And the rain, rain, rain came down down dow—oh, it stopped.
Blogger: Laurel Cox
Hello lovely readers! It’s been a long time. Too long.
In case you’re wondering, the title is a reference to my favorite movie as a young tot, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Here is a link to the curious and bold of heart: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l0i7JU9SijE It didn’t nearly rain that much this week, but whenever it does rain, this is what I think of.
I think I talk about weather a lot here, but weather is kind of a big deal to me. Just last week, we had a high of 90. In November! I couldn’t believe it. It’s also strange that it is already week 13 in my last fall semester of undergrad, assuming nothing goes dreadfully, dreadfully wrong in the coming months (i.e. I don’t graduate). My time here has gone by so quickly, especially this semester. Writing comps has really been an undertaking, but I’ve enjoyed the challenge. I only have a couple more weeks until my final draft is due, and then I’m going to celebrate!
But it’s not as though all I’ve done is sit in my room and write comps, contrary to what my planner would lead you to believe! A couple of weeks ago, I went with my housemates to the North Central Animal Shelter to make online profiles for cats and dogs to increase their chances of being adopted. I am fortunate to be living in Pet House again this year, a themed house that is on/off campus (it’s on the border, I’d say). We get the privilege of living with a dog, Nutella, an adorable chocolate lab. When I’m away from home, it’s always my pets I miss the most. I can call my human-family, but even if I skype my parents and see my cats and dog, I don’t get to play with them, so living in pet house is really a wonderful opportunity.
As I mentioned earlier, we also help out at a local animal shelter, though I do wish I could go more often. I’m not an official volunteer, but we go to make Shelter Me profiles. As you might guess, Shelter Me is a website with pictures and profiles of animals to aide in their adoption. Since a lot of pet adoption research is done online before you even meet the pet, this service is really valuable for getting pets out of shelters and into homes and rescues.
The last time I went, I got really attached to a cat named Artemis. I love living with Nutella, and I get my puppy love and pet time in that way, but I really miss my cats. I don’t get to see cats that often, and as great as YouTube cat videos are, nothing is as good as the real thing. When I was in Japan, I went to a couple of cat cafes, which are basically places you pay to play with cats for an hour. It sounds kind of silly, but it was pretty awesome. I think someone should import the concept state-side. ANYWAY, I got attached to a cat. Artemis was just the sweetest thing, but sadly he got sick and had to be euthanized. It was really hard for me, especially since I played with him a lot and would have adopted him if I could have. Sometimes, the right choice is the harder choice to make. It’s easy to be selfish and want to hold on to our pets for as long as possible, but what’s best for them should be our number one concern.
I’ve been thinking about animals and pets a lot lately; it’s kind of a hot topic on campus. Last week, there were some animal rights activists on campus, as well as a talk about why we are attached to dogs and cats but eat pigs, cows, and chickens. I won’t go into too much, but it’s been on my mind because we’ve been reading about humans’ obligation (or lack thereof?) to animals in my Intro to Ethics class. When I was a first year, one of my CSPs was about Animal Ethics, so it’s an issue that is near and dear to my heart. And brain. If you’re curious, here’s a VERY well-known philosophy paper on animals. I highly recommend it.
In conclusion, it’s exciting and interesting to me that my education and classes at Oxy have come full circle. I just registered for my last round of classes, and it’s rather surreal. But before I get too sentimental, it’s time for some Thanksgiving Food. There’s only one question I need to worry about: canned or homemade?