When The Moon Hits The Sky

Thank you all so much for your commiserations on Charlie's diabetes. He has now decided to stop eating, which is another issue altogether---Violent protest to being stuck with sharp needles? Hunger strike in response to the humility of being hauled to the vet? Just trying to lose a few pounds before the wedding? Who knows?---and we have started trying to cajole him with delicious delicious chicken breast and delicious delicious bites of tuna and disgusting disgusting food that comes in a can and smells like human remains. He is being very persnickety, however, and often chooses to turn his nose up at all three, and then when he doesn't eat, we can't give him his injections---diabetic cats have to have food in their tummy before you shoot them up with insulin---and man, it all just gets very worrying and stressful and WOW THIS IS NOT WHAT YOU COME TO THIS SITE TO READ ABOUT AT ALL. Honestly, what do I think this is, the advice section in an issue of Cat Fancy? I mean, hot damn, I've probably lost all the Dog People already. And most of the non-pet-owners too.

Anyway, you know what's more interesting than talking about my cat's diabetes? Talking about my honeymoon. So let's talk about my honeymoon, shall we? It should come as a surprise to absolutely no-one that the honeymoon has, so far, been the one aspect of wedding planning that I have actually been any good at, and into which I have thrown myself with the most vim and vigor. I might not know anything at all about how to pick a caterer, but dammit, I am a WHIZZ at getting the cheapest flight, and over the last couple of weeks, I have approached honeymoon planning with a deep and unwavering enthusiasm. Which will explain, of course, just why I haven't picked a caterer yet: because I've been too busy spinning the globe and sticking my finger onto it at random and then researching hotels in bizarre corners of the world on the Internet. Eh, people can just show up and eat corn chips and guacamole, right? 

So here's the plan. Late at night on the day after our wedding, we're flying to Sydney on what I think are possibly the cheapest California-to-Australia tickets in the world. We scored them just as V Australia---the new airline from Richard Branson, he of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America---was launching last month, and the fact that they cost well under a third of what we paid to fly from San Francisco to London last fall pretty much cemented our Australia? Maybe? I Guess? plan once and for all. Seriously, if you're planning a big trip this year and thinking tentatively of Australia, right now is a really, really, really good time to go. They're practically giving away seats on flights, as far as I can tell, and the American dollar compares quite favorably against the Australian one for once.

So we're spending two days in Melbourne, three or four in Sydney, and then we're flying to Vanuatu for five days, an archipelago of islands in the South Pacific which I had never actually heard of until a few weeks ago, but which practically every person in the universe has since told me was once the location for a series or two of Survivor. "I didn't know there was anything there but hunger," said Maggie, although it turns out that they have pretty beaches too, and pretty beaches suit me a lot better than hunger---or eating bugs or building campfires or completing tasks in the wilderness while looking gaunt and being shouted at by Jeff Probst---so, you know, thank goodness for that, I guess, right?

We're staying five nights at the Eratap Beach Resort, and even though---curses!----the Honeymoon Villa was already booked (trust me, I'm going to give these other honeymooners the evil eye when I see them at breakfast, maybe even steal their sun loungers too), something tells me the regular old non-honeymoon villa will be just fine. In fact, I rather suspect we'll spend every waking minute of our time here instead:

How interesting, I appear to be going on honeymoon to the island on LOST! Do you think Sawyer will come as part of the package?

And yes, that is my desktop background right now, how did you guess? I use it to get through many things at the moment, up to and including periods of frustration, periods of boredom, anguished thoughts about the next installment of the 30 Day Shred---oh, that's something we have to talk about next time---and mornings where a certain cat won't eat a certain bowl of food before we can give him a certain injection. I also stare at it when I'm supposed to be researching caterers, of course, but I'm pretty sure that goes without saying.

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Rae
Mar 12, 2009

Not sure if either you or Sean are huge fans of chocolate, but if you're planning to spend some time in the CBD area during your two days in Melbourne, you HAVE to pay a visit to Monsieur Truffe on Smith St (http://monsieurtruffe.wordpress.com/the-store-90-smith-stcollingwood/) - the chocolate truffles and pastries are to die for! If you do go there, ask for something called "Delicious"; it's the most amazing pastry with chocolate and custard filling.

Also, there's some amazing coffee to be had at Brother Baba Budan cafe in the CBD (http://www.brotherbababudan.com.au/).

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Chloe
Mar 12, 2009

Slightly off topic (since I can't lend any help to the Australian honeymoon as I've never been there, darnit!) but "persnickety" is the best word ever and not used nearly enough in the English language.

That is all.

*hops away*

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beyond
Mar 12, 2009

i have never been to australia so i can't offer any tips, but sound like an awesome trip! sun and fun, aahhh...

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Super Sarah
Mar 12, 2009

Yay for coming to Australia! I hope you are staying somewhere lovely in Sydney, its a great place for a city break and I am most envious of your Vanuatu beach, looks gorgeous!

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Kavita
Mar 12, 2009

You think you could holler out to Gregory David Roberts of "Shantaram" fame(Melbourne),and Matthew Reilly(Sydney) on my behalf when you get there!?!Statistics say that the probability factor of this happening is zero, so it's a win-win situation in my book of weird logic...Nothing gained= Nothing lost.;-)

I sure hope Charlie decides that food's a good thing soon enough.

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glschneider
Mar 12, 2009

While my screen saver is not my favorite beach in the whole wide world (Maho Bay on St. John) I do have a link to a Webcam that shows the Cruz bay ferry dock. I look at it several times a day and picture myself climbing off that boat and walking to the jeep rental company. Then I spend the rest of the depressed.

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lottie
Mar 12, 2009

that's a killer trip. i don't think my 12 year old self ever forgave my dad for turning down a job in vanuatu. who would do that?!

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brandi
Mar 12, 2009

Yes! Please can we talk about the shred? I am reading blogs right now in order to procrastinate the shredding as long as possible.

That picture looks amazing. I think I could even get over my paralyzing fear of cross-continent flights to get there.

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Jess
Mar 12, 2009

Vanuatu is fantastic! I went there for "schoolies" week (aussie post-hs graduation tradition) and have extremely fond memories of horse riding through gorgeous coconut plantations and drinking cocktails roughly the size of my head and very, very pretty beaches.

Australia, in particular Sydney, is fantastic too of course. Wow, I wish flights were that cheap every time I want to fly home for Christmas :)

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AA
Mar 12, 2009

I have wanted to got to Australia for as long as I can remember. If only the spouse felt the same way and would stop working long enough to do it. He is very frugal though so maybe the cheap fares will entice him.

We will of course expect lots of pictures and blogging about Australia. I suppose that might be too much to ask for during the actual honeymoon, huh?

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Mal
Mar 12, 2009

Ooooh, I vote for a 30 day shred post! I am currently considering moving to level 2, but only because I am so over the side lunge/front shoulder raise move.

I just booked my flight over to your neck of the woods for my honeymoon, in fact, I'll be honeymooning in Northern CA the weekend you're getting married. Your plans sound amazing!

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Nothing But Bonfires
Mar 12, 2009

Mal, the side lunge/front shoulder raise is the WORST! I HATE when Jillian gets to that part....although then I know it's almost over.

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soul-fusion
Mar 12, 2009

Dog person here and I have not been chased away. The only thing I know about Vanuatu is when I worked for the legal counsel of a non-profit in Sydney one summer my boss constantly threatened to send me there as if it was some horrible place. Wait, actually I think he wanted to send me to Kiribus - another remote South Pacific island that sounded heavenly and not like a punishment at all. Sadly, I never went to either. So please take many photos to share upon your return!

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Kate
Mar 12, 2009

Wow, you weren't kidding about flights to Australia! I've occasionally looked up tickets (have a friend in South Australia) and since I live in the middle of nowhere in the midwest, tickets are usually well over $1,000. Right now it's $586 to Sydney! That's INSANE!

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ali
Mar 12, 2009

ha! yes! i have only ever heard of VAnuatu from survivor!

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Kathleen
Mar 12, 2009

So jealous. We went to Kauai, Hawaii for our honeymoon last year and I look at the pictures constantly to relive it. I hope I have the chance to go to Australia one day.

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heidikins
Mar 12, 2009

I have a friend who actually lived on Vanuatu for 2 years...he loved it. I can't wait to hear all about it!

xox

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Laura
Mar 12, 2009

Your room looks amazing -- exactly how a room on your honeymoon SHOULD look, but they usually end up looking like a Marriott.

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Amy
Mar 12, 2009

Hi,

I was referred to your blog by my friend who knows that I, too, have a diabetic cat and so I feel your pain.

That said, Charlie not eating is NOT a good sign. You need to take him to the vet ASAP - he could be developing ketones. Has he been losing weight? Unregulated diabetic cats feel like crap, and ketones make that even worse. Ketones out of control turn into diabetic ketoacidosis, which means a VERY sick cat, VERY high vet bills, and only a 50% chance of pulling through. Please take Charlie to the vet as soon as you possibly can.

Good luck - I know how frustrating this is. Please feel free to email me if you have questions (amyruthj@gmail.com) - I won't pretend to have all the answers, but I have learned more about feline diabetes in the last 5 months than I ever, ever expected to. Hang in there.

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Melanie
Mar 12, 2009

Are you doing the 30 Day Shred? I tried it half-heartedly last fall, but now I'm attempting every day for 30 days. This morning I started Level 2 and holy crap did that kick my butt! I can't wait to hear what you have to say about it!

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Karen
Mar 12, 2009

If you take Charlie back to the vet and he's relatively okay (no ketoacidosis) and is just being a picky eater, try cooked chicken or beef liver. That was the only thing my parents could ever get a sick cat to eat (and they've had over 15 cats over the last 15 years).

Try the chicken livers first (they're easier--no prepwork or cutting before cooking). You can either microwave or boil them and mash them up with a fork and add a little water if necessary so it's easy to lap up.

I hope he's okay and gets to feeling better soon.

Oh, and I'm totally jealous about your trip down under. Wish I could go with you, but I don't think you guys will like me being a third wheel on your honeymoon. :P

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Sheila
Mar 12, 2009

OK, so... I may have joked once or twice (or thirty-four times) about crashing your wedding,but I really had no intention of following through on that- until NOW. I now fully plan to not only crash the wedding but also stow away in one of your bags so that I can join you on the honeymoon. In exchange, I will stalk the newlywed couple booked into the Honeymoon Villa until they flee, leaving you and Sean free to move in there.

I promise not to bother you two, though. I plan on finding a hammock on that beach and staying there until my family comes searching for me. You won't even notice I'm there, promise.

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marymuses
Mar 13, 2009

A) I am SO WITH YOU on the side lunge with shoulder raise being the worst part of Level 1. But...uh...just stick with Level 1, because worse things are coming in Levels 2 and 3.

B) I spent a summer in Vanuatu, and it is amazing. Everything about it is lovely--the people, the food, the beaches. You will have a fantastic time. I'm jealous!

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WendyG
Mar 13, 2009

I went to Melbourne two years ago, and loved it! Such a beautiful city. The Queen Victoria Market (http://www.qvm.com.au/) and the night market there is a shoppers paradise! I was also a bit sad, and dragged my boyfriend along to where they film the Australian soap - Neighbours. I'm embarrassed to say I got a bit excited at standing outside Harold Bishop's house! Be sure to do the Harbour bridge walk in Sydney - stunning views if you've got the stomach for heights! x