November 29, 2009

Though generously medicated, I still feel decidedly horrible. The migraine seems to have a mind of its own; sometimes my whole head feels as if it is made of the very essence of pain, a few hours later the pain will ebb to be replaced with most intense nausea, still others will leave me feeling so intensely light and sound sensitive that the merest hint of light or the tiniest breath of sound is excruciating. All in all, I’m in a terrificially bad mood about it. I really am a very pathetic person when I’m sick. It’s probably very good that I live alone.

As if linked to my physical health, the dog has been suffering some EPI side effects herself. I’m still unsure if it’s the new enzyme supplement as the issues are inconsistent at best. She’s still defecating with a bit more frequentcy and urgency than before, but there is no physical evidence in her bowel movements to suggest she isn’t absorbing the enzymes. I’ve slightly increased her dosage, but it’s still too soon to see if that will make any difference. Thankfully we had no episodes at my grandparents’ during Thanksgiving, but I’ll be away over the weekend and I’m a bit concerned about that. Though, I’m sure a bit of canine diarrhea and/or vomit would hardly surprise the company I’m visiting given the number of resident dogs.

Actually, I’m also a bit wary of Wednesday’s Lions Holiday Party. Sarah and Fay will be joining us again this year, and I’m actually quite thrilled about the potential for mouthwatering food. Probably my neurosis is unfounded, but I just hope there won’t be any episodes there either. The Normanside really isn’t my ideal location for a sick dog experience.

But on the up side, I have managed over the course of the last few days to dredge up some energy — in my few moments that I’m not in raging pain — to edit a bit of my Nano and I’m thoroughly pleased with the effort. Granted, it’s a terrible novel at the moment. It’s also very much unfinished. But even though it’s a sad example of my writing skill, there is a foundation there. And now that I can safetly brainstorm and outline, I feel that I can salvage it into something I’m not ashamed to share. Eventually.

Lions Holiday Party

Yesterday was quite a bit of fun. I’ve been looking forward to the party since Jerry first invited me, but before I get to all that I wanted to share this exceedingly adorable photo of Yara and Dennis that I nabbed somewhat accidentally at work. I tease him relentlessly about the fact he’s always talking about Yara to his family and have wanted to get a nice photo of the two of them for him to share. I’d had my camera in my bag so as not to forget it last night and right as I was taking the picture, Yara turned her head up and gave him a kiss on the chin. Very cute! Also, Dennis, if you’re reading this, I think it’s solid proof you need to get a dog. ;-)

Yara giving Dennis a kiss on the chinSo the evening actually started at my apartment. Sarah came a bit early so that Fay and Yara could have some playtime. Our hope was that (a.) it’d get the playfulness out of their systems and (b.) get Fay nice and tired so she’d be more inclined to fall asleep at dinner. They were hysterically cute together, chasing one another around and playing tug-of-war. The best part was right before we left, As you can see on the left, Yara had procured a bone and was trying to find a place to chew it sans the puppy, but Fay decided to join in and chew it, too! There’s a few more good shots that I managed to get in the gallery attached to this post. (Scroll down or click the jump below to view.)

I apologize that I don’t really have many photos from the party itself and that’s mostly because, well, there wasn’t much to actually photograph. We’d arrived during the social hour and were introduced to many of the A&T Lions. We also saw Dan, one of my colleagues, and Steve from the Bethlehem Lions. It was a bit awkward at first, though as we were somewhat ambushed by all the new faces right in the doorway and were then somewhat stuck in the incoming foot traffic from new arrivals. We got a lot of questions about the dogs, as we’d expected; and everyone seemed very interested in how Yara’s treatment has been going.

Eventually we were able to move away from the door and Steve very graciously took the photo of us by the Christmas tree, which was quite a riot all unto itself. Yara was pretty good and did her best to ignore the crazy puppy, but Fay was doing everything possible to get passed Sarah and play! There was actually a shot taken right before this one (that I accidentally deleted when uploading the images¹) of Yara staring straight ahead into the camera and Fay literally airborn trying to pounce! After the photos, we took our seats and the Lions commenced their meeting business. Fay was a bit rambunctious and kept trying to get at Yara, but eventually she settled down and by the time our dinner was served she’d fallen asleep just as we’d hoped! Dinner itself was fantastic! And to be honest, as I type this, I’m still very full.

As a whole, the evening was quite pleasant and I had a great time chatting with Sarah and the other Lions.

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Should Sleep, But First . . . !

Bullet-style update for I am in much need of the sleep thing:

  • Yara under my desk at work, mthodically chewing on her nailsThanksgiving was pretty much the norm for me. All I have to say on that.
  • Fidelco has a Facebook page! And the Walk for Fidelco is already listed as an event! I added the profile portait of Yara to the page because I’m so unabashedly in love with it. ^_^
  • Less in love with the photo on the right of Yara chowing down on her nails, but I must admit it’s convenient having a dog that helps keep her own nails nice and short. I’m not sure which of us loathes the nail cutting drama more.
  • I pre-ordered this and I’m beyond excited about this fact.
  • My ear hurts. Raechel and I were chatting on the phone for more than two hours! I don’t know how that happened since I’m not really much with the long phone conversations, especially since I used to spend my entire work day on the phone. But apparently we had a lot to say because we quite literally talked the entire charge out of both our phones!
  • Jerry emailed me today to let me know he was having some trouble securing a ride for me to the A&T Lions Club‘s holiday party and he asked if I knew anyone who might enjoy attending . . . I naturally thought of Ewan McGregor but as (a.) he’s married and (b.) he doesn’t know me, I asked Sarah. Suffice it to say I’m actually just as pleased with this decision: I get a ride and I am now certain to know at least one person. That is, of course, assuming Sarah’s car decides to cooperate. ;-)
  • As previously mentioned, next week is super busy for me. I’m still pretty tickled about it.
  • That does mean, however, that this weekend shall be solely devoted to finishing my final project for class as I clearly have zero time next week. This would also require the actual starting of said project. . . .

Proper update coming one of these days. Really.