Suja, did Khan dislocate your elbow from a leash incident? I can see that happening with my bigger dog; he is still confused about what to do when he sees another dog on a leash... or he's socially awkward or something. He goes ker-azy when he sees any other dog. I think he wants to play (because if he were off-leash, that'd be his instinct), but he sounds ferocious no matter what he's trying to say. When we were at a party in a park once, and he was off-leash, he bounded up to another big-gish dog to play, and the owner told me Cayo approached the other dog "like an un-neutered male", meaning that he looked aggressive, I guess. *shudder* about the sliver ER story.
Lulu is actually in surgery today. I guess they only had her in for bloodwork yesterday. Fingers are crossed it goes without a hitch. She's been acting her usual (very assertive terrier-personality, I-own-this-place) schnoodly self.
Jen, I hope the sliver is out and cleaned up by now.
Chrissy, I am stunned at CIT's response. They should be thanking you and apologizing. But sadly I'm not surprised. IT has its share of "technical egos", doesn't it? And then add to that the fact that the majority of men, in particular, have an extremely difficult time saying they're wrong (heard that on Freakonomics podcast recently), and I guess what happened to you becomes a classic situation in the industry.
Bridget, yay for the farm store! And that was a bold move on your DBF's part, which turned out really well for all parties involved. Can't say I'd have been brave enough to say something like that even if I thought it.
On dentistry: I'm glad to hear there's some of you would see a rationale behind the fact that I just haven't been consistent about going to the dentist. ;) Honestly, I think oral care is important, speakingo of which...I've long been fascinated by the findings of Weston Price when he went out and did his hybrid dental/anthropological research on nutrition and dental health out in the field back in the early 20thC. Sounds like it's as important to approach oral care from a diet as much as a hygiene standpoint:
Janet, good luck with the IUI & follies!! I'll be super-hopeful for you these next couple of weeks. Maiya sounds like she'd be psyched to be a big sister.Dr.Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a Cleveland dentist, has been called the "Isaac Newton of Nutrition." In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them- the isolated "primitives."
The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected-nutritional deficiencies.
Price traveled the world over in order to study isolated human groups, including sequestered villages in Switzerland, Gaelic communities in the Outer Hebrides, Eskimos and Indians of North America, Melanesian and Polynesian South Sea Islanders, African tribes, Australian Aborigines, New Zealand Maori and the Indians of South America. Wherever he went, Dr. Price found that beautiful straight teeth, freedom from decay, stalwart bodies, resistance to disease and fine characters were typical of primitives on their traditional diets, rich in essential food factors.
When Dr. Price analyzed the foods used by isolated primitive peoples he found that they provided at least four times the calcium and other minerals, and at least TEN times the fat-soluble vitamins from animal foods such as butter, fish eggs, shellfish and organ meats.
On TTC over here, March is going to be our first real concerted effort, and as with much of everything I do, I set it up as a bit of a game. March is a high-stakes month. If we miss the March window, then it will become a bit more relaxed again, and I'd probably be happier to conceive later on this summer. If we conceive this month, then we stand a likely chance of having a 2013 baby, which would mean tax benefit! LOL. (I didn't want to try before now because of our travels taking place during March.) I have marked a slot on our shared family gMail calendar, and have deemed it "The Whoopee Window". DH is a little excited.
Lastly, my car is 500 miles away from hitting 300,000 miles. It's a 15 year old Toyota 4Runner I inherited from my dad. Never had major mechanical problems yet. I've been keeping an eye out for my next car since late last year, as I think mine could go at any moment. The search has been kind of a self-discovery, and I think what I've discovered the most is that I don't really know myself. I'm surprised at how indecisive I've been. In my rational mind, my priorities are: roomy (4 door + high cargo capcty), reliable (like all the Toyotas my family has ever driven - never any mechanical problems/drove them into the ground), fuel-efficient (I want to hit a minimum of 32mpg at least on the hwy), rugged (needs to do some light off-roading and withstand bikes/dogs/surfboards and, of course, a young boy). But my irrational mind is driving me crazy, turning my thoughts to risky/impractical makes based on styling, exterior colors, and feeling my own priorities are "boring". Perhaps the most practical car I could get would be a Prius V wagon (hello, roomy reliable fuel-economy!), but my brain screams at me that they're ugly, every time I look at them. They're also not quite rugged enough. Ground clearance would be a problem, for example. Others I've looked at: Lexus CT400h Hybrid (too small and a little 2Fast2Furious-looking for my taste), VW Diesel Sportwagen (was a big contender - nervous because it's outside the Toyota/Honda family of reliability, gets more "boring" the more I look at it), Audi A3 Diesel (too small; essentially a VW so mechanically risky), Mini-Cooper Wagon (low-cost, very fuel-efficient, but smallish and would be buying mainly because DH & Bodhi like the styling), Subaru Outback (great styling, rugged, bleh fuel economy & not so sure on reliability), Volvo XC70 wagon (love the look of Volvos, terrible fuel, once owned a Volvo lemon, dealer markup is insane on these, and let's face it; I probably really can't afford one). I kind of want a Toyota Highlander Hybrid. The 3rd row of seats would be so convenient when my parents come into town, but it's really just 28/28 MPG, and I really don't want to go as big as my 4Runner again. (I hate how short I am when I'm tying my surfboard on top of my car; there's also the fact that I really can't afford the Hybrid w/ 3rd row anyway). So the next most likely candidate is the Acura Sportwagon. It's basically a Honda, so I'd rest easy that I could drive the car for a dozen years without headache, plus it hits almost all my other criteria, except that it only hits 30 MPG on the hwy and that really bothers me, and the styling is...just ok. Anyway, so that's a glimpse into my twisted thoughts on car-buying. The process can send my mind racing. That's just the short-list too. I've started looking at mini-SUVs/crossovers, which make me even more confused, plus I'm open to buying a used car if it hits 100% of my criteria. The truth is, I think I've looked at every single car on the market (thanks to insomnia and the Edmunds.com app on my phone) and even if I could afford any car I wanted, no one out there makes the car I want.
I'm amazed that there aren't more hybrids out there for moms. Why can't the Acura wagon be a hybrid? Why aren't there mini-van hybrids? It seems to me that the hybrid manufacturers are missing out on only one of the hugest market segments in the country.
OK, I've been writing this post on and off for the last 1.5 hrs. Will hit Submit now to see what I've missed in the meantime.