March 22, 2006


I hope you'll all forgive me for a lack of personal replies to each of the comments you left yesterday. Let me just say that, as always, you guys rock. As a matter of fact, while I was looking through the comments last night, I turned to Beth and said, "You know, we're really lucky. We have a lot of really nice people who read our sites." She, of course, agreed. Yesterday was tough. The events that played out had been in motion for a little while, but it was still hard. Your comments, however, made it a little easier. So, thanks.

Then? We had beer. I heartily recommend you all have a beer or three for Callie. Just 'cos. Except for those of you who may be pregnant. In that case, just choose the beverage of your choice and consider naming your child Calypso. Sure he/she might get picked on on the playground but that builds character.

This morning? Back at work. There are meetings to lead, people to meet, and hands to shake. For good or ill, the world does continue to spin and we all continue to spin with it. Except for those of us who got off at the last stop.

Recap: What have we learned?
- Death sucks big hairy donkey balls.
- It's Hump Day and Have A Beer for Callie Day.
- Calypso is a fantastic, versatile name appropriate for girls or boys.
- You guys rock.

Posted by Chris at March 22, 2006 07:23 AM

Geez, I miss one day and look what I missed! I am so sorry. What a cutie!

I must have known on some kind of gut level because I had 2 Coronas last night. Get it? C (Coronas) - Calypso??? That's freaky.

Really sorry about your kitty.

Posted by: DebbieDoesLife at March 22, 2006 07:39 AM

Very sorry for your loss. I will definitely honor her with libations. It will take time, but it will get easier.

Posted by: Wicked H at March 22, 2006 07:40 AM

Was looking for an excuse for a beer... Thanks, Callie ;-) Here's to Mew... (ouch)

Posted by: JuJu's Mom at March 22, 2006 07:41 AM

I am sorry for your loss.

Building character is funny.

Posted by: Bill at March 22, 2006 07:51 AM

Beer it is. Cheers to Callie--which is, by the way, a great name. I did know a girl in high school named Callie.

Posted by: Alissa at March 22, 2006 07:51 AM

sorry to hear about your cat man. i know how hard it is to lose a member of the family like that. i will definitely have a beer for calypso!

Posted by: steph at March 22, 2006 08:08 AM

Can we now designate all Wednesdays as "Hump/Callie-Beer Day"?? Things will eventually feel right again. Just keep in mind that she is in a happier, healthier place now :)

Posted by: Michelle at March 22, 2006 08:33 AM

I'll have a chai for Callie tonight, and Maddie will lift a paw of cat-milk and maybe have some cat nip.

Things will never be 'the same' without Callie around, but they will get easier.

Our thoughts are with you all. Please give Pixel some extra loving. The rest of you - big Internet hugs >>>>

Posted by: Kellie at March 22, 2006 08:45 AM

Thank you for turning your pain into a reason for me to drink beer. Fortunately, I mean, unfortunately, we're done having children, so we can't help that lovely name live on. It's a great pet name though!!

Posted by: Kris at March 22, 2006 08:47 AM

beer. beer sounds mighty good this morning. the coffee just isn't cutting it today. I will raise a glass for callie later tonight though...

Posted by: suze at March 22, 2006 08:52 AM

Next cat we get...Calypso. For sure.

(Done with the birthin' of babies)

Posted by: angela marie at March 22, 2006 08:59 AM

I'll remember the name for our next kitty. There will be a next of course, they show up at our door which has an invisible sign reading "sucker".

Squeaky, who moved with us from SF, lived to 16 and it seemed like we had always had him. He grew up with my boys. Right now we have two, one a half grown kitten.

I hope today is a little better for you and I don't think a single one of us expected a response to the comments.

Just lifted my coffee cup in a toast to kitties everywhere if that's okay with you.

Best to Beth if I don't get over there today.

Posted by: ann adams at March 22, 2006 09:09 AM

I don't have any beer, but I think I have some vodka lying around. I'll get on that as soon as I'm home.

Posted by: Fraulein N at March 22, 2006 09:17 AM

I'm allergic to beer (I know, it's a horrible tragedy) so is wine an okay substitute? Or rum maybe? I'm thinking rum sounds like a good idea today.

Posted by: Jessie at March 22, 2006 09:20 AM

So sorry to hear about your cat. Big hugs to all of you.

Posted by: Krush at March 22, 2006 09:23 AM

i will definitely have a beer for Callie tonight (or maybe even during work, it's been that bad of a week!). cheers, little kitty....

Posted by: Judy at March 22, 2006 09:26 AM

So sorry about your kitty. We recently lost our kitty matriarch, Daphne after almost 16 years. I will definitely have a beer in your kitty's honor!...

Posted by: kristied at March 22, 2006 10:01 AM

I am not so sure about the Hump Callie Beer Day. That is just sick, but I will raise my water bottle up to Callie and salute a most wonderful member of your family.

I will also give my three lots of hugs and kisses when I get home. They just loooovvvvvveeeee that.

To Callie, a most wonderful kitty! *raises water bottle and takes a swig*

Posted by: Red at March 22, 2006 10:05 AM

I'm so sorry for the loss of your family member. We just went through that recently ourselves and I know how difficult it is.

So now that Callie is gone, we will celebrate her life: I will drink a beer, raise my glass, and recite this limerick:

Submitted By: LORNA
A mouse in her room woke Miss Doud
Who was frightened and screamed very loud
Then a happy thought hit her
To scare off the critter
She sat up in bed and just meowed

*SOMEbody has to do it now*

Posted by: kristen at March 22, 2006 10:07 AM

So sorry to hear about Callie the Great. Such a cutie. I'm sure you guys gave her a very happy life and that matters for alot.

Posted by: Pinky at March 22, 2006 10:19 AM

*hugs* I'm sorry about your kittycat. :( I'll name my next cat Calypso.. because I'll probably get a cat before I get a kid. ;)

I don't have any beer, but I'll make sure that I drink (haha. I typed drunk. maybe I lied about the beer? *lol*) a full-sugar Dr Pepper for Callie! :D (i'm supposed to be drinking diet. hee)

Posted by: Manda at March 22, 2006 10:34 AM

Um. I'll be sure to consider that for my born.

Posted by: Queen of Ass at March 22, 2006 10:38 AM

I was on early yesterday morning so I guess I missed this. I'm so sorry! I know she was having some problems that you both were both unfortuantely having to deal with. I lost our first baby, our dog of 7 1/2 yrs last year when he was hit by a car. It was and still is hard for me when I think of him. Our animals will always hold a special place in our hearts. I know when I lost ours, someone refered me to the Rainbow Bridge poem.

Big Hugs to both of you. My teething child is screaming so I'd better get off here.

Posted by: Sabrina at March 22, 2006 10:42 AM

Callie sounds like a Carribean gal, so I'll have something fruity for her.

Posted by: hannah at March 22, 2006 11:04 AM

Sorry about the cat. I know she was a member of the family, and that's really tough.

Don't sprain your wrist with all the glad-handing. ;-)

Posted by: Ginny at March 22, 2006 12:28 PM

So sorry about Callie.

(I can't believe you had a beer. Hope it helped!)

Posted by: Vaguely Urban at March 22, 2006 12:49 PM

I'm sorry. I thought about Callie as I drank a glass of milk this morning.

Posted by: Neil at March 22, 2006 01:22 PM

i'm so sorry about your kitty. I can't even bear to think about what a mess I'll be when my little guys go.

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at March 22, 2006 01:23 PM

Look, I already named my kids Sadie and Oscar. I simply do not need another pet-turned-cute-kid name in my family.

What the hell would I name a pet?

Posted by: s@bd at March 22, 2006 01:44 PM

Geez... I wish I had your strengh!
When our Gizmo died last May, I felt so sad, I couldn't even go to work. I think I called in like 2 or 3 days before I actually got a hold of myself and said, "Hey, ok. Life goes on. Get going already!"
A few weeks after we got a kitten who died on us too. [geez, talk about bad luck] and you'd think that'd be enough to say, "Ok, maybe it's not meant for me to have a cat again." I gave it another shot. The day after that kitten died and had an autopsy, we adopted another one from the clinic we took him to. Now we have had Sumo since then. He's filled a big void in our lives for sure! :-)

Glad you're feeling a little better.

Blessings and hey, WOW! Your "bean" has grown so much! She's beautiful

Posted by: Bonita in Pink at March 22, 2006 02:03 PM

I am sorry for you guys. Probably won't name my next kid Calypso, but I'll drink a few for her tonight. I would do it now, but they kind of frown on drinking at work.

Posted by: Melissa at March 22, 2006 02:08 PM

While I can't in good conscience name our unborn child Calypso (he/she will already have an interesting last name), but I will certainly consider changing the name of one of our dogs from "MAYA! Bad Dog!" to Calypso. It would be a nice change...
Now, of to a nice, cold- Ginger Ale.

Posted by: Lin at March 22, 2006 02:19 PM

We're as crazy about y'all as y'all are about us. No doubt about it.

Posted by: Emily at March 22, 2006 02:23 PM

I solemnly swear that, this evening, I will have a beer and enjoy extra snuggles with my kitty, all in Callie's honor.

Posted by: Jen at March 22, 2006 02:41 PM

Sadly...the baby factory is now closed, but I'll gladly hoist a few for Calypso. What a great name. Hey...if it was good enough for Jaques Cousteau's boat...

Posted by: wordgirl at March 22, 2006 02:44 PM

Oh Chris, I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a cat; they're members of the family. Take care.

Posted by: the weirdgirl at March 22, 2006 03:14 PM

You are so sweet to respond to everyone's comments. It takes alot of time out of your day.

Callie was a very lucky cat to have ya'll for her family.

Posted by: Lisa B at March 22, 2006 04:18 PM

I have a delish Belgian Cider in the fridge I plan to have with burgers tonight. So, I'll just toast my entire dinner to Callie. Have a happ(ier) day :)

Posted by: Mary at March 22, 2006 04:32 PM

As I have a glass of Merlot tonight, I'll toast Callie, and also a wonderful cat I once had for a very long time, Kelly. Actually when I adopted her, her name was Callie, but my name is Carol, and I thought the names were just too close. So I changed it to Kelly.

To you, Callie, and to you, Kelly

Posted by: cas at March 22, 2006 04:59 PM

To butcher some John Denver lyrics...

Aye, Calypso, I drink to your spirit, and
The folks who have served you
So long and so well

Posted by: Jaycie at March 22, 2006 05:51 PM

Pets are like our little first borns... I'm sorry for your loss.

Posted by: HipMamaB at March 22, 2006 06:35 PM

Okay so can we officially make it "Callie Time" or even Callie Hour? I'm all for toasting to your furry baby, my kitten will toast with cream- she's a cheap drunk.

Posted by: Nic at March 22, 2006 06:45 PM

HipMamaB said it best, we dont have any kids at this point but consider our cat our son, he's spoiled rotten. I'm sorry for your loss, losing a pet is never easy.

Posted by: E at March 22, 2006 07:28 PM

Perfect! Now I have an excuse to acquire another kitten! I'll just tell my husband, "But Chris said! He said we *have* to get one and we *have* to name her Callie!"


Posted by: candace at March 22, 2006 08:54 PM

Hey Chris. I'm not sure what happened. I'm assuming you lost your Callie. I don't read the other comments and I didn't see anything about it in Your posts. I am so very sorry. I know how uniquely shitty that is and it hurts a hurt all it's own. Love you Chris. That's all I can say.

Posted by: Bethany at March 22, 2006 09:39 PM

As we're not having any more children, I've decided to change my teenaged daughter's name to Calypso. She's not speaking to me at the moment, but I'm sure she LOVES the idea.

Posted by: Contary at March 22, 2006 09:56 PM

I am so sorry to hear about your kitty. I'm guessing she's up in heaven with my dog Sadie frolicking.

Posted by: dragonlady474 at March 23, 2006 03:30 AM