Friday, March 07, 2014
Whew, yesterday was SUCH a busy day. I was running from one meeting to another all day. When I finally got through all that and sat down to my desk to do some actual work, I just crashed all at once, sooooo tired. But then we had a busy evening...Paul's parents and my dad were here for dinner (pizza, nothing complicated!) and then we all zipped over to school for Kate's band concert at 6:30. And then we took Kate and a friend for ice cream after. (Yeah, not the greatest diet yesterday!) We were SO tired when we got home. All the thunder and lightning the prior night, plus Bam-Bam being up and down.
Anyhow, concert went great, Kate is really enjoying band. She's still debating whether to stick with clarinet next year or switch to flute...stay tuned!
Thankfully, Bam-Bam was so exhausted after playing with Paul's parents' dog all afternoon and evening, that she crashed hard as soon as they went home, and slept through the night. Which meant WE got a good night's sleep, yay!
But she was bouncing again this morning, so I took her for a walk. And she was a superstar, I think we're finally getting her trained to not react to other dogs. We haven't tried walking without the shock collar for a while, but we haven't had to zap her either so that's good.
She's such a lunkhead though...we passed a couple guys standing on the corner talking, at the end of their run I guess, and of course she was turning on full cute, walking backwards and wagging at them. And then she backed right smack into a lampost! They were cracking up. Cute she is, smart she's not.
Anyhow, today should be a much quieter day...several meetings, but not back to back thank goodness. And then Paul is taking Kate to early karate class, then they'll grab something to eat and do black belt prep (there's an hour in between there). Kind of a pain, but our choices for good times are Tue/Thurs/Sat and we had the concert last night and a cookie sale tomorrow. The upside is, I get an evening to myself! I plan to settle in front of HGTV and do my nails.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Whew, what a day, I've been running from one meeting to the next. Even better, when I showed up, only two minutes late, to the 11:30 one, where I'd been told I would just sit and take any questions they might have (it's group visiting the Capitol to educate legislators on their issues), they were wrapping up, which made me look totally late, and the guy called me to come up and speak to the group!
Thankfully, I am working on a bill that is relevant to this group, so I just did a quick five minutes on that. But geez....obviously they told me the wrong time and the wrong format, and it was annoying to be made to look bad...or at least I felt like I looked bad, walking in so late. Oy.
Anyhow, busy evening last night. Paul and his dad and Kate went to the high school basketball playoffs, though Paul and Kate came home earlier than Stan did. Which was a pain, because Stan didn't get home till like 11, which was disruptive, though with all the thunder and lightning it wasn't like we were sleeping anyhow. But we had shut Bam-Bam in our bedroom so she wouldn't make a ruckus, and after he got home she sat at the door and whined for like half an hour.
Anyhow, I had a brow appt, then I zipped home and heated up some leftovers for dinner, then I went out to see my mom and had a nice visit. Though I'm frustrated about her status...doc told my parents last Sat that he's ready to do the surgery on the other foot. He had thought before that it would just be removing another toe (she had one toe removed last summer), but on Sat he said it would probably be the same surgery she had on her right foot earlier this year - which means she'll be left with zero toes. Sigh. Worst case scenario, if he finds bad infection when he gets in there, he would have to take her leg up to the knee.
So she and my dad had decided that they would sign off on losing the toes if needed, but not on losing the leg...understandably. So that was what they were going to tell him when he came back yesterday.
HOWEVER, yesterday morning, a podiatrist came through, so my mom had him look at her feet. And he said, he thought she should wait a little longer to see if it gets better. AAAAAAAAAAARGGH!! Not helping! Her feet have been getting progressively worse for like 5 years, WHY would he say that? Even better, when the regular doc finally showed up yesterday afternoon, my mom told him what the podiatrist said and he decided he agreed. I can't believe it. He did say that if her foot takes a turn for the worse, she'll need surgery right away.
I tried to convince her last night (my dad wasn't there) to go ahead and do the surgery, but she's thrilled to have gotten a reprieve. Ughhhhh.
As for getting out of there, she has to be able to get herself out of bed, to the bathroom, and back, on her own. She's really struggling with the pole they installed next to her bed, so she said yesterday they suggested that maybe she could get herself from the bed to the wheelchair, then wheel herself to the bathroom. She thinks she can make that work. I'm really impressed with the physical therapy folks, they're doing a great job of both pushing her and trying to find alternatives that will work for her. But she's not there yet. She's been there for 8 weeks, I think it is, and she's raring to go, but she's got to be more independent to get out of there. Which she recognizes, she understands that my dad just can't heft her anymore, even though she doesn't weigh much - he just doens't have the oomph anymore.
Anyhow, it was a good visit overall. Got a terrible night's sleep though, Bam-Bam was up and down a lot. Can't wait to get her into the vet, but unfortunately we can't get her in till tomorrow morning. As Paul said, if they don't find an ear infection or anything, what are we going to do?? But she was worrying her ear again last night, and she's been chewing her bone really hard, working the molars, so we think maybe that's to counteract ear pain. Stay tuned.
Lordy, I have rambled on way too long as usual. Enough! Gotta finish wolfing down my lunch, then onto the next meeting. Onward and upward!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
So, destructo-dog struck again yesterday while we were at work:
I tell you, I'm amazed she doesn't have a mouthful of splinters all the time! Paul was really pissed, he declared that she's an outdoor dog (when we're gone) from now on. For some reason I find the whole thing amusing, and I'm somewhat in awe of yesterday's work - she really did a number!
She also absconded with my set of 2-lb weights - Kate has been using them for her karate workouts, so she's been keeping them in the guest room. Well, this morning Bam-Bam paraded into our bedroom carrying one! Which isn't like her, she usually understands what's hers and what's not. Fortunately she didn't damage it, but unfortunately, we can't find the other one! I'm sure it'll turn up eventually.
We're thinking she may have an ear infection...she's been scratching at her ear on and off for a couple weeks, and Angus always used to do that when he had an infection. So we're going to try to get her into the vet...hopefully some antibiotics will make her comfortable and tamp down all this bad behavior!
Otherwise, I was on karate duty last night. Poor Kate, she's pooped. The head teacher pulled her and another kid out of regular class to work with them individually, and afterward she came over to me and announced flatly, "I am feeling really discouraged." I talked her through it...she's okay, she's just tired...this 12-week slog is just wearing on all of us. We knew it wouldn't be easy, but man, it just seems like she has no free time, and it's hard not having our Friday nights anymore. But we just need to hang in for another month, it's all over on April 11th!
Oh, and Bam-Bam was tired this morning for a change (destruction hangover?), and Paul said she was limping a bit on yesterday's walk, so I got to go on my own today. So I got some running in! Not much, just 8 minutes, but that's better than zero, right? ;-)
Happy hump day, all!
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Thankfully, we had nothing on the agenda last night! So nice to have a quiet evening for a change. Paul made a massaman (I don't how you spell it) curry that was reallllllly good! Yum. We're going to put more veggies in it next time though, between the potatoes and rice it's a bit starchy.
Got a good yoga workout in this morning while Paul walked Bam-Bam. I really have to stop looking at my FitBit after yoga workouts, because I get so frustrated at how low the calorie burn is! I just have to remember how many other benefits I get from yoga - the stretching is great on my arthritic joints, and it really relaxes me.
Tonight Paul has a PTA meeting so I'm on karate duty. The fun never stops!
Monday, March 03, 2014
Oh lordy, am I feeling those abs today! I thought I'd gotten away with that yoga workout on Saturday, since I felt good yesterday, but boy is it hitting today! Oy. Guess I need to be doing a lot more ab work! Seriously, I really should - when I was in physical therapy for my back, they told me ab work was one of the best things I could do.
Cookie sale went well, though it rained like cats and dogs half the time we were out there! The only time it rained all day yesterday, I might add. Sheesh. Thankfully my co-leader has an easy-up, so once we got set up she and I stayed nice and dry. The girls, however, were out on the corner waving people down, shouting, and dancing - had a great time - and didn't care at all when it started raining. They wouldn't even wear their raincoats, because they wanted people to see their vests! They crack me up. Anyhow, we sold 74 boxes - not as well as we'd originally hoped to do, but not bad considering the weather. We've got one more sale, this coming Saturday, so we should be able to unload what we've got left then. Here's Kate and two of the other girls out there doing their cookie dance:
Anyhow, a good weekend, I actually feel like I had a weekend which is nice. And I took BB for a walk this morning, not supposed to rain till this afternoon.
Paul told me this morning that he's decided he needs to get in better shape. Now, before you go getting all impressed, understand that it's for his "bucket list" trip in July, playing golf in Scotland, LOL! He's been reading up and apparently in Scotland, not only do they generally not have carts on their courses, but many don't let you have one of those wheeled carriers for your clubs. He usually doesn't use a cart, but he never carries his clubs. So he started doing weight work this morning, figures he needs to start building his strength back up. Fine with me, him deciding to be healthy helps me too!
Okay, better get back to work. Happy Monday!
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