My new favorite quick meal is this Harvest Grains Blend from Trader Joe’s. It’s a little bland on its own, so you can either spice it up with your favorite seasonings, or do what I do and sautee an onion in your pot before you add the grains and water. On Trader Joe’s Fan, they also recommend adding mushrooms or mixed vegetables, using chicken broth instead of plain water, serving with chicken on top, etc. Healthy and filling, and a little bit goes a long way!
They’ve been doing this construction next to my desk at work for a week now. When we came in on Monday, there was just a tarp across everything, and then on Wednesday the tarp was gone and there was a huge open space in the middle of the floor where there used to be three conference rooms with like, walls and doors. They spent all day yesterday building cubes in the space, so now there are about a million half-size cubicles that seat two people each. We feel back for whoever has to sit there now, but they are for contractors who do editing and document technology stuff, and most of those people are only in the office a couple days a week anyway, and mostly work from home, so it’s not so bad. (Though we’re all afraid that those kind of cubes may be in our future, to save space.)
And finally, to wrap up the Ivan saga of the past two weeks: Remember when I picked him up from the vet two weeks ago, they said they wanted him back in 14 days for another urine sample? And I said that the trip to the vet was so stressful to him, couldn’t I just lock him in a room with some of that non-absorbant litter? So they gave me some, and on Monday night we locked him by himself in our bedroom with a clean litter box filled with NoSorb. The little cup they gave me wasn’t even enough to cover the bottom of the litter box, but I scratched around and showed him where it was, and I know he got in the box at some point because I found a few of the little granules on the floor nearby. He was being stubborn about using the box, but he was eating and drinking so I figured at some point overnight he’d use the box. Well, the next morning there was still nothing in there. So we left him locked there all day Tuesday while we were at work. Tuesday morning I called the vet’s office to see if they had any tricks to get cats to use the NoSorb. They didn’t, and said if he hadn’t used the box by the afternoon, to bring him in and they’d get the sample from him. Meanwhile, I searched the internet and found a couple tips: 1) put a little bit of regular litter in the middle of the box (so they can see and scratch it, but it won’t absorb much), and 2) fill the litter box with (unsalted!) popcorn kernels. When I got home, I tried the regular litter trick, and Ivan still wasn’t having it. It had now been nearly 24 hours since he’d last used the box, and I was getting worried, especially since the point of testing the urine was because of his cystitis condition. So I called the vet to see if it was too late to bring him in, and it wasn’t, so we drove down there, where they got a urine sample directly out of his bladder with a needle! Poor boy… I’d read about this procedure and apparently it’s not painful to the cat (though I think I’d feel it if someone tried to stick a needle into my bladder, so whatever). Anyway, that just took a few minutes and then they brought him back out to me, and I think he must have leaked or finished relieving himself on the towel in his cat carrier, because it stunk. They said the urine looked nice and clear, and the vet called me the next morning to let me know that the lab results came back and he’s perfectly fine, no trace of crystals or anything else. So, everything worked out and he’s over his respiratory infection and perfectly healthy, but I guess I learned my lesson about trying to save time and stress by collecting a urine sample at home from a stubborn and uncooperative cat, since it ended up taking more time and causing more stress. He’s so forgiving, though. That night he came and snuggled right back up on my lap :o)
Vacation begins for me in one hour, and then I’m not back at work until January 2! What will I do with all my time off..?