Friday, January 30, 2009

Monday on Thursday

I never make stupid mistakes. Only very, very clever ones. ~John Peel

Never say, "oops." Always say, "Ah, interesting." ~Author Unknown

When DH left yesterday, I murmured... "It sure feels like Monday." You see, Wednesday the world (as we know it) was closed for the storm. Schools were out, stores were closed, the library shut its doors. We were supposed to be bombarded by at least 14" of snow (it ended up being an odd mixture of snow, sleet and rain ... but no less treacherous).

So yesterday really felt like the beginning of the week.

I took Dd in for her blood work. The two vet techs (one to hold and one to poke) mentioned that it sure felt like Monday... and then proceeded to be unable to find poor Dakota's vein. One tech tried three times and then they switched, and the other took two more tries--one in each leg, with a wiggle once she was under the skin which made me cringe, as I have veins that like to hide and have had this happen to me more than once.

Dakota was NOT a happy dog. Worse, she had two vaccinations to get as well -- one in each hip. AND it was fasting bloodwork, so she hadn't eaten since 5 pm the night before. Poor puppy.

When we were done, I decided to skip the rest of my errands so she could go home to eat. All of my errands, save one: the post office. I'd been trying to mail out a box of books for a while, and didn't want to wait any longer.

We got to the P.O. and DD couldn't decide if she wanted to wait in the car or come in. And then, I realized I'd bought a bag of dog food, and with Dd so hungry I didn't want to just leave it sitting there on the seat, so I had to hide it. And then, I needed to pick up the packages. All of this "and then-ing" had one unfortunate result.

I locked my keys in the car.

Oh, yes I did. So, there I am in 25 degree weather, my starving, sore dog stuck in the car (I need to train her to unlock the doors on command, lol), my DD freaking out because the dog is trapped in the car, and ... when I pull out my cell phone, it's nearly out of power! I use it to quickly call everyone I know. No one is home. I call DH, and he says: call the police. So, I do--but they only break in for you if it's an emergency (i.e. the car is running or there is a baby -- a TWO-LEGGED baby -- inside). My emergency road service will take upwards of two hours (the roads are still a bit icy, and there are accidents, apparently). DH offers to drive home. I tell him NO. It will be faster if I walk (I'm about 2 miles from home) and get the spare key and drive the truck back.

First, though, I want to try two other neighbors but have no juice on the phone. But WAIT... the cell phone store is right down the way in the same shopping center. I'll go there and see if they'll charge me up a little. I'll stop in WalMart to go potty first, especially if I'm walking home. Try to open the bathroom door and WHAM!, there's a lady inside with a wheelchair, blocking the door. I stand outside wiggling for a good five minutes, potty and move on. Just as I get to the Verizon store, the fire alarm goes off. In the entire shopping center. Okay, so no recharge.

Folks... it was one thing after another, but I did finally manage to get a ride home to pick up the truck and let out the dog. It took nearly an hour, during which time, DD nearly had a meltdown. AND, when I finally did get home after finding another neighbor to help me retrieve the second vehicle, DH was HOME. He decided to make sure I was okay, but my phone wasn't on so he couldn't call.

Fast-forward to later that day at our agility class. The one where Dakota is doing fabulously. She made her first run like a champ and I was so proud!! Then... the second run had the see-saw. No problem. She did fine on it last week. And she would have this week, except I screwed up and let her run up it too fast and when it tilted down, she nearly fell off -- add in the loud noise and her absolute panic, and from that moment on she not only refused the see-saw, but also the "walk-it" plank because they look the same. And if I ran her off leash, and came anywhere near them, she would either run away and refuse to come back, or lay down and roll over on her back in complete submission (and refusal). I was so mad at myself. If I'd been more careful, this wouldn't have happened. At the end of class, I ran her up and down the "walk-it" over and over until she refused less vigorously (though she still wouldn't go up it without a fight).

I sure hope today is better...

OTOH, I'm sure this will end up in a story someday!


Your Ideal Island Vacation is Fiji

On an island vacation, you prefer to get the full beach experience.

And for you, that means staying somewhere with few people and lots of beach.

With over 300 islands, you can find your own private spot in Fiji.

Relax by the crystal clear water, or venture off to find a waterfall.

I'm good with that!



Dru said...

I feel for Dakota. I have veins like that, they can see it but once they go in, they can't find it. After, I have the marks to show for about a week.

I don't know if I could have survived a day like you had. I'm glad it all worked out.

Your Ideal Vacation is Prince Edward Island

On an island vacation, you'd really like to immerse yourself and get to know the locals.

You enjoy the idea of spending time in a small, remote locale... especially a beautiful one.

Whether you're sipping tea or enjoying the beautiful countryside, Prince Edward Island is perfect for you.

It's so authentic and homey, you won't mind that you're not in the tropics.

This trip sounds very relaxing.

I hope today is better day.

Have a good Friday.

Ceri Hebert said...

Wow. If it can go wrong it will go wrong. At least you weren't too far from home. If I locked my keys in the car at a Walmart or grocery store I'd be sunk.

Poor Dd. I hope her legs feel better.

MJFredrick said...

OMG! What a day!!! Hugs! I bet you stay home today :)

Maria Zannini said...

Bless your heart. You deserve a do-over. What a nightmare!

MomJane said...

I'm so sorry about your day. I am really glad I didn't call you. I almost did when I found out about my neighbor who is not expected to last til tomorrow, but decided not to. Good call. Today has to be better, right?

Maybe we could all go to that peaceful island.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Just one word - oy.

Sometimes that says it all.

Diane Craver said...

Sorry about your day but like your attitude that can be used in a future story.

Poor Dakota - glad the blood work is finished.

Brandy said...

Good grief! I hope today is much better for you! Poor Dakota on the needles. Uck!

Your Ideal Island Vacation is Nevis
On an island vacation, you need the sun, the beach, the sand, and the ocean.
In other words, it doesn't take much to make you happy. That's what the vacation is for.
Nevis is perfect for a true island vacation aficionado like yourself. It's underrated, small, and laid back.
Sure, it's a slower pace, but that's ideal. You won't be overwhelmed with activities, and you'll take the time to truly relax.

Okay, I'm one of those weird people who prefer the mountains to the ocean (I won't swim in the ocean.) so this is odd. *G*

I hope today is a MUCH better and very good day!

Melissa said...

Sorry about the day you've had. Hugs.

Your Ideal Island Vacation is New Zealand

On an island vacation, you want to feel anything but trapped. You need lots of options.
You like a vacation full of adventure, and most islands are too laid back for your taste.

With New Zealand, you'll be busy with extreme sports, good food, and interesting places.
You'll hardly remember you're on an island - unless you're at one of NZ's ruggedly beautiful beaches.

groovyoldlady said...

Oh you poor thing! THAT sounds like an AWFUL day!