February 26, 2007

Blocking the attack.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:18 am

We’re really being bombarded by comment spam right now. In an effort to reduce it, I’m blocking comments that have “.info” in them, as that’s where a buttload of spam is coming from. So if for some weird reason you have a .info website you want to reference, break it up somehow, like . i n f o or something like that.

24 hours until we’re on the way to Aspen!!!

February 23, 2007

Almost a week.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 4:28 pm

It’s been quite a hectic week, plus I wanted to give Marilyn some respect by leaving her as the top post. Olga informed me that her new sweetie took a bunch of pictures of Marilyn right before she got sick, so once I get them (the sweetie is having some computer trouble at the moment) I’m going to build her a picture page as a little shrine. I also will be able to pick her ashes up in a week or so, and we’re going to build her a little shrine in the apartment with a toy or two, and PSB’s sister is going to find a nice urn.

Here’s everything else, in a nutshell:

- I took a project management class over the past two days. Instead of going into work, I went to this class instead, where I discovered another thing I don’t want to be when I grow up - a project manager. The teacher was good but the class was horrible. Boring and tedious. I did learn how to use another Microsoft program though. Or at least be able to futz with it and kind of know what I’m doing.

- Wednesday night was another amazing Moth - hooray PSB! We leave for Aspen on Tuesday - I’m really really excited. The Moth has some awesome people in their shows there - I’m not going to drop names now though. I’ll wait until I get home. ;)

- We’re having a preliminary catering meeting with Zora and Tamara tonight, to start to discuss whether or not we think we can actually pull this thing off. I had to straighten out a major misunderstanding with one of the hotels we wanted to set up a room block in - they wanted to hold us responsible for all of the rooms, whether they sold or not, but still release them a month out, which PSB and I both thought was really messed up. I spoke to them, and they agreed it was wrong and are sending a new contract with all that stuff removed.

- Tomorrow Kid Dynamite’s having a home game. I swear if I get stacked during the game, at any time, I’m going to throw the table over and turn into the Hulk and smash everything. Well, maybe not, but I’m going to do everything in my power to avoid getting stacked, as it seems to keep happening. Hopefully, no one will fall through our roof while I’m playing. Before the game, PSB and I have a brunch date with friends, and afterwards we hope to head to Caroll Gardens for a party. . .

- I got the menu from Nobu! Perhaps next week I’ll do a more thorough analysis of the items that blew my mind the most.

February 18, 2007

Farewell, Sweet Beast.

Filed under: PolenNews — Twin C @ 10:38 pm

We put Marilyn to sleep tonight.

She was having a lot of trouble breathing again today, and we could tell that she was suffering and not herself. It wasn’t an easy decision, but we knew that we were only going to prolong her suffering. The vet who helped us was very sweet and understanding, and let us stay with her while she passed.

We’ll miss her very much.

February 16, 2007

Fish Rage!!!!!

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 10:23 am

I’m going to tell you something, and you’re just going to have to take my word for it - save up your money and make yourself a reservation at Nobu.

I took PSB there for dinner on Valentine’s Day, and it was incredible. If it wasn’t the best meal I’ve ever eaten, it’s the second best, and the first must have erased itself from my memory for the time being. I was hoping to get a copy of the chef’s tasting menu we ate, but I haven’t gotten one yet so I’m going to go off of memory the best I can. After sipping on some of the best sake I’ve ever tasted (PSB even liked it, and she hates sake), the courses were:

- Sushi in a creme sauce sprinkled with caviar, seaweed, and rice flakes. I took a bite and started giggling as it was so amazing - sweet, salty, just fishy enough, and a little crunch from the flakes. Unbelievable.

-Mackerel ceviche with a drop of chili and cilantro - also quite tasty, and with a little more of a kick - the citrus and the chili almost canceled each other out though, so it wasn’t too hot.

-Three pieces of toro with miso flakes and a garlic chip, accompanied by spring vegetables, with a light dressing. The toro was wonderful, with the texture heightened from the crunch of the flakes and chip.

-Rock crab spring roll with a side of greens, with olive oil, truffle puree, and asparagus puree for dipping.

-Seared hawaiian sea bass with mixed vegetables. This and the first course were my two absolute favorites. The sea bass was so light you barely touched it with the chopsticks and it split in half for you. It was incredibly sweet and flaky.

-Five pieces of sushi. I can’t remember all of them, but the three best were the sweet shrimp, the wild yellowtail, and the blue fin toro - I got extra pieces of the last two at the end of the meal.

-Dessert - a bittersweet tort filled with caramel, and a milk chocolate mousse with strawberry sauce. Both quite tasty.

As we knew two of the hostesses (the lovely Elna and Stacey), we were also given a little chocolate tray to nibble on as we got the check, which was outrageously expensive, but totally worth it. I’m already saving up for the next trip. I’m no food critic, so I’m not giving any of these courses justice. They were all ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE.

February 14, 2007

It’s almost funny.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 4:39 pm

Poor Marilyn. On top of everything else, she seems to have a cold - she can’t stop sneezing.

My poor sweet girl.

February 13, 2007

And the issues continue.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin C @ 1:52 pm

Our poor beast is just not doing well. This morning she seemed strangely out of it, although she did eat some, which is good. The vet called again with some test results from last week - apparently her thyroid has shut down as well. We can give her thyroid medicine which should make her feel somewhat better, and then judge if we should try her back on the heart medicine and everything else as well. PSB has gone to pick up the medicine and give her some and then head off to work. After work I’ll head home, to possibly find cat puke and diarrhea, two possible side effects. The medicine might also be very expensive, which makes me wonder if it’s worth giving her if she probably doesn’t have more than a few weeks left (according to the vet).

Trying trying times.

Remember when I used to complain about poker? That was fun. I managed to sattelite into a big tourney last night, until I realized it was a rebuy and I was pretty much wasting my time playing it - unless I got whomped with the deck early, I was doomed, and sure enough, some jackass put me all in preflop with bullshit and won, knocking me out. I hope he didn’t even make the money. I also almost satellited into another tourney, coming back from the brink a few times, until I made a horrendous play that got me nearly wiped out, and then I couldn’t recover. I will try again tonight. . .

February 10, 2007

Back to the hospital.

Filed under: PolenBabble, PolenNews — Twin C @ 3:45 pm

PSB called me yesterday afternoon - Marilyn was leaking what appeared to be a lot of blood and seemed to be in a lot of discomfort. PSB and I were both freaking out, afraid that something else was horribly wrong and perhaps we’d have to put her to sleep. After calling the vet and the hospital, we brought her back in last night, where she was checked over by another really nice vet, who determined that nothing was really wrong with her (apart from what already is), but the stress of being in the hospital in the first place and the change of diet and the medications she has to be on were probably making her system a little wonky. We were very relieved. The hospital was also very reasonable with the charges this time around, which was nice of them. . . she’s h0me again and sleeping a ton, but not eating her meds, which we’ve mixed in with her food. We can’t bear to force the pills down her throat, so I’m not sure what we’re going to do. I bought her extra treats today, but she doesn’t seem to be interested in them.

February 9, 2007

This is hilarious.

Filed under: PolenBabble — Twin D @ 2:05 pm

How random is this? (not totally safe for work!)

February 8, 2007

Marilyn is home!

Filed under: PolenBabble, PolenNews — Twin C @ 7:35 pm

She seems to be in pretty good shape. She chomped lots of sushi tonight so she probably doesn’t hate us as much.

She does need to take four pills twice a day though. We need to find out if we can crush them and mix them in something we know she loves. . .

I’m very glad she’s home.

February 7, 2007

Marilyn Update

Filed under: PolenBabble, PolenNews — Twin C @ 12:05 pm

Marilyn is in an oxygen tent at the animal hospital. She’s definitely having trouble breathing, and the vet doesn’t know why yet. They’re going to hook her up to an IV and catherter and take some X-rays in order to determine the problem, and then they’ll call PSB to give us the report.

I felt absolutely horribly leaving her there - she looked very sad in the tent, and she doesn’t travel well so that upset her to begin with. I’m also a little scared that I won’t see her alive again. Hopefully that’s not the case, but she is really old (almost 18) so we can’t expect her to live forever. I just hate that she’s there alone, and since she’s deaf she’s probably even more confused.

Fortunately, the vet has very late visiting hours. PSB and I have tickets to The Vertical Hour tonight, and then we’ll go see her. Since I came in so late, I won’t be able to make it before the show, but PSB may go this afternoon too.

The other sucky thing about the situation is that it’s really really expensive, but there’s no way we’d not pay. . . I’m just going to be eating her cat food for a little while until it’s paid off.

Please send her good vibes. Thanks.

2ND UPDATE: Just heard from PSB. It looks like it may be a heart issue, but they need to run some more tests. There was an excess of fluid between her heart and her lungs, which the vet removed. It was clear, which hopefully was a good sign. She’s sedated and breathing better (but not back to normal) and even ate a little. They want to move her out of the ICU and into Internal Medicine. We’re waiting to hear how much more the tests are going to cost.

3RD UPDATE: All tests seem to point to heart disease, which is good. We should be able to put her on medication that will work for a while, but we may have to take her in once or twice more to have the fluid removed from between her heart and lungs again, and apparently the medicine will stop working eventually. But for now, it seems good. We should even be able to take her home tomorrow, which will make me very happy.

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