This has been a good week. The dog issue is resolved, my chores are nearly done, I'm looking forward to two D&D style games this weekend. Also, from what I can tell, the baby is developing well. I can feel her kicking and moving a lot more, and I'm pretty healthy. I found out from a recent blood test that I'm not anemic and that my blood levels were fairly normal. (Though, wish me luck since I'll be having a blood sugar test in February that will give me more details about that...)
It turns out that I didn't have to use animal control to resolve the issue with the dogs. (Thank goodness, because they were useless anyway.) I walked around my neighborhood, keeping my eyes open and found out that the dogs in question weren't wild. They're owned by someone in the neighborhood. I knocked on the door and had a friendly conversation with them.
Apparently the cat they killed was one of the stray cats that the family was feeding. They didn't want the cat to be killed and were surprised that their dogs were the culprits, saying that generally speaking they get along with other animals. They suspect that the dogs might've gotten carried away chasing the cat out of the yard. They've never attacked a person and were rescue dogs from Pets Incorporated. One of them was abused, but they're adjusting to living in a normal home nicely. Even though I was concerned that they were approaching me, their intent was more than likely friendly. The blood on the muzzles, however, gave them a more sinister appearance that day...
Anyway, the family is thinking of having the male pit bull fixed to make him less aggressive and they're going to try harder to keep them in the fence. When other dogs in the neighborhood come and run along the fence, it riles their dogs up and they charge the fence, slipping under it. We've often been irritated that the other neighborhood dogs can't seem to stay in their own yards, so this is just another problem caused by that issue.
Long story short, the dogs aren't wild, they don't have to be put down, and hopefully this won't happen again. I do feel a little bad about initially calling animal control on the neighbor's dogs, but they weren't wearing collars and were attacking another animal, so it was only logical for me to think they were wild. If I do see the dogs in my yard or in the neighborhood I've been told to please let the owners know, and I will. All's well that ends well.
As for writing, I haven't had much time. I've been running errands and going to doctor's appointments lately. I only have a few more months and I'll be having a baby, so my mind hasn't really been on it. I've written some more notes for the changeling story, but I'm a little stuck on the idea for the third book of the "Blood Rain" trilogy. I'm also struggling through the plot summary for the changeling story because I've hit a small road block trying to figure out where to go next. Still, I'll be writing again soon. My hopes are to start up again next week.
I've picked out a theme for the baby's room. Joel and I will be shopping around this weekend to register for a baby shower. It's going to have the theme "jungle animals," and we're going to paint the room a cheerful color of light yellow. We also think that the baby's first name will be "Evangeline" and the middle name will be "Melissa." Even though there are a lot of syllables in our last name, we think that if we call her "Eva" for short it should balance out nicely.
Other than that, there's really nothing new to report. I'll let you know if I can get some of my writing work started. In the meantime, while I'm a little bit writer's blocked, I'm working on an idea for an RPG. I'm thinking of running a PDQ system game based off of the film and television series "How to Train Your Dragon." I think it could be different and a lot of fun. Still, we'll wait and see. After all, I have a lot of games coming up. I at least am going to flesh out the world and I can keep it ready for if and when I do decide to run it.
Well, that's all for now. Keep reading and writing. I'm serious, pick up "Cold Days" or start reading the "Dresden Files" series if you haven't already.