ksmith: (gaby1)
doggy digestion behind the cut )

Kris complains about her vacuum cleaner )

And now that I'm just mildly upset, I need to get to work...
ksmith: (gaby1)
doggy digestion behind the cut )

Kris complains about her vacuum cleaner )

And now that I'm just mildly upset, I need to get to work...

The day

Jul. 4th, 2010 07:50 pm
ksmith: (cillian_coy)
The Apple store had no screen protectors for the iPad, and the clerk told me that they had no plans to stock any. I wonder if that means a redesign is coming soon? They had no cases, either. Not even sleeves. As soon as they got them in, they sold them

Anyway, I bought what I was able to, a wireless keyboard and a stand. However, the stand may be rendered redundant because when I got home, I hunted around online and ordered this case, which doubles as a stand and allows display at multiple angles. Of course, if I keep the iPad in the folio, no one will see my neat Gelaskins. So many accessories, so little time.

I also got a screen protector. I think it's funny that it cost more than the folio case.

JJill had a sale, so I bought some shirts for the day job. Then it was on to the grocery store with the good fish counter--wild Alaskan King salmon and wild Alaskan sockeye were got, as well as tuna steaks. The store also has a good bakery--whole grain rolls and muffins were bought in excess. That's what the deep freeze is for.

The herbed pork t-loin was delicious, so moist and tender. Had it with steamed broccoli and little red potatoes roasted with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and dill. Didn't go with a white, but had a cabernet sauvignon instead. Gallo Estate, OK, but it was pretty good.

In other news, I just saw that Cillian Murphy is in Inception. This may just drive me to go see it. Wouldn't cross the street to see DiCaprio, but Mr. Murphy is another matter. I think it's the eyes. And the bones. That man is going to age in a most interesting manner, methinks.

In other other news, the firecrackers are cracking, King is edgy, and Gaby is woofing at me because King is getting all the attention. Gonna be a long evening.

The day

Jul. 4th, 2010 07:50 pm
ksmith: (cillian_coy)
The Apple store had no screen protectors for the iPad, and the clerk told me that they had no plans to stock any. I wonder if that means a redesign is coming soon? They had no cases, either. Not even sleeves. As soon as they got them in, they sold them

Anyway, I bought what I was able to, a wireless keyboard and a stand. However, the stand may be rendered redundant because when I got home, I hunted around online and ordered this case, which doubles as a stand and allows display at multiple angles. Of course, if I keep the iPad in the folio, no one will see my neat Gelaskins. So many accessories, so little time.

I also got a screen protector. I think it's funny that it cost more than the folio case.

JJill had a sale, so I bought some shirts for the day job. Then it was on to the grocery store with the good fish counter--wild Alaskan King salmon and wild Alaskan sockeye were got, as well as tuna steaks. The store also has a good bakery--whole grain rolls and muffins were bought in excess. That's what the deep freeze is for.

The herbed pork t-loin was delicious, so moist and tender. Had it with steamed broccoli and little red potatoes roasted with olive oil, garlic, rosemary, and dill. Didn't go with a white, but had a cabernet sauvignon instead. Gallo Estate, OK, but it was pretty good.

In other news, I just saw that Cillian Murphy is in Inception. This may just drive me to go see it. Wouldn't cross the street to see DiCaprio, but Mr. Murphy is another matter. I think it's the eyes. And the bones. That man is going to age in a most interesting manner, methinks.

In other other news, the firecrackers are cracking, King is edgy, and Gaby is woofing at me because King is getting all the attention. Gonna be a long evening.
ksmith: (Default)
The temp inside the house is 70F, and I have all the windows open. I even brought the floor fan up from the basement.

The drive home...wow. Shirtsleeves. Sunroof wide open. Sunglasses on. Kuro's thermometer read 80F. We're supposed to get a couple more days of this. Then temps drop to more seasonable 60's, which still ain't bad.

I can't describe what effect the sun and warmth has had on my mood. It's like it's great to be alive, or something.

It helps that I finished a day job project by the deadline, which was today. An official goal, so it mattered.

The only fly in this vat of ointment is the bugging-me-ness of my right knee. I tried adding some running to my race walking late last week, and re-injured whatever it was I injured before. Knee felt all hyperextendy. I walked Monday, but had to cut short tonight's session. Icing the damned thing now.

The Hawks are playing the Wild tonight. Minnesota is out of the playoffs, which means they will probably shellac the Hawks. I am not looking forward to the playoffs is all I can say. Hell with it.

King and Gaby are barking now because they can hear neighbor dogs through the open windows. King is barking at the dogs, and Gaby is barking because King is barking. You can tell she has no clue. She's too short to see out the window, so she's wagging her tail and looking at me. And barking. She hops a little every time she barks.
ksmith: (Default)
The temp inside the house is 70F, and I have all the windows open. I even brought the floor fan up from the basement.

The drive home...wow. Shirtsleeves. Sunroof wide open. Sunglasses on. Kuro's thermometer read 80F. We're supposed to get a couple more days of this. Then temps drop to more seasonable 60's, which still ain't bad.

I can't describe what effect the sun and warmth has had on my mood. It's like it's great to be alive, or something.

It helps that I finished a day job project by the deadline, which was today. An official goal, so it mattered.

The only fly in this vat of ointment is the bugging-me-ness of my right knee. I tried adding some running to my race walking late last week, and re-injured whatever it was I injured before. Knee felt all hyperextendy. I walked Monday, but had to cut short tonight's session. Icing the damned thing now.

The Hawks are playing the Wild tonight. Minnesota is out of the playoffs, which means they will probably shellac the Hawks. I am not looking forward to the playoffs is all I can say. Hell with it.

King and Gaby are barking now because they can hear neighbor dogs through the open windows. King is barking at the dogs, and Gaby is barking because King is barking. You can tell she has no clue. She's too short to see out the window, so she's wagging her tail and looking at me. And barking. She hops a little every time she barks.
ksmith: (Default)
Friday tomorrow. Yea.

Tuesday evening, I came home as usual. Let the pups outside as usual. As they did what they do so well--ran, barked, peed--I reconnoitered the rooms to drag the rugs back into place and see if Gaby made use of her corner. Didn't find any of that sort of thing. What I did find was a single drop of blood on the floor near the front window. OK, I thought, a leftover from Gaby's ice accident, when she ran through the rooms spattering everywhere. Went to scrape it off the floor. It smeared. Fresh blood. Walked through the living room, then back into the dining room. Found a few more drops.

Read more... )

That's it.
ksmith: (Default)
Friday tomorrow. Yea.

Tuesday evening, I came home as usual. Let the pups outside as usual. As they did what they do so well--ran, barked, peed--I reconnoitered the rooms to drag the rugs back into place and see if Gaby made use of her corner. Didn't find any of that sort of thing. What I did find was a single drop of blood on the floor near the front window. OK, I thought, a leftover from Gaby's ice accident, when she ran through the rooms spattering everywhere. Went to scrape it off the floor. It smeared. Fresh blood. Walked through the living room, then back into the dining room. Found a few more drops.

Read more... )

That's it.

A day

Mar. 11th, 2010 07:36 pm
ksmith: (mud)
Received my completed tax forms from CPA yesterday. Mailed them out this morning. Very, very happy to have that checked off the list.

The backyard is a mess. If I'm lucky, King walks through the remaining patches of snow on the way back inside, and floor mess is minimized. If I'm unlucky, he runs to the messiest part of the yard to bark at something--neighbors, the neighbors' cats, noises coming from the woods, air molecules--and comes inside with a mud-spattered belly as well as schmutzy paws. Yes, I've tried cleaning him up before letting him in. A rubdown with a wet rag just seems to make things worse, and he will not let me submerge his feet. Yes, that's right. Mister I'm-A-Labrador-Just-Show-Me-The-Water doesn't like having his individual footies submerged. I do the best I can with old towels.

Gaby doesn't seem to get as dirty. Probably because she doesn't raise mud tsunamis when she gallops across the yard.

It's almost Friday. That's about the best that can be said at the moment. Not that it's been a bad week. I just want a month of weekends and, well, good the fuck luck where that's concerned.

A day

Mar. 11th, 2010 07:36 pm
ksmith: (mud)
Received my completed tax forms from CPA yesterday. Mailed them out this morning. Very, very happy to have that checked off the list.

The backyard is a mess. If I'm lucky, King walks through the remaining patches of snow on the way back inside, and floor mess is minimized. If I'm unlucky, he runs to the messiest part of the yard to bark at something--neighbors, the neighbors' cats, noises coming from the woods, air molecules--and comes inside with a mud-spattered belly as well as schmutzy paws. Yes, I've tried cleaning him up before letting him in. A rubdown with a wet rag just seems to make things worse, and he will not let me submerge his feet. Yes, that's right. Mister I'm-A-Labrador-Just-Show-Me-The-Water doesn't like having his individual footies submerged. I do the best I can with old towels.

Gaby doesn't seem to get as dirty. Probably because she doesn't raise mud tsunamis when she gallops across the yard.

It's almost Friday. That's about the best that can be said at the moment. Not that it's been a bad week. I just want a month of weekends and, well, good the fuck luck where that's concerned.
ksmith: (coffee cup)
Well, in truth one is chewing a Kong ball and the other is beside me on the couch poking me with her paw.

Yesterday was lovely, 40s and sunny. I actually had the back door open for an hour or so until the chill got to me. It really was too early, but it was nice while it lasted.

Bought more seeds yesterday. Mesclun, sweet basil, and mixed sweet peppers. Counting the days, and hoping for a warmer, sunnier summer.

Gaby had her stitches removed on Friday. Everything looks fine...except when we got home, she started licking her shaved leg. I don't know why it itched--growing hair, tape residue--but in a couple of hours she managed to lick a raw spot. I cleaned and bandaged it, so now she's limping again. Any little thing on her legs seems to bother her. At least she doesn't pull at the bandage, which is an amazement. She's like Mickey in that respect. King is the opposite--he pulls off a bandage as I'm applying it. Doesn't even wait for me to tape it.

Cloudy today. Could rain. Spring is out there somewhere, looking for landing lights.

In running news, I managed to somehow screw up my right knee. It's bugging me in the same place that I torqued a few years ago when I slipped on some snow over ice. It feels hyperextended.

It may have been a shoe issue. I had to go back to some old shoes for a couple of weeks, and I think the cushioning was shot. OTOH, it may just be the way it will always be. Once the lower leg issues went away thanks to the orthotics, other issues would present. I will lay off until knee feels better, then try again with new shoes. If I still have problems, I may need to give race walking a try. It only hits the knees with 1.3 times body weight , instead of the 3-4 that stresses them when running. It takes practice, though.

I know I could try knee-strengthening, but I really, really don't have time to join a gym right now.

So, a little discouraged. I was just at the point where the back of the closet jeans were starting to fit again. Dammit.

Quiet day. Writing day. A little laundry. Dinner will be tuna steak with fruit. Salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette--first time I made that dressing, and it came out really well. Maybe couscous.
ksmith: (coffee cup)
Well, in truth one is chewing a Kong ball and the other is beside me on the couch poking me with her paw.

Yesterday was lovely, 40s and sunny. I actually had the back door open for an hour or so until the chill got to me. It really was too early, but it was nice while it lasted.

Bought more seeds yesterday. Mesclun, sweet basil, and mixed sweet peppers. Counting the days, and hoping for a warmer, sunnier summer.

Gaby had her stitches removed on Friday. Everything looks fine...except when we got home, she started licking her shaved leg. I don't know why it itched--growing hair, tape residue--but in a couple of hours she managed to lick a raw spot. I cleaned and bandaged it, so now she's limping again. Any little thing on her legs seems to bother her. At least she doesn't pull at the bandage, which is an amazement. She's like Mickey in that respect. King is the opposite--he pulls off a bandage as I'm applying it. Doesn't even wait for me to tape it.

Cloudy today. Could rain. Spring is out there somewhere, looking for landing lights.

In running news, I managed to somehow screw up my right knee. It's bugging me in the same place that I torqued a few years ago when I slipped on some snow over ice. It feels hyperextended.

It may have been a shoe issue. I had to go back to some old shoes for a couple of weeks, and I think the cushioning was shot. OTOH, it may just be the way it will always be. Once the lower leg issues went away thanks to the orthotics, other issues would present. I will lay off until knee feels better, then try again with new shoes. If I still have problems, I may need to give race walking a try. It only hits the knees with 1.3 times body weight , instead of the 3-4 that stresses them when running. It takes practice, though.

I know I could try knee-strengthening, but I really, really don't have time to join a gym right now.

So, a little discouraged. I was just at the point where the back of the closet jeans were starting to fit again. Dammit.

Quiet day. Writing day. A little laundry. Dinner will be tuna steak with fruit. Salad with homemade lemon vinaigrette--first time I made that dressing, and it came out really well. Maybe couscous.
ksmith: (numbers)
Tax stuff all packed up and ready to ship to CPA. While I worked on this, the pups dozed. There is something very wrong with that.

I blame opposable thumbs.
ksmith: (numbers)
Tax stuff all packed up and ready to ship to CPA. While I worked on this, the pups dozed. There is something very wrong with that.

I blame opposable thumbs.
ksmith: (coffee cup)
30s outside. Cloudy. The outermost edge of the storm that is hitting the Northeast is curving over us, hence the clouds and the light dusting of snow. Hope everyone is OK out thataways. Still have power. Not buried.

For all I slept later than usual--8am *eek!*--I do need to be productive today. Give all the tax info one last go over before packing it up to mail on Monday. A little light grocery shopping--milk, salad greens--but nothing major because so help me I think I could live off the contents of the deep freeze for a month. Haircut today. Massage too, which will feel good as my shoulders are a bit tight.

Gaby (aka One of the Reasons My Shoulders Are Tight) continues to mend. Took her in for an unscheduled check-up yesterday because she still seemed reluctant to put any weight on her injured leg and vet said bring her in. They checked the bandage in case it was too tight--it wasn't--as well as the wound itself. Healing continues. Given that Gaby is in good spirits and leaves the bandage and her leg alone--no tugging and minimal licking--vet thinks that she simply doesn't like the bandage. It's scheduled to come off on Monday...although I will say that Gaby is becoming expert at getting around on three legs.

I am considering getting her mukluks to wear for the rest of the winter so that this doesn't happen again. King and booties would be a non-starter, but Gaby seems sanguine about it. Within a day, she figured out that she couldn't go outside without the bag-boot over her bandage--she either stands still while I put it on her or lies down and rolls over and holds out her leg.

Her appetite has returned as well. Still eating the duck. ::relief::

39 pounds. I still can't get over it.

King will get his chance to take a ride to the vet in two weeks, when he has his six month senior physical and a Lyme titre check. Good thoughts appreciated. I am hoping that the last round of antibiotics knocked the skids out from under the bug. If not, another month of dosing will be needed. The drug doesn't seem to bother King, and he's on the probiotic now in any case. I would just feel better if I knew that this was under control.

After 10 already. Need to get moving.
ksmith: (coffee cup)
30s outside. Cloudy. The outermost edge of the storm that is hitting the Northeast is curving over us, hence the clouds and the light dusting of snow. Hope everyone is OK out thataways. Still have power. Not buried.

For all I slept later than usual--8am *eek!*--I do need to be productive today. Give all the tax info one last go over before packing it up to mail on Monday. A little light grocery shopping--milk, salad greens--but nothing major because so help me I think I could live off the contents of the deep freeze for a month. Haircut today. Massage too, which will feel good as my shoulders are a bit tight.

Gaby (aka One of the Reasons My Shoulders Are Tight) continues to mend. Took her in for an unscheduled check-up yesterday because she still seemed reluctant to put any weight on her injured leg and vet said bring her in. They checked the bandage in case it was too tight--it wasn't--as well as the wound itself. Healing continues. Given that Gaby is in good spirits and leaves the bandage and her leg alone--no tugging and minimal licking--vet thinks that she simply doesn't like the bandage. It's scheduled to come off on Monday...although I will say that Gaby is becoming expert at getting around on three legs.

I am considering getting her mukluks to wear for the rest of the winter so that this doesn't happen again. King and booties would be a non-starter, but Gaby seems sanguine about it. Within a day, she figured out that she couldn't go outside without the bag-boot over her bandage--she either stands still while I put it on her or lies down and rolls over and holds out her leg.

Her appetite has returned as well. Still eating the duck. ::relief::

39 pounds. I still can't get over it.

King will get his chance to take a ride to the vet in two weeks, when he has his six month senior physical and a Lyme titre check. Good thoughts appreciated. I am hoping that the last round of antibiotics knocked the skids out from under the bug. If not, another month of dosing will be needed. The drug doesn't seem to bother King, and he's on the probiotic now in any case. I would just feel better if I knew that this was under control.

After 10 already. Need to get moving.
ksmith: (King2)
Began the day by grabbing King by the collar by hooking it with my thumb. He chose that moment to twist around.

It doesn't really hurt. The left side of the joint tweaks a bit when I move it. And how often do you move your thumbs, really?

::makes note to use fingers next time::

Third load of laundry in the washer. Second load in the dryer. Vacuumed. The usual Sunday morning excitements.

Yet another February Snow Watch is in the works. Stuff is supposed to start falling from the sky later this afternoon, then really speed up overnight. Taking a snow day tomorrow is not an option. I am not looking forward to this.
ksmith: (King2)
Began the day by grabbing King by the collar by hooking it with my thumb. He chose that moment to twist around.

It doesn't really hurt. The left side of the joint tweaks a bit when I move it. And how often do you move your thumbs, really?

::makes note to use fingers next time::

Third load of laundry in the washer. Second load in the dryer. Vacuumed. The usual Sunday morning excitements.

Yet another February Snow Watch is in the works. Stuff is supposed to start falling from the sky later this afternoon, then really speed up overnight. Taking a snow day tomorrow is not an option. I am not looking forward to this.

Wednesday

Aug. 26th, 2009 09:07 pm
ksmith: (gaby2)
Picked up my orthotics today. I am hoping that they straighten out my feet well enough that I can start running again. I discussed that with the tech who fitted me, and she agreed that it was possible that the issues with my feet could have affected my knees. We'll see.

It's going to be a challenge to find shoes that can accommodate those inserts. They're thickish and stiffish, and proved too big for my old reliable ankle boots. Luckily, I had brought my running--well, walking--shoes along. The inserts worked with them just fine, so I got to wear sneakers to work.

Took Gaby to the vet after work for her ear infection follow-up. Her ears are clear. To keep them that way, I will need to clean them 2x a week. She'll love that.

I also got to sit on tenterhooks while Gaby had a repeat CBC. Her platelet count 10 days ago was 64K/ul, which is way the hell low--normal range is 175-500. The reason for the low result was that the platelets clumped together. That's normally indicative of a tickborne disease, but Gaby tested negative for those. Vet felt that because she had had some trouble drawing Gaby's blood, it may have started to clot, which would explain the clumping. Apparently that was the case because the repeat result was well in spec. 278 K/ul.

The last outstanding test is the urinalysis. Gaby's just about impossible to sample by the usual method of stickingapanunderneathherrealfast, so they catheterized her. But first, they had to ultrasound her bladder because it's so small. Guess that explains why she can't hold it in for more than 4-5 hours.

Fingers crossed that one last test is normal.

Rainy evening. Rain tomorrow. Hope it isn't raining Friday so the roofers can install the venting.

The excitement. It never stops.

Wednesday

Aug. 26th, 2009 09:07 pm
ksmith: (gaby2)
Picked up my orthotics today. I am hoping that they straighten out my feet well enough that I can start running again. I discussed that with the tech who fitted me, and she agreed that it was possible that the issues with my feet could have affected my knees. We'll see.

It's going to be a challenge to find shoes that can accommodate those inserts. They're thickish and stiffish, and proved too big for my old reliable ankle boots. Luckily, I had brought my running--well, walking--shoes along. The inserts worked with them just fine, so I got to wear sneakers to work.

Took Gaby to the vet after work for her ear infection follow-up. Her ears are clear. To keep them that way, I will need to clean them 2x a week. She'll love that.

I also got to sit on tenterhooks while Gaby had a repeat CBC. Her platelet count 10 days ago was 64K/ul, which is way the hell low--normal range is 175-500. The reason for the low result was that the platelets clumped together. That's normally indicative of a tickborne disease, but Gaby tested negative for those. Vet felt that because she had had some trouble drawing Gaby's blood, it may have started to clot, which would explain the clumping. Apparently that was the case because the repeat result was well in spec. 278 K/ul.

The last outstanding test is the urinalysis. Gaby's just about impossible to sample by the usual method of stickingapanunderneathherrealfast, so they catheterized her. But first, they had to ultrasound her bladder because it's so small. Guess that explains why she can't hold it in for more than 4-5 hours.

Fingers crossed that one last test is normal.

Rainy evening. Rain tomorrow. Hope it isn't raining Friday so the roofers can install the venting.

The excitement. It never stops.

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