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!


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