Wednesday, November 11, 2009

just stuff

us health insurance reform
Am I the only one who thinks it's interesting that the grandfather of one of the "greatest American heroes" (Jack Bauer) is also the father of socialized health care in our lovely country? I was happy to see that the folks in Washington took one step closer to pulling their heads completely out of their asses on the weekend.

pretty puppies
We took the dogs to petsmart over the weekend for grooming. We've tried the groomer at our vet's (she's awesome but SUPER expensive) and a lady in our neighbourhood who has a salon in her home (less expensive but not entirely what we were after) and I have to say, I think petsmart is the best value for money around here. Both of the dogs look great and I like that the salon is in a fishbowl type of thing so you can see a lot of what the groomers are doing. We'll definitely go back.

lucky us
Last night, sort of by accident, we discovered an AMAZING new Thai/Cambodian restaurant in our neighbourhood. They also have Chinese stuff on the menu and given that it's across the street from a high school, I'm betting that they sell a lot of chicken balls at lunchtime. Everything we had was terrific and I can honestly say that it's the best of it's kind I've ever had in Kingston - feels really great to have found a local place that makes a yummy green mango salad!

good behavior
I took Monday off from work. Had an appointment in the morning and then some errands to do. I spent the afternoon alternatively spending time outside with the dogs and doing housework. The weather was gorgeous and I felt lucky to have chosen such an amazing day to be off. I was almost shocked this morning when I realized that I start my winter holidays in less than 5 weeks! yay!!

talking dogs
looking forward to seeing Up on the weekend. we picked up a copy last night and I'm super excited to see it, with the dogs, in the comfort of our living room.

Monday, November 02, 2009

wow, november

happy face
Originally uploaded by Julep67
As I was flipping over calendars at work this morning, after having traveled to work in the sunshine (last week the street lights were still on when I was en route to the office), it was a bit of a surprise for me that October was over already.

I mean, I know it's the end of October when little kids stand on my front porch and I reward their cuteness with mini boxes of smarties but still, last month was a blur.

The weirdness started at the end of September when we both had a terrible cold. Toward the end of October, Mark was hammered with a horrible flu. It started with a migraine and when the migraine ended, he was left with terrible body aches and a bit of shortness of breath. When I took him to the doctor (after 3 days of feeling like hammered shit), they suspected that it could be N1H1 and gave him a 5 day dose of Tamiflu. It did help his symptoms and after 3 days on it was able to go back to work but I don't think he had the swine flu.

When the crazy weird panic settles down, we're both going to get the shot. Mark because he's diabetic and me because whenever I get a flu or cold, it could turn into bronchitis or pneumonia. Normally we refuse the seasonal flu shot but with this, at least they know exactly what they are vaccinating against. I'll still not get the regular flu shot, it's just a crap shoot every year.

On Friday, we celebrated Gracie's barkeversary. It was a year ago on Friday (October 30) that she joined our family. We've seen so many excellent changes in her over the past year, it's just amazing and we're really proud of her.

Saturday night was a bit disappointing. Normally, I have between 150 and 200 kids at the door and this year, I think I might have had 80. I wonder how much of that was down to Halloween being on a weekend night so folks went to parties instead, and how much was pure panic over N1H1 and folks kept their kids home. Whichever it was, the kids we did see were super cute and they all got extra candy for making the effort.

So I guess that's where October went. Hopefully , November will be slow and groovy and we'll be able to enjoy it a little bit more than we did October.