So, yeah, no roundup last week for various reasons. It has not been a great couple of weeks; Monday we lost our oldest kitty, Button, and the week before that our oldest bunny, Jasmine. I'd seen Jasmine on Skype when she was ill this summer, but otherwise I've been out here since January, so I'm missing Button's silly meows and Jasmine's feistiness a lot. Jas was the bunny we found and caught ourselves after she was dumped, and lived in my room for the first couple of years; Button was one of the two kitties we got right after I got a job in Michigan. (Checking pantswarrior
's archive tells me that we went to meet them about a week after my first day and brought them home about two weeks after my first day, because I need to be sat on and purred at.) Both can be seen here
, and Button also here
since the first video is mostly of Jasmine. (But Button always wanted to investigate any treats the bunnies were getting, because if the long-eared kittens
were eating it, it must be delicious, right? (She tried so hard to eat the leafy green things but she usually just chewed on them a little and then spit them out.)) Button's meows were actually much sillier than the ones in the video, which are a pretty ordinary selection of cat noises, as opposed to the full spectrum of ridiculous noises she made. XD
I did get to start my volunteering last Friday, and continue it yesterday, and it seems to be going well. The smartboard is fun to play with and turned out to have a lot of useful Flash stuff right in its own library (which I had thought was just clip art until we took a closer look) that can be used for lessons, especially math stuff. It also might turn into an opportunity to do similar work for another related agency that also has, and isn't using to their full capacity, some smartboards, and that might even be paid work (and also might be expanded to include more things than just the smartboards, like iPads).
Also got to hike up Mt. Wachusett on Sunday with a bunch of folks from my church here, which was fun. Wachusett pretty much barely qualifies as a mountain -- the actual elevation at the summit is just over 2000 feet, and the height of the mountain in comparison to its surroundings is just over 1000 feet -- but the trail we took was unexpectedly rocky, so it was a pretty serious hike! I got to hang out with a cute goldendoodle, too, which is a ridiculous name for an adorable dog.
Tomorrow is Samhain at Asphodel, and since it's my third event I'll get to join properly and get on their mailing list and maybe get to see some of those folks more often than every six weeks. Next Sunday is the Rutter Requiem. Nothing much happening after that for a while. I might start playing some Path of Exile after the World Series is over, since it is a Diablo-like MMO that is apparently free, and now that I've acquired a working monitor and reinstalled my good video card, my desktop can actually handle it.