Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pride & Prejudice at Comic Con?


PRIDE & PREJUDICE #1 (of 5) (FEB092473)
Penciled by HUGO PETRUS

In March Marvel Comics will be offering Pride & Prejudice in comic book form. There will be 5 books published and I for one will be buying copies of them all if only for the originality factor. You can tell a man is the illustrator; all the sisters are gorgeous, including Mary!

According to the site, the adaptation is faithful to the book.

“I've tried to keep the flavor and sly humor of the story, and modernized the language only for better understanding," explains Butler. "Wherever space allowed, I've used Jane Austen's own words. This is your grandmother's PRIDE & PREJUDICE, and your mother's and your own."

David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales, adds, "…, we're presenting these classic stories by staying as close to the originals as possible while still putting that unique Marvel spin on them. I think Jane Austen fans will be thrilled when they sample Nancy's work."

Don’t you love the cover? “Bingleys Bring Bling to Britain” HA! I’m excited to get my copies.

Where to order your copies.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Guess He Couldn't Wait For The Bailout

Just after lunch I heard helicopters and cop cars outside. I didn't think anything of it until my co-worker came in and said that the credit union downstairs had been robbed. It feels a bit weird to know I was that close to a major crime being committed. The perpetrator took off and the police were in persuit, but I haven't heard if they caught him or not.
This guy must have been seriuosly hard up for money to hit this place. It's not exactly situated for easy access or a quick getaway! Not to mention that it's a small credit union only used by BP employees and it's not even payday. How much money could they have possible had on hand?

Thursday, February 19, 2009

The $400 Plastic Cup or Why Am I So Freakin' Stupid?

I'm convinced I have some sort of stupid driver homing beacon on my car. For two mornings in a row now I've had someone change lanes in front of me and I've had to slam on the brakes to keep from hitting them. Both times my morning cup of ice water has gone flying.

In my effort to keep my New Year's resolution, I refrained from thinking or speaking an appropriate curse word or flashing the single finger salute. What I did do was lay on the horn! In fairness to me, I think I stayed pretty calm during yesterdays incident. Well, except for when he drove up next to me, rolled down his window and proceeded to yell at me. YELL...AT ME! Like I was the one who cut him off and spilled his morning cup of whatever. I rolled my window down, yelled that it was his fault and told him to shut up! :)

Well, this morning, in the process of slamming on my breaks, I grabbed my cup as it was tipping over. I wasn't able to keep the contents from emptying all over my radio/ac and floor boards and I wasn't very good at not getting mad. I decided to show my anger by throwing the cup into the dashboard.

Yeah, that was smart. I busted my windshield! I now have a lovely dinner plate sized star burst shaped crack in the middle of my windshield.


Why am I so freakin' stupid? As if I didn't have a million other things to spend $400 on.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Jane Austen Week Feb 23rd - 28th

JANE AUSTEN WEEK at The Barefoot Mama!

Stop in daily for your dose of Jane, including challenges and other fun stuff. There will be a special culmination celebration on Saturday, February 28, so stay tuned!

Join Barefoot Mama in celebrating JANE AUSTEN WEEK, February 23-28, by displaying the banner above (right-click to save). It promises to be a most diverting experience.

Friday, February 13, 2009



Black Cats & Ladders

I'm fighting through my vicodin induced haze to wish you all a very happy Friday 13th. Be bold! Walk under that ladder! :)

Earlier this week I had a whole post written in my head. It's kinda weird, if I stop typing and close my eyes I can "see" it in my mind, but I can't get it to relay down to my fingers! :)

Nevermind, I'm going back to bed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Pride & Prejudice Facebook Style

Stumbled upon this during my morning blog reading ritual and thought I'd share.

For those of us who find Pride & Prejudice and Facebook excessively diverting, this is for your reading pleasure!

P&P - Facebook

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sick Kitty Update

I took Reilly back to the vet yesterday to find out the blood work results. She does indeed have diabetes. The special diet the vet put her on helped a great deal to lower her blood glucose, but it's was still really high. The normal BG range for a cat is 80-150. On Friday Reilly had a BG of 419! After a weekend of eating the new diet and taking an antibiotic for her bladder infection, it was down to 281. Still very high, but a huge improvement from Friday.

Below is her insulin, antibiotics and new food. The funny looking think on top of the food is called a "piller". You pull the plunger back and put a pill in the blue rubber area at the other end. Then softly pry their mouth open from the side with the piller and push the plunger, sending the pill to the back of the mouth! Much easier than trying to put it in her mouth or disguising it in her food.

I'm actually pretty proud of myself. When I found out she would more than likely need insulin shots, I FREAKED OUT! I hate needles. I hate getting shots. I can't watch someone get a shot. Anything syringe related makes me queasy. Until now. (I did a lot of praying from Friday evening to Monday afternoon.) Part of yesterday's office visit was to teach me how to give Reilly her shot. We practiced with saline first. The vet showed me how to hold her skin between my fingers and how to handle the syringe. After that it was my turn. The vet remarked on how flushed I was. Had she taken my pulse and felt my sweaty palms, I think she would have been a bit more concerned! :) I took a deep breath, told the vet I was OK and went for it. I don't quite know what I was expecting, but it was waaaaay easier than I thought it would be. All my prayers paid off!! I gave Reilly her first unsupervised injection this morning and she acted like nothing was happening. I petted her for a minute before the injection and she never stopped purring while I did it. HUGE load off my mind!

Below is my sharps container which comes with 100 syringes. That should last me almost 4 months.

I promise I won't make this blog into a blow-by-blow account of Reilly's diabetic care, but she is part of my life and the noteworthy stuff that happens in my life gets recorded here.
To everyone who has shown their support I would like to say thank you! It feels good that I have the support of my friends. My note at the beginning was to ward off blog lurkers who leave inappropriate comments, not to my wonderful friends. I think most people I know, if they didn't agree with me, would simply not comment.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sickness in the Family

A quick note before I begin this entry. If you're not an animal lover and in particular don't like cats, you might as well stop reading now.

A couple of weeks ago Reilly began drinking A LOT of water and eating her food a lot quicker than normal. My first thought was diabetes because of her drinking so much water, but I didn't know if cats could get it so I talked myself out of it. I was in denial and waited hoping that she would normal out.

Last Friday I finally took her in to see the vet. Sure enough, cats do get diabetes and it's actually quite common. It's only a preliminary diagnosis, but she has all the classic signs. The vet took a blood and urine sample and today we go back for the results. She also had a bladder infection and the doctor put her on antibiotics. Since being on the meds her water intake has normalized. I also started feeding her a special diet for diabetic cats to help get the sugar levels in her system down. It's a long shot, but I'm hoping it can be regulated by diet. If not, she's going to have to have insulin injections twice a day.

I know a lot of you are reading this and wondering why I would even bother. It's only a cat. It's not a human, it's not a child. For those of you who may think that, think on this. There's a good chance you've been blessed with children and so your days are filled with the love and concerns that go along with that. I, on the other hand, have not, but I have been blessed with the companionship of a gorgeous little orange kitty cat. I know that the love for a pet can't compare to the love for a child, but it's what I have right now and I will take love where I can find it.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Twice in Two Weeks

Two weeks ago I was at a stop light on Memorial and Beltway 8 when the white Jaguar behind me rear ended me.  We were both stopped, but he said his foot slipped off the brake and BAM, he hit me.  It was a pretty solid thud, but didn’t do any damage.  Good ol’ German engineering!!

Well, on the way home from church today I got rear ended AGAIN!  It happened at the blinking light at Katy Fort Bend Rd.  The car in front of me went and I rolled up to the light and came to a stop.  No sooner did I stop then BAM!, I got hit.  AGAIN!  There was damage this time, but nothing huge.  There’s a pretty deep 8” horizontal gouge where I think his license plate frame must have hit.  There wasn’t any damage to his car.

I got his insurance info but we also spoke of him “knowing someone” and paying to get it done without going the insurance route.  Since I already had his insurance info I told him I’d be OK with getting it done that way.  Nothing is getting done until I meet this person and visit their shop, though. 

I think I need a nap.  When something like this happens my adrenaline gets pumping and when I finally come down from it I crash pretty hard.

I’m now waiting for the third person to rear end me.  Everything comes in three’s, yes?  Third hit, third week!  Maybe I should hold off until next week to get it fixed!!  LOL