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Let's see...what's been going on in Tuvalu?

K has finished The Spring Project. No more long days and he has about a week off before he moves on to another job. Of course, he'll be doing the next project at the place we call Poke You With A Stick wherein he sits in a tiny cubicle and it's kind of cold and they drip water on his head and the computer monitor flickers and every once in a while his boss walks by and POKES HIM WITH A STICK, but we're not complaining.

The boys solos are ALMOST ready to be performed and they have gotten their dates - for the first time ever they are playing within an hour of each other, on the same day, at the same place.

We have our new car and I'm thinking we love it. It's very different but fun. Youngest likes it best and has completely mastered the navigation system and the hard-drive and the satellite radio. Middle has become enamoured of the Elvis station. All Elvis all the time. Also? One can start the car from inside one's home, enabling one to enter a warm vehicle at seven in the morning. I would recommend this feature.

The dog had surgery last week to remove a lipoma from her chest and arrived back home in much better spirits than when she left. She had lipstick on her face from the receptionist kissing her. Her blood work showed that her liver is aging and its function is slowing but the vet said that she would probably live another couple of years. She is 13. So, while we all paid lots of attention to her over the weekend and tried not to be annoyed as she licked the dining room floor hour after hour after hour and dragged tissues out of the trash in the loo, we tried to remind ourselves that she is an old lady dog. And then, last night, after we returned from a really wonderful dinner with friends, she went out, stayed out for nearly an hour, and rolled in something so horrible that the entire house reeked of what seemed to be a combination of fertilizer, poo and rotted garbage. We were going to light a scented candle and go to bed but the smell was so terrible that it wafted UP THE STAIRS and K and I had to get up and give her a bath. THEN she went wild and started to try digging up the living room. We've seen this behavior before and it either means that there is an animal on the property OR the termites are about to swarm.

The weather (sheesh, reduced to talking about the weather) here is just crappy. Damp and cold and making me want to snuggle into my bed. But I can't! It's only 107 days until BlogHere and SOMEONE has to get K to build a deck by the kitchen door! (Special note to Bossy, it's much easier to have the bloggers come to YOU.)

Comments

Wendy said…
I want that remote start feature on my next car. For now I'm thrilled to have a garage to park it in EVERY TIME I come home. You will not be surprised to know that Basia has a remote start on her car. The lady knows how to live.
jenontheedge said…
Same weather here. I could get all whiny about, but it's good practice for London weather.
Anne said…
Wow and I thought things were bad at with me...things sound pretty bad with you..(maybe you don't think so but it sure sounds like it) i don't know what i'd do if my dog behaved THAT way. (WE just had another snow storm today and the kids are out of school and i desparately need a life.)
catsteevens said…
"a combination of fertilizer, poo and rotted garbage"

I'm not sure if this was supposed to make me laugh but it did :) Poor old lady doggy.

I wish I was there at BlogHere. Jealous.
kmkat said…
Apparently I missed the memo. What kind of car did you get? (It has a hard drive?)

Cold and damp sucks. It has been snowing to beat the band all day here in Minneapolis. We are expecting something between 3 and 10 inches. Bleah.
RW said…
oh. lucky thing you don't have the bandits that steal peoples prestarted cars from their driveways in Tuvalu. because we have them here. lame. lame. lame.
Geggie said…
The dog story just cracks me up. Can we see more pictures of her? I just love a beagle.
Suzanne said…
I love your dog stories. They make me giggle.

Sebastian has what we're 98% sure is a lipoma on his ribs behind his left paw elbow. It's still only about the size of half a walnut, so we're leaving it alone, for now.

Unlike your dog, he likes to rustle through the lavender out in the garden, so he comes in smelling herbal fresh most of the time. Occasionally, he gets a poo-butt, 'cuz he has such fluffy hindquarters. That's not so much fun.

He was leaping around like a big spazz yesterday, though. I think he was just excited that I was actually home. For TWO WHOLE DAYS!! IN A ROW!!!
alice c said…
We always add a year to our dog's age so... while YOUR dog is only 13 OUR dog is nearly 14. When you say it like that people are very impressed with how well we have looked after her - it works every time.
Kim said…
I just would have been turning on that fancy pants car, reclining the seats and sleeping the night away with new car smell.
Kim said…
and as K goes back to the stick poking I just put in for a promotion at my stick poking joint.



So I can get poked with an even bigger one.
paola said…
OH. Fancy features your new car has.
Poor dog. I am not a dog fan but I am sorry nonetheless.
Even sorrier for you...eeewww...the smell...
Anonymous said…
oh cool... or oh warm rather... does your car have one of these wonderful engine preheaters? I wish mine did!

http://www.entrepreneur.com/tradejournals/article/128712592.html

ann