Thursday, February 16, 2017

A mostly terrible week

Last Monday started with me not being able to find Ginger in any of her usual locations.  I was already worried about her since she wasn't walking well at all and I was afraid she had gotten herself stuck somewhere.  No worries though.  I found her sleeping on a blanket in Spencer's room. 

Elliott insisted I take these pictures that day. He thought he was so cool. 

We went to Home Goods before school looking for a red bottle.  We didn't find one. 

The cowboy pictures from cowboy week were up in the hallway at preschool. 
On Monday afternoon I had a 10 year post-braces consult with my orthodontist after Spencer's regular appointment.   He said everything looks good and to keep doing what I'm doing.  Which is basically just wearing my retainers at night and keeping my permanent glued retainers. 

I look so angry in the middle picture!

Monday night I put out my new kitchen towel from Home Goods. 
And then we took Spencer's 9 year- 5 month pictures.  It's the last month he'll be closer to nine than to ten.  What?  WHAT?

His idea

On Tuesday Michael took Ginger to the vet while I was at work.  I phone conferenced in to the appointment.  The vet thought she had a slipped disc, but after the radiologist reviewed the x-rays he said it's just pretty run of the mill arthritis that she aggravated in some way.  The treatment was 2 weeks of pain killers and rest (no walks or jumping). 

The x-rays are pretty sweet.

Tuesday was also the day my Aunt Karen passed away, but I am nowhere close to being able to blog about that yet. 

On Wednesday I went to Hobby Lobby after I dropped Elliott at school.  I bought nothing.  I thought about and mentally debated this wreath, but it was $50.  And that was 50% off. 
After I picked Elliott up from school we went to the airport to pick up my friend Jenn.  We went to graduate school together and I haven't seen her since the day we were awarded our Masters Degrees.  In August 2004.   She was in town to visit some friends and to use up some vacation time before a job change.

I brought her back to my house and we hung out for a few hours and had some wine before I took her and dropped her off at her other friends house. 
I worked on Thursday.  That night I did my Valentine jamberry jamicure (yes, it's a jamicure when you use a jamberry wrap.)
On Friday I had a consult with a periodontist.  We waited close to an hour for the appointment (not so happy about that) and they gave Elliott a donut while we waited (which seems wrong for a dental office).

I decided not to do what the periodontist recommended and I am instead going to get a second opinion next week.  I'm sure there will be a whole post about it soon.  It's all sorts of ridiculous. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Superbowl Sunday

Elliott was invited to a birthday party for a kid at his daycare on Superbowl Sunday.  It started at 9:15 in the morning.   Yes, you read that correctly.  9:15 am on a Sunday.  Oh, and did I mention it was at Pump It Up?  And did I mention it was a glow party?  With loud music.

It was my turn to take Elliott to a birthday party (we're on a parent rotating schedule) so off we went.  At 8:50 am.  

Elliott wore a glow in the dark shirt and I wore white.  We were sufficiently glowy. 

All the kids.  There was a pretty good turn out for a Sunday morning at 9:15. 

They served pizza and cake at 10:30 when the birthday boy opened presents.  We'll just leave it at that. 

After the party Elliott and I went to IKEA and bought some necessities (mostly napkins) and then we all got ready to go to John and Maryellen's house for Super Bowl.

These are the highlights of the day, because goodness knows I didn't watch any of the game or a single commercial, but I did catch the half time show. 

The kids dressed appropriately. 

There was stadium seating for the boys. 

An entire buffet of snacks.
Ginger came along because I was really worried about her recent inability to walk (more about that soon) and I didn't want to leave her alone. 
Maryellen and I drank a bottle of wine and then had limoncello.  Homemade limoncello.  And it was delicious. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Friends and projects and driving around the entire valley

I have had the pictures for this post loaded and ready to go for daaaaaaaaaaays, but I've been too sad to write the text. My aunt would want me to press on though (so she could read the post, ha!) so that is what I will do.

We're going all the way back to Wednesday, February 1st.

My friend Elpida (who is married to my college friend Anthony), sent me a message saying they were in Phoenix for a conference and wanted to get together.  They didn't have a car though, so we would have to come to them at their hotel (about 35 miles away).  Elliott and I drove up there on Wednesday morning and met Elpida and her kids, Georgia and John, at a shopping center by the hotel.  Anthony was unfortunately in meetings all day.

Elliott insisted on taking a picture of my hair.  It's really, um, good?

We all ate breakfast together and then walked around and did some shopping. 

Mom selfie

Georgia wanted a silly face.  Elliott wanted nothing to do with it. 
After we left north, north, north Phoenix and I took Elliott to school I decided to go to Gilbert for some errands.  First I stopped at Hobby Lobby and bought this for Michael and one for Nick. 
I ended up having lunch at The Uprooted Kitchen and saw Mr. Chad.  I made him take a selfie, which he obviously loved.  I was going to make some sort of joke about the selfie in north Phoenix and the selfie in the east valley, but now two weeks later I can't remember what my point was. 
One of the things I was doing that day was looking for oval frames for these silhouettes.  We had Spencer's done when he was three, but the frame fell and broke when we moved and we've never had it hanging in this house. 

We got one done for Elliott at Disneyland so now they can hang beautifully together. 
Also, I didn't put these pictures in the frame that day, but I did finally photograph this masterpiece.  Let me point's not the same orange shirt.  Let the organization and skill of that feat sink in. 
On Thursday the 2nd I ran into a former student of mine at the grocery store.  She's been gone from my school and caseload for more than two years, but I still feel weird about identifying her, so I didn't. 
On Friday the 3rd Anthony and Elpida and their kids came over to our house for breakfast on the way to Tucson. 

Anthony and I did our undergraduate degrees together.  We took all of our speech and hearing sciences classes together.  We sat next to each other in all of those classes.  We studied for everything together.  After we graduated he did not go in to speech language pathology or audiology.  He actually works for a company that makes cardiac devices. 


After they left Elliott made sure Ginger was cozy and not lonely. 

This is where I found her later. 
Friday was also cowboy day at preschool.  We waited until the last minute to get the gear together and I could not find the cowboy hat anywhere.  We improvised with a coonskin cap.  The cowboy boots also no longer fit.  I bought them at Goodwill in 2013 for about $5 so they had a good run. 

On Friday afternoon I went with friends to a party at Melissa's house in Goodyear.  Jeez. I saw just about every square inch of the Phoenix metropolitan area that week.  It took us almost 90 minutes to get there in afternoon traffic.  We were there for a good three hours, but I only took one picture.  Of Melissa's liquor closet. 
On Saturday we played this new game that we got as a gift.  Elliott's answer to this question was:  "not cut off my ankles and my toes."  OK, that's slightly alarming.