to very slightly less sloth-like. :)

(Maybe Venus has fixed the cloaking device on the TARDIS and now she's trying to find the door?)

At 00:42 Blogger vampi said...

oh fod help us if venus figures out how to control timelord technology...

quiche i hope your work day has ended

At 06:45 Blogger Phiala said...

I second the Temple Grandin recommendation for learning about animal behavior, including open windows. She's fascinating.

Thanks for all the love on the other post - I feel awful for my friend's family. Sigh...

At 08:34 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...


Must check that book out! Very cool!

You know, one of the best side things about riding every day is SLEEPING at night. I go to bed early, and don't even remember falling alseep and I stay that way, all the way thru.

No waking up and worrying! I love this.

Weigh day was good, got my 2. Might have been a bit more, as I used a different scale, and had just sort of picked my pounds from the last time I had checked, so that's all fine. We'll see in three more weeks. I think one needs at least a month to see if a New Plan is working or not.

Women go up and down so much, I think you have to get at least 10 before you can be SURE you are on the right track.

Feel great anyway, and didn't break diet once.

At 09:40 Blogger Jess said...

I had a doughnut. Sigh. The pleasure of doughnuts if fleeting, but the dough stays on your nuts forever, or something.

Oh, Phiala. I missed the post about your friend before. I'm so sorry. I know you knew it was coming, but that doesn't make it easier. Sending good thoughts your way.

Yay for Zora and Ziggy! I am liking the regular dose of Bengal cuteness. Ziggy and his paws od Doooooom. Yep, that works.

At 09:48 Blogger EmilyLady said...

You are a profound being, Jess.

I know, women DO go up and down so much. So long as you feel good.

For Fiends who are not on Facebook, I had an article that was elected number one recently submitted fiction piece on Teen Ink's website. I don't know how interested you are but I thought I would share (it's, ahm, not very happy but still):

At 09:48 Blogger EmilyLady said...

And it's also under my Chinese name ...

At 10:03 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Must go puzzle out airlines in the office now. As opposed to puzzling here in the Spooky House.

Riding after work tonight. Which is harder than you would think. My energy is all about NOW. Which, one supposes, is good for the airline puzzle.

At 10:48 Blogger bengalgirl said...

EmilyLady, beautiful but so sad. Thought I was over my Zoe tears but now have new ones. Good writing is when you can make someone feel, you did.

At 11:41 Blogger Kimberly said...

I posted this on the other entry, but thought I'd copy it over here (and add a little) since L suggested posting updates on the most recent post:

If folks aren't too sick of getting follow-up comments on this blog post with Bengal rescue updates, I think I'd like to formally introduce everyone to the two Bengals listed here, who have been inhabiting my guest room bathroom for the last 5 days.

Both of their names honor Zoe, but especially Mama, now known as Zoraline (Zora for short), and her tiny baby Ziggy.


If you'd like to see them both in motion, including purrs, and baby-squeaks, and a little silly growling, please look here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9HwsXTExTE

Warning: She growls a little in the video, and apparently it bothered a couple of people. I PROMISE that while she's not crazy about the camera, it really isn't bothering her that much - she growls while headbutting me for scritches, too. She seems to have growl in her general vocabulary. If that's going to upset you to see/hear (since the purrs aren't nearly as audible in the video) - don't watch it! She's doing great!

Actually - she can be a little bored with it all: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlyjennery/4308909188/

Ziggy is doing a LOT better than he was a couple of nights ago. He nearly scared me to death, I swear! I'm glad I had the tools to help him so quickly (sub-q, formula, etc.) and that he responded so well, phew!

At 11:57 Blogger bengalgirl said...

Bengals sometimes growl for no real reason, just part of their vocabulary. Some growl while they chow on food, some also make a yum yum yum sound while they eat. One of my foster cats was a bit of a yowler like my Sam and her new owner called last night concerned about the weird noises she was making at 3 am. When I explained a bit he thought it was cool - thank goodness. Bengals make noise!

At 12:09 Blogger ariandalen said...

Well written, Emily!

At 12:57 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another sadness, this horse has had to be put down, but glory in her youtube show


At 13:29 Blogger Unknown said...

OMG! OMG!! Tiny adorable Ziggy! Tiny widdle peanut baby Ziggy!!!!! And doesn't mama Zoraline look relaxed and happy in her new situation with her wee kitten?

My heart has been healed. Zoe would be pleased with the love-spreading sweetness of her namesakes.

At 13:35 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...

Good job, Emily!

At 13:39 Anonymous Wendy Withers said...


The picture of Ziggy curled up a few inches from Mommy is one of the cutest pictures I have ever seen! Thank you for doing such a good service to the world!

At 14:27 Blogger Jill said...

Awww, Kimberly, thanks for sharing that video. It made me smile.

Two of my cats were in the room while I was watching it, and when the baby started squealing, they became very interested. :>)

Blessings on you for rescuing these two precious, beautiful creatures.

At 15:43 Blogger pseudodigm said...

Hi there all.

Marjorie - did I get a twitter from you the other day? It could be a coincidence but they did respond to a Gaiman tweet. If that *was* you, how'd you find me on there? X D

I'm about halfway through the rough draft of my Night Garden Story. It's....okay. It borrows from another story I'm writing and is derivative but I don't *hate* it.

At 15:49 Blogger Marjorie said...

Rick, I belive I did...followed you blogger profile to your blog which had your twitter on it (I think - either that or I tweeted a random stranger and you got tweeted by one...) I'm @Marjorie73, there.

At 15:50 Blogger Marjorie said...

at leawst - I thought I did - but it's not there now. In which casd I have no idea.

At 16:36 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Emily, that is beautiful. Truly beautiful.

At 17:14 Blogger Dallas D said...

Turns out there's an HBO bio-pic about Temple Grandin to air Feb 6
with Clare Danes in the lead role.

Also, Dr. Grandin did a 3 hour live interview with C-Span a few months ago and you can watch it online

...from your 24-hour Librarian

At 17:46 Blogger Kimberly said...

Bengal update!

Baby Ziggy is responding really well overall. I'm supplementing him more than I had been since he doesn't manage any net gain in weight with mama (he seems to get some small amount, and she does potty him, which is a boon, lemme tell ya!)

This is what I just posted on twitter:

There is a good chance that this is the cutest kitten hiss in the history of hissing! http://is.gd/7btF9 Also milky face! http://is.gd/7bu9K

Extra cute photo, not advertised anywhere else first: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlyjennery/4310378128/


At 17:50 Blogger EmilyLady said...

Sally, Wendy Withers, and Bengalgirl: thank you!

At 17:54 Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh Kimberley...so adorable

At 18:15 Blogger EmilyLady said...

And also - thanks, Ariandalen. Sorry.

At 20:39 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Dallas D, thank you! You are right handy to have around here! Be welcome!

Just back from riding, rode an INSIDE horse tonight. Too cold, far too cold, to get one of mine from outside, both for me, and the horse to go back into after riding.

Going to TRY and do a wee blog post.

At 21:30 Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And the New Post is up!

(I can tell from the comments you have been waiting)

At 05:51 Blogger Unknown said...

Nice pictures. The slight blurriness of the first one of Dim makes it look all superb. And the purse in the deep dive is just plain cute... Thanks for sharing.
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