Francesca has procured a pet! It is a sweet kitten, who has been christened Gustav, after one of Francesca’s favorite artists (that is him, Klimt, holding his own cat).
Francesca was loathe to get a pet, because she travels so much. But she was recently talking with some new neighbors and worked out that whenever Francesca is away, Gustav will live with them. They are happy because their little daughter loves Gustav but they do not have to pay for veterinary care or food or litter; Francesca is happy because she does not have to worry about what will become of Gustav; and Gustav is happy because now he has two homes, in close proximity to each other, in which to play.
(Francesca would like to note that Gustav did not come from a breeder. He is the love child of Francesca’s friend’s friend’s pet cat and a street cat of unknown origins.)
Anyhow, on a separate matter (which will soon become connected to Gustav), Francesca often gets news in her inbox which has little to do with plus-size fashions. Usually it is emails about weight-loss programs (natch), or about clothes that are available up to size 12 but were worn by some famous person at some famous red carpet. But sometimes it is completely unrelated to fashion. Normally, Francesca deletes these.
However, she recently received an email that she found interesting in a strange sort of way. It was an advertisement for the Ice-Qube, a box (available in different sizes/levels) full of goodies to be used in case of emergency. The smallest contains items that might come in handy if, for example, your car breaks down in the rain (flashlight, poncho, blanket, etc) and the largest will equip a family of four to spend 3 days in their bomb shelter.
Francesca has friends in war zones who do, in fact, have bomb shelters, so she was intrigued by this. (Also, she has lived through two house fires — not started by herself — so she knows how handy it is to have a box with one’s important documents, a toothbrush, an energy drink, etc.)
Anyhow, while we are on the topic, Francesca wishes to remind you to:
1- Check your fire alarms!
2- Create an emergency exit plan with your family (everyone should know all the ways to exit every room, and know where the meeting place is outside)
3- Make a folder with copies of your important documents, and keep one by the front door and one by the back door.