Saturday, July 4, 2009

Thursday, July 2, 2009

One Year Anniversary

Today Troubles McSteans celebrates our one year anniversary. Hurrah! Thanks to all three of my readers!

My mom just left. We've been cleaning since 9 this morning for our 4th of July shindig on Saturday. The house is now 85% devoid of pet hair (that's really the best one can hope for) and smells of floor cleaner. If you're going to be in the area on Saturday, feel free to drop by the house for some burgers and dogs to celebrate the U.S. of A.

Now I'm camped out on the couch, pondering a nap and listening to Lucy snoring. The dogs had a big morning, what with fleeing the vacuum, various wrestling matches, and spending about an hour in the yard while we dealt with the floor.

Jason is back from his big trip to London and it sounds like he had a great time. He's on his way over to collect Miss Cassidy. Cassidy has had a good visit - she's been a great houseguest and fun playmate for Lucy. It's getting to be time for us to get another dog. Lucy really does do better with a friend around and I feel like it's been long enough since we lost Mel that the new dog won't feel like a replacement.

I'm flipping channels and they're showing the 1987 Dragnet movie with Tom Hanks and Dan Aykroyd. God I loved this movie when I was a kid. It was one of those we watched endlessly because it was on HBO all the time. Why doesn't Tom Hanks do comedies anymore? He was hilarious. It seems like once he gained credibility as a dramatic actor he abandoned comedic roles completely (save voice work on Toy Story). What a shame.

Look out. Muppets.

Loved SYTYCD last night. I thought most of the dances were terrific and finally 'got' the hype surrounding Kayla. I thought she and Kupono did a great job with Sonia's wonderfully strange choreography:

Have a great 4th of July everyone!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Rain Day at Puppy Summer Camp

After finally getting to bed at a decent hour for the first night in about a week, I woke up this morning around 5 with a migraine. Luckily I had the senses to bypass the pills and go straight for my Imitrex shot, which gets the drug in your system about 10 times faster and saves me from the 2 hours of flopping around in bed waiting for the medicine to kick in. The headache quickly subsided and I was back asleep within 10 minutes. The downside of the shot is, it's a bit powerful if I haven't taken one in a while, so I was a bit groggy when I woke up again at 7:30. It's honestly a miracle I made it out of bed at all what with the drowsiness and the soft rolling thunder outside and the comfiness of the bed.

I'd been shirking my Lucy walking duties for about a week for one reason or another, so we both were in desperate need of getting out to stretch our legs. Keeping a watchful eye on the encroaching clouds we headed out.

The walk was bizarre. It was incredibly warm but not hot, the sun was reflecting off of clouds in a way that looked like 8 in the evening rather than 8 in the morning, and the neighborhood peacock was crying his otherworldly peacock song. The clouds were moving in as if the Nothing was bearing down on Grand Oaks subdivision.

It was comforting to know that we had a Luck Dragon waiting at home to rescue us if needed

We cut the walk short when the thunder increased in frequency and the sun vanished. Alternating jogging and speed walking, we made it in the door just before the downpour.

So now I'm parked on the couch with a terrified Jeff the Cat on my lap and dogs camped out on either side of me. Every 30 seconds or so a clap of thunder rattles the animals (and me, too). Lucy whines for a good 10 seconds, Cassidy leans over to sniff Jeff, and Jeff makes his creepy gutteral, "Back off, bitches!" noise. I hope the rain stops soon as I'm in desperate need of running errands.