Cute animal photos

Geoff submitted some more photos to and they were accepted to the multiple pet homes section.  We obviously qualify under that section, so they took two of our pictures to add to the album.  They are in the links below.

Dog Pile!

Kitties in a window!

Enjoy!  Watch for a job update coming soon from Geoff.


Latest goings on

Things seem to be moving along with the job search.  I had that interview on Friday and it seemed to go rather well.  Also, the university I really want to work for is checking my references and doing background checks, so I would say that looks like it is going well also.  Like I said, hopefully I will have an answer within the next few weeks.

Yesterday I was asked by a member of our church if I could help out with the Cub Scout Pack that is affiliated with our church.  I said that I would gladly help, and then we talked a bit about things that I might be able to help with.  He didn’t know that I was once an Eagle Scout, so when I told him that he was even more pleased.

Speaking of Eagle Scouts, I myself was quite pleased to see this recently, a young man who was an Eagle Scout testify against discrimination in Iowa.  It is actually quite moving, and the young man was a superb speaker.


How to tell when you have an addict in the home

Addicts are often good at hiding their disease.  Some can go years before the extent of their addiction is revealed.  Sometimes the addiction ruins their relationships, their job, their finances, etc.

In our case, things are a little different.

This is Bucky, and he’s addicted to The Furminator.

Our FURminator addict waits patiently for his turn.

Bucky, also known as Buckminster Charles the III, is the eldest of our pack of furry kids.  He rules the house with a mixture of patience, nose baps, and the unabashed understanding that he is simply master of all he surveys by virtue of being a cat.  We are simply his staff and, while he loves us and we can occasionally itch that scratch he can’t reach, we primarily exist to feed him and shower him with praise.

Then we brought home the Furminator and everything changed.  We’d been looking for a way to more properly groom Smoky. Smoky is allergic to, well, just about everything, and is also prone to overgrooming himself and, um,  hairballs.  So, we thought that a good grooming tool might be just the thing to help minimize the hairballs and the overgrooming.

Smoky, our allergic Tux kitty and original recipient of the FURminator.

Smoky likes the Furminator just fine.  Bucky?  Well, that’s a whole different story.  He’s an addict.

He quite literally comes to us each and every day and demands to be groomed.  This, in and of itself isn’t a bad thing.  Bucky is, we think, part Abyssinian.  He’s got a double coat that’s very thick and while he’s perfectly capable of grooming himself, in his old age, he’s discovered that it isn’t as much fun as it used to be.

Once he discovered the Furminator, all bets were off.  He will keep us from our job searching at the computer.  He will bat at us, sit on our keyboards and hands, even swat at our faces until we find the Furminator (it is never far from reach) and groom him until he is happy with the results.  He does this every day at least once a day.  There is no escaping it.  If he had thumbs he would do it himself, I think.  But alas, this one evolutionary development keeps him from truly taking his destiny in hand and ruling the house.

All this being said, he does look like a glossy and fabulous new kitty.  We absolutely recommend the Furminator.  Just be prepared.  There may be a 12 step program in your cat’s future…


Maybe they didn’t forget about me after all

That university that I was REALLY hoping would hire me?  Well, it looks like they may just do that after all.  They called me to sign some release forms so they can do my background checks, and they asked for some of my references so they can go ahead and talk to those people too.   It is my understanding that they only do this for the people that they have decided to hire, so that has got to be a good thing.  Who knows, maybe I will have a job offer within the next two or three weeks?  Wouldn’t that be awesome?

Wish me luck!


Another interview!

Major Music School where I had an in person interview called me and asked for an in person interview on 2/11/11.  It’s for a completely different position that I applied for back in November, a potentially more interesting position than the one I already interviewed for.  Keep your fingers crossed, people.  I am really looking forward to this!