Mister Eclectic (howeird) wrote,
Mister Eclectic

Not a Total Loss

Went back to sleep at 7:30 or so, slept till 10:30. Had a very weird dream which I will post later.

Up and out of the house and at the nail parlor by 11:30, waited about 10 minutes for my favorite manicurist to finish giving a guy a hair cut-and-dye. It was very busy, and they were having their company potluck in the back, so I didn't have a haircut while I waited. 

Carl's Jr for lunch, mostly because I used their restroom.

Drove to my old neighborhood from 2 moves ago, and pulled into the DIY car wash. The machine kept not taking my quarters, so I went to the machine for tokens, but it took a lot of tries to get $3 worth. It refused to take any of my $5 bills. Got the car rinsed and all soapy and foamed with the brush, when the alert for more coins started. It took another bunch of tokens & quarters, the alarm cleared and the "active" light stayed on, but the water didn't come on. I had to pull into two different bays to find a machine which worked so I could rinse the foam off.

Drove home, after watching an episode of Storage Wars I went into the smaller bathroom, laid out some towels, filled the tub about 1/4 full of warm water, collected Pumpkin, took off his collar and placed him into the tub. He yowled a lot, but did not try to claw his way out. I was able to shampoo him on top and sides, but didn't get his tummy too well - though there was enough shampoo in the water that he got clean enough there.

Splash-rinsed him off because I don't have a spray hose and forgot to grab a plastic bowl or anything. It took longer but I got most of the shampoo off him. Wrapped him a huge bath towel, and set him on the bed, but he wouldn't stay still to be dried off, and each time I put the towel on him he ran away. He finally sat on the carpet in front of the food dishes, between two towels I had put down and started grooming himself dry.

I pulled the portable radiant heater from the closet and tried to aim it at him, but he went across the livingroom to his spot by the patio door. Eventually he hopped up onto the sofa, so I sat down next to him, pointed the heater at us, and pet him while he groomed himself. That lasted about an hour, when he finally decided he needed to go into the closet and sulk.

But he's clean, and he is grooming himself again, so I'm happy. I won't be putting his collar back on. He's an indoor cat now, he's chipped, and one thing taking the collar off did was show me it had badly scraped under his chin. Should probably take off Domino's too.

Nothing else on the agenda for today. This morning I tried using Lightroom's watermark feature, and it is totally lame. When I installed Photoshop CS5, it did not import the watermark action from CS4 which took me an hour to build, but I hear there is a way to do that, just have to find the macro on the disc drive. Here's the deal: I want my watermark to be transparent. Lightroom took my transparent watermark and made the text part opaque. Photoshop lets me merge it into the photo so it is just a raised, clear copyright notice which does not get in the way of seeing the photo. So maybe tonight I'll figure out how to import that into CS5.

No plans for tomorrow.
Tags: car, cats, nails

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