2 days to go until I leave for the Raptor Watch Week 2010 in Tanjung Tuan, and I am as ready as I will ever be.
There are times when I feel as though my job is the only stable, sane, life-affirming thing left in my life. Everything else seems to be tinged with madness. But when I look at things with a sense of perspective, I realise how privileged we are indeed to have the things we take for granted, like the right to a nationality and education, and freedom to contract and of employment and property ownership. For many of the people I work with daily, people like you and I are fortunate beyond measure.
Covert Cubicle: A discreet photo of my cubicle at work, taken at the request of That Special Someone.
My animal rights campaign literature and buttons at my cubicle, and an ancient and under-utilised copy of Blackstone's International Law Documents which I have had since the 1990s.
Covert Cupcakes: We had a training session at work the other day, and in keeping with the theme of armed conflict, the organising committee had these army-themed cupcakes specially made for us. The cupcakes tasted as good as they looked! I had a camouflage fatigue one and a hand grenade one.
I am honoured to be part of a team of dynamic individuals whose daily work it is to find permanent solutions for some of the world's most vulnerable people. And I am humbled that people in need come to us because they believe we will be able to afford them protection. Knowing they have put such a high degree of faith in us makes me want to work harder that I may be able to serve them better.
I will be taking Gypsy to Kak Mazni of the SPCA for boarding by tomorrow, in order that he may be put up for adoption over the weekend. I wish I didn't have to give any of my babies up. It's like putting up pieces of my heart for adoption. Well, if Gypsy doesn't get adopted, I will bring him home again on Monday.
Gypsy has doubled in weight and confidence since the day I brought him home. Here he is, looking playful. The condition of his hair and coat has also improved with good food and supplements.
It has been another ordinary weekend for me. I had spent Sunday at the parental home, cleaning the house, tidying the yard and looking after Amber.
Saturday was my SPCA Day, as usual. I arrived in the afternoon and proceeded to bathe and tickwash the dogs in the Hospital and B-Extension areas, at the request of Dr. Pushpa.
One of the B-Ext dogs, Claire, had matted hair and I proceeded to trim, clip and groom her hair. As I worked, I sang to her:
"Claire, the moment I met you I swear/
I felt as if something, somewhere/
Had happened to me/
Which I couldn't see/"
Claire didn't seem terribly impressed with my singing. Look at how sullen she looks here.
I put away the shampoo and Tacktik EC after I finished bathing the dogs and started cleaning and disinfecting the shelter. I removed all the rubbish and soiled paper and swabbed all washable substrates and surfaces with soap and disinfectant.
The SPCA cats are just happy to have someone in the Cattery to keep them company, disinfectant or no disinfectant.
I finished cleaning the shelter by 1900h, tidied up, showered, changed and ran a few errands before going back to my bachelor pad.
It looks like the rest of the week is going to be a scorcher as well. At this rate, we will have migratory raptors soaring in on thermals galore. Bring 'em on, I say.
Anyway here is something fun.
Cat-In-Sydney has tagged me in an Internet Meme, called the "888" meme.
Here are the rules:
1. Go to your photo files… select the 8th photo folder
2. Select the 8th photo in that folder
3. Post that photo along with the story behind it
4. Then challenge 8 blogging friends to do the same.
Here's what I got:
My 8th folder is of my old Offroading trips. This is a photo from hard copy that was scanned and e-mailed to me by our friend Atan. This was taken in 2006/2007 when my offroadie friends and I organised our own relief mission to Sg. Selai, Johor, to deliver food aid to our Orang Asli friends who had no access to food and other provisions due to the worst flood in modern Malaysian history. Many of the bridges and parts of the road have been washed away and we had to rebuild them. Soldier Man is driving the Land Cruiser II in this photo and I am riding on the bonnet, which is dangerous and illegal but awesome fun!
Friends I am tagging:
5. Pak Idrus
7. Wassup, Nat?