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not going to the cat show after all - Ambar
January 16th, 2004
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not going to the cat show after all
Wendy has a few too many mats for me to remove all in one go and keep her happy, so I'm punting. Note to self: next time, show bathe the cat you're contemplating showing before you send in the entry. Removed at least two kittens worth of hair from her, and the job is not nearly done.

Had to take the mares in today for dental work, and Capucine was ultrasounded again. Not pregnant. Damnit. I now have a scrip for a very expensive oral progesterone* which has to be dosed daily for 100 days, starting after the next breeding. Argh. Not sure this is going to fly with the current schedule. Did have a lovely peaceful 10 minutes with the mares, while the sedation was wearing off, picking all the burrs out of their forelocks and manes.

*I meant to look up this molecule and see if it's a simple one I can build with my model kit, or if it's some godawful giant thing. Haven't done that yet.

[Edit: well, not huge, but too big for one kit: C21 H30 O2.]

Enjoying o-chem all out of proportion to reason and good sense. This is probably due, at least in part, to the amazingly slow pacing. We're two weeks in and we're still reviewing matters introduced in general chem (hybridization and molecule shapes).

Enjoying yoga, too, even though it's kicking my ass.

Called elflet today, feeling weepy and overwhelmed and generally hormonal. He asked what I wanted, and I said, "An emotional crutch that doesn't involve putting things into my mouth." He thought for a moment. "Well, I don't have a case of crockery for you to throw--"

I started giggling, which was exactly what I needed, and reminded him about the case of crockery I have, from the last time we threw a big dinner party. It's safe, though. Now that I'm not stressing about cat grooming, I'm actually looking forward to the weekend. (First chore: excavate all the clean laundry from my bed.)

Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Talking Heads - Remain in Light - "Crosseyed and Painless"

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From:ambar
Date:January 16th, 2004 09:14 pm (UTC)

Re: Hurray Yoga!

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Yay moral support!

What made me laugh (in that God-is-an-iron way) was when the power steering pump went out on my old Mazda, so I could REALLY feel my sore abs when parking the car. (My shoulders were plenty sore, don't get me wrong, but the abs really kicked up in a nasty way.)
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From:greenlion
Date:January 16th, 2004 09:41 pm (UTC)
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One of the places I lived growing up was near a stoneware factory. They had a huge 'junkyard' of the seconds and mistakes and little kiln propping pieces and such. You could go dig around for decent dishes (the cat doesn't care if the gilt border on her bowl got a little smoodged), or you could just go throw rocks and smash stuff.

I do miss that place.
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From:ambar
Date:January 16th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
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I've never been a crockery-flinger, somehow. My family specialized in unpredictable temper tantrums and shouting matches instead.
From:theoriste
Date:January 17th, 2004 05:02 am (UTC)

progesterone

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It's a multi-ringed horrid thing. Can't synthesize it outside of an expensive lab, they probably purify it out of horse pee anyway.

Human progesterone pills are cheap, though. Since it's a steroid it's probably the same thing. Don't know the dose difference.
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From:ambar
Date:January 17th, 2004 09:44 am (UTC)

Re: progesterone

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Actually, I generalized (foolishly) -- what was prescribed is altrenogest, aka Regumate. One advantage is that one can do a progesterone assay and figure out what the mare herself is generating vs. what she's being given.

I wound up building the progresterone model in two halves -- it's almost but not quite symmetric. Couldn't find structural data (that I could interpret) for altrenogest.
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From:foalstory
Date:January 17th, 2004 07:40 am (UTC)
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Ooo. oral liquid progesterone for horses is "fun".

I hope the vet warned you that if it at all touches your skin, it is instantly absorbed and will completely screw up your own hormones and cycles? And if you are pregnant, can cause an abortion if not malformation of the fetus.

Fun stuff, huh? :)
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From:ambar
Date:January 17th, 2004 09:41 am (UTC)
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Utterly charming. I'm going to buy disposable nitrile gloves when I next get to campus.
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From:slfisher
Date:January 18th, 2004 05:17 am (UTC)
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Well, sometimes I find putting things into my mouth helpful. :-)
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From:xthread
Date:January 19th, 2004 11:02 am (UTC)
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I think Ambar's trying to dodge all of those bullets right now...
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