Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Weekend Re-cap

In spite of the airline going bankrupt and leaving me stranded in North Carolina, the weekend spent with the TBG Gang was a good one. I finally made it home yesterday evening. I ended up buying a one way ticket on another carrier. Some other airlines were offering to help those stuck for only a $50 fee. But it was flying stand-by and they specified that as much as they were willing to help, the seating was very limited. So I passed on that one. And if the craziness at the airport and packed flights on the way home were any kind of indicator, I made the right choice. It may have cost a little more but the convenience and peace of mind were worth it.I was happy to see Sophie and Maryellen again. And I finally got to meet the rest of the TBG Gang. Hannah is a great big sister. She's a small fry version of her momma. A witty and snarky chip off the ole' block. I loved her the second we met. However, she holds most of the blame for my 5 lb weight gain in one weekend. I think that's my all time record. Hey..... the chocolate fountain seemed like a good idea at the time!

As if that wasn't bad enough, we re-heated the leftovers the next night. Marshmallows, peanut butter and potato chips were our favorite dippers. Seriously.... it's not like the fruit is really gonna be all that good for you covered in chocolate. So why not go all the way with it, right?
This is the hubs who laughed out loud at the news of my airline going out of business. In hindsight, it is pretty funny. But at the time, Maryellen was not finding him amusing. LOL!
This is Ben. I only saw him for brief moments when he'd surface for nourishment. The rest of the time he was sleeping or playing video games. Typical teenage boy behavior. But he still wasn't too big to come snuggle with his momma...and in front of a complete stranger no less. I think that may be against some kind of teenage rules of conduct though.
We spent the weekend doing my all time favorite thing.... just hanging out. There were several hours of sweatpants time, some movie watching, quite a bit of junk food eating, and lots of goofing around.
And let me tell ya.... this whole family is good at goofing around. Even doing nothing they have the most fun.
Sophie fits right in. She's as crazy as the rest of them. An all around crack up.
I think I laughed more this weekend than I have in awhile. And I really really needed to.
So thanks for sharing your fabulous family with me, Mar! I truly had a great time. Your bagels were the best. I even had fun when you showed me what an adventure your redneck Wal*mart can be on a Saturday afternoon. Oh and sorry for asking so many questions during I*Am*Legend.... but it totally stressed me out. I couldn't take it! LOL! Can't wait til we can do it again. Soon I hope....


Coming home and having to deal with real life pretty much sucked though. My amazing dog sitter took Griffey to the vet while I was away. It seems his eye is pretty bad. He has an ulcerated cornea which was caused by some kind of liquid being flushed into his eye at the groomer. Most likely shampoo... even though it's hypo-allergenic and tear free. He has it open now but as you can see in the camera flash it looks weird. And the poor guy has to wear the stupid lampshade thing so he doesn't mess with it.
His entire eye is affected. The vet thinks that right now he's blind in it. But she's hopeful that with treatment it will heal and he will get his sight back. So I pray that everything goes well. It requires ointment 5 times a day, eye drops to dilate it once a day and pain pills twice a day. Which doesn't make him happy. She said an eye injury can be very painful. So it breaks my heart that he has to go through this. He has a follow up in a week to see how things have progressed.
But right now, I'm suffering from some horrible mommy guilt that I wasn't here to take care of him this weekend. I'm so upset with the groomer. I know it was an accident and they feel awful about it. But for gawd's sake, if you're using a product or doing something that might blind someone's animal... you might want to re-think things.

Thank goodness for my dog sitter, Cayce. She took excellent care of him for me. I know a trip to the vet and all the care he needed this weekend wasn't in our arrangement. Especially considering she has 3 kids and 2 dogs of her own. I owe her big time!

23 comments:

Rhonda said...

Poor Griffey! I hope he gets better soon.

Mark & Michelle said...

Looks like a fun weekend.

I hope puppy is better soon!

3D said...

Way to turn a frown (situation) upside down! Looks like a delish and delightful time spent with fab friends.

I would def. make sure the groomers change their shampoo. Speak to management if need be. Hugs to Griffey (and you too!)

Keep smilin!

Buckeyes & Eggrolls said...

poor Griffey, but what a GREAT neighbor/sitter.

Looks like you guys had an amazing weekend. I can't believe all the CHOCOLATE!! woohoo!

TBG Happenings said...

*smooches* it was great having you here! I usually don't get to hang out and eat tons of chocolate on the weekend:)

I am so glad that you were able to meet the rest of the gang. We all enjoyed having you part of the chaos that is our life. By the way the dogs have not wrestled since you left....maybe they were just showing off for you???

We all miss you. Take care of Griffey. You can come back any time and ask lots of questions during stressful movies:)

miss ya!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

Sorry to hear about Griffey...
That sucks...
Hope he gets better soon..
But you had a WONDERFUL weekend..
You lucky one..
HOW FUN!!!
Have a Great Week..

kris said...

Hey girly- so glad to see pics from your fab weekend of lounging and eating chocolate with the TBG gang, I'm just sad I missed all the fun (and especially the CHOCOLATE oh my god!)...

Hope Griffey's eye is all healed up soon, poor little guy.

Now back to hangin' and chowin' on some barbecue with my friends!

Later gator :O)

Sandra said...

It sure looks like a fun weekend. Sophie is getting big!

Poor Griffey, I hope he gets better soon.

Carla said...

Looks like you had a load of fun. Anytme chocolate and margaritas are involved, it's a good thing. Okay, maybe not at the same time. That sounds kind of gross. Hope Grif feels better soon.

So, do you have to leave a medical release form when you go out of town, JIC someone has to take him to the vet?

eggrolls and chopsticks said...

I'm doing some serious catch up here.....

OMG I got stuck in London when Pan- Am went belly up. Unnerving isn't it?

I almost tried to poke my finger intot hat photo of the chocolate foountain....I love those.

SO sorry about Griffey, that sucks the big one. I hope he is feeling better.

~ Alison & Mali ~ said...

Those pictures just scream 'fun'. & that fountain? Dangerous!!

Poor Griffey! Hope he's well soon. Don't let the guilt take over - I'm sure Grif won't hold a grudge. Animals have such a sense of acceptance, very different from us humans. I adore that about my fur babies . . . I do my best, but they love me no matter what.

Wendy said...

Looks like you had a great time! I'm still pretty bummed about your flight issues.

Anytime you want to see some of Texas, you are most certainly invited to come hang out with the firefamily! :o)

"M" said...

Glad you had such a fun weekend. Laughter is good! Kind of sucks, though, about the airline thing. Glad you took it in stride.

Hope the pooch is ok. Try not to feel too much mommy guilt.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Sounds like you had a great time and that chocolate fountain... oh my... but chocolate potato chips... you buy Chocolate covered potato chips here were I live... delicious... and addicting... still, looks like the whole time was full on junk food and fun... yep, usually the bad part is back to reality... I find that after a vacation... take care

Lindsay said...

Looks like you had a great weekend. Hope Griffey is soon on the road to a full recovery!

wzgirl said...

Oh, Griffey's wee eye makes me wince. Glad that hes on the mend, tho. What a fun weekend. Nothing like a little southern friends/fun to cheer you up. The airline story is priceless - cheers to gettign home! And, cheers on 23 lbs, girl. That is terriffic!

redmaryjanes said...

What cute kids! We have that same chocolate fountain. AND I'm glad you were able to get home.

OziMum said...

Looks like so much fun! The chockie fountain looks drool-worthy, for sure!!!

Poor Griffey! Can't believe his whole eye is infected from shampoo?! The things pups do for a shiny coat,hey!

Colleen said...

Oh poor Griffey.... Smooches to him.

Looks like you had a blast! That chocolate fountain looks sick yummy!! Loves the pics.

Lynn said...

Hi, just stopping by way of Maryellen's blog. I'm Lynn, we were logged in June of 2006 also, we ended up going the SN route and traveled in Nov. 2006. We are currently waiting on our referral from Taiwan. Stop by our blog sometime.

Two Kayaks said...

Hope your pup is better soon. I have been thinking about him and hoping that he was okay. Sounds like you have a great pet sitter on your hands. :)

Alyson & Ford said...

What an adventure over the weekend! Glad you arrived home and can take care of your furry baby!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

Christina said...

poor doggy! my cat has one of those blue cloth e-collars, too! She's wearing 24/7 because she has a new nervous habit of pulling her fur out! I'll post pictures soon!