Archive for December 2006

Update

23 December, 2006

We went to see Maggie B this afternoon and she was up and walking…very glad to see that and of course I burst out crying.  We got to take her outside for a short walk and she did pretty good, walking slow but doing 100x better than this morning. 

When we were outside I just held her and was crying and she started crying – I know, we try and put human traits on our animals but I am saying she was crying.  She was very happy to see us and it made me feel much better that she was walking and not a limp dog wrapped up in a towel like she was when we took her in.

She has pancreatitis and developed a heart murmur because of the dehydration.  I guees dehydration thinkens their blood and this can be a side effect.  They have her on an IV and giving her fluids and antiobiotics to fight off any infection and to help her to not become septic.  It is still going to be a wait and see sort of thing but she will get her blood drawn tomorrow evening again to look at her pancreatic enzyme levels and hopefully she can come home with us Christmas day. 

While we were at the vet an older couple left after they had to put their dog down.  It was just a horrible sight to see.  I was laying on the floor with the Maggie B on my legs and they walked out and the woman just had uncontrollable sobs.  It was heart-wrenching and of course I started crying all over again.  Our pets become such a part of our lives and thankfully I have never had to put a pet down myself.  I had my childhood dog, Che, die when I was in middle school and that was hard.  It is harder now when you are an adult though.  My Aunt R just lost 2 of her dogs and even though I was completely sad for her I just could never feel that pain.  Now I know. 

I am thankful that the Maggie B is doing better and hope that she continues so and can just get home with us.  And I think because of this process I will become a hyperchondriac with my children, whenever we have them…

I promise I will be writing of happier things tomorrow.  We’ll check in on the Maggie B and we also pick up Mom and Yaya from the airport.  I talked to her tonight and she said that she wanted to watch reindeer…

I want to watch reindeer too kiddo – maybe we’ll catch a glimpse of them tomorrow night.

Maggie B is in the vet hospital

23 December, 2006

Yesterday we came home to throw-up and bloody diarea.  Took her to the vet last night and he sent us home with antibiotics and imodium.  We were up every two hours will her throwing up or the runs and it got to a point this morning where she wasn’t even standing up and just went on the potty pad that we put under her.  We then took her to the ER vet and they have her on IV’s and antibiotics – she has pancreatitis.  It is a wait and see sort of thing and of course all I have been doing is crying since 5am when we took her in.  She’ll be there overnight and probably again overnight tomorrow…

This is the toughest thing I have ever been through.  I’ve had her since she was a puppy – 12 years.  This is aweful.  I am steam cleaning the carpets right now which I am sure the neighbors are loving but Mom and Yaya get in tomorrow and I can’t have dirty carpets and I am trying to get all the tears out today so I can put a brave face on for Yaya.  She loves Maggie and talks about her pictures more than mine. 

So, Dr. Vet – if you are reading this, my Christmas present that I want this year is my Maggie B home with me. 

28 Minutes to go…

22 December, 2006

Even though we celebrated the longest darkness yesterday…the day before a holiday always trumps.

I have 28 minutes more to go until I am ‘officially’ on vacation…and I don’t quite understand why I must sit here for 28 minutes doing nothing work related until someone comes to tell me that I may go home know and enjoy the holiday…especially when I am at the very least 2 hours behind my clients and they have obviously already left – yesterday! 

This is the one part of going back to the corporate world that kills me…I am no longer the boss.  It is a steady paycheck though….

And one more thing – I COMPLETEL FORGOT to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my Aunt R – she turned 50 which she doesn’t want to be reminded of but I think it is great.  That whole side of the family is smokin’ hot at any age and you are smokin’ hot at 50 Aunt R!!  Believe me – that side of my family has the best genes – perfect skin, great hair (all of it – well, let’s just say the women do…) and I am grateful that I am following that side of the family when it comes to getting older…

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AUNT R!!!

12 more minutes…

We are heading to Silverton tonight for Christmas dinner with my Dad and his friend Havard.  She has a great house in the country and of course I will take plenty of pictures to share with all of you.  I will be in a hat again as I was lazy today and wore a baseball cap to work…at least I can still do that in the corporate world…

Happy Christmas, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Kwanzaa, and Happy Festivus for the rest of us!

Gotta go now – I need to make sure I have my “out of office” email response going!!

Tracking Santa

22 December, 2006

For all of our friends and family all around the world…

See when Santa will find you http://www.noradsanta.org/index.php

Only 3 more days

21 December, 2006

I have been excited about my Mom and Yaya coming for Christmas for, well, ever since we moved here.  Now I have only 3 days to wait…and of course I am getting antsy. 

I’m really looking forward to it but finding myself already sad that they will be leaving again.  I don’t want to feel the pain I felt of moving away from Yaya and wondering whether or not she will remember me. 

We will have fun and lots of hugs and kisses while they are here and I will be back in KC in a couple of months…I don’t like the in-between time.  I also need to be independently wealthy…

And I want to say a big CONGRATULATIONS to Craiger on graduating!!  That is awesome!!

Life this past week

17 December, 2006

It has been a busy time this past week.  My Dad arrived from Majuro on Wednesday night. We had wind storms again Thursday evening/night.  I didn’t work Friday because our office building had no electricity, so Dad, Dodo and I ran around without a purpose and into some funky weather.  Saturday, Dodo flew his cross-country solo.  And Sunday, we drove around with a purpose.

This is definitely a picture filled post.  So enjoy the photojournalism…

Friday, Dad and I took Dodo to the airport because we thought he was going to be able to do his cross-country solo that day.  We thought we would drop him off and then run around and come back when he landed so we could get a pic.  Unfortunately, the weather turned crazy about 3 times while he was trying to do his flight plan.  So, instead we looked at what he may be doing in the future…

Flying this –

This helicopter is used for transport and fire-fighting.  It is GINORMOUS and totally cool.

And here is back to reality…

This is what he is flying right now.  Still totally cool but not so ginormous… 

This next one is of Dodo and I again by the GINORMOUS and totally cool helicopter, followed by my Dad and I and the GINORMOUS and totally cool helicopter:

This is the underbelly of the GINORMOUS and totall cool helicopter…well, the underbelly of the back of the thing…

Do you notice how it blocks all sunlight?

That is one big helicopter.

We stuck around the airport a bit and then headed out with Dodo once we knew he wasn’t flying that day.  We thought we would go to the museum and ended up driving around a little and running into some crazy weather…

First it was sleet…

Then it was snow…it is a little hard to see but the end of the tunnel was crazy looking.  It was completely white out there….and by the way the sleet was right before we went into the tunnel…the snow right after the tunnel…

 We decided to head home and make some chowder and watch movies and enjoy the cold weather and some relaxing. 

Then…

it was sunny. 

We decided to go home anyway.

It was crazy weather.  KC folks think their weather changes fast…they have nothing on Portland.  Sleat, snow and warm sunny weather all happened within 5 minutes and less than 2 miles of driving. 

Our Saturday was spent with me working and Dodo flying Cross-Country….SOLO!

I was working but headed out for a little bit so I could get a picture of him when he came in.  Very big smiles from all…

I am holding up the map he used to navigate…Yes, you may call him THE NAVIGATOR from now on…and Jay – you can call him a pilot now and Dodo won’t argue…

After all of the excitement on Saturday, we decided that we were going to sleep in on Sunday.  Which we definitely did.  After everyone was up we headed out for breakfast and to a very cool area in NW Portland.  Very cool shops and bars and places to eat.  

This is one of the things you may see there…

 

A real, live marionette…

And then of me driving…I am not a marionette although sometimes Dodo thinks that I may become one if he tells me where to go often enough…

 

And still driving…

I look totally cool by the way…I rock…woo hoo…

After breakfast we decided to drive around our future neighborhood.  This is much like looking at the future helicopter that Dodo might be flying, albeit a bit further of a reach…

This is one house we may be looking at, although I am afraid that the plumbing might be a bit old and the mold is probably growing rampant and it doesn’t sit quite high enough for us and probably needs more windows…but we haven’t crossed it off the list quite yet…

We are looking for a view of something to this effect…of course without this tree and house in the way…

So that is why we finally decided on this one.  Great views above everything, decks, lots of windows and will be great for the zip-line we must install because seriously, how am I going to get down that driveway to go grocery shopping if it snows?  Which reminds me, we will have to put in a gondola for the way back up…

This will be something like the view we will have from this house, although we will not see this fence, or the grass, or the trees, and the building will be just a speck…

In all seriousness…

this is the view from our deck…or would you call it a look-out perch?  I definitely see a zip-line in our future as well as one of these homes…

See, they are anticipating our arrival…It will only be a few more years guys…Just build slow…we’re talking to a realtor as I type…

And now folks, I am afraid I must come back to reality and bring all of you with me…Remember, this is only for a short while…until the meds kick in…

ooohhhh…medication….

Just kidding.  This is me and the Maggie B chillin’. 

We are not on drugs.

We are on Christmas Cheer…

Including the dog…

Caption:

‘This is what I think of Christmas…blllaaahhh’

Really, she was having a lot of fun….

She’s definitely a good sport about the whole thing.  She knows I was just trying to make our humble home festive for the holidays.

She knows I spent hours decorating our tree…

And hanging (in chronological order starting in 1977 and going until 1993) my ornaments that my Grandmother made me….

All in anticipation of my Mom and Yaya arriving on Christmas Eve…

To enjoy our house that is just so stellar that it blinds you with its radiance…

I know you all are definitely confused.  Especially because the pictures prior to this last one had a very small Christmas tree, small fireplace, etc. shown.  Because we live in such a stellar house, I must use a wide-angle lense in order to capture everything and when using said wide-angle lense, it shrinks everything down…

So, do not be deceived by the size of our tree and the snowmen beside it and the wash stand it sits on…

It is a really big wash stand.

It hasn’t been raining lately

7 December, 2006

So here are some pictures of our trek in the rain to downtown Portland a few weeks ago…

A smilin’ Dodo…

 

This is Dodo trying to stay dry…

Me under the umbrella with my java…

Still under the umbrella.

These pictures were taken in this really cool area downtown…tree lined sidewalks and fall colors…

These next few were taken during our excursion to Mt. St. Helens…

we never made it. 

We started out after Dodo did his first solo and even though we could see it….we wouldn’t have arrived before nightfall…especially since we started out at 2 in the afternoon.  So, I made Dodo take pictures of Portland on our way back home.

This is Mt. Hood – it is a rarity that you see it especially during fall/winter.  When you do see it with snow – it is particulary spectacular:

Not a great picture – I need a real camera – (hint hint) – but still cool.

This next one is just outside of downtown on our way back to our house.  It is just really cool that all of these homes/condos sit on the side of this hill and on top of this hill and they have a highway cut through the bottom of them…I wonder if this is good feng shui…probably not.

China Town in DT Portland:

Maggie B and I – A Self Portrait…

Maggie B’s scar – not much better than mine but at least she can cover hers up with a lot of hair…

And the grand finale….

Mount Saint Helens….A View from the Car….

You wouldn’t think it would have taken us 2 hours to get there from the point of this picture would you?  The funniest thing about this was that this is the second time we have tried going there.  The first was on our initial trip to Portland and we turned around because we realized how far away we really were…and the second…pretty much the same realization….

Three times the charm right?