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13 August 2008 @ 10:38 pm
This post comes in three parts.

~part the first: new job!

It’s no real surprise that I’ve been looking for a job closer to home. I could have just applied at the Borders in Middletown, but 1. it’s not all that great of a store and 2. I didn’t want to stay in retail. Problem was, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, save be a published author with respectable - if not stellar-sales. Still working on that, but in the meanwhile I needed something a bit more immediate.

And lo! something all but dropped into my lap. I’ve been teaching kickboxing classes since the beginning of the year. The membership at this branch of the gym has been growing steadily, and a few weeks ago the owner reached an agreement with the landlord to rent the adjacent space: we’re doubling in size. To keep things in perspective, we were a long and narrow room that was able to accommodate sixteen heavy bags and a very cramped ‘front desk.’ Now, we’re a long and considerably less narrow space that will have twice as many bags, a spacious reception area behind a half wall as well as a separate space at the back of the room for babysitting and, during the off hours, personal training.

With all the changes going on, the manager, Angela, is looking to keep the gym open all day; heretofore, we were only there when classes were scheduled. That means someone needs to be manning the desk - answering phones, doing paperwork, scheduling personal training, doing orientations, etc. Angela will take her share of shifts, as will her son, Phil. As will I. In addition, both Phil and I will begin taking on our own clients as more people sign up for personal training. Bonus: the gym is less than ten minutes from my house. Less of a commute. Less money wasted on gas. More time available for other pursuits (writing time!).

I’m sort of tempted to vent my spleen over certain conditions at my current place of employment, but at this point it does not good at all. Vent I shall not.

~part the second: Handsome Tom!

I know, I know. “Geez, Kelly. When are you going to stop writing about every little thing HT does and get back to telling us about your adorable one-eyed kitten?” You make a good point. Esme the one-eyed kitten is adorable, and she does deserve more of a presence in this journal. At present, though, it’s Tom who’s keeping me hopping, and so his story comes to the fore.

Take today, for example. It was a simple trip to the vet to get his Fe-leuk and distemper boosters... or so I thought. First of all, you have to know that the moment I stepped into the lobby, three people looked up, all smiles, and cried, “Handsome Tom!” He yowled unhappily. With apologetic looks at me, they told HT I was a mean old thing, but allowed that I was doing this for his own good. Moments later, I took him into the examination room. The vet tech (I really need to learn her name, darn it!) coaxed him out of the carrier and then scooped him into her arms for a good long snuggle. Handsome Tom was all too happy to oblige, as he was when one of the desk ladies came in and plopped herself on the floor to give him a good ol’ skritching. Tom threw himself down, paws in the air and belly ready for some serious rubbing. Honestly. This cat is absurdly social.

But, of course, since this is HT we’re talking about, a simple vet visit became anything but. The tech noticed a bare patch on his paw: turns out HT had gotten into a tussle with something, and had two serious punctures on his front left foot, one of which was beginning to abscess. Dr. A.V. (that’s Dr. Awesome Vet for those of you just tuning in) poked at it, looked at the points of entry, and then poked some more. Thomas squirmed a bit but was otherwise beautifully behaved. Even when Dr. A.V. had to take him in the back to lance the burgeoning abscess, the most HT did was yowl a bit. “He’s a really good cat,” the vet told me.

“I know,” said I.

Here’s the worrying thing, though. He was going in today for his boosters. That means if whatever he tussled with was infectious, he could be in danger. So, a month from today, I take him back in for more blood work. I’ve asked y’all for happy thoughts so often I fear to do so again, but I’ll leave it up to you. I know my sweet boyo would be grateful. And if you want to send me happy thoughts, I’ve got to give him another round of antibotics, twice daily, for the next week.

Oh, one last thing that, despite my worries, I found hilarious: when the vet was examining him, he told me that wounds and abrasions on the head, neck and paws indicate that the animal was the aggressor. No surprise there. After all, he’s got no qualms about stalking a freakin’ bear.

~part the third: Homemade pico de gallo!

It is made of win. Also, tomatoes and onions and jalapenos and the like, obviously, but... so much happy and fresh and tasty! And it's five kinds of awesome on shredded pork tacos.
I feel: sleepysleepy
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on August 14th, 2008 02:59 am (UTC)
New Job = THE AWESOME. You, literally, kick ass.
Kel: Kara - once again kicking assladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Hee! I do, don't I? I can't wait to answer that on a random questionnaire: "What do you do for a living?"

"I kick ass."

And, by the bye, I will gladly kick yours whenever you want. And yes, we do still need to book squee. You're far busier than I, so we'll work around your schedule.
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on August 15th, 2008 03:52 pm (UTC)
What's your teaching schedule this weekend? I'm actually _home_ and _available_ for much of the weekend and would love to come get my ass kicked before I go to my mom's pool party on Sunday. That way I'll be too tired to be bored ;)
Kel: kickin' some assladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 04:27 pm (UTC)
I've got 9:15 on Saturday and 8:30 on Sunday.
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on August 15th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ok. If I can drag myself out of bed early enough I'm going to try to come on Sunday. I don't have to be at my mom's until 12.
Kelladyjoust on August 16th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
If you do want to come Sunday, try to get there ten/fifteen minutes early. Just to get gloves and let me show you the basic moves.

I'll understand if it's too early after all, but it would be awesome to see you there!

Juliet: Squeee - made by mefair_juliet on August 14th, 2008 03:24 am (UTC)
oh congratulations!!!
Kel: Jack*grin!*ladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Janetgoodnite_gracee on August 14th, 2008 03:28 am (UTC)
I think vets (even awesome ones!) over-emphasize the dangers involved in vaccinations and associated - life. But, here are happy thoughts for a speedy and safe recovery for HT, though!
Kel: Kitten!Tenladyjoust on August 14th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I hope you're right. I tend to worry a whole lot over HT because, as an outdoor cat, I don't have a great deal of control over keeping him safe. Well, aside from deworming and the like, but still..

re: your own journal, please allow me to squee: THE CLOUDWALL! Love that book so very much.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on August 14th, 2008 10:08 pm (UTC)
"Winter's Tale" is one of the few books I go out and buy for people because they HAVE to own it.!

The other is Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" (waiting for another squee or I'm off to Amazon to buy you a gift..!)
Kel: so many books...ladyjoust on August 14th, 2008 10:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, there's a whole lot more squee! Funny thing - I didn't read 'The Phantom Tollbooth' until I was in my twenties.

Have you read China Miéville's 'Un Lun Dun'? It reminds me a bit of Juster's book with a bit of Neil Gaiman thrown in.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on August 15th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
OOOH! You are an evil influence. I have NOT read the China Mieville book and so, went on Amazon to buy ME a present. And, ya know, if you buy that book you can get "Perdido Street Station" at a discount... And, while reading the description of "Un Lun Dun", they compared it to a book by M. John Harrison called "Virconium", which also sounds fun. And I can get his book "Light" at a discount... Then my husband wanted a book... They should all be here Tuesday.

We're awful in a book store... heh!
Kel: books are loveladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
I've not read any of Mieville's adult scifi (I'm a YA/Teen lit junkie; that's the age range for which I write, so I try to keep on top of what's up and coming) but I love his use of language. And Now i'm going to have to look at these other books you mention, and oh, yeah... there's a new Terry Pratchett* book coming out in a few weeks.

gah. I've been spoiled, working in a bookstore these past several years. Next week is my last. No more ARCs. No more freebies. No more buying whatever strikes my fancy 'cause I get a kickbutt discount.

But as to the original sentiment, YES! I am an evil influence, and proud of it. I am an unabashed book pusher. I am also quite open to being pushed upon myself. Clearly, you have brilliant taste in books, so I'm all ears. :)

*oh, please of please tell my you read Terry Pratchett. And if you don't, I already have my 'here's the order in which you really must ought to consider reading his Discworld books' list ready to go.
Janetgoodnite_gracee on August 15th, 2008 01:37 am (UTC)
Ya know - I said I loved ALL your icons - including the one for Susan, which I recognized IMMEDIATELY. We saw "Hogfather" at Christmas time on one of the oddball HD channels - and it arrived (via Amazon) last week. Watched it again for fun and think it will become a Christmas staple.

Yes, we own all the Terry Pratchett books and buy them (not at a discount) as we see them. In fact, my husband read Reaper Man (one of my favorites - Do you not LOVE Death!!) to our son, Steven, who is nine and is now also hooked...)

And if we go on to movies and TV, I'll show you more things we both love...

Your sweetie is going to be MORE than amused when he finds out about all this...

Tell him I am SOOOO laughing..!
Kel: ... the voiceless speakladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I loved the adaptation of 'Hogfather.' Mind, the book is considerably richer and darker and more wonderful, but for a tv-miniseries, it was a fantastic translation. And I adore Teatime, and the casting for Susan was spot-on brilliant.

I'm so glad you read Pratchett!* Now comes my huge confession: every year, on the 25th of May, I wear the lilac. If you've looked at my icons you know I have one for this occasion. I even have a shirt (indelible marker on white tank top) that says, "Were you there?" on the front, and has a list of names on the back. And I am geektastically proud to wear it, and keep hoping that someone, someday, will take notice. Three years on and it's yet to happen, but hey... I've got time. 'Night Watch' is hands down my favorite Pterry, and very near to my favorite book all told.

Oh, and yes,I love Death. Reaper Man' just breaks me. Death trying to have a date, to give that perfect romantic evening... And, of course, any interaction between Death and Susan is sheer awesome.

Your sweetie is going to be MORE than amused when he finds out about all this...

He's beyond amused.


Oh, and yes!!! do let us go on to movies and TV! Mayhap a new post, though. I hate it when he comments go all skinny.

Your sweetie is going to be MORE than amused when he finds out about all this...

Oh, yeah. He's thoroughly amused!

*this icon is one of my favorite (and there are many) Pterry quotes, from 'Feet of Clay.'

Janetgoodnite_gracee on August 15th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
My sweetie is also amused. "Night Watch" is HIS favorite book - and the one he has re-read most often. Vimes is his favorite character.

Did you read "Good Omens"? Jim wants me to tell you that we own that book in English and Polish. Unfortunately, we don't read or speak Polish - but we have a friend who does and also loves Gaiman/Pratchett. She thought it was a great addition to our library (I have no need for a formal living room - I do have a need for more bookshelves!)

And if your sweetie is so amused, tell him to get off his butt and friend me!

As for your confession - I did see that you both have the icon - but regret to say that I did not recognize it. Jim did however, so if you had worn that shirt to our next BBQ (to which you WILL be invited!) you would have gotten the hoped for reaction. Sorry, but it won't be the same now... or will it?
La Petite Souris Scientifiquemelebeth on August 15th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I wonder if I'd like his YA S.F. better. He writes beautifully, but Perdido Street Station gave me a headache.
Kel: books are loveladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 04:26 pm (UTC)
I think you'd adore 'Un Lun Dun.'
Fjordhopper: ass kickerfjordhopper on August 14th, 2008 09:20 am (UTC)
Hurray for the new job news! I am really happy for you! (I second melebeth's statement that you kick ass! hence my icon!)

Handsome Tom stories are adorable, as is he! I am hoping that he will be fine. (I think he will!)

Ah...Pico de Gallo...always *my* favorite condiment ;) *giggles*
Kel: You see how awseome I amladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
Thank you! I am ever so excited! (and I LOVE your icon! *may steal later*)

Thanks, too, for happy healthy HT thoughts. I think he'll be fine, too. He made it to two years old, largely by his own devices, so I think he's a cat with a whole lot o' luck. I can't help but worry - he's a wonderful cat with whom I've fallen completely in love - but I think I need to trust in fate and fortune.

And yes... I thought you'd like that! *grin*
mistress_kathmistress_kath on August 14th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
Before you leave B&N, take a stroll back to kids and look at a NF picture book called "The Two Bobbies." (It's a story about a dog and cat rescued from Hurricaine Katrina...happy ending!)

And on a similar note, since you tell Hansome Tom stories so well, why don't you WRITE one? Find a good artist or photographer and write a kids picture book. :-)
Kel: kryptoladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
I will definitely check that out! Thanks for the rec!

And funny you should mention that. In the last few days, three people have told me that very same thing. By the bye, thanks for saying I tell the stories well! I feel as if I'm all blithery and bland. The respect of an avid reader such as yourself is absolutely buoying! Now I'm with the thinking. I've got a couple of ideas, but I need a really solid hook. hmmm.
Zoë Tzoethor on August 14th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
Ha- Archimedes (Dan and my cat) has had two abscesses -- both on his butt. Because that's where you get bitten if you are the cat that's running away.

Our cat is such a wimp.
Kel: 52 Jillyladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
Oh, dear sweet heavens. I'm so sorry for Archimedes, but that made me (and my husband) laugh out loud.

I sort of wish Tom had some of the wimpy. Just a little, y'know. Just enough so he wasn't fixing to take down creatures twenty times his size.
Mairearanturas on August 14th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Congrats -- Sounds like a great job. As for the old job, they'll realize what they lost soon enough.
Kel: don't let them see you're afraidladyjoust on August 15th, 2008 01:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, m'dear! Just let me know when you want to come take a class (followed by a cookout at Chez Kilcoyne anda goodly amount of beer).

I don't know that the store will really feel my loss. I (selfishly!!)hope they do, but then it's been adjusting to increasingly lower standards for so long, I don't know that my absence will make any difference.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on August 15th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC)
A merchandise manager had a meltdown in from of me today. Because we had two call outs for tonight and this manager had to stay up at cashwrap.
Went on and on how said manager was hating this company because they just don't give them enough staff to run this business. It was the first time I have heard any manager speak their mind that this is not enough people to run a store.

Anyway, these people are too stupid to know what they've lost with you leaving. They kept you in receiving so often when everyone knows that you are the best person to actually hand sell books because of your knowledge.