24 March 2011

Dead Man's Hole
A good place to swim and/or nap

Also, a freakin' cool geological oddity (at least in central Texas)

(Stalactites! Everywhere!)
I read something the other day that made me stop in my tracks and rethink an area or two of my life. Not sure what I'm going to do yet, but it's a start.

"The only test as to whether we ought to allow an emotion to have its way is to see what the outcome of the emotion will be. Push it to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something that God would condemn, allow it no more way."

I have a tendency to think that things like crushes, frustration, annoyance, melancholy moments, etc. are just little things. When, in reality, if I allow them to continue they will turn into lust (or forbidden love), anger, depression, etc. All of which God condemns. As Jesus' disciples would put it, this is a hard teaching, but something that is worthy of my time.

We cannot kindle when we will
The fire which in the heart resides,

The spirit bloweth and is still,
In mystery our soul abides;

But tasks in hours of insight will'd
Can be through hours of gloom fulfill'd

22 March 2011

Ode the beginnings of insanity

I'm still here! This whole giving up facebook for Lent is harder than I thought it would be... I didn't realize just how many times per day people say "Oh, I'll post it on facebook" or "You should totally post that picture" etc. I have come to realize that people don't show you pictures in person anymore, they have to put them on facebook first. Hmm, I guess my generation really is getting less and less personal.

Work is getting crazier and crazier. We got our first bitty baby raccoon last night. Oh my goodness, I've never heard something cry so much! We also got 3 D size opossums, 4 B size, and 1 E size, 1 B squirrel, 1 grackle, 2 pigeons, 2 adult raccoons, 2 adult skunks. I didn't finish doing intake until 1 a.m., and didn't get off work until 2:45. Long night.

And now some other bits of news from WRR:
*I got sprayed in the face by a skunk the other night. Point blank range. And it got in my mouth. In case you were wondering, skunk spray on the skin burns, and in your mouth it tastes pretty darn bad. BUT on the up side, I did manage to get some fluids into him.
*We had a raccoon loose in the clinic and she got up in the air ducts, coming down every night in order to trash the isolation room, and then go back up into the ceiling. We finally caught her in a live trap, and hopefully we can pump her full of meds for her mange and release her.
*Tessa (the kitty who got attacked by a dog) is now officially living in the apprentice trailer. Such a sweetie :) Except she still hates the boys...
*We got a grey fox in the other night. Such a beautiful animal :)
*I was taking the trash out tonight, and walked past a gaggle of geese, some juvi raccoons, and heard the African lions roaring in the distance. This place is pretty cool.
*Baby season has begun, I will take pictures of the rooms full of opossums and squirrels, it's pretty impressive.
*SPREAD THE WORD: Opossums are not dangerous, nor do they attack children. They do not carry rabies. They are useful to have around (they eat cockroaches, scorpions, snakes, spiders, and assorted detritus). When they open their mouth and drool, it's a defense mechanism, it doesn't mean they want to bite you.... in fact, unless you stick a something to the back of their throat, they don't chomp down.
*I think that's all for now.
*p.s. I have 3 new roommates. Welcome to the apprenticeship, Dericke, Dan, and Linnea.

What is the enjoyment in horror movies? I will never understand. And I wish people would understand my legitimate loathing of them, and my inability to watch them. Insomnia and paralyzing fear sucks, is that not clear enough?

I really need to start cooking more, I rely too heavily on Amy's frozen dinners. Granted, they are quite tasty... but tomorrow, I will cook! If I'm not too tired... 12 hour days can be a bit taxing.

I finally bought earplugs today. Lovely.

I've had this horrible cold for a week now that leads to uncontrollable coughing fits. Just f.y.i. if you're trying to syringe feed a spooked baby cottontail, coughing at them doesn't really help :P

I think that's enough for now, I'm coming across as whiney, and that's not my intention. I need more sleep.

07 March 2011

Stream of conciousness

I'm closing the clinic again tonight. That makes the fifth day in a row. I think I'm getting better at closing though; intake doesn't freak me out quite as much, and it's always interesting.

We got a tufted titmouse in intake last night. So adorable!

Hmm, what to do for my weekend...

The Boerne Public Library has a whole lot of Stargate Atlantis, and I'm kind of addicted.

I love how in sci-fi science, they can engineer alien gene therapy to reverse the effects of a laboratory engineered retrovirus. In the span of 20 minutes.

I bought a mint plant the other day :) So far the cats haven't discovered it, thankfully.

I finally read Pilgrim's Progress. And although it took me awhile, and was rather hard to read, turns out that it's a really good book. I think I'm going to finally read The Illiad next.

I got an e-mail today from Krystal (our intern coordinator) asking for information for mid-internship evaluations. For the group of interns that I trained with. Have I really been here that long?!

The Alamo Drafthouse & Cinema is having a Dr. Who night on the 16th. I really, really want to go!

A few days ago I got to go swimming in the Guadalupe River, and take a nap on the riverbank in my bikini. While Washington was in the midst of a massive snowstorm. See? Another reason why y'all should come visit me :)

I'm on a JJ Heller kick on Pandora. Good stuff.

Inside jokes and sarcasm should always involve getting shortbread in the mail. Just sayin'.

Dericke, Dan, and Linnea, our newly hired apprentices are moving in over the next couple of weeks. Our trailer is going to go from 3 people, to 6 people... hooray for being cramped?

I love my coworkers and friends down here, but I'm getting sick to death of how most of them can turn anything into a sexual innuendo. Seriously people, there is more to life.

Tessa only has a week or so of ringworm medication left, and then she can come back down to the apprentice trailer!

Fletcher just walked over and draped himself into my lap. I love how cats can be comfortable practically anywhere... I wish I could do that.

I should probably get up and make something that resembles lunch...