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last winter (2007), after i moved out, my parents started a HUGE construction project on their house. it was really intense, as in they raised the whole thing and added several new feet of... wall, so that the ceilings in the downstairs were of a normal height. they also turned the cruddy wood-panelled, asbestos-tiled basement i used to inhabit into an office for my dad, who's an architect. anyway, all the renovations meant they had to move out of the house for a while, and they stayed at the rental house a few blocks away.

at the time, they had 3 cats, owen and idgie came with them to the rental house and became temporary indoor cats. my 14 year old cat emmett was basically feral, we only saw him once every few weeks when he'd come inside to eat and would immediately leave again. when they moved, they just left food out for him and figured he'd just kind of do his own thing for a while until they came back. before you jump down my throat about it, he seriously never came around, and didn't stick around when he did, and forcing him to be an indoor cat at another house seriously would have killed him. it just wouldn't have happened. anyway, they left him at the house, finished the construction, and moved back in, and emmett never showed back up. he was really old so we all kind of figured he'd gone off and just died peacefully somewhere, but we always joked that he was just show up again one day like it was no big deal. and that's totally what he did! my sister was on the back deck and he just walked right up! this cat has been gone for over a year and a half, it's like he came back from the dead. i freaked out and cried on the phone like a wuss when she told me. apparently he's been hanging around the house more and more, though, and i kind of think he's been on some homeward bound-style adventure for a while, and now is just going to spend his last kitty months chilling out at casa del schuyler.

he makes me believe cats ~really do have 9 lives~
he's been through all kinds of hell, i think he even got hit by a car at one point and was ok. his previous owners basically abused him, locking him in the garage without enough food or water, and they had 2 young sons that beat the snot out of him, and he was my sweetie after we took him in. he's always been a hunter, too, and brought me live and dead snakes and bats and lizards and mice. awwww i hope i get to see him soon!
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cookies. makes them.

soopah vegan chunky cookies!
~1/4 margarine/spread/smart balance (i don't usually use this much.)
1c brown sugar, packed
1/2c white sugar
1 large overripe banana
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2c whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups oats
1c of raisins, other dried fruit, peanut butter, walnuts, (dark) chocolate chips, etc etc
dashes of curry powder for the adventurous

1. heat oven to 350F
2. beat together margarine and sugar until creamy
3. add vanilla and the banana, chop it up and stir/mash into the sugar mix.
4. add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
5. stir in oats, then whatever add-ins you want. peanut butter is a good fix here if they're too dry
6. scoop and bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes, err on the side of undercooked because they'll harden a bit.
7. om nom nom nom

this was going to be a first-world problems post,

but i just uncovered my camera!!! it was stashed into a weird pocket of my backpack that i didn't think to check earlier. my faith in humanity is around halfway restored. i'm really bummed about a jewelry order, though. i was supposed to get 5 different pairs of carved horn and wood plugs and coils in a pre-order, which took place in DECEMBER. there have been a ton of delays, but since i'm not even at 1/2" yet it wasn't really a big deal. this morning, the seller made a post that made it sound like this order is not going to even happen. i'm really bummed that i'm not going to get my stuff, the wood rings i was going to get are kind of hard to find, especially for this cheap. wahhhhhh. also, our speakers got blown at the party, so jeremy's really grouchy, understandably.
at least i found my camera!
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