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In May of 2004, I had my heart set on getting a calico kitten to keep Goopie (who was a year old at the time) company. I answered an ad in the paper, and, along with jlhill and hillgiant and I think my roomie at the time Michele, trekked out to the middle of nowhere and I picked out an 8 week old calico kitten.

Mandy moved to Dallas with me. She was a pretty skittish cat...always hid from strangers, and didn't let the kids touch her. Her back knees would pop out of place (luxate), which I think made her feel like she was fragile. She was a sweet cat, though.

This summer, she was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. I thought we'd be able to get it under control with meds, no big deal, and for awhile, the meds worked. But she started going downhill after Thanksgiving, and last week, after three das at the vet's office, her kidneys were not functioning well at all.

She died this afternoon right after I got her to the vet's. My plan was to have them make her comfortable until Trav could get home from work and watch the kids so that I could go and deal with having her put to sleep without having them with me, but that was not to be. She was convulsing by the time I got her to the vet, and she died as they were trying to give her a bit of oxygen.

I miss you already, Mandy. I hope I did right by you. I have such a tremendous amount of guilt right now.

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Halloween 2009

We went to the outdoor mall and did the store-to-store trick or treat thing first, since our neighborhood is pretty lame for trick or treating. Claudia wasn't into it at first. She soon learned that there was candy to be had, though, and now she's all about the trick or treating.

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Which skirt with this outfit????

This one, which is knit, not denim:

Or the denim one, which has built in knit shorts that I can cut out pretty easily (the skirt only cost $3):

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Claudia in the fall...

This picture was taken on Tuesday. I was really happy with how it turned out; last time "they" came to take pictures at the daycare, Claudia cried no matter what they did (even when they brought Nick in to try to calm her down), and they didn't take her picture at all.

Nick had school pictures taken today. They make you PRE ORDER them! How f'd up is that? We'll see how they turn out...

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King Ranch Chicken Casserole--PSA

Tonight, I made King Ranch Chicken Casserole. It tasted Very Good, but was way too soupy as written, and didn't have enough spice (even for me). When I make it again, and I WILL be making it again, I will omit the 2C of chicken broth, add a 2nd can of Rotel (I use the mild version for the kiddos), sprinkle some chili powder throughout (or maybe just mix it into the sauce) and mix some light sour cream into the sauce.

We really liked this.
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An easy casserole that some of you may like

I always mix this up the night before and just stick it in the oven when I get home the next night.

1 1/2 cups uncooked macaroni
1 can cream of chicken soup (I use the low fat, low sodium stuff)
1 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 tsp curry powder
1 1/2 to 2 cups cooked diced chicken
2 tbsp pimento (I never bother with this)
mushrooms (I don't remember how much b/c I don't like them, so I don't use them. To taste, I guess ;))

Mix all ingredients together in a 2 quart casserole. Cover and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.

I really didn't think this sounded good at all when my mother gave me the recipe. But my family really likes it.