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My un-vacation

Well, I knew I needed time off from the office, but a migraneous head cold, or a head-cold-induced migraine, was not the way I wanted to go about it! But for most of last week, starting shortly after my last blog post, that was what had hold of me, and that is why I have been less active than usual online and haven't posted a chapter.
 
Now, before you start tossing sympathy, be aware that my migraines are not (usually) terribly painful. They do, however, mess with both my vision and my balance. The vision problems also get worse when I'm exposed to polarized light such as that put out by a computer monitor. Add that to a fever, a stuffed head, a runny nose and a cough, and you have a perfect recipe for spending a lot of time on the couch.
 
Fortunately, with rest, medication, and a secret remedy (more on that shortly), I am back into decent condition and ready to write again. Will I be posting Chapter 65 today? I can't say for certain, but I hope so. Does some part of me think my migraine was somewhat stress-induced, perhaps by my subconscious trying to keep me from finishing the DV? It's a possibility.
 
As for the secret remedy, long-term readers of my blog will know that the roommate and I have been looking into adopting a new pair of cats, since my migraines started getting worse after Christmas, with my accident and the loss of our felines Poppy and Sesame. On Saturday, incidentally the feast of St. Francis, lover of all God's creatures, we became pet parents to kitty sisters Starsky and Hutch, seen below:
 
Starsky and Hutch the LBCs (little black cats). They're cute!
As you may or may not know, Buddy and Brando the canines are BBDs (big black dogs), and are now joined by Starsky and Hutch the LBCs (little black cats). Why a monochrome theme for our animals? Well, it does mean we only have one color fur to vacuum off things...
 
In reality, we have all black animals because that's just the way it worked out. I do think it speaks well to how highly we're thought of at the local shelter we frequent. It's not everyone who would be allowed to adopt a pair of black cats less than four weeks before Halloween (not to mention, a couple years back, Bruce the Very Large Dog, also black, on less than an hour's acquaintance).
 
Starsky and Hutch are beautiful girls, as you can see if the photo has displayed properly, but they are very shy and uncertain of everything new around them. We are confident that we will win their trust, but it's going to take time and patience. And a whole lot of cat treats. Wish us luck!
 
And with that, I shall wrap up today's post. Writing commences shortly, and I hope culminates in the posting of a chapter today or tomorrow. I will also be taking some time within the next few days to set up my NaNo site for this year. What will I be writing? Well, that's for me to know and you to find out... mwahaha. See you next time, and thanks as always for reading!

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Scott on Monday, October 06, 2014 11:59 AM
Glad to hear you're feeling better, and I hope the trend continues! The cats are beautiful, and will likely add to your Halloween ambiance, whether exploring things out front or staring from under furniture. As to writing, I'll be happy to read any of it whenever it comes up!
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erebor452 on Monday, October 06, 2014 3:37 PM
I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better (and relieved to hear that, however painful having migraines and head colds in combination is, that your absence was not derived from a more serious condition). Starsky and Hutch are indeed adorable, and I hope that they settle in to your family (dogs included!) without incident. Having grown up with a black lab, I, too, know the joys of black pet hair. (Pros: formal (dark) clothing is unscathed, at least to casual inspection. Cons: highly visible on any light surface.) Best of luck in containing it-- if one dog produced enough for literal drifts, I can only imagine the collective effect of four animals!
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NotACat on Monday, October 06, 2014 3:44 PM
Your new little chaps are beautiful, and I look forward to hearing about your "secret remedy" ;-)
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lilyginnyrose on Wednesday, October 08, 2014 1:06 PM
What a beautiful cats. I love black cats, they have this mystery around them. Also, I enjoyed the chapter, and shall review it properly soon. (your fault for posting it so I can only see the first paragraphs before leaving for school and then having to finish secretly on my phone during classes.)
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