Sunday, September 02, 2007

Labor Day Anniversary

I survived the first week back at school without any big mishaps. My students seem OK, but I can already tell that I have at least a couple of slackers. However, I also already know which is my favorite class. My research and argument students had to read a couple of chapters and a newspaper article that I assigned, and one class in particular really impressed me with their level of participation and the intelligence of their discussion. I'm really looking forward to going to that class every day. The only bad thing about it will be that the rest of the day will go downhill because the other two classes after that one don't seem nearly as talkative. But maybe that was just first-week nerves or something.

Today is JMG and Husband's 12th anniversary. I can't believe it's been that long sometimes. We marked the occasion by going out to eat at a home-cooking type of restaurant last night and having some dessert. It was OK. I think today we'll make some homemade ice cream, and if I'm feeling really celebratory, I might even bake a cake.

It's difficult to make special anniversary plans when the occasion falls during the first week of school, and this year it's even harder to do so because we have had an emergency with one of our dogs. We had to take Trixie to the vet yesterday because she was in terrible pain in her back. X-rays showed that she has two bulging discs. She spent the night in the hospital last night receiving pain killers, muscle relaxers, and steroid shots. We're hopeful that she can come home sometime today or tomorrow, but when she does, she'll have to be on strict cage rest for four weeks. Do you know how hard it's going to be to keep a Jack Russell Terrier happy in a cage for four weeks? We'll probably be sleeping with a cage on the bed for a while.

I hope everyone has a nice day off tomorrow if you have the day off. I know I'm going to enjoy mine, even if I end up having to do some school work.


jettybetty said...

Congratulations on 12 years!
Our anniversary is Dec 22, so we just celebrate whenever we decide. We figure there's no rule you have to celebrate on the real day or anything.

Tony Arnold said...

Happy Anniversary!

My class too is completely different than last year's class. Much quieter, at least, the first 2 weeks.

I am sorry your dog is in pain and boy do I understand how hard it is to keep the still and quiet when they are injured. We just spent the last 2 weeks trying to keep our new Lab under control after having her spaded. This dog is 8 mo. old, about 2.5 feet high (top of back; her head is about 5'11" when she stands up on her hind legs), ~70 lbs and not fat. She has long legs too. Very big for a female Lab. And stubborn.


JMG said...

Thanks y'all!

Right now we're waiting on a phone call from the vet to see if we can bring Trixie home today.

Tony, your new dog is going to be huge when she's fully grown!

Tony Arnold said...

Looks that way.