Thursday, July 5, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
His last cardiology appointment was encouraging, too. His heart has changed very little since his initial diagnosis (severe pulmonic stenosis and a ventricular septal defect) and according to the discharge summary his "defects" are helping his heart to harmoniously function efficiently.
Oliver also thankfully remains a relatively polite puppy - he only mildly harasses poor Zoe and did pretty well tonight with his old pal Cody (his beloved Aunt Jenni's cat). Thank you Cody and Jenni for allowing Oliver's intrusion!
Oliver and Lucas were fast bffs and pretty much play non-stop. I wish I had a yard for them to romp in, but for now the living room does just fine as long as I move the coffee table out of their way.
Cross your fingers that I find this sweet boy a loving home. If I could afford it and had the room I would keep him myself in a heartbeat. That said, he will stay here with us until we find him the perfect family. We love you Oliver!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Bedding is being washed, food and toys organized, and foster mama is determined to doggie-proof her house in time for the new addition.
Next on the list is having Oliver rechecked at the NCSU cardiology office, updating his meds and making sure I've got the supplies I need to keep him happy.
I've missed him so much and it will be wonderful to have him home again, but I'm still sad that things didn't work out for him with the Smith's. Again I say, not his fault - or anyone else's for that matter. Just bad timing. Stay tuned for updates!
Monday, May 28, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
After trying one out I must say that I think I prefer Griffin to Otterbox. The silicone casing of the Griffin case is far less "sticky" than the Otterbox case - it is easier to slip it in and out of a pocket or phone holder - and it also snaps into place more securely. The same goes for the port covers - Griffin's stay put while the charging port cover on my Otterbox case constantly pried itself opened.
Although I don't use the belt clip, Griffin's is far more practical than the bulky clip that comes with Otterbox's Defender case. The added size to one's iphone appears to be slightly greater with Griffin's case, but the aforementioned lack of "stickiness" of the silicone casing makes that a non-issue for me.
If you watch the video you'll see that Griffin's case will not make your iphone indestructible (you can't run it over with your SUV and expect it to be unmarred), but it will certainly protect it from drops, fits of anger, impromptu hockey matches and other everyday whoopsies.
While certainly worth the $49.99 price tag, Griffin's Armored Survivor cases can be found in many discount stores for at least $15 less. But seriously, even with insurance a replacement iphone is likely to cost you at least $150 so a fabulously protective $50 case pays for itself almost immediately!
Monday, May 21, 2012
I didn't use it long before I found it a little bulky and that it made it difficult to get my phone out of my phone holder or my back pocket.
Therefore, I started using a Body Glove case that was slimmer and appeared to offer good protection. For example, I drove off with my iphone on the hood of my car and after crashing to the asphalt it came away without a single scratch or defect. After that I was convinced that my defender case was not necessary to keep my iphone in pristine condition.
Unfortunately last week my phone fell out of my holder (hip height) and the whole screen cracked from the upper right corner to the lower left corner. There was also a horrible spider-web type cluster of cracks in the upper right corner. On the bright side, my phone still worked and I had insurance on it so I wasn't ever without a phone and I was able to get a replacement quickly (ordered Friday afternoon and received today).
Needless to say, I learned my lesson. I know the screen would've been fine had I been using my OtterBox case so I'll never complain about the bulkiness or lack of sophistication of my OtterBox ever again.
Another plus about the defender case is that all the buttons and ports are protected by the silicone outer shell. (Charging port, mute button and earphone ports are covered by flaps that can be opened and resealed). Having unwittingly silenced my phone on numerous occasions when it proved to be quite inconvenient, I find the flaps very handy!
OtterBox defenders are a bit pricey unless you find them on Amazon or in your local Wal-mart (still a little pricey even at Wal-mart) but the expense is well worth it. If you care about your iphone, get an OtterBox!
Friday, May 18, 2012
He has a heart condition, yes. But he's still a vibrant, lovely dog at this point and has a good chance of surviving through to adulthood.
In my mind (which I know is biased) I keep thinking about how wonderful he is.
As his intermediate caregiver, I plan to give Oliver my undivided attention - all my love that he could ever want or deserve - and everything else coming his way as the cutest, most loving puppy ever.
The good news: Zoe is doing well - very well. She's seizure-free, keeping food down and acting like her normal bitchy self.
The bad news: Oliver's future is up in the air. I'm trying to be optimistic, but it is a hard thing to do.
Oliver is a WONDERFUL dog and deserves nothing less than the most loving home. I wish I could give it to him myself but I've already got my hands full and I would never regret adopting Lucas.
I'm trying to keep a positive outlook in favor of my sweet Oliver. I want nothing more than for him to find a loving caregiver. Should he find one said person(s) will be the luckiest pet owner(s) in Durham!
Monday, April 30, 2012
All Zoe fans please point your thoughts our way!
Friday, April 27, 2012
Like they say on the web site, this pen is "Eco-Friendly, Swiss-Made, 7-Year Ink Supply, Lots of Fun." I concur!
If you live in the Raleigh/Chapel Hill/Durham area, you can find these pens at Parker and Otis in downtown Durham.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
I do miss my CR-V but I'm a happy girl. It's surely nice to not have to pull up my "power" windows by hand; to not have to double-click the locking mechanism on the glove box every time I want it to close; to actually have power locks and an alarm; and an integrated ipod connection is pretty darn sweet!
Gas mileage thus far is on target despite the trips being almost completely limited to "city" driving - I don't do a great deal of "highway" driving anymore. Lucas and Zoe also completely approve of the new ride (this is an important fact).
I remember way back when I first brought home my beloved Honda CR-V - how I noticed an increasing number of them on the roads - and I'm noticing the same thing now with the Soul. It's a great car and I can also highly recommend Fred Anderson Toyota in this pitch. I got a great deal and an even more amazing deal on an extended warranty. Check them out if you're in the market for a new car: Fred Anderson Toyota.