The Story of Cat

I did a blog post a month or so ago with a story about the many trials and tribulations of my poor blind dog. I thought I would also let everyone get to know my old grumpy cat as well. She is actually not so grumpy in her old age, or at least not towards people. She seems to have a vendetta against the dog, though.


My cat’s name is Kiki, or Kitty when she isn’t listening, or Cat when she’s in trouble. Not original, I know, but it was the only thing she would respond to so I went with it. I estimate that she is about 13 years old so I’ve had her for about 11 years now. She doesn’t have quite the fantastic story as the dog does. She’s in general good health, has had a stable-ish home (I’ve moved quite a bit over the years), and always has food and water (though heaven forbid she can see the bottom of the food bowl). Image

She loves draping, whether it’s on furniture or people. She drapes all four paws off the side and gets really flat along her back. It’s actually pretty impressive given her size. 


She’s about 5 pounds larger than the dog. And she always looks angry in pictures. She’s honestly very friendly, I swear. I do seem to get the feeling on occasion that she’s simply humoring me until I feed her, though. As far as typical cat behavior goes, she seems to have missed the memo. She doesn’t care about window sills or boxes, she hates canned cat food, and is very picky about cat treats in general. She does, however, like canned dog food, paper on the floor, and the dog kennel if she thinks Miya was headed in there. Brat.


She’s a goober but I wouldn’t trade her for anything. She handles traveling really well, although she doesn’t like the car as much as she did before I drove 60 miles in 65+ MPH wind gusts. I think it may have traumatized her a little. Now I get the song of her people screamed at me off and on throughout the trip. Lucky me. I guess it could be worse.

I try not to think about how both animals are up there in age, but they are. Until then I figure I’ll spoil them both. I was told that the cat had gained a pound since her visit to the vet last year and was told to put her on a diet consisting of mainly canned cat food. Well, she doesn’t eat canned cat food. Plus, her food intake is regulated which means she’s most likely stealing dog food when I’m not home. Honestly, though, she’s old and in good health. I’m going to let her steal the food and be fat if she wants to.


National Laboratory Professionals Week

Last week was National Laboratory Professionals Week which celebrates everyone who works within the lab, from phlebotomists to techs to pathologists. While not well known, like the jobs themselves, it’s still a lot of fun and nice to be recognized. The lab that I’m currently working at in Missoula made sure to celebrate the way lab folk do – with food!

In honor of lab week, I thought I’d share some humorous lab comics with you all.

Disclaimer: I’m using my phone to post this as I’m out of town and without proper internet so it’s a 50/50 chance the pictures will work. Sorry! Also, I got these pictures from a Facebook page called ‘Lab Humor’. Highly recommended for all lab professionals with a sense of humor.


Someday I hope to be given the chance to say “Eureka!”

I can’t wait until next year! Who’s wants to play?

My poor blind dog does this sometimes, but I have a feeling it’s more because she missed the bed and less because she wanted to play out osmosis.

In all seriousness though, thanks to all of my fellow lab nerds out there for all that you do!


Stay Healthy, My Friends!

Holy mother is everyone sick around here! Mycoplasma pneumoniae (walking pneumonia) is running rampant at work and I’m just over in the corner trying to dodge the bacteria-laden coughing. I feel bad for anyone who is personally familiar with this type of bacteria because, as one of my coworkers said, “It feels like a rat is living in my chest.” Ew and ow.

My immune system seems to be pretty sturdy. I would say, besides seasonal allergies, I get sick maybe once a year. Every once in a while I’ll get a little tingle in the throat but with a little hot tea, honey, and spicy spicy spicy food I can usually kill whatever it is trying to settle in. However, I still panicked when I woke up yesterday with a sore throat and a small baby cough. I honestly don’t think that I caught the bug but I’m still taking the cold medicine I had to buy and drinking a ton of hot tea and honey just in case. I do not want a rat living in my chest.

In other news, I was able to be extended at this location for an additional six weeks which means I’ll be able to experience a Montana spring! I’m so excited to visit Glacier National Park and I’m told spring time is the best time to do so. I’ll also be in town for the writer’s conference located downtown in May. The conference is called MisCon and it is mainly for the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres, which is perfect! I’ll actually have to get dressed and go to this one, unlike WanaCon which was completely online, but I may be able to meet some interesting people. I’m hoping to have a little more of a novel under my belt before then, so it’s definitely incentive to kick things into gear!