Recently i went to the Charleston County courthouse to hopefully have a couple of moving violations dismissed. One was, one wasn't. The one that was dropped was a huge fine for having a "mutilated license"....
Well, i woke up in fear at 3 this morning for no reason. Inky, it appears, has merely been making the rounds of the neighborhood.
I know that many of this blog's readers aren't in Charleston, but for those of you who are, please keep your eyes open for Inky. Biffle and I realized tonight that we haven't seen him since Sunday.
While I was pregnant, all three cats undertook a successful lobbying campaign to be indoor-outdoor cats, and in the time since then, Inky has taken up a position as the official Rutledge Avenue Sidewalk Ambassador. Every day he patrols our block, lounging in the middle of the sidewalk to be petted by pedestrians, attacking dogs as they walk by with their owners, and occasionally going on walks with Biffle, Maybelle, the dogs, and me. The other morning I was on the porch picking up the paper, and two kids I didn't know who were walking to elementary school said, "Where's Inky?" He's better known in this neighborhood than we are.
We think somebody has mistaken him for a pregnant homeless cat and has taken him home. We can't really let ourselves think about him actually being gone. He's about the weirdest cat we've ever met--relentlessly sprays the inside of the house, has a chronic respiratory condition that makes him sound like Darth Vader, compulsively licks people, and snuggles up with Biffle in bed, under the covers, all night long.
If you see Inky, please send him back home!
Recently Biffle and I were interviewed by the Post and Courier about our views on and experiences with abortion. The interviewer edits the Faith and Values section of the paper and wanted to present two different complex case studies, one of a pro-choice family and one of a pro-life family. The interviews appeared in the paper this morning.
The pro-life couple's interview
I may be the only woman in the city of Charleston using a diaphragm for contraception. My nurse practitioner has only had one other woman express an interest in one. I have a colleague who got fitted for one, but she couldn't figure out how to get her prescription filled, so she's using another means of birth control.
I decided to try a diaphragm due to a lack of other, better options. I was on the pill for a decade back years ago, and I just decided I'd had enough of being pumped full of hormones. Then Biffle and I did the fertility awareness method for a number of years, a method that works really well if you aren't as fertile or as risky as Biffle and I are (Maybelle was conceived on the fertility awareness method--we had decided we wanted a baby but hadn't actually started trying yet). Now that I'm lactating, I have nothing like a regular cycle, so FAM would be pretty tricky anyway. We wanted something different, something that wasn't hormonal and that was pretty reliable. That left us with:
This is the moment in the post when I have to point out how pitiful it is that we have 50 different kinds of toothpaste on the market but fewer than five good non-hormonal kinds of contraception. And how many kinds of contraception that work on the man's body? Two: condoms and vasectomy. That is pathetic. We have got to be able to do better than this, people! I know that I am not the only reproductive-aged woman in a heterosexual relationship who is sick of hormones. So why is the capitalist marketplace letting us down?
Speaking of the capitalist marketplace, I had a challenging time trying to procure my diaphragm. Rite Aid doesn't carry them, so they recommended Herbert's Mobility. They don't carry them, and recommended a little family-owned pharmacy that actually mixes all their own drugs. They don't carry them either and pointed me to Drugstore.com which, thank goodness, does carry them and sent me one after my nurse practitioner faxed in my prescription.
So now we're using a diaphragm. It has all the drawbacks that you might have read about in Our Bodies, Ourselves, but it seems alright. And I hope that my purchase will help assure Ortho that there are people who are interested in non-hormonal contraceptives so that they don't just take the diaphragm off the market.
In an op-ed i've just read this morning, Charles Krauthammer described a conservative's view of Obama's vision for America as a "regulation-bound, economically sclerotic, socially stagnant, nanny state [like] the European Union.