[personal profile] gategrrl

Here's the first big news (in a picture):



hmm. I'm doing this from my iPad, so I don't know if what I'm doing will work!  Anyway, about four weeks ago now, an adorable little dog followed a friends family home. They'd seen this dog around for a month or so in their neighborhood but this time he followed them to their house and Mermaid & I happened to pull up at the same time. We took him home. He had no microchip. No collar. He had fleas and (it turned out) roundworms. He was dirty & weighed 17 pounds when I took him to the vet three days later. He's very, very smart. And he was only about 3.5 months old at most.

He is so freaking cute. The vets think he's a Labradoodle of some sort. In the three weeks since I took him to our vet, he gained three pounds. He's stronger, he's healthier, he likes being gently brushed while he sucks on a finger. He does have a grudge against dark haired dark skinned type men, though. Fortunately he loves other dogs, so I don't think he was attacked while he was roaming around his neighborhood.

Tall Boy named him Baxter, after the dog in The Anchorman movie.

In other news: driving Mermaid up to her job last week, a spinning bouncing piece of metal damaged the undercarriage of my wheezy Honda Civic. Turned out it damaged the radiator and cracked the catalytic converter thingy and sent my A/C on the fritz. Two days later, while driving Mermaid & her boyfriend to a place near Pasadena, we heard a musical flute like whistling sound followed by a smoking engine & a car slowing drastically down. Fortunately we weren't on a freeway. Had the car towed to a Honda dealership, and ended up having tons of work done it--not all of it because of the spinning metal object. It was only afterward I realized this was a claim-worthy incident, and called my insurance company. They're sending an assessor to the dealership to talk to the mechanic. Hopefully we'll get some money back. God knows we need it right now.

Right now I'm waiting for a window company to arrive with some new windows to replace our ancient, horrible aluminum single-pane large windows. We finally bit the bullet.

And tomorrow, the Guy and I have an appt. with a college finance advisor. Crap, I have to fill out the papers with our numbers!

That's it for now. Thank heavens. 
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