As the shadow of doom (me) looms over her, she prepares to spring.
Seriously, I wish I could just give her a Xanax and get her to chill. Relax, Momma! Ain't nobody gonna hurt you here.
Oh, and the worker from the first shelter called me on Saturday to see if I could foster, and I had to break the news that since she hadn't gotten back to me after I fostered Momma and Baby, I had gone on the active list for the second shelter and was now doing a foster for them. She was very nice about it, but I still felt awful. Because I am two-timing the local shelters. In all fairness, I actually signed up for shelter #2 first, and when they didn't have a foster assignment for me, I signed up for shelter #1 (are you confused yet?) and did my first foster for them. I am an equal-opportunity two-timer.
In other news, Baby is now a celebrity. She was featured on an adoption segment on the local news last Wednesday. Unfortunately, she is STILL at the adoption center. They had a lot of calls about her, but no one met the adoption criteria. One family wanted to declaw her (NO - the shelter feels as strongly about this as I do), another woman did not drive and would not be able to take Baby to the vet, etc., etc.
So I went to visit Baby at the adoption center yesterday, and we had a high old time. It's just a shame that she hasn't found a new home yet.
Momma has been spayed (thank GOD - she wasn't fun to be around when she was in heat, to put it mildly) and is at the shelter waiting for adoption.
You know, it makes me feel bad that these guys haven't been adopted yet, and that they have to wait in cages for new homes after spending two months with me. But at least they got two months away from the shelter in a home environment. I'm just sort of conflicted about the whole thing right now. I mean, I really think I'm helping these mommas and kittens out; it's just hard when they have to go back. Sigh.
Cruddy by Lynda Barry - An illustrated novel about a girl with the most brutal childhood imaginable. Horrifying, but an incredibly good read.
A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck - Technically a kid's book, but I really enjoyed it! Heh.
Skels by Magge Dubris - Fact-based novel about an EMT in NYC in the 70s - interesting.
The Children of Santa Clara by Elizabeth Marek - Nonfiction - About a young woman who works for a year at a treatment center for disturbed children - good.
My Life in Orange by Tim Guest - Nonfiction - Memoir about a kid growing up in a cult - it got good reviews, but I found it boring and didn't finish it.
The Women Who Raised Me by Victoria Rowell - Nonfiction - Let's face it, I just picked this one up because she played Dru on Y&R - Memoir about her upbringing in foster care - This started out interesting, but I lost interest once she grew up and quit about 20 pages from the end.
Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal - Novel about a woman sent to a camp for "bad girls" during World War I - Based in fact - good.
The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson - About the aftermath of a girl's death - very good - I really enjoyed this one.
Hope's Boy by Andrew Bridge - Nonfiction - About a boy in the foster care system. Interesting, but sad.
A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines - I thought I had read this one before, but I hadn't. About race relations in the South in the 40s - very good.
A Snowflake in My Hand by Samantha Mooney - Nonfiction about a woman who works in a vet clinic and the terminal cancer cats she cared for - It may have been a little too soon for me to read this one. I found it sad, but good.
Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore - About a preacher's daughter trying to make her own way. Enjoyable.
From Our House by Lee Martin - Memoir of growing up with a disabled, violent father. Interesting.
Three Little Words by Ashley Rhodes-Courter - Memoir about growing up in foster care - interesting. I'm starting to think I'm reading too many foster care stories right about now.
Stop-Time by Frank Conroy - Memoir. This was highly praised, and I found it interesting, but this guy has a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder about his teenage years. Maybe deservedly so, but still.
Summer of Night by Dan Simmons - Oh! I really wanted to read this one, as it came highly recommended, but the print was so damn small that even with my reading glasses on, I would get a headache after just a few pages. Damn this aging process!
The Tender Land by Kathleen Finneran - About the recovery of a family after their teenage son kills himself. Depressing as all hell (understandably so).
The Known World by Edward Jones - Pulitzer-prize winning novel about slavery after the Civil War. It was okay.
The Lemon Jelly Cake by Madeline Smith - Novel about a small town in the early 1900s. Corny as all get out, but still a light, fun read.SO! That's what I've been reading over the past couple of months. How about you?