Tuesday, September 30, 2008

some new items...


make custom gifts at Zazzle

added a T design this evening... the "I dress this way to annoy you" shirt.
Even more new items coming soon.

Thank you to everyone for the prayers, purrs, and help with funding for the vet bills.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Storm Rolling In



There's a storm rolling in, so I'm the one feeling crappy today. (Fibromyalgia sucks.)
Took some medication and going back to bed soon.

Megumi seems to be eating OK, but not up to the amount she'd normally eat.
At least she IS eating. The Lamb seems to be the favorite, the Duck is acceptable,
and the Venison has been declared "weird".

In an hour or two, when I'm feeling better, IF the rain isn't torrential, I'll take Megumi in to be weighed. If we can't manage it today, we'll take her in tomorrow.

Seimei keeps stealing the bag of polyfil (for stuffies) out of my work basket... I don't know why it's so appealing, except he feels like a big game hunter, marching around with it.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Megumi likes Lamb

Megumi chowed down at 6pm and ate the whole 1.5 oz of the Lamb (Royal Canin diet) I gave her. Will give her another 1.5 oz around 9pm. Yay.

Started a journal to chart what she's eating, how much, and how often. And generally how she's feeling.

This blog helped get that going.

Should be able to make partial payment to the vet on Monday.

Possible Progress with Virgin / HO Mobile

Re: Account Balance (Tracking No:1227170) Size: 6 KB
Priority: Normal





Hi Silvia,

(I'm NOT SYLVIA! This is actually the 3rd CS agent to be calling me Slyvia!)

Thanks for your email -- and for giving us the opportunity to answer your
question. We're here to help.

I sincerely apologize for the difficulties you are currently experiencing.

I did take a look at your account and see that in past 60 days, you have used up
$34.25 of cash balance. You Topped Up your account for $20.00 on 7/21/2008 and
then again for $20.00 on 9/5/2008.

However, as there seems to be $10 in calls that seems to be unaccounted for we
have credited your account with $10 as on 9/27/2008. This amount will reflect in
your account by overnight.


I replied that since we had already changed companies, that we would prefer a REFUND, and gave them the corrected name and that they should send it to the address on the account. IF I even see the credit, at this point I'll be very surprised. It took OVER A WEEK and SEVEN Customer service agents, to come to the conclusion of what I'd been telling them since the beginning.

Should you ever have a question about any of the transactions on your account,
you can always check it yourself by logging into "My Account" via
www.virginmobileusa.com. Once you have signed into your account, you can check
all actions for the past 60 days that involve your account, and even see the
latest news from Virgin Mobile.

If you have any other questions or would like more info, feel free to email us
again ? simply log on your Account via www.virginmobileusa.com provide your
Account PIN so we can help without delay or feel free to call us at
1-888-322-1122 (or *VM on your Virgin Mobile phone). We'll be delighted to
assist you.

Calvin
Virgin Mobile At Your Service.

Your satisfaction is our goal ? please take a minute and tell us how we are
doing! Simply click on this link to let us know!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9Xhr3n1eTDcPQISvqDJ6AA_3d_3d

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fulla feisty! Cat Report

Megumi is enjoying the special food from the vet, it's DUCK so far. (also lamb and venison haven't been opened yet, but I started with the duck as it has the most calories.)

We started the new special food yesterday afternoon, (I told her that "Grandpa" likes Duck and it's so expensive as Human Food he gets it only about 2x/yr.)...

this morning she ate breakfast, and then went over to pick a play fight with her brother! YAY!

Keep up the purrs, prayers and happy thoughts.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Megumi Missive, Evening

Ok, so the vet says it's possibly a dietary sensitivity causing IBS...
Today I picked up some special food. $11 for 6 cans at 6oz each. So it will pretty much take her a day to finish a can in 3-4 separate meals.

So far she's tried the Duck (Royal Canin), and it seems to be OK. (She'll get some more in a little bit and then I'm collapsing for the night.)

I've got about a page left to do for my MilwAPA zine, but I'm just too tired to do anything more.

OH and I got a nice email, but including surprising news, from the Duckon Treasurer... apparently no one realized I was having the trouble I was till 2 WEEKS ago. (I just got the check on the 15th after waiting 4 months, and making regular contact with the art show director.) This makes the handling of the art show look even worse, as there were several points along the way where I was told that the information had been given to the treasurer and I'd have a check in a few days... and here it is it's a complete surprise to him, and he's wondering why she went and wrote a personal check. Several times I was told that the delay was that she had given him the necessary information, but then "he's left for vacation and won't be back for 2 weeks..." sort of thing.

What REALLY has me concerned is the way information changed between 3 days after the con, when an email said that "at least one of your pieces went to the auction", to now, that there seems to be no record of this, or what my pieces DID sell for because as things progressed my paperwork went from "I have everything right here, and we'll get you a check as soon as we've gone over it again." to "I can't find your paperwork."

Yeah, Duckon, please, don't even send me the art show packet before next year's con.
I'm afraid to deal with you again... let me know when you have a new art show committee.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Cat News Morning Update

Vet called, yep liver is fine, foliate level is low, which may indicate an intestinal problem. We may be looking at a biopsy.... and even then, a special diet.
It MAY be IBS... Will talk to the vet a bit this afternoon, and get hard copies of the test results.

Thank you Dr. Birkhead for providing help with asking the right questions, as well as providing a 2nd opinion.

Now THIS is an interesting finding... since DD & I both have fibromyalgia; What does "now the cat has it" mean?

Megumi seems to be continuing to do alright, still need her to put some weight back on, but the weight loss didn't happen over night either. She IS eating decently at least at 2 meals a day, sometimes decently for 3 meals.

Virgin Mobile is a RAKE! Pt III

continuing failure to communicate:

Re: Account Balance (Tracking No:1227170) Size: 5 KB
Priority: Normal

In response to my response suggesting that there is no way my DD's use of voicemail (rare) would have used up the missing $10. This is the reply, please note, that this is from YET another service rep at Virgin Mobile....

---- "ourteam@virginmobileusa.com" wrote:
> Hi Stiles,
>
> Thanks for your email -- and for giving us the opportunity to help.
>
> We apologize for the inconvenience caused.
>
> I have reviewed your account and I see that you have Topped-up with $20 on
09/05/2008.
>
> You have been charged for Voice Calls $17.82 from 09/05/2008 - 09/23/2008 and
your current cash balance is $4.43.
>
> We do not see any other charges on your account that has reduced your cash
balance. Unfortunately we will not be able to refund amount.
>
> If you still feel that the problem is not resolved, please do reply with the
specific details so that we can resolve the issue.
>
> If you have any other questions or would like more info, feel free to email us
again ? simply log on your Account via www.virginmobileusa.com provide your
Account PIN so we can help without delay or feel free to call us at
1-888-322-1122 (or *VM on your Virgin Mobile phone). We'll be delighted to
assist you.
>
> John
> Virgin Mobile At Your Service
>
>
> Your satisfaction is our goal ? please take a minute and tell us how we are
doing! Simply click on this link to let us know!
>
> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9Xhr3n1eTDcPQISvqDJ6AA_3d_3d


My records, including the record for my account ONLINE, show around 42 minutes
used. maybe 50 if I count the not listed calls to get voice mail, and the
occasional text FROM VIRGIN. Not 100 minutes used.

Please account for the other 50 minutes of use.
--
>
>

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The response from HO Mobile (see prior post)

Me here: Just want to bring up that my daughter may have had 2 or 3 very brief voice mails in the 2 weeks since she "topped up" her prepaid phone. so that's maybe $1.08 in cell time.

Here is the email response we got from Virgin Mobile:
"Re: Account Balance (Tracking No:1227170) Size: 4 KB
Priority: Normal


Hi there,

Thanks for your email -- and for giving us the opportunity to answer your
question. We're here to help.

Please accept my apologies on behalf of Virgin Mobile that this has occurred.
Virgin Mobile values each customer and would never approve of the way you have
stated your issue was handled.

I have reviewed your account and see that you are on 18 Cent TALK. You did
Top-Up with $20 on 9/5/2008. After this Top-Up was applied, you have used this
balance for making/receiving calls at 18 cents.

There are no specific charges on your account which has depleted your balance.
However, please note that you are charged standard airtime for checking
voicemail from your handset.
It's FREE to check your voicemail from another
phone.

Should you ever have a question about any of the transactions on your account,
you can always check it yourself by logging into My Account via
www.virginmobileusa.com. Once you have signed into your account, you can check
all actions for the past 60 days that involve your account, and even see the
latest news from Virgin Mobile.

If you have any other questions or would like more info, feel free to email us
again ? simply log on your Account via www.virginmobileusa.com and provide your
Account PIN so we can help without delay or feel free to call us at
1-888-322-1122 (or *VM on your Virgin Mobile phone). We'll be delighted to
assist you.

Jessica
Virgin Mobile At Your Service

Your satisfaction is our goal ? please take a minute and tell us how we are
doing! Simply click on this link to let us know!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=9Xhr3n1eTDcPQISvqDJ6AA_3d_3d "


Yeah, I'm NOT amused...

Virgin Mobile is a HO! and in the worst possible way.

We're having issues with Virgin Mobile
Maybe a whole news stand... I'm waiting for email from Customer Disservice.

My Daughter is getting a new phone because "Virgin Mobile is not a virgin when it bends you over and takes advantage of you."

My daughter has had a Virgin Prepaid mobile phone for nearly a year now.
She's on the 3rd battery for the darned thing and have to admit we were considering replacing the phone itself soon, thinking the particular model of phone may have been the problem. (It's the oyster, it's green and it looks cool...)

The past couple of month it seemed like she ran out of minutes particularly fast, but she puts on $20 at a time, and her D&D group was having some crisis and of course SHE's the rational,compassionate one EVERYONE calls to mediate. But even then it seemed like the minutes vanished faster than she could account for.

So on Sept 5th, just about 2 weeks ago, she puts another $20 on the phone, and now the gamers are getting along somewhat... so last night she got the text "reminder" that she was low on minutes. $4.35 is left. (We were croggled but were visiting friends for a Heroes party... so it got put off an hour or so.)

When we got home we called the 800# and got a run around. The customer disservice guy, (while with a mild accent, seemed to understand English JUST FINE, and was easily understandable. Foreign call center was NOT the issue.) ... after clearly understanding our stated problem kept just repeating the charge rate for the minutes. EVEN AFTER we pulled up her account on line, and found that the rate had gone up with out her being notified, AND that despite this she had USED only about $4.85 (out of the $20 deposit 2 weeks earlier) of her account. My daughter felt that not only was she pointlessly run around in circles, she felt humiliated.

We looked at (and posted) some reviews on line, and quickly realized this was a common problem. Thank heavens we NEVER set up the "automatic payment" option... where apparently it's IMPOSSIBLE to cancel the account, but that it's also impossible to stop the automatic payments! Thank heavens I never gave them a CC#.

We did some research, and considering that she normally uses the phone to make or receive 2 or 3 phone calls per week... that the prepaid is still the best-cheapest sort of service for her. We also looked at reviews for several companies providing similar service... and some problems seem to be fairly common, the Vanishing Minutes is only a common issue with Virgin. We looked at reviews for pricing, service and other issues with a range of companies, and will be getting her a new phone this afternoon.

It's a damn shame that even with "Legit Corporations" people need to scrutinize online reviews like they do Ebay feedback. (...and yes, I'll be looking at on-line reviews before investing in any significant goods or services in the future.)

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cat News Breakfast Edition


9am breakfast went well, no more stomach upset! Knock on wood...

put up a few new Megumi art works up on flickr...
waiting for a call from the vet for an answer about cat food. (I've got 1& 3/4th cans of the R/d food left, and wondering if we should start mixing it with her regular Innova.)

Fingers crossed, and Early AM Babbling

Megumi wolfed down her dinner with only moderate coaxing after being a picky girl all day. (back to the r/d food) So she ate well at 9 pm... at 2:30 am there was a Puke incident, and it was food coming up, but not a lot of it. She's already acting like she's feeling much better.

She seems to be ok now (5am) and cuddly...and wanting me to go back to sleep.

Seimei of course was, "Sissy's sick come quick!" so he's gotten some praise and extra loving too.

With Megumi's illness we ALMOST forgot Seimei's birthday on Saturday, so he did get treats and sung to, thanks to a reminder in email from Catster. (And a Happy Birthday to MY MOM! Many happy returns.)

Also from the 3Amigos group on Catster:


Thanks for the support everyone!

Oh, and sometime this morning someone added my blog to their RSS feed. THANK YOU!
Hope you realize what you are getting into... probably long periods of cat news, followed by long periods of nothing, and then spurts of news about art and interesting bits. I really SHOULD blog more consistently, but ya know me...

If you are enjoying my blog: take a look at this one, a fellow Milwaukean: http://www.brewcitytails.com/
They REALLY love critters, and have lots of cute video and photos too!

I need to work on my 'zine for the Milwapa over the next few days, collation is Saturday.

Check out newish items: http://www.zazzle.com/trinlayk

I've gotten packets of plushies sent out to Archon and Necromonicon for the art shows and I should have the packet for Con*Stellation ready to go out Friday. (knock on wood, just a couple of items to finish, and the paper work to fill out.)
Then it's a tizzy of getting things ready for Windycon... though whether I actually get to GO to Windycon is still up in the air. If any of you are going, leave a comment, and maybe if I DO get there, we can plan a meet up.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Lazy Saturday

Megumi is eating ok, we're all being lazy cats today...

Received a package from a friend that included this:
A SOLAR Maneki Neko! video

Friday, September 19, 2008

Megumi is continuing to do well

woke me up with happy kitty chirpings. ate her food from the vet at breakfast with just a little coaxing, at lunch canned salmon was a BIG hit.
Dinner, I barely got Seimei served, so he wouldn't be underfoot as I prepared food for Megumi and she shoved her face in the can of her REGULAR food and ate a good sized portion. (about 2/3rds of what she normally eats at a meal.)With NO coaxing.

I'm happy she'll eat the "normal" food because it has a better protein and calorie count than the special food.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Has Someone Been NICE to you?



Here is a tag that is for all of you to use and give to people who have been nice and made your day.

Produced by:
http://justsomethingimade.blogspot.com/

and hopefully soon, selling her work on ETSY.
Leave her a comment and tell her Thank you too!

Continuing Cat Report w/Steampunk

Megumi continues to eat, and improve. Eating a bit more each time... hope to get her back to her normal food, since it seems to have more calories than the "special stuff"... (Higher protein % and higher fat %) but will keep with the special food if she snubs the regular.


Now back to more normal topics. awesome article here:

Why People Love Steampunk


a highlight:
"Whereas steampunks are — what? Weirdoes who take pocket-watches too seriously? What are they gonna do, vehemently tell you what time it is?"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Vet called

FIV & FLe & FIP all negative, urine fine,
waiting on gastro panel & the liver test.

Yay, Yay and Yay...
if everything else comes back good, we'll figure she
had something viral and got over it on her own.

She's eating, but only the special food from the vet
warmed up and served in private...and sometimes needing
a little coaxing to remind her it is yummy.

Sonogram Report

page 1
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3115/2865256665_a5116ca783_b.jpg

page 2
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2866086890_ffde8c3607_b.jpg


Probably gibberish to most readers...
any translations?

Sonogram Day




taking it easy (sedation is gooood) for the sonogram.

Who shaved my belly? When did that happen?

It was kind of a strange experience, but I wasn't scared.


Morning, exhausted human reporting.

Thanks everyone, keep up the prayers and happy thoughts.

She's eating on her own, special "recovery diet" from the vet , with a minimum
of coaxing. Yay!

I'm trying to keep up with the cat news but I think I'm falling a bit behind.
I intend to scan and post the sonography report and a couple of interesting photos.

(I was also planning a blog entry from Megumi's POV about the ultrasound but due to the sedation I expect her main comments will be "oooh tripppy" and "DAMN, who shaved my belly!")

The help from the fund raising efforts made it possible for me to pay a part of the bill yesterday, and the final total is still climbing at this point. (They took a little extra blood for if the tests they're doing show a need for further testing.)

Thank you everyone for your continuing help with so much. My morale would have bottomed out by now without all of you cheering Megumi on!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Early Evening Cat Report

Just a quickie post I have a meeting to go to and have to leave in about 40 min.

She handled the sedation and sonogram fine, and there are more blood tests taken and a liver aspiration, and a urine specimen & ...

The bill will climbing well past $1000 and thanks to everyone's help I was able to pay a part of it today... and even after the tests are back it may keep climbing. We don't really know anything yet.

I'll try to get the few sonogram shots and the sonogram report scanned for posting tonight sometime.

THANK YOU EVERYONE for your continuing prayers, purrs and support.

Running up the Vet Bill

Later today the Sonogram.... and some more blood tests.
Will update as soon as we know something.

There are some new items on zazzle:


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Monday, September 15, 2008

Monday Night Catball

(I'm running out of interesting titles)

Alrighty so we've been back from the Cat specialist for a little bit.
It's clearly NOT her liver, and the xrays from the regular vet are fine:
"Oh you see that thing in her intestine"
"uh huh"
"it's poop."

Megumi was a VERY good girl and let the vet "feel her up" and check her heart and her teeth & ... heart fine, gut feels good (feels a few poohs and a full badder.) her teeth are a bit grungy so something to discuss with the regular vet tomorrow.

Cat specialist also offered her a different kind of "food for sickly cats" the R/D (recovery diet) rather than the a/d (anorexia diet), and it turns out Megumi likes it so much better she was actually CHOWING Down on it when we got home...straight out of the can!

Hopefully, between the sonogram, and the blood tests tomorrow we'll find out why she was so sick. Everyone keep those purrs and prayers and happy thoughts going.

Monday Mid-Day Cat Report....

Megumi nibbled at breakfast, so she got forced a bit of soup (veal baby food & chicken broth)

at lunch she wouldn't take tuna, or the tuna juice... but licked out the salad bowl after I made my sandwich.

I guess everything IS better with Miracle Whip.

At 3:45 I gotta stuff her in the cat carrier to take her to the Cat Specialist.

I picked up her xrays a little bit ago from her regular vet, and an Irish Setter was just in LOVE with me. Her human was a bit confused, "She's usually very obedient, and sits nicely to be petted..." Then I realized, I smell like cat, veal puree, and chicken soup... thank heavens she only wanted to LICK me.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sunday Morning Cat Report

Thank you so much for your caring and prayers. She's still putting up a good fight when I need to pill her, and I think her tummy is feeling MUCH better she's cuddling and purring.

I've got bruises on my hands and arms, from this morning's pilling and feeding, and that's with the cat wrapped in a towel!

Oh and yesterday afternoon I witnessed a poo! yay! I know it's a strange thing to be excited about, but with having to force food and water, (I've since replaced the water with pedialyte or chicken soup, per the vet... to up the calorie count) it's really exciting to see her pooing again.

This cat saved my life when she was just a speck over a year old... I had a bad reaction to a new medication while I was home alone, and ended up passed out. She washed my face and meowed desperately till I came to and could call for help. The ER took me right away, as my BP was really spiking, so I know now I can't take naproxen at ALL... (If I had ended up in worse condition, the person who would have found me would have been my daughter when she got home from school. She was only 15 at the time!)

Thank you to everyone helping with fund raising... At this point I think we have almost half of the ultrasound fee!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

OMG! YAY! Iz can has Poo!

Megumi can has POO! (yes actually witnessed it.)
So fortunately her illness is probably NOT a blockage.

I've been forcing food and fluids since Wednesday, and this is the first instance
of waste output.

She isn't eating on her own just yet, but at 2:00 sniffed at the food and inspected it without growling at it. (forced a few bites again at 2)

Got some work to do, but will be home again around 6:30 to try tempting food again...
(forcing if necessary) and will report.

Megumi improving?

yesterday afternoon was manical...
(Landlord stopped by, daughter needing a ride etc.)

Vet called in a appetite enhancer, and she's had it a couple times now,
She sniffed her brother's food last night, but still needed food and fluid forced. (Chicken soup seems to have perked her up.)

Sonagram date had been changed to TUESDAY September 16th. yay!

Last night up on the book case! and washing herself...yay. I gave her some hairball remedy, a smidge more than her usual, and will see if it helps. I also poured about 4ml of chicken soup into her before I went to Lytheria, and when I got back got another 4ml of chicken soup into her before bed.

I don't think I've ever been so happy to observe a cat peeing.

Someone as marvelous as a kitty should NEVER feel sick or even "funky"...
Last night she returned to her custom of cuddling me while I slept, (though switched off with her brother around 2 am) this morning I woke to her cuddling and purring quietly while I petted her.

Gave her pills around 8 am, and should try offering the special foods in a bit....

Monday afternoon she's going to a cat specialist for a second opinion, (they also do not think it's a blockage, but did recommend giving her some hairball remedy stuff.)
Usual vet also gave us a pill for her to stimulate her appetite. Hopefully, today she will eat on her own.

Regular vet managed to get us a sonagram appointment for Tuesday afternoon. (sept 16) which is significantly sooner than the 22nd.


Thank you to everyone contributing to prayers and fund raising efforts
:
zazzle etsy

product lines at both locations are expanding gradually, so things have changed a bit since yesterday morning.

Thank you to Dancing Dragon & Dr. Birkhead for their suggestions, & support.






Friday, September 12, 2008

Pilling a cat




I have to give Megumi a pill, but she's hiding.She was cuddling when I woke up, but then ran to hide.

Hopefully, I can get her to eat on her own today.

Seimei tried on his costume: I'll get better photos soon.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Megumi illness update

got stuff from the vet, got a nausea reduction pill into her, and a liver support pill, AND some turkey baby food into her. Quite the wrestling match... she hasn't gotten weak.

she sniffed at my teriyaki jerky but wouldn't take a piece. (I usually have to shut myself in a room to not have to fight to get any for ME.) Sniffing at offered food is an improvement over last night.

I need a nap.

DUCKON update: Art show director said, on the phone yesterday, that she'd JUST sent out the check priority mail. Stay tuned for further updates.

Megumi's starter fund-raising for vet fees:
http://www.zazzle.com/Trinlayk

http://www.cafepress.com/MegumiKitty


I think the zazzle stuff is nicer...

4:00 Ultrasound date is set for the 22nd (I'm waiting to hear back what time so I can be there with her)...

Has anyone's pet been through this?

(I've been ultrasounded but I'm human.)

How scary is it for them (scary noise, shaving)?

gotta go shove food into her again.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Megumi is sick





Megumi kitty sick! vet visit $400,
xray = fine,
bloodtests= pending.
Kitty= PRICELESS

Prayers, purrs, and happy thoughts appreciated.
(This it the kitty that saved my life.)

UPDATE 9am Sept 11, 2008

Vet called, it's something with her liver, more tests coming soon, but they'll have some medicine for me to give her soon.
(something to squirt down her throat to help with the nausea and something to mix with the food to support her stressed liver.)

I'm going to have to make some kind of fundraiser products to sell to raise money for her medical fund.

Good thing for her she's the best damn cat in the universe.

If there are any images from here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/trinlayk/
that you would like to have on a Megumi collectible tshirt, mug, sticker etc... let me know!




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Sunday, September 7, 2008

My issue with Duckon

I've been sending my work to be shown as Sci Fi conventions for awhile now, and have never had problems until Duckon...

ALL the other conventions have gotten my unsold work back to me within a week, and I usually have check in hand AND if I want, copies of my bid sheets within 2-3 weeks.

Duckon was in Mid June... I was told, a few days after the convention by the art show director that she was busy but would be getting everyone's paperwork in order and would have checks out "by the end of the month".

Mid July I emailed and was told "I've been busy, everything will be in order and the checks mailed out by the end of the week." a week or two passed and I emailed again, adding that "I haven't gotten my unsold work back yet" and about a week later I got my package of unsold work. And the paperwork enclosed was USELESS, it wasn't really a check sheet or verification of packing or anything, Everything was listed in the paperwork as "returned to artist" but only 7 pieces came back to me. I emailed in a panic. She gave me her phone number and it turns out that there's some crazy story about the way the paperwork is produced... Um How about a frakking hand written list showing which pieces WERE sold on sunday, and WHICH pieces I should expect to find in the box? I asked for my bid sheets and any paperwork that would show which pieces were sold. They've somehow gone missing... (can you see the steam?) I had to copy MY checklist, and do the math for what the BASE price (my price less the commission for the art show) on my items were (I still have no proof if maybe they were auctioned off for MORE, and I was told a few days after the convention that "at least one of your plushies went to the auction." )

Two and a half weeks ago ( a full 2 months since the convention) I was told, while I was ON THE PHONE LONG DISTANCE with her, that she was writing a personal check right now, and had an envelope and stamps handy so it would go right out. Thursday this past week I called and was told "Oh it was probably just lost in the mail. I'll send another one right out by priority mail."

At this point just getting the money doesn't solve the issue of having to make long distance calls, send out multiple emails, and basically pester the art show director to get paid AT ALL... It doesn't clear up the problem that I was originally told that at least one of my items went to the auction, and now I can't even get the records of the auction OR my bid sheets... and I'm only going to get the "sunday sale" price (less the show's % of course) for my work.

I just emailed the convention chair, and board for the SECOND time. The first email to the chair and board was about 3 weeks - month ago has never gotten a reply.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Merlin's Meow


Merlin's Meow
Originally uploaded by trinlayk
Merlin sees an unopened can of tuna...
(It was given to him after the video.) Nice masculine voice of coaxing is Merlin's human, Dave.