Monday, 8 October 2007

Monday Moaning II




Well this Monday isn't getting off to a great start. I woke up at 4:30-ish thinking it was 6:30, took Jake outside for a wee, came in and thought about making breakfast and waking up the kids, then looked at the clock, then looked at another clock because I didn't believe the first one. Then I decided to go back to bed. But of course I didn't get back to sleep.

That's Moan No. 1. Here's Moan No.2: I have conjunctivitis. Again. So it's off to the chemist in a few minutes for the drops.

And here's a third moan. My No.1 frenemy (friend who's sometimes an enemy) told us Friday night that she's moving to the wilds of Cheshire. It's a half hour away, and while she thinks it won't change things, it will. For one thing, I'm not sure I want to travel half an hour to spend time with someone who treats me the way she does sometimes. This has obviously been in the works awhile and she only told us because another friend's husband spotted the for sale sign out in front of her house. So we're all a little pissed off at her for being so sneaky. But that's how she is and that's one reason she's a frenemy. Because she's never upfront about anything, you never know exactly where you stand with her.

Onto to Moan No. 4: I spent 12 hours yesterday in Wrexham cooped up in an overheated auditorium watching girls and boys compete in a dance competition. My daughter's group didn't win in any category, and I am so relieved because that would have meant going to Coventry. And I don't fancy going to Coventry to be cooped up in an overheated auditorium. Little did I suspect when I first sent my daughter to dance lessons when she was 2 that ten years later I would be spending my precious weekend time taxiing her to and from these competions, getting up early to do her makeup and hair, arguing with her about her costumes and everything else. I did manage to get away for about an hour when another mother and I sneaked out to find a pub. Over a glass of wine, we had a good laugh about what Plas Coch might mean in Welsh.

Now for Moan No. 5 (I must have been saving these up): I took Jake to the vet on Friday for his first immunisation. The vet said I must be mad to have taken on a non-pedigree border collie puppy from a Welsh farm. Why? He said because they are bred to be working dogs and need a lot of exercise and stimulation. Otherwise they get bored and tear up the house. He said by Christmas I'll be coming in complaining that he's eaten the Christmas tree and decorations. That got my dander up because first of all I know border collies need a lot of exercise and stimulation. We discussed that as a family (well, the kids and I did) and decided that we would between the three of us take him out three times a day. I think Jake will be like a child: the more time I put into him, the more rewarding he will be. And he won't be allowed in the room with the Christmas tree. I once had a Golden Retriever who got hungry in the night and ate all the Christmas decorations. So I know about puppies and Christmas. And if anyone wants to give me some advice on training him, please feel free to do so. Oh, and I can't post photos of Jake because my husband's camera has packed in, and my daughter needs to figure out how to upload photos from her phone.

(Big SIGH) I feel a lot better, and I'm off to Pilates to feel even better.

15 comments:

debio said...

So a good start to the week then?!

lady macleod said...

Ah Pilates shoud do it - if not I suggest the hammam!

Poor dear, I do hope the week gets better.

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

My moan? very bad hangover from too much tequila yesterday, plus just found out from another blogger, that a blog friend we both have from america may not be who she says.... funny how some people get their kicks. (still researching into it)

laurie said...

1) jake will be fine. boscoe is a non-pedigreed border collie, too, and he's never ripped up anything. they do need exercise--we give him two walks a day--but if he seems destructive, then you just pen 'em in a room, or crate 'em. don't worry.

2) my monday morning: dark. heavy rain. riley sick. puked all over the floor. then i went to work.

3) i'm fascinated by the "frenemy" stuff. i have one of those, too! just never knew what to call it! have you bloggd about this before? i'm very interested.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Debio: If this is as bad as it gets, I guess I'm OK.

Lady M: Pilates always does the trick, though it hurt my back today.

Vi: I had a tequila hangover in the 80s and can't stand the smell to this day. I can't understand why people want to pretend to be someone else in their blogs. Are their lives that desperately boring? Are they that into head games?

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

laurie: Uggh, dog sick. I wormed Jake today. Don't feel like spaghetti tonight. I'm getting a puppy crate, I decided. And I'll post about frenemies tomorrow.

Kaycie said...

A rainy and cool Monday, here. Otherwise, not so bad.

The vet probably thought you took the puppy on without knowing what he'd need. Jake will be great. I would suggest you get a crate and train him to sleep in it and spend time in it during the day if you can't supervise him. I don't crate Jack a lot, but it is his bed and if I am going out and he seems particularly ornery, I crate him then. Works like a charm.

Hope the exercise does you good. Mine did wonders for me this morning.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

kaycie: Thanks for the advice. A few people have recommended the crate. I just got a collar on him today and tried out the leash so lots of changes in store for little Jakie.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

It's also grey and gloomy here, typical Monday crap.

I hope your day gets better. Pilates should help, I would think.

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

RC: Hey, it started out gray and gloomy here too. Must be a global thing.

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Well you certainly have an excuse for a good moan! You've just reminded me about Christmas decs and puppies not mixing. Sparky will no doubt be trying her best to get into the lounge.

I do hope tomorrow will improve.

Crystal xx

DJ Kirkby said...

A fenemy, ha I like that one! I have been told that conjunctivits is 'self limiting' as in it will get better without eye drops. I dont believe them though an dgo for the eye drops everytime!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

CJ: I was looking last night at your picture of Sparky, and she reminded me of Jake, who is getting more mischievous by the minute.


DJ: I had this April to June (conjunctivitis, that is) and it only went when I used the drops exactly as instructed. I don't know why I keep getting it, since I've only ever had it twice before in my life.

Kaycie said...

WUASTC - I thought of you this morning when I consulted one of my most used books, "Puppy Parenting" by Gail Clark. It has been an excellent tool for training Jack. Just wanted to pass it on.

Kelly said...

My whole bloody week is turning into a Monday Moan.....