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I am so disgusted with my cat – GORY
July 1, 2007, 7:15 PM
Filed under: cats, family

This cat is the 5th cat I have had. He is the ONLY cat I’ve had who hunts for sport, not for food. All of our previous cats significantly decreased their dry food intake during the nice weather – they hunted and ate their own food. This idiot cat eats MORE dry food in the summer and leaves his trophies around in obvious locations. Our previous cats saw, attacked and killed. This dope sees, follows, attacks, lets it go to try and run away, attacks, bounces it around with his paws for a while and eventually – if he is having enough fun – he kills it. I’ve never liked it, but today…. I can’t do this again…

He caught a baby chipmunk and brought it/chased it into our house. It hid behind the piano, I got it out and it ran to ds room. This was yesterday. I locked the cat in the room hoping he would find it and kill it. Nope. Ds refused to sleep in his room last night b/c no one knew where the chipmunk was. This afternoon I waws alone in the house while the rest of them went out. I heard something and went to check it out and the cat is dive bombing the piano again. So I pulled the piano out to let the cat get back there – he pounces and comes out with the runaway chipmunk. I ran to the door and opened it and the cat took it outside – I was hoping he would kill it and get it done with. NO… not this cat. He played with it, maimed it, eventually left it on the stone in the yard – I thought it was dead – went to look and it was still alive but badly injured. I thought it would bleed out and die. I left it unconscious and came inside. Then I look out again and IT IS STILL ALIVE AND TRYING TO RUN AWAY FROM MY CAT! Again, I was hoping the cat would kill it. I can not stand watching anything hurt and this thing was so badly injured… I was ready to cry – how sad is that??? Idiot cat played with it some more and knocked it out again – even more injured at this point. I was talking to my mom and she told me I had to kill it – I wanted it to die – the cat had hurt it sooo badly. Stupid cat wouldn’t kill it. When it couldn’t run away anymore the fun was gone, SO HE LEFT IT THERE. I had to kill it. I was so upset. AND – the thing wouldn’t die – I had to try 3 times! I was REALLY ready to cry.

My mother said one of their cats used to do that – but only one. Suddenly it occurred to me that this cat of mine and that one cat of theirs are the ONLY MALE cats we have ever owned. The rest have all been female. So, NEVER again will I get a male cat. I can handle the hunting for food, I can even handle leaving one on the doorstep for me – they are “providing”, I am not stomaching this hunting for sport very well that this cat does. It was horrible…

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I am so disgusted with my cat – GORY
July 1, 2007, 7:15 PM
Filed under: cats, family

This cat is the 5th cat I have had. He is the ONLY cat I’ve had who hunts for sport, not for food. All of our previous cats significantly decreased their dry food intake during the nice weather – they hunted and ate their own food. This idiot cat eats MORE dry food in the summer and leaves his trophies around in obvious locations. Our previous cats saw, attacked and killed. This dope sees, follows, attacks, lets it go to try and run away, attacks, bounces it around with his paws for a while and eventually – if he is having enough fun – he kills it. I’ve never liked it, but today…. I can’t do this again…

He caught a baby chipmunk and brought it/chased it into our house. It hid behind the piano, I got it out and it ran to ds room. This was yesterday. I locked the cat in the room hoping he would find it and kill it. Nope. Ds refused to sleep in his room last night b/c no one knew where the chipmunk was. This afternoon I waws alone in the house while the rest of them went out. I heard something and went to check it out and the cat is dive bombing the piano again. So I pulled the piano out to let the cat get back there – he pounces and comes out with the runaway chipmunk. I ran to the door and opened it and the cat took it outside – I was hoping he would kill it and get it done with. NO… not this cat. He played with it, maimed it, eventually left it on the stone in the yard – I thought it was dead – went to look and it was still alive but badly injured. I thought it would bleed out and die. I left it unconscious and came inside. Then I look out again and IT IS STILL ALIVE AND TRYING TO RUN AWAY FROM MY CAT! Again, I was hoping the cat would kill it. I can not stand watching anything hurt and this thing was so badly injured… I was ready to cry – how sad is that??? Idiot cat played with it some more and knocked it out again – even more injured at this point. I was talking to my mom and she told me I had to kill it – I wanted it to die – the cat had hurt it sooo badly. Stupid cat wouldn’t kill it. When it couldn’t run away anymore the fun was gone, SO HE LEFT IT THERE. I had to kill it. I was so upset. AND – the thing wouldn’t die – I had to try 3 times! I was REALLY ready to cry.

My mother said one of their cats used to do that – but only one. Suddenly it occurred to me that this cat of mine and that one cat of theirs are the ONLY MALE cats we have ever owned. The rest have all been female. So, NEVER again will I get a male cat. I can handle the hunting for food, I can even handle leaving one on the doorstep for me – they are “providing”, I am not stomaching this hunting for sport very well that this cat does. It was horrible…



the Wal-Mart saga…
June 12, 2007, 8:43 AM
Filed under: family, photos, shopping

Still no pictures… apparently the tech guy hasn’t come to fix their machine yet 😦

So, I asked the guy at the counter if he would cancel the order and I would resend it to another WM. He was very nice. I’m sure he had people yelling at him all day about that machine. …not that I yelled, I was very nice to him.

I sent them out last night, so I’ll go pick them up today sometime.

So, my children have 2 new cousins on the way! Chris and Joy are having a baby boy in September or October – I don’t remember which one – and Greg and Lisa are having baby #2 in February – I guess her due date is Paddy’s birthday. So, Esther will have a sibling almost exactly 2 years younger than she is. Have you seen Esther lately? If you are family and know the website – you have to go check out Lisa’s blog. Esther is too cute! …yes, Paddy is, too. Can’t leave him out. MOm has a blog going with Paddy pics and there are some cute ones on there.

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the Wal-Mart saga…
June 12, 2007, 8:43 AM
Filed under: family, photos

Still no pictures… apparently the tech guy hasn’t come to fix their machine yet 😦

So, I asked the guy at the counter if he would cancel the order and I would resend it to another WM. He was very nice. I’m sure he had people yelling at him all day about that machine. …not that I yelled, I was very nice to him.

I sent them out last night, so I’ll go pick them up today sometime.

So, my children have 2 new cousins on the way! Chris and Joy are having a baby boy in September or October – I don’t remember which one – and Greg and Lisa are having baby #2 in February – I guess her due date is Paddy’s birthday. So, Esther will have a sibling almost exactly 2 years younger than she is. Have you seen Esther lately? If you are family and know the website – you have to go check out Lisa’s blog. Esther is too cute! …yes, Paddy is, too. Can’t leave him out. MOm has a blog going with Paddy pics and there are some cute ones on there.

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got my miracle…
June 9, 2007, 11:30 AM
Filed under: family, grad school

So, I wrote previously that getting enough points to pass would be a miracle – guess I got it. I truly did not expect to get that many points out of it. So, my aunt emailed me and asked me to explain the set up of this exam system… it occurs to me that there may be more than her that don’t know what is going on, so I’m going to paste the email I sent to her below – here is the explanation….

First year involves 4 big courses (Biochemistry, Molecular Cell Biology, Immunology and Microbial Disease) along with 3 lab rotations (10-12 weeks working in a given lab) and assorted other things. The classes have to be completed with nothing lower than a B- to stay in the program. Each rotation requires a written report – 5-10 page paper – on something done during the course of the rotation.

At the end of the first year are the CPE – comprehensive preliminary exams – or what is referred to as qualifiers. This is broken up into 2 parts. The first is an all day written exam covering all of the course material in first year. To pass this part there are 25 available points from 2 questions in each subject. There has to be a minimum of 17.5 points per section with no single question lower than 5 points. The morning section was biochem and molecular cell and then in the afternoon we took Immuno and Microbial. We had 3 hours for each half. That was last Monday – June 4.

I was so afraid I had not gotten enough points to pass a couple of the sections. Sections not making the minimum points can be retaken once, but it has to be passed. Not passing it gets you kicked out of the program.

Part II is writing a research proposal on a question posed by faculty. We had 8 to choose from and I picked my mentors. We have to research the topic out, propose a hypothesis and specific aim as to how we will prove the hypothesis and design a set of experiments to carry that out. It is to be 7 pages and is due on Friday, June 15. The next week we have to do an oral presentation and defense of our proposal.

Now, what I didn’t say in the email to my aunt is the following…

The exam director will form a committee to grade the papers and do the oral defense. Generally the faculty member posing the question will be chair of that committee. However, if we (as I did) choose to answer our mentor’s question the mentor cannot be chair of the committee for his/her own student. So, my mentor will be on my committee, but someone else will chair the committee.

I must say, my mentor has been really helpful with all of this. More and more I see the decision I made for the lab I wanted to stay in was/is the right one.

I need to go and get reading… I have a lot of papers to go through and more to find 🙂

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The right balance
June 1, 2007, 11:53 AM
Filed under: family

I read some blogs and think, “how cool is it that they can incorporate their spiritual life so easily into their entries”. I just don’t do that well… of course, then it occurs to me that it isn’t something I do in real life, either, so why would I do it here? I say things like, “I really felt God’s presence…” and it sounds pretentious to me – not that it sounds pretentious when others say it – depending on the person, but it just isn’t me. I’m just me – and the way I write (scary as this may be to some of you reading this) is a reflection of that. My blog won’t sound like anyone else’s – and I don’t care for it to – because *I’m* writing it.

Balance – you know what the problem is with trying to balance??? The slightest change in any place can cause a tumble… I read once that trying to “balance” your life – work, home, (school), kids… – leaves you sure that none of the areas are getting what they need and what they should be getting from you.

OK, no balance.

If not balance, then what???

That same article said something to the effect of putting your efforts into the important things at the time and getting the rest done as you can. I believe it was a Bank CEO/mom/wife who wrote the bit I read.

I missed dd’s softball game last night – I was supposed to be studying (like now) but yesterday was such a waste of a day. I just wasn’t motivated to do it. You know what? I missed her game – and I didn’t even do any work. Dh and dd got home and apparently she played quite well and I missed quite a few photos she wanted me to take (batting, fielding…)

Guess who made the complete WRONG choice???? Hate getting hit upside the head like that…

Guess who *is* going to the game tomorrow AM???? Yeah, me…

Now, I HAVE to get studying – I’m feeling like I’m in BIG trouble for Monday at this point…

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family photos
May 27, 2007, 10:27 PM
Filed under: family, photos

I’m trying out something new. I know my sil uses photobucket to source her photos for her blog. This is an attempt to put a bunch of thumbnails in this post so you just click on the one you want to see and it is linked to the larger picture: