Last weekend we went down to Albuquerque for a friend’s 30th birthday and since we were down there…I dragged my husband to the TICA Cat Show where they were having the Bengal Congress. I was hoping that there would be a kitten that we couldn’t resist at the right price, but there were only 2 bengals for sale, one 2 years old and one 1 1/2 years. Too old to introduce smoothly into our household.
Even so, we had a great time looking at all the cats and picked out 2 new toys for our fur-children. These shows always have a HUGE selection of cat toys. My husband actually enjoyed it a bit, I think. He was amused with the cat showings where they play with and stretch out the cats.
Plus we got to compare some winning examples to Hootie, our own Bengal cat. My hubby is fascinated with genetics, particularly in plants, but we could see that there were some really interesting differences from our cat and the others. Ours is an F4 and has a very wide, lion-like face while a lot of the cats we saw had petite faces. Ours also has glittered fur, which I didn’t realize is kind of rare. And Hootie’s color is really rich. A lot of the cats we saw had more golden and tawny fur, while Hoot is more coppery. We saw one intact male that had an enormous head and neck. Hoot is neutered, so he hasn’t gotten that beefy. The breeder told us they bulk up more if their hormones are left intact.
In any case, it was a blast. I even got a free cat coloring book! I might let a certain child I know have it if she’s REALLY good. We spent a couple hours enjoying beer and porch sitting with our friends, something we are going to have to do again!
I went to the doctor about a month ago to establish primary care. During that visit, my doctor was attentive and sharp and I felt really hopeful about finally getting a diagnosis. When I went back a couple weeks later to find out the results of a couple blood tests she ordered, she was yawning and couldn’t remember why we’d ordered thyroid tests. I had to explain to her that we were looking for a physiological cause for my panic attacks. All of the blood tests came back normal, but my thyroid was on the low side of the normal range. For some reason, she decided that was enough to try and treat me for low thyroid, so she prescribed me B6, B12, Magnesium, serotonin and Gaba. I’ve tried stimulating my thyroid before and the results were horrible. I couldn’t sleep more than 2-3 hours at a stretch and I panicked several times a day. I have a follow up with her on the 28th, but I’m not sure I want to continue since she’s coming up with the same things I’ve tried with countless other doctors. I’m pretty well stabilized right now and while there’s room for improvement, I don’t want to rock the boat unnecessarily.
Yesterday my husband turned 30. Yes, he’s an April Fool’s baby. He didn’t want to have a party, so I decided to prank him. I usually don’t prank him on his birthday, but this time I wanted to mark the occasion even if he refused a get-together.
I put googly eyes on everything in the fridge and photocopied my head and put it in a jar. He was somehow oblivious to these tricks.
How do you miss a bright green gallon jar in the fridge!? I got him with soy sauce in the Coca Cola bottle. He usually grabs it and juggs it in front of the fridge, so he got a gulp down before he realized something was wrong. Best prank ever. He didn’t notice the green kool aid in the shower head or me changing the programing on his Google Chrome so that all photos would show Nicholas Cage. He did notice covering his mouse sensor with paper and blue food coloring on his toothbrush.
On the positive side, I made him some tenderloin steaks from the yearling elk cow I got last elk hunt and his favorite home fries.
He also got a pistachio white chocolate german cake.
You can make a white chocolate german cake with this recipe:http://allrecipes.com/recipe/claras-white-german-chocolate-cake/ (you’ll need this additional recipe for frosting http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/white-chocolate-coconut-frosting-56162.aspx). I highly recommend the matches on the cake. It’s like fire dominoes and looks awesome.
On Saturday, we went down to Albuquerque for the Treasures of the Earth Gem and Mineral show. They have great silent auctions, my hubby even got into the bidding! We picked up some awesome specimens for our collection for next to nothing.
The fluorites for $2, 3 and $4. I like fluorite, can you tell?
This massive herkimer diamond for $4.
Aaannd…these little beauties for $16. Also herkimer diamonds, which aren’t really diamonds at all, but rare and special. Wikipedia says this about them:
Herkimer diamond is a generic name for a double-terminated quartz crystal discovered within exposed outcrops of dolostone in and around Herkimer County, New York and the Mohawk River Valley. Because the first discovery sites were in the village of Middleville and in the city of Little Falls, respectively, the crystal is also known as a Middleville diamond or a Little Falls diamond.
Herkimer diamonds became largely recognized after workmen discovered them in large quantities while cutting into the Mohawk River Valley dolostone in the late 18th century. Geologists discovered exposed dolostone in Herkimer County and began mining there. The popularity of mining for double-terminated quartz in the Herkimer County outcroppings is what led to the name, Herkimer diamonds. Currently, Herkimer diamonds can be found in large quantity in at least Herkimer, Fulton, and Montgomery counties, and double-pointed quartz crystals have also been found in abundance in Tibet and Afghanistan, as well as in other countries.
These quartz crystals, which geologists theorize formed extremely slowly in small solution cavities or vugs, have 18 facets (6 sides) and two terminations. There are also larger cavities that are several feet in diameter that are called “pockets”. Herkimer diamonds are found clear, cloudy, smoky or even containing a variety of rare impurities. Impurities (rare and general) can include clusters, scepters, fluid inclusions (sometimes incorrectly called enhydros), phantom, and bridge crystals. A fluid inclusion is a pocket within a crystal containing liquid, usually water, sometimes also methane or oil, and rarely, smaller crystals. A phantom is a crystal containing other visible crystals of the same type, a skeletal crystal contains a series of crystal edge outlines inside the crystal and a hopper crystal has its faces replaced by a step like pattern.
I got to visit some friends including my bestie, Tamara. She crocheted a bed for my bengal, Hootie. He absolutely loves it and guards it from our other cat.
Store bought chicken broth is bland and full of nitrates. Make your own! We get rotisserie chickens fairly often, so I cleaned off the meat and threw the bones, fat, wing tips and skin into a pot, covered them with water and simmered it for an hour. Now I’ve got 3 cups of primo chicken broth.
Let it cool and put it in a freezer bag and lay it flat in the freezer to use later. And don’t give the bones to your pets! You can add a rough chopped carrot, onion and herbs if you like.
I went into town this morning for some grocery items and checked out the thrift stores while I was there. I scored a mini donut maker for $2:
and these cool ties for $1 each (I’m planning to make a skirt or apron once I have a good supply of cool ones):
And finally a Spam 70th Anniversary shirt that looks brand new for $1. Surely it’ll be collectable someday…not to mention that my Bizarre Foods Monday involves Spam this coming week.
I also got a T-shirt for my best friend’s husband and some PJ pants for her daughter. At the other shop, all I found was these mortar & pestle sets, but I got both for $7!
When I got home my hubby had washed the dishes and hung up a window I got from my mom. It’s SO pretty!