01 January 2015 @ 12:00 am
Hi ya'all, welcome to what I somewhat affectionately refer to The Land of Too Much Information About Hope. :) This journal is mostly friends-locked, with the exception of the occasional announcement of a public event.

I use this journal primarily as an escape valve for when excess pressure builds up, or when I'm trying to think things through -- which means that I tend to post only sporadically, and usually when things have gone all sideways. I wish I had more time to read and comment on others' journals, but as I've been back to school part-time for the last four years and I'm about to be in school full+ time starting in August 2010 (physician assistant school, woohoo!), I've had little to no time to do anything other than the occasional check-in on the folks I'm really close to. So if you want to invite me to something in the near (less than a week) future or want me to know about something, email or call, please. :)

OK, I'm now going to go fall over - very busy/fun weekend, but in the Land of Hope it is now time for Hope to sleep.


Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Blackthorn Winter - Talis Kimberley
And now for something completely different.

My sweet, darling kitty Morsel has hyperthyroidism. He is currently being treated with methimazole, one half pill twice daily, which he takes pretty happily all rolled up in a Pill Pocket. However, his white blood cell count is slightly low, and this might be the result of the pills. And lately I think he's started losing weight again, so I have to take him in to the vet anyways to see if his dosage needs to be adjusted.

There is a treatment - radioiodine - that has a pretty good chance of curing him.

Does anyone out there have experience with hyperthyroid cats and making this decision?

I'm considering doing it, and if so, most likely doing it during the move, and definitely doing it before PA school. The reason I'm thinking of doing it during or just before the move is that this way Morsel has fewer periods of stress, but then, coming "home" to a totally new place might be more stress than temporarily coming home to his "real" home, and then moving. And the reason before PA school is, duh, because I want to absolutely minimize the amount of stress I have during PA school. Thoughts/ideas?

Morsel is almost 14 years old, but otherwise healthy, so as an indoor-only cat, could still live another 6+ years.

  • it cures hyperthyroidism in 97% of cases (according to studies by the radioiodine center), and assuming it cures, doesn't have side effects associated with ongoing methimazole treatment, which merely suppresses the thyroid tumor.
  • only one treatment
  • no more pills 2x/day, which is much more convenient for me if I ever want to take off for a weekend**
  • one time cost rather than recurrent cost of repeated cost for meds, Pill Pockets (about $7/small bag, not insignificant), and twice yearly labs to check blood levels, liver function, and such.

  • stressful for Morsel
  • expensive for me ($1200) all at once when I'm also expending a lot of cash
  • Morsel would have to be hospitalized for at least 4 days, and I would either need to board him or isolate him for 7 days and flush his litter because he will be.... RADIOACTIVE KITTY
  • potential that it will cause him to be temporarily or permanently hypothyroid, which would require thyroid supplementation (supposedly very unlikely, and usually temporary)

What say ye, assembled wisdom of LiveJournal?

**Remember, I won't be living at Great Oak for the next 2.5 years, so finding someone to pill my cat 2x/day will be much harder, if not totally impossible, even if it is really easy because of the Pill Pocket routine.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Hi folks,

Please help welcome GBmojo to the Ann Arbor area for their first tour in Michigan, Friday, 7/16! You may know them as 2/3 of the Traveling Fates - the other 1/3 is the fabulous SJ Tucker. They are simply incredible, raw talent and gorgeous harmonies blending together in a way you've likely never heard.

Based out of Austin TX, GBmojo is the harmony-driven duo of star-crossed singer/songwriters Ginger Doss (formerly of Dreamtrybe) and Bekah Kelso. This gypsy-duo combines rootsy soul-folk and piano rock moxie, blends quirky pop rhythms with ethereal tribal visions, mixes urban wit and ancient wisdom for one seamless and high energy performance. They’ve spent the last 2 years touring extensively throughout the U.S., gaining momentum and an ever-widening fan base.

Currently they tour in support of their latest release - "Hand & Hammer", a highly-celebrated collection of Ginger’s most powerful spiritual songs. They continue on their journey, trading songs and making waves. Check them out at www.gbmojo.com.

Doors open at 7:30PM, the show starts at 8:00PM.
Suggested donation is $10-$15.

Location: Great Oak Cohousing's Common House - the big red single story building in the center of the community.
500 Little Lake Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Please park along Little Lake Drive unless you require handicapped parking, which is available next to the Common House. More directions and maps are here.

If you're so inclined, you can RSVP on the Facebook event so we have an idea of how many people to expect. :)
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Upside Down Roses - Bekah Kelso
The tenth Acorn Music and Verse housefilk will be held Saturday, June 12, from 1:00 pm into the evening at the Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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Current Location: Great Oak Common House
Current Mood: tiredtired
02 June 2010 @ 10:29 pm
Hi all, here's a chance to hear SJ if you missed her shows at ConFusion this year. :) If you haven't heard her before, you truly owe it to yourself to give her a listen. If we get a big enough crowd, they may put on a firespinning show after the concert, which is a truly magical thing to behold on a summer night.

Read on for more details. You can listen to her tunes here. Feel free to RSVP at the Facebook event here.

Quoted from her website...

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Concert begins at 8pm.
$6-$15 suggested donation.

Great Oak Cohousing's Common House
500 Little Lake Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Please park along Little Lake Drive unless you require handicapped parking, which is available next to the Common House. Directions and maps are here.
Current Location: Great Oak Common House
Current Mood: excitedexcited
01 March 2010 @ 11:49 pm
Is there anyone out there who has a room Thursday night and would be willing to let me share space? :) If so, please comment or email my ljname at gmail.

Many thanks!

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The ninth "Acorn Music and Verse" housefilk will be held Saturday, March 6 from 1:00 pm into the evening at the Great Oak Cohousing Common House, 500 Little Lake Drive, Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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Current Location: Great Oak Cohousing
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Hearthfire - Sassafrass
04 February 2010 @ 04:53 pm
These guys are a real treat - if you've never seen a real, live jug band play, you need to go see these guys. ;) Especially to hear their rendition of "Pinball Wizard."

They're playing at the Greenwood Coffee Series, which is hosted at the First Methodist Church at:

1001 Green Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Phone 734-665-8558

8pm, Friday February 5, $15.

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Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Pinball Wizard - The Juggernaut Jug Band
I'd like to invite you to my final concert with the Ann Arbor Concert Band, which will be this Sunday, January 17, at 2pm at the Michigan Theater. It'll be a very special concert not just because it's my last - we're playing some truly phenomenal pieces. Sadly, due to my class schedule and my plans for physician assistant school in the fall, I'm having to put Band on hold. Assuming *knock wood* I get into a PA program, I will be away at school starting in the fall (let me know if you know anyone interested in subletting my gorgeous 2 bedroom upper flat at Great Oak Cohousing). I have two PA school interviews scheduled, and hopefully should know where/if I'll be attending by March/April. :)


Noisy Wheels of Joy -- Eric Whitacre

Armenian Dances -- Alfred Reed

Tuba Concerto -- Edward Gregson
II. Lento e mesto
III. Allegro giocoso
~ Fritz Kaenzig, soloist
Professor of Tuba and Euphonium, University of Michigan

Incantation and Dance -- John Barnes Chance

Elegy -- John Barnes Chance

Esprit de Corps -- Robert Jager

Russian Christmas Music -- Alfred Reed

Tickets: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, children 12 and under are free.
More information on the Band can be found on our website, http://www.aaband.org/. We are a
501c3 organization, so your donation to us is tax-deductible!
More info is available at the Facebook Concert Event Page.

Thank you again for your support, and I wish you all the best in 2010 and beyond.


Hope Dundas
Current Location: Great Oak
Current Mood: wistful
Current Music: Noisy Wheels of Joy - United States Air Force Academy Band
Via rosefox, who got it from lunakitten. Signal boosted via Facebook and here...

Kevin Guillory is 36. On 2/27/07 he was paralyzed in a work related accident. Since then his workers comp insurance has abandoned him. Kevin is no longer able to afford his temporary housing and is about to be homeless for Christmas. This is the full version of his story. Kevin needs a handicapped accessible place he can afford to stay in while fighting a lengthy legal battle. If you can help please email him at guillorykevin at hotmail dot com.

More details here.

His story, a 7 minute YouTube video.

Excerpt from lunakitten's post:

For those of you for whatever reason are having trouble with the video the info for Workman's Comp- American All Risk Loss Administrators in Fresno. The adjuster's name is Llouise Winburn 559-277-4960 x508 Kevin can be reached at guillorykevin at hotmail dot com.

Because some people have asked, Kevin doesn't want to name the employer, because they did nothing wrong- they'd paid their workman's comp premiums and are really blameless in this situation. If that info becomes needed to talk to the insurance company, we'll make it available.

My mom worked as a nurse case manager for insurance companies for many years (in Michigan, not California, where Kevin is, unfortunately), and she says that this is ridiculous - the insurance is responsible for permanent accessible housing for him, up to and including buying him an accessible house or condo.

Please spread the word.
Current Mood: outraged