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Can I add veterinarian to my resume?

1.27.2010

Gizmo, our crazy goofball of a cat, has been chewing her left paw a lot lately. Not her usual just licking it a little excessively, but chewing on it so much she's removed fur. One day last week she climbed in my lap and I noticed swelling and *potential grossness alert* a little pus.

I touched either side of the swelling and quite a bit of stuff came out. John helped out, and while I held her still, he cleaned it with some alcohol and lanced it. {As an aside, we did not have a Happy Kitty during this, but she was not nearly as bad as I expected.} Over the next couple of days we treated with a combination of antibiotic ointment and hydrocortisone cream, and I'm happy to report in just a couple of days she's all better.

I did a little research and figure she had a flea bite that she may have been allergic to, or possibly a spider bite, or something she's not allergic to that just got a little infected. We've noticed no other change, and we seem to be back to full on Spazzy Kitty again.

So I'm thinking I can now add veterinarian, or at the very least veterinary assistance, to my resume. It's growing quite extensive now, my list of alternative skills, and I'm considering a career change to Renaissance Person.

Any other topic seems trivial...

1.15.2010

Every time I try to come up with a new blog post, I keep going back to what's going on in Haiti. I keep trying to think about what it must be like to have things change literally in the blink of an eye. How long does that moment feel? How long does it take you to realize what's going on? How much more difficult is it when you're already poor, uneducated, and barely making it through each day?

There are lots of ways to help. In my typical bullet-point fashion, here are just a few:

Compassion International
- A fabulous group in general taking on this challenge with wide open arms.

Doctors Without Borders - There are so many injured people it seems wrong to say "a lot." I can't imagine how needed doctors and nurses are right now in Haiti - let's help as many get there as we can.

American Red Cross - The old standby, and still a good choice.

Locally, you can check out your news affiliates and/or newspapers for groups putting together things for the Haitian people. Here in the Houston area there are several organizations featured prominently in our newscasts who are helping with everything from solar powered LED flashlights to donated clothing.

Most importantly, we can all pray for them - for the people and their families, the doctors and nurses, the emergency workers and first responders searching for survivors, and for the people here and all over the world trying to help.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Matthew 25:35-40

More changes...

1.14.2010

I've finally got this template up and running for the New Look in 2010. Thoughts? I like the colors, the whole notebook-look, and the whole vibe in general.

I tossed around for a bit the idea of changing the name, but realistically this is just me. I'm not horribly creative with that sort of thing, and my internet pseudonym has been some version of KellyGrrl for a very long time, so why change it now?

Since I've gotten this technical bit all sorted out now (and y'all have no idea how big a headache that was, especially since I was determined to do it all by myself) there should be more frequent posting. w00t!
 
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