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Thursday, April 20, 2023

dammit, UPS!

the hub celebrated another trip around the sun with a very simple request for birthday dinner - one that was even easier than our usual backyard bbq.  and when he first mentioned it, i really really thought he was joking and i'd be making a reservation for dinner at one of his usual haunts.  i was actually just gonna go ahead and pick one and reserve it just in case, but every time i approached him with it he reiterated his original request.  like, he was totally serious.  and so this is how we welcomed my dear husband's 44th birthday:

yup.  we stood around the kitchen island just chatting and laughing while inhaling a feast of chili cheese dogs, corn dogs, and chili cheese fries.  it was definitely different from previous birthday dinners, but i gotta say...i didn't hate it.

the bean had worked on a banner and put up some streamers around the house to make it extra festive when he got home:

and while she took care of the decorations, i was working on dessert.  he'd requested some of our new favorite fluffernutter cookies:

and because i just really thought we needed cake, i followed a recipe i'd just found that sounded intriguing: peanut butter tres leches.

the hub is one of the most difficult people to buy presents for.  he's amazing at giving gifts, but shopping for him is damn near impossible.  and so when he told me about a couple of things he was eyeing, i clicked on them immediately and placed the orders.  he was most likely like 75% joking about it when he sent those links, but they fell right into my budget and i figured if he changed his mind he could always exchange or return.  one of them was a golf bag he'd put on his christmas list, and when i got the delivery notice i was super relieved because it was scheduled to arrive on a day that he was out of town for work.

of course, UPS ended up changing the delivery date at the last minute and the giant box was delivered right to our doorstep...while i was gone and he was home.  UGH.  i was so annoyed - there was no mistaking what was in the box, and i got the ring alert on my phone when it was delivered and then again when he went out there to bring the box inside the house.  words cannot express my irritation. he thought it was funny, but i got the last laugh when i told him he'd have to wait till his birthday to open it.  this meant he was going to see that box every single day, twice a day, when he left the house and then came back after work.  muahahahahahahaha.

and because i'm a dork like that, i still brought that box inside and wrapped it in birthday gift wrap, which made him laugh when he got home and saw it on the table.  

and while he wasn't expecting cake, he seemed pretty happy with the one i'd made and cheerfully danced along as we sang him the birthday song.

all in all, i think he had a pretty good birthday.  he really never asks for much - but i know he enjoys the time with family and the silly things we do to celebrate.  definitely the opposite of his wife, the birthday princess.  heh.

Thursday, April 13, 2023

poor sweet little cocoa

it was just another ordinary day at our house, with me working on something in the office when i heard cocoa running down the hall at breakneck speed just burning off some energy like she often does when she gets "the zoomies."  i was just chuckling at her silliness when i heard her cry out - really loudly, and more than once, and my heart stopped as i ran out to find her laying on the floor just looking at me for help.  i knew she must have jumped up onto the couch and then taken a flying leap off the back and just landed all wrong.  i picked her up and held her for a bit while trying to carefully check her out and see if there was any obvious injury.  she calmed down pretty quickly, but when i put her down she was avoiding putting any weight on her back right leg.

while the vet didn't have any available appointment times, when i explained what had happened they told me to bring her in and she'd basically be on standby.  they'd let the doctor know that she needed to be seen, and he'd come in and check her out between appointments.  and so i dropped her off as instructed and then went back home to wait for the phone call to let me know what was happening.

it took a couple of hours, which had poor teddy so confused.  he spent the whole time sadly moping around the house and following me everywhere i went, gazing mournfully at me like this:

the vet finally called to let me know that he'd had a chance to take some x-rays and look her over, finding no broken bones which was good news...but the bad news was that she'd managed to completely tear her ACL.  yikes.  and since it wasn't just a partial tear, that meant surgery.  double yikes.  poor little cocoa.

their in-house surgeon was fully booked up for the next week, which sucked.  and so we went home with pain medication to help her in the meantime.  the meds must've worked like a charm, because while she was a little quiet and mopey for a little while she was back to her playful, affectionate self not long after the first dose.

when the day finally came, she had to be at the vet's office by 7:30 - so, pretty much the same time that i'm getting ready to take the bean to school.  and so the hub took cocoa while i took the bean to school, and when i got home poor teddy was even more confused at having been left at home by himself.  that pretty much never happens, and he spent the rest of the day glued to my side.

i got the call from the vet a couple of hours later to tell me that she was all done, resting comfortably and sleeping off the anesthesia. they were keeping her overnight for observation and then i'd be able to pick her up at noon the next day.  i knew she'd need to wear a cone for awhile throughout her recovery period, and since the regular plastic cone just seems horribly uncomfortable i ordered her one of those inflatable donut things to wear around her neck.  i brought it when it was time to pick her up and they put it on her for me - and while she seemed happy to see me there she also gave me some serious side eye.

i couldn't help but giggle at her poor little shaved chicken leg.

as it turned out, that donut was pretty ineffective (or she's just a little contortionist) because it turned out that she could still reach around it and get to her stitches.  ugh.  and so i went to plan b - a regular cone, but at least it was soft and more comfortable looking than the plastic one the vet was going to send her home with.  i put it on her upside down, thinking it would be enough to keep her away from her leg.

but once again, that little shit proved me wrong as she looked right at me and then reached around and went at those damn sutures again.  and so i ended up having to flip it right side up anyway.

when we went to bed that night, it was cute to see how she and teddy snuggled up together.  they don't do this often, but one night apart really seemed to make a difference.

but guess what?  the cone still didn't do the job as the first thing i saw when i woke up was her sitting up and gnawing at her knee.  UGH.  so the hub and i covered it up with some bandages, which worked long enough for me to order her what we dubbed "the super suit."  cocoa has never been a fan of wearing clothing of any kind, and this was no different.  but OMG, how we laughed and laughed:

i took her back to the vet so that they could look at her knee and determine whether or not they needed to redo the stitches.  they took her back and checked her out and decided that she was okay as is, but they sent her home with the knee wrapped up much more nicely than the hub and i had cobbled together with our five-year-old first aid kit.  this bandage was very secure and looked much more comfortable, and when covered with the super suit kept her incision nice and safe.

since the hub was at work, it was up to me to put the super suit back on by myself - and my dumb ass managed to do it backwards, so the first time cocoa had to potty she ended up peeing on the damn thing.  luckily, i had a backup.

anytime we had to leave, cocoa had to be crated because we couldn't trust her not to run around and jump up and down onto the couch and stuff.  she hadn't been crated since she was a puppy, so i wasn't sure how she'd take it - not to mention, we had to use june's crate and i didn't know if she was going to smell june in there and be like NOPE NOPE NOPE.  luckily, she did just fine...and even went in there voluntarily a few times to just relax and have some alone time.  heh.

she loves to snuggle up against me on the couch while teddy stays nearby with his emotional support unicorn.

and wouldn't you know it...with the fur shaved off plus a bit of irritation from the adhesive from the bandage that the hub and i had put on her, she developed a little rash on the inside of the leg.  we had to take the super suit off of her and resort to plan c - the inflatable frisbee-looking thing that she absolutely despised.

it's been about three weeks since her surgery, and she's off of all medication with no more cones or super suits or anything like that required.  her incision is healed and she's back to being our silly, sweet little cocoa once again.  according to the vet, she won't have 100% use of her leg yet for a couple more weeks but in the meantime, it's so good to be back to normal.  and guess what else?  today's her 4th birthday!  she's celebrating quietly wrapped up in a blanket on her favorite chair.

Wednesday, April 5, 2023

a whole different kind of body roll(ing)

ever heard of body rolling?  well, until a couple of months ago, neither had i.  the simplest explanation i can give you is that it's kind of like foam rolling on steroids.  it involves this machine:

and you basically work every part of your body from the neck down while being coached by an instructor who tells you how to position yourself, guided by prompts from the machine.  it's considered an equivalent to a low-impact workout because you burn a pretty fair amount of calories during the 45-minute session, and it offers a plethora of benefits including increased circulation, cellulite reduction, lymphatic detox and massage and the infrared light helps to reduce inflammation.  all kinds of good stuff, and it's especially nice if you're sore after a workout (like i often am).  it's oddly relaxing and slightly painful and makes you break a sweat when you aren't expecting it.

the whole family has tried it, although the old lady and i are probably the biggest fans.  the bean likes it enough to come with us, but the guys didn't seem to share our enthusiasm.

if you're local to me and are interested in trying it out, click here to book a session.  tell her i sent you - and no, i don't get a kickback or anything, but it's kind of fun to think i'm any level of influencer.  muahahahahahaha.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

who's the goat?

scrolling through facebook one day, a post on my local moms' page caught my eye.  two words:

goat. yoga.

oh yes.  i immediately hit up the bean to see if i could possibly drag them to go with me, and although the "uhhhhh, sure" response i got was definitely given begrudgingly, i took it and booked two spots immediately.  heh.

it was advertised as a super easy class for all levels, and i was excited to give it a shot.  i must confess that i really don't love yoga...it's usually just too slow for me, and i get bored.  not that it's easy - at all - but i need a little more activity in my workouts than most yoga classes.  but this sounded like a good time, and getting to share it with the bean would make it even better.  i'd have asked the old lady, but she was off with the old man on their first anniversary trip to hawaii at the time (and honestly, i'm not at all sure that she'd have been interested).

we arrived at the studio a few minutes early to get ourselves checked in.

once everyone had arrived and was settled in, the instructor stood up to give us a breakdown of what to expect and then the goats and their attendants made their entrance.

as we were led through some warmups and basic poses, the goats made their way around the room.  there was a lot of giggling and a few muted shrieks as everyone got a turn with each goat.  the bean and i were thoroughly amused at the whole thing.  here's a shitton of pictures from our time with our new four-legged friends:

before we left, we took advantage of a quick photo op with the goats:

i'm not sure that i'd do it again, but they did make the hourlong session go by pretty fast, and having them standing on our backs or leaning up against us really did help get a good stretch.  it was a pretty fun experience, although i wouldn't necessarily call it a great workout more than a cute little novelty, and now i can check it off of my list of things to try.  

squeezing in all the sightseeing

this was our NYC home for a whole week: it was one of only a few hotels that i could find that offered two beds in a room rather than, say, ...