We're feeling much better today than we were yesterday. I did not manage to get a hold of the Humane Society, because it would seem that Saturday is the day they just let the answering machine get it (which is a little curious, because the message on the machine tells us their business hours, including 9-5 on Saturday), but there is a local organization whose main purpose is to help with TNR (trap, neuter, release), and we were able to fill out a request for help on their home page. So the situation has not been dealt with, but steps have been taken, and so we feel much better.
So now I will explain about the stress hippos. While we were at Disneyland yesterday, we took some time to look around the Adventureland Bazaar, which used to be one of our favorite places to window shop, but is now mostly just a bunch of Lion Guard merchandise and animal print Minnie Mouse Ears headbands. Nevertheless, they do still have a tiny little area where they sell things that look handcrafted and fit with the whole Adventureland theme. I seem to remember there being a sign once that said the merchandise was handmade in Africa, but I don't know if that's still the case, or if it's even the same kind of stuff.
Anyway, we found that little area, and there were a bunch of animal figurines. I don't know what they're made of, but their cool to the touch, and painted in neat designs. I saw them and I thought the hippos were cute, so I picked one up for a closer look, and as soon as I did, I was like, "Ooh, this feels so nice!" It was just the right weight and size to fit in my hand and just be a nice, soothing thing to hold. You know how sometimes there are certain things and you hold them and they just help you feel better. Well, that's how it was with this little hippopotamus ornament. So we decided to each get one, and we call them stress hippos, because they seem like they could help relieve stress. One day, I may take a picture and post it somewhere to show people. I sort of meant to as soon as we brought them home, but the cast member who rang us up wrapped them in bubble wrap, and that added a whole extra step to the process, which makes it easy to just give up on the whole thing.
And there you have it. The story of the stress hippos.
Today I'm thankful for having finally taken steps to help our community cats, there being organizations in the area that exist for that purpose, getting to watch more of A Series of Unfortunate Events (those events do get more and more unfortunate...), accomplishing our other errands that we had to do today, and people understanding functional design.