Jesse died this morning

March 6, 2009 at 9:34 am | Posted in Dogs, Family, Jesse | 8 Comments

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My Exciting Saturday Night (with video)

November 29, 2008 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Dogs, Jesse | 4 Comments

I put an update on Jesse’s condition at the end of the post- he’s doing really well. He’s still in the hospital though and I spent part of my Saturday night visiting him. I brought him some of his food from home (which he ate- a very good sign) and a stuffed frog toy. This particular toy is his all-time favorite and I always have at least one new one on hand. He’ll keep the toy intact for anywhere from a few minutes to a few months. It seems to be totally random. However, there is always a point when he decides it’s time to rip the toy open, find the squeaker and remove all of the stuffing from inside the toy. I take away the squeaker, throw away the stuffing and give him back the carcass which he plays with for months. He had an intact frog when we left NJ that got ripped open sometime in the last two weeks. It’s pretty pitiful looking and I didn’t want to seem any stranger than I probably already do to the hospital staff, so I chose to bring him a brand new one rather than bring the carcass in for him to play with (even though he would have loved the carcass). Come to think of it, most people I tell about the carcass think I’m strange for just calling it that. Continue Reading My Exciting Saturday Night (with video)…

Going into Debt

November 29, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Dogs, Jesse | Leave a comment

I have to admit that I haven’t been very patient or understanding about most of the complaints I have heard/read in the news related to the mortgage crisis While some of the stories I have heard have been from people who sound like they were genuinely mislead, most were not. I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but at some point I completely lost my patience. Was it the people who were complaining about having to default on an investment property they bought that suddenly was worth half of what they chose to pay for it during the height of the housing boom? People who bought houses with no money down, a monthly payment they could barely afford and an adjustable rate mortgage assuming they would have increases in their income sufficient to cover the increase in their monthly mortgage? Something else? Whatever the cause was, my patience went out the window long ago and the “rescue”/bailout of the financial industry has bothered me for quite some time.

I’m just not comfortable with large amounts of personal debt and it seems that my definition of “acceptable” debt is very different from most of my peers (both in amount and type of debt). In the spirit of full disclosure, I will admit that there was a period of time when I was a young college student that I did not use credit cards wisely. I made some pretty stupid decisions, but I worked my way out of it and learned from it. Since then I have been careful about personal debt. I have a decent chunk of student loan debt, but it’s all from grad school and is quite a bit less than many other people in my profession have by the time they graduate and start working. It still makes me uncomfortable though. A year ago I had to get a car and was having a hard time because I didn’t want to buy a new car without knowing what my income was going to be this year (I knew the job change was coming up). I bought a reliable used car from a co-worker with a little help from my Dad and now have no monthly car payments. When I moved to NJ I was moving into a situation where I couldn’t bring most of my furniture, so I sold what I could and donated the rest to charity. As a result, when I moved here from NJ I didn’t have much to bring with me. I had obtained a couch from a friend my second to last year in NJ and it came with me, but is in bad shape. I really wanted to replace it in the next few months, but decided that I just need to get a nice slip-cover and wait a year. I can’t tell you how many people have told me I should just go to one of the furniture stores that offers no-interest/no-payment plans and buy one that way. I’d rather wait until I can pay for it in full and not have to worry about the monthly bill or eventually owing interest if I don’t manage to pay it off in a year. Basically, I really don’t like taking on new debt- particularly large debt- and most types of debt make me uncomfortable.

Well, today I found my weak spot. I opened up a brand new line of credit for what to me feels like a large amount of debt to go into. I have a new account with Care Credit to pay for Jesse’s vet bill. The initial line of credit is for $3,000 and it will cover the estimate for the current care he is receiving with a small amount of the credit limit remaining, but I think I’m going to end up paying cash for some of the services as well. Emergency Vet Care and hospitalization are expensive. I’m waiting on test results (a large portion of the charges are for a variety of tests he needs) and I’m hoping for the best, but it’s entirely possible that I’ll still be paying off the debt even after he is gone. He’s my Jesse though, so I’m doing anything I can to get him healthy again. Keep your fingers crossed for good news- some of the results should be in soon.

Thanksgiving (Belated)

November 29, 2008 at 5:14 pm | Posted in Dogs, Jesse | 2 Comments

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had been invited to a co-worker’s home to celebrate and was looking forward to the day, but plans changed.  When I got home from work Tuesday night Jesse was lethargic and very much not himself.  I took him to the vet on Wednesday and she took some blood, ran a few other tests and gave him a physical.  She sent us home with some prescriptions and an appointment for a follow-up visit today.  Jesse hadn’t eaten on Wednesday (very unusual for him) and still didn’t look good, so I decided to stay home on Thursday.

Wednesday night I purchased a turkey breast and cooked it in the crockpot with some vegetables on Thursday.  It turned out pretty good which kind of surprised me- I’ve never cooked a turkey breast in a crockpot before.  Here is a picture of it when it was about an hour away from being done:

Not the clearest picture ever because of the steam, but it was good.  Jesse still wasn’t himself and spent most of the day on the same spot of the living room carpet like this:

This isn’t normal for him.  Even worse, he was hardly eating at all.  I finally got him interested in boiled chicken with rice and he at pretty well.  It was a long day though.  Today he saw the regular vet who had some test results back from Wednesday (bloodwork) and the results weren’t all good.  They weren’t the worst case scenario either, but it’s still not clear exactly what is going on.  Right now he is sitting at a local specialty clinic and hopefully just finished the x-rays and ultrasound in addition to a few other assorted tests.  The veterinarian we saw is supposed to call me as soon as the radiologist gives him a report on the ultrasound.  I’m worried about him.

Friday!

May 23, 2008 at 8:30 pm | Posted in Challenges, Dogs, Jesse | 4 Comments

I have the world’s greatest dog. Really, I do. He’s friendly, easygoing, and has all of the “good” golden retriever traits.

However, he’s not the best workout partner. At least he isn’t right now. I took him on a walk tonight that was supposed to be exercise for both of us and had to bring him home and then go back out on my own.

Some of you may remember that at the beginning of the year ABW and I set a goal to lose a certain amount of weight by Memorial Day. I don’t know about ABW, but I’m definitely not going to make it. There are actually legitimate reasons that don’t involve laziness. Pretty much immediately after we set our goal I began a battle with some health issues that didn’t seem too bad at first, but progressively worsened.

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You know it’s WAY too cold…

February 11, 2008 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Dogs, Jesse | 8 Comments

…when steam rises from the puddle at your dog’s feet as he goes to the bathroom.

For my rude neighbor

January 31, 2008 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Dogs, Jesse, Rants | 7 Comments

Yes, I saw you staring at me while my dog peed by the tree in front of your house. The glare was obvious as you stopped partway onto the driveway before heading into the garage. I also noticed when you then walked out to the tree and crouched down until you were practically squatting to inspect the ground. If you were that concerned, you could have just said something as you got out of the car, or even as you drove into the driveway. All I can say is, I can’t believe I ever thought it was the right thing to do to pooper-scoop the deposits left around the tree by other dogs. The next time Jesse chooses your tree as “the one” and there is already poop there, I’m only picking up his. I’ll leave the rest for you.

Why a rant about pooper-scooping?
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Wordless Wednesday #1

January 30, 2008 at 8:39 am | Posted in Dogs, Jesse, WW | 8 Comments

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