Thursday, January 30

alice update

Brian took Alice to her vet appointment today. The vet is not sure what's growing on Alice's lip, but she does know that it's infected. So, Alice is on a course of antibiotics. One of two things is going to happen--if the lump responds to the antibiotic and shrinks, then we're good to go. Otherwise, it's probably something bad and she's going to need surgery to have it removed. Either way, the vet commented, "Alice is so old. It makes me sad." So that's not exactly a vote of confidence. This comment is not to be taken the wrong way--Alice was actually one of her first patients, so she's been seeing her for quite some time now.

Buster, on the other hand, will begin the switch to his new medication on February 8. It will be a 5-8 week process and we will not be accepting any visitors during that timeframe.

Stay tuned for more dog updates.

Monday, January 27

calm before the storm

It's official--Buster's medicine, Clomicalm, is no longer available. Well, that's not entirely true--you can get a bottle of the generic form, clomipramine, for $1000 a bottle. But, that's a little more than I want to pay. So, he's making the switch to Prozac next month. The problem is that we have to mostly wean him off of the Clomicalm first, so it's going to be a nightmare (he does not do well off his meds). Another potential problem is that we don't know if Prozac is going to have the same effect on him. We can only hope so at this point. The vet is giving us an additional medication that's supposed to calm him down during the weaning period, so we can only hope that works. Once weaned, we'll be able to start him on a small dose of Prozac and increase the dose on a weekly basis until he's at therapeutic levels. It should be a fun month.

In other dog news, Alice has a large growth on her lip, so she has an appointment to get that checked out this week. It doesn't seem to be bothering her, but you really shouldn't have an inch large lump on your lip. I hadn't noticed it until recently because it's on her bottom lip and the upper one covers it up.

Our skanky cat has been pulling his hair out for months. He's been on a couple of courses of steroids for this. Things are looking a little better with him, but not great. I think he's due for his annual checkup next month, so I guess the vet can look at it then.

Lizzy, the healthiest of them all, has been limping a bit lately, though it doesn't seem to be related to her previous back issues. She just turned 12 this month, so it's probably just arthritis or some other age-appropriate ailment combined with this ridiculously cold weather we've been having.

I'm going to need to get another job to pay for all of this.

Tuesday, January 21

running from the law

This was another one from Lisa Scottoline. It was different from the usual series I read from her, but still featured a female lawyer as the main character. It was a pretty quick read, but nothing particularly thought provoking.

My rating: 3/5

Saturday, January 18

knitting 101

My friend from work offered to teach me how to knit. I took her up on her offer last night and am now in the midst of knitting a scarf for Brian. It's a simple knit stitch pattern (I don't know if that's the technical term for it, but there's nothing fancy going on). I'm already thinking about what I'd like to make next. Also, there was pizza! And wine! I could do with more evenings like that!

Sunday, January 12

the hangover: part iii

Put a fork in 'em, they're done. This was my least favorite of the "Hangover" movies and I wasn't that huge of a fan of the previous ones. But, it gets a half of a star for the hilarious scene that takes place during the credits.

My rating: 2.5/5

Sunday, January 5

the hunger games: catching fire

I took Jake and one of his friends to see this movie last night (at the Westwood Plaza Theatre, of course). It was pretty darn good. It's been a while since I read the book, but it seemed to follow it pretty well. There were some things that I found hard to visualize while reading the book and those things were pulled off in a spectacular fashion in the movie. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Jennifer Lawrence (who played the main character in the movie) is awesome!

My rating: 4/5

Saturday, January 4

zero dark thirty

This movie told the story of the 10 year hunt for Osama bin Laden. I was expecting more action and less strategizing, but was not rewarded. The movie was well-acted, but rather long and drawn-out (there was not a whole lot of plot for the 2:30+ runtime).

My rating: 3/5

Wednesday, January 1

2013 in review

Much like Judy, I thought 2013 was going to be THE year, but it ended up being just another year.

We'll start with work...We were short staffed the first four months of the year. That did not help us achieve our goals for the year. However, by the end of 2013, we were able to get our staffing levels back up and then some. And, we have yet another person starting next week, and an intern, too, so 2014 is looking good on the work front already.

On the entertainment front, my favorite movie, hands-down, was Silver Linings Playbook. How can you not love Jennifer Lawrence? My favorite book was Joe Hill's NOS4A2. Don't tell his dad (Stephen King), but I think the torch has been passed. And, the best thing on TV was Breaking Bad. I'm going to have to watch that series again for sure. The year looked promising for music with new NIN and QOTSA, but both albums ended up being a big disappointment for me. I did get a bunch of new CDs (Soundgarden, Black Sabbath and Alice In Chains) for Christmas, but I haven't given them a proper listening to yet, so I can't comment on those at this point.

Other highlights...I got some new ink and we vacationed (yet again) in Forest County. I also got a sidecar for my bike. It took a while to get it installed properly, but I'm good to go for 2014, so I expect to do a lot of riding this year. And, I had my 25th class reunion, so I'm officially old.

My least favorite moments of the year were as follows:
So, here's to 2014!

side effects

This movie was supposed to be about how the side effects from a popular antidepressant negatively affected one woman and her husband (she killed him while in a sleepwalking state. that's pretty negative, right?). However, there was more to it than you might think. The end was pretty convoluted and it seemed like it took a long time to get there, but it was an ok movie overall.

My rating: 3/5