This fourth of july weekend was tamer and quieter than the weekends in the past. Our little lucy bear got spaded so mike and i had to spend most of our time at home with her. we spent the long weekend with friends, a little family and then mike and i cleaned the apartment from top to bottom. felt REALLY good to go through the house throwing things out and cleaning spots we hadn’t cleaned in a while. even had a chance to steam clean the carpets too since the weather was so hot.
(*mike and i try to steam clean once very two months b/c of lucy. not that she’s dirty or anything, but i have a weird thing with carpet and i feel like it’s always dirty. so when we got lucy i vacuumed more religiously and stepped up the steam cleaning from 2x per year to every other month. since lucy sheds, it also helps pick up the hair and keep people from getting allergy attacks.)
Thursday morning…poor baby had no idea what was COMING! before the surgery~ sleeping peacefully
immediately after the surgery~ soaking wet from her own drool >.< it was SOOO sad picking her up from the vet’s office. she was shaking and let out a tiiiiiny cry when i picked her up. =( seriously broke my heart. lucy bear looked defeated and miserable. *tear *
i dunno about you guys but i am really really into friendly service. even if the quality of food/clothing/whatever isn’t as good, if the service is phenomenal i’ll keep coming back. with the vet i went to, i liked them and they were polite…but they weren’t AWESOME at customer service. they didn’t show a lot of tenderness and care with lucy, they didn’t indulge me with comforting words, and they were quick to have me leave. i won’t crucify them on yelp (yet) because i want to go back to them one more time before i make my final decision. but…i want a vet who will be really friendly to me, get to know me, show lots of love and affection to lucy~~ and just make me feel comfortable. i was so nervous bringing lucy in for her spading appointment that the rushed interaction with the doctors and staff left me feeling…worse. i did ask a lot of questions, but it’s because i’ve never gone through this before. i’ve never had to take care of a sick dog or give it two different kinds of medicines. and when lucy came out soaking wet in her own drool i ALMOST lost it. WHAT THE HELL…why was she drooling this much and why are you all shrugging about it like it’s no big deal??? the vet told me lucy would be able to walk out of there no problem. but when i went to pick her up she was in so much pain the office assistants told me to be careful with her. uhhh that’s very conflicting information…
markel will roll his eyes about this paragraph above and this next comment…but i TOTALLY believe in boutique vets now. i would much rather pay more for a vet that indulges me and pampers us (me and lucy). a vet that will take his time to explain things to me, make sure i’m ok, make sure LUCY is ok. even call and check in a day or two later. (am i asking too much??? lol)
now the scary part of this whole thing? don’t you think i’m going to be even CRAZIER with my babies??? eeek…. run and hide ya’ll, helicopter mom is coming you way!
i felt so bad for her i wiped her down with a clean cloth and took the cone off. she was soooo lethargic from surgery and pain that there was no way she was going to lick anything down there. normally lucy has so much energy and is a bit mischievous. so seeing her lay in one position (b/c she couldn’t move) was heart wrenching.
SORRY FOR THOSE NON DOGGIE LOVERS…moving on…my rant is over now =P
markel and i stayed in for dinner and tried a new pizza place by our house called The Coop. people in our area RAVE about it and well…it was just aiite. NOTHING compared to Mulberry Pizza. If you haven’t heard me say this enough…Mulberry’s is THE BEST pizza. dare i even say, the best in the world?? lol no but really, mike said mulberry’s in LA was better than anything he tried in NYC this last time around.
(posts about the pizza here and here)
oh right…back to the coop…the crust was really chewy and tasted a little like it wasn’t fully cooked. i dunno… it was ok. i probably won’t ever go back, but i’m glad i tried it.
meatball sub was good too. not the BEST, but good. better than the pizza. >.<
moving on… for fourth of july we had friends come over for some good ol’ southern comfort food with a mexican flair! cooking at home and entertaining is something markel and i love to do. it creates such a fun, positive atmosphere. when markel and i first started dating we threw dinner parties all the time. now that we’re old and grumpy (only half kidding) we entertain way less… i hope to pick that fun habit back up tho. this is the summer to play and really enjoy the longer days! am i right??
poor lucy blair had to watch us eat while she was recovering in her cone. normally she’d be jumping up and down trying to get a bite. =( that’s how you KNOW she’s sick!!
some sad (but hella cute) pics of lucy bear. i feel like you can see all her emotions in her eyes.
After dinner the four of us went to the grove (love that place) and saw How to Train Your Dragon 2. REALLY cute, laughed a lot, but i still think #1 was better. Anyone else out there agree with me??
brought back sprinkles cupcakes for the adults and the puppy too. she didn’t like the frosting (AT ALL) but loved the cake. =)
at the end of the night on fourth of july, we lit up 2 sparklers and tried to take cool photographs. as you can see below it didn’t quite work out. we weren’t twirling the sparklers fast enough~ but then when we tried to twilr them it wouldn’t go fast enough. *sigh * it was super fun trying tho. with the sky lighting up with fireworks everywhere, it was nice to do something new on our roof with our dear friends and neighbors.
how cute is lucy bear? she was sleeping during the crazy netherlands vs costa rica world cup game on saturday. i was seriously on the edge of my seat until the very last goal in the shoot out! eeeek. gooooooooo netherlands!!
how GORGEOUS is del mar, the weather and the sunset?? this was the view from our fanshy dinner at il fornaio in del mar.
GORGEOUS RIGHT?? i could NOT get enough of the view.
the blair clan <3 eating dinner to celebrate mama and papa blair’s 29th wedding anniversary! cwayy~ it was so nice and relaxing to have dinner together and chit chat. <3 del mar is GOREGOUS and i’m completely smitten. i rarely tell mike that i could live in a certain city (he thinks i’m a bit of a snob)~~ but del mar is on my top 5 short list. i LOVED it there and would move in a heartbeat!
and i just HAD to include this one. mike grows out his beard every now and then and when he decides to finally shave it off, he likes to do silly things like this below. he never keeps it but he likes to walk around the house being goofy. hehe
anywayy….this was a LONGG post and i hope you had an amazing long weekend as well. the best part about late posts like this is that the weekend is already here! =) WAHOOOOO~~~
Happy Thursday Everyone!!