November 4th, 2009

20111112, Marilee

Disappointing Day

Well, all the state-wide offices went Republican roughly 60%. Here in Manassas, 5% of the population voted and we were closer to %66 Republican. A former delegate said that the state will now be going back to moderate, which seems unlikely since our new leaders are anti-women, anti-GLBT, anti-minority, pro-abuse, pro-sexual abuse, and pro-drunks, etc. The only good part is that those guys can only have this one session.

I took the trash and recycling out today, dropped a DVD at the post office, got my standing order labs done, and picked up the Restasis. The clerk made sure I knew I was paying for the $196.25, and I told her I did. This is two months worth and Medicare/Kaiser will start picking meds up again in January. Then I went to TGI Friday and after I had potstickers and a house salad, the server came back clearly expecting me to order more. But not only was I full (I have a pretty good idea of how much food makes me full), the potstickers had slightly more protein than I can have for the day. I just asked for the check.

Spirit has been more interested in the other two cats today, but that has only brought some hissing.
20111112, Marilee

De-matting

I've learned a lot about de-matting while working on Loki, so I thought I'd share.

1. Fiskar kids scissors (blunt tips, sharp blades) and a thread nipper are all you really need and you have to be careful with both.

2. On smaller mats, use the scissors to cut the top off horizontally and you'll see two to five "columns" of mats. You can carefully cut down the very light mats between them, and then it's easy to cut the columns fairly close to the skin. A week or so later, they will have grown out enough to cut and have only fur left.

3. On the bigger mats, where they're attached to fur all the way around, carefully use the nippers on the edge, keeping them horizontal to the skin, and you'll see the mat is open under that part. Keep carefully going around cutting the parts that connect the mat to the fur, and then work like #4.

4. The best way to deal with the bigger mats once you have some open edges is to make them smaller. Use the nippers carefully to work through a part of the mat (I have a quarter of that giant mat on Loki off now) and once it's separate, you can use the scissors to gradually cut it down. Eventually you'll have fur at the bottom and you can cut there and get the entire mat part off. Continue for the rest of the big mat.

For some reason, when you make the extension of the mat smaller, the bottom of the mat doesn't mat right away. The fur grows out a bit and that lets you cut the mat clear.