My wife pointed out that I haven’t posted in a long time, so here’s a quick wrapup (hopefully) of what’s been going on:
1. Molly tore up one of her toenails, inside the paw, and it got infected, so we had to drop her off at the vet Friday morning for some minor surgery. It broke our heart to have to leave her — she looked so heartbroken — but she feels a lot better now. We also had them clean her teeth while she was under sedation.
We didn’t notice that she was injured at first, since that was on her leg where she had hip surgery before we got her, so we were used to her pulling up that foot.
2. The very day after dropping that big wad of cash at the animal clinic, we had another urgent discomfort situation: Our air conditioner stopped working.
Not a good thing in Texas in August.
But, long story short, we were able to get someone out shortly after noon, and got the problem fixed (worn out motor in the unit fan) before too long.
It was another big unexpected expense, but it was a big relief to get it done.
3. Our new puppy Bristol continues his reign of semi-terror, tearing up my wife’s special pillow — filled with hulled barley — and scattered the contents all over the bed in less than 5 minutes.
We figured that, after leaving him alone in the house on Friday, without even Molly to keep him company, we’d come him to find a pile of bricks and rubble where our house used to be, with him sitting on top thinking, “Serves ya right!”
Fortunately he behaved himself, although it didn’t hurt that we closed off all the back rooms to remove temptation.
4. They announced the finalists of the promo video contest for The Office, and ours didn’t make the cut. I was never very hopeful, but I have to wonder at their choices.
The theme of the finalists seemed to be that they were either about variations on the them song, a gay twist on the show’s running jokes, or the destructive throwing of things over cubicle walls.
That, apparently, is what is takes to impress the Hollywood crowd.
Thanks, though to all my friends out there who voted — many of whom took the trouble to register an account just to do that! — and for all your kind comments.
So yes, it’s been a fairly rough week, but it could have been a lot worse. The air conditioner, for instance, could not have gone out at a better time of the day or week, and it could not have been fixed any faster for this time of year. Like my dead pickup battery a couple of weeks ago, the inconvenience was minimal, and it was due to happen anyway. So we just count our blessings and hope we continue to be as lucky.
And one more thing: Happy Birthday to Pamibe, a couple of days late. Click on over to her place and wish her a belated happy one!