Random Things

I had a dream last night that I gave Yara a bath and flooded the apartment. How the two became related I don’t entirely recall, but I assure you it was the most hilarious dream I’ve had since that one about Crunchy Cucumber December Flakes and Heather will vouch for how crazy funny that one was since she was in it.

Yara ate a tissue today. She got it out of a coworker’s wastebasket today and swallowed it before I could stop her. She’s become rather notorious for swiping things from wastebaskets just to have something in her mouth to carry. “Things” here ranging from tissues and napkins to candy wrappers and a chewed piece of gum! Today, however, was the first time she actually consumed said thing. I’m thinking of pulling out the mousetraps I bought way back when because Dolly couldn’t keep her nose out of the trashcan. We’ll see. I mentioned all this to my father and his reaction has now sent me into full on paranoia because of the possible pica tendencies Yara’s displaying. I’m going to give myself an ulcer over this dog and her (non-)eating habits.

On the other hand, two people at work today commented that they believe Yara’s gained weight since seeing her last Thursday. Truly these were the highlights of my entire day. Also, my day was boring and water is wet.

Oh, and I’m adopting a ragdoll kitten. Yes, seriously. And she is adorable:

Ragdoll kitchen

Treats and Biscuits

I’ve so many things to post on, including some rather adorable photos of the gray pooch, but lest I forget to ever mention all this I wanted to make sure there was a post on it.

Since the beginning of our partnership, I’ve posted quite extensively about Yara’s food issues. I mentioned awhile back that I’d changed her food to EVO and until recently I was on the fence as to whether it was a sound decision. Granted she enjoys this food so much more, but I was growing increasingly concerned at her poop. Of course, my first thought was that she was having a reaction to the new food, but I was rather sure that was unlikely. The other thought was that she was stressed given that the timing of this transition occurred along with the new job and the move.

Anyway, to make a long story much less lengthy, while I was dog-sitting Dolly I noticed that Yara was seeming to be doing much better. Turns out Yara is allergic to wheat which is far more common in dogs1 than you might think. This discovery came about due to the fact I had cut out all her treats over the course of Dolly’s stay. It was enough of a chore just giving them their meals, let alone trying to hand a single girl a treat, so it just sort of worked out that way.

Thanks to the very awesome Raechel I’ve now restocked my supply of dog biscuits and treats with completely wheat-free alternatives and Yara has been doing quite phenomenally. We haven’t tried all of the different varieties that these two incredible companies make, but I’m quite impressed by the fact that Yara has yet to turn her nose up at anything I’ve given her.

  1. And people for that matter.

We’re Back!

And more than a month later, Internet is finally hooked up here at the new apartment. It’s an intensely long story and honestly hardly worth the telling. On an even brighter note, though, I’ve just purchased a brand new computer!

In fact, there’s quite a lot of good to fill you all in on; so much even that it’s hard to know where to even begin. The best news of all, I think, is that I’ll be starting class online with SUNY Buffalo this fall.

For the most part, life here in Albany has mainly revolved around work. Yara’s been doing quite well and we’re both thoroughly enjoying living at the Elouise. It’s almost hard to believe that not so long ago we were crawling out of bed at 4:30 a.m. to get to work whereas now we’ve got a bus stop right out front of the building that is less than a ten minute ride from my office.

Anyway, there’s a bit of housecleaning to do here at Gentle Wit, including upgrade WordPress, so a proper update will have to keep for a bit. :p

Our First “Week”

Two days is hardly an adequate amount of time to make any judgments, but I must say that Yara and I are quite happy at VESID.

Yesterday, was mainly spent acclimating to the new office. I was introduced to everyone else around the office — and then promptly forgot who they were. My computer got set up, including my specially ordered monitor, and I got my ID card and security pass. Yara was incredibly well behaved through it all. There are two other dogs on our floor and they all were quite fine with one another. For the most part she was content to chomp on a bone under my desk, but anytime we were away from my desk and not actively going somewhere, she’d get a bit whiny. Still, she impressed pretty much everyone with her behavior. If she doesn’t end up with a swelled head from all the praise being thrown at her, I’ll be amazed.

Today was even better for her, now that she knows the routine a bit. I wasn’t away from my desk too much, so that probably helped. In fact, she was relaxed enough that she even napped a few times. She’s still very eager to explore and is a bit reluctant to want to bring me to where I’m intending to go in the building. Actually, this morning she walked me right passed the front doors and was quite insistent we should try a whole different building!

Work itself is . . . well, kind of boring. No one’s been in my position for about two months and so there’s a bit of lag with . . . I don’t even know how to define it. Mind you, I’m not complaining. It’s more that I just feel like I should be doing something and I’m not.

Of course, the best part of my first (very short) week? I get a three day weekend. A paid one at that!

What’s the What

Things are in full swing with the apartment hunting/moving thing. Monday, I have a moving company coming over to give me both a high and a low estimate on what it will cost to move and possibly pack my apartment. I’ve got a few apartment leads, but nothing solid as yet. Been concentrating my search near Washington Park and the Pine Hills area and have a few friends to poke for any leads they might have.

I’ve set up my transportation to and from work and I’m pretty displeased that I’ll be needing to crawl out of bed at 5:00 a.m. to get to work by 8:00 a.m. Definitely will be a relief to move back to Albany for that reason alone. Work starts next Thursday and the days are just flying by. I’m currently having an inner-debate about whether to cut my hair before then. I’m on the fence with wanting to grow it out and donate to Locks of Love again or chop it off now because it’s annoying me and I really want a spiffy new hairdo. We’ll see.

I’ve splurged a bit and spent a small fortune on a bunch of stuff for Yara. She now has a new cushy bed in my room and another in the living room. She got a whole slew of new toys, including a big meaty RedBarn bone that I plan to give to her to gnaw on at work. I also bought a replacement blade for my Furminator and some of those “cookie treats” that Megan and I used during training. I stopped myself just short of getting her a name tag to go on her collar. It’s certainly not a necessity and somewhat a debatable thing for a guide dog anyway. In other words, maybe next month after I get paid. I will say this, she’s the best gift receiver ever — any new toy she gets is automatically her favorite. She’s really far too cute about toys, too. They’re more like a security blanket for her; she carries them almost constantly from the moment she gets up until we go to bed.

In other news, I’m working hard on my New Year’s resolution to get in better shape. I’ve neglected working out for awhile now and I could use some toning up. Anyway, I started up a new workout program this week and I have to say it was hard! I know I’ve definitely been lax with keeping myself fit, but I do walk a lot and I’m by no means fat. Still I was seriously exhausted and sore and sweaty after yesterday’s initial workout. If that’s any judge of how good it is, I guess I’m on the right track. I’m a little scared to see the intensity increase, though!

I have a literal ton of pictures to upload, but I’m too lazy to go fetch the camera so they’ll have to keep until my next post.