Woke up with a raging sore throat — glad to have some Hall’s throat lozenges in the medicine cabinet — and I’m taking one of my remaining vacation days to get over it.
Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve done this now that Snowball has retired, but when I got a housemate last January he brought along Sombra, which means “Shadow” in Spanish. She spends most of her time watching the outdoors from her perch in the front window and, like she did yesterday, looking out over the patio at the backyard nature, including the ibises that come by to feed on the morsels in the yard.
Hey, we made it to the end of the week and we’re still here.
I see that Trump has hired Rudy Giuliani to handle his legal problems and “negotiate an end” to the Mueller probe. Is he talking about a plea bargain? Getting a nickel at Sing Sing?
In other news, former FBI director James Comey was on Rachel Maddow last night and didn’t reveal a whole lot other than to comment on the heavily-redacted memos he kept on his contacts with Trump and others. Some of the notes are unintentionally funny, including one where Trump was worried about his then-national security advisor Michael Flynn: “The guy has serious judgment issues.” Oh really.
Meanwhile, the summit between Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jung-un may be a logistic nightmare because there isn’t a plane in the North Korean fleet that can make the trip.
If you’ve been following the continuing saga of EPA chief Scott Pruitt and his spendthrift ways, the latest bit is that like Webster’s dictionary, he was Morocco-bound (thank you, Hope and Crosby) last December and not necessarily on EPA business. In fact, he was lobbying for U.S. natural gas exports, which isn’t something the EPA does, and he and his crew spent upwards of $40,000 including hotels and meals in Paris. And yet he can’t get fired, probably because he’s basically emulating his boss.
Oh, you want some Friday Catblogging? Okay. This one’s about me packing for my own road trip next week.
I’m heading for Ohio, then Missouri and catching up with old friends and dissertation subjects.
Snowball on the playscripts.
Meet Sombra. She moved in two weeks ago along with my housemate, but it’s taken her this long to show herself out in the living room and in my presence. She’s a former street cat, so she’s wary of new people, but once she gets to know you, she’s friendly. She hasn’t met Snowball yet but I think they’ll get along just fine.