Who are you and what did you do with Tats? - Tactical Ninja
Nov. 24th, 2010
10:30 am - Who are you and what did you do with Tats?
Yesterday I shore a sheep that had only one ear (before I shore it, not just after O.o). Apparently she had been worried by a dog and when they found her she was nearly dead, so her new owners took her on and paid *insert large dollar amount here* to have her properly fixed up by a vet. Her ear is completely gone and the vet stitched skin over the hole so that it wouldn't get stuff in it. It healed without a scar so it's just smooth wool where the ear should be.
WEIRD. (kind of wishing I'd taken a photo)
Also, she had various lumpy bits where internal damage had healed with scarring - but she's a healthy, happy four-tooth, no thanks to someone who didn't supervise their dog. *mutters*
"Why are you smug, Tats?"
Well, it's just a natural state of being for me. But other than that, I'm also particularly smug because I did some Christmas shopping ALREADY! My usual Christmas MO is to wait until 2 weeks before and then freak out and rush around madly, ordering things which I know won't arrive till January, and feeling like a knob for procrastinating for so long.
Not this year.
This year has been all about getting organised* - I have Tats Folder Of Important Bits Of Paper and I'm not afraid to use it! As part of this, I've included budgeting for things like car servicing and present buying into my usual banking stuff. Like a motherfucking adult. I admit it helps that shearing season happens just before Christmas so I get to pocket the money from that and it means the bank balance is a bit healthier than usual because I'm using cash for everything, but yeah. Budget. Awesome.
Also awesome - the Intarwebz! Not that you didn't already know this, but what an emporium of Things That Are Better Than Socks And Undies, and while it's all very well to be all "Make your gifts!" the reality is that a) I work full time, study, work part time shearing sheep, and raise a kid, and b) crafts take time. I have two projects on the go and about ninety bazillion in the pipeline and if I handmade all the gifts my people would all get knitted finger puppets and fun fur g-strings for Christmas.
Me: *hands you a finger puppet*
You: Um, thanks for the.. penis warmer? Sausage defroster? Plushy Paul from Pictures For Sad Children?
Me: Yes, that's exactly what I intended. It's an interactive gift! You get to decide what it is! *sidles away*
Mind you, there are some people I'd be very ok with seeing in a fun fur g-string. Hmmm..
So anyway, yes, the internet provides. And even if many of my loved ones would still love me if I knitted them some undies from 35 micron Romney wool, The Kid quite possibly wouldn't. And I found Kid Presents and Brother Presents and Presents For People Who Are Sooper Sekret and HA! There are still some to do, but in a few days I will be getting all the parcels in the world and I'll be sorted and it's still WEEKS till Christmas.
Thus, extra smug.
To add to the general feeling of smugness, I also booked my car in for a warrant and myself in for a haircut. Just a trim and shape, since I've felt a bit woolblind the last couple of weeks and I'm still determined to grow it.
* I think I may be possessed by the spirit of my mother. Since she died I have stopped biting my fingernails, started being organised, and developed an obsession with fibre art. I could think of worse ways of being possessed tbh. Also, I had a wee sniffle on my way to work this morning when I realised that our family Christmas this year will be without her. ;-/ I miss her still, and I really wish I could say to her "Look Mum, I stopped biting my fingernails, started being organised, and developed an obsession with fibre art! Neat eh?" Because she would think it was neat and it would make her happy.
Also, I know Hong Kong is a really long way from the Koreas, but North Korea is an ally of China and Hong Kong is part of China and I'm a damned worrywort. Someone please reassure me that this is silly. Also, Dear Koreas, please don't fight. Your people don't have the option of leaving and they should not have to die because of stuff that has nothing to do with them. Kthxbye.