Hey, everyone. I got sidelined on a few other threads on here, in General and New Beginnings.
I'm sorry about your loss, Mr Kite. I lost my dog Thor, a half Boxer half Black Lab, in the summer of 2008. I raised him from a pup. He was the ugliest, dumbest, goodest boy ever. Terrified of cats. Hated possums and snakes. Any time he saw a snake, he went for it with a fury that he showed nowhere else in anything ever.
That was his undoing. He'd killed hundreds of blacksnakes and copperheads, dozens of water moccasins, even going so far as to knock my kids out of the way of them when they were about to step on the copperheads. It's like he knew they were dangerous, so he was protecting us from them. Unfortunately, he got ahold of a cottonmouth too far back and got bit in the neck. He was gone in about 20 minutes. I built him a wooden box, set it on top of a pyramid of straw and cedar logs, and sent him to Valhalla.
I am of the same mind as tbkjcn. No more dogs in my future. I'm so busy with so many things, I can't give them the time and attention they deserve, and they would be very lonely living with me. I won't inflict that on a living creature. My cats, well, they're self-maintaining, very independent, but dogs are far more social.
In other news, yeah, I am super happy with the way my bed turned out. It's strange, but it feels more comfortable and I sleep better on it, even though I'm using the same mattress and the same boxspring as before. It shouldn't make any difference at all. But it's just more solid. I can bounce and flop and flip and roll and the bed doesn't move, and it's -so nice-.
I'm planning on making a matching bedroom set to go with it. This is just a concept picture at this point; I'll probably get rid of most of the star inlays and just keep them smooth maple on at least the end tables. I might go ahead and put the one on the dresser. That one would have a poured resin top to cover over the veneer and make it glassy smooth.
I may have to wait to do all of that until I move out. I don't have a ton of room in my space for it right now. I might be able to do the bedside tables.
In OTHER other news, the ex and I haven't fought in a while. We're settling into a sort of distant, non-abusive ignoring of each other. I am more and more able to keep my anger under control and ignore her antagonistic bullshit.
I've met someone, and I asked her out on a date, but the comedy show I wanted to take her to was on the day she was leaving for Vegas with her kids and her mother to celebrate her 40th birthday over President's week. I get it, and she was super apologetic, which she totally didn't need to be - I'd choose a week in Vegas too!
She's five years my senior, which is fine, and she seems really interested in me. In fact, she was the one to reach out, as opposed to me doing it. She doesn't seem to be relying on me compliment bombing her like the other lady was. We have actual intelligent, meaningful conversations. I don't feel as excited/desperate about her as I did over the first woman, probably because it'll be 6 months from my final DDay on Valentine's Day, so I'm a little more over it all.
She's not my usual type, being a little thicker and a blonde, almost as tall as me, whereas I usually go for short, petite brunettes, but she's cute as hell and knows what she wants out of life, owns her own successful business, divorced for 8 years, and isn't looking for a sugardaddy, so that's good.
Anyways, happy Thursday, gentlemen.