May 16th, 2007

bundled up, walkabout, snow

Summer Events

I just updated my profile to list the dates for summer events, and take chess club out of my weekly schedule, as yesterday was the last meeting of chess club for this school year.

An excerpt of the summer events includes:

Summer Events

Date Night: Spamalot Thu 17 May

Flar and the boys and I are joining Ro and Knight in Louisville for Spamalot. We're meeting for dinner first, at a restaurant called Volares.

Relay for Life Fri 18 May thru Sat 19 May

Come out to the LCA campus and join us as we walk for cancer awareness. The event starts at 7pm, but I won't be showing up until after The Mat. It lasts until noon Saturday, and I'm camping out with a few friends for the event. We're bringing games to while away the time when we aren't walking. For more information about the event, Check out the website.

PWP: Ding Hai! Fri 25 May thru Mon 28 May

A poly family gathering. See the invitation for more details.

Branson with Granmommy & Grandaddy Sat 16 June thru Sat 23 June

Mom and Dad had a banked week that was about to slip away, so we're joining them in Branson for a week.

Brad! We'll be driving through St. Louis, coming and going. Are you freed up on either Saturday for a lunch date as we pass through?

Atlanta with Granmommy & Grandaddy Mon 16 July thru Sun 22 July

Mom and Dad are going to be there for a Gideons conference, and have invited us to join them.

Summer Road Trip: Canada Thu 26 July thru Sun 5 Aug

Flar and the boys are I are planning to drive up via Sandusky and back via Cornell. We've talked about taking a ferry; we've talked about staying at a cooking school; I wanna see the falls if we're going to be that close; we haven't fleshed out any details yet.

Mark! I'll be contacting you when I have more specific details about our trip -- we're hoping to visit while we're in town, and set up a tour of campus for Critter. He'd probably also love a personal tour from you, showing him how an alum has stayed and thrived. ;)

Back to School EJHS: Wed 15 Aug; Sayre: Tue 21 Aug

DragonCon Fri 31 Aug thru Mon 3 Sep

We enjoyed it last year; we'll probably go back. We don't have memberships yet.
Falling Apart

A visit to the vet

Yesterday, the very large mops got turned back into prissy little scotties. Flood got her nails trimmed. They all have soft, clean, extremely pettable coats. And silly looking neck bandanas.

They also got all their shots. And got blood drawn to test for heartworm (all negative).

I pre-paid the hefty fee for grooming, exams, shots and meds for three dogs. That way, Critter could pick them up while I was still at chess club with Tigger.

I got a call from the vet. Ouchy has swollen lymph nodes. Lots of them. She's also got a (minor) weight loss. So they drew more blood from her, and did a needle aspiration to get cells from one of the swollen nodes. It might be cancer. There's a chemo treatment that would likely bring about remission.

Note: When Critter picked them up, he got to talk to the vet as well. He asked if Ouchy would lose her hair if we give her chemo. The answer was no. I wonder if she'll get more grey/white hair? I haven't mentioned to Christopher that we'll be having to make a decision about whether to give her chemo at all, as it may be horribly expensive. We'll be considering quality of life for either decision, as well. As of now, she's not in obvious pain, but she is a bit grouchy than normal, so she's probably tender around the swollen nodes.

Right now, we're in a wait-to-hear mode; meanwhile, Ouchy is at the top of the "being to be spoiled" list. I told Critter (she's his dog) that it would be okay for him to let her sleep in his room if he wanted. He protested that his room is too messy -- and when I said, "she's not Dizzy; it's not like she'll eat your homework," Tigger volunteered to let Dizzy sleep in his room. ;)
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