Wednesday, March 03, 2010

This is how I woke up today....

4:19 a.m. That's what the clock read when Murphy suddenly bolted from the bed, ran to the back door for a half second, then ran into the living room, and the sound of explosive diarrhea, followed by the smell. The clock usually goes off at 5, and if he'd just held out 41 minutes, he'd have made it. I'd have made it. Good Morning, and Welcome to Hump Day! Wake up and smell the dog shit. This all took place on tile flooring, thank GOD. The rude awakening was the worst part.

Murphy's pooping has a pattern of sorts - normal, normal, normal, slightly runny, runny, normal, then explosive like this morning, then normal, normal.... It's mostly normal, but not completely. I forced a dose of Prednisone into him, and after dinner gave him a dose of antibiotic as insurance. He seems perfectly chipper and oblivious to his innards, no vomiting, plenty of energy and personality, and his weight is holding, so I'm afraid this is just how it is, which the vet hinted was going to be the case - it's pretty much the pattern since his exploratory surgery last August. But what a way to start my day - my life really is wall-to-wall shit lately.

Work. We shall not speak of it. But suffice to say that the 4 a.m. exploding dog was not the worst part of my day. That was an incident that could be fixed with cleaning products. The rest of the day's problems, not so much.

OTOH, Girl's day involved a virus attack at school and a classroom of developmentally disabled teenagers reenacting that famous scene from The Exorcist, so I shall not bitch. At least the vomit I'm dealing with consists of words on paper, not actual, um, yeah. I won't complain to HER about my day. She truly works hard for her money, honey.

And it's good to still live with tile floors (see above), so this is bad, but, OTOH, tile floors are handy right now. See me looking on the bright side?

And in the virtual bike shopping world, we have
another contender. This one strikes me as mindless fun, and well suited to this flat world in which I will be for who knows how long (see above).

Although the "flat-foot" concept seems kind of, I don't know, a concession to the reality of age that I'm still vaguely resistant to making, I have to remember how my left knee does not even enjoy walking down stairs anymore, and admit that the flat foot thing would be comfy for The Knee. I will definitely test drive that option before making a decision, and try to get over the idea that it's like giving in to elastic waistbands and sensible shoes. Okay, so I'm fine with the sensible shoes when I'm on my feet a lot, because see reference to left knee, but the part of me that is still fighting the good fight against elastic waistbands and gray hair (I admit I surrendered on the sensible shoes, but dammit, not the rest - yet) has to be convinced that the Lime or something like it is the way to go. I suspect this will take about 3 minutes. Like the shoes, I think this is an easy sell.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't think Trek was making these bikes when I bought my Electra, or if they were, the asshats at the local Trek shop didn't know anything about them. I probably would have bought one instead of my Betty. Instead of thinking of the "flat-foot" part as a concession to age, I think of it as something that makes riding the bike safer and more fun---it's easier to stop and start when you are crossing streets and dealing with traffic. To me, it's new-flangled technology, like a cell phone or something. If they had made bikes like this when I was a kid, I would have liked it then. Where are you going to ride? My favorite destination is a coffee bar in my 'hood that has a patio and outdoor seating, but it looks kind of dismal right now because the table and chairs are buried in a melting pile of dirty snow. I love to pedal over early in the mornings on the weekends, when there aren't many cars out, ride my bike through the drive-thru, and sit outside with some sock knitting. It's just fun.

Brenda in Iowa.

k said...

That does sound like fun. And Saturday mornings at my coffee shop bring biscuits and mushroom gravy. Oh, man, if you ever want to sound like Homer Simpson, this stuff will do the trick.
But. Back to the subject at hand. Aren't you supposed to be able to stand at least on your toes when your bike is properly adjusted? It's been years since I had a bike set for me.

Garilynn said...

Re: dog poop. Once upon a time, I gave our dearly departed Golden some black beans and rice as a treat. The next morning, without putting on contacts or glasses, I ventured into the kitchen from the bedroom. I ran into a poop lake - with bare feet. The details that followed were too gruesome for recounting. That particular doggie never again got to enjoy black beans and rice.

I feel your pain for early morning dealings with dog excrement!

Catherine said...

Brenda - I haven't shopped for a bike in, somewhere between 10 and 15 years, I think. My last was a Raleigh road bike with more gears than I ever used, which sat unused while life was really dramatic. It needed new tires and a serious overhaul when I finally gave it away. I have a good idea of my needs now, is why I'm downgrading to a comfort bike with 3 - 7 gears, and pre-shopping on the internets. I have no idea when Trek started making these bikes; I haven't been in the market for a bike for a long time.

Catherine said...

Biking destinations: I don't have any in mind, other than maybe the library. I live in an area with both neighborhood bike trails and county bike trails, and none of them connect to coffee shops without busy six lane roads in the way.

Catherine said...

Garilynn: I once fed my beloved, departed Golden, he who could clean up any leftovers, some of my leftover tuna casserole, and he woke us up at 3 a.m. barfing. I don't think I ever made that recipe again - if the dog with the cast iron stomach couldn't digest it....

Catherine said...

k - I thought that too - you should be able to put toes down anyway, so why is "flat foot" such a selling point? But it's been many years for me, too, so I dunno. Bikes, like everything else, are much cooler now than back in the day.