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New Year's Eve Lola Update

Today probably hasn't been as good of a day as yesterday for Lola. She hasn't eaten one bite of anything all day. I have tried chicken, dog food, her favorite treats and even hamburger meat to no avail. I called the vet today and they seemed encouraged that she ate some chicken the night before last and then the couple of handfuls of dog food yesterday. She has been pretty sleepy all day today, but I have gotten a few tail wags. The energy that she had at the end of yesterday to finally jump up on the couch has waned and I've had to lift her up again today.

I wish that Lola would eat a little because I don't think she is going to get a lot of energy back until she starts eating.

Our big NY Eve plans involve eating carry-out Pei Wei (well, I'll be eating since Lola's on her hunger strike) and watching a West Wing Season 6 marathon... oh yeah, and I will just continue my 24 hour job or worrying about Lola.

I hope everyone has a good New Year's Eve and remember t…

Tuesday Update

Okay, so time for the daily Lola update...

She did manage to keep down the little bit of chicken that she ate last night. She slept with me and slept pretty well. For those of you who are fearful that Lola is going to get hooked on chicken, never fear! I tried to feed her some more chicken this morning and she ate half a piece and spit out the rest. We have tried chicken several times since, I think only has eaten a total of 1 1/2 bites! I got the canned food out that I'm suppose to be feeding her and she wants no part of that. Now she is more than willing to eat her little biscuit treats. Finally, I decided to open her new dry food (prescription food that she is suppose to be on after she gets better, but for now she is suppose to be on the canned version of this). She ate two handfuls!!!! So far so good. It doesn't seem to have upset her tummy. I'm just so happy that I got her to eat anything.

I think Lola and I are going to stay on the couch for the rest of the day. I'…

Christmas Eve

Now that Lola is home and I have been able to download my photos onto my computer, I can do my Christmas posts.

I'll start with Christmas Eve... I headed to Nocona on Christmas Eve. After unloading my very full car, we celebrated little Milly's 2nd Birthday. She opened her gifts and then she and Lola played chase and keep away with the new toys.

Milly opening birthday presents The chase and keep away is about to begin!

After the birthday festivities, we went to my grandparents for lunch. Meme had made a very good lunch for my mom, dad, and me. We were joined by a bullrider, his wife and little 3 year old girl. I might should know who he is, but since I don't have a clue about the world of professional bullriding, I don't.

We hung around Meme and Papa's until about 3:00 and then we rushed home to make the dessert to take to dinner and also a couple of things for Christmas lunch. We cooked right up until about 5:15. Then we quickly got cleaned up and ready to head to chu…

Home Again!

We finally made it home! Lola was released a little after noon today. I took her the chicken and rice this morning and she still wouldn't really eat (she ate a few pieces of chicken). The vet decided to release her because he said her condition was no longer "acute". She smelled like a cattle lot when we picked her up though. You know she is loved because nobody cared, everyone hugged and kissed on her anyway!

Here are some photos of Lola. You can see her little bandaged leg from where the IV was and then where they shaved it to put the IV in. She is very close because she kept trying to get in my face (I think she missed her Mom!). The photos are pre-bath, so just imagine the smell of a pee and poop as your read!
"Hey, I'm a schnauzer, not a poodle! Who groomed my leg like this?"
She still isn't normal Lola. She is pretty weak because she hasn't eaten and kept food down since Christmas Eve. The vet had wanted me to try and get her to eat …

Sunday Lola Update

The vet called about 2:30 this afternoon and said that Lola hasn't vomited anymore, but that she has also refused to eat. They will not release her from the hospital until she eats and keeps it down. They say that she seems to feel better, but just won't eat. They don't know if it is because she doesn't like her food or won't eat because I'm not around, or something else.

So, I'm headed to WF early in the morning with some chicken and rice that I just cooked. Hopefully, Miss Lola will decide to eat the yummy food I'm bringing her and can keep it down so she can be released and we can finally go home!

Saturday Lola Update

I went to see Lola this morning around 10:15. I went in to the clinic and said I was there to check on Lola. They said just a minute. In a few minutes out came a walking Lola on a leash! She was definitely not a perky "normal" Lola, but at least she was walking albeit slowly. Her eyes still don't look super alert and she wouldn't put her ears up much, but when we all said Hi to her, she gave her little stumpy tail a wag. She still has her IV in her leg, but they had just unhooked her from her fluids so that she could go on a little walk.

We went out to the vacant lot next door and made a loop. Then after bringing her in we all petted her, etc. and then I walked her back to the back to her her kennel. As I started to leave, she looked really sad and tried to follow me out. Of course, I started crying because she looked so sad.

They said that at the point I was there, she had drank some water and vomited it, but had eaten a couple of bites of food and had kept …

Lola Update

Many of you have already been notified via text messages, but here is the news on Lola (and how we got here).

She woke up on Christmas morning and had thrown up in her kennel, but no big deal. She seemed okay all day (well how can you tell if a dog is normal when you have 15 extra people in your house including an 8 yr. old, a 7 year old, and twin 1 year old boys!). Around 4 p.m. she started the vomiting and continued until we went to bed. I let her sleep with me in bed (for the third time in her life) and she didn't throw up during the night, but was breathing heavy and had trouble getting comfortable. When we woke up this morning, I knew very quickly things were not bueno. She had gotten worse over night and didn't even have enough energy to walk. I took her outside, took her to her water (which she drank and vomited 30 seconds later).

Off we went to Henrietta, because you know we already had an 8:30 a.m. appointment to get an x-ray to see if her bladder stones had reduced. We…

Merry Christmas to All!

Well here it is 5:30 on the 23rd. I had hoped to be in Nocona this morning, but had to reschedule plans due to work. While I would have loved to have taken the week off, alas, I am not independently wealthy, so when the clients call, I have to be here to answer!

Plan is now to go home tomorrow morning and have Christmas with my Grandparents (Dad's family) at lunch. Then tomorrow evening we will go to church and then out to the Henley's for our annual Christmas Eve dinner. Then for Christmas day, my Mom's family is coming for lunch. I'm not sure when we will fit in "our family Christmas". Maybe sometime tomorrow afternoon before church or maybe Christmas morning, but the problem with Christmas morning is that my Dad goes to work and we either have to get up at the crack of dawn to do it, or wait until he gets home (which is usually around 10:30 a.m.) so that can run into our lunch preparations. Oh well, we will figure it out. If I was a betting person, …


So we are a month out from the long awaited trip to NOLA and I'm currently in food lovers heaven. I just received my "hot off the presses-hot off the UPS truck" copy of the 2009 Zagat for New Orleans. I have methodically gone through the book marking all the possibilities and now am glued to the internet looking up the possibilities and their menus. I called Lisa a bit ago to ask if she thought it was possible to fit in an early and late dinner every night. She said she didn't think so (this from the lady who eats like Templeton the rat at the state fair!). At this point, I'm not sure how we are ever going to choose!

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

A cold icy day outside...even if you have a fur coat, it's cold enough to add a turtleneck sweater!

Snow Day

Okay, well it is actually a Snow Day minus the snow! Ice day maybe? Frozen rain and drizzle day? None sound as fun as a snow day, and they aren't!

So all of McKinney is shut down today... no school, no city offices, no county government offices are open. Of course the State Administrative Judge is still insistent at this moment that we are having ALR (Administrative License Review) hearings today at the courthouse in McKinney, but I'm not sure how she is planning to do that since the courthouse will be locked when she arrives!

This is just part of the reason that I have grown to hate bad weather days. Nobody knows what is going on and it is just pure havoc on my lazy day! Some courts expect you to do double duty tomorrow and just bring your people in then for today's settings and some reschedule altogether. More fun...they just expect you to KNOW all of that without anyone telling you!

Duty Done!

I was summoned for Jury Duty last month, but couldn't make it due to my Monday morning classes. One day when I was at the courthouse, I rescheduled in person because they gave me a choice of dates. I selected today because I figured that there wouldn't be that many jury trials the week before Christmas. Today I had to show up for my jury duty. I gambled correctly because there were only two courts that required a panel and I didn't have to sit through the selection of either, so I was done by 10:00 a.m. Jury duty done!

I'm very happy to not be having to do jury duty for several reasons but one is because I'm feeling especially tired today. During the night, the door from the house to the garage jarred open (because it has stopped latching properly- my task for some point today will be to fix it) due to the arctic wind storm and set off the alarm system...never a good way to be stirred out of bed in the middle of the night. Poor Lola looked like she was nearly…

Happy Birthday Mom!

Today is my Mom's birthday!
Top 10 Things About My Mom: (10) She has touched the lives of thousands of kids through teaching and administrative positions (including this kid...she was my Kindergarten teacher), and they all love her. (9) She's a little nutty, but fun! (8) She has always sacrificed things for herself to make sure I get the things I need or want... paying for school, gifts, you name it. She's bought me countless designer bags, but only got one for herself this birthday (from Dad). (7) She loves her grand-dogs just like they were actual kids (down to monogrammed Christmas stockings, birthday present and Christmas presents). (6) She can't make a decision to save her life (which Dad & I constantly give her a hard time about), but that is just a sign that she is very easy to please and that's not a bad attribute to have!
(5) The example she sets to be thoughtful of others: There isn't an illness or death in town that she doesn't cook a pie and send…

That's a wrap!

The Fall Semester is a wrap... I finished posting grades online last night! I hope to be very diligent and adapt my syllabus for each of my Spring classes next week and then I can just enjoy the time off until classes begin again on January 20th.

Milly was delivered to me yesterday for a weekend of babysitting. Lola was thrilled (not really). I don't mind keeping Milly, but I do mind sleeping with Milly. Last time she visited, I decided that she was going to sleep in a kennel next to Lola...she screamed for an hour until I gave up. How could having Milly in bed really matter? After all, she only weighs 14 pounds, right? Well, you see, Milly has to be touching you. She won't just sleep at the end of the bed, she is right in the middle of the bed. So I spend the night contorting myself all around Milly! Not to mention the fact that I'm so afraid I'm going to roll over and smother her that I can barley sleep!

In addition to having difficulty sleeping because Milly is actual…

Texas Version

...everyone was nestled all snug in their beds, while noises of tornado sirens woke their sleepy heads!

Last night at about 11:20, a noise woke me up... that's right, a tornado siren. I turned on the TV quickly and saw that the weather man was on live. At first I heard him say my county was under a tornado warning and wasn't that concerned, then he said if you live exactly where I do, you should take cover. Of course, I was thinking, great, just freaking great! I just got everything decorated and all the presents purchased and now they are going to blow away in a December tornado! A December Tornado?!?!?!

I ran to the living room and got Lola from her restful sleep in her kennel. This time we didn't hide out in the closet. Since we had electricity (unlike the tornado warning in the spring) and could watch TV, we rode it out in bed (though we were ready in a seconds notice to spring into the my closet). Luckily the storm was moving at like 40 mph, so it was gone in a jiff...a…

Merry Milly

My Dad just e-mailed me this photo of Milly. He must have just returned home from Wichita Falls with Milly fresh from her trip to the groomer. He has her posing in front of the tree with her little necktie on. My Dad is always quick to tell everyone that this is not his dog, she is mom's. He also tells Mom and me that he has not let himself get attached to Milly like he was to Macy.... yeah right! That's why he sends out cute pics he took of her! Milly is coming to visit Lola and me this weekend, so I'm sure there will be more Milly pics in the future.

No Cotton

I believe that I'll be skipping the Cotton Bowl this year. I'm sure this is a shocker since I've been desperate to attend a game all year, and here Tech will be playing 30 miles from my house. Why? There is really a two part answer as to that question... First, I realized on Saturday that Tech had already sold their allotment of tickets even though Tech had not been officially selected for the Cotton Bowl at that point. I looked on the Cotton Bowl's website and they also appeared to be running really low. I made a phone call to my friend who I was possibly going to go with and said, if we are going then we need to get on this ASAP, give me a call back today. Apparently, I did not have enough urgency in my voice, because that didn't happen. By the time I got back in touch with them on Sunday night, the Cotton Bowl website was so crowded that you had to be put in a queue to even get through. I check early this morning and the only seats available were way upper end zon…

Typical Monday

I would know that today was a Monday even if I hadn't looked at a calendar!

I had to give a 7 a.m. final exam this morning. I left the house at 6:30 right on time. Usually that puts me to class 10-15 minutes early depending on traffic...not this morning! They had 121 shut down at Coit Rd. due to a big accident. I actually turn on Coit Rd., so this wouldn't have been a big deal except the traffic was backed up for miles, then at Coit Rd. half of the traffic went North and half was going South as detours. It took 20 minutes to get through that light and then of course my normally no-traffic back way of going to the college was completely congested with all of the detour traffic. I was 5-10 minutes late for the exam, but since of course, it was exam day, they couldn't really leave!

I started handing out the exam and a student said "Are there only 30 multiple choice, I thought there were going to be 50?". I looked at the test and I guess the last couple of page…


Well, I'm finally done decorating. I didn't quite put out everything this year, but it is as good as it is going to get! I had hoped to finish earlier in the week, but despite Jennifer and I wanting the firm to be in "December mode" (ie: not doing a whole lot of work and doing lots of shopping and decorating), things haven't worked out that way. No complaints clients are always welcome!

Here are the final decorating photos that I will subject you to!
Below is the entry table (not real exciting, but I took the photo for some reason). Here is my "Winter Wonderland" tree that is in my bedroom.
I was trying to remember when I purchased this Christmas tree and can't quite remember. I know it either originated in Wichita Falls or Lubbock, but either way, I think this is its final showing. It is pretty craptastic (some of the limbs aren't even connected the back of course)! I will be closely watching Garden Ridge again thi…


I don't recall if I blogged back in early November about my eyes or not. If not, here is a recap...I woke up on November 7th looking very similar to elephant man. My eyes were so swollen. I went to the eye doctor to make sure I had no infection and to get some meds for either an infection or allergies. I didn't get to see my "regular" doc, but a different doc checked me out, said no infection, use benadryl and cold compresses because I don't think it is bad enough for steroids, and that will be $70. YEAH, spend a load of cash and no remedy! I thought at the time that I should have just thrown $70 out the window of the car while driving there, it would have been about as helpful!

Well about a month has gone by, and my eyes have been swollen to some degree every single morning. I called the eye doc again yesterday and told them the situation but my regular doc wouldn't prescribe a scip without seeing me. I told them there was no way I was paying $70 again! I wou…

My New Favorite Thing

You may think I'm crazy, but my new favorite thing is a PedEgg. (I thought for sure everyone would know what a PedEgg is, but my uncle's wife didn't, so if you are among those people who don't know, you should probably watch more tv, or at least the commercials!)

I decided tonight that I was desperate for a pedicure. My polish still looks fine, but not to be too graphic, but my heels looked disgusting! I decided that I would go purchase a PedEgg and give it a whirl instead of going to get a pedicure... I mean if it worked then by spending $10 on the PedEgg, I wouldn't have to go spend $30 on a pedicure.

At this point, I will say that I realize I sound exactly like Becky Bloomwood (main character from the "Shopaholic" book series--If you haven't read them, they are great and the movie coming out probably won't do the books justice based on the sneak peeks I've seen, so read the books!). You see Becky had a bit of a shopping "problem&qu…

You want me to do what with that?

I don't think I have blogged about the dog food ordeal... Lola is suppose to be on this Hill's Prescription SD dog food for a month to see if that reduces her bladder stones. My vet was out of it and I have been unable to get any until today because the local vet down the road that carries it, won't let me have it without a script from my vet, and my vet was closed until today.

Upon finding out that a script was required I thought "Hugh?". It isn't like it is pills that a human could take illegally. What am I going to do with prescription dog food? It's not like I'm going to eat it in an attempt to change the PH balance in my urine! Anyhow, I went to pick up the food today and found out that it does not come in dry dog food, only canned. That was when I said "Good Lord!" #1.

Then I started trying to figure out how much she needs to eat per day. Well, there is no clear answer for this either. A dog who weighs 20 lbs. is suppose to eat 1- 1 1/3 …