Category Archives: Announcements

Just general announcements, like holidays & fun personal news.

My Twitter Dilemma

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Trying to decide how and what I’m going to do with my TKV twitter. Our lives are moving in a different direction. Other then this blog….

But I’m also proud of the history I have on twitter, over 27k in tweets….one of the 1st to use it. I can suspend my account and after 30days they delete everything. Now I’ve downloaded my archive of all my tweets….so I have that for shits and giggles of my history.

But if I delete my account, does it free up my Toni_KatVixen name like a phone number for someone else to grab? Well, even if I don’t use it anymore…..this is MY name and I won’t be impersonated……I’m very territorial to my name. We built it, this is who I was for so many years and I’m not going to have some wannabe take it.

Right now, I don’t need to delete it to remove my online presence and I can still update it….but I not really sure about it. If I do a tweet I think it’ll just be my posts here…..I’m so undecided.

Debating on just changing the design (no site promotion), keep it private like I have it and put up a generic picture….not really sure what I want to do and how I’m going to do it.

New Life Chapter

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Well….been a long time since I’ve posted anything. I’ve may be permanently deleting my twitter. Made it private for now because there are some accounts that I follow that I wanted to grab before deleting it.

There has been some changes going on in our lives and it just may be time to move on from this chapter of our lives.

But I am debating on whether or not to keep my blog here. Because this blog is my personal history of development and exploration of myself…emotionally, sexually and intellectually….in a lot of ways more of my pride and joy then my site ever was due to my growth. And there are things I can express here and I do not wish to express on my more family medians of my life.

Not really sure how or what I’m going to do, just know that one chapter of our lives is closing and another is opening.

Losing Alexis Post

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I know I tweeted about Alexis, but when I look back at my entries, I’ve written for each of our babies on the day we lost them.  So I feel as if I cheated her if I don’t write something. This one is a week late, but I was really trying to get through it last week.

On the 4th hubby gave Alexis her meds and felt a a very hard lump under her chin.  We made an appt and took her into the vet on the 7th, a Sat.  It was one of either 2 things….an infected tooth (with her history a good possiblity) or a tumor.  The vet said he never felt an infected tooth that hard, but it still could be.  Said we can do an antibiotic and if it is an infected tooth the swelling would go down and then we can have it removed. If a tumor, there was no way we would put her through that.  It would not improve her quality or quantity of life.

We tried that, but it quickly became clear that it wasn’t working.  =(  She started to issues with drooling and the whites that cover her eyes when sleeping weren’t moving back in place when she opened them from sleeping.  Hubby tried to put a bowl of small pieces of food to the side for her to eat, but she would refuse to eat.  She stubbornly would eat the big pieces and, of course, we knew she won’t eat soft food….tried that many times.  The swelling never went down.  =(

Hubby called the vet Tues and gave him an update….and made the appt for Sat the 14th….I totally lost it when he told me.

We got Alexis in Dec of ’94 when hubby gave her to me when I came home from failing my German final.  She was officially a holiday present for me, but actually she was a present for his cat Randi….lol  Randi was lonely, she was in town, so not allowed out for hunting, no dogs to pick on, and my cat Aurora would have nothing to do with her….lol  She was the 1st cat that we got while together.  She was last connection to Randi, Aurora and Reggie.

She has gone through hell with medical issues the last few years.  She always had an issue with puking up her food over the years, but since the other cats tossed something (usually furballs) we just thought it was her.  She was a chunky cat, about 11pounds….so not small at all.  When I went to IN to visit family in Dec ’08, hubby had to take her in when she meowed in a very scary way at him.  She had an urinary tract infection that could’ve killed her, in tests for that they discovered that she had a hyperthyroid.

Which answered the question of her weight lost over the last year and why for the 1st time in her life she would meow at for things in the kitchen.  This is a cat that didn’t like milk, would maybe lick tuna juice, won’t eat any human food and refuse soft food….would only really eat meow mix.

What the vet told us, the hyperthyroid is like an engine running at full throttle and the gas not keeping up.  So even if she didn’t like, she would actually try the meat we offered her.  If we didn’t get her on meds or get her treated, she would be dead very quickly at that point.

Here is the link to that post : Kitty Update & Life : http://www.katvixen.com/Blog/?p=1547

Then we discovered that half of her teeth were rotten and needed replacing in June ’09 : http://www.katvixen.com/Blog/?p=1842

Ever since she had to deal with us giving her meds to keep her regular.  During all of this, she has stubbornly carried on.  Barely complaining, which made it is easier for us to miss things.  =(  But I really miss her quiet determination and her demand for my attention.

The Sunday after we took her to the vet to ask about the lump, she was stubbornly trying to open the sliding closet door (which she had, unfortunately, taught the wonder twins how to open….lol) with what remained of her teeth. Hubby thinks she was the most stubborn of all of our cats.  =)

I picked up her ashes and feel much better that she is backed home.  She is up on the bookshelf with our other 3 and their pictures.

Love and miss you Alexis.  I hope that you knew how much we loved you.


Questions & Chatting

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Hello Everyone,

As you know, I’ve gotten addicted to using twitter over the last year or so…I’ve actually lost track of when I started it…lol

So if you like to follow me and interact with me, here is my account : https://twitter.com/Toni_KatVixen

I’m actually better at responding on there in a more timely manner to comments made to me since I see them quicker using my tweetdeck.

Now I know that tweeter isn’t for everyone.  So I do have a facebook account that I have my tweets update to and I respond to comments made on that account (but I’m HORRIBLE to responding to messages)  If you friend me, send me a message stating that you are a member.

That page is : http://www.facebook.com/ToniKatVixn

They wouldn’t let me have my full name.  =(  I think it is banned….because no one has it..lol

Now if you follow twitter, you’ve noticed that some folks are using a website that lets folks to ask them questions.  I’ve thought it would be a great ideal for members if they wanted just to ask a quick question to learn something about me.

http://formspring.me/ToniKatVixen

Now I need to learn how to get notices from this when I have a question in…I had one from yesterday thinking that I would get an email and didn’t know it was there…not good…lol  So I’ll work on that & I hope to hear from you soon.  =)

Peace
~Toni

Hey Strangers!

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Just taking it easy, if you call yelling at the TV easy……grin

WHO DAT!!!  Saints are looking much better then it started when Cardinals did the 1st TD.  Good going Saints!  I would so love to be in New Orleans for a home game.  I really love how the team and the city have come together.

Very cool!  Colts have won.  GO HORSE!!!

Sucks that Purdue lost their 3rd game in a row.  =(  What the hell?!?  ggrrrr

I really should be doing our books and more of my online work.  But sometimes you need days like this. Spent some time working on my own little projects.  Really need to make a list of things that I should focus on.  But even got more distracted then I planned, totally redid one of my blogs and it wasn’t planned at all….lol  I haven’t gotten a thing done that I planned today (even this) and it is already 8pm….ggeeezz….I started this around 2pm…icks

Alright, what has been going on with me so far….good thing for twitter, really helps to share what is going on, because by the time I do an entry I have no idea….lol

Well as of 2/21 we will be doing the gym on a regular basis for 2yrs.  For us, that is huge. I’m still getting people telling me how good I’ve done with my weight lose and workout.  This week wasn’t the best of working out. I got the treadmill in and my abs, but no motivation for my weights…not good.  So hope for a better week this time.

Last Saturday we drove up to Seattle, one of our very good friend was celebrating his birthday by having a get together at a funk show at the Tractor Tavern.  We saw Olympic Sound Collective & Eldridge Gravy and The Court Supreme, the other band was Black Cherry Crush, but they didn’t have a link on the Tractor’s site.  Holy cow, it has been years since we’ve seen a live act and that loud.  Our ears were ringing all day Sunday….lol  We had a blast…..we love visiting with our friends up there.  We actually got up early enough Sunday to get on the road & made the expressway in Seattle before it closed to the southbound lane.  That expressway is a big help on dealing with Seattle traffic…..I hate that part of I5….lol

We got home by 4pm, was crashed out by 11pm and you would think we would be fine at 8am for the gym…..well, it didn’t happen.  When the alarm went off, I was so loopy and confused.  When you wake up like that, means you need more sleep.  So we crashed some more.  For once, I didn’t feel guilty about missing the gym since it was needed.  Just not happy that I’m 4miles under what I do in walking for the week.  But I’ll be back to my norm next week.  =)

We finally got a break in the winds, we’ll see how long it lasts.  Getting a steady wind of 20-30mph with gusts up to 40/50mph on a regular basis can drive you batty.  But we’ve has temps in the high 40s/low 50s this week.  It has been very nice.  =)

Hubby’s Jeep got egged by in November (that assholes) and we finally got it in and taken care of this week.  Good thing we got full coverage and it was covered by comprehensive….nice bonus is that we don’t have a deductible.  =)  But now I need to take my Dakota in next week, it sometimes dies out when in idle, especially when in reverse…..probably the fuel injection.

The kitties are feisty as ever….grin  They really do make us laugh and give us joy.  Alexis is partial deaf and we think is going senior since she’ll cry out so loudly for no reason.  When she wants my attention, she wants my attention.  Drew can’t handle it when I go to bed and he isn’t there by my side.  Sakura is as evil as ever…..loves to bite…grin  Hubby so spoils her and doesn’t like to yell at her at all…..grin  He brought a new toy mouse for them that squeaks when they impact it.  Sakura is loving it big time, growling over it, carrying it around, throwing it in the air as she bats at it.  Drew doesn’t seem to carry for it, but he doesn’t seem to play with the bigger toys much.  He loves the really small toy mice.

Pretty much, I’ve just been doing my work and every day stuff.  Nothing very exciting I’m afraid. =(  But it keeps me busy.  =)

Now for a service announcement, as you know Haiti is suffering…..every time I see a story on the news or online, I end up crying….I’m too soft when it comes to things like this.

Even if we aren’t there to help, we can send money to organizations that can do best work.  Just make sure that you are giving to legit organizations and not scams.  It is best to find ones that are reported on by news organizations or go to the State Department or White House site to find the best way to give.  Just give what you can, as you have heard it has added up very fast.

Haiti Text-To-Give Numbers, via Gigaom and Mobile Giving Insider
•Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
•Text HAITI to 25383 to donate $5 to International Rescue Committee
•Text HAITI to 45678 to donate $5 to the Salvation Army in Canada
•Text YELE to 501501 to donation $5 to Yele
•Text HAITI to 864833 to donate $5 to The United Way
•Text CERF to 90999 to donate $5 to The United Nations Foundation
•Text DISASTER to 90999 to donate $10 to Compassion International
•Text RELIEF to 30644 (this will connect you with Catholic Relief Services and instruct you to donate money with your credit card)

Last Call For Holiday Cards!

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Hello Everyone,

I have a few more cards left if you would like a card from me.

I’ve gotten everyone else taken care of that have contacted me with their info.

So if you would like a card, email me ( toni at katvixen dot com), holiday card in the subject line with your name and address and I will get one out to you. =)

Happy Holidays!
Peace
~Toni

Our 12th!!!

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Today is our 12th Wedding Anniversary.

We just really chilled out since we went camping last week. But did find a way to mark the day….grin

I finally got my nose pierced and hubby got his other nippled pierced.

I love you honey!

Now I need to get back work and finish payroll.

Twitter Following

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I was planning on writing this up a few days ago, but got side tracked.

For long time readers, you now know that I use tweeter :  http://twitter.com/Toni_KatVixen

Now once they finally finish with my new blog design….ggrr…. I will have that link posted in my sidebars.

Anyway, you can follow me there.  But do not expect me to follow everyone that follows me.  This is what I look for on following :

1.  People that I may know.

2.  People who tweet.

3.  People who ACTUALLY tweet….not just a bunch of replies, that is a conversation that I can’t easily see and follow.  I don’t want bunch of spam and self-promotion.  Self promotion is good within reason, but I’m not going to be advertised to on a regular basis.

4.  I want people that I find interesting.

5.  I also don’t want to be following in the 1000s….I can’t keep up with that.  I follow people that I want to know what is going on in their lives….when following is that high, there is no way to keep up.

These are a few things that I have thought about and if I come up with anything more, I will add it.  =)

My Aunt

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I’m here on the plane, just left PDX and on the way to Minneapolis for my connecting flight. This isn’t how I had my weekend planned. I spent yesterday packing and then trying to get as much work done as I could. I found a dress for the funeral, I’m missing the wake today, but I didn’t have the needed slip or basic black heels. My other heels got messed up from leaking sunscreen on the way by from Curacao. So I had to spend time on getting those items. I haven’t worn a slip in about 20yrs….don’t normally wear outfits that need them.

The only good thing about the load of stuff that I needed to do is that it keep my mind off of everything else. I know that I’m going to be emotional wreck tomorrow. So I’m trying to think of everything but.

I’m thankfully that my husband had been very supportive and there for me during this. Been a big help for my focus.

My aunt was my paternal grandma’s sister. When we moved to Indiana and I was driving, I would rarely find her at her house. She was always traveling and volunteering, living life to the fullest. When I did catch her, talk was about my studies and what I was going to do with it (my grandmother was the same on that…education was the most important thing) and my aunt would express how proud she was about her kids and their education. And don’t forget basketball, she loved it and the Bulls. Her husband use to play basketball back in HS and that is where she developed her love for it.

My aunt was a pistol and disagreed with my grandmother frequently…….lol It was kind of funny, because they were so similar in their personalities…. BUT you never mentioned that to either of them….lol Makes me wonder how my uncle and grandfather dealt with it. They were best friends through HS and ended up marrying sisters that had their disagreements. But my aunt was more down to earth then grandma. I loved my grandma and really miss her, but she would put on “airs”. Which she got from her mother and which my aunt rejected.

When I moved to Florida, I had more time and I would make up letters to send her of my blog entries. I would increase the font to make it easier for her read, so it would be several pages long and I would have to send it in a packet envelope. She loved them. Recently I have been sending out holiday letters, so I know that she enjoyed those. When visiting parks and new spots, I would send her postcards just to let her know that I was thinking of her. She would try and send little notes on cards. But I would tell her not to worry about it; she was having difficulty with writing and difficulty with her sight. So I really enjoyed the notes and cards, but didn’t want her to struggle with it. I just wanted her to know that she was in my thoughts.

Right after we moved to Florida we got hit with hurricanes and she called down to check on me. =)

I won’t be getting into Indy until about 10pm, then an hour drive to my folks. The funeral is at 9am in NW Indiana….so I’ll be getting up around 6am for the 2 hour drive. I was stressing length of the drive, getting there in time and lack of sleep, but feel better because dad reminded me that they are an hour behind them. So I can sleep in 30 more minutes and don’t rush as much. But unfortunately I will be hitting rush hour around Lafayette and Crown Point.

I just joined facebook about 2 weeks ago, just so people from HS/college wanted to find me that they could…pretty much the same reason why I have a myspace…..well, I’ve heard from more people in the last 2 weeks then I have from having a myspace for the last 4-5yrs. One of my old friends from HS wants to meet tomorrow since I’ll be in town. I left her a message and my number. =)

We are currently over the range in Montana….gorgeous. I never get tired of the mountains. With spending the first 7yrs of my life near mountains in Germany and the 4 yrs in Alaska, 5 yrs later….the mountains have always had my heart.

I had a bunch of work todo last night. It was all the work that I was planning on doing Friday but didn’t get to. A friend hit us up to see if we wanted to meet him for lunch and business and it has been awhile, so we decided to head into PDX. We didn’t get to leave as early as we wanted because we had to have a business meeting. It took longer than expected, but I think it went well and was very useful.

Due to getting into PDX later than planned we stayed even later since we didn’t want to get stuck in the Friday rush hour…yuck. Makes a 25 min drive last 60+minutes. But it was all good, got to hang with some of our friends.

I got some work done Friday night….but I didn’t have the needed focus. So I was planning on spending Saturday on it and get a walk in. Well, obviously that didn’t happen. =(

I get back on Wednesday. I was thinking of getting back on Tuesday, but we were worried about 3 days of constant travel would do to me. Unfortunately, that only gives me 2 days at the gym. =( I was doing so good and was hoping to break my plateau, even though my drinks and meals where horrible on calories Friday. You have to be constant if you want to achieve anything and that is what didn’t help me for Dec & Jan. Maybe my constant traveling will help on the calories.

Well, my battery is about to die and I’m yawning. Hopefully my layover is long enough to post this.

Merry Christmas!!!

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Merry Christmas!!!

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Christmas Cards

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It is that time of year!  Boy, this month has flown by…..

But if you would like a card from me, just drop me a line at toni at katvixen dot com with your name and address and I will get one out to you.  =)

Happy Birthday!

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Love you Torn!!!

Attn House Cam Viewers

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I sent this to all of our members in our message system, but wanted to make sure that they saw it if they prefer my blog :

Hey Everyone,

I’m extremely, extremely sorry, but because of comcast screwing us up, it has messed up our embeds to our house cams.  We thought we had the embeds working.

We have the cams going, but they need to hit a certain amount of hours before they will show up on the feeds.  =(

I’ve contacted the provider of our feeds and have asked them to remove the requirements, they have given the ok for that.  But with it being the weekend and the only person who can do it being on the East coast….that is now the hold up.

Our houses are showing up on the provider’s site, just not in our members area.

I can’t tell your how horrible I feel…  =(  I was so happy to think that Torn was able to get them going after what comcast did to us and I’m now crushed.

Please forgive me for this screw up.  =(

Once again, I’m extremely sorry about this.

~Toni

Great Weekend

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I know I’m late….but we had a great weekend running away and celebrating our Anniversary yesterday….hard to believe it has been 11 yrs!

Love you!

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Happy Birthday Torn!!

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I know to Torn, it is just another day.  But I have to say it.

Happy Birthday!

Love you and hope you enjoy your gifts.

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