Monday, January 31, 2011
Visit to the vet
This morning we got to tour a vet clinic with the playschool group. The kids all seemed pretty into it, checking out some of the vet's instruments and looking at some x-rays and learning about safety around dogs. At the end of the tour they got to play with an adorable 5-week old pit bull puppy who was there from the local animal shelter with his mom and litter mates, waiting until the pups were all old enough for weaning and adoption. Poor Eleri, though, was not impressed with the vet's attempts to engage her by shining the little otoscope light in her direction. I think she must have some lingering bad sentiment toward them as a result of her recent spate of ear infections. The vet was trying to be all friendly and show the kids the cool little light she had, for looking in dogs' and cats' ears, but Eleri just scowled. It was one of those things that was funny and kind of sad at the same time. ;)
(She was, for the record, much more impressed with the stethoscope.)
We all got lunch afterward, then went home. Eleri fell asleep for 10 minutes in the car and then refused to nap for the rest of the day, so it was kind of a trying afternoon.
Here's a funny exchange between the kids from a few days ago that I forgot to mention.
Soren: What says "guh?" G says "guh!"
(Maybe you had to be there. But I thought it was hilarious.)
I downloaded a free e-reader app for my iPod last week. With it, I can access the Project Gutenberg database, which contains many thousands of public domain titles, all for free download. I'm currently reading A Christmas Carol. Yes, I know I'm about a month and a half late, but I don't care. I've watched the movie (1951 version) nearly every year since I was about 12 or 13, but I've never gotten around to reading the book. I love that the movie pulled so much of the dialog straight from Dickens's original text, even if the screenwriters took some liberties with the plot details in the name of dramatic enhancement. I'm enjoying myself, at any rate.
This evening I was pleasantly surprised to find the gym a lot less crowded than it's been lately. I was bound and determined to make the most of my exercise time (read: time spent listening to music away from my beloved but aggravating progeny), so I stretched out my first run segment from 5 minutes to 15. Which is more than I've done at one stretch for quite a while. And then I did a round of arm exercises, another 5 minute run, and another round and a half of arm exercises. I am fully depleted and expect to sleep quite well tonight.