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Yargh

I got a notice in the mail yesterday from the storage place in Stockton, about overdue rent for January. They keep seeming optimistic about setting up so-called "EZPay" for me, but so far I haven't seen any evidence of it.

Emma's litterbox has mites again. Maybe this time I will try mixing in a healthy dose of diatomaceous earth and boric acid with the litter. I wish it was in a better ventilated space.

It always takes a couple of months to catch up, financially, after a cross-country move. The place in Lincoln hasn't returned my deposit.

I am trying to work on a cricket manuscript. It's hard - one of those cases where I need to set up the argument well, for an experiment that shares methodological overlap with ~5 other papers by other people, but that has distinct results that I have only partly wrapped my mind around so far.

I can't seem to pull the right lever or push the right button to get added to departmental communications. This university has followed through on that whole "consolidate the administrative functions!" notion, which seems to have led to high turnover, which makes it really difficult to figure out the correct person to contact for certain functions.

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On the other hand, I got in and out of the DMV in under an hour this morning. California makes incoming people retake the written driver's exam. I appreciated that there was a question about bicyclists on there.

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randomdreams
Jan. 21st, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
I'm somewhat encouraged that they require retaking the written. I sort of wish they'd also require the driving. In fact, I wish every state would require an every five years retake of both for everyone.
rebeccmeister
Jan. 21st, 2016 05:53 pm (UTC)
Seriously. I agree with you completely.
shellynoir
Jan. 21st, 2016 08:56 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't put boric acid anywhere where my cat could reach it.

What if you put one of these http://www.amazon.com/Hydrofarm-MT10004-Windowsill-Heat-Mat/dp/B0044U4F5I/ref=sr_1_1 (wrapped in a towel) or a hand-warmer underneath the box? Also, a small fan nearby might dry them out.
rebeccmeister
Jan. 21st, 2016 09:04 pm (UTC)
I don't think she's going to eat enough of the litter for it to cause harm (although reminder to self, she will lick herself, hmm). So, maybe diatomaceous earth first.

Come to think of it, I've got a fan up in the attic that could help in the short-term. I am also reconsidering making one of these:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-and-simple-litter-box-odor-filter/
shellynoir
Jan. 21st, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
yeah, they lick their paws. http://pets.thenest.com/boric-acid-safe-around-cats-6976.html

Do you need a lid? lids suck.

I would totally pay for one of those little fan things, I wish I knew someone who did fixy things like that. I have enough dead old computers sitting around, too.
rebeccmeister
Jan. 21st, 2016 10:33 pm (UTC)
Lids do suck! I took it off for a good long while when the mites first showed up in Nebraska. In this house, the litterbox is living in my closet, so maybe I should find a shelf of some sort that could go above the litterbox.
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