Monday, February 22, 2010

Reader, work, dogs and a whole lot of waiting

Today will be a jumbled post, bear with me because that's where my mind is at today!  I am loving ICLW, reading everyone's stories and knowing that when I feel so stressed out and fed up- other people do too!  Since I don't have any IRL friends who have gone through this journey (unfortunately I have an IRL acquaintance who I just learned had two miscarriages) I sometimes wonder if I am crazy.  Turns out I am not, so that's always good to know!!
So, on to the beginning of this week- does anyone know a good blog reader program other than Go*gle Reader?  I have had the hardest time with this stupid thing- I get postings days later than they are posted, I delete blogs and all the sudden they come back, I hate it!  If anyone has any suggestions I would love to hear what you use! 
I love going back on Mondays- it seems like everyone wakes up on the wrong side of the bed.  My personal favorite was an email this morning from one manager to my boss asking why I had done something a certain way.  My boss sends a three paragraph response about how if I would have just looked in the system, I would have done it correctly and I wasted 18 hours of operations time this weekend, etc, etc, etc....So as I am reading through all this back and forth when I first arrive this morning, I think, hm....this doesn't sound at ALL familiar.  So, I go look in the system, as my boss so strongly suggested, and find that by a simple click of our AUDIT button, I wasn't the one who did this, it was done on a day I was out of the office and another person entered the incorrect information on my account.  Let me tell you how much I had to hold myself back from responding, Had YOU looked in the system as you so kindly suggested, YOU would have seen that I was not involved in this situation!  Or on YOUR calendar of our days out...Ya know, anything before firing off an nasty-gram first thing on Monday morning!
Oh and since I threw it out there, I am going to comment on my dogs.  My husband started out with a yellow lab (Maggie, 13) who has hunted her entire life with him and his brothers.  I started with my baby Toby, 5 (shelter baby, looks like a fox-coyote mix, fastest dog I have ever seen) and my Winston, 3 (found wandering the street baby, some kind of boxer mix).  Three was fine, we were good!  Then came Zeke.  J's mom worked at a doctors office and one of her patients found out he was terminal.  With a wife and three young kiddos at home, he needed to get rid of the four puppies they had just purchased.  We started out watching one for his brother who subsequently went through three other dogs (no, he didn't kill them, he decided a week later he didn't like one for whatever reason, gave it away then somehow ended up with another).  So, months turned into years and our little Z is now two!  He is a yellow lab also.  Then, as I was driving home from work mid-December of this year and wondering what all the honking on the highway exit to my house was, I see a little boxer, skinny looking pup running in the road looking absolutely terrified.  I finally coaxed him into the car and got him home.  We put up signs, called the humane society, the radio stations, everything we could think of.  We took him to the vet to be sure he was OK to be around our dogs and they told us that he was not in fact a pup, he was probably over a year and had been out in the street for awhile.  He was sick, skinny and terrified of everything.  The decision point came when one night J went to take a shower and he sat outside the shower curtain (but still in the bathroom) and cried the whole time.  J was hooked after that- so then came Artimus (or Mr. Mus or Mus-turd as I call him!).  Yes, we are the weirdos with five dogs and I know that some day in the future we will have a beautiful blend of kiddos with their own unique stories to go along with it.  We need a bigger house before that day :)

In other news, I am extremely crabby and wish that my blood draw was tomorrow.  I hate waiting and am no good at it.  I am the crazy person who will have a slight headache and webMD it only to decide that I must have a rare brain hemorrhage or certainly brain cancer.  My overactive mind is definitely not a good thing when I am forced to wait for something!  
Hope everyone's week is going well, at the very least- Monday is over with!  Yay!!


  1. Gotta love Mondays right?! Hope the rest of your week is better.


  2. Five dogs! Jealous!!! My husband has limited me to two... I often think I want to quit my job and do something working with dogs. I LOVE them. I like most dogs better than most people. :)

  3. Stopping by to say hi! I hardly ever use reader. I tend to just use either my dashboard or my blog list on my blog. Not sure if using either of those things is better than the reader, though.

    I love your story about how you ended up with your five dogs!

    Happy ICLW!

  4. Hi from ICLW.

    I would love 5 dogs. I only have one! I love all of their names too!

  5. I'm not crazy about Reader. I like my blog list on my blog better but since I'm lazy I still have to muddle through Reader until I update my blog list. I find it annoying.
    I love that you have 5 dogs and great names. I have two myself.

  6. You are too precious! I love that you have all of those dogs and that so many of them were rescued. What a heart you have! I think you'll be a great mother! Hope the blood draw goes well. GOOD LUCK!

  7. I love animals, and dogs are my absolute favorite, so I envy all you're furbabies! Our landlord won't allow pets so...we go without for now and hope we have a baby soon, knowing we'll eventually have a house full of animals as well.

    And I'm not particularly patient myself, and WebMD is sadly my BFF sometimes, too. Always with the brain tumor. ;)

    Good luck!

  8. Aren't furkids the best? We only have one that lives with us, but I have another dog that lives with my parents. I can't imagine having five. I hope your weeks starts getting better!

  9. Five dogs! Holy cow! I loved reading about how they all came in to your family :)
    And if that was my boss I would have SO chewed his head off after finding out you were wrongfully accused!
    Happy ICLW!

  10. i still use google reader... i dont have a problem with it except 1 blog i keep trying to unsubscribe too keeps popping back into my reader & i find that really annoying.... another thing about delayed posts is that i specifically sometimes backdate my blog posts when i get behind on blogging so it will come up in google reader RIGHT when i actually post it, but the date will show several days earlier...