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Another Day In The Life [Jun. 3rd, 2013|01:43 am]
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Hi! m0rg4n reminded me it's DITL time. And as of a few hours ago, I have house internet. For the first time in about three weeks. Alas, my X100 battery bit it, and needs to be replaced, but I started off the day taking pictures with my fon camera, so I just took a few more once I got home, and an entry we have.

I rented a ladder for 48 hours, to paint my apartment, because the ceilings are stupidly high. This is a good thing, until you're painting. Then you realize how big the place really is. So I painted until late, then woke up early to finish painting the high parts before I had to return the ladder. I reached the rental counter six minutes late, but in Dubai, that's early.

These images are small, around 60k each. Pardon me if I forgo a cut.

While I painted, Tortoise saw a bird. She wanted to be friends with it. Yeah, I had my phone up on that near-death-experience ladder. There are people who put their phones down sometimes, but I've never been one of them.

I took this picture so I could whine at the paint store guys for selling me two cans that were supposed to be the same color, but which were not.

VERY tiny bird on top of that signal!

What fun ~ my car died at an intersection. Again. Is the universe telling me to buy a 2014 model something?

Since I moved, I've been feeding the cats on top of the fridge. This one is telling me the bowl contains only crumbs.

Water based paints.

Living room in disarray.

Living room put back together, with low lights.

Editing pictures in the kitchen while I cook chili. Just re-sizing; you can see I didn't bother with brightness or color.

Thought I'd show you my stove.

I wish you could taste this picture.

No caption necessary.

I realized I couldn't make a DITL without an image of myself.

To wine enthusiasts who want to know what I'm drinking: I made sangria out of Chinese wine, by adding cloves, a piece of cinnamon, a couple of ounces of orange juice, and a few spoons of sugar. Neat trick; it lasts an extra day in the fridge, goes better with chili, and tastes less like Chinese wine. I didn't spike it with anything.

Contented cat on my lap. There's another one by my legs, and another sitting on the back of my neck.

Some moments are missing, but that's okay, because they aren't elegant. Taking my car into the shop, waiting at the telecom company in a Dubai Municipality building to get my Internet serviced, buying vinegar and laundering the duvet my sweet kitty urinated on. This was not a glamorous day. Maybe I should try another DITL soon. What would you like to see?

[User Picture]From: lctrc_gtr_dde
2013-06-02 09:58 pm (UTC)
"I wish you could taste this picture. "

Dammit, me too.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-02 09:59 pm (UTC)
Grab a cab, and you can. I made a lot. You can taste the Chinese sangria, too. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: hitchhiker
2013-06-03 02:33 am (UTC)
nice paint job! you definitely know how to make a space your own
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm liking it more each day. I like my deep purple with the green rug and green Swatch, mostly. And my bedroom color.
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[User Picture]From: restoman
2013-06-03 02:36 am (UTC)
I enjoyed this DITL post. My favorite photo is the one of your stove. The blue flame and pink-handled pan appeal to me. :-)

The chili looks yummy!

What would you like to see?

More shots of Dubai! It is a very foreign world to me, ...and of course any cute cat photos.
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[User Picture]From: medicalfairy
2013-06-03 05:50 pm (UTC)
I second this!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:52 pm (UTC)
These needs shall be satisfied!

And I like my stove. It's like cooking for a restaurant.
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[User Picture]From: angiereedgarner
2013-06-03 06:54 am (UTC)
Love to see closeups of your collected stuff! Looks like neat things sitting on those shelves... :)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:45 pm (UTC)
Coming soon!
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[User Picture]From: m0rg4n
2013-06-03 07:11 am (UTC)
I love getting a glimps of your new place!
The kitties probably aren't used to seeing birds in the windows ;)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:46 pm (UTC)
They were more used to helicopters and other low-flying aircraft. ;-)
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[User Picture]From: nativeinformant
2013-06-04 12:30 am (UTC)

It's so you!

looking forward to seeing the place. I can't believe you drank that wine - I was too scared even in desperation!
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:47 pm (UTC)

Re: It's so you!

I forgot how long I'd had it! I still have the other bottle, if you want to try it next month. It did not give me a headache.
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2013-06-04 06:22 am (UTC)
> I've been feeding the cats on top of the fridge.

Question mark?

> No caption necessary.

Om nom nom.

Nom nom.

> 27th prime

¿ʞɹɐɯ uoıʇsǝnb

Edited at 2013-06-04 06:24 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: vovat
2013-06-04 08:43 pm (UTC)
How do the cats get on top of the fridge to eat?
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:50 pm (UTC)
Cats can jump really high. They're nimble, they don't even knock things over. I remember when slfcllednowhere posted about realizing that for the first time! One friend in Dubai, I pointed out a cat in a tree, and he said something like, "cats climb? I knew dogs could climb." Yeah, that guy never had pets. He also asked, "How is it going to come down?" Cats can free fall for something like 50 feet, hit the ground running, and hardly feel it. My oldest cat, the one in the fridge picture, used to jump on top of the fridge door (about seven feet high) each time I opened the fridge ~ and perch there.
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[User Picture]From: vovat
2013-06-04 09:23 pm (UTC)
I've had cats who got on top of the fridge, but they usually needed an in-between surface to launch themselves from.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 09:26 pm (UTC)
My cats jump on doors from floor level, but if you can't tell, this is a puny fridge.
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2013-06-04 10:37 pm (UTC)
One of my cats is fat, the other clumsy. Both are lazy.

If I were to try to leave their food on top of the fridge, the one would probably starve (hmmmm... maybe not a bad plan, at least for the short term?) and the other would knock stuff all over the place (I... kinda use my fridge-top for storage. Specifically for storing recyclables, until I take them to the alley).

But frankly, both would probably just sit at the bottom of the fridge, howling and whining in existential anguish until I caved.

Which I would totally do. In *ahem* short order.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-12 09:07 pm (UTC)
That whining, howling, existential, anguished cry is the worst. Cats get what cats want.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-04 08:51 pm (UTC)
I read long ago that cats like their food to be higher, off the floor. My last two places had appropriate cat feeding spaces on the kitchen counter, but this one, I have to dry dishes on. I don't want food dishes under my feet. I think they like to eat on the fridge. I might be projecting.

Appropriate icon award.

I needed a new tag for my new place. Nice catch, Sean!
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2013-06-04 10:42 pm (UTC)
> like their food to be higher, off the

Hunh! I had no idea.

Am now considering moving my cats' food dishes up... except that so far they seem to be happy enough with where they are. Or at least, the food is gone in very short order when they do get fed.

But I have also recently heard the suggestion of - at least for indoor cats - turning feeding time into a "treasure hunt" by breaking their food into little portions and scattering them all over the house. I'm mulling over this idea, and trying to figure out if there's any way of doing this in such a way that I won't just get bored of the idea myself and abandon it after a few days.

Plus, as we all know, cats generally like stability in their daily routine. Mine moreso.
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-12 09:10 pm (UTC)
breaking their food into little portions and scattering them all over the house

What could possibly go wrong?
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[User Picture]From: mrputter
2013-06-05 03:13 am (UTC)

> reminded me it's DITL time

Yeah, I promised you over a year ago that I was gonna do one of these too, didn't I?

Sigh. Soon! I promise! (again!)
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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-12 09:09 pm (UTC)
I can wait! I'm not going anywhere. :^)
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2013-06-05 06:56 am (UTC)


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[User Picture]From: chu_hi
2013-06-12 09:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Cool!

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