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Obladi Oblada...

Thursday, May 11, 2006

He is now our backyard pet; what should we name him?
Life is good; busy is good. I have an abundance of both right now. The research season has kicked into full gear, I have a number of research assistants who are capable and intelligent, I have very fulfilling and interesting projects on the go, and the list goes on...The summer storm season is bearing down on us and I will attend my first hurricane meeting tomorrow.

There have been parties and concerts and family fun amidst all of this; in general, life is wonderful. Really. I am reading great books, and watching great shows on t.v., having lunches with kind and interesting people.

Life is not perfect, don't get me wrong. But the things that are not perfect pale in comparison to the things that are. I am having trouble with the Publisher of "the" book, for example; a minor issue with my Editor having left and moved to a new Publishing House; do I stay with the Editor or the Publisher?...I had to assist my research assistant in the cleaning of a 100 gallon fish tank stocked full of wild brook trout, and the siphon that was taking water out of the tank accidentaly came out of the bucket and we flooded the floor of our lab with shitty fish water...My garden is being neglected because the weather has been cold and damp and dreary for ages. This causes me grief and anxiety (moreso that a dirty house even...). There could be more disposable income after all the bills and responsible money has been spent. I think I could go on. Blech.

I hope your lives are well. Or at the very least, you are finding wonderful moments amidst events that might not be so great.

Two excellent books I am tackling at the same time:
"Eat, Pray, Live" by Elizabeth Gilbert and
"Last Child in the Woods; Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder" by Richard Louv

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. -Rachel Carson

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I had a stuffed rabbit as a child, instead of a stuffed teddy bear. I named him 'Rabbit". I must have been going through a very practical phase.

    Busy is good, so long as it is good busy, and not stressed-out-I'm=going-out-of-myfreaking-mind-busy. That's not so fun.

    Sorry, dear, but I'm laughing at your 100 gallons of "shitty fish water" on your lab floor. I have a very clear image of it, as I visited a B.C. fish farm many years ago before it became so controversial.

    I agree--a dreary unkempt garden is deadful. I hope your weather perks up and your time frees up soon so you and your boys can go have loads of fun getting dirty.

    Wishing some Calgary sunshine your way...

  1. Blogger Chloe said:

    it is true Cathy, the beauty of the earth is everlasting. and a source of happiness, everyday. i was just thinkimg about it on my way back from the baker's and i saw some flowers that had grown huge in a matter of days.

  1. Blogger fb said:

    Only one rabbit...what names have the boys come up with?

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    It was funny; the two of us laughed as well; me moreso thatn my student, becuase she had the cuffs of her jeans floating in it, whereas I was a nice distance away....the weather should be sunny and warm this weekend and my goal is to get out and play in the yard. What are your plans?...

    What creative things are you doing today? I loveseeing adn reading about the things you make and do. Happy Friday!

    The babe says oogle google flabble amd my son says rabbit, but I think we should have a proper name for him, don't you?

  1. Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said:

    When ones time is used in just the right amount it is blessful isn't it. Too little or to much can be stressful.

  1. Blogger Steve Awesome said:

    Well Im glad things are going well and I think you should tame the rabbit/hare. If things were perfect we would never have anything to talk about.

  1. Blogger Meow said:

    It's wonderful that things are going so well for you all. Enjoy. The bunny is cute, he does deserve a name !!
    Take care, Meow

  1. Blogger Michelle said:

    I say name the bunny "Mixy", short for mixamatosis!!

    My bikini is on the way ;)

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Yes, stress can certainly creep in; thankfully it is staying away for now.

    I quite like talking about good things as well...but to top off the shitty fish story; the water leaked through the ceiling and into the office below; the secretary's office; she is now complaining of a fishy smell; hmm, wonder where that came from?

    I have been negligent getting around to friend's blogs lately; I hope you are doing well.

    Mixy it is :) I hope the bikini fits; winter boots, scarves etc. on the way to you :)

  1. Blogger Devil Mood said:

    Oh the rabbit is back! I'm not very original with names, Cathy...
    I'm glad you're having fun. I've been having fun reading too and playing with the cats from my back yard...it's all pretty silly but when I'm with animals around me I get a little happier. I should go to the zoo and work there.

  1. Blogger Heidi said:

    Cathy..I'm smiling for you that things are going well on your end :)

    Goodluck with the name..My friend's sister have 5 pet rabbits..I didn't even ask if they have names..lol

  1. Blogger fb said:

    'Flabble' is a good name!

  1. Blogger blackcrag said:

    I see your older son and I agree. 'Rabbit" is a perfect name for your backyard guest. I would be more than pleased to share the name 'Rabbit' with you and yours, my old stuffed toy and your new neighbour.

    Tonight I am going to BeerFest. 96 beers from around the world, 1 night. Once I recover tomorrow, I am working, working, and o yeah, working.

  1. Blogger Cathy said:

    Devil Mood;
    Wouldn't a zoo-keeper be a great job!? (minus all the poo, that is)

    5 pet rabbits?! Yikes!
    How did your friend enjoy the INXS concert?

    I had already committed to Mixy, but Flabble could be a middle name.
    Mixy Flabble.

    Mixy Flabble Rabbit, that is...:)
    Enjoy the beerfest; it sounds wonderful. And don't work too hard.

  1. Blogger vani said:

    What about Bugs? :)

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