Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sophie's Grand Adventure

Well, it's been madness the past couple of days! We had to take back the kennel we bought Sophie and buy the largest size they make (which is labeled for a Saint Bernard, but no worries, she thinks it's like her own little apt. I'm thinking of stealing a painting of dogs playing poker from my grandmama's home to put in there!). Hassle, that's all I will say. I am going to be honest here and say I absolutely hate AAFES, the military shopping place that runs so much.

Secondly we found out this morning that we will be driving to the airport at 1:30 this morning because the latest she can be there is 4 a.m. for an 8 a.m. flight. She's gonna just love that. We're hoping to wear her out so much that once the plane gets going, the lull of it will put her to sleep (because let's face it, she likes to sleep as much as I do) and she won't stress out on the flight too much. My parents will be picking her up in KC at 9 tomorrow night!

I'm a little stressed about how much stress this is causing my parents. After my grandmama got out of the hospital she went to a rehabilitation facility to learn how to move more easily with her walker and cane. While there they continued to monitor her heart, and after seeing that there were plenty of times when it seemed to slow down too much, they decided she needed a pacemaker. She's in surgery as I type this, and since she's 81, I am a tiny bit worried (oh, let's admit it, I am scared as hell). I'm praying she'll get through this just fine and it will give her a new lease on life. I'm also praying my dog doesn't try to lick her to death or knock her down the stairs since Sophie has the happiest tail I have ever seen and it's thick and powerful (I've gotten bruises from being smacked by it before).

So I am still freaking out a little about Sophie leaving. I am going to miss her terribly. The way that Garret can try to call her inside, but as soon as I call out to her, no matter where I am in the house she comes bolting inside to find me. But it will allow Garret and I a little more freedom. We're going to try and get down to London next week to get G's watch repaired (it's too big for him. He had it shortened before, but it still is huge, and the place he had it done will re-do it for free with the receipt). While there we're going to hit up a couple of museums, and have a good time just relaxing and not having to rush home. We're also hoping to make a long day trip to Stonehenge at some point.

It's kinda sad, but we haven't really traveled much at all over here. I haven't been to Scotland or Ireland. I'm hoping that maybe we can get up early one morning and drive the 8 hours to Scotland, see a few things and drive back. If we switched off driving and drank lots of tea or coffee we could do it. Or we might find a cheap hotel and stay overnight.

But back to Sophie. She's my little 3 year old as I call her, and I am hoping she has a fun time getting to know her sister. But I will be most excited to see her in 2 1/2 weeks!


  1. I'm thinking of you and your grandma today.

  2. Tell your mom that we are here if there is anything we can do to help. I'm sure that everything will go well. Can't wait to meet Sophie.

  3. Awe poor you and poor Sophie. I hope her plane ride goes easily.