Friday, April 13, 2018

FMM - On the Road Again, and Again

It's been a wild week over here - I'm just trying to roll with everything and not get too stressed out over all of the upheaval that's happening.  I spent last weekend in Dallas with Allie, who had outpatient surgery last Friday.  She's doing well and recovering nicely; I was glad to spend time with her and especially entertained by seeing her when she came back from anesthesia - apparently she adored the recovery room nurse immensely and wanted to recommend her as a staff star, so she insisted on writing her recommendation while still a bit under the influence.  She gave me permission to share this with you guys:
If you're ever needing a recovery-room nurse, Pushba comes highly recommended!

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Because both Jeff and I were out of town, I had to board Paco with our vet.  He was a little traumatized by both the experience and the thunderstorm that blew through on his last night, so when Jeff texted me this picture of Paco riding home, I was sad for him:
Bery upset.  Also, WHERE MOM???

Poor dog.  I felt extra bad when we had to board him again on Tuesday; we had no choice as we had an appointment in Austin that day and with the work crew coming and going he needed to be out of their way.  It's a rough life for a dog sometimes.

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Some people say that the happiest place on earth is Disneyland, but we discovered that isn't true...nope, the happiest place on earth is actually at the Teacher Retirement System building in Austin, Texas.  We went there to meet with an advisor and turn in the paperwork for Jeff's retirement, and I swear, every single person there, from the security guard who checked us in, to all of the advisors who greeted each client, to the future retirees themselves - everyone was in such a good mood that we all might as well have been on an airplane heading to Hawaii...that's how pleasant it was.
The countdown has begun to his next career adventure!  July 1 can't come soon enough for Jeff.

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After we finished with our appointment, we went out for a celebration lunch at Brio Tuscan Grill, where I had my favorite, chicken Marsala, which was so delicious.  We noticed that the only other Blue Baker outside of our town was right next to Brio, so we had to go check it out:
True blue (baker) fans here, LOL.

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After traveling to Dallas and to Austin in the same week, I'm happy to just be home for a while, even with the current state of our house in massive disarray.  Hopefully we will have a bit of normalcy tomorrow with a run and then breakfast at - well, I don't even have to say where, do I?

Have a great weekend!

16 comments:

  1. Your friend deserves a gold star for that recommendation, under the influence or not! Nurses deserve to hear praise. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I agree, nurses definitely deserve more kudos than they probably receive.

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  2. What a good mom you are to be with Allie - nothing like having your mom around when going through something like this that. They say the truth will out when one is coming out from anesthesia so that nurse must have been fabulous. Just wondering about that name though. When I picked Mr. Helen up on Monday from his surgery, he was calling every nurse by a name other than their own. I apologized but they laughed it off and said that’s pretty common when recovering from sedation.

    Congrats to Jeff on his semi-retirement. That’s something to be celebrated!

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    1. Well now you have me wondering if Pushba was actually her name, or if Allie was just remembering a version of it, LOL.

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  3. Wow, that does sound like a stressful week! Very funny about everyone being so happy at the retirement place :) Poor poor Pace. Sophie sends her sincere sympathies (really, she can't even imagine staying someplace beyond her own kingdom!)

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    1. Sophie would not have liked boarding with the commoners, that's for darn sure!

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  4. I am so behind here with commenting. I'm glad you could be with Allie for recovery. Even with outpatient surgery, nothing like your parents being there for you when you come out from under.

    Your renovation is really cooking along and yay for getting the drawer fronts you want. We have the same type of cabinet pulls. I fell in love with them and have them in copper. What is it about that style? LOL.

    Yay for hostas! They look so healthy and not all late season tattered like when I sent them to you. Mine have not even peeked out of the ground yet. Hope you get some good down time this weekend!

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    1. Oh how fun, I didn't know you have the same cabinet pulls! And I'm glad you got to see the post with the hostas - they are doing so well, thanks again!

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  5. I have to laugh at the anesthesia-influenced note Allie wrote. Princess had her wisdom teeth taken out at age 14, and she was still loopy and out of it when they let us come back to get her. The nurse said "she did really good", and from Princess's gauze-packed mouth came a mumbled "Well! She did really well!" Just shows you true Grammar Nerds won't let anesthesia get in the way of being annoying! How exciting for you and Jeff to be in the countdown to retirement :-)

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    1. LOL at your grammar nerd, that is perfectly awesome!

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  6. Traveling is fun sometimes, but it's always good to be home (even if your home is in upheaval). I'm Paco is glad that you're home too.

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    1. He is verrrrry happy we are all home and together. He really could live in a van down by the river as long as his people are with him.

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  7. Glad you were able to spend the weekend with Allie! Congrats to Jeff....and for goodness sake, give Paco some extra love!!!!

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  8. I hope Allie is recovered now and feeling good! Love the review for the nurse.

    Poor Paco :( I hope he doesn't have to do that again too soon ;)

    I would LOVE visiting a place of work where everyone was that cheery! YAY!

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    1. Paco has one more day and night of boarding ahead, when they grout the tile. But he'll be an old pro by then, I hope.

      I swear, if I lived in Austin and needed a job, I'd totally try to work at TRS!

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