Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Life: Daylight and dog puke

Haley holding her nephew on the day of his baptismDaylight savings time got off to a rocky start Sunday, as my husband and I had trouble adjusting to that loss of an hour and getting out of bed for our nephew's baptism. (The late night with friends didn't help.)

We ended up just going to the post-baptism luncheon, and were only minorly hassled by the family. (This is one of the few photos that anyone took where my nephew is actually smiling -- perhaps he didn't like wearing a dress?)

But the payoff for the switch to daylight savings time was huge on Monday evening, when I could commute home while the sun was still up.

And now that the weather has decided to warm up into the 40s and 50s this week, I'm starting to feel frisky -- wearing lighter jackets, opening windows, wanting to get outside.

Speaking of opening windows, I had to air out the house last night. Apparently, one of the dogs got sick on Sunday and we didn't notice. Monday as I was leaving, I stopped in the family room. What is that smell? I look around, don't see anything on the floor, then notice dried vomit on the sofa. Yuck. And right where Loki likes to lay.

Loki and Thor collage Bernese Mountain DogsI cleaned the cushion as best I could, but that wasn't good enough. The room still reeked yesterday. So now, the sofa cushion has been banished to the garage while I figure out how to remove the odor from it. My concern is not just the odor, but cleaning it in a way that won't cause the cushion to fade. I guess it's a downside of dog ownership.

Another downside? Fur. Everywhere. Loki and Thor are majorly shedding. They have an appointment with a set of clippers as soon as it's reliably warm enough outside. Maybe in a month. And while I'm complaining about dogs? Poop. The snow has mostly melted off and it's time to get out and really clean that backyard. *shudder*

You know, I think I'm due some extra tailwags and snuggles when I get home today.

On the bright side, our Colorado vacation is fast approaching. Just 10 more days. Our tax refund should be direct deposited the day before we leave, so it'll almost feel like a free vacation. :)


  1. Hmm dog puke... yum, err I mean yuck, yeah that's the ticket!
    I'm so excited for you, going on a vacation to Colorado... lucky! If you get the chance I just wanted to invite you to participate in my Coffeeshop Confessional writing exercise. It sounds like you're going to be busy getting ready for your trip but if you can get around to it you could have some fun!


  2. Now there's one of those weird internet moments. I'm commenting on your blog while your commenting on mine. That almost seems... naughty?

    Your serviette challenge intrigues me. We'll see what happens tomorrow. Or the next day. :)

  3. Haha, that's just funny! I was thinking, wow, she's quick! :)


  4. Ew, dog puke.

    We use this spot remover from Stanley Steamer followed up with some Febreeze to kill the smell. That usually helps a lot. :)

  5. beeker3/13/2008

    The nephew is cute. I wouldn't smile if I was made to wear a dress and I am a girl. Green Machines do wonders for pet puke!

  6. aww, what a cute baby! is that you in the photo? :D

    Oh yay, shedding time! Our cats are shedding a lot now too.

    I'm looking forward to airing out our house! It means spring is SOON!!

    Happy Friday!

  7. @Monique and Beeker -- thanks for the cleaning suggestions. I'll store those away for future reference. What I found out, though, was that when we bought the sofas, we also bought the extra warranty that protects against bodily fluids and other spills on the upholstery. So Bassett Furniture is sending out a technician to dry clean the sofa cushion on Friday. I'm not convinced that the cushion stuffing won't have to be replaced, though. It's still seriously stinking up the garage.

    @Beeker and Lisa -- I know I'm biased, but I think my nephew is pretty darn adorable also. Thanks for your compliments. :) And yes, that's me in the photo.


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