leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad

my riley

I've been thinking about Riley a lot lately and how much I wish he was still around. It's been almost two years now and I still miss him everyday. =(
leighblack: (2008 - Minnesota for Obama)
From a bunch of folks:

1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.



one of my favorite photos of Riley
leighblack: (TW - Help Me Obi-Wan Kenobi)
Thanks everyone for your kind words and concern. My mom is refusing to talk about what happened this morning, but I'm sure Riley was well taken care of. The vet loved him just as much as everyone else did. But I may never get used to talking about him in past tense. =(

I had a really shitty day at work today to top it all off. Except that one of the managers told me about how much she missed having me around while I was out of the office yesterday. I guess she told the Boss Lady about how much she needed me. That's nice, I suppose. I mean, eventually we'll be getting our reviews and it can't hurt for someone to say something like that.

Anyhow, to counteract my craptacular day I did a little retail therapy and bought season 1 of Torchwood on DVD after work. Whatever. I deserve it. Watching it reminds me of a question I had after last week's episode. it's not too spoilery )

That's about it, I guess. I'm drinking and watching Jack and then I'll be heading to bed.
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
The appointment has been made for 7am tomorrow morning. I've never heard my dad sound as sad as he did when he just called to tell me. I absolutely cannot get off of work so I will not be able to be there. Knowing this would probably be the case, I said goodbye earlier today but it still feels wrong. I should be there with my baby tomorrow. =(

Goodbye, my sweet Riley. I hope you've enjoyed your time with us as much as we've loved having you with us. You're the best dog anyone could ever ask for and you'll be missed by more people than I can count.

Project 365 (21/365)
leighblack: (2008 - Obama Pointing)
81% Chris Dodd
81% Barack Obama
80% Dennis Kucinich
78% Mike Gravel
76% John Edwards
76% Hillary Clinton
76% Bill Richardson
74% Joe Biden
49% Rudy Giuliani
40% John McCain
32% Ron Paul
32% Mike Huckabee
32% Mitt Romney
24% Tom Tancredo
22% Fred Thompson
















2008 Presidential Candidate Matching Quiz

Gee, and people ask me why I want to vote for Obama? But seriously, who is Chris Dodd?? Oh, he's dropping out of the campaign today. Well then nevermind.

Riley's visit to the vet went okay today. She gave us some more pain pills since she thinks he's in a good deal of pain. She seemed to think that he's okay for now though, but the end is not far away. He actually wagged his tail around the other dogs in the office and he hasn't wagged his tail in weeks. And he wanted to get the hell out of the vet's room RIGHT NOW. My baby still has a little spunk after all!
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
I know I'm supposed to be editing my New Year's photos, but I spent most of the evening cuddling my poor dog instead. Believe me, he's much more important.

I took some photos )

You know, it's much easier to do Project 365 if you know where your camera is. I used my mom's crappy one today, but I NEED to find mine. I assume it's buried in the debris from Christmas.
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
Tonight was chaotic and hectic, but ultimately it was very nice. We don't do a lot of presents so it's more about getting our family all together. But my cousin's son did like the Minnesota Wild hoodie that I bought him. My brother (who lives in South Korea) is on vacation in the Philippines and he brought his laptop & webcam with him so he could Skype with us. All the little kids wanted to know how he got into the computer. =)

Sadly, it was a bad day for Riley. He threw up a couple times, didn't eat anything and then spent most of the day sleeping. He's really not doing very good. =( We really wanted him to get through Christmas but now we're going to have to talk about putting him down. You can tell that he's lost a lot more weight just in the last two weeks. He doesn't wag his tail anymore and...well...it's just getting to be time. It's hard, but I know it's right. I don't want my poor baby to suffer.

Anyhow...I don't want to think about that right now. I want to watch some Doctor Who! Download faaaaaaaster!!
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
How often does it happen that some jerkwad runs a red light right in front of you but there just happens to be a cop on the other side of the intersection who then flips on his lights and goes after the guy? Not very often, right? But it did indeed happen to me on Saturday. I giggled about it a lot. Moron.

My grandma is pretty sick and while I don't want to say I don't care...I'm more worried about Riley, who is also not doing so great. Riley is, of course, my dog. But my grandma and I have never been close. She's not very loving or lovable. In fact, she's pretty crabby & mean. But Riley & I love each other. (not like that, you perv) It's hard to know that we'll have to put him down soon, but he's getting first class care until then. We've all decided that we'll do everything we can to make him comfortable for now. Not that grandma's not being taken care of, but I guess I'm just not as concerned. That probably makes me a horrible person, but oh well. I can't change how I feel.

I have no idea where I was going with that...

To do today:
- Stop by the Sprawl of America to go to the Lindt store
- Go to Borders to use 'all CDs for $10.99' coupon
- Stop by Best Buy(?) to buy a new mouse to replace my old one that finally died
- Hit Wal-Mart to get more Aleve

- Finish Christmas cards
- LAUNDRY
- Renew SendSpace Max
leighblack: (DH - Adam as Frankenstein)
[livejournal.com profile] lafemmezilla wanted photos of my costume.

clicky, clicky )

and a bonus photo of Riley )
leighblack: (DH - Adam as Frankenstein)
Happy Halloween, everyone!!


I'm pretty sure I'm the only person on my floor that's in costume. But maybe some more people will show up. I work with a bunch of boring folks, I guess. I wanted my hair to look all matted and gross for my pirate costume so I didn't wash it this morning. And now it itches like crazy! Ugh.

I really have nothing planned for later today. I'll be at my parents house, trying to teach my mom how to use my old iPod and loading it up with music she might like. And trying to calm Riley down since he hates people walking through his yard and will spend all night barking at them.

*squee*

Oct. 23rd, 2007 04:11 pm
leighblack: (ILNY2 - Midget Mac Head Shot)
So today has actually been a good day. The first in a while! I have SO many things to tell you guys and no time to do it. So you get the short version for now.

- Riley went to the Vet today and she was surprised by how well he's doing. She's concerned about his weight loss, but it's not awful. And his liver is doing much better than she expected. And he can stop taking the pain pills. So she's not expecting to see him back until February, which is great! And she said that if his liver doesn't get too much worse, she wouldn't be surprised to see him hang around for another year or two. =) Amazing! She definitely said that there's no reason to think about putting him down yet. This makes me very very happy!

- The FedEx guy tried to deliver my Schrute Farm Beets shirt at 8:30am. Ummm, that's a little early? No one at the apartment office yet. =/ But I should have it tomorrow! (but where is my Shooter CD????)

- Work is crazy, but I'm not as behind as I thought I was. And I'm starting to catch on to some of the new stuff I'm doing! Hopefully that means I'll stop dreaming about spreadsheets soon.

- My Chris Jericho book came in! Can't wait to read it!!

There's more, but I want to stop and pick up the Cobra Starship CD before work so I have to go!

Don't Forget!!
Slither is playing at The Uptown at midnight on Saturday night!!! I expect many of youse guys to be there!! We can arrange car pooling and/or dinner later in the week.
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
in which I prepared for Stephen Kellogg and also had Matty Nay withdrawal )

Riley is doing much better today. He was adorably curled up in a blanket when I got here. Now he's watching the traffic, which is his favorite activity. Besides fishing.
leighblack: (ILNY2 - New York Prays for Strength)
I had the day off today and was amazingly unproductive. I had lunch with my mom and bought a few things to finish off my pirate costume for Halloween (yeah I know, original). I also bought [livejournal.com profile] dazeebean's bday gift. And that was about it. Hallmark kicked my ass since I somehow got put in charge of all the Christmas cards. Now I'm trying not to zone out as I chat with my brother. Who I haven't talked to in a few weeks.

And my mom mentioned today that we might have to put Riley down soon. I refuse to believe this. He's going to the vet next week so we'll see what he has to say. I'm worried.

Amazingly, I have the day off tomorrow. But my grandma is not doing very well and we're moving her from her assisted living place to a nursing home tomorrow. Then it's Dazee's bday dinner and then the movie and then I have to work on Sunday and there went my whole weekend. =/
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
Ow. I obviously slept weird last night and pinched something in my neck. Again. I can only turn my head to my shoulder, and even that hurts. Looking behind me is definitely out. No money for a massage this week though. Any volunteers to give me one? ;)

This week's theme over in the Seekrit Music community is "Music We Grew Up With." I downloaded a bunch of stuff I haven't listened to in years so I can post it. Stuff I only have on vinyl or maybe cassette. It's terrible that I can listen to it and still remember all the words. Also, looking at the list of stuff I'm going to post makes it apparent that there is something mentally wrong with me. Seriously, it's all over the place. You'll see when I start posting it later this week.

This weekend was pretty boring. I had to work at Hallmark all weekend. Boo. And I had to help my mom set up the new ornament display. Ugh. I finally grabbed the book from her and started doing it myself since I was tired of her bitching. It didn't help that I was crampy and tired and cranky. But it got done and actually looks kind of cute. I also had to check in all the new ornament stock and pull all the orders for customers. No one else at the store is organized enough to be able to do it. Including our manager. =/

Also, listen. If you want to stand there and open all of the sound cards, whatever. Have fun. But for God's sake, don't come up to the counter and open them directly in my face and go on and on about how great that song is. Yes, I've heard it before. Yes, I've seen the card before. Can you just shut it? Please?

Also also, I will never ever get the women who carry around those fucking suitcases and then have to lug them onto the counter and dig through them for 5 minutes and take all kinds of junk out just to find their credit card, all the while going on about how they hate that purse because it has too many pockets or they can't find anything or needs to be cleaned out. No one is forcing you to carry that thing around. Clean it out, decide what you really need and carry a smaller purse. Really, it's possible. Sometimes I even go out with only what's in my pockets.

Also also also? Our store is next to a Curves. Can I please put out a plea to the Curves women? If you want to shop at our store after your workout, that's fine. But for the love of God, go out to your car first and put your workout stuff in there before coming into the store. Because carrying your smelly shoes around our store? Kind of disgusting. Putting your smelly shoes on our counter when you're checking out? Really disgusting. Setting your DIRTY SOCKS on the counter? Completely unacceptable. And this has happened more than once.

So, other than getting Hallmark rage, I also hung out with my family this weekend. I stopped by on Friday to see how Earl was doing and he was still kind of bad. He was shaking and didn't want to be touched. But he was better on Saturday and let me scratch him under the chin for a little while. He even came out from under the bed to see me. Riley is also doing much better. He's back to ignoring me at will. Stubborn dog.

I spent an infuriating amount of time trying to get my parent's cable modem to work with a wireless router. Comcast gave them some new modem and it works like shit. I never did get it to work with the router. But I did finally get the modem to recognize my mom's laptop when we had it connected by wire, so we called DJ. It was 10:30am there and he was just getting up. Unfortunately, his webcam was broken so I didn't get to see him, but I did talk to him for a while. It's some sort of Thanksgiving-type holiday in Korea this week, so he was taking a vacation to some tropical island with some of the other teachers at his school. He's going to learn how to surf! Sounds like he's having a great time. He's definitely not home sick.

Other than that, I watched a lot of TV and futzed around on the computer. Kind of a typical weekend.
leighblack: (Riley - Big Ears)
We had some weather going on here tonight. (actually, there are still tornado watches out right now - which is weird this late at night) This is always okay with me because that means extra Sven on the TV. Suddenly, he announced that there was an unconfirmed funnel cloud in my very suburb, located near the intersection of two highways that absolutely do not meet at any point. In fact, Hwy 13 is not even in Inver Grove. Oh Sven...*shakes head*

It didn't really matter though, since I wasn't at home. My dad called me at work today (which was strange in itself) and asked me if I'd feed Riley for him. My mom and Earl have been up at the cabin for several weeks now and she's basically been without a car. Poor Early got pancreatitus this week and my dad had to run up to Brainerd to pick them up and bring them home so Earl could go to his real Vet. Not that the Brainerd Vet isn't good, but it's not his real Vet. So, me and Riley were hanging out for a while. I was going to leave and then the storm started and he hates them so I stayed with him until it ended. He wouldn't leave my side and in fact kept snuggling up closer and closer to me. Awwww...

So, I finally left and then spent the rest of the night watching Butch and Stephen Kellogg concert DVDs with [livejournal.com profile] seimaisin and [livejournal.com profile] stardiver. A wonderful evening!

OMG! I almost forgot! I went back to Target and they finally had The Office sticky notes and the memo cubes in! I kind of did the happy dance there in the dollar spot. So I bought even more stuff that I absolutely do not need. =)

And now I should definitely be in bed. But Simon Pegg is on Conan, so I'm in front of the TV.
leighblack: (The Office - Jim Face)
I'm going to see Fall Out Boy. In Iowa. I cannot even begin to point out how many things are wrong with that statement.

With all the hubbabaloo about the iPod Touch and the price reduction on the iPhone, I managed to miss this news about the new iPods:

The "Buy Me This as an Early Christmas Present" campaign has already begun. Please believe.

I talked to my mom this morning (to beg for said iPod) and Riley is doing much better. He's started eating again and he even felt well enough to go fishing this morning.

After seeing this post, I ran out to Target. But they didn't have this stuff in The Spot yet. *sigh* Figures. I'll be checking back during the week. I must have a Dwight stress ball! However, I did end up grabbing a bunch of POTC and Happy Bunny crap that I didn't need.
leighblack: (Me - Reading is Love)
I've been to the bookstore twice in the last week. I obviously have books to add to my "Books Bought in 2007" list:
#96 Sex and the Psychic Witch - Annette Blair
#97 The Royal Mess - MaryJanice Davidson
#98 Forbidden Fantasy - Cheryl Holt
#99 Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: Volume 1 (graphic novel) - Laurell K. Hamilton

Note to self: Remember to go buy a loaf of flatbread, garlic spread & Texas-size rolls after work tomorrow.

I have a LOT of food planned for Sunday. You guys better come hungry!

Riley hasn't been eating the past two days. I feel so bad for my baby. I don't know what I can do to help him feel better. I laid next to him and rubbed his belly for a while tonight.
leighblack: (Rock of Love - Talk to the Hand)
I added the photo of Sven & I to my desk this morning and realized I had a whole section of photos of me with gay boys. I'm not exactly sure what kind of statement that is.

My dad came into work last night to bring my birthday present to me and I asked him to bring my dog with 'cause I miss him. Riley walked in, looked around to find me, made me scratch his neck and then decided he was done with me and turned to walk out. All in about 90 seconds. Love you too, you little twerp.

My boss told me yesterday that I'd finally be getting rid of one of the parts of my job that I hate. Yay! Also, my old old boss is coming back to work here. Not totally surprising, but still strange. She'll be heading up a new division in the company. I wonder what kind of openings she'll have?

I really am getting a cold. I had to take DayQuil, my allergy pill, Advil and Afrin just to feel halfway okay this morning. This sucks.

To do list for tonight:
laundry
make post for secret community
watch The Office bonus stuff
burn DVD for [livejournal.com profile] seimaisin

make best of Butch CD for A
make playlist for birthday party
leighblack: (TW - Phallic Much?)
Vh1 just announced that Scott Baio will be back! Well, with the way the first show ended, it was pretty much a given. Sure it was a stupid show. That didn't stop me from watching every episode. (even if it was a Bischoff-Hervey production) I'm glad it'll be on again.

I haven't done anything work related in about two hours. Awesome. I get to leave soon, which is even more awesome. On tonight's agenda is a trip to Borders and stopping by to see Riley for a little while. Action packed. =/
leighblack: (Al/DT - ???)
I did leave work early today and went to hang out with Riley. I'm sure he was very confused about why I was holding him so tightly. But he's definitely much better than my mom made it sound. He can walk, just very slowly and with a much worse limp than he already had. His knee is never really going to heal, so it's really a matter of controlling his pain while he gets used to the change. The vet has him on morphine right now with some ideas about what to do in the future. He's such a trooper. He still doesn't whine about it at all, even when you're touching his legs.

Unfortunately, they were able to finally confirm that he does have Cushing's Disease. It's a liver disease that Scotties can get and the treatments for it are pretty aggressive. Weekly vet visits and blood work and meds. We all know Riley would hate it tremendously, so we've decided not to get it treated. He'll be okay for now, but his liver will get worse. But right now, it's just about making him comfortable.

My dad made him a ramp down the steps so he can still get outside without having to use the stairs. Ry is slowly getting used to using it. The bed is going to be a problem because he can't use the steps my dad built for him a while back. Ry got scared during the thunderstorm last night and my dad woke up (kind of a miracle in itself) to Riley whining to get on the bed with him because he couldn't get up there himself.

Also, he's lost almost ten pounds this summer. The vet isn't too concerned about it, but it doesn't sound good. He definitely hasn't been eating as much as he normally does.

Anyhow, enough about that. I don't like thinking about my baby being in pain.

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