welp, COVID-19 has officially been diagnosed in my state

And the governor has declared “a state of emergency”, which…doesn’t seem to mean anything?

Schools and businesses aren’t being suspended, gatherings aren’t being canceled, they’re not enforcing any screenings or blocking any travel, and they haven’t announced any special resources or protections for people who have symptoms. The only instructions for average people are the same as before: wash your hands, stay home if you have a fever, don’t hoard masks, no seriously Wash Your Hands.

(Done and done. Also confirmed my supply of cleaning products, and stocked up on food — including some Chinese takeout, since apparently lots of those places are losing business because racism, and I wanted to counterweight that with at least one dinner.)

I’m guessing it’s a money thing? As in, an official Declared State of Emergency unlocks special crisis-funding for some group(s) of responders who need it. But I haven’t found any reporting on who’s getting it or what they’re doing.

Via a rec from melannen, I downloaded the recent episodes from This Week In Virology for a walkthrough of what’s going on. As someone who hadn’t been following the story in any comprehensive way, just picking up bits and pieces from people mentioning it on social media: it’s very helpful! Hosted by smart, thoughtful, friendly people who can sort through all the information, deliver the important facts with historical context and expert commentary, and filter out the wild speculation/flat-out conspiracy theories so you don’t have to.

COVID-19 first comes up in #582, as a brief item of interest; episodes 584-586 and 588-present are the ones where it’s the focus.

If you just want currently-applicable advice and information, maybe skip to just the last few. At this point I’ve listened through #588, and it’s out-of-date enough that they’re still talking about how nobody outside China even needs to worry because the virus is so contained.

Gonna catch up with the rest at the library tomorrow. (It’s business as usual there, except that every department’s been shipped an extra supply of cleaning/disinfecting products, and an Informative Display Placard about things like handwashing.)

…and then give blood. To everyone who’s eligible to donate — and isn’t already restricted by quarantine measures in your area — now would be a really good time for that. If things get bad enough in your region that their access to donors is cut off, they’re gonna need all the surplus they can get.

Monday works roundup, 3/9

But I’m A Cat Person
Masters of Marriage (art | Bianca/Emma, Cohen/Bennett, human & Being ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
AU Valentines (valentine puns | Leif/Thorn in various versions | worksafe)
Heartfelt hoist (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Watching from the Bushes (sketch | Ludolf, Sigrún, Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Ace Attorney
Beachwood for Men (art | Klavier | NSFW-ish)

Doctor Who/Muppets
Muppet Masters – Dhawan (art | Lew Zealand | worksafe)
Muppet Doctor Ruth (art | Clifford | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Don’t Break This One (comic | Pearl/Rose | G)

Exchange – Aki (original exchange character, worksafe)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn finally gets his sister’s in-laws off their lawn.

Burns & Allen transcript: Hotel Room Shortage (1944-11-21)

The year is 1944. There’s a war on, and George Burns and Gracie Allen are doing shows for the Armed Forces Radio Service. In this one, Gracie schemes her way into a hotel room while every place in New York is booked up, and has dreams (or are they?) where George switches place with the guest star, romantic leading-man Franchot Tone.

Listen to the episode on YouTube, download the audio from this bundle on the Internet Archive, and read the transcript below.

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Music recs: Relient K, Rob Thomas, Roger Whittaker

Relient K: intentionally-misspelled alt-rock/pop-punk. Started off doing more novelty songs with lots of pop-culture references, slowly trended more serious over the years. Another of those Christian bands who write great nonspecific hurt/comfort anthems — and the overtly-religious songs include a fun Christmas album and some Narnia filk. It also means their silly songs include a VeggieTales movie theme. (Relient K playlist.)



Rob Thomas: lead singer of Matchbox 20 taking breaks to work as a solo artist, doing pop-rock with heartfelt emotions and a mainstream-friendly patina of grunge. (Rob Thomas playlist.)

Roger Whittaker: baritone pop-folk ballads and somber anti-war songs. Released from the ’60s through the ’90s, but somehow they always give me the vibe of “amazingly high-fi recordings of ’40s hits.” (Roger Whittaker playlist.)

Fanfic favorite tropes meme (and a Fluffdate)

First up — I tweeted when it happened, but in case you missed it, Marshmallow Fluff got to the vet and back. He recovered from the ordeal pretty quickly, and has re-settled into most of his old routines. Most importantly, the one where he eats.

They kept him 2 nights for observation, during which they blood-tested, rehydrated, medicated, and…shaved him.

When he’s feeling well he refuses to be touched, let alone brushed…but this’ll keep his fur from getting matted again for a while!

He weighed in at 13 pounds. This time last year, when he was originally rescued from a neglect/starvation situation, he weighed 6. This is the good life, all right.

I also finally figured out a birthday present, and got him one of those kitty drinking fountains:

I hope it’s encouraging him to drink more. He seems to like it, at least. Doesn’t smack at it the way he used to do his water bowl, and he’s experimented with drinking from different bits, at various angles.

…so now that you’re up-to-date on Cat News, here’s that fic meme.

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Monday Works Roundup, 2/10 (Utena, BICP, Leif & Thorn)

But I’m A Cat Person
Stronger, Together (cover art | ensemble | worksafe)
Here We Are In The BICP Future (art | ensemble | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Snowy Hug (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Fancy Dexippus (art | Agent D10 | worksafe)
Tiny Kitty Petting (art | Tiernan, Kallie | worksafe)
Mothers’ Day (sketch | Plum/Clover, Tansy, Thorn | worksafe)
Fashion Goth Girls (sketch | Hyacinth/Hazel | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Heartswords – Touga and Nanami (art | Touga, Nanami | worksafe)
Heartswords – Juri and Shiori (art | Juri/Shiori | worksafe)

Your Genderswap Fix (comic, G)
Figure drawings (life drawing, NSFW-ish)
Happy Tiefling (sketch, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The last page of But I’m A Cat Person. (Thank you, you’ve been a great audience, don’t forget to tip your servers.)

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Kale finishes his story, and he and Thorn go their separate ways (or do they??)

Happy birthday, Marshmallow Fluff

A post with mixed news. But leaning towards the good side, I think.

Previously, on Blogging About My Cat:

The local Humane Society retrieved this little guy from some kind of neglect situation — he was malnourished, dehydrated, terribly thin, and petrified — on February 8, 2019. They decided he was about 2 years old, so they marked that day down as his birthday.

Once he was out of serious medical danger, he was transferred to a local shelter. After a couple months there without being adopted,  they transferred him to the local cat cafe. He was only there for about 3 days (huddled on a shelf, and so inactive that in retrospect I’m not sure he was eating much from the cats’ communal bowls) when I came in.

We were warned to only approach him 1-at-a-time. I did. He seemed to respond happily to gentle skritches. I took him home!

That was in April.

I managed to get this photo in May, which is how long it took Marshmallow Fluff to come out from under the bed.

Fluff in May 2019

(At first he was too scared to come out if I was in the room, even if I was asleep on top of the bed. So I spent a while sleeping on an air mattress, on the other side of a closed door, which let him feel safer to start exploring the space.)

Compare that with January 2020:

Fluff in January 2020

He’s bulked up! Fluffed out! And roaming the entire apartment! If any other humans show up, he goes back into hiding — but if it’s just me, and I stay in the same place for long enough, he’ll appear.

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