Monday, January 31, 2011

Tales of the Tail: Same Song, Second Verse Surgery

Alternate title: Kip Can't Catch a Break

Kip started limping on his right leg late last week. Crossing our fingers that it was just a strain, we started him on anti-inflamatory meds last Monday. He seemed to respond to the meds, so we relaxed a little, hopeful that we weren't going to have a repeat TPLO surgery on our hands. Our luck didn't last long and on Thursday night Kip ruptured his right knee CCL (the equivalent of our ACL).

We were able to get in to see the specialist that did his left knee surgery on Friday, and he was able to perform the surgery on the same day. The surgery went well. Kip came home on Saturday, and we began the long recovery process.

We had been warned by both the specialist and our regular vet that it was statistically very likely that this would happen, but as each month passed without incident I was able to convince myself more and more that we were going to escape that fate. It was 13 months (almost to the day) between the two injuries.

So far, this surgery has been much, much more difficult on him and us than the previous one. We are having a hard time getting him comfortable, even though we are giving him the max dose of pain meds every 8 hours. As a result, he is not resting as he should, and neither are we. It is currently 3:00am as I type this, and for the moment he's sleeping in my lap as I sit on the floor. BD is sleeping next to us on a pallet made out of couch cushions. We weren't able to get Kip to sleep until around 6:30am last night, so I'm trying to take the fact that he was asleep at 2:30am tonight as a good sign. I am also trying to keep a grip on my rapidly slipping sanity, if you couldn't guess.

He's currently on 2 pain meds (a narcotic and an NSAID) and an antibiotic. As a fun bonus, I think the antibiotic may be upsetting his stomach because he keeps farting on me while he's sleeping. Even if I were able to sleep with a 75 pound dog in my lap, the smell alone is enough to keep me wide awake.

I'll keep you posted on our progress. Hopefully each day is going to get better.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday Stitches: Celebrating Things Not Worth Celebrating

Here is another cross stitch project that I finished recently. It's called "Crabby All Year" so each month features a not-so-great characteristic of the month. This piece turned out really cute and colorful, but it's HUGE -- the finished stitched area is 16x11! I have no idea where I'm going to hang it once it's framed.

And speaking of framing, I took it to be framed over the weekend, only to discover that my favorite framing shop - the one that I've used exclusively for the past 3 years - is closed! Luckily the framer is going to another shop, but the new shop is not at all convenient to my house. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Any local needwork framing recommendations are welcome!

This is a Raise the Roof design, stitched over 2 on 32ct vintage pearled barley linen with DMC threads. This design actually comes as a series of 4 separate charts, so you could stitch each row individually if you wanted smaller pieces. This was the first RtR piece that I have stitched. I love the humor and whimsy in their designs.

From the designer: "Crabby monthlies were inspired by all of the 12-month series you see out there. They always feature the cute and fun things of each month: flowers, presents, flags, pumpkins. But each month brings with it things to be crabby about, too. I thought it would be neat to poke fun at those things we hate about the changing seasons and holidays. By doing that, I hope it takes a little of the stress out of the things like taxes, bugs, and relatives!"

As always, I get my supplies online at 1-2-3 Stitch.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Morning Smoothies

A great way to kickoff the weekend!

 Plain, non-fat yogurt, frozen strawberries, a banana, and a little bit of sugar in the blender...

 30 seconds later...

Pour it into a parfait glass, add a bendy straw, and you're all set!

This is a classic banana strawberry smoothie, but I got the idea from America's Test Kitchen Family Healthy Cookbook which has several other smoothie recipes. (Just FYI... I got my copy from Barnes & Noble, and it was on sale for half price.)

Friday, January 28, 2011

For All the ACC Fans

Here's a link for the image in case it's too small to read.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A Visit from Flat Stanley

Recently BD and I participated in a Flat Stanley project with my nephew. His 2nd grade class read the book and then colored their very own Flat Stanley paper dolls. Flat Stanley came to us through the mail (since he's flat, after all!) and spent a week at our house.  He had traveled to us all the way from Texas, so we showed him a good North Carolina time all week. I took pictures of some of Flat Stanley's adventures, and Flat Stanley took the pictures and a letter that detailed his other activities back to Texas to share with the class.

Flat Stanley spent a day at work with me, took a nap with Kip, and of course cheered the Tar Heels on to a victory in the Smith Center.

The purpose of this activity is for the kids to learn about other areas, so in the letter we told the class about Flat Stanley's other adventures:

Dear [Nephew],

Thank you so much for sending Flat Stanley to visit me and Uncle [BD] in [Our Town], North Carolina. We had such a fun time showing him around our lovely state!

Did you know that North Carolina is over 1,000 miles from Texas? Flat Stanley traveled a long way to see us! In the western part of North Carolina there are mountains and a famous hiking trail called the Blue Ridge Parkway. In the eastern part of North Carolina there is the Atlantic Ocean and a long chain of islands called the Outer Banks. Uncle [BD] and I live right in the middle of North Carolina in a small town called [Our Town]. It is just north of the state capital which is Raleigh.

While Flat Stanley visited us we did many fun things! I have sent you some pictures of a few of his adventures. First, Flat Stanley came with us to a University of North Carolina basketball game. There were a lot of people at the game, and it was very loud inside the arena. Flat Stanley did a great job of cheering on the team, and they won! Next, Flat Stanley came with me to work at my job as a technical writer. He helped me work at my computer all day and write instructions for people who use the software that my company makes. It was a very long day, but Flat Stanley worked hard all day! Finally, after all of that hard work, Flat Stanley was very tired, so he took a nap with Kip.

Flat Stanley listened to lots of North Carolina bluegrass music during his visit. Bluegrass music is similar to country music. The musicians play instruments like the mandolin, banjo, and fiddle. Flat Stanley ate Krispy Kreme doughnuts which are made in North Carolina. He liked the chocolate covered doughnuts best!

The weather was very nice while Flat Stanley was visiting. Uncle [BD] took him to play golf and showed him how to putt the golf ball. Flat Stanley also played in our backyard with Kip. Kip loved to fetch a tennis ball that Flat Stanley threw for him!

As you can see, Flat Stanley had a great time on his adventures in North Carolina, but he is ready to get back to you and your classmates in Texas!