Saturday, December 17, 2011

Loss

Me and my grandpa...missing him today :(  Christmas will definitely not be the same this year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

What's up with the hubz?

Ok, so the hubby acted a little strange on our recent visit to Myrtle Beach...

The trip starts out like all the other ones...the hubby gets a little obsessed with GETTING to the destination.  When we were dating, he'd make us leave for Carowinds at 6am, arriving at 8am, waiting at the locked gate until the park opened at 10:30am...he's always been like that.

So, of course, we're getting ready to head out way before we need to.  By the time we get to the hotel, of course, we can't check in because, of course, we're there 12 hours early...

We went to the aquarium because it's one of the only things that we haven't done in Myrtle Beach...everything's normal until we go into the gift shop.....

There's an unbelievable cute shirt...a little spin on duck duck goose...

Unfortunately, the biggest size was 18 mos and I couldn't squeeze into it...but Paul suggests we get it anyways.

Actually, not suggests, picks it up and takes it to the register...

This is the guy that had a mini-fit at Boots, Bridles, and Britches when I wanted to buy the cutest little pair of cowboy boots for our 'one-day baby'...

A light breeze could've knocked me over...I'm in total shock...of course, the hubby acts like it's business as usual and brushes it off.

LATER THAT SAME TRIP...

We went shopping at Barefoot Landing, not unusual.

The T.I.G.E.R. people with the cute tiger cubs aren't there, not unusual.

We walk right by the Christmas Mouse (a store completely devoted to year-round Christmas), not unusual.

Paul asks if I want to go into the Christmas store, COMPLETELY unusual.

Not only does he actively look and shop with me, he actually gives input and even picks out several ornaments all on his own...

What is the deal????

Not that I'm minding the changes, I'm kinda excited about it...it's just freaking me out a little :-/

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This is getting ridiculous...

My husband likes his job, so I don't say a lot of what I want...and when I do say something I drop it quickly.  But you gotta admire the audacity of some people...

When he first started there, he was placed in a rotation with 2 other guys to work the store front of the business on Saturdays.  Before long, Paul was getting called in on most Saturdays because of all the activities the other guys were doing with their kids.  I swear, there was a period of about a month that both of them were making crap at Lowe's with their kids every Saturday...EVERY Saturday...

Now, our Saturdays off were mostly spent on the couch in pajamas watching movies...but that was OUR Saturday.

Finally, the charade is over, Paul is asked to take over Saturdays...all Saturdays.  At that point, it really wasn't a big change in his schedule...he'd been working the other guys' shifts anyways.

But...the priorities were set...

The insinuation that our weekend of lounging on the couch is not as important as their weekend of making ugly birdhouses that would never be used at Lowe's with their mini-me.  THEY decided that.  Who do they think they are?? And, it was very obvious... this blatant discrimination...

But, whatever...it doesn't bother Paul so I try to not let it bother me.  He gets most Fridays off, which works with my schedule.  I was way more peeved at the fact that they decided amongst themselves what our priorities were than the actual change in schedule.

Paul works long and hard hours...lots of times going after hours and the non-working part of his weekend to make sure the businesses he is responsible for iare up and running.  You'd think that would count for something??

This time, they crossed a line...they messed with my vacation...

Paul put in his request for time off in the middle of July for a trip at the beginning of September...the request was approved. We plan our trip...

Yesterday...August 22...Paul was told that he would need to be on call on the weekend of Labor Day (our weekend off).  Paul reminds him that we are leaving for a trip...apparently that is a non-issue since it is a free trip, Paul just won't go...

WHAT???????

First of all, it is a marriage retreat provided for by the Augusta VA.  NOTHING a combat veteran gets from the VA is free.  Just the fact that it can be trivialized like that saddens me for my husband.  How disrespectful can you be??

Second of all, the days were approved over a month ago.  This should have been planned for.  When scheduling important installations, it should have been taken into consideration that the POS guy would be outta town so they might not should plan an installation that weekend.  That, instead, the installation was planned on the fact that they'll just tell the POS guy that he can't have off and deal with it is, again, completely disrespectful and horrifically unprofessional.

Third of all, the manager-man is supposed to be a quasi-intelligent man and a semi-friend to my husband.  Paul asks him if he can just provide phone support for the weekend and manager-man can go onsite if needed.  Paul will be available for questions and troubleshooting by phone.  The resort has wi-fi, I have wi-fi calling capability, we would definitely be reachable.  The manager-man states that Paul can make his own decision, but insinuates hefty punishment for disobedience.  This whole conversation is, again, disrespectful and unprofessional. It also makes manager-man look like a lazy tyrant who counts his own time as way more important than Paul's...get over yourself, manager -man.

Fourth of all, AND most importantly, who are you to decide that our vacation is not important??  Who gave you the authority to decide that the Saturday at work is more important than the retreat??  Paul asked and received the days off, it is irrelevant what he chooses to do with those days off.  How do you get to say what is and is not appropriate to do with those days??  What kind of person feels like they have the authority to make those decisions for other people??  At my worst job, I was never treated so minuscule.

This is ridiculous...

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Bark Park

Last Friday, me and the hubz took the boys to the vet...it wasn't really a great experience...kinda * traumatizing *...

Anyways, we ended up having Zeus with us and having to leave Zax at the vet.  I figured this would be a great time to try out the Bark Park at Pendleton King.  I'd read about it, but hadn't taken the boys there.  Zax is a jumper and a runner.  We've done professional training with him, but it didn't help.  He was basically an adult when we got him, and we've had a difficult time undoing his life before us.  So, I'm very nervous about taking him to a dog park...the whole 'off-leash' thing doesn't sit well.

Zeus, however, has been with us since he was 6 weeks old...and it pretty trustworthy.  Zeus had already been through a lot at the vet, and he was visibly concerned that we left Zax there :(

When we got to the park, we were the only ones there.  We tried to get Zeus to play...ran around, threw a ball...but he just wanted to stay right next to one of us.  When another dog showed up, Zeus went to greet the owners, but wouldn't play with the dog...even though the other dog was pretty persistent.  And we couldn't get Zeus to drink from the faucet, even though he was obviously thirsty.  At one point, Zeus came up to where we were sitting and just laid in the dirt...he was ready to go.

I tried taking him back to the Bark Park by myself two days later.  He was excited when he realized where we were going.  When we got there, there were 4 or 5 other families with dogs there.  When I got closer, I saw that there was a jack russel mix and a papillion mix in the park...there is a separate side for dogs under 30lbs...but they were in with the big dogs.  I was walking a 129lbs dog into the fence...and the jack russell was ready to walk right underneath him.  I'm never worried about Zeus intentionally hurting a smaller animal or biting at it...I'm scared to death that he will get excited and trample it...kinda like a horse. 

But, he was fine.  He played and ran and got lots of lovins and treats from the other people in the park.  I noticed that all the dogs had to be coaxed to drink from the faucet... 

He helped a dog dig a hole...and then pushed the dog out of the way so he could lay in it :)

Yay for the Bark Park!!!



I'm still not sure about taking Zax...I know he would have snipped at the smaller dogs...but they weren't supposed to be in there anyway... 

Traumatized by a Vet Tech

Recently, Zeus (our big black boy) had to go to the vet for his 3 year old appointment.  Somehow, our 2 dogs got on different schedules with the vet...Zeus's check-up was this month but his rabies shot wasn't due until October, but Zax's rabies shot was due now but his check-up wasn't due until October.  Our boys can be a handful together, and I remember we brought them separately last year...but I'm still confused.  Paul was off work, so we brought them together for Zeus's appointment to get everything over with.

Zax has had a growth on his paw since last October, the vet quoted us $60 to remove it, but said that it was just  a mole and didn't have to be removed.  Since October, Zax's attitude has changed a little (he's become a little less patient with us).  He was also starting to act like the mole bothered him, he wouldn't let us touch it or get close enough to look at it.  So, we decided that we would talk to our vet about removing it.  While we were at the vet this month, he stated that he could remove it that day, but Zax would have to stay until later in the afternoon.

Now, usually, we love our vet.  But this visit was a little traumatic.  The vet tech stuck Zeus 4 times with the needle to get blood work...the last time moving the needle while it was in his arm.  Zeus has a high threshold for pain...but the bear was squirming in Paul's grasp crying at this point.  I'm thinking....'would I sound crazy if I asked her to stop and get the vet??'  Just then, she gets the blood and it's over.  Zeus is cowering in the corner...but it's over.

Not yet....they always clip the boys' nails when we go.  The same vet tech cut through Zax's quick...twice...


When Paul went to pick up Zax, he came home with an $80 bill and no instructions...I had to make a call to the vet to straighten everything out...$30 back and the stitches will dissolve...geez

Caylees Law

Caylees Law
This is a petition created to drum up information for the proposed Caylees Law.  This law would make it a felony for a parent/caregiver/guardian to not notify law enforcement of a child's disappearance within 24 hours of knowing the child is missing.  I know everyone has an opinion on this case.  In my interactions with other people, I think most people agree that there wasn't enough evidence to charge Casey Anthony with the death of her daughter.  However, there is suspicion around the fact that this 2 year old was not reported missing for over a month.  Even without being a parent, I can look at that fact and determine that something is hinky.  Unfortunately (& fortunately), gut feeling and situational circumstances are not enough to convict someone for a heinous crime in a criminal case.  If something comparable to the proposed Caylees Law was on the books, Ms. Anthony would have had to answer for not reporting this child missing in a timely manner.  We will probably never know what happened to little Caylee, but I think it's a reasonable assumption to say that this incident would have turned out much differently if Caylee had been found sooner...if Caylee had been reported missing sooner...much sooner.  The site at change.org allows you to sign a petition for Caylees Law (which is getting some national attention) and provides a form letter to send to your representatives and legislators.  I think a lot of people are frustrated with this case.  Like I said before, I think most people understand why the verdict was not different and do not think badly of the jury or courts...but are still angry that Ms. Anthony did not have to answer for her responsibility to her child.  If you're one of these people, make that frustration productive...look up your representatives and mail them the petition.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Tervis fever

Yep... I've caught it.  For anyone living under a rock, Tervis is the brand of tumbler in every store.  They have awesome little patches inside and are virtually indestructible.  And, if somehow you do manage to damage it, there's a lifetime guarantee.  You fill out a form, send it in with the damaged tumbler, and they send you a new one.  It's awesome.

I remember when I first saw these tumblers.  It was in Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I remember thinking, I'm not paying $20 for a plastic cup.  Then, I started seeing them everywhere...at work, shopping, at friends' houses.  Now, I'm all about jumping on the nearest bandwagon...but I still didn't see the usefulness in the Tervis...it's just a cup.

Then, my parents bought into it.  My parents are the least superfluous people I know.  They are not the type to buy something just because it's on the shelf.  This confused me, maybe there is something to this...

You never know until you try.  I pack up the hubby and head to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  I pick a 24 ouncer with a cute pink-bowed skull.  The hubby picks some random Superbowl 24 ouncer (it was half price)...and it starts.

The Tervis actually did everything it said it did.  If you fill the cup with an iced drink...it's got minimal melting.  And if you fill it with coffee...it is warm to the last drop.  Since I spend a lot of my day in the car, this is awesome.  I can fill the cup with ice water in the morning, and (as long as I keep it out of the sun) the Tervis keeps it cool until I drink it all...it's amazing!!
Recently, the hubby noticed that my Tervis was fogging up.  I get on the website to find out if my precious tumbler was damaged.  It is, I have to fill out the form and send it in.  This was a bit of a problem, since I have to send my tumbler in...what will keep my drink cold while my Tervis is being replaced??
I start to look at the products on the website...probably not the best idea.  I buy the hubby and I new 24 ouncers...customized with our names and everything.  His has an emblem of Minnesota Wild...no way I would find that in a local store.  And now, I get e-mail updates with coupons every other week...I see this fever turning into a plague in the near future!!

They even have a cute little mascot... Phil-Up.