Wednesday, September 30, 2009

"Real life" can be really inconvenient sometimes

I can't believe it has been almost two weeks since I posted! No real crises or tragedies or anything; I'm just SO busy right now that I barely have time to string two thoughts together, let alone compose them into a blog post. For those of you who know what a Facebook crack-monkey I am, this should prove how little free time I've had lately: I haven't spent more than three minutes at a time on Facebook in over a week. Seriously. Another writing project, a major housecleaning adventure, sick dogs, and a whole load of church activities have combined into the perfect storm of butt-smoking busy-ness, and I'm ready to get off the merry-go-round now, please. Since I am still short on time to write, here are a few random thoughts I've had lately:

  • Why do I keep doing embarrassing things in the copy room at work? I can stand primly by the copier for 20 minutes, and not a soul will come in...but, let me try to copy a move from Dancing with the Stars, or burst into a rousing rendition of "Son of a Preacher Man," and suddenly, someone will be standing right behind me. Then I get to spend the rest of the afternoon doing that whole did-they-see-or-did-they-not-see thing. Why do I never learn?
  • I am a terrible dog mom. Abby Dog had her yearly checkup and vaccinations last week, and the vet found that one of her ears is horribly infected. (I will spare you the details, but the words "ulcerated lesions" were involved.) The treatment? Antibiotics--and a rolled-up gauze square, soaked in medication and inserted into her ear canal, while I hold her ear closed, once a day for two weeks. Surprisingly enough, dogs don't really like it when you shove things into their ears. Poor Abby deserves some credit, though. After four days of doing the gauze-roll thing, she has stopped struggling when I hold her. Now she just sighs a lot and gives me dirty looks. It's a good thing dogs don't hold grudges, or she might try to smother me while I sleep.
  • It seems that the FDA has agreed with my opinion that Latisse, that eyelash-lengthening treatment, is pretty scary. One of the comments on my post mentioned that Latisse can cause hair to grow anywhere that it is dropped on your body, which was even more alarming to me than the side effects I wrote about. Of course, when Mr. Nerd and I saw that story on the news, he immediately asked if he could buy some to apply to his bald spot.
Okay, real life--I give! I know I'm out of writing time for tonight. I will try not to wait so long between posts next time!


Kathy said...

I'm so sorry for Abby Dog. We took our elderly cat to the vet last week and they went nuts cleaning out her ear canal. Thank God they didn't ask me to do anything remotely like you have to do. I don't know that I could handle it.

Hang in there, sister! Does your schedule clear up a little bit any time soon? Or will it get worse?

absepa said...

Kathy: Abby says thanks, she appreciates the sympathy. :) The vet went nuts on her ear, too. And, after watching what she did, I am really glad that I have a strong stomach. Ew.

The schedule is crazy right through Christmas, I'm afraid. I'm trying REALLY hard not to get freaked out about it, and just deal with it one day at a time.

JD at I Do Things said...

Poor Abby! How long do you have to hold the gauze in her ear? At least Abby's not a cat. No cat I've ever known would allow such an indignity.

absepa said...

JD: We have to leave the gauze in her ear for at least 10 minutes a night. You never realize just how long 10 minutes is until you're holding down a grumpy, disgruntled dog. It is a good thing she's not a cat! I would probably have been clawed to ribbons after the first attempt to treat her ear.