December 3rd, 2019

Assumptions

On the one hand assumptions can be a great short cut.

But the old ass out of you and me thing really seems to fit more often than not.

Recipes these days assume that I am religiously devoted to eating healthy foods and that 'taste just like...' is good enough for me.

Nope.

As a corollary, it is assumed by everyone that I want to live as possible and that I am interested in doing everything in my power to ensure that happens.

Nope.

And...

When my questions do not mention price, do not assume I that price is a big factor for me in this instance.

When my questions do not mention or allude to privacy or security, do not assume that I fear privacy invasion.

I totally get that I'm asking for special snowflake-ism here but it annoys me.

Rant over.

In the early days, Amazon's customer service was fab. If you questioned them, it generally paid off handsomely. There was a time when if you complained about any little thing, they would slap a free month onto your Prime membership. Those days are apparently over. now they cannot (will not?) even answer a simple 'why did this happen?' question. It's ok. I love them anyway. Mostly I'm just amused.

I started reading two books last night - well, listening. Both library books. I listened to The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger for about 30 minutes before I decided that I really had no interest in finding out what happened next at all. And I disliked all the characters. Then I started listening to Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane and I was hooked from word one. Fascinating to me how very different the two experiences are. I do not know enough about literary criticism to understand why some books are fascinating to me and others are not. I do know that it's not always good writing and not always good plot and sometimes just a big old attack of serendipity.

Today I'm going to leave the house. I have two quick errands and I'm just going to get them done. Also I have so much stuff for Goodwill that it's going to take two trips with my cart full to even get the stuff into the car. I think I'll do the first load in today.

Yesterday I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes while listening to my book. I had about 5 minutes of book left but I could do no more treadmill so I sat on the bed and then fell backwards and lay there with the cats nuzzling my ears while I finished it. BAD mistake. It turned out to be about 10 minutes and I could not move when the book was done. There's something to be said for cooling down after all!

I think I may have catnip cats. At least Biggie. All of the cats I've ever had were pretty much immune to catnip but... I bought this toy for Biggie and The Smalls.



It's a cat nip toy. Biggie went nuts. The Smalls liked it, too, but Biggie wanted to have its babies. And now, after three days, the lust is still strong.

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And this is what the poor thing looks like now...

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I also bought them a bag o' pingpong balls. I could only find one of the originals. Soon we'll be awash in a sea of them.