Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Not exactly how it was planned

Seeing as it was our anniversary last night, T was going to drive into OKC and meet me at work. We'd then enjoy a dinner of sushi at our favorite sushi place across town. After he left work, he had to stop by the house and make sure fix-it guy came and then he'd be on his way. I expected him about 6.

I had a couple of errands to run but would be back to the office (where he would meet me and we'd leave a car) by 5:45. At 5:38, my cell phone rings as I'm headed back to the office. He's talking in short, one or two word sentences and not making a lot of sense. I can tell he's really mad so I'm worried that he's been in an accident.

He calms down enough to tell me that fix-it guy didn't come. He'll call us tomorrow. Yeah, let's don't even start on that one. Ok, so next thing. He's on the side of the road and his truck is not working. His back tires were locking up and when one of them was smoking when he stopped. He was probably a mile from the house. So I said that I'm on my way but since I'm not back to my office (which I have to lock up), it will probably be 45 minutes before I'm there.

So about 35 minutes later and when I'm almost there, he calls me from home to tell me he got it to the house once it cooled off. We rethink dinner plans and decide to go to the steakhouse located in the close by casino. It's a very nice restaurant and a special occasion kind of place.

We find a parking spot right by the door, so Smith Luck is changing! We get upstairs and the steakhouse is closed. oooooookkkkkk. So to the sports bar we go. Our anniversary dinner was a cheesburger for me and a turkey sandwhich for him. BUT it was 2 for 1 domestic beers, so yay.

To the casino floor we go, thinking our luck certainly has to change. Well, not on the slots for me. It took my money as fast as I could press that little button. T did OK at the blackjack tables - he broke even. So all in all, we probably spent the same amount of money we would have on sushi but not exactly the evening we had in mind.

As for the truck, T drove it to the shop in Harrah about a mile from our house and then rode his bicycle home. There are real advantages to living in a small town sometimes - at least living IN THE TOWN and not on the outskirts.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where did the time go?

Two years ago today, T and I were saying "I do." I can't believe it's gone so quickly. And because he's the most wonderful husband ever, he sent me the flowers above today as a surprise.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Relay for Life Update

When the Harrah Relay for Life started up this year, our community goal was $55,000. And we ended the planning and fundraising of the last six months on Friday night. I am extremely happy to report that our small community of 10,000 people raised over $85,000!

Thanks to everyone who helped me raise money. I know that none of the money (other than my own) came from Harrah and I appreciate everyone, everywhere who helped.


Saturday, April 26, 2008

Longest. Week. Ever.

This really has been the longest week ever. It has been completely exhausting but gone in the blink of an eye. I capped off my week of practically no sleep by staying up all night for the Harrah Relay for Life. It was hard but for a good cause.

We just want to thank everyone for the kind words and sympathy regarding Rufus. He was a part of our family. And I have spent a lot of time this week thinking about all the good times with him and the completely hilarious things he would do. I also remember how it was in the beginning with him - it wasn't exactly easy. You just couldn't pet him enough. He always wanted more.

There are lots of stories that I want to share and I may some day, but right now, we're just sad.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

We tried

Rufus Louque Smith

He loved our dirty clothes, especially towels, so we wrapped him up one night and he slept like this. We laughed when we covered him but he was so content that night.

He went peacefully in his sleep last night. Thanks to everyone for their kind words, thoughts and prayers. They mean the world to us.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cautious Optimism

Yes, Rufus is giving me a kiss in this picture. And I hope that he'll be able to do the same again sometime soon. As of 6 pm, he is doing better than he was this morning. He's making progress, although not as quickly as the vet would like. But progress is progress and we'll give it to Old Man for hanging in there.

He's not in pain. They are giving him meds for that. Right now they are still flushing his system to get rid of the toxic ammonia. Tomorrow they will redo the blood work to see if some of his low levels have come up and some of his high levels have gone down. And after that, they are going to start him on some liver boosting meds. They will also do some radiographs (fancy word for x-rays) of his chest to see if there is any damage and what is going on. He does have fluid in his abdomen but priority #1 today was rehydration and reversing the liver and kidney failure - or at least starting the process.

He is better because he was reacting to me when I got there. He tried to get up (and couldn't naturally) and he wagged his tail a little, which is really huge from where we were at 5 am today. So I am choosing to be cautiously optimistic.

Rufus Update

Rufus is in for a fight, but if anyone can do it, I know Old Man can. He's a tough old dog. He is suffering from acute liver and kidney failure brought on by hepatitis. We aren't sure at this point how he got the hepatitis but his age probably didn't help (he's 15). If we can get through this organ failure, we can treat the hepatitis.

He's in for a long haul but is slightly improved from when we rushed him to the hospital this morning at 5:00 a.m. He's still in critical condition but is resting comfortably now, which he was not doing this morning.

This could take days or it could take weeks. I'll update you as I know more.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Old Man is Sick!

I had hoped to post today about our mini-vacation that was tacked onto the end of my Annual Meeting for work, but not today. We came home yesterday to a sick Old Man. He's lethargic, only mildly responsive and having trouble breathing. He's now at the vet and I'm waiting to hear.

And no, we didn't leave the dogs alone the whole week. We had someone feeding them and he said that he was constantly running, barking and playing. So we aren't really sure what's wrong.

I'm trying to be positive, but I know he's old. And I guess I'm having to face facts that even if he is ok this time, he won't be around forever. I'm not sure what I'll do when that actually happens.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Oklahoma Hummer

No, it's not some large gas guzzling, boxy, all-terrain vehicle. Spring in Oklahoma brings lots of things - wildly fluctuating temperatures, hail, tornadoes and insane wind. I'm not talking about a strong breeze. I'm talking about 30-40 mph sustained winds, with gusts in the 50's.

Yes, you read right. Just as all the leaves are growing back on the trees, the wind comes sweeping down the plains and really moves them around. So if you wake up to a huge hail storm early one morning, there is no need to fret. Later in the day, the weather will be completely different.

With winds blowing in tropical storm fashion, it rattles things around the house. Makes sense, doesn't it? Well, Thursday night, we got to fall asleep to the sound of the gutters on the corner of the house (and right near one of our bedroom windows) vibrating in the wind, causing a loud noise that is a cross between a fog horn and boat motor.

And that my friends, is what I call an Oklahoma Hummer.

(now don't you feel foolish for thinking the title meant something dirty!)

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Noah is in the building

Oy! It's been raining non-stop since noon. I expect the ark to float by at any moment. I know I've been MIA and the rain isn't really an excuse. Our Annual Meeting for work is next week and it's out of town. So we are trying to get everything done for the most part by Friday. I'm sure I'll be working this weekend though.

April is kind of a crazy month for me. I have the Annual Meeting next week and T is coming with me. We won't be back until the following week. Then that weekend, I have Harrah Relay for Life. It's at the park right around the corner from the house, so I'm not sure if I'll be able to sneak out and take a nap in my bed or not. Probably not, but it's a dream. Everyone knows I'm not good with sleep deprivation. It starts Friday night at 7 pm and goes non-stop until 7 am.

Thanks to everyone who has donated so far! If you haven't yet and want to, you can do so here. Don't worry, I'll probably be sending out more emails about it anyway. And I'll leave you with this sweet picture. While I'm trying to stay afloat in all this rain, Baby Girl is enjoying a nice day in the sun!