The Accidental Ocelot

husband :: dad :: cat servant


Saturday, November 29, 2008

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Best TV shows ever

Roughly in order:

The Prisoner
Twin Peaks
Veronica Mars
Monty Python
Battlestar Galactica (new)
Battle of the Planets/Gforce
Star Trek TNG
Star Trek TOS
South Park
Battlestar Galactica (original)
Arrested Development
Twilight Zone
The Muppet Show
Rocky & Bullwinkle
News Radio
Madnum P.I.
Night Gallery
The Wild, Wild West
Rockford Files
Kung Fu
Nothern Exposure
Hill Street Blues
├ćon Flux
Outer Limits
Space 1999
Red Dwarf
Mechanical Universe
Pink Panther (animated)
Dave Allen at Large
The Monkees
Tales From the Darkside
Buck Rogers
Get Smart
6 Million Dollar Man
Heart of the City
Dukes of Hazzard
Scooby Doo
Bosom Buddies
Top Cat
The Addams Family
Tales From The Crypt
The Hardy Boys
The Hitchhiker
Land of the Lost

Sunday, July 06, 2008


We had a very nice, fairly mellow Fourth of July weekend. We camped outside in a tent on our lawn, and got to hook up with all the cousins at the cabin.

Unfortunately, Gizmo took a somersaulting tumble down some metal stairs leading down to the river, and landed amongst the boulders. He bruised his right temple, right shoulder, left elbow and left hip. But all he complained of was his swollen left thumb. 4 hours later, as we lay down for bed, the thumb still ailed him, and he awoke to pain in it this morning.

So we hit up the doc, and xrays revealed a fracture at the base of the thumb, through his growth plate. It was all in alignment and otherwise looked good, but we'll need to get a cast again this summer to ensure nothing affects it as it heals, as the growth plate is particularly vulnerable.

Both parents' first thought? Waterslides now! Before the cast is put on! But with the splint in place, we wound up thinking the better of it.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

South Beach

Indoor soccer continues to motivate me to get in shape. I'm giving the South Beach diet a whirl, and so far, so good. Down 5lbs in 5 days to 194. My next game is a week from Friday, and if I can get to 190, I'll be pretty psyched (eventual goal is 175). Trying to treadmill every other day again to build up endurance, and am at the bottom rung of 1.5mi. Will try and hit 2.5mi by next game (eventual goal - 5mi).

Things are on an upswing as far as information addiction. I'm not listenting to podcasts of late, and I'm much less obsessed about reading things in my news reader and checking forums. Not that I'm not obsessed online... now it's a football game called Goal Line Blitz. It's really hitting the spot as far as giving me fun football stuff to dwell on and stats to pour over. Much like the football card collecting days of my youth. So far it's a more fulfilling and less disruptive mind occupier than generic info overload.

I let the Rhapsody music subscription lapse. I liked the access to music, but their music discovery methods paled compared to Yahoo! Music, Pandora and Slacker, and it was just too time consuming to get a good mix to listen to. So it's back to radio hopping in the car and Pandora at work.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Processing muerte

Citrine has a beautiful post on her blog about how empathetic and thoughtful and kind Gizmo's been lately. It's not all butterflies and gentle breezes.

To encourage baths, sometimes we grab a cup full of ice cubes, and I hand them to G to melt under a drizzle of hot water.

Gizmo (holding 2 ice cubes under the hot water): Eieee! Melting. They're melting. ... They're dead. More babies please!

Ocelot: what?

G: They [the ice cubes] are babies, when they go in the water, they die.

O: what???

G: You're the momma. 2 babies, please!