I’ve had every intention of writing a very long, very overdue update but all I can really think about right now is January 21. 

We saw Baby-O for the first time today.  I have never felt more completely and totally blessed in my entire life.

A few months ago TTO noticed a small, hard bump on Gus’ rear ‘passenger side’ (also known as the right) leg.  We agreed to keep an eye on it and take him to the vet if it changed at all.  It stayed exactly the same until late last week.  TTO pointed out that it felt bigger and a bit softer.  I made an appointment.

That brings us to this afternoon.  Gus HATES going to the vet.  He trembles all over and it is the only time that I ever see his stumpy little tail stop wagging.  The vet came in, felt the bump and had the tech come in to take him back and aspirate what she had determined was a cyst.  At this point I still wasn’t that concerned.  Boxers are known for having skin issues and I figured we’d been pretty lucky up to this point. 

Then the vet came back in with the syringe.

It was filled with gunky brown liquid.  She proceded to tell me that she hadn’t really seen anything like it before.  She was anticipating a waxy, clear substance.  Apparently the brown = melanin, which is not good.  The combination of the melanin and the specific kind of cells she was seeing can equal melanoma.  She wanted to send out the sample for additional testing before having the lump surgically removed.

My doggie might have cancer, even if he doesn’t he will probably still need surgery.  We won’t know for sure until the lab results come back next week so until then I’m doing my best to stay positive.  If something really is wrong with my little Gus I’m not quite sure what I’ll do. 

A long, long walk through the beautiful scenery of an old neighborhood

Fantastic conversation that just didn’t stop

Laughing uncontrollably

A pitcher of top shelf margaritas

More Mexican food than two people should rightfully eat

Continuing to reconnect with an old friend

Thank you, KT!  I had SO much fun.  We will DEFINITELY do it again soon.

And new places to do it!

After searching for the perfect couch for about a year and a half, last Sunday TTO and I FINALLY found what had eluded us.  We even scored a pretty good deal.  The main couch piece was delivered today (the chaise lounge cushion/ottoman was backordered until June) and we were a little worried about how Gus would react because he isn’t a big fan of change.

Apparently our apprehension wasn’t necessary.  I wasn’t here when the couch arrived, but TTO said Gus gave it a few compulsory sniffs, hopped up and made himself at home. 

He was even nice enough to drool on it a bit – thank goodness for microfiber!

 

Find out where Smalls, Kaya, Rufus, Ben, Gus, and Zapp cuddle up.

Achoo!  Wow, there’s a lot of dust in here, huh?  

I haven’t written a new post (aside from a few guilt-induced Thank Gus’) in a long, long while.  I wish I had a really valid excuse but the the truth of the matter is that lately I’ve been a version of myself that I don’t like very much.  Rather than appreciate all of the good that I know I am very fortunate to have in my life I’ve been choosing to seek out the negative, emphasize every minute thing that irritates me and generally wallow in an overall sense of “woe is me”.  And not in a cute Eeyore way either.  But that ends at midnight.  New month, new outlook.
 
I feel like I have so much to update.  I’m checking things off of my 108 in 2008 list!  After a year and a half of looking we finally bought a couch!  I had a scary run-in with a well-meaning makeup salesperson!  There is an awkward J encounter to discuss!  We’re taking an awesome trip to Milwaukee in June (yes, I used awesome and Milwaukee in the same sentence – I love cities like Milwaukee, Detroit and Pittsburgh)!  Unfortunately all I can think about right now is the fact that I’m going to be on TV tomorrow. 
 
That’s right, TV.  One of the local news stations is coming to do a feature on my new company.  I’m not really nervous, just unsure of what to wear.  I doubt I’ll even make it on camera, but it’s still fun and exciting.  I’ll let you know how it goes.