Lilly's getting adopted! Our foster cat of the last 6+ months has finally been adopted. She's heading for her new home tonight. She'll be living with a family of four (two daughters) who have one other cat and a guinea pig. Their other cat was recently acquired, so hopefully the two of them can establish a joint household, rather than a turf war.

In weather, Hurricane Ivan is headed our way later this week, tho' it should be a tropical depression by the time it reaches us. The latest forecast track has it making a wicked hook and coming up almost directly along the TN/NC border, raining out yet another weekend all across the state. We won't have the wind damage/debris to worry about, but the ground across the state is already so saturated, and the water table so high, that lots of flooding is already expected.

In sports, the crazy college football season has begun here. Do I care? No, except that it affects my travel plans when there's a game in town. The traffic gets ugly and the fans are uglier. I mean, not really ugly in appearance or anything, just in their fan-fanaticism. We had similar issues in Raleigh, but Chapel Hill/Carrboro is a smaller community, so it has a greater impact on a smaller area.

Other than that, Buckles is now 3 years old (by best guestimate) and 17 pounds. I don't think he can grow much more, except for getting fatter, but we're gonna try to keep that in check.

The job search continues. Latest prospects include a high school library, part-time real estate photography, and more print shop jobs of various shapes and sizes. Some sound great, others have trade off benefits such as hours or location that make them more or less appealing. Ideally, I'd get a new part-time day job, and set myself up to freelance. I can get pretty good health insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield, and as long as I had a regular part-time gig I could probably drum up enough freelance business to fill in the gaps. I might just take the plunge if I can't lock down a good full-time job in the area. There are so many schools here that everyone in this crappy economy is overqualified. They all have degrees up the wazoo, and there's only os many jobs to go around. I've started looking at benefits, fringe and standard, more than salary or hourly wage. If I could have a flexible part-time schedule AND not work weekends AND afford or receive health insurance, I'd be thrilled. I'm starting to think that it is a situation you create rather than find, so I need to figure out how to create it.


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