I was cruising Craigslist recently and came across this beauty.
I couldn’t help but wonder, is that hole there in case of a need to go to the bathroom?
Having two cats means we also have litter boxes. And having two dogs means needing to find ways to keep them from searching out “snacks”. Our solution so far has been to use covered litter boxes. But that resulted in two problems.
One box has been in the living room and we’ve used a tall piece of cardboard with a small hole cut out to keep the dogs out. The second box is in the bathroom and we’ve attempted to use a small garbage can to block it.
Because the garbage can doesn’t really work that well, and cardboard may screams awesome decorating, we’ve been thinking of other options. Buying something to hold a litter box in is pricey. J found a toy box on Craigslist for pretty cheap. And out of that we created a cat box.
The first thing we needed to do was paint the inside to seal and protect the wood (because cats can be assholes at times). A trip to our local Lowe’s Depot resulted in a $3 quart of tan paint. Because this was the inside of the box, I didn’t care a whole lot about the color, which means we were able to browse the “oops” paints.
Once that was painted (which probably should have been step 2) J got to play with his power tools. A hole was cut into the side so the cats can actually get in and use it. Then some holes were drilled on the opposite side so for a filter. The piece that was removed from the door area was then used as a holder for the filter.
And finally, I painted the box. I had a couple general colors in mind when we went to Ace Hardware, but the color I used was the only one color chip I picked up. I knew that it was the color I wanted as soon as I saw it. The color I used is “almost sapphire” (it could also be “nearly sapphire”).
I love the final result and eventually I plan on adding a cushion. This box will do double duty as a place to sit and put shoes on. And I think the cats are very happy with it as well. They’ve thankfully been using it.
Today we’re taking a break from your irregularly scheduled somewhat happy, upbeat posts. Today, I’m whining. You’ve been warned, so feel free to skip 🙂
Why am I whining? Because I hurt, and I’m tired, and it’s hot. Heat is definitely not something unusual. I live in Central Florida, we’re hot 9-10 months of the year. And I know the rest of the country is experiencing heat waves too. But it’s hot here too. And it’s making my head hurt. I walk outside and my head starts throbbing. Go inside and it dials back down.
Also, my feet hurt. I’m whining about my MS this weekend. My feet hurt. It’s not bad when I’m sitting, but standing and walking. Ugh. Pain. Thankfully it’s a low level pain; but it is enough pain that I’m not going running today. Hopefully it’ll be done in a few days. I have my second 5k in 2 days!
Another MS whine is fatigue. This honestly isn’t anything new for me. I’m always tired and I take meds to help combat the fatigue. But some days are worse than others and the constant desire to nap/sleep gets really old after awhile. It really makes me not want to do stuff at times. And other times I battle through the fatigue to do simple things. I’m over it!
Granted this is something I’ve never really thought about. But the author of this post makes a very very valid point. I’m not sure if I want to explor tailoring my clothes, I can’t help but wonder how much that would end up costing me. But on the other end of the spectrum I know I can’t make my own clothes either. I’m not capable of cutting or sewing a straight line (even with guides). Anyway, please read this post, it is very interesting.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.
You are debating over raising the payroll tax. Yet not a single one of you pays taxes yourself. The average $40 per paycheck certainly won’t cripple me. But there are thousands upon thousands in the United States who will feel the effect of this. There is concern about children going hungry. Well guess what? This means even more children will go hungry. There is concern about our economy not being stimulated enough. Guess what again? This means even less money going into the economy to help stimulate it. What about the family pet? The shelters are overrun as it is. Losing that $40 per paycheck might mean Fido can no longer be part of the family because the family can no longer even afford to feed him.
According to http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/uscongress/a/congresspay.htm, the “2011 salary for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000 per year.” Leadership of course makes more. Again, according to this website, the Senate Leadership makes $193,000, the House Speaker makes $223,500 and the Majority and Minority Leaders make $193,400. There are 435 members in the House of Representatives. That’s an annual amount paid to them (not taking into account the increase for being in leadership levels) of $75,690,000!! I don’t know about all the other Average Joe American’s, but my salary doesn’t come anywhere NEAR the annual salary of our Congress. To me, and I’m sure to many others, our esteemed leaders are a part of the 1%.
So instead of increasing our taxes, why not increase theirs? And put a stipulation on it that they cannot write into that increase anything that would eventually benefit them even further down the road. They don’t need any more perks. If Congress were taxed a measly 5% on their annual salary that would be a total of $3,784,500 from the members of the House alone. Almost 4 million dollars! Imagine what could be done with that amount of money. I would also like to point out that while online research has indicated Congress does pay Income Taxes, I could not find a single one that indicates what percentage they pay. So I’m going to guess that it’s pretty low. After all, these are the people who wrote the laws governing the need to pay. I can’t imagine they wouldn’t find a way to make it benefit themselves more.
Congress, stop thinking of yourselves and the rest of the 1% and please consider the people you’re supposed to be serving. And as for the Senate leaving on Holiday break before this was resolved? My job dictates that I stay as late as needed to meet deadlines. Why is yours any different?
Your disgruntled and disgusted constituent,