Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Measuring Time

A few weeks ago, BD and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary. To commemorate the occasion, we bought ourselves a wall clock.

I often tell people that we are the oldest 30 year olds on the planet...we still get the newspaper delivered everyday; we still have a land line phone; we both wear wristwatches -- all things that people our age generally don't do, so I guess this just fits right in with that image. I'm pretty sure we are the youngest people that had darkened the door of the clock shop in a while.

The traditional 8 year anniversary gift is bronze, and while we generally don't follow those guidelines, it is a nice coincidence that the numbers and the hands on this clock are bronze.

We didn't have a whole lot to pick from in the key-wound chiming wall clock selection, so I was happy that we were able to find one that suits our style - simple and clean lines, not overly ornate. This is a Howard Miller clock.

We are still getting used to the tic-tocking and the chiming. I grew up with a chiming clock at my parents' house, so I know from experience that in a few days we won't even hear it. But when it woke me up at 4am this morning, I had serious doubts about this purchase. Luckily, it does have a silent mode if we get desperate.

The night we hung it and set the time on it was mildly traumatizing for Kip. After it gets wound and the time is set, it takes the clock a while to self-adjust and start chiming correctly. At :15 it chimes 4 notes, at :30 it chimes 8 notes, at :45 it chimes 12 notes, and on the hour it chimes the full 16 note Westminster chime and then strikes the number of hours. The first time it chimed was at 10pm. I was watching TV, BD was upstairs taking a shower, and Kip was asleep on the couch. Kip jolted off the couch when it started chiming and ran over to stare up at the clock. Then he ran around the corner of the couch and peeeeked over at the clock. After it stopped, he creeped out cautiously and stared at me indignantly. He adjusted pretty quickly - when it chimed again at 10:15, he didn't even open his eyes.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Stitches: Framed Projects

Last weekend I picked up two of my cross stitch pieces from the framer's. I showed the un-framed versions here and here.  

I chose to do this one with a solid black frame and no mat, since the piece itself is bright and busy. The frame does have some detail to it, but you can't see it in the photo.

This frame is red metal. It is the first metal frame I've used. I think it fits with this casual piece.

I had BD hang them in the stairway, where they can be seen from the den. I did the one on the bottom left several years ago. It has been hanging there, in a slightly different spot, by itself since I finished it.

They look off balance in these shots - it's hard to get a good picture in the stairway! - but they aren't really.

Friday, April 15, 2011


I recently found a new spring wreath for the front door. I thought this one was neat since it was in a basket instead of the usual round wreath form. The bright pink and lime green combo looks really springy to me.

Our house sits fairly far back from the road, so I like to have something big and colorful enough that it makes an impact.

Someone was spying on me while I stood outside on the sidewalk and took pictures.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Professionalism At Its Finest

Recently I went to a professional association meeting to hear a co-worker give a presentation. I had to pay dues to attend the meeting. This is how the charge showed on my credit card statement:

Society of Quality Ass (Services and Merchandise)

Good thing I didn't see that charge before the meeting; I would have been expecting an entirely different type of presentation!

I'm also glad I didn't have to show the credit card statement to get reimbursed from accounting. That would have been a little awkward.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Tales of the Tail: Trust Me, I Couldn't Make This Up If I Tried

Last Monday Kip started acting stiff on his newly repaired right knee. We thought we had just over-exerted him on Sunday evening's exercise walk, so we let him take it easy for a few days.

By Wednesday he was not putting any weight on the leg at all.

We took him back to the specialist on Thursday morning who sedated him to do x-rays. The x-rays showed that his body was rejecting the metal plate and screws that were put in place during his TPLO surgery in January. The screws were "backing out" and had created space between the metal plate and his leg bone where an infection was growing. Luckily the hardware is only there to stabilize the bones until they heal from the original surgery, and the x-rays confirmed that the bones are healed, so they were able to go in and remove the plate and screws.

I mean, really. Could anything else possibly go wrong with this dog?! [Don't answer that.]

They told us that removing the hardware is much less invasive than inserting it, so it shouldn't be as traumatic.

By Friday he was already walking on the leg again. Turns out that not having an infected metal plate in your leg makes it feel better.

Hopefully we are (finally, for real this time) on the road to recovery.