Tomorrow night will be one year that I lost Emma...followed by Baby's anniversary just 2 weeks after. Feeling a bit mixed as I miss these two so much. Thanks for the wonderful memory today facebook as I know tomorrow's will start bringing the tears...
God! How I hate writing this entry....
It's been a week as of last night that you have gone missing and I can't believe you disappeared into mid air! You have always been my problem child but you were always loved, and you knew it. 15 yrs 4 months 11 days, and all but the 1st 8 weeks of your life... you were my Lil Em. Now you've left me guessing if you're someone else's Emma or if you have left us to join your sister, Baby, at the bridge. We've been through a lot together and I thank you for being there for me, this is not how it was supposed to end. I still have hope that I will find you, whether the outcome will be good or bad as I will not give up on you...just as I have never given up on you.
I am happy to report that Dean has been healing just fine but what a very stressful few weeks this has been...
It all started the Friday night before Dean's surgery. Accidents are just dumb, and boy did I have a doozy. I tripped late Friday night going into my bathroom and WHACK! went straight down. My jaw is still not right but I split my chin (which has healed) and I had a baseball (now its golf ball sized) lump on my right knee. Never mind that I couldn't cough or sneeze, due to the bruising of my boobs/chest!
I had to be strong, cause Dean needed me and I did all I had to. His surgery went very well on that Monday and Tuesday, I brought him home. On Thursday 6/29...Dean had a visiting nurse come to check his drainage tubes. I had sequestered the Tzu Crew to a room and gated it so she could do her job without being assaulted for attention. I'm not sure but I believe that with all the commotion of protest, Decker at that time injured himself, but we don't know where...spine/hip/leg?
Didn't think much of it, but he wouldn't jump up on the couch that night but thats not that odd. Friday, he wouldn't do stairs or jump up on anything at all. When I touched him all over, he just enjoyed it and didn't show any signs of pain or discomfort. Then, Sunday he stopped eating. Monday am, 1st thing I tried calling the vets but all local vets here were closed for the 4th holiday, so I had to wait for Wednesday...which we got in that morning. My Vet examined him very well, and again, no signs of anything bothering him... He gave me some pain meds and told me to keep an eye on him and call him in a couple of days. By Monday, we were back in another thorough exam and they drew blood to do a complete work up...all came back normal. Not sure what was going on or what happened but I am happy to report as of today, he's 90% back to normal. He's finally done stairs a few times and attempting to jump up on the couch. He still shys away from aggressive playing but he's at least showing interest again.
Now, Emma... my old lady turned 15 last month. 2 weeks ago, Dean let them out to potty about 9:30pm and she came back walking sideways unable to put any weight on her back leg...and constant groaning. We brought her in and put her in her doggie bed where she continued to groan and cry. 20 mins later, we were at the emergency vet. We were there from 10:15 till about 2am. They took her back, gave her something for pain (more about that in a min) and xrayed her wrong (front) leg and her right leg. They thought for sure she tore a tendon, which would require surgery, but at her age she was not a good candidate for it. Finally after all those hours we got our bill...
Walk in the door $110
pretty pink ace bandage to wrap her leg $50
Shot for pain $30
Total bill $451
I kid you not! Needless to say I was speechless. Now this pain shot...it more just immobilized her so when we took her home all she could do was barely pick her head up and her eyes were just open...she couldn't blink and the moaning and groaning were even worse. I was livid at that place and crying that Emma had no relief whatsoever! We sat up with her for about an hr about 3ish, and I said to Dean, you have to be up in an hr, you need to lay down. I left the lights and TV on for her and we went up. When he came down an hr later there was still no change.
I got up and went down about 6:30 and Emma was not in her bed. She was hobbling around, due to the wrapped leg, like nothing happened. She ate her breakfast, pottyied and went to lay down. Took her to my Vet 2 days later for a bandage change and brought her xray. He didn't see anything wrong with her. He still wrapped her leg and said we'll wait to see in 10 days to see how she is.
Add to all of the above, the board going down, Jame's wife passing and not being able to reach him, and having to change hosting!
Then stupid me gave the Tzu Crew some of my dinner Sat night, beef and wheat berries, and they all had diarrhea for me Sunday and part of Monday!
Stress? There's not enough wine in the world to relieve all this!
Not my story but it's too good not to share!
Jesse Newton with Kelly McQueen Newton.
August 9 at 7:23pm · Little Rock, AR ·
So, last week, something pretty tragic happened in our household. It's taken me until now to wrap my head around it and find the words to describe the horror. It started off simple enough - something that's probably happened to most of you.
Sometime between midnight and 1:30am, our puppy Evie pooped on our rug in the living room. This is the only time she's done this, so it's probably just because we forgot to let her out before we went to bed that night. Now, if you have a detective's mind, you may be wondering how we know the poop occurred between midnight and 1:30am. We were asleep, so how do I know that time frame?
Why, friends, that's because our Roomba runs at 1:30am every night, while we sleep. And it found the poop. And so begins the Pooptastrophe. The poohpocalypse. The pooppening.
If you have a Roomba, please rid yourself of all distractions and absorb everything I'm about to tell you.
Do not, under any circumstances, let your Roomba run over dog poop. If the unthinkable does happen, and your Roomba runs over dog poop, stop it immediately and do not let it continue the cleaning cycle. Because if that happens, it will spread the dog poop over every conceivable surface within its reach, resulting in a home that closely resembles a Jackson Pollock poop painting.
It will be on your floorboards. It will be on your furniture legs. It will be on your carpets. It will be on your rugs. It will be on your kids' toy boxes. If it's near the floor, it will have poop on it. Those awesome wheels, which have a checkered surface for better traction, left 25-foot poop trails all over the house. Our lovable Roomba, who gets a careful cleaning every night, looked like it had been mudding. Yes, mudding - like what you do with a Jeep on a pipeline road. But in poop.
Then, when your four-year-old gets up at 3am to crawl into your bed, you'll wonder why he smells like dog poop. And you'll walk into the living room. And you'll wonder why the floor feels slightly gritty. And you'll see a brown-encrusted, vaguely Roomba-shaped thing sitting in the middle of the floor with a glowing green light, like everything's okay. Like it's proud of itself. You were still half-asleep until this point, but now you wake up pretty damn quickly.
And then the horror. Oh the horror.
So, first you clean the child. You scrub the poop off his feet and put him back in bed. But you don't bother cleaning your own feet, because you know what's coming. It's inevitable, and it's coming at you like a freight train. Some folks would shrug their shoulders and get back in bed to deal with it in the morning. But you're not one of those people - you can't go to sleep with that war zone of poop in the living room.
So you clean the Roomba. You toss it in the bathtub to let it soak. You pull it apart, piece-by-piece, wondering at what point you became an adult and assumed responsibility for 3:30am-Roomba-disassembly-poop-cleanups. By this point, the poop isn't just on your hands - it's smeared up to your elbows. You already heard the Roomba make that "whirlllllllllllllllll-boop-hisssssssss" noise that sounds like electronics dying, and you realize you forgot to pull the battery before getting it wet. More on that later.
Oh, and you're not just using profanity - you're inventing new types of profanity. You're saying things that would make Satan shudder in revulsion. You hope your kid stayed in bed, because if he hears you talking like this, there's no way he's not ending up in prison.
Then you get out the carpet shampooer. When you push it up to the rug - the rug that started it all - the shampooer just laughs at you. Because that rug is going in the trash, folks. But you shampoo it anyway, because your wife loved that damn rug, and you know she'll ask if you tried to clean it first.
Then you get out the paper towel rolls, idly wondering if you should invest in paper towel stock, and you blow through three or four rolls wiping up poop. Then you get the spray bottle with bleach water and hose down the floor boards to let them soak, because the poop has already dried. Then out comes the steam mop, and you take care of those 25-ft poop trails.
And then, because it's 6am, you go to bed. Let's finish this tomorrow, right?
The next day, you finish taking the Roomba apart, scraping out all the tiny flecks of poop, and after watching a few Youtube instructional videos, you remove the motherboard to wash it with a toothbrush. Then you bake it in the oven to dry. You put it all back together, and of course it doesn't work. Because you heard the "whirlllllllllllllll-boop-hissssssss" noise when it died its poopy death in the bathtub. But you hoped that maybe the Roomba gods would have mercy on you.
But there's a light at the end of the tunnel. After spending a week researching how to fix this damn $400 Roomba without spending $400 again - including refurb units, new motherboards, and new batteries - you finally decide to call the place where you bought it. That place called Hammacher Schlemmer. They have a funny name, but they have an awesome warranty. They claim it's for life, and it's for any reason.
So I called them and told the truth. My Roomba found dog poop and almost precipitated World War III.
And you know what they did? They offered to replace it. Yes, folks. They are replacing the Roomba that ran over dog poop and then died a poopy, watery death in the bathtub - by no fault of their own, of course.
So, mad props to Hammacher Schlemmer. If you're buying anything expensive, and they sell it, I recommend buying it from them. And remember - don't let your Roomba run over dog poop.
iRobot Hammacher Schlemmer
Well I know they are, and they've learned that there's strength in numbers as well as an intimidating stature.
On the 4th of July, we were at the next door neighbors party for a bit with the tzu crew. They were finally relaxed and not afraid of Teddy, the neighbors 70 or so lb Goldendoodle. Max used to pee himself whenever Teddy came into our yard and went after him to play so this was real progress until....
Decker was sleeping next to my chair belly up. Teddy decided to put his nose in Decker's junk and well....
Next thing I know, Decker has this high pitched bark and starts chasing Teddy. Teddy wasn't sure what to do and then all of the other 4 joined in chasing Teddy. I never heard such a big dog emit such a high pitched cry! They never did anything to him but it scared the heck out of him. What a job getting the 5 to stop. This giant Muppet on steroids jumped into his Mom's lap crying....
Now, whenever they see Teddy trying to go into our yard and they're out....oh boy! It's like they're a gang protecting their turf! I tell Teddy to go home and he doesn't even dare cross the property line....
Yesterday morning, they didn't even think twice about chasing Charlie, my other neighbors dog back home, had me running after them in my jammies and bare foot! Charlie ran home and was crying and scratching at the door. They chased him about 1/2 way (he lives about 4 houses away) and then came back to me, while looking to make sure he wasn't coming back....
I can no longer say the words go home without the younger 4 going to look for a dog that doesn't belong. My neighbors are notorious in letting their dogs roam the circle (the 2 they chased are frequent visitors) decorating my and the other neighbors front and back areas.
On May 7th, 2015....a wonderful litter of puppies were born. It would be many weeks before I knew which one was going to be mine but I knew one would be going home with me. I've already picked a name for him, after one of my favorite children's books. 'Where The Wild Things Are' call name Max. To my surprise and delight, Pam who bred these wonderful puppies loved the idea of a wild theme...so they became the 'Wild" bunch.
Max was know as Evan at that time, and this is his 3 day old pics taken with Grandma Pam. It would still be 3 1/2 months till we got to go and pick him up, along with his brother Decker.
This little man, is such a big part of my life. He's always been a big boy .....and continues to be so. He's the smartest one as well but graceful he is not! I can't believe it's a year, not sure where the time has gone! I still see this little puppy every time I look at him! I just love him so much...
There have been so many changes to my life since I've last posted, some I'd prefer to keep personal but they include everything from health, to job, to relationship status, to residence, you name it.....
Lets just say after a number of years being unhappy, I finally found the courage to make some changes in my life and although it scares me some, I am better off for it. Never let anyone tell you that you can't.... too easy to prove them wrong.
I am having a hard time getting into the shopping/holiday spirit. Don't get me wrong but I just can't get into the gift buying/decorating, hustle and bustle of it all. I want to be with people and celebrate and have a good time but I just can't get into the material aspect of the holiday season. Am I the only one who feels this way? I just think that since I have no small kids to buy/celebrate with, doing all this shopping/getting into debt is totally worthless and unnecessary to buy gifts for those who will not even use/appreciate what they get.
I have been so super busy that I haven't even had much on line time. There are a few new challenges happening in my life right now that I can't currently share but hoping to be able to work through it soon enough. Some are easier to deal with than others.......
With all that is taking place I'm finding it extremely hard to find the holiday spirit. I look forward to meeting with people and having fun but the actual shopping and decorating is not with me this year. I think I'm just tired of the holidays being so "material" and it doesn't appeal to me anymore. Maybe I'm just getting older, wiser, smarter?
I am putting off any plays till at least late spring. I am going to be getting the house ready to sell after the holidays and will need to concentrate on that as well as my new position at work. I hope to update again soon.
Well here it is 12:30 AM and since I can't sleep, just got home a short bit ago, thought I'd write a quick update. The play is coming together nicely. I do have my lines down but still get a little confused if I'm tired, such as tonight. I know I'll have it down by Friday for sure,
Can't believe that in 71 hours, the first of 9 performances will be over. I'm really getting excited now which is great, I live on pure adrenaline when show time comes, which is probably why I crash so hard after it's done. Tomorrow I'm off and I volunteered to paint the set walls first thing in the AM. I have the keys to the place and it will be a little eerie being there all alone, in that empty room, spooky in a way.
I can't wait for the first show! :D
Sorry I have not updated in awhile. The fair that the town puts on is now behind me and I'm happy to say it's over. I was so tired after that 11 hour day, too much really. It is not a favorite event of mine and after working it a few years now, I can really say that I have learned to dislike fairs. I never attend any, I've lost interest in them.
I received an e-mail about 2 weeks ago asking if I'd consider taking a small part in a play, which I agreed to do. It's going to take place the last 3 weekends in October and yes, it's a spooky type play.
Even though the part is small, I am having an awful time focusing on my lines. I'm not quite sure why but I really need to concentrate more.
Work has been super busy and my youth group has started their weekly meetings again. Plans are going well for the Pancake Breakfast on Nov 3, to raise money for the Volunteer Ambulance and I will be starting to sell tickets for that very soon.
Well that's about it for now, till next time.............
I am sorry to say the play has been postponed till mid May. There were just too many obstacles to cope with and this was decided last night between cast and director.
To say that this play has been a challenge for our poor Director is putting things mildly. Poor Diane has had her hands very full. There are several characters in this play and we are really a good cast, she really chose each of us carefully and we compliment each other well. She has not been able to cast one vital role. She had tried several times and twice, she thought success only to have one change his mind (he said he took another part) and the other she didn't say. Being that we are supposed to be off book this coming week and not having a vital character cast, makes it hard to move forward.
On top of that, the space she was supposed to be renting for the show turned out not being available, but she did finally find another and it may still end up there. My counter in the show has fractured his tail bone in an accident this past Wednesday and is not able to move very well, and there are some other challenges. Rehearsal schedules have been changed multiple times, some being decided last minute as well as taking place on weekends and such to try and accommodate people not being able to make it and such. Lets just say it's been a little trying to change agendas at a moments notice.
She wants to try and keep this cast as she feels we are all perfect for our roles, but understands if we don't want to commit. My only conflict is I love doing the melodramas, have been in the last two. It's held directly the same time as this play will be so it'll have to be one or the other.
I am really leaning towards this role, as it's so different from anything I've done but the melodramas are so much fun.........
Even though this show will be postponed, they are looking for some short one act plays to fill in the slot this was supposed to happen, looking into later Sept. She is supposed to send us audition info for it by Sunday, we'll see what I decide.
That's it for now.................
Well the store officially reopened last week and as expected, we have been swamped with people. I really am glad to see the warm reception we're getting from the customers, especially the regulars. They're so happy when they see a familiar face cause we have so many new girls working. We have been closed for a little over two months and our customers have really missed us.
The only awkward things are, since we are new, we don't have anything on sale except for our promotions and not all items came in the same shipment. We have some suiting jackets with nothing to wear them with, pants for other suits, no jackets and of all things, you'd think they would have shipped our basic black suiting!
This past Monday, I had to go to Jury Duty. I am happy to officially report that after wasting a whole day sitting around, doing absolutely nothing, that Jury Duty still sucks! I really think that's why people hate it so much as all you do is sit around and wait. At least I'm done with it!
The weather here this past week has been incredible, in the 90's and sunny! I wish I was home more to enjoy it but I did have plenty of off time, I am glad to be back in full swing at the store .
The Community Festival is coming along nicely, that will be held on the 8th of Sept. I thought I'd be performing that evening in the play but that's a whole new blog entry. I am happy to say that my Lions Club will be doing visual screening at this event as well as my youth group providing face painting and temporary tattoos.
Well that's it for this entry, on to updating on the play!
Well today was time to host Camp Open Arms . Our local Lions Club spends about $1000+, for the one day event providing a full day of food and activities. We had about 150 this year and went through 12 large pizzas, over 300 hot dogs, who knows how many cases of juice/bottled water, ice pops, etc.
Only downside today was the temps which stood in the upper 60's with a very strong wind. I am so happy I had this way oversized sweater in my trunk or I would have been miserably cold.
This is a very fun event and one we all look forward to every year! Pictures of today's event can be seen here if interested:
Well I went for the audition and found out the other night I didn't get the part. I am quite okay with it, really. I would have had a great time doing the role as it was a bank robbery/mystery comedy (yeah I know) which took place on an actual moving train. I would have had to leave on Tues evening, car pool for a 4 hour ride, stay overnight and perform 3 shows on Wed, come home and do this 2 weeks in a row. Where I would have loved the job it required rehearsing at the directors home. She is a very heavy smoker and it's also a 45 min ride for me each way. My allergies have been awful this summer and just at audition after 20 mins, I really couldn't breathe and tasted and smelled smoke until I got home and showered. I am as equally glad I didn't get it as I would to have it.
In addition, I decided that I am going to go to NYC on July 20th. to see my brothers. Means I'll have to miss time at work after just getting back as well as a rehearsal or 2. So be it, I really need to do this.
Well I guess I should update as it's been a while.
Even though the Melodrama is finished, parties are still happening, we are a party group . I have a Cast party BBQ to attend Sunday late afternoon so the parties still continue.
The rehearsals for the new play won't start till mid-July so that's still a little bit away. My trip to NYC to see my brothers has been put on hold as one is so busy, he won't even be around. He ended up signing a 6 week contract which will pay him quite well so I can't interfere with that. He said I should still come down but the main point of the trip was to spend time with them. Unfortunately by the time he's free, I won't be.
I've had a few graduation parties to go to and an awards dinner last weekend which was lots of fun, a birthday party tomorrow at a friends, and last night had my last Lions meeting till September where I had been given the title and award of Lion of the Year. I am very honored.
Tomorrow before my party, I have to go to an audition, yes another but I hesitate to say what it's for. Don't want to jinx it so
I'll update again soon after I find out about the audition results, I promise :(
I got a part in the play!!!! I'm so excited I don't know what to do with myself! I will be in the play "The Philadelphia Story" , it was made into a movie in 1940. You can read more about it : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032904/
I will be playing the role of Liz Imbrie who is a photographer/reporter. Did I mention I'm excited yet! lol! :D
So I did go last night, not going to say very much though. We were told that we would hear within the next few days. They had me read for 2 different parts, and I was one of the last to leave, so I don't know, will have to wait and see I guess. :D
This was yet another awesome experience that I will never forget. I loved every part of it and would recommend community theater to anyone who ever thought of possibly getting involved in theater to try it. We are definitely a party group, I didn't get to bed till 6am yet again from Saturday's party, despite saying I wasn't going to stay out too late, to be followed by an "after the fact" party this coming Saturday. I'm getting a little tired but I'll be there. I received a CD of photos and have taken several, uploading them into a folder if you're interested.
Here's the cast:
More images are here: http://holderposey.sunlitesplace.com/
Since it's been 2 years now since I've seen them and almost 6 years since I've been home, I'm planning a long overdue trip to NYC. It'll be fun, just me and my brothers, getting into trouble just like old times. I'm thinking of going within the next 2 weeks. I'll keep you updated. :D
Well there's only 2 more shows till we're done, Friday and Saturday night. It's always bittersweet as you're looking forward to the free time and not having to hear the same lines over and over. You've heard them so many times before, like being stuck in rewind/play for 2 months. At the same time you've spent so much time with the cast, 18 members plus crew, that you've become very close, it's kind of sad to think of not being all together.
We usually go out to celebrate after a show and I did again this past Friday, getting home about 2am. I had several errands to do Saturday as well as being home for a meeting on line by 4pm. Had to be at the play for 6pm and I hosted a cast & crew party immediately after the show. In other words, the party started about 11:45pm. My last 6 guest had finally left about 4:45 and by the time I was done picking up, it was about 6am. Needless to say I was toast for Sunday but it was lots of fun and I'd do it again in a heartbeat, as a matter of fact someone else is hosting the party Saturday night so there goes, lol.
I did get an e-mail today for auditions for another play which takes place on May 30th. I'm seriously considering it. Will keep you all posted, till next time.......................