September 6th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Kitties in Quarantine

This is the traditional way to move new cats in, so Loki and Junie B are in the guest bathroom. I considered not taking them because Loki is massively matted (I've done some googling to find places that groom cats), but I was worried that since she had to get rid of them, she might do something drastic. She gave me all the bills in her wallet to help with the grooming. So once I find a place that will de-mat him, I have to have help to get him there. They're both overweight -- Junie is probably 16 pounds or so -- but Loki probably weighs about 25 pounds. I didn't realize he weighed so much until I lifted and carried him to the guest bath. I was thinking the mats took up more of the space. They'll both be getting less to eat than they did.

They're both very interested in me -- want to be petted, rub their heads on my hands -- and Loki has eyes and whiskers like Shiva. He even licks my wrist and purrs, although his purr is much deeper. Junie wants more reassurance, but comes to be petted.

Spirit wouldn't come out or then near me until about midnight and she woke me up every hour until 11am when I went and checked on the new kitties and then back to bed. I turned the alarm off and slept until 2pm while Spirit left me alone.

I'm not washing/changing sheets today. I know that's a shock, but there's a reason. During the week, I didn't write anything on the grocery list for tomorrow and there wasn't anything in the circular I needed, so I don't need to do grocery shopping tomorrow. With the rules about showering, I can't shower until tomorrow, and it would be nice to be mostly not-sweaty when I go to bed in clean sheets. So I'm washing cat blankies today and will do the sheets tomorrow.
20111112, Marilee

The Kingdom of Heaven

I actually watched this Friday night but forgot to post about it, which probably shows how much attention I paid. It's primarily a vehicle for Orlando Bloom who plays a bastard blacksmith. His father, a king, finds him and talks him into going to Jerusalem to fight against the Christians in the Crusades. Lots of fighting and arguing. Ash was a big help in knowing the names of the armor parts. Eventually almost all the Jerusalem people are dead and he surrenders to the main Crusader with a guarantee that the Jerusalem people will leave and not be hurt.
20111112, Marilee

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

This is a light young movie based on the idea that four best friends run into a pair of jeans that not only fits all their disparate shapes, but does good things for each of them. Three will be away from home for the summer and they plan to send the pants around one to the other so everybody gets to use them. The pants don't turn out right to start with for any of them, but as they mature during the summer, they learn that right might not be what they thought. Very nice little movie.
20111112, Marilee

The Healing of America, A Global Quest for Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care by T. R. R

T.R. Reid used to be a foreign correspondent for the WashPost so he's tried a lot of different kinds of health care in other countries. This book chronicles his search for two things: a health care system that would work for the US, and a cure for his stiff painful shoulder (doctor put a screw in many years ago).

He gives us the four standard types of health care systems and visits all of them to find out how they work and how people think of them. At the same time, he asks a doctor in each place what to do about his shoulder. This varied from the US doctor saying first he should have a shoulder replacement, to practitioners who did Ayurveda, to the UK doctor who told him to live with it.

The US is the only industrialized developed country that doesn't consider health care a moral right. In fact, although we pay the most for health care as a percentage of GDP -- 15.3 -- we rank 47th for life expectancy at birth.

This book is easy and engrossing to read -- I liked that he had his shoulder looked at everywhere (it was the Ayurveda that fixed it, but it took weeks in India) -- while he tells us about how the different types of health insurance work (ours is the Out Of Pocket model). He also tells about how some countries recently took parts of different systems -- the ones that work best for them -- and made them into hybrid systems.

I listened to loud voices on the tape of Meet the Press today and wanted to hand them this book. I recommend it highly.