Saturday, January 21, 2006

Longer, Stronger, Fresher-smelling

The people have spoken...

"Gah! Where are you?"
- Alison, AliThinks

"Oh where, oh where has schmonnie gone? Oh where, oh where can she be?"
- Allan, AllanThinks

"Yes, we crave material, Schmonnie."
- Bloggblogg, sdfdsf

"Who?"
- John Updike, The New York Review of Books

...and so I have taken up the mantle of Kitties Are The Best once more.

But I have also decided to move operations to a new site, with a new name, for no other reason than the name "ScrittiKitty" kind of tickles me. I swear the change has nothing to do with the Office of Homeland Security or FCC violations. Just itchy is all.

So come on over to the Scrit, to see what I've writ. It's the same great taste with a bold new look!
Poke at it: "http://scrittikitty.blogspot.com"

Or drop me a line at scrittikitty@yahoo.com!

Smooches,
Me

Friday, January 06, 2006

Black, Tabled

The books are in La Jolla. G-Byeee.
Criminy.

I go away for a scant few months, and look what happens. The Black Table has long been one of my favorite sites, and I realized that since I haven't been checking in at KATB to post, I also haven't been checking in to read. When I ended my hiatus just now, I saw my happy little list of links, and remembered how much I missed the Table. (Oh, and all my friends, of course; sorry for the lapse, guys! What up?) I was all excited to get back to it, and now I find, much to my shock and dismay, that they're closing up shop at the end of the month.

Boo.

I'm just hoping they leave the archives up for a while, as there are innumerable nuggets of goodness to be had there.

Actually, though - there aren't. The nuggets, such as they are, are entirely numberable, and finite.

Crap.

See ya, Table.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Uh... Ahem. Hi, Again.

Rock Out in '06!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Somebody, Please Think of the Children!

Hey, Kidz!
It's good to see that, even though FEMA has been widely criticized of late, and - on a completely coincidental and unrelated note - Michael Brown has been relieved of his duties, these folks have the really important issues well in hand.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Monkey

(insert girly, high-pitched squealing here)
Criminy. I can't even handle this.

Worth the Wait

I know I haven't posted in far too long, but it's high time, because I've got news. Ready? Here it comes...

I got a new job!

Buy! Sell! Hold my calls!
I wish I could tell you the name of my new place of employment, but since I tend to use this space to post pictures of women's naughty parts and indulge in filthy language like "fuck", "pee", and "kitties", I'm betting - even without asking - that they'd prefer this page not be associated with them in Google searches and newspaper articles. Fair enough.

What I can tell you is that it's with the company who sought me out a few weeks ago. These are the people who did our donor data management at my old job. I worked with them a lot, and it turns out they remembered me... fondly, even! They've been looking for new client service representatives, and since they know me, and I know the company and their products and services, they thought I'd be good for the position. My role will be to help nonprofit clients understand and use the software, and be their liaison with the programmers. I'll create queries and reports, resolve glitches, and go on visits to do tutorials. I love that I get to indulge my inner geek (though I admit many would argue there's not much "inner" about it), and that I still get to be a do-gooder and work with nonprofits and help them raise funds, while making the salary of a hard-core capitalist corporate drone. It's a bit different from the positions I've been applying for here, but I've actually got more practical experience with databases, basic fundraising principles, and customer service than I do with, say, grantmaking or program administration. To be honest, I'm much better qualified for this position than I was for my current job.

And there are plenty of nice little perks besides actually getting paid with real money. For starters, I don't have to move, which is huge. Not only do I not have to deal with that hassle, I get to stay close to my zoo pals and other special friends. Also, I still get to take the mini-vacation Min and I have planned for October: another San Francisco wedding. And perhaps best of all, they pay for my DSL at home, so pretty soon, I'll be playing the hits around the clock here at KATB.

The only remaining issue is that my current boss is on vacation until next Tuesday, and after everything that's transpired in the few months since she started, particularly with me specifically, the last thing I want is for her to hear through the grapevine that I'm leaving. That means that until she gets back, I have to keep acting as though I'll be here indefinitely, and pretend that I truly, deeply care about whatever it is I'm supposed to be doing. And it's giving me a really bad headache.

Six more days until I can make it official, and start packing and slacking.

Twenty-three more days until I'm gone, daddy, gone.

Monday, August 15, 2005

The Path of Righteousness

Oishii!
Hi folks, and welcome once again to the Kitties Are the Best Friday Potluck. Still not quite on Friday, but I'm getting closer. Tell you what: I'll work on my punctuality, and in the meantime, you have some rice krispie treats and I'll try to make it worth the wait.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: doggies are the beast. And while kitties are indeed the best, you know what's (almost) even better? Kitties in pants.

And now, from the One Good Thing Leads to Another Files:

While browsing at Drawn, I happened to come across this lovely picture by Art Lad. He's a six-year-old who draws stuff, and his dad helps him post it in a blog. You'd think it would be obnoxiously precious (or at least, I would, being the cynical misanthope that I am), but the kid's a pretty good draw-er, and the blog is written in his own voice, so there's no parental pontification about how brilliant and amazing Little Picasso is. It's just nice. Here's hoping it survives the hype.

Anyway, Art Lad kindly pointed me in the direction of Rurality, a lovely little blog that's one of my new favorites. It's very simple and laid-back, and seems to be primarily composed of photos of pretty things. It's like a moment of zen meditation. Plus, she includes snakes in the category of pretty things, so you know she rocks.

Quietly perhaps, but rocks nonetheless.

Next, one of Rurality's posts made mention of the intriguingly-named Month of Softies. It is, in short, a bunch of people making crafty things according to a monthly theme, and sharing pictures of them. These things are usually small and soft (hence the name), but sometimes not soft, and sometimes very, very not small.

And it just so happens that Month of Softies resides on Loobylu, the blog of Australian illustrator and toymaker Claire Robertson, who makes and draws all kinds of things that are incredibly cute, and yet somehow do not inspire me to strangle her, and that's a hard balance to strike. Also, you'll see that on her main page, she's very conveniently created a list of links to a plethora of other neato crafty, illustration-y, toy-y sites, so I don't have to. Thanks, Loobylu!

Rurality (remember her, from way back when?) also led me to Happy and Blue2, which I'm sure is a very nice blog, but I really can't say, because all I've looked at is his Cool and Free list, which includes fantabulous items such as the Church Sign Generator, the South Park Character Generator, and the Crazy Paper Doll Lady. How awesome is Crazy Paper Doll Lady? So awesome that she made an Aishwarya Rai doll, just one of her many Bollywood dolls. But who in the hell is Kalan Porter? Oh. Canada.

Looking at all these crafty folks reminded me of Knitty, a wonderful site that I haven't been to in a while, which is all about knitting, a hobby I haven't done in a while - but I've got to start it up again. It's already mid-August, so if I'm going to make Min a scarf, or even a hat and some mitts in time for him to wear them when he'll actually need them, I'd better get crackin'. And if I'm really industrious, I can whip up a little something for myself, too.

And finally, the news. A British man confessed to bigamy when all three of his wives showed up at the hospital where he was recovering from a triple bypass. The one-bypass-per-wife joke is really too obvious, but I will say that it puts your mom's admonitions to always wear clean underwear into perspective.

Anything else? No, I guess that's it for now.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Bitch is Back

B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Hey, kids. I'm back in town, and boy, did I ever really not miss this place at all. Berkeley is stellar. I suppose, though, that a large part of what I loved so much about it was the "not having to work at all", not to mention the "getting to hang out with all my friends". But that's neither here nor there. Actually, yes it is. It's there, and I'm here.

Oh, well.

Of course, I'm too busy (lazy) to write much, but I did waste a good chunk of time posting pictures, which can be viewed by clicking the Flickr link at right. And to make things even simpler - because if you're anything like me, you'd rather not waste precious seconds clicking an additional link - you can go directly to pictures of the wedding, or check out my long-delayed birthday album. And I've added a few new shots to Randomness.

Okeedokey, Doggie Daddy. That's it.