Wednesday, December 31, 2008

New Year's Eve Lola Update

Today probably hasn't been as good of a day as yesterday for Lola. She hasn't eaten one bite of anything all day. I have tried chicken, dog food, her favorite treats and even hamburger meat to no avail. I called the vet today and they seemed encouraged that she ate some chicken the night before last and then the couple of handfuls of dog food yesterday. She has been pretty sleepy all day today, but I have gotten a few tail wags. The energy that she had at the end of yesterday to finally jump up on the couch has waned and I've had to lift her up again today.

I wish that Lola would eat a little because I don't think she is going to get a lot of energy back until she starts eating.

Our big NY Eve plans involve eating carry-out Pei Wei (well, I'll be eating since Lola's on her hunger strike) and watching a West Wing Season 6 marathon... oh yeah, and I will just continue my 24 hour job or worrying about Lola.

I hope everyone has a good New Year's Eve and remember to Be Safe Everyone!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Tuesday Update

Okay, so time for the daily Lola update...

She did manage to keep down the little bit of chicken that she ate last night. She slept with me and slept pretty well. For those of you who are fearful that Lola is going to get hooked on chicken, never fear! I tried to feed her some more chicken this morning and she ate half a piece and spit out the rest. We have tried chicken several times since, I think only has eaten a total of 1 1/2 bites! I got the canned food out that I'm suppose to be feeding her and she wants no part of that. Now she is more than willing to eat her little biscuit treats. Finally, I decided to open her new dry food (prescription food that she is suppose to be on after she gets better, but for now she is suppose to be on the canned version of this). She ate two handfuls!!!! So far so good. It doesn't seem to have upset her tummy. I'm just so happy that I got her to eat anything.

I think Lola and I are going to stay on the couch for the rest of the day. I'm planning to work on the laptop and/or start a West Wing marathon with my new 6th and 7th season DVDs.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Eve

Now that Lola is home and I have been able to download my photos onto my computer, I can do my Christmas posts.

I'll start with Christmas Eve... I headed to Nocona on Christmas Eve. After unloading my very full car, we celebrated little Milly's 2nd Birthday. She opened her gifts and then she and Lola played chase and keep away with the new toys.

Milly opening birthday presents
The chase and keep away is about to begin!

After the birthday festivities, we went to my grandparents for lunch. Meme had made a very good lunch for my mom, dad, and me. We were joined by a bullrider, his wife and little 3 year old girl. I might should know who he is, but since I don't have a clue about the world of professional bullriding, I don't.

We hung around Meme and Papa's until about 3:00 and then we rushed home to make the dessert to take to dinner and also a couple of things for Christmas lunch. We cooked right up until about 5:15. Then we quickly got cleaned up and ready to head to church at 6:00.

We went to church and then out to the Henley's for dinner. As is our tradition, we had prime rib for dinner. Yummy! Below are a couple of family pics from New Year's Eve: Mom, Dad & me first, then the next pic is of all the Henleys.

Miraculously, we left the Henley's by about 9:45-10:00 (way earlier than usual) and headed home. Then we opened our Christmas present before we went to bed.
Stay tuned for the Christmas Day post.

Home Again!

We finally made it home! Lola was released a little after noon today. I took her the chicken and rice this morning and she still wouldn't really eat (she ate a few pieces of chicken). The vet decided to release her because he said her condition was no longer "acute". She smelled like a cattle lot when we picked her up though. You know she is loved because nobody cared, everyone hugged and kissed on her anyway!

Here are some photos of Lola. You can see her little bandaged leg from where the IV was and then where they shaved it to put the IV in. She is very close because she kept trying to get in my face (I think she missed her Mom!). The photos are pre-bath, so just imagine the smell of a pee and poop as your read!

"Hey, I'm a schnauzer, not a poodle! Who groomed my leg like this?"
She still isn't normal Lola. She is pretty weak because she hasn't eaten and kept food down since Christmas Eve. The vet had wanted me to try and get her to eat this canned food for a couple of days, but she refuses. I've made the decision that it is more important to get her to eat something at this point than it is to get her to eat the canned dog food, so I cooked her another boneless skinless chicken breast. Good news, I think she ate about a third of it!!! I hand fed her some of the pieces, but she also picked up a few pieces herself and ate them! AND...she has kept it down for at least 5 minutes.
She is still pretty weak and still feels pretty rotten, so I've rescheduled an appointment that I had schedule tomorrow morning so that I can stay with her (right now she makes a weak little barking noise when I leave the room for too long, so I think that means she gets to sleep with me tonight). She is also too weak to jump up on the couch, chair, etc., so I hope she will still continue to eat, even if it has to be chicken for now.
Keep Lola in your prayers. I can tell they have worked and helped her get this far! She was really in bad shape a few days ago (in fact my Dad told my Mom today that a few days ago he didn't think she was going to pull through).

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Sunday Lola Update

The vet called about 2:30 this afternoon and said that Lola hasn't vomited anymore, but that she has also refused to eat. They will not release her from the hospital until she eats and keeps it down. They say that she seems to feel better, but just won't eat. They don't know if it is because she doesn't like her food or won't eat because I'm not around, or something else.

So, I'm headed to WF early in the morning with some chicken and rice that I just cooked. Hopefully, Miss Lola will decide to eat the yummy food I'm bringing her and can keep it down so she can be released and we can finally go home!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Saturday Lola Update

I went to see Lola this morning around 10:15. I went in to the clinic and said I was there to check on Lola. They said just a minute. In a few minutes out came a walking Lola on a leash! She was definitely not a perky "normal" Lola, but at least she was walking albeit slowly. Her eyes still don't look super alert and she wouldn't put her ears up much, but when we all said Hi to her, she gave her little stumpy tail a wag. She still has her IV in her leg, but they had just unhooked her from her fluids so that she could go on a little walk.

We went out to the vacant lot next door and made a loop. Then after bringing her in we all petted her, etc. and then I walked her back to the back to her her kennel. As I started to leave, she looked really sad and tried to follow me out. Of course, I started crying because she looked so sad.

They said that at the point I was there, she had drank some water and vomited it, but had eaten a couple of bites of food and had kept it down so far. They closed at 2:00 and I didn't hear any updates from them. They told me yesterday that if you don't hear from them, then that means everything was good and nothing was wrong.

I went to Wichita Falls today with my Mom and Meme. Again, good thing my family is so willing to part with large loads of cash this weekend to keep me shopping and help me keep my mind off of Lola! My Mom bought curtains, lamps, a mirror and other decorative stuff for her newly decorated bedroom. My Meme went for a new couch and bought the couch, a loveseat and a chair! Her furniture won't be delivered for a few weeks though, so I think she is going to have to reschedule her hosting date for the Maids and Matrons Club meeting. My Dad said she may have to look for a new house to have it in period, because Papa may kick her out for going on such a spending spree!

We got my Mom's bedroom almost done (still a few more things to do) but it looks like a completely new room! Although, right now Mom and Dad are arguing over whether they are ditching their alarm clock that is roughly the size of a Bose Wave Radio, but of course isn't near as cool seeing as they have had it since they got married in 1975!!!!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lola Update

Many of you have already been notified via text messages, but here is the news on Lola (and how we got here).

She woke up on Christmas morning and had thrown up in her kennel, but no big deal. She seemed okay all day (well how can you tell if a dog is normal when you have 15 extra people in your house including an 8 yr. old, a 7 year old, and twin 1 year old boys!). Around 4 p.m. she started the vomiting and continued until we went to bed. I let her sleep with me in bed (for the third time in her life) and she didn't throw up during the night, but was breathing heavy and had trouble getting comfortable. When we woke up this morning, I knew very quickly things were not bueno. She had gotten worse over night and didn't even have enough energy to walk. I took her outside, took her to her water (which she drank and vomited 30 seconds later).

Off we went to Henrietta, because you know we already had an 8:30 a.m. appointment to get an x-ray to see if her bladder stones had reduced. We got to Henrietta and the vet heard about her symptoms and was convinced that there was a blockage from her rawhides. Then she listened to her with the stethoscope and I could see the concern wash over her face...she was breathing very heavy and as the vet said, "this is a very sick little girl." She took the x-ray and I sat with Lola in a chair very impatiently while they drove them up to the hospital (real people's) for developing. After about 10 minutes, the runner came back and said everyone in radiology was off for Christmas. After another 10 minutes of calling around we had found out that someone was on call, but they maybe lived out of town, etc. Finally in a panic with a deteriorating little girl in my lap with her head laid on my shoulder I said, "Find me a vet in Wichita Falls".

After a "who's on first" version of directions, I was on my way. As I left the vet, I started crying uncontrollably which came in handy as I drove 85 mph to WF. I called Mom and she was on her way from Nocona. We got to the vet, waited forever (okay maybe only 30 minutes but it seemed like forever when you were sitting there crying in front of a bunch of people who are looking at you like you are crazy). The vet there did x-rays (no blockage) and blood tests (not good). From the blood work he thought she had pancreatitis (which killed my Macy) or HGE (which darn near killed Lola when she was one), so imagine my panic. I left her there so that she could start her iv fluids (because she was really really dehydrated) and her antibiotics (which would treat either illness).

Still crying, Mom and I decided to go to Sam's so she could show me a bedroom furniture set that she had her eye on. Luckily for me, Mom was in a spending mood, so for a little while, I was about to divert my attention while spending a couple of grand! We had to call Dad to bring the pickup so that we could get the furniture home, so we all ended up in the Falls.

I stopped by the vet before I left town and saw Lola. She looked better and seemed happy to see me. After a long afternoon of moving out furniture and moving in furniture, I received a call from the vet who said she was doing well. He said she was resting comfortably now and they would try to give her some food in the morning to see if she could keep it down, and that she would be there until Monday at least. They are closed on Sunday, so I can't visit then, but my grandmother, my Mom and I are going to WF again tomorrow for another furniture shopping trip (my g-ma this time) and we are going to stop and see Lola and take her favorite little pink stuffed elephant to her (tonight will be the first time she hasn't slept with Ellie since I got her).

I'll post another update tomorrow after we get back from WF, but until then, please keep Lola Marie in your prayers.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas to All!

Well here it is 5:30 on the 23rd. I had hoped to be in Nocona this morning, but had to reschedule plans due to work. While I would have loved to have taken the week off, alas, I am not independently wealthy, so when the clients call, I have to be here to answer!

Plan is now to go home tomorrow morning and have Christmas with my Grandparents (Dad's family) at lunch. Then tomorrow evening we will go to church and then out to the Henley's for our annual Christmas Eve dinner. Then for Christmas day, my Mom's family is coming for lunch. I'm not sure when we will fit in "our family Christmas". Maybe sometime tomorrow afternoon before church or maybe Christmas morning, but the problem with Christmas morning is that my Dad goes to work and we either have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it, or wait until he gets home (which is usually around 10:30 a.m.) so that can run into our lunch preparations. Oh well, we will figure it out. If I was a betting person, I would bet on Christmas Eve though (my Mom is like a kid and can never wait!).

I hope that you have a very Merry Christmas, and if you are traveling, then I wish you safe travels too! I hope that Santa brings you exactly what you wanted!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


So we are a month out from the long awaited trip to NOLA and I'm currently in food lovers heaven. I just received my "hot off the presses-hot off the UPS truck" copy of the 2009 Zagat for New Orleans. I have methodically gone through the book marking all the possibilities and now am glued to the internet looking up the possibilities and their menus. I called Lisa a bit ago to ask if she thought it was possible to fit in an early and late dinner every night. She said she didn't think so (this from the lady who eats like Templeton the rat at the state fair!). At this point, I'm not sure how we are ever going to choose!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

A cold icy day outside...even if you have a fur coat, it's cold enough to add a turtleneck sweater!

Snow Day

Okay, well it is actually a Snow Day minus the snow! Ice day maybe? Frozen rain and drizzle day? None sound as fun as a snow day, and they aren't!

So all of McKinney is shut down today... no school, no city offices, no county government offices are open. Of course the State Administrative Judge is still insistent at this moment that we are having ALR (Administrative License Review) hearings today at the courthouse in McKinney, but I'm not sure how she is planning to do that since the courthouse will be locked when she arrives!

This is just part of the reason that I have grown to hate bad weather days. Nobody knows what is going on and it is just pure havoc on my lazy day! Some courts expect you to do double duty tomorrow and just bring your people in then for today's settings and some reschedule altogether. More fun...they just expect you to KNOW all of that without anyone telling you!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Duty Done!

I was summoned for Jury Duty last month, but couldn't make it due to my Monday morning classes. One day when I was at the courthouse, I rescheduled in person because they gave me a choice of dates. I selected today because I figured that there wouldn't be that many jury trials the week before Christmas. Today I had to show up for my jury duty. I gambled correctly because there were only two courts that required a panel and I didn't have to sit through the selection of either, so I was done by 10:00 a.m. Jury duty done!

I'm very happy to not be having to do jury duty for several reasons but one is because I'm feeling especially tired today. During the night, the door from the house to the garage jarred open (because it has stopped latching properly- my task for some point today will be to fix it) due to the arctic wind storm and set off the alarm system...never a good way to be stirred out of bed in the middle of the night. Poor Lola looked like she was nearly given a heart attack!

One of my favorite "Christmas" shows is coming up this week... On Wednesday at 8 p.m. on HGTV, they will be airing the White House Christmas. This is where they show you the decorating of the White House for this year's holiday festivities. Over the past couple of years, I have come to love this 30 minute sneak peek into America's house. They don't air it really often, so you better catch it when you can!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday!

Top 10 Things About My Mom:
(10) She has touched the lives of thousands of kids through teaching and administrative positions (including this kid...she was my Kindergarten teacher), and they all love her.
(9) She's a little nutty, but fun!
(8) She has always sacrificed things for herself to make sure I get the things I need or want...
paying for school, gifts, you name it. She's bought me countless designer bags, but only got one for herself this birthday (from Dad).
(7) She loves her grand-dogs just like they were actual kids (down to monogrammed Christmas stockings, birthday present and Christmas presents).
(6) She can't make a decision to save her life (which Dad & I constantly give her a hard time about), but that is just a sign that she is very easy to please and that's not a bad attribute to have!
(5) The example she sets to be thoughtful of others: There isn't an illness or death in town that she doesn't cook a pie and send it over, or a holiday or birthday that she doesn't make something for the people at school.
(4) She taught me many life lessons, but one of the most important is to be thankful. She always sends thank you notes even if it is something as simple as keeping Milly for the night and she always made sure I was appreciative of what I was given.
(3) She never sits still! Sometimes I think she should take a break, I mean what really will happen if the ironing doesn't get done tonight, right? But this comes in very handy sometimes. One time that is handy is when you are moving. My ex-roommate Jennifer nicknamed her the drill sergeant after a day of Mom's assistance moving. She doesn't let you rest and really helps you get things done (this is good and really appreciated almost at all times except the day you finished day 3 of the bar exam!).
(2) She has always cooked fabulous food all the time. There was hardly ever a night when there wasn't a home cooked meal on the table. Now she will always cook my favorites when requested at holidays (even when she already is cooking a ton of food) and she makes sure she purchases blackberries in the summer to freeze so she can make me my favorite cobblers all year round!
(1) She is always there when you need her, whatever the request. She has nursed both Dad and myself through numerous surgeries when we are at our grumpiest and never told us to fend for ourselves even when we deserved it!
Happy Birthday Mom!!!!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

That's a wrap!

The Fall Semester is a wrap... I finished posting grades online last night! I hope to be very diligent and adapt my syllabus for each of my Spring classes next week and then I can just enjoy the time off until classes begin again on January 20th.

Milly was delivered to me yesterday for a weekend of babysitting. Lola was thrilled (not really). I don't mind keeping Milly, but I do mind sleeping with Milly. Last time she visited, I decided that she was going to sleep in a kennel next to Lola...she screamed for an hour until I gave up. How could having Milly in bed really matter? After all, she only weighs 14 pounds, right? Well, you see, Milly has to be touching you. She won't just sleep at the end of the bed, she is right in the middle of the bed. So I spend the night contorting myself all around Milly! Not to mention the fact that I'm so afraid I'm going to roll over and smother her that I can barley sleep!

In addition to having difficulty sleeping because Milly is actually asleep in my bed, there is the other side of the coin...Milly not sleeping in my bed! Everyday that Milly is in the same house as Lola, is like Christmas Eve for Milly. Once you put Lola to bed in her kennel, all Milly wants to do is escape the bedroom to go look for Lola. She just won't go to sleep. Once she is asleep, she almost always wakes up at least one time during the night. Of course you have to go see if she has to go out and potty, but it almost always is just Milly thinking, "Is it morning yet? Can I go find Lola?". That was at 1:00 a.m. this morning. Luckily (and from experience, I do mean luckily), Milly slept in until 7:00 a.m. this morning. There was no convincing her, it was morning and Lola time! So Milly is thrilled and Lola and I are wondering what the heck to do at dark thirty on a Saturday morning!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Texas Version

...everyone was nestled all snug in their beds, while noises of tornado sirens woke their sleepy heads!

Last night at about 11:20, a noise woke me up... that's right, a tornado siren. I turned on the TV quickly and saw that the weather man was on live. At first I heard him say my county was under a tornado warning and wasn't that concerned, then he said if you live exactly where I do, you should take cover. Of course, I was thinking, great, just freaking great! I just got everything decorated and all the presents purchased and now they are going to blow away in a December tornado! A December Tornado?!?!?!

I ran to the living room and got Lola from her restful sleep in her kennel. This time we didn't hide out in the closet. Since we had electricity (unlike the tornado warning in the spring) and could watch TV, we rode it out in bed (though we were ready in a seconds notice to spring into the my closet). Luckily the storm was moving at like 40 mph, so it was gone in a quick as St. Nick (if you will allow me to finish out my theme!).

Monday, December 8, 2008

Merry Milly

My Dad just e-mailed me this photo of Milly. He must have just returned home from Wichita Falls with Milly fresh from her trip to the groomer. He has her posing in front of the tree with her little necktie on. My Dad is always quick to tell everyone that this is not his dog, she is mom's. He also tells Mom and me that he has not let himself get attached to Milly like he was to Macy.... yeah right! That's why he sends out cute pics he took of her! Milly is coming to visit Lola and me this weekend, so I'm sure there will be more Milly pics in the future.

No Cotton

I believe that I'll be skipping the Cotton Bowl this year. I'm sure this is a shocker since I've been desperate to attend a game all year, and here Tech will be playing 30 miles from my house.
Why? There is really a two part answer as to that question...
First, I realized on Saturday that Tech had already sold their allotment of tickets even though Tech had not been officially selected for the Cotton Bowl at that point. I looked on the Cotton Bowl's website and they also appeared to be running really low. I made a phone call to my friend who I was possibly going to go with and said, if we are going then we need to get on this ASAP, give me a call back today. Apparently, I did not have enough urgency in my voice, because that didn't happen. By the time I got back in touch with them on Sunday night, the Cotton Bowl website was so crowded that you had to be put in a queue to even get through. I check early this morning and the only seats available were way upper end zone. All tickets were $100, and that seemed like a lot to pay for crappy seats when I could have good seats from my couch for free.

Second, and maybe most importantly, every single Tech bowl game I have ever attended has resulted in a loss. Many of you know how superstitious I am about Tech football, so I'm willing to "take one for the team" and stay at home if that will result in a Tech victory!

Typical Monday

I would know that today was a Monday even if I hadn't looked at a calendar!

I had to give a 7 a.m. final exam this morning. I left the house at 6:30 right on time. Usually that puts me to class 10-15 minutes early depending on traffic...not this morning! They had 121 shut down at Coit Rd. due to a big accident. I actually turn on Coit Rd., so this wouldn't have been a big deal except the traffic was backed up for miles, then at Coit Rd. half of the traffic went North and half was going South as detours. It took 20 minutes to get through that light and then of course my normally no-traffic back way of going to the college was completely congested with all of the detour traffic. I was 5-10 minutes late for the exam, but since of course, it was exam day, they couldn't really leave!

I started handing out the exam and a student said "Are there only 30 multiple choice, I thought there were going to be 50?". I looked at the test and I guess the last couple of pages didn't sort through the copier correctly and the last 20 questions were missing! I had to write the last 20 questions and answer options on the board. Geez...what else could go wrong right?

Well about 45 minutes into the exam a student came running in late, so I had to stay an additional hour for him to finish his exam!

Now I'm about to go to a new client meeting with someone we already suspect of being crazy (just from our initial phone conversation), so who knows how that will go! MONDAYS!!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Well, I'm finally done decorating. I didn't quite put out everything this year, but it is as good as it is going to get! I had hoped to finish earlier in the week, but despite Jennifer and I wanting the firm to be in "December mode" (ie: not doing a whole lot of work and doing lots of shopping and decorating), things haven't worked out that way. No complaints clients are always welcome!

Here are the final decorating photos that I will subject you to!

Below is the entry table (not real exciting, but I took the photo for some reason).
Here is my "Winter Wonderland" tree that is in my bedroom.
I was trying to remember when I purchased this Christmas tree and can't quite remember. I know it either originated in Wichita Falls or Lubbock, but either way, I think this is its final showing. It is pretty craptastic (some of the limbs aren't even connected the back of course)! I will be closely watching Garden Ridge again this year for the 75% off sale.

Below is the little village I have set up in my bedroom.

I also tackled the outdoor lights today.
Here are a couple of photos of the front door decorations.
A closer view so that you can see the jingle bell lights around the door. It's darn near impossible to get a good photo of the outside of my house. You can't get the whole thing in a photo because of the trees! Just imagine if you could see the whole house, there is also a lit wreath between the garage doors.
Predictably, when I got all the lights out for the bushes, half of the strings didn't work! I bought a bunch of white lights on sale last year after Christmas, but didn't have any extra red ones (and wouldn't you know it was mainly the red ones that didn't work!). I made a mad dash to Wal-Mart (looking pretty scary I might add...though I kept telling myself it was only Wal-Mart!) and bought some red lights. When I started decorating, one of the strings I purchased didn't work and then I bought one too few, so I'll be going back tomorrow so that I can finish decorating the end of the bushes!

Friday, December 5, 2008


I don't recall if I blogged back in early November about my eyes or not. If not, here is a recap...I woke up on November 7th looking very similar to elephant man. My eyes were so swollen. I went to the eye doctor to make sure I had no infection and to get some meds for either an infection or allergies. I didn't get to see my "regular" doc, but a different doc checked me out, said no infection, use benadryl and cold compresses because I don't think it is bad enough for steroids, and that will be $70. YEAH, spend a load of cash and no remedy! I thought at the time that I should have just thrown $70 out the window of the car while driving there, it would have been about as helpful!

Well about a month has gone by, and my eyes have been swollen to some degree every single morning. I called the eye doc again yesterday and told them the situation but my regular doc wouldn't prescribe a scip without seeing me. I told them there was no way I was paying $70 again! I would come if they charged me a cheaper "follow-up" rate. After much negotiation, we finally struck a deal for $41 and I agreed to make the appointment.

The doc tried to say that he was concerned it wasn't allergies, but maybe I needed to see a dermatologist. Now I'm no doc, but that didn't seem to make sense to me. I can see why a dermatologist would be necessary if it was just a skin irritation on my eyelids, but the swelling? After many warnings about the dangerous side-effects of the prednisone, I finally reassured him that I have taken it countless time for my allergies and wanted it...NOW! I started taking it yesterday with the first 6 pills in the dosage and of course this morning, my eyes have NO swelling whatsoever!

If only the doc had listened to me last month I could have gone without the swollen eyes for an entire month (of course they would have gone without getting additional money from me, so this might have been part of the conspiracy!). And wouldn't you know it! When I was checking out, they tried to charge me $70 again! I of course straightened them out quickly and paid my $41.

Unfortunately, this time is no different than any other time I've had swollen eyes... after the swelling goes down, my eyelids get super dry. So today, I look like I have scabies or something, but it's nothing that a lot of eye makeup won't cover up!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

My New Favorite Thing

You may think I'm crazy, but my new favorite thing is a PedEgg. (I thought for sure everyone would know what a PedEgg is, but my uncle's wife didn't, so if you are among those people who don't know, you should probably watch more tv, or at least the commercials!)

I decided tonight that I was desperate for a pedicure. My polish still looks fine, but not to be too graphic, but my heels looked disgusting! I decided that I would go purchase a PedEgg and give it a whirl instead of going to get a pedicure... I mean if it worked then by spending $10 on the PedEgg, I wouldn't have to go spend $30 on a pedicure.

At this point, I will say that I realize I sound exactly like Becky Bloomwood (main character from the "Shopaholic" book series--If you haven't read them, they are great and the movie coming out probably won't do the books justice based on the sneak peeks I've seen, so read the books!). You see Becky had a bit of a shopping "problem". She would from time to time decide that she had to cut back and save money, and she would always end up spending money to save money. I remember one incident from the books where she decided to stop eating out at restaurants, but in turn she spent a fortune on new kitchen gadgets, cookware, etc. and could have easily eaten out for 6 months on what she spent. If you have read the books and did make the connection between me and Becky, I'll go ahead and tell you that I'm okay with that, as I felt the author was channeling me when she developed the character of Becky.

Anyway, I digress, back to the PedEgg! I think it worked brilliantly! I will say that it isn't quite as mess free as they claim, but nonetheless, it did its job, and was probably still cleaner than most other methods of buffing out your feet. They have a newer model that has a handle, but I'm not sure that would work as well. I think it is probably easier to use the standard older model that fits in the palm of your hand and the older model is $3 cheaper.

If I was Oprah, the PedEgg would definitely be on my favorite things list this year! Most of you should probably be glad that I am basically finished with my Christmas shopping or you know what you'd be getting this year (I actually only have to finish buying for Lola and Milly and I don't think the pups would appreciate it)!

Monday, December 1, 2008

You want me to do what with that?

I don't think I have blogged about the dog food ordeal... Lola is suppose to be on this Hill's Prescription SD dog food for a month to see if that reduces her bladder stones. My vet was out of it and I have been unable to get any until today because the local vet down the road that carries it, won't let me have it without a script from my vet, and my vet was closed until today.

Upon finding out that a script was required I thought "Hugh?". It isn't like it is pills that a human could take illegally. What am I going to do with prescription dog food? It's not like I'm going to eat it in an attempt to change the PH balance in my urine! Anyhow, I went to pick up the food today and found out that it does not come in dry dog food, only canned. That was when I said "Good Lord!" #1.

Then I started trying to figure out how much she needs to eat per day. Well, there is no clear answer for this either. A dog who weighs 20 lbs. is suppose to eat 1- 1 1/3 cans per day. A 40 lb. dog is suppose to eat 1 2/3 as the minimum serving, so how much should I feed my 27 pound dog who could stand to lose 5-7 lbs anyway? That is the magic question that the fancy vet's office couldn't figure out... insert "Good Lord!" #2 right here!

12 cans come to a case, which may only last us 9 days (depending on how much of it I give her), so I just bucked up and bought two cases to get me through until we go home for more x-rays. $51!!!!!! Insert "Good Lord!" #3 with a few exclamations and maybe expletives right here!

It's 5:00, so I figured, time for Lola's supper. I opened up a can and it doesn't smell so bad that it is going to make me vomit like I feared, but it looks like condensed or congealed fat! So disgusting. It is very solid, so I tried to break it up with a fork, I guess in an attempt to make it look more appetizing for Lola. So I put the doggy equivalent to fillet mignon down in Lola's doggy dish and what does she do? She runs by it, give it a whiff and runs off quickly! That's right, insert "Good Lord!" #4! Now at this point, I get down on the floor and try coaxing her over to her bowl. She is looking at me like "You want me to do what with that?".

It was problem solving time now, and get ready to be grossed out here, I pick up the canned solid fat looking stuff and start hand feeding it to Lola. I figured if she got a taste then maybe that would get her over the hump of it looking and smelling like complete crap! You have to know at this point in the story that Lola has always grabbed a mouthful of food, run into the living room, dropped it and then eaten it off the floor. She finally start to try to eat it, but can't figure out how to transport it.

I think to myself that this is just a classic crazy story for the blog, so I come in here to my office to start writing about it and I hear here in the kitchen howling at her food. Yep, "Good Lord!" #5 came at about this moment. After she has been really talking to it in there for a while, I finally went in to check and it appears that she has eaten most of it. One feeding down, 40+ feedings to go!

Below is Lola examining the packaging and the two unopened cases of the food.
Note that she is much more interested in the packaging than she is the actual food!

Sunday, November 30, 2008


I haven't been as ambitious as planned this holiday weekend. I had hoped to be almost finished with my decorating by this time, but alas, I'm only about 1/3 of the way there!

Part of the problem is that I didn't get started as soon as I hoped. Most of the things I hoped to accomplish on Friday, didn't get done until yesterday. I did finally make that recipe of sausage balls yesterday morning(good thing because that is all I have eaten all day today)! I had little Joshua's 1st birthday party yesterday afternoon (photos to come as soon as Jennifer sends me some because I forgot my camera), and then of course that led right into the Tech game. After the Tech victory, I got out my trees for the kitchen and the living room and started fluffing. I decided last night that there is no part of the decorating that is worse than fluffing the darn trees! My arms look like I've been in a fight with a cat.

Today I started dragging out all of the containers of Christmas crap, er... I mean Christmas decorations and joy. I have the same "tradition" every year. I load up my DVD changer with my favorite Christmas movies or movies that take place at Christmas time (that I actually own) and I play them while decorating... Love Actually, Elf, and Little Women (that same order every year...I'm a little obsessive, I will admit it!).
Below you can see the containers which hold the ornaments for my living room tree. You can see, Lola was making sure she was far out of the way!
Again, here is a photo showing just how helpful she was in the decorating process!

Below are some photos of what I have accomplished...more to follow as I get off my rear and get more done!

Here is the breakfast table in the kitchen.
Below are two photos of my kitchen tree. It is a new tree that I purchased for 75% off last year after Christmas because my old one had a broken stand and kept falling over in the middle of the night! This one has a very sturdy metal stand!
This tree is filled with ornaments that I have had since I was a little, kitchen themed ornaments and ornaments that I have picked up on travels.
Here is the Nativity that I purchased last year.
This year I bought the "Bethlehem" backdrop to go with it at Canton.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care...

This garland is the biggest pain in the behind to hang!

Here are a couple of photos of the living room tree. Every year since I have lived in this house, I think, "Boy I sure do need a 9 foot tree instead of a 7 1/2 foot tree in here." Then again, that is just another foot and a half of tree to fluff, so maybe not! Oh well, I'll live with this one until the lights crap out and I have a good reason to purchase a new one (or I catch a great deal after Christmas, which ever comes first!).
This tree is decorated only with blown glass ornaments that I have collected over the years (and am still in the process of collecting... You can never have too many!).
That's it for now. I have to stop and do some reading for my early morning classes tomorrow (it is the last week of classes...YEAH!!!!!!!!). Hopefully I will get some time over the next few days to decorate my bedroom tree and set up the ceramic village in there, decorate the office tree, and finish putting out some of the final touches in the rest of the house. Then I will have to tackle the outdoors... it may never end!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Black Friday

I always say I'm not going to hit the stores up on Black Friday, but as usual, I had to do a little shopping, though I wasn't there for the door busters. I was seduced by the Target ad this year and that is what got me out this morning. They had crazy cheap DVDs, so I went and loaded up. I got "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "The Holiday" for $3.98 each. For $5.98 each, I bought "27 Dresses", "Juno", and "The Devil Wears Prada". I bought a few other kid movies for gifts too.

In addition to Target, I went to the mall in Frisco. I hit up Bath and Body Works for some gifts and stuff for myself, Williams-Sonoma for a couple of gifts and finally Macy's for two bread and butter plates that match my dishes (usually $29 each and I paid $9.50 each). To add an interesting twist to the Holiday shopping, Macy's has employed a transvestite named "Jamie" to work in its china department. As Jamie was checking me out, I was wondering if Jamie went into the interview as a transvestite, or if Jamie was a man in the interview and then showed up as a female on his/her first day at work? With all of the unemployed these days, you would have thought Macy's wouldn't have chosen the transvestite out of the many people who are surely applying; however, it is important to note that Jamie ended up being far more competent than most of the Macy's sales clerks, so maybe they should hire more cross-dressers!

Of course, in typical fashion, those weren't my only stops. I had to actually hit up Target twice just to get all the DVDs, because I left and then realized I should have got a couple of the kid gifts there. Then when I got home I realized that "27 Dresses" was in widescreen format instead of full screen and since I don't have a fancy schmancy wide screen tv, I went back to Target to get the Full Screen version. Then when I got home, I realized that Juno too was widescreen format, so I'm about to make my fourth and (please God) final trip to Target (for today of course...don't get crazy and think I won't be back within a couple of days!).

I had hoped to start my Christmas decorations today, but I don't think I have enough of the Christmas spirit in me to do it today. Tomorrow I have little Joshua's first b-day party at 2:00 and then the final Tech game at 2:30, so maybe tomorrow night after the game I will get started on it.

The weather today is fantastic (at least by my standards)! It is 50 degrees and raining. I LOVE IT! It seemed like sausage ball weather to me, so while at Target (on my 3rd trip), I bought the ingredients to make some and I probably will do that today, wrap some more presents and work on cleaning out my DVR for the rest of the day. If I get really ambitious, I will go ahead and get out all of my trees, get them set up, shaped, plugged in, etc.

Happy Shopping! Let's all do our best to boost the economy!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Holiday

Our Holiday started at the crack of dawn on Wednesday. Lola and I had to head out for Nocona before 7 a.m. because we had to make the vet appointment in Henrietta. All went well on the trip to Nocona (much better than my traffic ridden trip a couple of weeks ago!).

After Lola and I finished at the vet, we arrived home to find the party had already started. Dad and my cousin Sam were kicking off the day with a few rounds of bloody mary's. At some point, my Mom (who had gone to Wichita Falls for a hair appointment) called my Dad and was stranded on the side of the road (or as it turns out in the middle of the road) because she was out of gas. Mom was furious with Dad because he didn't fill up her vehicle before she went to WF, and of course, Dad was furious because she didn't look at the gas gauge! The funniest parts of the story to me are that (1) there was a 5 gallon gas tank full of gas in the back of the truck she was stranded in and (2) she just sat there in the middle of Hwy 82 reading her Danielle Steel book until Dad arrived!

After that, several of us went across the river (for those of you not from Nocona, that means the 20 minute trip to Oklahoma) to the Peach Orchard for lunch. After we arrived back home, it was time to begin preparing for dinner.

Below, my cousin Sara's little girl, Kristen is giving Lola some love.

After spending the afternoon working hard getting the fire pit going, it was finally time to cook. Here is my cousin Sam looking like he knows what he is doing.

Meme and Papa sitting out by the fire waiting on dinner to finish cooking.

Dad and Sam making sure everything is under control.

Everyone enjoying the wonderful meal on Wednesday night.

Wednesday was Sam's wife, Leslie's birthday. Happy 26th Birthday Leslie! Blow Hard!

Now we move on to Thanksgiving Day... Here is Meme examining her new gadget that she received from her kids for an early Christmas present...a new tiny video camera. Meme is dangerous with that thing! It is so small she can sneak up on you and be recording you without you even seeing the camera!

Uncle Ed and Papa after lunch.

Cousins Rachel and Sharon and Sharon's husband, Brandon. Everyone is so full from lunch!

Cousin Sam and his wife Leslie. They are expecting a baby in February. It's a boy!

Cousins Sara and Sam and my Aunt Amy.

So much good food and good company. We had the bulk of our family at my grandparents today. We were missing a couple of spouses, my 3 cousins from Alaska and their families, my cousin Tamy, and my cousin Robert and his son who live out in California.
I'm so full that I didn't even have room to taste all of the sweets yet, much less dig into the left overs! I brought a ton of food home with me, so at least with all the things I have to do this weekend, cooking won't be one of them! Lola is wiped out from so much commotion and playing with Milly for two days. She climbed up on the chair the moment we arrived back at home over 2 hours ago and hasn't moved a muscle since!
Happy Turkey Day!!! Hope you had a good one too!

Canton Purchases

As you may recall, I went to Canton Trade Days earlier this month. I'm finally getting around to downloading a photo of some of my purchases! I've been needing something for above my door which goes out to the garage, so I got inspired at Canton to pay homage to my favorite city, New Orleans, and fill the space with different fleur de lis.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Sweet Lola definitely has bladder stones. I'm not happy that she has stones, but happy that she hasn't just forgotten how to be potty trained! Our plan for treatment is a round of antibiotics and special Hill's prescription dog food for a month. She is suppose to have NO treats! NO TREATS? Can you imagine? Lola is a total treat hound! How am I suppose to get her to anything without a bribe of a treat? The vet did mention that she just isn't suppose to have treats with any calcium, so I may make sure I can find some that she can have, and she is still allowed to have rawhides.

We will go back for x-rays in December and see if the stones have reduced. If they have, then we will continue this course of treatment. If not, then we will do surgery.

In another note, Lola has gained 5 pounds in the past year and a half. Time for Lola and me to take some walks!

I'll have to update on Thanksgiving festivities later but so far we have had people drinking too much and my mom running out of gas halfway on her trip home from Wichita Falls!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

The Wait is Over

The day that everyone waits for is almost here....Oprah's Favorite Things. It airs tomorrow (Wednesday). Of course I haven't seen it yet (O doesn't send me an advanced copy of anything), but I'm already disappointed. This year is a "gifts on the cheap" year. How are we suppose to know what really expensive gifts to covet if O doesn't tell us? What kind of crazy crap is that? Economy downturn or not, it isn't like O is having to give on the cheap this year!

Can you imagine showing up to Chicago, having them announce "It's the favorite things episode", you thinking "I'm about to pocket 10 grand worth of loot" and the O announces, "This year it is about thrifty gifts!" That has to be the biggest bummer EVER!

Today I did so much that I think I am near collapse. I had to take Lola to the groomer, gas up the car, go to court for a juvenile plea, go by Neimans and pick up a pre-order for my Mom, have a 10:30 meeting at the office, go to Richardson and pick up my pics that were in, have lunch, go to get Lola from the groomer and deliver her home, go get my oil changed, only to find out that I also needed to flush the transmission and replace that fluid, go on a tablecloth hunt for my mom which meant going to Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart, fit in a 2:30 meeting at the office, go on a hunt for a particular type of dinner rolls which meant going to Tom Thumb, Kroger and a different Wal-Mart, going to Uncle Julio's to pick up a gallon of beans for tomorrow night, going to TJ Maxx to get something else for Mom, a trip to Hobby Lobby to get things I forgot on Tuesday, re-fill up the car with gas because I drove so much today, AND finally teaching my class at 5:30! WHEW!

Now it is time to finish laundry, pack my bags, pack Lola's bag, and load the car with what I can tonight because we have to roll out of here at 7 a.m. tomorrow. Lola has to be at the Vet by 10 a.m. in Henrietta because they close at noon and have to take her x-rays to the hospital for developing (that is a country vet for you!).

Tomorrow night we are having 14 of the Fitts clan for dinner at my Mom & Dad's house, then Thursday we will have Thanksgiving lunch at my grandparent's house with the 18-20 members of the clan that are making it in this year. I'll probably head back home on Thursday so that I can focus on decorating Friday. I also have been really anticipating the opening of "Australia"... hello, Hugh Jackman, need I say more! It opens tomorrow, but since there is not a theater anywhere near Nocona, I will have to wait until I'm back home to go see it.

Happy Turkey Day to Everyone! Don't eat too much pie... oh, why not, go ahead, overindulge!!!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Shop 'til you drop!

My mom has come into town and we have shopped until we are both ready to drop. It started yesterday and has continued all day today.

I realized this morning that I am a really nice teacher. Here it is the holiday week and I figured my students don't really care about learning (not sure they ever do) and I sure don't care much about lecturing, so I showed a great Thanksgiving episode of The West Wing. It is the great one where the President has to pardon two turkeys because CJ is horrified that the one she doesn't choose will get slaughtered (clearly not from Sarah Palin's pagebook). Well, I discovered that the government teacher who uses the same classroom right after me was giving a test. A TEST! On a holiday week! That has got to suck if you are a student (and the teacher...she'll have to grade over the holiday).

P.S. to Emily: Thanks for the shout-out about how happy you were that your Sooners beat Tech so badly. Much appreciated. I will of course be rooting for the Cowboys this week; however, if you do beat OSU, then I will be very pleased that at least you will likely come out on the top of the Big 12 South over the horns, and I will take over rooting for you guys.

Sunday, November 23, 2008


After almost 12 hours since our horrible defeat to OU, I think I'm getting some perspective. Instead of feeling the rage and anger that I felt last night, I now feel like someone cut my heart out...while I was awake! Many of you may say that that doesn't sound like progression or gaining perspective on the defeat. Maybe. Maybe that is part of the steps of grief???

All I know is that I still haven't gotten over the intense desire to horse-whip the Sooners Number 5 and probably won't for some time. That kid has a bad attitude and I would like to be the one to give him an adjustment!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Warning for your laundry

Do not wash a featherbed if you have a front load washing machine! I don't care what the instructions say!

Lola has again peed on the extra bed and since I hadn't made it up since the last time she peed on that bed, she peed on the featherbed this time. The instructions said you can wash it, but the washer just can't spin it out. If I still had my old washer that you could set to just the spin cycle, then I probably could have ended up spinning it all out, but as my frontload washer doesn't have this option, I think it is just ruined. It is now a big wet heap of a mess in my trash can.

P.S. Just in case you think my dog is running wild around here without any discipline, she actually has a vet appointment on Wednesday for an x-ray of her bladder. She is acting an awful lot like Macy did when she had bladder of the problems is that when they jump up on something they can lose control of their bladder. If that isn't the problem, then she is going to start getting some whippings!


What a horrible game. It isn't even over, but we are getting our butt kicked by OU. Next week I will be rooting for the OSU Cowboys to deliver a victory in Stillwater...then OU would be a two loss team and the only one loss teams would be Tech and Texas. Since we beat Texas, we would still win the Big 12 South. All the planets will have to align....

I think the Longhorns should be thanking their lucky stars that they got to play OU earlier in the season because if they had to play them later, that match-up would have probably gone differently (not to mention they never have to go to Norman to play).

What Am I Doing This Weekend?

"What am I doing this weekend?" That is a question I have been asked by several people, and I'm still not sure what the answer is!

I will tell you that right now, I'm watching College Game Day on ESPN and I know that I will continue to do so until 11:00 when it is over. Tonight of course, I will be watching my Red Raiders attempt to upset OU at home. I have to tell you that I'm so anxious right now I could vomit!

I did the major cleaning last weekend, so this weekend, I only need to tidy up a bit. I know that my Mom is coming to visit tomorrow and we are going to Christmas shop on Monday, so I need to "tidy" sometime between now and tomorrow afternoon.

I really need to clean out my pantry and closet, but the desire to do that is minimal at best. I think it is more likely that I will get my DVR cleaned out this weekend than a closet!!!!

Finally, I thought about getting all my Christmas trees up. I don't really have the energy or desire to decorate, but I thought if I could get all the trees up, in place, and lights working, I would have a head start for post thanksgiving decorating. However, I usually think once you start dragging it out, it is easier to just do all of it, so that will probably wait until next week too.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Just Like Going Home

I received an e-mail two days ago about a Collegiate SuperStore that was going in at Mockingbird Station. The e-mail came from Red Raider Outfitter in Lubbock and they said they were temporarily setting up shop there. So of course, after the work was done today, I headed down to Dallas.

It was really a two purpose trip... First, I have been crazy craving Red Hot and Blue. Second, I could see what the Outfitter has for this Red Raider gal. (at this point, you should be really impressed that I was able to wait 2 WHOLE DAYS before turning my car south on 75 to go and check out the Outfitter's supply!).

Since lunch was involved, I was able to rope Jennifer into going with me. We stopped at Red Hot and Blue first. We split a 1/2 order of their wonderful onion rings and split a pulled pork sandwich (we've discovered that when we order rings, neither of us can finish our sandwich). Of course, I wasn't willing to half the order of the "best in the world" potato salad, so we ordered an extra side of that! We finished that off with one of their new petite bowls of blackberry cobbler (not as good as Mom's!). All of that was pretty fantastic with one exception...they were out of the Carolina BBQ sauce! Apparently I'm one of only about 15 people who actually like the vinegar based Carolina sauce, so they removed it from the tables a while back and made it so that you had to request them to bring it out, but today they were just plain OUT! I really love that sauce and besides the potato salad, it is the main reason I enjoy RH&B so much, so that was a HUGE BUMMER!!!!!

After our tummies were full, we headed down to Mockingbird Station. At first we couldn't find the Outfitter, so we decided to just park and walk around until we found it. I saw a parking spot open up in that nightmare for parking shopping center, so I took it. It was like the gates of heaven opening up because right in front of us was the Red Raider Outfitter. Seeing all the red and black caused me to have a skip in my step as I walked through those doors!

Unfortunately, they were still unpacking and didn't have a ton of things I wanted or sizes I needed, but still, walking around all of that Tech gear was almost as refreshing as being in Lubbock itself... Just Like Going Home!!! I wanted a sweatshirt and found some that were insanely expensive and not exactly what I wanted, but by golly I decided I was going to suck it up and fork over the money anyway (you know being in there was kind of kid in the candy store kind of a thing, so I wasn't thinking 100% clearly). I tried it on and it was one of those with a hoodie and pocket in the front (neither things I wanted in a sweatshirt). As much as I tried, I realized that the pocket in front made me feel like a kangaroo with a joey in my pouch and I just wasn't going to fork over $65 for that!!!

I finally settled on a cute long sleeve t-shirt (black that has TECH on the front and the TECH is red and black zebra print). Really cute and only $22! I also nabbed a black cap made for women with a cute little petite double T on it.

As I said, it was a little bit like being in the Hub City for a few minutes.... now if we could just get them to put in a Cagle's Steaks, Spanky's and One Guy from Italy in there!!!

Trying to Sass it up!

As you may notice, I'm desperately trying to make my blog more Sassy and Fun! As I mentioned in the previous blog entry, I ran across the cutest blog ever. I discovered that she purchased her adorable custom design layout from a company called Sweet Cheeky Designs who specializes in such for $45-85 each.

As most of you know me well, you know that I think diving in and doing something is half the fun, so I'm trying to amp up the sassy all by myself (also you know I can't stand knowing that someone else has something more stylish or creative than I do!). I have found some really fun new backgrounds and will be trying them out in the future as the holiday seasons change. Over the past 24 hours, I made several changes to the blog, including the addition of a blinkie.

At this moment, my creative energies (okay, some might call it my obsessive behaviors) are being limited by not owning Photoshop. I'm trying to remedy this by downloading another program that is suppose to be similar and free, but my lack of computer-savy skills are throwing up another Road Block (this is like the darn Amazing Race...Blog Version, just when you think you are getting somewhere, BOOM! another road block or detour!).

I'm going to keep on trying and hopefully I will be able to develop a blog at least half as cute as the ones that I found on Sweet Cheeky Designs!

I'm also in the market for a new and fun name for the blog, so if you've got any sugggestions, pass them along!

Thursday, November 20, 2008


I was blog stalking and looked at this blog of a blogger who follows Abby's blog. Apparently they are Texas Tech fans and have attended at least the Texas and OSU games (you should know that I'm currently sitting here green with envy!). I stole this photo off of her blog and just had to post it because it is seriously one of the funniest things I have seen in a long, long time. I have know idea who this blogger is, but if I did, I would send out a "thanks for sharing" shoutout!

Also, she has about the cutest blog I've ever seen. I'd love to know where she got her layout for her blog and if she created it herself, then I'm just speechless!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Glamour Girl

I received Lola's pictures via UPS today. First, I want to say that the package was very small and light weight for having cost $300! But more importantly... the actual photos are even more adorable than the slideshow online!!!! She looks soooo cute! I wish I could have ordered an 11x14 of each and every photo (instead of my 5x7 or 4x6).

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Great White Huntress

Lola, the great white huntress has succeeded tonight. I came home from class and let her out to potty. As soon as I opened the door and stepped out onto the patio, I could see a little mouse running along the back fence (the bottom horizontal slats). It all happened too fast! Lola saw it as soon as I did, so there was no keeping her inside. She darted after it and I'll be darned if she didn't catch him. I got her to drop him and saw his little tail moving, but then she grabbed him again, and the chase was on (this time between me and Lola). I finally caught her, got her to drop the mouse (which I presumed was dead by this point) and drug her into the house. I went back out with my craptastic flashlight, but couldn't find a mouse corpse. I'll have to wait until the sun is up to initiate the recovery of the corpse. I'm hoping that the little guy was just stunned and was able to recover from the heart attack that he probably had and run off.

Lola appeared confused that I wasn't proud of her, but you know I love the little mice. I cohabitated with one in Lubbock for a good year. He would run back and forth behind my desk and sometimes come down the hall and look in my bedroom at me when I was up on my bed reading. I had to look all over Lubbock for 6 months before I found a trap that would trap him, but not hurt him. Of course, I never was able to catch him. Guess Macy wasn't as into hunting mice as Lola is!

UPDATE: The mouse is dead. On a later potty trip outside, Lola found her prize and after another chase (again between Lola and me), the mouse has been thrown over the fence.

Sunday, November 16, 2008


I just spent 5 hours of my Sunday cleaning house. YUCK! I sure miss my housekeeper! Of course, the fact that it took 5 hours probably speaks to the level of filth I was living in! I'll partially blame Lola... I know that all that dirt, grass, muddy paw prints and yes, the dead lizard that I found can all be attributed to her!

Saturday, November 15, 2008


Something else interesting on Friday's Oprah was at home DNA testing. It is through this company called 23andme. You spit into a tube, send it to them and then 4-6 weeks later, you log on and can see your DNA profile. It has been named Time Magazine's invention of the year. They just dropped their price from $1000 to $399. It tells you things about your ancestry, but more importantly, it tells you things about your health including diseases that you may be prone to getting, etc. Dr. Oz said he took the test and found out some things that he is prone to getting and some can be prevented.

It sounds very interesting! I think if I could come up with an extra $399, I'd love to do it.

Marathon Abby

My friend Abby is running in her first marathon today in San Antonio (along with her hubby Brian)! YEAH ABBY & BRIAN!!!!!!! While I still think you may be a little mentally unbalanced for running a whole 26 miles when nobody is chasing you with a knife or something similar, it is very impressive nonetheless!!

UPDATE: Abby and Brian ran the marathon in 4 hours 20 minutes!


Just got a chance to finish watching my DVR'd Oprah from Friday. She had an announcement that she lost her 14 year old chocolate cocker, Solomon two weeks ago. She lost her black cocker Sophie to kidney failure back in the spring. Here is something you wouldn't normally thing of saying, but boy, I sure feel bad for Oprah. If I had lost my Lola the same year we lost Macy, I think you would have had to bury me too! I can't imagine losing two of your "kiddos" the same year. It made me give my little pup an extra bear-hug and kiss today!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rain Rain Rain

Starting last night about 8:00, it just rained, and rained, and rained some more. Not just light rain showers either, I mean heavy rains that flowed over the sides of the gutters. I thought most of the rain had passed only to be awakened by the heavy rain and storms at 3 different points during the night.

Then about 7:30 this morning, as I was laying in bed half dozing/half awake, I heard a loud bang. It took me until about 8:30 to figure out what it was, but a pickup had plowed into the tree behind my back fence. At first I thought, thankfully he hit the tree instead of tearing down the back fence, but then I thought darn, I wish he had managed to tear up one of the side fences that really really needs replacing, then I could have made his insurance pay! Oh well, my luck, he would have been uninsured anyway!

Sunday, November 9, 2008


I haven't blogged in a couple of has been a busy weekend.

Friday I went to our Junior League's Holiday market, 'Neath the Wreath. I haven't purchased much there in the past, so I was surprised to find many things I wanted to buy. I got a great Christmas shirt. It cost a little more than I would like to spend on a seasonal shirt, but it was made for me... it is a pink thermal t-shirt and it says "Dreaming of a Pink Christmas"! I was also able to purchase some Christmas & Hanukkah presents, so that was a plus too.

Saturday I had to go to Nocona for a wedding. It turned out to be the most difficult road trip to Nocona EVER. I got stuck at three wrecks in what should have been the first 30-40 minutes of my journey!!! Two were on Hwy 380. I had to wait for the wrecks to clear and the firetrucks to stop blocking the highway to go on my way (literally I had my car in park on the highway). Then when I got up to the interstate, there had been an accident that shut down the service road, so I couldn't get on the highway there! They had hazard material crews out cleaning up the site and it didn't look like it was going to clear any time soon, so I just abandoned major highways and took the little FM roads through the country for the final hour of the trip.

Luckily the wedding was at 5:00, so I was able to attend the wedding, go to the reception, eat my dinner and bail so I could go to my parent's house and watch the game. It was a great victory for the Red Raiders who romped all over the OSU Cowboys. It was really a great night (plus my Mom and Dad stayed at the reception longer than me and brought me "cake to go").

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Lola's Pictures

I finally just decided to bite the bullet and place my photo order with the photographer. I have looked at those pictures until I'm blue in the face and have contemplated my order for over a week. Wars have been entered into with less contemplation!!!

I finally decided the problem that I was having was, it was kind of like choosing a favorite Lola. For me and Jennifer (the two who have spent the most time with Lola during her almost 4 years of life), we can never choose a "favorite Lola". Sometimes we discuss that our favorite Lola is sleepy Lola. Then we change our minds and it is mischievous Lola. Then we change our minds and it is snuggly Lola, etc. The photos were the same way, choosing my favorites was like choosing my "favorite Lola" and that is just impossible!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Sunday's events

Jennifer and I went to Canton today. It was a fairly typical trip (ie: I spent too much money). Jennifer and I are quite the anomalies though... everyone was talking about the nice weather while Jennifer and I were moaning and groaning about the weather. We could have been quoted as saying, "I wish it were freezing." and "I wish we were experiencing a cold rain today.", etc. You see, we were sweating it up today, and that is most definitely something I DO NOT enjoy in November. In addition, pretty weather = bigger crowds. Our favorite Canton trip EVER was in subzero temps! We had the whole place practically to ourselves (never mind the cuddle duds we had to wear under our clothes, the coats, the gloves, the scarves, and the hats that we had to wear!).

We stopped back by the outlets in Terrell but didn't get anything there. I mention it because it made me think of a funny story about Lisa and her parents. Lisa's parents Don and Edna live in Terrell. Once when Lisa was visiting a year or two ago, she wanted to go to the outlets, but it was after dark. Edna was adamant that Lisa could not go alone (despite the fact that she was 30 something years old and practically lived alone too). Edna kept telling Lisa, "you have to take your Daddy with you". To which Lisa replied, "Mom, what good is Daddy going to do if someone tries to attack me, he can barely hobble along on his bum knee." To which Edna replied, "If you take Daddy then you don't have to run faster than your attacker, you only have to be faster than Daddy!"

Classic! I love Edna!

Don't forget to factor in Cost of Living...

I had lunch with Maddie and Gracie yesterday. I took the girls to lunch at The Purple Cow to celebrate Gracie's 9th birthday. Maddie had a loose tooth, and that got us talking about the Tooth Fairy. Gracie started telling me about all the teeth she has lost and one in particular.

Apparently, she lost a tooth while they were visiting New York City. She told me that the Tooth Fairy left her $10 when she lost the tooth in NYC which is more than she has received when she lost other teeth. She said "I guess that is just what the Tooth Fairy leaves in NYC. You know things are more expensive there."

Guess the Tooth Fairy factors in cost of living adjustments! Priceless!

Saturday, November 1, 2008


This describes my current mood!
Texas Tech has beaten #1Texas 39-33
If you didn't watch the game, then you missed one helluva good game!
I don't think there is any feeling as good as beating Texas!!!!!
Of course, I'm not delusional enough to think that we will be ranked #1 this week
(even though Texas got to jump from #5 to #1 when they beat Oklahoma who was #1).
Tech doesn't get all the love like Texas does, so I know that will never happen.
We still have a tough row to hoe, Oklahoma State will be in Lubbock next Saturday, and then we still have Oklahoma coming up too. But I say, WRECK 'EM TECH!!!!!!!

More Trick-or-Treaters

My friend Suzanna sent me some pics of her little Trick-or-Treaters. Little Kate is enjoying her 1st Halloween with her cute & ginormous Halloween bow on her head. Below, Bennett is an adorable turtle.

Another Little Dude

I imagine the pictures of my little friends will just keep trickling in, and they are so cute I have to post them. Here is my friends Chris and Rachel's little cowboy, Weston. He just turned one.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

So Happy Halloween from Lola & Me! Lola hates her witch hat, so she was moving around too fast to get clearly captured on film (and my battery died before I was able to shoot any better pictures)!
This afternoon, Jennifer and I took Little Josh down to the square in McKinney for "Scare at the Square" to celebrate his first Halloween. Scare at the Square is one of the festivals that we have here in downtown McKinney that make me feel like I live in the fictional town of Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls. All the merchants and restaurants give out candy and there is a train for the kids, etc. Below are some photos from our beautiful square on this fall day.

The Old Courthouse anchors our square and is the hub for Halloween events.

Below is Jennifer's little guy, Joshua. He was a spider, and was cute cute cute!

Below is Lisa's little boy, Tommy and his little (half) brother Matt. Tommy was some character for the Star Wars Clone movie (that I'm unfamiliar with) and Matt was mini Darth Vader.

Below are Lon & Roslyn's two little cuties! Vivienne is a Barbie cheerleader (much to the horror of her father) and Grace was a lady bug!

Here is Sarah-Grace, my friend Jenn's little one. She is a cute puppy for her 1st Halloween. She is spotted just like her three real pups, Annie, Maisy & Marley!

Finally, here are two real cuties! Miss Emery as Dorothy and Little Brooks is the Lion (another little guy enjoying his 1st Halloween)!

As you can see, I love taking and getting Halloween Pictures of some of my favorite little people! There are some of my little friends missing from this pictorial because they live too far away to trick-or-treat here and I haven't received an e-mail of photos from their busy moms!
Trick-or-Treating has been pretty slow tonight. I guess a lot of people are having parties. I have found that as in past years, my witch themed front door seems to be quite the photo-op for little trick-or-treaters both before I answer the door and after I've closed it!
As always, Lola can't wait for this night to be over (and I'm praying that the night ends before she has a heart attack)!


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