Mike and I have had a really busy December… I mean a really, really busy December. With Mike’s long hours the past week or so, I haven’t been doing much cooking so all my careful weekly food prep is kind of out the window right now. (Hopefully I’ll get back on board after the holidays… it can be one of my New Year’s resolutions. Which reminds me… I should look back to last year’s resolutions and see if I got anywhere with them!)
Anyway, Mike has been working a lot, and I have spent my evenings shuttling Piper around to the vet, giving her meds, running errands, etc. It’s all good, but Mike and I will both be glad of a little time off over Christmas and New Years!
Fortunately, we both took time to celebrate our third wedding anniversary. I feel like it should actually be our 10th anniversary instead of our third since we’ve actually been together over 10 years, but oh well. We’ll go with three. Three is a good number.
I made plans to go to a live show and dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse downtown. I have co-workers from Brazil, so I have discovered the entity that is the ‘Brazilian Steakhouse’. I even bought a Groupon for it (yay Groupon!), so it was much cheaper than it would have normally been. We got there, and the interior was just beautiful! Dimly lit, dark wood… very lovely! We had a very relaxing time hanging out, listening to their live Brazilian music, and making multiple trips to their super amazing all-you-can-eat salad bar. I came back from my first trip to the salad bar with a hugely overloaded plate full of exotic olives, sliced veggies, roasted veggies, pickled veggies, and a few odds and ends like roasted mushroom salad (SOOOO good! And I don’t even like mushrooms!) and quinoa salad. Mike’s eyes shot up when he saw how full my plate was.
“Are you going to be able to eat all that??” he asked.
“Ha!” I said. “You’ve actually been with me for ten years without knowing the copious amounts of vegetables I’m able to eat?”
I not only ate that whole plate but I went back for another similarly-sized one. Mike shook his head while he attacked our meat platter.
Suffice it to say we both left absolutely stuffed! Great food, great atmosphere, great company! Here’s to three years and hopefully many more!
It has been raining cats and dogs out here. And I don’t mean typical Seattle rain… I mean, rain pouring from the sky, rivers flowing down the street kind of rain. Every time I mention to Mike how much it is raining, he says, “Well, our plants are probably happy.” This is the difference in perspective when you become a home owner, I guess!
On Tuesday I took my CPR refresher class after work. It’s probably the fifth or sixth time I’ve taken the class, so you wouldn’t think there would ever be any new info in them, but surprisingly each instructor has a different background and a different take on the info so I always find that the time goes by really fast and I always pick up some useful nuggets of information. One of Tuesday’s nuggets: if you are alone and encounter a person who needs CPR, you should first call 9-1-1 and then start CPR if the person is an adult; you should do two minutes of CPR and then call 9-1-1 if the person is a child. Interesting. Also of interest: King County (Seattle) has the highest rate of survival for cardiac arrest in the world. I seem to remember hearing that in my last CPR class, too, so maybe it’s been at the top of the list for the past two years? Not sure on that one! Last item (potentially) of interest: My bottom hand when doing CPR was really sore the next day and felt bruised. Maybe I’m a little bit too enthusiastic in my CPR? Anyway, now I’m all renewed for my personal trainer cert for the next two years.
I went to Piper’s vet one evening after work last week to get a refresher course in giving antibiotic injections since guess who is not responding to the current antibiotic? If you guessed Piper, you’re wrong. It’s the bacteria in Piper’s bladder. Apparently those bacteria are resistant to the antibiotic pill that’s been working so well for us for the past couple of years. Don’t use antibacterial soap, folks. This is what it leads to: resistant bacteria. Maybe if Piper wasn’t always washing her paws with antibacterial soap…
Anyway, we’ll see how well twice daily injections go over with Piper. And with me! We have fallen into a good rhythm with the subcutaneous fluids that I give her every other day. That just feels a lot less often than the twice a day antibiotics I’m now giving her. It feels like I’m always calculating when 12 hours has passed and it’s time to give her another injection. But onward and upward, right? That’s Piper’s feeling.
Mike and I did some Christmas shopping for our nieces last weekend and ended up at Toys ‘R’ Us. Holy cow! That store is crazy! Has it always been that giant and that crowded?? Somehow as a kid the only time I remember being there was when I got a new bike and I really only remember the bike aisle. But there seemed to be just millions and millions of toys. One of our nieces likes the Elves and Friends lego sets. I totally do too, although I don’t own any! Cora, you and I should hang out and play legos!! 🙂 I am not too old for that! 😉
Last weekend I went for a run at 4:30pm, which at this time of year in Seattle might as well be midnight.
I had heard of the movie Love Actually multiple times through the years as a good, British Christmas movie, but had never watched it. Well, I decided this was the year to see it! Piper and I watched it while Mike was working late, and it was so good! At least I liked it. Lots of different, heart-warming stories going on, some happy and some sad. So good! Warning if you decide to watch it: I cried through the last twenty minutes and I’m not typically a movie crier. But there’s only so many heart-warming love stories I can withstand at one time, and this movie has like fifteen. I made Mike watch it with me later (and he agreed only if he could drink a beer while watching). I again cried through the last twenty minutes (even though I completely knew what was coming this time) and Mike didn’t cry at all, shrugged at the end, and said they were nice enough stories. We are going to see the special Christmas release of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Hateful Eight on Christmas Eve, and I strongly suspect that will be much more Mike’s speed that Love Actually. 🙂
Our Christmas Day plans are still undecided, which at this point probably means we don’t have any. Which is fine! We’ll both have Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off, so that makes for a four-day weekend. I should probably get my cooking in gear enough to at least make a nice meal even if it’s not the over-the-top traditional Christmas meal. I asked Mike if he wanted to order the pre-cooked meal from the local grocery store this year, but he said that a whole turkey is always so much food. Which it is. And that we’ll end up wasting most of it. Which we will. And that we’ll forget to freeze the turkey before it goes bad. Which we always do. So I think we’ll go for something smaller and less traditional this year, but I haven’t decided what yet. Maybe something Mexican? Quesadillas maybe??
Piper has decided that she likes the Christmas tree, so it turns out that our little Halloween cat is also a Christmas cat!
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! (Because sadly as busy as things have been with Mike’s work and with Piper’s health the past couple months I haven’t gotten any Christmas cards out at all). So a blog ‘Merry Christmas’ callout to friends and loved ones may be the closest we get this year!
One of our neighbors came over and dropped off a plate of Christmas cookies one day this week… all different flavors and types… just the kind of plate my mom would make up (although no frosted cut-out cookies… Mom, you’re still the only person I know hard-core enough to make those!) I am so full of admiration… both of them work full time…. where do they find the time to make a big variety of Christmas cookies? Clearly I need some lessons in time management!
Anyway, Merry Christmas again, from the west coast Danenberg household! Sending lots of love for a wonderful 2016! 🙂