2. Eat homemade pierogi
3. Blog (hahaha, no) - really, my answer is have a Dole pineapple whip
4. Go to our work cookout in Gloucester (I work at it - I'm not relaxing.)
5. Go to the big annual conference for my day job
6. Plan our annual vacation - I can make that more exciting than the vacation itself
7. Have at least one holiday unspoiled by poorly behaving relatives
8. Watch the Tour de France (on TV)
9. Celebrate my daughter's birthday (My son always manages to make his birthday a multi day event so he can't be on this list.)
10. Remember the anniversary of our first date (Somehow, this is more magical that our wedding day which, truth be told, was a bit of a disaster.)
I've been having a kind of busy life. We did get a new dog, which I will have to blog about. I didn't blog about him when we got him because the other dog didn't really like the new dog so very much. And I cannot say I blame him, as when your first contact with a very boisterous half St. Bernard, half Labrador Retriever is him jumping on you and grabbing you by the throat, you might not feel all warm and fuzzy about him. However, the dogs finally decided they love each other very much and they expressed this feeling of fraternity by nonstop wrestling. Wrestling so hard that they broke furniture wrestling. Wrestling so hard that I started to think maybe it was better when they weren't the best of friends.
There was a downside to the dogs getting along so well. During their wrestling, Pepsi got an aural hematoma. What that means is that the inside of his ear ripped, creating a pocket that filled with blood. On July 2nd. The vet drained his ear on the third, then it was the 4th of July. But the good vet was performing surgery on the morning of July 5th, so awesome. Basically, she opened up his ear, cleaned it out, then stitched the skin and the cartilage back together so it looked kind of like a mattress. See what I mean?
That's after the swelling went down, after and infection was cleaned up, and after he got a new cone. That poor dog had to wear the cone of shame for almost a month. The problem is, we were going on vacation and the dogs were going to the kennel and I had booked them in the same run together so they wouldn't get lonely. But neither of them respected the cone (Pepsi in fact used it as a battering ram.) so they needed to be separated. I called the kennel to see if there was another run available so they could be separated, because of course there would be open runs on a week's notice during July at a place that has a waiting list usually. No runs available. However, maybe because they are nice or maybe because I have been using them for 17 years, they found a spot so vacation could happen.
Mind you, when it got the surgery bill on July 5th, I would have cancelled the vacation if it had been an option. Let's just say it was four figures. Fortunately, when I brought the dog back when his incision got infected, they cleaned him up and gave him the new e-collar for free and told me to bring him back whenever I liked to have his surgery site cleaned. We didn't need to do that. His next trip was his two week checkup, and El Esposo took him. They also did a culture of the gunk in his ear (because he had an ear infection when we brought him in for the aural hematoma) and charged El Esposo for the lab work. When I brought the pup back on August 1st to have his stitches out, El Esposo didn't want to go. He is under the impression that the vet's office charges him for things that they will do for free for me. The stitch removal was free. And the vet told me to keep the cone of shame in case the dog needed it again. I said okay, but I think I can spring for a new one should one be needed. The old one is bent and creased. Maybe I should keep it, though, as I have other stuff to spend my money on besides vet bills.
My laptop died right before we left on vacation. Yup, excellent timing, what with the giant vet bill and all. So I've been living a somewhat lower tech life. Don't worry, I'm not asking for donations and I'm not going to try crowd funding my bad luck. I'm just saying that I'm managing to get this blog done without the aid of a computer. Also, a branch from a big tree fell on my back porch as I was typing this, scaring the crap out of me (cardiovascular system working just fine, thanks), but that's a topic for another day.