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9/16/14
I'm glad I came home with two days off before I have to go back to work. It's like a post-vacation vacation. The cats are figuring out a new hierarchy with Pippin gone.

Supposed to rain again this week - the flooding last week has cleared up, and now another hurricane is hitting Cabo and headed towards Tucson and Casa Grande. I never heard of hurricanes hitting the Phoenix area until now. I bet it has something to do with Eve and I both being in the same place. Bring on the rain.

9/15/14
My NJ/NY trip went by in a heartbeat. My friend Peter surprised me with Legends Suite tickets to the Yankees game on 9/11. The tix included dinner at the Legends Restaurant, which was buffet-style, with lobster, sushi, waygu beef, steak, salad, pasta, dessert... you name it. And since Peter works with Steiner Sports as a client, we ate with Brandon Steiner and Steve Costello, the folks who run it. I must say, it was a lot classier than sitting with the peasants up top (oh wait, that's me, a peasant).

The rest of the trip was just as enjoyable. Hit the Met, the Cloisters, had food with Uncle Charlie and Aunt Joan, the rest of mom's family, Tesse, Ann et al. It was nice to go home - probably the last time I'll see the house I grew up in.

9/6/14
Oh my Pippin, I will miss you so much.

She was fine when I came home from OCC, but then Thursday night she curled up in a ball and whimpered. I couldn't get her to eat or drink, and she wobbled on her feet when I stood her up. She spent the night on my bed, and even let Marvin snuggle her without hissing. Yesterday I called the vet on my way to work, and the earliest appt they had was this morning at 8.30am. I wanted to leave work early last night to check on her, but as luck would have it, the night sucked and I didn't get home til 11pm. I was up most of the night snuggling Pippin, who didn't feel any better. We went to the vet this morning, and did some labs (unnecessary in the end) and an x-ray. The vet came and told me that when they positioned her for the x-ray, they saw that her belly was bruised all over, which meant she was bleeding internally. Long story short, she had a mass in her abdomen which must have burst and caused the bleeding. No way to treat it.

So rest easy, my Pippin.

9/4/14
To celebrate working six very long days in a row, I escaped up to Oak Creek Canyon for two nights, to sleep near the creek with the windows open, and the sound of rain hitting the roof. It was a lovely 76 degrees up there. I did some roadtripping around Clarkdale (a little town full of Craftsman bungalows!), Cottonwood and Jerome, did some holiday shopping.

My friend Peter surprised me with tickets to a Yankees game at the Stadium - to see Derek Jeter one more time before he retires. I was thinking it would be at the end of September, but we're actually going to the game on 9/11. So... flying home on Tuesday morning, coming back next Monday. I'm looking forward to seeing as many friends as I can, but I have no set plans for anything yet.

On my way home from Oak Creek Canyon, I stopped to get my car's oil changed. During the checkup, they found a leaking water pump and some worn out spark plugs. Sigh. Eve is being kind enough to drop me off and pick me up at the airport, and I'm going to drop off my car at Ford on the way, so they can tune it all up while I'm away. I love my car, and keeping it maintained is certainly cheaper than spending $30K on a new one, but still - it was out of the blue.

-catherine

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