Friday, May 26, 2017

Five on Friday #109


It's been one of those weeks at work that I just want to pull a Milton (from Office Space).

Between all my work being lost because some techs have no comprehension of version control (and that multiple individuals working on the same document is NOT conducive to me doing my job), spilling someone else's dayS old coffee on myself, and a general "over all this shit" attitude because I'm exhausted from not sleeping well, I'm hurting from my hip, and I've just got a lot of balls rolling at once, I'm done.

I'm trying to prep for surgery next week and accomplish all.the.things.  I've been trying to ask Teh German for help doing small tasks that are simple (put the suitcases away, pull dog blankets from the dryer, help me with the laundry, etc).  It's difficult to not micro-manage for me, but I'm making attempts.

This week I accomplished getting my pre-op labs completed and picking up my medication/prescriptions that I will need post-surgery.  I'm working with the people who are delivering my "gear" (to include a hip brace, cooling contraption, and sexy space boots to massage my calves so I don't get blood clots from being sedentary).  Teh German also talked me into ordering a super awesome rail system for the toilet because I'm 90 I won't be able to stand up on my own at first and he doesn't want to help me in the bathroom wants to keep some mystery between us.  Truthfully, I'm sure we'll both be happier with him not helping me when I go business and both of us will be less embarrassed.

I want to do some cleaning (use the vacuum (not Roomy), bathrooms, kitchen counters/knobs/stove, dusting, and in an ideal world, mop the floors (hahahahahaahah)) this weekend and I'll ensure all the laundry is caught up by Wednesday evening.  These are lofty goals, but I have already warned Teh German...

I also would like to meal plan for next week early in the weekend so I can accomplish the grocery store visit, if necessary, over the weekend, thus eliminating another task and stress from next week.  How adult of me.  Blech.


Pax and Meri have been doing well this week.  After their one confrontation, everything seems to have settled.  Meri is letting him approach her again, which is good.

We took Pax to the vet on Wednesday and they told us he had hookworms. They weren't pleased when we left without medication.  I knew that Pax had some sort of worm medication at home that I had forgotten to bring, as well as his entire binder that contained his shot records, so I wasn't about to spend the extra money on medication I knew we didn't need.

This was also the 4th time the vet has introduced himself to me as if we've never met before.  I just cannot with that.  We'll probably be switching vets for our next visits to the vet that we last went to with Phil.  I didn't over love them when we moved to Charleston, but I think I like them better now that I've been to other vets in the area.  That, and I'm still impressed that the vet was able to not stab herself or Phil when he was seizing.

We're on a pretty consistent schedule and we've been on pack walks every day since we got back from MD.  He peed in the house Thursday morning and there was a poop present for us on Tuesday.  Siiiiiigh.  #newpuppyproblems  Nonetheless, he's here to stay and he's growing on me.  Almost literally since he always seems to be right in front of me whenever I turn around.  If he's not in front of me, he's leaning on one of my legs.  He can never get enough affection.

Bully stick time!
No snarking happened, so I'm calling it a success for our first round.

The real issue now seems to be Teh German.  He keeps waking up in the middle of the night anytime he hears anything (usually Pax's foot scratching against the wall because he has zero concept of how big he actually is), which wakes me up.  Last night there were 3 sleep interruptions.  If people are smart, they won't cross me today. 


From the phone:


If Gloria (Modern Family) can wear them.. I can totally pull them off too.

Signs from Philbo.

They may be a Boston fan...

With poop!


After my pre-op appt, Teh German suggested Willie Jewell's for dinner.
Don't tease this girl with a good time.

A huge mf-in chain, I assume from one of the many ships that came through the CHS harbor.

German isn't on here.  Weellllll then.

Saw a rebate on Ibotta for these babies.  #noregrets

Teh German came with me for Pax's first vet appointment.
I'm only seeing positives about Pax being "his" dog.

There was an Ibotta rebate for this thing too.
The Milka chocolate is delicious, but overall, it's just meh.
How about Milka+Reese's... That's what I'm talkin' aboutttttttt.


From the internet/Random shit: 

This isn't an affiliate link, but I do get $$ if you sign up and use it.  This week I got $6 back on things I bought ($3 spent on items I wouldn't normally buy but was tempted into) at the grocery store through the Ibotta app.  Seriously though, there's no excuse not to use it.  I got $0.25 for buying apples, $0.25 for buying green beans, $0.25 for buying bananas, $0.50 for that Oreo candy bar, $2 back for buying the Bolthouse Farms protein shakes I like to drink for breakfast (making them $1 instead of $2+), and $1 for the tea I love.  You take a pic of your receipt, you scan the items (with barcodes) and voila, $$ to you. 

Do you even (shirt) Woot, bro?  I've bought 2 shirts in the last week and I'm considering buy the father figure one for a father's day gift for Teh Dad, except I'm afraid he'd try to wear it to the wedding and I'd have to unleash Bridezilla on him.. and we just don't need that.

I did some wedding pinning.  It comes in spurts (that's what she said), but that's better than nothing at all, I guess.  This bitch might just come together in the end... It's too bad more people aren't RSVPing yet. 

I think I'll be getting a massage before my surgery.  Loosening up my muscles will make surgery easier right?  Whatevs, do not curr.


10 things that made me happy this week:
  1. Standing instead of sitting at work.
  2. Accomplishing tasks that need to be accomplished before my surgery.
  3. Pax re-figuring out the stairs.
  4. Wedding RSVPs.
  5. People on my street agreeing with my opinion regarding our neighborhood FB page and how people don't seem to know how to communicate effectively.  How to communicate on social media: Think to yourself, is this comment objective AND constructive/productive to the topic at hand?  I am responding out of a feeling (anger, jealousy, sadness, happiness, etc)?  Is my comment even relevant to the topic?  Am I commenting back to another commenter to voice my different opinion to contribute to the conversation in a helpful way?  #learn2communicateeffectively
  6. Riding Bagheera.
  7. My new mug from Universal.
  8. My Phil necklace.
  9. Lazy nights and watching Modern Family.
  10. Pack walks.

Happy Friday, Gentle Readers.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Confessions {5/24}

-My heart is still weeping from how awesome the Happily Ever After show was (the nighttime Disney show on the castle).  Seriously.  I need to see it again and again... and again.  #disneylife

-Pax attacking Meri really upset me.  Not enough to consider returning him, but enough to do some significant research on how to make dogs like each other.  I'm really hoping this is just a blip.  #helicopterparent

On the car ride from MD to SC.

-I'm starting to get nervous about my surgery.  The pre-op appointment yesterday did not help alleviate any stress.  Mostly I'm concerned with the ability to wipe my own ass.  #helplessisnotmyjam

-In the last week it has rained almost every day.  I love it.  #IknowImweird

-IDK why they installed the TP dispenser in the women's bathroom at work so low.  It's like someone picked an arbitrary spot on the wall and said, "yeah here."  Rather than sit on the toilet and make a logical decision where to place it.  #somepeopleskids

-I have a super long to-do list and I need to actually accomplish those things within the next week.  Ugggghhh.  #presurgerylife

-I don't think the new computer I received was supposed to be used for this purpose.. buttttt oh well.  While they raised my desk to standing height, it is still a few inches too short, so my keyboard needed some lift.  They can have the computer back on May 31st.  #notsorry

-Have I mentioned lately how much I love my People?  I do.  Seriously.  My greyhound/dog people are especially amazing.  When we got home from MD, there was a package waiting for me from Sprink, a necklace with Phil's ear tattoos on it.  I cried.  I love it so much.  I've worn it every day since.  It "matches" perfectly with the bracelet that Roux's Humom gave me with Phil's photos on it.

-To add to the Phil thing.  I've strongly considered getting Phil's number as an inner ear tattoo.  I haven't decided yet.

-When we got home from MD our flowers were blooming like crazy!  It's funny how little you notice when you see them every day!  Our passion flower vine is out of control!!!  I love it!

-This is a truck of magical happiness.  If you can't see it, it's the Amazon Prime truck.  This one is not on fire, thankfully.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Weekend Review {5/23}

From the beginning now...


We left for MD Thursday morning at 0930.  I had intended on leaving around 0900, but I got distracted and I hadn't planned on picking a dog when we went to bed.  We met a SHUG parent in Florence, SC to pick up Tula and transport her to the SHUG HQ on our way to MD.

After I heard she was an escape ninja, she didn't get to leave her crate.  #notsorry

Since we were already off the interstate, we opted to grab lunch somewhere close.  Yelp to the rescue, we stopped at Which Wich (NOM) then got back on the road.

Makin' Teh Sister jealous with an egg salad sandwich with avocado from Which Wich.

Passing a greyhound bus on the trek to MD is never a guarantee, so this was our hello from Phil.

I made a moderately poor (but ultimately good) life choice to drive all the way to SHUG HQ to drop off Tula rather than having someone meet me in Waldorf.  This served dual purposes.  1- We didn't have to wait on anyone to meet us.  2- I got to hang out with some borzoi and promptly reconsidered my borzoi desire after wearing all of the dogs I had loved on.

I got smooches from the infamous Lucy,
an adorable, yet naughty borzoi who I stalk on social media.

Lucy was caught eating the stairs.. someone else had chewed there before.

After dropping off Tula and letting Meri get almost gang banged by all the dogs at SHUG HQ (#sorrynotsorry, Meri), we continued our adventure through DC and down to SoMD to Teh Running Bestie's house.  Teh Frozen Lover and her fiance were already there hanging out/waiting to meet Teh German.  We had dinner and hung out for a little while.

After they left, Teh German hung the new blind for the guest room while Teh Running Bestie and I got caught up after 30 hours apart (a new record low!), then it was bedtime.


We kinda slept in on Friday.  We hadn't really slept well, so it was good we got to sleep in.  We finally rolled out of the bed around 10.  Teh Running Bestie came home from work early and we headed to Greyhound Central (GHC) to help set up for the GEGR picnic (which was the excuse for visiting MD to begin with).

Olive's pre-lunch nap.

Meri loves the fact that this chair has a direct view of the yard/tree line so she can hunt/patrol from the couch.

We endured the SC temps (blech) to assist with setting up tables and Teh German got to drive the Gator that he was promised.  Earlier than expected, we left and headed to Teh Soccer Mom's house to get Teh Running Bestie's car checked out.  After a diagnosis and a pit stop at Auto Zone, we headed back home to shower and prepare to head to the Tiki Bar, the start of the weekend Greyhound festivities.

This was an auction item.  Tempting.

Unfortunately, we were rained out, but Teh German did find a shop to purchase some cigars for the weekend.

When we got home, Teh German, smartly, headed to bed, while Teh Running Bestie and I stayed downstairs.  I got sidetracked from my blogging (which took a serious hit last week for reasons explained in my previous post) to configure a new computer for Teh Running Bestie.  After she purchased it, it was bedtime, wayyyy too late.


Wake up time came wayy too early after the late night on Friday.  It was extra unfortunate because I was super grouchy.  On the way to GHC, we stopped at Starbucks so I could caffeinate since I was unbearable, like to myself, so I'm certain that everyone else was pleased to have to deal with me in such a state.

We were at GHC by 0930 to help finish setting up since we hadn't done everything on Friday since the storm was rolling in and we didn't want everything to get wet.  When the time came, we all headed to our volunteer posts.  I had the registration table, Teh German was driving a Gator to help people unload their cars and drive their stuff to the picnic area, and Teh Running Bestie was manning the foster dog pen.

Holding down the.. tent.

Teh German was in his element driving a Gator.

Olive shared a pen with a few other hounds from 2 different families.
Yes, that means that all but one of those dogs belonged to 2 different houses. 
Yes, only 2.
Greyhound people are crazy.

Teh German was surprised at how many people were excited to match his face to his name, since they knew of him from me discussing him online (probably here (hiiiiiiiii) and on the dog's FB groups).  He was especially pleased at how welcoming and nice everyone was to him as someone who was new to the group and the picnic.  We both received many condolences about Phil's passing.  After eating lunch, I talked Teh German into taking one of the foster dogs for a walk to see how we liked him.

The Cult People had been dropping hints about one of the foster dogs all day to us and I figured it was worth giving him a walk to see what Teh German thought.  He was receptive.  For those of you who remember (bless you) that Teh German originally wanted a Doberman, you're correct.  He did.  Then 2 weeks passed after we put in our application and he got a lot of static about doberman behavior and their high energy levels and their energy, etc etc.  Additionally, it had been 2 weeks and we hadn't even received a call back from the group we applied with.  ANNNDDD, Teh German had called the doberman rescue on Thursday on our way up to MD and left a voicemail asking if it was possible to meet the dog we had applied for on Monday (when we made the trek from MD to SC).  No call back... Teh German doesn't do well with poor communication (I'll just say I rubbed off on him, kthx).  All this added together to an extra receptive Teh German.

When we were done walking the dog, we brought him back and Teh German kept migrating back to the foster pen throughout the day to hang out with him.  At one point, we walked over to the remembrance area, where a printed photo of Phil was hanging (we had printed it on Friday night) and took a quiet moment to think of Phil and shed a few tears and Teh German said to me, "We're a greyhound family."

The safest place to eat during a dog event is IN a dog-less pen.

When we made it back to the foster pen, I was told there were several applications already in for the dog we were looking at and if we wanted him, we needed to apply right naowww.  I got on my phone and filled out the application right away, just in case.  Teh German hadn't said for sure he wanted to adopt the dog, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. 

Later on, I asked Teh German if he wanted to adopt the dog we had walked and he couldn't really make a choice.  I explained to him that it was fully his decision, that this was his dog.  We all knew that I would get a greyhound after realizing that borzois were just too hairy for me.  He finally said yes he wanted to adopt this dog.  I confirmed that I had already sent in my application and explained we had other families in front of us.

After talking to the adoption coordinators, we learned that the dog wasn't cat safe, and all the other applicants had cats, which put us in the #1 spot!  Since our vet was already closed, they couldn't do a vet check.  Teh Running Bestie had already planned on taking a foster dog home, so she said she would take "our" dog home to foster until after the vet check could be completed on Monday morning at 0830.  If the vet check passed (duh), then we would take the dog home with us.

Eventually, it was time to pack up and head home to feed the little dogs and then come back to GHC for the evening bonfire.  We were all pretty tired.  On our way home, Teh German and I brainstormed name ideas for the new dog.  We had decided on something like Jax or Dex or Rex for the doberman and we went with that.  When Teh German suggested Pax, we agreed on it.  Pax for Patuxent (Pax) River since that is where we adopted him from.
Olive (pink muzzle), Charger (butt), and Pax (green muzzle).

Teh German hanging out with Pax as he was settling.

First family photo!!

I showered and took a cat nap when we got home so I was pleasant enough to function through the evening activities (I functioned, but I wouldn't call it pleasant). Eventually, we headed back to GHC with Pax and Meri in tow.  We stopped for smores ingredients on the way.  We only stayed for about an hour since we were all so tired.

Finally, we called it a night and headed home.

She does this weird thing with pillows.  It's weirdly cute.


Sunday was a lazy day.  We didn't get motivated until after noon.  Then we headed back to GHC to hand out with the last remaining people who were there.  Meri and Pax got to run, but we left Olive at home with Zoey.  After a few hours of socializing, my head was hurting unbearably and I was ready to go home. 

Pax playing with Lamb Chop

When we got home, I took a nap.  We woke up for dinner with Teh FL Greyhound Wife and Husband at 6.  After dinner, Teh Frozen Lover and her fiance came over for a few rounds of Organ Attack!  Since he is a "real" gamer, he helped explain some of the rules a little better, which was helpful.

Eventually, it was time for them to leave, so they headed home and we started to prep for Monday.


I got up at a reasonable time and hung out with Teh Running Bestie and waited on the adoption coordinator to call me to confirm the vet check came back and we could take Pax home.  I even was a nice person and called into our morning meeting, even thought I had planned to take a full day of PTO.

After my meeting, Teh Running Bestie headed into work and Teh German got up to say bye.  After she left, we proceeded to get ready to leave and head back to SC.  After loading up the car, we loaded up the dogs and headed south.

It rained almost the entire way home, with the exception of when we stopped in Roanoke Rapids for everyone (including the dogs) to go business.

When we got home, we opted to go on a pack walk, then feed the dogs, then unload the car.  Once we finally got settled inside, everything was going well.  Pax started playing with toys, Meri was resting on her slumber ball.  As I was unpacking stuff, Teh German and I were surprised to hear Pax and Meri having a scuffle.  It wasn't good, but no one was hurt.  Now we get to rebuilt Meri's confidence and teach Pax that guarding toys isn't acceptable.  They were doing fine in the car, so I'm hoping this will just be a blimp on the radar.

It took a while for Teh German and I to be tired after the adrenaline rush, so it was after 10:30 when we finally turned off the lights.  Then we heard a bark because Pax was near Meri's bed, so we had to turn the lights back on and sort out that situation.  This wasn't an attack like before, so once Pax was back in his space, everyone was fine. 

Thankfully, everyone slept through the night without issue.

It has been a crazy week!  It actually feels like it's been 2 weeks.

I went to Disney World and Universal Studios.
We went to MD for the GEGR picnic and hung out with Teh Running Bestie.
We adopted a new dog.
We came home.
Then next Thursday (as in June 1st) is my surgery and we'll have to find a new normal until I'm back to full power again.

So now you understand why the blog schedule was jacked up a bit, thankfully that Shit Teh German Said post was already scheduled (whew)!.  I still haven't been able to catch up on blogs in a few weeks, so expect comment spam in the very near future (probably in the beginning of June when I'm teleworking all month).