Monday, December 8, 2008


A. just finished his last presentation for the semester. He has one more class and he is officially done with his dual-masters.


I guess this means I really need to finish The Thesis From Hell by May, now, doesn't it?



I am really stressed over the logistics of Christmas this year. A. and I will be driving to Sioux Falls, SD with the dogs, where they will promptly be abandoned at this really great doggie jail. For three days. This will only be their second stint in jail and I am pretty stressed about how they will handle it for three whole days! But it is an awesome place, so I feel confident they will be in good hands.

But. We have to be in Sioux Falls no later than 6:00 p.m. on the 23rd or the kennel won't take the dogs. Um, that means there can be no funny weather. No delays of any sort.  If we are late, we have to figure out what to do with the dogs for the entire trip. Having the dogs with us will probably really stress out my stepmom, and, thus,I would feel like shit the entire trip. So!

No worries there, traveling through Wyoming and South Dakota in December!!! Everything is sure to work out just fine.


I totally thought I was on top of the Christmas shopping, but then I remembered two entire sets of grandparents. How rotten of a person am I? I FORGOT MY GRANDPARENTS. Geez.


I am hoping a night curled up by the fire (yay! curled up by the fire!!) writing Christmas cards and baking cookies will chase away this Grinchy Anxiety and bring in some Christmas Cheer.


  1. I have no grandparents and no dogs. Suddenly I am feeling surprisingly smug about that. Even though I know that you get more joy out of having those things than I do out of not.

    Feel better soon! Just think about how good it will feel to have all that stuff done and crossed off your list.

  2. I can't even bring myself to make a list of things I need to do before Christmas, so you're way ahead of me. :)

  3. I think dogs have more fun at doggie jail than at home sometimes. I hope you have smooth sailing to get them there. And your wood stove sounds so cozy and wonderful.

    I am experiencing my own holiday drama. This year, Jason's mom gets Christmas Eve and then we spend Christmas Day with my extended family. But my mom wants her "own" Christmas Eve, so we'll end up traveling another weekend for this "floating" Christmas Eve. This year they picked a Sunday. WHY?

    Then, my dad's extended family celebrates Christmas later (usually New Year's Eve, which sucks on an entirely other level) and we are guilt-tripped into attending that too. This year: it's on a SUNDAY. So we will have to drive 6 hours to spend 3 hours there (we're not paying the $60 it would cost to board Shorty) only to get home, go to bed and have to go to work the next day. Yippee.

    Basically, counting our own little celebration, we have FIVE Christmases this year. There will be stern conversations with my mom to let her know that next year: No floating Christmas Eve (she can see us on Christmas Day with the rest of the family) and no more traveling 6 hours to see my dad's side of the family. We're done.

    Sorry about hogging your comments section. I feel better now. :)

  4. are there any doggy jails you can put them in close to your house? so you can lock 'em up before heading on the (unpredictable) road?

    i haven't forgotten about anyone yet, because i have YET TO START. AUGH.


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