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  1. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

    WOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOO.

    I’m happy it’s Friday.

    Tomorrow’s my birthday.

    I’m thinking about getting todays http://www.woot.com as my gift. Any thoughts?

    Otherwise… um.. hi there : )

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Happy Birthday Kimaroo! *HUG*

      Do it do it do it do it. You know you want to. You deserve a treat. :)

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Thank you : ) *hug!*

        Speaking of “do it do it do it” did you ever buy a rice cooker? : P

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          No, I’m broke and trying to stave off bankruptcy right now, so that will have to wait a while. I’ll just cook it on the stovetop for the time being.

          I REALLY REALLY want the one that makes cake. :D

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            Aww.. good luck with that. Financial problems suck : (

            And yes, rice is totally secondary to the wonder of Rice Cooker Cake. Which is totally what I meant anyway. hehe.

            • HogwartsProfessor says:

              Well, I can still make cake in the oven, thank goodness. I have a big old Philco stove from the Fifties (came with the house) and the oven is huge!

              • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

                Which is handy in the winter time, I’m sure. Perhaps by summer you can afford the Cake Cooker : )

                Here’s hoping!

    • katstermonster says:

      DO ITTTTTT. Then you can show me kitty videos. Kthanxbai.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Happy birthday! And I second kastermonster. Buy it, then upload kitteh videos.

    • pop top says:

      Happy birthday! You could treat yourself to a new toy OR you could buy the DVDs of the live Rifftraxs that you’ve missed. ;) Also, the article for the camcorder is hilarious.

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Now I really must find out if they have the recording of Rifftrax + Weird Al and UHF!

        Enabler.

        • pop top says:

          They currently do not have UHF. Although they did do a Christmas Riff Live with Al, so you’ll just have to get that instead. I just found their “Shorts!” DVD randomly at a local supermarket and it is hilarious. It’s like 7 or 8 shorts from the 50s, 60s and 70s and they are too funny. It was only like, $5 too. I can’t find it on their site at the moment though.

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            Oooh.. I am both sad, and reasured all at the same time.

            The shorts were my favorite part of the one we saw last week so I am totally down with finding that DVD. Especially for 5 dollars.

        • Angus99 says:

          Kimaroo, you probably already know this, but be sure and check out cinematictitanic.com. It’s where Joel and crew operate from these days, and they have both DVDs and downloads.

          • pop top says:

            We tried to see CT live when they were in Ann Arbor but it was WAAAAY too expensive. Compare seeing Rifftrax sive at $10 a ticket at a nearby movie theater to seeing CT live at $50 a ticket, plus the gas to get to A2, plus parking fees. Not worth it to me, sorry Joel. Mike’s my favorite anyway. ;)

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Haddie Burro-day!

      Hope you have a faboo weekend!

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Congratulations on another successful trip around the sun, Kimaroo!
      And I say go for today’s Woot – make your kitty Internet Famous on youtube

    • CrankyOwl says:

      Happy burfday! So you’re a Scorpio too…we’re pretty fabulous. And humble.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone. I’m trying to focus on being happy about it rather than feeling “old” like I usually do. Heh.

      I’ve decided that if the Flip Camera isn’t sold out on woot by the time I get home, then it shall be mine!

      YAAAYYY Kitteh videos!

    • Laura Northrup says:

      I like that Woot! I bought my local Groupon, a 1-hour massage, for myself as an early Christmas present.

  2. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Surprised kitteh is surprised!

  3. StuffThingsObjects says:

    As much as I don’t like coffee, I am so stoked that it is cold enough to get me a Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I feel that way about cocoa. It’s time to indulge, especially since it’s supposed to be 25 degrees tonight. I might have to turn on the furnace although I was hoping to put it off for a while because of gas prices. :P

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I get excited about the chill becuase that means that Torani releases its Nectar of the Gods-
      Pumpkin Spice syrup.
      I put it in EVERYTHING.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      I’m getting a gingerbread latte on my way home. I got a free drink coupon!

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        I told my mom that I want to start my birthday with a trip to Starbucks and a Gingerbread Latte.. Mmmmm….

        I’m SO ready.

  4. pop top says:

    Yay weekend! GWAR last weekend was amazing. They ended the show the the Biledriver and “Sick of You”; best ending to a concert ever. More than made up for all the shitty opening acts, minus Mobile Deathcamp, who is not shitty in the least. One band was hilarious in particular because the lead singer brandished a stuffed ram’s head/neck at the crowd while singing. Yeah dude, you’re totally metal.

    Tonight is bar night so I can play darts, which is something I’ve really gotten into recently. I might even invest in my own darts at some point. The rest of this weekend is dedicated to throwing shit away and packing stuff for our eventual move. I’m also working on a backlog of laundry since our washer was f’ed for a while. I really, really have to recommend “going through your junk and tossing it away” to everyone. We’ve thrown/given away and donated so much stuff it’s not even funny. It’s also helped me not spend money on other things because I think about having to pack it for the move and if I really want to have to do that. It’s very cathartic too.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Ooh, I second the junk-weeding. I’m trying to get rid of stuff in my big master plan to GTHOOH (Get The Hell Out Of Here) and looking for stuff to sell. I have too much. Unfortunately, most of it isn’t worth crap. But it’s nice not to be quite so hoardy. :)

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        remember the part where you are broke? combine these things and sell your junk. then no bankruptcy and money for the rice cooker that makes cake, right?

        • HogwartsProfessor says:

          Well, I did put my *idontwannasellit!* awesome antique recliner on craigslist, but no one wants it apparently. Other than that, it’s all just junk. But maybe SOMEONE will want my crap for something. It will soon be too cold to have a garage sale, unless I can find a way to heat the garage.

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      Sooo jealous!
      It doesn’t look like I’m going to GWAR this month-
      a surprise costume birthday party has been planned for a family friend.
      A “COWBOYS and INDIANS” theme… for a 50-year-old man.
      Bummed for missing GWAR, but excited to see how well we surprise him.

      The day before is Clutch/BLS/Children of Bodom, so I’m hoping that will go well.

      • pop top says:

        That sounds like a fun party. Too bad you can’t see GWAR. Tell that old man he owes you. ;)

        • cash_da_pibble says:

          He’s a good guy- my MIL’s fiance.
          He’s an absolute riot, loves Jager, and his Alabama dialect is charming.

    • Bativac says:

      I remember playing the Beavis and Butt-Head video game as a kid and finally beating it, meaning I got to see the Super Nintendo version of GWAR.

      …Not quite as cool as they looked on TV. I bet they’re better live.

  5. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Well, not too much exciting this weekend. Gotta work – just keep reminding myself that not having a job sux, and suddenly working tons of OT isn’t so bad. Have a blood donation scheduled on Saturday. Other than that, will probably spend the weekend crocheting, trying to get an afghan done for my uncle’s b-day on 12/03.
    And I’ll go ahead and give the plug – if you can, please take the time this upcoming holiday season to give blood. You’ll help save lives, and you get free juice and cookies. =)

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I would love to do that. I stopped for a while after getting a tattoo, and then the blood center changed its hours so that it was impossible. I should grab a paper and see if they have a drive anywhere coming up that I can get to.

      I enjoyed doing that. It made me feel good. Not in a braggy “See my donation sticker!” way, just because sometime I might need some. I feel like all us donors got each other covered. :)

    • cash_da_pibble says:

      I’ve never thought about it.
      That’s a good idea…
      I’ve always hated the commercialism of Christmas, so doing something like this would totally inspire me to really ENJOY the season, instead of cursing Humanity under my breath and becoming a recluse.

    • theblackdog says:

      I’d love to, except I’m a dude, who loves another dude, so that means that I must have the AIDS according to their rules.

  6. Bativac says:

    I am leaving for 2 weeks in the Northeastern US tomorrow. I need last minute advice on Must-See stuff in Boston and, uhh, Providence, Rhode Island!

  7. JulesNoctambule says:

    Yes, I *did* dress my cat in a Halloween costume!

    Behold, Clare-o-ween: http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g171/julesnoctambule/oct31clare012.jpg

  8. ArcanaJ says:

    I just discovered there’s a name for that thing I do, that my kids do and my Mom does. It’s called Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome and it’s a medically recognized, you know, thing. Also, it seems to be genetic.

    http://www.sleepassociation.org/index.php?p=delayedsleepphasesyndrome

    I’m not big on rushing to label every quirk a disorder or a syndrome, but man this sure explains a lot.

    PS, still working at MMOCrunch. Been promoted to Content Editor. Very happy there.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Yay!

      Sounds like something that can be adjusted, although a terror if you have to get up early! Messed-up sleep things are sucky. I had night terrors as a kid and get that sleep paralysis thing every once in a while. Even though I know what it is and it doesn’t scare me anymore, I HATE IT.

  9. Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

    Happy birfday! You should totally get some Mexican food.

    • Toffeemama is looking for a few good Otters says:

      Whoops, I meant this as a comment to Kimaroo…

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Thank you : ) I didn’t have any Mexican food (not my fav) but I did have lunch at my very favorite French bakery. Quiche! OM NOM NOM!

  10. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Still employed and still waiting to see how long I’ll be employed since the “acquisition”. Once ink is on paper, hopefully I’ll have some idea. In the meantime, I’ve updated my resume and I have to say: I look employable!! So I’m going to wait and see what happens. No sense in jumping from the frying pan into a possible fire. Wish me luck!

  11. Not Given says:

    We lost 2 cats last weekend. One to kidney failure, even though I was giving him subQ fluids, high calorie nutrient supplement, antibiotics and keeping him on a heating pad. I dripped water into his mouth with an eyedropper and DH brought him fresh game which he actually ate. I spent a lot of time and energy nursing him, he was always a sweetie. The other I had to have put to sleep because his diabetes suddenly went out of control, even on a low carb diet, and my husband refused to let me put him on insulin. The first was my husband’s favorite cat, the second was my cat. He told me many times how much he hated my cat. I mean $25 worth of NPH might have lasted for months and it’s OTC. The vet bills for his were close to $300. He has the job so he gets the call? I suspect he gave him something to eat that wasn’t on his diet, while I was busy looking after his cat.
    He told me once how empathetic he feels when he hunts and kills something so I made him do it. He got a sympathy card from the vet for his. They always send one signed by everyone who works there. When she called to check on him, I couldn’t even talk about mine without crying so I didn’t. He hasn’t even said he was sorry for my loss. The last stray he brought home, I swore I’d shoot him if he brought another one home, I keep fantasizing about poisoning her to get back at him for this. Should I get a divorce after 35 years over a cat? Or should I just drink myself into a stupor every night after he falls asleep?

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I am so sorry. We have two cats, they’re 11 1/2 years old and the only two their litter. One now has diabetes, and I was apprehensive about the insulin at first. I give her two shots a day and get the generic insulin and syringes at Walmart. It doesn’t cost much at all as a vial lasts nearly 3 months and it’s only $25.

      I’ve always been “in charge” of our pets’ health, and my husband has made cruel remarks to me. Like when I had to have our 13+ year old Shepherd/Lab mix put down because he could barely stand up any more. And when our 15+ year old cat had a systemic infection and had to be put down. He said I killed our pets, and has actually said to our new dog to watch out when mom takes you to the vet, you might not come home.

      This just reminds me of the country song “The more I’m around some people, the more I like my dog”.

      • Not Given says:

        Now he’s told me he is going to bring another stray home that he found at work. He hasn’t expressed any sympathy at all over making me feel like I had to put my cat out of his suffering because he wouldn’t pay the $25 for the insulin, even after all the nursing work I put into his dying cat. I had to learn things I never wanted to learn. How to change out the bag and the needle, how to make sure the bubbles in the line weren’t too big. I had to learn this stuff from his first wife. How to insert the needle and work the on/off gizmo on the line. I had to give him a nutrient gel and an antibiotic multiple times a day.
        I checked on him multiple times, day and night, lifted him out of the litter box once in a while and cleaned off his feet and face, brushed him, petted him and talked to him. He was a sweet kitty, but he was DH’s kitty and he died anyway which was still hard on me. My kitty wasn’t good enough for him to spend a tenth of the money on and I still suspect he let him eat something that wasn’t on his diet while I was busy with his cat.

        If that isn’t bad enough, when I needed him to stay with _me_ in the outpatient center, I asked him if he would promise to take care of me, he said he would but when we got there he tried to drop me off in the parking lot. I had to beg to get him to stay until after the IV was in, even though he supposedly took off work that day just to take care of me. I’m still having nightmares about being alone in that room for hours and the iv started squirting blood all over, I’m pushing the button again and again and no one coming. If he had told me up front I couldn’t depend on him I would have called another relative, I would have rescheduled, I could have hired a stranger to stay with me.
        Am I expecting too much?