Tuesday, September 27, 2011


Today's mail delivery was, literally, a very cool event. For my friend Barb sent me an Omaha Steaks care package -- a styrofoam cooler filled with steaks and burgers and brats, stuffed baked potatoes, and a chocolate molten lava cake.

She's been so supportive through this medical ordeal, but this is just sooooo generous! And I am so happy. Especially since the doctor warned me to dial up the protein and dial down the carbs as I heal.

This is so cool!

Marlo Thomas is playing a former judge on the 2004 episode of Law & Order: SVU now showing on USA Network. I grew up on her. Hell, I spent a portion of my girlhood wanting to be her! I'm happy to see my old friend and again, and may celebrate by digging out my That Girl DVDs this afternoon.

The Queen's Meme

We shall talk cats this week. Puuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr....

1. Do you have a cat? No. But I currently share my life with three.

2. What is your cat's name? Joey, a big gray and white tom with an enormous heart. Charlotte Ann, my major domo, a petite tri-colored female with a mysterious air, but no tail. Reynaldo, a small beige demon.

3. What makes you love cats? Each one has such an original personality, so much style, such indomitable spirit. And, like dogs, they work so much harder to understand us than we do them. And they add to my mystique. I mean, how can I be a barren spinster without multiple cats?

4. If you are not a cat person, why not? We pity those who are not cat people.

5. What is the funniest thing your cat has ever done? Oh, Reynaldo and I have long been engaged in an epic Battle of Wills. You know that old saying about cats having short attention spans? It's not true. For when he wants to torment me, Reynaldo has the tenacity and grim persistence of a foot soldier slogging relentlessly up the hill to victory. And he does always win. It must be said that Reynaldo's infinite attention span has a most definite upside. He is endlessly gentle and patient with the autistic little girl who lives across the hall. It's as though he can see into her heart so he forgives her any unintended roughness. It's this feline wisdom that makes me forgive him ... everything.

6. Do you think cats have feelings and can talk to their owners? Oh, I KNOW they do. Charlotte is especially vocal and highly communicative.

7. The Rainbow Bridge is the place where cats go when they pass away. I think it's a lovely idea. If humans could have a bridge of their own in the afterlife, what would you name it? I have to go to the Rainbow Bridge because, as the legend goes, that's where we meet the companion animals who loved us in life and are waiting for us to enter into Heaven. And I know I have Big Tommy, Little Tommy, Annie, Arthur, Wilma, Tara, Alison and Billy, all waiting for me. (As you can see, I don't go in for names like Fluffy for my feline friends.)