Tuesday, November 27, 2007

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Carolina basketball season tickets are here!!


All is well in BD's world.

Thanksgiving - Louisiana Style

We were in Louisiana for a whole week of family, festivities, and food!

We stayed out at the lake, so BD and his dad could do some fishing:



Kip enjoyed the lake, too:

Thanksgiving Day was also my dad's birthday (the balloon says "Older Than Dirt").

My nephew, L, helped his Papa open birthday presents:

GG (my grandmother) with her great-grandchildren:

LA & BD on Thanksgiving Day:

Kip made sure he wasn't going to get left behind when we were packing to leave:

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Unbroken Tail


Kip's tail is feeling much better today.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

File this under "Terrible Parents" and also "Why We Don't Have Kids"

We gave Kip a bath on Sunday and broke his tail! He was perfectly fine after the bath, but he woke us up during the night on Sunday and was very restless and obviously uncomfortable. His tail was just hanging straight down but not tucked between his legs. He also wouldn't sit straight down but would tilt over on one hip. Figuring his hip was hurting, we put him through a full series of range of motion movements like they do at the vet, and he didn't make a peep. He let me feel all down the length of his tail, but when I tried to lift it back into it's normal position he whipped around and nipped at me. So, I did what any good mother would do...I googled the symptoms. Turns out, it's actually a fairly common ailment with sporting dogs called "limp tail" or "cold water tail", and it should resolve itself in a couple of days (check the link for more details). We are expecting PETA to bring us the Pet Owner of the Year award at any moment.


(Edited to add: When I got home today, I actually had mail from PETA! One of those "please send us money so here's some free address labels" things. I have no idea how I've gotten on their mailing list - I've never gotten anything from them before! HAHAHA - if they only knew those address labels were delivered to a house where a dog has been subjected to "cold water tail"!)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Let's Play A Game!

It's called "Guess What We Did ALL Weekend." Here's a hint:




The good news is that we really like the color. The better news is that we're almost finished. The best news is that I managed to not get paint in my hair this time.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

The Peasants Bring Treats for the King

The new food has been working wonders for His Highness. The peasants recently made a return trip to a nearby village to scour for organic, grain-free side dishes to accompany His main meal. They found treats made by the same company that produces the new food and chewy sticks that are made out of dried sweet potatoes.

Luckily, both met His approval, and the peasants were blessed with wet kisses and many wags of the king's tail and permission to continue maintaining residence at the castle.


The king on His throne:







The king surveying His kingdom:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Frost-free Ferns

BD has two ferns that he's been raising (growing? tending?) for several years now. Since ferns are generally tropical plants and it does sometimes get below freezing in NC, they spend their winter months at the posh resort known as "our garage". Last year we spent from Nov - March stepping over and around these lovely (read: annoying) creatures to BD's tune of "watch out! be careful! don't step on it!" (read: even more annoying). They made it through the winter unscathed and grew even bigger and healthier all summer (because we stealthily watered them under the cover of darkness since we are in a drought). Now it is time to return them to their winter home, so I politely requested (read: insisted) that they be put in a place where I did not have to play garage/greenhouse obstacle course everytime I wanted to get to my car. Here is the solution:

I must say, I am pretty impressed. A simple but ingenious plan - planter basket hangers on the wall of the garage.

Also: This post should be entitled "What People Without Kids Post About". Seriously? I'm posting about plants? LAME.

"A Chair Fell on My Head"

Last night I was upstairs in a bubble bath and chatting with one of my girlfriends on the phone (Author's note: tough life, I know). BD was downstairs puttering around; I wasn't sure exactly what he was up to down there. At one point I hear him exclaim "*&%%$# and *@^$&" which translated from BD-speak could mean anything from "The house is on fire" to "I dropped my pen", so I continue my conversation in the tub. A while later I come downstairs to find this:


BD propped up on the couch with an ice pack on his head. Sadly enough, this doesn't spark a tremendous amount of alarm on my part because it is, after all, BD we're talking about here. So I go sit down next to him and say "Are you bleeding?" And he says "No. But a chair fell on my head, and I have a knot." Ummmm...this is a new one...even for him. I run through the list of "Did you blackout? Are you seeing double?, etc" before I ever get to "So...how exactly did a chair fall.on.your.head.?" And I get some answer about how he was in the garage and he needed a chair to stand on (Author's note: he probably has 3 ladders out there, so I can totally see how a CHAIR would be necessary.) and when he was carrying it back up the stairs into the house, he set it down on the threshold of the door and leaned down to pick up something and the chair fell (Author's note: shocker!) and hit him on the head.

This morning he does have a pretty good knot on his head but otherwise seems no worse for the wear.

The lesson you should take away from this post: if a chair is falling, don't try to stop it with your head.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

T.G.H.O.

Thank God Halloween's OVER!!

(background information: Halloween is out of control in our neighborhood - cops directing traffic, parked cars lining both sides of the street, constant stream of people from 5:30 - 9:30, $40 worth of candy handed out in an hour and a half.)

A proposal was submitted to the Armstrong Social Committee that Halloween '07 go un-acknowledged by the occupants at location #2029. However, that suggestion was vetoed by the committee chairman, and the adopted resolution was to not only require occupants to stand outside and hand out candy but also to require the donning of costumes during participation. A happy attitude about this activity was suggested but, at the risk of mutiny by the committee member, was not enforced.

The chairman selected a "hunting" costume.


The committe member reluctantly chose "hillbilly / farmer-ish attire" costume.


Kip wore a very realistic "dog with Halloween bandana" costume.


The committee member has already declared that new Halloween '08 by-laws will be enforced. The restrictions will outline the persons eligible to receive candy as per the following:

Bylaw #1 - You are ineligible for candy if you're so young you don’t even have teeth to chew the candy. I mean, you're cute and all in your itty-bitty costume, but I'm not fooled...this candy is for your parents.
Bylaw #2 - You are ineligible for candy if you're old enough to be "too cool" to wear a costume but still immature enough to have the nerve to come up in regular clothes and ask for candy. You're a punk...use your allowance and buy your own damn candy.

And, as an addendum to the Halloween '08 covenant, the following email will be sent out on Nov 1st:

Dear co-workers that buy way, way too much candy and then come dump all 16 pounds of leftovers on the table in the breakroom because you don't want to be tempted by it at your own house but somehow feel that it's okay if the rest of us are tempted by it: YOU SUCK.


(DISCLAIMER: The committee member would like to state for the record that she is not a total Halloween Scrooge. She rather enjoys work-related Halloween activities and in fact, planned a very well-received departmental Halloween party / costume contest this year. Additionally, she enjoys the neighborhood door-knocking participants who (1) are appropriately aged and adorned (2) are chaperoned by attentive parents and (3) display the ability to say or be prompted by aforementioned attentive parent to say both "Trick-or-Treat" and "Thank You".)

Until next year....T!G!H!O!