Corazon de Swiss

November 17, 2007

This post brought to you by the letter L.

Filed under: Frick and Frack,It's All About Me,NaBloPoMo,Uncategorized — by corazondeswiss @ 9:29 pm

I spent my afternoon emptying, washing and refilling litterboxes.  I’m a dog person.  And I have 2 cats.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my cats.  Frick and Frack are great, most of the time.  When one of them is waking me up at 4:30 in the morning on a Saturday, or cleaning up poop, pee or vomit,  the love is not as strong.  But the snuggles at bedtime or when I’m watching tv, are great.  And the kitty who sleeps at my feet and keeps them warm….yay!  All that lead in to tell you how a dog person ended up with 2 cats…
Once upon a time, Swiss was getting her master’s degree, taking her first real job and living all by herself for the very first time.  And because she didn’t want to live all alone, she decided she’d get herself a cat.  (Make sure you note, I said a cat.) So Swiss’s mother tells her that a client of hers has kittens that his barn cat brought in from the cold.  And asks if Swiss would like her to ask if she could have one of them.  Swiss thinks it would be a good idea and says sure. 
Fast forward a couple of weeks and Swiss’s mother calls while Swiss is at lunch meeting CP’s family for the first time to say the 2 little kittens are so, so cute and one would be lonely when Swiss was at work.  Wouldn’t it be great to have 2 cats so they could keep each other company? Does Swiss want her mom to call and ask if she can have both kittens? So Swiss says, sure, why not? 
So Swiss got Frick and Frack:
Frick


Frack

Frick and Frack
I never made them get in the trash can, they did it of their own free will.
Frick and Frack

Computer
They even help at the computer!
Frack in the linen closet
And they help with laundry!
Frick in the dryer

June 6, 2007

Welcome to the jungle

Filed under: Frick and Frack — by corazondeswiss @ 9:12 pm

So, my parents went out of town for a week and left me in charge of the house and the menagerie. That means there are 6 animals and me.  3 dogs and 3 cats.  Oh and the stray dog that has been hanging around the neighborhood.  Let me give you a rundown on the week thus far.

House: 1
Human: 1
Dogs: 3
Cats: 3
Stray dogs: 1
Days I have been by myself: 4
Times I have cleaned up vomit: 1
Times I have cleaned up pee: 3
Times I have cleaned up poop: 3
Times the oldest dog has taken off to do her own thing: 2
Holes I have filled dug by stray dog: 1
Times I have called Animal Control to pick up stray dog: 1
Loads of laundry I have done as a direct result of animal care: 2

On that note, I’m tired and I’m going to bed.

March 26, 2007

Can’t trust that day…

Filed under: Frick and Frack,Random Cheesiness,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 6:39 pm

I had a great weekend in my old haunt- didn’t see any of my work peeps- the schedules just didn’t mesh.  But A. and I made it safely there and back.  The baby shower was beautiful- it was held in a restuarant/cooking store.  We dined on some of their best tapas, sandwiches and ceasar salads.  And a REALLY delicious cake.  They had the best decorations and favors- candy bar wrappers with the guest of honor’s info and then the “nutrition label” was about the ingredients for a sweet baby.  How cute!!  They also had out “advice cards” that they put into an album for her.  She got lots of nice presents.  And then she had us over for dinner and feet soaking in the hot tub that night.  After we showered her we made a quick stop at one of my favorite gift stores so I could get a taggie for my nephew (went ahead and bought one for the new baby to send when he arrives.) Then we went to Bealls so I could look for red shoes to go with my red and white dress.  I found some that I liked well enough to pay $14.99 for them.    They aren’t exactly what I had in mind, but they’ll do for that price.  We made it to drinks with some of A’s old work peeps. 
Slept in on Sunday morning and cleaned up a bit around RocketScientist’s family beach house (he gave us the hook up and let us stay there!).  Then we headed out on the road to get home.  A. drove the whole way, (I offered to drive) and we made it home at about 4:30.  I was so tired and sore from the car.  My parents went out of town overnight.  So it was just me and the cats.  And the dogs.  I was outnumbered 6 to 1.  When I went to bed, I was so tired I couldn’t get comfortable…it was not easy with Flabulous (our lab mix) in the bed, and both my cats.  So I went to the couch for a bit.  Then made my way back to the bed.  But I was very restless. 
Made it into work no problem (the local schools are on Spring Break, hooray for less traffic!)  I wanted to work on the new computer system that we begin on April 10th but was busy with lots of evals.  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll have some downtime.  I need to practice…April 10th isn’t so far away!  Well, I’m off to take the dogs out and then watch Dancing with the Stars, CP and I have been watching for the last 2 seasons.  So far I haven’t been that impressed with Heather Mills or Billy Ray Cyrus- we’ll see what comes of tonight’s performances. 

March 18, 2007

Good day, Sunshine…

Filed under: Frick and Frack,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 2:47 pm

I know, I posted 3 days in a row and then nothing!  What was I thinking?  Well, it was a busy week with all the writing and the updating.  Wednesday I did some shopping after work- getting a shower gift for my friend’s baby shower next week and bought my nephew an “I love my aunt” bib.  I’ve been looking for him one since before he was born- and have only found pink and girly ones.  I don’t know why they think only girls have aunts and love them.  K loves his aunts- probably because we spoil him rotten.  And when I got home from there I had to fill out my NCAA basketball bracket for CP’s office pool (the guys decided I can enter this year, even though I took their money in last year’s pool)  So far I’m not doing great, but CP’s in first place.
Thursday I went to “I Can’t Stop Loving You” a Ray Charles musical revue (with dancing) with a friend.  We had dinner at Olive Garden before the show (I had Shrimp Primavera) and got in late.  I woke up at about 2:30 when I thought I might see my supper again.  Not good.  So I went to the kitchen and took some good ol’ Pepto Bismol before heading back to bed.  I wasn’t sure I was going to be at work on Friday.
Since I started my new job, I really haven’t had a lot of slow days- even the previous Friday when CP was on his way to visit, so it took me by surprise when this Friday was soooooooo ssssllllloooooowwwwww.  I have been doing at least 3 new patient evaluations a day since I started and on the previous 2 Fridays did 7-8.  So I did have some patients to see, but this was a weird week- I spent a lot of it chasing my tail, going to see patients and having nursing holds or discontinuing therapy due to surgery or people refusing to see me.  This Friday I only saw 1 new patient.  And tried to see several others but was unable to for reasons listed above.  So I was really, really ready to get home. 
When I got home Friday afternoon I was greeted by an unpleasant surprise- one of the cats had sprayed a basket of clean laundry.  By sprayed, I mean he urinated on it.  I don’t know which “he” did it.  So both we banished to the porch for the day.  I don’t know why one of them would do it- I’m frustrated.  I’ve read up on “inappropriate elimination in cats” which says that it is often hormonal (I had the cats neutered at 6 months), or behavioral- related to moving or new people or new animals (check, check check, and check check check check).  I would be more understanding if this had happened early in our move- but its been almost 2 months (how did that happen?!), so really we should have gotten over the hurdle by now.  Even worse, the offender repeated on Saturday morning, and I still didn’t catch him at his tricks. I don’t know what to do- I’ve been trying to give them some extra attention this weekend, and am considering taking them to the vet- Frick has previously had a stress induced UTI- maybe he is having another one. 
Saturday my parents and I took my nephew to my dad’s family reunion where he was of course showered with attention and was an absolute doll- he is such a good baby.  I hope my babies are as good as K is. (No, I’m not having any anytime soon.)  And of course one of my aunts made a comment about me “having it all taken care of” in reference to CP and getting married. To which my mom has to reply “he’s kicking and screaming the whole way”.  I really hate it when she does that. 
So far today, I have been catching up on my reading, and time in pajamas- resting up since I will be on the road the next 2 weekends- first a trip to South Florida for the baby shower, then a trip to G’ville my most favorite place to go to a concert with my sister.  And the week after that is Easter.  How crazy is that?!  Where on earth does the time go?  
I also have to start thinking about an anniversary present for CP.  Our anniversary is coming up on April 3rd- 4 years.  I have no idea what to get him, since I just used up the few ideas I had on his birthday.  Fortunately this is the last gift occasion for CP until Christmas, so I don’t have to stress about gifts for him much.   
So I need to get done here and finish up the organization project I started earlier and go out with the dogs and enjoy the somewhat cold Florida sunshine.

March 12, 2007

Weekend Update with Swiss and CP- Friday edition.

Filed under: Bitching,Cheesepuff,Frick and Frack,Love & Relationships,Ringwatch 2007,The Fam — by corazondeswiss @ 6:35 pm

*Note to Alyndabear, this is going to be multiple entries.  Hope that whets your appetite!  🙂

Friday…
I get messages all day from CP about his progress.  I left work at 4:30 and he’s about two hours away.  Not a problem, just sooner than I expected him.  Again, not a problem, just had some things I wanted to do before he got there.  Of course, living at home means that doesn’t matter because my mother has her own agenda.  And I arrive home to find her cleaning the porch (Aside: the porch has been a disaster area since before I moved home.  Now that CP’s arrival is imminent she’s out there mopping the porch and moving plants, etc.  Ugh!)  Then we must set up the air mattress in my former room (now the sewing room and K’s room).  So we get it all set up and I have to go back to the porch to finish cleaning the litter boxes and setting them up.  Which is what I am doing when CP arrives.  Not exactly the greeting I had in mind.  (“Hi honey, I haven’t seen you in 2 months, I’m up to my wrists in cat litter.” Also, during all this porch cleaning my mother tells me that Frick and Frack are whores because they use her cat’s litterbox too. Dude, I don’t know what the hell is wrong with my cats?)  After we get the porch stuff done everyone decides that we’ll order dinner from a pub.  And send me and CP out to pick it up.  (Poor CP, has to get back in a car after he’s spent 7 hours getting to me)  We go out an get dinner, come back and eat.  During which my brother and sister in law arrive with K who is spending the night.  Poor CP- the first time he met my family my brother was dating a girl who had twin datughters who were about 14 months old the first time he came for a weekend and they stayed the night.  Fortunately for him, we have a pack and play and he was not forced to sleep in the room with K.  And contrary to previously held beliefs, CP the only child was very good with the baby.  I was so impressed.  I could just picture him with our little babies someday. 
But my dad went into the room to get something for K and Frick and Frack had peed on the air mattress.  I don’t know exactly why, but I have theories.  I think Frick has a thing about being the alpha kitty.  Unfortuantely for him, this move did nothing to put him on alpha kitty status as I banished him and Frack to the porch while I cleaned up and told them how mad I was. 
Sometime after dinner, CP and I got in the hot tub.  Nothing like kisses and snuggles with your best guy in the hot tub.  Seriously.  And watched a little tv before going to bed.  CP and I made arrangements for him to sneak into my room after everyone else went to bed.  (Did I mention my sister is home from college on Spring Break?)   So, he sneaks in to my room and we are in the midst of a makeout session when the door opens and my mom is standing there asking “Did you get CP a blanket?” And I say “No…”  She turns and says “There’s one on the dryer” and leaves.  I busted out laughing after she left and not long after that CP went back to his room because the mood was, well dead. 

February 14, 2007

Love and Hate- Valentine’s Day Edition

Filed under: Cheesepuff,Frick and Frack,Love and Hate — by corazondeswiss @ 7:31 pm

Love: That my boyfriend sent me an awesome package for V-day
Hate: That I didn’t do anything for him.  ANYTHING.  I did not even buy the poor guy a card.  Seriously.

Love: He told me it was totally okay. 
Hate: Then he told me that he stood in line for 30 minutes to mail me said package.

Love: That my new job makes the week seem to go by so fast- How did it get to be Wednesday already?
Hate: That I am so far away from CP because of said job.

Love: That the cats’ litterbox is out on the porch (no stinky smell inside!)
Hate: That they haven’t figured out how to tell me they need to go out so sometimes there is a stinky smell inside.  (like this morning when one peed in the bedroom and one pooped in the family room. Dudes, what’s up with that?!)

Love: Reading blogs/writing blogs
Hate: I don’t write as often as I should.

February 9, 2007

Disorientation

Filed under: Frick and Frack,Workin' for a living — by corazondeswiss @ 9:56 pm

So, I’m undergoing hospital orientation for my new job.  It’s going VERY slowly.  They need stuff I’ve done, but the certificates for them are filed in my filing cabinet.  In my storage unit.  Which I am pretty certain is turned around backwards.  As in, I can’t get to it without some serious doing and a big favor from my dad.  So, I’ve emailed the community college where I took the courses and  see if they can email the certificates again.  Or if I can get my transcript from the state board.  Anything but ask my poor dad to get the filing cabinet.  And today I got to buy scrubs to wear.  Its like wearing pj’s to work.  And so much color!  Brown and blue, lime green and pink, purple, black.  Yay!  I’ll keep adding to my collection so I can have a selection and not wear the same old, same old.  Fun stuff. 

On to Frick and Frack… I think they are guilt tripping me over the declawing.  Seriously.  I mean, they won’t walk from the bedroom to the back door to go out for the litter box.  But they’ll walk back in.  They stay in the bedroom A LOT.  (And the dogs are eating their food.  Although its not as though it would hurt Frack to miss a few meals.) So I have to carry them to the porch when they need to go out. They go back to the doctor on Monday to have their stitches out.  I feel guilty because it seems like they are staying the bedroom whenever I am not home, even if I leave the door open.  But as soon as they know I’m home they will start exploring the house.  I hope they get settled in soon, because I feel bad. 
Anyway, TGIF, because I’m WAY over all this orientation stuff- Monday I think is my last day of all that and then Tuesday they’ll turn me loose with patients and I’ll be doing all the OT for a 400+ bed hospital.  Holy smokes, what are they thinking?!
Happy weekend everyone. I’m going to attempt to not kill my grandmother’s louse of a husband.  I’ll explain another time- don’t want to get worked up before I even spend a minute in the jerk’s presence.

February 3, 2007

Don’t send hate mail.

Filed under: Frick and Frack — by corazondeswiss @ 2:08 pm

I just got back from picking up Frick and Frack (not their real names) from the vet.  Where I had them declawed.  Please don’t send hate mail.  I know, self defense and all that.  However, Frick and Frack, (much as I love them, and I do) tend to be on the destructive side with those front claws.  And we just moved in with my parents, proud owners of $$$$ brand new leather furniture.  Moving in with my parents is supposed to help me save $$$$ not spend it on replacing new leather furniture.  So its either confine them to one room in the house or get declawed.  I voted for declawed.  And honestly, they don’t go outside.  Ever.  People make fun of me because I had them microchipped.  But, I lived in an apartment complex and had maintenance people in and out, so I didn’t want them to escape and me not get them back.  They do go out on the screened porch but that’s it.  That’s as outside as it gets for my dudes.  So I picked them up from the vet this morning and they were pretty unhappy.  The instructions say:
Restrict your pets’ activity while they are healing.  (Anyone ever successfully stopped a cat from going where it wanted and doing what it wanted? They told me not to let them go up and downstairs or jump when they were healing from the neutering.  Let me tell you how successful I was at that, considering they did both within a matter of minutes when I brought them home) But they are currently sleeping peacefully in my bed after a bribe of canned food (I always feed them canned food when I am sucking up to them). 
Twice daily apply peroxide to the suture line with cotton ball or gauze (This went over much better than I thought it would, surprisingly enough)
Keep your pet from licking or biting sutures (Anyone ever stopped a cat from licking things?  BTW, peroxide apparently does not taste bad to a cat- Frick continued to lick his paws post peroxide application.  Not quite the deterrent I imagined).
And my mom’s dogs have offered to nurse them back to health- they wanted to know if the cats needed any help with that canned food.  🙂

See what I mean about the licking?

See what I mean about the licking?

Poor paws

Poor paws!

recuperating in mama's bed

Recuperating in mama’s bed.

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