Monday, March 19, 2007

Time to Indulge in Chocolates

I will definitely be busy the next couple of weeks. *cries*

There are documentations soon to be overdue and project timelines to strive to meet.
There are tonnes of unread and unreplied emails. Conference calls, IM messages blink blink blink.
And lately so many issues issues issues to troubleshoot. Zebra printers? Apa tuh?
Helpdesk-routed tickets accumulating in my service bucket. "Please look into this ASAP!", they all say. URGENT. Production impact. Cannot wait. (read: don't go out for lunch, don't go home till you get this fixed and even if you do go home, make sure you get online and work on this) Hallllooo... it's not even MY problem to begin with hokay? Ugh.

If I were one of the Heroes, I'd want Hiro Nakamura's powers. I'll just stop time, clear off my pending overdues and while I am at it, might as well settle the to-do stuff in future as well. Maybe I would go back in time too and prevent any unnecessary expenditures so that I would not accumulate credit card debts like I have now.
I would also go back in time to stop my itchy fingers from doing what they did on the internet recently (you'll know what I'm talking about when you finish reading this entry).

famyBoy will be in and out of town too the next couple of weeks. Lagi tension makcik. But that is beyond my control.

I am even behind in keeping up with my alerts!!

I can take a shortcut and just close one eye and clear them all. Start new, start fresh.

But me, I am stubborn and persistent. I don't want to miss out on your updates. Everyone single one, no matter how short or lengthy they may be. With or without visuals and/or sound effects. Happy entries, angry entries, healthy entries, sickly entries, panicky entries and even sad ones. I want to read them. And you all so very the rajin, religiously updating on a daily basis. :p

V e r y. s l o w l y. b u t. s u r e l y... I will finish them all.

Forgive me if I haven't been around much or am late at leaving (some already basi) comments to your entries. I do so want to catch up, believe me!!

I think I need a vacation.
But a vacation would only bring me more impending overdues upon my return. Arrrrrrggghhh!! Nak cuti pun tak senang hati.

I am tired. I am stressed out. I have become disorganized. I am the cranky Ibu at home.

I have a huge merah-menyala zit, right smack on the mancung part of my nose. Uncontrollable geramness urge made me kutil it last night. Now it is even more merah menyala-nyala.

I worry that March is coming to an end and that there are only nine months left in 2007. I still have many days of puasa to ganti. And I am not mentally prepared to handle a soon-to-be-Std-One daughter yet.

It's probably just PMS, kan? I should stay away from Rotidua's sniffy nose.

Hokay, this next thing is my own doing so I cannot blame anyone else or the hormonal changes in my body.

Naturally, upon last week's most-talked-about ending in TAR, I g00gled for write ups on the R0mber elimination. I was curious to know what other people think.

That's when I stumbled upon this one spoiler site for this season's race. I was hesitant to click on the link at first, but the temptation was too overwhelming.

The elimination order of the recently eliminated teams is correct (so far). The places they visited have been surprisingly accurate. They even have pictures uploaded as proof!!
p/s: I don't want to put the link here and spoil it for you. You might not be able to resist the need to peek inside.

So, to add to my depressed-moody situation at the moment, I know what to expect from this season's race. I know who will be going out next, and after that, and after that as well. And the weeks that follow.

If the spoiler site is that reliable, then I know who will win the 1 million dollars in this season's TAR.

Sure sucks the fun out of watching the upcoming legs. Tu lah... sendiri gatal-gatal nak tengok jugak, siapa suruh haaa?? *sigh*

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

For my Ibu who Blogs...

Hi Ibu, ni Aidiin!! *cheeky grin*

If you look at the calendar on your desk, you'll see that today I turn 31 months old. I am a big boy now, you know. That's why sometimes I squirm and wriggle to break free from you when you attempt to cuddle me and smother me with kisses... like a baby!! I know you love me to bits but I think you have separation anxiety-lah. It's okay, it's okay, don't worry Ibu, you'll outgrow it some time.

As you've noticed, I am learning to become independent. So let me undress myself before I take a bath although it may take me up to 30 mins to do so. Similarly, let me dress myself up afterwards. You know I can do it. You just need to trust me. Okay, okay, I surrender. Putting on diapers by myself on myself is much too challenging. Please help me with that, but let me have a go in buttoning (and unbuttoning) my own shirt. Boleh??

The same rules apply to other tasks such as feeding and drinking, or changing TV channels using the remote. Or sticking in the CD into the player. Or brushing my own teeth and shampooing my body and hair. Intervening and saying "No, let Ibu do it for you" will diminish my confidence and trigger unnecessary reactions.

I am sorry if I made you upset before with my antics. At this age, I am curious about almost everything. You just have to bear with me. I like exploring and experimenting, preferably on my own. But note that I still expect you to always be readily available when I need you.

Like the bolognese incident that time. I suddenly had an uncontrollable urge to make an art attack. It was truly a "light-bulb" creativity moment. And by the way, if you don't know this yet, the slippery spaghetti made realistic looking worms!

I still remember your gaping mouth when you saw me do what I did. I wasn't sure whether my artwork was impressive or not but on that day I certainly saw another side of you. The Dark Side. The one with the high-pitched voice and super-fast talking... somanyspokenwordsIcouldnotunderstandyou.

I discovered that we have conflicts of interests when it comes to food and eating. Believe me, I love your cooking. I really do. The pasta was yummy either way (read: eaten directly using supplied utensil or after being swirled and splatted around before being fed into mouth using hands).

I overheard you telling Ayah that you'd read in some parenting book that I did what I did just to 'test' you. See? Who says you cannot read my thoughts? Your mind-reading capability is just beyond me.

Oh, but what's with all the giggling later that night? Did I hear you correctly? You planning to show this picture to my future wife? Geez Ibu... sometimes you think too far ahead. Your wild imaginations never failed to amuse me.

I find it adorable (but also a bit creepy!) that you like watching me sleep. You even took pictures of the sleeping me. Sometimes I'd feel your hand gently brushing my hair aside before pecking me a kiss on my forehead. All this you did while I was asleep. I later found out that you like doing this to Kakak too.

You mentioned to Ayah that I looked so peaceful in my sleep that you felt compelled to poke poke here n there. Ayah violently objected, of course!! Each time, you tried very hard to make us fall asleep and when we did, you'd feel like waking us up. You are sometimes difficult to comprehend, Ibu. Hahaha.

Before I sign off, here's a little something to make your day. I know you're busy, stressed out and tired from all the blog-hopping at work.

Remember this, Ibu?? You were playing with your new phone toy that time... last last month, wasn't it?
(CAUTION: don't forget to lower the volume)

If I'd known that you were making a video, I would've sung you a medley of Sp1der's songs, the ones you like listening to over and over and over. Like Relaku Pujuk or Cinta Dewa Dewi or Mungkinkah Terjadi or perhaps even Aladin (eh macam Aidiin!) You were always entertained when I did my rocker stint singing along to the CD during our car rides. I could tell from your teary-eyed laughs. And Ayah's and Kakak's. Most of the time I would laugh along just for fun. This would actually thrill you summore.

And lastly, Ibu... guess what? I love you to bits too!!

Your Big Boy,

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

The 100 Titles

Hokay... let's get this over with.

Bold - I've read,
Italicize - I want to read,
Crossed out - won’t touch with a 10 foot pole,
Cross (+) - on my book shelf,
Asterisks (*) - never heard of.
Underline - the movies of the books I have watched
Left unmarked - heard but not sure whether would want to read them

1. + The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown) - glad that i own the (huge) illustrated version. the pictures make the reading more interesting :) i have the ciplak DVD of the movie but belum nonton lagi.
2. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen) - want to reread this sometime.
3. + To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee) - bila nak baca ni? was in my 2006 To-Read list tapi tak baca-baca lagi.
4. Gone With The Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
5. + The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (Tolkien)
6. + The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien)
7. + The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers (Tolkien) - i have the big fat book that comprised all three LOTRs.
8. Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
9. * Outlander (Diana Gabaldon)
10. * A Fine Balance (Rohinton Mistry)
11. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Rowling)
12. Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
13. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Rowling)
14. * A Prayer for Owen Meany (John Irving)
15. + Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden) - i haven't seen the movie!
16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Rowling) - this is also the only HP movie i have watched.
17. * Fall on Your Knees (Ann-Marie MacDonald)
18. The Stand (Stephen King) - read It and The Shining. gave me the creeps. i kept imagining seeing clowns when walking home from school. and for a while i was afraid to walk down a long corridor alone.
19. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Rowling)
20. + Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte) - bought during a sale at MPH but belum baca.
21. The Hobbit (Tolkien)
22. * The Catcher in the Rye (J.D. Salinger)
23. + Little Women (Louisa May Alcott) - loved book, enjoyed movie.
24. The Lovely Bones (Alice Sebold)
25. Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
26. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)
27. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) - got movie? or miniseries? remember seeing Ralph Fiennes...
28. + The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (C. S. Lewis) - i haven't watched the movie!!!
29. + East of Eden (John Steinbeck) - this book very the tebal. tak berani attempt lagi :p
30. + Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom) - this book got movie also kan? have not watched the movie.
31. * Dune (Frank Herbert)
32. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks) - this book made me cry.
33. * Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand)
34. * 1984 (Orwell)
35. * The Mists of Avalon (Marion Zimmer Bradley)
36. * The Pillars of the Earth (Ken Follett)
37. * The Power of One (Bryce Courtenay)
38. I Know This Much is True (Wally Lamb)
39. * The Red Tent (Anita Diamant)
40. + The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho) - finished reading this book in a day (during pantang).
41. * The Clan of the Cave Bear (Jean M. Auel)
42. + The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini) - recently purchased
43. + Confessions of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella) - read the other books by Kinsella (the Shopaholic series) except for this one and the new one (with the baby).
44. + The Five People You Meet In Heaven (Mitch Albom) - read the book but missed the movie when astr0 showed it on THC.
45. Bible
46. + Anna Karenina (Tolstoy) - another super tebal book. i started reading this sometime masa pregnant with Sofea, but never finished it and i don't remember why.
47. The Count of Monte Cristo (Alexandre Dumas)
48. Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt)
49. The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
50. She’s Come Undone (Wally Lamb)
51. * The Poisonwood Bible (Barbara Kingsolver)
52. A Tale of Two Cities (Dickens)
53. * Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
54. Great Expectations (Dickens) - was a reading assignment
55. The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
56. The Stone Angel (Margaret Laurence)
57. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Rowling)
58. * The Thorn Birds (Colleen McCullough)
59. * The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)
60. + The Time Traveller’s Wife (Audrew Niffenegger) - recently read and thoroughly enjoyed. i hope the movie does the book justice.
61. * Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
62. * The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)
63. * War and Peace (Tolstoy)
64. + Interview With the Vampire (Anne Rice) - read this twice. once before the movie. another time after the movie. enjoyed the second read coz i kept hearing Brad Pitt's voice doing the narration hee hee. read the other books in the Vampire Chronicles too.
65. * Fifth Business (Robertson Davis)
66. + One Hundred Years Of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
67. * The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants (Ann Brashares)
68. * Catch–22 (Joseph Heller)
69. Les Miserables (Hugo) - i watched the movie (quite long it was, but not that bad). yang ada claire danes, liam neeson and the guy from Shine: geoffrey (spelling?) rush.
70. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint–Exupery)
71. Bridget Jones’ Diary (Fielding)
72. + Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez)
73. Shogun (James Clavell) - there was a miniseries, kan? i was still kecik then. watched the series on TV coz my mom was watching it.
74. + The English Patient (Michael Ondaatje) - the book was good. but the movie had Ralph Fiennes in it hee hee hee.
75. The Secret Garden (Frances Hodgson Burnett) - i read this when i was young. but i think it was a summarized version or sthing. maybe Ladybird?
76. * The Summer Tree (Guy Gavriel Kay)
77. * A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
78. * The World According To Garp (John Irving)
79. * The Diviners (Margaret Laurence)
80. Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White) - liked the story. yang tak berapa best sebab satu daripada watak utamanya adalah haiwan itu.
81. * Not Wanted On The Voyage (Timothy Findley)
82. * Of Mice And Men (Steinbeck)
83. + Rebecca (Daphne DuMaurier) - read and enjoyed Jamaica's Inn. Rebecca is in my To-Read list for 2007.
84. * Wizard’s First Rule (Terry Goodkind)
85. + Emma (Jane Austen) - want to reread this sometime too.
86. * Watership Down (Richard Adams)
87. * Brave New World (Aldous Huxley)
88. The Stone Diaries (Carol Shields) - read this a long time ago. somehow i can't recall when and where.
89. * Blindness (Jose Saramago)
90. Kane and Abel (Jeffrey Archer)
91. * In The Skin Of a Lion (Ondaatje)
92. * Lord of the Flies (Golding)
93. The Good Earth (Pearl S. Buck)
94. + The Secret Life of Bees (Sue Monk Kidd) - in my 2007 To-Read list.
95. The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
96. * The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
97. + White Oleander (Janet Fitch) - was in my 2005 cum 2006 To-Read list. never got to it. not sure if this title would be carried over to 2007's list or not.
98. * A Woman of Substance (Barbara Taylor Bradford)
99. * The Celestine Prophecy (James Redfield)
100. * Ulysses (James Joyce)

I used to read a lot of Ag@tha Chr1stie. I still do, sometimes, in between books. Old habits die hard :)

I've only read one HP book! And it was not self-owned. Musti start koleksi soon.

By the way, where did this list of 100 titles originate from? Based on bestsellers ke?

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Kitty Cut (revisited)

I didn't plan on the rather abrupt ending in the previous update on Misha's uterus removal.

I wanted to write more but I had to attend the weekly staff meeting (which Zan got to ponteng since she was on leave *winks at Zan*). And after the call, I didn't feel like continuing the update. Dah takde mood dah.

I wanted to continue writing the update at home but I had TAR to watch last night.

Thank you all, for your well-wishes. I am happy to tell you that Misha survived the very costly operation... Alhamdulillah.

Last Friday, the Vet called me about 30 minutes before the surgery to tell me that everything looked okay, so he will proceed as planned.

He called me about an hour and a half later to tell me that the uterus (and ovaries) had been removed and Misha was sleeping; still knocked out, sedated with anesthetics. He had to put her on IV drip to avoid dehydration.

The Vet mentioned that the removed uterus was already quite severely damaged (looked swollen with thick-lining wall and felt 'plasticky'). What Misha had is called "endometrial hyperplasia". I had to g00gle this medical term to find out more. Grey's Anat0my tak pernah tunjuk case macam ini.

As the article suggests, cats with this illness do not appear sickly. I had mentioned in my earlier post that I only noticed her bloated tummy. Her behaviorial patterns and eating habits were the same, nothing abnormal. Endometrial hyperplasia is a uterine infection due to hormonal changes but not as serious as pyometra.

Misha was kept overnight at the KL hospital so that her status could be monitored closely. She was sent back to the DU branch on Saturday evening. famyBoy and I picked her up that evening itself because the Vet said she looked very tensed and refused to eat/drink.


I have to admit, I was very scared the whole time. Me, the scaredy-cat. I actually had nightmares the night before the surgery. I dreamt about losing her. I dreamt I was blogging about her death, sobbing heavily while I wrote her obituary. I dreamt of naming, in the years to come, a new female kitten Misha, too, in memory of my first Misha who had passed on. Nauzubillah. Jahat sungguh syaitan ni.

Misha is now at home, recovering but still a bit weak, and on antibiotics. I was told to allow very minimal movements and to have her confined to cage-rest until she gets better. Doctor's orders, must follow.

famyBoy and I have to tackle her twice a day to pry her mouth open to pop the tiny antibiotic tablet inside. Not very easy to do this you know. I must say famyBoy is actually getting really good at this antibiotic-feeding task. This morning he managed to feed her without my assistance. heh heh. Terrer lah you, Sayang.

Misha has a doctor's appointment next week to have her stitches removed. Eeiii... takuuuuut. And to think that I had gone through labor (24 and 30 hours, respectively), delivery pains and episiotomy... twice. Ugh.

Misha has to wear the collar thingy around her neck to prevent scratching or biting on her stitches

If all cats have nine lives, does this mean that Misha has eight more?

I don't remember her going through any other potentially life-risking situations before, apart from the really long flight from theUS to M@laysiaOhTanahAirku ten years ago. Semoga Mishaku terus dipanjangkan usia... In shaa Allah.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Kitty Cut

Wanted to write but could not find time. Nor energy. Or mood.

Misha had undergone a major surgery last week to have her uterus removed. What initially looked like a bulging tummy cum suspected pregnancy turned out to be accumulated fluid in her uterus and the only way to prevent infection to other internal organs is to have her uterus removed. Vet's advice, "Don't wait too long, but just to let you know that it would be a risky (and quite pricey) procedure to perform due to her (Misha's) age."

I had mixed feelings. The risk is there. But then again, the risk would be 'there' nonetheless. Just delayed, perhaps.

So, on Thursday evening, Misha was dropped off at the medical center in DU where she spent the night.

The surgery was scheduled to take place at the HQ in KL the next day.

I prayed and prayed and prayed that she would be okay.


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