Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A River in North Africa

There's lots of summer left. I will still somehow submit papers for publication, go to the dentist, go to the eye doctor; make a grand research plan; re-do my syllabi, hang a clothesline; install a ceiling fan and write lots of personal letters before school starts, even though I officially started back at work this morning. Yep, plenty of time to do things this summer. And my cat has fruit flies. And denial is de river in Egypt.

7 comments:

Sparkling Squirrel said...

Does anybody have much experience with house cats and fleas? I don't, and Mr. Splashy Pants definitely has them, although what I presume is not a bad case (in three weeks of attentive petting I had not noticed, until I did, and since then, of course, I can see other signs). I honestly thought the first one I found was a trapped fruit fly (we do have plenty of those). The Mister, "I don't know much biology, but I do know that Mr. Splashy Pants is not a fruit."

Jennifer said...

Lily had fleas once. As the attempted flea bath lasted 2 seconds, we tried an alternative. We got a flea comb at the pet store and would brush her several times a day, drowning any fleas we captured in a cup of water. I don't remember how long it took, but eventually we got them all.

I was prepared to go in to work this week and get a lot done, but they decided to redo the floors in our building on our floor this week. So, I am trying to work from home, but it is not going so well.

Beth said...

lol

I know they make "flea bombs" that kill the fleas in the house. And then a flea bath followed by combing works. I also think they make a "frontline" type thing for cats which will just kill any fleas or ticks that land upon her.

SS - your list sounds like my list but mine also includes write lectures for new class and order the materials for all the labs while finishing the modeling ms and re-writing all the syllabi. :-)

Sally's sister said...

crap - my post didn't post. Try the frontline and keep mr. SP dosed with it during flea season. Don't buy the cheapo kind from the pet store.

Jenny said...

This post really made me giggle. Good luck with your list of things to do, and with the fleas.

Sally's sister said...

What's a trapped fruit fly?

Sparkling Squirrel said...

A fruit fly caught in the fur of a kitten, in this case. We don't really have plenty of trapped fruit flies, but we do have plenty of ordinary fruit flies.