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30 January 2016 @ 01:51 am
Just back from the concert of Il Volo in Milan...WOW... It was my second time seeing these wonderful boys, and what can I say... They get better and better, it's like angels singing, because, really, only three angels can have such voices, you can't not be moved. If you ever get the opportunity, go see them live, you won't regret it. *big sigh* if only I was twenty years younger!!! <333
30 May 2014 @ 04:02 pm
Ciao a tutti! hi everybody! So, after a long time (years!) I've decided to change my userpic: I'll always love Dean Winchester, don't get me wrong, but my heart's been captured by the wonderful soul you can see now. I worship Tom Hiddleston: he does everything with passion, he's charming, he's polite, he's a great actor (just think of Henry V, Coriolanus, and Loki, yes, he's so good, the supervillain gets so much love from the audience), but most of all he's a good person (one word, Unicef). Hence, the new pic. =)
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26 April 2014 @ 09:18 am
Here I am, finally! I've been at the hospital for nearly 20 days: I went to the emergency room because of what I thought was stomach ache and after 8 hours of waiting and exams I was hospitalized: after ten days of more exams and other nasty stuff (i.e. MRI and retrograde cholangiopancreatography) I underwent a cholecystectomy without laparoscopy, and now I'm at home recovering. I'm so behind in everything, it's not even funny. I'm passing by only to say CIAO to everybody and now I'm off to see what I missed! SYS
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20 December 2013 @ 08:31 am
Yesterday we lost my sister's dog. Agata was 17: she was given to my sister by a homeless man she usually saw in the park during luch break, he rescued her from a dust bin when she was not even 3 months old but couldn't provide for her. At the time we already had our other dog Kiros and my parents still had the bakery, so for the first 3/4 years she lived along other dog rescued from a shelter at the farm owned by our shopboy's father. When my parents retired she came with us at our current home, where she enjoyed the big back garden together with Kiros. I still can't forget her cries when we ha to take Kiros to what resulted his last trip to the veterinay. She was undoubtedly old, slow, a little deaf, and sometimes she had difficulty walking.. and yesterday she fell from the steps, it was raining and maybe she slipped..my father and sister took her to the 24/h clinic where they had to put her to sleep: she had ruptured spleen, but the veterinary told them she wouldn't have lived for more than one month, since she already had an ongoing internal infection and failing kidneys, although she never showed signs of suffering... I found out all of this when I got back from the office Christmas dinner. My only regret is, I didn't saw her a last time. I wasn't as close to her as I was with Kiros, since she was foremost my sister's dog, her shadow, really, but I loved her, and she will terribly missed...I hope she's currently running along with my other little prince. Goodbye sweet old lady, rest in peace.


september 1996 - december 2013
04 August 2013 @ 12:02 pm
are there any known problems between livejournal and IE 10? I don't have any issues when I use my desktop, since it runs Windows XP and IE 8; but when I use the netbook, which runs Win 7 and IE 10, I can only access livejournal if I use Firefox...actually, I can access my homepage on LJ with IE10 too, but when I click on a link to another livejournal, I get a "Internet Explorer stopped functioning" message, and I don't get anything similar while using Firefox... I've updated windows 7 just this morning, but I've got the same message...is it only me? I think I have still a Net.Frame update to download, but I wanted to ask anyway..thanks
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05 May 2013 @ 09:15 am
just to be sure, since I've noted 'strange' disappearances around here: THIS JOURNAL IS ACTIVE, I seldom post in the journal per se, but I log in daily, I stay logged, read and comment every day..thank you!
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11 August 2012 @ 09:34 am
ok, here I say it *shifty eyes*: if I ever met Tom Hiddleston, I'll revert to caveman instincts, kidnap him and won't give him back, ever! I stayed up till early this morning watching The Hollow Crown, Henry IV and Henry V: it blew my mind, HE blew my mind, he was so great! Actually, he did it already, because he can be Loki and make you love him (yeah, Loki-biased here, and yes, I know, boys with daddy issues are my weakness, see Dean Winchester, Draco Malfoy, Tony Stark...), and after Thor and The Avengers, I've been looking for all his previous works too, I'm watching and recording Wallander (thank you to summer reruns), I've got War Horse, I've already ordered Midnight in Paris (even if I don't usually watch Allen's movies), so obviously I was immediatedly interested in this production (yes, I've got Henry V by Kenneth Branagh too)..and finally I was able to watch it: he's great, wonderful, he makes you grin, he makes you cry, it's epic.. BRAVO! ..and the other actors are great too, I mean, do I really have to say anything more about Jeremy Irons? I can't wait for the dvd set! so, you are all warned: I'd never give him back, so there! =P
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26 May 2012 @ 11:17 am
I've only seen this right now, so I know things are a little better already, but since I couldn't do nothing, I repost this here anyway, because you just can't love your dog enough (and believe me, I still miss my furry prince).

Originally posted by enchanted_jaeat PSA
Originally posted by pixiebelleat Project Save Annabelle (otherwise known as I need help)
The Story

On Sunday May 20th, I woke up and realized that my Great Dane, Annabelle, hadn't come in for her morning kisses like usual. As soon as my boyfriend and I start talking, we're usually joined by my giant dog with tail wagging and kisses to the face as she climbs in bed with us to snuggle for a few hours.

I went to check on her and she was on the floor, which is odd since she's a comfort creature who usually prefers the couch. I went up to her and barely got a response. I called Kevin in and normally she can't contain herself with excitement when he enters the room.

Nothing. Her eyes could barely even stay open and she looked uninterested in everything.

We got her to stand up and realized she was not putting her right foot down at all. We tried walking her; she couldn't walk. So we ran her to the emergency vet (since it was a Sunday). My boyfriend had to carry her because she couldn't walk.

The day before she was her normal goofy self. Playing ball at the dog park, and even rough housing with a new Great Dane puppy. She came home and was fine that night. It all happened between when we went to bed and when we woke up.

At the emergency vet, her fever was 104.7. She was a very sick dog. They kept her all day on Sunday until her fever went down. He said her paw looked to be injured but that it likely caused an infection (she had elevated red blood cells). He sent her home with an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory medicine for the injured paw. Original bill was $900 which I didn't have. I burst into tears because she is my baby and the wonderful vet lowered it to $600.

Sunday night my boyfriend and I slept in the living room because she couldn't move and I didn't want her being too far from me. He slept on the floor and neither of us got much sleep.

I took Monday off and luckily I did because her paw did not stop gushing blood. I had never seen so much blood just gushing without stopping. Obviously, I couldn't let it continue so I took her to my regular vet. She thought it was foxtail that had weaved it's way into the paw, we scheduled Annabelle for surgery the next day and all should have been well.

This was how swollen her paw was before the bleeding even started. It has only gotten worse from here.

However, things turned ugly the next day. When they opened the bandage up, they found that the whole on her paw had grown to twice the original size and her flesh was rotting around it. The vet called and said she felt it was either a brown recluse bite or flesh-eating bacteria (such as MRSA).

I took her in for a second opinion with the emergency vet who saw her on Sunday and he said her tissue was liquefying. It was one of the worst cases he'd seen in a very long time. He was leaning more toward flesh-eating bacteria, but said a brown recluse bite could still be possible. He did say that with aggressive veterinary treatment, she would survive. She might lose part of her foot, but that she would be fine if we did everything the vet is asking of us.

Sadly, we still don't know what we are dealing with.

We just know that her skin and tissue is rotting at an alarming rate. She went from playing catch with us on Saturday to us looking at her dying within the week if we couldn't get this under control.

Today is Wednesday and from the massive amounts of a variety of antibiotics, she's doing better. The wound hadn't grown any larger for the first time since this whole ordeal. It's not reversed yet, no healing is present, but the fact that it stopped spreading the way it had is a good sign.

Her clotting tests came back normal showing that her body is healing the wound.

Everything is pointing to good signs if we keep up treatment.

The issue is cost. I have spent $2,000 since Sunday. That's over half my monthly salary. I pulled money from my IRA to pay for services and I am running low over there.

Today alone was $870. Tomorrow? Another $300. And until she shows healing, it could be $300 a day to hospitalize her. Then it will be regular vet visits with special bandage changes ($55 a day - I am hoping to negotiate or learn how to do this myself at home). Once she starts healing, she will need surgery to remove to dead tissue and to either stitch/graft or amputate as needed depending on the damage that is done. This could add up to a couple thousand more depending on the course of treatment.

She requires all of this to survive. Right now, it's looking more and more like a flesh-eating bacteria. A super bacteria of sorts that got into her injured paw and is killing the tissue. It's crazy how she can go from being fine on Saturday to having her foot rotting away on Tuesday. It's mind-blowing and terrifying.

How she is today (Wednesday)

For a dog with flesh-eating bacteria on her foot, she's almost back to normal personality wise. The antibiotics seem to be working on the internal infection, it's just the wound that needs to heal up. While at the vet this morning, she climbed up in the chair next to me like normal. When I came to pick her up this afternoon, she pulled the vet tech down the hall to get to me. She's now putting a little weight on the paw which means the pain is subsiding. She's happy to greet my roommate once again, and she even begged for food last night (which I spoiled her with two hot dogs because she's been through a lot).

She's on the mend, the treatments may be working. Though without knowing what the bacteria is immune to, it's going to mean a lot of trial and error to get this under control for good.

My Situation

I won't go into my sob story great length since this is about Annabelle. But I left a really bad relationship about 2 years ago, moved out to California for a job opportunity to be in my field... and Dang, it's expensive out here. Rent takes up half my monthly salary and I wish I was exaggerating. It's tough. I have barely been able to save up anything and I live very frugally to make ends meet. My pets always come before me, their needs get met before mine and I make sure they eat better than I do. They are my world.

I had to get Annabelle spayed last August, and because she is a Dane, I also had her stomach tacked to help prevent bloat (You can Google it. It's a Great Dane issue). I used Care Credit to fund that. She had sickness associated with the surgery which required a lot of vet visits, and Care Credit came into play again. Then my cat got sick a few times... and my Care Credit is maxed out. They can possibly raise my limit, but I will know in 7-10 days.

I don't have 7-10 days. I am running out of money and the vets I have found don't take payment plans because they push you to Care Credit. They require money up front, which I don't have anymore of. I've dug into my IRA and will deal with penalties later. The $1000 I pulled out yesterday is already gone to the vet, I am broke once more.

My family is poor, I can't get it from them. My savings are burnt up from this. I really don't know where else to go. I am so ashamed to be asking for help, and hope no one thinks poorly of me for it.

Help Needed

I hate asking for any help, but this girl is my baby. Anyone who knows me knows that this dog is my world. I talk about her nonstop, I take her everywhere I go. I make sure she has the best possible life I can give her, and I go without in order to give it to her.

I have had a rough few years and she's been able to bring me so much joy. I seriously can't imagine life without my giant beast of a dog. She's a cuddle buddy who loves nothing more than being loved on by a human. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body and adores everyone she meets.

(This is a photo from a month or so ago. She's snuggling in bed with Kevin on a Sunday like we do every Sunday until this last one shook us all up.)

If you know of any charities that would donate to the vet on behalf of Annabelle to get her the services we need, please let me know. I am researching it a bit, and doing my best to find help that I can get right away. This all happened so fast and needs to be treated fast. If you know of a vet in the Orange County, CA area that would take payments or help me out, that would work great too. I just need it quick.

Knowing I can save her if I just had the money... I have to at least try. I have to at least ask.

Don't feel any obligation whatsoever, especially if you have helped me in the past with anything whatsoever. I don't want to be greedy or pushy. Several people have asked to help me with the vet bills and I am passing this along because I can't deny that I need help. If you can't help financially, but want to help out somehow, then feel free to pass this along. Pass it along anywhere you can think of, I don't mind.

Anything. Any little bit will help here. Even your thoughts and prayers mean the world to me since I believe in the power of positive energy. So keep those coming as well. Or just pass it on even. Maybe someone out there can help me in a way I never would have thought of on my own. You just never know.

Thanks everyone. I will try to make sure everyone gets at least a personalized "thank you" card if I get your address (so please consider leaving that. I may include a photo of Annabelle once she's healthy once more). I am more than willing to repay the favor in any way I possibly can. Never hesitate to ask.

For more about Annabelle, here's a video and a public post I wrote up about her. You can see that she really is a terrific dog and I love her so much.


If the link doesn't work, my paypal e-mail address is kristenrericha@gmail.com. Apparently people are having issues there. I apologize for that :/

NOTE: Post with an update on Annabelle is here.
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23 November 2011 @ 07:36 am
What can I say? Is it strange I prefer animals to humans (using this word in a pure scientific way)?

Originally posted by kylecassidyat post
Via Citykitties (emphasis mine):

A good samaritan found this cat today in a gutter by Clark Park, half dead. He is now at the Cat Doctor with a body temperature of 90 (normal is 102) and blood PCV of 8. The Cat Doctor housecat, Diamond, is currently donating blood to save his life. During the exam, the vet found that this cat has a microchip. When called, his "owners" reported that he was acting sick, so they put him outside. If this makes you as angry as it makes us, please channel your anger in one of two ways: visit our website at www.citykitties.org and make a donation to help us pay for his care, or share this post and encourage others to do so.

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19 November 2011 @ 03:51 pm
I don't think any comment is needed!

Originally posted by write_lightat BAD Internet Laws Heading Your Way

From the flist: 

Spread the word, even you're not a US citizen, it is important for everyone!! It easy to do and it can change everything. More info by clicking on the banner.

Website Blocking

The government can order service providers to block websites for infringing links posted by any users.

Risk of Jail for Ordinary Users

It becomes a felony with a potential 5 year sentence to stream a copyrighted work that would cost more than $2,500 to license, even if you are a totally noncommercial user, e.g. singing a pop song on Facebook.

Chaos for the Internet

Thousands of sites that are legal under the DMCA would face new legal threats. People trying to keep the internet more secure wouldn't be able to rely on the integrity of the DNS system.

Read this analysis from boing-boing.net

Get on the phone and call your representative. Express your disapproval. Tell him or her exactly how you feel, and that you don't support this. Tell your friends to call their representatives, their Congressperson, and complain. Mention that you are a registered voter that takes your civic responsibility seriously and that you will use that vote to express your feelings about this.


“We support the bill’s stated goals — providing additional enforcement tools to combat foreign ‘rogue’ websites that are dedicated to copyright infringement or counterfeiting,” the Internet companies wrote in Tuesday’s letter. “Unfortunately, the bills as drafted would expose law-abiding U.S. Internet and technology companies to new uncertain liabilities, private rights of action and technology mandates that would require monitoring of websites.”  The chamber-led coalition in support of the bill includes Walmart, Eli Lilly & Co. and Netflix.

Google and other opponents of the legislation argue that restricting the Internet in the U.S. sets a bad international precedent and that the language defines infringing too broadly.

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