It's rather amazing to me how just a little bit of time and attitude adjustment (and sleep) can make all the difference in the world.
It also helped that the stars finally aligned and I was able to refill Sputnik's prescriptions at a new pharmacy. I had been trying to refill it for weeks through my veterinarian, and it was just a nightmare.
I'd call every day and they wouldn't have it in stock, and had "no idea" when it would arrive. So they'd give me a few doses to tide us over, but it meant driving across town every other day or so and dealing with their obnoxious staff.
So finally I called the vet directly and got him to call in the prescription to another pharmacy. Get this, they had it ready in 24 hours and charged me $28 for the same meds that cost $194 through the vet's office! Holy Moly!
I've been very happy with the vet himself, but the staff and the systems over there seriously have me thinking about looking for a new one.
But, at least the issue is resolved for the moment. Plus, some new herbal remedies that I ordered for Sputty over 2 weeks ago FINALLY arrived this morning.
I've had him on a liquid version for a few weeks now, but he hates having things squirted in his mouth, so this will make our lives much, MUCH easier. I'll write another post about these new herbs in a week or so and give you the whole run down.
I dunno... perhaps this isn't very "minimalist" of me, but my stress level just goes sky high when I'm afraid of running out of something crucial like medicine for my kitty.
Maybe that's evidence of some hoarding tendencies on my part, but the minute I realized that we have all the medicine and supplements we need for the next month or so, I felt like I was finally able to take a deep breath and relax.
And as if that wasn't enough to make me feel better, CatMan came over and spent the evening with me yesterday. Seeing him always raises my spirits in and of itself, but this time he also brought me a birthday surprise!
Of course, the fact that my birthday isn't for another few weeks ensured that I was good and surprised! CatMan totally cracks me up - he gets so excited about giving me presents, that he can't wait for whatever the occasion is. So I'm getting used to getting Christmas presents in November etc.
At any rate, I'm excited to announce that I'm composing this post from my brand new Windows 8 tablet! I've gotta admit, I feel a bit like I've gone from a model T to a spaceship, since I've never even had a laptop before.
Seriously... if it weren't for CatMan, I don't think I'd own more technology than a land line telephone!
I couldn't help but think of the very first present he ever got me 20 years ago when we first met. It was a used 286 desktop computer complete with 40MB hard drive and a monitor that displayed bright green letters on a black screen.
At the time CatMan was running a sort of informal computer exchange out of his basement.
This was in the early 90's when having your own computer was still a bit of a novelty, but since he built his first computer in the 70's by wiring together a few computer chips with an electric typewriter keyboard and a TV screen (not kidding) he was a tad bit ahead of the curve in this department.
Anyhow, as the neighborhood computer geek, he maintained a collection of parts, and would assemble them into working machines which he would give away to anyone who he thought might put it to good use.
The only rules were that when you upgraded you had to donate the old computer back into the collective, or pass it along to someone else. I still smile when I think of all the good "pay it forward" karma that he generated.
At any rate, the happy has returned to chez Cat, and I'm having all sorts of fun figuring out my new toy. The truth is, it's really nice to be able to access the internets from anywhere in the house... I'm feeling much less tethered, and really, REALLY lucky to have the world's most wonderful sweetie.