Bandit. He's doing great though he gained 1/10th of a pound, which isn't insignificant for a 23.4 pound dog. He went to the vet last week for his biannual check-up. He got a report card of excellent, except for being overweight. Ideally he should be under 20 pounds. He just loves to eat. Too me he's a solid 23.4 - lots of muscle. He gets plenty of exercise and is on the tall size; in fact he was the largest of his litter. So, while I'd like him to lose a few I'm not overly concerned with it.
|Bandit 23.4 lbs. (April 2011)|
My health. I too went for my annual (Bandit has a better health plan) and also got a clean bill of health. Honestly, Bandit gets a more comprehensive report than I do! When I leave the veterinarian's office I get a 12 page detailed document on Bandit's condition. Me...I get, "keep on doing what you're doing...everything's great!" In fact, I don't even get a copy of my blood test unless I call and have them fax it over to me - even then you need an M.D. to interpret.
Work. Both Chris and I have been balls to the walls busy. Chris is enjoying a much shorter commute which is nice; however, instead of being in the office - like he was in his old position - he is now on the road. He's thinking of cutting back to 4 days a week, similar hours just less days.
Vacation. This week we're heading to Florida! Off to see Harry Potter and then down to Florida's southwest coast for rest and relaxation on the beach at Longboat Key. Looking forward to it.
For fun. Last night we rented Burlesque.
|Cam Gigandet in Burlesque|
Weather. I think we're finally done with the stuff that shall not be named. It better be: Yesterday I packed up the shovels and put them in the shed till (cross fingers) next year. Temperatures have been hovering in the 50s the last couple of days. Yes, spring is finally here!
Yard work. Taking advantage of said spring weather, yesterday I put down the Step 1 of my fertilizer program. Oddly enough the curtain and bath outlet (Ann & Hope) has a decent gardening section. I got a great deal on the entire fertilizer program for $175.
Additional yard work. We have (had) three huge Rose of Sharon bushes against the side of the house just under the kitchen sink window. They were so enormous and tall that you couldn't crank out the kitchen window. Yesterday, using my new loper, I seriously cut them back. I'm fairly new to pruning bushes so I hope I didn't kill them. Does anyone know if it's too early/late in the season to cut back so severely? I'm hoping they don't die. They hadn't started budding yet and usually don't till about August so I'm thinking I might be okay.
|Before: Rose of Sharon (Summer 2010)|
|After: Rose of Sticks (Spring 2011)|
The book. My manuscript started in ~4,500 place in the Authonomy rankings and as of today I am 980. I've gotten some great feedback, both valid criticisms and supportive praise. While getting it to the editors desk (top 10) would be great I'm really looking for constructive criticism and proofing. For instance, the other day someone found an error ("ten years old" rather than "ten years older") that spell or grammar check would never have caught. Even having read it countless times there are things you miss.
House. The ceilings are finally done and came out great. The work took a bit longer than we liked and created quite a mess. We spent all of last weekend vacuuming and washing off plaster dust but now our spring cleaning is done.
|Ceiling Damage (February 2011)|
|Another View of Damage|
I get chills just looking back at those winter photos. Ugh! Alright, must leave you for now. Till later. Over and out...