If I were an ER doc, I would have to characterize my end of the semester as a composite of gun shot wounds and full cardiac arrests. I have knocked out four major projects in the last four days and am just starting to hit my stride. Lucky for me, my cat has outstanding abilities as a triage nurse. He regularly monitors the temperature of my appendages while also ensuring to check for my ABCs: alertness, building arguments, and creative thought. His behavior also encourages me to stay connected to the computer. I credit my cat with the fact that I'm still sane.