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Santiago status and a questionnaire meme

if you are wondering, Santiago is still looking and acting better but something weird is going on with his GI tract. but for now I'm just watching to see if whatever it is, um, passes.

in the meantime, a meme found in zephyrcrow's journal from the day before yesterday (have I ever mentioned that my friends and I used to make questionnaires for each other in middle school? we did. I seem not to have outgrown at least part of this phase):

1. Elaborate on your default icon.
it's me in my favorite hat, which is brown, but we are illuminated by a red bulb and a blue bulb which together make a light violet or pink light, depending on where one is sitting/standing.

2. What's your current relationship status?
I am committed to my cats and to my friends. I am scared stiff of not looking for a "relationship" relationship.

3. Ever have a near-death experience?
I've been in situations where I thought I might die, but I've never done the floating-at-the-ceiling-over-the-body routine.

4. Name an obvious quality you have.
with the exception of loving to write and disseminate what I write, I am introverted.

5. What's the name of the song that's stuck in your head right now?
Lady Gaga, "Dance in the Dark." you thought it was going to be something else, didn't you?

6. Name a celebrity you would marry.
I am not the marrying kind. I would like it if Patti Smith adopted me as a little brother or something along those lines though.

7. Who will cut and paste this first?
I doubt that anyone will, even one single time.

8. Has anyone ever said you look like a celebrity?
once upon a time I looked like Leonardo Dicaprio, according to some. I think I've gotten past that stage now, or at least I hope. no one has compared me to a celebrity recently. anyone want to take a swing at it?

9. Do you wear a watch? What kind?
I bought this cheap blingy watch on Mission Street about two months ago with a skull on the face of it and a wide leather band with a short chain hanging off it because if it has a chain hanging off it it has to go on my body.

10. Do you have anything pierced?
just my left ear. I have designs on other parts of my body but am a bit shy about asking someone else to do it. I'd do it myself if I couldn't see that one sizeable blood vessel crossing one of the proposed sites. this is TMI, btw. you just can't tell.

11. Do you have any tattoos?
no. I don't know if I'll ever get one unless someone takes me to a tattoo parlor for my birthday. ahem.

12. Do you like pain?

13. Do you like to shop?
I adore shopping and have suffered greatly from being able to do very little of it the last 18 months. these days it is a victory to be able to afford a new watch battery. today I may buy another salmon burrito--may the gods forgive me.

14. What was the last thing you paid for with cash?
Santiago's vet bill.

15. What was the last thing you paid for with your credit / debit card?
Santiago's other vet bill.

16. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
actually spoke to rather than exchanging voicemails? the receptionist at Mission Pet Hospital.

17. What is on your desktop background?
a graphic composition that I made by scanning a page of writing into photoshop and cutting and pasting the words into different color channels.

18. What is the background on your cell phone?
a pic I took of a pile of discarded Whippits on Folsom Street. someone had quite a night.

19. Do you like redheads?
much as I like anyone with hair.

20. Do you know any twins?
not really.

21. Do you have any weird relatives?
I am the weird relative.

22. What was the last movie you watched?
A Zen Life: D.T. Suzuki

23. What was the last book you read?
I'm going to assume we don't mean "finished" but "picked up and read words off the page before falling asleep with it in my lap": The Literature of Ancient Sumer. yes I am a nerd. surely you know this already.


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 12th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Hey Erik, I'm sorry I wasn't more commenty during Santiago's trials. I was drowning in homework (finals and all) and I let the interwebs drop somewhat. I was pulling for him, though!

Would it be okay if I transported this to the face book?

Dec. 13th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
we could feel your vibes! he could use a little more pulling, so if you have more, send it on over. still waiting for poop production. I love monitoring their every outflow. was always my favorite part of the job. :/

be my guest taking it to facebook; this post should already be linked on my wall anyway.
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
my desktop is a screencap of lewis black with no shirt on at age 43! whee! that's my party for the day, right there. *g*

poor santiago. when you listen to his belly, does it gurgle and so on? i hope he does his business very soon.
Dec. 13th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
I haven't actually put my ear to his belly--the vets with the stethoscopes can hear better than I can--but when I palpated his abdomen the very first time, he felt gassy. last few times, not so much, but he is still sensitive so I am trying to let him be for, like, 24 hours, to see if his system prefers to be left alone.

the first vet thought his left kidney was tender, but I think his gut is tender--i.e., intestines. she looked like she'd been doing her job awhile though, so maybe both. who knows? wish they could tell you where it hurts and whether they feel like throwing up or just farting.

sorry. working for vets made me default to "crude" very quickly when talking about this stuff. ;)
Dec. 13th, 2009 03:32 am (UTC)
I love "I AM the weird relative."
Dec. 13th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
just the facts, ma'am!
Dec. 13th, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
I've fallen behind on lj. Sorry to read about the trials of Santiago. I hope he gets better soon.

And good for you, on your recent email/letter sent.

I like the answer about the watch.
Dec. 13th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
Santiago does this every time I leave a job. of course I would like to interpret this as I should not ever have a job to leave ever again.

others might disagree, but this seems the only answer that fits in my case.

he is doing better but there is something wrong with his butt. seriously. I have no idea what it could be.

it's a kitschy-cool watch!
Dec. 14th, 2009 01:37 am (UTC)
Here *I* thought I was the weird relative, but its not a competition, right ;-)
Dec. 14th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
let's just say we could probably declare some indefinite-number-way tie for first place with even a few runners-up from various quarters. ;)
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