Monthly Archives: January 2015

when customer service gets scary!

The driveway repair guy came back tonight and when we questioned the type of gravel he used, he became belligerent, started cursing, hitting our front door. The kids were crying, super scared that he was going to hurt us. I will be filling a charge against him with the magistrate for verbally aggressive behavior (he is almost 7 feet tall folks) along with no trespassing on our property. Lesson learned: be careful who you hire to do work at your house…..there are some seriously crazy people out there!

What sucks is that our driveway looks like this. And after spending $1000, we will have to spend even more to get it fixed the right way. Not how we wanted to spend our Friday night.



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time to celebrate (finally!)

With Fireball home from the hospital and the middle school dance over, we finally made it out for our anniversary/birthday dinner. For folks that know us well, we went to Acme….shock! I got some fried green tomatoes, hoppin johns and corn bread….a southern girl’s dream small dinner plate!


After dinner we had cake….


Family movie night is Airplane. Lots of laughs. So much to be grateful for right now…..

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Fireball update

Fireball lost control of his bladder last night, which was not a good sign. I was not sure why exactly, but I felt like I needed to take him to the vet hospital this morning just to get some x rays to see what was going on. I am so glad I did. His tail was dislocated (in a BIG way….think 4 inches from his spine). The nurse and vet were amazed at the injury and the fact that he was still eating and drinking. They shaved him to see if there were any infected puncture wounds and found none. There was a lot of really bad bruising and swelling, which means it is not likely that an animal grabbed him. More likely he got trapped someplace.

His tail will need to be amputated once the swelling goes down, since it does not work at all anymore and is just a body part dragging behind him that he cannot feel anymore. At first I was sad about this, but after sitting in the emergency vet waiting room for more than 3 hours, losing a tail seemed like such a small thing. I cannot even retell the stories that unfolded without crying. It was evident to me how much love people have for their pets, no matter what kind.

Fireball came home with some nice pain meds and will be just fine. We have decided to call him our fluffy bobcat after his surgery later this week. Better to lose a tail than his life, but he definitely used up at least 2 of his lives with this adventure!



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so many things to celebrate!

Today is my birthday….the big 4-2. It is also our wedding anniversary….the big 1-2. Our marriage has survived graduate school, residency and fellowship, kids 20mos apart in age…..and a not so well behaved giant puppy πŸ™‚

We had to hold off on a family celebration because another big event happened tonight….the second middle school dance! The theme is glow in the dark. Check out our handsome 1st year sporting a neon green tie.

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Aidan had a friend come home with him after school so they could go to the dance together (read strength in numbers!) and Aidan is sleeping over at his house afterwards. Apparently this is how you “do” dances in middle school. I am sure it is so much easier to enter a social situation with a friend vs solo. And, I am also aware that in the not so distant future that person he goes to the dance with will be someone he likes more than just a friend. Sigh….. I am so not ready for this, but it is happening anyway.

Rahul was on dance drop off duty so that I could hang out with my good friend Liz and have a birthday beer. It even came with a bow πŸ˜‰


I am eagerly awaiting a report from the dance!!!


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Fireball, the missing cat

Our pet sitter asked us to leave Fireball inside when we left Sunday morning because he does not come quickly when she calls him at night. Fireball was not happy about this arrangement, but off we went. The pet sitter let him out Monday morning, and it was no surprise that he did not come home Monday night. Tuesday we had the driveway regraded (boy was it in bad shape) so when Fireball did not come home Tuesday night, we attributed it to the loud trucks at our place all day. But when Wednesday morning came with no Fireball on our front porch, I became worried. I put on my red boots and canvased our 2 acres of woods, and both neighbors’ woods. No Fireball.

Since Samantha and I clicker trained him to come on command, my heart became heavier and heavier as I looked for him on Wed. But things did not add up. If something (read coyote) took Fireball, why would it have not gone for the chickens instead? Fireball is a trained hunter and one of the least trusting creatures I have ever known.

This morning Rahul said to call him after I had a cup of coffee to chat. I knew what this meant…. 3 nights outside. Literally as we were talking I opened the front door and guess who was there? My heart literally skipped a beat when I saw that orange fluff ball.


Fireball had no physical injuries, but he was most definitely in shock. He did not eat or drink all day and had poop smeared on his back end. But that as the day progressed, he started to relax and purr, and eat a little wet food.

I am hoping this means Fireball wants to be an indoor cat. It will be my bday wish!

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vacation trip to Asheville

We took a quick trip to Asheville and had a BLAST! The last time we were in Asheville was for our friend Mollly’s wedding. It was the first time we had been away from the kids, and we were literally gone less than a full 24 hours…hahaha.

Here are some trip highlights. We left super early so that we could get lunch at a local brew pub when we arrived. Imagine the kids’ surprise when the root beer they ordered was actually Oskar Blues! For those not into local beer, Oskar Blues makes our favorite beer Dale’s Pale Ale (also known as DPA) right here in North Carolina.


Check out the view from our living room. Oh, and once we drove (literally) up a mountain to get to our vacation rental, we understood why there was the travel insurance in case it snowed….even with The Big Gulp’s 4 wheel drive, we would not have made it.


We had family movie night on Sunday and brought an old classic with us.


The kids loved it….especially Aidan.


We spent a lot of time exploring downtown Asheville.

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Curate was where we had lunch before heading home. AMAZING food! We cannot wait to come back again this summer.

Oh and I found a bathroom idea that the whole family loves. Check it out –


I love the idea of an oversized tub / shower combo. And the curtains eliminate the need for the glass shower stall (read: cannot keep well water hard water stains off of it).


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The Journey

Samantha had her first performance dance today. 2 shows. One at 2pm, another at 6pm. Make up and hair started at noon….a loooong day! She did great and had a BLAST dancing with the older girls. Here is the story of The Journey.

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination β€” and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

Her age group performed Darkness and Clouds. We ordered the DVD for those that want to watch the show πŸ™‚ Rahul, as always, took some great pics. Here are my faves.

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