Weekend Recap

February 20th, 2017 No comments

Friday 2/17

While Wookie was at the groomer I stopped by Dollar Tree to find a container to keep her toys in. They had had their Easter stuff out which included containers of all shapes and sizes in my favorite color – purple! Needless to say I picked up more than a few, but here’s the one I got for her toys:

Wookies Toys

Then I went to Bath & Body Works to use my coupon for a free small lotion. I’m glad they had Warm Vanilla Sugar in stock because I’m not a fan of most of the scents.

Later that evening we stopped by Panda Express for dinner since we had coupons for free Fire Cracker Chicken breast and a drink.

Saturday 2/18

My Jetta had what should be its last oil change at the dealership because I plan on getting a new car soon. I know I keep saying that but now that Joe is working again it’s time.

The dealer moved to a new location on the same street just further away and it’s really nice. What’s not nice is the price of an oil change – $70!!! We paid a little less than that thanks to a coupon but seriously? Joe will be changing the oil himself on my next car. It just wasn’t very cost-saving on the Jetta because the oil filter price is ridiculous.

That’s just one of the reasons Volkswagen wasn’t in the running when I was thinking about which car I might want. The other reason is they are way behind in technology. I’m more than likely going to be getting a Subaru which has a huge LCD screen and syncs with my phone. Plus it comes standard with a backup camera and I can add on heated seats which is a must have for me. Once it gets warmer out I’ll be doing a second test drive of the Impreza as well as the Crosstrek. I might even check out the Ford Focus five door once more although for the price, safety, and resale value, I’m definitely leaning toward Subaru.

As noted in my other entry we spent the afternoon at Petsmart with Wookie and then came home and opened up all the windows because it was uncharacteristically warm outside. It’s been in the 60’s now for a few days which is just wild in February. Wookie was acting a bit odd later in the evening and I don’t know if it’s because she smelled something outside like a coyote, but she was shivering (it wasn’t cold inside) and walking around with her tail between her legs. It could be that she’s teething too, so we’ve just been keeping a close watch over her.

We were supposed to go to my parents’ for Brother B’s birthday party, but Brother J is sick so that was cancelled.

Sunday 2/19

Savers was having a pre-Presidents Day sale so everything was 50% off. Of course despite taking 7 tops into the dressing room none of them fit well but Joe found three t-shirts he didn’t need. LOL We did get a game called Logo Board Game for only $4. Technically it should have been $2 but for some reason it didn’t ring up as 50% off. I emailed Savers this morning to ask why.

Logo Board Game

Still not a bad price for a game that sells for nearly $30 on Amazon and was in great condition. We plan on taking it to my parents’ house the next time we visit.

After lunch we decided to take Wookie on a walk at Northside Park in Wheaton. She really sucks on a leash right now so that is the next major thing I need to tackle. She just pulls and weaves back and forth and you practically trip over her. But we wanted to give her the exposure to all the people and dogs that we knew would be there due to the nice weather. It was very crowded and we spent about an hour there.

Wookie at the Park

That afternoon Joe also installed a child lock on cabinet under sink so now I don’t need to move the garbage can in front of it when I let Wookie run around the kitchen. I can rest easy knowing she can’t get into any cleaning products. I’m going to have him put the lock on the cabinet where we store the saran wrap and baggies too.

Monday 2/20

Right now I have stuffed cabbage cooking in the crockpot. I really hate the prep because even with Joe coring the cabbage last night it was still a bitch to tear off the leaves without ripping them which makes rolling up the meat mixture inside a bit difficult. I might make this cabbage casserole I found online next time instead. It’s basically the same thing without worrying about the size of the cabbage pieces.

Speaking of a the crockpot, I had a total fail a couple of weeks ago. I tried making the stoup in it vs on the stove and I will never do that again because the taste was completely different and not good at all. Lesson learned.

This day has flown by because I slept in until 7 am, had to deal with the cabbage, which included a trip to Walmart to buy lemon juice since ours was expired (but I was smart – I froze the new stuff using the ice cube tray my brother got me for my birthday), clean the house, and run to my doctor’s office to pick up my blood work order they had forgotten to give me before.

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Petsmart Puppy Training Class – Week 1

February 20th, 2017 No comments

Saturday afternoon was Wookie’s first training class at Petsmart. I think it went pretty well. When we first arrived there was only one other puppy there, but by the time class started we had four others besides Wookie:

Rizzo, a female Golden Retriever
Stormy, a 2-month old male American Eskimo
Pumpkin, an 8-month old female Bichon Frise Shih Tzu mix
Thor, a male white German Shepard

I don’t recall the ages of two of the puppies listed but I assume they were young based on their size since they are large breeds.

All the dogs behaved pretty well except Stormy. He started the class by pooping on the floor and ended it by peeing on it. In between he tried humping any dog he came in contact with and Wookie was two seconds away from biting him (I could hear her growling and she was showing him her teeth) before he was pulled away.

We went over the commands Sit and Watch Me (although we say Look At Me so we stuck with that verbiage). I was proud of Wookie for not hiding under the chairs even though she was nervous. Instead she said between us or in front of me.

It was interesting to note some of the things people were doing incorrectly, like holding their dogs on their laps. I’ve been trying to read up on dog behavior and I learned doing that reinforces their fear. Considering how fearful Pumpkin was of other dogs I don’t think her owner was helping by putting her on her lap so much. I think the trainer should have addressed that with her.

Speaking of the trainer, she seems to know her stuff but I could have done without the long-winded explanation of how she transferred from a different Petsmart to ours because of a conflict with the other store manager, or how none of the managers know the password to the voicemail if you call the 800 number. Especially because the class started late. Plus, I don’t think it’s wise to talk negatively about your employee to a group of people paying said employer for services. But other than that I do like her and I’m excited to see what we learn over the next five weeks.

P.S. When we signed up for another two year membership to the arboretum we got a coupon for a free gift. Last week at the chocolate fest I finally redeemed it. One of the choices included a black tote which is now Wookie’s bag for all her stuff whenever we take her out.

Black Tote

It’s perfect! I love when things happen to work out that way.

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Wookie’s First Grooming Experience

February 17th, 2017 No comments

I took Wookie to get groomed for the first time today. It was a little nerve-wracking to leave her with a stranger, but she came highly recommended by our vet, plus she works in the back room of the vet’s office, so she was close to home and to medical care should she have needed it for any reason. The groomer works by appointment only, so she was only there while being groomed and not sitting in a cage before or after which is nice.

Here’s a before photo of my little hot mess.

Before Grooming

Here’s after her spa treatment.

After Grooming

The good – She looks so cute! The groomer gave her a bath, removed some mats from her back legs (she had to shave a few spots), removed the hair from inside her ears, trimmed the fur around her paws, shaved her around her private areas, clipped her nails, rounded off the nails with a dremel, cleaned around her eyes, trimmed the fur around her eyes, and brushed her out.

The bad – All total it cost $60.95. The base shampoo is $35, but it was $5 extra for the de-matting, another $5 extra for rounding her nails, plus I purchased a brush for $8, and then I gave the groomer a 15% tip. Ouch! I plan to keep up with her brushing moving forward to drive that price down as I don’t want to be spending too much every 6 weeks. Even though her fur has grown uneven we agreed to leave it alone because the groomer said that fluffy puppy fur is going to disappear in a couple of months anyway and if she trimmed it that would just accelerate the process.

The ugly – Wookie nipped the groomer at least twice when she was brushing her face. I’m not sure if she broke skin or not, but the groomer said she really hates the comb! I know all about that because she goes nutty at home when I bring out the comb, so I need to be better about desensitizing her to it.

Overall I think it was a good first step for her, although the little stinker peed on the carpet twice since getting home. I think them shaving her private area made it feel uncomfortable. She only seems to forget her potty pad training after something big like a vet visit. The last time was when she got her rabies shot.

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February 13th, 2017 No comments

After my doctor visit Friday (2/10), I did a little shopping. One of my stops included Party City where I snagged this cute bunny cutout for 99 cents and this St. Patrick’s Day sign for $1.99. Both are for the front door.

Easter Bunny

St Patricks Day sign

I wanted to get a nicer Easter sign but they all had glitter on them which looks nice at first but makes a mess in the storage bins, not to mention eventually wears off.

I made a few other stops to grab some stuff for Joe for Valentine’s Day as well.

Friday night we watched Neighbors 2 which I thought was better than the first one.

Saturday morning we went to the arboretum for their Chocolate Expo and spent about $30 on goodies.

Flat Bottom Pretzels Chocolates

Marmie's Chocolates

1st photo: jalapeƱo chocolate covered Slim Jims, a mint Oreo, cherry bombs, pretzels, chocolate covered Bullseyes.

2nd photo: dark chocolate toffee and an oversized turtle.

We tried everything so far except the pretzels and the turtle. The toffee is always good, the bullseyes were just ok, the mint Oreo was awesome, as were the Slim Jims. I think Joe really liked the cherry bombs too but I didn’t just because I’m not a fan of twizzlers.

We stopped at Chipotle for lunch and then went home to pick up Wookie to take her to Petsmart for their special Puppy Love event. She met some dogs and people and seemed to react better than last time. She also got some free treats!

Petsmart Swag

In addition, I bought her an Easter toy. I love that the free Greenie’s she got are worth $10! We won’t be giving those to her until she’s 6 months old, however.

We signed her up for their 6-week puppy training course which starts next Saturday. I think she’s going pretty great with her training overall, but she could definitely use more socialization and it will be interesting to learn what we are and aren’t doing right with her too.

Sunday we did some grocery shopping super early in the morning. I couldn’t sleep so we found ourselves at Meijer just after 7 am.

We went to an 11 am showing of The LEGO Batman Movie which was, as expected, awesome! I can’t get enough of how cute and clever the LEGO movies are, and even though I’m not into the series, after seeing the preview I’m really looking forward to The LEGO NINJAGO Movie as well.

We made a stop at home to feed Wookie and then went to Beef Shack for lunch and then to Fermilab for their open house. However, once we got there and learned it was just science experiments set up for kids in this one building we’ve already visited before, we left. I thought we would be able to see the offices/labs in Wilson Hall so that was disappointing. I think it was a bit misleading to call it a open house vs a special event.

We wrapped up the weekend by watching The Grammys. I don’t know what the deal was with Beyonce but I couldn’t stand her so-called performance. She acts as if she’s the only woman who has ever been pregnant. It just reeked of self importance and it made me look away. I’ve never been a huge fan but she’s really rubbing me the wrong way lately. In contrast, I did like Lady Gaga performing with Metallica even if James’ mic wasn’t working. My favorite performance, however, was the tribute to the Bee Gees. Growing up my parents had a record player and a limited number of albums, one of them being Saturday Night Fever. We listened to it a lot so along with Creedence Clearwater Rival and the Carpenters, so the Bee Gees hold a special place in my heart even though I don’t really listen to their music very often.

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I Love Our New Primary Care Doctor

February 13th, 2017 No comments

Friday I had an appointment with my new primary care physician. We’ve wanted to switch doctors for awhile but the one we’ve had for well over a decade had convenient hours and always accepted our insurance. Until last year when Blue Cross Blue Shield dropped her. When I called her office and spoke to her husband, the office manager, he explained it was because she wasn’t board certified but according to him that wasn’t necessary back when she started her practice. I don’t know whether or not that is true, but we chose a new primary care from a list of names but never actually saw her because Joe got a job and we switched insurance companies again.

Now we have Aetna, and while I’m pretty sure our old primary care is in their system, I felt it was a perfect excuse to leave without her knowing it’s because we’re tired of dealing with her husband. He’s technically friendly but comes off pretty gruff, particularly over the phone. I always feel like he’s trying to rush me off the phone which really sucked the last two times he screwed up and caused me insurance headaches. Those mistakes alone were enough to prompt my desire to leave, but his attitude (aka assigning blame to everyone but himself) really cemented it.

My friend had told me about how much she loved her primary care and it turns out he’s covered by our new insurance so a couple of weeks ago I scheduled an appointment. Not only is his office less than ten minutes away (opposed to 20+ since our old doctor was closer to where we used to live before we got the townhome), but the building is new and modern. Everyone there is super nice and friendly too.

I gave Dr. Nick, as I’m going to call him, a typed-up document going over my current health concerns along with a list of on-going issues, conditions I’ve been diagnosed with, conditions that have been ruled out via testing, the vitamins I take, etc. He really took it all in and put together a plan of action moving forward. This is in stark contrast to former doctor who would just keep sending me to specialists. I could tell after our first meeting that Dr. Nick not only cares about me but is very intelligent too. Everything he said made perfect sense. I really really like him and am hopeful that some of the crap I’ve been dealing with for years without answers might actually be addressed at last.

Even better? Since it was our first visit it was coded as an annual exam and I didn’t have to pay a cent. Woo!

Now I just need to get my old records from former doctor and it’s goodbye forever!

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