Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Photoless in Seattle

Knitting

I'm still plodding along on Crofter's. I have one armhole ribbing left to do. It's going to be a long time before I can face another project with corrugated ribbing (although in fairness, I have gotten faster at it with practice). I'm holding off on photos until that sucker is done and blocked. Meanwhile, I'm finishing up a pair of socks for Trent, on sock 1 of another pair, and am swatching for the Wool Peddler's shawl. I'm also shopping for my Secret Pal, which is harder than I thought it would be. I get very anxious about whether people will like gifts that I pick for them.

Dog update

The latest from the vet is that Chloe most likely has a partial tear in her ACL (right rear leg). Based on muscle atrophy previously noted by the vet, this may be a long-standing injury that she's recently restrained. The vet is concerned that unless it's surgically corrected arthritis will accelerate in that leg from the limited range of motion. On the other hand, the surgery is major (and expensive), and something like 50-60% of dogs who have it done promptly blow out the other knee during recovery. Trent and I have started making bleak jokes about how the surgery involves replacing the ligament with our credit line. Meanwhile, I'm gathering information about the surgery and alternatives. I think the park steward of our off-leash area knows of a holistic vet, so I may try going to see him for non-surgical alternatives. We wouldn't want to have the surgery done until after our vacation (we're leaving for two weeks in England a month from today), so I don't feel rushed to make the decision.

Meanwhile, Chloe is doing much better. The vet's suggestion of cutting back her food to keep her calmer is plainly crazy. Now she justs looks lean and sort of maniacal. She's started veering toward the car every time I take her out, and she's charging up and down the stairs with nearly her former vigor.

Things I love at work

There's a poster in the faculty and staff lunchroom at work (a small, bleak, windowless room in the warren of faculty offices) decreeing "Corporate Compliance and Ethics Week: Meeting the Expectations of Others." I love that so, so much for it's implication that we only give a shit about ethics because of observation by others.

The other jewel of the lunchroom is the Automatic External Defibrillator that they installed about 6 months ago...or more accurately, the locked, alarmed defibrillator case which is STILL EMPTY 6 months later. Thanks, corporation.

2 Comments:

Blogger Camera Obscura said...

What?!?! I lived in England for a year and went to Ireland on holiday that time, spent two weeks driving all over the island another time on vacation, and you don't even tell me you're going, much less ask me about anything? Some baby sister you are. ("You never write, you never call...") Where all are you going, how long will you be there, etc. etc.? Email me, dammit.

The vet's suggestion of cutting back her food to keep her calmer is plainly crazy. Now she justs looks lean and sort of maniacal.
Geez, I just look maniacal when my food is cut back. Lucky Chloe.

Every school building in my 22000-child school district has an AED, not just the case for one. You might inquire as to why a public school district in a red-state suburb can manage that but your corporation can't. Y'might mutter the word "lawsuit" while you're at it.

8:19 AM  
Anonymous Kris said...

I love your "work" stories... guess the legal wonks haven't seen your empty AED box. Liability is much lower if you simply don't have the box. Having an empty box? That would have every trial attorney in this state drooling and just waiting for something to happen.

1:44 PM  

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