Friday, September 24, 2010


Today's adventure...Ouch!

Yesterday I had decided to commit my evening to my studies as I had been procrastinating much of the week (as I am continuing to do presently). I drove straight home, greeted my husband and dog and confined myself to the dining room table where my laptop sits. Marc, being proactive this week has been organizing the garage. The dog was happily chewing on something in the backyard. Not 20 minutes after having sat down the dog comes busting through the doggy door with dad in tow. Apparently, Marc had taken a brief respite from organizing to play with the pooch. Well, as boys do they got into trouble and the dog took the brunt of it. Marc was playing fetch with a tennis ball and Drake, focused only on his mission of retrieving the ball ran sideways into a tree tee post causing an ear laceration and a cut to his side. The night ended with a drive to the vets office, however, with no vet in the office the techs bandaged him up and sent him home in the "cone of shame" (hereinafter COS) to return today for sutures. Well, after some struggles with the COS last night Drake gave in and fell asleep, most likely tired from fighting with the technicians at the vets office.
Bandaged Drake and the Cone of Shame

Today Drake received sutures and we were instructed by the vet that he would need to keep the COS on for 2-3 weeks!! Anyone who's ever met my dog knows that he can't sit still. The only time he is still is when he's sleeping. Even then he still kicks the S#!t out of you in his sleep! I was not enthusiastic about this prospect, especially because the COS is hard plastic and Drake tries to go through our legs with it on, causing pain to us... So I googled soft dog cones and came up with the Comfy Cone which was promptly acquired but has yet to be tested!! We'll see how that works out.

Nearly $300 dollars later this was the most expensive tennis ball toss on record! For now, Drake is quietly sleeping off the drugs from his sedation. Tomorrow I'm sure he'll be back to the little hyper-active labrador retriever of days past. Lord help his ear heal fast!!

On another note, anyone looking for a new song recommendation, check out Magic in Me by B.O.B. featuring Rivers Cuomo. It's fun! :)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Hello fellow adventurers!

I have returned! The break can be explained with the start of the school semester and me attempting (however feebly) to get back into study mode. Presently I am actually taking a break from studying for my first test. A test that I am none too thrilled about. This is for my Environmental Law class. If that doesn't get you yawning I'll continue. This is a class that is necessary for my Environmental Studies minor. I have learned so much about society and the world in my environmental classes and I figured it would be a good idea to have an overview background of the laws in the good ol' U.S.A. that have brought us to our current position. There is a lot of potential in this class for me to learn a lot, but there is SO much to learn! Take for example this first test. It covers Chapters 1-3 of our text and he will base the test off of his power point slides. He said we should be safe IF we know everything on the slide presentations. "Easy enough" you might think, except that each presentation is no less than 50 slides! 150 slides to know! In the words of Homer Simpson I say "DOH!". Or maybe I'll leave that eloquent statement for tomorrow.  I'm trying to think positive and give my brain credit that it may have absorbed some of the studying that I've been doing all weekend but every time I look at my cue cards the only thing that runs through my mind is.... "we're sorry, the number you have reached has been disconnected...." I have the Worst case of "short timers" since this is my last semester. At least I'm not alone as my BAFF (Best Anthropology Friend Forever) shares my sentiment.

Well, all I can do my best! I aim to do that. Luckily, if my best on this first test isn't great, I'll have to quadruple my efforts on the other two tests because we can drop our lowest grade of the three... aw, the generosity of some professors.

My adventures sometimes seem so boring to me but I have to keep reminding myself that everyday can be a new adventure, I just have to have the right attitude about it.

Adventure isn't hanging on a rope off the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life: facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown and, in the process, discovering our own unique potential. - John Amatt