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Dec 12 2012

Bits and Pieces

First – whadaya think of the new theme? After spending a few days with it, I have to say that it’s growing on me. I think it looks more sleek and modern than the old primary blue and yellow that this replaced. If you haven’t had a chance to report bugs on other FtB blogs, put ‘em in the comments and I’ll pass them up the chain.

Second – the radio show I work with, Atheists Talk, recently put up a new Facebook page and Twitter account. Pretty please consider liking us on FB and following us on Twitter because more numbers help make us look awesome to potential sponsors and guests. Oh yeah – and because you’ll get the occasional sweet update about show guests and photos from the studio and stuff like that :D

Third – Someone wrote an article that I really disagree with on western attitudes about female genital mutilation. I really, really disagree with it. Really. A lot. Essentially it’s a cultural relativism argument, and all I’m hearing is “cutting up girl parts isn’t really so bad because they want to do it so quit being all judgmental ” But the early comments on the article give me hope for the human race (if you get over there quickly you might get to read them before the ZOMGWhatAboutMaleCircumcision!? derailing starts!) and Zinnia Jones has done an analysis of the article here that picks apart why the author’s arguments fall short.

FourthProlife advertisements on coat hangers. Oh hell no.

FifthAnti-abortion Christian reality TV show featuring women who regret their abortions. Repeat: Oh hell no.

Sixth – Kitty is back from dental surgery. Poor thing had to have three teeth extracted. It’s my own damn fault for not bringing her in more often, and I feel really shitty about it. I have to force feed her painkiller drops for the next three days, and what appears from her reaction to be nasty-tasting antibiotics for the next 10 days. She’s a little dizzy and confused right now, but she’s managed to eat some soft food and use the litter box, so there’s that.

Chasing the dragon – kitty in a buprenorphine daze.

Prada is 13 years old and I had somehow worked myself into a tizzy that she was going to die in surgery because surely she’s too old to survive general anesthesia!!! Thanks, asshole brain. Way to put that non-existent veterinary license to good use. At some point I caught myself thinking about how it sucks that I don’t believe in an afterlife, how I don’t have the comfort of thinking that she might die but-at-least-she’ll-be-in-a-better-place. Actually, that was a turning point in the emotional roller coaster that was my morning while I waited for the vet to call with an update on the surgery. The fact that there is only this one life, that there is no better place that she’ll go when she dies, that I won’t get to see her again in heaven, that there are no do-overs…those thoughts made me more determined that I would do what I could to get her home and healthy again. Even the life of a little cat seems more significant when I remember that this is the only one she gets, and the only one I get to share with her.

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  1. 1
    Courtney

    So glad little Pradsy is safe at home! Poor Mrs! Three tiny kitty teeth? Oh baby…

  2. 2
    maxdwolf

    Aww, best wishes for her speedy recovery.

  3. 3
    BCat70

    Prada looks so sad (I’m guessing its not the good trip meds)!! I hope she is better soon..

    OK, weird question-
    How did you get this shot? It looks like kitty was on your lap, facing down, and you got the pic with your feet. Or was someone else on the camera? The perspective is nagging at my brain…

    1. 3.1
      Brianne Bilyeu

      :D After several unsuccessful attempts to get a photo myself, I finally called the Hubby in to take a shot for me.

  4. 4
    F [i'm not here, i'm gone]

    OK, I’m sticking with kitty for now, too. Was she doing that orofacial pain thing, exaggerated licking at “nothing”, pawing at the mouth? I may have to take my kitty in as well, but I’m hoping it is temporary as there seems to have been some improvement. I don’t know what I’m going to do if she needs a tooth out or similar.

    I certainly hope your Prada is feeling better from the teefus and the drug effects soon. (And she’s a cutie. Tortoiseshell?)

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